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Linda Mullally: Legendary Danube winds through European history

Linda Mullally: Legendary Danube winds through European history | European Travel | Scoop.it
Icould not imagine signing up for a "if its Thursday, this must be Prague" type of European vacation by train, plane, bus or automobile.

 

This is a very well-written blog post on a couple going on a Danube river cruise. As a traveler who enjoyed seeing the Danube in 4-5 places in Europe, this is a dream of mine. The Danube River is in southern/central Europe. Most notably it goes through Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

 

The tour was highlighted by exploring those cities. The accomodations were a 150-guest floating boutique hotel. It was like a mini-cruise, but much more intimate and cultural. She speaks of her experiences in a very detailed and organized way. If you're thinking about visiting some of these places, she has some great ideas!

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Brits head to Turkey as tourism booms

Brits head to Turkey as tourism booms | European Travel | Scoop.it
Ranked the sixth most visited country in the world by the UN World Tourism Organisation, Turkey Holidays are becoming increasingly popular with worldwide travellers.

 

Even though Turkey is mostly in Asia, a decent portion belongs to Europe, and this article is about Europeans traveling to it. I think a lot of people would be very surprised to learn that Turkey is the 6th most visited country in the world. This article discusses how it has exploded in popularity with European tourists, especially Brits. 

 

The reasons why it's so popular: white sand beaches, affordable (compared to Paris, Rome, and the like), and beautiful architecture. Istanbul is a huge city with a very Western population and feel. It's large enough to have a beautiful countryside with famous Turkish baths and ancient ruins. In short, it has enough activities and sights for a long time. Consider visiting it when you travel to Europe. This article made me want to visit!

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Top 5 iconic Italian attractions you must see

Top 5 iconic Italian attractions you must see | European Travel | Scoop.it

There can be a lot of discussion about the top 5 attractions in Italy. The only thing people would probably agree about is that it's nearly impossible to have a definitive top 5. The top 5 he has is

 

1. Leaning Tower of Pisa

2. The Last Supper

3. Milan Cathedral

4. Amalfi Coast

5. Basilica of St Peter

 

I've been to the Leaning Tower and Basilica and they were incredible. The path up to the top was treacherous (and hot, it was about 90 that day in Rome). But it was definitely worth it. When you go to Italy, it's hard to go places without seeing at least one of these. Keep them in mind!

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Oslo Guide – Review of the Oslo Pass

Oslo Guide – Review of the Oslo Pass | European Travel | Scoop.it
If you are visiting Oslo, the most expensive city in the world, then you will want to use our Oslo Guide to help you explore the city with an Oslo Pass.

 

There hasn't been very many mentions of Norway in this Scoop.it. I may know why. The first sentence in this blog post from Four Jandals talks about how daunting it is to travel in the world's most expensive city. 

 

The author really stresses the Oslo Pass, which can get you into over 30 musuems, free public transport, and other little goodies. It's only $87, and the savings are worth at least $64. Sounds like saving money is very important if you don't want to run out of money very quickly in Norway! A few of the suggested attractions look absolutely amazing For example, there's a huge ski jump overlooking Oslo with the world's oldest skiing musuem. Of course, what's visiting a Scandinavian country without a Viking musuem. 

 

However, he ends it by talking about the Oslo Pass. If you're thinking about going to Oslo, read this to learn more!

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Europe Travel: Plenty to see and do on a limited budget in Amsterdam

Europe Travel: Plenty to see and do on a limited budget in Amsterdam | European Travel | Scoop.it
Stop and smell the tulips, visit the Van Gogh museum and historic cathedrals, rent a bike, or sign up for the Heineken Experience.

 

There have been plenty of highlights of certain cities on this Scoop.it, but it's exactly the type of thing that I want to share to prospective visitors. This one focuses on the oft-criticized Amsterdam, Netherlands. The first couple paragraphs discuss the how he takes a trip on the Floating Dutchman, which is amphibious. Also, he notes that the presence of bikes is mind-boggling.

 

The author presents many points of interest, relating to food, drinks, art, flowers, religion and of course, Anne Frank house. He gives a few words to the wise on how to best approach it. 

 

I had a chance to go to Amsterdam this summer. However, I chose Berlin instead. I really wish I could've had another weekend to enjoy what Amsterdam has to offer. Maybe you can too! Read this to see if you may be interested in learning even more.

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Belgium: small country, big travel experience

Belgium: small country, big travel experience | European Travel | Scoop.it
Belgium usually garners one day on whirlwind European tours (“If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium”), but you could spend two weeks and not be bored.

 

This is a very charming article about the great parts of Belgium to visit as a tourist. High in imagery and detail, I really wasn't interested in going. I've heard that Brussels can be sketchy sometimes (although the author said Belgium has low crime) and I didn't hear much else. But this article paints a picture of beautiful and historic cities with plenty to see. 

 

The details of the food in the little shops on the street left me really wanting to go there. And I thought it was neat that there are about 178 different breweries and they serve their beer in their own special classes. Talk about cool collector's items!

 

The author notes that we should check out Belgium if we've already been to France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. This Scoop.it is all about exploring the different ways to travel around Europe. Thus, check out Belgium... you may be inspired by this article

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Skiing in Europe: train vs plane - Telegraph

Skiing in Europe: train vs plane - Telegraph | European Travel | Scoop.it
A new service to Switzerland, and some competitive pricing from tour operators is making rail travel a more attractive option for skiers this season, says Nick Trend.

 

This is a long article, but has some great information and logistical information about skiing in the Alps. The premise of the article is that many travelers are using rail travel to get to the Alps instead of air. Some of the reasons include stress, loss of time, and cost. It's quite interesting how rail travel to the skiing Alps seem so easy, according to this article. I would think it'd be more difficult to get trains through all of the Alps.

 

It's from an England newspaper, so all of the directions are from the London rail station. It's very useful because it has dates, directions, times, and other words of wisdom for traveling to France, Switzerland , Austria, and Italy.

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Linda Mullally: Legendary Danube winds through European history

Linda Mullally: Legendary Danube winds through European history | European Travel | Scoop.it
Icould not imagine signing up for a "if its Thursday, this must be Prague" type of European vacation by train, plane, bus or automobile.

 

This is a very well-written blog post on a couple going on a Danube river cruise. As a traveler who enjoyed seeing the Danube in 4-5 places in Europe, this is a dream of mine. The Danube River is in southern/central Europe. Most notably it goes through Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

 

The tour was highlighted by exploring those cities. The accomodations were a 150-guest floating boutique hotel. It was like a mini-cruise, but much more intimate and cultural. She speaks of her experiences in a very detailed and organized way. If you're thinking about visiting some of these places, she has some great ideas!

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Tourism bosses turn sights to America and mainland Europe

Tourism bosses turn sights to America and mainland Europe | European Travel | Scoop.it
NORTH AMERICA and mainland Europe hold the key to promoting tourist numbers next year.

 

Tourism Ireland is trying to make moves with their tourism numbers in 2013. They want to increase visitor numbers by 5 percent, which will apparently contribute 3.7 billion euros to the economy. They are really pushing hard on America and the areas in Europe where the recession hasn't hit bad. If they can get 20% increase in airline capacity, then it'd be huge for tourism growth.

 

It was interesting that they had a lack of visitors from their next-door neighbors, England. They cite a flat economy and weak consumer confidence as the reason why it has let them down.

 

This is a short article but discusses what Tourism Ireland is doing to increase their tourism.

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Top 7 Most Magnificent Opera Houses in Europe | .TR

Top 7 Most Magnificent Opera Houses in Europe | .TR | European Travel | Scoop.it
Fans of classical music, Opera and European architecture should seriously consider visiting at least a few of Europe's most prestigious Opera houses.

 

This is a post about 7 opera houses in Europe that are worth going to. Each of the 7 have a quick little rundown of each and some notable facts about them. They are from a divert set of European locales, such as:

 

1.London

2.Naples

3.Versailles

4.Milan

5.Moscow

6.Vienna

7.Paris

 

They are some of the most artsy cities in Europe, so it is only right that they have the most magnificent opera houses in Europe.

 

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Brussels: The would-be capital of Europe

Brussels: The would-be capital of Europe | European Travel | Scoop.it
Last October, the Nobel Peace Prize was given to 500 million people who have, for the last 65 years, made a conscious decision to live together in peace and harmony: the European Union (EU).

 

This is an extremely well-written review and brief history of Brussels, Belgium. It is by oft-cited Rick Steves. He discusses the Nobel Peace Prize and the EU headquarters, which is located in the EU. His major point is that having the EU HQ in Brussels has made Brussels a completely different city (one that has practically made the city's language all English) and there are tons of sights to behold.

 

Towards the end of the article, he has the IF YOU VISIT section for Brussels. It's the quick and dirty travel guide. He has sections on Sleeping, Eating, and Getting There (as in the European Parliament)

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Zipping round town – how to use European underground train systems

Zipping round town – how to use European underground train systems | European Travel | Scoop.it
Hi Frugalistas! One of my key tips is to do lots of walking to get about town when traveling.  But, there are times when I do need to use some form of transportation.  Rather than expensive taxis, ...


This article has some great advice about using train systems in cities while traveling. The main draw to it is its price. It's usually only a few dollars to zip around town for the day on the train. Much cheaper than a taxi. A lot of people (me included) prefer the trains because it gives a more realistic feel to the city and it's just something that's hard to come by in the States, except for huge cities. I also like being able to figure out the maps and plan our routes.


The author goes through 6 steps to successfully travel via train. They are:

  1. Planning - guidebooks, whether you need a card, finding a map,etc.
  2. Buying your ticket - in person or machine?
  3. Using the ticket - putting it through the machine, giving it to a person, scanning it on the way out
  4. Inside the station - use the platform maps and signs to make sure you're going on the right train
  5. On the train - follow along on the maps on the wall of the car. Some are interactive, some you have to pick up based on where you are.
  6. Leaving the station - easiest part, find an exit sign

With these tips in mind, navigating a foreign city via train will be no problem!

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Seeing Eastern Europe on a budget

Seeing Eastern Europe on a budget | European Travel | Scoop.it

This blog post highlights 3 different Eastern European locations that shouldn't be forgotten when touring around Europe. Eastern Europe has generally been ignored by tourists since the Iron Curtain fell just 20 years ago and it's been a pretty slow recovery ever since.


Now, there are very good options in the east part of Europe. The three main highlights of the post include Bosnia and Herzevogina, Estonia, and Slovenia. While I've scooped articles about Slovenia before, the first two are new. The author comments on the low-cost parts. The most intriguing part to me is in Estonia, where there are white sand beaches in one area during the summer and incredible cross-country skiing getaways in the winter.


If you're looking for a little variety in Eastern Europe, read this!

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Northern Ireland's tourism wants Chinese golfers Northern Ireland promotes golf tourism to Chinese ...

Northern Ireland's tourism wants Chinese golfers Northern Ireland promotes golf tourism to Chinese ... | European Travel | Scoop.it

Northern Ireland's political leaders have taken to the fairways on the last round of their business mission to China.

It's clear that China is an emerging market, especially for tourism around the world. Many believe that the most populous country in the world has a quickly growing population of tourists with higher disposable incomes.


Enter Northern Ireland political leaders... They visited the UBS Hong Kong Open to promote Northern Ireland as a golfer's destination. Northern Ireland brings in a significant amount of tourism revenue from golf; leaders thought actively promoting it may boost visitors. 


Normally, golfing is not thought about when traveling in Europe. North America has such classic courses that it's not really necessary to go overseas (even though it'd be an amazing experience). Northern Ireland is really trying to change that, and it has shown with their commitment to the Asian market.

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Rick Steves: Europe's best Christmas traditions

Rick Steves: Europe's best Christmas traditions | European Travel | Scoop.it
Holiday decorations in Europe are a celebration of each culture's history, tradition, and ancestry.

 

In the spirit of the holiday season, Rick Steves has written a post about the different ways European countries celebrate Christmas. He speaks of the Ancient Romans and their celebration of a pagan holiday "Saturnalia" on December 25. Modern-day Rome celebrates with vibrant and elaborate Nativity scenes. There is also a 100+ foot Christmas tree in the Vatican.

 

It's very interesting that the tradition in Germany and Austria is to unveil the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, much to the delight of the children. Steves also talks about the different traditions in France and Switzerland. It's always neat to learn about how different cultures celebrate their holidays! Maybe one year you will find yourself traveling during the holidays and get to see these in person.

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Strong franc hurts Swiss tourism Swiss tourism continues to struggle - eTurboNews.com

Strong franc hurts Swiss tourism Swiss tourism continues to struggle - eTurboNews.com | European Travel | Scoop.it
The Swiss tourism sector was again badly hit in summer largely due to the strong Swiss franc. New figures show half a million fewer hotel overnight ...

 

We've seen that the Euro crisis has hit every part of the globe over the past few years. Switzerland's tourism has noticed a drop in European visitors. It fell by about 499,000 fewer overnight stays since the Swiss Franc was unusually stronger than the Euro. The article says that May was one of the best months of the season. That is the month I was in Switzerland for 2 days, and the franc is even worse compared to US Dollars (obviously). It cost about $35 for a burger, fries, and Coke. 

 

They also speculate that tourism may be down for a few more years to come, unfortunately. One bright spot is that Chinese tourists have gone up significantly and they forecast this trend to continue.

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East European Air Cutbacks on State Austerity Hurt Travel

East European Air Cutbacks on State Austerity Hurt Travel | European Travel | Scoop.it
For Prague-based public relations consultant Joe Cook, just finding a flight may prove to be the toughest part of a business trip to Bulgaria later this month.

 

The Eastern European airline industry is under extreme distress. This article highlights some of their serious woes as they try to salvage the industry. With costs overrunning most airlines, many airlines have been shut down or reduced their flights, hubs, and employees. This has led to a shortage of flights in the Eastern European area. A shortage of flights means limited and expensive options, which takes a toll on business all around.

 

The article is abound with executives at airlines being extremely worried and pessimistic about the industry's solvency at the moment. Some are pulling away, some are asking for more loans to stay feasible, and the end result is a massive loss of money, resources, and jobs. It's a very interesting business problem, and the article goes quite in depth with possible remedies. A great read about business travel in Europe!

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Norwegian Cruise Line launches Europe Cruisetours

Another Yahoo article that doesn't sync with Scoop.it

 

http://news.yahoo.com/norwegian-cruise-line-launches-europe-cruisetours-190049053.html

 

The article is a description of some of the new offerings by Norwegian Cruise Line, which is the highest rated cruise line for the past five years (given by World Travel Awards). It mainly highlights cruises that visit Italy. It only makes sense since it is a peninsula with so many great cities along the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.

 

I've always been a huge fan of cruises, and it's high up on my vacation list to go on a cruise in the Mediterranean. With so many offerings, it's hard to not find a trip that would suit anyone's desires. There are options from 5 days to 14 days, depending on your preferences.

 

These are tours on very big ships, so be forewarned if you wanted a more intimate experience like I've written about before. 

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Parks Beyond Borders: Austrian National Park May Add To Europe’s Growing Wilderness System | National Parks Traveler

Parks Beyond Borders: Austrian National Park May Add To Europe’s Growing Wilderness System | National Parks Traveler | European Travel | Scoop.it
Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, the largest park preserve in the Alps, is close to designating a parcel around the Grossvenediger peaks as the country’s first wilderness area—part of an emerging European system of wild areas spearheaded by...

 

This is an article not directly about tourism, but the National Parks in Europe are known as very popular with hikers and other visitors. These types of places aren't typically known as European getaways, but there is progress being made on these National Parks of Europe.

 

The PAN Park Foundation lobbies for areas of Europe to be designated as protected wildnerness for all to enjoy, especially nature's processes. There are 11 Parks in 13 countries. This article highlights the Hohe Tauern in Austria as one of the newest PAN Parks. It has incredible views and wildlife, perfect for adventurers. Also, it'd be quite easy to make this a destination when going skiing in the Alps. 

 

Read this if you're interested in seeing what European wildnerness has to offer!

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Europe's must-see new blockbuster art events

Europe's must-see new blockbuster art events | European Travel | Scoop.it
Culture vultures rejoice: The Continent has an embarrassment of riches for the wandering aesthete...

 

From CNN's Travel section, this is a great list of the some of the hottest art events in Europe in the coming year (or currently!)

 

The locations that are featured are:

 

1. Madrid

2. Amsterdam

3. Stockholm

4. Paris

5. London

6. Copenhagen

7. Liverpool

 

The beginning of the article says that these art exhibits won't be just your standard art fare at the museum. The exhibits are extremely interesting, such as "Frida Kahl & Her World" and a very interesting sculpture collection in Madrid. Art may not be my thing, but many tourists go to Europe to see the wonderful art.

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Is Croatia set for a tourism boom from South Korea?

Is Croatia set for a tourism boom from South Korea? | European Travel | Scoop.it
Television and pop culture are innovative ways of promoting a country's tourism. Has Croatia struck gold in South Korea?

 

Extremely interesting trend from Croatia's tourism sector... They have seen a bump in visits from young South Korean girls. It's not coincidence (as I hope it wouldn't be). Apparently, a popular Koren producer made a thing called "The Romantic" in Zagreb, Croatia. These South Korean girls have flocked the capital to see whatever is popular right now.

 

It's not only worth going for Koreans though. Croatia is a wonderful, inexpensive country on the Adriatic Sea. Furthermore, they are being accepted into the EU as of July 1, 2013. I've read elsewhere that this means the tourism tax (i.e. hotel and accomodation taxes) get lowered from 25% to 10%. Croatia's tourism is 20% of their economy.

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Magnificent: 7 stunning European ski lodges

Magnificent: 7 stunning European ski lodges | European Travel | Scoop.it
Euro prince or backpacking pauper, there are amazing winter sports destinations to fit all budgets this season...

 

While I just highlighted the 7 most magnificent opera houses, this deals with a much more sporty type of "house"...namely, ski lodges. Now that it's winter time, the European skiing scene will pick up. Luckily, this isn't just for the luxury skiing traveler. Some of these accomodations are for budget travelers (<$100 per night), but they all look like they have stunning views of the Alps. They are mostly in France, Austria, and Switzerland...no surprise there.

 

Each of the ski lodges has a breathtaking picture, along with detailed specificatons, description, and a way to contact the owners to get yourself on the way to a European winter getaway.

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Hostnews || - Tourism in Europe defies numerous crises

Hostnews || - Tourism in Europe defies numerous crises | European Travel | Scoop.it

More news from the tourism industry in Europe. ITB World Travel Trends report forecasts a rise in BOTH trips to and from Europe. The most noticeable omission was from Spain and Italy, which outbound trips dropped due the economic uncertainty. This, however, is paired with the fact that inbound tourism grew in those two countries. There was a significant increase in city visits (+14%) but beach trips were down a few percent over the past year.

 

Furthermore, I think a trend of traveling to Europe (especially from Americas and Asia/Pacific) will be shorter trips since the travel is becoming cheaper and more accessible for more people. There was a big rise in short, long-haul trips, meaning this trend is indeed happening.

 

Check out this article for some very interesting travel trends within Europe!

 

 

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The European rail route is helping others travel - Entertainment - DNA

The European rail route is helping others travel - Entertainment - DNA | European Travel | Scoop.it
With Indians increasingly opting for global travel and several of them choosing to view the scenic European countryside through a train window rather than an airplane.

 

This article is about the prevalence of Indians using the European train system to get around Europe. On the whole, Indians prefer to go along the countryside in a traincar instead of above in a plane. Indian travelers to Europe have steadily increased and they really enjoy traveling by European rail. 

 

The convenience of traveling by rail is not only taken advantaged by Indian tourists, however. People go to Europe and are thrilled to be able to use the rail system. Many places (notably the US) don't have a great passenger rail system. In Europe, it's extremely affordable and convenient, which has bolstered the popularity of it to tourists.

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5 Tips For European Travel On A Budget | Bankrate.com

European travel is rarely cheap. From low-cost lodging to destination deals, these hints will help you keep vacation costs down.


Traveling in Europe for cheap will always be a major theme for travelers all around. Not only is it expensive to fly there (article has some good tips to lower it), but it's more expensive there (check alternatives that might be cheaper, says the article). There's been a decent amount of posts that reflect how to do Europe cheaper...that said, this one is the longest, most thorough, and most well-done out of all of them. 


The author goes through a variety of ways to save money. Some of my favorite tips include not renting a car, taking trains if you're traveling, and checking out hostels (forget the scary movies). It's six pages of great reading. If you even take just a few of these tips, hundreds of dollars will stay in your pocket.

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Russian trains for Europe night travel

Russian trains for Europe night travel | European Travel | Scoop.it
A Russian railway company is planning to launch hotel-trains in Europe. At a time when Europeans rely on high-speed trains, Russians offer night trains where passengers can comfortably sleep.


Russia is not often cited on this Scoop.it, but they're making moves in the passenger rail industry. They want to introduce night trains, so instead of late night/redeye flights around Europe, this would be a longer trip with a comfortable sleeper car. Russian officials believe that this has been lost over the years and they want to revivie it.


Besides this move, they want to renovate their current train fleet with new trains in the next two years. One of the interesting parts of the article is that Russian railroads are wider than the European standard. Due to this, they are ordering changeable width trains from Spain. Previously, it took hours to change the width of the train. I imagine that making this transition nearly painless will greatly increase the efficiency of international journeys.

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