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Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

Reasons to Go Into the Wild at Yosemite National Park

National Park-founder John Muir once said "The mountains are calling and I should go." Taking a note from Mr. Muir, you should too! Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity with almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. A visit to such an overwhelmingly stunning park can be quite daunting especially for first-timers so be sure to download the Yosemite National Park Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Hiking

There is so much hiking to be had in Yosemite. Panorama Trail is an 8.5-mile one-way trip from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley and takes you past hidden gems like Panorama Point and Illilouette Falls, before joining the Mist Trail to incorporate Nevada and Vernal Falls too. If you're feeling lucky and up for a mighty challenge then you can apply to undertake the infamous Half Dome Hike – a 10-12 hour trek to the summit of the park’s focal peak, which only allows around 300 people on the trail each day. Equipped with torches and a sense of adventure, you can also opt for a "Flashlight Hike" offered by nearby hotels. You’ll be led through the woods around the area to learn all about the trees and wildlife that make up the forest and makes for a great opportunity for some stargazing.

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2.      Water Activities

First formed by the actions of mighty glaciers, Yosemite’s astonishing scenery is also the result of many millennia of the weathering actions of wind and water. So it's only natural that rafting, boating, and water activities are quite popular at Yosemite. Today, rivers and lakes are some of the park’s biggest attractions, especially for swimmers and paddlers of canoes and kayaks. For thrilling white-water action, venture outside the park boundaries, especially along the mighty Merced River. Adrenaline junkies will surely enjoy the wild and scenic stretches of the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers just outside the park offer thrilling whitewater rides.

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3.      Winter Sports

If you're looking for a unique way to visit Yosemite then head over sometime between December to March and strap on some skis, snowshoes, or hit the slopes for some downhill adventure! Yosemite is home to the oldest downhill skiing area in California and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding. You'll find groomed trails perfect for cross-country skiers, chair lifts that take Alpine skiers to the top of the runs in minutes, a challenging terrain park for snowboarders and skiers to test their limits, and a tubing area where the whole family can experience the thrills together.

 

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Must see! Cologne, Germany’s Oldest City

Must see! Cologne, Germany’s Oldest City

Located across both sides of the Rhine river, the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne is considered Germany's oldest city and is the region's cultural hub. The city itself is brimming with rich architecture and history. It is brimming with galleries and museums that showcase a range of exhibitions and shows from 20th-century pieces to modern art and sculpture and even Roman antiquities. There so much to see in Cologne that it might get overwhelming at times, make sure to download the Cologne Travel Guide and Offline City Map to help you on your cultural trip.

1.      Cologne Cathedral

What is locally called the grand Kolner Dom–Germany's largest cathedral–dominates Cologne's skyline with its famous twin spires. This massive church took over 600 years to build and is hailed as the epitome of European gothic architecture. It is one of Western Europe's most famous medieval sites of Christian art where you can admire its beautifully stained-glass windows and elaborately decorated towers. If you're up for a challenge, you can climb up 509 steps of the South tower and witness a breathtaking view of the city from up above.

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2.      Museum Ludwig

Right next door to the Cologne Cathedral is the Museum Ludwig, which offers a stimulating trip through the art of the last century, the third-largest Picasso collection in the world, as well as one of the most comprehensive Pop Art collections by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein outside the Unites States. The museum it in itself is also a work of art, showcasing a combination of striking sharp angles and curves. If you’re keen on a pre-game bite before getting lost in a sea of art, the Museum Cafe and Restaurant's food is an excellent treat.

3.      Rhine River Cruise

One of the world's most popular river cruising destinations is Europe's longest river, the mighty Rhine River. Take in Cologne's beautiful scenery as you cruise down at least 20 ancient, hillside castles, lush vineyards, and about 15 German Rhine towns with their winding streets and sleepy medieval architecture. Visit the famous Trendelburg Castle or also fondly known as the Rapunzel's Castle along the Rhine Gorge. If you've whipped up an appetite from all the sightseeing, fret not, the river cruises not only offers amazing architecture, old world style and charm, but also delicious wine, beer, and food in a fairy tale atmosphere.

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Top reasons to travel to Bucharest!

Top reasons to travel to Bucharest!

There are a plethora of reasons why Bucharest, Romania’s capital and largest city, should be your next destination. To make sure you don’t get lost or overwhelmed by the multitude of attractions; get the Bucharest Travel Guide and Offline City Map.

1.      Your Dollar Goes a Long Way

Romania is not in the Eurozone despite joining the European Union in 2007 so you will need Romanian leu (RON) instead of pounds to once you’ve arrived Bucharest, or anywhere else in the country. Today, one US dollar can be exchanged for 4 RON. You can stay in Bucharest for over a week and your food and entertainment expenses will likely not even reach $100 and most of the main attractions can be enjoyed at just a few dollars each.

2.      Drinking is Incredibly Cheap

If you love beer then Bucharest is the best place in Europe to get yourself drunk silly. Even in the most expensive sections in the city a pint of beer will not cost more than $3. Oh, and when you get to doing your drinking spree, make sure you sample tuică, a traditional spirit made from plums.

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3.      Marvel at the World’s Heaviest Building

The Palace of Parliament is the world’s heaviest building and second largest administrative building after the Pentagon. It was completed in the 1980s and was the symbol of Romania’s communist might during the reign of the Ceaușescu regime. It has more than a thousand rooms and some can be accessed through guided tours of the colossal structure.

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4.      Go to Dracula’s Lair

Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula, the world’s most famous vampire, was inspired by Romanian Vlad Tepes. Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, may be considered a tyrant by the rest of the world but in Romania he is hailed as a hero. He successfully defended Wallachia from invaders. He impaled hundreds and displayed them near the borders of his territory. Only a few dared to invade his dominion after seeing the sea of impaled men. Snagov, Tepes’ final resting place, is only 25 miles north of Bucharest. The remains of the ruthless ruler are said to be buried underneath a monastery located in a tiny island in the middle of a lake.

 

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Have a Vacation at Bratislava, the Most Underrated City in Europe

Have a Vacation at Bratislava, the Most Underrated City in Europe

If there could only be one hidden gem among the many destinations in Europe, then it has got to be Bratislava. After all, most people, even those who travel a lot, aren’t even aware it exists. Here are a few reasons why you need to visit this heavily underrated city. Bring your Bratislava Travel Guide & Offline City Map with you. It will help a lot in your exploration.

1.      Cheap Accommodation

Accommodation in Bratislava is dirt cheap compared to the larger and more popular European cities. If your budget is really tight you can opt for a shared room in the downtown area and pay only as low as $10 per night. If you don’t want to worry about breakfast, there are numerous hostels that offer 2-person rooms at $30-50 per night with free breakfast for two.

2.      Free Sunday

Your vacation in Bratislava can get even cheaper if you visit during the first Sunday of the month which is known in the city as Free Sunday. During Free Sunday, all museums and galleries in the city including the Bratislava Castle and Michael’s Gate in Old Town offer free admission. This gives you the opportunity to learn something about Bratislava and Slovakia without spending a single cent.

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3.      Small City

Yet another reason why a Bratislava vacation is cheap is the fact that the city is quite small. It’s a city of only half a million residents and you can just walk from one attraction to the next. The only real reason to use public transport is if it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella. Moreover, most of the attractions can be found in Old Town so you can check them all out in one day as long as your legs don’t give out on you due to too much walking.

4.      Local Food, Wine, and Beer

Bratislava is the place to go if you want to taste authentic Slovakian food, wine, and beer at the cheapest possible price. Try out Bryndzove Halusky (sheep cheese dumplings served with bacon), Slovakia’s national dish. Bratislava is always a top contender in the country’s ‘The Wine of the Year’ national competition and the city’s finest wine can be found in Old Town’s Rača district. Most wineries in Old Town also serve beer. Ask for the Corgoň draught beer, one of the most tasteful beers in the region.

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You Shouldn't Miss Ho Chi Minh, South East Asia's Cultural Melting Pot

You Shouldn't Miss Ho Chi Minh, South East Asia's Cultural Melting Pot

The Vietnamese capital is a vibrant marriage of past and future. From timeless temples, colonial alleys, and scrumptious street food to contemporary skyscrapers, boutique hotels, and classy restaurants, Ho Chi Minh has everything an adventurous soul craves for. Enjoy this bustling city with the Ho Chi Minh Travel Guide with Offline Street Map to make your adventures a breeze.

1.      Ben Thanh Market

What is trip to South East Asia without an authentic glimpse into the local culture and chaos? And what better way to experience it first-hand than a visit to one of Ho Chi Minh's dizzying markets. Although not as big as other markets out of town, the Ben Thanh Night Market is perfectly situated in the center of the city and still offers a multitude of souvenir stalls and over 20 street eateries to choose from! The market building is easily surrounded by expectant local and foreign diners alike looking to feast on a wide range of the best dishes Vietnam has to offer.

2.      Cu-chi Tunnels

Find out more about the country's rich history and its people's tenacity and resilience through the elaborate network of underground tunnels that run 200 kilometers (120 miles) beneath the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh alone. What was once used as hideouts, living quarters, and supply routes for the Viet Cong during the American-Vietnamese war is now a popular tourist attraction. Here visitors can experience the underground life of soldiers and civilians back in the 1940's by exploring and even crawling around the safer parts of the labyrinth.

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3.      Saigon SkyDeck

After a day full of adventure, cap it with a spectacular view of the city from 262 meters above ground at Ho Chi Minh's tallest building to date. Designed after a shape of a lotus bud the Bitexco Financial Tower is one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh's rapid economic development. One of the tower's highlights is the city's first observation deck on the 49th floor where visitors will be able to enjoy a full sight of the city, the Saigon river, the Notre Dame Cathedral and so much more.

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Love to chill in cold places? Go to Québec, North America’s Winter Wonderland

Love to chill in cold places? Go to Québec, North America’s Winter Wonderland

If you love the cold, the city of Québec will be a paradise for you. Here are some convincing reasons why you should come to Québec City. Download the Quebec Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map so you’ll have an easy time exploring the city.

1.      The Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel is the only one of its kind in North America and it is Québec City’s most famous attraction. This modern structural wonder, located on the lower slopes of the Laurentian Mountains, is made up of 500 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. It has 44 rooms. Curtains are used as doors and the beds are made of blocks of ice fitted in a wooden frame. Guests are provided with sleeping bags designed specifically for the ice beds. The bathrooms are in a separate outhouse building. The average temperature inside the hotel is -4˚F so don’t check in unless you are confident you can handle the cold. When you make your reservation, you can also request for a custom suite to be carved for you if you so desire.

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2.      Village Vacances Valcartier

The Village Vacances Valcartier is the largest winter playground in North America. It is the perfect place to set the child in you free. The attraction has more than 35 snow slides along with ice skating, ice rafting, ice tubing, and ice carting facilities. Its slope-slide sugar shack sells the most delicious maple candy-pop in the city. Once you’ve had enough of the cold, you can warm up in the park’s restaurant and reenergize your body with some hot soup and dishes. Thrill seekers can test themselves in the Himalaya, a tube ride that features a 90-degree jump during which the tube can reach a speed of 50 miles per hour.

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3.      The Nordic Spa

The Nordic Spa operates based on a millennium-old Viking tradition of tempering the body by subjecting it to extreme shifts in temperature. The first stage involves bathing in an outdoor hot tub. Then the second stage of sweating it up in a sauna follows. And finally, the final step of immersing yourself in frigid waters. To help normalize your body, a 60-minute long Swedish massage caps off the experience.

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Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Melbourne has consistently topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World’s Most Livable Cities List since 2011 and it is expected to be voted number one again this 2017. Here are some of the reasons that make Melbourne so desirable. Get the Melbourne Travel Guide and Offline City Map so you’ll know exactly what to do when you get there.

1.      The Weather

The Melbourne summer has just the right amount of heat to make you go running towards the beach which is just 20 minutes away from the city center. If you don’t feel like going to the beach, there are several hotels and numerous amusement centers that have rooftop pools. The Melbourne winter, on the other hand, is just cool enough to allow you to roam around comfortably as long as you wear the right winter wardrobe. Whether you visit in the summer or in winter, you’ll surely find the Melbourne weather quite pleasing.

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2.      The Food

Melbourne has a very innovative and exciting food scene which accurately reflects how much the people in the city love to it. You will be surprised at how varied the options are, especially for brunch. Here are the eateries and restaurants you should check out:

·         Industry Beans – serves the best coffee in the city. The coffee is roasted on-site so you can guarantee its freshness. Its menu has more caffeinated beverage options than Starbucks.

·         Ginger Boy – known for its delectable Asian Fusion cuisine. Its signature dish is the Son in Law Eggs while its signature cocktail is the Ginger Girl.

·        Embla  – a restaurant filled with the New York vibe that serves an unbelievable variety of small dishes you can eat handily on-the-go.

3.      The Racing

The Melbourne Cup is reason enough to visit the city if you are a fan of racing and everything fast. Its most notable event is the Autumn Racing Carnival’s Super Saturday in which the first horse to reach the finish line can win its owner as much as $500,000. It is a massive event in which countless families set up camp by the track side to make the most out of the experience.

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5 reasons to visit Helsinki, the Compact Capital and Largest City of Finland. Find out!

5 reasons to visit Helsinki, the Compact Capital and Largest City of Finland. Find out!

Helsinki makes for a great destination any day of the year. Here are but some of the reasons why you really need to check this fantastic city out. Download the Helsinki Travel Guide and Offline City Map before you get there.

1.      Design Overload

Finland is well known the world over for its modern design heritage and you can see this showcased everywhere in Helsinki. Marimekko, Iittala, Artek, Arabia, and other world-renowned brands have become so ingrained in daily life in the city that you can’t avoid them even if you tried.

2.      Urban Nature

Helsinki is a highly modern city and yet it has managed to stick close to nature. Numerous green squares are still perfectly maintained and if they aren’t enough for you, the shoreline, parks, and forests are just a few minutes away. You can easily go back and forth between modern civilization and nature anytime you want.

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3.      Sea All Around

Helsinki is part of an archipelago of around 300 islands. The city itself has a shoreline that stretches for more than a hundred kilometers. You can see water in every direction. Almost every kind of maritime attraction in existence can be found in or near the city which is why tourism is at its peak during summer. If there is a water sport or activity you want to try, odds are extremely high that you can do so in Helsinki.

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4.      Innovative Food Culture

The city of Helsinki is surrounded by ocean which grants it easy access to a wide variety of fresh seafood while several nearby forests make for quick sources of fruits and herbs. There are also several nearby farms that supply fresh meat. All these fresh ingredients are the main reason why the city has several Michelin-starred restaurants. Helsinki is definitely the best place to savor authentic Finnish cuisine.

5.      Urban Saunas

Helsinki is home to both traditional saunas and state of the art modern saunas, and a significant portion of them are available to the public for free. Saunas are an important part of Finnish culture. Make sure you indulge on them.

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Alluring Reasons to Visit Cape Town, the Southernmost City of the African Continent

Alluring Reasons to Visit Cape Town, the Southernmost City of the African Continent

Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in the continent of Africa and here are some of the many reasons why. Download the Cape Town Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map beforehand so you’ll have an easier time exploring this magnificent city.

1.      The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is the most famous attraction in Cape Town. The Cape of Good Hope gives you direct view of one of the most extraordinary natural displays on earth – the collision of currents from the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Afterwards, you can go to the Castle of Good Hope and have a look at an extensive collection of art and military memorabilia put together by William Fehr.

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2.      The Kirtenbosch Botanical Gardens

The Kirtenbosch Botanical Gardens is one of the 'Seven Magnificent Botanical Gardens of the World'. It houses all the luscious and rare flora of Cape Town. The flowers and plants are just half of the reason you should pay these majestic gardens a visit. The journey to the gardens itself will surely be an unforgettable experience. You will trek through the numerous pathways and trails at the back side of Table Mountain. During the trek, you’ll get to see a wide variety of African plants, each well marked so you’ll know their name and a little bit more information about them.

3.      Robben Island

Robben Island is the prison where world-renowned imprisoned leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu were held captive. The island prison holds plenty of historical artifacts that give light to how it was like to be a prisoner there. Today, the island now serves as a symbol for freedom from discrimination. The journey to the island itself is a popular attraction. The half-day ferry ride takes you across the captivating waters of South Africa.

4.      Cape Point

Cape Point is the one place in the city where you can take part in whale viewing. Get a rare up-close glimpse of a variety of whales including Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Killer Whales, and more. It might take hours before one emerges or breaches but the splendid view will be well worth it.

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Moscow, the 869-year-old capital of Russia

Moscow, the 869-year-old capital of Russia

Moscow is both Russia’s capital and its most populous city with a population of more than 13.2 million. It is also one of Europe’s great cultural destinations. There are a plethora of reasons why you should visit this marvelous city and here are some of them. Download the Moscow Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro app to help you explore this amazing destination.

The Red Square

Moscow’s Red Square is one of the most jaw-dropping manmade wonders in the world. It is also referred to as the Epicenter of Russia and is home to many of the most significant historical events in the country and even the world. Tread on its uneven cobblestone streets and gaze upon the centuries old buildings. Simply wandering around the square will give you a distinct idea of what Russian architecture looked like in the past. The Red Square is also where the most popular festivals in Russia are held.

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The Art

Moscow is a paradise for art lovers. It is home to numerous renowned museums and popular art galleries. Among the most famous is the Tretyakov Gallery which holds the world’s biggest collection of Russian fine art. Even most of Moscow’s retired industrial areas have been transformed into spectacular art spaces. Make sure you check out the ARTPLAY Centre of Design and the Flacon Design Factory.

The Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro, completed in 1935, is one of the oldest and largest underground railway systems in the world. It is not only a remarkable achievement in the field of engineering but also an architectural marvel. All its stations are grand, showcasing dramatic sculptures and intricate mosaics. The Moscow Metro has transcended from being just a transportation system and has become a tourist attraction on its own.

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The Food

Moscow won’t let you down when it comes to food. The variety is unbelievable and you can find a 24-hour restaurant or food stall in every corner. The most notable things about authentic Russian cuisine are the exotic soups and the vigorous dishes. Make sure you taste meat dumplings, pancakes, and most especially, caviar.

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Guangzhou, China’s Third Biggest City

Guangzhou, China’s Third Biggest City

Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, It is a large metropolis that is the home of the renowned Canton Fair that attracts thousands of tourists each year. There are plenty of other reasons to come to this wonderful city. Don’t forget your Guangzhou Travel Guide & Route Planner Metro Map when you make your visit. This app will make navigating through the colossal city a piece of cake.

Accessibility

The Port of Guangzhou is the second most important port on the Pearl River. It provides easy and convenient transport to and from Hong Kong and Macau. And Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport is one of the largest in the country, providing an excellent means of entering and leaving China.

Attractions

Guangzhou has the perfect mix of traditional and modern. It has numerous natural spots and historic spots most notable of which are the White Cloud Mountain and Chen Ancestral Shrine. It also has modern marvels like the Canton Tower and Chimelong Holiday Resort as well as several theme parks. Guangzhou has somehow managed to advance into an international-level developed city without losing its heritage.

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Authentic Yue Cuisine

Yue Cuisine, traditionally known as Cantonese food, is one of China’s Eight Regional Cuisines. Tenderness and mild sweetness are the defining qualities of Yue Cuisine. Your visit to the city can’t be complete without tasting authentic dim sum. Make sure you explore the local restaurants and check the dishes out.

Easy Shopping

The city has several shopping streets and plenty of shopping centers to provide you with anything you might want. If you want a more informal setting, the street markets are the place for you. Some vendors will even allow you to haggle for better prices. If you prefer a more quiet and orderly environment, then the malls should be where you do your shopping.

Traditional Chinese Operas

Going to a traditional Chinese opera is a great way to relax after a busy day of exploring the city. There are several theaters in the city where Classic Cantonese Opera is regularly performed. The most popular among these theaters is Haizhu District’s Jiangnan Theatre.

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4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

4 Reasons to Visit Krakow, Poland’s Prague

Prague is the most popular tourist destination in the Czech Republic. Poland has its own version of Prague – Krakow. Check it out and you might even find Krakow more pleasant than Prague. Download the Krakow Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map for your convenience.

Krakow’s Old Town

Just like Prague, its Old Town is also Krakow’s main attraction. In fact, the Old Towns of these two cities are quite similar when it comes to their picturesque buildings and streets except for one glaring difference. Krakow’s Old Town has a lot less tourists. Wandering around Old Town is like you’re inside a European fairytale. Walk down perfect cobblestone lanes and marvel at several majestic churches and gaze upon the magnificence of the castle perched on the hill beside the city. There is even a huge bell tower that chimes Krakow’s town song St. Mary’s Trumpet Call.

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Not Many Tourists

Prague is constantly swarming with hordes of tourists, Krakow, not so much. Krakow remains to be a hidden gem of a destination. Not many tourists know about it. You’ll be able to take your time in enjoying each attraction, take pictures, shop, etc. You also won’t encounter hassles like having to fall in line, dealing with noise pollution, and racing for souvenirs. There will be nothing that will prevent you from going at your own pace.

Vibrant Local Culture

Another benefit of Krakow being unpopular is that you will be able to explore the city surrounded by locals instead of other visitors. You will be able to observe their way of life easier and much more clearly. The locals are quite friendly. You can approach them as you shop at the Christmas market and they’ll usually be eager to tell you stories if you show them you want to listen.

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Poland is Cheaper

Poland is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Food and lodging in Krakow is around 30% cheaper compared to that in Prague. You can translate this significant saving into a longer vacation or more souvenirs.

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Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Make Plans to Visit Marrakech, the Gateway to the Sahara Desert

Marrakech, the fourth largest city of Kingdom of Morocco, is a hidden gem that is definitely worth a visit. The former imperial city is a major economic center and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. Here are a few reasons why you should go to Morocco. For more helpful details, check out the Marrakech Travel Guide & Offline City Street Maps. Gateway to the Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert is a wonder of nature, an endless sea of sand that seems to stretch infinitely. It covers approximately 3.5 million square miles or 9.2 million square kilometers making it around the same size as the continental United States. It touches eight countries and is home to unique land formations and plant and animal life.

Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert
Kasr of Ait Benhaddou at Sahara Desert

Haggle for Rares at the Souqs

The Souqs is a massive marketplace where you can get pretty much anything and for a huge bargain your negotiation skills are good enough. You can haggle on both common items such as food, clothing, and traditional Moroccan lamps as well as rare treasures such as artwork and antique jewelry. Start haggling for a third of the seller’s price and you are likely to get the item you want at half the price. You can even play a game with your friends on who is the best haggler.

Awesome Marrakech Souk
Awesome Marrakech Souk

Relax in the Majorelle Gardens

The Jardin Majorelle oasis offers a serene break from the hectic city. The gardens are named after Jacques Majorelle, a French artist who fell in love with the city of Marrakech so much he brought everything he can with him upon his return in 1919 and settled there for good. He purchased the plot of land where the gardens now stand for use as his personal studio and sanctuary. The gardens suffered deterioration after Majorelle’s death in 1962 but were purchased and restored in 1966 by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The Majorelle Gardens became open to the public in 2008, shortly after Saint Laurent’s death.

Experience Authentic Moroccan Mint Tea

Moroccan cuisine is nothing to scoff at. It has its own unique look and flavor. The most sought after Moroccan food item is authentic mint tea. It is prepared using unique Moroccan ways using ingredients found in the locality for a distinct aroma and taste.

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Irresistible Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Las Vegas, the City of Sin

Irresistible Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit Las Vegas, the City of Sin

Las Vegas is has become a part of pop culture as the “Sin City” thanks to its numerous unconventional adventures readily available for tourists. The city’s unofficial slogan of “Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” alone is enough for thousands who simply want to let loose and do things they don’t normally do. For detailed knowledge of the entire city, check out this Las Vegas Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Rail. Below are just some of the things that make Last Vegas so attractive. Cheap Hotels

Don’t let the massive casinos and other extravagant establishments fool you. Hotel accommodation in Vegas is actually quite cheaper to most large cities in the United States. This is why even teenagers can go to Vegas for pull an all-nighter of fun and vice after only a few months of saving money. Hotels rates can go as low as $50 per night and the most expensive luxury hotels often don’t go ever $300 per night.

Amazing Las Vegas View!
Amazing Las Vegas View!

Converging Cultures

One of the major reasons that make Las Vegas universally enticing is that it caters to everyone regardless of race, nationality, or religion. It has all kinds of attractions inspired by various cultures and locations around the globe. For example, you find all kinds of foods from fast food to fancy cuisine to exotic foods in Vegas. If you want to experience as many new things as you want in one night, there is simply no place better.

World Class Shows

Some of the best artists and showmen in the world perform regularly in Vegas. Top notch shows are being held in numerous locations all throughout the night that catching them all is impossible. From rock acts to standup comedy to theater to strip clubs… any kind of entertainment you want can be found in Vegas.

Ease of Moving Around

In a city with countless attractions, mobility is important. Fortunately, Vegas has carefully planned roads and state of the art transport systems that makes going from one part of the city to another extremely quick and easy. You can choose walk, get a taxi, rent a car, ride a bus, or get on a monorail. If you choose to drive, there are numerous free parking spaces available if you know where to look.

Las Vegas main street known as The Strip
Las Vegas main street known as The Strip

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3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

3 Top Notch Reasons to Visit Sydney, Australia’s Most Populous City

Sydney is Australia’s most populous city. Locals love it and tourists adore it. If you ever plan on visiting the Land Down Under, Sidney is a city you should not miss. Here are a few reasons why. And remember to download the Sydney Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro to make your vacation easier and more pleasant.

1. The Beaches

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Sydney is a city of beaches. With several beaches to choose from, finding one suited to your tastes will be quite easy. The Palm Beach is a popular choice as the mesmerizing scenery during the one-hour long trip to get there from the city center is truly unforgettable. The Clovelly Beach is ideal for families who just want to have a quiet and wholesome picnic by the beach. Shark Beach is known for having its own shark net and a majestic view of theSydney Harbor Bridge.

2. Authentic Sydney side Cuisine

There are several eateries in the city that can provide you with a taste of genuine Australian cuisine. Harry’s Cafe De Wheels is the most popular and most iconic among them all. It is a simple hot dog and pie stand. For a few dollars, you can enjoy a quick meal while enjoying a great view of the Woolloomooloo Harbor. The Doyles is well-known for its take on Australian Fish and Chips that uses squeezed lemon and mayonnaise in place vinegar. And the Kawa Café is the top choice for Australian coffee.

3. So Much Free Stuff to Do

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You can have fun in Sidney without spending a dime. In the center of the city, you can find the Botanic Gardens. This place is full of all kinds of harmless wildlife such as lorikeets, cockatoos, and water dragons. From the Botanic Garden, you can take a straight path to Paddington. In this route which is a few miles long, you can see flying foxes and other sorts of fruit bats flying around. If you are looking for panoramic views of the city, you can go to the Opera House or the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

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Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Brandenburg gate at sunset
Brandenburg gate at sunset

Berlin is one of the most coveted tourist spots in Europe. Below are some of the many amazing reasons why you should definitely go and visit Berlin. Refer to the Berlin Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for a more comprehensive understanding of this wonderful city.

Profound History

No other European city is as historically significant as Berlin. In fact, a major part of recent history in the continent began at Berlin, making it the dream destination for history both history geeks and the average Joe who are simply curious. It is the best place to obtain an understanding of World War II and how it impacted Europe. Berlin also has Communist roots. The city has several museums you can spend a few hours on.

Liberal Mindset

Berlin is regarded by many as the most liberal European capital. It is a place where you can just be yourself and no one will judge you or act awkward towards you because of it. It has numerous alternative neighborhoods and vibrant places where you can just chill and relax.

Impressive Monuments

The Berlin Wall alone is worth your visit to Berlin. It is a mammoth structure that once separated East Berlin from West Berlin. Then there is also the Holocaust Memorial where you can gaze at remnants from the most terrible genocide in history. In contrast, there is the East Side Gallery, a particular 1316m section of the Berlin Wall that serves as an international memorial for freedom. There are other remarkable monuments scattered all over the city.

Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin
Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin

Delicious Food

Berlin offers a wide selection of cuisine. First of all, it is a haven for vegans. It has the most number of vegan restaurants in the continent. You won’t even have to look for one to see one. Berlin also has the highest population of Turkish people in Europe so there is an abundance of Turkish restaurants and supermarkets. Other cuisines you can quite easily find in Berlin include Oriental, Italian, and Mexican.

Fun Shopping

Berlin has its fair share of colossal shopping malls such as the Berlin Mall, the KaDeWe and the Gallery Lafayette. The city also has a plethora of booth shops and small stores as well as flea markets full of vintage items. There are also secondhand bookstores and sellers of second hand designer clothes.

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Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

The Cuban Government has made making it easier for Americans to visit the country a key part of its tourism campaign. There are now direct flights to Cuba from many cities in the United States. A lot of major American cities even have nonstop charter flights to Cuba. This alone makes it a good idea to visit this country. And if you will visit Cuba, might as well choose its capital and largest city, Havana. For easier time navigating Havana’s busy streets, get the Havana Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map. The Tourist Area of Old Havana (La Habana Vieja)

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of Havana than taking a casual walk through the busy, crowded Calle Obispo from Calle Mercaderes, near Havana Harbor, west to Avenida Bélgica. You might even pick up souvenirs along the way as the sidewalks are littered with closet-sized shops selling refrigerator magnets, stuffed dolls, marionettes, t-shirts, and more.

You can also grab some street food as you go along with your stroll. An elote (corn on the cob on a stick) is a must try. You will also come across vendors selling sticky pastries and small Cuban sandwiches along the way. You might also encounter musicians giving free performances on a random street corner.

What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall
What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall

Historical Havana

Cuba had its fair share of battles. It came under Spanish occupation for many years. Americans also tried to invade and conquer it numerous times. In Havana, you can find various fields, buildings, and promontories that were once battlefields. Take a walk on the walkway through the lawn facing the Malecón and the beautiful water beyond. Look for the historical markers that provide clues of when Cubans and Americans faced off using rifles and cannons.

1950s and 1960s American Cars

Havana is a paradise for automobile enthusiasts who have a taste for the antique. You will surely be amazed by how many vintage Buicks, Pontiacs, Chrysler Plymouths, Ford Fairlanes, Chevrolets, Dodges, and Studebakers parade the streets. Perfectly restored cars are often parked near hotels and plazas waiting for tourists who want to rent them.

Havana's Typical Old American Cars
Havana's Typical Old American Cars

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Florence, One of Italy’s Tourism Trinity

Florence, One of Italy’s Tourism Trinity

When one thinks of must-see places in Italy, one of the country’s tourism trinity of Rome, Venice, or Florence is often the first city to come into mind. This post will be focusing on the reasons why you should visit Florence. To make things easier and simpler you can also refer to this Florence Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map. Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore

The Duomo of Florence is the 4th largest cathedral in the world beat in size only by St. Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London, and the Duomo of Milan. You can see at least part of it from almost any part of the city as it seems to tower over every other structure. This beautiful church is an architectural wonder you need to feast your eyes on.

OMG! Florence Duomo ceiling!
OMG! Florence Duomo ceiling!

Piazzale Michelangelo

You can have the best view of the city after you climb the stairs of the Piazzale Michelangelo. The panoramic view of the whole city is truly remarkable and unforgettable. It is also the best place to take photos with the elegance of the city in the background.

Old Town

Old town is the best shopping destination in the city. It is a huge area with narrow winding streets and shops and cafes every few corners. You can find plenty of local foods and goods here. It is the perfect place to get souvenirs and just wander around taking photos.

Be amazed by Florence skylines
Be amazed by Florence skylines

Museums

Florence has a few famous museums with the Uffizi Gallery being the most popular. The huge building in itself is amazing but its art collection of paintings and sculptures is simply jaw dropping. You can spend half a day looking at the artworks and you will still not be able to see everything. The huge size of the museum also allows it to accommodate huge crowds thus eliminating the need to queue in line.

Wine Tour

If you love wine then you need to take one of the several wine tours offered in Florence. A wine tour will allow you to taste several authentic Florence wine at a very low budget. You will also learn plenty of things about the history of Italian wine while on the tour.

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Visit Bern, the Swiss Capital!

Visit Bern, the Swiss Capital!

When tourists talk about Switzerland the most common topics are Geneva and Zurich. Often overlooked is the nation’s capital, Bern. Below are a few reasons to visit Bern. And when you do go and visit Bern, make sure to have this app ready: Bern Travel Guide and Offline City Map. It will make your exploration easier.

1. The BearPark

The BearPark, which was recently renovated in 2015, is one of the best places in the world when it comes to observing bears in their natural habitat. It is located just outside Old Town so you can make it the first item in your itinerary to get yourself pumped up by a few bear encounters. It has an area for bears to swim and relax and an inclined lift for visitors.

So sweet! Bern BearPark!
So sweet! Bern BearPark!

2. The Rosengarten

Just a short 10-minute uphill walk from the BearPark is another Park named Rosengarten. The Rose Garden gives you the best aerial view of Bern and is also home to a wide variety of roses. The park also has its own restaurant aptly named Restaurant Rosengarten where you can dine while enjoying a view of the city.

3. Old Town

Bern’s Old Town is like a bear city. You will see bears everywhere such as bear decorations in shop windows, bear carvings in residential houses, etc. You can’t walk five minutes without spotting a new bear. The cobblestone streets and fountains are a thing of beauty. If you are too lazy to walk, there is also a tram that runs throughout Old Town. There are two places you should never forget to check out while in old town:

  • Zytglogge – the city’s landmark clock tower where mechanical figures come out to celebrate the arrival of each new hour.
  • Bern Münster – the country’s tallest cathedral with a towering height of 300 feet.
  • Old Town Park – offers the best view of the sunset.
Amazing Bern Old Town View
Amazing Bern Old Town View

4. The Einstein Museum

Albert Einstein, one of the most renowned geniuses in the world, came up with his famous formula E = mc 2 and a huge portion of his Theory of Relativity during his two-year stay at Bern from 1903 to 1905. The Einstein Museum has a section of 1,000 square meters dedicated solely for Einstein. You can also visit the apartment where Einstein stayed which is just a few minutes away from the Museum.

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Wonderful Reasons to Visit Zurich, One of Europe’s Hippest Destinations

Wonderful Reasons to Visit Zurich, One of Europe’s Hippest Destinations

Zurich is not only one of the top destinations in Switzerland; it is also one of the country’s fastest growing business hubs. The city offers a perfect marriage of traditional Swiss culture with the hip of modern times. Below are some of the reasons why Zurich should be on your list of places to visit. To check out all tourist spots in the city, refer to the Zurich Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro. The Partying

Gone are the days when Swiss were known to be one of the most conservative people in the world. Zurich is buzzing with nightlife and a very vibrant party vibe. The city has numerous locations where you can dance all you want especially in Züri-West, the heart of Zurich’s nightlife. The most notable club is the Badi Bars, a network of waterside bars. You might also want to come in time for the Zurich Street Parade. With thousands of participants, this is festival is the largest techno party in the world.

The best shopping experience in Zurich
The best shopping experience in Zurich

Old Town

Spending an entire day roaming the streets of Old Town is not a bad way to spend your time. Old Town houses the majestic Historic Centre which is the symbol of Zurich culture. Check out various churches, residential buildings, and other establishments build during the Middle Ages with some dating as far back as the reign of Charlemagne.

The Lake

The beautiful crystal-clear Lake Zurich is located at the center of the city. The lake is always teeming with activity from people having a picnic near the shore to oarsmen racing in their canoes to couples having a romantic time in their pedalos.

Sit back and enjoy Zurich lake view
Sit back and enjoy Zurich lake view

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