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Hanover: A Closer Look at the Capital of Lower Saxony

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Lacking the charm of neighbouring Hansa cities, Hanover has never scored high on the list of most favourite destinations in Germany. Most people assume that this place is solely an industrial centre with nothing else to see. Yet hidden beneath the “industrialised” façade is a city full of history and cultural heritage which are only visible to those with patience and a keen eye.

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Burgundy: More Than Just Wine

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For centuries, Burgundy has been known as one of France’s most enticing wine regions. With a distinctively deep flavour, its red and white wines are enjoyed globally. And many visitors come to Burgundy just because of the wine. But wine is not the only thing that you can find in this fertile soil of eastern France. This region also offers a wide variety of cultural experiences, ranging from history, architecture to culinary art.

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Hohenzollern Castle: The Legacy of a Mighty Dynasty

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Burg Hohenzollern is one of Germany’s most imposing castles. Each year, it welcomes over 300,000 visitors from around the world. With its many turrets and battlements rising dramatically above the town of Hechingen, it is an architectural masterpiece of the 19th century and a must-see when visiting the region.

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Stockholm: Summer Days in Swedish Capital

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Despite some downpours, summer is still a prime time to visit the Swedish capital. The city starts to blossom after months of cold weather and short hours of sunlight. It is almost like a festival as green spaces become bustling, waterways turn crowded, and locals are energised by the sun-filled days.

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Nantes: Encounter with a Unique Elephant

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Riding an elephant, the biggest mammal on land is perhaps the dream of every child. I was no different. As a kid, I used to like elephants and would love to ride one. But the cruel fact that elephants are abused in order to satisfy tourist’s demands really shrugged me off. Fortunately, I found a better alternative in Nantes.

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Sylt and Rügen: The Tale of Two Seas

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Travelling to Germany for a beach vacation seems odd for foreign tourists. Against charming old towns and fairytale castles, it is easy to forget about the natural beauty of this country. Indeed, the popularity of Germany’s coast is hardly comparable to those in Spain, France, or Italy, but believe me, it is no less spectacular.

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The Familiar Nicknames of Bologna

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Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy and its history dates back to at least 1000 B.C. In the course of time, Bologna has earned various nicknames. But La Rossa, La Dotta, and La Grassa sound most familiar as they present the most prominent features of this wonderful city.

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Cologne: In Search of the Legendary Scent

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I guess most of us have seen the words Eau de Cologne at least once. But have you ever wonder where these words came from? Over time, the original meaning of the words has been slightly altered. But it is still used to describe a scent that has become a legend. And Cologne (Köln in German) is where that legend began.

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Lake Como: The Jewel of Lombardy

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Just a stone’s throw away from the bustling Milan, you will find yourself in an idyllic scenery where deep blue lake set in the shadow of snow-covered Alps, hemmed in by steep, wooded hills and dotted by colourful houses, exquisite villas and palaces. That is Lago di Como (Lake Como) – the jewel of Lombardy.

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