Germany Travel Guide

Frankfurt

From the ashes of WWII, Frankfurt has risen to become the beautiful, sleek and cosmopolitan city that it is today. Although it is Germany’s fifth largest city in actual size, it has attracted so many people since its rebirth that it has the country’s second highest population with 5 million people, right behind Berlin. Although the city has gone through a major facelift, the original charm is still evident in restored buildings and landmarks, such as museums, cathedrals, nightclubs and theatre houses scattered around the city.

Frankfurt is home to so many banking institutions within Europe that it has come to be known as ‘Bankfurt’ or ‘Mainhattan’ (referring to the river Main that runs through it and seeming like a smaller New York City). However, Frankfurt is no concrete jungle because much of Germany has a national obsession with preserving nature and this city is no different. You will be amazed by the lush gardens that flourish around the skyscrapers.

The Sachsenhausen area of Frankfurt is of particular interest to sightseers. There is pretty much everything you’ll need right on these blocks. The riverside provides a serene backdrop whilst you shop and dine in the prominent area. The nearby Romerberg area of Frankfurt is one of the few strings of blocks that still have a majority of older European style buildings. The old European charm stands out from the rest of contemporary Frankfurt.

Hamburg

Located in northern Germany, Hamburg is cosmopolitan, modern and the country’s second largest city after Berlin. Hamburg has approximately 31 theatres, 6 music halls, 10 cabarets and 50 state and private museums. Of the 4,000 restaurants, 2,400 offer delicious international cuisine.

The residents of Hamburg take pride in their beautiful residence. After all, Lake Alster is located in the heart of the city and the river Elbe flows along the outskirts. This metropolis is sprinkled with charming canals and bridges and the parks and gardens are abundant, earning Hamburg the deserved title of ‘the greenest city in Germany’. It also has plenty of open air markets selling many original treasures in districts such as Speicherstadt, Jungfernstieg, Aussenalster and the Binnenalster.

Munich

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and the capital of the state of Bavaria. This section of the country has a unique culture from the rest of the country in many ways including its mountainous geography. The people of this region and the city of Munich take excellent care of their environmental surroundings and Bavarian cities and towns whether wealthy or not, are among the best taken care of in Germany. Actually Munich annually makes worldwide lists for top 10 cities with the highest quality of life.

The Bavarian menu leans heavily on meats such as sausage and game, accented with cabbage and of course world class tasty beers. In fact there are over 20 main beer tents and over 6000 licensed bars and cafes in Munich alone. Bavarians place great value on their cuisine as well as their leisure time. Pull up your lederhosen and head on over to the Marienplatz, and see the world-famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a giant clock with life sized figures that do the ‘barrel-makers’ dance. Skip on over to the Hofbräuhaus, which is a famous beer hall filled with tourists, music and harmless drunken fun.

UK Travel Guide

Birmingham

The city of Birmingham, England began with a reputation as an intimate yet successful industrial town and has grown to become Britain’s second largest metropolis. The city is still known as the “The workshop of the world” as a quarter of England’s total exports are actually produced here. The people of Birmingham or “Brummies” as they call themselves are a culturally diverse bunch. In fact next to London, Birmingham contains the largest mix of cultures from one area in the country.
Like many major cities in Britain, Birmingham has strong Victorian roots and it is evident in the gorgeous architecture of the city. Many well regarded Victorian pubs in Birmingham can be found throughout the city. The oldest being the Old Crown which was founded in 1450 and the Anchor Inn built in 1797. Do not be mistaken, Birmingham is also a modern cosmopolitan city. £500 million has been pumped into the development of the city over the last twenty years and of course they have the emblematic Selfridges building making Birmingham one of Britain’s finest places for world class shopping, museums, dining and many more leisure activities.

 London

It’s time to see this cosmopolitan and cultural Mecca now. What are you waiting for? This European city is home to approximately 12 million people, with the most varied cultures and religions in Europe. London is energetic and vibrant and is headquarters to many global organizations and companies, no wonder it holds the leading role in world affairs.

Greater London is a vast area consisting of the core city of London and 12 other boroughs. The city of London also known as the Square Mile has much too see and do including Westminster Abbey, the royal residences of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St. James's Palace; the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with its numerous museums and Hyde Park. Other important tourist attractions include St Paul's Cathedral, the National Gallery; the South Bank, the Globe Theatre, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Spend a day like a true Londoner; take in an art exhibit, have fish & chips for lunch, go shopping on Oxford Street, see a football match and cap the night with a pint at a pub in Soho. Stop hesitating and book your cheap ticket to London today!

 Manchester

Manchester is located in northern England and is known for the same pleasures as London. Approximately 2.6 million people live in the core Manchester area while an estimated 11 million live within 50 miles of the city. Manchester is also a university town, with two of England’s largest colleges stationed there. It is world renowned for its hip pubs and electric club scene. In fact it is also labeled ‘Madchester’ by the music community having spawned some of Britain's most famous acts including Joy Division, The Smiths and Oasis just to name a few.

Being a relatively new city in Great Britain, it was born in the industrial revolution when it became one of the world’s leaders in textile manufacturing in 1960. Manchester has grown on its economic boost and has become a vibrant metropolis in the United Kingdom.

 Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland sees over 13 million visitors at their doorstep every year. The reason it has become such an important destination is the combination of medieval atmosphere in the Old Town and the stylish Georgian New Town half of the city. It has that rare combination of metropolitan lively energy in a quaint setting as you can walk or take a scenic bike ride across the city.

On top of the many incredible castles that are spread around the outskirts of Edinburgh, make sure you visit the mysterious and dark side of Old Edinburgh. Start off with taking a tour down the dark alleys that reveal some of the cities so called ‘haunted’ areas. You can also tour the ‘Underground Vaults’ which lie underneath the South Bridge. It was a dark and forgotten area that had been abandoned over 200 years ago and now newly re-discovered. You will not be disappointed with the dramatic setting of this city. Come and discover why Edinburgh has been awarded with UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site status twice over!

Italy Travel Guide

Rome

Rome is really so vast and rich in attractions, that if you stayed for a month, you still wouldn’t see everything. Start with Trastevere, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city . It’s not a tourist laden area and you will find the best wineries and restaurants here. In Rome, you are surrounded by the remnants of the ancient civilization; ruins of villas, temples, baths, theaters and arenas to explore. The Coliseum and The Vatican are definite must sees. The Spanish steps is the perfect place to observe your surroundings and it leads to the Campo De Fiori a lively open-air market square surrounded by narrow streets and smaller offshoot renaissance piazzas. This area is full of bars, Restaurants, pubs and small shops.

Everyone should have their own Roman holiday. The eternal city is one of the most vibrant places in the world and will remain in your heart forever. We’ve all heard that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it certainly takes longer than that to take it all in. So, rent a Vespa and zoom around town just like the locals, the sheer imperial scale of Rome is sure to knock you out!

Venice

For romantics or those just looking for that loving feeling, look no further than Venice. Actually located four kilometers from the mainland, on 97 islands in the Venetian Lagoon, the city is sprinkled with more than 150 canals and 400 bridges. For centuries, Venice has lived on the water; actually waterway conditions are as important to Venetians as the road conditions are in any other city.

Piazza San Marco is the center of the city, where you can access most of Venice’s famous landmarks. There’s San Marco’s Basilica, a cathedral that is anything but traditional looking. And February is the perfect time to visit as the famous Carnival takes place for the entire month. It is one of Italy’s most prestigious and longest running celebrations. Venice comes alive with excitement and an air of mischief as you roam around, masked and dressed as your favorite character.

 Spain Travel Guide

Madrid

Madrid , Spain is one of the oldest and culturally rich cities in all of Europe. This city is one of those rare places that combine art, intricate architecture and colourful history and people with vibrant entertainment and succulent cuisine. The city is located in the province of the same name, and sits on the Manzaneres River.

Establishments and monuments such as the Royal Palace of Madrid, the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de el Escorial, renowned museums such as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Museo Reina Sofia and the Museo del Prado have made Madrid, Spain’s cultural core. Madrid however is so much more than a cultural destination, it’s an exciting capital with many shops, restaurants, theatres, pubs and discothèques that stay open into the wee hours of the morning. It is not uncommon to be stuck in a traffic jam at 5 am, Spaniards are known for staying up all night after all.

But the distinct sections within Madrid make this city truly unique. Let’s start with Gran Via, this large avenue offers some of Spain’s best shopping and nightlife options as well as limitless choices for accommodations. This section of the city also houses the Red Light district within the branching side streets. One of those streets is ‘Fuencarral’, which links this shopping area to Spain’s best vintage shopping area, the Bohemian street of Malasaña and also to Chueca.

Since the late 80’s the Chueca area has gone through major renovations and has since become quite the cosmopolitan site. With great shops, ideal for avant-garde shopping and trendy restaurants, this is a hot spot for Madrid’s youth. The upgrade came when it was adopted as Madrid’s new gay village area and Chueca has never looked back.

Huertas- Lavapiés has a high concentration of immigrants and has attracted a wide array of artists and writers adding to the bohemian mix. The foreigner factor has made it one of the best areas for dining offering a variety of international options to choose from. Malasaña is a lively neighborhood full of fun bars and clubs overflowing with young people due to the local University being located here. It's the landmark section for partying the night away.

France Travel Guide

Paris

Aha the city of lights, Paris is the capital as well as the largest metropolis in France. Paris is relatively petite compared to other European capitals and this benefits the visitor greatly as most major landmarks are held within walking distance of each other. The river Seine only heightens the immeasurable beauty as it winds itself around famous landmarks such as the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe off of the Rive Droite (right bank of the Seine). It is impossible to imagine the world’s most famous skyline without the Eiffel tower which sits on top of the Rive Gauche (left bank or south side of the Seine) which also slices this stunning city in half.

Although Paris boasts some of the world’s greatest museums, the Louvre for instance and incredible, neo-classical architecture such as the cathedral of Notre Dame, there is more than incredible history to absorb. Indulge your senses with exceptional Parisian cuisine in 5 star restaurants or in little cafés hidden in alleyways. Try the world famous shopping, trip the night away in one of Europe’s top nightclubs or take a dreamy evening stroll along the river Seine. The romantic allure of Paris is legendary and every year millions of visitors discover why.

Greece Travel Guide

Athens

When Athens won the honor of being the only city to host the Summer Olympics twice in 2004, the entire city had major renovations and upgrades done. From the airport to the highways and metro system, today Athens is more efficient and cosmopolitan than ever before.

Modern Athens is an international city which offers the traveler unlimited possibilities for excursions, sightseeing, art, culture, dining and night life.

Athens has literally thousands of traditional ‘tavernas’ -- to dine and dessert at. One thing you can count on here is that you’ll always find delicious, inexpensive food in the city and its suburbs, along with hundreds of restaurants of every style and nationality. Athens is also very much alive at night, boasting some of Europe’s hottest nightclubs. Enjoy a film or a play in Athenian style open-air amphitheatres and cinemas.

The remarkable thing about Athens is that it still retains its aura of ancient glory which will become evident when you take an evening stroll through the city. It is pure magic especially to those ready, willing, and able to understand and appreciate its unalterable beauty. This is the perfect city to start your Greek getaway before you venture out onto the Cyclades islands on the glorious Aegean Sea.