Bohemian Paradise

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A city trip to Prague or hiking and skiing in the Giant Mountains? They are surely the most famous destinations in the Czech Republic. Okay maybe the spas of Carlsbad and the Lipno in South Bohemia just as popular, but why would not even occur outside the beaten path, if you ever want to take a look at this beautiful country. The first question is, if you ever looking for something else, where do you find a unique experience?

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Hruby Rohozec

The Bohemian Paradise is situated in the northern of the Czech Republic, just over an hour’s drive from the capital Prague. It has a unique landscape of sandstone cliffs, weathered by rain, wind and sun, interspersed with majestic castles, sleepy villages where time has stood still, vast forests and the typical ‘rock towns’. A place for dreamers, a place to explore. High time to explore Terra Felix, (the happy country).

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Carlsbad

Bohemia is a region encompassing the western Czech Republic. It is centered on the national capital, Prague, distinguished by the Gothic architecture of the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, and the hilltop Prague Castle. The Vltava River flows south from Prague through the town of České Budějovice, home of the Budvar brewery, and the medieval town of Český Krumlov, with its castle and pub-lined lanes.

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Top 10 Extraordinary Long Distance Hikes in Europe

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Europe is not only about magnificent historic cities, food and art; Europe also offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The continent is crisscrossed by long distance cycling routes as well as long distance hiking trails. If you are one of those people who need to get out and about during their vacation, you might want to consider the following ten long distance hikes in Europe.

EU11. Slovenian Mountain Trail, Slovenia

This challenging 500 kilometre hike connects the major mountain ranges in Slovenia—Pohorje, the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Karavanke—with the sun-soaked Adriatic coast. It takes in Mount Triglav, the symbol of and tallest mountain in the country. This superb trail starts in Maribor, a town in the Alps, and takes in mountain ridges, valleys, plateaus, farmlands and vineyards before ending in Ankara, a town on the Adriatic Sea coast. This is a well-signed and well-maintained trail, featuring more than 50 huts and almost 80 checkpoints.

EU22. Müllerthal Trail, Luxembourg

Maybe not the most well-known long distance hiking trail in Europe, but absolutely a recommend one is the 112 kilometre Müllerthal Trail in Luxembourg. This well-marked six-day hike takes hikers past the stunning rock formations, castles, farmlands and forests that characterise the beautiful Little Switzerland region in Luxembourg.

EU33. Laugavegur Trek, Iceland

Also known as Laugavegurinn or the Hot Spring Route, the Laugavegur Trek in Iceland is not that long of a hike with its length of 54 kilometres, but it does require hikers to spend a few nights on the trail. This is arguably the most exceptional long distance hike in Europe because hikers will traverse volcanoes, glaciers, valleys and multi-coloured mountains. It’s this sheer variety of landscapes that makes this hike so unique.

EU44. Alta Via 1, Italy

The 150 kilometres long Alta Via 1, or High Route in English, snakes its way across the magnificent Dolomites in northern Italy. Although these mountains stand in the shadow, literally and figuratively, of the Alps, they are considered to be the most striking in Europe. They’re made up of incredibly sharp peaks, rock formations, photogenic alpine lakes and expansive alpine meadows. It’s a downright extraordinary trail. To top it off, the entire region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

EU55. Kungsleden, Sweden

Sweden’s Kungsleden, or King’s Trail in English, runs for no fewer than 440 kilometres across the vast plains of Swedish Lapland. It crosses one of the largest remaining wildernesses in Europe, taking in huge areas of tundra, birch woods, glaciers and mountains. This challenging trail—there are few facilities on the way—is typically done in four one-week-long sections. The trail is also opened in winter, when it’s a popular cross-country ski trail.

EU66. Tour du Mont Blanc, France, Italy and Switzerland

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in western Europe, rising 4,810 metres to the sky. The Tour du Mont Blanc circumvents the entire base of this mountain, crossing three country borders on its way. The trail is 169 kilometres long and runs underneath towering mountain peaks and across scenic valleys and meadows. Hikers generally start and end in Chamonix, France, and sleep in the many huts that line the trail.

EU77. Lycian Way, Turkey

This is without question one of the greatest historic long distance hikes in Europe. Running for about 540 kilometres along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, from Fethiye to Antalya, the Lycian Way is an extraordinary trail that combines several shorter ancient trails. Attractions on the way range from rocky coastlines and beaches backed by pine forests to ancient ruins and historic coastal towns.

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EU88. Hadrian’s Wall Path, England

The 135 kilometre Hadrian’s Wall Path follows what used to be the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Running from the North Sea coast to the Irish Sea coast across northern England, this epic trail is lined with Roman ruins, including many sections of UNESCO World Heritage Listed Hadrian’s Wall, and crosses spectacular rural landscapes. It doesn’t take longer than six days to finish the walk.

EU99. West Highland Way, Scotland

EU1010. Camino de Santiago, Spain

Undoubtedly the most famous hiking trail in Europe, the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James in English, is made up of numerous different trails, all of which end at the old pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The most popular route begins in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port just across the French border in the Pyrenees and measures about 800 kilometres. It takes more than a month to complete this iconic trail.

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A Greek surprise

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Evia Marmari
The shape of Megali Ammos Beach in Marmari is constantly changing with the wind and the sea.

For the more adventurous the Greece lovers: go out to the south of Evia! Huh? Where? Evia is after Crete the largest island of Greece and even manages to surprise its own population. In particular, a stay in the south is a party, especially if you want to encounter few tourists and loves traditional Greece.

You can Evia difficult overlook. So long and right on the shore of the Athenian Riviera. You get there by a ferry from the mainland or from a bridge at Halkida. But despite its size and its convenient proximity to Athens, the island and especially the southern part has so far managed to escape the mass tourism.

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The bay of Karystos. A fairly wide sandy beach with a few cozy bars.

Direction Paximadi you may find the most beautiful sandy beaches and bays. The sea water will gradually down here and the water is beautifully clear. There are no facilities, so bring a well-stocked picnic basket with you!

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Authentic Greece

There are currently in South Evia ‘three non-finished Roman pillars “, also referred to as columns. You can made a beautiful walk here. Did you know that a lot of construction on the Italian island of Cilicia, are built with marble of Karystos? During this hike you will learn more of these facts.

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Agios Dimitrios Beach

Agios Dimitrios (on the southern Gulf of Evia). Provide a jeep, because it is a bumpy, steep road towards the beach. In any case you must have a little guts for this ride down.

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Halambro at Cavo D’Oro. Ideal for snorkel diving enthusiasts.

Cavo d’OroThis is the most authentic part of Evia; small hamlets with old stone houses, churches in blue and white and the beaches you see in the distance. It is also called the Golden Cape and a visit should not be missed if you stay in Marmari and Karystos. It belongs to the hinterland of the south and it is as if time has stood still.

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Most beautiful Greek Islands

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Greece has approximately 6,000 Greek islands and 227 of these are inhabited. They are all piece by piece an ideal place for a holiday with sun, sea and sand. They differ from islands with kilometers of beaches to islands with a lovely soft green environment. Besides one island is much warmer or colder than the other. Which are best suited for your vacation? Discover the top ten most beautiful Greek islands.

Greece, RhodosRhodos

Only a few kilometers away from Turkey can you be found Rhodes. This island has a huge amount of beautiful flora and fauna. The interior is mountainous and contains lots of forests and few people. Along the coast, sandy and boulder beaches themselves regularly. With an area of 1,398 km2 Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece. The island is also known from Greek mythology. Zeus, the great god, the sun god Helios had forgotten to provide an island and therefore Rhodes rose from the sea as a gift to Helios. Rhodes has been occupied throughout history by many different peoples such as the Romans, Goths, Minoans, Acchaeërs, Arabs and Persians. It is an ideal place for lovers of art history.

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Crete

The biggest island of Greece is Crete. The island is 250 kilometers long and even in some places 60 kilometers wide. To top it all keep a little organized, Crete is divided into four provinces. They all have a wonderful climate, rich culture, beautiful nature and a shimmering coastline at their disposal. The stories of Crete go 9,000 years back. The first inhabitants were already on the island around 7000 BC. Crete is not only popular because of its rich history, but also because of the coastline which is over 1,000 kilometers long. So you see everywhere sea and that many people find delicious.

Greece, SantoriniSantorini

Located between Naxos and Crete you can find Santorini. This island consists of six small islands called Aspronisi, Palea Kameni, Thira, Christiani, Thirasia and Nea Kameni. Right in the middle of this small archipelago is a volcano called catered for with a number of outbreaks of the landscape, also called a ring-shaped archipelago. Today Santorini is part of the sixteen Decade Volcanoes of the IAVCEI, an organization for volcanology. These sixteen volcanoes are known for a history of very large eruptions that made for a very special and impressive scenery.

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Zakynthos

To Zakynthos belongs to the image of a ship wreck on a white sand beach has landed in turquoise blue water. The number of pictures created in this location is unthinkable large. It’s no wonder with such beautiful surroundings. It’s good to stay on the island because the climate is delightful. In the summer months you will be cooled by a fine easterly wind. This wind has ensured that both the Romans and the Venetians the island change it to ‘Il Fiore di Levante “which means” Flower of the East “. According to a myth Dardanus has laid the foundation for the first city of the island. He named the land next to his son, Zakynthos.

Greece, KefaloniaKefalonia

Kefalonia has a difficult name and it is something to see on all the different spellings as used: Cephalonia, Cephallonia, Kafalonia, Cephallenia so on. However you want to spell, the island is located west of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Kefalonia is a quiet island that offers beautiful views of the nearby islands. Between eight and twelve o’clock in the morning there will be four hawksbills to the town of Argostoli to eat fish remains there who throw overboard fishermen. Many people alone come to witness this extraordinary phenomenon.

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Mykonos

The Cyclades is an island group known for the wholly owned pure beauty. Mykonos is part of this. Because the island is mainly composed of granite, the land is hilly, dry and barren and the inhabitants almost always a shortage of water. Because they give their houses flat roofs, they can collect rainwater as well as possible and so they found other ways to live there. Mykonos is not known to have a special history, there are no signs of ancient civilizations. Although tourists still come in droves to go because of the special and almost surreal landscape.

Greece, Corfu
Corfu

On the northern side of Greece, near Albania, is the Greek island of Corfu is also known as Korfu is called. Because there are relatively much rain falls on this island, there is a lot of greenery. The soil is very fertile, thanks to the climate can grow a lot of olive trees. These trees have a long history. In the Venetian time they received a gold piece for every ten olive trees they planted because of the great need for oil at that time. This resulted in an exponential growth of olive trees that are still to be found everywhere. Olive oil which is of a very high quality is also still widely exported. For example, sells Harrods, the famous British department store, only olive oil that comes from this island.

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Naxos

In the Aegean Sea, on the other side of Greece, is the island of Naxos. Along with Mykonos, Paros and Naxos is part of the Cyclades. Thanks to a surface area of 448 km2, Naxos can call themselves the largest island of this archipelago. The island is characterized by a rugged and mountainous landscape with many sheep and goats roam. Thanks to these animals, it is possible for residents to export cheese amply. In the valleys you’ll find mostly grapes, olives and citrus fruits that allow many different wines and liquor. Naxos is also known for its beautiful marbles to find. Today there is still quarried marble. Make sure to Zas is not a mountain range of more than 1,000 meters above sea level which can be admired on the island.

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Elafonisos

Between Peloponnese and Kythira you can find an island in the Ionian sea that Elafonisos is mentioned. The municipality has the same name and contains more islands. The island belongs administratively to Peloponnese. Elafonisos is the largest island of Greece with over 625 people. The island is made on the basis of tourism, shipbuilding and fishing. The beaches there are very quiet and a good reason to without too many people around you enjoy a sunny holiday.

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Skiathos

East of Pelion and north of Evia is Skiathos, a Greek island in the Sporades islands. Skiathos distinguishes itself by a very dense vegetation of pine forests. This walk along the coast into long beaches with beautiful clear waters and white sand. This color palette is a feast for the eyes. Another good reason to go to Skiathos is the wine. Both the sweet wine Moschato as the dark red wine and Skiathos Alypiako wines are known worldwide and are all delightful.

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Empty beach Antalya, Turkey

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Holiday destination Turkey goes upcoming summer season on sale, as the Russian tourists now proclaimed by the massive boycott stay away. That expect the ANVR travel agencies.

After the incident above the Turkish-Syrian border are dozens of Russian flights canceled. It is winter season, but in the summer would be a huge setback to represent Turkey.

Russia supplies the Turkish resorts, and especially around Antalya on the south coast, nearly five million tourists each year.

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Disneyland ‪Paris‬ temporarily closed

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Disneyland ‪#‎Paris‬ temporarily closed
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City Trip to Lisbon

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Forget for
a moment the overcrowded Barcelona or Rome. The smaller-scale Lisbon is the trip destination of the moment. Why? The Atlantic coastline and the Tagus River, hills and parks, UNESCO-worthy city faces, not to mention the Portuguese cuisine. All this in the light of the sun, even in winter, the city welcomes more cheerful. Bem-vindo a Lisboa: Welcome to Lisbon!

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Santa Justa Elevador

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The Tram

Lisbon is built on seven hills. Although easily accessible thanks to a number of lifts and still officiating, old-fashioned trams, it is perhaps because of this that every neighborhood there seems to have its own character. The historic area of Belém for example, is an attraction on itself.

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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

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Open Air Museum of Alfama, Castelo and Graça

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Parque das Nações

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Chiado

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Diner in Lisbon

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Spain remains favorite holiday destination in winter

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Spain remains favorite holiday destination in winter

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1 / Spain
2 / Egypt
3 / Curaçao
4 / Cape Verde
5 / Dominican Republic

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View from the top of Europe at Switzerland

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Lake Bachalpsee

Switzerland’s steeply climbing Jungfrau railway affords unforgettable views of Interlaken and the Alps

The Airport in Zurich, Switzerland, is as posh and modern as you’d expect in a country famous for its banks, but the sound you hear upon boarding the train into the city is the clanking of cowbells. Admittedly this is just a recording but the rustic chimes of the pasture continue in the valley as travellers gawk at cattle idling among the spectacular scenery of the Alps.

This is the Jungfrau region, so named for one of the three great snow-clad peaks towering over it – Mounts Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. As if the mountain range weren’t impressive enough, there are the gorgeous Lakes Thun and Brienz and, nestled in the toes of the Alps, the beautiful resort town of Interlaken.

We are headed for “the top of Europe” – Jungfraujoch, at 3,454 metres above sea level Europe’s highest-altitude railway station. Everything up here is rock, ice and snow.

The reason for this particular trek is that the famous cog railway celebrated its 103th birthday last month. Hauling millions of passengers each year, it was a pioneering achievement of Swiss engineering, and it still astonishes.

The 1,400-metre climb from Kleine Scheidegg station to the Jungfraujoch – on a 25-per-cent vertical grade – is almost entirely within tunnels, every centimetre cut through granite with precision, in often extreme weather conditions. Today we can only imagine what a thrill this must have been for the first passengers a century ago, reaching altitudes that had previously admitted only the hardiest of mountaineers. Swiss industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller’s resolution in 1883 to build the railway has made the breathtaking panoramas atop Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau accessible to everyone.

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The romantic cogwheel train to Schynige Platte The Nation/Kupluthai Pungkanon

Urs Kessler, chief executive of the Jungfrau railway, is fond of pointing out that Europe was awash with pioneering spirit in the 19th century, when invention and innovation boomed. “For Swiss companies, it’s a matter of the efficiency and high quality that people have come to trust,” he says. “And Swiss trains are always punctual.”

Guyer-Zeller “made the impossible possible” in the face of enormous challenges, Kessler says.

“At first they planned to build the railway right to the summit of the Jungfrau, but that’s 4,158 metres and the weather conditions are bad, so they decided to stop midway.

“In 1899, just three years after construction began, Guyer-Zeller died of pneumonia, but his family carried on his work. Never before has a railway been built at this altitude, under such extreme conditions. The labourers had to work long shifts among the glaciers at 2,320 metres. They used explosives to cut into the rock and there was an accident, an explosion that took the lives of 17 Italian workers.

“The construction period more than doubled, from seven to 16 years, as did the cost, eventually reaching 16 million francs. But they pushed on from station to station, completing Eigerwand in 1903 and Eismeer in 1905, and on August 1, 1912, the Swiss National Day, the Jungfraujoch station finally opened.”

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Mounts Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau The Nation/Kupluthai Pungkanon

Kessler characterises the railway as “very simple, very primitive engineering, but efficient”, and it’s an assessment that King Rama V would have no doubt have confirmed when he rode to Kleine Scheidegg station at 2,061 metres on May 29, 1897 (before Jungfraujoch was built). It was one of many marvels he saw on the first visit to Europe by a Siamese monarch.

The entire trip to Jungfraujoch takes about 90 minutes. Once at “the top of Europe”, there’s a wide range of activities available – though skiing back down is not one of them.

You can watch a four-minute film called “The Jungfrau Panorama”, which offers a 360-degree experience of the station. You can ride Switzerland’s fastest lift to the Sphinx Observatory in a lightning 27 seconds. It’s been conducting astronomical research since 1931 and, from the outdoor terrace added in 1996, you get to gaze down like gods 3,571 metres, taking in sights such as the Aletsch Glacier.

Climate change threatens to reduce Switzerland’s alpine glaciers from 75 cubic kilometres to just 25 in the next 50 years, so there’ll be plenty of fresh melt-water – and that’s about the only good thing you can say about it.

Sphinx Hall is the starting point for a light-and-sound walking tour titled “Alpine Sensation”, which touches on tourism past and present and recounts Guyer-Zeller’s noble undertaking before ending at the Ice Palace, a huge cavern carved out by mountain guides in the 1930s. Crystalline sculptures of eagles, penguins and other things are kept artificially chilled so that visitors’ body heat doesn’t thaw them.

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Edelweis

Most of the year there are opportunities to ski and ride sledges, snow tubes and snowboards, but the more thrilling experience is a two-hour hike to the Monchsjoch Hut, which depends utterly on the use of ropes and crampons but is entirely safe.

Interlaken is an amazing one-day train journey from Jungfraujoch railway. Even more exciting excursions can be arranged, but don’t bypass an evening meal atop Harder Kulm, the local high peak famed for its sunset views of the lakes and the taller trio of mountains that turn pink in the day’s yielding light.

Romance is also in abundance aboard another historic cogwheel railway, this one climbing to Schynige Platte on a narrow-gauge track, passengers bunched together on wooden benches from a bygone era as the magnificent mountain landscape rolls past. The fresh air at the summit station is wonderful, the high triplets waiting in the distance for their photos to be taken.

The Botanical Alpine Garden opened in 1929, 8,000 square metres abloom with 600 native species of flowering plants and, at lunchtime, there’s a performance of the traditional alphorn.

Your schedule should also make time for a hike around Grindelwald First, 2,200 metres up and with an aerial cableway to coast through the wind. The views of the Alps and valleys are again spectacular, the cowbells ringing clear as a – well, a bell. Your fitness-tracking wristwatch will count more than 10,000 steps to deep-blue Lake Bachalpsee, “the Pearl of the Alps”, the appearance of which makes any fatigue evaporate. On the way back you can ride the thrilling First Flyer zip-line or a scooter-bike known as the Trotti bike.

Finally, to complete your Swiss odyssey, treat yourself to a luxury Swiss timepiece at the Kirchhoffer boutique – or at least some unforgettable Swiss chocolate from Lindt.

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