Category: Traveling in Europe

What makes Digitourist so different than other travel guides?

What is Digitourist?

In short Digitourist provides tourist activities (and only tourist activities) in Europe. No flight bookings, hotel bookings, nightlife or restaurants can be found on Digitourist, we purely focus on the tourist experience and nothing more. No different pages for every activity or location, no large amount of texts, no commercials or getting lost in large amount of information. Just one simple concept that is free and easy to understand for everyone, no matter what language the user speaks. Basically we like to think of ourselves as an easy to use travel guide purely focused on the most interesting tourist activities.

Why only focus on tourist activities?

We believe that tourists value the information about what to do the most and don’t want to spend to much time searching, to get a small idea without knowing to much can be a great experience. The option to visit the website on every activity to order tickets online or to find out more about the attraction is available. By only allowing tourist activities on the website or APP we can keep everything up to date and offer quality activities so that information is always reliable and users can trust the quality of the activities.

How it works

Fill in any location (in Europe) into the search bar and use on the left the different categories to filter the search results to your wants, scroll through the right slide bar to explore easily all the activities on the map to find the activities that you are interested in, it’s that easy.

Can i do more with Digitourist?

Add to favorites

When you see an activity that you would like to visit you can add them to favorites, you can create your own file(s) to organize your trips ahead, save all your favorites in one file to create your own wish list.

Create your own route

The route button next to the search bar  allows you to fill in a location from A to B, ideal to use for road trips! This way you can directly see what kind of tourist activities will be close to the route that you are taking. It’s also possible to change the route just by sliding the route on the map, this way you can avoid for example highways or simple take a different route before arriving at your destination.

Have access to famous routes already made for you

Go the the route button   on our website and find all the famous routes (with GPX and PDF files attached) you can do in Europe.

The app

All futures explained to you above (except for the route options) are also available for the Digitourist App, you can download the app for Android or Apple for free.


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A day in the history of the ancient Greek – Athens

Parthenon

More than any other monument, the Parthenon epitomises the glory of Ancient Greece. Meaning ‘virgin’s apartment’, it’s dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the goddess embodying the power and prestige of the city. The largest Doric temple ever completed in Greece, and the only one built completely of white Pentelic marble (apart from its wooden roof), it took 15 years to complete. It was designed by Iktinos and Kallicrates and completed in time for the Great Panathenaic Festival of 438 BC.

Designed to be the pre-eminent monument of the Acropolis and built on its highest ground, the Parthenon had a dual purpose: to house the great statue of Athena commissioned by Pericles and to serve as the new treasury. It was built on the site of at least four earlier temples dedicated to Athena.

The temple consisted of eight fluted Doric columns at either end and 17 on each side. To achieve perfect form, its lines were ingeniously curved to create an optical illusion – the foundations are slightly concave and the columns are slightly convex to make both look straight. Supervised by Pheidias, the sculptors Agoracritos and Alcamenes worked on the architectural sculptures of the Parthenon, including the pediments and friezes, which were brightly coloured and gilded.

The metopes (the decorative panels on the frieze) on the eastern side depicted the Olympian gods fighting the giants; on the western side they showed Theseus leading the Athenian youths into battle against the Amazons. The southern metopes illustrated the contest of the Lapiths and Centaurs at a marriage feast, while the northern ones depicted the sacking of Troy.

Much of the frieze depicting the Panathenaic Procession was either damaged in the Turkish gunpowder explosion of 1687 or later defaced by the Christians, but the greatest existing part (over 75m long) consists of the controversial Parthenon Marbles, taken by Lord Elgin and now in the British Museum in London. The British government continues to ignore campaigns for their return.

The ceiling of the Parthenon, like that of the Propylaia, was painted blue and gilded with stars. At the eastern end was the holy cella (inner room of a temple), into which only a few privileged initiates could enter. Here stood the statue for which the temple was built: the Athena Polias(Athena of the City), considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Designed by Pheidias and completed in 432 BC, it was gold-plated over an inner wooden frame and stood almost 12m high on its pedestal. The face, hands and feet were made of ivory, and the eyes were fashioned from jewels. Clad in a long gold dress with the head of Medusa carved in ivory on her breast, the goddess held a statuette of Nike (the goddess of victory) in her right hand; in her left, a spear with a serpent at its base. On top of her helmet was a sphinx, with griffins in relief at either side.

Acropolis

The Acropolis is the most important ancient site in the Western world. Crowned by the Parthenon, it stands sentinel over Athens, visible from almost everywhere within the city. Its monuments and sanctuaries of white Pentelic marble gleam in the midday sun and gradually take on a honey hue as the sun sinks, while at night they stand brilliantly illuminated above the city. A glimpse of this magnificent sight cannot fail to exalt your spirit.

Inspiring as these monuments are, they are but faded remnants of the city of Pericles, who spared no expense – only the best materials, architects, sculptors and artists were good enough for a city dedicated to the cult of Athena. It was a showcase of lavishly coloured colossal buildings and of gargantuan statues, some of bronze, others of marble plated with gold and encrusted with precious stones.

After all the buildings on the Acropolis were reduced to ashes by the Persians on the eve of the Battle of Salamis (480 BC), Pericles set about his ambitious rebuilding program. He transformed the Acropolis into a city of temples, which has come to be regarded as the zenith of Classical Greece.

Ravages inflicted during the years of foreign occupation, pilfering by foreign archaeologists, inept renovations following Independence, visitors’ footsteps, earthquakes and, more recently, acid rain and pollution have all taken their toll on the surviving monuments. The worst blow was in 1687, when the Venetians attacked the Turks, opening fire on the Acropolis and causing an explosion in the Parthenon – where the Turks had been storing gunpowder – and damaging all the buildings.

Major restoration programs are continuing and most of the original sculptures and friezes have been moved to the Acropolis Museum and replaced with casts. The Acropolis became a World Heritage–listed site in 1987. A combined ticket permits entry to the Acropolis and six other sites within five days. On the first Sunday of the month from November to March, admission is free.

Temple of Olympian Zeus

A can’t-miss on two counts: it’s a marvellous temple, the largest in Greece, and it’s smack in the centre of Athens. The temple is impressive for the sheer size of its 104 Corinthian columns (17m high with a base diameter of 1.7m), of which 15 remain – the fallen column was blown down in a gale in 1852.

Begun in the 6th century BC by Peisistratos, the temple was abandoned for lack of funds. Various other leaders took a stab at completing it, but it was left to Hadrian to finish the job in AD 131, thus taking more than 700 years in total to build. In typically immodest fashion, Hadrian built not just a colossal statue of Zeus in the cella, but also an equally large one of himself.


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The valley of 72 waterfalls inspired a youthful JRR Tolkien to imagine the landscape of his fictional Middle Earth. – Switzerland

When the summer sun hits snowy peaks, waterfalls are sure to appear. And the king of the Swiss cascades is Lauterbrunnen, a Bernese Oberland village of 2,500 that’s literally under the spray of one of the world’s tallest free-falling waterfalls. Framed by towering cliffsides below … Continue reading The valley of 72 waterfalls inspired a youthful JRR Tolkien to imagine the landscape of his fictional Middle Earth. – Switzerland

Visit The Guggenheim Museum In Bilbao

Architects, Critics, Curators, and Museum Directors Reflect on Twenty Years of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

On October 19, 1997, a new art museum opened in Bilbao, one with a curving titanium form unlike anything built before it. Seemingly overnight, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao became one of the best-known buildings in the world. For those in the architectural community, as New York Times critic Herbert Muschamp noted at the time, Bilbao became “a pilgrimage town” even before that opening date: “People have been flocking to Bilbao for nearly two years, just to watch the building’s skeleton take shape. ‘Have you been to Bilbao?’ In architectural circles, that question has acquired the status of a shibboleth. Have you seen the light? Have you seen the future?” Two decades later, that future is arguably here: we are still living in the world that Gehry and the Guggenheim created. To mark the occasion, I asked leaders in the architectural community and within our institution to share their recollections and thoughts about the meaning of the Bilbao museum, then and now.

Built alongside a river of an ancient city, inaugurated by a king, reminiscent of naval architecture, and engineered like an aircraft: what more can one ask of masterful architecture? Upon entering, I was awed: this building is engineered like a symphony but experienced like a late quartet. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has come to represent a rare unity between technique and expression. It is what happens when the soul of a city in Basque Country meets the spirit of the time; when the timeless overlaps with the timely. In that sense, it represents a moment of inevitability in architectural design, the mark of a masterpiece.

from its inception as a sketch on a napkin to its opening in 1997 and now its 20th anniversary. Like the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright building, it is a catalyst for artistic brilliance. Exhibitions need to rise to the occasion when presented in its flowing, organic galleries, and artists respond to its architecture in expansive, paradigm-changing ways. Bilbao, itself, has grown around the building to embrace and reflect its unprecedented design. The residents making their evening stroll around the museum, which, more than anything, proves to me its power of attraction and its rightful place as an architectural anchor in the still-evolving city.

Twenty years on, and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao continues to affect. Its magic is best understood when considering that it seems to have fallen from the sky. It may resemble an asteroid, but its mechanics parallel what Jacques Vallée says of UFOs: its reality lies in the way it affects our imagination. This is the oldest trick in the architect’s book, yet it is rarely achieved. It is precisely what distinguishes architecture from building.


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Top 5 Things to do in Vienna

One of the great European capitals, Vienna was for centuries the stomping ground for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The empire is long gone, but reminders have been carefully preserved by the tradition-loving Viennese. Past artistic glories live on, thanks to the cultural legacy of the many artistic geniuses nourished here—including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss, and Gustav Klimt. Today’s visitors discover a city with a special grace and a cohesive architectural character that sets it so memorably apart from its great rivals—London, Paris, and Rome.

1. St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Towering above the streets of the Innere Stadt, this massive cathedral is the true centerpiece of Vienna. St. Stephen’s has stood in this very spot since the early 12th century, but little remains of the original aside from the Riesentor (Giant’s Gate) and the Heidentuerme (Towers of the Heathens).

The Gothic structure standing today was built in the early 1300s and has survived the Turkish siege of 1683. St. Stephen’s Cathedral is open Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entry to the main section is free, but you’ll have to shell out around 5 euros (about $6) to visit the catacombs or climb the towers.

2. Museum of Fine Arts

The works at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, or Museum of Fine Arts, range from ancient Egyptian and Greek objects to masterpieces by numerous European masters, including Titian, Velasquez, Van Dyke and Rubens. In fact, the collection here is so extensive that many people say the walls of the Hofburg Palace look bare in comparison. The building itself, which opened to the public in 1891, impresses travelers as well; its facade features ornate sculptures.

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday evenings. During the summer, the museum is open daily and operates the same hours. Admission (which includes entry to the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace complex) is 15 euros (around $17) for adults and guided and audio tours cost 4 euros (about $5) extra.

3. Schonbrunn Palace

Originally constructed in 1696 as a hunting lodge, Schonbrunn Palace later became the official Hapsburg summer residence. Under the supervision of Maria Theresa (the only female Hapsburg ruler), Schonbrunn evolved into an expansive paradise with ornate rooms and vast elaborate gardens comparable to King Louis XIV of France’s palace at Versailles.

Schonbrunn Palace is open daily at 8:30 a.m. (closing times vary depending on the season). Admission ranges from around 14 to 20 euros (about $16 to $23) for adults and about 10 to 12 euros ($11 to $14) for children, depending on what type of tour you select and whether you’ll be using a guide. You’ll have to pay a few euros extra to explore certain areas of the gardens.

4. Tiergarten

Today, Tiergarten is the oldest zoo in the world, home to about 750 animal species (around 8,500 animals total) ranging from tigers to lemurs. The zoo hosts daily animal talks and feedings that visitors can watch, with animals like orangutans, elephants, penguins and otters.

Since its founding, Tiergarten has undergone many a renovation to bring it up to par with modern facilities. Travelers say that while the cost of admission is on the pricey side, it’s worth it to see the variety of animals and impressive facilities at this zoo. Tiergarten – located on the Schonbrunn Palace grounds – is open every day at 9 a.m.; closing times (usually sometime from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) vary by season. Admission is 18.50 euros (or around $20)

5. Hofburg Palace

Sitting on the southwestern edge of the Innere Stadt, the 13th-century palace shelters several individual attractions, and if you want the full royal experience, you’ll need to spend at least half a day here. Experienced travelers say it’s best to start in the middle of this massive complex and work your way out. The oldest parts surround the Swiss Court, named for the Swiss guards who used to patrol the area. And from there you’ll find the Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments), more than 2,000 rooms where the royal family lived.

Only a dozen or so are open to the public. Take some time to explore the Kaiserappartements‘ Sisi Museum, which offers insight into the life and death of Vienna’s beloved Empress Elizabeth. Then swing by the Imperial Silver Collection or the butterfly house. The Hofburg Palace is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 or 6 p.m. depending on the season. Prices vary depending on which attractions you wish to see. Visit the palace’s main website to plan your visit.


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