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Goslar Germany: A Sleepy Provincial Town

Goslar Germany:  A Sleepy Provincial Town

The prominent website TripAdvisor.com released its Top Ten World Destinations for 2009 and it included a quiet medieval town in Germany’s Lower Saxony Region called Goslar. Situated 150 miles west of capital Berlin, the Old Town of Goslar and nearby Mines of Rammelsberg are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Goslar is located at the foot of Harz Mountains, with a rich history stretching from the Neolithic era through the settlement of the Saxon people (who became descendants of the Dutch, Be…

Linz, Capital of Culture

Linz, Capital of Culture

The European Union announced the two cities that are designated as the European Capitals of Culture in 2009. One of which is the capital city of Lithuania, Vilnius. The other, meanwhile, is the capital of the federal province of Upper Austria as well as Austria’s third largest city. Linz is located in the north of Austria, about halfway between Vienna and Salzburg.Like many European cities, Linz has a historic Old Town Quarter dotted with nice patrician houses, original Roman foundations, a vast…

Things To Do in Berlin

Things To  Do in Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states in the country. It is also the largest city in Germany with a population of 4.3 million. Apart from the Berlin Wall, which became the symbol of Germany’s unification, the city is best known for its lively nightlife with its many cafes, clubs, and bars. It is also famous for numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historical interests. If you are planning to travel to Berlin, here are some useful tips that you need to follow: Yo…

Getting Around Berlin

Getting Around Berlin

Although Berlin is a huge city, its city centers (both in East and West) are compact, with many of its major sights and venues can be accessed on foot. Even so, travelers in Berlin can make good use of the city’s excellent transportation services.Riding a taxi is a breeze Cab fares in Berlin are a bit less expensive compared to other European cities. One can either hail a taxi on the street or find a taxi stand. When getting in a taxi stand, make sure to get the driver’s attention as he or she m…

Castles in Austria

Castles in Austria

Hofburg Imperial Palace Hofburg Imperial Palace is a palace in Vienna, Austria, which has housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria. It was also known as the winter-residence, while Schönbrunn Palace was the preferred summer-residence.The Hofburg Palace complex was built between the 13th and 20th century. The different wings of the f…