A close-up view of the gilded bronze statue of the famous Austrian composer: Johann Straus II, in Stadtpark, Vienna

Vienna, Austria: What to See During a Short Visit

A journey through the heart of continental Europe isn't complete without a stop in Vienna, Austria's imperial capital. Breathtaking palaces, beautiful architecture, cozy coffee houses, and a vibrant arts atmosphere surround you in this energetic, modern city that hasn't lost its old-world charm. Vienna embraces its rich and interesting history, told through its stately buildings — many of them bearing...

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Stunning view of the Tree of Desires on Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia against a clear blue sky

Experience an Ecotourism Adventure in Russia

Breathtaking Northern Hemisphere countries like Iceland typically come to mind as top destinations for ecotourism, but Russia is another standout with stunning natural surroundings. For eco-conscious travel, forget about bustling cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg in favor of dense forests, sparkling lakes, ancient ruins, and majestic mountain ranges that offer picture-perfect views of the more sparsely inhabited parts...

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The ornate ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome

Three Perfect Days in Rome

Being thrown into an empire of fountains, frescoes, gladiators, and gelaterie can be wholly overwhelming. It’s easy – and tempting – to get lost wandering Rome’s romantic streets, stopping only to drool over pasta and pizza-laden menus. When it comes to the tourist hotspots, the list of things to see in Rome is endless. Sure, Rome wasn’t built in a...

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The Papal Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican, Rome

Rome’s Top 10 Attractions

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Square Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome on a bright, sunny day

Rome Neighborhoods Guide

The history of Rome follows some dramatic twists and turns that shaped the ancient empire it became. Navigating the Italian capital’s historic neighborhoods can be confusing. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in the historic center all the time, but each and every district within Rome’s tourist hub is distinct. There are the places many of us think of when...

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An aerial view of white buildings with brown roofs surrounding the harbor with boats in it, in Agio Nikolaos in Crete, Greece

A History Buff’s Guide to Traveling Crete, Greece

If you plan to visit Crete as a day trip on your vacation to Greece's mainland, think again. Greece's largest island offers more than pristine pink beaches, rugged canyons, and white-peaked mountains. In between, you'll find towns and villages that intertwine current customs with relics that date back more than 5,000 years. Crete is more than worth a trip of...

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A view of the beautiful hilltop town of Orvieto

Great Day Trips from Rome

Italy gave us the Renaissance and it gave us risotto. It gave us the piano and it gave us Prada. Its capital, Rome, was the empire that encompassed it all – which is why so many travelers are more than happy to spend all of their Italian holiday in the Eternal City. Yet there are treasure troves of history and...

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Berlin’s Museum Island on Spree River with the golden Alexanderplatz TV tower in the background

Berlin: A Guide to Unexpected Attractions

Berlin is a city of contradictions. On the one hand, it's a hot spot for street art, music, and counterculture movements, but it's also a major financial power and home to the German federal government. The city is undoubtedly modern, yet history looms around every corner. If you're visiting on business and you've already seen the Brandenburg Gate, eaten currywurst,...

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Statue of The Brothers Grimm At Museum Kassel

A Magical Journey Through The Brothers Grimm’s Germany

Cinderella. Rumpelstiltskin. Hansel and Gretel. Sleeping Beauty. Rapunzel. These fairy tales characters have become inextricable parts of the pop culture fabric. But they all might have been lost if not for the efforts of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm – you know them as the Brothers Grimm. Their Children’s and Household Tales, first published in 1812, gathered together countless classics that...

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Getting The Royal Treatment: 5 Spanish Castles You Can Stay In

The landscape of Spain is dotted with castles and palaces that have loomed over cities and villages for centuries. Kings, queens, princes and princesses don’t reside in these magnificent medieval structures anymore – but you can. In the 20th century, many of the finest Spanish Paradors were converted into hotels that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported...

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