100 Best Things to do in Germany

“100 Best Things to do in Germany”

via Jen’s Reveiws

Here are the 100 best things to do in Germany that will show you the charm, beauty and cultural diversity of this country.

Germany is rich with surprises and contrasts just waiting to be discovered by the discerning tourist. A country of enchanting little villages nestling between lofty and imposing mountains, fairytale castles and churches and lush vineyards rolling down towards the banks of the Rhine or the Mosel, Germany also boasts of the more rumbustious Munich Beer Festival and the Cologne Carnival, a very fine choice of gateaux, sausages and beer and a powerful and somewhat spooky folkloric tradition.

1. Die Zugspitze

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Located in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region of Upper Bavaria, the Zugspitze can be accessed by cable car from the Eibsee lake (around ten minutes) or by cogwheel train from Greinau followed by a cable car from the Zugspitzplatt to the summit. There are also five hiking routes for the more intrepid and guided tours with overnight stops are a popular tourist attraction for avid hikers.

At 2.962 metres above sea level, the Zugspitze is not only the highest mountain peak in the Wetterstein mountains, it is the highest peak in Germany. On a clear day, the breathtakingly lovely panorama of the mountain ranges of four neighboring countries – Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland – is clearly visible from its summit. For those who love hiking and/or winter sports, the Zugspitze is definitely a number 1 choice when visiting Germany!

2. The Castle of Neuschwanstein (Munich)

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In 1868, four years after acceding to the throne, the shy and reclusive King Ludwig II commissioned his architects Eduard Riedel and Georg von Dollmann to build him a mediaeval castle where he could hide from his people. Paradoxically, Ludwig himself only lived a few months in the castle before his death in 1886; 7 weeks later the castle was opened to the public and it has been one of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions ever since.

Located in Hohenschwangau in the rolling green hills of southern Bavaria, surrounded by blue lakes, Neuschwanstein appears to float in the clouds like some magical castle in a fairytale. From Munich, it can easily be visited as a day trip. Tickets should be booked in advance!

3. Europa Park (Freiburg)

North of Freiburg in Baden-Württemberg in the little village of Rust is the biggest amusement park in the whole of the German-speaking world. In 2015 alone, it boasted 5,5 million visitors and is among the top 5 tourist attractions in Germany worldwide. In 2016, it won the “Golden Ticket Award” as the best amusement park in the world for the third year running. As an additional bonus, it is also open in winter!

With more shows, rides and attractions than one could ever imagine, including the biggest roller coaster in Europe, the Europa Park offers unlimited fun, excitement and entertainment to young and old alike. The Europa Parkc can be accessed from Freiburg by car in around 30 minutes and the closest railway station is Freiburg. Additionally there are a number of airports close by which offer shuttle-bus transport directly to the Europa Park.

4. Oktoberfest (Munich)

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Munich`s flamboyant Oktoberfest is famous the whole world over. Since its inception in 1810 in celebration of the wedding between Ludwig of Bavaria and his bride Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, the Oktoberfest has grown continuously in size and popularity. With its dirndls and its lederhosen, its stalls and diners offering a multitude of German and Bavarian specialties and – of course – its fourteen beer tents offering beer for every taste (and wine, too!), the Oktoberfest is a must for anyone seeking the fun side of Germany.

The Oktoberfest takes place once a year, beginning in September and ending in October, on the famous “Theresienwiese”, otherwise known as “Festwiese”. Travel by public transport from München is recommended owing to lack of parking.

5. Cologne Carnival (Cologne)

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Traditionally, Cologne carnival begins whimsically at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, although the serious partying does not begin until Shrove Thursday. However, when it does, it goes with a bang! Cologne carnival is a celebration, above all, of fancy dress: streets, pubs and restaurants are full of exotic and bizarre costumes, streamers, balloons, practical jokes and laughter. The highlight is a 6 kilometre-long parade through the streets of Cologne on shrove Monday. A colorful, unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Though Cologne carnival is predominantly a street festival, there are plenty of carnival dances, dinners, parties and other indoor events running at the same time to choose from. Street activity during carnival time is at its height in the city center and the old parts of the city, which are accessible by bus or train from Cologne airport within 20 to 25 minutes.

6. Cologne Cathedral (Cologne)

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At the time of its completion in 1880, Cologne Cathedral, with its awe-inspiring twin spires, was the highest building in the world. Even now, at 157m, it dominates the surrounding architecture with ease. Building commenced in 1248 but was halted during the Middle Ages and recommenced in the 19th century. Cologne cathedral reputedly houses the remains of the Three Biblical Magi- which were given to the Archbishop of Cologne by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1164 – and is an important destination for modern-day pilgrims to this day. For this reason, but also because of its being “an exceptional work of human creative genius”, Cologne Cathedral was dubbed an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Cologne cathedral is situated very close to Cologne railway station and is impossible to miss! It is around 25 minutes from Cologne airport by bus or rail.

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**If you were to give advice to future SAS (study abroad students) for your country, what would YOU recommend?!? Post in the comments! ** DB

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Study Abroad ~ Paris Sights

Exquisite Sights to see in Paris

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.”

**Michael Simkins

Museums & Palaces

The Louvre

Palace of Versailles

Rodin Museum

Palais Royale 

Musee D’Cluny

Musée d’Orsay

Art 

The Eiffel Tower

Albert Kahn Musée & Jardins

Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris

 

Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre

Opera National de Paris

Sainte Chapelle

Walking

Le Marais

Ile de la Cite

Place de la Concorde

Canal Saint Martin

Parc de la Villette

Shopping & Fashion

champselise

Triangle d’Or

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Saint-Germain des Prés

Le Bon Marche in Sevres Babylone

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JB Guanti, 59 Rue de Rennes

Rue de Rennes

Haussmann Saint-Lazare

Haussmann-Saint-Lazare

Le Marais

Adventure

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Roller Skating

Activités nautiques, Bassin de la Villette, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

BASE NAUTIQUE DE LA VILLETTE

Disneyland Paris - Tic et Tac © DR - OTCP

Disneyland Paris

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Parc Asterix

Poisson clown, Aquarium de la Porte Dorée, Paris © DR

AQUARIUM TROPICAL DE LA PORTE DORÉE

Natural Views

Luxembourg Gardens

Jardin des Tuileries

Bois de Boulogne

Jardin des Plantes

Parc Monceau

 

The 10 best things to do on Zanzibar

“The 10 best things to do on Zanzibar”

by Sarah Kershaw via “Sunday Express

Zanzibar, travel, holiday, Sarah Kershaw

1. Set out for an early-morning dolphin cruise to see bottlenoses jumping through the waves.

2. Trek through the Jozani Forest to see the native red colobus monkeys. 

3. Visit Stone Town to see the bustling memorials, Omani architecture and slavery museums.

4. Learn how to scuba dive – for PADI-certified divers, Zanzibar has some of the best wreck diving in the world.

5. Go on a spice tour, tasting fresh herbs and fruit straight from the tree. 

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6. Plant a mangrove tree in the Jozani swamps.

7. Walk along the deserted beach and see the sun set behind the palms.

8. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or the resort’s jetty.

9. Snorkel over the reef in the 24°C Indian Ocean. 

10. Relax with an Ila spa treatment in The Residence’s gorgeous spa pavilions.

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Turkey: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice

“Turkey: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice”

via “Telegraph

Turkey:  readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

Two sides of Turkey

For two very different experiences of Turkey, consider a few days in Istanbul, followed by a week in Northern Cyprus. In Istanbul, base yourself in Sultanahmet near the beautiful Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, the huge and handsome monument to the Byzantine empire – once a church, later a mosque, and now a fascinating museum.

Excellent public transport and affordable taxis make visiting all the sights straightforward. Must-sees include the opulent Topkapi Palace; the bustling Grand Bazaar; and the remarkable engineering feat of the Great Cistern. After the buzz of Istanbul, Northern Cyprus is a far more laidback experience. I’d recommend staying in lovely Kyrenia – be sure to dine in one of the excellent restaurants around its picture-postcard harbour (left), looking across to the castle.

Car hire is reasonably priced (and they drive on the left) so visit Nicosia and Famagusta or just relax under Lawrence Durrell’s Tree of Idleness in Bellepais.

Lynda Robson, from Surrey, wins a holiday voucher with DialAFlight

More feedback from readers

Turkbuku

This resort on the Bodrum peninsula is the most magnificent we have stayed in. There are beautiful boutique shops, strings of twinkling lights framing the shoreline and restaurants that serve your dinner to a table set out on the sandy beach while you look out on the luxury yachts moored in the bay.

It has a different atmosphere to other towns we have visited in Turkey and feels grown-up, chic and relaxed, so it is little wonder that it’s a favourite of the rich and famous.

The town is a late riser, so if music and dancing is your thing, be aware that the nightlife doesn’t get going until midnight.

Jo Stevenson, by email


Bodrum, Turkey (Fotolia/AP)

Turkey summer holidays guide

Kalkan

My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in Kalkan. We rented a villa on the hillside overlooking the old town and harbour with breathtaking views across the Mediterranean.

Kalkan surprised us both as it is quite sophisticated and classy. The shops sell good-quality upmarket goods – some genuine, some not. (There is also a weekly market full of fake goods.) There are plenty of supermarkets selling fresh food and drink, essential if you are self-catering. The nightlife was quite lively with around 200 restaurants to choose from and several cocktail bars.

We had several excursions in our hire car but Patara was the best place to visit with wonderful and extensive ruins to explore and a massive beach to chill out on.

Stan Kirby, Kent

My tips are to eat where the locals do. We were in Kalkan and used to eat at a lokanta in the middle of a bus station – not much to look at, but when we climbed the stairs to the terrace, it was an oasis of green because the owner was also a landscape gardener. So visit places off the beaten track and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Also, try the delicious apple tea and the wonderful coffee.

Heather Jenkinson, West Midlands

Turquoise Coast travel guide


Topkapi Palace, Istanbul (Alamy)

Istanbul

We’re just back from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul – highly recommended. The city is steeped in history and there is so much to see. We stayed in the Celine Hotel, which is ideal for visitors seeking a superb central location and a decent breakfast. It is fairly obvious, but the earlier you get to the main sights, notably the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the Cisterns, the shorter the queues will be. This does not apply to the Grand Bazaar, which is relatively quiet and hassle-free towards the end of the day. The Galata Tower is worth the queue for the stunning views, while the Bosporus boat trip was a bargain at £3, providing the opportunity to rest our feet for a couple of hours.

Chris Saunders, Nottinghamshire

Istanbul city break guide

Old Istanbul is enchanting, but a local guide who can turn back the centuries can make it sublime. From your boutique hotel on the slopes under the Sultanahmet, look out on the Golden Horn, the Bosporus and the original railway station built as the terminus for the Orient Express. From here, walk or take a tram to absolutely everywhere of interest. Yes, you must see the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and its museum and of course the Grand Bazaar, but then find your guide and step back into history.

Be led through a hamam into narrow streets. Pass ancient rickety houses with their hanging balconies, through heavy wooden gates to discover the colonnades of the sultan’s caravanserai where traders, slaves and camel caravans ended their treks.

Tony Meakin, by email


The white rocks of Pamukkale (Alamy)

Pamukkale

My favourite place in Turkey has to be Pamukkale. Where else can you swim in hot mineral waters with Roman columns lying underneath you? Now a Unesco World Heritage site, the mountains have regained their whiteness and look spectacular. Besides the ancient graves, a museum, and the remains of a theatre, there are the ruins of a church dedicated to St Philip, who was believed to have been martyred there. Also nearby are the ruins of Laodicea, one of the seven churches mentioned in Revelations. It’s best to go by bus to Denizli and then on to Pamukkale and stay in the village for a few nights to give ample time to explore this fascinating area.

Mave Dellor, Warwickshire

Saklikent Gorge

Memories of Samaria 40 years earlier persuaded my friends that a trip to the Saklikent Gorge, one of the deepest in Europe, was for us. High temperatures meant early arrival and no tourists in sight – just a gaggle of children clutching bright blue waterproof shoes, soon offered in exchange for small change. “Go to the end, I’ll take you,” was the cry from one small boy. Despite having no idea where the “end” was, we accepted. My short skirt billowing, we survived the first waist-deep wade through icy, rushing waters then scrambled, squeezed and pushed our way steadily upward through a tumble of large boulders and deep pools, increasingly helped with a push on our bottoms by our wiry guide. We arrived 90 minutes later at the final waterfall, exhausted but enthralled at the beauty of the limestone walls 1,000ft above us. Next time I’ll wear shorts!

Janie Toy, Cornwall . . . . 

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