The Museo del Prado is one of the most magnificent museums in the world today as it is houses an exquisite collection of rare art and sculptures. It is also one of the most visited museums for this reason. Here visitors can marvel at paintings created by famous artists centuries ago. Ancient sculptures will leave visitors breathless due to their attention to detail and how the sculptor was able to capture the life of his model. The Museo del Prado is located in the city of Madrid, Spain, and is a recommended attraction while visiting the city.
Located on the north-eastern tip of Denmark's Zealand Island, the picturesque town of Helsingør was the setting for William Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which it was referred to as Elsinore. Located in a strategic position near the town, where it controlled and protected the entrance to the Baltic Sea, Kronborg Castle is a superb example of a classic star fortress dating back to 1574. Recognized as one of the most notable of Europe's Renaissance castles, Kronborg Castle was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2000. Having played an integral role in Northern Europe's history during the 16th to 18th centuries, the castle is of great significance to the people of Denmark.
The 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria, Germany, rises majestically from the surrounding forest where it overlooks the picturesque village of Hohenschwangau. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle's 19th century Gothic Revival architecture has a fairytale quality to it, and was the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland California and Hong Kong. Neuschwanstein Castle has also featured in a number of films and is a popular tourist attraction in this scenic location.
Built in an era where defending one’s home from invaders was a priority, the Egeskov Castle in Denmark is surrounded by a moat, with the only point of access at the time being a drawbridge that could be raised to cut the castle off from the surrounding land. The castle was built in 1554 as the home of Frands Brockenhuus and his wife Anne Tinhuus, and is renowned for being the most well preserved building of its kind in Europe. Visitors to Egeskov Castle can enjoy a tour of the historic castle, relax in the beautifully landscaped gardens, take a walk through a maze in the park, or gain insight into the past at one of the many museums.
Located on Castle Hill on the banks of the River Danube, Fisherman's Bastion offers some spectacular views of the city of Budapest, Hungary. This is one of the most popular castles with visitors to the city, and it is easy to see why. Designed in a neo-Romanesque/neo-Gothic style by Hungarian architect, Frigyes Schulek, Fisherman's Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902, making it one of the newer castles in this ancient city. Following damage incurred during World War II, extensive repairs were undertaken by the son of the original designer, János Schulek, and visitors today can have the pleasure of exploring its majestic stairways, turrets, projections and galleries.
With its pastel painted houses hugging the shoreline, Portofino has long had the reputation for being one of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean. Its picture postcard perfection has made it a destination of choice for many tourists exploring Italy, and the surrounding tree-covered hills are home to luxurious villas of the rich and famous. Located within the Italian province of Genoa, and forming part of the famous Italian Riviera, Portofino may be a small village, but it has world class hotels and restaurants, as well as a host of shopping options. Popular beaches in the vicinity of Portofino include Paraggi, Camogli, Lavagna, Chiavari and Sestri Levante – each with its own particular charm.
Located at Arc-et-Senans, next to the spectacular Forest of Chaux, approximately 35 kilometers from Besancon in eastern France, the Saline Royale is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as follows: “From the Great Saltworks of Salins-les-Bains to the Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans, the production of open-pan salt.” Built in the 18th century, when salt was considered to be an essential commodity of great value, Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks) was designed by renowned French architect Claude-Nicolas Ledoux (21 March 1736-18 November 1806), an early advocate of French Neoclassical architecture.
As one of the most readily recognized attractions in the world, Stonehenge lies in the center of a range of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments and burial mounds in the county of Wiltshire in England. Archaeological evidence suggests that at one time there were an estimated 80 megaliths at this site, of which only 17 remain. The megaliths of Stonehenge are arranged in concentric circles and horseshoe patterns, with the largest standing at a height of 6 meters and weighing 45,000 kilograms. Taking into account the sheer size of the stones, the fact that some were moved a distance of up to 30 kilometers from a mountain quarry using primitive transportation methods is amazing, but the real mystery lies with who built them and what their purpose was. It may be this element of mystery that makes Stonehenge even more appealing to the tens of thousands of visitors it receives each year.