GOING GLOBE TROTTING – HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES OF THE WORLD

15 Most Beautiful Countries in the World

BURGES, BELGIUM

Bruges located in the northwest part of Belgium, is the biggest city in the province of West Flanders, and one among the many most beautiful cities of the world. It is sometimes called the “Venice of the North”. One of the most significant features in Bruges is its medieval architecture. Most of the buildings perfectly preserved to this day. The entire historical center is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Among the most attractive and popular buildings in Bruges include the masterpiece by Michelangelo – Church of the Virgin Mary. But that’s not all, the most famous attraction of Bruges is the bell tower of the 13th century, in which there are 48 bells. 

Places of interest & things to do:

Historic Center of Brugge, Private, The Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde, Minnewater Lake, Burg Square, Beer Museum, Chamber of Toture, Breweries in and around Burges and many more historical, heritage sites and monuments can be visited.

All the above places can be visited along with experienced and knowledgeable guides available to lead you through all the places of interest. Also nice city mini-buses cruise the town with high frequency, and in any case, the historical centre must be traversed on foot, by bicycle, by horse-drawn carriage or by boat to enjoy it.

Places to stay at: Choose from 300 Hotels in Bruges. Types: Hotels, Apartments, Villas, Hostels, Resorts, B&Bs, 24/7 customer service is available with free WiFi. Hotels in Bruges have attractive offers and discounts usually from January – March, when this medieval city is not thronged with tourists as much.

Places to eat at: There are a number of restaurants in Burges where you can satiate your taste buds

Best Time to visit: Bruges does not witness extreme weather conditions, making it, a year round destination. The misty months of Autumn and Winter make it ideal for exploring Bruges on foot.

June – August, are the warmest months. The temperature then is quite comfortable and conducive for traveling around.

How to reach:

By plane

A large number of carriers offer direct flights to Brussels. Belgium’s main airport has its own railway station. Bruges can easily be reached through the airports of Brussels.

By train

Traveling to Bruges on Belgium‘s excellent rail system is a natural choice. Trains to and from Brussels, leave every 30 minutes during the day. The journey from Brussel-Zuid (a.k.a. Bruxelles-Midi if you prefer French to Dutch) to Bruges takes about 50 minutes.

By car

If you are planning a bus-tour: be aware buses and camping vehicles are not allowed intra muros (within the walls of the city). There is a perfect parking place for them on the south side of the city with a newly designed gangway bringing you directly into the heart of the town.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a city like no other. Shaped by centuries of warfare, the capital city of Hungary has gone through various changes and rebuilds, thus falling in the category of one the most beautiful cities of the world

Today, Budapest is a mishmash of different architectural styles from Roman, Turkish, Baroque, with a little modern Art Nouveau thrown into the mix.

Separated by the Danube River, two distinct districts, Buda and Pest make up Budapest. Buda’s castle district is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site full of museums, palaces, and Art Nouveau churches that’s popular with tourists. Pest, on the other hand, is very cosmopolitan, full of restaurants and bars with a laid-back vibe.

The city was chosen as the Best European Destination of 2019, in a major poll conducted by EBD, a tourism organisation partnering with the European Commission.

Places of interest: Castle Hill, Great Synagouge, Momento Pasrk, Basilica of St. Stphen, House of Terror, Hungarian National Museum, Liberty Monument, Museum of Fine Arts, Danube River ( area around and inclusive of the river is a UNESCO Heritage site), Gresham Palace,  the Széchenyi thermal baths etc.

Things to do: Visit:-

  • The Natural Wonder – a massive underground cave system formed by the same geological springs that provide water to the city’s many thermal baths. 
  • The remains of the Roman city of Aquincum are on display at Aquincum Museum and Archaeological Park in Budapest’s Óbuda district.
  • The UNESCO Sites -the Castle Quarter, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Enjoy the thermal baths. 
  • In a city filled with spectacular architecture and sites, the Hungarian Parliament Building stands out as a symbol of the city and impossible-to-ignore presence on the Danube
  • Celebrate the nightlife of Budapest.
  • Take a Danube cruise

Places to stay at: You can choose from 2520 Hotels in Budapest, are reasonably priced and 24/7 Customer Service is available. Types: Hotels, Apartments, Villas, Hostels, Resorts, B&Bs.

Places to eat at: One can find various restaurants serving some delicious foods to suit your taste

How to reach:

By Air

Main international airports of Hungary include the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest and Airport Debrecen in Debrecen.

By Bus

Several international bus lines operate throughout Hungary. Schedules and tickets can be found online on the offical website of Volˆnbusz – the national bus company as well as the local Eurolines representation in Hungary.

By Rail

Budapest is the central destination that connects the whole country as well as most of Eastern Europe. One can take trains from Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

ROME, ITALY

A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities, and also the most beautiful in the world

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at street side cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience. The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and the Italian restaurants hum with activity. Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.

Places of interest: Vatican Museums, Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Palatino, Colosseum, Museo e Galleria Borghese, Capitoline Museums, Pantheon, and plenty more of the historic monuments.

Things to do:                                    

  • Explore the eternal city’s most iconic monuments, squares, fountains and movie locations.
  • Visit the Pantheon, one of the world’s greatest and best preserved Roman temples.
  • Visit the Monumental Staircase which comprises of a total of 135 steps leading to the Trinita del Monti church that overlooks the Spanish Steppes and the Barcaccia Fountain by Bernini.
  • Enter the colosseum and experience it first hand
  • Explore the Roman Forum
  • Visit the Pantheon and its admirable savor its immaculate beauty
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the museums of the Vatican city
  • Throw a coin in the wishing fountain, the Trevi Fountain, etc.

Best time to visit: Ideallythe best time to visit Rome is September to November and April to May when the crowds are fewer, days are bright and sunny, and evenings are crisp and cool.

Best Places to stay at: Rome offers a complete range of hotels catering to every taste and convinience.

Best Places to eat: A variety of eating joints, street foods, restaurants serve traditional and multicuisine and you can pick and choose the food you want.

How to reach Rome:

By Air

Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, located in Fiumicino, is around 30 km away from the city centre and serves as the country’s prime international airport for flights coming from all over the world. For domestic arrivals, there is the Ciampino Airport, only 15 km away.

By Rail

Rome is a major hub for incoming trains from Italy and all over Europe. Roma Termini station sees traffic of visitors coming in from neighbouring countries by the Eurail trains.

By Road

 If you want to drive to Rome from northern or southern Italy then take the Autostrada del Sole road that culminates at the Ring Road that goes around the city.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

In Brazil, you can hear the expression – “God created the world in six days and on the seventh Rio”. Rio de Janeiro, commonly referred to as Rio, is the second largest city in Brazil and the third largest metropolis in South America. Rio, one of the most visited and favorite locations in the southern hemisphere because of its natural environment and excellent beaches, such as: Bossa Nova and Balaneirio, it is another one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The city is world famous for two things – football and dance Samba. Every year, in Rio de Janeiro, is held one of the most spectacular carnivals in the world. 

Places of interest: Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, Vidigal, Dois Irmãos peaks (Two Brothers peaks), Museum of Tomorrow, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, Lagoa, Botanical Gardens etc.

Things to do:

  • The statue of Christ the redeemer
  • The Botanical paradise Jardim Botanico
  • The expansive green rain forest Tijuca National Park
  • The beautiful Brazilian and cobalt waters of the Ipanema Beach
  • Sugar loaf Mountain standing high above Rio’s bustling metropolis at 1299 feet
  • Lapa, Rio’s nightlife center
  • Copacabana Beach located in the heart of the Zona Sul neighbourhood etc.

Best time to visit:  The best time to visit Rio is between December and March, when the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches. The city’s seductive samba beat and incredible panoramic views last year-round, but arrive in February to experience Carnival.

Best places to stay at: In Rio you can find a range of convenient places to stay at, but if you are planning to be there during the world famous Carnival, you will be required to book very well in advance say about a year in advance.

Best places to eat at: Rio boasts of modest to high end eateries, offering a variety of foods which meets the tastes of every one.

How to reach:

By Air If you are flying from outside India, many cities in North America have direct flights to Brazil. You can also travel to Brazil from some capital cities in Europe, Africa and Asia. The swiftest and fastest way to travel from India to Brazil is via a flight. Unfortunately, as is the case with other South American countries, there are no direct flights from India to Brazil. You will have to catch a connecting flight from India, stop at Abu Dhabi and then proceed to Sao Paulo. These connecting flights are available from some of India’s biggest cities – Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kochi.

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