Monday, July 21, 2008

What to Visit in Austria Part 2

Yesterday we talked about what you can visit in Austria and now we will continue our recommendations. Be sure to read the other article as well so that you can plan a dream vacation in this wonderful country.


Salzburg is one location that is well renowned for the number of churches it holds. A lot of people call it the Rome of the North right because of this reason. To make it even better one can view a lot of perfectly preserved old streets, go to festivals, visit the Birabell Palace, the Mozarteum and the hohensalzburg Fortress.


One can not visit Austria without visiting the wonderful city of Vienna. This is definitely one of the most historic and greatest cities in Europe. Most of the well known rulers in Austria were born here and the list is completed with a lot of famous classical music composers. Several popular tourist attractions are present here including the Vienna Woods and St. Stephen's Cathedral.


Innsbruck is highly popular during winter. It is located right between 2 mountainsides that are perfect for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. To make it even better, Innsbruck is also visited during summer due to it being well located for ecoutours and mountaineering.

The Museum of the Future

Ars Electronica is what is labeled as the Museum of the Future. It is highly popular as a tourist attraction as is renowned due to stunning collection of modern technology.

Hohe Tauern National Park

The Hohe Tauern National Park is one of the last natural wilderness regions in Europe. It is one spot that is well known around the world for its fauna and flora. A lot of wonderful animals like ibex, chamois, birds, Mountain goats, sheep and so on can be visited.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

What to Visit in Austria Part 1

Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and one popular tourist attraction. It has a dramatic and rich history that is completed by breathtaking landscapes featuring medieval fortresses, churches, castles and more. With this in mind, we thought about putting together a list of the places you should visit if you plan a trip to this country.

Hofburg Imperial Palace

First on the list is the Hofburg Imperial Palace, which was built in the 13th century. It still stands today and features the offices of the Austrian president, the international convention center and the world renowned Spanish Riding School together with the Lipizzan stallions. One can also visit various museums that are open to tourists in the area.

Carnutinum Archaeological Museum

For those that do not know, Carnutinum was one of the most important Roman towns located in the Alps. It was established around the 6th century and housed 5000 people during the Roman Empire period. Nowdays this place is a huge tourist attraction due to the fact that it houses the biggest collection of Roman artifacts. This includes roman arms, coins, amphitheatres, baths, jewelry and several religious objects linked to Mithras worship.

Grosslockner Alpine Road

One of the most visited alpine roads in Europe is the Grosslockner alpine road. It conveniently ends in the highest mountain in Austria, a place where visitors can find the largest glacier as well. Just imagine the fact that this place was visited by over 50 million individuals since the 1930s.


You can not possibly go to Austria without visiting Graz as this is one of the most famous culture centers in the world together with art and architecture. Even world recognition was achieved as Graz is currently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is because of the huge historical value it brings to the table. Combine these facts with the well known nightlife in the area and you will immediately understand why so many tourists do come back to Graz.

The Eisriesenwelt Caves

This is where one can find incredible landscapes thanksa to the ice and rock formations present, the majestic towers and columns, all linked with a beautiful waterfall and glacier. These caves were discovered during the late seventies by Anton Posselt. Since that day this spot has been a popular tourist attraction that attracted thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. The Eisriesenwelt Caves are among the largest ice caves in the world.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Facts about the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1887. It was first built as the entrance arch to Exposition Universelle, the World's Fair. The unique design it presents is created by Gustave Eiffel and he managed to create a masterpiece with the height of 324 meters. Nowdays the Eiffel Tower is a huge landmark of France and especially Paris. Needless to say that everybody thinks about France when looking at a picture of the tower, even if there is a smaller version of it in Las Vegas.

Everyone that visits Paris wants to visit the Eiffel Tower and we must say that it is a must visit tourist attraction. It comes with 3 stories, the first two being accessible by lifts and stairs and the last one only by lifts. Keep in mind that ques are always expected here although it is worth the visit. The view alone from the top of the tower is enough to bare with the possible wait time you might meet.

The even more interesting thing is that the Eiffel Tower will not only offer a great view. You have a lot of other things to look at, including a skating ring right on the first floor during winter. The first floor also holds the Altitude 95, one restaurant that has room for 200 individuals. Tourists can also dine at a restaurant at the second floor but it is reservation only and holds entrance through a private lift, a perfect location for a romantic candle lit dinner on your special vacation.

You will also find a photo studio, a souvenir shop and even a post office on the first two floors of the tower. If you plan to visit the Eiffel Tower we recommend accomodations at the Le Marquis Hotel Paris, a very convenient yet luxurios hotel that is located within walking distance of Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Other tourist attractions in Paris are accessible through metro.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Visiting Lake Champlain

Few people are aware of the fact that Lake Champlain is the largest body of fresh water in US if we rule out the Great Lakes. It stands at a length of 120 miles with 12 miles across and an average depth of 400'. Although this is quite a huge lake, this aspect is not what makes it special. Its beautiful landscapes are what make Lake Champlain special. You should know that a lot of New England vacationers are starting to put this tourist location on their map and they always come back. Let us now think about some tourist attraction spots in the Lake Champlain region, places that we recommend you visit.

First on the list is the Northern half of Lake Champlain. It is filled with many islands, with the biggest ones being linked with each other and even the Vermont mainland thanks to Route 2 in the South and Route 78 in the North. You are thus quite close to some towns that are worth visiting like Grand Isle, Alburg, North Hero and South Hero. The entire area is a great destination for biking due to the rolling hills present and the view is breathtaking as you will see the Green Mountains in the East and the Adirondacks in the West.

Montpelier is the capital of Vermont but the largest city is not this one. Burlington has this title and it is perfectly located right on the shore of Lake Champlain, making it a perfect vacation spot. Once in the city you can go visit ECHO, the Lake Champlain Chocolates factory tour and the Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum. A lot of tourists will complete a tour of the city with a train ride through Champlain Valley thanks to the Green Mountain Railroad.

Since we are talking about such a huge lake, you can imagine that there are also cruises on Lake Champlain available for those wanting it. We thus have 2 cruise boats in the area during summer. "The Spirit of Ethan Allen III" can hold a cruise for 500 people and "Northern Lights" 150 people. The only possible "inconvenience" is that both start from the Burlington docks. Both of the cruises will have an impact on tourists due to the many breathtaking views it will take them through, quite a special experience.

Once in the Lake Champlain area you will need to visit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum as well. You will find it near Vergennes. Add the Basin Harbor museum to the list and both will complete themselves with a historical trip back in time. After going back in time think about the fact that we can find 50 state parks in Vermont. 12 of them are in the Lake Champlain area. You can thus visit: Knight Point, Sandy Bar, Alburg Dunes, Knight Island, North Hero, Grand Isle and Woods Island among others. Once in these parks you cn go through many interesting activities like biking, camping, boating, hiking, fishing and swimming. Realxation is sure to be of the highest quality and you will simply love the area. For more information about the Lake Champlain area visit the official web site: