Copenhagen (København) is the capital of political, economic and cultural center of Denmark, overlooking the narrow strait of 'Sound on the east coast of Sjoeland.
The city is home to nearly a quarter of the entire Danish population and offers several routes inside: through the Strøget (name used to indicate the paths that wind along the route that once connected the east and west), following channels up to Christianshavn in search of the Little Mermaid in the northern or strolling through the many parks (including the famous park where lies the hippie community of Christiania). The city now enjoys the new bridge that connects it to Malmoe.
Lyon is the capital of the department of the Rhone.
E 'divided into zones by the river Rhone and the Saone River and two hills, La Croix-Rousse and Fourvière.
Has an old town - Vieux Lyon, Fourvière, Saint Jean - and a more commercial center, the Place des terreaux, Place Bellecour and Rue de la République on the peninsula between the Rhone and Saone.
Lyon is famous for being the gastronomic capital of France.
They called it the "Paris of the East" in 1920 was a city of adventurers, gamblers, opium smokers, prostitutes, some dandies' debauched, gangsters, millionaires, child slaves forced to work for a handful of rice, missionaries.
Then here was founded the Chinese Communist Party, Mao put the basics of the Cultural Revolution, here were the bloody repression of Chiang Kai Shek, the Japanese occupation and the development of the dominance of the "Gang of Four".
Shanghai, for better or for worse, has always been a city laboratory, the hinge between China and the West, and remains so to this day, joining the Communist Party and the market economy, consumerism and political orthodoxy.
Shanghai is huge, with an intense traffic of cars and millions of bicycles, and has remained a unique cosmopolitan city, where you can feel the echoes of the past and you can see that China will be among the palaces of glass and signs lucicanti.
The Bund is the river (it is crossed by the Shanghai Huangpu), flanked by original buildings of foreigners, including the Peace Hotel, remained the same from the thirties, with an orchestra of elderly musicians playing (good) jazz of yesteryear.
Departs from the Bund Nanjing Lu, the most famous shopping street in China (you can find anything, also call it the Golden Mile. American way).
What to visit
The Shanghai Museum (bronzes, ceramics, paintings of incomparable beauty), the Garden of the Mandarin, the famous tea room Huxingting and the Temple of the Jade Buddha, the former French Concession with Huaihai Lu, the best place to shop; the tomb of the writer Lu Xun.
An immense and mysterious country, a fascinating city that lives in suspended between an ancient culture, the chaos of the metropolis of today and the contradictions of development. Beijing, or "northern capital", has seven and a half million inhabitants, rising to nearly fifteen considering the entire metropolitan area.
Beijing, home of the 2008 Olympics, invites you to discover its historic buildings such as the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and its historic Tiananmen Square. There are numerous excursions not to be missed, to discover the treasures of China, such as the legendary Great Wall of China or the terracotta soldiers of Xi'an.
Berlin, capital of Germany, is located in the west of the country and is traversed by two rivers, the Spree and Havel. Berlin's history begins with the incorporation of two villages: Cölln, founded on an island in the River Spree and Berlin, on the banks of the same river. After losing two world wars, having suffered a severe economic crisis and a dictatorship, Berlin has experienced a lively process of reconstruction after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Today, with more than four million inhabitants, is one of the most important cities in Europe. Dynamic and constantly changing, it has become a tourist destination of fashion, for the great offer for leisure and culture, with more than 150 theaters and auditoriums and approximately 170 museums, and amusement, for its lively nightlife and events such as the International Film Festival.
The city owes its fortunes to the Baltic Sea, its climate and its impressive architecture and lively.
The sea below our visitors, passing roads and bridges, clearing a path in residential areas, creating bays and natural harbors.
Just over a century ago there were still animals (including wolves) that roamed the streets of downtown, almost all wooden buildings dating from before 1808 were destroyed by fire.
Helsinki is a modern metropolis quiet and still under development: the face of the fishermen of the port that it is only recently took place in the process of urbanization. The railway station has replaced the port as a node of city life and is a good starting point for a visit (the most interesting places are just a short distance from here).
Mexico City is the oldest city in America and is located on a plateau in the center of the country. The capital of Mexico will attract you for its museums and traditions, the buildings of the colonial era and the modern ones, but also for its vibrant cultural life.
The history of Mexico City, whose first name was Tenochtitlan, the city of palaces, is a long and rich legacy of great nations, from the Aztecs to the Maya. Third largest city in the world after Tokyo and New York, the Mexican capital invites you to discover its historical center, its parks and archaeological finds of pre-Columbian peoples.
With the Spanish conquest of 1521 and the end of the Aztec, begins the modern history of Mexico City. Today the city is home to over eight million people, while another twenty populate the huge metropolitan area.
Capital of the Veneto region and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Venice is the Italian city with the largest number of tourists. It is not hard to believe, as the archipelago of 118 islands of which it is built makes it unique in the world.
But there are not only channels: fabulous palaces and historic buildings such as Palazzo Ducale await you, as well as museums full of art and exhibitions of great interest such as the Guggenheim, not to mention the charm of the Lido and the Lagoon of Venice. Do not know them yet? You do not miss the opportunity to take a trip to Venice!
Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, with three million inhabitants in the urban core and a metropolitan area, Greater Buenos Aires, which surpasses ten million.
The city of Buenos Aires was founded twice: in 1536, the Spanish colonizer Pedro Mendoza and then in 1580, after being destroyed by the Indian populations.
Today, the people of Buenos Aires are almost all of European origin, and the city has become cosmopolitan and modern, with 48 different neighborhoods. Be infected by the passion of Argentina, including its historic sites such as the Plaza de Mayo with the balcony from which Evita Perón appeared, the charm of tango most authentic and cultural life of this city with more than 200 theaters and cinemas.
Moscow is a metropolis of contrasts violent billionaires and poor people, Mc Donald's, luxurious restaurants and dingy pubs, historical places of socialism and Orthodox churches, Soviet-style apartment blocks-nightmare and elegant buildings of the eighteenth century. The Moscow metro is in short everything: for a few rubles you can travel between stations decorated with crystal chandeliers and marble.
Moscow is everything and more, and even that's fascinating. It 'a gigantic city: the inhabitants are distributed over 1035 km square from the center to the endless and dingy suburbs. New bars, restaurants, night clubs open and close all the time: resist addresses only "historical".
From the twelfth century the Kremlin is the center of the city, where Ivan the Terrible and Stalin gave orders. Today, the Kremlin's walls protect some of the most precious treasures of the country.
What to visit
Red Square (with the Lenin Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum, the St. Basil's Cathedral and GUM, the department stores, 1,000 stores in a nineteenth century), The Kremlin (the towers, palaces, churches) , Arbat, a street of artisans, the Pushkin Museum, Gorky Park, the metro, the great avenues.
Madrid, capital of Spain, is located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, at 667 meters above sea level. Built on the ruins of a Moorish fortress called "Mayrit" land of water, hence the name Madrid became the capital in 1561. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, known as the "Golden Age", Madrid was the city of writers such as Cervantes, Quevedo and Calderon and painters such as Velázquez. Lively city in terms of culture and art, is visited each year by millions of tourists, attracted certainly historic sites such as Plaza Mayor and the Prado Museum extraordinary, but also by its great nightlife, the unforgettable "nightlife madrileña."
Rome was the capital of a vast empire, not for nothing is called caput mundi. Famous throughout the world for its legendary history, the Italian capital has always been one of the most visited tourist destinations. Inside is the State of the Vatican, the Pope's official seat is in the center of the Italian peninsula, about 20 km from the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is crossed by the Tiber river and enjoys a Mediterranean climate. Legend has it that it was founded by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, and the two brothers were abandoned and a wolf (the symbol of Rome) nursed them and they grew. But in addition to history, Rome also offers fun, fashion, art and culture.
Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa and the oldest city in the country, founded in 1652 on the shores of the Cape of Good Hope as a supply point for the ships of the Dutch East India Company. Historically it was also the first European settlement in Africa.
Dominated by the majestic Table Mountain, from whose flat top you can enjoy a splendid view (you can also go by cable car), the peninsula has the most beautiful beaches of South Africa (above all, Clifton and Camps Bay) and lush vegetation.
Cape Town is an intriguing mix of Europe and Africa, but it has its own identity. In recent years there has been a great development of tourism and trade, which saw the birth of the Waterfront, the lively harbor area, completely renovated and became the hub of city life.
The most popular time for visitors is the summer, from October to March, from August to November, you can spot whales and dolphins up close.
What to visit
The Castle of Good Hope was built in 1666 and is one of the oldest European fort in Africa.
The South African Museum has reconstructions of dinosaurs and a large collection of natural history.
The area of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (with a new aquarium) is a tourist attraction irresistible.
The main districts of Cape Town (information from Wikipedia, under Cape Town):
Adderley: on this road, which passes through the upper part of the city from north to south, through the botanical gardens Company's Gardens, overlooking most of the museums and many historical buildings.
Central: the area of the Central develops around St. George's Mall and is full of shopping malls and offices.
Bo-Kaap: the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter, which stretches from the slopes of Signal Hill, is characterized by a number of mosques and low houses of the early nineteenth century, painted in bright colors.
Waterfront: the dock of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city, there is a maritime museum and the Two Oceans Aquarium, where you can admire the marine life of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Observatory: Located in the south of the city, this district is the cultural heart of Cape Town, frequented by artists and students. It is close to campuses Groote Schurr, where Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in the world.
Kirstenbosch: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, located on the east side of Table Mountain, is a green area of 530 hectares. In this garden are cultivated almost 10,000 species of plants.
Constantia is the most exclusive area of the city. Alternate villas (some of which are added to the museum) and vineyards.
The township: are the poor neighborhoods where they live the blacks remained at the margins of society. The townships of Cape Town is located in the area of the Cape Flats. Khayelitsha, Guguletu, Mitchell's Plain, Athlone and Atlantis are the suburbs where there are public housing and elsewhere in the Flats extend the so-called squatter camps, the slum
City from ancient history, Lisbon is one of the most modern cities and lives in Europe. Portugal's capital, Lisbon city with over 500,000 inhabitants, which become 3 million in the metropolitan area (a third of Portugal). After being European Capital of Culture in 1994, Lisbon has since been featured on the international agenda, culminating with the Expo 1998, with many events that have given impetus to a thorough modernization of architecture and at the same time to the revaluation of buildings and historical heritage.
The culture of Lisbon will attract you, the notes of Fado to the beauty of its buildings, the richness of museums to the vibrant cultural life of this jewel overlooking the ocean.