Top 10 Things To Do In Berlin

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Berlin! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Berlin’s most important sights.

Berlin Marco Polo Guide

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1. PARISER PLATZ
This square comes top of our list with its captivating mix of the Brandenburg Gate, a classy hotel, embassies and the Academy of Arts.

2. MUSEUMSINSEL
Five different museums boasting one of the most valuable collections of art and historical artefacts in the world! The Pergamon altar in the Pergamonmuseum and the Neues Museum’s bust of Nefertiti are particularly worth a visit.

3. ALEXANDERPLATZ
Visit the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) for great views of the square, the World Clock, the Neptune
Fountain, the Rotes Rathaus, the Alexa Shopping Centre and many department stores.

4. REICHSTAG
The view from the glass dome of the Reichstag lets you keep an eye on the city’s government district while admiring the plenary chamber, the Brandenburg Gate and the old centre of Berlin.

5. SONY CENTER
Fantastic light effects make Potsdamer Platz particularly entrancing at night. The Film and TV Museum is a must.

6. GENDARMENMARKT
Found near Friedrichstraße, Berlin’s most beautiful square is home to the historic glory of the Konzerthaus and the German and French cathedrals.

7. SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG
Berlin’s largest palace with private royal apartments, a valuable art collection and a French baroque garden. Queen Luise is entombed in the Mausoleum.

8. JÜDISCHES MUSEUM
Two thousand years of Jewish history are documented within Daniel Libeskind’s breathtaking architectural design.

9. KAISER-WILHELM-GEDÄCHTNISKIRCHE
The ruined old tower rises up high into the sky like an admonitory finger while the New Church’s 30,000 blocks of glass gleam next door.

10. HACKESCHE HÖFE
An ensemble of courtyards off the Hackescher Markt with shops, theatres and a cinema.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Dresden

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Dresden! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Dresden’s most important sights. 

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1. FRAUENKIRCHE
This church is Dresden’s historic landmark. It disappeared from the cityscape for many years after being destroyed in World War II. Since 2005, the massive dome has once again dominated the silhouette of the city’s Altstadt.

2. ZWINGER & GEMÄLDEGALERIE ALTE MEISTER
A masterwork of Saxon Baroque: three of the most important museums in Dresden are housed in the pavilions and adjacent Semperbau.

3. RESIDENZSCHLOSS
Prince electors and kings resided here for over four centuries. Today, their treasures can be admired in the Grünes Gewölbe and in the Armoury. The panoramic view from the Hausmannsturm is a must.

4. SEMPEROPER & THEATERPLATZ
This square’s unique architectural ensemble creates the ceremonious setting for one of the world’s most famous opera houses.

5. BRÜHLSCHE TERRASSE
Locals and tourists alike admire the view from the “Balcony of Europe” down to the steamers on the Elbe and Dresden’s Neustadt quarter.

6. SCHLOSS & PARK PILLNITZ
The summer residence of the Dresden royal court is one of the most unusual castle complexes in Saxony and a perfect symbiosis of architecture and nature.

7. ELBE CASTLES
Three 19th century castles on the banks of the Elbe – between vineyards and parks – seem to be straight out of a fairy tale when seen in the morning mist.

8. KÖRNERPLATZ
Relax and unwind with a stroll around the square. There are half-timbered houses, handicraft shops, two funicular railways, cosy cafés and a view of the so-called “Blue Wonder” bridge.

9. GROSSER GARTEN
The most beautiful of the city’s parks has avenues of trees, ponds, open-air stages, a botanical garden, a park railway and a car factory.

10. ÄUSSERE NEUSTADT
There are countless pubs, bars, galleries and hip shops in the liveliest quarter in Dresden and this is also where you will find the Kunsthofpassage, a series of quirky, artistic courtyards.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Marrakesh

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Marrakesh! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Marrakesh’s most important sights. 

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1. JEMAA EL FNA 
Complete with snake charmers, fire eaters and storytellers, this fascinating marketplace never fails to astonish visitors.

2. MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEF
The most beautiful Koran school in Morocco! Step inside and delve deep into the magnificent world of Islamic Maghreb architecture.

3. JARDIN MAJORELLE & MUSÉE D’ART ISLAMIQUE
The blue hue that fills the Jardin Majorelle is magical: it glows even when it’s pouring with rain. The small Islamic museum contains Yves Saint Laurent’s private collection.

4. PALAIS DE LA BAHIA
This large, well preserved 19th century palace has all the key elements of Islamic architecture: ornamentation, fountains, shafts of light and tree-filled courtyards.

5. SOUKS
All of the stalls in the bazaar’s covered shopping streets are miniature treasure troves that look as if they were set up by Aladdin himself.

6. TOMBEAUX SAADIENS
The Saadian Tombs, a magnificent tour de force of 17th century architecture, are the absolute highlight of the original (and fantastically beautiful) Kasbah quarter.

7. MOSQUÉE DE LA KOUTOUBIA
Impressive and famous: the minaret on the first mosque in Marrakesh is both the religious and architectural centre of the city.

8. LA MAMOUNIA
Stars and royalty come to stay at this legendary Art Deco hotel. Even a short visit to one of its restaurants or the spa will make you feel just like one of them.

9. MUSÉE DE MARRAKESH
This 19th century palace is a textbook example of Moorish architecture that enchants each and every visitor. It also holds some great exhibitions.

10. GUÉLIZ
The New Town is a smorgasbord of hip spots, galleries and chic boutiques. Don’t miss visiting the area if you want to discover the new face of Marrakesh!

 

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Top 10 Things To Do On Sicily

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Sicily! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Sicily’s most important sights.

Sicily Marco Polo Guide

1. MONREALE
The sublime mosaics in the Duomo di Monreale are simply breathtaking – a medieval picture bible in the form of glass and coloured tiles.

2. MOUNT ETNA
The snow-covered symbol of the Island of Fire is also Europe’s largest and most active volcano. It is ideal for hikes or excursions by cable-car and Jeep.

3. AGRIGENTO
Dazzling honey-coloured Greek temples loom high up above the glittering blue water of the Strait of Sicily.

4. NOTO
Baroque born out of a catastrophe: after the devastating earthquake of 1693, the nobility funded new towns with churches, palazzi and villas. Noto is one of the most splendid examples of this.

5. TAORMINA
The Ionian Sea and the summit of Mount Etna form the backdrop for the ruins of the ancient Teatro Greco in Taormina – a breathtaking sight in Sicily’s most fashionable seaside resort.

6. SYRACUSE
One of the world’s finest archaeological museums, a magnificent cathedral, early Christian catacombs and a mysterious cavern all make Syracuse a top destination on any trip to Sicily.

7. VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE
Every floor surface in this sumptuous late-Roman villa in Piazza Armerina is magnificently decorated with mosaics, including those showing the famous Bikini Girls.

8. SELINUNTE & MARINELLA
An unusual combination: a short distance away from the magnificent temples of Selinunte is the fishing village Marinella, one of the most charming resorts on the south coast.

9. LA CATTEDRALE
The kings of Sicily, including the powerful Frederick II – “the marvel of the world” – rest here in colossal sarcophagi made of porphyry.

10. CEFALÙ
The towers of the cathedral are set against a backdrop of the rugged mass of La Rocca, high above the picturesque seaside resort.

 

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Top 10 Things to Do In Amsterdam

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Amsterdam! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Amsterdam’s most important sights.

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1. CANAL TOURS
Hundreds of canals, lined with old trees and magnificent merchant mansions, traverse the old city. Amsterdam seems to have been made to be enjoyed from the water.

2. RIJKSMUSEUM
Rembrandt, Vermeer, et al. – the Rijks museum is one of Europe’s greatest art centres. It reopened in 2013 after ten years of renovation and it once again shines in all its original glory.

3. VAN GOGH MUSEUM
It was almost impossible to sell Vincent van Gogh’s works during his lifetime but today his art is sold for record sums. The world’s finest collection of his works can be found in Amsterdam.

4. JORDAAN
Atmospheric architecture, a village ambiance and picturesque views set the scene in the former working-class Jordaan district. Top tip: the hidden hofjes.

5. ANNE FRANK HUIS
From the outside, it is hard to imagine the drama that took place behind the facade of this merchant house on Prinsengracht. Today this impressive place is a sobering reminder of the fate of Anne Frank, who lived here in hiding for two years.

6. DE WALLEN
Prostitutes, coffeeshops and the oldest buildings in the city: every city has its red-light district where the normal rules of society no longer apply – but nowhere else is it quite like Amsterdam.

7. STEDELIJK MUSEUM
With the fascinating, sophisticated works on display, the Stedelijk – the city’s museum of modern art – makes sure that lovers of art are kept up to date. A futuristic new extension was opened in 2013.

8. VONDELPARK
Locals and tourists alike flock to the city’s green lung to enjoy all of its attractive recreational facilities, including theatre performances, a rose garden, fountains and cafés.

9. HET SCHEEPVAARTMUSEUM
The 17th and 18th centuries were the golden age of Amsterdam’s merchant fleet and its history is brought to life in the exhibits of this maritime museum. A tall ship replica is also moored outside the museum.

10. WESTERKERK
This is one of the city’s first Protestant churches and is also Rembrandt’s final resting place. The tower houses Amsterdam’s heaviest bell and also offers wonderful panoramic views.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Croatia

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Croatia! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Croatia’s most important sights.

Croatia Marco Polo Guide

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1. DUBROVNIK
The ‘Queen of the eastern Adriatic’, with its palazzi, churches, museums and imposing defensive walls and fortresses, takes you back to that glorious era when it defiantly held Venice at arm’s length.

2. PLITVIČKA JEZERA
Tumbling waterfalls, turquoise-coloured lakes, luxuriant vegetation and dazzling travertine stone create a fairy tale-like landscape.

3. SPLIT
The palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian forms the heart of this bustling port. This is where Ancient Roman gods rub shoulders with Christian saints and trendy cafés with Roman remains.

4. POREČ
Striking mosaics catch the eye in the Euphrasian Basilica, a unique ecclesiastical building from the early days of Christianity.

5. TROGIR
This little port’s historical splendour is omnipresent in the Old Town. The magnificent cathedral portal, with its countless figures, is a highlight of Early Gothic stonemasonry.

6. NACIONALNI PARK KRKA
The Skradinski Buk waterfall is a popular attraction in this national park but there is much more to discover: secluded monasteries, shady walks and lush vegetation.

7. HVAR
The international jet set congregates on the island of Hvar; the scent of lavender and the romantic town of the same name attract the rich and the beautiful to Hvar.

8. KORČULA
Aromatic white wines and unusual sword dances are the trademarks of this southern Dalmatian island. The attraction of the bewitchingly beautiful main town is its narrow alleyways, Venetian palaces and rustic taverns.

9. PULA
Modern and ancient architecture in harmony. This bustling harbour town boasts a number of exquisite treasures from Antiquity – an amphitheatre, the Temple of Augustus and a triumphal arch.

10. BRAČ
The sun, its beaches and the wind are the three plus points of this island that is one of just a few in Croatia that has a fine pebbly beach.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do On Mallorca

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed on Mallorca! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Mallorca’s most important sights.

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1. PLATJAS
Which are the most beautiful beaches on the island? It all depends on personal taste but the beaches in the northeast, in the holiday destinations around Alcúdia Bay and Cala Ratjada
(Cala Rajada), are top candidates.

2. FORMENTOR
Precipitous rocks, cliffs, sandy bays – the Mediterranean vegetation and the lighthouse at the cape make this the perfect spot to watch the sunset.

3. VALLDEMOSSA
A town of picturesque houses and alleyways, and a former Carthusian monastery that adds a cultural highlight.

4. PUERTO DE PALMA
The enormously wide sweeping harbourfront area, with its promenade and quays, is the meeting place of yachtsmen, fishermen, tourists and cruise ship passengers.

5. VALLE DE SÓLLER
A verdant valley, with a sea of citrus groves, surrounded by gigantic mountains – and it’s not far to the harbour of Port de Sóller with its wonderful atmosphere.

6. LA SEU
What a fortress of the faith! Palma Cathedral, which is known as La Seu, rises up majestically and looms large over the houses of the island’s capital of Palma de Mallorca.

7. SINEU
Every Wednesday Sineu pulsates with life – the colourful stalls of the town’s open-air market, has something for everyone. The market has an impressive setting on the church square surrounded by old houses.

8. COVES DEL DRAC
Head down into the mysterious underground world of the Dragon Caves: the intriguing formations and pools of water are dramatically lit and there is a very special show waiting at the end of your tour.

9. LLUC
The journey itself is the reward: take the winding route through the mountains up to the Lluc Monastery, which attracts both the faithful and day-trippers.

10. PUERTO PORTALS
As no other on the island, this luxury marina is a playground for the jet set and all those mere mortals whose curiosity draws them there.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Tuscany

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Tuscany! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of this beautiful region’s most important sights.

Tuscany Marco Polo Guide

1. PIAZZA DEL DUOMO (FLORENCE)
The square with its white and green ensemble – the cathedral, bell tower and baptistry – is one of our top attractions not least of all due to Brunelleschi’s dome.

2. PIAZZA DEL CAMPO (SIENA)
Thanks to the strict building regulations introduced back in the Middle Ages, nothing spoils the harmony and beauty of this shell-shaped square.

3. AREZZO
The fresco cycle ‘Legends of the True Cross’ in the Basilica of San Francesco is one of the masterpieces of the Renaissance.

4. PIAZZA DEL DUOMO (SIENA)
This is where the city’s true importance can be seen – the breathtakingly beautiful cathedral and the extraordinary history of Santa Maria della Scala opposite.

5. PIENZA
Renaissance architects designed the ideal town here on the orders of Pope Pius II, displaying a sense of scale and proportion so typical of the Tuscans.

6. PISA
The gleaming white architectural ‘miracle’ – the cathedral, baptistry, the Campo Santo and the Leaning Tower – rises above the Campo dei Miracoli.

7. SAN GIMIGNANO
The taller the tower, the more powerful the family – this small town owes its skyline to this medieval competition in the name of vanity.

8. MONTALCINO & SANT’ANTIMO
The Benedictine abbey near the little Brunello-producing town is the most beautiful of the Romanesque jewels in this area.

9. SANTA CROCE (FLORENCE)
The hall church was built for the local populace. Because many people could not read, young, unknown artists, including a certain Giotto di Bondone, painted the Gospel on the walls.

10. LUCCA
The Piazza dell’Anfiteatro is like a case study in the history of urban planning – in the course of time the tiers of seats for spectators in the Roman amphitheatre were built on and turned into houses.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Prague

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Prague! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Prague’s most important sights.

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1. PRAŽSKÝ HRAD
The Hradčany dominates the horizon. Visible for miles around, this enclosed castle complex is the largest of its kind in the world.

2. KARLŮV MOST
The Charles Bridge, flanked by 30 statues of saints, ranks among the oldest bridges in Europe. Make time to walk across it, preferably more than once.

3. KATEDRÁLA SV. VÍTA
One of the most magnificent examples of Gothic architecture towers 70m (230ft) over the city. Centuries in the making, this cathedral guards the mortal remains of Charles IV and St Václav (St Wenceslas).

4. STAROMĚSTSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ
Prague’s Old Town Square boasts the famous Astronomical Clock, two imposing churches and impressive facades. This is the beating heart of the city.

5. VLTAVA
A walk along the Vltava River from the National Theatre to the Dancing House provides a striking view of the glamorous Prague town houses – especially when the sun captures them in the right light.

6. OBECNÍ DŮM
The Municipal House is the Gesamtkunstwerk of 30 artists and is regarded by many to be the most fascinating piece of Art Nouveau architecture in Prague. Take your time: there is plenty to admire!

7. STRAHOVSKÝ KLÁŠTER
Though rather unprepossessing on the outside, the monastery contains not one but two of Europe’s most beautiful libraries. The Philosophical Hall and the Theological Hall are worth a visit in their own right.

8. ZLATÁ ULIČKA
Crouched in Golden Lane, the homes once inhabited by alchemists and poets look almost like doll’s houses. Franz Kafka lived here for a while which is why this little street is so famous.

9. STARÝ ŽIDOVSKÝ HŘBITOV
Around 100,000 people lay buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery. The stones on the graves are a sign of respect and love for the departed.

10. VÁCLAVSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ 
Wenceslas Square is the city’s main place of assembly and has seen many major demonstrations, mass rallies and attempted coups.

 

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Top 10 Things To Do In Thailand

Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Thailand! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Thailand’s most important sights.

Thailand Marco Polo Guide

1. GRAND PALACE, WAT PHRA KAEO
The Wat Phra Kaeo temple complex and the Royal Palace are regarded as the crowning achievements of Thai architecture.

2. CHIANG MAI
With over 100 temples and surrounded by moats, the Old Town is the perfect place for long,
exploratory walks.

3. TREKKING
Few travellers will be able to resist setting out on foot or atop an elephant for a trek through
the jungle and mountains of the far north, stopping to visit the villages of indigenous mountain
folk along the way.

4. SUKHOTHAI
Containing the ruins of more than 200 temples and palaces, the Sukhothai Historical Park is the most impressive World Heritage Site in the Kingdom.

5. KRABI
The flora and fauna of the tropics are at their most spectacular in Krabi Province, and the beaches framed by bizarre limestone formations south of Ao Nang are the best in the whole of Asia.

6. KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
Sensational limestone shapes rise from the jungle, reaching an altitude of up to 1000m (3280ft). It’s straight out of a fairy tale!

7. CHAO PHRAYA
The stretch of river between the Bangkok National Museum and the Wat Arun is packed with major attractions.

8. KO SAMUI, KO PHANGAN & KO TAO
The tropical island of Ko Samui is regarded as the best beach hotspot in Southeast Asia, Ko Phangan has the biggest beach parties in the world, and Ko Tao is a fantastic place for diving.

9. AO PHANG NGA
At 400km² (250mi²) in size, this world-famous bay sits like a vast cauldron in the Andaman Sea – don’t miss taking a boat trip into this wonderful island world.

10. KO PHI PHI
These twin islands were once declared some of the most beautiful islands on earth. Phi Phi Ley became famous in 2000 when it served as the set for Leonardo DiCaprio’s thriller, The Beach.

 

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