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3 THE BEST NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS; The Latin Quarter, Saint Germain-des-Pres, The Islands, The Marais, Montmarte & the Sacre Coeur, Canal Saint-Marten & Villette, Montparnasse

Brooke, Anna E. FrommerMedia ePub

Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.The Latin QuarterIn the 1920s, this Left Bank neighborhood was the heart of Parisian cafe society. You’ll still find plenty of cafes, plus universities and shops, all constantly buzzing with activity. Traditionally arty, intellectual, and bohemian, the area also has a history of political unrest. Today, it is still one of Paris’s most interesting, not to mention picturesque, quarters to explore. START: Métro to St-Michel.❶ Place Saint-Michel. An elaborate 1860 fountain of Saint Michael presides over this bustling cafe- and shop-lined square, where skirmishes between occupying Germans and French Resistance fighters once took place. This is the beginning of busy Boulevard Saint-Michel, which was trendy long ago but is now a disappointing line of fast-food chains and down-market stores. It is, however, the main student quarters, and a young, lively atmosphere pervades.The Fontaine Saint-Michel, at the center of Place Saint-Michel.

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Maggie Childs FrommerMedia ePub

Vienna underground.

Before You Go

Government Tourist Offices

In the U.S.: 120 West 45th St., 9th floor, New York, NY 10036 (☎ 1 212 944 6880); 6520 Platt Avenue, # 561 West Hills, California, CA 91307-3218 (☎ 1 818 999 4030). In Canada: 2 Bloor Street West, # 400 Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2 (☎ 1 416 967 4867). In the U.K. & Ireland: 9–11 Richmond Buildings, London, W1D 3HF (☎ 020 7440 3830 or 0845 101 1818). In Australia: 1st floor, 36 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (☎ 02 9299 3621). Wherever you live, the best place for information is the official website of Vienna Tourism at www.vienna.info.

The Best Times to Go

The best time to visit is from May to October. May, when the lilac and chestnut trees are in bloom, marks the start of Heuriger season (wine taverns connected to vineyards). June to August, when the days are long and hot, is ideal for lazy afternoons in Vienna’s extensive parks; for swimming and sunbathing at the city’s beaches; and for river trips and watersports on the Danube. However, Vienna can get very crowded at the height of summer, especially during school vacations. September marks the start of the theater season as all the major venues launch their new programs and, in October, the city’s new wines vineyards are toasted in the city bars and country Heurigen. Another popular time is Christmas, when snow has often fallen, festive decorations and lights illuminate the city, and the streets are filled with stalls selling roasted chestnuts, hot punch, and Glühwein (mulled wine). Many visitors come to shop at the Christmas markets or to enjoy the city’s celebrated New Year’s Eve festivities. Whenever you choose to visit, there’s always a superb choice of theater and music, and over 80 museums to provide entertainment for all the family, whatever the weather.

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Northern Bavaria

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Northern Bavaria

 Romantic Road

 Würzburg

 Rothenburg ob der Tauber

 Nuremberg

 Bamberg

 Bayreuth


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Northern Bavaria

Don’t expect lads in lederhosen or raucous oompah bands: the charms of northern Bavaria go far beyond the tourist brochure clichés. This is a region whose cultural landscape was shaped by some of the world’s finest artists, Albrecht Dürer, Tilman Riemenschneider and Balthasar Neumann among them. Germany’s most popular holiday route, the fabled Romantic Road, links enchanting villages and proud castles with spirit-lifting scenery. The region’s biggest city is Nuremberg, which played special roles during both the Holy Roman Empire and the Third Reich, and today is especially famous for its Christmas market. Nearby Bamberg, also steeped in history, suffered hardly any wartime damage.


1   The dazzling Riemenschneider altar in Creglingen (p502)

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The famous Giants Causeway, a natural wonder along the Antrim Coast.

M e dieval castles, mountain ranges, coastal drives, and one of the most spectacular (and certainly unique) landscapes you’ll find anywhere—all are within easy reach of Belfast. That is, if you don’t mind driving down tiny, winding roads that take at least twice as long as they should to get anywhere. Though the destinations covered in this chapter are no more than 60 miles in any direction from Northern Ireland’s capital, it could take you up to 90 minutes to drive there—more if you take the scenic way. And frankly, why wouldn’t you?

What’s more, the countryside they lead to is simply magnificent—the cool greens of the Glens of Antrim, the rugged Mourne Mountains, and the famously craggy coastline leading to the Giant’s Causeway, surely one of the world’s great natural wonders. Take the time to get out of your car and explore what this region has to offer. You won’t regret it.


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Ames, Paul FrommerMedia ePub


Coimbra & the Beiras

The three historic provinces making up the Beiras are often overlooked by travelers heading to the northern wine lands, Algarve beaches, or Lisbon’s cool city attractions. That is a mistake. The Beiras comprise spectacular mountain landscapes, historic cities, picturesque villages, unspoiled beaches, and restaurants serving some of the country’s most enticing culinary delights.

Among the urban attractions, pride of place goes to the historic university city of Coimbra. The region’s de facto capital sits on a bend in the slow-moving River Mondego. At its heart is the 13th-century university, with its wonderful baroque library. Almost 25,000 students ensure that the city’s UNESCO World Heritage old town is no sleepy historical backwater. The narrow alleys and plazas are packed with taverns and restaurants serenaded by students’ own version of fado music. Crammed with museums and monuments, Coimbra makes a great base for exploring the region. On its doorstep are the ruins of the Roman town of Conimbriga, the medieval riverside fortress at Montemor-o-Velho, and verdant Penacova, a jumping-off point for kayaking trips down the Mondego.

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