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  • Denmark Travel | Places to visit in Denmark | Rough Guides
    Copenhagen View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide Argyll Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland View Guide Dubrovnik and around Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Barcelona View Guide The Kvarner Gulf Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Rome View Guide The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes View Guide The Rough Guide to Ireland View Guide Butter bacon Carlsberg some mean cheeses and the continent s greatest range of pastries little wonder Denmark is internationally recognized for churning out some phenomenal food and drink with more Michelin starred restaurants than the rest of Scandinavia combined it is renowned for fine dining too Anyone would be forgiven for thinking the Danes might be content to sit feasting in their trendy restaurants or traditional old bodegas but they re a health conscious people a bunch will have jogged past your table before you can say smørrebrød and cycling is inherent Denmark has one of the world s most integrated cycle networks With agriculture its primary industry technological innovation is a big part of the economy and of daily life fair enough from the country that invented Lego and leads the world s alternative energy production Expect impeccable design at every turn and an ultra efficient transport infrastructure Denmark definitely is one of Europe s most enjoyable countries to navigate Wedged between mainland Europe and the rest of Scandinavia Denmark has preserved a distinct national identity exemplified by the universally cherished royal family and the reluctance to fully integrate with the EU the Danish rejection of the euro was more about sovereignty than economics There s also a sense of a small country that has long punched above its weight it once

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  • Places to Visit in England | England Travel Guide | Rough Guides
    or tourist the country retains a boundless capacity to surprise charm and excite England has always had a history and heritage to be proud of and a glorious regional diversity from coast to hills festivals to foodstuff with few parallels But for all the glories of the past in recent times it s had an injection of life that makes it as thrilling a destination as any in Europe As more and more people choose to holiday at home it s worth recalling just how much England has changed in the last two decades for locals and visitors alike Who could have predicted city breaks and shopping sprees in Leeds and Bristol or the all conquering march of music and arts festivals or that camping would become cool Accommodation and food in particular the two essentials on any trip were once a lottery with many English hotels and restaurants seemingly intent on removing hospitality from the hospitality industry Not any more In boutique B Bs designer hotels and yurt festooned campsites there s an embarrassment of rich beds for the night while an ever expanding choice of real English food and drink locally sourced and championed in cafés restaurants and pubs at food festivals and farmers markets challenges every lazy stereotype The English also do heritage amazingly well There are first class museums all over the country many of them free while what s left of England s green and pleasant land is protected with great passion and skill Indeed ask an English person to define their country in terms of what s worth seeing and you re most likely to have your attention drawn to the golden rural past The classic images are found in every brochure the village green the duckpond the country lane and the farmyard And it s true that it s impossible to overstate the bucolic attractions of the various English regions from Cornwall to the Lake District or the delights they provide from walkers trails and prehistoric stone circles to traditional pubs and obscure festivals But despite celebrating their rural heritage the modern day English have an ambivalent attitude towards the countryside Farming today forms only a tiny proportion of the national income and there s a real dislocation between the population of the burgeoning towns and suburbs and the small struggling rural communities So perhaps the heart of England is found in its towns and cities instead Many it s true have a restless energy and a talent for reinvention So for every person who wants to stand outside the gates of Buckingham Palace or visit the Houses of Parliament there s another who makes a beeline for the latest show at Tate Modern the cityscape of downtown Manchester or the revitalized Newcastle waterfront Yet this flowering of urban civic pride is not a new phenomenon In fact it s been steady since the Industrial Revolution and industry and the Empire it inspired has provided a framework for much of what you ll

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  • Estonia Travel | Places to visit in Estonia | Rough Guides
    rest of Estonia Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Estonia Medieval old towns Baltic beaches and energetic nightlife Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Munich and central Bavaria View Guide Dubrovnik and around Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary German View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Rome View Guide Stockholm Rough Guides Snapshot Sweden View Guide The Rough Guide to Turkey View Guide The Rough Guide to Croatia View Guide Piemonte and Valle d Aosta Rough Guides Snapshot Italy View Guide The Rough Guide to Crete View Guide The Great Glen Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland View Guide Visitors to Estonia encounter a mix of urbanity and wilderness of the medieval and the contemporary with crumbling castles and colourful design permeating urban landscapes An efficient transport system makes it easy to get around and the tech savvy dynamic residents welcome visitors with open arms Friction between older generations of Russians and Estonians is a throwback to the Soviet era while younger people mix freely and those who get past the Estonians natural reserve find them to be gregarious uninhibited hosts Read More Where to go When to go Essentials Fact file

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  • Finland Travel | Places to visit in Finland | Rough Guides
    Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels View map Finland Midnight sun northern lights and superb saunas Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Scotland View Guide The Rough Guide to Vintage London View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany The middle Rhine region View Guide The Rough Guide to Naples the Amalfi Coast View Guide The Central Highlands Rough Guides Snapshot Scotland View Guide Pocket Rough Guide Venice View Guide The Rough Guide to France View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Munich and central Bavaria View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Germany Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein View Guide The Rough Guide to The Italian Lakes View Guide Drawing strong influences both from its easterly neighbour Russia as well as from the West Finland remains one of Europe s most enigmatic countries It s a land best known for its laconic pithy people with a penchant for kicking back in a sauna sans vêtements and for its quirky and bizarre annual festivals its strangeness is a good part of its charm And while it s far from a budgeteer s paradise there are definitely ways to save that is if you know where to drink Read More Where to go When to

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  • Places to Visit in France | Visit France | Rough Guides
    diversity of France would be hard to exhaust in a lifetime of visits Places to visit in France range from the fretted coasts of Brittany and the limestone hills of Provence to the canyons of the Pyrenees and the half moon bays of Corsica and from the lushly wooded valleys of the Dordogne and the gentle meadows of the Loire valley to the glaciated peaks of the Alps Each region looks and feels different has its own style of architecture its own characteristic food and often its own dialect Though the French word pays is the term for a whole country people frequently refer to their own region as mon pays my country and this strong sense of regional identity has persisted despite centuries of centralizing governments from Louis XIV to de Gaulle Industrialization came relatively late to France and for all the millions of French people that live in cities the idea persists that theirs is a rural country The importance of the land reverberates throughout French culture manifesting itself in areas as diverse as regional pride in local cuisine and the state s fierce defence of Europe s agricultural subsidies Perhaps the most striking feature of the French countryside is the sense of space There are huge tracts of woodland and undeveloped land without a house in sight and away from the main urban centres hundreds of towns and villages have changed only slowly and organically over the years their old houses and streets intact as much a part of the natural landscape as the rivers hills and fields Despite this image of pastoral tranquillity France s history is notable for its extraordinary vigour For more than a thousand years the country has been in the vanguard of European development and the accumulation of wealth and experience is evident everywhere in the astonishing variety of places to visit from the Dordogne s prehistoric cave paintings and the Roman monuments of the south to the Gothic cathedrals of the north the châteaux of the Loire and the cutting edge architecture of the grands projets in Paris This legacy of history and culture le patrimoine is so widely dispersed across the land that even the briefest of stays will leave you with a powerful sense of France s past The importance of these traditions is felt deeply by the French state which fights to preserve and develop its national culture perhaps harder than any other country in the world and by private companies which also strive to maintain French traditions in arenas as diverse as haute couture pottery and of course food The fruits of these efforts are evident in the subsidized arts notably the film industry and in the lavishly endowed and innovative museums and galleries From colonial history to fishing techniques aeroplane design to textiles and migrant shepherds to manicure an array of impressive collections can be found across the nation Inevitably however first place must go to the fabulous displays of fine art in Paris a city

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  • Places to Visit in Germany | Germany Travel Guide | Rough Guides
    a turbulent and agonizing century for Germany ill served at crucial points in its brief history as a united nation state by erratic and adventurous rulers who twice led it into disaster in 1918 as Kaiser Wilhelm II s vainglorious dream of empire ended in defeat starvation and revolution and at the end of World War II as Hitler s vile race war rebounded in terrible fashion on the German people who had chosen him as their leader There followed a period of forty five years in which not one Germany but two faced each other across a tense international divide the so called Iron Curtain throughout the years of the Cold War Political fragmentation is nothing new in Germany From the tenth century until the early nineteenth the Holy Roman Empire provided only a loose semblance of sovereignty over a vast collection of states and it s this jumbled history as much as the country s varied geography that explains Germany s sheer diversity According to an old German expression city air makes you free and for centuries many of Germany s cities governed themselves without feudal overlords In stark contrast was the absolutist yoke of the feudal states which ranged from substantial kingdoms like Prussia Saxony or Bavaria to tiny landgraviates and prince bishoprics Yet each made its contribution to Germany s heritage in the architectural and cultural splendour of many a former Residenzstadt The Lutheran Reformation and its aftermath left their mark too northern Germany is predominantly Protestant the south more Catholic yet the division is not clear cut Staunchly Protestant towns alternate with devoutly Catholic ones while in some places the two traditions share a single church Germany s contribution to the world of classical music is undeniable and provides a powerful pretext for a visit whether to experience the glories of the Berlin Philharmonic or of Wagner s Ring at Bayreuth or to follow in the footsteps of great composers Bach in Leipzig Beethoven in Bonn Germany s reputation as the cradle of modernism is also well deserved and a pilgrimage to the Bauhaus in Dessau or the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart is sure to please design fans German modernism was preceded by the older traditions of the Romanesque Gothic Renaissance Baroque and Rococo each of which left a rich legacy of artistic and architectural treasures Germany s prowess in fine art is less well known yet from the pioneering realism of Albrecht Dürer to the ethereal Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich it s a powerful tradition that is well worth discovering Most German cities of any size have excellent galleries with Berlin and Cologne hubs of the European contemporary art scene The pleasures of a visit to Germany are not only intellectual The excellence of its beer derives from the sixteenth century Reinheitsgebot the world s oldest food purity law Germany s food culture is traditionally characterized by wholesome but hearty dishes a vast array of sausages and excellent but calorific cakes Yet the impact

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  • Greece Travel | Places to visit in Greece | Rough Guides
    Copenhagen View Guide The Rough Guide to Spain View Guide While its economic reputation has taken a battering Greece remains a premier league travel destination Its incredible historic sites span four millennia encompassing both the legendary and the obscure Its convoluted coastline is punctuated by superb beaches while its mountainous interior urges you to dust off your hiking boots and explore Yet perhaps its greatest riches are the islands ranging from backwaters where the boat calls twice a week to resorts as cosmopolitan as any in the Mediterranean For anyone with a cultural bone in their body Greece cannot fail to inspire Minoans Romans Arabs Latin Crusaders Venetians Slavs Albanians and Turks have all left their mark and almost every town or village has a link to the past whether it s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes And let s not forget the museums stuffed to bursting with Classical sculpture and archeological treasures But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek holiday The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth swimming in balmy seas at dusk talking and drinking under the stars are just as appealing Bar a few upmarket and boutique exceptions you may struggle to find five star comfort orthopaedic mattresses faultless plumbing and cordon bleu cuisine are not the country s strongpoint but this isn t really what the Greek experience is about Greek food for example is at its best fresh abundant and uncomplicated while the genuine welcome you receive at the simplest taverna is often enough to get you booking next year s break as soon as you have returned home Whatever you come here for it s clear that Greece needs its tourists like never

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  • Places to Visit in Iceland | Iceland Travel | Rough Guides
    Italy View Guide The East Midlands Rough Guides Snapshot England View Guide The Rough Guide to Vintage London View Guide The Rough Guide to Istanbul View Guide Resting on the edge of the Arctic Circle and sitting atop one of the world s most volcanically active hot spots Iceland is an inspiring mix of magisterial glaciers bubbling hot springs and rugged fjords where activities such as hiking under the Midnight Sun are complemented by healthy doses of history and literature Iceland is a place where nature reigns supreme Aside from the modern and cosmopolitan capital Reykjavík population centres are small with diminutive towns fishing villages farms and minute hamlets clustered along the coastal fringes The Interior meanwhile remains totally uninhabited and unmarked by humanity a starkly beautiful wilderness of ice fields windswept upland plateaux infertile lava and ash deserts and the frigid vastness of Vatnajökull Europe s largest glacier Iceland s location on the Mid Atlantic ridge also gives it one of the most volcanically active landscapes on Earth peppered with everything from naturally occurring hot springs scaldingly hot bubbling mud pools and noisy steam vents to a string of unpredictably violent volcanoes which have regularly devastated huge parts of the country It s something that Icelanders have learned to live with in 2010 when Eyjafjallajökull erupted and caused havoc across Europe people here just shrugged and smiled Historically the Icelanders have a mix of Nordic and Celtic blood a heritage often held responsible for their characteristically laid back approach to life The battle for survival against the elements over the centuries has also made them a highly self reliant nation whose former dependence on the sea and fishing for their economy was virtually total Their isolated location in the North Atlantic also means that their island is frequently forgotten

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