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Top Attractions in Luxembourg City

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - September 28, 2018

When one looks at the geographical situation and the history of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, one understands better why this country has as its administrative language, French, and German. Tourists can easily be tempted by a stay in Luxembourg City which is home to a multitude of places of interest. A point of interest in Luxembourg is that it has a cycling network of 600 kilometers and some 20 marked bike paths that are quite safe, plus another 300 kilometers of mountain bike circuits.

It is a dynamic country, a financial and economic center of significant size, a very prosperous country and the meeting point of a strong multiculturalism. The capital, Luxembourg-City standing at the crossroads of Latin and Germanic cultures is home to 40% foreigners in terms of population. When it comes to tourism the country focuses its promotion both on the preservation of its natural space and also on the historical heritage of which it is the happy heir.

  • Luxembourg City the capital of the Grand Duchy, is the economic and financial lung of the country but a true city of contrasts. Its exuberant dynamism, is a point of interest in Luxembourg which is reflected in the presence of many international companies, 200 financial companies and the presence of some 150 nationalities, must not forget that this city is nestled in the heart of a green and peaceful countryside and that it also has historical monuments of great beauty: its ancient fortress, whose construction dates back to the ninth century, protected sites since it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An excellent tourism destination, Luxembourg can be discovered on foot or by bike.
  • Luxembourg City also benefits from the most complete transport infrastructure: besides the Luxembourg-Findel international airport located 6 kilometers north-east of Luxembourg, it also has a TGV station. Not far from this city, shoppers will be delighted to discover Bertrange, which contains City Concorde, one of the largest shopping centers in the country in which a hundred shops are located: from jewelry shops to perfumeries, restaurants and bars and bookstores.
  • The Luxembourg Ardennes are representative of this lush nature that can be explored through several means of transport. Valleys, high plateaus surmounted by meadows or shale rocks characterize the landscapes of this region which also includes the Natural Parks of the Upper Sûre and lakes created by the Esch-sur-Sûre Dam.
  • The Moselle Luxembourgeoise region has sunny slopes and this region also has a long winemaking tradition and is a point of interest in Luxembourg.
  • Wellness enthusiasts also have the opportunity to visit the spa estate of Mondorf-les-Bains, which is also the only spa resort in Luxembourg.
  • Be careful to go to Luxembourg at the right time: the rain falls frequently throughout the year and the most enjoyable months are those from May to September when the temperature can reach 26 degrees.
  • The Grand Duchy is also visited for its cultural capital. It is enough to immerse yourself in the Mullerthal Region, also called Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland, to measure its wealth. In Echternach, a point of interest in Luxembourg, which is also the oldest city in the country, tourists will enjoy visiting the Basilica and the crypt with the tomb of Saint Willibrord, Bishop of Utrecht in the 7th century AD and founder of the Abbey of Echternach an order of Benedictine monks.
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5 most Beautiful Towns to Visit in Lithuania

Blog, Europe - GoroadTrip - September 24, 2018

Lithuania is the largest of the three Baltic countries and the one with the most troubled history. After having been a great kingdom, constantly occupied by Poland, Germany, Russia, it was Lithuania that first faced the USSR, in 1989-1990, showing the way to independence. Today, like its Baltic counterparts, Lithuania integrates the European Union in a dynamic way and adopted the euro on January 1, 2015.

This is the perfect opportunity to discover these little-known regions with many lakes, thick forests and some beautiful national parks. Beautiful towns in Lithuania are described below –

• Vilnius

Vilnius, which for a long time, thanks to its very important Jewish community, had the title of “Jerusalem of the North”, is a magnificent conservatory of cultural and artistic influences. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its architecture, Vilnius is the least famous of the Baltic capitals: lost in the middle of the land, it does not enjoy access to the sea, unlike Riga and Tallinn.

This city whose Jewish population was decimated during the Second World War was in turn Polish, Nazi, Soviet. Projected towards the future, Vilnius has the charm of cities with multiple cultural and architectural influences.

• Kaunas

Kaunas is the major river port of the Baltic countries, and the second largest city in Lithuania. Polish, then Russian, the city was, from 1920 to 1940, the capital of independent Lithuania. Occupied by the Germans, she saw the establishment of an extermination camp: a museum of deportation and resistance preserves this memory.

The old town of Kaunas is attractive with its restored medieval towers and its beautiful Town Hall. A mixture of baroque, medieval and Gothic architecture overlooks the city with its museums and religious buildings. Crossed by the Niemen from west to south, the landscape of Kaunas offers beautiful manor houses, wooden houses and an open-air museum that offers a panoramic view of the harbor. Kaunas is one of the most beautiful towns on Lithuania.

• Nida

An old fishing town 52 kilometers from the peninsula of the Curonian Spit, Nida stretches across a strip of sand covered with forests. Old village town of the 18th century, it is best known for the wooden architecture of its houses planted in the sand. Beautiful dunes overlook the area for beautiful climbing. The highest, Parnidis has a solar clock, installed at its summit. Every year, traditional festivals and folklore concerts take place in the village to relive the ancient times. It is one of the beautiful towns in Lithuania.

• Palanga

Surrounded by centuries-old forests and immersed in an exceptional ecological atmosphere, Palanga is Lithuania’s most popular seaside resort and one of the beautiful towns in Lithuania. With its modern architecture, Palanga is immersed in a cosmopolitan atmosphere with thousands of restaurants, cafes, toy stores and boutiques on its streets.

A soft sea and smooth beaches, the resort allows doing water activities such as surfing, scuba diving, and water bikes. In the middle of a landscape accentuated with pines, the ballades by bike or on horseback constitute a real pastime.

• Druskininkai

Located near the Russian and Polish borders, Druskininkai is a known spa resort in Lithuania since the 19th century. Today, the city is a tourist center of international renown, marked by a certain well-being as evidenced by opulent villas.

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Cool Places to Visit in Macedonia

Europe - GoroadTrip - September 20, 2018

places to visit in Macedonia

Located in the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia shares borders with Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo, and Albania. Far from being a small country, Macedonia has more than two million inhabitants who occupy more than half of the territory. Macedonia is becoming more and more interesting for tourists wishing to discover new destinations.

Some of the places to visit in Macedonia are listed below –

• Skopje

In the north of Macedonia, Skopje, the capital, saw the Romans, Bulgarians, Serbs, Byzantines, the Ottomans, before being integrated into the kingdom and then part of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. Skopje has grand buildings and monumental statues making it important among places to visit in Macedonia. In the center of the great square of Macedonia stands the fountain-statue of Alexander the Great. On the other side of the River Vardar are tall buildings, including the archaeological museum.

Old Bazaar is the largest in the Balkans after Istanbul. The heritage of the Ottoman Empire is present at caravanserais e.g. Kapan Han, ancient hammams such as Daut Pasha and Cifte and mosques at Mustafa Pasha, Sultan Murat. There are also several churches, such as Church of the Ascension of Jesus, which has a remarkable iconostasis. Finally, overlooking the old town, the Kale Fortress, built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, is now a place of archaeological excavations.

• Ohrid

Ohrid is the most attractive places to visit in Macedonia. The region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been populated since prehistoric times. In ancient times the already flourishing city was called Lychnidos and had an acropolis and a theater, which was used as an arena by the Romans and now serves as a backdrop for the summer festival of Ohrid. In the 9th century, the city became an important religious center. St. Clement and St. Naum, followers of St. Cyril and Methodius (inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet), settled here and founded the first Slavic university and monasteries.

There are about twenty churches in the old town. In St. Sophia Cathedral, one of the architectural jewels of Ohrid, you can admire frescoes from the 11th century. Finally, do not miss to visit the Church of St. John at Kaneo, built in the thirteenth century, installed on a rocky promontory, facing the lake. At the top of the old town, the medieval fortress offers a breathtaking view of the lake from its walkway.

• Lake Ohrid

Straddling two countries (Macedonia and Albania) and surrounded by mountains, Lake Ohrid, the largest in the country (358 sq km), is often compared to a sea. One of the most attractive places to visit in Macedonia its shores have pebble beaches, campsites, hotels, cafes and lounge bars where you can drink cocktails. In summer, translucent water has an ideal temperature.

Around the lake, there are several villages worth a visit, such as Trpejca, nicknamed the “Macedonian Saint-Tropez”, and Radožda, a small fishing village where you can taste the famous Ohrid trout.

• Bitola

It is good to stroll through the long pedestrian street of Širok Sokak one of the most enchanting places to visit in Macedonia, lined with elegant colorful buildings, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

The second city of Macedonia has beautiful buildings built in the time of the Ottoman Empire. In the Muslim part, you can see several mosques, an old bazaar and a covered market dating from the fifteenth century. The archaeological site of Heraclea is close to Bitola.

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Best Places You Must See in Brussels

Belgium, Blog - GoroadTrip - August 20, 2018

Brussels attractions

Brussels is the capital of Belgium. It is one of the loveliest places with wonderful architecture, and with a great history of every alleyway and street. You will get the feeling of business in the streets of Brussels. It is said that its atmosphere of multi-layered makes it a great city to visit. It is having something for each and everyone. Apart from art and architecture, you will get much more which is Brussels attractions. And if you are a health conscious and avoid oily foods then forget your diet routine for some days as because fries, beer, and mussels are very famous in Brussels. Continue Reading

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Top Rated Tourist Attractions in the Capital of Iceland

Blog, Iceland - GoroadTrip - August 18, 2018

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland with a population of 123,000 (approx). It is artistic, historical, whimsical and quiet. As you will find much to do it in the city and its attractive places will win over your heart. No matter how long you are going to spend your time in Reykjavik, but these tourist attractions in Iceland will give you memories which will be hard to forget. Continue Reading

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