Hamburg is the second-largest and most important city in Germany. Less known than the German capital, Berlin, but no less interesting, Hamburg is a popular business metropolis with great tourist appeal and one of the largest ports in the world.
Hamburg is particularly known for its rich architectural heritage with museums and spectacular building facades. Visitors will stroll past skyscrapers and spectacular historic churches such as St. Michael's Church (Hauptkirche St. Michaelis) and St. Catherine's Church (Hauptkirche St. Katharinen), arriving at the impressive Rathausplatz, the central square in front of the city's magnificent town hall. A place where you can marvel at the oldest and most impressive buildings of the city, plus the Binnenalster, an artificial lake surrounded by a wide range of restaurants and the Jungfernstieg, the city's main shopping street.
The city is also known for its fun and open atmosphere, and a visit to Reeperbahn, the main street in St. Pauli, one of the city's best nightlife hubs, is not to be missed.
As a port city with a distinctive seafaring character, a boat trip or tour of the Hafencity (port) with its line of picturesque buildings along the Elbe and beautiful canals, or a visit to the famous Fischmarkt on Sundays (from April to October, open 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from November to March, open 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) to sample the typical products and dishes of the city at cost price, is an absolute must.
Budapest, a historical city with roots stretching back to Roman times, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, mainly thanks to its magnificent urban landscape combining museums, art, architecture and gastronomy.
The Hungarian capital, nestled on both banks of the Danube, has many great attractions, but certainly its magnificent architecture is one of its best features. Among the many sights is the Parliament building, one of the largest in the world and a World Heritage Site.
In the heart of the city, visitors can admire the beautiful St. Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) with its splendid colourful facade. A little further north you'll find Buda Castle (Budai var), towering high on the west side of the river and dominating the city's skyline. A few minutes away, visitors will discover The Citadella, a fortress that has borne witness to several battles throughout the city's history, and Liberty Statue (Szabadság-szobor), which commemorates the liberation of Hungary from Nazi occupation during World War II; while in the eastern part of the city visitors will find Heroes' Square (Hosok Tere), a magnificent tribute to the city's founders.
That said, a trip to the Pearl of the Danube wouldn't be complete without a visit to the world-famous Szechenyi Baths, a late nineteenth-century thermal spa fed by hot springs that offer a host of benefits.
Once the capital of the Roman Empire, this Italian city preserves countless vestiges of that era and is home to the largest collection of architectural remains and historical assets in the world. It's no wonder they say that a trip to Rome is something everyone should do at least once in a lifetime.
Any trip to the Eternal City wouldn't be complete without a visit to its most symbolic attraction and one of the 7 wonders of the modern world: The Colosseum. This imposing amphitheatre could hold more than 50,000 people and was used as an entertainment venue for society, offering public spectacles and bloody gladiator fights.
Nearby, visitors will find the Roman Forum, the core and heart of the ancient city where the most important buildings and monuments were located, among which are the Arch of Titus and the Arch of Constantine. Next to the Forum is the Palatine, the hill where Rome was supposedly born, and where, according to Roman mythology, the she-wolf Luperca nursed and sheltered the founders of the city, Romulus and Remus.
From there, the next unmissable stop is the Vatican City, accessible either on foot, passing by countless monuments, archaeological excavations, etc. or more comfortably by metro. Within the city limits you can't miss the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel with its spectacular frescoes, St. Peter's Basilica — one of the largest Catholic churches in the world and one of the holiest sites of Christianity — and then St. Peter's Square, from which you can take in the grandeur of the Vatican.
On the way out, visitors will come across the Castel Sant'Angelo, another of the city's many attractions. Built in the Middle Ages on the Mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian, the statues that guard the Ponte di Sant'Angelo create an imposing panorama with the fortress in the background.
And what better way to finish your tour of this city steeped in history than to toss a coin into the Fontana di Trevi, built in the eighteenth century and considered one of the most beautiful fountains in the world, and then admire the imposing Pantheon of Agrippa, the best-preserved ancient Roman building in the world and one of the greatest exponents of Italian architecture.