Located on a hill in the province of Siena, in Italy's Tuscany region, the medieval walled town of San Gimignano is characterized by its ancient tower houses creating a skyscraper-like skyline. The historic center of the town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it bears testimony to the civilization and urbanization of the Middle Ages. History and architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the well-preserved examples of Roman and Gothic architectures, including both secular buildings and churches, some of which date back to the 14th century.
Located on the Mediterranean coast of France, Marseille is the country's second largest city (after Paris) and its largest commercial port. With spectacular scenery, ancient history and rich culture, Marseille is a popular tourist destination, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors each year, to enjoy its abundance of museums, theaters, art galleries, cinemas, bars, clubs, restaurants, retail outlets and hotels.
With more than 800 monuments and over 220 museums and galleries, the Hungarian city of Budapest is a veritable treasure trove of culture and history. Add to this the forty theaters, seven concert halls and impressive opera house found in the city, and it's clear that the citizens of Budapest value their cultural heritage.
Recognized world-wide as a landmark of Denmark, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen's harbor is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of the same name. Measuring only 1.25 meters, the statue has an enormous presence and has been an iconic tourist attraction since it was unveiled on 23 August 1913. Danish ballerina and actress Ellen Price modeled for the bronze statue, which was created by sculptor Edvard Erikzen, but would not appear unclothed, and the sculptor's wife Eline was the model for the body of the Little Mermaid, as she had been for a number of her husband's artistic works.
With its pristine blue-shuttered, white-washed buildings, the Greek island of Mykonos has long been a popular holiday destination. As part of the Cyclades islands, Mykonos is surrounded by the islands of Tinos, Syros, Delos, Naxos and Paros, all of which are well worth visiting on a day trip by boat. The economy of the island is driven by tourism and visitors are made to feel most welcome. There are a number of interesting sites to visit on the island, and its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters are a huge draw card, offering a range of exciting watersport options and sheer indulgent relaxation.
The capital city of Brandenburg, Potsdam, lies on the River Havel about 24 km from the city center of Berlin. Prior to 1918, Potsdam was home to Prussian kings and German Kaisers and its rich culture and history is reflected in its many superb landmarks, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Sanssouci Palace and Park, the New Garden, the Chateau of Cecilienhof, the Babelsberg Park and Palace, and the Church of the Redeemer.
Located in Marne-la-Vallée, around 32 kilometers from the Paris city center, Disneyland Park opened in April 1992, later expanding to include Walt Disney Studios Park, with the two parks becoming the most visited themed attractions in Paris and all of Europe. Around fifteen-and-a half-million people visit the two parks each year. The layout and attractions are modeled on the hugely successful Disneyland complexes in Anaheim, California, and Bay Lake, Florida.
With more than eight million items in its permanent collection, the British Museum in London offers one of the most comprehensive exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of humankind, from its beginning to the present, and on all the continents. Established in 1753, the museum started off exhibiting primarily the extensive private natural history collections of Irish physician Sir Hans Sloane, and has been expanded continually over the following years. The museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Britain and is well worth visiting – more than once.