Highlights of Denmark | The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid statue The most photographed attraction of Copenhagen is not a royal palace or the world-famous amusement park Tivoli Gardens, but a statue of a mythical …

Highlights of Denmark | Tivoli Gardens Tivoli, Copenhagen Tivoli, also known as Tivoli Gardens, is an opulent amusement park and pleasure garden in downtown Copenhagen. Opened in 1843, it is the second-oldest amusement park in …

Highlights of Denmark | Amalienborg Palace Amalienborg Royal Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark In Copenhagen, one will find Amalienborg, the home of the Danish royal family. Consisting of four identical 18th-century palaces with rococo interiors around an …

Braga, Portugal

Braga Portugal

Highlights of Portugal | Braga Braga, Portugal Braga is Portugal’s third-largest city and its most important religious centre. With almost four dozen places of worship, Braga is something of an ecclesiastical destination, particularly around Easter. …

Sintra, Portugal

The Pena National Palace Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal

Highlights of Portugal | Sintra The PenaPalace in São Pedro de Penaferrim, Sintra, Portugal Sintra is like something out of a fairy tale. A town nestled among the pine trees on the edge of the …

Gothic Germany

Ulm Minster

Highlights of Germany | Gothic Germany The term Gothic is often used to refer to a turning point and new era of European architecture that is generally seen as starting in the mid 12th century. …

Evora, Portugal

Highlights of Portugal | Evora Evora’s town square One of Portugal’s most unspoilt medieval towns, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site just an hour and a half from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal’s south-central …

Southern Italy

Southern Italy

Southern Italy: from Magna Graecia to Italian Unification When you ask people about Italy, more often than not one of the first places they mention is the capital city, Rome, or the submerged streets of …

Highlights of Germany | Sanssouci Palace and Gardens Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam Often described as the Prussian Versailles, Sanssouci refers to the ensemble of palaces and garden complexes built under Frederick the Great (1712-1786) and expanded …

Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig, Germany, Old town

Highlights of Germany | Leipzig About 185 km south-west of Berlin in the Saxon Lowlands, you will find what some people call the ‘new Berlin’: the city of Leipzig. With a population of about 600,000 …

Berlin, Germany

Must see sites in Berlin

Highlights of Germany | Berlin A cathedral in Berlin, Berliner Dom Berlin, capital of Germany, venue of the Berlinale, seat of the German Parliament, and location of UNESCO-protected Museum Island, occupies a place of prominence …

History of Modern Hungary

Hungary, Budapest

History of Modern Hungary On 23 October, 1989 Hungary became a democratic parliamentary republic. Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and today it is considered a middle power in global affairs as well as …

History of Genoa, Rival to Venice Genoa is the capital of the Italian region of Liguria in the centre of the Italian Riviera, located 120 kilometres south of Milan. It is the most important commercial …

Barcelona Travel Notes The entrancing cosmopolitan city of Barcelona is one of the cultural highlights of Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, the Catalan capital is famous for its distinctive architecture …

15 Must-See Sites in Berlin | Small group tours Germany Berlin, capital of Germany, venue of the Berlinale, seat of the German Parliament, and location of UNESCO-protected Museum Island, occupies a place of prominence as …

Venice and the History of Maps

Venice - Ptolemy's map

Venetian Maps and How they Ruled the World ‘Venice was always a frontier,’ Peter Ackroyd (2009) declares in Venice: Pure City. ‘When the empire was divided in the time of Charlemagne, the lagoons of Venice …