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3 Must-see Site in Jerusalem, the Cultural City of Three Religions

3 Must-see Site in Jerusalem, the Cultural City of Three Religions

Jerusalem, the city of incredible blend of religions and cultures. This Middle Eastern city near the Dead Sea, has been a place of pilgrimage and worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims for well over 3,500 years. Walk the streets filled with rich religious culture and visit the Old City, which is home to significant religious sites in the Temple Mount compound; including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site), and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome). Don't let such a vibrant city overwhelm you and download the Jerusalem Travel Guide and Offline Map for a stress-free visit.

1.      Western Wall

The Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall or HaKotel in Hebrew) is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City and is probably considered the most known attraction to visit in Jerusalem. It is the remains of the Second Temple of Jerusalem and a place of prayer sacred for the Jewish people. The wall is believed to be a unique place where you can have a direct line to Heaven. When there, everyone is encouraged to insert a small piece of paper with your prayer in the cracks between the stones of the wall. Be sure to at your respective section as males and females are separated. Along with all other wishes, your prayer will be buried in a special cemetery later.

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2.      Holy Sepulchre

Located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a major pilgrimage destination for Christians. Built in the fourth century over the site of a Roman Pagan temple, this is considered one of the world’s holiest shrines to Christians, preserving the most important moments of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church is believed to contain the slab of rock where the body of Jesus Christ was laid to rest.

3.      Dome of the Rock

This 7th century Islamic shrine is an architectural gem and is the 3rd most important Muslim site (after Mecca and Medina). It is one of the most recognizable structures in Jerusalem for its golden dome, which can be seen from the Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Tower of David, and many of Jerusalem’s city streets. A visit to Temple Mount is a popular activity on many tourist’s itineraries, but getting in is not so easy. Visiting hours are limited, there are restrictions for non-Muslims, and lines can be long so be sure to check out the visiting hours prior to your visit.

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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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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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Top 3 Things to Experience in Warsaw, the Sprawling Polish Capital

Top 3 Things to Experience in Warsaw, the Sprawling Polish Capital

Warsaw may not be in most top 10 European Capitals lists but it is still a destination worthy of your time. Here are just some of the reasons to check it out. To make sure you will be able to take the most efficient routes when checking out its attractions, download the Warsaw Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map.

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1.      The Painful History

Warsaw has quite the tragic past. In 1944, toward the end of the Second World War, Warsaw resistance forces rose up against the Germans and what is known today as the Warsaw Uprising. The uprising failed miserably and the Nazis made an example of the city by razing it to the ground. More than 80% of the city center was obliterated and the city became almost uninhabitable. Of the 2 million people living in the city, some were killed in the uprising, some died of starvation, and most left to seek shelter elsewhere. Roughly about a month after the decisive battle, only about a thousand people were still living in the city.

Today, you can learn all about this horrible event at the Warsaw Uprising Museum. And make sure you visit the Warsaw Uprising Monument built to honor the city’s defiance of the Nazis. Also, check out the Little Insurgent Monument that is dedicated to the young kids who fought in the uprising.

2.      Old but New

Reconstruction of Warsaw begun shortly after the end of World War II resulting in quite a unique look. The colorful post-WW2 buildings contrast the surviving pre-WW2 structures. The city’s Old Town has been completely rebuilt as a modern downtown area. The new-old Warsaw Castle and the very modern Złote Tarasy shopping center completely contrast each other.

If this fascinates you, go see the “The Royal Castle – from Destruction to Reconstruction” exhibit inside the Warsaw Castle.

3.      The Green Spaces

It is simply amazing how even after all the destruction and reconstruction Warsaw was still able to maintain an impressive number of green spaces. Warsaw has a plethora of parks and gardens, some of them even have live performances from time to time. Make sure you visit the Łazienki Park, Saski Park, and the Jewish Cemetery.

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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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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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Miami, the Tropical City in the West

Miami, the Tropical City in the West

If you’ve had enough of the dreary weather but don’t have the time to visit a distant tropical country, then just come to Miami, Florida. There are tons of things you can do in Miami so make sure you have your Miami Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro.Tropical Weather

The weather in Miami is simply perfect. It is tropical most of the year. You can go around the city wearing simple shorts, a tank top, and some flip-flops and you’ll be just fine. Since it’s like it’s always summer here, the variety of summer clothes sold in malls and boutiques is massive.

Beaches

Miami Beach is the foremost destination of most people that go to Miami for a vacation. It is like an endless paradise of sun, sand, and clear blue water. Paired with the great weather, every day is a perfect time to hang out on the beach. It is also one of the rare locations were some people even take a stroll at the beach during winter.

Another typical day at Miami Beach. Nice!
Another typical day at Miami Beach. Nice!

Water Activities

Sunbathing or swimming is not the only thing you can do in Miami Beach. You can also go boating, jet skiing, water skiing, wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, and more. If you prefer to stay dry, you can just go and eat some good food at one of the several restaurants built right over the water.

Shopping

There are a lot of gigantic malls in the city so you can pretty much find anything and everything you want and need. One of the most popular malls in Miami is the Aventura Mall. There are also plenty of small shops and boutiques scattered all around the city.

Diverse Culture

Miami is a part of the Land of the Free. People in the city come from all walks of life bringing their own traditions and culture with them. One of the best products of this diversity is the food. You can find a restaurant for almost every country and culture in Miami.

Miami amazing cultural diversity
Miami amazing cultural diversity

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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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Top 4 Reasons to Visit Venice, the City of Love

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Venice, the City of Love

Venice, Italy is one of the top destinations in the world that couples want to visit as it is considered the most romantic city on earth. This, however, does not mean that it appeals only to people who are in love. Before visiting the place, be sure to visit Venice Travel Guide and Offline City Map Support Below are four reasons why you should visit Venice even if you are single.

1. The Restaurants

Venice is quite popular with tourists and so most of the restaurants near the known tourist spots have started catering more to foreigners. Cuisine from various countries can be found in these establishments, giving you a chance to taste various foreign dishes. If you prefer tasting local cuisine, just go to parts of the city with few tourists. Restaurants in these areas are frequented mostly by locals so their foods remain unchanged by the booming tourism.

Venice Restaurantes by the canal
Venice Restaurantes by the canal

2. The Markets

The markets are a great way to explore the rich culture and traditions not only of Venice but the whole of Italy. Goods from all over the country can be found here. The vendors and friendly and cheerful and will happily tell you about the history of any item you ask about. The shops and stalls are vibrant and colorful and will certainly make your shopping a very pleasant experience.

3. The Alleys

Venice has so many attractions just thinking where to look can be quite overwhelming. The best way to truly appreciate the beauty of the city is to simply get lost. Just keep walking around wherever your feet take you all the while paying a close look at each alley, bridge, and canal. This method of exploration is also cheap as you don’t need to buy tickets or get a taxi. When you finally decide to go back to your hotel just ask the friendly locals for directions.

Colourful Venice alleys
Colourful Venice alleys

4. The Traditions

The Ghetto is the part of town where you can experience real genuine Venice culture and traditions. The Ghetto is a small part of town that is somewhat isolated from the rest of the city. It is barely affected by the ever growing tourism industry and you can observe the locals go about their daily lives as always have.

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Best Reasons to Visit Vienna, the World’s Number One City to Live in

Best Reasons to Visit Vienna, the World’s Number One City to Live in

Vienna has topped Mercer’s Quality of Living Rankings seven times and is expected to top the list again this 2017. If this hasn’t gotten your attention, the city also has a plethora of attractions that will definitely make you want to visit Viena. Before you read on more below have this app handy when touring Vienna, Vienna Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro.

Jazz

Vienna is known the world over as a city of classical music with a remarkably stellar jazz scene. You will hear music playing in every square, park, and café. You can just spend the entire day strolling and listening to the music but if you want to indulge your ears with the best jazz music in the world, go visit one of the jazz clubs such as:

  • Porgy & Bess, one of the best jazz clubs in Europe.
  • Jazzland, the oldest jazz club in Austria.

Schönbrunn Palace

The fact that the Schönbrunn Palace is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site already makes it a must-visit when in Vienna. The marvelous structure was designed by architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach as an imperial hunting lodge for his son and crown prince Joseph. It was eventually transformed into an imperial summer residence. If you opt for the imperial tour package, you will be able to go inside the palace’s grand state rooms and royal apartments.

Impressive Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
Impressive Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna

Art at the Belvedere Palaces

There is also ample reason for art enthusiast to go and visit Vienna. The two Belvedere Palaces that were the masterpieces of Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The structures were built to serve as royal summer residence. Housed in the Belvedere Palaces is the largest collection of Gustav Klimt paintings consisting of 24 artworks. Paintings for Egon Schiele are also on display. Taking photos is not allowed which makes viewing these invaluable pieces of art really special.

Awesome rainbow in Belvedere palace
Awesome rainbow in Belvedere palace

On a separate section of the Palaces you can find the biggest collection of Austrian art with some pieces dating as far back as the Middle Ages. Famous artists responsible for these priceless works of genius include:

  • Claude Monet
  • Vincent van Gogh
  • Max Beckmann
  • Ai Wei Wei

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Top 4 Reasons to Visit Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Below are the top 4 reasons why you need to visit Prague at least once in your life. Diverse Architecture

The entire city is an architectural marvel. It is a jaw-dropping panorama wherein no matter which way you look, you will find something that amazes you. Just a few examples of its amazing structures are:

  • The Rotunda of St. Martin
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady before Týn
  • The Wallenstein Palace
  • The Municipal House
  • Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building
  • Dejvice National Technical Library
  • Romanesque chapels and cellars
  • Gothic cathedrals
  • Baroque palaces and gardens
  • Worldly Art Nouveau buildings
  • Unique Cubist houses
Visit Prague. Visit tha amazing gothic cathedrals
Visit Prague. Visit tha amazing gothic cathedrals

Diverse Music

You can listen to live performances of almost every genre of music in Prague. The city is like a magical place where music of all places and all generations meet together. The United Islands summer festival where multi-genre music fill each island with multi-genre music is a must see. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, there are still other music havens to visit such as:

  • The Rudolfinum, the Municipal House, or one of the local churches for classical music;
  • The Roxy, Akropolis, Cross Club, or MeetFactory for dance music;
  • The Karlovy Lazně, a four-story club where each floor is dedicated to a different musical genre.

Diverse Booze

If you love beer, you will have a blast when you visit Prague. It has numerous beer bars and pubs that serve different kinds of beer. The most popular saloon is the Zlý časy in the Nusle district, considered by many to have the best bear collection in the city. If you want good Czech cuisine to come with your beer, you can visit the Lokál chain of restaurants.

The Picturesque Vltava River

The Vltava is regarded by many as one of the most majestic rivers in the world and it blends seamlessly with the Prague islands. The river is also known as the Soul of Prague. There are over 30 bridges and footbridges in the city, each one giving a unique view of the river. Its waters are often busy with steamers, rowboats and pedal boats.

Prague bridges crossing Vltava River. Don't miss!
Prague bridges crossing Vltava River. Don't miss!

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Travel Basics in London

Travel Basics in London

Awesome modern London skyline
Awesome modern London skyline

If you're coming to London for the first time London Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro Support has some important things for you to remember and save yourself a little bit of embarrassment and make your trip to London easier.

The Brits drive on the left side of the road. Now, if you're not driving this may not seem like a big deal but actually when you're crossing the street that's when it's the scariest. Luckily the smarties in London put markings on the ground at every single crossing telling you literally if you should look left or look right, so make sure that when you're going to cross the street- you look down to see which way you should look.

Next is, if you decide to go to a pub and order yourself a beer or a cider, which I definitely recommend you do, you'll need to order by the pint. It's about 20 oz of drink. Remember that a lot of English beers and ciders are stronger than in America so just be careful when you're drinking. When you get the bill, double check to see if there was a service charge added on because usually this is around 12.5% if there is a service charge added.

England uses the pound, as its currency makes up one pound and if you ever hear someone saying quid, this is just a slang word for pound. The smallest note you can get is 5 pounds- there's no one pound note here.

You should try Oyster card. There are two different kinds of Oyster cards you can get, one is called a Visitor's Oyster Card that you can only get this if you order it ahead of time and get it delivered to your house or you can get a regular Oyster card which you can pick up at tons of shops around London. To use either of these Oyster cards, you need to top them up which means you add credit to the card as you start to use the underground and the bus system. Your credit will decrease and you'll have to top it up more and more if you're going to be traveling a lot.

Enjoy the beautiful dusk of London
Enjoy the beautiful dusk of London

Having an Oyster card is really good because the rates are a lot cheaper than if you paid cash and they have a daily cap which means, once you've reached a certain amount of money that you've spent, that's it and the rest of your travel is free for the day.

Classic English double decker buses are really fun to ride around on, if you can grab a seat on the top and especially in the front of the bus, it's really cool! To get on a bus all you have to do is tap your Oyster card at the front of the bus and that's it, you don't have to tap out.

If you need to change your cash into pounds then you'll probably get the best rate at the post office. Be careful taking black taxis because they can be really expensive and they get really expensive without you noticing. If you can't take public transport, use Uber all the time. They're all over the place!

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Cheese hoarder? Amsterdam has it all!

Cheese hoarder? Amsterdam has it all!

A good start in your first Amsterdam adventure is to visit Borrel and Dutch, a wine or drinks store. Well a popular dutch invention is gin, and at the Wynand Fockink, a taste room located in a back alley at Dam Square you can taste many popular gins. If you want to see the best attractions and get around this glorious European city! Our Amsterdam Travel Guide and Offline City Map Support can surely help you.

Awesome Amsterdam canals and architecture
Awesome Amsterdam canals and architecture

Here’s more of it:

Walking through the red light district, you’ll find Cafe Remember, it’s one cool place to stay but you usually don't find many locals at the red light district because they consider this place very touristy and try to stay far away from it.

Recently the Museum of Prostitution opened its doors. It is the first Museum in the world that is focused on prostitution. There is also the famous Vrolik Museum, it's a museum in the academic medical center of Amsterdam and has the largest collection of human deformities in one place.

Next stop is the Canal House Museum, a totally breathtaking place which is an old house by a banker, a dutch bank. Most of these houses were built for wealthy bankers and merchants, the soil was so swampy that they had to build them on stilts and that caused them to wobble and sink into the river. The Hermitage Museum is primarily visited by a mature audience, you will find here the Dutch Golden Age where in the 17th century, Amsterdam was the center of all the international trade. That is why the Dutch invented the modern stock market. Many rich Dutchman had their paintings created by now famous painters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and France Hals.

You can also step-into the museum of the most famous Dutch painter Van Gogh. It has 1.5 million visitors per year and the best time to go is on Friday evening when you can enjoy live DJ’s, an art show and some drinks!

Another hidden gem in Amsterdam is the Blue 360 restaurant, the place is hard to find but offers the best view of the city. It opens late so you can even experience a romantic sunset.

In a nearby place, is the authentic cheese store. This place is called   the Cheese Company, where you can try a sample of all the delicious Dutch cheeses. Their total cheese production is 30 million pounds per week which is the combined milk of 20,000 cows.

Say Cheese Amsterdam way!!!
Say Cheese Amsterdam way!!!

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One of the most romantic places on earth, Barcelona

One of the most romantic places on earth, Barcelona

Who will not fall in love with one of the most romantic places on earth, from the various performances in the street, the art and music, wonderful people, laid-back lifestyle, breathtaking architecture and a bunch of activities around- oh man! This is where you can spend the best time of your life. Barcelona is a gigantic destination that offers a lot to tourists. Our eTips travel guide will give you some highlights of this city with near-limitless options!

Restaurant

No Barcelona trip is complete without dining at their restaurants. The ever famous tapas is likely to be found in almost all restaus including paella, esqueixada, escalivada, and canelons- are just some foods you must try.Well known places to eat are in Can Solé, El Atril, Kaiku, Quimet i Quimet and Bracafe are most recommended!

Barcelona most romantics restaurants! Try Paella!
Barcelona most romantics restaurants! Try Paella!

Museum

Plenty of art collections that span the medieval times to the 1990’s are prominent in the city, but if you are on a short vacation you won’t be able to visit all 70!Yes, seriously!Aside from the famous attractions including Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, don’t forget to include Picasso masterpieces, The Renaissance and Baroque Art Collection includes works by Titian, Tintoretto, Cranach, and the Museu Nacional D'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) which are indeed historical. Some famous art modernist collections are Ramon Casas, Santiago Rusiñol, Gaudi, Josep Maria Jujol, Picasso, and Pablo Gargallo.

Park Güell one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona
Park Güell one of the most beautiful places in Barcelona

Market

La Boqueria, a food market like no other, is a tourist landmark in Catalonia that will definitely encourage you to come back in Barcelona! It’s a very busy place and is absolutely crammed with diverse selection of foods such as olives, seafood, fruit, meats, and cheeses. The hustle and bustle around here are things you really wouldn’t want to miss!

Park

Of course, visiting Barcelona won’t be complete without getting a good hotel and to discover the place on foot. You'll want to see all the Parc de la Ciutadella has to offer as well as the Parc de Joan Miró, and the Montjuïc castle. These are widely considered as the most beautiful park destinations in the country.

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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Madrid’s Nightlife

The Quick and Dirty Guide to Madrid’s Nightlife

Famed American novelist and hardcore barfly Ernest Hemingway once said: Nobody goes to bed in Madrid until they have killed the night.And who could argue with the wisdom of a man who has lived his life on the bar stools of Madrid?

Since Hemingway’s time, Madrid has kept its spot as one of Europe’s best places to party. The city’s nightlife -as anyone who has survived it will tell you - is the stuff of legends.

No one in Madrid makes only one plan for the night. Madrileños enjoy socializing and would often make at least three plans on how they’ll spend their evening before hitting the city.

An app like Madrid Travel Guide and Offline City Map which has alerts for the latest events as well as an offline map, can help you decide your route to cover more of the scene.

Before the debauchery – eat.

To survive Madrid’s nightlife, there are only two things you have to remember – it starts late and it goes on all night.

You need your stamina, so make sure to fill up your tank with local favorites such as oreja a la plancha, seared pig’s ear for starters, followed by a healthy serving of huevos rotos which is typically served with bread, fried potatoes, chorizo, and topped off with an over-easy egg, and rounded off with a classic, callos with slices of morcilla.

Try Callos a la madrileña a delightful Madrid tapa
Try Callos a la madrileña a delightful Madrid tapa

In a city where there is one bar for every 192 people, there will be no craving left unsatisfied in Madrid’s gastro scene.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Once you’ve had dinner, choose from which of Madrid’s three distinct nightlife scenes you’d like to start your night in.

Chueca is considered as Madrid’s gay district. Majority of the bars here cater to the gay community. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the nightlife here if you’re not waving the rainbow flag. There’s also a good selection of restaurants, cafes, and art galleries around Plaza de Chueca and Mercado de San Antón to choose from.

Calle Huertas is for those that want a taste of the city’s more traditional nightlife. Music lovers will enjoy the district’s wide assortment of jazz clubs, theater cafes, and bars that offer flamenco music located around Plaza del Ángel, Café Central, and Calle Echegaray.

Malasaña is the center of Madrid’s hipster culture. The neighborhood is filled with shops and boutiques that cater to the city’s younger generation. Because of its selection of quirky-themed bars and restaurants that draw in the eclectic crowd, it has been likened to similar communities like the East Village.

Madrid nightlife with eTips Travel Guides
Madrid nightlife with eTips Travel Guides

Now that you have an idea of Madrid’s unique nightlife, forget about sleep and check out eTips for suggestions on bars, restaurants, and events Spain’s most cosmopolitan city has to offer.

The Art of Meriggiare: How to Leisurely Travel Rome in One Day

The Art of Meriggiare: How to Leisurely Travel Rome in One Day

If there is one person who knows the right way to see Rome, it’s Italian poet Eugenio Montale. In his famous work, Meriggiare, he talks about spending the day in deliberate languidness - observing the cracks on the pavement and watching the ants march in a single file - and the pleasure derived from doing it.

Meriggiare means “to pass the hottest hours of the day in a shady outdoor place.” It has no direct translation in English, but if it did, it would simply mean “the best way to enjoy Rome,” which is to say purposefully unhurried.

Even if you’re only in Rome for a layover, all you have to do is download the Rome Travel Guide and Offline City Map find a cozy café using its offline maps, order an espresso, and check out eTips suggestions on how to travel in Rome based on the art of meriggiare.

Take A Walk

Rome is notorious for its bad traffic. In fact, it’s widely recognized as one of the worst places to drive in the world. So, if you only have a few hours to spare in the city, forget about traveling by car.

There is no better way to see Rome than by foot. Take a stroll in the alleys of the Jewish Ghetto,

the oldest Jewish community in Europe, and indulge in the community’s historic and picturesque charms.

One of the ghetto’s must-see attractions is Bocca della Verità or the Mouth of Truth located in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedia. Legend has it that it was used in ancient times as a lie detector during trials.

The way it works is that the accused will place his hand inside the mouth. If he’s telling the truth, he gets to keep his hand. If he lies, the Mouth of Truth will punish him by biting off his hand.

You’ll probably recognize the Mouth of Truth from Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s film Roman Holiday.

Rome best places to visit
Rome best places to visit

Visit A Local Market. But first, a grattachecca.

As Anthony Bourdain would tell you, if you want to know a city, you have to visit its local market.

Found just south of Piazza Navona, Campo de'Fiori is known as one of the best open-air markets in Rome. It has everything from fruits, vegetables, spices, cheese, flowers, even tableware. There are also stalls that hawk unique souvenir items.

But the highlight of any market are the food stalls. Snack on some porchetta, pizza al taglio, deep fried cod, supplì, and even a cone or two of gelato for a pre-pub hopping fill, before Campo de’Fiori transforms from midday market to an open-air pub at night.

But first, get yourself a refreshing glass of grattachecca, a dessert made from shaved ice, syrup, and fruit toppings, to start your day.

Don't miss Rome amazing markets
Don't miss Rome amazing markets

Nightcap at Trastevere

Trastevere translates to “across the Tiber” is a laidback neighborhood which seamlessly combines Rome’s medieval past and bohemian present.

Indulge in its hipster neighborhood vibe while getting a bite from a trattoria or sipping on wine in an outdoor cafe.

You can start your day with a walk through Trastevere’s winding cobblestone streets. Get your aperitivo on while admiring the well-preserved Medieval architecture, before heading to Piazza Santa Maria to do some people watching.