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Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta (Via Regina, 2, 22016 Tremezzina, Tremezzo, CO, Italy) — this is a villa and botanical garden in Tremezzo on Lake Como in Northern Italy. The villa is today a museum, whose art collection includes works by Canova, Thorvaldsen, Migliara and Hayez, in addition to pieces of furniture from the time of the various […]

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Villa del Balbianello

Villa del Balbianello (Via Guido Monzino, 1, 22016 Tremezzina CO, Italy) – this is a villa in the comune of Lenno, Italy, overlooking Lake Como. It is located on the tip of the small wooded peninsula of Dosso d’Avedo on the western shore of the south-west branch of Lake Como, not far from the Isola […]

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Trauttmansdorff Castle

Trauttmansdorff Castle (Via Lungo Rio Nova, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy) – this castle contains a botanical garden nestled into a twelve-hectare amphitheater with an altitude differential of 100 meters. Trauttmansdorff offers spectacular views of exotic gardens and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and the spa resort town of Merano. Colorful plants from all around […]

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Residenzgalerie

Residenzgalerie (Residenzpl. 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria) — the Residenzgalerie is an art gallery in the Alte Residenz, Salzburg, Austria. Set within the lavish halls of the Salzburg Residence, this museum is among the highlights of a visit to a 16th-century palace. The gallery is home to the State of Salzburg’s painting collection and boasts an […]

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Old City

Old City (Bern, Switzerland) – this is the medieval city center of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. Built on a narrow hill surrounded on three sides by the river Aare, its compact layout has remained essentially unchanged since its construction during the twelfth to fifteenth century. Among other sites, there’s the Federal Palace (which houses […]

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Oberammergau Museum

Oberammergau Museum (Dorfstrasse 8, 82487 Oberammergau, Germany) – this is a typical tourist town museum with the usually eclectic collection of local art and historical objects. Once again, religious objects take pride of place. The Oberammergau Museum has a large collection of wood-carved items from the Gothic period to the present. Cribs (Christmas nativity scenes) […]

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle (Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany) — this is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the cliffside castle in 1868 (in honor of composer Richard Wagner), just two years after Austria and Bavaria were […]

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Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Museum der Moderne Salzburg (Rupertinum, Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 9, 5020 Salzburg) – this museum, located in the more historic section of Salzburg, offers ideal conditions for exhibitions of graphics and photographs. On Max-Reinhardt-Square the building opens into a courtyard typical for houses of Salzburg’s old town. In addition, this museum also houses a specialized library on 20th […]

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Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg

Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg (Mönchsberg 32, Salzburg, Austria) — located atop the Mönchsberg—or Monk’s Mountain—and accessed via an elevator at Gstättengasse in the old town, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg showcases an eclectic mix of visual arts housed in a modern glass-and-marble structure with incredible views of the historic quarter and fortress. Though works by […]

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Museo all’Aperto delle 5 Torri

Museo all’Aperto delle 5 Torri (Valparola Cortina d’Ampezzo Belluno 32043 Italy) — Like combining adventure and a love of history? Then the open-air Museo all’Aperto delle 5 Torri (a.k.a. Museo della Grande Guerra”) is for you. This specific area in the Giau Pass played a role in World War I. Learn more about Italy’s role […]