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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is an island in the Lower Normandy region and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in France.

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Legoland Billund

Legoland opend in 1968 in Billund, a town in Denmark that was the birthplace of Lego. It's the second largest tourist attraction in Denmark.

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Neuschwanstein, A Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.

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Casa Batlló

Casa Batlló is one of Gaudí's masterpieces in Barcelona. It was built in 1877 and was completely refurbished between 1904 and 1906.

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Manarola

Manarola is part of the Cinque Terre in the Italian region of Liguria. The Cinque Terre consists of five villages located on the cliffs at the Mediterranean coast.

Sliding Down a Glacier on the Zugspitze in Germany

Germany's largest glacier, the Schneeferner, is located on the Zugspitze in the Bavarian Alps. This glacier was once part of the Plattachferner, a glacier which covered almost an area of 300 hectares. Today it has shrunk so much that the Schneeferner is in danger of disappearing. However everything possible is being done to preserve the glacier as long as possible.

The Zugspitze Glacier is still a popular place for skiers and snowboarders during the winter months and offers perfectly prepared slopes. During the summer months visitors can borrow a toboggan for free and slide down the glacier. It's also possible to have a glacier walk and enjoy fantastic views.

You can reach the Schneeferner by taking the glacier lifts from the top of the Zugspitze. It has an infrastructure with 2 restaurants and a sun terrace which makes it an excellent place to admire the surroundings.

Location: Schneeferner, Zugspitze, Germany.


Sliding Down a Glacier on a toboggan on the Zugspitze


view of Zugspitze and snow for sliding


restaurants close to the Schneeferner Glacier on the Zugspitze


Schneeferner Glacier on Zugspitze and clouds


church close to Schneeferner Glacier on the Zugspitze


view of restaurants close to Schneeferner Glacier on Zugspitze


glacier lifts from top of the Zugspitze to Schneeferner Glacier


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Zugspitze, Germany's Highest Mountain

With a height of 2962m, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. It's part of the Wetterstein Mountains and lies at the Austria-Germany border. The top of the Zugspitze can be reached from two different sides. You can take the Eibsee Cable Car at the German side of the mountain or the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn in Ehrwald, Austria.

The top offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. We arrived on a cloudy day and couldn't see as far as on a sunny day, but it was still a special experience being surrounded by clouds. When you take the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn in Ehrwald you also get a free ticket to the museum “Fascination Zugspitze”. This museum explains more about the historical developments on the Zugspitze.

At the top you'll also find a great infrastructure with lots of restaurants to choose from. Everything from small appetizers to a large meal and with a great view to enjoy.

Besides all of this there's one more thing you can do for a complete visit to the Zugspitze. You can take a cable car from the summit to a glacier which is situated 300m below. This is a great place for everyone who likes to slide down a glacier.

Locations cable car:
- Tiroler Zugspitzbahn: Obermoos 1, 6632 Ehrwald, Austria
- Eibsee Cable Car: Am Eibsee 6, 82491 Grainau, Germany


view from the Zugspitze in Germany


snow and clouds on summit of the Zugspitze


view on mountains and valley from top of the Zugspitze


snow on mountains surrounding the Zugspitze


old cable car in museum on Zugspitze


view from viewing platform in museum on top of Zugspitze


old pictures in museum of Zugspitze


old posters in museum of Zugspitze


starting point Tiroler Zugspitzbahn



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Gdansk Shipyard: the Birthplace of Solidarity

The Gdansk Shipyard (Stocznia Gdańska) played an important role in European history. It was here that demonstrations began in the formerly Lenin Shipyard which would lead to the birth of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement in 1980. This trade union was led by Lech Wałęsa and eventually resulted in Poland's first post-communist election in 1990. This presidential election was won by Lech Wałęsa and brought the end of the communist regime in Poland.

Today some of the important places of the uprisings and buildings can still be visited. You can take a cruise on the River Motława to see a part of the shipyard or a bus tour to visit the buildings. One of the most important places in the Gdansk Shipyard is the Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers at the shipyard's gates. Next to it you can find the European Solidarity Centre, inside the building is also a museum with a permanent exhibition. Here you can find more information about the story of Solidarity.


Gdansk Shipyard


View of Gdansk Shipyard with cranes and ships


view of old cranes at Gdansk Shipyard


view of name


ships in dry dock at Gdansk Shipyard


ships and crane at Gdansk Shipyard


Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers at the shipyard's gates in Gdansk



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A Cruise on the Motława River with the Galleon Lion

At the Old Harbor in Gdansk you can find many ships for a cruise on the Motława River. They all follow the same route from the harbor through Gdansk Shipyard, to Westerplatte and back.

We chose the Galeon Lew (Galleon Lion) because it looks spectacular and the children couldn't wait to set aboard a pirate ship. The galleon has an upper and lower deck and offers the possibility to eat or drink during the trip. There's also a tour guide on board who explains more about the important sights during the cruise in Polish, German, English and Russian.

From the galleon you have a great view of the docks and the ships in Gdansk Shipyard. You get the possibility to get off the ship at Westerplatte and get picked up by the next galleon. The whole cruise takes around 90 minutes. More information about a cruise on a galleon on the Motława River you can find here.

Location: Długie Pobrzeże, 22-100 Gdańsk, Poland

 Picture of the Galleon Lion on the Motława River in Gdansk


ships in Gdansk Shipyard on the Motława River


View from the Galleon Lion on Gdansk Shipyard


ferry boat of Polferries on the Motława River in Gdansk


view of Westerplatte in Gdansk from the Galleon Lion on the Motława River


view of the Seven Mar from the galleon on the Motława River


View of the galleon Black Pearl on the Motława River in Gdansk


view from the Galleon Lion on old harbor in Gdansk



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