Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany. After the fall of the wall in 1990, the main federal institutions settled there. A very important cultural and artistic city with 166 museums and 60 theaters. The Bradenburg Gate is the emblem of the city and represents the unification of two Germans. To see: the Historic Cathedral of Berlin (Berliner Dom); the garden on the Museum Island (Lustgarten); the Pergamon Museum (where the Babylon Gate is); the New Museum (with the famous bust of Nefertiti); the Unter den Linden (old splendid avenue with several historic buildings); the St. Hedwige Cathedral, the 368m television tower (Fernsehturm); the City Hall; the Police Officers Square; Bellevue Catle; among others.

Tips

The city is divided into 3 zones and the price of the public transport tickets changes according to the zones. There are 2 cards also valid for traveling 48 or 72 hours or 5 days but be careful, if you are going to spend just a long weekend, compare prices because buying 3 or 4 day tickets will cost you less than the card. There is also the Call a bike service which allows you to rent a bike to travel around the city but you must have a cell phone to use it. Do not miss to admire the more than 1300 meters of the old Berlin Wall, called the East Side Gallery. More than a hundred artists from more than 20 countries have left their works on it.

Tower of London, London, England

The Tower of London is a historic fortress located on the north bank of the River Thames in London, England. The tower is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets located east of the city of London in a space known as Tower Hill. Its construction began in 1066. at the time of the Norman Conquest of England. William the conqueror in 1078, had built the White Tower which gave its name to the castle. As early as 1100, it was used as a prison while he served as a royal residence and grand palace. There were several phases of expansion, but it was mainly formed by several buildings surrounded by two concentric defensive walls and a moat. The Tower served as an armory, a menagerie, a treasury, welcomed the Royal Mint, the archives and the British Crown jewels. 112 people were executed there over a period of 400 years at the north of the tower. During the two world wars the tower was used as a prison again and 12 more executions took place. The tower has been repaired after World War II and was reopened to the public, being classified in the world heritage of the UNESCO. The tower, which controlled traffic on the Thames consists of three walls. It is a place of essential interest for millions of tourists who visit the city.

Tips

If you buy the ticket on Internet, you will pay a little less than if you would do on the spot. It will be good for a week from the date of purchase. You will be also asked to make a contribution for repairs of the place and its maintenance as the site receives nothing from the authorities; it is an organization, Historic Royal Palaces Enterprises Ltd, that operates only with what they get with the visit of tourists and their donations. They deal also with other historical sites.
You can also rent audio-guides in different languages.
The site has 5 shops that offer different products and there are also cafes and restaurants to enjoy a full day.
There is a legend that says that the Kingdom will be over if ever the ravens residents leave the Tower of London; you can also admire them during your visit.

Cathedral of Seville, Andalusia, Spain

The Cathedral of Seville in Andalusia was built between 1402 and the XVIᵉ century. Gothic style, it has a bell tower, the Giralda, a former Moorish minaret of the great Almohad mosque that stood on the site of the present cathedral. This is one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the world and the largest in Spain (132 meters long and 83 meters wide). There are thirty side chapels and vaults of the central nave that arrives at 42 meters. It was built by reusing elements and columns of the ancient mosque. The interior is luxurious, with plenty of gold. The choir opens on the Main Chapel, dominated by the huge Gothic altarpiece consisting of 45 carved panels depicting scenes from the life of Christ, made by sculptor Pierre Dancart; this is the largest and richest altar painting in the world and one of the most sumptuous carved pieces of Gothic art. It contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus and also some kings of Castile. There is a monumental monstrance, the largest in the world. Among its riches, there are collections of paintings, statues and pieces of jewelry. Since 1987 it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Outside it has several doors, one of it leads tothe ‘Patio of Oranges’.

Tips

Check the calendar before your visit because it is prohibited when the cathedral is on duty. Access is paid but generally, there is the possibility of a guided audio tour (in Spanish or English only) for free on Monday afternoon (16h00-18h30 if there is no service) but under appointment.
You can take pictures but without flash.
The entry of any person who is under 18 may be made only if accompanied by an adult.