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Nelson’s Magic in the Movies

If there is one thing that New Zealand has become world-renowned for in the past few years, it has been its association with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Hobbit movies that fascinated the world. New Zealand’s rolling hills and endless lakes have risen to fame thanks to the adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s works of fiction, but what many people don’t realise is that New Zealand has been used as a movie set since long before The Lord of the Rings. Travellers who wish to discover all the hidden Hollywood gems scattered across the two islands,ought to rent a Hertz car and drive from one movie location to another for an unforgettable ‘cinematic’ holiday.
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The Nelson Harbour

Overlooking the azure-blue ocean and golden sands, the Nelson Harbour is dotted with ships and yachts and provides the perfect backdrop for a photo shoot. When you have the chance to walk along the Nelson Harbour after a day of sightseeing, you will also be treading on the footsteps of local actors. The movie Kiwi Flyer was filmed on location here by a Nelson-raised director named Tony Simpson.
Also, some of the beautiful sites near Nelson, such as The Pelorus River provide the backdrop to many scenes from The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey.

This is one of the sunniest locations in New Zealand, so don’t be surprised when you find the constant shimmer of the sun over the blue oceans. While you drive off into the sunset in Nelson, it won’t be hard to imagine yourself as a hobbit embarking on an epic adventure in this destination.

Nelson Trolley Derby
Not so much a place as an event, the Nelson Trolley Derby takes place each year in February or March. This is a community based event where electrically designed trolleys of varying shapes and sizes race down Collingwood Street. This event inspired the film Kiwi Flyer which was filmed entirely in and around Nelson, at the top of the South Island.

For a fun-filled and unique experience, timing your holiday when this event is on will make for a holiday in Nelson that is genuinely drenched in local flavours. This is the time when all the locals come out and really display the best bits about their community for all to see. Even when the event isn’t on, a stroll down Collingwood Street will be an ideal way to spend an afternoon shopping, dining out, and enjoying a delicious coffee. Just like a local.

Top 5 Undiscovered Tourist Places to Visit in Turkey

These are not the typical touristy stops in Turkey. This is serious traveling for serious travelers. If you are at all interested read on.

 

Turkey is fast becoming one of the most visited places in the east. With lots of tourist coming from Europe and America, the country is becoming a hot spot for diversity. And yet, if you are not OK with the crowds, the common things to do in turkey, and you have visited the Hagia Sophia, the Goreme, the library of Celsus, then stick around and I’m going to take you to the lesser known places in Turkey.

 

Bayezid II Complex

Bayezid II Complex

Bayezid II Complex

For those of us that love culture this is a must stop when you are traveling through the Marmara Region on the country. It is a complex which has a main mosque in the middle of a wide array of buildings. It was commission by the sultan Bayezid II. It was finished in 1488. This colossal complex is worth your way out of the beaten path with its very traditional Arabic architecture.

 

Seyh Zafir Complex

Seyh Zafir Complex

Seyh Zafir Complex

 

Located right in the middle of Istanbul it is often overlooked by tourists. This is a great opportunity for culture lovers to spend quality time with this great although small complex. The architecture is in the style of the old Ottoman Empire and consists of the tomb of Seyh Zafir, a library and a fountain.

 

The Ephesus terrace Houses

The Ephesus terrace Houses

The Ephesus terrace Houses

 

If you are traveling to the Hadrian Temple in the Agean region of Turkey, take a look at this beautiful Terrace houses. They date from the 1 to the 7 century; they are a group of six houses that were built during the Roman period. They are important because it is a window to how people actually lived back in the first couple of centuries. There are very few of these left in the world, so come and take a look.

 

The Cakiraga Mansion

The Cakiraga Mansion

The Cakiraga Mansion

 

This is one of the hidden gems that everybody should know about. This is a real 3 story mansion built in the late 1700 and it is still one of the best conserved examples of urban Ottoman architecture. After its restoration in the 70s it was open to the public in 95. The ceilings and walls are all decorated with traditional Ottoman art with bright colors and intricate patterns.

 

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

Yazilikaya Eskisehir

 

In Eskisehir province in the central Anatolia region of Turkey you’ll find the archeological remains of an inscription mentioning the fabled King Midas. If this is not enough to guarantee that you’ll grave one of those cheap flights to turkey, I don’t know what will. This is one of the only mentions of the king in stone. The inscription is in the old Phrygian language and probably dates from the 7th or 6th century BCE. It was excavated by the French before World War II and later by Turkish archeologist. It was wrongly identified as King Midas tomb, but now we know it is not a tomb at all.

 

Well there you have it, if you want to experience Turkey without experiencing turkey tourism, go to any one of these places.

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Spain this Summer

Spain attractions are aplenty. The country is blessed with amazing things to offer both the local and the international travellers. The combination of activities that the country offers will certainly mean that as a tourist, you’re likely to stay engaged throughout your summer trip. One thing is certainly for sure, you can never run short of things to do in Spain or places to visit in Spain. These are some of the must see and must do things for the summer holidays in the Catalan nation.

a)      Go for tapas  

Tapas

Tapas

 

Tapas are in no way a type of food but a way of eating.  Tapas are one of the most celebrated cuisines in Spain. Go on an adventure from bar to bar trying out before settling on that which you is the best bar for you. Make your way down to Granada to enjoy free tapas that accompanies every drink you buy. It is known throughout Spain that Andalusia, Granada is the home of free tapas. Other cities that are known to offer free tapas include; Madrid and Barcelona. If you are in Basque Pintxos, do not ask for tapas and they usually refer to it as ‘pintxos’.

b)      Visit the Alhambra

Alhambra

Alhambra

The Alhambra is without a doubt one of the most amazing places to visit in Spain. The giant fortress is situated in Andalusia, Granada. The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts of having the exotic Palacios Nazaries which acts as the main highlight to the visitors who comes visiting. The Alcazaba offers visitors with a wonderful scenic view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The gardens in the palace are very colourful offering you a serene view that you can enjoy with your spouse or family.

c)       Party in Madrid     

Madrid

Madrid

 

The nightlife in the Catalonian city is splendid. Madrilenos are often been associated with their vibrant spirit when it comes to partying. They like partying throughout the night and still manage to make it home for breakfast. If you are into the nightlife, then its best you carry your dancing shoes as you head to Madrid. On the other hand, if you are not into partying, rest assured that Peurta del Sol has got you covered. Get to enjoy a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere provided here as you enjoy a bit of late night tapas and sangria.

d)      Ski 

Ski

 

The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide skiers with a spectacular skiing experience. The world famous Sierra Nevada ski resorts are popularly known throughout the world as a place where one gets to ski and once done, head down to the beach to enjoy a bit of tan. The ski resort is without a doubt one of the top Spain attractions that plays host to thousands of tourist.

e)      Gaudi’s architecture

 Gaudi's architecture

Gaudi’s architecture

Visiting the Gaudi’s architecture located in Barcelona certainly ranks amongst the top things to do in Spain. The inspiration behind the architect’s work is what is enticing to many people who visit. It is believed that Gaudi drove inspirations for this structure from nature.  While in Barcelona, you can still head to Casa Batllo. The structure was also designed by Gaudi.

    

Top 5 Things To see And Do in Italy this summer

As a motherland of artists and scientists, Italy has plenty to offer in terms of providing magnificent sightseeing experiences. There are plenty of places in Italy worth visiting that’ll guarantee out of this world experiences. A fact with Italy is that, while you are there, you can never lack something awesome to do or see. Starting with the cities to the beautiful architectural views, Italy has loads of stuff to offer visitors. Whether you are planning for a family vacation, a honeymoon or a group trip; Italy has got you covered.

a)      Visit the Canals of Venice   

Canals of Venice

Canals of Venice

 

Among the many things to do in Venice, paying a visit to the Canals of Venice should certainly be in your bucket list. The reputation of Venice as a water city has contributed to its alias name of ”The City of Water.” The canals were designed artistically with romantic gondolas and a feel of the Italian architecture. From its heyday, Venice deteriorated. Even with that said, the city continues to attract thousands of tourists and it is believed that the city residents are fewer than the tourists.

b)      The Colosseum   

 The Colosseum

The Colosseum

 

Rome is another most frequented holiday destination in Italy and the Colosseum forms part of the city’s attractive package. As one of the largest and most famous amphitheaters, you can understand why the Colosseum receives the high numbers of visitors. The amphitheater is rich in history. Its construction started in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian and was completed by his son in 80 AD. The Colosseum was built with a capacity of hosting around 50,000 spectators and is equipped with about 80 entry points. Visiting the Colosseum while in Italy is certainly one of the many things to do in Rome.

c)       Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

 

Also known as the 5 lands, the Cinque Terre is one of the top attractions in Italy. It has been categorized as one of the Unesco World Heritage sites and a National Park. Cinque Terre also stands out as one of the cleanest area in Italy. The area comprises five villages which tend to be nested precariously on the rugged cliffs of the so called Italian Riviera. The view to this is astounding and it will keep you guessing at the beauty and the idea behind the 5 villages.

d)      Santa Maria del Fiore

Santa Maria del Fiore

Santa Maria del Fiore

Its construction begun in 1296 and was duly completed in 1436. Located in Florence, the cathedral fascinates people with its astonishing beauty. Besides the beauty, the Basilica also acts as a symbol of the city. Until recently, the dome of the structure was the largest one in the world. The basilica remains as the largest church in Italy and one of the best places in Italy to visit.

e)      Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo

The Piazza del Campo remains one of the top medieval squares in Europe. The architecture behind its construction is what has made Piazza del Campo one of the most popular public space in the world.

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Germany this Summer

Are you planning to go on a summer trip and looking for a perfect holiday destination for you and your family? Perhaps you should consider heading to Germany! There are loads of sites to see and amazing things to do in Germany. Starting with Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany has almost something for everybody. We have compiled a list of the top attractions in Germany that should never be missed while planning for a trip to Germany.

a)      The Brandenburg Gate 

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate

 

The first thing that comes to our mind with the mention of the city of Berlin is the Brandenburg Gate. This together with a bunch of other things to do in Berlin is what puts Germany on the radar. The Brandenburg Gate remains amongst the first landmarks of the country and it has played different roles throughout history. Because of this, the gates are usually used as a reflection of both the country’s turbulent past and peaceful achievements. The Brandenburg Gate separated West Berlin from East Berlin during the Cold War to symbolize the division of the city. Immediately after the walls were destroyed in 1989, the gate acted as a symbol of the new Germany.

b)      Nueschwanstein Castle

 Nueschwanstein Castle

Nueschwanstein Castle

 

The Nueschwanstein Castle is without a doubt one of the most famous castles in the world. Its architecture and the tragic story behind its owner are what make this particular site a perfect holiday touring spot. Throughout Germany, the building remains as one of the most photographed buildings and has inspired many including Walt Disney’s classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’. King Ludwig II was the one responsible for designing the castle way back in 1869.

c)       The city of Weimar  

The city of Weimar

The city of Weimar

 

Weimer city is found in Thuringia, East Germany and the home of German culture. The city has remained as a site of German intelligentsia pilgrimage ever since the 18th century when Goethe moved to the city. Most of the people who followed Goethe were all masters of their crafts in music, art, philosophy and literature. Some of the city residents include; Friedrich Nietzsche, Wassily Kandinsky, Johann Sebastian Bac among others. The Bauhaus movement is also credited to have been born here in the city of Weimar.

d)      The Romantic road

 The Romantic road

The Romantic road

Fancy a hand on hand walk on one of the most romantic routes in Germany? The Romantic Road has got you covered. If you had planned for a honeymoon vacation in Germany, make sure that you make a stop here for the best scenic view that Germany has to offer. The road navigates through some of the most amazing sceneries including charming medieval towns, half-timbered houses, castles and some of the best restaurants.

 

e)      Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest

Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest

Hofbrauhaus and Oktoberfest

 

Visitors can pick from a great array of things to do in Munich and have a blast while at it. Make a stop at the world’s most famous beer hall the Hofbrauhaus and get to be served in the one-litre glasses. You can still make arrangements to attend the Oktoberfest one of the largest world fairs which plays host to over 6 million party-rockers.

Top 10 Shopping Places in Berlin

Besides the many attractions in the city of Berlin, it has also established itself as a shopping center with amazing shopping spots for everyone. Therefore if you are still wondering about what to do in berlin, you can always go out shopping if you have the time and resources to do so.  This article will cover 10 of the best shopping spots that are available in Berlin.

10) Kiez shopping & ndash

Schlossaatrabe

Schlossaatrabe

 

Any resident of Berlin can attest to the fact that the location of this shopping center is in a very important area of Berlin. The center has a number of shopping spots out of the direct centre. Some of the most popular shopping places here include; Schlossaatrabe, Wilmersdorfer and Spandau.

9) Nikolaiviertel

Nikolaiviertel

Nikolaiviertel

Going to shop at the Nikolaiviertel shopping center falls among the many things to do in berlin. As a middle aged reconstructed district, Nikolaiviertel forms part of Berlin’s shopping spots. Besides just marketing, you can also get to see many museums and antiques.

8) Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

The recently famous shopping mile forms part of berlin attractions that has captivated both the locals and the international travellers. The shopping mall ALEXA is most attractive offering shoppers a mixture of both shopping and entertainment.

7) Hackeshche Hofe

Hackeshche Hofe

Hackeshche Hofe

 

So far the market has advance to extensive levels and turned out to be a must see tourist destination. The shopping center has a range of diverse stores and boutique all of which offer high standards of products.

6) Potsdamer Platz  

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

Located in the town of silhouette, the Potsdamer Platz Arcades are popularly known for their architectural design. The shopping place offers a range of products including; textiles, shoes and even design objects.

5) Flea and Antik Markets

Flea and Antik Markets

Flea and Antik Markets

Do not miss visiting this location if you are looking for amazing things to do in berlin. Some of the top attractions here include; Kunstmarkt and Juni. The market offers a selection of antinquities together with some modern handcrafts.

4) Boutiques und streets nearby 

Boutiques und streets nearby

Boutiques und streets nearby

 

Kantstrabe and Fasanenplats are two of the most charming streets in Berlin. Pedestrians using the streets can enjoy a taste of classy cafes, boutiques and restaurants. The Stilwerk shops which are found at Kantstrasse offer shoppers a stylish architectural surrounding.

3) Kurfurstendamm

Kurfurstendamm

Kurfurstendamm

The Kurfurstendamm is one of the top berlin attractions that is a paradise to shop in. The market is especially good for young people as it is stocked with some of the top international labels such as H&M, Zara and Benetton.

2) KaDeWe und Europacenter

KaDeWe und Europacenter

KaDeWe und Europacenter

For any exclusive shopper, KaDeWe is the best place for you to be. With an area of about 60,000 sq. meters, the shopping place is most ideal for shopping. You can get cosmetics, jewellery together with both men and women fashion.

1) Friedrichstrabe

Friedrichstrabe

Friedrichstrabe

The shopping spot has so far managed to spread a great spirit of cosmopolitan flair. Friedrichstrabe provides shoppers with first class shopping facilities that will most definitely ensure you enjoy your shopping experience. Other beautiful spots here include; la Galerie Lafayette and Quartier 206.

Top 5 Places to Visit for Newlyweds in France

France is known throughout the world as a romantic nation hence making it perfect for honeymooning. The country is known to have some of the best places for honeymoon which includes some of the best honeymoon resorts in the region. You will get treated to the best sites and engage in some lovely activities that will help you bond and cherish one another as a couple. Wherever you choose to go, trust us when we say that you can never go wrong with France. To help you make a decision on where exactly to head we have compiled for you this piece containing the top honeymoon destination 2013 in France:

a)      Paris

Paris

Paris

 

We all know that honeymoons have evolved from what used to simple beach vacations. Today, people are trying to come up with unique honeymoon arrangements. The city of Paris offers you exactly what you are looking for. The best time to make your way here is during the spring (April-May) and during the fall (Sep- Oct) because of the wonderful weather. Even with that comes a price. These two seasons are usually overcrowded leading to exuberant prices. If you are operating on a budget you may choose to visit during winter (Dec-March).

b)      French Riviera

 French Riviera

French Riviera

The French Riviera is perfect for couples who had a ”shoulder” wedding but still wish to enjoy a resounding beach honeymoon. You get to spend most of your day lounging under the palm trees or travelling on boats. Add to it the fact that most of time you get to eat ridiculously fresh food and get to sip your favourite drink. The experience here in the French Riviera is ravishing and appealing to anyone.

c)       Saint Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence

 

As one of the top honeymoon destination 2013, Saint Paul de Vence remains one of the oldest and illustrious villages in the region. The village traces back in the era of the early Greek sailors and Roman expansionists. Gradually, Saint Paul de Vence has so far evolved into a jewel. The village has played host to a number of French writer and artists giving you more reasons to come and explore what’s on offer. The location boasts of having some of the best hotels and villas where one gets to enjoy the unique traits of the city.

d)      Montsequr

Montsequr

Montsequr

For couples looking to experience some outdoor fun activities, visiting the Montsequr can provide you with a lifetime experience. Get to visit and climb the Pog Mountain for some hiking experience with your spouse. Though climbing might be difficult, you will marvel at what awaits you at the top. While there you get to see the ruins of Cathar castles and enjoy the scenic view.

e)      Cap d’Agde

Cap d'Agde

Cap d’Agde

Amongst the best places for honeymoon, Cap d’Agde ranks amongst the top place. If you love getting naked, this is the place for you. The village is the world’s capital of nudism. In the village, you get to shop, lay out on the beach and even bank while naked.

Top 5 Europe Destinations for Summer Travel 2014

The summers are almost here and everybody is busy planning for that perfect trip outside town with your family or friends. Europe is without a doubt one of the best travel destinations in the world with world class hotels and spectacular sites.  In Europe, there is virtually something for everybody making it a perfect destination for everyone. Whether you want spend your day just lazing around or go for some lovely sightseeing, Europe has got you covered with a mixture of stunning landscapes and a blend of cultures. Before you backpack Europe, start by taking a look at these top Europe’s destinations for the 2014 summer holidays:

a)      Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus

Summer holidays in Cyprus are simply superb. The most fascinating thing about the weather in Cyprus is that it is amazing throughout the best part of the year. Those people looking to drench themselves in the warming sun can most definitely make their trip down to this wonderful European country. If you love hiking, cycling or any of the water sports, then heading down to Cyprus can be perfect for you. The white sandy beaches offer travellers with a wonderful opportunity where they get to enjoy coastal walks. For sightseeing experiences, the Troodos Mountains offers tourists a great range of way-marked trails to experience the beauty of the nature. Make your way here using the cheapest way to travel Europe and enjoy what would turn out to be one of your best summer holidays.

b)      Monaco

Monaco

Monaco

 

Monaco ranks amongst the best travel destinations for luxury in Europe. The French Riviera is one of the top summer destination spots. Over the years, multi-millionaires have been spotted at the Riviera showing off their fast sports cars and their luxury yachts. With plenty of sightseeing, Monaco boasts of having some of the best fine dining spots and high end shopping centers. The Monaco-Ville remains one of the hot spots for tourists who wish to share some cultural experiences and enjoy some history lessons.

c)       Ibiza 

Ibiza

Ibiza

 

Ibiza is also another luxury destination for those people willing to spend a few thousands. Despite this; with proper planning and budgeting, you can still make the holiday trip affordable.  Enjoy the stunning views, the luxury hotels and world class restaurants and get to shop in some of most stunning boutiques around. Most visitors who travel to Ibiza come here to flaunt. The Island also hosts people who come to enjoy water sports, relax, enjoy great foods and have a piece of the music festivals.

d)      Odense

Odense

Odense

 

You cannot backpack Europe without considering this amazing holiday destination that is found in the Island of Funen, Denmark. The 3rd largest city in Denmark offers a variety of sightseeing experiences to travellers. The city’s rich cultural heritage and a vibrant nightlife are part of the strongholds of the city.

e)      Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Italy is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations. Amalfi Coast is definitely one of the spots putting Italy on the spot. The coastline stretches from the mountainous coast, south of Naples to give tourists a wonderful experience of the coast life.

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in the United Kingdom

Although London does not quite get as many tourists as Paris, the most popular city destination in Europe, the United Kingdom as a whole certainly does take some beating in the number of visitors per year. There are popular tourist attractions across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom although London, as the capital and with its history, probably has the top attractions in the UK.
As the United Kingdom is fairly small in size, the UK top travelling destinations outside of London are reasonably quick and easy to reach, especially from London.
Many of the best destinations in UK are history related but there are some attractions that are because of their natural beauty alone or perhaps because of their uniqueness.
Here are 5 of what may be the most popular destinations for visitors to the UK:
5:The Lake District

 District

The Lake District


Situated in North West England, the Lake District is the largest National Park in the country. Each year 14 million visitors come to see the inspiring scenery of mountains, hills and Lakes forged into magnificence by thousands of years of glacial erosion
4:Stratford-Upon-Avon
Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon


This is one of the most visited destinations in the UK. This is a relatively quiet Market town in central England that is situated, as the name would suggest, on the banks of the River Avon. The popularity of this town came about because of its links to the writer William Shakespeare and it is due to his enduring fame that Stratford remains a popular tourist attraction.
3:Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle


This is the largest and oldest permanently inhabited castle in the world and still is one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth 11. The surface area of the castle alone is 13 acres and as it is still the residency of the serving monarch, it is often the scene for formal pageantry. The town of Windsor built up around the castle and also has a lot to offer the visitor or you can just sit by the river and watch the elegance of the magnificent Swans, all of which belong to the Queen.
2:Stonehenge
Stonehenge

Stonehenge


One of the most famous landmarks in the world, yet one about which probably the least is known. Millions of tourists over the centuries have wondered over this circle of rocks but still little is known as to what purpose they served or to whom. The rocks have stood tall in the one place for 5,000 years; placed there 1,000 years before the Pyramids of Egypt were built yet still it can only be speculated as to why.
1:London
London

London


This capital city is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and has something for almost everyone. There is the history of the Tower of London and Big Ben or the pomp and ceremony of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. There are at least a dozen world class museums plus the incredible wax works of Madame Tussauds and cruises down the famous River Thames starting from the foot of the magnificent London Eye.

5 Top Tourist Attractions in Italy

Italy was the home to the Roman Empire and so as you would expect is drenched in history. Rome the capital also houses the Vatican City, the smallest country in the world with all its Papal magnificence. It is not though, just a place of architectural beauty but also having a long Mediterranean coastline and the Dolomite Mountains in the North, it is also a place that has sights of great natural beauty. Although many of the things to see in Italy are not related to the once great Roman Empire, most of the top tourist attractions in Italy are.
Because of both its heritage and its beauty, Italy is among one of the top countries for visitors in the world. No longer is it necessary to row a galleon to reach what was the heart of the Roman Empire but neither is it necessary to pay high air fares. Cheap flights to Italy can always be found on-line but don’t forget to also ask the national airlines if they have cheap seats available, sometimes the major airlines offer specials that can easily match those on the internet and are usually more comfortable.
Here are 5 of the top tourist attractions in Italy:
5:Florence

Florence

Florence

is known as the birthplace of the renaissance and as such is popular with tourists. The Cathedral, that is symbol of the city, is of huge Gothic design and its dome was for many years the largest in the world. The dome today, stills holds the record for being the largest brick dome in the world.
4:Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii

A victim of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, in 79 AD, Pompeii was buried in ash but this ash able to perfectly preserve this ancient city. Today it is a popular tourist attraction, with ¼ of a million people visiting it annually, to try and experience or at least witness what life was like 2,000 years ago.
3:The Amalfi Coast
Italy_AmalfiCoast
Sorrento, on the Southern coast of Italy, has been a major sea port for hundreds of years and so has a rich history of its own but more recently it is being better known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. This rugged stretch of coastline is rich in beauty and spread all along the coast are little picturesque villages, one as diverse as the next.
4:Venice

Venice

Venice

This city, with its 150 canals is known as the City of water and is said to have more tourists than residents much of the time. Whether you are riding a Gondola through the canals or walking through the narrow streets, Venice allows an experience that can rarely be repeated. The Grand Canal with its magnificent architecture is of special attraction. Venice is most popular as a romantic getaway for couples.
1:Rome
st-peters-square-italy1a
This is one city that most tourists would wish to see at some time in their lives. Whether it is going to hear a mass from the Pope in the Vatican City or visiting the awe inspiring Coliseum, there is something for every one in Rome. Just as ‘Rome was not built in a day’ nor is it possible to visit all that Rome has to offer, in just one day.

5 Top Tourist Attractions in Germany

At one time Germany was perhaps not considered such a popular tourist destination as other countries in Europe but since its reunification, its popularity by tourists is growing. The most popular German city for visitors is Berlin but many of the other cities are almost as popular as in their history, they were independent city states or capitals of small kingdoms. Cologne is famous for its Cathedral, one of the best Gothic Cathedrals in Europe. Heidelberg is one of the few cities that was spared from allied bombing and so the charm of the old narrow streets and beautiful buildings, is also a popular tourist attraction. In Germany though, it is not only the cities that have the top destinations in Germany for tourists, the Jasmund national Park on Ruggen Island, with its majestic cliffs and undisturbed forest is also a popular attraction.
Here are probably the top 5 tourist attractions in Germany today:
5:Berlin

Berlin-City

Berlin-City

This is the capital of Germany and is home to 170 museums. Among the tourist attractions are remnants of the Berlin Wall and the Checkpoint Charlie, also the Brandenburg Gate is probably one of the most famous landmarks in all of Europe. The nearby town of Potsdam is also a tourist favorite with its beautiful Palaces and gardens.

4:Bodensee

Bodensee

Bodensee

This is one of the top attractions in Germany and is also known as Lake Constance, which is the largest lake in Germany. This lake also shares its coastline with Switzerland to the south and Austria to the East. A popular tourist attraction here is the medieval town of Lindau. This town that has about 3,000 inhabitants is full of half timbered buildings and located on an island in the lake, connected to the mainland by both road and rail.

3:The Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley

The Rhine Valley

This stretch of the Rhine extends from the town of Koblenz to Bingen and is steep sided with vineyards and old castle ruins covering the sides of the hills. Because of the terrain here, the towns are small and have retained their old world history. River cruises are a popular tourist attraction in this region along with, of course wine tasting, sampling the wines of the different vineyards.

2:Neuschwanstein Palace

Neuschwanstein Palace

Neuschwanstein Palace

This magnificent castle is probably the most photographed site in the whole of Germany. Built for King Ludwig 11 of Bavaria, on a rugged hill in the foothills of the Alps near the City of Fussen, it was completed in 1886 and has been an inspiration to many since. It is probably best known for being the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castles in each of their Disneyland Parks around the world.

1:Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest, Munich

Although this festival only takes place between the end of September and the first weekend in October, it still attracts more than 6 million visitors annually, which makes it the largest festival in the world. Whilst in Munich, also famous for its football, you may wish to take a walk through its old town to see some of the beautiful old buildings including the famous town hall.

5 Top Tourist Attractions in France

France is a country situated in Western Europe. Its name comes from the Latin word Francia, which means the land of the Franks. This country has been the World’s most popular travel destination for over twenty years for various reasons. Paris is considered one of the most poetic cities in the world, and geographically, France is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. If you are in search of romance, elegance and beauty, a trip to this beguiling land should become part of your itinerary as soon as possible.

5:Roman Ruins 

roman ruins

Roman Ruins

The predecessors of the French, the Romans, have left an incredible legacy behind them. This legacy can be found dotted everywhere around France, and if you are an adventurous spirit, the hunt for roman ruins and relics might be extremely pleasurable.
4:The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley

Well known for the beauty of its scenery, for the historical settings, wonderful architectural monuments, many castles and delicious wines, the Loire Valley is home to over three-hundred castles which were constructed during the 10th and 15th century. Whoever goes to the Loire Valley can discover everything the entire French history, mainly because each and every castle is witness to an important time in the life of the country. The most important Castles in the Valley are displayed masterfully, like pearls on a string and together they represent the most popular tourist attractions in France.

3: Gorge Du Verdon

 Gorge Du Verdon

Gorge Du Verdon

For those who want something more intimate and relaxing, a visit to the Gorge du Verdon will be always welcome. The gorge is a long canyon which rises a shocking 700 meters from the Verdon River below. Probably the most attractive feature of the place is the turquoise, crystal clear water. There are many activities like rating, sailing for more active people. All of these factors make the Gorge Du Verdon one of the best attractions in France.
2:Les Calanques

Les Calanques

Les Calanques

Les Calanques is a chain of rugged white cliffs which shoot out of the Mediterranean Sea and as a result forms a series of fjords. The most renowned portion of the rocks is the Massif des Calanques situated between Marseilles and Cassis. The best way to enjoy the spectacular view is by boat.

1: Paris

Paris night life

Paris night life

Every France trip should start from the very heart of the country: Paris. The spectacular capital is home to many interesting attractions, like the Louvre and D’Orsay Museums, The Eiffel Tower, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Paris is actually home to some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in France, especially when you think about the architectural heritage. Although it was harshly criticized at first, the Eiffel Tower has become the irrefutable symbol of Paris. The Notre-Dame Cathedral, has become the most powerful symbol of Gothic architecture, the Triumphal Arch which, built by Napoleon has become a symbol of victory in battle, and the Alexander Bridge, which is considered the most beautiful bridge in France, are all testament of the French culture.