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Sights in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark which is said to be one of the world’s happiest countries. It has great museums, castles, an observatory, a zoo, a world-renowned theme park, and other interesting attractions.

  • Christiansborg Slot—a compound that was used as the royal residence from 1441 until a fire in 1795 and is now where the queen receives guests as well as the home of the parliament and the prime minister’s office; Slotsholmen
  • Amalienborg—four identical rococo buildings that have been home to Danish royalty since 1784 and is the queen’s winter residence and is also where some of the Royal Collection is housed; Christian VIII Palace, Amalienborg Place, Frederiksstaden
  • Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have)—a 25-acre garden with trees, flowers, ponds, sculptures, and a 19th century Palm House of tropical and subtropical plants along with an observatory and a geology museum; Oster Farimagsgade 2B
  • Frihedsmuseet (Resistance Museum)—a museum with moving displays that commemorate the Danish resistance movement during WWII that saved 7,000 Jews from the Nazis; Churchillparken
  • Kongelige Bibliotek (Royal Library)—a grand building with more than 2 million books including stories of Viking journeys to America and Greenland and original manuscripts by Hans Christian Andersen and Isak Dinesen as well as the new Black Diamond addition which has temporary history exhibits featuring books, manuscripts, and artifacts from the library and the National Museum of Photography which contains temporary exhibitions; Soren Kierkegaards Place I
  • Museum of Decorative Art (Kunstindustrimuseet)—a beautiful building which is home to European and Asian crafts as well as ceramics, silverware, tapestries, and special exhibits focusing on contemporary design; Bredgade 68
  • Nationalmuseet (National Museum)—one of the best national museums in Europe set within an 18th century royal residence that includes permanent exhibits focusing on Danish cultural history from prehistoric to modern times with a significant collection of Stone age tools; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities; and an exhibit on Viking times; Fredericksholms Kanal 12
  • NY Carlsberg Glyptotek—an important museum in Copenhagen with antiquities and Impressionist masterpieces set amidst an indoor garden along with Egyptian and Greek pieces and Europe’s finest collection of Roman portraits; Dantes Place 7
  • Rosenborg Slot—a castle that has ballrooms, hall, and reception chambers and thousands of objects to admire including beer glasses, gilded clocks, golden swords, family portraits, and more; Oster Voldgade 4A
  • Tivoli—Copenhagen’s best-known attraction that attracts four million people from mid-April to mid-September with rides, a pantomime theater, open-air stage, 38 restaurants, and frequent concerts; Vesterbrogade 3
  • Arbejdermuseet (Workers’ Museum)—a museum that depicts the lives of the working class from 1870 to the present with life-size re-creations of city streets, apartments, and rotating exhibits on Danish and international social issues and includes a 19th century style café and beer hall and a 1950s style coffee shop; Romersgade 22
  • Dansk Arkitektur Center (Danish Architecture Center)—an architectural center that is located within a wharf-side warehouse built in 1880 that has rotating exhibitions that cover trends and trendsetters in architecture and architectural design; Strandgade 27B, Christianshavn
  • Dansk Jodisk Museum (Danish Jewish Museum)—located within a wing of the Royal Library, this museum has objects that are of interest to both Jewish and non-Jewish visitors such as paintings, prints, jewelry, scrapbooks, and films as well as extensively covering the Danish resistance movement during WWII that helped bring nearly all of Denmark’s 7,000 Jews safely to Sweden; Proviantpassegen 6, Centrum
  • Kastellet—an active military fortification within Churchill Park that has walking paths, grazing sheep, and greenery; Kastellet 68, Osterbro
  • Kobenhavns Bymuseum (Copenhagen City Museum)—an 18th century building that has a collection depicting Copenhagen’s history with a well-kept model of 16th century Copenhagen in front of the building; Vesterbrogade 59, Vesterbro
  • Nikolaj Kirke—the former Nicholas Church named after the patron saint of seafarers that was originally built in the 13th century and was destroyed in a fire in 1795 with the current structure finished in 1914; it is now a contemporary art gallery; Nikolaj Place 10, Centrum
  • Rundetarn (Round Tower)—a tower that provides a panoramic view of the winding streets and crooked roofs of Copenhagen and was built as an observatory in 1642 by Christian IV and is still maintained for that purpose; the site also includes an art gallery with rotating exhibits, an observatory, and a telescope; Kobmagergade 52A, Centrum
  • Statens Museum for Kunst—an art museum with paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, El Greco, and Fragonard, antique and 20th century Danish art, and a modern art collection with works by Henri Matisse, Edvard Munch, Henri Laurens, and Georges Braque as well as a children’s museum with shows for different age groups; Solvgade 48-50, Frederiksstaden
  • Tojhusmuseet (Royal Danish Arsenal Museum)—a Renaissance structure built by King Christian IV that has displays of uniforms, weapons, and armor in a 600-foot-long arched hall; Tojhusg 3, Centrum
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Shopping in Brussels

Brussels has markets, beautiful shopping arcades, plenty of chocolate shops, and interesting clothing stores. They seem like they would be worth checking out for sure.

  • Place du Chatelain Market—a food market with cheese, charcuterie, fruits, vegetables, seasonal foods, and more to delight foodies
  • Gabriele—a vintage clothing store that exclusively sells original clothing from the 1920s to the 1980s; Rue des Chartreux 27
  • Pierre Marcolini—a high-end chocolatier and baked goods store with rare chocolate beans, teas, and pralines; Rue des Minimes 1
  • Kure—sells affordable clothing, ceramics, scented candles, and local sweets; Avenue Louise 78
  • Stijl—a top department store with current and classic fashion designers for men and women; Rue Antoine Dansaert 74
  • Mary Chocolatier—a fine chocolate store with beautifully packaged chocolates; 73 Royalstreet
  • Planete Chocolat—an artisanal chocolate factory that sells chocolates made from cocoa butter in unique flavors; Rue du Lombard 24
  • Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert—the first covered European shopping arcade that has cafes, theaters, and high-end stores; Galerie du Roi 5
  • Maison Dandoy-Grand Place—a chocolatier who makes fresh biscuits that have rich flavors; Rue au Beurre 31
  • De Biertempel—a beer shop with a great selection of beers; Rue du Marche aux Herbes 56
  • Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market—a crowded flea market with great bargains; Place du Jeu-de-Balle
  • Belge une fois—a concept store that sells creations by a designers’ collective such as accessories, light fixtures, postcards, concrete cacti holders, and large photography prints; Rue Haute 9
  • ICON—an upscale clothing store with clothing by Belgian designers such as Valentine Witmeur Lab, Filles a Papa, and Wehve; Place du Nouveau Marche aux Grains 5
  • Jinzu—a houseware store with handmade Spanish textiles made from recycled cotton including rugs, cushions, and poufs as well as rattan furniture, rocking chairs, and cots; Rue Blaes 122
  • Lulu—a concept store that was once a garage that sells ceramic cacti holders, handmade Italian sunglasses, and Scandinavian furniture; Rue du Page 101
  • Rose—a houseware emporium with everything from pineapple lamps and hand-embroidered pins to leather birthday cards and fragrance sprays; Rue l’Aqueduc 56-58
  • Gare du Midi Market—the largest European market with vendors selling a variety of goods including North African and Mediterranean spices, cheeses, meats, clothing, leather goods, and foods; Gare du Midi
  • Martin Margiela—a designer from Antwerp who sells shoes, accessories, and men’s and women’s clothing; Rue de Flandre 114
  • Crush Wine—a wine cellar selling the most comprehensive selection of Australian wines in Europe with daily tastings, tapas, and wine events; Rue Caroly 39
  • Hoet—a designer eyeglass store with a line of silver filigree glasses; Rue Antoine Dansaert 97
  • Espace Bizarre—a lighting specialist that sells unique lamps and light fixtures; Rue des Charteux 19
  • Passa Porta—a chic bookshop with a small English section; Rue Antoine Dansaert 46
  • Africamali—a community project that sells fair trade and ethical jewelry, accessories, and housewares from sub-Saharan Africa; Chaussee de Wavre 83
  • Brusel—a comic book shop named after a book by Francois Schuiten, one of Belgium’s best-known comic artists, that has a selection of comics with English translations; Boulevard Anspach 100
  • Lowi—a clothing and accessories store that sells unique fashions, ceramics, and porcelain jewelry; Rue de Flandre 124
  • Just in Case—a vintage-inspired clothing store with feminine garments in vintage and colorful shapes; Rue Leon Lepage 63
  • Micro Marche—a handmade craft store that sells affordable and alternative craft products; Quai a la Houille 9
  • Passage du Nord—a vaulted glass arcade with a variety of boutiques; off Rue Neuve
  • Boutique Tintin—a comic shop dedicated to Tintin with albums and merchandise; Rue de la Colline 13
  • Multi-BD—a comic shop with a large selection of comic books including manga as well as figurines and posters; Boulevard Anspach 122-124
  • Sterling Books—an English-language bookstore with comfortable seating areas and a kids’ play area; Rue du Fosse Aux Loups 38
  • Manufacture Belge de Dentelles—a specialty craft store specializing in antique lace; Galerie de la Reine 6-8
  • Outlet Privejoke—an outlet clothing store; Rue Leon Lepage 30
  • City 2—a modern shopping mall with chain stores, electronic gear, great food court, and a post office; Rue Neuve 123

 

Sights in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels like Vienna is another historic city and had the first steam passenger railway in mainland Europe. It is home to great museums, squares, historic structures, and a palace.

  • Grand Place—a medieval square considered one of the most beautiful in Europe with several historic buildings
  • MIM-Musical Instruments Museum—designed in a variety of architectural styles, this museum formerly in the space a department store occupied has 7,000 instruments with 1,500 on display; Rue Montagne de la Cour 2
  • Museum of Natural Sciences—the largest dinosaur gallery in Europe with 30 fossilized Iguanodons and other dinosaurs; Rue Vautier 29
  • Notre Dame du Sablon—a major 14th century Gothic cathedral that highlights the Brabantine Gothic architectural style; Rue de la Regence 3b
  • Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History—located in two historic halls, this museum is home to ten centuries’ worth of military and technological history with suits of armor, antique firearms and swords, and armored vehicles and airplanes along with paintings, sculptures, decorations, and military uniforms; Parc du Cinquantenaire 3
  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium—home to a large collection of Flemish School paintings including several by Peter Bruegel; Place Royale 3
  • Atomium—an atom-shaped set of protruding spheres built for the 1958 World’s Fair of Brussels with one sphere that has an exhibit about the history of the building with others devoted to design and architecture exhibits; Avenue de l’Atomium
  • Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee (Belgian Center for Comic-Strip Art)—the world’s first museum dedicated to comic strips with more than 400 original plates and 25,000 cartoon works and a bookstore that sells graphic novels and comic books in French and Dutch; Rue des Sables 20
  • Mini Europe—a park filled with scale-models of European monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and the bullrings of Granada; Bruparck
  • Musee des Enfants—a children’s museum for ages two to twelve with hands-on educational exhibits and activities such as dressing up in costumes, a hall of mirrors, tunnels, and an oversize camera; Rue de Bourgmestre 15
  • Musee Magritte—opened in 2009, this museum traces Rene Magritte’s life and artwork through letters, sculptures, films, and canvasse; Place Royale 1
  • Oceade—a waterpark with 14 slides, a tropical area, Jacuzzis, geysers, Turkish baths, and an ice bath; Avenue du Football du Championnat 3
  • Cathedrale St-Michel Et Ste-Gudule—the city’s cathedral that pays homage to Saint Michael, the patron saint of Brussels, and Saint Gudule, the daughter of a 7th-century Carolingian noblewoman, whose relics have been preserved at the cathedral for over 1,000 years; inside is a crypt and treasure rooms and painted windows; Parvis Ste-Gudule
  • Hotel de Ville—a 15th-century building that has a belfry topped by a bronze statue of St. Michael crushing the devil and a gateway where statues of the prophets, female figures with lofty virtues, and effigies of dukes and duchesses; inside are Brussels and Mechelen tapestries; Grand’Place
  • Musee Fin-de-Siecle—an art museum dedicated to the innovative period that occurred between 1868 and 1914 when new directions in European art were explored and covers four floors of art from this period; Rue de la Regence 3
  • Musee Horta—the former residence of Victor Horta, one of the major founders of Art Nouveau, who designed the home with this architectural plan and inside are skylights and his studio; Rue Americaine 25
  • Musees du Cinquantenaire—a museum with a wealth of antiquities and treasures from around the world with a great Egyptian and Byzantine section and displays on Belgian archaeology and Brussels tapestries; Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
  • Palais Royal—the official residence of the Belgian royal family that features tapestries, art, and antiques from around the world and a Congo-inspired mirror room; Pl. des Palais
  • Trainworld—a museum that honors the history of Belgium being the first country to establish a steam passenger railway in mainland Europe; this sight is located in the hangars of Belgium’s oldest functioning station and includes 20 full-size locomotives and educational spaces divided according to the history of railroad technology; Pl. Princesse Elisabeth 5

Shopping in Vienna

Vienna has a wealth of shopping experiences from department stores such as Steffl to specialty clothing stores and specialty good stores such as bookstores and stores that sell housewares.

  • Manner Shop—a wafer sweet shop with Austrian candies; Stephansplatz 7
  • Meinl am Graben—a three-level food store for food connoisseurs with ingredients and fine food products; Graben 19
  • Xocolat—a small chocolate shop with a variety of chocolates for sale; Freyung 2
  • Shakespeare and Company—a well-stocked English language bookstore; Sterngasse 2
  • J&L Lobmeyr—a store run by six generations of glass makers who design handmade crystal and chandeliers; Kaertner Strasse 26
  • Das Goldene Wiener Herz—a store that sells porcelain mugs, wine glasses, postcards, and high-quality Viennese t-shirts; Kierchberggasse 17
  • Die Hollerei—a culinary store with a variety of food and beverages to indulge in; Florianigasse 13
  • Uppers and Downers Store—a store that sells vintage fashions, accessories, books, and magazines with unique clothing brands; Burggasse 46
  • La Cure Gourmande—a French and Viennese pastry shop; Neuer Markt 8a
  • Dock 7—sells a selection of Austrian designers, souvenirs, gifts, alcoholic beverages, and eco-friendly clothing and accessories; Kirchengasse 43
  • E. Kochert—a major Viennese jeweler who has designed Austrian royal jewels; Neuer Markt 15
  • Alt-Osterreich—a vintage store with postcards, walking sticks, classic records, and old photographs; Himmelpfortgasse 7
  • Arnold’s—a stylish boutique with international brands and labels such as Happy Socks and Edwin; Siebensterngasse 52
  • Augarten—a porcelain and china store; Spiegelgasse 3
  • Babette’s—a bookshop with a large selection of cookbooks from around the world, a great spice selection, and cooking classes; Schleifmuhlgasse 17
  • Bahnhof City Wien West—a contemporary mall located at the refurbished former Westbahnof train station with over 100 stores including clothing, electronics, and sporting goods; Mariahilferstrasse
  • Be a Good Girl—a boutique with books, accessories, and clothes by brands such as Barbara I Gongini, Don’t Shoot the Messengers, Irina Rohpeter, and Pleasure Principle; Westbahnstrasse 5A
  • Berger—a family-owned business that sells made-to-order ceramics; Weihburggasse 17
  • Bucherer—a jeweler with a large selection of watches as well as gold and diamond jewelry; Karntnerstrasse 2
  • Collins Hute—an accessories shop with scarves, gloves, and hats; Opernpassage
  • Dorotheum—an auction house with a long history that has furnishings from Austrian aristocrats, mirrors, silk fans, and other antique items; Dorotheergasse 17
  • Ebenberg—an eco-apparel store with clothing made from sustainable materials and fashionable silk clothing; Neubaugasse 4
  • EMI—a music store with a large selection of classical music albums as well as a variety of other genres; Karntnerstrasse 30
  • Flo Vintage—a vintage apparel store with styles from 1880-1980 including Charleston dresses, kimonos, bags, shoes, and jewelry; Schleifmuhlgasse 15A
  • Freytag and Berndt—a bookstore with a good selection of maps and travel books; Wallnerstrasse 3
  • Frick—a bookstore with a decent selection of art history books and guidebooks as well as bargain-priced books; Karntnerstrasse 31
  • Gabarage—a store that sells household items designed from recycled materials; Schleifmuhlgasse 6
  • Giesswein—an Austrian clothing store with traditional Austrian children’s and women’s apparel; Karntnerstrasse 5-7
  • Grandits—a stylish men’s store with designer clothing from Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Versace, and Zegna; Rotenturmstrasse 10
  • Grune Erde (Green Earth)—a shop that sells organic housewares such as eco-friendly furniture, tableware, and cosmetics; Mariahilferstrasse 11
  • Ina Kent—a handbag store with fine exclusive handbags; Neubaugasse 34
  • Kaas Am Markt—a market and eatery with local cheeses, meats, breads, produce, and handmade specialties; Karmelitermarkt 33-36
  • Kulcsar Antiques—an antique store that specializes in silverware, watercolors, and objets d’art; Spiegelgasse 19
  • Lena Hoschek—a designer who uses floral fabrics to create petticoat dresses, blouses, and outfits that have been worn by celebrities like Katy Perry; Gutenberggasse 17
  • Loden-Plankl—a well-established traditional Austrian clothing store for men, women, and children; Michaelerplatz 6
  • Mondrean—a concept fashion store with brands such as Dekker, Rare, Vic Beckham, and Exoal, sunglasses, handbags, perfume, and jewelry; Dorotheergasse 13
  • Morawa—a well-stocked bookstore with books on a variety of subjects, magazines, and newspapers; Wollzeile 11
  • Muhlbauer Headwear—a milliner with unique hats and headwear that have been worn by celebrities like Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep; Seilergasse 10
  • Nachbarin—an avant-garde clothing store with labels such as Veronique Leroy, Anita Moser, and Elena Ghisellini; Gumpendorferstrasse 17
  • Nfive—a minimalist clothing store with labels such as American Vintage, Velvet, Best Behavior, and Tigers of Sweden; Neubaugasse 5
  • Peek and Cloppenberg—a six-story clothing store with well-known labels and off-the-rack bargains; Karntnerstrasse 29
  • Petit Point Kovalcec—a family-run store that sells gift items such as pill boxes, brooches, and needlepoint handbags; Kartnerstrasse 16
  • Pomellato Boutique—a fine jewelry store that has a collection of precious stone and silver jewelry; Tuchlaunbenhof 7A
  • Pregenzer—a designer clothing store with fashionable clothing, shoes, and gadgets; Schleifmuhlgasse 4
  • Printa—a women’s clothing and accessories store with handbags, accessories, clothing, and home décor; Lindengasse 22
  • Reingold—a fine jewelry store known for its designs and specialties in diamond, pearl, refined silver, and gold; Kartnerstrasse 16
  • Schella Kann—the flagship store of this Austrian designer who designs stylish clothing; Spiegelgasse 15
  • Shu!—a shoe store with all types of footwear in all shapes and sizes; Neubaugasse 34
  • Sisi—a boutique with nostalgic styles worn during the time of Empress Elisabeth with some of Austria’s best designers showcased; Annagasse 11
  • Song—a fashion haven with a stylish interior and glamourous labels such as Balenciaga and Margiela and clothing from younger designers as well; Praterstrasse 11-13
  • Spielzeugschachtel—a great toy store with educational and other types of games including wooden games; Rauhensteingasse 5
  • Steffl—a prominent Viennese department store with a variety of goods that are moderately priced; Kartnerstrasse 19
  • Ulliko—a women’s designer who creates clothing in a 1960s style; Kirchengasse 7
  • Wabisabi—a local designer’s shop that has flattering and comfortable clothing; Lindengasse 20
  • Werkbank—a trendy store with knickknacks, skateboards, wall art, and other specialty items; Breitegasse 1

Venturing into Europe…stop 1: Vienna!

The next stop on this tour of the world is the wonderfully diverse Europe. The first place we’ll be exploring is Vienna, the capital of Austria and a very historic and interesting city. There is a wealth of museums, gardens, parks, and tourist attractions to check out in this city. Here is a good handful of the attractions worth checking out.

  • Schonbrunn Palace—a cultural world heritage site and Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction with state and residential rooms with traditional furniture and decorations along with a park and gardens surrounding the palace; Schlosstrasse 47
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum—an art museum with works from five millennia from Ancient Egypt to the present day including the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings; Maria-Theresien-Platz
  • Zoo Vienna—the oldest existing zoo in the world founded in 1752 and featuring more than 700 species of animals including giant pandas, tigers, orangutans, koalas, and elephants; Vienna 1130
  • Natural History Museum—a natural history museum that includes a large collection of dinosaur skeletons, meteorites, and insects from around the world; Burgring 7
  • Technisches Museum—a museum that depicts Austria’s contributions to the birth of modern technology with multimedia shows and exhibits illustrating our dependence on technology in our daily lives; Mariahilfer Strasse 212
  • Heeresgeschichtliches Museum—a military history museum situated in the center of the Arsenal depicting 500 years of Austrian and European history including the history of the Hapsburg Empire from the 16th century until 1918; Ghegastrasse
  • Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art—founded in 1863 as the Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, this museum is considered an important art museum featuring art from around the world and from various fields of art; Stubenring 5
  • Imperial Treasury—an elegant building home to 1,000 years of treasures including the Holy Lance, the Imperial Crown, the sable of Charlemagne, and the Burgundian treasures; Scheweizer Hof
  • 21er Haus—Vienna’s newest museum of modern art housed in a building that was built for the 1958 World Expo that was renovated and reopened in 2011 to highlight Austria’s best modern art including the largest collection and archive of Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba; Arsenalstrasse 1
  • Belvedere Palace—a magnificent example of Baroque architecture that was originally the summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy and later the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand with 17th century salons, frescoes, and museums dedicated to Austrian painting with the primary attraction a collection of 19th and 20th century Austrian paintings by early 20th century artists such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka; Prinz-Eugen Strasse 27
  • Freud Haus—Sigmund Freud’s residence from 1891 to 1938 with five rooms of memorabilia including documents, photographs, telegrams, and waiting-room furniture; Berggasse 19
  • Haus der Muzik (House of Music)—a high-tech music museum located on several floors of an early 19th century palace that features rooms dedicated to great Viennese composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Strauss among others as well as exhibits that trace the development of sound and illustrate how the ear works and interactive computer games including one that allows you to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic; Seilerstatte 30
  • Albertina Museum—an art museum home to almost 65,000 paintings and almost a million prints include works by Leonardo Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rembrandt; Augustinerstrasse 1
  • Architekturzentrum Wien (Vienna Architecture Center)—an architectural exhibition with exhibits on Austrian architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Burggarten—a garden oasis with a statue of Franz Josef and a statue of Mozart as well as a butterfly house with tropical trees, waterfalls, a butterfly nursery, and over 150 species on display; Opernring
  • Collection of Arms and Armor—one of the most extensive arms and armor collections in the world with a triumphal arch entrance; Neue Burg, Heldenplatz
  • Collection of Historical Musical Instruments—a collection of musical instruments such as pianos once owned by Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Ephesus Museum—a museum in the Neue Berg with Roman antiquities discovered by Austrian archaeologists; Neue Berg, Heldenplatz
  • Falschermuseum (Museum of Art Fakes)—a unique museum with forged pieces including Chagall and Rembrandt paintings and a fake diary written by Adolf Hitler; Lowengasse 28
  • Globe Museum—a museum featuring a collection of over 400 terrestrial and celestial globes with the oldest an earth globe from 1536 and a ground floor level exhibit on the history of Esperanto; Herrengasse 9
  • Hofbibliotek (National Library)—a majestic baroque library with a grand hall featuring treasured books and biannual special exhibits in the hall displaying some of the rare books in German and English; Josefsplatz 1
  • Hofmobiliendepot (Furniture Museum)—a museum that displays the furniture of the royal court and re-created rooms that illustrate the history of furniture making in Vienna; Mariahilferstrasse 88
  • Judenplatz Museum—formerly the Jewish ghetto and the remains of a 13th-century synagogue that is dedicated to Austrian Jews who died during World War II; inside are three exhibition rooms that describe medieval Jewish life and excavations of the synagogue; Judenplatz 8
  • Judisches Museum der Stadt Wien—situated within the former Eskeles Palace is the Jewish Museum of Vienna that features permanent exhibits that illustrate the role Viennese Jews played in their professions from philosophy to music as well as a café and bookstore; Dorotheergasse 11
  • Kaiserappartements (Imperial Apartments)—a suite of eighteen rooms that can be reached by climbing up the marble Emperor’s Staircase that includes the rooms where the ruling family of the Hapsburg Empire conducted their affairs such as the room where Emperor Franz Josef in 1889 was told that his only son, Crown Prince Rudolf, had killed himself and his soulmate; Emperor Franz Josef’s simple iron bed; and Empress Elizabeth’s gymnastics equipment as well as five rooms devoted to Elizabeth’s most valued possessions; Hofburg, Schweizer Hof
  • Karlskirche—a church dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo whose exterior columns portray scenes from Borromeo’s life and the rights of the Hapsburgs to their Spanish territories and interior has fine vault frescoes and a panoramic elevator that takes visitors to the sphere of the dome where they can view the heart of Vienna; Karlsplatz
  • Kunsthaus Wien—an art museum with international exhibitions as well as displays of the artwork of Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
  • Leopold Museum—a museum that features the collection of Rudolf and Elizabeth Leopold including one of the world’s best collections of Austrian painter Egon Schiele’s works and works of art by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoshka, and Richard Gerstl; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1
  • Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation)—Austria’s collection of 20th century art that has eight floors filled with American pop art, Rene Magritte works, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Cy Twombly; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplat 1
  • Prater—a public park with amusement park rides such as a restored Ferris wheel, a planetarium, and a museum that elaborates on the Prater’s history; Riesenradplatz
  • Romermuseum—a museum with the ruins of a Roman military camp that dates back to the 2nd and 3rd centuries including fragments of buildings, pieces of pottery, children’s toys, statues, idols, and ornaments as well as interactive games for children; Hoher Markt 3
  • Schonbrunn Schlosspark (Palace Park)—on the grounds of the Schonbrunn Palace is this park with a zoo, carriage museum, panoramic views of the city and palace complex, a playground, and maze; Schonbrunner-Schloss-Strasse
  • Uhrenmuseum (Clock Museum)—a clock museum with three floors of clocks and watches dating from the 15th century to the present; Schulhof 2
  • Volksgarten—a park with a rose garden, a Greek temple, and a monument to Empress Elisabeth, Franz Josef’s wife, who was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in 1898; Burgring 1
  • Wien Museums Karlsplatz—a museum with Viennese historical artifacts such as 16th century armor, paintings by Schiele and Klimt, and the preserved façade of Otto Wagner’s Die Zeit offices; Karlsplatz
  • Zoom Kinder Museum (Zoom Children’s Museum)—a children’s museum with a lab where children can explore virtual reality, make screenplays come alive, and play in the imaginary ocean with underwater creatures; MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1

 

Shopping in Mexico City

Mexico City has all sorts of shopping venues from crowded flea and antique markets to shopping malls and unique stores.

  • Mercado de Artesanias la Ciudadela—four blocks of vendors selling foods, Mexican crafts, and other goods; Calle Baldera 6
  • Centro Santa Fe—a shopping mall with famous brands such as H&M, Saks 5th Avenue, and the Apple Store along with a lower level ice rink and food court; Prolongacion Vasco de Quiroga 3800
  • El Bazar Sabado—an indoor and outdoor craft market; Plaza San Jacinto 11-13
  • Antara Fashion Hall—an open-air shopping mall with a variety of stores, large food court, and movie theater as well as special events throughout the year; Avenida Ejercito Nacional Mexicano No. 843
  • Dulceria de Celaya—a traditional Mexican candy store founded in 1874; Cinco de Mayo No. 39
  • Dia de Muertos Store—a store dedicated to the “Day of the Dead”, an historic Mexican tradition; Calle Juarez #2D
  • Ambarte Ciudad de Mexico—a small shop inside a hotel with jewelry and folk art; Calle Liverpool 155
  • Antara Palanco—an outdoor mall with upscale stores such as Carolina Herrera, Zara, Emporio Armani, and Marc Jacobs; Ejercito Nacional 843-B
  • Arte Mexicano Para el Mundo—a crafts store with silver jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and foods as well as a sixth-floor Mexican restaurant; Monte de Piedad 11
  • Carmen Rion—a designer known for linen dresses, skirts, wraps, bodices, and tops; Avenue Michoacan 30-A
  • Dime Tienda—a small gallery shop with designs by young Mexican designers including graphic T-shirts, bags made from plastic tablecloths, and patterned clothing; Alvaro Obregon 185-B
  • El Palacio de Hierro—a high-end department store with clothing by well-known designers; Av. 20 de Noviembre 3
  • Fonart—run by the National Council for Culture and Arts, this store is one of five in the city and surrounding towns with folk art and handmade furnishings; Juarez 89
  • Mob—a store opened by a group of furniture and interior designers who display their work and sell handcrafted furniture made from sustainable materials; Campeche 3222 at Nuevo Leon
  • Pladi—open since 1981, this jewelry store run by a designer sells jewelry made from silver and other natural materials; Francisco Javier Mina 9, Col. Del Carmen
  • Sanborns—a chain department store with ceramics, crafts, and English book departments as well as restaurants, coffee shops, a pharmacy, and ATMs; Av. Insurgentes Sur
  • Sergio Bustamante—a well-known artist’s store that sells his sculptures and jewelry; Hotel Intercontinental Presidente, Campos Eliseos 218, local A-2
  • Tane—a silver store with silver jewelry, flatware, candelabras, reproductions of archaeological finds, and designs by Mexican silversmiths; Av. Presidente Masaryk 430

Switching gears…here’s to Mexico City!

I’ve been writing about Canada for a few weeks or more now so I believe it is time for a change of scenery. The last country in North America to be explored is Mexico. Mexico’s capital is Mexico City and there are some pretty interesting places to check out there. Here’s just a sampling below.

  • Acuario Inbursa—the largest aquarium in Mexico that takes visitors four stories underground to the bottom of the ocean and then upwards to view thousands of species of fish, sharks, eels, rays, jellyfish, and more; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 386
  • Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso—an historic building that once was a Jesuit school for sons of wealthy Mexican citizens that now is home to regional art exhibitions; Calle Justo Sierra 16
  • Catedral Metropolitana—one of the largest and oldest Latin American cathedrals with five altars and fourteen chapels with numerous paintings, altarpieces, and statues; Zocalo
  • El Papalote, Museo del Nino—a children’s discovery museum with five themed sections, workshops, an IMAX theater, a store, and a restaurant; Av. Constituyentes 268, Section Two
  • La Feria de Chapultepec—a children’s amusement park with many games and more than 50 rides including go-karts, spinning teacups, and a roller coaster; Section Two
  • Laboratorio Arte Alameda—a contemporary art museum with modern and experimental art, a display area for video and photographs, and a room for artists whose works are not yet shown in other museums and galleries; Dr. Mora 7
  • National Museum of Anthropology—a comprehensive natural history museum with 23 exhibition halls; Avenida Paseo de la Reforma
  • Palacio de Bellas Artes—the city’s premier performance hall and an art museum; Avenida Juarez y Eje Central
  • Museo Memoria y Tolerancia—illustrates genocides and crimes against humanity and tries to instill respect and tolerance of other peoples; Plaza Juarez
  • Museo Soumaya—explores the ways that art and culture interact and has works by artists and sculptors such as Rodin; Av. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
  • Museo Dolores Olmedo Patino—an art collection donated by the namesake of the museum set amidst spacious gardens and Mexican plants and features the world’s most important collections of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo; Calle Avenida Mexico 5843
  • Museo de Cera de la Ciudad de Mexico—an old mansion that houses a museum that depicts the history of Mexico City from its earliest days to the present; Calle Londres 6
  • Dolphin Discovery Six Flags—allows visitors to swim with dolphins and explore the newest Six Flags theme park; 1500 Carretera Picacho-Ajusco
  • Interactive Museum of Economics—the first museum in the world devoted to the communication between economy, finance, and sustainability and tries to allow visitors to learn about economy in everyday life; Calle Tacuba Centro 17

Sights in Calgary

Calgary is home to historic parks, great museums, a historic village, and a spacious zoo. I think I could definitely see myself checking out Calgary.

  • Fish Creek Provincial Park—a large urban park with over 54 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and running; 13931 Woodpath Road SW
  • Gasoline Alley Museum—a museum that celebrates the great changes the car brought to society with vintage vehicles, gas pumps, products, and signs from petroleum companies; 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • The Military Museums—a museum complex consisting of the Naval Museum of Alberta; Army Museum of Alberta; Air Force Museum of Alberta; Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum; Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives; The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armored Corps) Museum; The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives; and the University of Calgary Military Museums Library and Archives that is the second largest military museum in Canada and teaches visitors about Canadian military history; 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
  • Heritage Park Historical Village—Canada’s largest living history museum with hundreds of exhibits, rides aboard steam trains and antique midway rides, shops, restaurants, and daily demonstrations and activities; 1900 Heritage Drive SW
  • Studio Bell—the home of the National Music Centre with five floors of exhibits about Canadian music history, the Canadians Hall of Fame, interactive instrument installations, and vocal booths; 850 4th Street SE
  • Glenbow Museum—an arts and culture museum that has historical galleries and exhibitions of art and culture from around the world such as Asian art and First Nations art; 130 9th Avenue SE
  • The Calgary Zoo—a large zoo with over 900 animals from around the world including gorillas, hippos, grizzly bears, four species of penguins, red pandas, and lemurs; 1300 Zoo Road NE
  • Famous Five Statues—five statues of historic Canadian women; 8th Avenue SE, Olympic Plaza
  • Calaway Park—western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park with live performances, miniature golf, a fishing pond, stores, and an RV park; Highway 1, Springbank Road exit
  • Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre—located in Chinatown, this center is home to a prayer hall in the Temple of Heaven with ornate column details and paintings including 561 dragons and 40 phoenixes as well as a cultural museum, art gallery, crafts store, herbal medicine store, and a 330-seat Chinese restaurant; 197 1st Street SW
  • Calgary Tower—a 626-foot scepter-shaped building with views of Calgary, surrounding plains, and the Rocky Mountains and at the top is a revolving restaurant, grill, and gift shop; 9th Avenue and Centre Street South
  • Devonian Gardens—on top of the Toronto Dominion Centre shopping mall, this 2.5-acre enclosed garden has 20,000 plants, walkways, a sculpture court, and a playground; 317 7th Avenue SW between 2nd and 3rd streets
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park—a fort established in 1875 at the intersection of the Bow and Elbow rivers that was in operation until 1914 and now includes an interpretive center which describes the history of native peoples, Mounted Police, and European settlers; a restaurant which was once the fort superintendent’s house; and the Hunt House built in 1876 and believed to be Calgary’s oldest building; 750 9th Avenue SE

Shopping in Edmonton

Edmonton is home to the West Edmonton Mall which is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex  as well as several other malls. It also has a wealth of antique stores worth checking out.

  • Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market—the largest indoor farmers’ market in Edmonton with over 130 vendors selling freshly prepared local food and handmade crafts; 10310 83rd Avenue NW
  • West Edmonton Mall—the world’s largest shopping and entertainment center with over 800 stores and 20 restaurants as well as the world’s largest indoor amusement park, a tropical rainforest, and indoor bungee jump; 8882 170th Street
  • Old Stratchona Antique Mall—the largest antique mall in western Canada with two floors of vintage and antique pieces including furniture, jewelry, home décor, sports memorabilia, and games; 10323 78th Avenue NW
  • Southgate Centre—a shopping mall with 165 stores including Fossil, Lego, Aritzia, and Apple, and anchored by Hudson’s Bay and Sears; 5015-111 Street
  • Kingsway Mall—a shopping mall with over 200 stores such as Sears, Hudson’s Bay, Forever 21, H&M, The Disney Store, and Sephora; 109 Street and Kingsway Avenue
  • Zocalo—a store that sells flowers, gifts, plants, and home décor and has an espresso bar; 10826 95th Street NW
  • Ibon Antiques—a two-level antique store with vintage and collectible items and Moorcraft art pottery from the United Kingdom; 10423 79th Avenue NW
  • Curiosity Inc.—an antique shop with vintage motorcycles, masks, and toys among other unique items; 10056 164th Street NW

 

Sights in Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and is home to interesting museums, parks, and natural attractions.

  • Fort Edmonton Park—a park that has re-creations of Edmonton throughout its history with a stable, general store, wooden sidewalks, a steam train, horses, gravel roads, and rides; On Whitemud Drive
  • Art Gallery of Alberta—a modern art museum that opened in 2010 and has over 6000 pieces of historic and contemporary art veering towards Canadian art; 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
  • Muttart Conservatory—a botanical garden with four pyramids that have plants from different climates and an onsite café; 9626 96A Street
  • Royal Alberta Museum—a newly renovated museum in the downtown area with a large collection that showcases Alberta’s natural and cultural history with the world’s largest collection of insects, a display about Alberta’s aboriginal culture, and a gallery where the province is divided into sections based on geography with plants and animals native to each area featured in their respective zones; 103A Avenue
  • Alberta Railway Museum—a museum that has over 75 train cars including steam and diesel locomotives; 24215 34th Street
  • Telus World of Science—an interactive science museum that allows visitors to use crime-solving technology to solve crimes, learn about living in space, practice being a paleontologist, and learn more about the human body; 11211 142nd Street
  • Valley Zoo—a zoo with over 100 exotic, endangered, and Canadian native animals as well as a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, a miniature train, carousel, and paddleboats; 13315 Buena Vista Road
  • Alberta Legislature—the former location of Fort Edmonton that is now Alberta’s legislative seat with a majestic dome and marble interior and offers visitors 45-minute tours and an interpretive center that describes the building’s architectural and political history; corner of 97th Avenue and 107th Street
  • Alberta Government House—a mansion that was once the home of the lieutenant governor but is now used for conferences and receptions and is well-preserved with artwork by Canadian artists; 12845 102nd Avenue
  • Galaxy Land—the world’s largest indoor amusement park with over 27 rides; West Edmonton Mall, 170th Street
  • Alberta Aviation Museum—a museum located in the last double-long double-wide hangar from WWII that has educational programs and shares the stories of aviators; 11410 Kingsway NW
  • University of Alberta Botanic Garden—a 240-acre garden with indoor greenhouses, a Japanese garden, a tropical greenhouse with exotic butterflies, a Native Peoples garden, and experimental garden beds; 51227 Highway 60
  • Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site—once the home of the first Premier of Alberta, Alexander Cameron Rutherford, this brick mansion has been restored with period furniture; 11153 Saskatchewan Drive NW
  • John Janzen Nature Centre—a newly renovated nature center with interactive exhibits, programs, events, and an indoor play area; 7000-143 Street, Whitemud Drive and Fox Drive

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