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Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians by Boria Majumdar is a recently released book on the secrets of the second most followed sport in the world. The novel, however, is not limited to tracing the profile of the game of Cricket itself, the sportsman, or the dramas of rivalry. The author adds much more to it. The book is strewn with considerations on politics, power, and current happenings.

Match Fixing, Captain-Coach fights, ICC domination, and IPL secrets to the era of the Ranji. These are some of the themes that intersperse the chronicle and that completes the fresco of the modern day cricket. There are many pearls of wisdom offered in the novel. Here cricketers move like crazy pawns in a neo-liberal, rather anarchic system, in which cricket plays its part.

Cricket, it is known, is the sport that the British have exported to the colonies, and which is still played and followed with a certain religiosity. India climbed world cricket in a disruptive way. With a sudden entry into the scene, it displaced the old sentinels like England and Australia. The IPL has traced the boundary line of a new era, recording the rise of the T20 cricket league to the top of the list of the game.

Cricket is the most powerful game that has appeared in India and is now an essential element of geopolitics like religion and business. The BCCI is a center of power that is more and more neuralgic. Together with the latest major IPL clubs of the subcontinent, the game to preserve its purity must come to terms with the real, new, owners of cricket.

Boria Majumdar Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians
Boria Majumdar tells about the power games and the cash flows, the corruption and the scandals that hide behind the global cricket. He reconstructs the red threads of a multi-billion dollar market that involves the political and economic super houses of India. From the politicians to the business tycoons, to the Bollywood actors, the bond that unites the interests of people to this sport is increasingly strong and often turbid.

The book reveals the names of stakeholders, companies, and politicians who want to take possession of the game and its teams. It shows that the game of cricket now is not just about the administration of a sport and its championships. It is also a source of revenues and legitimacy. Because cricket leads the masses in India, it creates social consensus.

Cricket is a theater that hosts games of power and financial wars, as pervasive as they are invisible in the eyes of the spectators. If the game is even more critical to the income it generates, it has become just as crucial on a political level. The book reveals the whole truth about who really controls global cricket and behind the scenes of the most popular sport in India.

In this context, cricket becomes a key to the interpretation of the reality and the existential dilemmas of the various characters. It is a journey that takes the reader in the spaces hidden behind the dressing rooms. With a formidable mention of true incidents, there is something more in every line. Precisely for this reason, it is perhaps one of the most fascinating narrative challenges.

From Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni to Mohammed Azharuddin everybody is on this team. As it is understood, it is a multifaceted novel. Boria Majumdar masterfully manages to bring out a compact and complete unit, mixing realities and in a broader sense the action. It's not easy to tell cricket in a novel. The book feels like watching a film or the game itself live on TV, with its two-tone transposition of black words on a white background.

Cricket is (also) our world. The author reflects its vices and virtues. The author tells the story of an addiction, a drug for monomaniacs that is called "cricket" and that brings with it others. The book is a kaleidoscope of very vivid images, transcribed with an inventive and loose prose that is extremely natural.

Melancholy and irony, bitterness and hope, are all elements of a chorus that intones a love song for cricket, the true protagonist of the book and the glue of the whole novel. In other words, it is a great novel written by an extraordinary cricket commentator of our times.

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We have already mentioned about the Kasol solo trip tips and Kasol solo trip experience.

Many who passed by on the road spoke wonderful things about the place. They highlight above all the two qualities of nature, and incredible landscapes. A valley in the middle of the Himalayas has to be amazing. The energy of the place can be felt but cannot be seen. For Hippies the place emanates a special energy. Anyone who stops in the valley can feel it.

In short, as we said, we reached the valley. We find the magic of the place. We came from many days in McLeod Ganj after coming from Leh and seeing nature in all its magnitude surprised us. Huge mountains are separated by the force of the river. One day we tried to count how many greens we saw and we lost the account.

1. Bhuntar

We arrived at the Parvati Valley, in the region of Himachal Pradesh, with many illusions. To get there we took a public bus from Manali (New Manali Station) to Bhuntar. The journey was about 2-3 hours. Once we get to Bhuntar, we take another bus towards Kasol.

2. Kasol

Situated amidst a lush green valley, a majestic white-water river, and picturesque treks, Kasol is a major tourist yet an offbeat destination for backpackers and young travelers. The Israel of India is not just a delight for hippies but also for those seeking peace and tranquility. Here are the things to do in Parvati valley and a list of beautiful places to visit in Kasol to make the most of Himachal.

The most enchanting Himalayan Valley has the power to calm the dismayed soul. The most rejuvenating of all and most popular places to visit in Kasol for a backpacker is the Parvati River. Sit by the river for hours doing nothing and soak into the magical sounds of the water.

Known as the Amsterdam of India, Parvati Valley is truly a mesmerizing spot for relaxation. The hippie paradise is full of Israeli cafes which give it unique touch. One can also enjoy psychedelic vibes and rave parties in Parvati valley with mountains beautiful enough to leave your head spinning.

KHEERGANGA night star

2. Kheerganga

A 9 km long but fairly easy, the Kheerganga trek amidst the beautiful mountains is a delight. The Kheerganga Peak is abode to a temple of Shiva and Parvati from where the hot springs originate. The night trek has its own charm as it provides you with a beautiful sky. Nothing can get better than a trek where all you are surrounded by a cluster of stars and a huge abode of forests of the Khirganga National Park.

Khir ganga trek is truly a heavenly affair! We did not see homes, only guest-houses, and restaurants, all prepared to receive people. Khir Ganga lends itself to see nature. We did that, alternating with thermal baths. Here we met the Rainbow. What is it about? A movement that was born at the end of the 1960s and takes as an object the meeting to camp and live in community.

There is shared cooking, shared music and a little meditation. The idea is that everyone can learn what they want and teach what they know. It is done on certain dates, in certain places.

3. Tosh

Favorite amongst Israelis is the village of Tosh at the far end of Parvati Valley. The architecture of the households leaves no stone unturned in pleasing the eyes of the spectator. Locals of the village live in wooden houses with slate roofs earning their major source of income from cultivating hash and apples.

This village again has an enthralling story to narrate. Because of hash in Kasol, Tosh is becoming popular by backpackers and hippies and is now a hub of psychedelic parties in Parvati valley. Initially narrow, this valley progressively opens up and provides a scenic beauty with every stroll. The beauty here is unreal!

4. Manikaran

The next day, we left for Manikaran without knowing what we would meet. We only knew that the Israelites were not going (they are the local rules, we do not know the reasons). Legend has it that somewhere in the valley, more precisely in the village of Manikaran, Shiva rested after making love with Parvati.

From there, the special and spiritual nature of the place emerges. Another legend tells that Parvati lost a jewel in the river and that she got back in a hot water stream. Parvati Valley is a green and leafy valley that grows around the Parvati River. Knowing the history, the legends and the reason for the names of the places gives an extra charm.

We arrived in Manikaran Sahib and understood why. It is the most Indian village in the valley, so to speak. Pilgrims from all over the country come to bathe in its thermal waters. Both Hindus and Sikhs. We had the feeling of returning to India deep after a long time.

A holy place located in the middle of a spectacular landscape and River Beas welcomes devotees throughout the year. The major reason why one should pay a visit here is the hot spring that originates from the peak which is believed to wash away the sins of someone who bathes in it. The delicious langar (free food offered at Sikh temples) that they serve is a cherry on the cake.

The most beautiful thing about Manikaran is to climb the mountain that is on the left of the village and go to Gargi and see how the people of the mountain live. In Manikaran there were no amenities for tourists, nor continental food, nor many offers to stay. But it has mysticism.

We feel very comfortable in these environments, although the food sometimes gives us the feeling that our mouths catch fire. From the mysticism of Manikaran, we go to see the rural life of Kalga and Pulga, two peasant villages with some guest houses lost in the forest.

To go to these towns it is as easy as waiting for the public bus opposite Kasol and getting off at the last bus stop, Barsheni. Once there you have to walk, the beauty of these towns is that you can make a route, first visiting Kalga, a mountain town full of pomeros and Mariguana plants, with a restaurant for a drink.

Then follow the path indicated by red arrows towards Pulga, crossing rivers and contemplating beautiful landscapes. Pulga has given us some beautiful views of the valley, which will be in our retinas for a long time. If you want to stay for the night, there is another Tosh town that you can also visit.

5. Sar Pass

Grahan Village is a beautiful hidden jewel of Himachal Pradesh, set at an altitude of 7700 feet above sea level. 8 to 10 Km trek is the only option to reach this quaint village. The journey of walking into the pathless woods with the thunderous roar of River in your ears is a delight for every nature fanatic. This place is an absolute delight for avid trekkers.

It is a haven for backpackers around the world and is perfect for beginners. The Sar Pass trek offers all kinds of terrain with forests, old villages, snow-capped mountains, and green fields. It is a five-day trek starting from Kasol. The days can be reduced as per your strength obviously. It has tons of budget-friendly places to crash as well as high-end accommodation. Get ready to get some unbelievable views of the Himalayas!

6. Malana

The Malana village is much more than a small town attracting hash lovers but is one of the popular places to visit in Kasol for backpackers. It is a total case study in itself. The Malanese think that they are the descendants of Alexander the great and have rituals and rules of their own.

Its culture is completely isolated from the rest of India which makes it perfect for explorers to unveil the mysteries of this village. The story of Malana will keep you hooked! Stay in the Waichin valley also known as Magic valley in a warm and cozy room. An additional day in Malana may also be worth learning the customs and unique traditions of the people.

Malana has many interesting stories associated with that. Some people claim that it is the oldest democracy in the world, while others trace the remote village to a wandering group of soldiers of Alexander the Great's army. Drink some unpasteurized milk obtained from Gujjars. Run into an isolated Malana dogri (part-time in the fields) and experienced the wonderful hospitality that simple rural people provide to complete strangers.

Malana has its own code of conduct for outsiders. In the village, strangers are expected to stay on defined paths. Visiting temples or even touching temple walls or stone slabs is prohibited. Violation of the rules results in a fine. In many places, there are tables that show warnings.

In recent years, the fame of Malana cannabis has also brought unwanted habits and, occasionally, unpleasant visitors. Outside the main village, on the south side, there are some guest houses and a tent settlement where the accommodation and boarding house are located.

7. Great Himalayan National Park

Tirthan Valley is one of the many underestimated valleys of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kullu district and is the gateway to several walks in the region. The Tirthan Valley receives its name from the Tirthan River whose banks it is located in. There is plenty of good reason for Tirthan Valley to claim to the anglers' paradise sobriquet. Being neighbours with the Great Himalayan National Park is no small boast.

The next three important places of pilgrimage are located within the park, which is at high altitude and is accessible only during the summer and autumn months. These sacred sites are Raktisar, which is at the head of the Sainj River; Hanskund is located at the headwaters of the Tirthan River and Sirikhand Mahadev, which is a sacred lake in relation to Lord Shiva, located on the southern border of the Great Himalayan National Park.

Then, there is a pagoda style temple of Rishi Manu, and the temples of Gushaini and Galiard with wood carvings in the Tirthan Valley of prime importance.

The Banjar Valley is very narrow and steep, bristling with huge conifers and very rarely visited. The road to Sainj, Bahu, Jibhi and Shoja in fact is very nice! Shangarh is popular as an offbeat village and known for its huge natural ground. The large ground stands at the heart of the village, and the fringes are decorated with the flora and fauna of the Great Himalayan National Park. The Jibhi waterfall is beautiful.

Head to these places if what you are seeking are peace and tranquility! Do not just travel, explore bizarre cultures and people.

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Summer is fast-approaching, and no one can stop travel nomads from having fun in the sun! Do you have your summer calendar filled to the brim? Good for you! You deserve to take a break, and summer is waiting just around the corner to meet you halfway.

Whether you're travelling solo, with friends or with your family, it pays to be prepared and has all the things you might need for the trip. It doesn't matter where you're heading - just out of town or out of the country. There are travel essentials everyone needs to have, and if you are anticipating a trip this summer, make sure you have the following summer must-haves.

Are you wondering about how to pack for a week in a backpack and how to travel light for a week? A week long trip means you are going to take a lot of luggage with you which include different clothes, shoes, etc. But do not forget that how difficult it will be for you to carry that big luggage backpack in those 7 days.

So to avoid that difficulty you should always try to take only important things with you and avoid taking large number of clothes and shoes and other useless things in your lightweight travel backpack.

The less clothing you bring the better it will be for you. I advise you to take 5 shirts with you wear each of them twice. But there is no need to bring 5 different pants to match with those 5 shirts. A pair of pants will work for you. Similarly two pairs of shoes will be enough for you, don’t overload it by putting number of shoes.

When it comes to the digital nomad packing list, the key is to focus on what you really need but how to pack in a backpack for a week. Forget about the stuff that is not vital, and make a plan. It is all about thinking smart and being versatile. The more multi-tasking items you can take the better, even if that means you are leaving some of your favorite things behind.

Traveling light and digital nomad lifestyle is not about being haphazard but it is about being smart. For example, just because you might not be taking your most stylish outfit does not mean you should not be careful when packing your clothes. Make sure toiletries and pens are sealed so they do not leak.

Other than clothing there are also some important factors that you should consider while packing a backpack for a long trip. Now let us look at some tips to help you travel light on your next trip.

Check the useful things you will need once on the road like the travel documents, insurance papers, means of payment, clothes, medicines, toiletry bag, electronic devices!

1. Traveling papers

You should have your VISA (if needed), Plane and transport tickets, Informational Guides, and maps of the areas you wish to visit.

Scan and keep all your documents in your emails or on cloud like in Google drive. For destinations where the connection will be poor, take photocopies!

2. Toiletries

You should carry Soap, Conditioner, Shampoo, Body Lotion, Toothbrush, Deodorant, and Toothpaste.

3. Medications

This is really important if you or your loved one take prescription drugs. Make sure not to forget our medications and to ask for a prescription ahead of time. It is also best to let your physician know where you're heading. He or she might suggest you bring something useful and beneficial to your health while they are out of reach.

Keep your medicines in a ziplock bag. Make sure they are clearly labeled, and you have a proper prescription with you.

4. Keep water bottle

Hydration is critical you wish to be healthy and achieve young and beautiful skin all summer long. However, some activities can you sweat a lot more. The heat of the sun won't be helping either, so make sure to keep a water bottle with you at all times. Choose a reusable one and refill it as needed. This way, you get to lessen your trash plus lend a hand in reducing plastic waste.

Wherever you go in the world water is something that you will always need. Having water bottle in your backpack is always a good thing. With this you do not have to waste your time roaming here and there in search of water at the time of thirst. You can simply bring your water bottle out of your bag and drink water. You can also refill it again and again from wherever you find water.

5. Keep umbrella

Who wants rain to destroy their adventure? Absolutely no one. For that it is always a good habit to put umbrella in your backpack because with volatile weather it can be sunny in one minute and have torrential downpour the next. So if you want to protect yourself and your stuff from getting wet you should have umbrella in your bag. It is not necessary to have a big one. You can have a small folding umbrella which can fit easily in your bag. Umbrella can also protect you from the heat of the sun on a hot sunny day by providing you shadow.

6. Keep Portable Charger

A portable charger often acts as a life savior as it provides life to your phone battery. On a trip or an adventure to an unknown place your mobile phone is your guide. It helps you provide access to the map or to connect with other people. Ever wondered what will you do if you are lost between mountains and you are using the map in your phone to find way and your phone battery dies? There is nothing you can do except from regretting yourself. To escape from such situation portable charger is not less than a blessing.

7. Keep Sunglasses

With the sun scorching hot causing strain in your eyes, you'll need to keep a pair or two of your favourite sunglasses at hand. Not only will they help protect you from the sun, but you'll also look instantly fashionable by donning a cute sunglass on the beach. With weather being so unpredictable a gloomy day can turn into a bright sunny day in a matter of minutes. So to shield your eyes and retinas from burning in this type of situation you need to have sunglasses in your backpack.

8. Keep Snacks

Hunger can hit you anytime anywhere. Having a pack of snack in your backpack can help you from untimely hunger.

9. Embrace technology

Your phone and tablet are not only highly useful, and some would say essential, they can also help you pack light. As long as you download the relevant apps there is no need for travel guides or phrasebooks. It is much easier to watch all of your favorite films and shows on a handheld device rather than having to carry around your tablet or mobile or laptop. You could even download plenty of books to choose from, rather than having to fit them all in your case.

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10. Waterproof Backpack

Backpacks are better than other types of carry-ons as they let you explore and enjoy an active vacation. You can easily move around with a comfortable, reliable and lightweight backpack, and using waterproof one takes away your worries about your stuff if in case your bag gets wet. Just make sure to find one with a waist strap and has tons of pockets.

11. Sunscreen

Always, always keep in your bag is your favourite sunscreen. Others prefer sunblock, but sunscreen and sunblock have different coverages. Sunblock works by shielding your skin against UVB rays. Sunscreen, on the other hand, can protect you against UVA. Choose a sunscreen that can protect you both from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

12. Moisturiser

The summer can take a toll on your skin. When it's summertime, you can expect it to look dry and dull, so make sure to pack light and gentle moisturiser to keep your face rehydrated. There is a gentle moisturiser that's perfect for your needs - no matter your skin type.

13. Moisturising Lip Balm

The heat can cause your lips to dry, so make sure you have a moisturising lip balm with you always. It's best to find one with SPF. Your skin is not the only one that needs protection from the sun.

14. Rash Guards

No matter your age, there is always a rash guard that can fit you like a glove. They come in different styles and sizes making it so easy to choose one of your preference. Womens rash vests can help you feel chic and stylish while offering sun protection. Now, you can enjoy having fun at the beach and not have to worry about comfort, style, sunburn, rashes, and abrasion. It can also keep you warm so you can stay on the water and extend the fun.

15. Sundress

Every woman needs a beautiful sundress you can rock every summer. This versatile dress can take you from morning till night. Plus, you won't have to worry about mixing and matching your clothes to look great. All you need is a cute blazer or cover up if you feel cold or you want to give it a new look.

16. Essential Oils

Didn't see this coming? Many are not a fan of essential oils, but some of these can be quite useful for travellers along with Bug Spray. For one, Citronella is an excellent natural insect repellent. If you have trouble falling asleep in new places, Lavender oil can help. Rose oil, on the other hand, can help alleviate the stress that comes with hectic travelling.

17. Comfy Sandals

It's hard to have fun in the sand when it's hot, and you're barefoot. Make sure you have a pair of comfy sandals that are lightweight, durable and anti-slip. Choose the one you can wear day and night, and you'll have more space in your bag for other essentials.

18. Microfibre Towels

Towels can take a lot of space, plus most don't dry as fast as you want them to. This is why we recommend microfibre towels. They are lightweight, drys you up fast, and all you need is hang them up for a bit, and they'll dry more quickly than your average towel.

19. After Sun Lotion

Even with sunscreen on, you can feel that your skin needs a little bit more pampering after staying under the sun. Make sure to use your favourite after-sun lotion. This will help soothe any sunburn you may have, cool and hydrate your skin, stop any peeling and even preserve your natural tan.

20. Disposable Wipes

When you need to wipe your face clean or your finger, or anything for that matter, it helps to have your wet wipes in handy. Whether you intend to use it as a makeup remover, an after-meal cleanup tool or anything in between, you can count on wet wipes to be your lifesaver.

21. Clothes

You need a cardigan, and you know it. These are perfect for your summer trip since they are lightweight, easy to pack and very easy to mix and match. Although clothing differs in terms of regionally but the following are the two must-haves.

• Take enough socks and underwear
• A light jacket may come in handy wherever you go
• Raincoat
• Swimwear
• Boots

Your pockets are also great for carrying small extras like pens, glasses, notepads and even socks. Now that you know how to pack a backpack for a week long trip and are armed with some top tips for traveling light you can put them into action on your next trip. Make sure you have all these summer essentials ready for your next trip! What other things do you keep in your bag during your summer trip? Let know on the comments down below!

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Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. It is one of the cities in the world with the most bicycles, 50% goes to work by bicycle and there are almost 400 km of bicycle lanes. In fact there are more bicycles than inhabitants. There is hardly any unemployment in Copenhagen and university students are paid to go to university.

The Danes have had up to 11 wars with the Swedes. Greenland and the Faroe Islands belong to Denmark. Copenhagen is the city of Hans Christian Andersen, famous Danish writer for children. He was a traveler. Make a trip to Copenhagen, the clean and orderly Danish capital.

It is one of the best plans that you can consider if you have several days off and want to see a beautiful European city with a high quality of life, with many things to see in Copenhagen and is easy to walk even on foot. Because everything here is in order, careful and prepared for the visitor to enjoy a city full of life and attractions.

So if you are considering traveling to Copenhagen for few days or planning for weekend trips from Copenhagen, I have prepared this 5 days in Denmark itinerary and Copenhagen travel blog with some tips and some practical information to make everything easier for you in the Little Mermaid city.

Copenhagen is a city of wonders on the edge of Baltic Sea. It is the capital of Denmark and is a perfect place to enjoy quality time, away from your daily glitches. Rich with historical sites, and defined with an infinite impression of calm places, truly hospitable and happy crowd, and significant landmarks, it should be your next to-do-thing.

There is a surge in visitors from the United Kingdom, especially London to Copenhagen. It has become one of the best getaways for the Britons. The City of Spires is an ideal place for brief and cheap vacation. But every traveling destination requires some planning in advance, which is economical and time-saving.

We recommend you to hire professional help from a renowned travel agency to prepare a Copenhagen itinerary, book your accommodation and travel tickets. We have developed a Copenhagen 5 day itinerary from London. We hope it will be of some help to you to discover what this magnificent city has to surprise you and the fun things to do in Copenhagen.

Itinerary to Copenhagen from London

5 Days Copenhagen Itinerary

Day 1: Little Mermaid Statue

You can board a flight for 5 days in Copenhagen from Gatwick International Airport or any other airport in the UK, as there is no shortage of flights to Denmark. But try to fly late at night, as then the short flight will leave no such jetlag on you. Once you land, you can check in your hotel and take a nap.

Head out in the morning and begin with the Little Mermaid Statue, which was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. This fairytale statue is a big tourist attraction in Copenhagen, so a few snaps are in order. Follow it up with Botanical Gardens, and enjoy a walk in the peaceful gardens. Release all the stress you had from your work life back in the busiest city in the world and absorb some sunrays.

You can then visit Geological Museum, which is a part of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens. The best thing about this city is that everything is near. Just adjacent to the Gardens is a Zoological museum. Visit it and conclude your day with dinner with Stegt Flaesk and Stamppot and sleep.

Day 2: Nyhavn and Christiansborg

Day 2 will begin with a long-awaited visit to Nyhavn Watergate. This 17th-century canal waterfront is now a tourist spot. You can spend some time here and be mesmerized by the utter beauty of this place. The next thing on the list will be Christiansborg Palace basement, which is almost a millennia old.

The next destination will be National Aquarium of Copenhagen, which is the biggest aquarium in Europe. You can then visit Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark over the Oresund Strait. Enjoy the sunset on this location and head back to Copenhagen to enjoy some nightlife.

Day 3: Frederiksborg Palace and Stroget Street

Your first destination on day 3 will be Experimentarium. This science and technology museum offers an exclusive chance to get your hands on amazing technology. Follow it up by visiting Frederiksborg Palace, which was built for the King and the royal family of this Kingdom. Conclude your day by shopping on Stroget Street, the longest pedestrian street in Europe.

Day 4: Kronborg Castle and Christiania

Visit the Vikings stronghold of Kronborg Castle on your fourth day. It is an exceptional source of watching Danish heritage which you can relive a thousand times later. This marvelous place is the exact setting for the novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

You can then visit the Freetown Christiania, which is a self-proclaimed autonomous district, located in the heart of Danish Capital. Follow these trips up with a nice nightlife scene and absorb all the fun you have had during your brief stay.

Final day: Rosenborg Castle and Malmo City Hall

Your final day at this wonderful city of Danes will take you to Rosenborg Castle, Maritime Museum, Lilla Torg and Malmo City Hall. These exceptional places will charge you for your life ahead, and you can carry some inspiration back home to travel more places.

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to Copenhagen?

Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa and can enter the country with a valid ID card or passport (you can stay for up to 3 months). For more time or if you are from another country you should know some things about Denmark visa requirements.

When I arrived at the modern airport, they look strange to me because the security thoroughly check my carry-on luggage, my coat and all my pockets. And when I say it thoroughly I say it thoroughly since they took everything from me. They asked me endless questions and in the end, they left everything to me in a messy way so as to organise the backpack again.

What is the best time to go to Copenhagen?

This already depends on when you have free or your tastes for one season or another. If you go in Autumn the colors will enchant you but it will be cold and in winter there is little sunlight, very cold and you will probably see snow. In Spring the weather is more unpredictable.

At least it has touched me every day totally different from the other with sun, rain, clouds and even snow reaching -2 degrees. The good thing about it is that in the spring they begin to open the outdoor attractions. In summer there are many hours of sun. The temperatures improve and it is the best time to go although there are many more tourists and accommodation prices rise even more. It's up to you!.

Cheapest Way from Copenhagen Airport to City Centre

The airport is very close to the city, barely 9 km away, and is very well connected. You have several options from the subway, train, bus or taxi (which I do not recommend because the first one stuck in Copenhagen can be historical).

I used the train both to go and to return and it is the most comfortable, with wide schedules that even allow you to go to the airport from 5 in the morning. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the central station. By the way, the bicycles can go on the train. There are central wagons ready to upload bicycles.

Copenhagen Tourist Office

Visiting the tourist office in the city is something that must be done on the first day to know first-hand details, schedules, last minute changes, events. The Copenhagen Visitor Service is just in front of the entrance to the Tivoli Park. I can assure you that it is the best I have seen in my travels since it is perfectly designed to offer the visitor of the XXI century all the facilities.

There are giant screens to navigate, ipads, a cafeteria with breakfast at a good price, digital information panels, and a robot that welcomes you. Of course, there is human advice. And here you can buy the Copenhagen Card, a card that although expensive, just compensates for the high prices of all attractions.

The Tourism Office is very modern and functional.

A robot welcomes you

Copenhagen Card - See More and Pay Less

The option of the Copenhagen Card is very useful if you want to see as much as possible in a short time, as has been my case. It has access to more than 80 museums and attractions in the city, with consequent savings. It also offers the possibility of using any public transport without limit, whether metro, train or bus through the center and throughout the metropolitan area (also includes the train to the airport).

You can buy the Copenhagen Card for 24, 48, 72 hours or 120 hours which is activated the first time you use it. They also give a mini guide with information about its operation and all the attractions that it includes.

Getting around Copenhagen

The Danish capital is quiet and there is hardly any traffic, which is appreciated. It is not too big or too small and if the weather is good, you can walk almost everywhere to discover streets, lively squares or beautiful palaces. But if the weather is good, the best way is to move as locals do is by bicycle.

70% of the population moves by bicycle and there are bicycle lanes throughout the city and the surroundings so there is no excuse if the weather is fine. You can rent it at the many businesses in the city or those of the town hall, which have a built-in browser.

The train, the subway and buses work perfectly so you have many options to choose from. If you have the Copenhagen Card, you can combine them as you wish. The ferry is also a good option if you want to go to other areas such as the Opera or Nyhavn, the new port.

Do a lot of people speak English in Copenhagen?

Danish is quite difficult to pronounce although you can learn some words. The good news is that English is spoken to perfection by all Danes, so you will not have trouble communicating in the language of Shakespeare. A good advice if you do not master English is to use a translator app.

Copenhagen Currency and Prices

Denmark belongs to the European Union but does not have the euro as currency but has the Danish crown. You can pay by card in all sites. As for prices, it's the worst news I can give you. Copenhagen is a very expensive city.

Copenhagen Schedule

The business hours vary according to the establishment. The shops open from 10 to 7, banks up to 4, cafes and bars from 8 am to 12 pm, restaurants from 12 to 10 pm approximately (although there are exceptions). To eat the Danes start early so you have to change the chip and adapt. Lunches start at 12 and dinners at 6 pm so many restaurants will not serve after 10.

As in any other major capital, there are other places that close later, thinking more about the tourist. There are options for everyone.

Eating in Copenhagen

I'll talk more in another article but I tell you that eating in Copenhagen is very expensive, although you can look for options that are not too abusive to reduce collateral damage. For example, if you go in a supermarket, you will save a lot. Everything will depend on your pocket, what you like to eat and what you are willing to pay.

There are very elegant options. I tried a local beer and the delicious bowl of crumbled pork, with poached egg, guacamole and vegetables. I would go to Copenhagen again just to eat there.

Eating in Copenhagen

Shopping in Copenhagen

Walking through the streets you will see stunning decoration and home shops. You can enter bars and restaurants perfectly decorated and better acclimated. Here design is almost a religion and you can take ideas if you are passionate about the subject. Clothing stores, boutiques or souvenir shops are available throughout the historical center, which by the way, has Stroget as the largest pedestrian street in Europe.

Hotels in Copenhagen

Hotels in Copenhagen is, like everything here, quite expensive in general, whatever the area or neighborhood, especially if it is centrally located. The area of ​​Tivoli is more expensive, with many luxurious hotels. However the nearby district of Vesterbro has somewhat cheaper hotels and in the beautiful area of Christianshavn, you can stay between channels at better price.

The option of sleeping in an apartment is good but I also give you another option to sleep at a good price in Copenhagen in a hostel. Of course you will have to share a room and sacrifice your privacy but if it is not inconvenient you will save enough. I chose an ultra-modern hostel with all the comforts you can imagine.

It had impeccable facilities, heated pool, cinema room, gym, cafe bar, daily entertainment activities, well-designed common areas, an amazing kitchen and rooms for six (somewhat narrow) with shared bathroom. I saw many families staying there so it is a very good option to go in groups or with children.

If you want to find more hotels, you have many options. Compare first and read the opinions of the clients to decide, but make sure, if it is not very central, that you have a metro, bus or train stop nearby. Nearby Tivoli is a great option.

Itinerary to Copenhagen from London

Is Copenhagen Safe?

- The best advice has to do with the bicycle lanes, since the city is full of them and they are least conflicting and confusing. Be careful and do not get distracted because Danish is very correct and polite but watch out when you go by bicycle. Part of the blame is on the tourists, who cross and invade the bicycle lanes often, so be careful where you go.

- In Copenhagen something interesting happened to me. It is that the cold wind, wherever I walked always hit me in the face with the consequent annoyance.

- You have to wear a very good coat in winter and a good raincoat in summer. It rains often.

- In Freetown Christiania, photos are not allowed, especially irascible they are put on the street where all kinds of soft drugs are sold. There are signs warning that if you take it with the phone they will get pissed off.

- Try Danish black licorice. It's a whole religion. Salty licorice is already a Viking experience, not suitable for delicate palates.

- The Smørrebrød is the most characteristic dish of the Danish cuisine: slice of bread with all kinds of ingredients on top like salmon, prawns, veal.

- There are some free museums on certain days of the week, such as the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek which is free on Sundays.

- Take a free tour on the first day to get an idea of ​​the city and its history. They leave daily from the City Hall Square.

- Take advantage of the Happy hours of the premises to save a few crowns in drinks.

- The supermarket is the cheapest of all and you can stock yourself well.

- Copenhagen is a very lively city, even when it is cold and it is allowed to drink alcohol in the street. At 5 am when I was on my way to the central station, I saw many people coming back from the party.

Gásadalur in Faroe Islands

Things to do in Faroe Islands

Isolated from the world and surrounded by the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islands are wild nature throwing themselves into the ocean. 18 volcanic islands live in the capital, Tórshavn, where the only three traffic lights on the islands are located. A curious fact is that there are more sheep - about 70,000 - than inhabitants. Not in vain in Føroyar means islands of lambs.

Located halfway between Scotland, Norway and Iceland, Faroe Islands are easily accessible by plane or ferry. There are direct flights from Denmark, England, Iceland and Norway. Between 4 or 7 days would be ideal to be able to explore much of what the Faroe offer you.

Gásadalur and the Mulafossur waterfall

About 20 minutes from the airport, located on the Vágar island, you can visit the Gássdalur town, one of the most beautiful. Next to the village, the Mulafossur waterfall is born in one of the walls of the cliffs and will leave you mesmerized.

Traelanipa, Lake Sørvágsvatn and the Bosdalafossur waterfall

Also located on the Vágar island, come to visit Lake Sørvágsvatn, the largest in the archipelago. There one of the most characteristic images of the Faroe will surprise you. A lake that ends in the cliffs just above sea level and that, on the other side, overflows into the waterfall of Bosdalafossur directly to the sea.

Saksun, a fairytale town, with ogres included

Located in a natural amphitheater of an extraordinary beauty, at the top of a tidal lagoon, Saksun, is one of the most beautiful villages in the country. In the fjord, at the foot of the village, there is a lagoon. During low tide, it is possible to walk along the sandy shore of the lagoon around the promontory.

Stand on the Tjørnuvík beach

Coming from Saksun you can go to the beautiful Tjørnuvík village and its wonderful black sand beach with the two rock pillars Risin and Kellingin (the Giant and the Witch) in the background. It is a place that attracts many surfers.

Fossá, a cataract of vertigo

Quite popular among locals, the Fossá falls are on their way between Saksun and Tjørnuvík. They are the highest of the islands and one of the obligatory stops along the way. Depending on the time of year, they can be much larger than they appear in the photo.

Bøur Village

Very close to Gásadalur you will find the Bøur village, one of the oldest Faroese settlements dating back to the Viking era, with beautiful views of the Tindholmur islet.

Gjógv, an open throat

With less than 50 inhabitants, Gjógv is the northernmost town on the Eysturoy island. In this small town you can find another of the most typical images. A gorge about 200 meters long that runs from the town itself to the ocean.

Views from Fossingshamar in Funningur

Another beautiful location is the spectacular Fossinshamar mountain range that offers views of the Funningsfjørdur fjord and the idyllic Funningur village.

Route with sailboat

In the Norðlysið village you can board a sailboat sailing through Nólsoy and its cliffs, where you can enjoy maritime views and fresh sea air. Take the soundtrack of Jurassic Park, because it is the first thing that will come to mind when contemplating these views. If you like fun at sea, you can combine it with the back on the speedboat of RIB62 and enter the caves located at the foot of the cliff. Wear a coat and raincoat, even if you are in the middle of summer.

Kallur Lighthouse

Located to the north, on the Borðoy island you can find the second city of the islands, Klaksvík, from where you can board a ferry that will take you to the nearby Kalsoy island to approach the Trøllanes town from where a small route starts. on foot that will take you to the lighthouse of Kallur. Get ready if you have vertigo, there is a small narrow to get to the point that is not suitable for cardiac, yes, what a view!

Eat in a private house

Nothing like the homemade food and if that maxim is moved to the Faroe, where you can try a traditional lamb meal and have a conversation with some great hosts while enjoying its heimablídni (hospitality) and stunning views as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon.

Sunsets and sunrises

Enjoying the departures and sunsets in the Faroe Islands is one of the great privileges of the trip. If you go in spring or in summer the hours are extended and the sunsets last until after midnight, with what you have the golden and blue hour insured.

Stroll through Tinganes, the historic center of the capital

Between the cathedral and the lighthouse of the capital, there is a small peninsula where you will find the historic center of Tórshavn, Tinganes, which, with its traditional wooden houses with grass roof, it seems that you have moved to a Viking village of centuries ago. In addition to your side are the main restaurants to enjoy a good dinner.


The island of the Puffins. One of the islands that star many of the postcards of the islands, its lighthouse, its views and its illustrious winged inhabitants.

Some practical information

Entry: To enter, a visa is necessary.

Climate: Thanks to being located in the Gulf Stream, the climate is much better than in similar latitudes. Take a raincoat and warm clothes, even if it's summer, the weather is very variable. Between June and September there are 19 hours of light. Take advantage of them!

Currency: The Faroese crown is the official currency of the islands.

Accommodation: There are accommodation of all kinds on the islands. From hotels to campsites and many houses and rooms for rent you'll find on Airbnb, for example.

Internet: Despite being under Denmark, in Faroe there is no roaming. The best thing you can do to stay connected is to buy a local card.

Pets: It is not allowed the entry of any pet for stays of less than 3 months, so forget to bring it.

Driving: The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 23 years. The vast majority of the islands are well connected by tunnels and well paved roads, so traveling by car is comfortable and is how you will get more out of your trip. Of course, be careful not to run over a clueless sheep.

Shopping: Faroese wool is the most typical you can buy, although if you like beer, there are factories like Okkara, where you can make a tasting of their beers.

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Vietnam is a pleasant as well as a peaceful country around the Southern East of Asia. With an extended coastline line from the North to the Southeast along with high foothills as well as highlands, Vietnam offers both beaches as well as mountain scenery. Vietnam is among the many densely-populated nations on earth.

The Vietnamese New Year is by far the biggest celebration in Vietnam. In Giao Thua, midnight of New Year's Eve, the whole family meets at the table, lights incense for the ancestors. Every year, millions of people fly, drive and float to their hometown to spend quality time with their friends and their families.

The meals are great, the songs are noisy and everyone is in a good mood. The Tet in Vietnam coincides with the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls around the end of January or the beginning of February. A week before the arrival of the Tet, the families rejoin and together prepare the traditional food in Vietnam like the typical dessert of the party called Banh Chung, a typical cake with rice attached, boiled soy and pork.

In addition, another important moment, typical of the Tet are the Lucky money or Li Xi sachets, which are a gift for people close by and for children. They are strictly red and yellow, the colors of luck and prosperity, and contain new banknotes.

With many islands of Southeast Asia, you will find fantastic vacation spots you could wish to visit while traveling Vietnam. Take a look at a few of the many tourist destinations and things to do in Vietnam which provide exceptional types of encounters which you will not find anywhere else in your life.

If you travel more than 15 days to Vietnam you need a visa. And to get it you have to request an invitation letter, fill out an infinite document at the airport, hand in a passport photo and pay 25 dollars. At least in the airport of Ho Chi Minh do not accept credit card. As always, I recommend AirBnb. A great option to sleep cheaply and meet local people. Here are the best places to visit in Vietnam

Best Tourist Destinations In Vietnam

1. Halong Bay

It is well-known as the location in which the dragon descended into the sea. Maybe it is essential as well as a gorgeous scene of the nation listed History Site. It is a terrific intricate of 3,000 little-rugged islands which are picturesquely spread in the ocean as well as flanked by teeny beaches in Vietnam with unusual caves plus grottoes.

Of unique attraction is Vandong, a historical trading harbor in South-East Asia, along with many medieval sites distributed all through the bay is standout.

2. Hanoi

Hanoi, besides being the capital and the gateway for all those who visit Vietnam, is one of the most interesting, chaotic and exuberant cities of Southeast Asia. In this post I tell you places to see in Hanoi besides things to do in Hanoi, where to stay in Hanoi and many other tips. Undoubtedly the best area to stay in Hanoi is north of Hoan Kiem Lake or the Old Quarter in Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most recommended places to see in Hanoi. Of all the points of interest that the lake possesses, perhaps the most important is the Ngoc Son Temple, located on Jade Island and dedicated to the national hero Tran Hung Dao. You have to cross the Huc Bridge, a wooden construction whose red color stands out in the surroundings of the lake.

Inside the Ngoc Son Temple is one of the biggest curiosities to see in Hanoi. It is a giant turtle found and dissected in the 60s and which is believed to be more than 500 years old and may be the famous turtle of the world. Among all the things to see in Hanoi, perhaps the most surprising is to see the train pass by Train Street, close to the wall and with a Hanoi Beer in hand.

One of the most beautiful and popular places to see in Hanoi is the Temple of Literature, built in honor of Confucius. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is one of the must see places in Hanoi. You can see the Tower of the Flag of Hanoi over 33 meters high, and a palace reminiscent of Beijing's Chinese architecture. Right next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda.

Located on the outskirts of the city, specifically between West Lake (Hồ Tây) and Truc Bach Lake, is Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the most important to see in Hanoi. Hang Buom is an area where you will find an infinity of restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Hanoi. One of the most popular attractions to see in Hanoi is the water puppet show.

Perfume Pagoda, at the top of the Perfume Mountain is one of the most popular excursions to do from Hanoi. Two of the most characteristic dishes of Hanoi are the Pho, a kind of very rich noodle soup, and Banh Cuon, a mass of rice. Another of the typical dishes of Hanoi are the Bun Cha. The passport must have a minimum validity of six months.

In the case of having planned more than one entry within that period or a stay of more than 15 days, a visa must be obtained.

3. Ninh Binh

We started a new route to Ninh Binh, a town south of the capital. The surroundings of Ninh Binh hide dream landscapes. Many call it Halong Bay in land. The well-known Vietnamese bay is famous for its karstic islets jutting out from the sea, with a vegetation of such intense green that when you visit it it seems that you have strained into Jurassic Park.

The difference with Halong Bay is that here the sea gives way to the rice fields. Trang An located about 8 kilometers from Ninh Binh is a natural park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. To visit Trang An, you have to do it by boat. Tam Coc is the sister landscape of Trang An. Just do not hesitate to take a bike ride around Tam Coc.

There are beautiful landscapes between rice fields and mountains, and other places of interest, such as Bich Dong or Mua Caves, are nearby. It does not hurt either to shop around the town because it is very lively. The grace of Mua Caves is to climb the 500 steps that cross the zigzag mountain and reach their viewpoints, from which you have spectacular views.

You will see the Tam Coc river and the boats that make the walk, which are tiny from the heights. Also, if you like dragonflies, you will go crazy because it is plagued! With 700 hectares, temples of Bai Dinh is the largest Buddhist complex in Vietnam. The site is so large that it is recommended to take a minibus that transports you to the lower part or symbolic entrance.

To climb up to the different temples there is a way in which 500 statues of Arhats (in Buddhism, someone who has gained a deep understanding of existence) accompany you at every step. I would recommend that you take your time and go see all the temples and pagodas that you find on the way.

The temples of Bich Dong are not as spectacular as those of Bai Dinh, but they also have something that makes them special. Its peculiarity is that this small complex is formed by 3 temples, which are located in natural caves of the mountain. Very close to Trang An and Bai Dinh is Hoa Lu, which was the former imperial capital of Vietnam in the 10th century.

From Ninh Binh you will easily find transportation to the busiest places, such as Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cat Ba, Sapa or Hoi An.

4. Phong Nha Caves

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Sanctuary offers much scenery. However, nothing is indeed well-liked as the caves. The Phong Nha Caves consist of many cave systems, lots of which are massive enough to contain whole town blocks. The greatest, as well as most remarkable, is Hang Son Doong. Access to the caves is Son Trach, an ample township which is the center of many transportation links all over Vietnam, local dining places as well as conference places for directed trips to the caves.

5. Ho Thuy Tien Water Park

The world is full of unknown places, lost corners to discover, wild scenes that have never before known the human presence. It seems surreal that there are still places around the globe, virgins, that do not know what that is about the human footprint. Humans believe that we have control over all things, but, luckily, the planet is still a little more powerful than we are.

Also, there are abandoned places, where man has left his trail without any purpose. It seems that we enjoy the idea of ​​transforming things to our liking, as if only the evolution of the planet depended on us. We are not alone in this world. We are not the owners of anything.

We are known for getting tired of things quickly. Why do we build something, often we do not even finish it, and we abandon it? This is the case of the Ho Thuy Tien water park, just one of the many thousands of abandoned places that exist. In the center of Vietnam, between the cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi is an abandoned water park, a rather terrifying place that has become a must-see for the most daring adventurers and travelers.

This place is practically unknown, because neither the travel agencies know that it exists, but Ho Thuy Tien is there. Its existence is transmitted from backpackers to backpackers and thanks to the photographs of the visitors. Its location does not appear in Google Maps and not even the inhabitants of the area know where it is. It is an authentic ghost park in the middle of the wildest jungle in the area.

It is located near the Thien An monastery. Among the jungle undergrowth, the visitor can discover in the center of Ho Thuy Tien a giant sculpture of a dragon from which to see the wildlife that surrounds the Park.

6. Bach Ma National Park

The 26 years old, country Local Park boost of rich floras plus faunas with 233 varieties of wild birds. It has also fifty-five varieties of mammals, more so it has over five hundred plant varieties. The Bach Ma National Park covers 22, 031 hectares; the sanctuary is among the biodiversity sites of Indochina. Guests have been touring locate since the 1930's. This Park offers you the best Vietnam Travel experience. A visit to the park comes with lots of benefits to say the list.

7. Da Nang

Many travelers eliminate Danang from their travel list or simply use it as a stopover to get from Hue or Hoi An. Is it worth visiting Danang? The answer is yes. Here are my reasons and what you need to know to visit one of the most unknown places in Vietnam. There are five marble mountains, as the name says, hiding caves, temples and Buddhas. They are inside the city of Danang.

A dozen beaches make up Danang Bay and, so far, most of it is public. This beach, also known as the Chinese beach, is probably the best in the city. Occasionally a couple would appear with a photographer to get their wedding album. Bảo tàng Đồng Đình is a museum that goes unnoticed but that is worth visiting. It shows the evolution of the homes of the inhabitants of Da Nang.

There are 5 different types of houses surrounded by a magnificent garden. It is on the way to the famous sculpture of Lady Buddha. Da Nang Museum is a very interesting museum to know the history of the Cham ethnic group, majority in this Vietnamese region. You can see traditional costumes and ancient sculptures.

Ba Na Hills is a complex that combines Buddhist temples, a replica of a French village, pagodas and themed gardens. And, if that were not enough, all this is reached by traveling on the longest cable car in the world. The river walk in which the Dragon Bridge reigns is ideal for walking or working for a while in one of its cafeterias.

8. Cham Islands

A few kilometers off the seaside of Hoi An is a set of rocky isles commonly called Cham Islands. The islands used to be constrained region but it is at the moment a free zone. The first island Hon Lao is the biggest among the islands and tourist can only reach there on a motorboat, in 2 hours. You can go for a day and proceed to bird watching, snorkel via the encircling reefs or just delight in the panorama of the lovely seashores.

Cau Lau is a typical dish of the city of Hoi An made with noodles, pork and vegetables. Apparently they cook it with water from a well of Cham, whose location is completely secret somewhere on the outskirts of the coquette Hoi An. In all the restaurants of Hoi An they include it in the menu and they will say that it is the best Cau Lau of all!

White Rose are a specialty of Hoi An. In almost all restaurants in Hoi An you will see them announced. Banh Mi is a typical Vietnamese food cataloged at the top of the best cheap restaurants in each city. The classic fried rice that is in any Asian country, is also eaten in Vietnam at any Vietnamese restaurant. And special mention deserves the Bia Hoi, which is said to be the cheapest beer in the world.

9. My Son

Over 1,600 years back, the Chan folks from Vietnam started building on several Hindu shrines around the township of Duy Phu. Under the shadow of Cat's Tooth Mountain, which is enclosed by an eco-friendly valley, many of these historic temples still endure. Well-known jointly as My Son, lots of the historic temples are, yet that naturally enhances the ambiance. Touring My Son is a lot like walking way back in time, thanks to the out-of-the-way location with insufficient touristy system.

10. Mui Ne beach

The Vietnamese fishing elites have a convoy of eye-catching fishing vessels. The beach, however, grows in excellent contrast. Deluxe cozy bistros as well as resorts stroke the shoreline while inexpensive guesthouses are available across the roads.

A variety of water sporting is possible to amuse the travelers who travel via any Vietnam tour company to cruise, kite, or wind-surfing. Any beach in Vietnam as well as roadside pubs are guaranteed with high-end beverages as well as jazz melodies in the late at night. Jibe could be the more well-liked hangout among the youthful from a multitude.

11. Phu Quy Island

Phan Thiet Sea, a hundred and twenty kilometers to the south-east of the deep sea, has a series of ten islands which constitutes Phu Quy County. Phu Quy is the biggest as well as the perfect island among them. The location offers gorgeous panorama. The weather is incredible as well as pleasurable all year round.

The emerald blue water as well as eye-catching reefs, the spellbinding elegance, relaxed environment is the ideal set up for honeymooners more so a relaxing place after long hand work. The island indeed keeps you closer to nature.

12. Dambri waterfalls

Bao Loc, in the heart of a fertile region, is known above all for its silk factories, although what attracts tourists are the Dambri waterfalls. The torrent rises from a bamboo forest to fall 60 meters below with a deafening clatter. An elevator (for a fee) allows you to get off without any effort, although the truth is a bit of a sight to the landscape.

13. Ho Chi Minh City

For many years it was the main port of Cambodia before the region was annexed to Vietnam. Saigon was the old name of the capital of South Vietnam. But after the war in Vietnam and the triumph of the north (communism), Vietnam reunified, Hanoi became the capital and Saigon was renamed Ho Chi Minh, in honor of the communist leader.

Ben Thanh Street Food Market, a food court with a delicious, inexpensive and infinite offer of Asian food.
Precisely the Backpacker Quarter is another place you should visit in Ho Chi Minh City. Here the offer of accommodation, restaurants and entertainment and services is inexhaustible. Beer is cheap, t-shirts are nice and photocopied travel guides are on offer.

Bitexco Tower, at 260 meters is the highest in Ho Chi Minh City. Although by day they attract a lot of attention, at night it is truly spectacular. The city at night is just as chaotic as at 8 in the morning, but it has a certain touch of elegance that is almost invisible during the day. It is impossible to understand this city without the Saigon River, the absolute protagonist of Ho Chi Minh's daily life.

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Business consulting can be a good option for your career. It is not surprising that the best students of our universities are recruited as consultants by companies. If we talk about consultant salaries, in general, the consulting sector is characterized by having salaries above the average. However, it is a demanding profession, physically and intellectually. It needs a good qualification and special personal skills for which you will need to prepare.

Being a business consultant is not an easy task. It involves a great effort to be up to date, and at the same time understand the client's business and its mentality. An added difficulty results from the opacity with which sometimes the client shares its internal information. The consulting work then becomes a futile and frustrating task for both parties.

What Makes a Good Consultant

Who is a consultant?

A consultant is a professional who offers expert advice. He advises companies in a certain area so their specialization is usually high. It is a generally well-paid profession but is demanding. Being a consultant has very high requirements at the level of knowledge as well as personal skills. He has to have strong relationship management and communication skills.

Why are consultants required?

Any business needs to increase its competitiveness, productivity and initiate an intense process that diversifies its market. Facing these challenges means a profound change in their business models and processes. It has to change their way of operating, and their way of doing things. It means betting on innovation and the talent of its professionals.

To achieve this transformation, the company needs to address the change following a method that ensures success. It needs fresh ideas to do things in a different way, infuse new knowledge to adapt the business to the new reality of the market. It has to have impartiality in the analysis of any situation and reflect on the present business approach.

All this is what a consultant offers. He brings experience and specialized knowledge to a company. Most importantly he brings an approach that, sometimes, may not be found within the organization in the current way of doing things.

How to be a successful consultant?

A good consultant in addition to the capacity, expertise and technical knowledge must have among others the following qualities:

Ability to listen: Only in this way a consultant can understand the situation and requirements of each company and the keys to address the problem. He must be able to understand all the constituents of the business from workers, suppliers, customers to even competitors.

Flexible and patient: The consultant has to develop his work by involving the key members of the organization but without altering the day to day of his functions and responsibilities. A good consultant must achieve the objectives and perform after adapting to the dynamics of the business and the client, but while respecting the defined work plan.

Objective and impartial: The consultant must analyze the situation by extracting any judgment and propose all possible solutions. A consultant's mission is to perform an objective analysis, from a position of independence. He has to detect the most viable solutions, avoiding random judgments or biases during the process.

Analytical: The consultant must be able to obtain analytical information that supports their proposals. He should research, generate and relate different data and decision elements. He has to arrive at alternatives that are feasible and rationally supported. A consultant has to be able to identify the essential functional areas of the business. He has to ascertain its processes, importance, and way of relating.

Generator of alternatives: This is a fundamental quality in the consultant. Any client expects valid alternatives for their company and its environment. These alternatives must be innovative, useful, practical and concrete. There should be a clear justification of their genesis and their feasibility and suitability.

Communicator: A consultant has to be able to speak fluently and be able to be understood. It is the only way to ensure that proposals are understood and accepted by the client organization.

Organized and methodical: The consultant must be able to manage a project as a whole or the activity entrusted to him. He has to organize his tasks or those of a team of people to achieve his goal. That is why a consultant has to be able to decompose the work into phases, activities, tasks, and steps.

A consultant should establish the deadlines. He should acquire the necessary resources and adequately distribute the responsibilities. Time management is fundamental to the performance a good consultant.

What Makes a Good Consultant

How to be a good travel consultant?

A good travel consultant should be able to put together a perfect experience in a city or in a country. He has to do everything to make the travelers connect with the best of the local flavor of the chosen place to spend a vacation.

Whether it's a family trip or a photo safari in the savanna. Whether it's a visit to encourage an exclusive shopping experience or an immersion in a little-known aspect of a local culture. A good travel consultant has to give what the words of a travel blog will never give.

A good travel consultant has to be in continuous training. He should attend workshops and travel conferences, and participate in familiarization tours. He should visit hotels, restaurants, and attractions with the objective of knowing more. He should be able to advise with the perspective that a traveler needs.

A good travel consultant strives to understand the accommodation needs or very personal culinary aspects. He has to combine times, stays, visits, excursions and experiences.

But do not deceive yourself. There is no secret to be a good consultant. Everything is reduced to the dedication, time and hours of work.

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Where the hell are the best places to observe the northern lights? Can you see the northern lights anywhere in Scandinavia? Fed up with typical travel experts? We present you here few of the best places to observe the northern lights with complete peace of mind. Although it is not always possible to do it, one of the great dreams of travelers is to be able to witness the Aurora Borealis in Scandinavian countries like Norway.

The weather in Norway is usually milder than in other parts of the world where you can admire the northern lights, whether you are in Lofoten, Tromsø, North Cape or surroundings, in the mountainous plateau of the Sami in Finnmark, or in Svalbard.

The Aurora Borealis only happens above the magnetic poles of the planet. In the northern hemisphere they are called Aurora Borealis, and in the southern hemisphere, they are called Aurora Australis. The spectacular colors are formed when the particles of the sun that are electrically charged enters the atmosphere of the Earth. The display is often referred to as dancing lights. Some people say the lights of Scandinavia swirl and seem to wave at you.

The colors of the Northern Lights vary. The most common are pale yellow, green, and blue. You may also see shades of pink. The most unusual color is red. The colors are determined by the types of gases in the air when the particles collide with the atmosphere. Regardless, you will see an incredible and otherworldly display. Here are some of the best place to see the northern lights in Scandinavia.

Celebrate The Holidays In Scandinavia, Under The Northern Lights

1. Northern Lights in Tromsø

We dare to say that Northern Norway is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable and interesting places to see the northern lights, since hundreds of thousands of people live in this geographical area. If you have decided to see northern lights and your chosen destination is Tromso, we give you the keys for your trip.

From May 20 to July 20 the midnight sun shines, which makes it possible to participate in various activities 24 hours a day. If you are looking for a cultural holiday, Tromsø hosts the Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Lights Festival and both events attract visitors from all over the world.

Between the end of September and the end of March it gets dark in the early afternoon and there is no light until well into the morning. It is the best time to see the northern lights. Install the app for iPhone, Android or Windows, a forecast of auroras that helps you know when you can see auroras wherever you are.

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2. Northern Lights in Svalbard

Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Svalbard Islands is located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole and is one of the best places to see the northern lights in Scandinavia. Some tourists think they need to travel to the end of the world to see the northern lights, but my motto is that there is no reason to go further than what is necessary. While one is involved in the darkness of Svalbard, this magical experience will be the same anywhere.

Use the aurora forecast app, which alerts you when the phenomenon may occur, so as not to leave it at random. And so as not to miss the opportunity, one should be well prepared to take some decent pictures of the northern lights. Photography lovers should bring a tripod, something that will have a huge effect on the outcome. Trying to capture the Northern Lights is like trying to take a photo of a hyperactive child.

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3. Northern Lights in Finnmark

Finnmark is one of the best places in Scandinavia to see the Aurora. The main advantage of coming to Finnmark to observe the Northern Lights is that this area is much less publicized than other Northern Lights destinations with which it rivals. There are also a lot fewer people who live here and a lot of unaltered nature and observation points full of peace. The center of Karasjok is so small that you only have to get away from the main street for clear views of the northern lights.

Regardless of the distance, remember to take warm clothes. In winter it can get very cold in this mountainous plateau in the interior. The coldest day was registered in February, at -38 degrees. The colder, the better. When temperatures are low, the chances of having a clear sky are greater. Despite being cold and small, Karasjok has three hotels and camping areas with modern cabins perfect for winter. The main Norwegian road, the E6, also passes through this town.

Within an hour's drive from the city of Lakselv you will find a signposted lookout that is also a fantastic place to observe the northern lights. On the same E6 main road, but in the other direction, towards Finland, you will find other lookouts just as good. Of course, when in January the sun announces the beginning of the end of the polar night, this event is considered of great importance.

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4. Northern Lights in Lofoten

Few things can be compared to the feeling of kayaking while watching the northern lights on you and also under you, in the water, a light effect that in Norwegian is called morild. Morild is an effect in which the sea becomes milky, a phosphorescent phenomenon caused by bioluminescent plankton. At the end of the night tour, you can decide whether to return home or simply spend the night outdoors, in hammocks with sleeping bags in total isolation.

5. Northern Lights in Andøya

Seeing waves of light above you while you're surfing in the sea is a really special and also rare experience. The biggest challenge is, in addition to the darkness of the season, the fact that the only light that you glimpse when you are trying to maintain balance on the board is often that which comes from the northern lights.

The useful rules of the Norwegian mountain code about wearing clothes suitable for unforeseen weather conditions, or doing everything possible to stay safe can also be applied to the sea. The largest breakwater in northern Europe, which is located in the port of the city. Of course, there are many more ways to see the northern lights.

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New Year's Eve in Nordic Countries and Scandinavia

Christmas and New Year's Eve are magical for most of us. We decorate with twinkling lights, fireworks, and hope for snow. But, we will never be able to match the wonders of nature. Every year people travel to Scandinavia for the most unique and inspiring holiday event of their lives. Whether you travel to Denmark, Norway, or Sweden, you are going to find a winter paradise.

Christmas is usually reserved for family, but New Year's Eve is a time for the gathering of friends. The Northern Lights are still around (usually until March), and Scandinavians celebrate the coming year with optimistic and festive parties. Fine meals are prepared. Live music is played on New Year's Eve and the cities put on massive fireworks displays. The New Year is welcomed with a champagne toast and lots of laughter and fun.

You can enjoy winter sports on blankets of fresh snow every day. This is the land of reindeer, and you can take your family on a reindeer safari. Hike through the forests wearing snowshoes or get wild on a snowmobile ride.

Christmas in Scandinavia is usually spent with family. Lavish meals are set out with rich and hot food. The Christmas holiday would not be complete without the experience of the Northern Lights from the fjords or in places like Kristiansand in Norway and Tankavaara and Lampivaara in Finland. You can also visit some extreme zones like Oymyakon in Russia. No light ever created by man can touch this natural display. Some visitors enjoy the view from a ship where they partake in a holiday cruise and experience the view that few people ever get to see.

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Scandinavia Travel Tips

Because this part of the world is unique, most people travel here and secure what they need upon arrival. The trip can take a while, so savvy travelers look for ways to transport their luggage. Having your bags sent to your destination is easy and safe.
  • Book your accommodations before you go. Look for hotels, lodges, hotels, and rentals that are centrally located so you can have daytime adventures and return to your base in the evening. This is far less costly. Use the 2-mile rule. If the attraction is less than 2-miles from the room, walk.
  • Determine your food budget before you go. Eating out is a major expense. Even grabbing fast food can break your budget at their inflated prices. Prepare your meals yourself. Make a trip to the grocery store and buy foods you can prepare in your room.
  • Book your travel well in advance. In places like Norway, you can get economy fares on trains if you buy them a couple of months in advance. The planning time is well worth the savings.
  • Carry enough money with you. Who knows, there may be bank holidays in Scandinavia at the time you arrive.
  • Do not get trapped in tourist attractions. There are many natural wonders that are free. Take the time to plan your adventures. Use the internet and guidebooks for recommendations.

Obviously, this is trip of a lifetime. It can be costly. However, with planning and research, you can have a wonderful time without breaking the bank. The holiday season is just around the corner. The time for planning this trip is now.
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Are you looking for some Germany travel tips or traveling to Germany for the first time? Germany is one of the best places to visit in December as it has many Christmas markets spread throughout the country. Contrary to what you may think, Germany is cheap, especially if you move through rural areas as is our case. The ideal is to enter some Gästehaus (tavern) of some town.

Have you booked a flight to Berlin, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne or Hamburg for a visit to the Black Forest area? Are you wondering now how to get from the airport to the city center at the cheapest and without unnecessary additional costs? The major airports in Germany are served by many different means of transport.

It is sometimes not so easy to find out which option is the fastest and cheapest. However, this article explains exactly how travelers can best reach the city center from each airport. The various options are clearly displayed in the respective illustrations.

5 Major Airports in Germany

1. Berlin

The federal capital Berlin has two airports: Tegel and Schonefeld. There are various options to get to the city center from Tegel Airport with a variety of attractions and sights. By taxi, you can get to Alexanderplatz in less than half an hour, but the approximately 12-kilometer drive is not quite cheap at around 32 euros.

Much cheaper, namely for only 2.70 euros, travelers can reach the center by public transport. Two bus lines go within 35 minutes to Alexanderplatz, and an express bus puts the route back at the same price even faster.

Slightly further away from the city center is Schoenefeld Airport. It also offers excellent access to the public transport network. Travelers can also choose to use the taxi as a means of transport. You can go at much less than 50 euros in the approximately 23-kilometer route if you take the bus or the S-Bahn instead.

For the 45-minute the bus ride rate is 3.30 euros. The same price is payable for the S-Bahn, which, however, only takes 35 minutes to Alexanderplatz. The regional train Airport Express offers the fastest connection to the city center with a travel time of only 30 minutes.

The Berlin Spandau station offers connection to the metro and commuter network of Berlin. But who needs cars in Spandau? The old town and the citadel are within walking distance. In addition, you can get to any part of Spandau with the many buses that stop at both Spandau stops, at the train station and at the town hall.

The old town of Spandau is one of the highlights of this neighborhood. Here you can see different architectural styles that are characteristic of different times. Enjoy the tranquility in Reformationsplatz with the St. Nikolai Church, which invites you to enter with its many banks and a small dream park. A few steps further on, you will find the Gothic House, one of the most important medieval monuments in Berlin.

Go from Gothic to Renaissance. In Spandau you can do it in just a couple of minutes. The Citadel, with the Juliusturm tower, is the district's reference point. Completely surrounded by water, it completes the picturesque landscape created by the Havel. Explore the terrain and escape from routine. See medieval fairs in the modern metropolis.

In the Havel plain, Spandau also has rural paradises created by water, meadows, forest and countryside, very close to the urban area and the historic area.

2. Brandenburg

Brandenburg surrounds this vibrant Berlin metropolis with vegetation and nature. It is the Tuscany of the north, with the Uckermark district and is a little Venice of rivers and canals that go through the Spree Forest and a Prussian Arcadia with Potsdam, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A big surprise is also the palace and Sanssouci park in Potsdam.

The Sanssouci palace was the summer residence of Frederick II the Great, King of Prussia. The Sanssouci Palace is known as the Prussian Versailles, although in my opinion it is much prettier than Versailles. The New Palace, which houses an art gallery, a Chinese house, the house of the Dragon that houses a cafeteria cum restaurant, the Charlottenhof Palace and the Orangerie.

3. Dresden

During the Christmas holidays one of the most beautiful is undoubtedly the Striezelmarkt in Dresden that is also the oldest in the country. Let yourself be delighted by Saxon folk art, such as Lausanne pottery, basketry and lace, as well as different wood carvings if you are looking for some German Christmas market souvenirs.

One of the key points is the Stollenfest, where a huge cake weighing around 4 tons is cooked, which moves from the Zwinger Palace, beyond the Semperoper, through the Frauenkirche cathedral in Dresden and up to the Striezelmarkt.

4. Munich

The popular Christmas markets that spread throughout Bavaria just before Christmas, have their epicenter in the great Munich. An enchanted forest and even a human advent calendar are some of the attractions that they like the most.

In the middle of spring, Hershtrasse becomes a small corner of Japan. Thousands of people come here every day to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Many prefer to admire the trees at night, as they are even more unusual in the light of the street lamps. Typically, trees bloom for up to 10 days. It is very difficult to predict when the alley will bloom next spring.

Munich Airport has already been voted the most popular airport in Europe six times and is one of the best airports for a stopover during flights cancelled due to weather. If you want to see the many attractions in the Bavarian capital, there are several ways to get into the center. After your flight in the Lufthansa A350 premium economy class, the best way from Munich airport to city centre for the 35-kilometer route is best traveled by Lufthansa airport bus for 10.50 euros or by taxi for 70 euros. The journey takes only half an hour.

Only for a few minutes longer, you can take the S-Bahn train from Munich airport to city center, with which you can reach the main station for 10.80 euros within 45 minutes.

5. Füssen

Neuschwanstein Castle is a dream construction surrounded by a beautiful landscape that inspired Walt Disney himself to create the castle of the Sleeping Beauty, which makes up one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Neuschwanstein is a construction that reflects the ideals and desires of King Ludwig II.

6. Baden Baden

In a dream enclave in the heart of the Black Forest lies the traditional Baden Baden Christmas Market, one of the most endearing in Germany. The approximately 100 wooden stalls with Christmas decoration and gastronomy invite you to a most festive walk, but this is not all. Apart from the Christmas market, the town also has a street that could have been taken from a fairy tale. It is called Märchenstrasse where images tell the story of Christmas.

7. Speyer

The German city of Speyer belongs to the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is one of the oldest cities of the Germanic country. The Rhine passes through its lands and we can visit here the largest Romanesque Cathedral in the world. A few meters from it, is the Technic Museum Speyer, which is well worth a visit.

8. Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main offers excellent international connections through two airports. Frankfurt am Main airport is one of the largest airports in Europe. It is located southeast of the city and is easily accessible by public transport. To get from the airport to the city center, you can take the S-Bahn, which covers a distance from Frankfurt airport to Frankfurt city centre of about 23 kilometers to the main station for 4.55 euros in just 15 minutes.

For the same price, but 5 minutes longer, you are traveling by train. A taxi ride to the center takes 16 minutes and is the most expensive option with a price of around 30 euros. You can book cheap flights to Frankfurt now.

A little further away from Frankfurt am Main is Frankfurt-Hahn Airport. It is located 124 kilometers west of the city center and is also well connected to the public transport network. You can travel by bus for 15 euros that take 1 hour and 45 minutes from the airport to Frankfurt main station. The trip to the city center is a little faster by taxi, but it is not the cheapest option with around 220 euros.

9. Bonn

Traveling to Bonn can be a fantastic plan for a weekend getaway. The former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany until 1990 is a town with a lot of cultural activities, which delights all those who decide to visit Bonn. The hometown of Ludwig van Beethoven has some museums to better know the genius of classical music.

The churches and German castles are one of the main attractions of tourism in Bonn. The museums of modern art, natural history or the Egyptian museum are also some of the places in the city that you can not miss. The Siebengebirge (Seven Hills), 10 km from Bonn has the largest National Park in Europe. Königswinter is a city of wine and tourists, located at the foot of the Seven Hills.

There is nothing like it to fill with illusion and spirit, strolling through rows of well-lit stalls and looking through the shop windows. And all this surrounded by the fragrance of Germany at Christmas, such as roasted almonds, cotton candy, and of course the glühwein and gingerbread cakes, which are everywhere.

10. Cologne

Its old town, Altstadt, can be seen hundreds of meters away thanks to the huge and sharp spiers of Kölner Dom cathedral, which dominate the urban skyline of Cologne. On the bridge where the train crosses the river (Hohenzollerrnbrücke) there are thousands and thousands of colored locks tied by couples and lovers.

Travelers who have already visited the Cologne Christmas market will agree with me that it is a true wonder. Ice lovers can also find an ice skating rink in Cologne during the Christmas market season. As in each of the Christmas markets, I recommend you to visit it hungry. There is a wide gastronomic variety of the area, and you cannot miss the traditional Kölsch beer of Cologne.

11. Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf is a modern city that has nothing to envy over other major cities in Germany, and an old town (Alstadt) with much charm. In the Altstadt area the Marktplatz stands out with its beautiful city hall (Rathaus). The Carlplatz square is great for its nice food and flower market. In addition, there are stands with small high tables where you can stop for a beer and enjoy a tasty wurst.

Nor should you miss the commercial area, with Konisgalle street as a reference, which brings together very expensive brands. The area bordering the Rhine river is called Rheinuferpromenade has lots of terraces on the promenade. In the breweries they elaborate and serve their own black beer known as Altbier, which is usually accompanied by abundant food such as knuckle, sausages, bacon, mashed potatoes and salad.

If we cross the river by one of its modern bridges we will reach the area known as Overcastle, where a row of banana trees will become our best ally if it starts to rain, because parallel to the riverbank, they allow us to walk calmly without fear of getting wet.

In this area it is worth visiting the best European Japanese garden, according to experts, and is that Düsseldorf hosts the largest community of Japanese in the European Union , and therefore is considered the Japanese capital on the Rhine. If you are passionate about manga and Japanese culture, it is worth attending the week of celebrations of the Japanese day.

Only about 10 kilometers north of Dusseldorf is the airport of the city. A ride to the center takes about 12 minutes by taxi and costs 23 euros. S-Bahn as a means of transport costs 2.60 euros only and at a fraction of the price you can still arrive just as quickly at the main station.

Cologne city center is also within easy reach with about 45 kilometers from Dusseldorf Airport. Travelers to the center of Cologne can travel for only 2.60 euro in an hour and eleven minutes by suburban train. The regional train backs the route a bit faster: for 11.30 euro Cologne Central Station can be reached in just 55 minutes.

12. Dortmund

Dortmund Airport is only about 14 kilometers east of the city center. The quickest way to get to the center is by taxi, which takes only 20 minutes for the ride, but with 30 euros, is not the cheapest option. For just 8.50 euros, but almost as fast, travelers can cover the route to the Dortmund main station directly with the Airport Express.

13. Muenster

Shopaholics are recommended to visit Muenster during Christmas as during this period the shops of the city present scale sales. The city also invites its guests to visit numerous festive open markets. The most popular boutiques and shopping centers are on Prinzipalmarkt street. This is the final destination for those looking for some memorable gifts and memories.

Tourists must follow the food preferences of the local population in the restaurants in Germany. If a eating house is avoided by local people, then the restaurant has gained a bad reputation or features rather high price tags. Muenster is considered a safe and quiet city. Its central streets are safe for tourists even late at night while both the remote areas of the city should not be visited by tourists alone. These areas should be visited only accompanied with a guide.

14. Hamburg

One of the ideal European cities for a weekend getaway is Hamburg. It is the second largest city in Germany after Berlin and also has the largest port in the same and the third in the world. When the temperatures rise a little and the first rays of sun of the year reach the city, its streets are filled with people more than ever to the sound of street artists who create an ideal atmosphere to enjoy a peaceful walk.

Walk along the Alster, explore the renovated Speicherstadt or immerse yourself in a small boat trip around its innumerable canals. If you get hungry, do not forget that Hamburg has a good gastronomic reputation for its famous frischbrötchen (fish sandwiches) that are Lecker, lecker!

You can start your weekend in Hamburg by visiting the piers of St. Pauli, where you can find many cafes, restaurants specialized in fish dishes and colorful souvenir shops where you can buy souvenirs. Some of these ferries are accessible with a regular S-Bahn or U-Bahn (urban transport) ticket. You can visit the port where the museums are located, the Elbe Philharmonic as well as the renewed HafenCity.

Take the ferry line 72 which will take you to the Elba Philharmonic, the new concert house where once there were warehouses for tea, cocoa and tobacco (Kaiserspeicher A) today stands this wonderful facade. From this point you can reach the Speicherstadt in a short time , a large warehouse complex in the center of the city. Today these old warehouses are occupied by offices and art galleries.

Take a short trip through Miniatur-Wunderland, a small miniature world on a railway model building. Take a tour of Hamburg, the Scandinavian countries, the Alps and even Las Vegas in one place. Take a break from downtown noise and take a trip to one of the city's great lungs, the idyllic park and botanical garden Planten un Blomen.

Go through the botanical gardens, enjoy the smell of the plants that form it or simply relax accompanied by a tea in the Japanese Garden. This place is especially beautiful during the summer, when its fountains fill with color and you can even enjoy classical music concerts. The park remains open in the evenings between the months of April and October.

A trip to Hamburg can not be considered complete without a visit to the Fish Market in Altona (Altonaer Fischmarkt). If on Saturday you stayed at one of the Reeperbahn or Schanzenviertel clubs, an early morning visit to this market is an almost obligatory duty. Although it sounds a bit strange, do not go home without eating a fischbrötchen from here.

Take a basket and buy everything you need to have a picnic by the Elbe and have a nice Sunday. After this, take the U-Bahn or walk towards the Hamburg City Hall and the Jungfernstieg. A long time ago, parents with unmarried daughters wandered around hoping to find them suitors, but today tourists and locals simply relax on their benches looking at the Alster.

As soon as the ice emerges, the walk becomes a winter wonder, where small stands that offer mulled wine (Glühwein) or currywurst emerge.

15. Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg is a city, located in Germany, in the lands of Lower Saxony, on the Canal Weser-Elba channel, south of the old river bed of the Aller river and it was destined to house the workers of the Volkswagen car consortium. They are cars of the brands Scoda, Audi, Bentley and Volkswagen. You can see the beautiful castle of medieval architecture, the Wolfsburg Castle here.

This 15th century luxury castle is an architectural masterpiece of Renaissance style. In the castle there is an art gallery, which often houses exhibitions of contemporary painters. In addition, part of the castle is the Institute of Photography, and often hosts several festivals. Wolfsburg Castle and its surrounding garden can safely be called one of the most romantic places in the city.

Newlyweds often organize a wedding photo session here. History lovers will also like the Neuhaus castle. For hundreds of years, it belonged to notable dukes. After the end of World War II, an orphanage was opened in the castle. Wolfsburg is famous not only for its historical monuments, but also for its first-class entertainment facilities, including the BadeLand water park.

There is a luxurious spa, in which there are more than ten types of saunas. At the water park, there is a large selection of attractions for adults and children of different ages.

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