Theme and fun -park “Europa Park” in Rust, Germany

Theme and fun -park Europa Park in Rust, Germany

Europa Park

The theme-park “Europa Park” is located in Rust, Germany.

Between the Vosges and the Black Forest, Europa Park is one of the world’s most beautiful theme parks.

It attracts over 5 million people from all of the world each year.

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Photo from Europa Park

Many themes and hundred attractions and shows during the year secure the most spectacular time you’ve spent in any European theme fun park.

This park plus the hotel is in fact one of the largest resorts on the continent.

Especially attractive during the summer season, but you can find events almost all year round.

See their website for opening times.



Superior Erlebnishotel Colosseo Europa Park resort

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If you wish to combine fun with an unique and spectacular accommodation, then Superior Colloseo Hotel is a perfect choice.

This 4 star accommodation offer is capturing attentions immediately with a unique copy of the Coliseum in Rome and it features also a spa with outdoor pool and Italian traditional restaurants.

You can buy Europa Park tickets right at the hotel and enjoy the fun in Rust.

During the summer season hotel guests can enjoy early access to some attractions from 8.30 am, while the official opening time of the park is at 9 am.

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The swimming pool stands right beside the hotel and it’s not only the swimming pool you can use, but also a sauna, solarium and massage service.

Rooms are spacious and decorated in specific Roman style and all include free WiFi Internet, flat-screen TV and a modern bathroom.

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Marseille, France’s Second City

Marseille, France’s Second City

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Palais Longchamp

Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris.

This city on the southeast coast of France is home to around 900,000 people and over 4 million visitors every year.

Nearly a million come here on cruise ships as this is one of the main cruise ship ports on the coast of France, and many come here by luxury yacht too.

So what is it about this place that makes it such a popular destination?

Well, like many cities in France it offers a wealth of things that appeal to many different tastes: history, culture, shopping and markets, beautiful architecture, annual events, and a vibrant nightlife.



How to get here

The Marseille Provence Airport is the fifth busiest in the country and it serves a large part of the Provence region.

Located 27 kilometres (17 miles) from the city, in Marignane, there are airlines who offer flights from all over Europe, especially during the peak summer season.

There are direct flights from outside of Europe too, including Algeria, with Air Algerie, Morocco, with Jetairfly, Turkey, with Freebird and Turkish Airlines, Tunisia, with Tunisair, and Israel, with El Al.

From across Europe there are numerous airlines including British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, and Aegean Airlines.

You can travel from the airport to the city easily by bus, taxis or trains, each taking around 30 minutes to complete the journey from or to the airport.

Being a major port you can also get to here by cruise ship or by luxury yacht. Marseille is a popular cruise ship destination and a popular spot on yacht hire tours of the French Riviera.



When to Visit

Like the rest of the French Riviera you’ll find there’s a Mediterranean climate here.

That means you get to enjoy hot and relatively dry summers with average highs around 30C in July and August, and ample sunshine!

For temperatures a little cooler and more pleasant for sightseeing you may like to consider visiting in May or June instead, and although September has a very comfortable average high of 25C it does get wetter in this month.

Winters are mild but they can be changeable if the Mistral winds are blowing this way.

The Mistral is a cold and sharp wind that blows down from the Rhone Valley and mostly affects the city during the winter and spring.



Hotels in the City

As a popular destination you’d expect there to be hundreds of hotels in the country’s second largest city but actually there are only around 150.

This means competition for rooms can become tough during the busy summer season so be sure to book your room early.

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Beautiful view from the restaurant in Hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port

Around 150 properties available all over the city and its suburbs including three smart 5 star hotels, each of them with views of the scenic Old Port.

Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port  is a lovely hotel and the views really are impressive. There are a number of other choices in the 4 star range too, and many of them are near or overlooking the Old Port.

This is a lovely part of town to stay in if you’re visiting as a tourist and want to see the sights.

Find hotels here

Attractions, things to do



History Museums

You can experience different elements of the city’s history through some of its museums.

A good place to start if you do have an interest in history is Marseille History Museum.

This museum was founded when archaeological digs were conducted prior to the construction of a new shopping centre, Centre de la Bourse, and many items of archaeological interest were discovered.

The museum is entered through the shopping centre and includes a garden area where ramparts, a necropolis, and port buildings can be seen.

Exhibits run through the city’s history in this, said by some, to be the oldest city in France.

The Natural History Museum is within Palais Longchamp, so it could be a worthwhile stop when visiting the palace.

Websites: Marseille History Museum – Natural History Museum 

Art Museums

Anyone who prefers art over history will find a good share of museums too.

Museum of Fine Arts which is one of the premier museums in the metropolis.

You’ll find it inside the stunning Palais Longchamp.

It displays paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Museum of Contemporary Art is another in the centre of town, and there’s one devoted to ceramics too.

Websites: Museum of Fine Arts – Museum of Contemporary Art

Check out the Marseille City Pass that includes most museums and attractions in Marseille.



Old Port

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Known in French as Vieux Port, the old port and surrounding neighbourhood is one of the most popular parts of the city for tourists.

The waterfront is a very nice place to come and walk, or enjoy one of the many restaurants or cafes that line in.

This is actually one of the top places in the city to savour a good meal and you should try some of the local fish and seafood.

Sit and watch the fishermen return with their catches and deliver them to the fish market at the end of the harbour.

The old port is protected by two forts: Fort St Nicolas and Fort St John, and it has been used as a harbour since antiquity.

Some of the landmarks around the port to see include St Victor’s Abbey. It is one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in Europe and was built by the Romans in the 5th century.

A newer addition to the harbour was the Phare de Sainte Marie, a lighthouse built in 1855.

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Palais Longchamp

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit a grand French palace then the Palais Longchamp should live up to your expectations!

This beautiful piece of architecture is surrounded by equally beautiful gardens, and it was built simply as a monument to celebrate the construction of the Canal de Marseille.

Construction started in 1839 but it took over thirty years to complete, at great expense to the city.

Website: Palais Longchamp



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The village Cordes sur Ciel in France

Cordes sur Ciel, France

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(photo: Adrien Béron)

Cordes sur Ciel is situated above the Cerou valley in France.

It is the first and largest of the “bastides” or new walled towns.

A city with a charm, exciting history and great events.





From the history of Cordes

Cordes throughout the history grew quite rapidly, and by the end of the thirteen century  it had more than 5500 inhabitants.

A true industrial, commercial and financial center of the area.

Wealthy and noble families, in that golden era of the city’s development, built nowadays famous Gothic houses.

This walled city is often regarded as the stronghold of the Albigensians, at one point was a favorite place of the Huguenots.

Unfortunately the population was reduced by epidemics of plague in 14th century, and the events that reduced the importance of the trade and commerce.

It reduced Cordes sur Ciel to only 2500 inhabitants by the 17th century.

In last two hundred years, the village gained some of the importance that it had in earlier history, but in an other area – tourism.

With the artistic revival that was followed by a group of artists who came to the city.

It all happened during the WWII, when artists gathered around the painter Yves Brayer decided to awake the city with their creations and talents.

That produced new art studios, galleries, museums and exhibitions.

Cordes became the city of all art forms.

Events and festivals in Cordes sur Ciel

One of the biggest and most famous festivals of medieval times is the one annually held in Cordes – The Grand Fauconnier.

A whole city returns to the Middle Ages and there’s a lot of things to see and do there in the middle of July each year.

Check out Grand Fauconnier here

For music enthusiasts, there’s Musique sur Ciel – that covers all from baroque to the works of young composers.

They certainly didn’t forget people who are in love with the famous French cuisine.

Cordes sur Ciel also has some gastronomic festivals during the year that you can visit:

In April, it is the Fête des Responchons

June has a celebration of Cordes culinary specialty at the Feast of the Croquant.

In September is the Fête de la Bonne Vie (the good life festival).

All in all – Cordes is a place that offers a lot of fun things from themed festivals to great music and unique performances.

Cordes also has a range of walking trails, traveling by bike tours for both beginners and experts, extremely tasteful restaurants and the most important thing for a genuine vacation – peaceful atmosphere.



Hotels

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A tips is La Maison Bakéa.

Here you live in a building from the 13th century.

Medieval atmosphere and beautiful rooms.

Check it out here

For a perfect getaway to the medieval time and this beautiful and interesting city in France, take a look at the complete offer of hotels in Cordes sur Ciel.

Hotels in Cordes sur Ciel

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Quasimodo Berlin

Quasimodo

Jazz Club in Berlin

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The Jazz Club

Quasimodo jazz club is open with some great live jazz from Wednesday to Saturday. Door opens 21 and conserts usually starts at 22.

Famous artists with conserts on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The jazz club is situated downstairs.

Wednesday Jam

Wednesdays are jam session evenings with free entrance.

Very popular, so be sure to arrive in time to get a seat



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Quasimodo cafe

is a nice meeting point and offers some great snacks and salads. Staff is very friendly and service minded.

Wonderful place to relax.

See their website for opening times and more information: quasimodo.de



Basic Info

How to get there:

You reach Quasimodo by subway U1 and walk Fasanenstrasse from the station Uhlandstrasse at Kurfurstendam.

If you live around Kurfurstendam it’s in walking distance. Right at the Subway station Uhlandstrasse you see Kempinski Bristol Hotel

Walk a few hundred meters til you arrive Kantstrasse and there it is within the big white beautiful Stage Theater des Westens

Address:

Kantstrasse 12A

Charlottenburg, Berlin

Map: Quasimodo on Google Map

Website: quasimodo.de



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Hotels near Quasimodo

The best hotel near Quasimodo Jazz Club is Kempinski Bristol Berlin Situated at Kurfurstendam shopping street. Close to Europasenter, KaDeWe and Berlin Zoo

Kurfurstendam is great street to choose for your overnight stay in Berlin if you plan to visit Quasimodo, Rickenbackers and A Trane jazzclubs. All are in walking disance.


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Berlin Tiergarten – the city’s  paradise for activities and chill-outs.

Berlin Tiergarten – the city’s paradise for activities and chill-outs.

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Berlin Tiergarten is the city’s  paradise for outdoor activities, sports and weekend chill-outs.

The best way to start the story about the Tiergarten is with explaining where it’s located.

When you say Tiergarten in Berlin, you most likely think of one of the following two things: the government, diplomatic and parliamentary district of the city and most popular Berlin’s park.

This second thing is what attracts thousands of visitors.

If you’re for a picnic, cycling, jogging, or just relaxing in the city center – Tiergarten is the best choice.

What’s not to be forgotten, when we’re talking about the Tiergarten, is mentioning the small lake Neuer See, that over the winter provides a wonderful winter landscape.

If you’re searching for a peaceful place to eat something delicious in the relaxing atmosphere of the park, there’s self-serving restaurant; peaceful spot called Rousseau Island and English Gardens for a walk, and coffee shop.



Little history of Berlin Tiergarten

The story about the park starts with the Grosse Tiergarten and the former private grounds of Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm and the 16th century, when it was first enclosed.

The first avenue of the area was arranged in the 17th century, and in 1740 first public gardens were opened. 19th century came with the fashionable English influences in designing the space, while the key year for transforming the green area into a landscaped park and the ZOO garden was 1844.

During the WWII, the park served as a vegetable garden and was used for the immediate necessities of firewood.

After the war, like in the case of most Berlin’s monuments, restoration began in 1949 with focuses on restoring as much vegetation as possible and they resulted with a beautiful park with diverse landscapes that is known to you today.

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This space of 210 hectares is extremely important to Berliners and it’s their favorite spot for playing ball games; having a family picnic.

During the summer season, on every Sunday, if you visit Berlin Tiergarten you’ll listen to the bells of the carillon – from the 42 meter high tower – it’s 68 bells is the 4th largest carillon in the world.

If you’re here, don’t miss visiting the popular ZOO and the entire neighborhood that is quite artistically driven.

Provocative artworks, sculptures and memorials will definitely inspire you and morning flea markets are the best choice to buy something unique to this area of Berlin.



berlin electric bike tour

See Berlin’s famous sites, including picturesque Tiergarten, on a half day electric bike tour.

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