Not only is The Hague one of the most historical and picturesque cities in the Netherlands, but it is also the third largest city in the country. Its royal history has ensured that The Hague is filled with noteworthy sites, an array of museums and historical buildings that can only be described as architectural wonders. The palaces that grace the landscape of The Hague and its surroundings draw thousands of visitors each year, and amongst the most popular of the palaces is the Huis ten Bosch. A royal residence, this magnificent palace captures the imagination of those who visit and is a recommended attraction in the Netherlands.
The Holocaust is a time that will never be forgotten. It is a period in the history of the world filled with heartache, war, persecution and remarkable stories of survival. There are also legacies that have been left behind that tell of bravery in the face of terror, love in the midst of tragedy and the outlook on war through the eyes of a child. When it comes to Holocaust stories, one story stands out above all, and is the most well known throughout the world; it is the story of Anne Frank.
The capital city of the Gipuzkoa province in Spain is probably not as well-known to travelers as some of the country’s larger cities. With a small population and numerous noteworthy sites to enjoy, tourists who are looking for destinations a little off the beaten track venture to cities such as Donostia to enjoy the sights and culture. But one major occasion sees to it that celebrities from far and wide descend on Donostia, namely the San Sebastian Film Festival. This weekend, kicking off on the 17th of September 2010, Donostia will again be filled with well-known faces and actors.
UNESCO recognized the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, as a World Heritage Site in the year 1998. It is one of the most popular and well known sites in the city, and thousands of visitors flock to the square each year to marvel at its architectural beauty and attractions. The name is derived from it being established as a marketplace. It has captured the imaginations of many over the years, including Archduchess Isabella in 1599, who commented: "Never have I seen something so beautiful and exquisite as the town square of the city where the town hall rises up into the sky. The decoration of the houses is most remarkable."
Housed in the majestic Palazzo degli Uffizi in the picturesque city of Florence, Italy, the Uffizi Gallery is among the oldest and most renowned art museums in Europe. Taking its name from its original purpose, that of being offices (uffizi) for the magistrates of Florence, the construction of the palace was started in 1560 by Giorgio Vasari and completed in 1581 by subsequent builders, while still keeping to Vasari’s original and distinctive design. As an architect and painter, Vasari brought the best of both of these professions together with a result that has been recognized as exceptional by architectural historians over the centuries.
The Alhambra, located in Granada, Spain, is a mysterious and historically significant palace complex, which has also become a popular tourist attraction. Situated on a hilltop, overlooking its breathtaking surroundings, the exact date of construction of the structure is unknown and neither is the identity of its architect. It is known that the Alhambra was only a small complex before interest was shown in it during the eleventh century, with major renovations and construction taking place during the fourteenth century, estimated dates being 1338 to 1390. Though constructed to serve a military purpose, as it was a military area, kings and nobility took up residence here and contributed to its illustrious heritage.
Denmark is a country of many wonders and fascinating attractions. And when a noteworthy sight has a fairytale attached to it, it makes the attraction even more spectacular. When in Denmark, tourists are recommended to stop off in Copenhagen to visit the Little Mermaid Statue. For those who know the legendary tale, written by Hans Christian Anderson in the year 1837, the statue brings their childhood stories to life and allows the words of Hans Christian Anderson to spill over into reality.
Greece is a country steeped in history and mythology. Through its numerous noteworthy sites and fascinating attractions visitors are able to explore the mysteries and adventures of the past. Near the picturesque town of Rhodes is a breathtaking archeological site that looks out over the magnificent bay and Haraki resort. Lindos Acropolis is a very popular attraction in Greece, as visitors are able to discover the beauty of the ancient city and enjoy the magnificent views that the site offers.