Palais Royal de Bruxelles Like each year, large crowds will be able to visit this imposing edifice commissioned by Leopold II to the architect Alphonse Balat, who was put in charge of the creation of the palace which was finished in 1865. A unique opportunity … Continue reading The top 5 tourist attractions not to miss when visiting Brussels – Belgium
You can enjoy a spectacular display of life-like animals, which look almost as if they are moving! This permanent exhibition educates visitors about the diversity of the living world, the evolution of different organisms and man’s impact on the environment. Despite the name, the Natural … Continue reading Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris is truly worth your time for a visit
“Paris is always a good idea,” said Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina. Others seem to agree because the Eiffel Tower is in fact the most visited monument in the world! At any given time, the city is heaving with tourists. But don’t let the crowds put you off. The museums in Paris are home to some fabulous artworks – the Louvre, of course, but also Musée d’Orsay, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Palace of Versailles and many more. stroll along the Left Bank, sit in one of the many street cafes and watch the world go by…
London is also one of the top 5 European cities that you shouldn’t miss. From the historic Tower of London to the modern London Eye, the city has something for everyone. The city has excellent museums – National Gallery, HMS Belfast museum. eat and drink in Covent Garden, Have a picnic at Hyde Park or try a hearty fare at one of London’s numerous pubs.
Its unique location puts Venice firmly on the list of top 5 European cities. Literally floating on a lagoon, the city is criss-crossed by numerous canals and bridges and is best explored on foot. Piazza San Marco is the number one attraction here with the impressive, mosaic-covered Basilica San Marco, the Campanile (bell tower) and Doge’s Palace in the vicinity. hop on a Venice Kayak and cruise the Grand Canal – .Head to the Rialto Market for a taste of the freshest seafood and then to one of the many hole-in-the-wall bars where locals flock for a drink and the ubiquitous ciccheti (bar snacks).
Sun-kissed Spain is a hot destination these days and its vibrant capital Madrid is at the centre of all the action. Start at Puerta del Sol (gate of the sun) and Madrid’s Central Square where you can stroll about while admiring the beautiful architecture all around. Gran Via with its bustling shops and restaurants and Mercado de San Miguel offering a plethora of local foods are two of the best places to shop. Plaza di Cibeles and Plaza Mayor are two of Madrid’s stately plazas, full of old-world charm and elegance. The massive Palacio Real (Royal Palace) is worth a visit, especially its lavish Salon del Trono (throne room), which features a ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Madrid has many museums but the most famous one is Museo del Prado with more than 7,000 artworks and the best collection of Spanish paintings in the world.
Italy’s capital is another favourite with travellers and for a good reason. Where else will you step out of a metro station and be confronted by the ancient Colosseum? It’s surreal to say the least! Other relics from the past include the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill. Vatican City is another must-do – the spectacular St Peter’s Basilica has Michelangelo’s Pieta on display. The Vatican Museum is definitely worth a visit and it includes the famous Sistine Chapel. Grab a gelato and sit at the Spanish Steps or get an espresso at Antico Caffè Greco and watch the world go by. Visit Trastevere, the medieval part of Rome, which has many lovely piazzas, churches and excellent restaurants.
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Tirol’s scintillating Jewel: Since its opening back in 1995, Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens tops the list of Austria’s most-visited attractions. A giant’s head, created by Austrian artist André Heller, spewing water into a pond greets you at this fantastical playground. Visitors from every corner … Continue reading Visit Austria’s most visited attraction, Swarovski Kristallwelten
Belém is synonymous with Portugal’s golden Age of Discovery. It’s from the shores of this Lisbon suburb that intrepid navigators set sail in the 15th and 16th centuries on long and perilous voyages to chart unknown waters and map new territories.
One such mariner, Vasco da Gama, discovered the sea route to India in 1498 and to honor his achievement, King Manuel I commissioned a monument that became a lasting symbol of the country’s astonishing era of conquest and expansion. Today, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the country’s most cherished and revered buildings, and a “must see’ on every tourist’s agenda.
The church and monastery embody the spirit of the age, and feature some of the finest examples of Manueline architecture found anywhere in Portugal; the beautifully embellished decoration found on the South Portal is breathtaking. Inside, the beautiful cloister is equally exuberant. Appropriately, the church houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama and other national figureheads, including Luís de Camões, Portugal’s greatest poet and chronicler of the discoveries.
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- La Sagrade familia
La Sagrada Familia. or the holy family church, is Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious work, it’s a summary of everything that Gaudi’s designed before. With its size, detail and profound architecture it’s a really one of a kind cathedral
The first stone for La Sagrada Familia was laid in 1882 and the building will be finished in 2026.
That gives you a good idea how big La Sagrada Familia really is, in fact it is so gigantic that a big part of the Sagrade Familia already is being renovated!
Prices to take a look inside are around €11-15 and is definitely worth the price!
Barcelona’s biggest ornamental fountain, which was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition, offers a spectacular display of music, water acrobatics and lights which generate over 50 kinds of shades and hues. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain has become one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and is where the “Piromusical” is held, a true balletic spectacle of water and light.
It could be said that the Montjuïc Magic Fountain remains true to its name: during the displays, the moving water jets, illuminated in shifting shades and hues and synchronised with light and music, look like a magic dance which unfolds, subsides, rises and falls, is concealed and bursts forth before our eyes. The Magic Fountain is an Masterpiece.
3. Parque de la Ciudadela
Come for a stroll, a picnic, a visit to the zoo or to inspect Catalonia’s regional parliament, but don’t miss a visit to this, the most central green lung in the city. Parc de la Ciutadella is perfect for winding down.
The monumental cascada (waterfall) near the Passeig de Pujades park entrance, created between 1875 and 1881 by Josep Fontserè with the help of an enthusiastic young Gaudí, is a dramatic combination of statuary, rugged rocks, greenery and thundering water – all of it perfectly artificial. Nearby, you can hire a rowing boat to paddle about in the small lake.
4. Parc Güell
Park Güell is the reflection of Gaudí’s artistic plenitude, which belongs to his naturalist phase. During this period, the architect perfected his personal style through inspiration from organic shapes. He put into practice a series of new structural solutions rooted in the analysis of geometry.
To that, the Catalan artist adds creative liberty and an imaginative, ornamental creation. Starting from a sort of baroquism, his works acquire a structural richness of forms and volumes, free of the rational rigidity or any sort of classic premisses.
5. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya , is the national museum of Catalan visual art located in Barcelona. the museum is especially notable for its outstanding collection of romanesque church paintings, and for Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including modernisme and noucentisme. The Museum is housed in the Palau Nacional, a huge, Italian-style building dating to 1929.
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The Swiss Museum of Transport is Switzerland’s most-visited museum and showcases the fascinating history of transport, its achievements and its vehicles. Art lovers will take great delight in the Rosengart Collection and the Lucerne Museum of Art. The Glacier Garden has fascinating kettle basins – giant rock formations that date from the last Ice Age. The Bourbaki Panorama, for its part, is one of the world’s last-remaining paintings in the round, and the Richard Wagner Museum occupies the building where the composer himself once lived.
4.Kapellbrücke und Wasserturm
The Kapellbrücke (literally, Chapel Bridge) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. Named after the nearby St. Peter’s Chapel, the bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city’s symbol and as one of Switzerland’s main tourist attractions.
3.Swiss Chocolate Adventure
The Swiss Chocolate Adventure is a new theme world that allows the visitor to learn interesting facts about the discovery, origin, production and transport of chocolate. Seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting: this multimedia voyage of discovery appeals to different senses. It illustrates the entire value creation and transport chains from the cultivation of the cocoa bean and the transport to Switzerland up to the manufacture and sale of the finished chocolate product.
Tour available in German, French, Italian, English, Spanish and Chinese.
2.Planetarium – Luzern
Since its opening in 1969, the Swiss Museum of Transport Planetarium has been a source of fascination for young and old. Beneath the 18m dome, (projection area 508 m2) you will experience a breathtaking starry sky and discover the principles and the latest research findings from the world of astronomy. This, the only large planetarium in Switzerland, belongs to an exclusive circle able to depict dome-filling moving pictures on its 508 m2 area.
1.Verkehrshaus der Schweiz – Luzern
The Swiss Transport Museum or Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, in Lucerne, is a beautiful museum of transport (including locomotives, automobiles, ships, and aircraft) as well as communications. It is Switzerland’s most popular museum! The museum also maintains a large collection of work by Hans Erni, a local painter and sculptor.
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