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.

Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Fête des Neiges de Montréal is an event that takes place every year over several weekends. This time, it will be done at Espace 67, the new field for events at Parc Jean Drapeau, from January, 18th to February, 9th. There are a lot of winter activities there: slides, dog sleds, skating, ice sculptures and shows, among others. There is a gourmet space with several restaurateurs but you can also bring your lunch and have it at the chalet in the space reserved for that.

Tips

The best way to get there is by metro and get off at Jean-Drapeau station. If you prefer to go by car, you have to pay for the parking.
Purchasing your pass will give you unlimited access for the duration of the event. Children 2 and under do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a little bit cheaper family package for 4 people (2 adults-2 children).
You can bring your skates, your utility sledge or your snowshoes or simply rent them on site.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 

 

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.
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