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In terms of area, Europe, together with Australia, is the smallest part of the country, but with more than 700 million inhabitants it is one of the more densely populated parts of the world. Europe, along with Asia, is the landmass of Eurasia. However, its culturally and historically independent development justifies its separation as a separate continent. The 10 largest cities in Europe are Istanbul, Moscow, London, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid, Kiev, Rome, Paris and Minsk.

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Schiltach – Beautiful half-timbered houses in the Black Forest

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The half-timbered town of Schiltach is part of the German Half-Timbered Road and is considered one of the most famous and beautiful excursion destinations in the Black Forest. The historic town in the valley of the Kinzig river is characterized by a medieval townscape, artfully renovated half-timbered houses and a town hall from the 16th century. Things to know about the half-timbered town of Schiltach The state-approved climatic health resort Schiltach is located in the Middle Black Forest and has …

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The Triberg Waterfalls – Germany´s highest waterfall

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Waterfalls are always beautiful. So we hace already discovered the gigantic Waterfalls of Iguazu in Argentina and Brazil as well as the huge Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Also we have seen the spectacular Underwater Waterfall on the coast of Mauritius. What we did not see yet, however, were the highest waterfall in Germany: the Triberg Waterfalls – one of the most visited sights in the Black Forest. The Triberg Waterfalls – The highest waterfall in Germany The Triberg Waterfalls are …

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Hohenzollern Castle – Best viewpoint & Castle Tour

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One of the most famous castles in Germany is Hohenzollern Castle in the state of Baden-Württemberg. We have already seen many impressive photo photos of the castle, which is build on a 855 meter high, isolated and prominent mountain hill. So we were already very excited about our visit. Things to know about Hohenzollern Castle The history of the castle Hohenzollern Castle sits majestically on an 855-metre-high mountain cone on the edge of the Swabian Alb in Baden-Württemberg. It is …

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Ludwigsburg Palace & the Fairytale Garden (Blooming Baroque)

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After we spend three days in Stuttgart we then visited the city of Ludwigsburg, which is only about 15 km north of the Baden-Württemberg state capital. The Ludwigsburg Palace is considered one of the largest original baroque buildings in Europe. In addition, several pleasure palaces and extensive gardens characterize the image of the former residential city. Things to know about Ludwigsburg Duke Eberhard Ludwig of Württemberg had a spacious and representative castle built outside the old capital Stuttgart in 1704 …

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Stuttgart – Top 15 sights, photo spots & activities

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For three days we took our time to explore the most famous sights and photo spots of Stuttgart. The city on the Neckar enchants with its special location in a valley basin on the northeastern edge of the Black Forest, the oldest television tower in the world, several castles, the longest pedestrian zone in Germany and, of course, the invention of the automobile. Things to know about Stuttgart Stuttgart is the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and has …

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Things to do in the area of Siegen-Wittgenstein (Siegerland)

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We spent 3 days in the beautiful Siegerland to explore some of the most famous sights of the region in the Rothaargebirge. Starting with the half-timbered town of Freudenberg, the city of Siegen, on to the tranquil Bad Berleburg and out into nature to the Bison Wilderness and the Kühhude Suspension Bridge on the Rothaarsteig hiking trail. Things to know about the Siegerland The historic Siegerland includes the altkreis Siegen of today’s Siegen-Wittgenstein district in North Rhine-Westphalia. The district was …

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Siegen – Sights & a tour through the old town

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After our visit to the half-timbered town of Freudenberg, we took a tour of the city of Siegen, which is only about 15 kilometers from Freudenberg. The city in the Siegerland impresses with a historic city center, 2 castles and a church with an attached crown of gold. Things to know about the city of Siegen The city of Siegen has 100,000 inhabitants and is located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the border triangle to the neighboring federal …

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Freudenberg – Historic town centre with half-timbered houses

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Freudenberg is one of the cities in Germany that we have always wanted to see. With its many white half-timbered houses standing right next to each other, the city offers a special backdrop that is certainly unique. For this reason, the old town was also included in the NRW Cultural Atlas as a “monument of international importance”. Things to know about Freudenberg (Siegerland) Freudenberg is a town in the Siegerland region of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. The oldest districts are …

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Düsseldorf – Sights & the most beautiful photo spots

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The longest bar in the world, the Rhine promenade, the old town, unusual street art, the Königsallee shopping mile, the Rhine Tower, the many parks and museums… the city of Düsseldorf has many sights to offer and is therefore great for a city trip. So we took 2 days to get to know the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia on our own and on foot. Things to know about Düsseldorf The city of Düsseldorf is the state capital of North …

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The Wellem – The luxury boutique hotel in Düsseldorf

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If you want to explore Düsseldorf with all its many sights, the hotel The Wellem by Hyatt is perfectly suited. This impressive luxury hotel is centrally located in the city centre and from here you can easily explore most of the sights on your own and on foot. Das Hotel The Wellem – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt “Wow, what an impressive hotel entrance!”– We stood in amazement with our suitcases in front of the luxury boutique hotel The Wellem …

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Nijmegen – Sights of the oldest city in the Netherlands

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The last stop of our river cruise with VIVA Cruises on the Rhine was the city of Nijmegen. The city on the banks of the Wall is characterized by a 2,000-year-old history and thus describes itself as “the oldest city in the Netherlands”. We find it interesting that the cities of Maastricht and Dordrecht also claim this title for themselves 🙂 Things to know about the city of Nijmegen The former Hanseatic city of Nijmegen is located in the east …

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Kinderdijk – The 19 windmills of Kinderdijk in Holland (UNESCO)

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In the Netherlands, there are 10 UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites, such as the canals of Amsterdam, the Schokland, the Wadden Sea in the North Sea or the Wouda Pumping Station. We wanted to visit another World Heritage Site today: the historic windmills of Kinderdijk. Things to know about the windmills of Kinderdijk About 15 km southeast of Rotterdam are the 19 historic windmills of Kinderdijk, which are among the most famous sights in the Netherlands. They were built in the …

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Dordrecht – Sights & our walking tour in the city

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On our fifth day on our VIVA Cruises on the Rhine, we headed for the port city of Dordrecht which is about 20 km southeast of Rotterdam. The city has about 120,000 inhabitants and is located in a very water-rich area on the rivers Merwede, Noord and Oude Maas. This “three-river corner” in the north of the city is one of the busiest waterways in the Netherlands. Things to know about Dordrecht Dordrecht was first mentioned in 1120 and received …

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Rotterdam – The most beautiful sights & photo spots

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After we had left our stop in Amsterdam as part of our river cruise with VIVA Cruises, a stop in the modern port city of Rotterdam was on the agenda for the rest of the day. Rotterdam certainly doesn’t win a beauty award, but there are a few interesting corners that we found on our walk across the city. Things to know about Rotterdam The port city of Rotterdam is located at the mouth of the Rhine into the North …

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Amsterdam – The most beautiful photo spots & sights

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On the third day of our river cruise with VIVA Cruises on the Rhine, we visited the Dutch capital Amsterdam, which has the highest density of historical monuments (8,500 listed buildings) in the country. Particularly impressive is the semi-circular canal ring ennobled by UNESCO. Things to know about Amsterdam Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has around 870,000 inhabitants, making it the most populous city in the country. The port city is located at the mouth of two rivers into …

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