Germany is a country that is filled with breathtaking scenery, historic structures and a host of amazing attractions. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Romantic Road. In the 1950s, travel agents nicknamed the stretch between Würzburg and Füssen, Romantic Road, due to its many medieval sites, quaint villages and spectacular landscapes, and the name has remained since. As it is so popular with tourists, it is recommended that this stunning route be explored out of season.
For Charles Garnier, the designing of the Palais Garnier would cement his name into the history of Paris and the world of architecture. This magnificent opera house has been studied by future generations and inspired architects that have followed him. When Napoleon III requested designs for the opera house in 1858, a competition was sparked, but Garnier’s design overshadowed those of more than a hundred and seventy others, and was unanimously chosen for the construction. Today, the Palais Garnier is a wonderful attraction in Paris, which still inspires and leaves visitors astounded by its beauty.
Many people readily associate Italy’s city of Venice with love and romance, picturing a gondola slowly making its way along the city’s canals while the couple being ferried gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes. There is little doubt that the canals of Venice are a major attraction of this picturesque city and you certainly don't have to be part of a couple to enjoy exploring the canals. The Grand Canal winds its way through the city in an “S” shape, with a network of smaller canals meeting up with it at various points. In the past the canals were the life-blood of the city and still serve as a means of getting around, with water buses and water taxis providing public transport. The majority of visitors to Venice prefer using the gondolas which allow them to see some of the many attractions of Venice in a leisurely fashion.
Holland is a beautiful country and its people show a deep appreciation for their artistic and cultural heritage. This appreciation will be brought to the attention of the world during 2009 and 2010 as the top ten museums in the four largest cities in the country join forces to present a wide-ranging art and cultural event under the banner of 'Holland Art Cities'. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague will participate in this large-scale initiative, which will see the Hermitage and Stedelijk Museums in Amsterdam re-open their doors following extensive renovations.
Located outside the village of Harewood in West Yorkshire, England, Harewood House is a major tourist attraction and offers a wonderful day’s outing for the whole family. A tour through Harewood House and grounds allows visitors to view the superb examples of Chippendale furniture, outstanding art collections and the richly decorated Adams interiors, before exploring the beautifully landscaped gardens of this stately home which was built by Baron Edwin Lascelles. The house was completed in 1771 and remains the home of the Lascelles family.
The large, rambling passages and rooms that one finds in an old castle tends to jog the imagination and excite the senses. This is certainly true of the Castle of Bouillon in Belgium, which is not only well preserved but which boasts a long and interesting history.
If you’re looking for a great new holiday destination, you might want to consider the city of Cáceres in Spain. This ancient place was founded as far back in history as 34 BC by the Romans. However it was only after the Moors arrived sometime in the 12th century that Cáceres started to gain prominence and splendor. Little wonder then, with such a great history, that Cáceres in Spain has become such a great tourist attraction.
With endless green hills, picturesque lanes of trees, colorful flower beds and towns that seem untouched by time, Loire Valley in France is one of the most breathtaking attractions in the country. It takes visitors on a journey back through time, where the Loire Valley was a status symbol, and royalty and nobility fought for land to erect their massive chateaus across the countryside. Many writers and poets are still attracted to this breathtaking part of France as a source of inspiration and peace, and it is unsurprisingly referred to as the Garden of France.