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Austria

INNSBRUCK
A fantastic circle of mountains surround this Alpine destination.  These picturesque slopes offer up year-round activities from hiking and rafting in the summer, to skiing in the winter.
KITZBÜHEL
The cozy Tyrolean town of Kitzbühel is home to the annual Hahnenkamm ski race.  This race is widely considered the most dangerous, and most prestigious, ski race on the World Cup Circuit.
View of SalzburgSALZBURG
Salzburg is a fantastic mountain destination on the border between Germany and Austria.  Come see the musical town that gave birth to both Mozart and The Sound of Music
Statue at Salzburg ResidenzARCHBISHOP'S PALACE (Residenz) The splendid Salzburg Residenz was home to the city's ruling Archbishops and today has been turned into an art museum. Statues in Salzburg's DomplatzDOM is Salzburg's main Cathedral, located downtown in the Domplatz.  This ornately decorated church has the capacity to hold 10,000 people.
Fransiscan Church in SalzburgFRANCISCAN CHURCH (Franziskanerkirche) was Salzburg's main Church before the construction of the Dom.  These two cathedrals are located just a few steps away from each other in Salzburg's Altstadt (Old City). View of SalzburgHOHENSALZBURG FORTRESS
This extensive fortress in Salzburg sits atop a hill overlooking the city.  A tour of the complex will take you through ornate palatial chambers and up to the top of the fortress for a magnificent view of the city.
KarlskircheVIENNA
The capital city of Vienna is filled with history.  From the grand palaces to its baroque churches on its wide boulevards, this city echoes its past as the home of the Hapsburgs and at the helm of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Stephansdom in the Old TownSTEPHANSDOM (St. Stephens Cathedral) dominates the Old Town.  It towers above shoppers and sightseeings in Stephansplatz.  Hofburg PalaceHOFBURG The Imperial Palace of the Hapsburg Family is a grand complex of buildings, monuments, statues, and gardens.
Karlskirche (St. Charles Church)KARLSKIRCHE St. Charles Church lies just south of the Ring.  This majestic church with is beautiful reflecting pool is the largest Baroque church north of the Alps. Kunsthistorisches MuseumKUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM Vienna's Museum of Art History exhibits the great works of art collected by the Hapsburg Emperors and Empresses.
Urban TransportationURBAN TRANSPORTATION Tired of walking?  Find out the various modes of urban transportation Vienna has to offer its citizens and visitors alike. VIENNA PANORAMAS Check out our panorama shots from around Vienna!  We have Karlskirche, Stephansdom (inside and out) and the Kunsthistorisches Musuem.

Belgium

bruges
Visit this picturesque Belgian city and delight in the perfectly preserved medieval maze of canals, open plazas, and row houses.
BRUGES PHOTOS
Take a look at our photos of this beautiful canal city.
BRUGES HOTELS
Wondering where to stay?  Take a look at our Bruges hotel recommendations!
View our Bruges Panorama Pages:
BRUGES PANORAMAS
BRUGES NIGHT PANORAMAS
BRUGES BELFORT PANORAMA
BRUGES MAP
Use our map of Dachau to guide you to your destination.
BRUSSELS
Visit this center of Belgian culture, featuring the majestic UNESCO World Heritage Grand-Place.

Czech Republic

Pilsen Town HallPILSEN is well known among beer connoisseurs as the home of the Pilsner Urquell brand Czech beer, as well as the birthplace of the pilsner type of beer.
 
Prague CastlePrague
Visit Europe's "Golden City" and experience the magical quality of Prague's medieval buildings and Gothic spires.  This well preserved European capital is a feast for the eyes.
Charles BridgeCHARLES BRIDGE (Karlův Most) The Charles Bridge is a landmark in and of itself.  Prague's most famous bridge was built in 1357, but its statues were not added until 1657.  Bazaar in the New TownNEW TOWN (Nové Město) Prague's New Town encircles its Old Town on the eastern banks of the river.  You will find museums, markets, and a bustling nightlife in this part of the city.
Tyn Church in Old Town SquareOLD TOWN (Staré Město) The Old Town holds many of Prague's most notable sights, including the Gothic Spires of the Tyn Church (Před Týnem), the Astronomical Clock (Orloj), and the famed Old Town Square. Prague CastlePRAGUE CASTLE (Pražský Hrad) Located on the West Bank of the River Vltava, Prague Castle forms one of the distinguishing landmarks on the city's skyline. 
 
State Opera HouseCLASSICAL MUSIC AND OPERA Classical Music is everywhere in Prague.  Tickets are cheap and the performances are superb.  

France

REIMS
Reims, in the heart of France's Champagne region, is the home of Notre Dame de Reims, the cathedral where generations of French Kings received their crowns.
Tour de france
Visit the world's largest bicycle race.  While it's easier to feel the influx of thousands of tourists in a small alpine town, big cities will have more distractions should you tire of the cycling crowd.  Eithey way, you are bound to have a good time visiting the Tour.

Germany

Selecting a restaurant
Read our travel tips so that you can make the best decisions on where to eat!
Dining OUT
Now that you've selected a restaurant, find out what
to expect inside!
BEER Dictionary
Confounded by the numerous beer types available in Germany?  Read out guide to navigate your path to your favorite type of beer!
Shopping
Planning on doing any shopping in Germany?  Check out our guide on German customs and sizes.
TribergBlack Forest
Venture into the heart of the forest where the trees grow so close together they block out the light from above.  Enjoy this fantasyland of chocolate cakes and cuckoo clocks.
TribergTRIBERG  This frequent tourist destination has it all: waterfalls, cuckoo clocks, woodworks, and Black Forest cake. Gutach WasserfallGUTACH RIVER WASSERFALL  In the city of Triberg, the Gutach River falls in a series of cascades to form Germany's tallest waterfalls.
Maria in der TanneMARIA IN DER TANNE  This small baroque church lies in Triberg and is worth a visit. Black Forest CakeBLACK FOREST CAKE  Venture into the Black Forest and have a slice of this delicious specialty!
TRIBERG MAP
Take a look at our map of Triberg and the Gutach River Wasserfall Hike.
 
Dachau Concentration CampDachau
Visit the first Nazi Concentration Camp, located just outside of Munich.  Over 206,000 prisoners would pass through this slave labor camp from 1933 to 1945.
DACHAU PANORAMA
 
DACHAU MAP
Use our map of Dachau to guide you to your destination.
Hitler's Eagle's NestEagle's Nest
Adolf Hitler's Eagle's Nest lies atop a mountain in the southeastern corner of Germany.  Visit this magnificent monument and marvel at the breathtaking views of the German and Austrian Alps.
EAGLE'S NEST MAP
Use our map of Hitler's Eagle's Nest to guide you to your destination.
 
GARMISCH
Whatever you're looking for, whether it's paragliding and hiking in the summer, to skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or leisurely mountain drives and wondrous mountain castles, this is the place for you.
Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.
Hohenschwangau CastleHohenschwangau
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the castle Bavaria's Mad King Ludwig grew up in.
 
Hohenzollern CastleHohenZOLLERN
This idyllic castle looks like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale:  with its tall towers and seven successive gates.
HOHENZOLLERN MAP
Take a look at our map of Hohenzollern Castle and the surrounding areas.
 
LICHTENSTEIN CASTLE
This beautiful little castle just south of Stuttgart is precariously perched on a crag high above the valley below.
LICHTENSTEIN PANORAMA
 
 
Ludwisgburg CastleLUDWIGSBURG CASTLE
This magnificent castle and its extensive grounds are often referred to as the Versailles of Southern Germany.  The baroque palaces are one of the highlights of the German state of Baden-Württemburg. 
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival, held every fall, features pumpkin foods and pumpkin artwork on the castle grounds.
 
MunichMunich
Munich (München) is well known for its Oktoberfest festivities and for its delicious yeast-wheat beers (Hefeweizen).  But the capital of Bavaria has much to offer tourists not just in October, but all year round.
FRAUENKIRCHE  Munich's twin-towered cathedral is one of its most famous city landmarks, and lies in the heart of the city. HOFBRÄUHAUS  The largest beer hall in Munich is a must-see attraction.  Enjoy the atmosphere, the live band, and the beer songs! 
NEUES RATHAUS  Munich's sprawling New Town Hall is a majestic sight in the center of the city.  It is also home to Munich's world famous Glockenspiel clock. RESIDENZ  This palace features an astonishing array of Bavarian treasure. 
 
SCHLOSS NYMPHENBURG  The Wittelsbach family's summer villa lies in Western Munich.   OLYMPIAPARK  Visit this park in Northern Munich which was built for the 1972 Olympics.
Urban TransportationURBAN TRANSPORTATION Travel around Munich using the city's excellent public transportation system. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS This city contains too much to visit on just one trip!  If you've been here before, try visiting these other worthwhile, but lesser known sights.
Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Neuschwanstein in the Spring 
 
Neuschwanstein in the Winter 
Neuschwanstein in the Fall
 
 
Ulm CathedralUlm
The city of Ulm dates as far back as 854 AD.  It's cathedral lays claim to having the world's tallest steeple, and after you have climbed the 768 steps to the top you won't argue this fact.
PANORAMA PHOTOS
Check out our Ulm Cathedral panorama.
 

Holy See (Vatican)

Vatican CityVATICAN CITY
Wander through the tiny papal enclave in the heart of Rome which today comprises the world's smallest country.
SISTINE CHAPEL (Cappella Sistina) is a part of the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani), which make up the world's largest museum complex. ST. PETER'S BASILICA  (Basicilica di San Pietro) is the magnificent heart of the Catholic Church, which lies on the burial site of St. Peter. 

Check out our Vatican City panorama pictures!

 

Ireland

DUBLIN
Ireland's capital is home to the ever famous Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate.
GuinNess Brewery
The Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate is a Dublin institution, and a highlight of any trip to the Emerald Isle.
sean's bar
In a nation known for its pubs, this pub is the absolute oldest, as documented by the good folks at the Guinness Book of World Records.

Italy

ColosseumROME
Visit Italy's bustling capital for a true walk through the history books.  Rome is a delight for all travelers.  Whether you're looking for history, architecture, art, or just a great meal, you'll find it in Rome.
Castel Sant' AngeloCASTEL SANT' ANGELO is a small castle on the banks of the Tevere River located just outside of the Vatican.  ColosseumCOLOSSEUM
This 2,000 year old stadium is the worlds largest surviving structure from Ancient Rome.
Pantheon CielingPANTHEON The Pantheon is a marvel of Ancient Roman architecture.  The building was designed to be able to hold a perfect sphere. PIAZZA NAVONA The Piazza Navona is an exceptionally long open plaza which owes its unusual shape to the Roman racetrack which once stood here.
Roman ForumROMAN FORUM (Foro Romano E Palatino) The Forum was the marketplace of Ancient Rome and also served as the business district and civic center. Spanish StepsSPANISH STEPS (Piazza Di Spagne E Salinata Della Trinità Dei Monti) These famous steps lie at the heart of Rome's shopping area.
Trevi FountainTREVI FOUNTAIN (Fontana Di Trevi) The intricate sculptures and clear water make this fountain the perfect place to while the day away. Vatican CityVATICAN CITY
Here you will find magnificent sights such as St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which make up the world's largest museum complex.
WHERE TO STAY Find out which parts of the city to stay near...and which parts to avoid! Urban TransportationURBAN TRANSPORTATION Tired of walking?  Like any other city, Rome offers several modes of transportation.
ROME MAP
Take a look at our map of Rome, which includes both the yellow and blue metro routes and points out the locations of the different highlights around the city!
PANORAMA PHOTO
Check out our Panorama of the Colosseum.
Venice's Grand CanalVenice
Take a stroll along Venice's world famous canals and view the magnificent works of art in the city's many art museums and historic cathedrals.
Piazza San MarcoPiazza San Marco The grandest of Venice's grand squares.  This Piazza offers much to visitors, with the Basilica San Marco, views from the clock tower, and the surrounding markets. Canal GrandeCanal Grande The Grand Canal is Venice's version of Main Street.  The 4 km long canal forms an 'S' curve through the middle of the city, slicing right along Venice's grandest tourist sights. 
Rialto BridgeRIALTO BRIDGE Venice only has three bridges which cross its Grand Canal.  Of these three bridges, the Bridge at Rialto is the most famous.  Santa Maria Della SaluteSanta Maria Della Salute Chiesa Santa Maria della Salute is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Venice. 
Gallerie Dell'AccademiaGallerie Dell'Accademia Venice's greatest art museum boasts masterpieces from the great Venetian masters. VENICE MAP
Take a look at our map of Venice, which includes common Vaporetto routes and points out the locations of the different highlights around the city!
WHERE TO STAY Find out which parts of the city to stay near...and which parts to avoid! WATER TRANSPORTATION Tired of walking?  Like any other city, Venice offers several modes of transportation.  The catch is that they all travel on water.
VENETIAN SOUVENIRS Curious about what to buy in Venice? LAGOON ISLANDS Visit a part of Venice most tourists never see!

Malta

Harbor in VallettaValLetta
Valetta is the capital of Malta and home to much of its long history.
Streets of Pacevillepaceville
Paceville-St. Julian's is the main tourist hub outside of Valetta.  Here you will find the biggest hotels and the rowdiest crowds at night.

Portugal

lisbon
Portugal's capital features monuments, shopping and nightlife.  Not to mention a UNESCO World Heritage sight.  You won't want to miss this great city!
BAIXA AND PRAÇA DO COMERCIO
Praça do Comercio (Commerce Square), on the Tagus River, is the beginning of Lisbon's Baixa, or downtown district.
BAIRRO ALTO AND ELEVADOR DE SANTA JUSTA
This area functions as a residential, shopping, and entertainment district. 
ALFAMA AND CASTEL SÃO JORGE
This district retains a Moorish flavor, and is topped by the Castel São Jorge (St. George's Castle).
TORRE DE BELÉM & MONOSTEIRO DOS JERONIMOS
This monument-packed neighborhood on the Tagus River, west of downtown, features a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
PARQUE DAS NAÇÕES
Visit this popular pedestrian area featuring shops, restaurants, and one of the world's largest aquariums.
PANORAMA PHOTOS
Check out our Lisbon and Sintra panoramas.
MY TRIP TO PORTUGAL
Read what I did to learn from my discoveries...and mistakes.
LISBON AND SINTRA MAPS
Take a look at our maps
to get acquainted with the city, landmarks, and public transportation system.
SINTRA
Visit the exotic castles and palaces of Portugal's royal past.  This is a second UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Portugal. 
CASTELO DOS MOUROS
Explore the walls and parapets of this 9th Century Moorish Castle perched on a hill high above town.
PENA PALACE
This 19th Century castle contains an eclectic mixture of tastes and concepts from Europe, Asia, and Africa.
SINTRA NATIONAL PALACE
The best preserved medieval royal palace in Portugal.
PANORAMA PHOTOS
Check out our Lisbon and Sintra panoramas.
MY TRIP TO PORTUGAL
Read what I did to learn from my discoveries...and mistakes.
LISBON AND SINTRA MAPS
Take a look at our maps
to get acquainted with the city, landmarks, and public transportation system.

Slovakia

BRATISLAVA
The capital and largest city of Slovakia boasts a beautifully restored city center featuring Gothic or Baroque architecture and cobblestone streets.

Slovenia

BLED
Astoundingly beautiful church nestled on an island in a blue alpine lake -- you will scarcely believe your eyes.  This jaw-dropping vista is straight out of a fairytale.
LJUBLJANA
Charming, compact, and easy to explore on foot.  Ljubljana boasts outdoor cafes and a hearty nightlife.
PANORAMA PHOTO
Check out our Panorama of Lake Bled and Bled Castle.
 

Spain

bARCELONA
Barcelona is the ideal destination for tourists looking for a bit of sun, history, seafood, architecture, and an excellent nightlife.  Read our vacation and travel tips on what to see and do in about this exuberant, vibrant city!
Barside Eatery at the Boqueria MarketBOQUERÍA MARKET (Mercat De La Boquería) This Barcelona market located just off of La Rambla is a fantastic place to visit and to eat. CatedralCATHEDRAL (Catedral) Barcelona's magnificent Gothic Cathedral is the highlight of the city's Gothic Quarter and Old City.
TEMPLE EXPIATORI DE LA SAGRADA FAMILÍA is Barcelona's most outstanding landmark, and was the brainchild of the famous Catalonian architect and artist Antoni Gaudí. La RamblaLA RAMBLA is the most famous street in Barcelona, and one of the most famous boulevards in the world.  At all times of night and day, you will find pedestrians, tourists, and vendors on this busy street.
MONTSERRAT is a wonderful day trip from Barcelona into the mountains inland from the city. Barcelona's Old CityOLD CITY (Ciutat Vella) is a jumble of narrow pedestrian streets and squares which are the remnants of the old Roman garrison.
Port Vell recreational areaOLD PORT (Port Vell) is a renovated recreation area that features bridges, walkways, restaurants, and Europe's largest aquarium. Olympic MonumentOLYMPIC RING (Anella Olímpica) is the 1992 Summer Olympic Complex, which overlooks the city.
 
Beach at the Olympic VillageOLYMPIC VILLAGE (Villa Olímpica) district is where you will find Barcelona's beaches and the largest concentration of restaurants, pubs, and clubs in the city.  

Switzerland

Appenzell
This area in Eastern Switzerland is a hiking wonderland.  The extensive network or trails and alpine huts make this village and its amazing scenery a must-see for any traveler. 
HIKING TRAILS
Appenzell is a hiker's paradise.  Check out our recommended routes. 
EBENALP CABLE CAR STATION
The Wasserauen-Ebenalp cable car station is the gateway to Appenzellerland.
INTERLAKEN AND LAUTERBRUNNEN
The Bernese Oberland is known for its extremes.  Extreme heights, extreme slopes, and extreme sports.  This is the home of canyoning, waterfall bathing, and the world famous Jungfrau.
INTERLAKEN MAPS
Take a look at our maps
to get acquainted with the Interlaken area of Central Switzerland.
 
LUCERNE
This remarkable town in Central Switzerland is perfectly positioned on the lake with beautiful mountain sights all around.
MONTREUX
"Ritzy" and "Gorgeous" are two words that sum up this retreat on the shores of Lake Geneva.  This town is also home to the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival.
SPIEZ AND THUN
These cozy Swiss towns on Lake Thun feature old wooden bridges, castles, and a beautiful lakeside location for relaxing and kayaking. 
ZERMATT AND Z'MUTT
Zermatt is well known as a skiing destination.  However, this town in the shadow of the world famous Matterhorn i also a wonderful place to spend your summer holiday.

United Kingdom

NORTHERN IRELAND
This area in Eastern Switzerland is a hiking wonderland.  The extensive network or trails and alpine huts make this village and its amazing scenery a must-see for any traveler. 
BELFAST
The once war-torn capital of Northern Ireland has bounced back in the past decade to become one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom.
Antrim Coast
North Antrim's rugged coastline is home to tower cliffs, rope bridges, secluded harbors, and green islets.
GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the natural wonders of the world, these rock formations on Northern Ireland's coast are truly a sight to behold.
 

Other

Hohenzollern CastleCASTLES
If you want to visit a castle, you won't have to look too far.  Castles, whether they be new or old, large or small, dot the l
andscape of every country in Europe.  Here are our favorites.
Tapping the Keg at the Stuttgart FruhlingsfestFESTIVALS
If there's one thing European's know how to do, it's throwing a big party. Europeans just love to celebrate life in general, and will take any reason to throw a good party.  Here are our favorite European Festivals.
 


 

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