Attend a lunch-time Grieg concert at Troldhaugen, and the music – and love story between Edvard and his wife – will cast its spell.
Forget the map! Tallinn Old Town in Estonia is perfect for soaking up its 1,000 years of history by strolling aimlessly and letting your curiosity guide your feet.
Our heads spin dizzily on the Flam Railway, rated one of “the world’s most incredible train journeys,” as we take in postcard-worthy views of storybook houses, tumbling waterfalls and craggy mountains.
Gdansk, Poland, is not just shipyards and the birthplace of modern Europe’s anti-communist movement. Gdansk Old Town is a colorful medieval center – and very pretty!
On the historic waterfront, the Bergen Hotel Havnekontoret tempts travelers with a fab location, funky lobby bar (purple!), high-ceilinged rooms and complimentary meals.
Cobbled streets, medieval churches – even a royal palace. It’s all here in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. And walking Gamla Stan is one of the first things visitors do in Stockholm.
One day in Berlin isn’t enough. But if you only have a day, see the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and paintings on the Berlin Wall (especially “The Kiss”). We also traveled back through Germany’s turbulent times at the German Historical Museum.
The Nazis stole the priceless Amber Room at Catherine Palace. The room was recreated though — and it’s a marvel to see! The mystery of the original missing amber treasure is fascinating too.
Ah, romantic Venice! Every day is Valentine’s Day when it comes to our love for you. No matter the tourists, we never tire of your canals, gondoliers, palaces – and that magical light.
Queen Victoria loved it. So did Brahms. Germany’s fashionable spa town, Baden-Baden, was the summer capital of Europe. And it’s still beautiful (think luxury, classical music and elegant spas).
Beethoven was born in charming Bonn, Germany. You can visit his old house (see his pianos). But there are more things to do in Bonn too, like taking a short river cruise to Drachenberg Castle.
Tiny Trogir has no canals. Never mind. It’s still nicknamed “Little Venice.” If you visit Croatia, try to see the medieval fairy tale town of Trogir.
Gilded goblets, bejeweled swords and the world’s most exquisite green diamond (a whopping 41 carats). There’s serious bling to be eyeballed in the Green Vault!
For 43 years, Claude Monet painted Giverny’s soft light and scenes. I too was enchanted by Giverny on a Seine cruise. Now I’m hooked on river cruises.
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