October, 2018

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Freiburg Im Breisgau – Enjoy The Medieval City In All Its Glory

My friends told me that I should not miss the city of Freiburg Im Breisgau on my family trip to Germany. Like you, I too did not hear the name of the city at all. I researched and found that it had many attractions. So, I took a chance to go to Freiburg Im Breisgau on my Germany visit and I was happy I took that decision.

The sights and sounds that you should never miss at Freiburg Im Breisgau are:

  • Freiburg Münster

This is the first landmark you should check out once you land in the city. It is an old cathedral that was completed in over 300 years. It is a 116-meter tower and an architectural marvel. The tower was once considered to be the highest in the world. If you are a fan of artistry, then the stone figures and the facades of the building is sure to attract you.

  • Schlossberg

This is known as the Castle Mountain and offers a breathtaking view of the old city of Freiburg. Both locals and tourists love to get on top of the castle tower to get a 360-degree panoramic view of the Freiburg town. It is highly picturesque and I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in this place with my family.

  • Rathäuser

This is the location where the Old Town Hall and the New Town Hal of Freiburg are located. The old hall has a Renaissance style to it and is located on the north side. The New town hall is next to it and is a modern building. The new town hall is made by joining two Renaissance burgher houses that are joined together by a walkway.

  • Augustiner Museum

This museum was earlier an Augustinian monastery. It is now converted to an attractive art gallery that hosts the arts of the middle ages to the Baroque. The museum has arts of all the leading German Renaissance art masters.

Ottawa – A Lively Tourist Destination

Ottawa is the capital of Canada and lies on the southern shore of the Ottawa River. It is the 4th largest city in Canada and also a popular tourist destination with numerous historic places and heritage sites.  My trip to Ottawa was extended by several days because there was so much to see and experience.  Some of the best spots in the city are noted below:

  • Canadian War Museum

Located at Vimy Place the Canadian War Museum is popularly known as “the national museum of Canadian military history”. The main exhibits include armored vehicles, weapons, medals, artillery, and aircraft. The place displays war artifacts that are hundreds of years old. The museum offers lots of information and relics associated with the First and the Second World Wars.

  • National Gallery of Canada

Located at Sussex Drive, the National Gallery of Canada is a place you must definitely visit if you are an art lover. It is popularly known as the premier art gallery in Canada. Here you can see a vast collection of drawings, paintings, sculpture, native art, and photographs. It took me almost an entire day to tour the whole place. There were volunteers who assisted me in learning lots of interesting facts about the famous displays. The place also has a beautiful gift shop.

  • Rideau Hall

My visit to Rideau Hall was unplanned but the place was surprisingly enchanting. Located at a distance of 2.7 km from the National Gallery of Canada, the place attracts thousands of visitors. Besides seeing the Official Residence of the Canadian monarch, people come to walk around the beautifully decorated gardens that surround the entire property. It is a perfect destination for sightseeing and I have never seen such beautiful landscapes anywhere else. The meandering pathways, groves of flowering trees, and broad lawns can keep you occupied for hours.

Montreal – The Cultural Capital Of Canada

Located at the heart of the Island of Montreal, the city is a part of the Quebec province in Canada. The place derived its name from the famous hill of Mount Royal. The city enjoys a continental climate and has many cultural attractions that draw thousands of local tourists to this historic city. The place also has many museums, parks, and recreational centers. We also enjoyed some great city tours that covered most of the top attractions. Some of the memorable places in the city are as follows:

 

  • Notre-Dame Basilica

Located at 110 Notre-Dame Street, the cathedral of Notre-Dame Basilica is the oldest church in Montreal. It was built in the year 1956 and is valued as one of the most beautiful religious sites. The structure of the cathedral is a fine example of Gothic Revival architecture. The interiors are intricately decorated with stained glass art and wooden carvings. The unique feature of the interior design is that the images depict Montreal’s religious history.

  • Mount Royal Park

Opened in the year 1876, the Mount Royal Park is one of the oldest parks in the country. The large park houses a wide range of trees, plants, and shrubs. It is a beautiful getaway that separates this part of the city from the noisy urban life. Mountain hiking is the popular tourist activity in this area. The views from the hilltop are quite picturesque. It is an ideal place for a day-long picnicking.

  • Montreal Tower Observatory

The Montreal Tower Observatory is built on the world’s tallest inclined tower located in Olympic Park. The panoramic views from the observatory are quite striking. Besides enjoying the views, we took entry tickets to tour the Botanical Garden located in the park. The thematic garden offers an amazing display of rare plants and flowering trees. The place is a ‘must visit’ destination if you happen to be in Montreal.  This observatory was recommended by my friend Brandon, who runs Southern Star Roofing, is a big fan of science and has visited a number of amazing planetariums & observatories.  He said this is one of the most amazing he has experienced to date.