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Africa

Hurghada, Luxor and Marsa Alam

Like so many of the towns and cities of Egypt, Hurghada as well as Luxor and Marsa Alam are living history museums. These three cities are positioned as three corners of a triangle in the Eastern Desert. Hurghada, a former fishing harbour, stretches some 15 miles or so along the waterfront and is one of the foremost areas for water sports. Marsa Alam is also found by the Red Sea coast, and tourism is just starting to make an impact. The city of Luxor, with its jaw-droppingly beautiful monuments built by the hands of ancient craftsmen, lies 150 miles or so inland on the banks of the mighty River Nile.

Sharm el-Sheikh

Surrounded by a crystal-clear, deep-blue sea and a breath-taking desert landscape, Sharm el-Sheikh has developed into one of the most popular holiday destinations in Egypt. Come here to relax in one of the many well-developed tourist resorts, or dive at the area’s unique coral reefs. But ’Sharm’ is far more than just a resort town. It is also an ideal spot to discover real Egyptian culture and to travel to the neighbouring historic sites such as the renowned Mount Sinai.

Cairo

Long considered to be the jewel of the orient, Cairo is an international city overflowing with an interesting mixture of different cultures. It is a city steeped in the early civilizations of the ancient pharaohs, blended with the history of Christian and Islamic cultures. It is all brought together by the modern sights and luxuries of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city.

Fes

Known as one of the imperial cities, the opulent city of Fes is the oldest city in Morocco. It is split into two areas, Fès-el-Bali (old Fès) and Fès-el-Djedid (new Fès) wich makes the city a mystical fusion of an ancient Islamic past, and the French influenced recent present.

Agadir

With approximately 340 days of sunshine and six kilometres of soft white sands, Agadir is Morocco’s premiere beach resort! Nestled among the verdant valleys of the Great Souss and with the majestic range of the Anti-Atlas rearing up behind it, this modern, cosmopolitan city has all the attendant pleasures, thrills and luxuries you can ask for.

Marrakech

A medieval city of drama, myth and mystery, Marrakech will captivate all who venture behind its ochre-coloured walls. Step inside and you will be transported back to a place and time that has been consigned to the annals of history. The winding alleys of the medina and the sights and sounds of the souks, the human drama that is Djemaa el-Fna square and the Atlas Mountains rearing up in the background, make Marakech, Morocco’s jewel in the crown.

Johannesburg

Vibrant, ever-changing, fabulously wealthy, desperately poor, vast, multi-faceted Johannesburg flings contrasts at you from every angle. Trees line streets where houses hide their manicured gardens and pristine blue swimming pools behind high white walls, miles of shacks tell of the effects of the apartheid years – still to be overcome. The air of Africa’s most dynamic city vibrates with music and buzzes with business while its stylish restaurants, elegant shops, art galleries and theatres delight the international visitor.

Cape Town

Overlooked by the spectacular heights of Table Mountain and surrounded by stunning beaches, lush farmland and superb vineyards, Cape Town has established itself as South Africa’s cultural capital and as one of the most vibrant city destinations in Africa. This is a city where African, European and Asian cultures meet in a multi-ethnic rainbow that is reflected in its music, architecture, visual arts as well as in its quite amazing choice of cuisines. Cape Town is a great party city, with a year-round calendar of festivals, parades and world-class sporting events. It also has a mellow climate that makes it attractive year-round, with plenty of sunshine during the winter months making it particularly attractive to Northern Hemisphere visitors.

Djerba

Djerba, the largest island of North Africa, is situated southeast of Tunisia on the Gulf of Gabes, and is ringed by miles of sandy beaches and luxury hotels. With its ideal temperate climate, this is another very popular Tunisian destination. The many resort hotels provide anything you need from lazy bronzing days, to a wide range of intense activities like thalasso or water sports.

Monastir

Located in north-eastern Tunisia, Monastir is a major tourist resort. With its attractive marina and old fishing port, the city is an excellent base for a beach holiday and offers a wide range of physical activities such as water sports, fishing, excursions and golf. Whatever the season, you will find an ideal climate to enjoy some of Tunisia’s finest sand beaches and crystalline water along with a dizzying choice of waterfront hotels and restaurants featuring both international and local cuisine. Whether you’re up to a lazy day sunning on the beach or more physical type of activities, your stay will certainly be unforgettable!

Uganda

Uganda a small country but has a lot to offer! Rolling emerald hills, snow capped mountains, misty forests, deep, crystal clear lakes, white water rafting, gorilla tracking, game viewing and some of the best trekking in Africa. What more could you ask for from an exotic holiday destination? Uganda is a peaceful nation of many ethnic tribes with varying languages and cultures all united with a national language, English. A land of open spaces, abundant wildlife, a history dating back to the evolution of man, beaches and warm hospitable people. Uganda is a land waiting to be discovered!

Asia

Guangzhou

Unlike most of China, Guangzhou is not likely to elicit the level of curiosity that can be a bit overwhelming in other parts of the mainland. This is mainly because long before Marco Polo shipped up in the port of Canton (as it was then known during the 14th century), Guangzhou had a well-defined foreign quarter that has by and large remained a constant through the centuries. Spoiled by its lush Pearl Delta location, Cantonese cuisine offers a choice and variety of food that is a world away from its pale western imitations. With a vibrant, rocking nightlife and an array of shopping options around the city, it has everything you could desire for a few days stopover.

Shenzhen

Dynamic Shenzhen is an apt symbol of China’s impressive if sometimes uneven rush to embrace wealth. From humble village to bold metropolis in under 30 years, the city’s journey has been brash, dramatic and magnificent. With its natural blend of Chinese frontier spirit and frenetic entrepreneurialism, it has also become home to some of the most diverse and succulent cuisine you’ll find anywhere in China. And for the cash-strapped, the short hop across the border from Hong Kong at the Luohu crossing provides a gateway to China that is easily accessible and offers saving of at least 30% on international air taxes.

Ningbo

Ningbo is the birthplace of the Hemudu culture, which dates back over seven thousand years. This makes the city one of the oldest in China. Known in Mandarin as “Serene Waves”, it is located at the shores of Hangzhou Bay as a long-established international port and trading post. But with the Hangzhou Bridge, the longest trans-oceanic link in the world, Ningbo is now directly connected to Shanghai and already a commercial power in its own, it looks set to give her northern neighbour a run for its money.

Xiamen

This is a city almost unique in China and has been recently voted the prettiest and cleanest city in the country. Xiamen is certainly amongst the most pleasant places in China, with a fine mix of city, cultural and beach attractions. Located on the south coast in Fujian Province, Xiamen is built on an island almost opposite Taiwan. With origins dating back 5,000 years, trade has been the lifeblood of Xiamen and the city has grown on the commerce from merchants, both Chinese and European, who used Xiamen as their “Gateway to China”.

Nanjing

The provincial capital of Jiangsu, Nanjing, has served as the country’s capital for six dynasties and has long occupied a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. The overwhelming neon lights along Qinhuai River, the abundance of greenery in Zhongshan Mountain Tourist Resort and the remnant architecture from the time of the fledgling republic are all facets of the richness of various stages in Nanjing’s development.

Qingdao

If it was a picture, Qingdao would be painted with blue sea and azure sky, red-roofed residences and green trees. Qingdao means “Green Island” in Chinese. The name is a perfect match. This is possibly the most beautiful coastal city of China, famous for the comfortable weather, the large number of beaches and the delicious seafood. Being a former German concession has also provided it with attractive European style buildings and one of the best brews in Asia, the famous Qingdao Beer. It has long been a favourite escape for Chinese holidaymakers and after having its profile raised when hosting of the 29th Sailing Regatta during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it will undoubtedly come under the radar of foreign visitors as well.

Taipei

The city and the countryside, the old and the new, high culture and the downright dirty! Whatever you’re looking for, Taipei has everything today’s discerning traveller could wish for. Set in a natural basin amongst lush green mountains, the city is just a-stones-throw away from unspoiled beaches and wild coastline. The city itself has all the distractions a modern metropolis can offer, while at the same time providing a glimpse into its ancient past. If it’s the variety of choices you’re looking for then Taipei has it all!

Xian

Xi’an, once called Chang’an, the City of Long-lasting Peace, tops the list of Chinese six ancient cities. The world-renowned ancient Silk Road starts here. To stand on this land is to be on the very soil where merchants from empires long relegated to the annals of history once moved, and many facets of its past as a trading post still live on in various forms. The variety of folk handicrafts that greets the visitor is bewildering. Just outside the city is the steepest mountain in the world’, Hua Mountain. Here is where the pre-historic Lantian man was found, proving that human existence here dates back 500,000 years. With all this heritage behind it, Xi’an stands proud even in the face of its modernization, a spectacular testament of the magnificent legacy the Chinese are so proud of.

Guilin

Guilin has been a favourite for a long time amongst travellers to China. This compact city is most famous for the green mountains, crystal clear waters, unique caves and the beautiful cliffs around it. The karst peaks and the surrounding area is world renowned for its beautiful scenery. Yet it is not only this stunning landscape that draws visitors to Guilin, its unique folk customs are also unforgettable experiences in themselves.

Beijing

Beijing is a great city, famous Tiananmen Square is big enough to hold one million people, while the historic Forbidden City is home to thousands of imperial rooms and Beijing is still growing. The capital has witnessed the emergence of more and higher rising towers, new restaurants and see-and-be-seen nightclubs. But at the same time, the city has managed to retain its very individual charm. The small tea houses in the backyards, the traditional fabric shops, the old temples and the noisy street restaurants make this city special.

Hangzhou

Like Yin and Yang, Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang Province, has two sides. This historic city is a showcase for traditional medicine, religion and art as well as an example of China’s rapid economic development. Combining idyllic natural beauty, a grand heritage through the ages and an air of affluence, Hangzhou is one of the country’s most pleasant cities to linger in.

Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, where giant pandas delight tourists at the Chengdu Breeding Research Base and artisans create porcelains at the People’s Garden. Though a modern city, life in Chengdu takes place on the back streets where crowds are waiting outside hot-pot restaurants and tea houses are abuzz with mahjong players and their noisy tile-shuffling game. This is a city that once inspired the great Tang dynasty poet Dufu, whose residence still stands and today it continues to celebrate one of its greatest military strategist Zhugeliang, at the famous Wuhou Shrine.

Chongqing

Chongqing is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. It is a cultural and historical city of many unique traits. Apart from being blessed with water on three sides, its buildings have also been constructed against the mountains on the last side. This is generating different layers to the city appearance that has become hallmark of Chongqing, giving it the nickname “Mountain city”. And what would a Chinese city be without a famous dish? Chongqing’s is the numbingly spicy hotpot, a daredevil culinary adventure.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the shiniest gem in modern China’s jewel box. It’s a hip, contemporary city that’s charging into the future with all the slick energy of its famous Maglev train. Yet if you veer away from the sleek highways and glitzy shopping streets you can still stumble upon a more traditional Shanghai, with all its character and aromas. In the tiny back streets, wet-market vendors peddle their wares - buckets of bright green vegetables, fish flapping in shallow plastic bowls and heaps of crayfish crawling over each other. In the parks at dawn, hordes of locals practice t’ai chi, sword movements and ballroom dancing.

Hong Kong

Hongkong ist mit seinem subtropischen Klima, der herrlichen landschaftlichen Umgebung, seiner Flut elektronischen Schnickschnacks, seinem bunten Nachtleben und ausgezeichnetem Essen ein Paradies für jeden Touristen! Fünfundzwanzig Millionen Besucher kommen jährlich in diese Stadt, die allein schon durch ihre Wolkenkratzer, mit der weltweit größten Dichte pro Quadratmeter, beeindruckt.

Mumbai

Originally known as Bombay, Mumbai is India’s largest city with 13 million inhabitants. Here you can find an amazing mixture of crowds, noise and traffic. You will either love or hate this hot and humid megalopolis; the pace is fast and furious and never stops. Once you have come to grips with the city, it is the kind of place where you will need to go with the flow. The atmosphere is heady here, where all walks of life meet in a huge melting pot of colours, noises, smells and excitement.

Chennai

The site of former Indian, Portuguese and Dutch settlements, today’s Chennai was established by the British in the 17th century as a trading port. This colonial town, formerly known as Madras, has since grown into India’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Home to a colonial fort and an array of beautiful temples, monuments and churches, water sports and amusement parks, street markets and shopping centers, fine dining and luxury hotels, as well as one of the longest sandy beaches in the world. This bustling and colorful Indian city is bound to have something on offer for everyone!

Bangalore

Bangalore is where India is headed. Bangalore is the fifth largest city in India and is said to be the fastest growing city in Asia. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and is where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. A once sleepy regional capital is today a modern, serene metropolis that will come as a big surprise to those who are arriving from other parts of the country for the first time. As wealthier Indians flock to live here, Bangalore has become a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant café and bar culture. The city might lack historical sites but more than makes up for it’s buzzing, relaxed and liberal atmosphere and a location that makes it a perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples and evocative palaces of the Deccan.

New Delhi

Delhi is a thoroughly inscrutable onion of a city, every layer you peel off reveals an even deeper layer of history. Rebuilt eight times by its many conquerors, it has been the seat of the Hindu, Muslim and British Empires. All of them have left their mark in the architecture, customs, food and people of this relentless city. Now they are all undergoing a new transformation as the capital of modern India.

Surabaya

Surabaya is Indonesia in a nutshell. The city was founded almost eight centuries ago, Indonesia’s second largest city has seen empires come and go. The founders of the Hindu Majapahit Empire were here in the late 13th century to the 17th century and were followed by Muslim rulers of Mataram. Later came the colonialists of the Dutch East India Company. In recent decades, Surabaya has grown into a cosmopolitan seaport and conurbation where 21st century hotels, apartment towers and shopping malls stand next to historic mosques and palaces.

Jakarta

Indonesia’s sprawling capital is one of the fastest-growing, most chaotic and most exciting places in South East Asia. It is the gateway to a vast, vibrant and varied island nation that’s home to dozens of fascinating cultures. Formerly the colonial capital of the Dutch East Indies – when it was known as Batavia – Jakarta has grown from its original seaport district into a huge modern conurbation of high-rise hotels and apartments, thronged shopping malls and wide, busy avenues.

Bali

The urban atmosphere of Denpasar, Bali’s bustling capital city and business and administrative hub, contrasts sharply with the serene Hindu temples, green terraced rice fields and superb sandy beaches nearby. Denpasar is a cosmopolitan, modern city that has grown rapidly in the past three decades and in many ways it has more in common with other Indonesian regional capitals than with its island hinterland. Nevertheless, it is worth a visit, even if you prefer to stay in one of the resort areas nearby rather than in the city itself.

Eilat

Eilat is Israel’s premier winter sun resort and heart of the Red Sea Riviera. Thrilling landscapes of red-tinted mountains, sheer blue skies and crystal clear waters give an exhilarating sense of adventure, pleasure and freedom, with a myriad of things to see and do.

Sapporo

With its rich natural landscape, stunning scenery and distinctive seasons, Sapporo would satisfy the explorer in any one of us. This capital of Hokkaidō, the most northern and second largest island of Japan, was established in 1868, its vast open wilderness backed by magnificent mountains appealed to the early settlers.

Osaka

Sitting in the heart of the Kansai region of central Japan, Osaka is its third largest city. It could be the closeness to Korea, China and the coast that has made it to become known as the “Kitchen of Japan”. Osaka’s people have a true zest for life, they promote a casual air and ease and are slightly, unconventionally boisterous. Osaka is regenerating, now recognising its past beauty and is working hard to re-establish it. This stimulating city that works to live, is now more than ever a must-see.

Matsuyama

Matsuyama is the biggest city on the island of Shikoku. It's also the capital of Ehime Prefecture. Matsuyama is a vibrant city of living traditions, set against a backdrop of historical buildings, where haiku poetry is still enjoyed as a part of daily life. A full calendar of seasonal festivals means that there's always something eye-catching going on. The city is served by a network of vintage trams and steam trains, so getting about is easy. Matsuyama also has miles of sandy beach in this city encompassing the beautiful island-studded Seto Inland Sea.

Fukuoka

Sitting proudly on the shores of Hakata Bay, Fukuoka is a city ablaze with the neon glare of the 21st century. At the same time the city is in touch with its rich cultural heritage and its beautiful, natural surroundings.

Nagoya

Nagoya City breathes history, as testified by the epic movies (such as Shogun and Ran) centred around Nagoya Castle. But it was Expo 2005 that put Nagoya on the world map. A total of 121 countries participated in the event, which attracted more than 22 million visitors over the six months of the Expo. Post-Expo, Nagoya is positioning itself both as a centre for hi-tech industries and as a tourist gateway. Toyota Cars, old and new famed ceramics Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples dolls and robots castles, feudal villas and farmhouses pearls, art and a plethora of shopping and nightlife.

Tokyo

Previously a relatively hidden destination, Tokyo’s technological leaps and passion for everything new has made the rest of the world sit up and take notice. A city of smaller cities, Tokyo’s neighbourhoods are individual and unique in what each can offer, from cultural sights to vast shopping malls. Get ready for a whirlwind of modernity and tradition - this is Tokyo!

Siem Reap

Be ready to be embraced by a people with a warm culture and a country with unique traditions that date back from the Angkorian Empire. Be inspired by the Apsara dancing, Khmer traditional art and by ancient temples surrounded by ancient trees in an eloquent collaboration between art and nature.

Phnom Penh

Situated at the crossroads of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac- Phnom Penh is the heart of a country steeped in tradition, overflowing with rice paddies, jungles and still untouched rural communities. Wind yourself down these rivers and arrive to the largest fresh water lake in the region, Tonle Sap, and a rich history, which reached its peak under the Angkorian Empire. Once a sleepy backwater, Phnom Penh is buzzing today with commercial activity, as the country develops after years of isolation. It is dotted with monumental landmarks in a surreally beautiful environment. Old French colonial mansions stand alongside newly emerging designs, which make the city’s mixed architecture and communities fascinating sites to explore.

Macau

Macau has a colourful palette and a plethora of sites despite occupying just 28sq km on a peninsula of the Chinese mainland. From neon-lit casinos to dusky markets, soaring high rise to verdant parks, cobbled streets to modern cafés and Baroque churches to Art Deco buildings there’s a wonderful mix of East and West and old and new. Thirty buildings and squares are UNESCO listed and many reflect Macau’s colonial Portuguese legacy as does the food, laid-back lifestyle and even the blue azulejo-tiled street names. Yet Macau has a modern Asian look also, rivalling Singapore for tidy streets and Hong Kong for flyovers and bridges.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (or “KL,” as the locals say) is the capital of Malaysia. The days when it all began as mud flats and tin deposits (in the 1850's) seem unimaginable compared to it's current state. You will find many traces of history in the beautifully preserved architecture. Today, Kuala Lumpur is the International Garden City of Lights where shoppers are spoiled for choices. From street vendors to luxurious boutiques, connoisseurs broaden their palates, party animals find sanctuaries, and naturists are wowed. Whoever you are, this vibrant, multicultural city awaits with endless offers.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is a true oriental pearl and the capital of Sabah, a state in Malaysia. Surrounded by spectacular waters, mountains and ancient rainforest, this is truly the gateway to Borneo. Vibrant and friendly variations of everything can be found in the city, which is guaranteed to captivate you.

Penang

Although it is Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang island (Pulau Pinang) is one of Asia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan destinations, combining the influences of half a dozen cultures. Within sight of the west coast of the Malaysian peninsula – and linked to it by road bridges – the island is the birthplace of tourism in Malaysia. With great beaches, a mellow climate, and a colourful collection of attractions – several of which claim to be the largest, tallest, longest or oldest of their kind.

Yangon

Yangon is a small yet busy capital city and as such has the workings of government within its boundaries. Situated on the River Yangon, it has a flourishing port, but the most spectacular sights are the Buddhist temples, pagodas and stupas. Arriving by air, the visitor will see golden domes dotting the thick greenery of the outlying areas of the city. Set on Singuttara Hill, is the most holy of all these shrines, and the place every visitor must see – The Shwedagon Pagoda.

Davao

A multi-cultural metropolis on the island of Mindanao, Davao is one of largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the Philippines. With the country’s highest mountain, Mount Apo, as its backdrop, this vibrant city offers a mix of fabulous landscapes that include parks like the Eden Nature Park and the Mount Apo National Park, superb beaches, diving waters and islands such as the unspoiled Samal Island. The San Pedro Cathedral is just one of its great monuments, while its shopping malls, colourful festivals and gourmet restaurants are legendary. Top notch hotels and resorts make it a tourist hotspot. Davao is famous for its gold and is home of the famous Philippine Eagle National Centre where the truly beautiful but endangered national bird is bred.

Manila

The Philippine capital is Asia’s best-kept secret. The capital of the Orient’s only catholic country seems somehow out of place, vibrant with Latin American or Caribbean undertones. Music and dancing are everywhere, and the smiles and laughter rival Bangkok’s in their warmth and enthusiasm. Manila’s intense historical influences – Spanish religion and American consumerism – have led to the saying that the capital has spent “400 years in a convent and 50 in Hollywood.” The result is a city of extremes ready to delight the unsuspecting traveller.

Boracay

Boracay is one of the most idyllic tropical islands imaginable. Palm trees swaying in the wind, crystal turquoise seas and seemingly endless stretches of talcum-powder-fine-white sand beaches, plus a distinctively laidback way of life characterise this pretty island. Despite being narrow and only seven kilometres long, Boracay offers everything from golf, trekking, sailing and watersports – such as windsurfing and scuba diving – to great hotels, gourmet restaurants and festivals. Plus, of course, its fabulous beaches – including White beach, voted the finest in the world. By night, it turns into one big tropical party venue, with nightclubs vying for attention with discos held on the beach.

Cebu

Often called the “queen of the south,” Cebu, the country’s oldest city has now become its favourite tourist destination. With a keen choice of historical sights, long stretches of white sand beaches, excellent year-around scuba and water sport action, choice of dining, exciting nightlife and, of course, the famous warm hospitality it’s no surprise that visitor numbers, new hotels and tourist attractions are increasing.

Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is a modern, multi-cultural city that lies on the northern shores of Mindanao island. It has gourmet restaurants, fine hotels and is the shopping capital of the island. Known as the ‘city of golden friendship’ because of the hospitable nature of the kagayanons, Cagayan de Oro always offers a special welcome to visitors.

Riyadh

Shimmering like a precious stone in the fierce desert sun, the city of Riyadh is a complex mix of dualisms that will intrigue the intrepid traveller. A modern cutting edge metropolis that boldly strides towards the future whilst at the same time, a city firmly rooted in the traditions of its historical past. Known as the “Queen of the Desert”, Riyadh will captivate every suitor with her desert landscapes and lush green oases, her ancient monuments and malls and the renowned Arabic hospitality of her denizens.

Singapore

Singapore is an Asian melting pot of fascinating crossroad between East and West. Here the hypermodern buildings of the financial district blend with Chinatown’s classic small houses. As an old trading town, Singapore is the natural place for anyone who wants to shop – the range is enormous. In addition, Singapore offers a cuisine with influences from all corners of Asia that exceeds the highest expectations.

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, an enchanting island lying off India’s southern tip. These city folk go about their daily business with a cheerfulness born of optimism in this chaotic, noisy and traffic-congested metropolis.

Seoul

Seoul is a city of contrasts in which the ancient and the modern harmoniously coexist. In one sense, it’s a hi-tech 21st-century city awash with neon lights and the sights and sounds of a 24 hour metropolis, while at the same time, a city retaining the majesty and graceful ambience of the ancient dynasties that once ruled. Like the river Han on which it sits, Seoul is constantly moving as it strides boldly into the future, yet simultaneously managing to keep one foot firmly entrenched in its historical past.

Chiang Mai

Immersed by spectacular mountains and the northern Thai countryside, Chiang Mai offers spectacular sceneries and beautiful ancient temples. Chiang Mai has become an increasingly popular destination and a favourite with many people. Even though being the second largest city in Thailand, there are only 250,000 people living here. The city is small and intimate, and almost everything is within walking distance. But do not be fooled, in this area there is much to see. Make sure you plan your trip well.

Koh Samui

With such beauty and charm, Koh Samui has something that appeals to just about everyone. Every year the island attracts more than 1,5 million people from all over the world that come here to do nothing or everything. So many people could not be wrong! With its beautiful beaches, clear water, great food, fun parties and superb shopping, you could certainly say that this Thai paradise has it all.

Bangkok

Dynamic, exotic and richly cosmopolitan, Bangkok is one of South East Asia’s most vibrant and cherished travel destinations. A city of contrasts, this cultural epicentre and shopping paradise entices millions of travellers each year to its bountiful markets, luxury hotels, stunning scenery and tantalizing cuisine. Where ancient and modern coincide, Bangkok’s glorious golden temples and world-class skyscrapers await. Revel in the frenetic pace as you soak up the sights, shop until you drop then tuk-tuk around town for a zesty slice of Bangkok’s indulgent and risqué nightlife.

Phuket

Welcome to paradise! It has all the right ingredients surrounded by clear blue water, its palm fringed beaches are of soft, clean sand, it has a vibrant nightlife and you can enjoy the most wide-ranging cuisine – you name it, you can eat it in Phuket. For several years Phuket has topped the polls as a holiday paradise, and in the most recent survey, readers of a top travel magazine voted for it ahead of Bali and Cebu. Add all this to the most welcoming people in the world, and you can see why travellers love it.

Antalya

Antalya ist die Perle der türkischen Riviera. Spannende Großstadt und Badeparadies zugleich. An der Küste findet man viele reizende Strände. Hier ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei. Hier, entlang des Küstenstreifens, liegen zahlreiche sehr gute Hotels und Restaurants. Wer eine Abwechslung zum Strandleben sucht, kann sich auf Ausflüge zu den jahrtausende alten antiken Ruinen und einzigartigen Naturschauspielen freuen.

Abu Dhabi

With its awesome glass skyscrapers that reflect the bustle of daily life, magnificent buildings such as the Emirates Palace, its lively souqs, excellent international restaurants and its long stretches of white beaches lapped by the crystal clear waters of The Gulf, Abu Dhabi is a city of outstanding contrasts. The throbbing heart of the city lies 250 metres off-shore on an island linked to the mainland by the Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. Home to the respected Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation and the Al Hosn Palace museum, along with numerous venues for the arts, the wealthy city is the cultural as well as the commercial hub of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Dubai

Flourishing as the Middle East’s major commercial hub, vibrant Dubai—a mere fishing village 60 years ago—has blossomed over the past decade into the world’s hottest new tourist destination. A hot but dry desert climate tempered by cooling Gulf breezes, the allure of the mystical desert, great beaches and a chance to sample Arabic culture while enjoying thoroughly modern Western-style amenities are all part of the irresistible appeal.

Hanoi

If Saigon is the frenetic, commercial heartbeat of Vietnam then gentle, verdant, historic Hanoi is the sedate, intellectual soul of the country. Its leafy boulevards, serene lakes and sweeping white French colonial architecture set the scene as tourists and locals alike seem to go about their business at a pleasingly civilised pace. The city is the administrative capital of the country and its political metronome still beats to communist time, but with a distinctly modern nod towards welcoming tourists from all over the world to enjoy its rich and varied heritage.

Ho Chi Minh

Located near the Mekong River, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest and most exciting city in Vietnam. With a population now almost 8 million people, it’s one of the densest urban areas in the world and it’s common to see houses where several families share the same living space. For a foreigner, visiting Ho Chi Minh is a real experience! It’s a vibrant and an ‘in transition’ city. You’ll be fascinated by its rich cultural and quite recent traumatic history, mixed in with its current modernization. Unlike other cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is also very active at night, with many bars and restaurants to entertain you!

Europe

Tirana

Tirana is a mixture of Western Europe and the old Russia, interspersed with influences of the Middle East. The city has overcome its recent troubled past and has stood up like a jewel in Eastern Europe. Tirana has rediscovered itself and become an energetic, vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is worth exploring.

Brüssel

Brussels, a city that continues to surprise and move you. This city-region-capital of 500 million Europeans is waiting to share its treasures with you. It’s a fair bet that its stormy history is the reason for its open-mindedness, warmth and friendliness. You’ll feel right at home in Brussels! As well as its historic monuments, Brussels has so much to share with you: its comic strip speech bubbles, its Art Nouveau façades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.

Leuven

In Flandern gibt es nicht viele Orte, die die Fantasie stärker ansprechen, als diese Universitätsstadt mit ihrer burgundischen Lebensart. Shoppen oder in die Kultur eintauchen, gastronomisch genießen oder Kunst bewundern, jahrhundertealte Gebäude besuchen oder moderne Architektur ansehen. Was Sie von einer Stadt auch erwarten mögen, Sie finden es in Leuven. Alles schön in menschlichen Dimensionen, aber doch auf der Höhe der sich schnell verändernden Gesellschaft. Leuven liegt mitten in Belgien. Die gute Erreichbarkeit ist eine der Stärken der Stadt. Es gibt aber noch viel mehr gute Gründe, um die „Schöne an der Dijle“ zu besuchen. Sie werden es schnell merken: Diese Stadt lässt Sie nicht mehr los.

Mechelen

Das historische Stadtzentrum von Mechelen hat einen Durchmesser von nur anderthalb Kilometer. Aber trotz seiner Überschaubarkeit entdeckt man in Mechelen einen Reichtum an historischen Bauwerken, prachtvollen Museen und verführerischen Geschäften, auf die so manch andere, größere Stadt neidisch sein kann. Im 16. Jahrhundert war Mechelen die Hauptstadt der habsburgischen Niederlande und die Residenz der Margarete von Österreich. Noch immer spürt man hier den Glanz, den die Fürstin einst entfaltete. Aber Mechelen ist auch die Stadt der verlockenden Restaurants und der geselligen Kneipen. In denen fließt das weltberühmte Lokalbier „Gouden Carolus“. Wer Kunst, Kultur und Lebensgenuss gleichermaßen mag, für den ist ein Besuch Mechelens einfach ein „Must“.

Gent

Gent ist eine kompakte, authentische Stadt, in der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart in perfektem Einklang stehen. Ein Spaziergang durch die Stadt ist mit einer Zeitreise vergleichbar: Sie biegen um eine Ecke und gelangen mit einem Mal vom vierzehnten ins einundzwanzigste Jahrhundert. In Gent schlägt das junge Herz einer kulturellen Stadt voller Musik, Theater, Film und bildender Kunst. Dank ihrer zentralen Lage in Flandern ist die Stadt Gent der ideale Ausgangspunkt für einen Besuch der flämischen Kunststädte. Ein breites Spektrum an Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten, vom 1-Stern-Hotel bis zum 5-Sterne-Hotel mit Vollservice sowie B&B, bietet das Passende für jeden Geldbeutel. Gent heißt Sie mit offenen Armen herzlich Willkommen.

Antwerpen

Antwerpen, die Metropole in menschlichen Dimensionen, bietet ihren Besuchern alles, was Sie sich von einer Städtereise erhoffen können. Prachtvolle Bauwerke, Museen und Kirchen machen Antwerpen zu einer faszinierenden Kulturstadt. Die berühmten Kreationen der Antwerpener Modeschöpfer haben die Catwalks der ganzen Welt erobert. Und in den zahlreichen Kneipen, Bars und Restaurants kann man es sich einmal so richtig gut gehen lassen.

Brügge

Willkommen in der Weltkulturerbestadt Brügge! Sie sind selten, aber es gibt Orte, die alle Sinne berühren, die einem unter die Haut gehen. Stätten, die einen direkt ins Herz treffen, auch wenn man sie nie völlig ergründen kann. Brügge ist so ein einmaliger Ort. Geprägt von Kultur und Kunst, kosmopolitisch und ungeniert lebensgenießerisch, aber auch mysteriös mittelalterlich und zu alledem auch noch UNESCO Weltkulturerbestadt. Wenn man durch die gewundenen Gassen Brügges schlendert, entlang den stimmungsvollen Grachten oder durch die grünen Festungsanlagen, kann man sich in ihre geheimnisumwobene Eleganz nur hoffnungslos verlieben.

Sarajevo

Surrounded by mountains that make up part of the Dinaric Alps, and its heart and mix of Ottoman and Hapsburg cultures, the picturesque city of Sarajevo stakes its place as one of the finest cities in Europe. With its stunning natural setting, culturally diverse history, and modern vibrancy, Sarajevo is a city that will satisfy the desires of everyone from the rugged outdoors person to the cultured vulture.

Sofia

Sofia gleicht Dornröschen, das aus dem Schlaf erweckt wird … und das aufwacht, um seine charmante Erscheinung ein weiteres Mal der Außenwelt zum Geschenk zu machen. Und die Stadt verfügt nicht über irgendwelche Reize! Mit seiner vibrierenden Kultur- und Unterhaltungsszene, inmitten Plana Zavala, einer Gebirgskette von atemberaubender Schönheit gelegen und mit Überresten aus der Römerzeit bis hin zur Sowjetära nimmt Sofia inzwischen wieder das Recht für sich in Anspruch, eine der führenden Rollen auf der europäischen Bühne zu spielen.

Aarhus

With the describing slogan of being the world’s smallest big city, Aarhus is petite enough for one to be acquainted with the place in a short time, yet large enough to fill the days and nights with lively activities and events. The mixture of youthful optimism and creativity, together with the city’s good old-fashioned cosiness, create a unique atmosphere making a visit to Aarhus a pleasant and uplifting experience.

Kopenhagen

Copenhagen has something for everybody. Here you will find a great mix of world-class gastronomy, beautiful architecture, award-winning design, clean harbour baths, the unique free town Christiania and the world’s oldest monarchy. Copenhagen is a compact big city, a world-class city loved and ranked very highly by leading travel and lifestyle magazines. It has been named one of the best cities to live in several times, and it was the first city in the world to be named ‘Bike City’ by the International Cycling Union – a title to which the several hundred bike lanes bear witness to. Surrounded by historic buildings, narrow curving streets, pulsating shopping and a happening nightlife it is easy to feel right at home in the Danish capital.

Randers

Experience international known artists on the scenes of the town, visit exhibitions, shop in a Danish town environment at its best and experience the nature around Randers. It will give you an unforgettable and intense experience. Graceland Randers is a copy of Elvis Presley’s house in Memphis, Tennessee. The only Elvis exhibition outside the USA. In Randers Regnskov you can experience rain forests with animals, birds and vegetation from South America, Asia and Africa. From here you can enter into some of the most beautiful sceneries in Denmark, namely the river valley Gudenådalen where Danish farm animals and buffalos can be seen at close range.

Gudenå

VisitGudenaa – yours to explore Die Gudenå begrüßt Sie in einer Welt voller Möglichkeiten für erlebnisreiche Ferientage. Die Gudenå ist Dänemarks längster Fluss, dessen breites Tal durch ein abwechslungsreiches Gebiet führt. Sie finden hier sowohl Heidelandschaft, Höhenzüge und große Waldgebiete als auch Denkmäler und Aussichtspunkte. Entlang der Gudenå findet man viele unterhaltsame und lehrreiche Attraktionen, angefangen von großen zoologischen Gärten bis zu kleinen, gemütlichen Spielplätzen. Auch an Möglichkeiten für sportliche Betätigung fehlt es nicht – ob Sie nun mit dem Fahrrad oder Mountainbike fahren oder wandern wollen, eine Tour mit dem Kanu oder Kajak machen oder angeln möchten – alles ist möglich. Viele der großen schönen Gebäude, die mehrere Hundert Jahre alt sind, haben ihre eigene Geschichte zu erzählen.

LEGOLAND Billund Resort

Imagine a world built with 60 million LEGO® bricks. Enjoy Scandinavia’s biggest water park. Say hello to 40 roaring lions. Explore Denmark’s natural wonders and play a part in our fascinating history. Welcome to LEGOLAND Billund Resort!

Altenburg

If you fancy a hand of cards then Altenburg is for you. Playing cards have been produced here for over 500 years and in the centre of the town is monument to the national card game ’skat’ which was first played here. The town goes back over 1000 years and has an impressive castle set on a rocky outcrop, with market squares and a magnificent Town Hall. The brewery is a very important part of the town and you can still buy collapsible top hats on Rossplan Square. The Skat fountain on Bruhl Square is said to bring you good luck if you baptise your cards under the water.

Leipzig

Leipzig ist nicht nur die Heimatstadt von Johann Sebastian Bach und Felix Mendelssohn, sondern auch eine von Deutschlands touristischen Hochburgen sowie ein Handels- und Kulturzentrum. Die Stadt empfängt Sie mit reichhaltiger Geschichte, wunderschöner Architektur, einer pulsierenden Kulturszene, großartigen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und einem munteren Nachtleben.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt ist nicht nur Wolkenkratzer, die Europäische Zentralbank und teure Restaurants. Hinter der glitzernden Fassade findet man mittelalterliche Bauten, wunderschöne Parks und einen überraschendes vielfältiges Nachtleben. Der Besuch in einer Apfelweingaststätte ist zu empfehlen.

Friedrichshafen

Friedrichshafen lies like a sparkling jewel on the shores of the beautiful Lake Constance surrounded by magnificent mountains. Its quiet atmosphere and the untouched nature help you lean back and relax, while explorers appreciate Friedrichshafen’s undisputed position as the birthplace of the Zeppelin.

Weeze

Weeze is a small, warm and friendly community with long associations with RAF Laarbruch, which closed down in 1999 and became the local airport. The town has a rich history with several manor houses and three castles nearby, each with their own tale to tell. There are also plenty of lively bars and cafés in and around town, great for having a drink or a chat with the locals. Because of the city’s ideal location in the middle of the German-Dutch Lower Rhine region, this is the perfect place for sampling the best of what Germany and The Netherlands have to offer!

Black Forest Region

Inspiriert von Lebenslust! Sehnsucht nach inspirierenden Entdeckungen? Dann steigen Sie einfach ein und landen Sie im traumhaft schönen Baden. Wir zeigen Ihnen die Vielfalt an Möglichkeiten, die Ihnen in direkter Nähe zum Flughafen Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) offen stehen. Im Herzen Europas, nur einen Flügelschlag entfernt, sind Sie mittendrin in der Erlebniswelt: Grandiose Naturlandschaften, Kunst, Kultur und Lebensart, Aktivsport und atemberaubender Freizeitspaß, entspannende Wellness-Oasen und wunderbare Genießerfreuden! Tauchen Sie ein und wählen Sie Ihre Lieblingsziele.

Heidelberg

„Die Stadt in ihrer Lage und mit ihrer ganzen Umgebung hat, man darf sagen, etwas Ideales ...“ (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1797). Das geheimnisvolle Heidelberger Schloss, die malerische Altstadt, eine – wie Goethe schrieb – „ideale landschaftliche Lage“: All das zog im 19. Jahrhundert die deutschen Romantiker an, die Heidelberg in ihren Werken verewigten. Heute verbindet sich der Charme Alt-Heidelbergs mit einer zukunftsorientierten und internationalen Ausrichtung. Die wissenschaftliche Exzellenz begann 1386, als Kurfürst Ruprecht I. die erste Universität auf deutschem Boden gründete, die bis heute das innerstädtische Leben prägt.

Lübeck

Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, was one of the great mercantile cities in the Middle Ages. Nowadays it offers what guests search for: a town small enough to be diverting, history to learn and a seaside for relaxing hours. Since the 13th century the “city of seven spires” has been depicted with the same skyline of green-clad belfries rising above the red-tiled roofs. Lübeck’s characteristic feature is water. The Old Town island, surrounded by the river Trave and the canal, today still communicates the charm and cosmopolitan approach of a port. Both the city ports and Europe's largest ferry terminal in Lübeck-Travemünde clearly demonstrate that time has not stood still here. Trave-münde is one of the most beautiful and most appealing sea resorts of Europe which already in 1802 transformed the former fishing- and sailor village into a top address for bathers from near and far. With a stroll over the boulevard of the historical boardwalk, the fascinating sailing Old-timer “Passat”, chugging deep-sea fishing boats and gigantic ferryboats can be admired on the Baltic Sea very close to. The fine sandy beach with its 4,5 kilometres longitude from the Priwall up to the Brodtener Steilufer invites to an easygoing swim- and sunbath fun.

Stuttgart

Eingebettet zwischen grünen Tälern und fruchtbaren Weinbergen ist Stuttgart ein wahres Juwel. Jahrhunderte alte Traditionen bergend, kann sich Stuttgart gleichermaßen als die Wiege scharfsinniger Erfinder preisen. Hier wurden das Automobil, der Fotokopierer und der Büstenhalter erfunden, um nur einige zu nennen. Sie werden in Stuttgart eine lebendige Mischung von Menschen vorfinden, die durch die schwäbischen Wurzeln der Region vereint sind. Kommen Sie selbst und genießen Sie die Energie dieser jungen, grünen Metropole.

Bremen

Ein freigeistiger und leidenschaftlich unabhängiger Wind bläst durch die Winkel und Gassen Bremens. Dieser Wind hatte auf jeden Fall eine gewisse Anziehungskraft für einen Esel, einen Hund, eine Katze, und einen Hahn im Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm „Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten“. Diese vier, heute die Maskottchen der Stadt, machten sich auf nach Bremen, um ein neues Leben als Musiker zu beginnen und Ihr Motto ist auch heute aktuell: „Wir gehen nach Bremen – etwas Besseres als den Tod findet man allemal“. In Deutschlands zweitgrößter Hafenstadt ist die Verbindung zur See und das Fernweh unleugbare Realität.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

“Discover your true nature“: This motto is the central philosophy encompassing the tourist attractions offered at the renowned holiday destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen all year round. In the midst of beautiful mountain views, the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps offers a wide variety of topnotch holidays. At the foot of Mount Zugspitze, nature is splendid and mighty, the memories gained between the mountains and the valleys, the water and the sky are unique. Impressive historic facades and lovingly painted houses as well as its charming inhabitants give the town an open atmosphere and a sense of joie de vivre, which is touching, moving and unforgettable.

Hamburg

Elbe und Alster, das historische Rathaus, die einzigartige Speicherstadt, das Nachtleben auf der weltberühmten Reeperbahn und der traditionelle sonntägliche Fischmarkt prägen das Bild Hamburgs als Deutschlands grüne Stadt am Wasser. Die Hafencity besticht mit moderner Architektur und dem neuen Wahrzeichen Elbphilharmonie. Hier verbinden sich Prestige und Eleganz mit Modernität zu einer weltweit einmaligen Atmosphäre.

Dortmund

Dortmund, erschaffen mit Blut, Schweiß und Bier, ist heute eine moderne deutsche Stadt des 21. Jahrhunderts. Das moderne Dortmund im Bundesstaat Nordrhein-Westfalen ist voller Schwung und Dynamik, und bekannt für seine ausgezeichneten Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, sein Bier und seinen Fußball. Dieses ehemalige Zentrum der Schwerindustrie besitzt jedoch auch eine ganz andere, weichere Seite. Dortmund hat großartige Theater und Kulturzentren, ein breites Angebot faszinierender Museen, und dadurch, dass die Hälfte der Stadt mit Parkanlagen und Gärten bedeckt ist, ausreichend Freiräume zur Entspannung.

Köln

Echten Kölnern sagt man nach, dass sie an jedem anderen Ort vor Heimweh krank werden - und Besucher der Stadt verstehen nach kurzer Zeit warum das so ist. Die älteste Metropole Deutschlands besteht aus einer Mischung herrlicher romanischer Kirchen, supermodernster Architektur, geschäftigen Einkaufsstraßen und weltberühmten Museen - und nicht zu vergessen, sie hat auch ihren Namen im „Eau de Cologne“ oder auch „Kölnischwasser“ verewigt. Und dabei haben wir noch nicht einmal den berühmten Kölner Karneval erwähnt.

Düsseldorf

In Düsseldorf gibt es „die längste Theke der Welt“. Deutschlands vornehmste Einkaufsstrasse – die Königsallee – unzählige Museen, Theater und Sehenswürdigkeiten, die die Stadt zum erfolgreichen Kunstzentrum hebt. Die rheinländische fröhliche Stimmung mit ihren Traditionen in perfekter Harmonie mit dem Luxuriösen einer Weltstadt.

München

München ist eine gelungene Mischung aus exklusivem Einkaufen, Schickeria-Straßen, beeindruckenden Gebäuden und Lederhosen, Blasmusik und alten Wirtshäusern. Man kann seinen Tag in einem einfachen Gasthaus bei Hax’n und Sauerkraut beginnen und in einem Gourmettempel mit feinster Tischdekoration beenden. Den Charme der Stadt machen aber die freundlichen Bewohner aus. Was Sie aber wahrscheinlich schon bemerkt haben.

Sylt

Sylt ist eines der beliebtesten deutschen Ferienparadiese. Zu Recht: die fast unwirklich schöne, 38 Kilometer lange Insel am nördlichsten Zipfel Deutschlands hat fantastische Traumstrände, die das Gefühl endloser Weite vermitteln. Die herrlich erfrischende Meeresluft, die einzigartige Sylter Landschaft und das ganz besondere Lebensgefühl verzaubern immer wieder aufs Neue. Erleben Sie den wilden Charme der Nordsee, die faszinierenden Dünen und die wogenden goldgelben Rapsfelder.

Hannover

Die Region Hannover bietet vielfältige Kontraste: Mitreißende Events, herausragende Open-Air Konzerte, die barocken Herrenhäuser Gärten und ein pulsierendes Kunst- und Kulturangebot locken zu einem Besuch in die niedersächsische Landeshauptstadt. Zu den touristischen Highlight des hannoverschen Umlands gehören das Steinhuder Meer, der Höhenzug Deister oder Schloss Marienburg. Dank kurzer Wege und bester S-Bahn Verbindungen in die Region können diese Highlights bequem mit den Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt zu einem spannenden Entdeckungsprogramm kombiniert werden. Entdecken Sie Hannover: www.visit-hannover.com

Nürnberg

Die bezaubernd historische Kulisse und die mächtige Kaiserburg werden bestimmt auch bei Ihnen einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlassen. Zu Füßen der Burg liegt die schöne Altstadt, die mit historischen Bauten, wunderschönen Kirchen, einer der größten Fußgängerzonen Deutschlands und dem traditionsreichen Hauptmarkt mittelalterlichen Charme versprüht. Neben vielen kulturellen Highlights hat die zweitgrößte Stadt Bayerns auch kulinarisch einiges zu bieten. So sollte man es sich nicht entgehen lassen, in einem der traditionsreichen Bratwursthäuser vorbeizuschauen und sich zum Beispiel „3 im Weckla“ schmecken zu lassen.

Berlin

Geprägt durch eine bewegende Geschichte und die rasanten Veränderungen seit dem Mauerfall übt die deutsche Hauptstadt heute eine ganz besondere Faszination aus. In kaum einer anderen europäischen Metropole hat sich in den letzten Jahren so viel verändert. Bekannte Sehenswürdigkeiten wie das Brandenburger Tor, der Reichstag oder die East Side Gallery erzählen heute noch die Geschichte der Stadt. In der Gegenwart präsentiert sich Berlin als junge, dynamische und weltoffene Metropole mitten im Herzen Europas, die neue Trends in Architektur, Kunst und Mode setzt. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt – viel Vergnügen in Berlin!

Berlin Quick Guide

Geprägt durch eine bewegende Geschichte und die rasanten Veränderungen seit dem Mauerfall übt die deutsche Hauptstadt heute eine ganz besondere Faszination aus. In kaum einer anderen europäischen Metropole hat sich in den letzten Jahren so viel verändert. Bekannte Sehenswürdigkeiten wie das Brandenburger Tor, der Reichstag oder die East Side Gallery erzählen heute noch die Geschichte der Stadt. In der Gegenwart präsentiert sich Berlin als junge, dynamische und weltoffene Metropole mitten im Herzen Europas, die neue Trends in Architektur, Kunst und Mode setzt. Entdecken Sie die Vielfalt – viel Vergnügen in Berlin!

Tallinn

Viele Touristen lieben Tallinn allein wegen seiner wunderschönen Kirchen, Kopfsteinpflaster-Straßen, und der Stadtmauer. Aber die alte hanseatische Stadt besitzt auch andere Vorzüge. Menschen aus ganz Europa kommen hierher um einzukaufen und die freundliche Bäderstadt zu genießen.

Tampere

Tampere, a young and vibrant place, is the third largest city in Finland and located deep in Lake District. With everything within walking distance, this is yet another example of a revitalization and refurbishment of an industrial heartland. At night the city lights up like a newly decorated Christmas tree. With architecture ranging from medieval churches to the ultra-modern Metso Library and superb theatres you are in for some real treats. From the traditional sauna to a taste of black Finnish sausage, this is a city full of surprises.

Lappeenranta & Imatra Region

The holiday area of Lappeenranta and Imatra is located on the banks of Europe’s fourth largest lake, Saimaa. It has attracted tourists for centuries, among them Russian tsars – and no wonder, since there is lots to do and see here all year round. In winter, you can explore the beautiful nature on snowmobile safaris, snowshoe hikes and ski trips. The region offers hundreds of kilometres of ski trails. In summer, options range from boating to spending time at a cabin and going on a fishing trip. And don’t forget the four magnificent spas, whose luxury treatments will pamper and relax you! In addition to cultural and historical sights, there is a vast array of art exhibitions, events and concerts to choose from. Shopping in Lappeenranta and Imatra is fun and surprisingly affordable – the speciality shops and outlets stock everything from top design to local crafts. A holiday in the Saimaa area is closer than you think. Lappeenranta­­ International Airport has smooth flight connections from all over Europe, and a flight from Central Europe lasts only a few hours. By car, the Saimaa region is within a couple of hours’ drive from the capital, Helsinki. At Lappeenranta’s Vainikkala railway station, you can catch a high-speed Allegro train and travel all the way to St. Petersburg. However, the easiest way to visit Russia is to go on a visa-free cruise departing from Lappeenranta.

Helsinki

Dieses Jahr wird Helsinki im Scheinwerferlicht der Design-Welt stehen- die Stadt feiert ihr Jahr als Welt-Designhauptstadt. Hunderte von Veranstaltungen mit Bezug zu Design und Kultur sind geplant. Gleichzeitig darf Helsinki seinen 200. Jahrestag als Hauptstadt Finnlands feiern. Dieses historische Jahr wird daher noch viele weitere Spezialveranstaltungen und Feste hervorbringen. Im Sommer 2012 erwarten uns spannende Sportereignisse wie die Eishockeyweltmeisterschaft im Mai, direkt gefolgt von den Leichtathletik-Europameisterschaften im Juni und Juli. In diesem Jahr haben Sie die Möglichkeit, die enorme Angebotspalette an Veranstaltungen dieser maritimen Stadt mitzuerleben. Geniessen Sie Ihren Aufenthalt in Helsinki!

Nîmes

Nîmes is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the city of spring, named after the Roman God Nemausus. In recent years Nîmes has been rediscovered as a weekend destination, thanks to in large part to its beauty, rich architectural heritage and proximity to both the Mediterranean and Provence. There are also many exciting restaurants in the city, including Aux Plaisirs des Halles by Nîmes’ large indoor food market.

Deauville

Often called the 21st arrondissement of Paris, Deauville has been the go-to destination for the upper crust of French society for decades. Today it is a spectacular seaside resort town sporting grand promenades, glamorous casinos, a pair of thoroughbred horse racetracks and plenty of chic visitors.

Biarritz

They all used to come here – from Napoleon III to Frank Sinatra. Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast. The glamour has faded, but thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, the city has rejuvenated. It is now the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, complete with some of the best food around.

Perpignan

Located in the deep south of France, "Perpinyà," as they say in Catalan, is the capital of the Pyrénées Orientales. Perpignan’s geographical and cultural identity is turned naturally to Spanish Catalonia. It’s a border city, situated in an astonishing environment with one side on the Mediterranean coast and on the other side the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees. Perpignan is a busy place, at the crossroads of two countries, greatly influenced by the Mediterranean cultures and benefiting from 2500 hours of sun per year. No wonder that Salvador Dali saw it as the “Centre of the World”!

Carcassonne

Located in South of France, Carcassonne is situated at the crossing of two major routes: from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean coast and from the heart of France to Spain, both used since antiquity. It’s a beautiful and diversified region but the city itself has enough to fulfil your curiosity. The medieval fortified Cité is a UNESCO world heritage site. No wonder that Carcassone is home to a unique historical and cultural past. If you add the local traditional dishes, the hospitality of its inhabitants and some of the best vineyards in the south of France, your stay will be a most memorable one!

Pau

Nestled in the corner of rural south-west France stands Pau, the capital of the Béarn region and bastion of history and culture. The town occupies a unique geographical position in the foothills of the Pyrenees. With its awe-inspiring views of the mountain range, Pau is only a few hundred kilometres from the major towns of Bourdeaux and Toulouse and even closer to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. A springboard to sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, Pau’s pretty streets and excellent gastronomy are enough to ensure leaving will be difficult.

Dinard

Dinard, set on the dramatic coastline of Brittany in northern France, has long been a fashionable destination for holidaying French urbanites. Characterised by its long, and often wide, tree-lined boulevards that converge on elegant squares full of chic restaurants and creperies, the city juts out seawards and is, therefore, surrounded on three sides by beaches and the sea. For sailing, watersport and beach enthusiasts, it means that the coast is always within easy walking distance away.

La Rochelle

La Rochelle is more than just a seaport on the Atlantic Ocean. The city is an inevitable place visit on the coast as it is one of the largest French harbour cities in terms of business and tourism. But, with its 1,000 year history, it is also one of the best kept secrets in the region. You will be surprised by its architectural heritage, its unique atmosphere, the diversity of its museums and its eclectic nightlife. The area is quite warm thanks to the Gulf Stream and the insolation is remarkably high, on a par with the French Riviera!

Limoges

Overlooking a river among green hills, Limoges has long been synonymous with the finest porcelain, while its tradition of enamelware goes back even further. Many sights and attractions are about that proud history. Those industries brought immense wealth to the town, reflected in many impressive medieval buildings built of local rose-tinted granite. The air of prosperity, style and joie de vivre continues today, with good shops and restaurants, plenty to do and always more to discover.

Rodez

Located at the foot of the Massif Central and less than a two-hour drive from the Mediterranean, Rodez is the capital of the Aveyron Region. This picturesque region is one of the best kept secrets in France for foreigners, offering more attractions than you would expect. Rodez is surrounded by several villages-communities that contribute to the town as a tourist destination and that have great cultural and historical assets. While in Rodez you will enjoy city pleasures without leaving the countryside and vice versa. Just take your time since there is a lot to see in and around Rodez.

Brest

Brest is a modern, sophisticated city that revolves around its long length of coastline within one of the prettiest bays in northwest France. One of the country’s most historic ports has played an important role in military history over the years, but was sadly all but destroyed during the Second World War. The result is a restored city with new architecture, fashioned to an almost grid-like layout. For visitors, Brest offers a combination of great water sports, fine cuisine, beaches and a lively nautical feel.

Reims

Reims is one of France’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. It offers visitors an amazing choice of fine restaurants, brasseries and shops, lively nightlife, concerts, festivals and cultural events, and of course, world-famous Champagne houses to visit and sample the local nectar. With tree-lined avenues, elegant squares and a magnificent gothic style cathedral that played host to the coronation of several kings of France, Reims is a city for all occasions.

Paris

Willkommen in der berühmten „Stadt des Lichts“ oder auch der „Stadt der Liebe“. Paris ist mit Sicherheit beides und seit jeher der romantischste Ort der Welt. Egal, ob Sie Künstler, Geschäftsmann oder einfacher Tourist sind, ob Sie mit Ihrer ganzen Familie oder Ihrer/Ihrem Liebsten anreisen, allein ein Bummel vom Montmartre zum Quartier Latin ist es wert, hierher zu kommen. Erleben Sie einige der schönsten Monumente aus römischer Zeiten und dem Mittelalter, früher oder später landen Sie sicher in einem Café, stehen auf der Brücke Pont Neuf oder stöbern in einer Secondhand-Boutique im Viertel Marais.

Poitiers

With 2000 years of history, dozens of monuments, impressive medieval streets and beautiful boulevards, Poitiers boasts a rich and fascinating heritage. But the city has more to offer than just memories, everything from trendy cafés and cool bars to a lively student crowd keep it young and vibrant.

Grenoble

Grenoble is the gateway to the Alps and a geographic crossing where the rivers Isère and Drac meet. With Switzerland to the north, Italy to the east and Provence to the south, the city is surrounded by three mountain chains. It is a cosmopolitan city with cafés, museums and restaurants. Best of all, you can see the Alps from almost every street corner.

Tours

The bright, lively capital of the Loire Valley region straddles not one beautiful river, but two – the Loire and the Cher – with the picturesque Vieux Tours old quarter lying on the long narrow peninsula between them. Brilliant modern architecture contrasts with an array of historic buildings, and all over France the city is famed for fine food and wine. There’s a sense that this is the place to enjoy the good life. No wonder the writer Honoré de Balzac called it “a smiling city”.

Toulon

Toulon ist die wahre Provence. Kein grell bemalter Souvenirladen, mit künstlichem Lavendelduft, so wie einige andere Städte an der Riviera. Hier arbeiten, denken und leben die Menschen, so wie sie es an diesem gottbegnadeten Küstenstreifen schon immer gemacht haben. Das heisst nicht, dass die Straßen und Plätze nicht nach Lavendel und Thymian duften. Der Unterschied ist nur der, dass dies der echte, wahre Duft der Provence ist - ebenso wie die sanfte Brise, die vom Meer herüberweht.

Toulouse

Take all the good bits from Paris – the sophisticated café society, culture, shopping and add a vibrant arty student population – place the city in the south of France, just close enough to Spain to absorb elements of its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then – if you add a wash of pink across this image – you’ll have Toulouse!

Clermont - Ferrand

Located at the foot of the chain of eight volcanoes, Clermont-Ferrand is the natural capital of "Massif Central", the very attractive Auvergne region which offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The city is at the gates to the huge Natural Volcano Park with its diversified areas of mountains, valleys, plateaux and plains. “Clermont”, as the French usually call it, is home to a great historical, cultural and archaeological heritage and a centre for the arts. You will enjoy charming walks to explore its historical centres.

Nizza Côte d'Azur

Schon die Griechen und Römer, reiche Adelige, Filmstars, Künstler und Tausende von Touristen nach ihnen verfielen dem Charme von Nizza und der Rievieraküste und aus so mancher Durchreise wurde ein Aufenthalt für Wochen, Monate oder sogar Jahre. Verführt vom Licht, verzaubert von all den Düften und unwiderstehlichen Köstlichkeiten wie Oliven und Wein während gleichzeitig die Beine im azurblauen Wasser baumeln! Daraus ist heutzutage ein Nice Nouveau entstanden: ein stolze Mittelmeermetropole voller pulsierenden Nachtlebens mit neuen architektonisch gewagten Hotels und spannenden Museen. Die Paradestrasse, La Promenade des Anglais gilt als der Champs-Elysées der gesamten Riviera.

Bergerac

Bergerac is situated in the heart of the Périgord Dordogne region, on the west coast of France. The ancient city of Bergerac is compact in size and characterised by its elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. Gourmet restaurants, street entertainment and the fact that almost all of the city can be seen on foot is part of its charm. Bergerac is renowned for its wine, and a short trip to the outskirts of the city reveals a landscape of vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest vintages.

Marseille

Marseille ist der unentdeckte Edelstein in der Krone der französischen Küstenlinie. Die felsigen Hügel der Provence führen zu dem historischen Hafen hinunter, in dessen klarem, blauem Gewässer tausende Boote schaukeln. Die Geschäftigkeit der Stadt und das warme Mittelmeerklima hat schon viele Maler und Künstler angezogen und inspiriert. Frankreichs zweitgrößte Stadt hat alles, was man sich nur wünschen kann – herrliche Strände, historische Gebäude, wundervolle Kunstgegenstände und ein vielfältiges, übersprudelndes Nachtleben. Willkommen zu diesem Ort, der zu Recht auf sein einzigartiges Kulturerbe ungemein stolz ist - Planète Mars.

Lyon

Lyon is usually called the capital city of gastronomy. For a long time, this was equated with sauces and a petit-bourgeois small town complex. But then the TGV high speed train linked Lyon with Paris and Marseille. Olympique de Lyon started to win League Championship after League Championship, and a new Lyon was suddenly filled with daring architecture, crowded cafés and avant-garde exhibitions.

Bordeaux

Eine aufregende Geschichte, unschlagbare Weinkultur, und Gastronomie von Weltklasse veranlassen Besucher dazu, in nahezu lyrischen Tönen über Bordeaux zu reden. Breite, nur für Fußgänger reservierte Straßen im Zentrum, machen die Stadt attraktiv fürs Einkaufen, während abends die Oper, Bars, Shows und Tanzveranstaltungen locken. Bordeaux ist ein Stadt zum Genießen.

Paris - Disneyland - La Champagne

Paris – Disneyland - La Champagne - A unique destination with something for the entire family, all through the same airport! From the glamour of France’s capital whose mix of architecture, museums and shops along with the buzz of city life offers unrivalled charms, to the attractions at Disneyland® Paris with its world-famous characters, not forgetting the heritage and history of the Champagne area, with its wealth of remarkable nature spots and its prestigious sparkling wine famed the world over, visitors from all walks of life, whether old or young, will find something to enjoy here.

Montpellier

Montpellier has become one of Europe’s newest holiday destinations. This is due to the combination of its proximity to the Mediterranean, its beautiful medieval city core and a vibrant nightlife (a quarter of its citizens are students). It is also a good destination for adventure seekers – the mountains of Cévennes are only an hour’s drive away.

Nantes

Das an der majestätischen Loire gelegene Nantes besitzt ein reiches historisches Erbe. Von Anne de Bretagne bis hin zum berühmten Schriftsteller Jules Verne, die Stadt kann mit vielen Berühmtheiten aufwarten, die die glorreiche Vergangenheit bezeugen, wie die Gebäude aus dem 15. Jahrhundert (z. B. das Château des ducs de Bretagne (Schloss der Herzöge) oder die Kathedrale). Heute haben sich die Bestrebungen, eine nachhaltige Stadt zu schaffen, auf allen Ebenen durchgesetzt. Die maritime Stadt im Westen Frankreichs bietet jede Menge Überraschungen und konnte innerhalb von 5 Jahren über 104.200 neue Einwohner und allein im Jahr 2010 2,7 Millionen Besucher anlocken. Dabei tragen viele Elemente zur kulturellen Lebendigkeit der Stadt, zu ihrer Dynamik, ihrem Leuchten und ihrem Ruf als interessantes Ziel bei. 2013 wurde Nantes zur Grünen Hauptstadt Europas gewählt.

Le Cap d'Agde

Cap d’Agde, der wahre Süden direkt am Mittelmeer. Im Süden Frankreichs, in der Region Languedoc mit 300 Sonnenstunden pro Jahr, liegt Cap d’Agde, ein Ferienort, der Jeden zufriedenstellt. Die Stadt besteht aus 4 unabhängigen und sich ergänzenden Orten und beinhaltet den Badeort Cap d’ Agde, die historische Stadt Agde und die Fischerdörfer Grau d’Agde und La Tamarissière. Cap d’Agde liegt auf vulkanischem Gebiet zwischen dem Canal du Midi, dem Fluss und dem Meer und verfügt über 3 Häfen, 14 lange feine Sandstrände, die naturbelassen sind oder über Einrichtungen verfügen, eine natürliche Umgebung mit Parkanlagen, Pinienhainen und streng geschützten Meeresregionen, historische Gebäude und ein erstaunliches Kulturerbe, sportliche Einrichtungen auf höchstem Niveau und ständige Animation.

Rouen / Connelles

If you like food, art and architecture you will feel right at home in Rouen. You can find this historical capital right in the heart of Upper Normandy. Since being located on the banks of the beautiful Seine River, the French countryside and picturesque areas like Connelles and Val-de-Reuil can be found just around the corner. Walking through Rouen is like walking through history. This is truly a city with an abundance of lovely old buildings, markets and shops. Whether you are staying for long or just passing through, this town will certainly leave a lasting impression.

Strasbourg

With the tiny rivers and narrow alleys, extraordinarly various architecture and the poetry which emerges from the magnificent historical centre, the Alsatian capital is simply delightful. A rich cuisine, a plentiful cultural life and a crossroads position in the heart of Europe are also plenty parts of this city. Both winter and summer, Strasbourg, which is classified as world heritage by the United Nations, is one of France’s most attractive and romantic destinations.

Corfu

Corfu is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. It is the greenest of the Ionian Islands and probably also the best known. The island offers a beguiling landscape of wild flowers, cypress trees, olive trees and several seductively sandy beaches. Corfu also has a major vegetable garden which gives the fresh mountain air a pleasant scent. To the south of Corfu town is Moraitika and Messonghi which have beautiful scenery and beaches. However, the west coast of the island is the most attractive as that is the place where you will find some of the prettiest countryside around and it is also here that you will find the small coves with the sandy beaches surrounded by cliffs and trees. The north coast is more typical Greek with a rocky coastline where the crystal clear water has chopped into pebbled bays and coves.

Kos

Kos is one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese. The island has a well-established tourist industry, which benefits visitors because the island is very organized. The locals are very friendly people and they have realized just how important tourism is for the island. Kos offers plenty of action in the summer, but goes rather quiet in the wintertime.

Zakynthos

The Venetians – who owned it for 600 years – called it ’the Flower of the East.’ Zakynthos is still one of the lushest and loveliest Greek islands, with green hillsides covered with flowers in spring and early summer, white cliffs dropping to dazzling turquoise waters, and some of the best beaches in Greece. Even better, it claims to have more sun than any other Greek island – and it has sizzling nightlife to match.

Chania

Chania (ausgesprochen „Hania“) ist sicherlich die hübscheste Hafenstadt Griechenlands. Schwalben steigen in den leuchtend blauen Himmel über dem Halbkreis aus großen venezianischen Häusern, die den postkartenschönen Alten Hafen umstehen. Die Tische zahlloser Bars und Restaurants säumen den Hafenkai. Hinter dem Hafen schlängeln sich enge, verkehrsberuhigte Einkaufsstraßen durch die pittoreske Altstadt. Zu beiden Seiten der Stadt schmiegt sich eine Küste aus Sandstränden an.

Thessaloniki

Byzantinische Kirchen, römische Anlagen, muslimische Gebäude, moderne Architektur, ein intensives Nachtleben und atemberaubende Strände - so lässt sich der Charakter Thessalonikis zusammenfassen. Als zweitgrößte Stadt Griechenlands verbindet Thessaloniki eine über zweitausend Jahre alte Geschichte mit allen Annehmlichkeiten und Vergnügungen, die eine moderne europäische Stadt ihren Besuchern bieten kann.

Athen

Athen ist sicher diejenige der europäischen Metropolen, die in den letzten Jahren die größten Veränderungen erfuhr. Obwohl Athen zur modernen Weltstadt wurde, ist doch ein Hauch des früheren kleinstädtischen Flairs erhalten geblieben. Hier trifft Vergangenheit auf Zukunft und die antiken Monumente bilden den klassischen Hintergrund zu einer neuen und trendigen Stadt. Gerade durch diese großen Kontraste ist es so besonders spannend, in Athen auf Entdeckungsreise zu gehen.

Rhodos

Rhodos wird zu Recht auch die Perle des Mittelmeers genannt - eine weltoffene Insel, auf der sich herrliche Naturschönheiten, archäologische Schätze, großartige Strände und ein intensives Nachtleben zu einem einzigartigen Gesamtbild vereinen. Ein Ort an dem sich jeder wohlfühlt - jungendlich und familienfreundlich, romantisch und modern zugleich. Und darum ist Rhodos auch eine der weltweit beliebtesten Touristenattraktionen!

Kreta

Reality and mythology, traditional and modern. The great combination of all these makes Crete a cosmopolitan centre and one of the most important tourist destinations in Mediterranean. Crete is the largest island of Greece. Its culture, natural beauty and climate, warm summer sun and cool sea combined with its dynamic people have made Crete one of the largest and most modern tourist centres in Greece.

Limerick

From urban markets to five-star manors, mountain-biking to the red beating heart of Munster Rugby, Limerick is the perfect match of city and county. Set at the mouth of the Shannon, Limerick city is the third-largest on the island. It’s a lively city bubbling with beautiful Georgian architecture, grand museums and rugby-obsessed locals. One moment, you’re wandering through the Middle Ages at King John’s Castle. The next, you’re in a rejuvenated Milk Market. One minute you’re amongst old Georgian townhouses. Then, you’re sipping cocktails in a five-star hotel. There’s no way to categorise Limerick city, and the locals wouldn’t have it any other way.

River Shannon & Lakelands

Think of the Lakelands as a very pretty watery link. Along the 380 or so kilometres of curves, the river Shannon connects the lakelands region by winding through and between 12 counties — Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Tipperary, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry — eventually meeting Fermanagh’s Lough Erne in Northern Ireland. Not bad for just one river.

Kerry

Kerry is more than a mere county – it’s a Kingdom... Right out on the edge of Europe, where Ireland’s highest mountains dip down into the wild Atlantic Ocean, is the ancient Kingdom of Kerry. This is the furthest west you can go in all of Ireland. “Next parish, Manhattan” they say here. And it’s partly this far-flung feel – away from the rest of the world in Ireland’s beautiful South West corner – that makes it so appealing. There’s good food, fine pubs, easy banter and live music to be found right across Kerry in lively towns and tiny settlements. And while visitors may argue about their favourite towns, everyone genuflects to the perfection that is the Kerry landscape. It’s just drop-dead gorgeous.

Donegal & The North West

1,100km of spectacular Atlantic coastline wrap around Donegal, the most northerly county in Ireland. Marvel at the views over Lough Swilly to the west and Lough Foyle to the east and imagine back to the era of WWII submarine patrols. Follow the meandering roads leading to the village of Malin and onwards to the northern tip of Malin Head (locally known as Banba’s Crown). Listen to the Atlantic waves crashing below and enjoy the peacefulness. And for winter visitors…maybe, just maybe, the Donegal skies will be illuminated by the Northern Lights... Wild and remote, untamed and exciting - welcome to Donegal

Waterford & The East

Waterford City, the oldest city in Ireland, is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. Its collection of pubs, gourmet restaurants and excellent shops and boutiques, co-exist with medieval city walls, quaintly cobbled back streets and the grandeur of historic buildings still standing proud after more than a thousand years. Waterford’s picturesque coastline, stretching the length of the county, is dotted with a string of lively towns including Tramore, Dunmore East and Dungarvan. Other coastal villages include Passage East, Stradbally and Ring, the centre of a thriving Irish speaking community.

Irish Islands

Ireland doesn't stop at its coastline or waterfront. In fact, the ends of the earth are only the beginning of the adventure – the springboard from which you cross the Atlantic Ocean to some of the country’s best-kept secrets. There’s no feeling quite like standing on an Irish island. Gazing out into the Atlantic blueness, sensing the salt on your tongue and the sea breeze on your cheeks, a visit to these outposts is an enlivening experience. Wild, rugged and beautiful - welcome to Ireland’s Islands

Galway & The West

A remarkable county with a truly unique atmosphere, Galway in the West of Ireland gets under your skin like no other place in the world. Dramatic, haunting and utterly wild, the craggy countryside at times looks unforgiving, at times rich with bursts of colour and dotted with tranquil, picture perfect lakes. The Gaeltacht area of County Galway offers an authentic insight into life through the Irish language, and the Aran Islands have a breathtaking beauty and an island atmosphere of their own. On top of all this, Galway’s got great beaches, soaring mountains, lovely villages, fabulous pubs and some of the friendliest people in Ireland.

Cork

Welcome to the “People’s Republic of Cork” and to the island’s largest county. Cork - listed as one of Lonely Planet's top ten cities in 2010, makes for a great city break. Like Venice, the city is built upon water, and the city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. With tree-lined streets, graceful avenues and an appealing tangle of laneways, Cork is easy to get around. At every corner you'll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries, theatres and museums in Ireland.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny – a beautiful and ancient county where history, modern living and rich culture fuse together across an unspoiled landscape. The ancient medieval city of Kilkenny has protected its precious heritage whilst evolving as one of Ireland’s most vibrant and enjoyable cities in which to stay. Its narrow slipways, side streets and preserved buildings, are matched only by its reputation for fine dining, great shopping, entertainment and accommodation. The county itself has a wealth of fascinating visitor attractions, from the wonders of Dunmore Cave and celebrated monastic settlements such as Jerpoint Abbey, to the magnificently restored Kilkenny Castle or the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Kilkenny’s many pretty towns and villages such as Inistioge and Bennettsbridge have a relaxed atmosphere, and you will feel at home from the moment you arrive.

Dublin’s Doorstep

Experience Ireland’s East on Dublin’s Doorstep The counties of Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath and Wicklow that surround Ireland’s capital city are packed with beautiful heritage sites, welcoming towns and activities. With glistening lakes, tranquil rivers, authentic rural life, scenic pastureland, rolling hills and forest parks, this area is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts with cycling, watersports, walking, angling, golfing, horseriding and cruising all in plentiful supply.

Dublin

Céad Míle Fáilte – A hundred thousand welcomes to Ireland’s capital city from the team at Visit Dublin. We are delighted to bring you our guide to our fair city; the home of Guinness, festivals, live music and much more. During your visit you can lap up lively nightlife, immerse yourself in stand-out culture, and clear away the cobwebs with adrenaline-pumping action. It's hard to capture all the great things you can experience during your trip to Dublin, but we have rounded up some highlights for 2014. In the downloadable guide, you’ll find snap shots of all the great things to see and do including some of Dublin’s best kept secrets, its great bars and eateries and all the things you really shouldn't miss. Whatever time of the year you visit you are guaranteed fun and craic and we think you'll #LoveDublin just as much as we do.

Reykjavík

Think Reykjavík - Pure Energy! Visitors to Reykjavík always experience the pure energy at the heart of Iceland’s capital city -whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mount Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier appears crystal-like on the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast. Reykjavík is a great place to visit, whether for some cultural nourishment, a spot of unbridled fun or to recharge your batteries. Think of the ideal city break and you’ll think of Reykjavík.

Bergamo

In the Alpine foothills, just 50 km from Milan, Bergamo is the most striking city in Lombardy. Structured in two levels, the lower city is more modern and dynamic, whilst the famous ‘upper city’ boasts a stunning historic centre full of monuments and works of art. In the area around the city the Iseo Lake is well worth a visit, as is the sanctuary at Caravaggio and Crespi d’Adda – the most important company town in Italy, listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO.

Trieste

As the poet Umberto Saba wrote: “Trieste has an unsociable grace. Located between the sea and the mountains of Carso, beautiful and fascinating, she does not like to show off, although she conquers her visitor at first sight.” “Tergeste,” as Trieste was named during the Roman era, is to be discovered on foot, to fully taste her richness and to breathe, through her streets, buildings and monuments, her 2000-year-old history.

Pescara

Pescara, the gateway to the rugged mountainous Abruzzo region, is framed by the snowy peaks of the Apennine Mountains. The land tumbles through the hilltop villages and down to the blue waters of the Adriatic Ocean. In the town of Pescara itself, the long ten-mile stretches of wide, clean and sandy beaches and superb food and wine, offer many inviting opportunities to its visitors. These are the perfect conditions for a relaxing break for families, or as a restful prelude before venturing into the mountains or hiking through the region’s many national parks.

Perugia

Perugia is the provincial capital of Umbria, one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. The ancient heart of the city, packed full of Etruscan and Roman monuments, perches on a hilltop with the modern city spread below. With a prestigious university, the city has a lively student population, good shopping, fun bars and great restaurants. If that weren't enough, Perugia is the setting for one of Europe’s best jazz festivals: Umbria Jazz.

Parma

When you hear of Parma you probably think of ham, parmesan cheese and Verdi. These three words truly encapsulate Parma, a city associated both in Italy and abroad with savoir faire and the good life. The capital of the Duchy of Parma for centuries, the city boasts a series of magnificent art works and a splendid historic city centre, packed with beautiful civil and religious buildings.

Brindisi

Brindisi is the gateway to an Italian province packed with fascination and the relics of vanished civilization. This cultural inheritance ranges from the relics of ancient Roman highways. Here you can find Gothic and Baroque churches, cathedrals, frowning battlements of Swabian castles and fortresses which are dated back to the 13th century, reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II.

Ancona

As the capital of a rich and historic region, Ancona is above all, a city of the sea. The city is blessed with a magnificent coastline to the south, with clean and accessible water and unspoilt white beaches. Close by are the beautiful towns of Loreto, Recanati, Jesi and Urbino as well as the rolling hills of the hinterland and the world-famous grotto of Frasassi.

Brescia

Brescia is Lombardy’s second biggest city, a university town with a modern business satellite – Brescia Due – it is prosperous and lively. Located between two of Italy’s most famous lakes, Lake Garda and Lake Iseo, Brescia is often overlooked by visitors who bypass the city itself and head straight to the undeniably beautiful lakes. A great pity, as Brescia has one of the most beautiful historic centres in the region, and some of the best Roman and Lombard remains in northern Italy.

Genova

Genova, ’la Superba,’ is a city that makes a profound impression. Sandwiched between the sea and the Ligurian hills, Genova spreads upwards from the port, a jumble of a city with a long and chequered history. The European Capital of Culture in 2004, Genova has dozens of museums and galleries, a renowned theatre, and the largest aquarium in Europe. The city has good shopping, the best nightlife in Liguria and excellent restaurants. Day excursions along the stunning Ligurian coast are highly recommended.

Alghero

The narrow, cobbled streets of Alghero’s medieval citadel, packed with boutiques, bars and restaurants, slope towards the harbour and sweeping bay. Built in a buttery sandstone that glows a soft apricot shade in the setting sun, it’s Sardinia’s most picturesque Old Town. Spanish-style palazzos and street signs in Italian and Catalan reflect its proud heritage - 300 years of Aragon rule. Fringed by pine forests, long sandy beaches, hotels and bars curve away towards green headlands. It’s an idyllic setting.

Venedig

Venedig ist eine unvergleichliche Stadt. In dieser Stadt gibt es 180 Kanäle, 450 Brücken und fantastische Paläste. Hinzu kommt ein Gefühl der Vergänglichkeit und ein stilles Leben in den Stadtteilen weit entfernt von den Touristenmassen - diese Schönheit ist nicht zu beschreiben, Sie müssen sie erleben.

Mailand

In Mailand geht es um Design und Haute Couture und die Auswahl an Boutiquen und trendrichtigen Bars ist fast unendlich. Hier sind auch der Dom, „Das Abendmahl“ von da Vinci und auch die einfachen Kneipen wo man immer noch lange Mittagszeit bei Ossobucco und Risotto Milanese hält.

Rimini

Italians head for Rimini for their holidays, which must be the best recommendation there is. Located by the Adriatic Sea, it is a sophisticated, stylish city known for its lively take on life. Rimini is a city for everyone!

Palermo

Palermo ist eine Stadt, die zu Unrecht in Vergessenheit geraten ist. Nach einer jahrelang währenden Mafiaherrschaft und Armut hat die Stadt jetzt aber ihren Platz unter den Kulturstädten Europas wiedererlangt. Palermo steckt voller Sehenswürdigkeiten und Monumente: Kirchen aus dem Barock stehen hier neben hochmodernen sizilianischen Restaurants.

Turin

Das Essen in Turin ist ausgezeichnet und die Getränke sind noch eine Spur besser. Unter den Arkaden im Stadtzentrum sind zahllose Weinbars, grandiose Cafés und luxuriöse Geschäfte zu finden. Turin ist aber auch die Heimat von Fiat, Juventus und der italienischen Filmindustrie - eine faszinierende Metropole, in der die Zukunft gestaltet wird!

Lamezia Terme

1968 aus drei einzelnen Städten in der Provinz Catanzaro gegründet, bildet Lamezia Terme heute das Zentrum des Kalabrien – einer Region, die für ihre fantastische Landschaft berühmt ist. Die Stadt liegt zwischen den Klippen der Tyrrhenischen Küste und den Sanddünen am Ionischen Meer, gleich südlich des Sila-Gebirges im Herzen des Mittelmeerraums.

Verona

Weltberühmt wurde Verona durch Shakespeares Tragödie "Romeo und Julia" und natürlich durch die prachtvolle Arena di Verona. Die Stadt ist eines der bedeutendsten Urlaubsziele in Italien und wurde im Jahr 2000 als "kultureller und historischer Schatz" für die Welterbeliste der UNESCO nominiert.

Florence

Florence is the beautiful regional capital of Tuscany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and stepping onto its historic cobbles it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine—particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

Pisa

Pisa liegt im Nordwesten der Toskana, etwa 80 Km von Florenz, 10 Km von Lucca, und 10 Km vom Meer entfernt. Die Stadt ist weltbekannt für ihren Schiefen Turm. Aber Pisa bewahrt mit dem Gesamtkomplex der Piazza dei Miracoli - Kulturerbgut der gesamten Menschheit - und seinem mittelalterlichen Zentrum unzählige Meisterwerke der Architektur und mittelalterlichen Geschichte. Die umliegende Gegend ist außerdem hervorragend für Ferien auf dem Bauernhof und zum Wandern geeignet, und bietet Strände und Wassersportmöglichkeiten an der versilianischen Küste.

Neapel

Neapel hat mehr als eine Million Einwohner und ist die drittgrößte Stadt Italiens. Neapel ist einfach herrlich gelegen – mit seiner berühmten Aussicht auf den Golf von Neapel und den eindrucksvollen Inseln Capri, Ischia and Procida. Direkt hinter der Stadt erhebt sich der Vesuv, ein mächtiger Vulkan, dessen heftiger Ausbruch 79 v.Chr. die Städte Pompei und Ercolano unter sich begrub. Die Ruinen dieser ausgegrabenen Städte geben Zeugnis der Pracht des römischen Imperiums wieder. Der letzte Ausbruch war 1944.

Bologna

Die Hauptstadt der Emilia Romagna ist Bologna, die Stadt der schönen Künste und mit einem Universitätszentrum sie ist vor allem auch wegen ihrer ausgezeichneten Küche bekannt. Bologna ist Gastgeberin von wichtigen internationalen Handelsmessen und der Name gehört zu den ganz großen, wenn es um Motoren geht. Ducati, Lamborghini und Maserati wurden alle hier in Bologna geboren und der Firmensitz von Ferrari ist nicht weit weg, in Modena.

Catania

Catania ist die zweitgrößte Stadt Siziliens, die vom Vulkan Ätna im Westen und dem Mittelmeer im Osten umgeben ist. Es ist eine äußerst lebendige Stadt mit Bars, Cafés, hupenden Autos und engen Gassen. Besucher können sich in das kühlere Klima der umliegenden kleinen Bergdörfer zurückziehen oder ans Meer, um in dem angenehm warmen Wasser zu schwimmen.

Bari

Die typische Hafen- und Marktstadt Bari ist Hauptstadt der Region Apulien und die zweitgrößte Stadt in Süditalien. Die industrielle Entwicklung der Stadt fand in der zweiten Hälfte des Zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts statt. Heute ist Bari Standort der größten bedeutenden Handelsmesse im Süden. Touristen besuchen Bari wegen seiner historischen Gebäude, dem Kunsthandwerk, dem faszinierenden Stadtkern und um die umliegenden Strände zu genießen.

Olbia

Olbia ist das Tor zu den wunderschönen, strahlend weißen Stränden an der Nordostküste und der schimmernden Costa Smeralda. Hier treffen sich die Jetsetter, Filmgrößen und „Glitterati“ zum La Dolce Vita in sardinischem Stil. Olbia ist trotz seines griechischen Namens, der „glücklich“ bedeutet, phönizischen Ursprungs, und wurde später ein römischer Handelsposten. Es hat sich von einem kleinen Fischerdorf zu Sardiniens geschäftigstem Fährhafen mit einem internationalen Flughafen entwickelt. Die Landschaft ist erfüllt mit dem Aroma wild wachsender Kräuter - der Macchie - und das Meer glitzert in allen Farbtönen elektrischen Blaus.

Cagliari

The narrow and often steep granite paved streets of Cagliari’s Castello District suggest a bygone age when the town was dominated at first by Pisans, and later by the Aragonese. Built from white limestone, the walls and towers of the old town shimmer in the sun and are a magnificent sight, especially if you are fortunate and approach from the sea, like the English novelist, D.H. Lawrence, in 1921, when he described the old town as looking like "Jerusalem without trees."

Torino Ski Region

“El diau, el diau!” “The devil! The devil!” It was in 1897 when mountain people from Sauze d’Oulx witnessed a red-faced man with a long white beard descending from the slopes, with long wooden skis attached to his feet. He was a Swiss engineer, Adolf Kind, and the wooden skis were the first seen in Italy. Today there are more than a hundred ski-lifts and 1,500 km of slopes for all levels – as well as alpine skiing, sledges and huskies, telemark skiing and the snowboarding. For those with more extreme tastes the zone also caters to ice climbing, free-riding and other similar sports.

Trapani

Trapani is not only one of the most romantic places in Sicily, but the whole of the Mediterranean. It is characterised by long stretches of coast and coastal plains, lavish monuments and palaces, ancient sites, windmills, islands, quaint provincial towns and countryside that beg to be explored. By night, the region should be enjoyed over a glass of chilled wine and fine food in a beachside restaurant—ideally facing west so as to see some of the most spectacular sunsets in Europe.

Bergamo Ski Region

Val Brembana takes its name from the river crossing it, Brembo. The Bergamo Alps constitute its northern limits, notably by the Tre Signori and Diavolo di Tenda Peaks, while at south lies the plain of Bergamo. At East the valley borders with the Valle Seriana and at West with the Valle Imagna. Valle Seriana area includes the Orobie Alps, the Presolana Peak, the Formico Peak and the Val Vertova. The natural landscape is enriched by the historical and cultural elements such as trails, manors and noble house, mines and religious sancturies. The Valle di Scalve, offers a landscape with several little glacial lakes, naturalistic trails and kilometres of snow-covered ski tracks.

Rom

Die Ewige Stadt lockt Besucher seit über 2.000 Jahren und ist noch immer eine der großartigsten und romantischsten Städte der Welt. Hier gibt es grandiose Sehenswürdigkeiten, aber auch ein normales und natürliches Stadtleben. Das süße Leben konzentriert – holen Sie sich einfach nur die Rosinen aus dem Kuchen. Designershopping auf italienisch, cremiges Eis, schäumender Cappuccino und erlesene Weine sind nur einige davon.

Split

Glaubt man den Einwohnern von Split, so ist ihre Stadt "die schönste auf der Welt und darüber hinaus" - und der Stadt selbst fällt es nicht schwer, ihre Besucher vom Wahrheitsgehalt dieser Aussage zu überzeugen. Split sprüht vor Charme und Leben, und die Einheimischen sind überaus gastfreundlich. Nur wenige Städte auf der Welt bieten so konzentriert eine vergleichbare Vielfalt an Unterhaltung und Sehenswürdigkeiten.

Zadar

Almost entirely surrounded by the warm waters of the Adriatic, the rectangular jut of land that is Zadar city centre, along with the ‘mainland’ area, may not be large, but it is bursting with personality. A thoroughly cosmopolitan space, it is full of rich architecture despite its turbulent past, and offers some of the best sailing around the Zadar archipelago, and along the western coast of Croatia’s Dalmatia region. Its sunsets are legendary too, making it the perfect place to unwind for romantics, young and old.

Rijeka

Tucked in a sheltered bay off the Adriatic Sea on the west coast of Croatia, Rijeka revolves around its university and its sailing. Yachts can usually be seen in its waters, and its regatta, along with its carnival, is the largest in Croatia. A town of large squares, lavish period architecture and churches is also a thriving free port town and home to numerous highly regarded art galleries, exhibition halls and stylish restaurants. Its historically important Trsat castle hosts cultural events throughout the year.

Dubrovnik

In Dubrovnik ist das ganze Jahr über etwas los. Innerhalb der alten Stadtmauern verzaubert die Schönheit der Altstadt mit ihren zahlreichen sehenswerten, mit Marmor verkleideten Bauten. Die vielen Plätze, die engen Gassen, die Cafés und Bars sind stets voller Menschen. Mit seinen sauberen Stränden und dem kristallklaren Wasser, das die Mauern der Stadt umgibt, ist Dubrovnik das ganze Jahr über ein faszinierendes Reiseziel.

Pula

Jewel of the verdant peninsula of Istria, Pula is the province’s largest city and forms a dramatic gateway to the seductive, crystalline waters of the Adriatic. Situated at the southernmost tip of the area, which has come to be known as ’the new Tuscany’ for its bright medieval hilltop towns and ancient ruins, Pula boasts a rich and varied cultural heritage. The city is bordered by national parks remarkable for their astounding unspoilt natural beauty and is celebrated for its wonderfully preserved Roman amphitheatre and forum, which form a dramatic backdrop for leisurely strolls from the old town to the coast.

Riga

Riga greets visitors with a unique and breath-taking silhouette, beautifully reflected in the Baltic Sea. A stroll through the city centre offers a charmingly confusing mix of a modern metropolitan city, with exclusive shopping, crazy nightlife, international cuisine and ancient traditions in a capital that has been multi-cultural throughout its 800-year history. And all this in a city worth getting lost in.

Kaunas

Once the capital of Lithuania in the 20s and 30s, today’s visitor cannot fail to be impressed with Kaunas. A city that has historically fought for its independence, its pride is evident in its many memorials and statues to past freedom fighters and poets. It’s a city of fine architecture and rich cultural heritage. Now, clearly looking to the future, it has a vibrant, welcoming vision ready to share its once hidden charms and designed to meet every visitor’s needs.

Vilnius

Today, Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is one of the most frequently visited cities of Eastern Europe. It draws attention, not only because of its unique architectural character, but also because of its cultural events and attractions. During the first ten years of independence, the city became a tourist attraction centre. It is, therefore, not surprising that the number of tourists consistently increased during these ten years and that the tourist infrastructure and services developed at the same time.

Malta

The sun shines almost all year in Malta and it boasts some of the fairest temperatures in the world. Add the fantastic beaches, the superb Mediterranean cuisine and there shouldn’t be any other destination swimming in your head. Why not try a new sport, laze on an island cruise or tour the most important historic sites? The choice is entirely yours! Together with its other islands, beachlife and nightlife, Malta is a wonderful island to visit.

Skopje

Skopje is internationally famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa, and she would be proud of the helpful, hospitable attitude that Skopje locals demonstrate towards visitors. Despite the recent trouble in the Balkans, Skopje has blossomed into a thriving, stimulating city to explore, defining itself as an exciting tourist destination.

Maastricht

Home of cultural centres, art galleries, theatres, chic designer shops, fine restaurants and carnivals, Maastricht is a bustling city with a larger than life exuberance. A visit will invigorate the soul. Thoroughly cosmopolitan and a fortified university city lying alongside the great Maas river in south Holland, it offers visitors a great lifestyle, if only for a few days. Take the chance to take canal trips, walk, visit attractions and admire its beautiful old buildings that line the historic sculpture-strewn streets in its heart that blend surprisingly well with the architectural whims of more modern planners in areas such as around the harbour.

Rotterdam

Es ist an der Zeit, dass Sie der zweitgrößten Stadt des Landes einen Besuch abstatten. Rotterdam ist nicht nur einer der weltweit größten Seehäfen, es ist auch eine lebhafte Metropole, die viel Kultur bietet und ein wirtschaftlicher Mittelpunkt ist. Großartige Veranstaltungen, hervorragende Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, ein ausgiebiges Nachtleben und hochinteressante moderne Architekturen machen Ihren Aufenthalt zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis.

Eindhoven

Als Stadt des Lichts kann Eindhoven in eine strahlende Zukunft blicken. Diese moderne Großstadt ist die fünftgrößte Stadt der Niederlande und hat sich rund um eine berühmte Lampenfabrik entwickelt. Sie ist nicht nur ein Geschäftszentrum, sondern auch ein lockendes Wochenendziel in dessen Fußgängerzonen sich die vielen Geschäfte mit Gelegenheiten zum Essen und Trinken abwechseln. Sie können auch ein Fahrrad mieten und gemeinsam mit Hunderten anderer Radfahrer diese schöne grüne Stadt auf zwei Rädern durchforschen. Kulturgeier finden im Van Abbenmuseum eine der weltweit zehn besten Kollektionen moderner Kunstwerke. Wenn man dann noch ein erfolgreiches Fußballteam und exzentrisches Konferenzzentrum hinzufügt, das in einer “Fliegenden Untertasse“ liegt, kann man sagen – Eindhoven bietet etwas für jeden Geschmack.

Amsterdam

With its characteristic canals (UNESCO World Heritage) surrounded by narrow, low and crooked 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is, without a doubt, one of the most charming capital cities in Europe. With a rich cultural life and a wide range of entertainment, Amsterdam is a full-scale city which has managed to retain its small-town feel. Amsterdam is also a real treat for art-lovers. Amsterdam is home to over 50 museums, many of them famous across the globe. Highlights include the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. For the visitors who have already seen the beautiful canals pioneered the Jordaan and got the hang of our never-ending nightlife..there is plenty more to experience and explore. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers a great variety of surprising and unusual attractions and landscapes.

Haugesund

The small town of Haugesund offers a broad spectrum of natural beauty ranging from a vast and wild coastline to snow-capped mountains with cascading waterfalls flowing into the fjords. The town’s biggest claim to fame is that the father of Norma Jean Baker, better known as Marilyn Monroe, originally came from Haugesund.

Oslo

Dank der boomenden Ölindustrie des Landes ist Oslo eine der reichsten Städte Europas. Dies zeigt sich unter anderem in den glasverkleideten Wolkenkratzern, seiner neuen U-Bahn und natürlich in einer ganzen Reihe trendiger Restaurants, Bars und Geschäfte. Diese schöne Stadt, die sich ständig im Wachstum befindet, liegt direkt am Oslofjord. Hier findet man sowohl ein interessantes Stadtleben als auch die Nähe zu einer wirklich einzigartigen Natur. Die vielen unterschiedlichen Stadtteile Oslos besitzen alle ihren eigenen, ganz individuellen Charme.

St Anton

St Anton am Arlberg is a holiday region with a world-wide reputation, and rightfully so. A superlative winter sports area with excellent guest services, ferris wheel cable car, the ARLBERG-well.com wellness centre, the finest gourmet cuisine, an excellent walking area, the multi-functional sports centre arl.rock and numerous events which all contribute towards an unforgettable vacation. With guaranteed snow from the end of November to the end of April, 84 lifts, access to 280 kilometres (174 miles) of marked ski runs and 180 kilometres (112 miles) of off-piste possibilities as well as a Funpark, St Anton am Arlberg delivers the very best conditions for a de luxe winter vacation.

St Anton Summer

Mountains and nature, sport and relaxation, health and well-being, traditional yet contemporary – St. Anton am Arlberg is also a popular summer holiday destination, where guests looking for either sporting activities or some welcome R & R are equally well catered for. Whether walking in the mountains, climbing, cycling, rafting, swimming, enjoying one of the many festivals or simply relaxing – holidays are an intense experience in this Tyrolean holiday resort between Kapall, Galzig and Valluga with a great summer activity programme for the whole family.

Wien

Bei Wien denkt man an schwungvolle Walzer und große Opernbälle, schöne Gebäude, die Spanische Hofreitschule und gemütliche Wiener Kaffeehäuser. Geschichte und Tradition in aller Ehre, aber Wien hat auch eine andere Seite: das Junge, Moderne und Kreative. Im Freihausviertel blüht die Schaffungsfreude und die jungen Designer und Künstler stellen hier ihre Werke zum Verkauf aus.

Salzburg

Salzburg bietet Kunst und Kultur, Tradition und Moderne, Architektur und zauberhafte Grünflächen - und das alles auf kleinem Raum. Die Stadt zählt mehr als 4.000 Kulturveranstaltungen jährlich und an die 20 barocke Kirchenbauten. Die Mozartstadt wurde 1997 von der UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe ernannt wurde. Hoch über der Stadt thront die Festung „Hohensalzburg“. Von hier aus blickt man auf den Festspielbezirk mit dem Großen Festspielhaus und dem Haus für Mozart. Auf das mittelalterliche Salzburg, mit der Getreidegasse, dem Salzburger Dom und dem Klosterbezirk St. Peter.

Graz

Graz - Österreichs Kultur- und Genuss Hauptstadt Ein praktischer Tipp vorab: Wenn Sie Graz erkunden wollen, ziehen Sie bequeme Schuhe an und Kleidung, die nicht zu eng ist. Warum? Auch wenn Graz eigentlich klein ist – mit einer Viertelmillion Einwohnern ist die zweitgrößte Stadt Österreichs weiß Gott keine Großstadt – sollten Sie sich darauf einstellen, dass die Zeit auch auf den vielen kurzen Wegen wie im Flug vergeht. In der historischen Altstadt mit ihren Straßen, Gassen, Plätzen und Höfen gibt es viel zu erkunden und noch mehr zu genießen, denn Graz ist auch Genuss Hauptstadt, die man nicht nur sehen, sondern auch erkosten sollte.

Rzeszów

Rzeszów is a town retaining links with its medieval past, whilst looking towards the future. Rzeszów is boldly emerging from behind the Iron Curtain to claim its place on the European stage. With such rich historical roots, the vibrancy of a modern student city combined with the surrounding Carpathian Mountains, Rzsezów’s charms will surprise even the most worldly-wise of travellers.

Poznan

Have you ever had occasion to fall in love with a city? If not, Poznan will take your heart with its unique treasures, which stand dreamily watching their own reflections in the fast flowing Warta River. Here, history and tradition interweave with modernity offering you everything from bustling tourist attractions to idyllic hideaways. The city is perfect for romantic getaways. Even if you walk the cobbled streets alone, you will be swept away by the magic that has given Poznan a reputation for being Poland’s most popular small-big city.

Bydgoszcz

With a charming old town and a setting on the banks of the Brda and the Vistula Rivers, Bydgoszcz cannot fail to amaze you. Fascinating museums are housed in beautiful architecture and scattered throughout the city. But above all else, Bydgoszcz is all about music. Here you can enjoy the opera or any of the countless music festivals.

Lodz

Lodz, Poland’s third largest city and the former textile industry empire, today is a city of modern technologies, a city of culture and grand events. It is a metropolis where a landscape of industrial architecture mixes with silhouettes of the 20th century office buildings, production halls, culture and sports buildings. Lodz is perfect for anyone wanting to get a glimpse of exciting, modern Poland.

Warschau

Das heutige Bild von Warschau erinnert kaum mehr an die fast gänzlich zerstörte Stadt nach dem Ende des zweiten Weltkriegs. Diese dynamische, geschäftige Stadt bildet das Zentrum des neuen, modernen Polen und hat sich seit damals zur neuen kulturellen Perle des Ostens entwickelt. Viele noch erhaltene historische Gebäude zeugen von der ruhmreichen Geschichte der Stadt, während glanzvolle Wolkenkratzer, neue Restaurants und unkonventionelle Clubs wie Pilze aus dem Boden geschossen sind.

Wroclaw

Wrocław is one of the prettiest and liveliest cities in Poland. Multicultural, it has an important university, a vast array of restaurants and bars, designer shops, theatre and musical events. The Odra River and dozens of little canals that meander through its tree-lined streets with their tall, multi-coloured buildings set the scene. In fact, Wrocław is made up of no less than 12 islands, joined by over 100 bridges, and simply begs to be explored.

Gdansk

Abgesehen von ihrer 1000-jährigen Geschichte hat die einst geschäftige Hafenstadt Danzig noch einiges mehr zu bieten. Fisch und Meeresfrüchte dieser jungen, lebendigen Stadt zählen zu den besten im Land. Außerdem kann der Besucher ausgezeichnete Einkaufsmöglichkeiten nutzen und aufregende Sehenswürdigkeiten bestaunen. Spazieren Sie tagsüber durch die wunderschönen alten Straßen, schlendern Sie durch Boutiquen und kaufen Sie einen Stein des berühmten Bernsteins aus dem Ostseeraum. Abends heißt es dann, alle Hemmungen fallen zu lassen, zu feiern und die Nacht zum Tage zu machen!

Szczecin

Szczecin is an energetic city where the River Odra eventually flows into the Baltic Sea. Today it is the capital of a new province, Western Pomeranian, which has suffered a turbulent history and now looks to an enlightened and cultural revival. A focal point is that it has managed to preserve its unique character and charm since its recent reform. Szczecin is now awakening to its full potential at an ever increasing pace. You will really feel inspired as you explore this enthralling city.

Krakau

Diese mittelalterliche Stadt erweckt den Eindruck, als wäre sie mit ihrem lebhaften Marktplatz, spiralförmigen gotischen Türmen, Schlössern und Drachenlegenden direkt aus einer Märchenerzählung entstanden. Entdecken Sie die schmalen Seitengassen, versteckten Innenhöfe und das Netzwerk der Keller und Katakomben im Untergrund. Krakau ist wegen seiner Liebe zur Musik, Poesie und zum Theater als Kulturhauptstadt Polens bekannt. Nach Jahren der Besatzung und Kämpfe ist Krakau als stolze Stadt wieder auferstanden und hat sich mit starkem Selbstbewusstsein seine künstlerische und spaßliebende Seele bewahrt.

The Azores

With their blue lakes bordered by flowers, dazzling views of the sea from high in the hills, and lush green landscapes of ancient volcanic craters – the nine islands of the Azores, situated in the middle of the Atlantic, just 4 hours from Boston and 2 hours from Lisbon by plane, are a paradise for nature-lovers. Choose a holiday on these beautiful islands and you’ll rediscover the peace of the countryside in a stunning and unspoilt natural environment.

Madeira

With an exceptional natural beauty, mild climate throughout the year, friendly population and a top-quality hotel network, Madeira and Porto Santo are the perfect Islands for those seeking stress-free holidays. Here you can enjoy your holiday on the beach or at sea, in the mountains, countryside or in the city.

Porto

Bevor Abenteurer alles riskierten und sich auf die Suche nach der neuen Welt aufmachten, war die rührige Stadt Porto, die sich an die Küste Portugals klammert und hinaus blickt auf die endlose Weiten des Atlantiks, bis zum Mittelalter als das Ende der bekannten Welt angesehen worden. Seit damals ist ein halbes Jahrtausend vergangen, aber Porto hat sich vieles von dieser abenteuerlichen und resoluten Geisteshaltung bewahrt. Das Cliché, dass Lissabon nur prahlt, während Porto arbeitet, ist eine abgedroschene Phrase, die dem wahren Charme der Stadt nicht gerecht wird. Porto, mit seinen allgegenwärtigen Szenen der Vergangenheit in den geschäftigen Gässchen, ist dazu entschlossen, seine eigene, deutlich ausgeprägte Identität zu bewahren.

Lissabon

Lissabon sonnt sich in den Spiegelungen seines Flusses Tejo und bezaubert die allermeisten Besucher vom ersten Augenblick an. Das Gemisch aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Kleinstadt und Metropole, Altehrwürdigem und blendend Neuem ist unwiderstehlich. Hinzu kommen ausgezeichnetes Shopping, ein spät beginnendes, aber umso intensiveres Nachtleben und Gaststätten mit dem besten Fisch Europas. Das ist eine kurze und sehr treffende Beschreibung Lissabons.

Faro

Viele sagen, dass Faro – die Hauptstadt der Algarve – an Europas schönster Küstenstrecke liegt. Hier breiten sich lange, herrliche Sandstrände nach beiden Richtungen aus, umrahmt von Felsenformationen. Faro ist eine reizende alte Stadt mit Kopfsteinpflaster und schattigen Parks. Die Lage mitten in der Algarve macht Faro darüber hinaus zum perfekten Ausgangspunkt für Rundreisen.

Linz

Linz – Kulturmetropole und grüne Oase! Linz an der Donau ist eine innovative Stadt der Gegenwart. Hier verbinden sich Natur, Kultur und Wirtschaft zu einem harmonischen Ganzen. Die Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2009 trägt den Slogan „Linz.verändert,“ und lebt diesen. Linz ist erfolgreicher Wirtschaftsstandort, hat sich zur strahlenden Kulturdestination entwickelt und bietet Dynamik und hohe Lebensqualität. Die oberösterreichische Landeshauptstadt ist sowohl Bühne für Theater und Musik, als auch für zeitgenössische Kunst, Geschichte und Wissenschaft.

Timisoara

Lying on the Hungarian and Serbian borders, Timişoara is the gateway to the West and has a long history of cosmopolitan multiculturalism. It is most famous today as the birthplace of the 1989 Romanian revolution that ended the Ceauşescu dictatorship.

Bukarest

Bukarest ist zweifellos Europas best gehütetes Geheimnis. Restaurants, Bars, Galerien und Museen schießen an jeder frisch renovierten Ecke wie Pilze aus dem Boden. Immer mehr Touristen entdecken dieses Juwel von einer Stadt und versuchen, den verborgenen Charakter Bukarests ausfindig zu machen. Es lohnt sich, die Schätze Bukarests zu heben und Besucher werden bei ihrer Suche einen Ort voller Wärme und Temperament finden. Herzlich Willkommen in Bukarest!

St. Petersburg

Diese Stadt mit ihrer einmaligen Architektur, wird durch die breite, schnellfließende Neva in zwei Teile geteilt, und durch reich verzierte Brücken wieder verbunden. Die vielen Mauern zeugen von ihrer langen Geschichte und die Farben, Größe und Pracht ihrer Gebäude scheint fast zu groß um wahr zu sein. Sie wurde einst das &Fenster nach Europa& von Peter dem Großen, hat zugesehen, wie die Revolution die Welt aus den Angeln hob und gewinnt jetzt ihren majestätischen Glanz zurück. Für ihr historisches Herz, die großen Paläste, erstaunlichen Museen und spektakulären Kirchen bilden Musik, Kunst und Literatur die Seele - und Partyleben gehört als neue Lebensform dazu.

Moskau

Moskau ist die Stadt der Kontraste, hier leben das einfache Bohemische und das glitzernde Glamouröse Seite an Seite. Eine goldgedeckte Kirche aus dem 15. Jahrhundert steht gleich neben einem Glasgebäude aus den 90ern. Salziger Kaviar wird mit süßem Shampanskoye genossen. Was könnte diesen Geist besser darstellen als die Moskauer U-Bahn? Für ein paar Rubel fährt man von einer Haltestelle zur nächsten, alle mit schönstem Marmor und Kronleuchtern ausgestattet.

Spa in Sweden

Welcome to some of Sweden’s best spas! From north to south, you who are on short or long visit to the country can choose from a variety of high-class spa. Old spa with sauna or peri-urban day spa with state of the art gym - there is something for all tastes and the choice is yours!

Sweden

Welcome to Sweden! Some people say Sweden is an exception. We take that as a compliment. It’s true that in modern times, our country has been spared many of the great hardships that have affected others. Sweden still has an abundance of priceless, free luxuries such as calm and stability, fresh air and open spaces, clean water and pristine wilderness − all within easy reach of the modern urban centres, with their many delights and attractions. This is what we call our unique Swedish quality of life. We’re proud of it, and we look forward to sharing it with you here.

Varberg

Varberg – Sweden’s Health Resort. The old health resort tradition in Varberg has been refined and nowadays is a way of life for residents and visitors. The prerequisites for quality of life are available here, along with the opportunity to put together an individualised range of treatments to make you feel good. A course of treatment can consist of a massage treatment or seaweed baths, however, for some people a stiff wind and a windsurfing board, a walk on the sea front around Varberg Fortress, a visit to the Cold Bathhouse or a woodland excursion to Åkulla Beech Forests is what counts. What makes you feel good? What is a cure for you? Welcome to Varberg to find your particular course of treatment!

Helsingborg

Experience the beautiful city with a large and varied range of shopping in Sweden’s oldest pedestrianised street. Visit the museums and parks or one of the superb beaches right in the city centre. Relax and enjoy something nice at a café or a restaurant. Along the coast there are also many picturesque fishing villages. A different kind of pleasure that you shouldn’t miss is a boat trip between Helsingborg and Elsinore. Life is enjoyable in Helsingborg. The city center invites you to many cosy restaurants and cafés, trendy boutiques, flowering parks and gardens. You can take a walk in a forest, or on the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Gotland

There’s something very special about Gotland. It might be the light, the beaches and the ever present sea. The fact that the island is one of the sunniest places in Sweden – even in November – certainly helps. Or it could be the cultural heritage, the history you can see and feel everywhere. Or the people: down-to-earth, hospitable folk who make the most of life. Perhaps it’s the bustling street life in the walled city of Visby. Or is it the scenery, the open and inviting landscape? You’re welcome to discover and explore this one-of-a-kind island, or to rest. The distances here are never far – between north and south, east and west, city and country… and between people. Gotland is always close.

Karlstad

Karlstad is a wonderfully compact Swedish city, built on a grid pattern with wide, tree-lined streets, avenues, promenades and squares. Karlstad has a "big city" feel, with many quality hotel and other accommodation options, with the advantage that Karlstad’s many attractions are just a short walk away: shopping streets, malls and arcades, culture, historical sites, urban nature activities, parks, transport and amenities. Don’t forget that this is child-friendly Sweden and children are welcome everywhere in Karlstad.

South Bohuslän

Södra Bohuslän is the area of Kungälv, Marstrand, Tjörn, Orust and Stenungsund. Two large islands, surrounded by many smaller islands, to the west of a forested mainland, an incomparable natural combination for those who like to indulge in a little of everything. Let us guide you through one of the most beautiful Archipelagoes in the world, and provide destinations with breathtaking nature and charming little towns. We will be happy to help you find the accommodation that suits you the very best - from camp sites and hostels to luxury hotels. Shopping, food, culture and history are other vital parts in the great experience of Bohuslän.

Höga Kusten

Experience the freedom and dramatic nature in The High Coast, a World Heritage with a wonderful scenery due to land uplift. Cultural life in the High Coast is rich and in the summer you can visit events like Skule Festival, Urkult and city celebrations. Here you can hike, kayak, climb, or take a ride on a horseback. It is no coincidence that more and more people visit Höga Kusten, the High Coast. For the nature and tranquillity. For the culture and the people. For activities and adventures. Härnösand, Kramfors, Örnsköldsvik and Sollefteå wish you a warm welcome to Höga Kusten, the High Coast.

Umeå

Die Stadt der Birken bietet nicht nur erstklassige Kultur. Einige der besten Restaurants in Nordschweden sind hier zu finden und sie servieren lokale Köstlichkeiten mit singulären Präzision. Hinzu kommt, dass ein außergewöhnliches Leben im Freien und du wirst verstehen, warum Zehntausende von Studenten, so wie zu Hause fühlen in Umeå.

Växjö

Die Grünste Stadt Europas! Ehemals Bischofssitz, Provinzhauptstadt und Schulstadt, ist Växjö eine historische Stadt mit schönem alten Stadtkern. Ein Spaziergang im Zentrum zeigt deutlich, wie stark Natur, Seen und Grünanlagen dar Stadtbild prägen. Heute ist Växjö eine pulsierende Handelsstadt mit internationaler Universität. Sie Zeichnet sich auch durch ihr reiches Kultur- und Sportangebot und die småländische Küche aus.

Jönköping

We're so pleased that you've discovered Jönköping! We offer some of the best experiences in Sweden. The fresh breezes and breathtaking view from Lake Vättern create harmony in our community and inspire us to do good things - things we like to share! Nature has been wonderfully generous here. The region is dotted with beautiful small lakes, rolling wooded hils, meadows, wetlands and - not least - a kilometre long beach in the town centre. Jönköping is an ideal venue for meetings and trade, strategically located between Sweden's three largest cities. We are proud of our region and eager to share our natural assets with you.

Karlshamn

Karlshamn is a lively and charming coastal town with a fascinating history and a stunning archipelago on its doorstep. There are naturally many beauty spots among the islands and along the coast, but explore a little further inland and you will find leafy forests and great days out. There is no shortage of things to see and entertain you in Karlshamn itself, whatever your tastes. Read more about Karlshamn at the page "The City".

Marstrand

Marstrand is the smallest town in the county of Västra Götaland, but is the principal summer resort. A place for pleasure and a place to love for its cultural history, its buildings, its tall stories and legends – but also for its royal splendour. Marstrand is of course most renowned as a playground for sun-worshipping, bathing and sailing folk.

Westschweden

Westschweden besucht man immer wieder gerne. Wenn man bedenkt, welche Auswahl an Aktivitäten hier angeboten werden, ist dies keine Überraschung. Das Bohuslän Archipel lockt mit seinem schillernden Meer und bezaubernden Fischerdörfern, mit Hummer-Parties und Anlegeplätzen voller Menschen, die sich in altertümlich hübschen Läden und Tavernen tummeln. In der nahezu unberührten Wildnis von Dalsland mit seinen malerischen Gewässern, die ideal zum Kanufahren geeignet sind, können Sie Abenteuer ganz besonderer Art erleben. Es gibt häufige Vergnügungsfahrten über die großen Seen und durch den Göta Kanal. Die mittelalterlichen Kirchen, Schlösser und herrschaftlichen Anwesen sind bezaubernde kulturelle Schmuckstücke, ebenso wie die farbenfrohe Textilregion.

Glasreich

Nach "Glasriket“, dem Glasreich, einem Gebiet der Provinz „Kronobergs och Kalmar“ in der Landschaft Småland in den Gemeinden Emmaboda, Lessebo, Nybro und Uppvidinge, kommen jedes Jahr mehr als eine Million Besucher. Viele kommen immer wieder. Es ist einfach zu verstehen, warum. Zu sehen, wie sich die glühendheiße Glasmasse in spröden Kristall oder robuste Schalen verwandelt, ist ein Schauspiel, dessen man nie müde wird. Hier findet man Hütten und Marken wie Orrefors, Kosta Boda, Skruf, Mats Jonasson Målerås u. v. a. m. Außerdem kann man die småländische Natur dort genießen, wo sie am besten ist, mit Wäldern, Seen, Steinwällen und jeder Menge Kulturerlebnissen, wie z. B. Vilhelm Mobergs Auswanderergegend.

Örebro

Örebro is an attractive city, well preserved with old areas along Svartån, the quiet river, and with new exciting architecture, business streets, pubs and cafés. And then there is ”Finrummet” at Storbron – with the grand Vasa Castle, the jewel of the crown. Go shopping, have a meal at a sidewalk restaurant or just admire the beautiful views. Within walking distance from the town centre, the beautiful seashore scenery of the lake Hjälmaren is waiting for you. And ten kilometres to the west, Kilsbergen, ”Blå Bergen” (the Blue Mountains), are rising with magnificent experiences.

Säfsen Resort

In the scenic southwestern Dalarna you find Säfsen Resort, an experience destination with year-round activities - from full-fledged ski resort in winter to downhill biking and outdoor activities during the summer, spring and autumn. Säfsen is an ideal destination with lots of activities and adventure for the whole family. At the same time Säfsen Downhill Park has so high class that it attracts downhill and mountain bikers at the elite level. Säfsen has for four consecutive years been nominated for the award "TRIP Global Award" awarded to "The Best Experience in Sweden". With just 130 km from Örebro, 270 km from Stockholm and 340 km from Gothenburg, it is easy to get here.

Sundsvall

Willkommen in Sundsvall – der Hauptstadt von Norrland. Sundsvall ist das richtige Ziel, wenn Sie Ihre Ferien in Norrland mit Shopping und Genuss verbringen möchten. Hier gibt es die größte Citygalerie Norrlands und das Birsta Köpcentrum, eines der größten externen Handelszentren Schwedens. Nördlich des Flusses Dalälven finden Sie nirgendwo anders mehr Leben und Bewegung. Mitten in der Natur von Norrland und mitten im Zentrum des Geschehens liegt einer der wohl schönsten Stadtkerne des Landes mit reich verzierten Steinhäusern im Stil der Neorenaissance. Sehen Sie sich die schönen Fassaden an und genießen Sie die Stadt!

Nyköping

Nyköping is located on the coast an hour south of Stockholm and 7 minutes from Stockholm Skavsta Airport. Take a break here – and don’t miss the chance to make a new acquaintance. You will find a town of a comfortable size – short distances, pleasant people, a classic shopping street and many cafés, restaurants, shops and art galleries. Nyköping is in the heart of Sörmland’s cultural landscape with exciting, beautiful and fun excursions within reach. Nyköping was founded in 1187 and is one of Sweden´s oldest towns. The municipality has 50,000 inhabitants. About 32,000 of them live in town.

Kalmar

Urlaub mit Sonne und Baden, Shopping und Vergnügen, Kunst und Kultur. Kalmar bietet die Vorteile einer großen Stadt, aber auch die Nähe und den Charme kleinerer Orte. Zu Fuß und mit dem Rad können Sie Sandstrände, Parks, Wald, Wiesen, Kopfsteinpflasterstraßen, Geschäfte, Museen, Cafés und Gallerias erleben. Und auch ein richtiges Schloss mit Zinnen und Türme. Heute ist Kalmar eine moderne Stadt mit einem breiten Angebot, aber trotzdem ist hier überall der Flügelschlag der Geschichte zu spüren. Schon im Mittelalter war Kalmar ein wichtiger Standort für Handel und Politik. Hier fanden mehrere bedeutende Zusammenkünfte statt. Am bekanntesten ist das Unionstreffen von 1397, als die Kalmarer Union gegründet wurde. Schweden, Dänemark und Norwegen waren anschließend bis 1523, als Gustav Wasa, der einige Jahre später zum König gekrönt wurde, mit Schweden aus der Union ausbrach, ein geeintes Reich.

Uppsala

In Uppsala hat man alles ganz in der Nähe. Man kann Stunden damit verbringen, in den vielen kleinen und größeren Läden in der Fußgängerzone und den Gallerien der Stadt zu stöbern oder durch die bezaubernden kleinen Geschäfte im kulturhistorischen Stadtviertel zu bummeln. Erleben Sie Künstler bei ihrem Auftritt im Club Katalin aus der Nähe oder lassen Sie sich von einem ergreifenden Konzert im neuen Wahrzeichen der Stadt, dem Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, berühren. Erleben Sie im Schloss und im Dom von Uppsala oder dem Museum Gustavianum die Geschichte Schwedens. Genießen Sie die Blumenpracht im Linnégarten oder im Stadtgarten und gehen Sie ins die Biotopia, um zu spielen oder Ihrer Kreativität freien Lauf zu lassen. All diese Sehenswürdigkeiten und Aktivitäten sind zu Fuß zu erreichen.

Lund

Lund ist eine charmante Stadt, die man einfach mögen muss! Lund vereint Vergangenheit und Zukunft. In den verwinkelten mittelalterlichen Gassen beleben Studenten das Straßenbild. Sowohl der Dom als auch die Universität, Cafés, Pubs und die meisten Hotels befinden sich im Zentrum, einen kurzen Fußmarsch voneinander entfernt.

Ängelholm

Find something new to explore every day. Our idyllic coastal town has plenty to offer all year round. Ängelholm is a potters’ town with creativity in abundance. Plan your own cultural itinerary and visit art galleries, potteries and studios. Located right in the centre of town, Hembygdsparken with its folk museum, playground and small zoo with Scandinavian animals attracts visitors of all ages. The exploratory railroad museum, Järnvägens Museum Ängelholm, never gets boring, nor does Ängelholms Flygmuseum, dedicated to aviation – it even has its own flight simulator. Are you partial to a game of golf? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Södertälje

Wilkommen in Södertälje! - Eine stadt voller erlebnisse. Södertälje blickt auf eine reiche Geschichte zurück und ist eine Stadt, in der das Leben pulsiert. In Södertälje können Sie alles erleben, von den Fahrwassern der Wikinger über moderne Wissenschaftszentren bis hin zu faszinierender Natur. Die Ostsee trifft auf den Mälaren, Natur trifft auf Wasser, und zahllose Aktivitäten warten auf Groß und Klein. Hier finden sowohl Sport- als auch Kulturveranstaltungen statt, und Södertälje ist eine richtige Stadt mit blühendem Handel. Entdecken auch Sie Södertälje! Herzlich Willkommen!

Ystad & Österlen

Have you ever wondered why so many people are attracted to Ystad and Österlen? For many years artists, writers, birdwatchers and gardeners have made their way here, like holiday-makers looking for a unique combination of tranquillity and intensity. Come and see our sights at your own pace and experience the delights. Discover food, art, light and history. Explore a region which attracts film-makers from all over the world. A region where visitors choose to stay a little bit longer, perhaps in a traditional cottage close to the sea. The Ystad & Österlen area, the southeast corner of Skåne, is a popular destination, especially in summer, but increasing numbers of people are coming here all year round, attracted by the peace and quiet, the excellent food and wonderful cultural and natural experiences.

Kristianstad

Kristianstad - in the middle of nature and with nature in the middle of town! Renaissance town in the heart of Kristianstads Vattenrike. Experience nature from naturum Vattenriket visitor center, or safari by boat, jeep, bike or by foot. Nature activities in all seasons – for instance eagle safari in winter or crane safari in spring. The town centre with hotels, cafés, restaurants and culture activities is situated within five minutes walk. Within a short distance from Kristianstad you find incredible fishing spots, miles of beaches, perfect golf courses and bike routes!

Vimmerby

Den meisten ist Vimmerby wegen Astrid Lindgren bekannt, die hier geboren wurde und aufgewachsen ist. Viele unserer Besuchsziele sind eng mit Astrid verbunden. Zum Beispiel der Theaterpark Astrid Lindgrens Welt, das Kulturzentrum Astrid Lindgrens Näs mit ihrem Elternhaus und die Höfe in der Nähe von Vimmerby, auf denen die Filme über Michel und die Kinder aus Bullerbü gedreht wurden. Viele besuchen Vimmerby auch wegen der typisch småländischen Landschaft mit Badeseen, Weiden und Wäldern, oder sie interessieren sich für den Elchpark, Nils Holgerssons Welt und die Golfplätze. Das pittoreske Stadtzentrum mit Shopping, netten Restaurants und historischen Stätten ist ebenfalls ein guter Grund, nach Vimmerby zu kommen. Herzlich willkommen in Vimmerby!

Västervik

Untouched archipelago, fantastic swimming, picturesque town settings and entertainment! Västervik on the east coast of Småland is Sweden at its best. Fantastic Småland nature with leafy, green meadows and grazing cows. A small-town idyll. Then there is Sweden's most beautiful archipelago. It is this mix that makes it so exciting.

Karlskrona

Karlskrona - mitten in den Schären! Karlskrona ist eine einzigartige, faszinierende Welterbestadt, in der sich die Menschen sich treffen, um zu relaxen und eine schöne Zeit zu verleben. Die Entfernungen zwischen den einzelnen Sehenswürdigkeiten sind kurz in Karlskrona, dessen Stadtzentrum 6 km weit draußen im Schärengarten liegt! Hier finden Sie spannende Besuchsziele, gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, gemütliche Cafés und Restaurants, und das Meer ist immer präsent. Jeden Tag gibt es neue Inseln zu entdecken. Nehmen Sie das Schärenboot und erkunden Sie mit der Familie immer neue Gegenden. Auf diesen Seiten stellt Karlskrona Ihnen eine Auswahl vor, die Sie hoffentlich zu einem Besuch anregen wird. Haben wir schon erwähnt, dass die Sonne hier besonders häufig scheint? Karlskrona gilt als sonnigste Stadt Schwedens!

Malmö

Schwedens drittgrößte Stadt ist zum Wahrzeichen der grenzüberschreitenden Vielfalt geworden. Malmö ist eine kreative und wissensdurstige Minimetropole an der Grenze zwischen Schweden und dem europäischen Festland. Von den Ursprüngen der Industriestadt hat sich Malmö mittlerweile zu einem Zentrum des Wissens gewandelt, das für sein Umweltaktivitäten bekannt ist. Seit 2006 ist Malmö eine Fair-Trade-Stadt. Willkommen an einem Ort der Kontraste, an dem das ältestes Renaissance-Schloss Skandinaviens nur einen Steinwurf vom modernen und nachhaltigen Viertel Västra Hamnen steht. Einladende Straßencafés, trendige Galerien und Clubs, Restaurants mit Gourmetgerichten oder Falafel wechseln einander ab.

Gothenburg

Göteborg ist eine Großstadt mit dem charmanten Flair einer Kleinstadt. Die Atmosphäre ist angenehm und entspannt, man kann durch das Stadtzentrum streifen und die verschiedenen Stadtteile erkunden, und an jeder Straßenecke gibt es ein Café. Die Stadt bietet das ganze Jahr über angeregte Unterhaltungs- und Freizeitmöglichkeiten, angefangen von dem Vergnügungspark Liseberg über die Göteborger Oper, das jährliche Filmfestival und die Buchmesse bis hin zum Musikfestival Way out West. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter: www.goteborg.com/en

Landskrona / Ven

We’d love you to visit Landskrona and Ven island! Come to Landskrona to discover our beautiful, historical city and surroundings. Or visit Ven for peace and tranquility, sightseeing and nature experiences. Or why not do both. Landskrona is a city and the seat of Landskrona municipality in the county of Skåne in southern Sweden. Landskrona was founded in 1413 on the site of a natural harbour that opens out into the Öresund Sound. Ven island is just a 30-minute ferry trip from Skeppsbron harbour in Landskrona. It’s a small island and it’s an ideal excursion for families.

Stockholm

Stockholm ist eine pulsierende Stadt, die sich in ständigem Wachstum befindet und in der es immer wieder Neues zu entdecken gibt. Stockholm zählt zu den schönsten Städten der Welt. Besonders aufgeschlossene, kreative Menschen fühlen sich hier wohl. Erleben Sie Natur, Kulturgeschichte und das rege Treiben der Stadt – an einem einzigen Tag!

Halmstad

Wie eine Großstadt, allerdings im handlichen Format! In Halmstad ist das ganze Jahr etwas los. Die Sommerstadt bietet ihren Gästen die Möglichkeit, sich beim Schwimmen im Salzwasser zu erfrischen, das rege Treiben in Tylösand zu genießen oder spannende Unternehmungen für die ganze Familie zu machen. Zudem lockt sie mit mehreren Golfplätzen und einem reichen kulturellen Leben. Nicht zu vergessen auch die traditionelle Gastronomie der Gegend, bei der Lachs und Meeresfrüchte im Mittelpunkt stehen. Ein echtes Smörgåsbord für Körper und Seele!

Skövde

Skövde ist das Handelszentrum der Region Skaraborg. Hier gibt es Cafés, Restaurants, einzigartige Geschäfte, Markthandel sowie Einkaufszentren im Zentrum von Skövde oder in unmittelbarer Nähe der Stadt. Die Arena Skövde, das ultimativste Schwimmbad Schwedens mit 371 m Spannung, ist ein Paradies für abenteuerlustige Wasserratten, die sich auch gerne ein Saunabad gönnen. In Skövde gibt es ein breites Angebot an Sport-, Kultur- und Freizeitaktivitäten. Mit mehreren Mannschaften in den höheren Ligen Schwedens werden ständig spannende Sportveranstaltungen durchgeführt. Im Kulturhaus von Skövde werden erstklassige Erlebnisse in den Bereichen Kunst, Literatur, Film, Theater und Musik angeboten. Jährlich werden in Skövde mehrere Veranstaltungen durchgeführt, darunter das großartige Gourmetfestival, das Besucher aus dem ganzen Land heranlockt. Abends haben Sie in den Pubs und Nachtklubs von Skövde die Möglichkeit, den Puls der Stadt zu spüren. Dass sich die Einwohner von Skövde gerne im Freien bewegen kann wohl niemandem entgehen. Auf dem Tafelberg Billingen gibt es Sport- und Freizeitgebiete mit Langlaufloipen und Joggingpfaden, eine Skipiste, Angelmöglichkeiten und vieles mehr. Ebenfalls kann man hier mehrere Naturreservate mit Wasserfällen und hügeliger Landschaft erleben. In der ganzen Gegend gibt es Grabfelder, Kirchen aus dem Mittelalter und spezielle Steinsetzungen, die alle an vergangene Zeiten erinnern. Seien Sie herzlich willkommen in Skövde!

Linköping

Entdecken Sie Linköping – Linköping liegt auf der atemberaubenden Östgöta-Ebene in der Provinz Östergötland. Hier gibt es das ganze Jahr über viel zu sehen und zu tun! Können Sie es nicht erwarten in das quirlige Stadtleben einzutauchen oder ist ein entspannter Ausflug aufs Land mehr nach Ihrem Geschmack? Sie müssen sich nicht entscheiden – Kultur und Unterhaltung Linköpings sind nur Minuten von unserer herrlichen Landschaft mit Ebenen, Seen und Kanälen entfernt. Machen Sie eine Bootstour, wandern Sie auf dem Östgöta Trail, besuchen Sie das Theater oder gehen Sie in eines der vielen Restaurants der Stadt essen. Der Reiz liegt in der Größe - Groß genug, um über fast alles zu verfügen, übersichtlich genug, um alles in Reichweite zu haben. Linköping ist ganz einfach eine kleine große Stadt. Das macht das Leben so erfrischen einfach und angenehm. Willkommen in Linköping!

Blekinge

Blekinge is magic with small enchanting beautiful and surprisingly close to the destinations. Everything can be reached within an hour. The dream of the archipelago cliffs, sandy beaches, deep forests and bright green meadows become reality in Blekinge. In Blekinge, the sun shines a little more hours than most other places in Sweden. There is so much to discover. We have a historic naval base as part of the marine World Heritage. Unique food & taste sensations by our producers and farm shops. A strong culture with a lot of music, arts, crafts and artistry. It is a festival strong region that offers everything from rock with world-class artists to songs were the guest can participate in the park. Delightfully charming summer cities with a stunning archipelago. Welcome to explore the Blekinge favorite spots!

Västerås

Die sechstgrößte Stadt Schwedens ist zugleich eine der ältesten Städte des Landes. Willkommen in Västerås! Eine Stadt, die Aktivitäten und Veranstaltungen für die ganze Familie bietet, die aber auch ein reiches Kulturangebot und eine spannende Geschichte besitzt und mit einem pulsierenden Nachtleben sowie zahlreichen Möglichkeiten der Freizeitgestaltung im und am Wasser lockt. Verbringen Sie eine Nacht unter Wasser oder hoch oben in den Baumkronen, besuchen Sie die Power Big Meet, die größte Automobilausstellung der Welt, besichtigen Sie die im Michelin-Führer ausgezeichnete Kathedrale und den Anundshög, Schwedens größten Grabhügel. Västerås bietet wirklich für jeden etwas!

Öland

Die kleinste Landschaft Schwedens – genau das Richtige für alle, die Großes erleben wollen. Und mit der herrlichen und in ihrer Art einmaligen Natur gibt es hier das Beste sogar gratis: Rund 300 km Küste mit vielen Badestränden, über 75 Naturreservate, die Karstlandschaft Stora Alvaret und die Agrarlandschaft Süd-Öland, die zum Weltkulturerbe gehört. Ganz viele bekannte Besucherattraktionen warten auf Sie. Zum Beispiel Ölands Djur- och Nöjespark, der größte Tier- und Freizeitpark Schwedens. Auch Schloss Solliden, der Sommersitz der schwedischen Königsfamilie, die frühgeschichtliche Burg Eketorp und Schloss Borgholm lohnen einen Besuch. Auf Öland kommt jeder auf seine Kosten – wir freuen uns schon auf Sie!

Skåne

Skåne bietet Ihnen kreative, ungewöhnliche und authentische Erlebnisse, ohne dass Sie hierfür große Entfernungen zurücklegen müssen. Wir haben weite Ebenen, wogende Rapsfelder und eine 400 Kilometer lange Küste mit einladenden Sandstränden in drei Richtungen. In den zentralen und nordöstlichen Teilen finden Sie außerdem dichte Wälder und im Nordwesten steile Felswände. Die ländlichen Gegenden und charmanten Fischerdörfer sind von den Städten aus leicht zu erreichen. Im Südwesten liegt das kosmopolitische Malmö, im Nordwesten befindet sich Helsingborg, und Kristianstad ist im Nordosten angesiedelt. Die Insel Ven wird als Perle der Öresund-Meerenge bezeichnet und eignet sich hervorragend für Fahrradtouren. Es hat einfach von allem etwas. Skåne vereint alle Vorzüge. Besuchen Sie Skåne, und überzeugen Sie sich selbst!

Klosters

Klosters offer snow-capped mountains, bright blue skies, crisp fresh air along with a peaceful and scenic getaway from the buzz of city life. With the various activities on offer such as horse drawn sleigh rides, snowboarding, curling, ice hockey, ice skating, paragliding, an 8.5 km sledding route and top class restaurants, you will be hard pushed to run out of things to do. With its close proximity to Italy and Switzerland, it offers some of the best skiing in Tyrol. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and have a great vacation.

Genf

Genf liegt wie ein glitzerndes Juwel am Ufer des Genfer Sees. Hier atmet alles Exklusivität, Eleganz und kosmopolitisches Leben. Die Stadt sprudelt über vor Menschen aus aller Herren Länder. Ausgezeichnete Restaurants, exklusive Boutiquen, schöne Parkanlagen, vielfältige kulturelle Angebote und interessante Museen prägen das Stadtbild. Auch hat Genf geographisch gesehen den Vorteil, recht klein zu sein. In einer Stunde kann man durch die ganze Stadt spazieren und leicht kleine Tagesausflüge zu romantischen Plätzen in der Umgebung unternehmen.

Zürich

Die charmante Weltstadt Zürich ist die Schweizer Metropole und bietet erstklassige Lebensqualität. Zürich ist bekannt für ihr ausgezeichnetes Shoppingangebot entlang der weltberühmten Bahnhofstrasse und die Stadt bietet auch eine Menge an Freizeitaktivitäten. Eine große Anzahl erstklassiger Restaurants verwöhnt die Feinschmecker mit allen möglichen gastronomischen Freuden. Nach Sonnenuntergang stehen um die 500 Bars und Nachtclubs mit einer Vielfalt an Unterhaltungsmöglichkeiten zur Verfügung. Zürich ist auch der ideale Ausgangspunkt für verschiedene Ausflüge, wie zum Beispiel die Rheinfälle, Schokoladenherstellung oder der Titlisgletscher.

Belgrade

As one of Europe’s oldest cities, located at the crossroads of the East and West, the capital of Serbia is an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences and styles with a mysterious and exotic atmosphere. European but with oriental influences, Belgrade is a great weekend break, with tons of interesting sights and attractions, splendid architecture, a fast-paced nightlife, great and affordable shopping, as well as a thriving cultural scene.

Bratislava

Willkommen in Europas Stadt mit höchstem Glamour! Na gut, nicht ganz. Und ganz ehrlich wird das Bratislava mit weniger als einer halben Million Einwohner wohl auch nie werden. Aber es ist möglicherweise bereits jetzt Europas Stadt mit höchstem Entspannungsfaktor, denn was Bratislava bieten kann ist so einiges: Ein unwiderstehlicher Altstadt-Charme, feine Restaurants, traditionelle Pubs, gute Musik von Jazz bis Oper, stilvolle Leute und eine humane Größe, die dem Besucher das halbtägige Trekking im U-Bahn System oder vom Flughafen in die Stadt erspart. All das mit dem größten Fluss Mitteleuropas als Kulisse. Was will man mehr?

Santander

Santander is famous for its fabulous beaches and its elegant holidaymakers: King Alfonso XIII used to spend his summers here nearly a hundred years ago, and the town is still popular among fashionable madrileños who like to be seen sauntering along the El Sardinero seafront with its belle époque architecture. When the sun goes down and the bikinis are cast off, the town also has some great restaurants and a lively bar scene. It’s also a good place from which to explore the pristine countryside of Cantabria.

Lanzarote

Sommer, Sonne und Entspannung - aber das ist erst der Anfang! Die „Insel des Feuers“ mit ihren dreihundert Vulkanen präsentiert sich in Rosa, Purpur und Ockergelb und erinnert dabei an eine verzauberte Mondlandschaft. Unterirdische Höhlen, Tunnel und Seen wecken auch in ganz ruhigen Touristen die Lust auf das Abenteuer. Da klingt der Mythos, die Insel sei ein Teil des verschwundenen Atlantis, auf einmal ganz plausibel. Und für die Anhänger des Surfens ist Lanzarote mit seinen perfekten Wellen das Paradies.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, seit Jahrhunderten kulturelles Zentrum und Universitätsstadt, ist besonders als Ziel einer tausend Jahre alten Pilgerreise bekannt: Hierher führt der berühmte El Camino de Santiago - der Jakobsweg. Die Hauptstadt der Region Galicien im Nordwesten Spaniens ist modern und elegant, aber auch ein historisches Juwel: Santiago de Compostela wurde 1985 von der UNESCO zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt. In der von üppiger Natur umgebenen Stadt ist Gastfreundschaft seit tausend Jahren Tradition.

Asturias

Asturias (Oviedo) is the gateway to a region of stunning scenery, splendid beaches, unspoilt nature and a rich architectural, industrial and cultural heritage. The region’s beaches are uncrowned and inland there are lively cities and areas of great natural beauty.

Sevilla

Sevilla ist eine außerordentliche Erfahrung - eine faszinierende Mischung aus maurischer Architektur, herrlichen Palästen aus dem 17. Jahrhundert, malerischen Gassen und Alleen mit den typischen Tapas Bars. Es ist die Hochburg des Flamenco und der langsam fließende Guadalquivir rundet das Bild dieser charmanten Stadt ab.

Girona

Girona is the perfect example of a Catalan city. Moreover, it’s a place where ancient grandeur blends in with the region’s contemporary style. This is a thoroughly modern city with a large student population, a thriving art scene, hip bars and chic shops. It is no wonder that for years running, Girona has been voted the best place to live in Spain.

Gran Canaria

Wenn Sie sich gern in einem milden Klima aufhalten, nach vielfältigen Attraktionen und herrlichen Landschaften suchen, sind Sie auf dem Mini-Kontinent Gran Canaria genau am richtigen Platz. Landschaftlich gesehen gehört es zu Afrika, politisch zu Spanien und kulturell ist Gran Canaria ein Schmelztiegel der verschiedensten Nationen und Einflüsse. Seit seine ersten Höhlenbewohner durch die Palmenbewachsenen Täler und an den Küsten entlang streiften, haben Marodeure immer wieder versucht, das Land für sich zu beanspruchen – und das aus gutem Grund.

Alicante

Alicante, Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft einer sagenhaften Stadt. Die Spuren der verschiedenen Zivilisationen, die über dieses Fleckchen Erde gezogen sind, sind in jedem Winkel der Stadt sichtbar: iberische und römische Reste in der archäologischen Fundstätte Tossal de Manises, die arabische Herrschaft, die sich in vielen der wichtigsten Monumente der Stadt widerspiegelt, und selbstverständlich zahlreiche Feste und Traditionen. Und natürlich bietet Alicante ein hervorragendes Klima und herrliche Strände, die die Stadt zu dem perfekten Ort machen, an dem Sie ein paar wunderbare Tage verbringen und sich erholen können. Das alles rundet den Charme einer modernen Stadt ab, die hauptsächlich auf den Tourismus gerichtet ist, ohne jedoch die Industrie und den Handel außer Acht zu lassen.

Benidorm

If any one town can be considered to be, or to have been for many decades, a reference of tourism and leisure at every level, not just in Spain but throughout Europe, that place must surely be Benidorm. This is not only because the town was planned and designed with its visitors enjoyment in mind, has friendly people and a wonderful Mediterranean climate that ensures magnificent holidays all year round but also because, together with its beautiful natural surroundings and glorious beaches, it offers a wide range of accommodation, leisure facilities, services and restaurants that make it the ideal place in which to enjoy holidays or to celebrate any kind of meetings and incentives events.

Tenerife

Natürlich kommen die meisten Besucher in erster Linie zum Sonnenbaden und Schwimmen, wegen des guten Essens und natürlich um sich selbst ein bisschen zu verwöhnen nach Teneriffa. Viele kommen aber auch deshalb jedes Jahr wieder hierher, weil die Insel auf einzigartige Weise abwechslungsreich ist. Teneriffa hat wesentlich mehr als seine schönen Strände zu bieten, hier kann man alles erfahren, von großartigen, traditionellen Festen bis zu befreienden Einsamkeit. Hier sind glitzernder Schnee und glühende Lava in enger Nachbarschaft zu finden und für Besucher gibt es jeden Tag etwas Neues zu entdecken.

Jerez

Umgeben von Weingütern und mit mehr als 30 Bodegas (Weinkeller) ausgestattet, könnte man glauben, dass sich in Jerez alles um die Herstellung von Sherry und Weinbrand dreht. Aber diese aristokratische Stadt mit dem historischen Stadtkern, ungewöhnlichen Museen, einem stimmungsvollen Zigeunerviertel und außergewöhnlicher Architektur ist überdies die Wiege des Flamenco. Von hier stammen auch die herrlichen, tänzelnden andalusischen Pferde und die Stadt ist gleichermaßen für ihre Motorradrennen und Stierkämpfe berühmt.

La Coruna

La Coruna is a busy and attractive city at the very tip of Galicia. This is a perfect place to enjoy a gentle stroll around the streets and avenues, where it is possible to discover Roman architecture as well as more modern innovative buildings. The atmosphere in the many magnificent town squares is excellent and full of the joy of life on a hot summer’s day. Outside the town centre the beaches, the marina, the fishing port and the commercial port still play a very important role for the people of La Coruna.

Granada

The impressive, enchanting shadow of the Alhambra casts a magical spell upon all who pass through Granada. This is a city of legends created by gypsies and pirates, played out in the warren of the Alyayzin, and in the inescapable presence of the ancient Moorish castle, the famous Alhambra. The Sierra Nevada Mountains provide an impressive backdrop and add to the enchanting feel of this miraculous place.

Fuerteventura

There’s one reason, and one reason alone, why the Canary Islands’ second largest sibling attracts so many visitors – the beaches. Whether you like your beach life slow and sedentary or quick and crazy, Fuerteventura caters for all. With the most glorious swathes of gold in the archipelago – some would say in the whole of southern Europe – the island is a Mecca to both sun worshippers and water sports professionals alike.

Minorca

While the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, Minorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics, but without the crowds. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are enough of a draw by themselves, but the history, countryside and tranquillity of this quieter isle all add to its charm.

Murcia

Die uralte Stadt Murcia liegt in den Bergen, ungefähr 25 km vom Mittelmeer entfernt. Die Gegend ist für ihre Landwirtschaft und den Tourismus bekannt, aber auch für ihre hübschen Bergdörfer, Angel-Camps, einsamen Strände und ihre üppige, hügelige Landschaft.

Bilbao

The Basque city of Bilbao is a spellbinding capital of design and gastronomy. With one of the world’s finest buildings - the Guggenheim - at its heart, Bilbao dazzles with style and energy and boasts a unique identity as well as Europe’s oldest and most enigmatic language.

Valencia

Valencia ist Spaniens unbekannte Groβstadt und versteckte Perle. Gotische Bauten, prachtvoll geschmückte Barockkirchen und raue Fischerviertel wie El Cabanyal. Fusionskneipen, futuristische Museumpaläste und dazu die weiten Strände Las Arenas und La Malvarrosa.

Valladolid

Valladolid oozes history from every ancient stone. King Felipe II was born here, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel married here and Christopher Columbus died here. This was once the capital of Spain, but is now the principal city of Castilla y Leon, the land of castles from which the word ‘Castilian’ derives. Today, Valladolid is a bustling university city that thrives on its manufacturing industries. It is a down-to-earth, lively place that energetically blends old with new.

Mallorca

Mallorca hat sich gewandelt – vom einfachen Charterziel zur Vergnügungsinsel. Schätze aus unzähligen Jahrhunderten haben ein hippes Design erhalten. Heute genießen wir das Kulturerbe, das uns Phönizier, Nomadenvölker, Piraten, Griechen, Römer, Mauren, Venetianer, Franzosen, Spanier und alle anderen, die diese grüne Insel geliebt haben, hinterließen. Hier kann man in antiken Schlössern, auf Bauernhöfen oder in renovierten Palästen wohnen. Das Mallorca von heute ist ein Platz, wo sich Luxusliebhaber, Kulturfreaks und Lebenskünstler gleichermaßen wohlfühlen.

Barcelona

Das Klima, die Strände, die Architektur, die Restaurants - Barcelona hat sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten von einer verwahrlosten Hafenstadt zu einem der erstklassigsten Reiseziele Europas, ja sogar der Welt entwickelt. Dies ist einfach die Stadt, die jedem etwas zu bieten hat. Eine wunderschöne Stadt, die immer glamouröser wird dank seiner Kombination von klassischer und moderner Architektur, seiner Gallerien, Theater und nicht zuletzt Museen, von denen Sie in Barcelona einige der weltbesten finden können. Barcelona- die pulsierende Grossstadt.

Almeria

Almería ist die Stadt mit den meisten Sonnenstunden Spaniens im Jahr, umgeben von Bergen und gekrönt von einer eindrucksvollen Wehrkirche. Es bietet seinen Besuchern eine Mischung aus Einkaufszentren und Tapas Bars, eine mittelalterliche Altstadt mit engen Gassen und ruhigen Plätzen. Entlang der Küste sind kleine Fischerdörfer, die sich zu beliebten Ressorts entwickelt haben, träumerische Buchen und die wilde Landschaft des Naturparks Cabo de Gata-Nijar. Im Westen erstreckt sich ein Meer aus Folien-Gewächshäusern und weiter im Hinterland liegen die Wüstenschauplätze vieler Italowestern.

Malaga

Filix!„Ciudad del paraíso” – die Stadt des Paradieses. Mit diesen Worten beschreibt der Nobelpreisträger für Literatur, Vicente Aleixandre, die Stadt Málaga. Eine Stadt mit überschäumendem Leben, die durch ihre gelungene Mischung aus mehrtausendjähriger Geschichte, Folklore und moderner Kultur besticht. Es fällt tatsächlich leicht, sich in dieser Hafenstadt, die 3.000 Sonnenstunden im Jahr verzeichnet und einen mehrere Kilometer langen Strand mitten im Zentrum hat, das Paradies vorzustellen.

Ibiza

Ibiza ist zwar das Traumziel für alle, die Non-Stop in Clubs feiern möchten, aber die Insel hat natürlich wesentlich mehr zu bieten - viel herrliche Natur, ein sehr angenehmes Klima und Weltkulturerbe. Ob Sie sich in der Musik der weltbesten DJs von Ibizas unvergleichlicher Partyszene verlieren möchten oder das glasklare Meer, die warme Sonne, verträumte Buchten oder Strände mit Action – oder vielleicht ein bisschen von allem. Die Insel hat zu jeder Tageszeit etwas Besonderes zu bieten das sich anzusehen lohnt und nachts stürzt man sich ins Partyleben für manche auch die ganze Nacht – am nächsten Tag kann man sich ja wieder an einem der herrlichen Strände ausruhen. Wenn man’s durchhält, kann man das Partyleben natürlich auch voll auskosten – 24 Std. lang, 7 Tage die Woche.

Madrid

It is possible that the city that never sleeps has calmed down a little in recent years. Yet, even if the bars close a bit earlier these days, you can still count on finding a party atmosphere at all times of the day and in all situations. And then, once you have had enough of socializing, you can take a few days out and enjoy the best kilometre of art to be found in Europe.

Zaragoza

Despite its beautiful location in a picturesque valley by the river Ebro, and an incredibly rich historical heritage, Zaragoza is refreshingly untouched by mass-tourism. Most travellers know it only as a train stop on the way from Barcelona to Madrid. Zaragoza benefits, however, from its location right in the middle of everything. It is a dynamic and modern town with a unique food and bar culture. The city is a real architectural treasure and a growing young population guarantees a busy night life.

Brno

With a skyline dominated by the imposing Špilberk Castle and the soaring twin-spires of Peter and Paul Cathedral, Brno has an attractive and historic city centre, easily negotiated on foot. The name, Brno, might sound like a crossword anagram, but the Czech Republic’s second largest city and capital of Moravia is a vibrant yet traditional place. Brno has stunning architecture, great museums, a creepy crypt, a gorgeous lake – just a tram ride away – and an exciting, beer-filled bar scene without the heaving crowds.

Prag

Schon Franz Kafka schrieb vor nahezu hundert Jahren über Mutter Prag und die Liebe ihrer Kinder zu ihr - und das ist heute noch genauso gültig wie damals. Jeder, der einmal durch die Kopfsteingepflasterten Straßen und gotischen Gässchen gelaufen ist und den Mond über den Türmen und Spitzen von Europas schönster Hauptstadt bewundert hat, möchte hierher zurückkommen.

Marmaris

Marmaris liegt in einer Bucht mit kristallklarem Wasser im südwestlichen Teil der Türkei, dort wo sich das Mittelmeer und die Ägäis treffen. An den Kämmen der umliegenden Berge ziehen sich duftende Pinienwälder entlang. Mit anderen Worten, Marmaris ist das perfekt Urlaubsziel für wundervolle Tage am Strand mit vielen Möglichkeiten etwas zu unternehmen.

Istanbul

Man kann sich leicht in der grandiosen Geschichte Istanbuls verlieren und doch ist das heutige Istanbul eine quirlige, moderne Metropole die allein schon einen Besuch wert ist. Die Einkaufsmöglichkeiten haben Weltruf und das Nachtleben pulsiert rund um den Taksim-Platz im Taksim Viertel. Auch wenn Istanbul heute nicht mehr die Hauptstadt ist, ist es dennoch die Stadt der Türkei, ein geschäftliches und kulturelles Zentrum in dem neue Tendenzen geboren werden.

Bodrum

Bodrum gilt als das St. Tropez der Türkei - und die Stadt macht ihrem Namen wirklich alle Ehre! Internationales Flair, Restaurants und Hotels sowie Unterhaltung auf höchstem Niveau haben Bodrum zum Lieblingsziel des Jet-Sets werden lassen. Das Beste an der Stadt ist jedoch, dass sie etwas für jeden bereit hält - auch wenn Ruhe und Erholung für Körper und Seele Ziel Ihrer Reise sind.

Izmir

„Die schöne Stadt“, wie Izmir in der Türke genannt wird, heißt ihre Besucher mit der für die Türkei typischen Freundlichkeit und Herzlichkeit willkommen. Izmir ist eine sehr kontrastreiche Stadt und bietet ihren Besuchern das Beste der modernen und der alten Welt sie ist tief in ihrer Geschichte verankert und doch gleichzeitig eine weltoffene, von quirligem Leben erfüllte Stadt. Warme Sommer und milde Winter machen Izmir zu einem angenehmen Zielort während des ganzen Jahres!

Ankara

Die Stadt liegt auf der Grenze zwischen Westen und Osten, zwischen Europa und Asien. Das bedeutet, dass ein Reisender in Ankara an einem Boulevard unter Bäumen in einem Café sitzen und Meze (Vorspeisen) essen kann. Die Kombination der Einflüsse aus Europa und dem mittleren Osten prägen Architektur, Essen, Wein, Nachtleben, Mode und Kunst der Stadt. Die beiden Kulturen verschmelzen und geben der Stadt ihre besondere Identität. Der Reisende, der den Namen zum Programm macht und in Ankara vor Anker geht, überquert die Grenze der Geschichte.

Kiev

Golden domes and shimmering spires peek out from the wooded hills rising above the wide Dnipro River. Leafy-green Kiev, with its traffic-packed boulevards, shopping malls, countless churches, brilliant music and lively nightlife, has embraced capitalism, yet held firmly to its heritage. The Caves Monastery is the spiritual heart of Ukraine. Nearby, a gigantic Brezhnev-era Motherland statue bearing sword and shield casts her all-encompassing eye over the city, the river, and its island beaches.

Lake Balaton

Hungary does not have a coast anymore but it does have the Hungarian Sea, otherwise known as Lake Balaton. The lake has been popular since the Magyar tribes first galloped into the Carpathian Basin in 896 and shows no signs of losing its appeal. Around the 77 kilometre long lake is a collection of towns and resorts. Hévíz-Balaton Airport is situated 20 kilometres from Keszthely at the southern end of the lake. From there, hire a car or take a bus and explore some of the resorts. Balaton is not one single town but a collection of resorts dotted along the shore, each with its unique character: Balatonfüred’s elegant spa, Tihany’s abbey, Siófok’s nightlife, Keszthely’s history, Hévíz’s giant thermal lake and of course, all manner of water sports on the lake itself.

Budapest

Budapest gehört nicht nur zu den schönsten Städten der Welt – es hat sich auch während der vielen Modernisierungen der letzten Jahre seinen eigenen Charakter bewahrt. So bietet die Stadt ihren Besuchern heute nicht nur die Donau, den alten Palast im Art Nouveau Stil und ihre breiten Boulevards, sondern auch ausgezeichnete Gourmet Restaurants und trendige Bars. Hier trifft man gleichermaßen Partyfans und Geschichtsinteressierte an – und natürlich jeden, der in einem der vielen Dampfbäder entspannen möchte.

Durham

Durham is regarded by many to be the spiritual capital of northern England and one of the most beautiful and unspoilt medieval centres to be found anywhere in Northern Europe. The medieval city sits atop a craggy hill encircled on three sides by the River Wear with the panoramic view from the Cathedral and Castle being described as ‘one of the finest architectural experiences of Europe’.

Newquay

The coast of dreams, ravaged by the Atlantic Ocean and lined by spectacular sandy beaches, where you will find towering cliffs sheltering small rock pools. The sea is teeming with life, and the crystal-clear water is perfectly alluring, whether you are dreaming of a relaxing swim or an adrenaline-pumped afternoon of extreme sports. If you shy away from the surf, you can admire the spectacular views from above as you stroll along the tops of the cliffs or wander back into town and into one of the many delightful gardens.

Derry

Situated picturesquely on the River Foyle, surrounded by hills and a stone’s throw from the rugged Northern Coast, Derry is steeped in history. Check out the famous Free Derry Corner and the political murals of the renowned Bogside and Fountain areas. Wander through the old hilly streets or stroll along the historic city walls with their views of the city and surrounding area.

Inverness

The self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the Highlands,’ Inverness, is Britain’s northernmost city and is surrounded by some of the world’s most breath-taking mountain and moor land scenery. It is straddling the River Ness, just a stone’s throw from Loch Ness, home of the legendary Monster, and houses some outstanding historic buildings. Inverness offers easy access to a huge choice of outdoor activities and visitor attractions, from lochs and castles to battlefields and nature reserves.

Glasgow

Glasgow kann man als den magnetischen Anziehungspunkt Großbritanniens im 21. Jahrhundert bezeichnen. In der Stadt gibt es die besten Autoren, Musiker und das beste Nachtleben. Man findet aber auch exquisite moderne Restaurants, deren Küche auf ihrem schottischen Erbe basiert.

Nottingham

„Stadt der Höhlen“ und „Königin der Midlands“ sind zwei Bezeichnungen, die der Stadt Nottingham liebevoll verliehen wurden, und die ihre unwahrscheinlich diverse Natur, reich an kulturellem Erbe und moderner Unterhaltung, aufs genaueste beschreiben. Notthingham, eine Stadt mit einer faszinierenden Vergangenheit und einer aufregenden, betriebsamen Gegenwart, hat alles zu bieten - von Hochkultur zu Top Mode und gefeierten Restaurants, bis zu der weltberühmten Robin Hood Legende. Besucher haben eine Riesenauswahl an Aktivitäten in dieser erstklassigen Urlaubsstadt. Was auch immer Sie bevorzugen, sei es Kunst, Musik oder Wandern, Nottingham befriedigt all Geschmäcker, Stile und Altersgruppen.

Newcastle

Newcastle hat sich in den letzten Jahrzehnten zu einer Stadt an der Spitze technischer Innovation, Freizeitgestaltung und Kultur entwickelt, und wurde eine der pulsierendsten Städte Großbritanniens, und somit ein großartiges Urlaubsziel mit fantastischen Einkaufsmöglichkeiten und einem staunenswerten Nachtleben. Geschichte spielt nach wie vor eine wichtige Rolle in Newcastle, was durch die aufregende, harmonische Mischung alter und neuer Bestandteile sowohl innerhalb der Stadt, als auch in ihrer Umgebung verdeutlicht wird.

Worcester

Combining history, shopping, culture and sports, Worcester is a modern town surrounded by the picturesque English countryside. Maybe you have heard about the famous Worcester Sauce and the British composer Sir Edward Elgar, both originating from here. Whether you are just passing through or staying a few days, Worcester will show you a real good time both day and night.

Jersey

The most southerly and largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey, has much to offer with its fine blend of the best of England and France. Around its 72 kilometre coastline there are quaint fishing villages such as St Aubin, marvellous sandy beaches and a collection of dramatic craggy coastal walks. The inland is just as rewarding. Here you can find fascinating attractions, diverse historic sites and gentle verdant scenery, all linked by narrow country lanes. Festivals play a big a part in island life and barely a month goes by without a local seasonal event not being celebrated. The capital is St Helier and whilst small, it is a cosmopolitan harbour town. St Helier is the main focus for the island’s shopping, eating, entertainment and nightlife culture.

Blackpool

“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!” Known for its ‘Kiss-Me-Quick’ hats, sticks of rock and the ubiquitous fish and chips, Blackpool has all this and more! With miles of golden sands, stunning Victorian architecture, a host of entertainment for young and old alike and with the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District right on the doorstep, Blackpool is undoubtedly the unofficial entertainment capital of the North!

Leeds

As the heart of the scenic Yorkshire region, Leeds is doubtless one of the England’s favourite destinations. This city offers a shop-till-you-drop city centre and a pulsating night life as well as historic locations, cultural events and a spectacular surrounding countryside that will leave you breathless!

Exeter

Located in the beautiful county of Devon and one of Britain’s oldest cities, this small but perfectly formed city has preserved many of its historic features and buildings while enjoying all the amenities and vibrancy of a modern cosmopolitan city. As the commercial and cultural hub for southwest of England, Exeter’s airport and comprehensive transport links make it a perfect city destination and base to explore the surrounding historic and quintessential green English countryside dotted with pretty villages, quaint old pubs and tearooms serving the famous Devon cream tea. And all of this comes with the added bonus of being only a short journey to the nearby coastal resorts, fishing ports and sandy beaches of the English Riviera and World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Liverpool

Liverpool ist weltweit bekannt für Musik, Fußball, Architektur und seine Seefahrtstradition. Die Stadt hat sich jedoch seit den unbekümmerten Tagen der Beatles in den 1960ern weiterentwickelt, und wurde kürzlich mit dem Ehrentitel „Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2008“ ausgezeichnet. Dies ist eine prestigeträchtige Auszeichnung, die Liverpool wieder als ein großartige europäische Urlaubsstadt etabliert.

Southampton

Southampton is the cruise capital of Northern Europe. With a cosmopolitan atmosphere borne from centuries of international trade, Southampton is one of the UK’s leading ports and liveliest cities, combining medieval walls and buildings, modern shopping and entertainment complexes, marinas, culture and nightlife. Explore the city’s rich culture and long history and try the wide range of leisure activities in the beautiful surrounding countryside before relaxing to recount the day in one of Southampton’s many harbour side restaurants, cafés and bars.

Birmingham

Birmingham ist eine echte Perle! Hier finden Sie ausgezeichnete Restaurants, gute Shopping-Möglichkeiten, ein spannendes Nachtleben und eine Ikone der Architektur, die den Ruf der Stadt verändert hat. Last but not least – die Landschaft, die JRR Tolkien dazu inspirierte, „Der Herr der Ringe“ zu schreiben.

Manchester

Auch wenn diese Aktivitäten noch immer sehr wichtig sind, ist Manchester heutzutage doch für wesentlich mehr als guten Fußball und Rock’n Roll bekannt. In den Vororten wie dem Northern Quarter, Castlefield und Gay Village reihen sich die coolen Bars und Geschäfte aneinander.

London West End Shopping

You’ll be overwhelmed by what London’s West End has to offer. From luxury brands on Bond Street and contemporary boutiques in Carnaby Street to old-style outfitters, perfumiers and jewellers in Piccadilly. Elaborate themed stores on Regent Street and funky finds in Leicester Square to famous flagships and some of the world’s most historic department stores on Oxford Street. And that’s not all: the West End is packed with incredible restaurants and quirky cafes in everything from historic buildings to quiet side-streets and courtyards. Fancy a traditional English pub? There are plenty. Or perhaps a sophisticated wine bar or club? You’ll find it all here.

Doncaster

Doncaster is an eclectic mix of the urban and the rural and of the old and the new! World famous for its horse racing and home to one of the most important race courses in the UK. Doncaster is one of Britain’s oldest cities and features an abundance of historic sights, interesting architecture, cultural activities and beautiful surrounding countryside. A bustling city, indeed!

Brighton

Few minutes off the southern coast of London lies a very interesting and charming town called Brighton. Considered as one of the most cultured cities in the entire Europe, this seaside city never fails to mesmerize its visitors with its unique architectural edifices, festivals, galleries, museums, drama, arts, music, spectacular outdoor activities, sparkling beaches and a lot more. So whether one is a laid-back beach bum or an adventurer on a tight budget, Brighton definitely has something good to offer!

Bristol

Bristol hat allen Reisenden etwas zu bieten. Das Herz Bristols ist der Fluss Avon, der sich durch die Stadt windet, sowie Läden, Cafés und Bars für jeden Geldbeutel. Und nur wenige Schritte in alle Richtungen vom Fluss entfernt können Sie Zeitreisen von Bristols industrieller Geschichte bis hin zu überwältigenden Erfahrungen für Ihren wählerischen Gaumen erleben. Bristol ist immer ein Reise wert.

Belfast

Nach fast drei Jahrzehnten voller Streitigkeiten und Konflikte erwacht die Stadt Belfast nun mit neuer Frische und Dynamik aus ihrem Kokon. Von den starken Eindrücken ihrer Geschichte geprägt, aber dennoch mit deutlicher Zukunftsorientierung, ist Belfast eine aufregende Kombination aus Alt und Neu. Spazieren Sie am Fluss Lagan entlang zur Werft, in der die berüchtigte Titanic gebaut wurde, oder nehmen Sie eines der schwarzen Taxis und besuchen Sie die berühmten politischen Wandmalereien. Oder genießen Sie eine traditionelle Musiksession in einem der bestens erhaltenen, gemütlichen Pubs dieser pulsierenden Stadt.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh ist eine Stadt, die alle bezaubert. Der Felsen, auf dem das berühmte Schloss steht, ist von überall in der Stadt zu sehen und erinnert Besucher an Schottlands blutige Geschichte mit historischen Figuren wie Braveheart, Königin Maria von Schottland und Bonnie Prince Charlie. Auch viele Schriftsteller ließen sich hier zu ihren literarischen Personen inspirieren, wie Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes und letztlich Harry Potter. Kein Wunder, dass die Geister in den kleinen unheimlichen Gassen zu den größten Touristenattraktionen gehören.

London

London ist das kulturelle, politische und wirtschaftliche Zentrum von Großbritannien. Es ist berühmt für seine erstklassigen Museen und Galerien, historischen königlichen Paläste, angesagten West-End-Theater-Shows und preisgekrönten Restaurants. Sie möchten London besuchen? Beginnen Sie mit Ihrer Reiseplanung gleich hier, buchen Sie Ihre Übernachtung und gestalten Sie Ihre ganz eigene Route. Vielleicht möchten Sie in einem 5-Sterne-Luxushotel wohnen und im London Eye an einem Glas Champagner nippen oder Sie bevorzugen doch eher eine preiswerte Herberge und einen Spaziergang in einem der wunderschönen königlichen Parks Londons. Es gibt Angebote in jeder Preisklasse und für alle Interessen.

Bournemouth

With 11 kilometres of sandy, white beaches, Bournemouth is one of the continent’s premier resort towns. Bournemouth offers its visitors the best in water sports, yachting, beach life, nightlife and shopping. Not to mention a heap of gastro pubs!

Minsk

The capital of Belarus is one of the most fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. Famous as much for its extraordinary history as its impressive, Soviet-style architecture, leafy parks and eccentric locals, Minsk is unforgettable.

Cyprus

Sea-bathing and caressing sunshine. It is easy to understand that Greece’s goddess of love Aphrodite was born from the waves on Cyprus’ beaches. The mythology, language, traditions and lifestyle are Greek, but dolmades and sheep cheese salad compete. Cypriot customs offer delicious dishes such as mezé and halloumi cheese. Enjoy a vibrant mix of east and west and take the entertainment pulse of the island of passion!

Paphos

Paphos ist eine zauberhafte Gegend mit faszinierenden Sehenswürdigkeiten und Orten von aussergewöhnlicher natürlicher Schönheit. Sie finden dort alle Arten von antiken Ruinen, und die Stadt ist nur eine kurze Wegstrecke von der unberührten Halbinsel Akamas entfernt, einem überwältigendem Gebiet mit dramatischen Buchten, Schluchten und unglaublichen Ausblicken. Also – worauf warten Sie noch?

North America

Nassau

With a culture and natural landscape as colorful as its history (it was once declared a “pirate republic” by infamous pirates Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackham, "Blackbeard" Edward Teach, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read!), Nassau is The Bahamas’ crown jewel. With a booming Downtown District, Nassau makes for some wonderful on-land entertainment. The beaches are its signature attraction, however, with the likes of Cable Beach at its helm. Turquoise waters boast the best clarity on the planet with a visibility of over 200 feet!

Quepos

The world bestowed a wealth of biodiversity, rainforests, waterfalls, and sublime coastlines to Quepos, Costa Rica. Named for the native Quepoa Indians who inhabited the area in the colonial era, Quepos is quite the natural wonder. Only ten degrees north of the equator, the city also champions the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east. Such prime coordinates provides a veritable sanctuary for outdoors enthusiasts.

Puerto Plata

In his first trip to the stupendous region, Christopher Columbus noted the silver-tipped appearance of the area’s prominent mountain. As “plata” is Spanish for “silver,” Columbus christened it “Monte de Plata,” and the city became known as Puerto de Plata. Since then it is referred to by its abbreviated name—and it continues to draw curious and adventurous visitors. Luring vacationers much as it had Columbus, Puerto Plata is one of the Dominican Republic’s most renowned cities. Lending to a bright culture of friendly people and recreational activities, Puerto Plata will exceed even your wildest and greatest of expectations.

Punta Cana

On the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic lies jubilant Punta Cana. Its name hearkens to the signature cane palms that pepper the region (“Punta Cana” literally translates to "Tip of the White Cane Palms"), and its popularity has been celebrated since the 1970s. Best known for its stretch of palm-laden beaches and thatch-roofed “balnearios” (seaside resort towns), Punta Cana is a nonstop, Caribbean party!

Lucea

Jamaica braves on as of the most laidback destinations in the Caribbean with the small town of Lucea. Secluded private coves and endless stretches of sugary sand beaches comprise the greater Hanover Parish, wrapping tiny Lucea in its graces. Its locals extend an ever-inviting hand to visitors who seek the town’s calming, tranquil demeanor.

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver has been called exciting, dynamic, amazing, vibrant, multicultural and cosmopolitan. Combining the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, the majesty of the Coastal Mountains, and a mild climate makes Vancouver one of the most intriguing cities in the world. It is an outdoor-oriented city, offering health enthusiasts a wide range of sports – remember, Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. Visitors of all ages will find activities to satisfy all expectations of this Canadian treasure.

St Hippolyte

Fastened along the stunning Laurentian Mountains in Québec, Canada is the small municipality of Saint-Hippolyte. Named for the celebrated 3rd century Roman theologian, the town is only 45 km north of Montreal. Visitors do not come to Saint-Hippolyte for a swift vicinity to nearby cities, however: it claims its own appeal with captivating beauty, lush vegetation, and snow laden domains. Come to Saint-Hippolyte for the perfect recreational decamp.

Toronto

Toronto is an urban mosaic of cultures and ethnicities and heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. It is the most heavily populated city in Canada, a cosmopolitan financial, commercial and cultural center, blending its multicultural heritage — about 80 ethnic groups speaking more than 100 languages — with urban chic.

Whistler, BC

The perfect trip. The ideal adventure. Whistler is Canada’s answer to your expectations of endless fun and relaxation. Located in the breathtaking Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is a resort community that even hosted the world during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Prior to the Olympics and quickly after, the town became an international oasis for adventure and beauty. The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains provide a natural getaway for alpine skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking, hiking, and camping during summer.

Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo combines Mexican culture, wonderful nature and old-fashioned charm. This picturesque fishing town is a unique beach destination and the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying the best in life. Many of you might remember Zihuatanejo from the all-time movie success, Shawshank Redemption. This is the place where the two characters decide to meet after their release. With Ixtapa only a few kilometres away you get a two-for-one deal coming here, combining the traditional, calm Zihuatanejo and the modern Ixtapa.

Cancún

Cancúns white sandy beaches and inviting warm, crystal clear waters makes it a paradise for all beach and water sports enthusiasts. Add a vibrant nightlife and the closeness to the breathtaking Mayan ruins and you have Mexico´s most popular tourist hot spot. Caring for four million tourists yearly, it´s hard to understand this beautiful resort was a sleepy fishing village just a few decades ago. Cancún is best known as a family, sporting and wedding resort where you can chose your own pace and lifestyle to suit your frame of mind. Its colorful buzz and ancient traditions co-existing with ultra-modern developments enchant everyone, from backpackers to luxury travelers.

Los Cabos

Located at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, the once-remote area of Los Cabos has transformed itself into an international resort destination. Many visitors come for the stunning beaches and what is known as the Corridor, a 33 kilometer stretch of spectacular coastline that runs between the twin towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Both towns have been known to captivate and charm travelers from all over the world, and host an array of internationally renowned events, including the Bisbee Black and Blue Marlin tournament (www.bisbees.com) and the SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race (www.score-international.com).

Riviera Maya

Few destinations on earth cause as much amazement as Riviera Maya. What makes this destination special is the privileged location on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea embrace the powdery white sand of the beaches that cover the coastline. The 120 km of Caribbean coast that stretches the length of Riviera Maya exudes the multifaceted spirit of the destination. Sun and Sand, Maya Culture, ziplining, cenotes, diving and snorkeling, shopping and nightlife are just a few of the many exiting options Riviera Maya offers to provide their guests with a truly unique and marvellous experience. Welcome to Riviera Maya!

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is pairs the architecture of colonial Mexico with the flair of its modern, beach resort city persona. Located in the gorgeous Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is both a tropical and cultural epicenter. Luxury cruises make it a frequent stop along their vacation routes, for the sandy beaches seem quite endless! Art lovers will find a paradise in Puerto Vallarta as well, for the city holds its own with numerous neighborhoods and districts dedicated to creative expression.

San Juan

San Juan is the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the island of Puerto Rico. Encompassing hundreds of years of history, the city blends Spanish-era historic sites – such as the San Felipe del Morro fortress, with modern entertainment and fashionable shopping districts. More than a million people call San Juan home, while hundreds of thousands of tourists call it their favorite place to vacation each year. Its perfect year-round climate makes the city an ideal venue for international sporting events such as the World Baseball Classic and National Basketball Association Games, for which the city always puts on its best face.

St Martin

Sun-drenched and palm-fringed, the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the most beautiful in the eastern Caribbean. It also has a dual personality: the north of the island is a little outpost of France, and the south side oozes the warmth of the Dutch. The border between them is basically non-existent, and visitors are free to enjoy everything from watersports and cultural festivals to shopping.

Raleigh, NC

Visit Greater Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina's state capital area, where the things to do and see—museums, history, the arts, sports, shopping, music—are as unexpected and electrifying as the area's innovative mindset. Take a deep breath and recharge at hotels where staff will treat you with genuine Southern hospitality. Study the flavors in unforgettable meals at restaurants where you'll taste the area's newfound culinary creativity. Experience one of the most dynamic (and affordable) destinations in the Southeast. We hope to see you soon!

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Fort Lauderdale of today is a destination that will keep the well-travelled with discriminating taste satisfied. With some of the best restaurants and boutique hotels in the state, this city is a hipster’s paradise.

Houston, TX

Located in Texas, the fourth largest city in the U.S. is known for NASA, its annual rodeo and the massive cluster of hospitals known as the Texas Medical Center. Yet, Houston has matured into a complete and downright hip vacation destination for the savvy traveler. The city is a diverse metropolis where no ethnicity comprises a majority of the population. This mix of cultures has contributed in making Houston a city of superb cuisine, world-class culture, entertainment and shopping. It is no surprise that Houston is attracting visitors from all over the world.

Philadelphia, PA

As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia has endured centuries of peril, challenges and conquest to remain one of the nation’s top attractions. Historical buildings, sculptures and murals line streets that were once walked by the Founding Fathers of the United States. The weather varies during the seasons, vacillating from mild springs, to hot summers, to chilly winters, but people can always be seen out and about in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cathedral City, CA

Less than 10 miles from Palm Springs resides Cathedral City. Deriving its name from the eponymous Cathedral Canyon, the City also features the natural landmarks of desert and mountain ranges common to Coachella Valley. Visitors frequently take to Cathedral City’s sparkling golf courses, which are the area’s prominent attractions, in the Boulder and Pebble courses of the Cimarron Golf Resort, as well as the Cathedral Canyon Golf Club course.

Olympic Valley

As the sight of the five Olympic Rings and the 1960 Winter Olympics, the eponymous Olympic Valley remains an international symbol of sportsmanship. Decades later, Olympic skiers and snowboarders still come to Olympic Valley to train on the resort's advanced skill slopes and terrain parks, while novice and intermediate skiers explore the nearby paths suited to their skill levels. Olympic Valley is the second largest ski area in the Lake Tahoe Region, with 34 lifts providing access to 3,600 ski-able acres spread across six peaks and award-winning parks.

Dennis Port, MA

Dennis Port is one of five villages that comprise the town of Dennis in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. For years, Cape Cod has been a place where America's wealthy come to relax during the summer months. The Cape's perfect beaches and the warm waters of Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay provide desirable conditions for sunbathing, fishing, whale watching, surfing, and other activities.

Myrtle Beach, SC

Concerts, motorcycle rallies, world-class shopping, and extensive beaches all lend to Myrtle Beach’s reign as a top vacation destination in not just South Carolina, but all of the United States. Over 14 million annual visitors flock to Myrtle Beach’s subtropical climate and subtropical recreation. Countless golf courses glitter the area, along with water and amusement parks, museums, historical sites, and more. Sail the coast or relax on the soft sand of the beaches!

Syracuse, NY

A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to Syracuse, the fifth most populous city in the state of New York and the hub of Central New York, a region inhabited by over one million people. Syracuse is the home of a vibrant community with a wealth of activitiies. DESTINY USA, the 6th largest mall in the United States and the largest Mall in New York State are in Syracuse. Renowned Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome host the highest Academic Courses along with the Carrier Dome’s finest home sports games featuring their Syracuse Orangemen and Orangewomens’s Basketball, Lacrosse & Football Teams. More sports are available at the OnCenter’s War Memorial Arena, which features the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Team. In addition to the arena, the OnCenter features the The OnCenter Theaters and Oncenter Convention Center. The enormous NBT Stadium is home to the Syracuse Chiefs AAA Baseball Team, the Farm Team of the Professional Major League Toronto Blue Jays.

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore is situated along the shores of the vast Chesapeake Bay nearly 200 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the 1600s, Baltimore waterways have given passage to ships carrying commercial cargo and new citizens - making it the second most popular point of entry for immigrants next to Ellis Island. It is located approximately 35 miles northeast of Washington DC and 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia, PA. With hundreds of identified districts, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed "a city of neighborhoods," but is more commonly known as "Charm City." Baltimoreans take pride in their city, boasting one of the most remarkable transformations in history, yet they continue to welcome and amaze visitors with down to earth, small town spirit and hospitality.

Leavenworth,WA

You would never expect to step into Bavaria while visiting Washington, but upon entering Leavenworth, you will certainly feel as though you have been transported to Germany. Nearly 25% of the town's residents can trace their ancestry back to Germany, and they have brought that European feel with them. Though the town is small, what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality. Enjoy great food, fantastic people, beautiful land, and a bevy of activities for every season. If you're visiting in the winter, make sure to go skiing or sleigh riding; in the summer, take part in wine tastings, river rafting, and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains. October may be the best time to visit as Leavenworth is a fantastic place for Oktoberfest, which is celebrated throughout the month. Don't worry, though; if you can't be there for October, with all the delicious German foods, beers, cafés, Bavarian architecture, and beautiful views, anytime is a great time to visit Leavenworth.

Montgomery, TX

The Lone Star Flag of Texas is one of the most recognizable state flags in the United States. Now travelers have the chance to explore its birthplace. Montgomery, Texas is rife with state history, with July of 2012 marking its 175th anniversary. Founded around the Lake Creek Settlement in 1837, Montgomery now finds itself surrounding Lake Conroe. The lake serves as a focal point for much of its attraction: visitors take advantage of the friendly waters for boating, fishing, swimming, and other fun activities year-round.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Island, on the southern coast of South Carolina, is filled with beautiful ocean views, antebellum relics, beds of oysters, and Southern charm. Everything about the island speaks of posh sophistication with a laid back attitude. Out on the ocean waters you can see trawlers and other boats; in the canals and inlets, yachts are frequently floating and enjoying the sunny weather. Golf courses designed by some of the sport's finest players abound, as do alligators sunning themselves in sand traps and small ponds. Dolphins frequently swim the waters of Harbour Town, a unique section of Hilton Head that caters to yachts, shoppers, and golfers. Restaurants featuring fresh fish and oysters are everywhere. In whatever season you visit, Hilton Head Island and its surrounding areas are full of fun things to do year round.

Atlantic Beach, NC

Pampas grass lines the dunes that border the small town of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The tufts of their leaves, fluffy and swaying with the breezes sweeping from the Atlantic Ocean, seem to mimic the fluffy clouds that sweep overhead in the blue skies. Since the 1920s vacationers have penciled in Atlantic Beach for weekend getaways and summer trips. Perhaps this is because of the town’s pristine sands and seaside activities, or maybe it’s because nothing beats dinner and an oceanview sunset. Either way, the Beach is calling.

Lynden, WA

Step into Lynden, Washington and consider yourself stepping into Little Netherlands! A Dutch heritage is present in the town’s dairy farms, blueberry and strawberry fields, parks, museums, and its architecture. There also seems to be an alluring vicinity to other points of interest, including Canada five miles north, county seat Bellingham 15 miles away, and half-an-hour’s drive from the Pacific Ocean. Skiers may be happy to know that the popular Mount Baker is only an hour away as well!

Branson, MO

World class shows. Neon lights set aglow. Numerous attractions lining the strip. But look again—this isn’t Las Vegas. This is Branson, Missouri. Lauded as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” Branson draws myriads of visitors to its theaters, which feature anything from comedic magic acts to Elvis Presley tributes. The natural beauty cannot be ignored either, for the Ozark Mountains provide a terrain of sparkling waters and forested trails. It does tend to be humid in Branson, but the temperatures are mild to moderate, with around 209 sunny days per year.

Williamsburg, VA

Historic pride and natural beauty - Williamsburg seems to have the best of both as millions of travelers visit the city every year for its timeless attractions and verdant landscape. Colonial remnants of buildings, museums, hotels, and even taverns are favorites of locals and vacationers alike, with Revolutionary reenactments and interpretations spanning the hillsides and battlefields. Take to the waters with Old World schooners, sailing with the Virginian breezes that were once experienced by legendary figures like George Washington and John Smith. Come visit Williamsburg and become a part of true American history.

Jackson, WY

Wyoming attracts those who need not the frills and thrills of traditional vacation hotspots or high-octane amusements. It attracts those who are drawn instinctually to areas of earthy subsistence, where the only apparent wealth is a wealth of nature and beauty. The town of Jackson Hole is a reflection of its greater state, having both an aesthetic appreciation of its wilderness, as well as a nod to a heritage of ranching and farming. In recognition of its wonderful outdoors, Ski Magazine even named the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort “North America's Overall #1 Resort for 2014.” Embrace the wide open “old West” with a travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Mason, OH

Mason is the largest city in Warren County and was was listed as #7 in Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list in 2013. Mason is a continuously growing community, with new businesses and attractions opening every year. When you visit Mason, you will have no shortage of activities. Mason is home to many museums, businesses, attractions, shops, and much more. With the community growing so rapidly, you never know what there will be to do next.

Payson, AZ

Boasting of the grand Mogollon Rim and peppered with lakes and rivers, Payson is Arizona's diamond in the rough. Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and explorations remain the town's biggest attractions, luring visitors year after year who seek a swift escape to the wide, wild west.

Blaine, WA

Blaine, Washington is perfectly placed for the ultimate escape. Positioned 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of bustling Seattle, Blaine certainly carves out its own stake in bliss. In addition to a reputation for being an incredibly clean, safe town, Blaine glistens in natural beauty. Over a dozen parks are fit for bird watching, biking, and trailblazing, while a handful of manicured golf courses also add to an itinerary of outdoor recreation.

Steamboat Springs, CO

Utah’s dominance as a ski resort state continues with the vivacious Steamboat Springs. Boasting activities for all the seasons, Steamboat Springs also nods to an extensive western heritage that encompasses ranching traditions. After exploring the city’s historical sites, visitors are elated to partake in world-class skiing, biking, fishing, hunting, relaxing in the natural hot springs, and more. The Springs play host to popular annual events, fine cuisine, and shoppingcenters as well.

Ocean Shores, WA

Ocean Shores, Washington is Western Washington's #1 beach destination. On your trip to Ocean Shores, you are guaranteed to be delighted and entertained. Horseback ride on the sandy beaches, catch fresh fish from the ocean, bird watch in the local parks, and, after the sun sets, enjoy Ocean Shores' vibrant night life. There is never a dull moment at Ocean Shores.

Ketchum, ID

Both Ketchum and nearby Sun Valley are located in Wood River Valley, a region which is home to the Sun Valley Ski Resort, the Sawtooth National Forest, and the river from which it gets its name, Big Wood River. Originally named Leadville, Ketchum was founded in 1880 and grew around the lead and silver mining operations located there. At the same time, travelers were coming to Sun Valley to take advantage of the purported healing powers of the hot springs. Today, people still come to Ketchum and Sun Valley to relax. Sun Valley is home to one of the country's most famous ski resorts, and Ketchum is considered the gateway to the Sun Valley Resort and the Sawtooth Recreation Area. Ketchum is also located close to the natural wonders of Big Wood River and parts of the Boise, Challis and Sawtooth National forests, thus providing visitors with a multitude of opportunities for fishing, hiking and trail riding. In town, it is apparent the residents of Ketchum celebrate their pioneer heritage and have combined their Old West roots with modern life. Nothing is more of a testament to this fact than the annual Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, which features horse-drawn buggies, wagons and carts traveling down streets lined with modern shops and galleries.

Maui, HI

Before the age of airplane transportation and luxury cruises, a vacation to the otherwise unattainable Hawaiian Islands was the stuff of dreams—accessed by way of picture books, films, and wishful conversation. Now the world introduces itself to Hawaii again and again throughout the seasons, and no time is better than the present to visit its second largest island. Maui has been voted "Best Island" by Conde Nast Traveler for the last 19 years, and it consistently succeeds as the ultimate vacation destination.

Carlsbad, CA

Nicknamed "The Village by the Sea," Carlsbad enjoys seven miles of tidy, uncongested beaches along the Pacific coastline. This makes it perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing, all paired with a mild climate. Furthermore, Carlsbad impresses with three lagoons, a lake, an aquarium, museums, and shopping districts. As if that weren't enough, the town's proximity to San Diego and Los Angeles provides a multitude of additional options within a short drive.

Denver, CO

The “Mile High City” makes its residence among the towering mountains and sweeping prairies, creating a memorable and lasting experience for both Denver citizens and visitors. As the capital of Colorado, Denver’s position along the Rocky Mountains affords it a semi-arid climate of comfortably warm temperatures and 300 sunny days a year. This also makes for interesting changes in weather patterns, as the city is known for its sudden but brief thunderstorms. Beautiful parks, biking and running trails, and a citywide, walker-friendly environment mean that most people take to the outside for their daily activities. Spritely pubs, clubs and restaurants give Denver an abundance of nightlife options, as well as the extensive and local music scene. There is a reason Denver was once deemed the “Queen City of the West.”

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis is a city on the rise. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, it is rumored that iconic American writer Mark Twain was the first to assign the name ‘Twin Cities’ to Minneapolis and neighboring city St. Paul.

Charleston, SC

Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in the southeastern state of South Carolina. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The first shots of the Civil War were even fired from its own harbors. Thankfully for history and architecture lovers, Charleston wasn't destroyed and stands today as a salute to antebellum houses, lovers of the South, and the most haunted city in America.

San Francisco, CA

"Every man should be allowed to love two cities – his own and San Francisco," stated author Gene Fowler. San Francisco, also known as the City by the Bay, is a diverse, colorful, and intriguing destination luring visitors from all corners of the world with its beauty, culture, history and dynamic ambience. It is best known for its steep hills, beautiful panoramic vistas, and excellent cuisine. The eclectic mix of architecture, sandy beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity, and entertainment for all ages makes San Francisco a great choice for vacation.

Hawaii - Oahu, HI

Surrounded by the green verdant mountains of dormant volcanoes and the roar of the Pacific beating down upon palm-fringed white beaches, Oahu is an incredibly idyllic holiday destination. With such an abundance of natural beauty and the attractions of a vibrant and buzzing metropolis, Oahu is sure to please all those who visit, from the beach bum to the culture vulture.

Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe is California’s masterpiece. The basin of glistening waters and palatial mountains was formed out of calamitous volcanic activity and glacial works of art millions of years ago, giving rise to the astounding tourist attraction of today. Divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe with equal parts gorgeous, Tahoe keeps locals and visitors occupied all year round. Ski resorts, warm-weather recreation, casinos, reputable nightlife venues, fantastic food, and perfect access to Reno, Carson City and Sacramento all make Lake Tahoe the ultimate vacation.

Waterville Valley, NH

New England itself is pure charisma. Representing much of the world’s inspiration, the area is draped by sparkling snow in the winter, swept with seaside fresh air during spring and summer, and painted with the changing colors of its trees during autumn. Waterville Valley, Hew Hampshire is a beacon of these seasons and a proud, New England town. Its resort is the focal point, lending to recreational activities throughout the seasons that include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and more. And not to be overlooked, the White Mountain National Forest also wraps Waterville Valley in its scenic landscape.

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is poised with the grace and promise of an existence that spans 400 years. As the nation's oldest capital city, Santa Fe bears an identity that extends past Anglo-America and into Spanish and Pueblo heritages. History aficionados and culture enthusiasts are drawn to the “The City Different” each year. Explore numerous museums and partake in community-wide celebrations. Santa Fe is a paradise for the bold hearted.

Capistrano Beach, CA

Capistrano Beach is not the traditional “city,” but its charming small town atmosphere and myriads of recreational opportunities have christened it a viable vacation destination. Branching off from the city of Dana Point, “Capo Beach” is also bordered by the vivacious Laguna Beach to the north and San Clemente to the south. As one of the few remaining "beach towns" in the busy Orange County area, Capo Beach has (impressively) avoided much of the commercialization common to the area. This makes for a great, uncongested stay.

Dallas, TX

As a metropolitan of amazing proportions, Dallas is the primary destination of travel and excitement in Texas. Drawing those with an innovative spirit, Dallas possesses an uncanny ability to combine Southern charm with commercial finesse. Its citizens have christened the city “Big D” in fitting manner, for much like the state in which it resides, Dallas boasts of big style. From the endless entertainment and dining districts of its downtown, to sporting attractions spanning FIVE professional teams that include “America’s Team” in the Dallas Cowboys, you can guarantee a good time with a relaxing, sunny breeze in the city that never ceases to amaze.

Newport, OR

Newport, Oregon is a beachcomber's paradise. The bustling port town is one of Central Coast’s prides, serving home or a proximity to 6 beaches! Newport’s unique fishing and maritime identity flows with Yaquina Bay (featuring the largest commercial fishing fleet in the state of Oregon), the Marine Science Center, Undersea Gardens, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. It doesn’t end there, though: Newport also flaunts a downtown “Deco” district replete with art deco buildings, art galleries, creative shops, and cute restaurants.

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta today is the economic and cultural center of the Southern United States. It offers a traditional charm with a modern flair. The city is filled with attractions and activities, including the Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest), the Atlanta Olympic Park the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta is also rich in history with the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Pulitzer Prize winning Author of "Gone with Wind", Margaret Mitchell commemorated by display of her Home and Museum. Atlanta also has stellar performance venues that showcase the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta's renowned Symphony Orchestra. Before or after the show, Atlanta's selection of fine restaurants offer a selection of the best food in the South.

Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach is "The World's Most Famous Beach!" Known for its stretches of smooth sandy beaches that have made driving and racing motorized vehicles a popular past time for over 100 years, Daytona Beach impresses. The booming racing legacy continues to this day, with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and Grand American Road Racing Association housing their headquarters here. Daytona Beach also beckons with activities for absolutely everyone on your trip: spend the day perusing the Downtown Shopping District, take to the greens with world-class golf, explore endless historical sites and museums, and find some peace among the nature preserves and parks.

Scottsdale, AZ

Described by the New York Times as “a desert version of Miami's South Beach,” Scottsdale is Arizona’s biggest hit. The city is rich in culture and natural grandeur. The Scottsdale Arts District lends to proud attractions of galleries, studios, and museums, while architectural majesties like Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West supplement the city’s Western heritage. High-end corporate retail outlets and independent boutiques draw myriad savvy shoppers to Scottsdale — and so does the vibrant nightlife. Also, its position on the northern stretches of the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountain Range paints Scottsdale spectacular.

Rangeley, ME

The state of Maine sets its own pace among the otherwise bustling New England. With an eased temperament that stems from lakefront breezes and whispering forests, the town of Rangeley does not stray from its state’s tempo. As "Maine's Four Season Playground," the town boasts Lake Mooselookmeguntic, which provides fodder for outdoors connoisseurs looking to fish, boat, kayak, and explore. Rangeley also transforms into a winter wonderland for skiing, snowboarding, and traversing the landscape.

Tampa Bay, FL

Whether lounging on the beach watching volleyball and basking in the sun with your favorite drink, or filling your traveling schedule to the maximum with museums, architecture, concerts, dining and shopping, the Tampa Bay Area is sure to please. Fresh seafood, nationally recognized steak houses and trendy martini bars keep visitors and locals busy in the evenings.

Seattle, WA

Progressive and yet laid back, Seattle offers a wide range of entertainment, live music and family fun for all to enjoy.Called The Emerald City, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwest United States and is home to the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the new Chihuly Garden and Glass. Noted as the birthplace of grunge music and serious coffee shops (Starbucks and Tully’s), Seattle is far sunnier than its reputation as a rainy city. In fact, Seattle receives less rain than many major U.S. cities including New York and Miami. Seattle is a green city with an abundance of evergreen trees and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west.

San Diego, CA

You may have heard that San Diego has the best climate in the U.S., and that is probably true. As if the gorgeous weather wasn’t enough, San Diego also has 75 miles of beautiful coastline, where you will find some of California’s most popular beaches. Ask which one is the best one, and most people will answer “La Jolla.” This picture-perfect part of northern San Diego is known as one of the prettiest spots on the west coast. If you stay downtown, a visit to the 1,200-acre Balboa Park is a must – a true national treasure. It is also one of many reasons why 30 million people go to San Diego every year.

Park City, UT

Before rising to global and national significance with the arrival of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Park City, Utah was a relatively unknown gem of the west. Residents adored the area for its abundance of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking, to skiing and snowboarding. This opportunity was capitalized upon during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games—which was consequently deemed the most successful in Winter Olympics history. The spotlight has remained on Park City, with Forbes Traveler Magazine naming it among the “20 prettiest Towns in the United States,” and the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s bestowing of the Gold-level Ride Center designation for the city’s mountain bike trails, services, and community spirit.

Napa, CA

Think “Napa” and your palate twinges with delight as images of endless vineyards and glasses of wine come to mind. Napa, California has been synonymous with such delicacies for quite some time—and with good reason. As County seat to one of the Great Wine Capitals (there are only nine in the world), Napa is proud to associate itself with some of the most experienced and enthusiastic wine aficionados on the planet. Do not be fooled, however: Napa is also home to fine attractions, such as Main Street’s "Restaurant Row," the West End, the Oxbow District, historical districts, grand Victorian homes, acclaimed luxury hotels, and not to mention, beautiful weather and clean, clear air.

Concord, NC

Following in the steps of its fellow northeastern cities within the early Colonies, the city of Concord was established around the spirit of unity, harmony, and friendship. As the name “Concord” actually means “with harmony,” these characteristics are seen all over the city. Residential, business, industrial, and historical elements are all blended together to make Concord an impressive cocktail of evolution and tradition.

Coronado, CA

The “Crown City” was designed with one thought in mind: capitalize on the area’s abundance of sun, sand, and Pacific skies. Coronado, California is an island resort community within San Diego County and champions America’s “Best Beach.” Over 2 million people venture to the city each year to partake in the glory of a refreshing climate, great hospitality, world-renowned restaurants, chic boutiques, unending cultural events, and endless opportunities for exploring Coronado’s outdoors.

Falmouth, MA

If you love the beach and the unique seaside air, Falmouth, Massachusetts, is definitely the place to see. Ride across Cape Cod along the Island Queen Ferry, relax on the warm and pleasant Old Silver Beach, or take a scenic tour of the Nobska Lighthouse in this comforting city. There is plenty to do and see here, so stop by and have a blast!

Kauai, HI

Kauai challenges the conventional getaway with the mantra that you should never compromise on perfection while choosing vacation destinations. With 50 combined miles of stark, white sand beaches; bounties of tropical flowers; 10 spectacular golf courses; opportunities for both deep sea and freshwater fishing; several navigable rivers; world-class resorts, and more, Kauai is THE definition of perfection.

Murrells Inlet, SC

Murrells Inlet channels the charm of South Carolina with undertones of its colonial past and a menagerie of modern vacation amenities. As “The Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” Murrells Inlet welcomes visitors to explore its fishing enterprise—from the sea to your plate! Not only are the cuisines and restaurants renowned, but so are the area’s collection of golf courses. But perhaps most spectacularly, Murrells Inlet is a nature lover’s paradise: Spanish moss drapes grand oaks that have stood for centuries, and seabirds glide over the sparkling waters of the Atlantic.

Phoenix, AZ

In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a fantastically plumed bird that achieves immortality through rebirth. This rebirth often occurs in the midst of the sun, so there is little surprise that the city of Phoenix, Arizona took the name of such a fascinating creature. Bathed in sunshine for 85% of the daylight hours, Phoenix is in the unique position of have warm weather year round. While temperatures do reach upwards of 100 degrees in the summer months, it’s dry heat you can breathe—without the downfalls of humidity! Phoenix is also the most populous state capitol in the U.S., which translates to a richly diverse collection of cultures and activities. And perhaps most spectacularly, every drive or stroll through the city is accompanied by a backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, sandy mountain ranges and eternal blue skies.

Estes Park, CO

Located 90 miles northwest of Denver, Estes Park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain terrain and mild temperatures, with summer highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 40s, make ideal conditions for such outdoor activities as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping and wildlife and bird watching. Estes Park is not just one vast wilderness, though. The city is also teeming with a multitude of dining and shopping experiences.

Kansas City, KS

Kansas City is unique in that it is located within two states: Missouri and Kansas. Officially nicknamed "The City of Fountains," it boasts beautiful scenery and luxurious locales. From its famous barbecue to its lustrous casinos, there is plenty to do, see, and eat in Kansas City.

West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach is Miami’s less popular, but just as hip little sister. Known for its art festivals, nightlife and extensive shopping choices, this city serves both the young family set with zoos and museums and the epicurean crew with a myriad of foodie delights.

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is a city that comes instantly to mind for millions of people each year with thoughts of traveling the United States. Steeped in cultural references, the fanciful streetcar transportation even prompted Tennessee Williams to pen his play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Festivity carries in the air as much as the sounds of saxophones and trumpets. New Orleans is a constant celebration of the human spirit, from the ever-lively Mardi Gras and Carnivals to the breathtaking and historic tombs draped in oak canopies and Spanish moss. The winters are short and mild and the summers bring plenty of heat and sunshine, so take to the streets with a delicious “sno-ball” in hand and make New Orleans your next destination.

Sedona, AZ

Veritably and relatively still untouched by man, Sedona seems to be the Earth’s own conception of perfection. Grand red rocks extend upwards as natural skyscrapers, while clear waters flow in streams around them. Communities of people have been drawn to the grace and transformative qualities of Sedona for millennia. Native Americans thrived in the area before the arrival of Europeans, and now both international visitors and national citizens are taking advantage of the stunning city. Sedona often serves as a spiritual retreat for thousands, while others come for the wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Key West, FL

First explored in the year 1521, the spectacular city of Key West, is part of the Monroe County, FL, United States, and also the southernmost city in the Continental US. It is located 129 miles and approximately two hours away form the cosmopolitan city of Miami. With its impeccable weather, Key West enjoys the distinction of being a major seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. With its perpetual blue skies, Key West is also a premier location for naval aviation training, at Naval Air Station Key. With a renowned reputation as the Mecca for summer fun, this spectacular city will offer you scenic beaches, an abundance of exciting venues to explore the ocean, multi-ethnic restaurants, and luxurious hotels with breathtaking views.

Banner Elk, NC

As a dreamscape among the North Carolina mountainside, Banner Elk is a favorite destination for countless individuals and families seeking fun in the outdoors. The “ski capitol of the South” beckons with fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, golfing and—of course—skiing! Banner Elk also wields a climate that accommodates every itinerary, spanning the Blue Ridge and Grandfather Mountains, picturesque communities, fine restaurants, and specialty shopping.

New Smyrna Beach, FL

The coastal barrier city of New Smyrna Beach is “Florida’s Secret Pearl” with good reason. Consistently given recognition on numerous “best surf town” lists, New Smyrna Beach was even ranked as "one of the world's top 20 surf towns" by National Geographic Magazine in 2012. Watersports remain its most popular feature, with swimming, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and surfing at the forefront. Outdoors enthusiasts have little fear, however: you’ll discover myriad opportunities to fish, sail, motorboat, golf, hike, and more at New Smyrna Beach!

Sandusky, OH

The name Sandusky has become synonymous with Cedar Point. What once began as a beer garden bathhouse and dance floor has grown into a massive amusement park that draws 3.5 million visitors to the area annually. Known internationally for its roller coasters, the city is also home to a vibrant boating and fishing community. Beautiful historic downtown Sandusky greets visitors with its collection of museums, shops, and restaurants.

Yarmouth, MA

One of the world's most popular resort areas is Yarmouth, Massachusetts! From the coasts of Cape Cod is a masterfully planned and historically rife city. Three villages comprise Yarmouth, with each reflecting over three centuries’ worth of culture, tradition, and splendor. Plan a vacation around the unique attractions among West Yarmouth, Yarmouth Port, and South Yarmouth.

Lincoln, NH

Mountainous views. Fresh, flowing streams. And a kingdom of forests and wildlife. Lincoln, New Hampshire was established as one of America’s first colonies in 1782—and the town has been attracting the adventurous ever since! There truly is no limit to the exploration: hiking, camping, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, birding, sightseeing, and more are yours. Guests to the Lincoln can also expect a trim of standard New England luxury, with fine dining, upscale shopping districts, and spa retreats.

Mishawaka, IN

Mishawaka is located in the geographical region known as Michiana, comprised of counties in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, and it is part of the South Bend metropolitan area consisting of the cities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Goshen, Plymouth, and Warsaw. It is advantageously located just 100 miles from Chicago and 140 miles from Indianapolis, and, like most Midwestern states, it experiences cold winters and mild summers. History and legacy are important to Mishawaka, which is named after a legendary Shawnee Indian princess of the same name. However, the city is also growing with the times, and the convergence of classic and modern can be seen in its buildings, its industry, and its cuisine.

New York, NY

New York is pure energy. It has been the backdrop for many movies with its bright lights and bustling streets, like those found in luminous Times Square. Upon arrival, visitors to the city are greeted by one of the nation's grandest symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. Like Lady Liberty, everything about New York is larger than life. The Empire State Building is the third-tallest building in the nation, and the 19-building expanse of Rockefeller Center includes Radio City Music Hall and houses the offices of major industries and television studios. Although New York's contributions to theater are undeniable, catching a Broadway show is a far cry from your only entertainment option. New York is also the home of world-renowned music venue Carnegie Hall. Multiple sports teams also call New York home.

Orlando, FL

Widely recognized as a city with a booming tourist industry and an international theme park destination, Orlando is all that and much more for the savvy traveler. With shopping deals, boutique hotels that cater to your every whim, and restaurants catering to every taste imaginable, Orlando is just as much a city for grown-ups to come and play as it is for the children. As the city’s motto goes, “Say Yes to Orlando.”

Lake Havasu City, AZ

Lake Havasu City’s reputation as a stomping ground for partiers and the Spring Break community comes second to the wondrous, natural grandeur of the area. “Arizona’s Playground” sparkles under the 300 days of sunshine and basks on sandy coves, beaches and 60 miles of navigable waterways. The world famous London Bridge is the town’s biggest attraction, along with all of the lake’s waterfront activities. Fishing, boating, swimming, and a wealth of other aquatic excursions are always in season. The numerous hills and mountainsides are havens for hikers and explorers. And Lake Havasu City itself a haven for anyone with a heart for emprise.

Big Island, HI

The Island of Hawaii is known colloquially as “Big Island.” This is a fitting nickname, for the Island is twice the combined size of its neighboring counterparts! Big Island flaunts its colors like the plumes of a peacock: fierce reds of magma from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contrast spectacularly with the bright white snow of Maunakea, while the electric black sands of Punaluu Beach stream into the emerald green of Hamakua Coast’s rainforests. Let Big Island’s significance as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I serve as a prelude to all of its wonders.

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Dells has a 150-year-history of hosting travelers who are attracted to the scenery and tranquility of the area. When coupled with the nearby area surrounding Lake Delton, it is commonly called “The Dells.” As the self-proclaimed "Waterpark Capital of the World,” The Dells has an adventure for every age on your trip! Fishing, boat tours, kayaking, waterparks, parasailing, ziplines, vertical adventures, and high-adventure amusement park rides provide excitement. There are also boutique shopping, live music, fine dining, and wine tours for when the high-octane thrills exhaust you!

Palm Springs, CA

Palm trees provide a periphery of greens and browns as shadows run along the otherwise snowcapped contours of the mountain ranges. It is clear to visitors why Hollywood stars made Palm Springs their instant escape during the 1920s! The resort town has long remained a getaway for the upwardly mobile—garnering a nickname of “Hollywood's Hideaway”—and has since blossomed into an accessible vacation destination for those seeking lavish leisure among a host of natural and manmade attractions.

Pinetop, AZ

Pinetop, Arizona beckons visitors to “come celebrate the season.” This is fitting, for every season seems to smile upon the small town with ample sunshine in the summers and coquettish snow in the winters. People come each year to this veritable Promised Land of natural beauty. Outdoors activities are abound: adventurers are fond of hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, and trailblazing in the warmer months, and skiing and snowboarding in the cooler seasons.

Traverse City, MI

Traverse City’s claim to fame is its position as the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States! The Michigan city hosts annual events to celebrate the cherry harvests, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The land is also ripe for Traverse City’s numerous vineyards, which place it among the Midwest’s top centers of wine production. After touring the orchards and attending the wine tasting events, head to Traverse City’s freshwater beaches, the National Lakeshore, downhill skiing areas, and verdant forests!

Los Angeles, CA

Als Heimat von Disneyland und Filmstars, Beverly Hills und Hollywood, hat Los Angeles seit langem Leute in seine glitzernde Welt gelockt. Mit seinem endlosen Sonnenschein, Palmen, Einkaufszentren und schönen Menschen ist diese Stadt wie keine andere, die Sie zuvor besucht haben und doch ist sie merkwürdig vertraut. Wenn Sie unseren Internet-Auftritt besuchen, werden Sie ein wunderbar lebendiges und aufregendes multikuturelles Überangebot an Dingen, die Sie sehen und erleben können, entdecken.

Boston, MA

Long known for its “old world” charm, from the historic Faneuil Hall to the Freedom Trail that celebrates Boston’s preeminent role in the American Revolution. Boston has come a long way towards staking its claim in the 21st century. With the completion of the “Big Dig,” which buried Boston’s vast network of highways underground, Boston has hit the new century running. Attractions span the old and the new including the JFK and Boston Public Libraries, the Boston Children’s Museum, the New England Aquarium, Boston’s beautiful Public Gardens and her extraordinary Museum of Fine Art and Museum of Science. With a collection of parks set to take the place of the ungainly elevated highways, the years to come promise to see Boston only grow more beautiful.

Ramona, CA

Ramona is the casita of San Diego County. "The Valley of the Sun" lies along the foothills of the noteworthy Cuyamaca Mountains, giving way to warm summers and comfortably mild winters. Ramona has emerged as one of California Wine Country’s more popular regions, for numerous winemakers have chosen to establish themselves amongst the town’s hills. Vineyards pair with the town center, which is rife with restaurants, antique shops, and historic buildings. Moreover, agricultural treasures span farms that offer the best in fresh fruits, vegetables, and even eggs harvested that day!

Sunriver, OR

Simply the name “Sunriver” elicits images of solar-speckled waters and the coy brush of Pacific zephyrs across forests of pine trees. Expect nothing less with a visit to Sunriver, Oregon. Indulge in one of the Pacific Northwest’s hidden treasures, with the Deschutes River to its west and the enveloping Deschutes National Forest. Sunriver’s residents have sought to embrace the natural landscape—evidenced through planning their community around the 3,300 acres!

Pocono Mountains, PA

Fluffy white clouds roll across skies that always seem to gleam with spectrums of blue in the Poconos. The majesty continues with a palette of rustic orange in the fall, the pristine white of snowfall in the winter, and the verdant emerald of forests and hillsides in the summer. Reigning for decades as a popular vacation area for citizens of New York and New Jersey, the Pocono Mountains must be seen in person to be believed. Lakes and rivers to fish and explore, land to hunt, and numerous ski resorts provide the outdoors experience of a lifetime.

Cave Creek, AZ

Cave Creek, Arizona is an archeologist’s dream. Myriads of Hopi Indian tribal artifacts line the mountainsides and stone formations, and the flora is entirely unique to the region. Naturally, Cave Creek shares the abundant sunshine and divine landscape of greater Arizona, which consequently draws countless visitors each year to its location. Unlike nearby Phoenix, Cave Creek is relatively secluded from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan. Therefore the lifestyle is entirely Western, with rural development, open trails, spaces and wildlife habitats, and overwhelmingly fantastic views.

Washington, D.C.

Think BIG in Washington – as soon as you arrive in DC, you’ll be knocked over by the scale of the place. America’s capital wants you to know where you are, and the city goes all out to impress in terms of grandeur and size. Drama and scandal bubble under the surface while the streets are abuzz with hip and happening events, museums, restaurants and clubs around every corner. The principles of Equality, Justice, Life and Liberty are still upheld, but DC is, above all, a trendy and international town.

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas is a mystical, dazzling, glitzy sea of neon lights. It beckons visitors with luxurious accommodations, unbelievable shows, exquisite restaurants, world-class gambling, and decadence on a grandiose scale. It is ancient Rome, romantic Paris, exotic Egypt, exciting New York City, and the Canals of Venice all rolled into one, fabulous, vacation destination. With millions of people having Las Vegas in their sights every year, it is not difficult to see why it has earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the World!

Chicago, IL

Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest and blends influences from around the world. Chicago has all of the big city attractions mixed with the more relaxed attitude and friendly people of the Midwest. Chicago is unique in that it is a thriving, bustling, metropolitan area that manages to feel homey at the same time. The ethnic diversity, multi-cultural neighborhoods and close proximity of these neighborhoods, make Chicago a true melting pot and helps define this feeling of ease and comfort. The main tourist areas of the city are very close together, making it a very easy city to explore. A leisurely walk, a short bus or taxi ride, or even a boat tour will expose you to the famous museums, breathtaking architecture, exclusive shops, world class festivals, delectable restaurants and all else that Chicago has to offer.

Miami, FL

In Miami, everything oozes glamour, elegance, and a cosmopolitan attitude. Beaming Miami is nestled on the Atlantic coast of Florida’s most southern tip, rendering it sunny and warm all-year-round. It is North America with a twist of the Caribbean, a touch of Latin America and a hint of Europe. These combined give Miami a vibrant cultural life. This is a place where you can find picturesque beaches, exceptional nightlife, plentiful shopping, and delicious restaurants. Although there is an abundance of things to do in the city and on the beach, visitors also enjoy taking one-day excursions to see some of the breathtaking natural surroundings of Miami.

Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg, TN

Classified as mountain resort cities, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are situated along the Great Smoky Mountains. Booming attractions like Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain Opry draw tourism to Pigeon Forge, along with its collections of music theatres and shopping malls. Gatlinburg features Tennessee’s lone ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg, and quaint, mountain-themed specialty stores. Both cities provide gateways to North America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, Texas, home to the legendary Alamo and the world-famous River Walk, hosts a vibrant mix of culture, cuisine, architecture and moving history. Explore rich historical offerings, award-winning theme parks, championship golf, amazing shopping, innovative cuisine and interesting cultural events and museums. Complementing the city scene is the neighboring Texas Hill Country, where spring-fed rivers carve paths through rolling hills, and bountiful vines have cultivated a charming wine destination. San Antonio, one of America’s friendliest cities, truly offers an authentic experience.

San Jose, CA

San Jose is California’s third largest city and the tenth largest city in the United States. Deemed a “global city,” San Jose is the Mecca of Silicon Valley: high-technology and electronics industries have brought significant tourism and attractions to the city. The city also boasts a great proximity to all of Northern California’s areas of interest due to its position in the greater Santa Clara Valley. Over 300 days of sunshine and the kingdom-like panorama of the Santa Clara Mountains make San Jose a beautiful, urban retreat.

St Louis, MO

Sitting near the confluence of two great North American rivers — the Mississippi and the Missouri — the St. Louis region has been a favored destination since Lewis & Clark began their historic westward discovery here in 1804. St. Louis is spread along 19 miles of the Mississippi River shoreline. Dubbed the “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis welcomes its visitors with the world’s tallest arch (630 ft.) which was completed in 1965 as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and the westward expansion of the United States. The Gateway Arch is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and has become an internationally famous symbol of the city.

Nashville, TN

The grind and glam of Nashville, Tennessee was well-earned. After all, it's known nationally and even worldwide as "Music City." Serving home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and many major record labels, Nashville may trace the moniker back to 1874, when a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers for Queen Victoria of England earned her instant admiration and statement: "These young people must surely come from a musical city." Do not be misled, however, for Nashville boasts a wealth of other cultural, historical and natural attractions. As well as being "Music City," Nashville is also referred to as the "Athens of the South" for its 24 post-secondary educational institutions (a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon has even stood in the city since 1897!).

Arnold, CA

Bucolic beauty envelops the small, unincorporated town of Arnold, California. Resting at the center of the 400-mile Sierra Nevada mountain range, Arnold is a breath, sigh, and smile of fresh air. Testaments to this are the mild summer temperatures, a close proximity to stunning natural wonders, and the overall seclusion of Arnold’s favored attractions.

Avila Beach, CA

As its own self-contained oasis of relaxation, Avila Beach is California’s whisper of a getaway. Far more calm and smaller than that of other cities along the coast, Avila Beach is a veritable “resort” town. Visitors are invited to shed their worries at the shoreline and take to the multitude of amenities and entertainment. Dine alongside sunsets, sip on local wines, decompress in the mineral hot springs, and feel rejuvenated with a stay in Avila Beach.

Brian Head, UT

Brian Head is living proof that things only get better the higher you go! With a peak elevation of 11,300 feet, Brian Head is Utah’s beacon to snow-lovers as one of the nation’s highest elevated ski resort towns. The town’s year-round population is fewer than 100 people, but countless vacationers and outdoors enthusiasts make for a consistent stream of excitement. Approximately 350 inches of snowfall each year draws the attention of cross country skiers, snowboarders, snow tubers, hikers, and those who simply wish to bask in the natural beauty of Brian Head, Utah.

Naples

Naples is the crown jewel of Southwest Florida nestled on the sun-drenched beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Known for world class shopping and dining and challenging golf courses, Naples is only steps away from island seclusion or the untamed tropical wilderness of The Everglades. Boasting one of the nation's best sandboxes and calmest seas, Naples makes a splash with water lovers. Friendly parks beckon sports enthusiasts and picnickers with lovely green spaces and recreational facilities.

Tucson, AZ

Visitors come to Tucson to take in the natural sunlit landscape of the Sonoran desert and the mountains that surround the city. They also endeavor to experience the cultural diversity of a city that boasts of Native American, Latin and European influences. Because of its unique geography, Tucson is a diverse outdoor playground, offering a serene landscape with a wide range of terrain for hikers of all skill levels, rock climbing, cycling, and more. Explore the underground tunnels of Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park or the unique and varied plant and animal life that exists in the ecosystems in and around Tucson. The city also has a very artistic side, which is apparent in its many cultural events, restaurants, and galleries.

Ocean City, MD

As an Atlantic resort town, Ocean City, Maryland has excitement in its DNA. Its various hotspots have been featured on shows spanning the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, highlighting Ocean City’s beach fun and good local eateries! The Boardwalk maintains a constant stream of entertainment for all ages, from movies on the beach to waterfront concerts.

Grand Mound, WA

Washington’s mountains lift from the ground like the mighty, mythical gods of lore. Stretching upwards with little regard to the communities of people peppered around them, such grand indifference captures our imaginations and awe. We strive to scale and conquer them, for mastering their trails and hills and magnificence allows us to transcend who we are in some magical way. Grand Mound, Washington places you within reach of the state’s mountains—and thus its main attractions.

Oceania

Rockhampton

With six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area, there is no doubting to the status of Rockhampton as Australia’s Beef Capital. Naturally Rockhampton offers more than beef. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city is surrounded by coastal and rural landscapes. With its historical architecture and opportunities for both a relaxed, as well as active stay, Rockhampton is a great place to visit.

Coffs Harbour

Located approximately halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Coffs Harbour is a major coastal resort town famous for its bananas, fishing and beautiful beaches. Fringed to one side by long sandy beaches and the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and to the other by lush green rain forested world-heritage wilderness areas and fertile farming lands, Coffs Harbour has become a major holidaying destination for national and international visitors.

Broome

Broome is situated in north Western Australia, a two and a half hour flight from Perth. The surrounding region is full of colour, culture and captivating scenery. Fiery red ochre cliffs contrast with the unspoilt turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dinosaur footprints tell secrets of ancient days and a multi-cultural population provide arts, performances and irresistible cuisine.

Launceston

Experience a pleasant relaxed city nestling on the banks of the River Tamar where the North and South Esk Rivers converge. Launceston is often called the ‘garden city’ for its extensive parkland and flourishing gardens. It contains many historic buildings, a vivid reminder of the city’s heritage. This is the ideal base for exploring the rich and varied countryside surrounding the city.

Ballina Byron

The Ballina/Byron region is delightfully diverse. It ranges from the quiet family world of Ballina to the ex-hippy ’alternative’ capital of Australia – Byron Bay. Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast. Despite the coastal town’s reputation of being laid back and alternative, it is anything but boring and visitors have the time of their lives in Ballina and Byron Bay! The Ballina region is mind-blowingly diverse, a quiet retirees’ world not far from the surfing Mecca of Lennox Heads, the funky hilltop village of Bangalow, and much, much more!

Townsville

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Townsville is a very popular destination for sun seekers and provides easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Townsville is situated in the dry tropics region and is a gateway to the Outback, wet tropics rainforest, wetlands teeming with bird life and a number of tropical islands. With The Strand, a 2.5 km beachfront, it is an exciting and vibrant city.

Perth

Standing on the edge of the Indian Ocean, the Swan River running through its heart, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery and with a warm sunny climate, Perth is a chic modern city that strips away your inhibitions and gets you dancing to the relaxed rhythms of its beat.

Cairns

People have been flocking to Cairns in search of treasure since the first gold rush. However, today prospectors come to mine the abundance of natural and environmental treasures that surround the city. With the tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef in close proximity, Cairns attracts a young and intrepid crowd that adds to the vibrancy of this lively and welcoming city.

Adelaide

Adelaide is a new city in an old land. Founded as a British colony in 1836, and now the capital of South Australia. Today, its rich mix of diverse cultures lives together in a relaxed and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Not only is Adelaide full of green parks but it has 30km of beaches stretching along its suburbs. The city is famous for its al fresco eating culture and is the centre of the Australian wine industry, with some of the best food and drink in the world.

Darwin

Darwin is a thriving and prosperous city with lively bars and a wide-ranging cosmopolitan cuisine. This is the gateway to top end outback adventures such as the world heritage Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park. Darwin is the most multicultural (75 nationalities) city in Australia with a large indigenous population (25 percent) and a diverse range of immigrants from Asia.

Canberra

Edged by mountain ranges, Canberra is a planned city built on a vast limestone. Canberra is Australia’s national capital – seat of the Federal parliament and home to many institutions and national monuments. Four distinct seasons add to its charm and visitors quickly discover that it really is Australia’s ‘hidden gem'. The surrounding countryside contains historic and picturesque rural villages and a burgeoning cool-climate wine industry.

Hamilton Island

Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, among the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, wondrous coral reefs, unique flora and fauna, divine food and wines and an amazing calendar of special events. With its laid-back luxury and activities almost too numerous to mention, Hamilton is the great, Great Barrier Reef island.

Melbourne

Melbourne is an arty powerhouse with a vibrant and multicultural soul. Nicknamed "Paris of the southern hemisphere," Melbourne is not only known to be Australia’s cultural hot-spot, but is also famous for its major sport events and its culinary delights from all across the world. With its high rising city centre and far stretching suburbs, it is hard not to be dragged in by the life of the capital of Victoria—"the place to be"—but daytrips to the wild nature of the state are also extremely attractive.

Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most beautiful regions with amazing beaches, stunning sunlight, picturesque hinterland and plenty of breathtaking views. The Sunshine Coast offers a wonderful and immense mix of culture, cuisine, nature and outdoor activities that are all ready to be explored.

Alice Springs

”The Alice” lies romantically centre stage in the heart of Australia and is considered the unofficial capital of the Outback. Once regarded as a “dead heart” during colonial times thanks to surrounding barren landscapes, today both residents and visitors recognize the physical and spiritual importance of Australia’s Centre. It is a beating heart, alive with Aboriginal traditions and sacred sites, a vibrant local art culture, fascinating pioneering history and incredible landscapes. It is one of the most interesting places on the continent and most people agree that you haven’t seen the Outback until you’ve seen Alice.

Whitsunday Coast

Sun, sea and sand all add together to make the Whitsunday Coast the ideal place to relax and chill out. Enjoy a great atmosphere and nightlife in a spectacular setting. A beach lover’s paradise where everything is on hand to make your stay in this area one you won’t forget. Close to the Great Barrier Reef and just 16 miles from the Whitsunday Islands there is plenty to see so why not just hang out and enjoy? Backpackers and families alike will enjoy the many attractions such as Airlie Beach lagoon and the amazing croc safaris up the Proserpine River.

Byron Bay

Once Byron Bay was only a simple whaling station later discovered by surfers. In the sixties the hippie culture moved in and now the place is swarmed with tourists and celebrities wanting to experience the alternative town, which is now one of the hippest destinations on the East Coast. Despite the coastal town’s reputation of being laid back and alternative, it is anything but boring and visitors have the time of their lives in Byron Bay!

Fraser Coast

Though famous for its paradise-like Fraser Island and the visiting whales, the Fraser Coast offers plenty of other amazing places and adventures to explore. Prospect the former gold mining town of Gympie and check out the beautiful nature surrounding the Fraser Coast – both on land and in the water.

Hobart

The capital city of Tasmania is the perfect base from which to explore other diverse and fascinating parts of the state. These includes the Huon Valley and the South West Wilderness, Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur with its convict history and the lovely rural areas and historic towns along the Heritage Highway. Tasmania is well known for producing beautiful food and wine and has many great restaurants, breweries and wineries to tantalise your tastebuds.

Mackay

Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colourful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.

Newcastle

Newcastle is the hub of the Hunter Valley wine region located right at the mouth of the Hunter River, and surrounding the city are beautiful views and spectacular nature. Here you will find stunning beaches for all kinds of activities, a rich heritage of Victorian architecture and plenty of live music events for all tastes.

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is beautiful blend of Australia old and new. Combining a rich and colorful history dating back to the convict era, it offers a vibrant choice of activities to the backdrop of some of Australia’s most lush and stunning scenery. Sitting between the Pacific Ocean and the Hastings River in the North Mid Coast, this is a town defined as much by the diverse choice of things to do as by the beautiful landscapes and beaches that make it famous. Offering a range of attractions and lively events, it’s impossible not to find a unique experience of coastal Australia at every turn. From local culinary delights and award winning wines to visiting koala centers and cruise adventures, visitors and residents recognize Port Macquarie as the picture perfect gem of New South Wales. This is a pocket-sized taste of Australia with hospitality and surprises for everyone.

Brisbane

Brisbane is a lively, cosmopolitan city with excellent restaurants, beautiful riverside parks, a busy cultural calendar and a great nightlife. Its fantastic weather year-round has allowed outdoor activities to thrive and develop a vibrant café culture. The city is surrounded by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, and there is an abundant choice of daytrips whether it be to the coast for the golden beaches, or inland for some of Queensland’s serene bushland, there is something for everybody.

Sydney

When most people think of Australia, they think of Sydney. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two of the most recognizable images of the modern world. While Sydney Harbour provides a perfect backdrop to the white ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, the Opera House itself, with its distinct silhouette, has become a symbol of Sydney. This, however, is only one side of the city. Sydney is a place of many layers, like the sandstone upon which it is built. The visitor can explore these layers to gain a deeper understanding of Sydney and its history. They can discover how Sydney grew from a penal colony of several hundred people in 1788, to a modern city of over 4 million people today.

Gold Coast

Australia’s Gold Coast is a fun and diverse city, offering action packed days and fun filled nights that are enjoyed by more than 10 million visitors each year. Families, couples, business delegates and solo travellers will all find an experience to suit their needs and budget, as the Gold Coast serves up more attractions and venues than any other destination in the southern hemisphere. Get into the Gold Coast’s easy living lifestyle with 70 kilometres of sun, sand and surf at your doorstep plus 100,000 hectares of world heritage listed rainforest just a short drive away.

Cook Islands

Kia Orana! Welcome to the Cook Islands! These 15 idyllic islands represent some of the most striking islands in the South Pacific’s already brimming crown. Each island has its own unique beauty, stories and incredible landscape only matched by the friendliness and grace of its people. Brilliant, sparkling white sandy beaches, clear blue lagoons and fertile rainforests harbouring exceptional wildlife are just a few of the treasures waiting to be discovered. There are hideaways where you literally feel like you are the only person on earth, adventurous trekking through the jungles, and under the sea, a journey into another world filled with vibrant corals and remarkable marine life.

Fiji

“Bula!” or “Welcome!” is the greeting you will most commonly hear throughout Fiji. It comes as an unreserved invitation to enjoy the hospitality of the Fijian people. Whether staying on one of the country’s numerous resort islands or exploring Fiji’s towns and cities, the visitor will encounter this legendary hospitality at every turn.

Queenstown

Als selbsternannte Welthauptstadt des Abenteuers hat Queenstown seinen Titel ohne Zweifel verdient. Die Geburtsstätte des Bungy-Springens beheimatet alle möglichen Arten von Aktivitäten, die Adrenalinausschüttung fördern, angefangen Rennrodeln von und Jetbootfahren bis hin zu Canyon-Swinging und - natürlich - Bungy-Springen. Diese am Rande des riesigen Lake Wakatipu in der Region Otago im Südwesten der Südinsel Neuseelands gelegene ruhige kleine Stadt verwandelt sich mit dem Eintreffen des Winters in einen quirligen Skiort. Die beiden nächstgelegenen und beliebtesten Skigebiete sind Coronet Peak und The Remarkables, die denselben Betreiber haben. Aber es ist nicht allzu weit nach Cardrona, insbesondere, wenn Sie über einen Leihwagen verfügen.

Wellington

Die Hauptstadt Neuseelands liegt eingebettet in eine Hügellandschaft an einer schroffen Küste an der Südspitze der Nordinsel. Die Stadt, die einige der besten Seiten von Urbanität in Neuseeland zu bieten hat, ist auch für Kunst und Kultur bekannt. Wellington beheimatet das Nationalmuseum (Te Papa), die Nationaloper und Ballettkompanien und ist das Zentrum der nationalen Film- und Modeszene. Wellington, das pro Kopf gerechnet über mehr Restaurants und Cafés verfügt als New York, hat auch eine Gastronomie ohne gleichen zu bieten.

Christchurch

Neuseeland hat in den letzten 2 Jahre drei grosse Erdbeben gehabt. Das erste kam im September 2010 und die Nachbeben erst im Februar und Juni 2011. Dadurch enstanden grosse Schäden in der Innenstadt von Christchurch und der Wiederaufbau des Zentrums ist noch nicht abgeschlossen. Bitte beachten Sie, dass der Guide vor dem Erdbeben geschrieben wurde, deshalb können wir nicht garantieren das alle Informationen korrekt sind. Die Gartenstadt Neuseelands und Hauptstadt der Südinsel ist der perfekte Ausgangspunkt, um einige der spektakulärsten Landschaften und Nationalparks des Landes zu entdecken und es gib in der Stadt selbst auch viel zu sehen, mit weiträumigen Parks und Gärten, fantastischer gotischer Architektur und einer großen Auswahl an Restaurants und Bars.

Auckland

Die majestätische Stadt der Segel ist von Wasser umgeben, was ihr eine glitzernde Anziehungskraft verleiht. Der ausgezeichnete Hafen erinnert an andere berühmte Städte am Meer, hat aber seinen eigenen einzigartigen Charme. Als Veranstaltungsort des America’s Cup von 2000 & 2003 hat Auckland eine große maritime Geschichte. Auckland ist geografisch gesehen relativ klein, weshalb es sich mühelos zu Fuß erkunden läst. Die Stadt hat eine dynamische Einwohnerschaft, was ihr eine kosmopolitischen, kultiviert Atmosphäre verleiht, die einen lässigen, freundlichen und angenehmen Eindruck macht.

Dunedin

Dunedin, on the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a city of style and creativity where man and nature meet. Officially founded in 1848 by the Free Church of Scotland, it’s home to twenty five thousand students at the University of Otago who mingle with the town’s landed gentry to create an eclectic destination that enthralls all who pass through. Surrounded by deep blue harbour on one side and rolling misty hills on the other, Dunedin’s lush green dales and old world architecture pay tribute to the city’s Scottish heritage. Dunedin is a creative hub that attracts the country’s leading designers in every field from fashion to music and architecture, graphics and jewellery.

Samoa

Talofa Lava! Welcome to Samoa. Think of picture-perfect, long sandy white beaches framed by a lapping marine-blue ocean, lush rainforests with cascading waterfalls, vibrant flora and fauna and, under the ocean, the most amazing colourful gardens you could imagine – this is Samoa – the last unspoilt paradise in the world! Eight islands make up this nation in the heart of the South Pacific halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. This is home to some of the friendliest South Pacific people you could have the pleasure of meeting, proud of their strong Fa’a Samoa cultural heritage and their long and unwavering faith to the blessings Mother Nature has bestowed upon them. Once you have been touched by the beauty of Samoa you may never want to leave!

Tonga

In the very heart of the South Pacific lies Tonga – one of the most scenic and unspoiled of the Pacific Island nations – comprising of 176 coral and volcanic islands, only 36 of which are inhabited. The ancient Kingdom of Tonga can boast being the oldest and last remaining Polynesian monarchy, and its friendly and welcoming people are along with its deserted beaches, enchanting festivals and amazing coral reefs some of the Kingdoms finest assets. This tropical playground has something for everyone – fantastic snorkeling, diving and fishing, or for those that prefer to take life a little easier, the relaxed lifestyle, brilliant sunsets and excellent dining will surely entice.

Vanuatu

There are few destinations that offer as much diversity – scenically and culturally – as the archipelago of 83 islands that form Vanuatu, named the Planet’s Happiest Country. You will be struck by its tropical playgrounds featuring deserted beaches, lush dense forests harbouring waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and custom villages. It has become a dream destination for snorkelers and divers with a multitude of experiences under the sea. Vanuatu is the only place on earth where you can officially post your mail from an underwater post office and from the ash plain on the summit of a volcano. The people of Vanuatu are ever-so welcoming, genuine and friendly and love nothing better than to show you their slice of paradise – you are sure to fall in love with Vanuatu!

South America

Rio de Janeiro

The colourful, charismatic party capital of Latin America is one of the most vibrant places on earth. The city is watched over by Christ the Redeemer that sits on top of the city’s landmark Corcovado Mountain. This historic city is known world over for its magnificent New Year firework display on Copacabana beach, its explosive carnival, its colourful people and its outstanding natural landscape. If you love dancing, shopping, golf, dining on exquisite cuisine or the thrill of fabulous water sports you will not be disappointed by Rio de Janeiro.

São Paulo

“Rio is a beauty. But São Paulo – São Paulo is a city” said Marlene Dietrich about Brazil’s most cosmopolitan city. Today São Paulo still does not disappoint. The city is Brazil’s cultural as well as financial powerhouse complete with a vibrant music scene, top designer shopping and delicious fusion cuisine. Not to mention museums and galleries on a par with any other world city. Paulistanos (São Paulo inhabitants) work hard and play hard, making "Sampa" one of the world´s most exciting places to visit whether you are taking it all in from the rooftop pool of the iconic Hotel Unique in Jardins or discovering São Paulo’s 400 year old history in Praça de Sé.