Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway is a volcanic formation located on the coast of Northern Ireland, 3 km north of the town of Bushmills. It is characterized by approximately 40,000 hexagonal columns constituted by the juxtaposition of prisms of cold lava. The whole, eroded by the sea, seems an old pavement with irregular paving that begins at the base of the cliff and disappears in the sea. The cliff has 28 meters. The site belongs to the National Trust which takes care of the maintenance but it has been declared a world heritage of the UNESCO. Various species of seabirds such as petrel, cormorant, guillemot, etc. can be observed.

Tips

You can get there by train from Belfast to Coleraine or Portrush (12-16 km respectively) and from there, take a bus service.

Another option to get there would be to take a car in Belfast and drive for 1h30.

You can also take a guided tour of a day with a tourist agency in the neighboring cities.

Bring sports shoes, comfortable and especially that hold well and do not slip on the rocks.

You can also go for a picnic, enjoy a nice walk or go cycling directly from the nearby towns.

If you are going to spend a few days in the area, you have a lot of interesting places to visit like the whiskey distillery in Bushmills. There are guided tours with tasting on site and you could even buy their products in their shop. There is also a restaurant.

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.