THE LUXURY TRAVELER
Welcome to a selection of destinations we
have gathered especially for the enjoyment of our readers. Each of these
wonderful places enjoys a grand heritage and offers the visitor an ambiance
rich in the arts and culture of Europe. You’ll find cosmopolitan metros as
well as towns & villages that offer the relaxed tweedy comforts of country chic.
Each locality's name is also a link to local tourism expertise. As
we wish you a wealth of enjoyable experiences in your travels.
Frances & Jeff Moorhouse
Austria is: The Heritage of the Hapsburgs
A fiacre in Old Vienna
No other royal line on the
continent lasted so long, left its mark on so many centuries, or so many
countries as the Habsburgs. Their Golden Ages were also high
points in the cultural, artistic, and scholarly development of Europe.
No country enjoys more associations with the Habsburgs than Austria and no city
enjoys more links to this great dynasty than the Imperial City of Vienna. The
following city/links (in bold) will take you to tourism organizations in selected
Where the rich and famous come to ski and to be seen.
This beautiful city, was favored by Emperor Frederick and reigned as
European Cultural Capital for 2003.
Innsbruck Fine examples of the Baroque Age are the Imperial Palace, Abbey of Wilten, Hall of the Diet, mansions and patrician residences.
Linz offers a
vast range of varieties for planning your stay a walking tour, a ride on the Linz City Express, a visit to the Pöstlingberg
with all its attractions or taste endless delicacies at the markets. Editor's note: Linz will be the
European Capital of Culture in 2009.
1803, Salzburg was an independent church state ruled by prince-archbishops.
So connections with the Habsburgs are quite recent.
Tirol Welcome to the
Hall-Wattens region. Awaiting you here are ten picturesque villages
(Absam, Baumkirchen, Fritzens, Gnadenwald, Mils, Thaur, Tulfes, Volders,
Wattenberg and Wattens) and finally, Hall in Tirol, one of Austria's most
beautiful towns. Among the leading attractions are the historic town
of Hall in Tirol, Swarovski's Crystal Worlds and Hall's Mint Tower, but
not forgetting the Pilgrimage Church in Absam. Vienna
Austria's capital has enjoyed a special position in imperial history since the
election of Rudolf I as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Today,
Vienna is a marvelous and very sophisticated city offering visitors historical,
arts and cultural treasures.
Austria's Links to the Habsburg Dynasty
Historic Towns in Austria
The Spanish Riding School
The Winter Riding School (pictured above), the most beautiful riding hall
in the world, is part of the Imperial Viennese palace and dates back to
the time of Charles VI. Today, you can enjoy performances here by
world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and their riders.
this link for further information about the Spanish Riding School.
Belgium is: the birthplace of art deco
"There’s just something about Belgium. Maybe
it’s the friendly & welcoming people, who with three official languages
still find it easy to converse in English, the 4th unofficial language.
Maybe it’s the stunning architecture decorating the quaint cobblestone
squares. Or perhaps it’s the incredible cuisine found in the vast array of
restaurants where each meal seems better than the last. Energetic and
carefree, the overall mood in Belgium is infectious, summoning in all of
us to live as Belgians and enjoy life to the fullest. This little kingdom, about the size of the
state of Maryland, is Europe in a nutshell. It is brimming with medieval
cities, quaint towns and villages, gothic cathedrals, town halls and
Links to tourism organizations in
the following Belgian destinations.
"Home of the Flemish Baroque master Rubens, not only has a wealth of
outstanding museums, picturesque galleries, sculpted streets and beautiful
architecture, but is also laced with refreshing greenery and urban haunts.
Bruges "Upon visiting Bruges, you will immediately notice that this city has always carefully cherished its architectural and artistic treasures from
the past. What makes Bruges so typical though, is the way it deals with
this past today. The people of Bruges would like to invite you to join
them and to enjoy it as much as they do."
is a city of contrasts
with enormous diversity when it
comes to places of interest and things to
do. The Grand Place, with its ornate baroque
and gothic guild houses, is usually the first port of call for most
visitors to Brussels and one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
Built as a merchants market in the 13th century, it serves as the center
of the city and is a great place to experience Belgian hospitality at one
of the many terrace cafes dotting the charming square. It also serves as a
venue for numerous concerts and events throughout the year and during the
warmer months is adorned by a vibrant, daily flower market.
Flanders "The historic cities of Flanders share a heritage of cobbled streets,
guild houses, churches, cathedrals and monuments.
"In medieval times, Ghent was the second largest city in northwestern
Europe after Paris. In the historic heart of the city, visitors can
explore traces of the Middle Ages."
This, the ' Cité des Cinq Clochers ' (the
town of the five towers) welcomes and invites you to its festivities and
the rhythm of the seasons at the borders of the Walloon provinces of
Belgium. Tournai is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tournai
cathedral one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the Western
world, and the Belfry of Tournai which is the oldest building of it's
type in Belgium and Northern Europe.
Ypres was one of the
main martyr towns of the First World War. A few
months after the German invasion
of Belgium on August 4th, 1914, the
front came to a standstill near the small,
mediaeval town. From October
1914 to October 1918 the battlefield was barely a
few kilometers away from
the town centre. The trenches ran from north to south in
an arc around
Ypres. In this famous Ypres Salient no fewer than five bloody battles
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The Czech Republic is: the writings
of Franz Kafka
crossroads of European cultures throughout its long history, the Czech Republic remains a leading cultural destination to this day. Prague:
a modern metropolis, city of bridges, cathedrals, towers and domes
with a wonderful heritage of great architecture.
Czech Center New York
(the only Czech Center outside of Europe) is part of a network of
19 Czech Centers abroad administered by the Czech Center
headquarters in Prague a subsidiary of the Czech Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. Its presence in the U.S. dates to 1995, when the
Czech Center New York was granted the status of Miscellaneous
Foreign Government Office
is: The Art of Henri
Maison de la France: the National Tourism Organization of France
producers of FranceGuide.com
tourism organizations in the following destinations.
The squares of
Old Bordeaux are superb examples of 18th and19th century
architecture. The Old Religious
Quarter reflects the wealth of the
city in medieval times.
Between festivals and major events, Cannes
lives to the beat of the arts
between the lake and the mountains, Evian benefits from a truly
exceptional natural environment that has made it an internationally
The wall of this fortified medieval city, bolstered by six towers and four
gates is one of the best preserved in all of France. Discover thatched cottages, period homes, mansions, public buildings and the Collegiate
With beautiful south-facing sandy beaches, this picturesque seaside town is
reminiscent of Belle Epoch lifestyles.
Saint Julian Cathedral is one of the largest in France and the most prominent feature of
Plantagenet City. Old Le Mans offers the visitors a glimpse on Renaissance times and the Classical period. Parks, gardens,
museums and great restaurants make for enjoyable explorations. A fine museum at Le Mans
Raceway illustrates a history of the automobile.
Château de Cheverny in the
A region with a wealth of monuments, parks and gardens,
chateaus, picturesque towns and villages.
This is a place of the chateau, manor houses, abbeys
and churches, formal gardens, spacious parks and spectacular
beaches. At chateaux such as Brissac, Le Lude and Goulaine, which
are still family homes, the past is
part of the present. See the
burial place of three English Kings at
Fontevraud, marvel at the cathedrals and churches of Le Mans, Evron, La Ferte-Bernard
A city with a rich architectural and cultural heritage. You may
wander the narrow streets of the old town, then stroll along the famous promenade before entering the heart of the city.
This world class city is known for its museums, monuments, and
boulevards lined with cafes, restaurants, designer shopping and
Famous for four monuments listed
as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO:
Notre Dame Cathedral, The Tau Palace, The
St. Remi Basilica and the St. Remi Museum.
discover Saumur is to follow in the
footsteps of the founding monks of
Fontevraud, Plantagenet Kings and master horse riders of France
Strasbourg In the shadow of its magnificent cathedral, are a wealth of museums,
shops, cafes and restaurants. You may also cruise its waterways,
viewing this visual treat from a whole new perspective.
the River Garonne, to the Canal Du Midi, Toulouse offers
many opportunities for discovery.
The Hall of Mirrors, Versailles
In the XVIIth and the XVIIIth centuries the royal estate of Versailles was the main
home of kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Closed during the
Revolution, it was transformed into museum in the XIXth century by
the last king having reigned in France, Louis-Philippe. In the
Chateau, the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapel, the
King's Chamber, the Opera and he " Grand " and the " Petit Trianon
"are popular with visitors to Versailles as are the French formal
gardens, the Coach Museum or the room of "Jeu de Paume
this link to visit the
Château de Versailles on-line
The Poitevin Marshes, at the heart of the Vendée’s Atlantic seaboard, form a region of greenery
and waterways, a place rich in fabulous discoveries that open out in a
mosaic of landscapes that bear the imprint of man’s influence over the
last ten centuries
Puy du Fou, a
major historically based theme park on a 40 hectare site that offers authentic replications
of eras in French history from earliest times to the 20th century.
Editor's Note: With a cast
of 1000 players La Cinescenie
portrays the story of France in the most compelling multi media enactment we have ever witnessed.
is: The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
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enjoys a history of three centuries as major
it one of Europe's
tourism and cultural organizations in the following destinations in
Aachen "The city has a flair and atmosphere
of its own. The attractive layout of the old city centre, the important
historic monuments, the wells and baths over the hottest natural springs
in Europe, the bustling activity in the streets and squares, the
cultural diversity and quality and the many recreational and leisure
activities make Aachen an exciting and pleasing whole."
"This great city
attracts visitors from all over the world with its unique mix of
history and modern times, Eastern and Western Europe, classic and
contemporary architecture, arts and culture." Bremen A famously historic city -
1,200 years have woven a rich tapestry of Hanseatic heritage and
cosmopolitan culture in Bremen. Strife for independence left an
indelible mark on the city. Today, Bremen and Bremerhaven are near
neighbors banded together in a two-city state, which is Germany’s
smallest Federal state from sixteen. Brühl
The pearl of the Erft district, offers an exemplary selection in the
fields of culture, gastronomic enjoyment, leisure and sport, as well as
the natural environment. The
Augustusburg electoral palace is a cultural and historical highlight
of the town. Its grand European history can be traced back to medieval
This "Old Town" is not really all that old. After it's destruction during
World War II, the people of Cologne lovingly rebuilt it. Today its
narrow lanes and many original pubs attract hundreds of thousands of
visitors every year. Whether you want to relax in the park along the
Rhine called Rheingarten or enjoy a Kölsch in one of the typical
breweries – it is worth while to take a look.
The Bauhaus Building together with the
Masters' Houses and the Garden Realm Dessau-Woerlitz are adopted to the
UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage.
After the floods of 2002, Dresden is now fully recovered and better than
Where Goethe was born, and its
innumerable cultural and historical treasures, famous museums and active
Town, strongly influenced by mining, also belongs to the world heritage
site. The Imperial Palace built under the Ottonians was extended by the
Salian emperors to form their biggest palace complex.
has a reputation as a city of music, historic associations with Bach, an
opera company dating to 1693, and Gewand House Orchestra founded in
1743, making it the oldest city orchestra in Germany. Link:
City of Music
Lubeck Let yourself be swept away by the incomparable atmosphere of the
Hanseatic city of Lübeck. This means moments bursting with beautiful
panoramas and one-of-a-kind sights.
The legacy of seven centuries of rule by the Wittelsbach Family is
Munich's present day
importance as a centre of European culture.
The Brandenburg State Capital and former centre of Prussia with its
castles and gardens which are part of UNESCO’s world cultural heritage.
The Old Town covers an area of some 80 hectares. UNESCO declared it to
be an outstanding example of a European city of medieval origin which
has preserved through the centuries its precious architectural heritage
of Romanesque and half-timbered buildings, partly in exceptional
quality. Quedlinburg was at the heart of the East Franconian Empire at
the time of the Saxon dynasty - the Ottonians.
Reichenau The itinerant Bishop Pirmin
knew already in the year 724, why he had taken up residence and found a
monastery on this island in the "Untersee", even as it was really
inhospitable at that time. During three centuries, the monastery had an
extraordinary heyday. Until today, the magnificent churches are showing
this "cradle of occidental culture". With the "Reiche Au", which means
Rich Island, with its fertile grounds and the rich fishing grounds, the
islanders have created a jewel.
The Romans founded Trier in 16 B.C. By the end of the 3rd Century
the city was an Imperial Residence and capital of the West-Roman Empire.
Six emperors held court here, and as early as the 4th century, Trier had
a population of 80,000.
Middle Rhine Valley The
history that is visible even today in the towns and villages of the
Middle Rhine Valley, to some degree goes back to Roman times. In the high
Middle Ages, the region represented one of the core locations of the
Holy Roman Empire. The struggle for the control over the Rhine since the
13th century resulted in numerous fortified towns on the banks of the
river. The wealth of the region at the time is expressed by many
The Palais, the main building of the medieval
castle, was constructed between 1155 and 1180. It is one of the best
preserved secular buildings of the late Romanesque period north of the
Alps, and it is surely one of the most beautiful. Weimar
Living History at Germany's UNESCO World
Dresden: A New Beginning
current economic woes, Greece
remains famous worldwide as a cradle of human civilization. Visitors may easily
visit museums, archaeological sites, monuments, cultural centers throughout the
country, all year round. We look forward to the time when the Greece stabilizes and
once again is able to welcome visitors into secure economic environment.
Holland is: the girl with a pearl and that
countryside, vibrant cities, picturesque villages, rich in history,
arts and culture
tourism and cultural organization in the following destinations in
A compact city so you are never far from your destination.
"Quaint districts" include The Red Light district, "Jordaan"
with bars restaurants and shops, "Museums Quarter," "KNSM
Island", "De Pijp" home to artist, writers, laborers a real
melting pot, and fashionable "Between the Canals".
With its broad tree lined boulevards Holland's Royal city is long on
history and tradition.
Holland's most southern city is a culinary delight and a shopper's
heaven. Stroll past the historic sights, and enjoy the atmosphere of
energy and relaxation. More
Holland's "other" city. The city on the Maas, which the Dutch call
Manhattan on the Maas, it's a young, exciting place with great
architecture and an exciting culture. More
The old medieval center of Utrecht kindles a passion for the past!
Stroll along the century-old canals, and past the stately houses and
Gogh on Expressionism in Amsterdam
Dutch Master Museums
I R E L A N D
Ireland is: the art of Francis Bacon
River Liffey, Dublin
What separates Ireland from it
neighbors is the arresting beauty of the land, the turbulent history
of the island, the broad smile that welcomes your arrival and
the heartfelt farewell that signals your departure. Discover
Ireland, it's yours to enjoy
Dublin Driving in this city is definitely not for the faint of heart but almost everything else in Dublin is highly enjoyable.
I T A L Y
Italy is: Leonardo
It can be said
has more of the world's great art than any other country. When not
immersed in cultural pursuits the visitor to Italy can indulge in marvelous food,
wonderful wines, fashionable shopping and enjoying all things Italian.Links to
tourism and cultural organization in the following Italian destinations.
one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and
the center of the
Land of a Thousand Beauties. Genoa, with the Rolli Palazzos,
the maze of the historic area, the exhibitions in Palazzo Ducale and
the National Galleries, is a capital of art. Don’t miss Cinque
Terre, which is UNESCO World Heritage; but every place has a
treasure for you to discover. Cultural Capital of Europe for 2004
can trace it's impeccable
cultural credentials to the Visconti and Sforza families who ruled from
the 13th century through the Renaissance. Today Milan is Italy's
capital of the media, design and fashion.
has so much more to offer than simply the spectacular leaning tower
for which it has become so famous.
This ancient city is a must for travelers who visit
Italy. Its artistic and architectural heritage is
justifiably world famous. Great shopping, outstanding
cuisine wonderful entertainment.
Venice is filled with museums and buildings of great historical and artistic
Passage of the Medici, the Vasari Corridor
L I E C H T E N S T E I N
Alfresco dining in beautiful Liechtenstein.
With an area of only 61.8 sq miles,
Liechtenstein is the fourth smallest state in Europe.
Despite its diminutive size, the country has a very eventful history more
recently characterized by a post World War II transition from an agrarian
society to a highly developed economy with an infrastructure that
has attracted numerous international corporations (such as Hilti,
Swarovski, Krupp Presta, Ivoclar, Unaxis) to headquarter in Liechtenstein.
As a consequence of this, Liechtenstein is one of the wealthiest countries
in the world.
The Princely House of Liechtenstein is one of
the oldest existing noble families in Europe. The family has over 100
members, with only a few who reside in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Vianden Castle, Luxembourg
L U X E M B O U R G
Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg is an independent sovereign state with borders
Belgium, France and Germany. The country
is divided into two clearly defined regions: -The "Eisléck"
or "Oesling" in the north, which is part of the Ardennes.
The "Good country" in the Center and the South,
covering the remaining territory, is mainly rolling farmland and
woods. Small in size, big on interesting things to do.
The origins and the name of
Luxembourg are intimately linked with one person, and with one place.
City of Luxembourg,
is the capital of the Grand Duchy. This is a city with an ancient,
turbulent past, and an optimistic outlooks on the future. Luxembourg
boasts an array of historical and cultural sights that are well worth
seeing. Interesting and picturesque spots to discover make it easier
to discover the former “Gibraltar of the North.”
The Casino, Monte Carlo
a district of the Principality of Monaco,
created in 1866, in honor of Prince Charles III, hosts an internationally
famous Casino, luxury hotels and
leisure facilities, some created recently:
Larvotto beach, the
Monte Carlo Sporting Club, the
Glamorous Lifestyle in a Magical Setting
Basking between enchanting French Medieval villages and the ski
trails of the Alps,
Monte Carlo is an exquisite emerald in a setting of craggy rocks
rising from the azure-blue of Mediterranean Sea. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures,
it celebrates with passion the arts, culture, outstanding cuisine,
restoration of mind and body, and high-adrenaline activities like
the Formula One Grand Prix, casino gaming, land and water sports
and exciting nightlife. The magnificent design, decor and service
of its hotels more than meet expectations, while experienced
destination management companies specialize in unique events
P O R T U G A L
Queluz National Palace, Queluz Sintra
Portugal enjoys along legacy dating from pre- history to Roman Moorish
and Celtic influences on its culture. On
the bank of the river Tagus, Lisbon is a city whose legendary history
stretches back over twenty centuries.
The maritime Voyages of Discovery turned Lisbon into one of the world’s
great ports and the centre of an empire that stretched from Brazil in the
West to India in the East. On the banks of the river, great monuments
testify to that history.
After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa Pombalina downtown was rebuilt in
the classical style while many of its adjoining medieval neighborhoods
survived and are now home to an amazing array of stores, restaurants and
cafés. Lisbon’s exceptional and highly individualistic light has
charmed writers, photographers and filmmakers with the polychrome façade
tiles serving to create a particular atmosphere.
are generally in the city centre. Some still retain the old structures
of Muslim and medieval origin, with courtyards where people usually
gather. The typical features of these quarters are old houses, narrow
streets, wrought-iron balconies, tiled façades and a friendly,
welcoming atmosphere. The best and most pleasant way to visit these
quarters is by "eléctrico" (tram). And be sure not to miss a
stroll by the River Tagus and lunch at the Santo Amaro docks.
Slovenia is: a hint of the Renaissance
photo: B. Jakse S. Jersic
Slovenia, the fourth smallest member of
the European Union in terms of area, boasts an
extraordinary diversity of landscapes
in a relatively small territory. Slovenia`s cities and towns offer
more than history, monuments, churches, museums, and restaurants with
delicious food and drink; they are also the venues of numerous events,
from minor festivities only found on the local calendar to traditional
world-renowned events. Our cities and towns not only offer the ancient
cores where their life began millenniums ago but also serve as starting
points for excursions into the immediate and more distant surroundings
where many historical and natural sites wait to be discovered.
further information, use this link to contact the Slovenian Tourist Board.
Both residents and numerous visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made
to the measure of man. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European
city, but it has
preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while
providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a very unique
city dotted with pleasant picturesque places where you can expect all
kinds of nice little surprises. During winter, its dreamy central
European character prevails, and during summer its relaxed Mediterranean
feel. Due to its geographical position, Ljubljana is a perfect base for
exploring the many faces and beauties of Slovenia.
Follow this link for further
S A N M A R I N O
Thousands of years of tradition
in an ancient
Marino evocative traditions are based on authentic, documented
history which saw the ancient standard raised, the sound of the clarions
blaring and the cross-bows taking aim. Never attacking, but ever defending
ancient freedoms. Every year for a full week the various historic
centre undergoes a metamorphosis; the multi-colored daytime tourist paths
become a of living theatre where actors create a climate of
colors, notes and emotion
San Marino, located on Mt. Titano in north central Italy, is 24 square
miles and has 29,000 residents. The country claims to be the oldest state
in Europe, having been founded in the fourth century.
under Northern Lights
Denmark is: The Royal Danish
Even though Denmark is one of the
smallest countries in Europe, great experiences await the visitor.
Great diversity separated by short distances is a wonderful
characteristics of Denmark.
marvelous Scandinavian city offers the best of the modern and
traditional, friendly Nordic hospitality, plus wonderful arts and
culture. Much of the city's architecture reflects its long history in ancient
castles and palaces. The historical city centre is a maze of
narrow streets and cobbled squares, while beyond you may enjoy open
spaces, parks and gardens.
Helsinki Photo: Matti Tirri © City of Helsinki
Finland stretches from the Arctic Circle to
the Baltic Sea. This is a country where sophistication and
technology exist in complete harmony with nature.
Without doubt, Helsinki is one of Europe's trendiest and most fashionable
capitals. A centre of traditional and contemporary arts, great
performances, shopping and a traditional cuisine in transition to
is: the art of Edvard Munch
in Norway tend to be small compared to their counterparts in other
European countries. However, this makes for easy movement as you
explore a culture that includes Vikings, famous authors, actors,
composers and artists.
dance and ballet
choreographed by Mats Ek
From untouched wilderness, to
relaxing on a cruise in the island-rich archipelago, or standing
on the top of a snow-covered mountain, to hanging out at a bar at
one of Europe's finest nightclubs, this is Sweden where life
is to be enjoyed.
S P A I N
Spain is: the art of
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez
Links to tourism and cultural organizations in
the following destinations in Spain
Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city on the sea. A city which is the perfect place for a stroll. Barcelona opens
its doors so that you can enjoy its wealth of history and
culture, its attractive range of shops, excellent cuisine, and a whole
host of leisure attractions. The climate, the Mediterranean light, the people, the beaches and its
atmosphere invite you to experience it to the fullest at any time of the
day or night
history of Granada can be dated back further than even ancient
times, perhaps its founding lay at the hands of Noah’s daughter
or, conversely, the daughter of Hercules named Granata. History, invariably an aesthetic option, assures us that in
Granada there once stood important Iberian and Roman
Though its origins of both the Alhambra and Generalife are
confused, there are clear remains from the 9th century, the
Alhambra’s most brilliant creations date from the Nasrid Empire
and the reign of Carlos V, between the 13th and 16th centuries.
The history of Madrid
dates from its 9th century origins by the Moors. A modern city
offering visitors a wide variety of arts and cultural attractions
including an architectural heritage of the highest
quality. Features a preserved
medieval village, a quarter known as Madrid of the Austrian, the Plaza
Mayor the Plaza de la Villa with a superb Baroque City Hall Building,
and the Royal Palace. The Museo del Prado heads an impressive list
of museums, galleries and botanical gardens. Seville
Numerous and varied cultures have
been present in Seville's history. The city's cultural,
monumental and artistic legacy gained over the centuries can be
admired in it's streets and museums. Seville's dark origins have
provided legends such as the one that attributes Hercules as
it's founder. In order to appreciate the ancient history of
Seville, one must visit the Museo Arqueológico (Archaeological
Museum), a spectacular site in itself; once a Pavilion of the
1929 Exhibition. Here one can observe the remains of cultures
that traveled from across the Mediterranean, bringing with them
their distant gods.
Plaza de Platerías, Santiago de Compostela
is one of the Spanish cities
with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the “city of the
three cultures”, because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived
together there for centuries, behind its walls Toledo preserves
an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches,
palaces, fortresses, mosques and synagogues. This great
diversity of artistic styles makes the old quarter of the
capital of La Mancha a real open-air museum, which has led to it
being declared a World Heritage Site.
Portrait: from El Greco to Picasso
Tinteretto at the Museo del
Palace of the Planet King
A Thousand Years of
Art in Barcelona
S W I T Z E R L A N D
Switzerland is: the shores of Lake
to tourism organizations in the following Swiss destinations.
A glimpse into the middle ages in Stein am
Rein. Staff Photo
The “Quality Label for Swiss
Tourism” programme is supported by all major Swiss tourism associations.
Its purpose is to encourage establishments to enhance and safeguard the
quality of service in Switzerland. Baden
(Zurich Region) (no local website, visit
My Switzerland The Roman spa city of Baden has kept much of its earlier appearance,
with the old town stamped by late-Gothic style. City tower, church and
town hall bear witness to the city's high status in old Switzerland.
Baden was also the seat of the Brown and Boveri industrial families.
It is to their passion for Impressionism that the city owes its
gratitude for the Langmatt Museum, one of Switzerland's loveliest art
In this former centre of humanist scholarship, art and culture still
occupy an important position. With the city's enormous range of
culinary and cultural offerings, visitors may enjoy themselves to the
The Old Town of Bern has been featured in the list of UNESCO
World Heritage Sites since 1983. Take a stroll around this
fabulous cultural site and enjoy the charm of the covered arcades,
cobbled streets and decorated facades. Also of note are: the
Cathedral, Clock Tower, Bear Pits, Houses of Parliament and
Bundesplatz, River Aare, over 100 fountains, arcades, Zoological
Gardens. These and many more are key sights of Bern.
Chur (no local website, visit
My Switzerland) The "gateway to Graubünden", Chur, is
proud of its 5000-year-old cultural history. This considered
Switzerland's' oldest settlement, with a city centre that retains an
old-town charm. The influence of neighbouring countries is still
evident in the Gothic old town (built in the 15th & 16th centuries)
and testifies to the skill of Italian master builders.
"The smallest of the big capital cities boasts a wide array of music,
opera, theatre, musicals, dance and cinema events, as well as an
capital of Switzerland's Bernese Oberland is located between the lakes
of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.
Dominated by the Old Town, bearing witness to its
rich medieval past with its Gothic Cathedral and historic homes, has its
theatres, corps de ballet, musical ensembles,
Summer festivals – a really exceptional European city of art and
Locarno The Piazza Grande is the heart of Locarno's city centre. In the
old town, patrician houses with concealed balconies bear witness to
the supremacy of this once-wealthy trading metropolis. The Casa Rusca
Gallery is one of Locarno's most beautiful palaces: its huge
collection includes works by celebrated Dadaists. Galleries, shops and
cafés line the lanes of this city which boasts the mildest climate in
Switzerland. Locarno`s landmark is the pilgrimage church of Madonna
del Sasso - a place of prayer with extraordinary views over the lake
Whether it be opera or theater, contemporary dance or cabaret,
technological rarities from the history of transportation, precious
works by Picasso and Klee, a large-scale panorama painting, findings
from the Stone Age, folklore from the region, doubtful records and
comical events, concerts and festivals with classical or modern music,
world music or folk music - Lucerne has the right program for every
The architectural beauty of Lugano,
Switzerland's third most important banking city, is awe-inspiring.
It's no wonder that over the last 50 years, Ticino has become one of
the most important regions in terms of architecture. The most renowned
representatives of the Ticino School are Luigi Snozzi and Mario Botta.
Botta`s Banca del Gottardo building on Viale Franscini, Palazzo
Ransila on Via Pretorio and his atelier on the Via Ciani are examples
of his striking style.
Region Lake Maggiore or Verbano, Switzerland's second largest basin,
with its blue waters offers nature, parks, reserves, mountains,
flowers, valleys and everything you could wish for in an invigorating
filled with relaxation and excitement! A mountain range encloses
the lake basin: dominating this incredible landscape is the huge
Alpine chain of Monte Rosa, Europe’s second highest peak.
Only 50km as the crow flies separate Lake Maggiore’s waters from this
“Himalayan” region with mountaintops that reach over 4000 metres in
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, a lake adjoining three
countries in the north of Switzerland are the main elements of
the region St.Gallen-Lake Constance. Come and experience
the city of books close to the beautiful landscape of the "Swabian
St. Moritz is one of the most famous holiday resorts in the world, and
its name is synonymous with quality and elegance.
Stein am Rhein
Stein am Rhein, a picturesque country town in the county of
Schaffhausen, is a medieval gem that exudes tranquility and charm -
painted facades, pretty oriels and a riverside promenade invite you to
stroll and enjoy the sights. The square is bordered by
houses with painted facades and neat bays, and by splendid
half-timbered houses. Overlooking the town is the Castle of
Hohenklingen, built into the forest and vineyards. St. Georgen, a very
well preserved Benedictine Cloister, was built from the 14th to the
16th century, and is, together with the museum, well worth visiting.
Winterthur The sixth largest city in Switzerland with
around 96,000 inhabitants and the largest interconnected
pedestrianized area in Europe is waiting for you. The city’s medieval
centre pulsates at every hour of the day. Shops, restaurants, markets
and festivals bring the historical walls alive. The varied cultural
offer, from experimental theatre to internationally-famed museums,
will thrill all culture enthusiasts.
In Zürich everything is that bit smaller - but with so many things to
do, this simply means you have all the more time for an unforgettable
visit. Located next to Lake Zürich with stunning views of the Swiss
Alps, this exciting city is just 10 minutes away from its international
Links to Regional Tourism
Lake Geneva Region
The Matterhorn Region
Stein am Rhein - Window on the Middle Ages
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is so much to explore in this land of historic cities,
You may pursue your discovery on dramatic
gentle rolling pastures, incomparable theatre, cathedral
cities, country lanes or in the quintessential English garden.
scene. Brighton and
& Hove is an extremely photogenic city and is often featured as one of
the UK's most popular tourist destinations on TV or in newspapers and
crowning glory is the 13th century Rows - two-tiers of shops running
along the main streets. You'll find nothing like them anywhere else in
the world. The City Walls were built by Romans, extended by
Anglo-Saxons, invaded by Vikings, strengthened by Norman battle-lords, blasted
by Cromwell's cannons, restored by the Victorians and cherished by all
today, they are simply the finest in Britain.
of England (East Anglia)
This link will take you to the official visitor site
for the East of England - covering the counties of Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
by the picturesque Cotswold Hills and ideally located in the heart of
the country, the city of Gloucester has a vibrant, lively atmosphere
that combines a rich historic past with all the excitement of a modern
Choir Stalls St Pauls Cathedral, London
One of the world's most popular and accessible cities with
a varied and exciting cosmopolitan
links to information on Historic Warwick, Kenilworth,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Royal Leamington Spa and South Warwickshire.
Take a city break to Brighton, Oxford, Canterbury, or Winchester.
Discover the coast of the South East with The Isle of Wight,
Portsmouth, Chichester, or Eastbourne. Escape into the countryside
of Kent, Cotswolds, The River Thames, The New Forest or The South
The South West of England stretches from
Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds down to Dorset and westwards as far as
Lands End in Cornwall. It includes the wide open spaces of Dartmoor and
Exmoor, picturesque villages with thatched cottages nestling in amongst
rolling hills, the Roman city of Bath, Stonehenge, and a magnificent and
varied coastline dotted with fishing villages, seaside resorts, and 600
miles of coastal footpath.
Beautiful Beaches - The Southport & Sefton coastline
is renowned for its beautiful beaches. Southport, Formby, and
Ainsdale are regularly awarded the ENCAMS Seaside Award Flags. The
beaches must pass rigorous tests including the provision of first
aid facilities, good access for mobility impaired people and ensure
the sands have a high standard of cleanliness.
England's most famous medieval city
its Viking and
heritage. Visit the stunning
York Minster, enjoy Stonegate and Shambles shopping and live the
York history at the JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum
and York Castle Museum. York is a compact walled riverside
city and home to countless world-class attractions, museums and
galleries. York is a year round destination offering a lively café
bar and restaurant culture and vibrant entertainment and festivals.
Yorkshire has a fascinating and intriguing history,
with stories of romance, violence, heroism and adversity spanning
over 2000 years. Monuments of centuries shaped by the hands of Roman
and Viking invaders and medieval monks have been preserved to
recount such tales. Yorkshire has been witness to a great deal of
national history, including Roman invasions, Viking settlements,
Saxon successes, Monarchy changing battles, the foundation of
Methodism, great aristocracy and the industrial revolution.
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S C O T L A N D
Golf in Scotland
The Queen's Course at Gleneagles
wild and dramatic scenery with castles, battlefields and ancient
settlements combined with modern, cultured, vibrant cities.
Aberdeen & Grampian The capital of the Grampian Highlands is even more unique thanks to
the treasures on its doorstep. Follow the
taking in 13 of the finest gems the
region has to offer. Or head to the
where picturesque fishing villages and
dramatic cliff top scenery are waiting to be explored. Play on
courses or follow in Queen Victoria’s footsteps – the choice is
Uncover a different part of Scotland, where two thousand years of
magic, mystery, and romance, are interwoven across a land as
unspoiled as it is rich in history, tradition and culture. Whatever
your reason for visiting Scotland, explore for yourself the legacy
of ancient peoples, kings and queens, adventurers and inventors.
Enjoy a contrasting landscape, where rugged coastlines, gentle
lowlands and Highland Glens, merge easily and unexpectedly, and
produce world-class golf locations set against dramatic and
the late 18th century, Edinburgh consisted, almost exclusively, of what
known as the Old Town - where you’ll find the Castle, Royal
Mile and Grassmarket).
The University was founded in 1583, setting
in motion the city’s educational and
professional development. The
Bank of Scotland was founded in 1695, the first of
many new ventures
that would see Edinburgh established as a leading financial
the end of the 20th century.
'The Kingdom of Fife' is the perfect setting for a short break or a longer stay on
Scotland's sunny east coast. Whatever you want to explore -
the country's best-kept beaches, the world home of golf in St
Andrews, the delightful East Neuk fishing villages, the historic
capital of Dunfermline, it's all in the Kingdom of Fife.
Clyde Valley Greater
Glasgow & Clyde Valley is one of Europe’s most exciting and
beautiful destinations, which combines the energy and sophistication of
a great international city with some of Scotland’s most spectacular
scenery. Glasgow is an architectural dream: Victorian red &
honey sandstone, Italianate steeples and medieval spires sit
harmoniously with neo-gothic towers, the sensuous Art Nouveau of Charles
Rennie Mackintosh and the titanium, glass and steel of the contemporary
city. Glasgow has an amazing portfolio of more than twenty museums and
galleries – many of them free – including the unique Burrell
Collection, stunning Mackintosh House and cool and contemporary Gallery
of Modern Art.
The Highlands of
Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board has put together a list of fifty
favorite things to do in the Highlands that cost little or nothing
link for more information.
Orkney Orkney is an archipelago of 70 or so islands and skerries, of
which 17 are currently inhabited. Orkney can be found off the
northern tip of Scotland, lying on latitude 59° North, where the
North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The Islands cover an area
of 974 square kilometres, of which more than half is taken up by
the Mainland, which is the group’s largest island. The islands are
about 85 km from north to south and 37 km from east to west.
Approximately 20,000 people live in Orkney, the majority of which
live in the main towns of Kirkwall and Stromness.
Wales is a land of legend, song, powerful
wizards, and rumors of fire-breathing dragons,. Indeed there
are sheep, more sheep, still more sheep and a fair bit of natural
beauty. And, you just might stumble upon an ancient standing
stone or a Celtic cross. it could happen. it could.