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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Travel Bucket list: 16 Most Beautiful Places To See Before You Die

April 30, 2020 0

Bled, Slovenia
Year 2020, no doubt, is the “annus horribilis” of the world in recent memory. Who would have thought that this year would be a dreadful period to everyone?
We started the year very hopeful, but as days progressed, we were plunged into fear and panic until we soaked deeper into the crisis. The rapid spread of COVID-19 at an alarming rate crippled the socio-economic activities and we were compelled to stay at home.
For how long this setup will last, we do not know exactly. The wrath of pandemic still waging outside. It opened our eyes to many realizations that life is too short. We never know when death knocks us.
The pandemic made our life this year turned upside down. Everything has stopped including our mobility.
For travelers, the most common thing to ponder now is, will there be another chance to see the other side of the globe again? When can we travel again? We can only hope for the best.
However, this makes us also realize that life must be well-lived and should not be wasted on a sedentary existence.
We need to go out and explore the world, see the other side of the earth and marvel at its wonderful treasures. We may never get that chance again.
When countries relax its regulations in traveling, and when every nation flatten its curve on the spread of the disease, it’s good to do some travel planning again.
Here’s one for your travel bucket list.
St. Helena Island
The best-kept secret of the South Atlantic Ocean. Shrouded by thick fog and imposing mountains, protected by rough seas and dangerous harbors and hugged by crags and rugged volcanic terrain.
St. Helena is truly an adventurer's dream!
St. Helena Island
When you trace this island in the map, it looked like a floating green object in the vast ocean without anything in sight but deep blue waters and steep mountain.

Yet, this dot in the Atlantic is inhabited by more than 2,000 settlers, all British citizen.
It is most famous in history as the final destination of Napoleon Bonaparte. And for many centuries, had intrigued tourists due to its very isolated location in the Earth.
It remains mysterious to enthusiastic travelers because visiting there is extremely challenging.

Until recently, only dedicated hikers and old people ever came to visit the island, because the stay could take up to two to three weeks due to unpredictable weather that makes the sea voyage unsafe.
St. Helena, one of the remotest islands in the world
St. Helena has winding country roads rising past to misty green fields, very rural, the area has a very laid-back atmosphere.

A perfect place for hikers and people who love the comfort of walking down the winding path.
But what sets apart St. Helena from other islands in the world is the thrill of adventure it offers to visitors, a quiet life above the breathtaking ocean and a unique bragging right. At the end of the day, it's an island in the middle of nowhere that's so hard to explore.
Home to one of the most dangerous airports in the universe
So you have a bragging right to be the very first in your country to ever set a foot in a secretive island in the South Atlantic.

It has a unique diversity of heritage-based attractions and offers many things to see and do, from its rugged coastline, rolling hills down to its breathtaking view of the vast Atlantic Ocean, an off-the-beaten path adventure awaits every visitor of St. Helena.
Life there, according to the travel documentary I watched, is so immersed in total calmness. A place where life stands still and atmosphere is timeless.

What could be quieter and breathtaking than live in a place squeezed between two mountains and hoisted on the blue ocean?
Hallstatt, Austria
One of the most spectacular villages in Europe where calmness is guaranteed. It is a small charming lakeside village clips to rocky mountains overlooking the Austrian Alps.
Hallstatt, Austria
A charming village that clings to a narrow strip of land between the placid water of Hallstatter See Lake and the imposing Dachstein Mountains, it is cited as a UNESCO-World Heritage Site due to its cultural importance.
Nestled between Hallstatter See and the Dachstein mountains, Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest and perhaps its most photographed village.

This lovely Austrian old town features historical churches, a subterranean salt lake, a museum, and fairytale-like backdrop.
The view is perfect for all seasons. At winter, the atmosphere rings a subdued mood where mountains capped by thick snow, at summer it turns into a photographic scenery with glistening sun spreadinh delight from the summit.

Autumn turns the lakeside into a poetic wonder of nature with brilliant foliage hugging the whole village.
Tuscany, Italy – Despite Italy’s horrific case of Covid19, where the region of Lombardy in the northern part became the epicenter of the virus in Europe, Tuscany in the Central portion of the country remains the loveliest and the safest place to relax.
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Chianti, Tuscany
It’s the cradle of renaissance art and architecture in Europe and houses some of the finest art collections in the world.
Its capital, Florence, is known for stunning art collections, sculptures and classical buildings. And Tuscany's medieval villages are known for tasty and authentic Italian dishes.
Wine region in Tuscany
It has the most beautiful villages in the world. Siena, Pisa, Cortona, Chianti, are medieval towns known for sumptuous authentic Italian dishes, relaxing scenery of nature, beautiful landscape, wineries and tranquil countryside.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia – An irresistible small island in the Pacific northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. It is one of the fewest nations in the world that has no cases of COVID-19 yet as of April 8.
Bora Bora Island
It is surrounded with beautiful islets and emerald lagoon and known for its irresistible beaches, powdery and sun-kissed sand, clear blue waters, verdant trees, and a tranquil view of the ocean.
Bora Bora is popular for its bungalow villas perched above the water and offers a luxury accommodation, making it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations of the rich and the glamorous.
Princess Victoria of Sweden and her husband, Daniel Westling, and Hollywood couple, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, are just some of the world-famous couples who honeymooned in Bora Bora.
Rising from the heart of the South Pacific, this island is an extinct volcano popped up from the Ocean million years ago.

Now, it sits beautifully in the lagoon that shines in varying shades of azure and emerald while the shadow of Mount Otemanu rising in the background
Bibury, Cotswold, England
Once described by craftsman, William Morris, as “the most beautiful village in England”, Bibury is beautiful, quiet district we all love to be at home in time like this. It depicts a scene in a 17th century fiction of a sleepy village where serenity is everlasting.
Bibury village
It frames a typical Cotswold village: modest stone cottages, narrow strip, beautiful gardens filled with blooms and green foliage, sleepy town and postcard scenery.
It is home to Arlington Row, a strip that features Cotswold Stone cottages, originally built in the 14th century as a monastic wool store. It is now a row of weaver's cottages and a photographer's favorite subject.
It is one of the most iconic and photographed sites in the world and often featured in the Royal Mail in its annual Christmas postage stamps.
Known for its honey-colored 17th century stone cottages with steep pitched roofs, Bibury is a depiction of calmness and tranquility.

Fox News called it one of the world’s most picturesque villages. Indeed! It's a quaint English town where charm has not waned even in the age of modernity.
With its classic home design, relaxing gardens, quiet streets, Bibury is a perfect place to be home quarantined without succumbing into boredom and annoyance. Its quiet atmosphere and poetic environment will make self-isolating a well-deserved escape.
Bibury is a village in Gloucestershire, England, where the country home of Prince Charles, Highgrove Estate, is also located.

It is on the River Coln where stone villages strung along its bank. It is just a short drive from Cirencester, the town center in Cotswolds.
Bled, Slovenia – Bled is Slovenia’s medieval town sets on the Julian Alps foothills. The scenic glacial lake of Bled flows through its town where the 11th century Bled Castle with its iconic church perched atop the tiny rock island in the middle of the lake.
Bled, Slovenia
An 11th century castle is located on a steep cliff rising 130 meters overlooking the lake and autumn according to most travelers is the most beautiful season to visit Bled.
In the middle of the lake is a quaint island with a beautiful pilgrimage church called Assumption Maria, it’s one of the most spectacular sites to see where Bled becomes popular.
North Island, Seychelles – The world’s most exclusive hideaway. This island in the Indian Ocean has only few hand-crafted villas gazing into the powdery sand, milky white beach and emerald waters.
Villas creep through a beautiful private garden. Privacy is assured in this island which can only be accessed through a chartered plane. No wonder this was the choice of Prince William and Kate Middleton when they honeymooned in 2011.
Seychelles is a small country floating in the Indian Ocean endowed with rich natural resources and beautiful beaches with exquisite view of soft white sand lapped by azure and emerald waters backed by forest-dense hills.
Santorini, Greece – One of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Its cobalt blue water washed off the powdery sand where view beckons a mystical landscape. Its villages are known for its blue domed and white structures creeping through the seaside and clinging to cliffs above the sea.
Santorini, Greece
According to legend, Santorini is the lost Atlantis, which according to legend, a continent during ancient time that sunk to the bottom of the Mediterranean. Well, it remains to be a legend, but its mystical environment continues to fascinate travelers.
Edinburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, a constituent country in the United Kingdom, and part of Great Britain together with England and Wales. The city has a fascinating beauty due to its beautiful medieval buildings and ancient castles.
Edinburgh, Scotland
The medieval Old Town merges with the modern and classical architecture and its mystic draped with elegant Georgian New Town, gardens, old universities, churches and neoclassical buildings.
At the horizon looms Edinburgh Castle which houses the Crown Jewels of former Scottish rulers. Opposite is the Palace of Holyrood, former home of Scottish monarchs and currently the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland.
Windsor Castle, England – Located in Berkshire, England, Windsor Castle is a historical royal residence of British royal family since the Norman conquest in the 11th century.
It’s a massive royal complex above the Thames river and surrounded with lush greenery, gardens and tranquil atmosphere. Diarist Samuel Pepys called it the most romantic castle in the world.
Many English and British monarchs considered it a country home when duties overwhelmed them at Buckingham Palace.
King George III spent his remaining years isolating in Windsor Castle when his mental illness made him unable to fulfill his role as monarch.
Queen Victoria considered it her permanent home when her husband, Prince Albert, died from pneumonia. The current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is very vocal about her love for Windsor Castle, it is her favorite weekend residence.
The most beautiful area in the castle is the Long Walk, the stunning three-mile long avenue has long line of trees, scenic pathways, parklands and manicured lawn. It is a view that perfectly captures the mystic of Windsor Castle.
Lucerne, Switzerland – Touted as Switzerland’s most beautiful city, it sets on the dragon mountain and captures the bewildering beauty of Switzerland. It has fascinating landscape and beautiful scenery.
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Lucerne, Switzerland

Its most famous landmark, Lake Lucerne, flows through the Old Town and medieval buildings and epitomizes the city’s scenic charm. Lucerne has a swirl of natural wonder and visitors are treated to an endless view of nature.
Lucerne offers the best Alpine adventure, picturesque leisure trip and awesome dining experience. It’s in the central part of Switzerland and predominantly German.

Its strategic location at the foot of the Swiss Alps allows visitors to marvel at the breathtaking view of nature and steep mountains.
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The Chapel bridge
The Chapel Bridge, a 14th century wooden bridge that cuts through a flower-lined path, is the most recognizable landmark in the city.
Across the lake is a line of classical buildings, old churches, cafes, museums and monuments, one of which is Lion Monument, an iconic memorial for a Swiss guard who died fighting for King Louis XVI during the French revolution.
Tulip Fields, Netherlands – One of the most iconic vistas that the Kingdom of the Netherlands is very famous of. The sweeping fields of Tulips provide a breathtaking backdrop of colors to a country that’s already known with a unique charm.
At springtime, the brilliant colors of Tulips turned The Netherlands into an endless beauty of magic and thrill.
The municipality of Lisse is the most recommended place to go where the best of Tulip musing can be experienced.
Its most popular attraction, the Keukenhof Gardens, is where the valley of perfect blooms lies. Best time to visit this place is between March and May where Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinths spread its magic.
Most Tulip fiends in The Netherlands offer a tour package and a Dutch lunch in the middle of the incredible field. Pretty magical isn’t it?
Kyoto, Japan – Once the capital city of Japan, this beautiful historic city in the island of Honshu is famous for its spectacular gardens, classical palaces and temples, relaxing scenery and authentic Japanese dishes.
Its Gion district is where one can immerse into the traditional Kyoto experience, it is also known for as a Geisha district.
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scenery in Kyoto
Kyoto is also a place where travelers can taste some of the best and exquisite Japanese cuisine and tea. And it is home to some of the country's oldest temples and beautiful countryside.
Kyoto’s Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama district is one of the world’s prettiest groves. And it is located just outside Tokyo.
Towering green stalks gazing down on endless pathways with swaying greens are just some of the world's most fascinating scenery nature.
Palace of Versailles, France – One of the most splendid royal residences in Europe in the 18th century, the Palace of Versailles is located 20 kilometers outside Paris.
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Palace of Versailles in France

It was once home to the Bourbon Kings which ended in the reign of King Louis XVI when the French Revolution was erupted.
It is now a historical monument and entered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the epitome of architectural grandeur, opulence and stately elegance where France is known for.
It signifies the country’s status symbol of power, wealth and magnificence as well as the dramatic rise and fall of the monarchy.
Its landscape is spruced up with magnificent flower beds, manicured lawn, beautiful gardens, water fountains. It was constructed during the reign of King Louis XIV but had a grand refurbishment during the reign of King Louis XVI.
His wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, instigated the construction of Petit Trianon with complex structures and a working farm, a peaceful and quiet section in the palace where she could be herself when stately activities overwhelmed her.  
Angkor Complex, Cambodia – Entered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 to preserve its cultural importance, Angkor Archaelogical Park is located Siem Reap, Cambodia and one of the world’s most iconic cultural landmarks.
Angkor thom in Cambodia
Its complex is massive, occupying the 400 hectares of land in the jungle of Siem Reap province and covered by thick vegetation.
It was once a royal court of the Khmer kings. And the construction of the complex was instigated by different kings of the Khmer dynasty.
The carvings, design and style of the buildings were a finest example of Khmer architecture, one of the greatest achievements of humans in early centuries.
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Angkor Wat at Sunrise
At the ground of Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat, the largest religious complex in the world, was constructed as a personal homage of King Suryavarman II to the Hindu god, Vishnu.
Bayon temple has many carvings, most were enigmatic faces, that depicted different Hindu deities. However, in the 15th century, the Khmer kings converted to Buddhism so the complex became Buddhist temples until now.
For years since the Khmer empire was dissolved in the 17th century, Angkor temples remained hidden from the world.
It was discovered after the civil war in Cambodia. Now, it is Southeast Asia’s most important cultural landmark swarmed by tourists whole year round.
The complex has many temples, each has its own personality that fascinates tourists. Angkor Wat, is famous for its spectacular view at sunrise, has a massive ground and a lake that runs through the compound. It is one of the highly visited sites in the complex.
Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, 10 minutes from Angkor Wat, is home to gigantic carvings of faces of Hindu deities.
It was once the seat of court of the Khmer kings. Ta Phrom in the deepest part of the jungle is known for its ancient trees.
Ha long bay, Vietnam – Dangling in the Gulf of Tonkin in Quang Ninh province Northern Vietnam, the legendary Ha long bay (which has a literal meaning of descending dragon) is the country’s greatest natural wonder.
Popularly known for its spectacular view of sparkling emerald waters, towering limestone and forest-soak crags, it captivates the minds of scientists, artists and marine biologists.
The picturesque emerald seascape hides a unique allure of adventure and view at the same time species of nature that mesmerize researchers. 
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                Ha long bay, Vietnam
 
The bay cradles over 1,600 green islands and islets, mostly uninhabited so pretty much undisturbed which add to his majestic appeal.
Like Angkor Wat, it was included in the 100 list of Best Places To Visit on Earth by a London-based travel magazine.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as the Land of the Descending Dragon due to the formation of islets and limestone rocks in the bay.
Among the places I have listed, only Angkor in Cambodia so far I have visited. Way to go!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Best Destinations in Baden-Württemberg

May 29, 2015 0

The old imperial state of Baden-Württemberg in Southwestern Germany is a dreamy destination for every traveler, aside from its cultural attractions and ancient ruins, the state's landscape is mostly covered with valleys, lakes, meadows and vineyards. It has the best rated restaurants in the country according to online sources. Truly a traveler's perfect escape worthy to be added in your travel bucket list. 

PART II: STUTTGART and Nearby Areas

Stuttgart is the capital city of Baden-Württemberg, despite its urban status, the city is still surrounded with orchards, river, hills, valleys and forest along with its historic buildings, palaces and beautiful towns. It is the only German city that has vineyards in its urban territory. It borders France in the west and Switzerland in the south with Lake Constance streams on the boundary. Stuttgart is called the cradle of Germany’s automobile industry due to numerous luxury car brands headquartered in the city, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche and Daimler AG are just some.
                                    
For travel enthusiasts, Stuttgart is more than just a city of classical architecture, cultural flares and luxurious cars. It has festivals and fun activities celebrated whole year round. During summer, the Palace Square offers awesome fun summer fest, the Hamburg fish market at Karl’s Square with food and beer. During autumn, Stuttgart Beer Festival is also organized with unlimited entertainment and great food.

Top Attractions in Stuttgart and Nearby Areas Recommended by Travel Experts :


1. Black Forest


Black Forest remains to be the primary reason why travelers are enthralled to visit Baden-Württemberg, its breathtaking beauty of nature, stunning landscape, meadows, ravines and scenic atmosphere are perfect elements of a travel experience in fantasy. Located in  Southwestern part of Germany, the densely-wooded hills Black Forrest is one of the most visited upland regions in Europe. 

The German writers, Grimm brothers (Jacob and Wilhelm) who wrote the immortal classic fairy tale stories: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince and Rapunzel, mainly used Black Forest as the setting and backdrop of the stories. 

It lies on the extended topography starting from Pforzheim in the north, Waldshut in the south and Upper Neckar and Danube valleys in the east. Black Forest offers diverse travel indulgences in the area. Hiking, strolling, horseback riding, biking are just some. Honeymooners will probably fall in love more when they choose it as their main destination. I has some of the best restaurants in the country, wineries and spas. Choices of scenic and cozy hotels and tourist inns are also located in the region, it offers a perfect view of the valley, foothills, Alps and meadows. It is home to the most authentic Black Forest cake in the world, Black Forest ham and cuckoo clock. How to get there? If you are coming from Ulm, travel time is 2 hours and 40 minutes via A8 and A81. From Stuttgart it's 1 hour and 50 minutes via A81.

2. Europa Park (outside Stuttgart)
Rated as one of the best theme parks in the world, Europa Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most visited theme park in Europe next to Disneyland France. 
Europa Park offers a sizzling blend of amusement for high adrenaline rides, unique themed areas by country names and other amusement elements. It has restaurants, cafes and hotels inside the park. Its exact location is in the town of Rust, district of Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, closer to Freiburg. 2015 is the best time to visit because the park celebrates its 40th year anniversary. Celebration runs from March 28, 2015 to November 8, 2015. Exciting shows await travelers. 
Travel time from Stuttgart to Europa Park is 2 hours. Admission for adult €42.00; Senior citizen and Children 4 years old up €37.00. Opening hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Address: 77977 Rust, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Visit website for more information EUROPA PARK
Themed areas inside the park:
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Kingdom of the Invisibles
  • Children's world or Vikings Land
  • Land by country themes
Other attractions:
  • Themed roller coasters, visit HERE

3. Mercedes-Benz Museum
One of the highly anticipated activities when coming to Stuttgart is a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum, it showcases the development of the automobile industry and the birth of Mercedes-Benz. 
One of its founding father, Karl Benz, produced the very first modern car in the late 19th century which would become the Benz wagon, later it merged with Daimler AG and renamed Mercedes-Benz (interestingly, Mercedes was the named after the daughter of the top executive of Daimler and proposed it when they were searching for a name of the merger. This information is included in my book The Quiz Master II). Address: Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart. Admission: Day €8.00 adult, night (4:30-6:00pm) €4.00. People who will visit the museum on their birthday are free of charge just present your ID bearing your birth date. More information HERE

4. Schlossplatz or the Palace Square
Its main attractions are the gardens and jubilee column constructed to celebrate King William I’s silver anniversary on the throne. Schlossplatz is the eternal symbol of Stuttgart’s glorious royal days, it is surrounded with elegant buildings that symbolized the ducal past of the city. It has a cast-iron bandstand, sculptures and fountain. On the northwest side of the square stands Königsbau which has a colonnade and a shopping arcade, and Kleiner on the southwest side with its famous boutiques, shops and restaurants. Address: Schloßpl., 70173 Stuttgart. Admission is free.

5. Sepulchral Chapel or Grapkapelle 
Perched above the Wurttemberg hill and overlooking Stuttgart and the Neckar valley is the beautiful work of art and a symbol of eternal love, much like Taj Mahal in India. On the entrance door, an inscription can be read "Love Never Ends". 
This shrine was constructed between 1820 and 1824 on the order of King Wilhelm I of Wurttemberg for his wife, Queen Katharina, who died unexpectedly at age 30. The King ordered the removal of the former castle to erect this monument of love. It has a domed rotunda in Neoclassical architecture patterned after the Pantheon in Rome, it is known locally as Grapkapelle. The King and his daughter, Princess Marie, were also buried there. A visit to Grapkapelle can also be accompanied with a leisure walk through the vineyards around the area. Address: Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart. Admission to the chapel: €2.50

6. Ludwigsburg Palace (12 km north of Stuttgart)

This palace, reportedly one of Europe’s largest baroque buildings to have survived in the modern world with its original form remained intact, has an impressive designs and interiors. Its layout has a rare blend of three architectural designs in the classical era: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical.

It is a former royal palace of the Kings of Wurttemberg until 1918 when all German princely states and kingdoms were abolished. It has 18 buildings, 450 rooms and beautiful gardens. It houses Baroque gallery, fashion and ceramics museums. The private apartment of Duke Carl Eugen is also featured in the gallery containing his valuable furniture and accessories. The palace is open to the public daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, however the residential palace is only accessible through a guided tour arrangement. Travel from Stuttgart is less than one hour via Heilbronner street B27. Address: Schloss street 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany. Admission Fees (See below):
Residential Palace: 6.5 € for adults and 3.3 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors. It is free for children under 6 years old.
Museums: 3.5 € for adults and 1.8 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors. Museums with audio guide, 6.5 € for adults and 3.3 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors and free for children under 6 years old.
Favorite Palace: 3.5 € for adults and 1.8 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors and free for children under 6 years old.

7. Lake Constance

The picturesque Lake Constance divides the border of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg from Switzerland, France and Austria, it runs on the northern foot of the Alps and the Rhine. It is known as Bodensee in Germany. 

According to Lonely Planet, Lake Constance is the only place in the world where you can spend the night in Germany, cross Switzerland in the morning and arrive in Austria at tea time in the afternoon. Enjoying the breathtaking Alps in-between trips.

Lake Constance landscape is a scenery in fantasy. Surrounded by meadows, vineyards, orchards, Alpine hills and beaches, indeed a dreamy destination for nature lovers. The Constance town nearby also boasts, stone age homes and medieval castles. Perfect elements for cultural fanatics. How to get there? If traveling by car from Stuttgart-Singen: Take A81 and B33 towards Constance. From Ulm-Ravensburg: Take B30 from Meersburg car and passenger ferry towards Constance. Admission is free.

8. Killesberg Park
Killesberg Park is an urban public park located half a square kilometer in Stuttgart. Visitors may indulge in nature hopping at this park with its beautiful landscape of plants and flower beds combined with architectural elements.
The park is said to be at its amazing beauty during summer due to its diversified shapes and sizes and flowers are in perfect bloom. There's a small steam engine train to take visitors around the park. Every July, the famous Lichterfest  is organized inside the park with thousands of lanterns scattered around the area. Fun activities are held for visitors to enjoy. A firework display follows at night time. Address: Stresemann street, 70192 Stuttgart. How to get there? Through a subway-U7, stop-Killersberg Messe. Admission is free.
  
9. Weikersheim Palace

Weikersheim is a small town located in the beautiful landscape of Tauber valley, it is home to Weikersheim Palace widely regarded as the most beautiful palace in the Hohenloe region. Its best attraction is the baroque garden with striking cast of statues. It exemplifies the Renaissance concept of a country estate.The palace was believed to have constructed in 1586 when Count Wolfgang of Hohenloe took up residence in the castle and ordered to erect a new home which would become the Weikersheim Palace.

As with most construction of ROYAL HOMES in aristocratic Europe, the palace was built in splendor and style with heavy emphasis in art and culture. It is famous for its rich details on paneled ceiling and spectacular garden that houses several baroque statues. It has an orangery that charms visitors due to its eye catching backdrop. It contains sculptures of classical and mythological figures like Apollo and Diana and representations of earth elements and seasons. Travel time from Stuttgart: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Address Marktplatz. 11, 97990 Weikersheim, Germany. Admission to the palace and gardens € 6.50 for adult,€ 3.30 for children and senior citizens. Operating hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

10. Schwetzingen Palace

Noted for its ornate and magnificent gardens, Schwetzingen Palace is one of the most visited classical palaces in Baden-Wurttemberg. A former home of the Prince Electors from the House of Wittelsbach, its grand refurbishment was ordered by Prince Johann Wilhelm in 1697. 

Many would claim that Schwetzingen Palace is a work of a genius due to its splendid restoration which was initiated by Prince Carl Theodor in the middle ages. He commissioned architects to design the gardens in an elaborate layout and eventually created a masterpiece of spectacular beauty and rich variety. The architects added a landscape park which was one of its kind in Germany during that period.

The palace gardens are rich in creative designs with unique ornamental elements that represent the cultural heritage of Europe. It comprises sculptures and dreamy buildings of all assortments. There’s a small round building dedicated to Apollo, a bath house with its own garden modelled after an Italian villa, and Turkish gardens full with oriental details. Cultural highlights of the palace rooms include furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Rococo theater with galleries in the north wing. Address: Schloß Mittelbau, 68723 Schwetzingen. Admission € 9.00 for adult,  € 4.00 for children and senior citizens. If you want to visit the palace gardens only, admission is  € 5.00 and € 2.00 for children and senior citizens. Operating Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Phone +49 6221 658880

11. Heidelberg City

Due to its romantic and picturesque landscape, Heidelberg is voted by travelers as one of the most exciting travel destinations in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Its top attractions include Heidelberg Castle, the Philosopher's Walk, Heidelberg Tun, Museums, the River Banks, Heidelberg University, the Neuburg Abbey, Botanical Garden, and the Baroque style Old Town located on the south bank of the Neckar river. 

Top things to do in Heidelberg include a leisure walk through vineyards along the Neckar river, hike to Heidelberg Castle. The castle, cloaked on a rugged hill top above the Old Town, is one of the most historical and impressive castles in Germany. A scenic stroll along the beautiful Philosopher's Walk and enjoy its gorgeous blooms and exotic plants like Japanese cherries, bamboo and Cypresses. This area also provides a breathtaking view of the river valley and Heidelberg Castle. Travel time from Stuttgart: 1 hour and 45 minutes via A81. Stuttgart hbf train ticket price  19.00 for time departure before 8:13am, however if you choose the departure time from 8:13am ticket price ranges from  €23.00 to  €27.00


SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

www.tripadvisor.com
www.planetwire.com
www.mygermancity.com
www,bestripchoices.com
www,lonelyplanet.com
www.schloesser-und-gaerten.de/en/
www.germany.travel/en/index.html
www.europark.de

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