Old Europe and its incredibly charming places. If you still have days off, if not, stay comfortable in the armchair, and I'll take you.
The Hungarian capital is not just the treasure of the country, but one of the jewels of the old continent, which has preserved history and architecture in a magnificent way. And it won't be a week for avid travelers to explore and take a closer look at an arsenal of landmarks. To cope in less time you can divide the capital into zones.
In the Hungarian capital, almost every building is an architectural landmark, and every corner bears a historic mark. And the work of the Hungarian MPs in the evening is like a fairy tale.
part of the facade of the Hungarian Parliament
The river can serve as a natural divider, so that in two days you can organize a quick tour of the interesting places.
For example, Heroes' Square can be combined with Vaidahunyad Castle.
Nearby are the House of Terror, the National Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Secheni Bath ...
Gellert Hill and the Citadel are places that will give you the most beautiful views of the Danube.
Parliament, the Chain Bridge, the Buddha Castle and the Royal Palace, Margit Island and the Fisherman's Bastion, the Matthias Church, and of course a boat trip down the river, are all part of a long list of places worth visiting in the capital of Hungary.
Unlike Bulgaria, which destroyed almost all the former city baths, in Budapest they not only exist but are numerous - 123 in general, which have become a separate tourist sector and are an attractive place for hundreds of visitors.
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The city of the two musical geniuses, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and conductor Herbert von Karajan, is suitable to visit every season. It is easily accessible on foot and is the oldest city in Austria. Baroque architecture, medieval streets and three magnificent castles. Mirabel is new and its gardens are incredible all season. The summer residence of Hellbrunn, with the most interesting throughout Europe - Wasserpiel and last but not least the castle at Hohensalzburg - the largest fortified castle in all of Europe.
The first thing you'll notice before entering the city is the fortress that rises to the hill. Below it is the cathedral where Mozart is named.
If you are a beer lover then there is no way you will not like Beer Park. You can have your afternoon coffee at Mozartplatz 2, where the oldest cafeteria in the city is located. The bronze statue of the famous composer, dating back to 1842, rises in the same place.
If you come to the city in November, you will have the chance to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a music festival that is famous for the most expensive tickets in the world.
In the evening you can enjoy a boat ride on the Salzach River, over which many bridges rise.
The old town of Strasbourg
Many people probably associate the eastern French city mainly with the European institutions. However, it has a long history, and its historical and architectural heritage is preserved to this day.
The city is the capital of the Alsace region and is located on the banks of the Il River. Its center is inscribed on the UNESCO list for its medieval architecture. The Gothic cathedral in the heart of Strasbourg, with its 142 meters, was once the tallest building in the world. Well, times are changing, but not so much, because today it is still in the top ten among the tallest buildings. Its astronomical clock shows solar and lunar eclipses, as well as the positions of the sun and moon.
The Alsace symbol is the stork, and every house in Fifth France, the city's most famous neighborhood, has wheels. They are placed precisely for the hospitality of migratory birds.
From spring to late autumn Strasbourg can be easily seen by boat on the river Il.
If you are a fan of classical music, it is probably worth a visit to the Church of St. Volume. " Mozart played the organ in it.
Strasbourg resembles two facts with another interesting place to visit in Europe - Cologne.
In both cities there is a Chocolate Museum, and when it comes to Cologne Cathedral, it is certainly in the top five with its "Kölner Dom" or St. Peter and St. Mary's Cathedral.
If you love adrenaline, it is worth climbing the 533 steps that will take you to the top, and from there - from there is the fantastic view, which certainly can not be enjoyed by those who are afraid of the high.
Half a million paddles hang on the bridge that connects the two parts of the city.
And again, something for classical music fans. The Cologne Opera is of world renown, which has for many years glorified the country with tours around the world.
If you like sophisticated scents, you will be interested to learn that the word "cologne" is derived from this particular city of Eau de Cologne, in translation - Cologne. It has been produced for almost 230 years, and at - 4711 "House of Fragrances" you can, in addition to choose the flavor of your choice, and try yourself as a perfume designer, blending ingredients to your preferences.
The Chocolate Museum - Cologne
As you reach the river, passing through the Old Town, you will also see photos of several terrible floods that flooded the city. The Rhine - one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe with a length of more than 1200 km, is an ideal starting point for a river cruise. Several ships are always waiting for their guests. Why not? Choose the one that takes you to -
Its location - in the valley between the peaks of Black Forest and the Jura, and the great bend of the Rhine. This location has given it a serious place since early times, making it an important trading hub. Basel is also the only cargo port in the country through which Switzerland connects with the North Sea.
It is the third largest, before it only Zurich and Geneva, but it is the first in the ranking - the oldest university city.
The north and south banks are connected by the oldest pedestrian bridge over the Rhine, which was built in the 13th century - as far back as 1226 - the "Mittlere Brücke".
The pearl in the heart of the city is the Munster Cathedral, built in the 1220 - 1230 year on a hill rising above the Rhine. Today it is the centerpiece of the Protestant movement.
In the central square of Markplatz stands the City Hall, the colorful red facade, which is of late Burgundian Gothic style and was built between 1504 and 1521. The clock dates from the very beginning.
It is a curious fact that the airport of the city was built to serve three countries - besides Switzerland, as well as neighboring France and Germany. It is built on French territory and is reached extraterritorially.
This is a place for people of wide interest - there are over the 40 Museum, among them the Museum of Fine Arts, which can see works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Claude Monet, Edward Manet, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso.
Non-standard museums include paper, as well as the world's first Cat Museum.
In addition, every year Basel hosts over 1000 concerts with performances by world-renowned singers and artists. And if you love carnivals, there are two in town - one usually in February and one before Lent.
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