Despite its amazing beauty, Karlovy Vary is very little known. What if I tell you that the James Bond movie Casino Royale was filmed there? Indeed, with its splendid setting in a nice valley, one of the hotels in this town was used to film some scenes in the movie.
Karlovy Vary is also known by its German name Karlsbad (or Carlsbad), which means Charles’ Bath. It is located in a valley along a small river on the western side of Czech Republic. It is very close to the German border, which is why it is very popular among German tourists. Karlovy Vary is surrounded by mountains, which makes it look very beautiful and ensures the fresh air.
Amsterdam is well known for its huge parking fees in the city center. Parking on the street costs about €5 per hour and is complicated anyway because there are not so many places available.
P1 Parking Amsterdam Center has a good offer however. You pay only €20 for 24 hours and your stay can range from one to five days. The best thing about this deal is the location. The parking garage is situated near the main train station (Amsterdam Centraal), which is really close to the city center and to many of the important sights.
The month before Christmas brings the traditional markets in German and Austrian cities. One of the largest Christmas market takes place each year in Salzburg. Located in and around the Cathedral Square, it attracts visitors with traditional food, mulled wine and a lot of handcrafted products.
There is no bad time to visit the market. It is superb in bright sun and covered by snow, it looks amazing at day time and magic at night.
Notre Dame Cathedral, known as Notre Dame de Paris in French, is one of the landmarks of Paris. Its picture with the two towers is almost always present in tourist brochures. Notre Dame is situated on a small island on the river Seine, called Île de la Cité. Since the French capital was founded by its first inhabitants right on this island, Kilometer Zero of the city is situated in front of the cathedral.
Notre Dame is built in a Gothic style. The construction works started in 1163 and it is difficult to say exactly when they stopped, since the cathedral saw continuous improvements. Most of it was ready however somewhere around 1240 - 1250. It may seem surprising, but the cathedral was actually colored when built, however the colors worn off during centuries. The largest bell has more than 13 tons.
As the holiday season approaches, the thought of queuing in soulless airports while airlines cram your bags into small spaces can leave you swearing never to go abroad again. A fixed baggage allowance and the time you need to allocate for checkin and security checks may not be the perfect start of a holiday.
There is, however, a solution that gives you freedom: a road trip through Europe.
It has never been easier to pick up a car, hop on to the train or a ferry and open up the wide possibilities of Europe. The continent is incredibly easy to get around and you can travel from country to country without even having to show your passport.
For many people, a cruise really is the only way to travel. On most holidays moving from place to place is usually boring, uncomfortable and arduous, but on a cruise you can while away those travel hours by indulging in the vast array of activities cruise ships have on offer, whether this be playing sports, watching a show, sampling fine cuisine or simply taking it easy by the pool. Of course cruises are also well loved because they allow their passengers to explore a new town on an almost daily basis, meaning you have the opportunity to discover a place in both depth and comfort.
As cruises become more popular there are more and more destinations that it is possible to explore via this luxury mode of travel. One of the first and still most fabulous cruise destinations is the Caribbean, where the weather is perfect and the hospitality is unbeatable. A cruise in the Caribbean allows you to enjoy sun, sea and miles of golden sand, all whilst visiting a different country or island almost every day. On a Caribbean cruise you can sample cultures and cuisines from a variety of vibrant island nations!
With temperatures falling, days getting shorter and those chilly winter nights getting longer, many of us find our thoughts turn to escaping the British winter and heading for somewhere that promises either sunny skies or crisp white snow - anything other than the sleet, rain and slush that is so often a part of the great British winter.
For those with an aversion to cold weather, a spot of winter sun may well seem like an appealing option. When it's mid-winter in the UK, it is of course the height of summer on the other side of the equator, making Australia and South America two very popular destinations among travellers looking for a bit of winter sun. Tropical destinations such as the Caribbean, are bathed in sunshine year-round and island hopping cruises in this beautiful part of the world are a firm favourite with sun worshippers looking for a break from the grey skies back home. Winter sun breaks can be a fantastic opportunity for a major party, too - how about spending New Year's Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for example? A winter sun break can be an ideal opportunity to raise the spirits when the winter blues set in - lying on a beach in Barbados or Jamaica, the grey skies of Britain will seem a long, long way away. And when you return from your break, your deep natural tan will be the envy of those who have spent the winter shivering in cold temperatures.
There is a definite tourist trail in the UK. For foreign tourists there is so much to see that it is obvious why people choose to go to the most famous spots. So, London, the Cotswolds, the Lake District, Oxford and Cambridge and Stratford are all full in the summer. Other popular places are Cornwall, the Peak District and the city of Edinburgh. And that's not including world famous sites and events like Stonehenge or Glastonbury Festival. There is loads to see and do on a visit to the UK.
For those who live here or have visited many times, they may have the urge to look for new places to visit and there is no shortage of those either in the UK. A great way to discover hidden gems is to head for the cities, other than the ones already mentioned. The great thing about British cities is that they not only have attractions all of their own, but they are also within easy reach of beautiful countryside and tourist attractions.
No longer the preserve of the privileged few, cruising is now a popular way of holidaying for all kinds of people. Cruise ships now have such a wide range of facilities, activities and entertainment that there really is something for everyone. With this growing popularity has come choice. It is now possible to cruise in any part of the world and the choice of packages available is at times overwhelming. The way to ensure that you have a perfect cruise is to find the cruise package that suits your pocket and your tastes.
The best way to ensure that you get the package you really want is to book early. If you see a package that suits you, then book it as soon as you can. Often prices go up closer to the cruise date so not only could you save yourself money by booking early but you can be sure to get the cruise you really want. Booking early is particularly important for those who need bigger cabins or special requirements. Additionally, certain times of year are more popular than others so if you can only sail at the peak times, it is essential to book early. Most people book six to twelve months in advance.
Vienna is one of the most popular destinations for winter holidays. This charming city, with its nice Christmas markets and many royal buildings, will make you forget the daily routine and will transport you in a fairy tale. You will enjoy walking around the old streets, tasting some traditional food and some hot wine.
Since Vienna is so popular for travellers during winter, make sure you book early enough to benefit from lower prices. At this moment there are still a few hotels offering double rooms at about €50, which is a good price for the Christmas period.