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These Three Things – Munich

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on March 22nd, 2011

Munich is a city of great character with plenty of attractions to keep the visitor occupied throughout their vacation. While the capital of Bavaria offers all the modern conveniences one could wish for, it has retained an old-world atmosphere.  This is evident when you visit ancient city center, Marienplatz, where most of the buildings are built in Baroque and Renaissance style architecture.  It is here that you will see some of the most impressive and famous landmarks of Munich, such as the Rathaus Glockenspiel and Mariensäule.  Other famous sights around the city include the Hofbrauhaus, Schloss Nyphenburg and Tierpark Hellabrunn. While you must definitely visit these spots at some point during your trip, there is still much more to see. Here are some ideas for alternate sightseeing activities in Munich:

Deutsches Museum (German Museum)– Although the name doesn’t give it away, this is the world’s largest museum of science and technology. Here, you can wander around all day learning about the ins and outs of transportation, textile production, communications, musical instruments, various types of energy and much, much more. Spread throughout the museum’s 8 stories, there are over 27,000 exhibits, some of which are interactive!

BMW Museum – Munich is where the BMW Factory and Headquarters are located.  For car enthusiasts, the BMW Museum is a must-see on your Munich itinerary.  It showcases a variety of models from past to present, including a 1928 Dixi car, 1955 Isetta “bubble” car and an M1 roadster. Just across the street, connected to the museum by way of pedestrian bridge, is the BMW Welt (BMW World) Рanother attraction for lovers of the brand. In this multi-functional complex, guests can visit automobile exhibitions, take guided tours around the facility, purchase authentic BMW accessories or pick up their new car!

Munich Bike Tour – A unique way to go sightseeing in Munich is by joining the Munich Bike Tour.  The tour is approximately four hours long, covering all the main sights in the Munich city center.  The ride is set at a leisurely pace and stops about every 400 yards at different points of interest (such as Hofgarten, English Garden and the Odeonsplatz).  You will meet other travelers, see the city from a different point of view and best of all, have a great time!

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These Three Things – Berlin

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on February 1st, 2011

When taking a trip to Berlin, there are always a few stops on the itinerary that you can count on.  The Brandenburg Gate, what is left of the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie are a few things that are likely to be on your list of places to see.  (Of course, you must visit the aforementioned sights while in Berlin; they are of extreme historical importance.)

Here are some other interesting spots in Germany’s capital city that you may want to add to your list of things to do and see:

Museumsinsel (Museum Island) РExactly what its name is translated to be, Museumsinsel is an island in the River Spree with an impressive complex of museums.  The museums located on Museumsinsel are:

Pergamon – contains a collection of Islamic and Classical antiquities and the Pergamon Altar

Altes – Displays the Collection of Classical Antiquities’ Greek Collection on the 1st floor and temporary exhibits on the 2nd floor

Altes Nationalgalerie- exhibits a collection of 19th century art, mostly German and French Impressionists

Bode – home to Byzantine and Antique sculptures dating from the Middle Ages and later

Neues- Recently reopened after having been closed for decades, the Neues Museum showcases Early History and Egyptian artifacts and collections (among these is the bust of Queen Nefertiti)

This complex was added as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – Located in Berlin’s city center is the TV Tower.  Visitors will be taken up 669 feet in a matter of 40 seconds, where they can enjoy seeing Berlin from a birds eye view.  (On a clear day, visibility can reach 25 miles!) Once you’re that high up, you might as well go a little further and head upstairs for an meal in the revolving café.  This is one of the most unique and unforgettable ways to see all of Berlin!

Tiergarten РThe largest inner city park in Berlin is the Tiergarten (translated to Animal Park).  Picturesque gardens, tree-shaded sidewalks and a large playground draw both visitors and Berliners by the hundreds.  At Tiergarten, you will be able to see the Victory Column and visit the Berlin Zoo. (Opened in 1844, it is the oldest zoo in Germany.) Visiting Tiergarten is a good way to get in a number of sights in just one stop!

Have you been to Berlin?  What were your favorite stops?

These Three Things – Vienna

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on December 10th, 2010

Hello, travelers! Today, let’s talk about travel to Vienna.  This Austrian metropolis boasts one of the most beautiful city centers in Europe.  Most of the prime attractions are located close by each other in the Ringstrasse area, making it easy for travelers to get around and see as much as they can.

Freud Museum РThe first stop during our tour of Vienna will be the Freud Museum.  Sigmund Freud is quite possibly the most famous doctor in his field.  He lived in Vienna from 1860 until 1938, most of these years were spent at Berggasse 19  which is now the Freud Museum.  Here, you can see the original waiting room, first editions of his books and a rare film of the Freud family from the 1930s.  During the 80s and 90s, the museum underwent a great expansion, adding a library, exhibition & lecture hall and museum shop.

Kaffeemuseum- If you are a coffee lover, this is the place for you!  In 2003, coffee connoisseur Edmund Mayr founded the Kaffeemuseum as part of the Austrian Museum for Society and Economy.  Most exhibits are Mayr’s personal property, as he has collected a plethora of all things coffee for the past 50 years.  He is always on site and according the museum’s website, he is not opposed exchanging coffee related items with visitors.

Votivkirche (Votive Church) – The Votivkirche is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstrasse and one of the most important religious architectural sites in the world.  In 1853, an attempt on Emperor Franz Joseph’s life was made. He survived the attack and went on to have the church built at the location of the attack as a thank you to God for sparing his life.  Excluding Mondays, the Votivkirche is open to the public (for a small admission fee).

Have you traveled to Vienna?  What were your favorite places to visit?

These Three Things – Madrid

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights, These Three Things | on October 20th, 2010

This week, let’s take a trip to Madrid and check out three things to do and see.  This would be a perfect time to go, too, with the mild autumn weather and the summer tourists all gone home.

Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid (Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid)  РFor those of us who appreciate and love all things botanical, this is a place that can’t be missed. It was founded in October of 1755 by King Ferdinand VI.  Located on the banks of the Manzanares river and consisting of two greenhouses and a herbarium, the garden contains over 25,000 plants, flowers and trees. They are open year round and admission costs around €2 per person.

Chocolatería San Ginés – Love chocolate? This is the place for you! Located in the city center serving hot chocolate and churros (fried dough), this café has been open since 1894. It is typical to enjoy the churros by dipping them into the hot chocolate.  People flock from all over to chow down on this specialty, so the place is almost always packed. Open during the afternoon until late night, which is prime chocolate-craving time, stop in and take a bite out of traditional Madrid fare!

Las Ventas Bullring –  Many people travel to Madrid for no other reason than to go see a bullfight. (Other brave travelers go to Pamplona simply to “run with the bulls” – not recommended!) The main bullring in of Madrid, La Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas del Espíritu Santo (known simply as Las Ventas) was built from 1922-1929 and is probably the most important bullfighting arena in the world. The bullfighting season goes from March to December; fights are held every Sunday and each one lasts about 2 or 3 hours.

Have you been to Madrid?  What were some of your favorite activities while you were there?

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