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Interlaken: Exploring the Best of Switzerland Scenery

Interlaken is the place to explore the natural beauty of Central Switzerland. This city is filled with tourist attractions. There are a plethora of things that you can do and see in here. It offers an endless variety of walk, outdoor excursion, and climbs. If you are planning on visiting Interlaken anytime soon, here are a few things that you should do.

Harder Klum

To get a view of the entire city and the lakes, visit Harder Klum. This is a funicular climb beside Alpine Wildlife Park and beyond the bridge on top of the Aare River. The restaurant at the top offers a panoramic view. I also caught sight of the Jungfrau area. I descended along the forest path through the Hardermannli lookout path. Drop in at the Wildlife Park to catch a glimpse of ibexes and marmots.

Hohematte Park

This park covers an area of 14 hectares and is situated at the heart of the city. It is an open space and this is a great example of outstanding town planning. Along with its side, you will find Kursaal along with a café and theatre. This park is also a landing spot for the hand gliders. If you are visiting during the winter, you will find the ice-skating ring which is suitable for beginners.

Lake Brienz

This is to be found on the eastern part of Interlaken. It has a backdrop of beautiful mountains. I found steamboats chugging along the lake. Now, there is an armada of 5 vessels from the first half of the twentieth century. Giessbach is a destination around the lake that you need to check out.

Lake Thun

I also made a visit to Lake Thun. The prevailing breeze makes it perfect for the sailors and the windsurfers. However, I found the shore to be covered in wood. During the summertime, you will be able to use the woodland that is dotted with bathing spaces.

Honfleur – Enjoy a Family Holiday by This Harbor Town

This is French town with a Norman history and much of that can still be seen in landmarks, culture, and traditions in this harbor city. What I came across here was a picturesque harbor that acted as a strategic inner port in yesteryears. Goods coming in from England were shipped here from Rouen. It was also a site of war, especially the hundred years’ war that went on between France and England.

If you come here, stay for a day and soak in the historic vibes of the town. As I explored the harbor area and chatted with the locals, I got to know that port trade also included ships coming in from Portugal, West Indies, and Canada; hence, there was an influx of foreigners through this region.

Vieux-Bassin

This is an old harbor area where I enjoyed looking at the townhouses that date back to the 16th to 18th century. If you like to explore art and architecture like I do you will find examples of fine artists like Eugène Boudin and Claude Monet.

St. Catherine’s Church

This can be your next stop. What I found interesting here was that it has a structure of vaulted timber that was put up by shipbuilders and it dates back to the 15th century.

Musee Eugene-Boudin

Works of this painter of the 19th century can be found here, a former convent. I also enjoyed exploring works of other Impressionist artists here. There are also multimedia exhibits here which you and your family will find interesting.

NaturoSpace

If you have come here on vacation with your children this is a must visit. I discovered it to be a large greenhouse that has a botanical garden, rare birds and tropical butterflies. You can also visit a waterfront park nearby, called the Jardin des Personnalites. Here I also found a city beach area to enjoy, locally known as Plague du Butin.

Guimarães: Enjoy the Attractions at Culture Packed Cities

Guimarães is the birthplace of Portugal. Every historic center and the palaces that I came across are World Heritage Site. The city has so much to offer that you will have to organize your schedule in order to ensure that you see it all.   Andrey told me that when you visit Guimarães, there are a few things that you need to do, and take your time when you visit, to take in each historic attraction.

Palace of Dukes of Braganza

The palace had been built by Afonso, the Count of Barcelos. There are tall narrow brick chimneys, gothic pointing arches, and courtyard having galleries. I strolled around the palace at a slow pace for enjoying the furniture, tapestries, weapons, ceiling beams, and ceramics, and fireplaces. The architecture of the palace is something to marvel at.

Historic Guimarães

The core of the city is narrow and has twisted lanes with granite buildings on both sides. It is set on the stiff slopes where I came across mansions, churches, and majestic convents. In every few meters, there is a sight that is worth checking out. However, this work is lived-in and isn’t a piece of museum.

Guimarães Castle

During the tenth century, it had to deal with two primary threats, the Vikings raiding the Atlantic and the Moors attacking rest of the Iberian Peninsula. Hence, a castle had been erected almost towards the north where the city stands today. The greenery around the castle makes it look more beautiful.

Monte Da Penha

In order to reach the hilltop, I took a cable car from Guimarães. If you see, this is a great attraction with several platforms or terraces. Stand on top of it to catch the breathtaking sight of nature. I also came across a sanctuary which has been there for hundreds of years now. The view from the summit is a treat to the eyes.

Top Three Places to Visit in Pattaya

Talk of Pattaya and everyone will think of beautiful beaches. But there is more to this peaceful city than the beaches; there are museums, school of sports and galleries. With the increase of investments to tourism attractions sites by the government, a vacation to Pattaya City is rewarding. It will fully satisfy your travelling urges. As you visit this city, watch out lest you be trapped by its charm and decide not to go back. Many who visit this city as tourists end up as expatriates. The following places will make you fall in love with this fantastic Asian city.

The Floating Markets

Pattaya City is surrounded by water. Locals here use this resource constructively. You will find many boats floating in the sea with all sorts of wares. They have upped the game even more of late. There is a modern mall with everything you need. The only difference it has with your local mall is that it is floating. Welcome to the floating markets of Pattaya. It is well situated in a central place providing easier accessibility to folks coming from any direction of Thailand. The market is unique in that the traders sell their goods while on boats-do not worry; they can not run away with your balance!

The Pattaya City Coastline

A holiday is not complete without enjoying the coastline of the Pattaya city. It is famous worldwide because of its spectacular beaches. You will notice that all beaches across this coastline are immaculately clean. There are many secluded places you can enjoy especially if you have a date. The quietness and cool sea breezes are something you may never want to forget. At night, there are many clubs and bars you can visit and enjoy music and dances. If you love parties, you have found a place you cannot resist.

Learn Water Sports

Would you like surfing? Imagine how thrilling it can be! Many folks desire to do kite surfing at the coastlines but do not know where to start. At Pattaya, you can learn and enjoy many water sports. There are many training facilities for you to choose. Because the trainers are professional, soon you will be having fun in the watersport of your choice.

Visit Museums

The rich craftsmanship of Pattaya people is reflected in the various exhibitions in the museums. The first museum you should visit is the Art in Paradise. Here, you will love over 100 3D art pieces which create optical illusion to make you believe you are part of the art. You can, therefore, rush your adrenaline as you run away from wild animals or huge surf waves. If you do not want to go out, here, you can let your imaginations out of your body.

Conclusion

Pattaya is known for many things. It was generally unknown until the 1970s when tourists started flocking its beaches. The vast sandy beaches are the main attractions to this Thailand city. You will come again for more experience once your vacation ends.