Only in Cape Town

From the sea to the top of the Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant city that will capture your heart. With its gorgeous beaches and lush winelands, Cape Town is full of contrasts. Its troubled past has given way to a more harmonious co-existence of religions, cultures and nationalities. A true melting-pot – you can feel this unique multicultural vibe in every corner of the city.

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Go up Table Mountain

Postcard perfect and towering majestically above Cape Town is the much-photographed Table Mountain which draws its visitors like a magnet. The fit can hike up but the more obvious choice is to take the cable car. Either way the view from the top, over the city and the sea, is quite breathtaking.

Wine estates

The Constantia Wine Route includes a number of famous wine estates. The oldest, Groot Constantia, goes back to the 17th century. The owners are doing an excellent job in retaining its historic feel while introducing a modern atmosphere with wine tastings, good restaurants and concerts.

Nelson Mandela’s prison

Former president Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration on the former prison island of Robben Island. Today the ‘Sikhululekile’ ferry takes visitors across from the Waterfront – and the tours are conducted by ex-convicts.

Harbour entertainment hub

You will be spoilt for choice at the Victoria Alfred Waterfront shopping and entertainment precinct. Give yourself plenty of time to take in the harbour life with its variety of buskers, dance groups, restaurants, cinemas and so much more.

Sundowners by the sea

Cape Town is known for having some of the world’s most captivating sunsets. Capetonians celebrate this time of day with sundowners. Join in with a classic cocktail, a well chilled local beer or a Savanna cider. A good spot is at Café Caprice right by the beach in trendy Camps

Street party

During the World Cup Soccer in 2010 tens of thousands of fans regularly came out to celebrate on the fan mile. No other street in Cape Town boasts as many restaurants, shops, street vendors and clubs as Long Street. The place rocks on a hot summer’s night.


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Only in Stockholm

Stockholm, the Venice of the North. A mix of historical buildings and modern architecture, the city is nestled on 14 islands and surrounded by blue water and green forests. It is the most populous city in the Nordic countries, known for its trendsetting attitude and coffee culture.

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Village idyll in the metropolis

Old farmhouses, cottages and grand houses from all over Sweden have been brought together to the Skansen open-air museum in the heart of Stockholm – with a village pond, mature trees and any number of animals. Since 1891 Swedish culture and traditions have been cultivated here, and festivals and concerts organised.

Skerry feeling in 25 minutes

Cliffs, pine trees, bilberry bushes: there are 30,000 islands beyond Stockholm’s city walls.
You can reach the small island of Fjäderholmen, where you will be able to feast on smoked shrimps and a glass of white wine and watch the spectacular sunset, in a mere 25 minutes.

The best city-salmon

The good water quality makes it possible for as many as 30 species of fish to feel at home in the rivers between Stadshuset and Djurgården. Every year, anglers reel in more than 1000 salmon – only with a license, of course!

The Royals

If you want to get a glimpse of the royal family you only have to take up position on one of the streets in Stockholm on 6th of June, the Swedish national holiday. That is the day when members of the royal family travel through the town to Skansen to celebrate with their subjects.

The signs of a former major power

With its 64 canons and 300 soldiers, the impressive battleship Vasa was intended to put the enemy to flight in the Thirty Years’ War. However, it didn’t get very far and sank on its maiden voyage while it was still in Stockholm harbour. It was salvaged in the 1960s, restored and is now on display.

Noble (or Nobel) location

You can spot Stockholm’s town hall and its tower with three golden crowns from far away: the Stadshuset is the symbol of the Swedish capital city. This is where weddings take place, the city is administered and celebrations are held. One of them, on 10 December, is the gala dinner given in honour of the Nobel Prize winners.


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That Lake Garda Feeling

Discover what makes Lake Garda as appealing as it is and experience its unique flair. Just as the locals do, with Marco Polo’s insider tips:

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The first espresso after leaving the autostrada

Stop at the car park after the first hairpin bend coming from Nago heading for Torbole and enjoy your first cup of coffee, your first aperol or your first ice cream (at the bar on the other side of the road). The view to the south is breathtaking.

Racing through tunnels like James Bond

The Gardesana Occidentale that runs down the western side of the lake from Campione to Riva passes through at least a dozen tunnels which even inspired 007’s motive scouts. Bond & Co. spent two weeks filming for Quantum of Solace on Lake Garda. That may only have resulted in a brief moment in the final film – but what a couple of minutes!

Trip on a paddle steamer

A trip across the lake on the ‘Zanardelli’ or the ‘Italia’ – two paddle steamers built in 1903 and 1908 respectively – is a must. The ‘Zanardelli’ operates in the north; the ‘Italia’ in the south. The locals love being out on the lake too, albeit generally in their own sailing boats. Alternatively you can hire a little motorboat with 40hp even if you don’t have a driving licence.

Torbole at half-past-six

When the first rays of sunlight peak over Monte Baldo the lake is already full of brightly coloured sails. When the wind is right, the windsurfing cracks are out on the water by this time, speeding along or showing off their tricks. Distance fans race back and forth along a 2km (1 1⁄4 mile) stretch between Torbole and Riva as if on a conveyor belt. Time and again. A wonderful spectacle to watch.

A view of the lake and pasta at half-past-seven

In the evening, when the colour of the lake changes from a brilliant silver to a soft gold in the light of the setting sun, sit back and enjoy an aperol or a ‘Hugo’ before your evening meal on the Gardesana Orientale at least once during your stay and watch the sun go down – either on a pontoon in Torri del Benaco, a balcony in the ‘Belvedere’ in Marniga di Brenzone or right on the water with a view of the castle in Malcesine on the Lido di Paina.

Sunday evening on the beach

Lots of Italian families head for the lakeside in July and August although it is often said that it is firmly in the hands of the Germans – which, considering the number of tourists who flood to the lake every year, is hardly surprising. However, when the Italians descend the situation changes noticeably. Tables, chairs and sun umbrellas appear early in the morning and airbeds are pumped up. After a long, hot day, family get-togethers start at around half past seven in the evening with barbecues, vino and a huge variety of antipasti. And some of the fathers may have had a successful day’s fishing. You may even be invited to a glass of something by your neighbours.

A day in a deserted village

A 30-minute walk along a donkey track from Marniga di Brenzone will bring you to Campo. An artist has set up his easel, sheep are grazing nearby, a donkey is standing motionless in the blazing sun. Campo dates from the 11th century and is a quiet, solitary place albeit run down now. Hardly anyone lives here anymore as most people have moved away: no roads, no future – but a wonderful atmosphere.

A night in the Limonaia

The view of the bulbous lower end of the lake is simply stunning and the edge of the infinity pool merges optically with the water on Lake Garda 300m (985ft) below. You may be able to find a more exclusive place to stay in Lago, but nowhere is as beautiful as in “Lefay’ – the holiday resort above Gargnano that will give you that perfect ‘lago’ feeling.

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Only in Barcelona

There’s no doubt about it: Barcelona (1.5 million inhabitants) is a place of fascinating contrasts. This major design metropolis with its award-winning post-modern buildings boasts the largest historic city centre in Europe after Naples, where you can lose yourself for hours.

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Gaudí’s divine temple

Sagrada Família is the world-famous symbol of Barcelona. Let the gigantic columns and spectacular interior of the huge nave consecrated by the Pope work their magic on you.

Fairy-tale gardens above the city

Enchanting park with panoramic views: when creating the Parc Güell, Antoni Gaudí let his imagination run riot and revealed his universal genius as architect, landscape designer – and a pioneer of recycling.

Mediterranean spirit

Enjoy the flair of the Mediterranean metropolis on one of its many squares with a coffee or a cool beer. Plaça de la Vila and Plaça de la Virreina in Gràcia are particularly atmospheric.

Catalan-Caribbean sounds

The rumba catalana, an explosive mix of flamenco, Caribbean rhythms and rock, is the music of the Catalan gitanos and super-trendy in Barcelona right now. Meet the best bands every Wednesday at the Sala Apolo club’s ‘Rumba night.’

Popular mayhem

Throw yourself into the crowd on the famous Rambla – tourists and theatre-goers, culture vultures and purveyors of kitsch souvenirs, dolled-up opera-goers and agile waiters.

Lavish Art Nouveau splendour

Blossoms, tendrils, dragon heads: if you want to experience Catalan Art Nouveau in all its glory, head for the Palau de la Música Catalana, the most ornate monument to modernism.

Towering humans

At traditional castells, a popular sport in Catalonia, you are not only allowed to watch balance artists training – the courageous may even join in.

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Only in Cambodia

Cambodia is where the sugar palms grow. That is what the Khmer have said since time immemorial. The distinctive, tousled round tops of the palm trees and rice fields cover the surface of the country as far as the eye can see. Water buffalo wallow in the mud, chewing their cud and staring just as they did one thousand years ago. Cambodia is still that way today in spite of the modern appearance of Phnom Penh.

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There is idyllic rural life wherever you look: men and women threshing rice on the fields, the checked krama cloth wrapped around their heads like a turban, their teeth and lips blood red from the juice of betel nuts. Most of the 14 million Cambodians are farmers who live from hand to mouth – an extremely frugal existence between ox carts and stilt houses, their roofs covered with palm thatch, burdened by debt, and rice fields where countless landmines are a constant threat to life and limb. Many of the 2.85 million visitors to this once abused country never forget their experience. A country with so many faces – from terrifying grimaces and smiling asparas to Buddha’s wise countenance radiating hope.

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A versatile accessory

You will come across the versatile, checked krama shawl wherever you go in the country. One of
the best places to buy one is at the bustling Phsar Thmay market in Phnom Penh.

Characteristic silhouette

On bank notes, the country’s flag and even on a beer bottle – no symbol is
more characteristic of the country than the largest building in the ruined city of Angkor: the world-famous, majestic Angkor Wat monastery is an absolute must!

Murderous legacy of the Khmer Rouge

Remember the approximately 1.5 million Cambodians murdered during the terror regime of the Khmer Rouge on the infamous Killing Fields near Phnom Penh.

Delicious: a tarantula snack

If you ever felt a real need to sink your teeth into a crispy fried, fist sized tarantula, you can sample this little delicacy in the village of Skun.

Crash course in the Cambodian lifestyle

Discover the Cambodian traditions in the Cambodian Cultural Village in Siem Reap: from a model of a traditional house you can walk through to a wedding ceremony with all the frills including gifts for the monks and hair-cutting ritual.

Boat tour of the Ramsar Wetlands

After the end of the rainy season, you can chug through an endless labyrinth of river channels, islands and flooded forests on the Mekong north of Stung Treng – a lonely, vast amphibian world.


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Eat Like a Local – Munich

Bavarian cooking isn’t just Leberkäs (meat loaf) and Weißwurst (white sausage), Schweinsbraten (roast pork) and Knödel (dumplings), as delicious as these may be. It is much more varied, sophisticated – and even more individual – than most people think.

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Local specialties

Aufgschmalzene Brotsuppe – originally considered a poor man’s meal, now to be found on up-market regional menus. Pieces of bread soaked in stock are fried and served with the soup.

Ausgezogene – a deep-fried sweet ‘pastry’ varying in circumference from 4½ to 8 inches. Traditionally made at harvest thanksgiving and for major church holidays. Nowadays, the ‘Kirchweih nudel’ is made by every baker.

Böfflamott – like many things in Bavaria, this comes from the French (originally boeuf à la mode). Ox meat is braised with two calves’ hooves for four hours.

Knödel – few Bavarian dishes do without the good old dumpling. Whether Brezen, Semmel, Kartoffel, Leber or Zwetschgenknödel (pretzel, bread(roll), potato,
liver or prune dumplings), the homemade ones are the best, served for example with chanterelles in a cream sauce.

Leberkäs – meatloaf in a bread roll is one of the survival tactics of those in a hurry. It doesn’t contain either liver or cheese (as the name would suggest) but a secret concoction of beef, pork and lots more, too.

Obatzda – ‘batz’ means a clod or lump of earth. Obatzda however is mature Camembert mixed into a thick paste with butter, onions, spices and a drop of beer.

Saures Lüngerl – a lung ragout cooked in a sour stock and served with a cream sauce and bread dumplings.

Schlachtschüssel – boiled meat, black pudding and liver sausage, pork belly and sauerkraut: once a firm favourite that was only served the day the animals were slaughtered. Nowadays it has rather sunk into oblivion.

Schweinsbraten – roast pork seasoned with salt, pepper and ground caraway seeds and with
diamond-shaped crackling. Roasted with quartered onions and basted with a dark wheat beer. Usually served with dumplings. Beware of restaurants offering ‘Schweinebraten’ – the true Bavarian dish is spelled ‘Schweinsbraten’.


Restaurants serving traditional Bavarian cuisine:


Traditional but sophisticated Bavarian cooking. From both rooms on the first floor and from the terrace there is an excellent view to be had of the Opera House and Max-Joseph-Platz. Daily | Residenzstr. 12 | tel. 089 2 90 70 60 | | tram 19 Nationaltheater, U/S-Bahn Marienplatz | Moderate


Munich’s trendy eatery is popular with both old and young, the ‘in’ crowd and families. On Sundays you get a free lesson in Bavarian culture as the traditional morning pint is always accompanied by music. If you’re not very hungry, try the lard and onion spread on bread or meatloaf with home-made potato salad. The theatre of the same name and studio cinema are both part of the set-up. Daily | Fraunhoferstr. 9 | tel. 089 26 64 60 | | U1/2 Fraunhoferstraße | Budget


For lovers of true Bavarian cooking. This is where those working in the wholesale market normally eat – and that’s why it’s open already at 7am and closes at 5pm (Sat at 2pm). This is where you’ll find the very best Weißwurst there is. And the roast pork isn’t too bad either. Closed Sun | Kochelseestraße 13 | tel. 089 76 45 31 | www.gaststä | U3/6
Impler straße, bus 131 Gotzinger Platz | Budget


A good old Bavarian hostelry with blunt, grumpy but surprisingly efficient waitresses who serve the most divine bread dumplings on earth. Despite all things traditional, they also keep up with the times here and have a Bräuhaus app for iPhones. Daily | Tal 7 | tel. 089 2 90 13 80 | | U/S-Bahn Marienplatz | Budget


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Only in Dubai

Dubai – you have to see it for yourself. Spectacular luxury hotels, mega-malls for shoppers and utopian construction projects have turned an Arabian trading port on the Creek into a global village measured in superlatives. The world’s tallest building and largest man-made waterway, artificial islands that are visible from space, the biggest airport – unparalleled construction projects are announced all the time and carried out in no time at all. Whole new city districts surrounded by lakes and marinas have been built on the sand, with a transport infrastructure of multi-lane highways flanked by skyscrapers with mirror façades.

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Weekend in the desert

In the desert resort of Bab al-Shams, the ‘gateway to the sun’, guests live amongst the sand dunes. For a few days you can become a modern Bedouin – with the luxury typical of Dubai and old Arab architectural traditions.

Dinner on a dhow

Old Arabian trading ships as floating restaurants: the romantic sunset dhow trip lasts about two hours. As the last rays of the sun fall on the city, help yourself from the buffet and see Dubai from the water.

Dubai Shopping Festival

A four-week shopping spree: discounts, prize draws with millions to be won, fashion shows, charity galas and other events are the highlights of this glamorous festival.

Jumeirah Beach

Wealthy locals flock to these miles of long sandy beach with Dubai’s emblem, the Burj Al Arab, the offshore man-made island Palm Jumeirah and the Rooftop Bar of the Royal Mirage Hotel, a trendy rendezvous in the evening.


Dubai’s most authentic quarter gets its character from narrow alleys, some of them shaded by palm-frond roofs, and merchants’ houses that are now occupied by galleries, restaurants and cafés.

Marina with skyscrapers

Dubai Marina, a district of the city that is really buzzing, can easily be explored on foot: spectacular skyscrapers, chic cafés, the best-known night clubs and the huge artificially made marina with its yachts and sailing boats.

Get to the top
Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building. For a special thrill pay a visit to ‘At the Top’, the viewing platform with an outdoor terrace on the 124th floor. This organised one-hour tour places Dubai at your feet from a height of 1450 ft.


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Eat Like a Local – London

British food has long ceased to be good for a cheap laugh; today, London boasts over 50 Michelin-starred eateries and fulfils all culinary desires: from Afghan to Zen food; kosher-Chinese, garlic cuisine and gluten-free options – there are many new cuisines to explore. And the sushi and tapas fever continues too.

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Local specialities to try on your visit to London:

For those who are unfamiliar with English food, here are some items found in London’s
pubs, cafés and restaurants that visitors from other parts of the English-speaking
world may find puzzling.

Ale – heavier dark beer, ideally drunk at cellar temperature, with many regional variations; one local favourite is London Pride.

Bangers & mash – sausages and mashed potato. Often to be found in pubs, like bubble & squeak (mashed potato with green cabbage, originally a leftovers dish) and shepherd’s pie made from mutton or beef mincemeat, covered with a mashed potato crust.

Cider – naturally cloudy alcoholic apple drink; stronger than French cidre.

Crisps – national potato snack, not to be confused with chips (fries)!

Crumpets – round soft yeasty muffin with holes; fabulous with butter and the dark-brown, love-it-or-hate-it Marmite yeast extract.

Curry – korma and masala curries are mild, Madras curries rather hot, vindaloo is extra hot. Common starters are thin poppadums (wafer-thin chickpea-flour crispbread) with pickles (onions, mint sauce, chutney); there’s also naan bread or chipati flatbread.

Custard – vanilla sauce, often served as an alternative to liquid whipped cream, e.g. with apple pie, ice cream or fruit crumbles.

Fish & chips – the famous national dish: breaded fish & fries with salt and malt vinegar.

Pie – mincemeat in pastry, Victorian fast food, originally with an eel filling. Eel is a Cockney speciality and can be sampled (jellied or stewed) in the few remaining eel, pie & mash shops of the East End.

Roast – a Sunday roast – roast beef or roast chicken with roast potatoes and sauce – is served in hotel carveries and many (gastro) pubs.

Scones – sweet and crumbly; with butter, jam and cream (or even clotted cream) they are a firm part of traditional afternoon tea.


Restaurants serving traditional English cuisine:

Afternoon Tea

This stylish five-star hotel has already received the Tea Council award for the best afternoon tea in London. In the Palm Court expect alongside finger sandwiches and scones original and unusual variations, e. g. candied orange peel in a glass filled with colourful sugar. Afternoon tea daily 2–6pm | 1 C Portland Place, Regent Street | tel. 79 65 01 95 | | tube: Oxford Circus

Tea at the Ritz, between marble pillars and chandeliers, is a society ritual worth sharing. £53 gets you the city’s finest tea, sandwiches, scones, patisseries. You may also like to order a song from the pianist with a little card! For gentlemen, a jacket and tie are obligatory: no jeans or trainers! Booking essential. Daily 11.30am, 1.30, 3.30, 5.30, 7.30pm | 150 Piccadilly | tel. 73 00 23 45 | | tube: Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly, Victoria)


English cuisine:

Old-fashioned and atmospheric all-daybreakfast café in Soho. Closed Sun | 101 Wardour St. | tel. 77 34 37 50 | tube: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly) | Budget

Between Thursdays and Sundays, the bar, lounge/restaurant on the river Lea offers fabulous views of the Olympic Park, served with London smoked salmon. Booking essential! Thu/Fri 7–11pm, Sat 10am–2pm, 7–11pm, Sun 12 noon–4pm | Stour Rd., Fish Island | tel. 85 25 23 65 | | tube: Pudding Mill Lane (DLR) | Moderate–Expensive

Location, location, location! Airy wooden panelled stylish restaurant overlooking the pond in St James’s Park. The menu is original, even if portions are on the small side for the price. Daily, closed Sun evenings | tel. 74 51 99 99 | http://www.innthe | tube: Charing Cross (Bakerloo, Northern) | Moderate

Classic-old-fashioned family run East End caff. The listed decor is stunning: gold and chrome-opal glass outside, wood panelling and wonderful Art Deco style inside. Mon– Sat 7am–5pm | 332 Bethnal Green Rd. | tube: Bethnal Green (Central) | Budget

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more English lunch: at the garden centre! Chef Skye Gyngell presents a small menu with seasonal ingredients. On a budget? Go for the Teahouse. Church Lane (Petersham Road), Richmond, Surrey | tel. 86 05 36 27 | | train from Waterloo to Richmond or tube: Richmond (District), then 30 min. Thames walk or bus no. 65 or 371 | Expensive, Teahouse | Moderate

Sound fish & chips in an increasingly trendy street in Spitalfields. The fish comes in fresh from Billingsgate Market and according to the owners is caught sustainably. Mon–Thu 11am–11pm, Fri/Sat to 11.30pm, Sun to 10.30pm | 6–8 Hanbury St. | tel. 72 47 08 92 | | tube: Liverpool St., Old St.(Northern) | Budget

Best of British in Borough Market’s Floral Hall, with a view of St Paul’s. Slightly expensive for what it is, but where else can you order an English Pinot Noir? Great breakfast, early opening for the market folk. Closed Sun eve | Stoney St. | tel. (0)84 50 34 73 00 | | tube: London Bridge | Moderate

London’s oldest chippie has been frying since 1871. Variable service. Takeaway cheaper and quicker. Daily | 47 Endell St. | tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly) | Budget

London’s oldest restaurant (since 1798), famous for its steaks and game dishes, oysters and pies, has something of an old country house: massive wooden panelling, heavy curtains, velvet coverings, on the walls paintings, prints and hunting trophies. Beautiful skylight. Mon–Sat 12 noon–11.45pm, Sun to 10.45pm | 35 Maiden Lane | tel. 78 36 53 14 | | tube: Covent Garden (Piccadilly) | Moderate


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Only in Milan

Milan has class: this cosmopolitan city has one of the best opera houses in the world, wonderfully unique museums and a few blocks that have the highest concentration of fashion and designer shops in the world. Here you will experience the ‘other’ Italy, the vibrant, energetic Italy of the 21st century, a city of creatives and bankers. And no matter whether in a bespoke suit or in sneakers, this chic city has style in bucket loads. You need only do as the locals do to really experience Milan – have an aperitif in one of the stylish bars, go up to the roof of the cathedral, stroll through the city centre – and you will be impressed, delighted and even inspired!

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Teatro alla Scala

The highlight of the city’s social scene is the opening of the opera season which takes place in the world famous theatre on 7 December. Just how emblematic the name La Scala is for the city is shown in the way the Milanese refer to their football stadium, San Siro, as the ‘La Scala of football.’

Basilica Sant’Ambrogio

The city’s spiritual heart beats in this wonderful Romanesque church where families wait patiently for a date to have their children baptised or to get married. When the Bishop holds a sermon here the church is filled to capacity and the Milanese recover from the stresses of worldly matters.

Triennale Design Museum

Everyone knows the Sacco beanbag by the furniture brand Zanotto, the Pago Pago reversible plastic vase by Enzo Mari, or the comical, brightly coloured shelves of Ettore Sottsass. All these iconic and playful items of Italian design can be viewed in the Design Museum.

Residential palaces as museums

Many noble residential palaces – which reflect the Milanese bourgeoisie lifestyle in their architecture, their furniture and their art collections – have been turned into museums such as the Poldi Pezzoli.

Quadrilatero della Moda

A stroll around the Via Monte Napoleone, Via Spiga, Via Manzoni and Via Sant’Andrea, shows that Milan is a fashion metropolis on par with New York and Paris: this district is packed with exclusive boutiques!

Cotoletta alla Milanese

The crumbed veal cutlet dish is the epitome of Milanese cuisine, along with its saffron risotto, and it is especially good at Le Vigne.


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Only in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, a metropolis? Well, first of all it is the capital of a kingdom – the oldest
in the world – which, on the one hand, gives Copenhagen its historical charm.
Copenhageners would say their city is ‘hyggelig’ – cosy. On the other hand, architects
rave about Copenhagen as a breathtaking capital of modern architecture.

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Image by Evelyne de Jong/the Buttercup Sisters, used with permission

Image by Evelyne de Jong/the Buttercup Sisters, used with permission.

Changing of the guard

It may bring a (wry) smile to some Copenhageners’ lips, but they are still proud when the Royal Life Guards march to the queen’s palace. At noon, on the dot, the order is given: ‘Attention!’

Opera in sight

It doesn’t always have to be Puccini or Verdi: you can also enjoy the Copenhagen Opera from the outside. Take a boat trip with the Havnebussen for a fantastic view of the building and the city skyline.

Image by Evelyn de Jong/The Buttercup Sisters, used with permission.

Image by Evelyne de Jong/The Buttercup Sisters, used with permission.

Café, bar or restaurant?

A question which is not always easy to answer in Copenhagen. What is a café in the daytime, becomes a restaurant in the evening and transforms itself into a bar at night. Café Sommersko was the first hybrid bar in the city and has been copied several times since opening. It’s still the one to beat, though.

Carlsberg and Co.

The green-brown bottles are a part of the cityscape: in Copenhagen no one bats an eyelid if you drink your beer on the street. Tuborg and Carlsberg used to be rivals, now they are siblings in the Carlsberg Brewery family. Visitors can savour a number of different beers here.


The mobile hot-dog stands are (still) holding their own against the ubiquitous American-style burger. And a good thing, too! Copenhagen would be a poorer place without the Pølsevogn on the squares. At lunchtime, have a frokost of hot dog with ketchup, mayonnaise, gherkin and fried onions, perhaps on the Rådhuspladsen.

I design, therefore I am

If you look carefully, you’ll find it almost everywhere: Danish design. That special combination of minimalism and elegance characterises both the roof of the Opera as well as the façade of the ‘Black Diamond’ or even the knives and forks in your hotel. The most beautiful and unusual designer creations can be marvelled at in the Dansk Design Center.



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