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Viennese Coffee Culture: A Way of Life

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Apart from the imperial palaces, Vienna is also globally known for its coffee culture. Through centuries, the Viennese has elevated the hot beverage into art and its consumption into a delightful way of life. And a traditional Wiener Café (Viennese cafe) is more than an ordinary coffee shop. It is a cultural establishment in which the Vienna’s dolce vita is reflected.

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Saint Gall: A Cultural Gem in Eastern Switzerland

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Having neither a stunning blue lake like Lucerne nor impressive snow-capped mountains, the town of Saint Gall in eastern Switzerland might not be high on the list of the country’s top destinations. However, if you walk inside the Abbey of Saint Gall with its unmistakable twin towers, you can discover a true cultural gem.

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Lucerne: A Picturesque Lakeside City

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Owning a pristine blue lake, a glamorous promenade, and an old town that is as lovely as a children’s book, it is no difficult to understand why Lucerne attracts so many visitors. Its name is derived from the Latin word Luciaria, which means “the city of light” – a popular sobriquet for this stunning lakeside city.

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Basel: Art and Architecture

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Housing an international art fair, several world-class museums, as well as countless galleries and exhibitions, it’s not exaggerated to call Basel Switzerland’s capital of art. Together with a beautiful old town and modern buildings designed by famous contemporary architects, the city is truly a paradise for whoever loves art and architecture.

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Rhineland Palatinate: The Land of Root and Wine

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Between the Rhine and the Moselle rivers in southwestern Germany, there is a land known as “the state of root and wine”. Dionysus – the Greek God of Wine – seems to cast a spell on this land, turning all the hills in the region into vineyards and covering towns and castles in grapevines.

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Dresden: Florence on the Elbe River

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Boasting a riverine location, pleasantly mild climate, a magnificent historic centre, as well as numerous renowned museums and art collections, Dresden – the capital city of the Free State of Saxony – is often called Elbflorenz, or “Florence on the Elbe”, reflecting its role as a centre of art and architecture in Germany.

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Hallstatt: A Journey into a Fairy Tale

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If elves actually exist, they must live in a town as serene as Hallstatt. Tucked between towering mountains and a mirror-like lake, with 16th-century Alpine houses dotting among trees and lovely gardens, this place is so surreal that when you first set foot on it, you feel like stepping into a fairy tale.

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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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