Vicenza in Veneto

6 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  7 minutes

Palazzo del Capitanio © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0

Palazzo del Capitanio © Didier Descouens/cc-by-sa-4.0

Vicenza is a city in northeastern Italy. It is in the Veneto region at the northern base of the Monte Berico, where it straddles the Bacchiglione River. Vicenza is approximately 60 kilometres (37 mi) west of Venice and 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Milan.   read more…

Outletcity Metzingen

1 October 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Stefan Fussan/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Stefan Fussan/cc-by-sa-3.0

More than 500 premium and luxury brands in Metzingen and in the online shop have come together under the term Outletcity Metzingen (as of August 2021). The focus of the offer is on clothing. Beauty and home products are also offered. The Outletcity Metzingen is managed by Holy AG.   read more…

Chios in der Nördlichen Ägäis

29 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

Port of Lagada © FrontierNG/cc-by-sa-4.0

Port of Lagada © FrontierNG/cc-by-sa-4.0

Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands, situated in the northern Aegean Sea. The island is separated from Turkey by the Chios Strait. Chios is notable for its exports of mastic gum and its nickname is “the Mastic Island”. Tourist attractions include its medieval villages and the 11th-century monastery of Nea Moni, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was also the site of the Chios massacre, in which tens of thousands of Greeks on the island were massacred by Ottoman troops during the Greek War of Independence in 1822.   read more…

Theme Week Hungary – Szeged

25 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  14 minutes

Reök Palace © Aron96/cc-by-sa-4.0

Reök Palace © Aron96/cc-by-sa-4.0

Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary, the largest city and regional centre of the Southern Great Plain and the county seat of Csongrád-Csanád county. The University of Szeged is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary. The Szeged Open Air (Theatre) Festival (first held in 1931) is one of the main attractions, held every summer and celebrated as the Day of the City on 21 May. Today’s Szeged is an important university town and a tourist attraction. The Szeged Symphony Orchestra (Szegedi Szimfonikus Zenekar) gives regular concerts at the Szegedi Nemzeti Színház. Szeged is situated near the southern border of Hungary, just to the south of the mouth of the Maros River, on both banks of the Tisza River, nearly in the centre of the Carpathian Basin. The Hungarian frontier with Serbia is just outside the town.   read more…

Eleusis on the Saronic Gulf

25 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture Reading Time:  7 minutes

General view of sanctuary of Demeter and Kore and the Telesterion center for the Eleusinian Mysteries © flickr.com - Carole Raddato/cc-by-sa-2.0

General view of sanctuary of Demeter and Kore and the Telesterion center for the Eleusinian Mysteries © flickr.com – Carole Raddato/cc-by-sa-2.0

Eleusis is a suburban town and municipality in West Attica Regional unit in Greece. It is situated about 18 kilometres (11 miles) northwest from the centre of Athens and is part of its metropolitan area. It is located in the Thriasian Plain, at the northernmost end of the Saronic Gulf. North of Eleusis are Mandra and Magoula, while Aspropyrgos is to the northeast.   read more…

Theme Week Hungary – Nyíregyháza

24 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  13 minutes

Town Hall on Main Square © David Sallay

Town Hall on Main Square © David Sallay

Nyíregyháza is a city in northeastern Hungary and the county capital of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg. With a population of 118,001, it is the seventh-largest city in Hungary and the largest in Northern Hungary and the northern part of the Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld). Its development has been ongoing since the 18th century, making it the economic and cultural center of the region. Nyíregyháza Zoo, with over 500 species, is recognized throughout Europe. From the 1960s, the city grew and developed quickly. Today, Nyíregyháza is one of the most prosperous cities in Hungary, serving as both a center of education and a popular tourist destination. After the fall of Communism, several foreign-owned companies appeared in the city. In the early 2000s, the largest employers were Hübner Flextronics Ltd. and Hirsch’s, but during the period of economic recession, many companies eliminated several thousand jobs. Today, the largest public companies are the Lego Manufacturing Kft. and the Michelin Hungaria Abroncsgyártó Kft., providing employment for about 3,000 people.   read more…

Theme Week Hungary – Pécs

23 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: European Union, General, European Capital of Culture, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  6 minutes

County Hall of Baranya © Jan Mehlich/cc-by-sa-3.0

County Hall of Baranya © Jan Mehlich/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country, close to its border with Croatia. It is the administrative and economic centre of Baranya County. Pécs is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pécs.   read more…

Theme Week Hungary – Miskolc

22 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

City Centre © Rodrigo/cc-by-sa-4.0

City Centre © Rodrigo/cc-by-sa-4.0

Miskol is a city in northeastern Hungary, known for its heavy industry. With a population of 161,265 (1 Jan 2014) Miskolc is the fourth largest city in Hungary (behind Budapest, Debrecen, and Szeged). It is also the county capital of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and the regional centre of Northern Hungary.   read more…

Theme Week Hungary – Visegrád

21 September 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  11 minutes

Danube and Visegrad Castle © Civertan Grafikai Studio/cc-by-3.0

Danube and Visegrad Castle © Civertan Grafikai Studio/cc-by-3.0

Visegrád is a small castle town in Pest County, Hungary. It is north of Budapest on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. It had a population of 1,864 in 2010. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the Early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the medieval citadel. In 1991, the leading politicians of Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland met here to form a periodical forum, the Visegrád Group, with an intentional allusion to the meeting centuries earlier in 1335. Visegrád was granted town privileges again in 2000.   read more…

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