Vienna is the capital of Austria, with the population of almost 2 million citizens. Since its foundation in the III century, it has portrayed as a bridge between a thousand cultures. Vienna is an EU member state, situated on the Danube River, and not far from the Alps.
In 2010, Vienna was rated as the city with the highest quality of life in the world. It is no surprise, considering the fact that it hosts a vast amount of international organizations, together with its historical role in music and art. In Vienna, you can discover impressive cultural opportunities, like nowhere else, with its numerous concerts, exhibitions, art galleries, museums and parks!
Everyone can experience the mix of European cultures in Vienna, where the elegance of the Hapsburg Empire complements the modern diplomacy of the United Nations. Every visitor will surely appreciate its astonishing combination of cultural beauty and modern international political development.
Get acquainted with a local ritual and pay a visit to a neighbourhood coffeehouse. Delicious coffee, tasty national desert – Sacher cake – in combination with the spacious, yet gracious and welcoming interior decor, will melt your heart and feed your soul.
Between coffee breaks, visitors should explore Vienna’s Schonbrunn and Imperial Palaces. Another event you should not miss out on is, of course, a concert in the world-renowned Vienna State Opera House.
Loud and noisy Paris is the capital of France. This charming jewel attracts people from around the world as the centre of high-end art, fashion and food. Many see Paris as their dream destination. Disneyland, Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and Versailles are just some of the top attractions of this city. Every year Paris is visited by an average number of 18 million people who want to see it in person.
Paris has almost 2000 year history and as many old European capitals is an open air museum. It has started in 52BC at Ile de la Cite and was a home to a small Gallic tribe, the Parisii. The area has changed dramatically since then. Today Ile de la Cite is famous for the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (built from 1163 on the site of Saint Étienne church and old sacred pagan site from the Roman era) and Sainte-Chapelle (royal medieval Gothic chapel built for king Louis IX in 1239).
Today more and more modern business quaters appear in Paris city borders, making it not only a cultural capital, but also one of the leading economic centres in the world.
The town of Karlovy Vary is situated about 120 km from Prague in the western part of the Czech Republic where the rivers Teplá and Ohře (Eger) merge. This city is a world known health resort hosting the best spas in the world.
This town was founded by Charles IV in the XIV century. According to the legend, the emperor built the city after an accidental discovery of thermal springs. From the XVI century, this spa center was honoured with visits of many noble families and wealthy citizens. Due to a great number of natural disasters, only a few buildings have survived from those times. The golden Age of Karlovy Vary was in the XVIII and XIX centuries, and many local landmarks were built during that period.
Many tourists come to visit cultural and sporting events that the city hosts throughout the year. One of the most popular social events is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which attracts professionals and Hollywood stars as well as amateurs and movie fans. Furthermore, Karlovy Vary often hosts filming crews that shoot their best scenes on the city streets. Casino Royal, one of the James Bond movies, is a striking example.
On top of everything some of Karlovy Vary landmarks have gained international reputation and recognition: such as Becherovka, Moser and Thun.