Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg is a large port city in northern Germany, connected to the North Sea by the river Elbe (located 110 km from its mouth). It is the second largest city in the country after Berlin and its port, very important, is equipped with more than 70 km of docks. The city is crossed by hundreds of canals and it has large parks. The old town (Alstadt) and the new town (Neustadt) are connected by the Jungfernstieg boulevard. The Alster River forms an artificial lake in the heart of the city with two basins; the Binnenalster with the Town Hall, the luxury hotels, the Jungfernstieg quays, the smartest shops and the banks; and the Aussenalster with its nautical bases and spaces to walk around. It is a very touristy city with a beautiful architecture, several theaters and museums and a district dedicated to the nightlife, Sankt Pauli. The Saint-Michel Baroque church (18th century) is well known thanks to its bell tower (the highest in Germany) with dials with a perimeter exceeding 24 meters; its 132-meter tower has a panoramic platform overlooking the harbor and the city.

Tips

It is a very easy city to travel by public transport; metro, bus, RER and there is a large network of bike paths and a bike rental system.

A great way to get to know the city is in a boat tour; public transport in the city includes shuttles on the river.

If you like walks, visit the Jenischpark with its 42 acres of forest and the Blankenese neighborhood known for its narrow alleys and stairs.

If you’re traveling with kids, go to the zoo or botanical garden.

St-Moritz, Grissons, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a municipality in the canton of Grissons. They speak German, Italian and Romansh (a Romance language, the fourth official language of the country). It is also one of the oldest winter sports resorts of the world, famous also for an average of 322 days of sunshine a year. It was the site of the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948. Renowned for its palaces, spas, casino and practice of polo on the frozen lake that have always attracted the ‘high society’. Chic, elegant and exclusive; its atmosphere is more cosmopolitan receiving tourism worldwide. Its ski areas range from 3000m to 3380m.

Tips

If you go for skiing, to access the 350 km of tracks, you can take the funicular that connects the town to Corviglia (2486m altitude) in only 10 minutes and from there take another cable car which will take you to the Piz Nair (3057m). You would also have a beautiful view of the peaks of the Bernina and the 25 lakes of the Upper Engadine.
If you prefer to go up to Piz Corvatsch (3303m), it is accessible by bus and then by cable car.
If you stay more than a day in the region, take advantage to take the Bernina Express, panoramic train from St. Moritz to Tirano, Italy. You will have breathtaking wiews. The highest peak of the tracks is 4000m on the Eastern Alps and finishes at 429m altitude in Tirano. The way takes 4 hours starting from a region to the Alpine climate to reach the Mediterranean climate.
If you like shopping, you are in the right place. You’ll find all the top brands.

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Erbonne, San Fedele Intelvi, Como, Italy

Erbonne is a part of the comune of San Fedele Intelvi, in the province of Como. The village is located at 940 meters above sea level and is located on the left side of Breggia River, on the highest portion of the Breggia, which in Switzerland it’s called the Valle di Muggio. It consists of 52 buildings and a few other farmhouses, other buildings housing use to protect animals in winter and typical stone houses of the Alpe: Squadrina Erada, Ca’s Monda, Genzago ‘s, Pesciò ‘s and Orimento ‘s, are all enclosed in the Valley. From Erbonne it’s easy to access to Switzerland on foot or by mountain bike over a bridge, which leads to Scudellate, village which is about 1 kilometer far. The nearest Italian country is Casasco d’Intelvi (6 miles by road). In Erbonne area and more exactly in the cave Generosa (known as bear’s Cave for the discovery of remains of the extinct cave bear dating back to 40,000 years ago) have been found pieces attributed to Neanderthals dating between 50 and 60,000 years ago. You can visit the small Museum of the Guardia di Finanza and smuggling which is located in the tiny barracks outside the town on old route which communicates with the Swiss settlement Scudellate. You can’t enter to the Museum physically, cause of its small size, but through small windows items can be observed from outside from the time when smuggling was a livelihood for local people. In August 2012, there were only 9 inhabitants.

Tips

The only way to get there is by car or mountain bike but you can’t enter the village, you’ll have to park your car at the entrance of the village and go to 500 meters walk.

It is advisable to bring sports shoes to avoid slipping on the stone or on the lawn because if you want to go to the bridge that communicates with Switzerland you have to do it coming down the mountain on the lawn, in full nature.

It is advisable to make the visit during the day because the road is very winding and in some places is difficult to pass if you find yourself with a car in the opposite direction. The use of the horn is strongly recommended.

Bring a sweater because the temperature will be cooler in the mountains.

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