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Getting Around

On foot: Paris is an extremely flat city but also extremely big. If you don't like walking it is definitely an idea to rent a
By metro/RER: The French capital has one of the most efficient underground rail systems in the world.
The Metro and RER networks are integrated. It is said that you are never more than four hundred yards away from a
metro stop.

Buy travel passes rather than paying for individual journeys A trip on the metro costs €1.25.
Rather than paying for 10 single journeys buy a 10-ticket pass (carnets) for €8.38. If you plan on staying for more than
3 days, buy a Carte Orange for €15. They cover zones 1 and 2.
In One Day

Because time is wasting, arise early and begin your day with some live "theater" by walking the streets around your
hotel -- Right Bank or Left Bank, it doesn't matter at this point. This walk can acclimate you to the sights, sounds, and
smells of the City of Light faster than anything, and it gets you centered before catching a taxi or hopping aboard the
Métro for a ride underground to your first attraction.

We suggest you duck into a cafe for breakfast, and it doesn't matter where. On virtually every street in Paris, there is
usually more than one cafe. Any neighborhood will provide a slice of Parisian life, so order breakfast as thousands of
locals do. Sit back, enjoy, and breathe deeply before beginning your descent on Paris.

Start: Métro to Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre.

1. Musée du Louvre: You know you must see the Louvre, perhaps the greatest museum of art in the world. You
wouldn't dare go home without storming that citadel. Because it opens at 9am, be among the first in line.

We've been going to this repository of art for years and, on every visit, discover something we've overlooked before.
This palatial treasure trove is richly endowed, and some of its art is the most acclaimed on earth. With your clock
ticking, at least call on the "great ladies of the Louvre": the Mona Lisa with her enigmatic smile, the sexy Venus de
Milo, and Winged Victory (alas, without a head). Try to allot at least 2 hours of viewing time for some world-class
masterpieces. Around 11am, go for a walk along:

2. The Quays of the Seine: After leaving the Louvre, walk south toward the river and head east for a stroll along the
Seine. You'll encounter the most splendid panoramic vistas that Paris has to offer. Trees shade the banks of the river,
and 14 bridges span the Seine. So much of the city's fortune has depended on this river, and you'll be in the nerve
center of Paris life as you stroll along.

You'll see Paris's greatest island on the Seine, the Cité, emerging before you. Cross over the:

3. Pont Neuf: The oldest and most evocative of the bridges of Paris, Pont Neuf dates from 1578 and still looks the
same. From the bridge, the view down (or up) the river is perhaps the most memorable in Paris. Walk down the steps
emerging on your right along Pont Neuf to:

4. Square du Vert Galant: The steps take you behind the statue dedicated to Henri IV to the square du Vert Galant at
the western tip of Ile de la Cité. The square takes its designation from the nickname given Henri IV, meaning "gay old
spark." The square is the best vantage point for viewing Pont Neuf and the Louvre. As you stand on this square, you'll
be at the "prow" of Cité if you liken the island to a giant ship. After taking in that view, continue east, pausing at:

5. Place Dauphine: This square -- perfect for a picnic -- was named in honor of the Dauphin, the future Louis XIII. It
faces the towering mass of La Conciergerie, whose gloomy precincts and memories of the French Revolution you can
save for another visit to Paris. With time moving on, head east along:

6. Quai des Orfèvres: This Seine-bordering quay leads east to Notre-Dame. It was the former market of the jewelers
of 17th- and 18th-century Paris. Marie Antoinette's celebrated necklace, subject of countless legends, was fashioned
here. The quay leads you to:

7. Sainte-Chapelle: This Gothic chapel is sublime, and entering its upper chapel is like climbing into Tiffany's most
deluxe jewel box. As the colored light from the 13th-century windows shines through, you'll bathe in perhaps the most
brilliantly colored "walls of glass" in the world. Taking in the deep glow of these astonishing windows is one of the
great joys of a visit to the City of Light. The windows, the oldest in Paris, are known not only for their brilliant colors,
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but also for the vitality of their characters, including everybody from Adam and Eve to St. John the Baptist and the
Virgin. After a visit, it's time for lunch. Because first-day visitors have little time to absorb Left Bank life, here's your

Continue east along quai des Orfèvres until you come to the Pont St-Michel. Cross the bridge to the Left Bank of
Paris, arriving at the Latin Quarter centering on:

8. Place St-Michel: One of the inner chambers of Left Bank life, this square was named in memory of the ancient
chapel of St-Michel that stood here once upon a time. The square, a bustling hub of Sorbonne life, centers on a
fountain from 1860 designed by Gabriel Davioud, rising 23m (75 ft.) high and stretching out to 5m (15 ft.), a "monster"
spouting water. A bronze statue depicts Saint Michael fighting the dragon. Why not do lunch in one of the most
evocative of all Left Bank bistros?

Allard -- Arm yourself with a good map to reach Allard, which is only a 5-minute walk southwest of place St-Michel.
You can easily get lost in the narrow maze of Left Bank streets. Little has changed at this classic bistro with its mellow
decor and traditional menu. Against a nostalgic ambience of Paris of the 1930s, you can join cosmopolitan patrons
enjoying the sole meunière or canard d'olives, finishing off with that most divine pastry known to all Parisians as tarte
tatin. And, yes, if you've never tried them before, you'll find frogs' legs on the menu. 41 rue St-André-des-Arts, 6e.
tel. 01-43-26-48-23.

After lunch, walk back to place St-Michel.

Still on the Left Bank, continue east along quai St-Michel until it becomes quai de Montebello. At the "green lung" or
park, square Rene Viviani, pause to take in the most dramatic view of Notre-Dame across the Seine. Then cross the
bridge, Pont au Double, to visit the cathedral itself.

9. Cathédrale de Notre-Dame: In so many ways, the exterior is more exciting than the vast and hollow interior that,
since its denuding during the French Revolution, is almost tomblike. One of the supreme masterpieces of Gothic art,
Notre-Dame cathedral still evokes Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. You stand in awe, taking in the
majestic and perfectly balanced portals. After a walk through the somber interior, climb the towers (around to the left
facing the building) for a close encounter with tons of bells and an eerie inspection of what are history's most bizarre
gargoyles, some so terribly impish that they seem to be mocking you.

After Notre-Dame, take the Métro to the:

10. Place de la Concorde: This octagonal traffic hub, built in 1757, is dominated by an Egyptian obelisk from Luxor,
the oldest manmade object in Paris, from 1300 B.C. In the Reign of Terror at the time of the French Revolution, the
dreaded guillotine was erected on this spot to claim thousands of heads. For a spectacular view, look down the
Champs-Elysées. The grandest walk in Paris begins here, leading all the way to the Arc de Triomphe. It's a distance
of 3.2km (2 miles) and is the most popular walk in Paris. However, because your afternoon is short, you may want to
skip most of it, taking the Métro to Franklin D. Roosevelt and continuing west from there. At least you'll see the busiest
and most commercial part of the:

11. Champs-Elysées: Called "the highway of French grandeur," this boulevard was designed for promenading. It's
witnessed some of the greatest moments in French history and some of its worst defeats, such as when Hitler's
armies paraded down the street in 1940. Louis XIV ordered the construction of the 1.8km (1 mile) avenue in 1667.
Without worrying about any particular monument, stroll along its avenue of sidewalk cafes, automobile showrooms,
airline offices, cinemas, lingerie stores, and even hamburger joints. The Champs has obviously lost its fin-de-
siècle elegance as evoked by Marcel Proust in Remembrance of Things Past. But then, what hasn't?

At the end of the broad boulevard, you approach:

12. Arc de Triomphe: The greatest triumphal arch in the world, the 49m (161 ft.) arch can be climbed for one of the
most panoramic views of Paris. The arch marks the intersections of the 8th, 16th, and 17th arrondissements.
Sculptures, including François Rude's famous La Marseillaise, depicting the uprising of 1792, are embedded in the
arch. After a visit, and with the afternoon fading, take the Métro to the Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel for an ascent up the:

13. Tour Eiffel: It's open until 11pm or midnight, so don't worry about missing it. A close encounter with this tower, a
10,000-ton dark metal structure is more inspiring up close than when seen from afar. A source of wonder since the
1889 World Exposition, this 317m (1,040 ft.) tower was the world's tallest building until the Chrysler Building went up in
New York in 1930. If the afternoon is clear, you can see for 65km (40 miles).

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You arrive right at the entrance to the Disney Parks. The Thalys, the Eurostar OR the "RER A4" take you to the
"Marne-La-Vallée/Chessy" station, right in front of the main entrance to the Disney Parks and in the immediate vicinity
of the Disney Hotels (except for Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch). From the centre of Paris, it's just a 35 minutes trip on
the RER A (express train) to get to the Disney Parks entrance.

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One day in Amsterdam: If you have only one day, start by taking a canal boat cruise to get a general overview of
the city. After the cruise, take a walking tour along the historic canal ring to soak up the atmosphere and architecture
of Amsterdam’s Golden Age (see historic walking tour below). Stop along the way to grab a bite at one of the many
Dutch styled Brown Café’s or try that famous local Dutch specialty: French fries with mayonnaise. After lunch head to
Museumplein to visit the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum, two of the best in the world. When you’re all
museumed out, relax in nearby Vondelpark or have a leisurely drink at Leidseplein square. If you still have energy,
you can go shopping along Amsterdam’s main shopping district running from Leidsstraat to the Kalverstraat shopping
arcade. When you get hungry for dinner, head to Chinatown to eat at one of the Thai or Indonesian Restaurants in the
area that have become a city specialty. After dinner, wander through the Red Light District to experience the electric
atmosphere of Europe’s most notorious neighborhood, then head Rembrandtplein toparty the night away.

Two days in Amsterdam: Wake up early on the second and head to the Anne Frank House to avoid the lines.
Alternatively, check out the Amsterdam Historic Museum for a great overview of all things Dutch. Afterwards, make
your way to the Begijnhof, a tranquil religious compound containing the oldest chapel in Amsterdam. After lunch, rent
a bike and cruise the canals of Amsterdam’s many and varied neighborhoods from the Plantage to the Jordaan. If
riding a bike is too hectic for you, proceed to Waterlooplein to visit Amsterdam’s funkiest outdoor market. A block or
two away you can find the Jewish Museum, Rembrandt’s House and the Willet-Holthuysen Canal House Museum,
depending on your interest… Of course there’s also the Heineken Experience if you’re looking to get an early start on
the evening. For dinner, head to Amsterdam’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood known as De Pijp near
Sarphatipark; Or, for a more home grown Dutch atmosphere, stop in at one of the cafes around Westerstraat in the
Jordaan. For the evening’s entertainment, have a drink at a local Brown Bar or checkout one of the live music venues
around Leidseplein. If you feel like dressing up, Concertgebouw at Museumplein and the Muziektheater at
Waterlooplein are two of the city’s finest venues for high cultural.

Three days in Amsterdam: If you have three days, spend the morning of the third day finishing up whatever you
didn’t see on Day One and Day Two or complete one of our walking tours. Still hungry for museums? We recommend
the Amstelkring Catholic chapel, hidden in the attic of an old canal house; or The Ship Museum for sailing enthusiasts.
If you still have your bike, catch the free ferry behind Central Station to North Amsterdam for windmills, dykes and all
the cute Dutch villages you can stand just a short ride away. More citified folks should take the day to relax and further
explore their favorite neighborhoods. Last minute gifts can be picked up at the Flower Market or at the huge outdoor
market along Albert Cuypstraat. If you’re still looking to party when the evening rolls around, go to Regulierdwarsstraat
to check out some of the liveliest gay bars in Europe; Or, alternatively, get in line at the Odeon located in an old canal
house and equally known for its dance floor.

Historic walking tour

This tour will give you an overview of the historic center of Amsterdam and the famous canal ring. Meander through
the city as it has existed for almost 400 years and soak up the art and architecture of Amsterdam’s Golden Age in this
introductory tour.

Start: Dam Square

Finish: Museumplein
Walk time: 2 hours

1. Dam Square – This square was once the site of an actual dam that diverted the Amstel River to create the
canals of Amsterdam. Visible here are the World War II Memorial, the New Church and Koninklijk Palace.

Walk around to the back of the palace to the Magna Plaza Department Store.

2. Magna Plaza – This unique 19th century building was originally the main post office of the city and has since
been converted to a shopping center.

Walk around to the right of Magna Plaza to the first bridge spanning the Singel Canal.

3. Torensluis Bridge – You can still see the bars of the dungeon that once existed on this site. The statue is
Multatuli, a 19th century socialist writer who was an early critic of Dutch colonial practices in Indonesia. Just
nearby at Single 166, you can see the narrowest house in Amsterdam.

Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead to the next canal, Herengracht, and turn left.

4. Theater Museum – Composed of two buildings, the neoclassical house at 168 Herengracht features
Amsterdam’s first neck gable, an oval staircase inside and a beautiful garden out back. The Dutch-

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Renaissance house at 170 curves with the canal (unique in Amsterdam) and boasts a stuccoed interior.

Continue up Herengracht one block to the next busy intersection at Raadhuisstraat.

5. Westerkerk – Looking to the right up Raadhuisstraat you can see the tallest church in Amsterdam, once the
tallest in the world at the time of its completion in 1631. For a small fee you can climb the tower for arguably
the greatest view of the city.

Cross over Raadhuisstraat and continue walking straight along Herengracht.

6. The 9 Straats – As you walk straight along Herengracht, you will be entering an area known as “The 9
Streets.” This area, composed of three square blocks, features Amsterdam’s most unique and eccentric
boutiques and cafes. A great place to grab a bite.

Continue walking straight until you reach number 361 Herengracht.

7. Canal Houses – Between numbers 361 and 369 you can see 5 different types of gables all in a row. These
ornamental roof sections are a staple of Dutch architecture. Also nearby is the Bible Museum at number 368,
unique for collection of Bibles as well as its beautiful architecture and interior frescos.

Turn left just past the gabled houses onto Huidenstraat and walk two blocks to Spui Square.

8. Spui – A favorite spot for artists and intellectuals, this square, located next to the University of Amsterdam,
has been the site of many protests and demonstrations since the 1960’s. You can find the entrance to the
hidden Begijnhof, a 14th century convent, by crossing the square and turning into the first alley on your left.

From Spui continue south along the Singel canal two blocks until you reach the entrance to the flower market.

9. Bloemenmarkt – Merchants once docked here to sell their flowers along the Singelgracht. Today the barges
are more permanent, but still floating. Walk through the market. At the end you will reach Muntplein and the
Munt Tower – once part of the old city walls that surrounded the city.

Turn right at the end of the market onto Vijzelstraat and walk two blocks to Herengracht. Cross over the canal
and turn right.

10. Golden Bend – This section of the Herengracht was once home to Amsterdam’s wealthiest citizens. Look for
the eagle atop the house at number 476.

Turn left onto Nieuw Spiegelstraat.

11. Nieuw Spiegelstraat – This street is filled with antique stores. Just about everything is for sale, including
furniture, glassware, art and jewelry – much of it dating back to the 17th century.

Walk to the end of the street and continue around to the right of the Rijksmuseum onto Museumplein.

12. Museumplein – From here you can visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Also visible at the south
end of the lawn is the Concertgebouw, a beautiful neo Renaissance concert hall.

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With just one day in Copenhagen you have a good chance to get around the city and experience some of the
many things it has to offer.

Copenhagen by bus (Guide city tour – 100-200DKK, 1.5 o 2.5hrs)

A guided bus tour is a good way to get an idea of the city. The tours last from 1 to 2½ hours and drive by or stop at
some of the greater attractions of Copenhagen, like for example: The Little Mermaid, The National Museum, The
Royal Palace Amalienborg, the Parliament etc.

The various tours all begin and end by Palace Hotel across from the Town Hall and they are a great
way to form a general view of Copenhagen and to get an idea of which places could be of interest
later on. A hop-on hop-off tour is also available and gives you the opportunity to get on and off as
you please at the more than 25 stops throughout the city.

Through the city by boat

Another possibility to see as much of the city as possible within a short timeframe, is to get on one of
the canal tours. Quite a few of the sights and attractions in Copenhagen can be experienced from
the seaside, and while the canal boats sail through the canals you get a chance to rest your tired
feet and at the same time enjoy the attractions of Copenhagen.

The tours take approximately one hour and the Little Mermaid, The Parliament, The Opera House, The Royal Palace:
Amalienborg etc. are some of the attractions the guided boats pass on the tour. The boats leave from the very
picturesque Nyhavn - the canal area is very popular and packed with restaurants and cafés with beautiful views.

Walking tours in the area

Nyhavn is situated at the end of Kongens Nytorv where the Royal Theatre, the National Stage from 1748, is located.
From here you can take a stroll up Bredgade and take a right when you get to Frederiksgade and visit Amalienborg
Palace; the winter residence of the royal couples, which is a major architectural work. Right by the palace the garden
Amaliehaven is located, and it has a beautiful view over the harbour entrance and the newly opened Opera House.

If you instead take a left on Bredgade down Frederiksgade you will get to the Marble Church, an impressive building
which was 150 years under way.

Rosenborg Palace

From Kongens Nytorv you could also take a walk up Gothersgade and visit Rosenborg Palace; Built in 1606-1634 by
King Christian IV as a royal pleasure retreat outside of the closed city.

Today it is a museum with objects related to the Danish monarchs during the last 400 years and in the basement the
Royal Regalia and state jewellery belonging to the present queen are on display. The Palace is beautifully situated at
the end of King's Garden, a public garden that is popular among the commoners.

The Round Tower

From Gothersgade take a left on to Landemærket and straight ahead you have The Round Tower. It was built as an
observatory in 1642 under Christian IV and a 209-metre-long winding passage leads to the platform and the
Observatory at the top of the tower - from here you will have a magnificent view over the old town, house roofs and
church towers.

From The Round Tower you can take a walk via Store Kannikestræde to the Cathedral, Vor
Frue Kirke, built in 1829. During the last 800 years a church has been situated on this spot
and several royal couples have been married here, Crown-Princess Mary and Crown Prince
Frederik being the latest ones in May 2004.

Tivoli Gardens

Another option could also be to visit the well-known garden and adventure park, Tivoli,
which is located in the middle of the city just across from the central station. It is a lovely
place to spend time whether you go there for a walk or if you are in for the adventuress

It is recommendable to visit the garden around evening time where you can enjoy the special atmosphere when the
many coloured lamps are turned on at twilight, while perhaps having a meal at one of the numerous restaurants.

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Welcome to Stockholm, or as they say in Swedish, Välkommen! Beautiful, clean and friendly, Stockholm is one of
northern Europe’s most wonderful and intriguing cities. No matter if you’re looking for nightlife, culture or natural
scenery, Stockholm can provide any visitor with exactly what he or she is looking for, and sometimes, even more!

Stockholm, the Royal Capital of Sweden, is truly a city unlike any other. Built on 14 islands, the city is home to 1.25
million people. With medieval forts and castles neighboring buildings renowned for their modern architecture,
Stockholm remains a top priority for many of Europe’s visitors. World-famous for its cleanliness, its attention to the
environment, and its friendly residents, Stockholm is also a compact city, easily explored on foot. Situated on the
southeastern coast of Sweden, Stockholm presents an exciting array of activities and sights for any visitor.

Relax on the island of Djurgården, the world’s first National Park. Or check out the island of Södermalm, an exciting
locale for nightlife, entertainment and style. With the city divided equally into one third water, one third city, and the
remaining third all green nature, the city of Stockholm presents an enjoyable, harmonious blend.

Although thoroughly modern and filled with contemporary Swedish architecture, Stockholm has retained much of its
history. Wander through Gamla Stan (Old Town) and experience Stockholm as it appeared 750 years ago.

Also known as “The City of Museums,” Stockholm is home to around 100 of them! From the larger institutes such as
the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the National Museum (both must-see’s) to the smaller, more specialized
organizations like the Museum of the History of Wines and Spirits and the Museum of the Post Office, Stockholm has
enough to entertain any seasoned museum-goer. Check out the Vasa Museum, or Vasa Ship, an amazingly
preserved warship from the early 1600s. For those opposed to spending a beautiful day inside, try the Skansen,
Stockholm’s open-air museum. Filled with over 150 houses and workplaces in miniature, the museum showcases
Swedish life.

Interested in fashion, theatre and art? Go through the Kulturhuset – literally, “Culture House.” With three galleries
constantly changing and exhibiting an array of world-famous works, an auditorium that showcases renowned
performances in music and dance, and even children’s rooms dedicated to expanding young minds, the Kulturhuset
may require repeat visits to fully enjoy!

For a more traditional tourist activity, the Storkyrkan stands tall and welcoming for any visitor. A cathedral founded in
the 13th century by Birger Jarl, the founder of the city itself, the Storkyrkan remains an impeccable display of medieval
architecture and devotion. Stckholm’s City Hall is another bastion of architecture. With the awarding of the Nobel
Prize held here every year, the City Hall presents a modern, imposing face for the city, making the visitor understand
exactly how well-respected Stockholm is in the international community.

Gröna Lund, on the other hand, offers what is bound to be a day of fun and excitement. For what could be more
thrilling than an amusement park? Filled with roller coasters, rides and attractions, Gröna Lund is situated right on the
water, so visitors can overlook the ocean as they go up, up, up.

If a day outside isn’t your fancy, then the Cosmonova might hold the answer you and your family seek. One of the
world’s most amazing IMAX theatres, the Cosmonova is one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions. So popular, in
fact, that purchasing tickets ahead of time is highly recommended.

For a child-oriented activity, the Junibacken offers the best in children’s entertainment. It’s a young person’s world,
with the world’s largest children’s bookstore, a house with everything in miniature, even a storybook train. Even if you
don’t bring children, stop in just to be young for a day.

With numerous activities such as boat trips out to Sweden’s 24,000 islands, a welcoming population and a calendar of
events that runs year-round, Stockholm is an amazing city to experience firsthand. By Public Transportation

Getting Around

You can travel throughout Stockholm county by bus, local train, subway (T-bana), and trams, going from Singö in the
north to Nynäshamn in the south. The routes are divided into zones, and one ticket is valid for all types of public
transportation in the same zone within 1 hour of the time the ticket is stamped.

Regular Fares -- The basic fare for public transportation (in Stockholm this means subway, tram/streetcar, or bus)
requires tickets purchased from the agent in the tollbooth on the subway platform, not from a vending machine. Each
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the inner city. You can transfer (or double back and return to your starting point) within 1 hour of your departure for
free. For more information, search

Special Discount Tickets -- Your best transportation bet is to purchase a tourist season ticket. A 1-day card, costing
100SEK ($20/£10) for adults and 60SEK ($12/£6) for ages 7 to 20 and seniors, is valid for 24 hours of unlimited travel
by T-bana, bus, and commuter train within Stockholm. It also includes passage on the ferry to Djurgården. Most
visitors will prefer the 3-day card for 200SEK ($40/£20) for adults and 120SEK ($24/£12) for ages 7 to 20 and seniors,
valid for 72 hours in both Stockholm and the adjacent county. The 3-day card also is valid for admission to Skansen,
Kaknästornet, and Gröna Lund. Kids up to 7 years of age can travel free with an adult. These tickets are available at
tourist information offices, in subway stations, and at most news vendors. Call tel. 08/600-10-00 for more information.

Stockholmskortet (Stockholm Card; is a personal discount card that allows unlimited
travel by bus, subway, and local trains throughout the city and county of Stockholm (except on airport buses). You can
take a sightseeing tour with City Sightseeing, where you can get on and off as often as you please. These tours are
available daily from mid-June to mid-August. In addition, the card enables you to take a boat trip to the Royal Palace
of Drottningholm for half-price. Admission to 75 museums and attractions is also included in the package.

You can purchase the card at several places in the city, including the Tourist Center in Sweden House, Hotell
Centralen, the Central Station, the tourist information desk in City Hall (in summer), the Kaknäs TV tower, SL-Center
Sergels Torg (subway entrance level), and Pressbyrän newsstands. The cards are stamped with the date and time at
the first point of usage. A 24-hour card costs 395SEK for adults; a 48-hour card is 525SEK ($92/£46) for adults.

By T-bana (Subway) -- Before entering the subway, passengers tell the ticket seller the destination, and then
purchase tickets. Subway entrances are marked with a blue "T" on a white background. For information about
schedules, routes, and fares, phone tel. 08/600-10-00.

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Berlin on one Day

If you visit Berlin for the first time and don't have much time to spend on the countless sightseeings, museums and
tourist attractions, you will have to concentrate on the city's main impressions. The following page will guide you
through the most important ways to discover Berlin.

Berlin on one Day

Unter den Linden with Gendarmenmarkt and Friedrichstraße: approx. 3 hours
Brandenburger Tor and Reichstag: approx. 2 hours
Potsdamer Platz: approx. 1,5 hours
Kurfürstendamm: approx. 1 hour

The best place to begin is in the historical centre of the city, in Mitte, whose fully restored architecture gives you
some idea of the Prussian splendour of bygone days. They stand in stark contrast to the building style of the period
when the country was divided and this part of town was under East German rule. Alexanderplatz (1) was made
famous through Alfred Döblin's novel of the same name and is dominated by the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Berlin's
tallest edifice. The spectacular panoramic windows offers a breathtaking view out over the whole city. The tiny
Marienkirche (Church) looks a bit lost among the many modern buildings at Alexanderplatz, but its "dance of death"
fresco is well worth a closer look.

From Alexanderplatz you can walk down Karl-Liebknecht-Straße toUnter den Linden, the magnificent boulevard
featuring numerous well-known buildings of architectural interest. On the right you soon come to the impressive
Berliner Dom (2) (Berlin Cathedral), the court church of the Hohenzollern Dynasty. The Lustgarten (Pleasure
Garden), now restored according to the original plans, offers an opportunity for a pleasant stroll and not only for
museum visitors heading towards the Museumsinsel (3) (Museum's Island) with its imposing museums whose
collections are easily on a par with those in other cities of the world.

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Returning to Unter den Linden we cross the Schlossbrücke (Palace Bridge) which was designed by Karl Friedrich
Schinkel and is once again resplendent with its once lost statues.

To your right is the Zeughaus (4) (Old Armoury) which is currently undergoing extensive repair work. The Deutsches
Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum), that will present an exhibition about German history, will open in
June 2006. Next to the Zeughaus stands the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse), the official memorial of the Federal
Republic of Germany. To the rear of the small chestnut wood lies the Maxim-Gorki-Theater, which was built in 1827
for the Singakademie (Academy of Singing). The next building is home to Berlin's oldest university, the Humboldt-
Universität, built between 1748-66. Standing in the middle of Unter den Linden at a level with Universitätsstraße is
the monumental equestrian statue by Christian Daniel Rauch depicting Friedrich II on his favourite horse Condé.

The Staatsoper (State Opera House) is located on the other side of Unter den Linden. This was the first building
constructed as part of the 'Forum Fridericianum'. In the centre of the Bebelplatz square is a memorial set into the
ground commemorating the "book-burning" of 1933.

At the southern end of the same square you will find Hedwigs-Kathedrale (St. Hedwig's Cathedral) with its
unconventionally shaped dome. To its right stands the Alte Bibliothek (Old Royal Library), known locally as the 'chest
of drawers' because of its crescent-shaped frontage. It is well worth making a short detour to the Gendarmenmarkt
(5), which with its ensemble of Konzerthaus (Concert Hall), Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom (German
Cathedral and French Cathedral), is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The new architectural face of Berlin
is well in evidence in the nearby Friedrichstraße – elegant stores and shopping malls like 'Galeries Lafayette',
'Quartier 205' and 'Quartier 206'. Here you will also find the most famous of all memorials to the division of Germany
– the Checkpoint Charlie border-crossing point – recalling one of the more tragic periods of Berlin history. To get to
the Gendarmenmarkt from Bebelplatz go down Behrenstraße and turn into Markgrafenstraße which will take you
there directly.

Pariser Platz (7) lies at the western end of Unter den Linden, a grand 1.5 km long and 60 m wide boulevard. A series
of imposing corporate, commercial and embassy buildings are strung along this most famous of the city's
thoroughfares. Just off to the right of Pariser Platz you can see the legendary Hotel Adlon and the Russian Embassy,
an icing-cake style building constructed during the Stalin Era of the 50s. A few yards further on, at the corner of
Behrenstraße, stands the Komische Oper, one of the three Berlin opera houses, this one presenting German
language versions of opera and operetta. Pariser Platz is of course the location of Berlin's most prestigious landmark,
the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate), a symbol of the division and reunification of the city of Berlin. In the
south wing the BERLIN infostore offers more detailed information. Situated on the former border between East and
West Berlin, it provides the most moving reminder of the city's recent history. Not far away is the Reichstag, another
notable landmark of historic dimensions. Looking out over the roof garden or through the glass dome you can enjoy a
unique view of the inner city and at the same time feel right at the centre of German politics.

Allow plenty of time for the queues waiting to visit to the dome – entrance is free. If you want further examples of
Berlin's new metropolitan architecture take a look at the recently completed Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery)
and the Pressezentrum (Federal Press Office).

Walk on your way to Potsdamer Platz you pass the The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the central place
for remembrance and a place of warning. The impressive Field of Stelae by Peter Eisenman, the internationally
renowned New York architect, was opened in 2005.
Potsdamer Platz has also undergone complete reconstruction. The glass facaded Sony Center, the debis
headquarters and the Kollhoff-Hochhaus combine to form part of the new hub of the city, a synthesis of contemporary
architecture and urban lifestyle. In the newly-designed Kulturforum (Cultural Forum) just round the corner from
Potsdamer Platz the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) houses a collection of old masters to wonder at. Back at
Potsdamer Platz we can take a walk through the Tiergarten park, Berlin's 'green heart' and arrive in the western
centre of the city. On the way there we pass by the Siegessäule (Victory Column) on whose summit 'Golden Victoria',
an angel- like figure, seems to float over the city.

Bus 200
To get from Potsdamer Platz to Zoologischer Garten, enter bus 200.

Driving time:
ca. 10 minutes

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The Kurfürstendamm, Berlin's western centre, is full of shops and department stores – an ideal place to find a
souvenir or two to take back. KaDeWe, Europe's largest store, is a real shoppers' paradise.
The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Memorial Church) is located on Breitscheidplatz and was kept as a memorial
to the horrors of war; there are two contrasting churches here, one the old ruined church and the other a modern-
looking construction. Beyond them we can already make out the all-glass Kranzlereck complex pointing up into the
sky. This is one of the city's most recent building projects where also a BERLIN infostore with fancy souvenirs and
fashion of the brand BERLIN is located. As the day closes it's time to visit one of the many restaurants on or not far
from the Kurfürstendamm – for example, at nearby Savigny Platz – to relax and soak up the Berlin atmosphere.

S 3, 5, 7
At Zoologischer Garten take the suburban train to Hackescher Markt.

Driving time:
approx. 15 minutes
Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg and Goltzstraße in Schöneberg are two more venues for enjoying Berlin's vibrant
nightlife. To arrive at Kollwitzplatz, enter the underground U2 from Zoologischer Garten in direction Pankow and get
off at station Senefelderplatz. Driving time is appr. 20 minutes.
To get to Goltzstraße enter the underground at Wittenbergplatz, take the U2 in direction Pankow or the underground
U1 in direction Warschauer Straße and get off at station Nollendorfplatz. Go down Maaßenstraße to Goltzstraße.
Driving and walking time: approx. 15 minutes.

U2 U2, U1
To arrive at Kollwitzplatz, enter the To get to Goltzstraße enter the underground at Wittenbergplatz, take
underground U2 from Zoologischer Garten in the U2 in direction Pankow or the underground U1 in direction
direction Pankow and get off at station Warschauer Straße and get off at station Nollendorfplatz. Go down
Senefelderplatz. Maaßenstraße to Goltzstraße.

Driving time: Driving and walking time:

appr. 20 minutes approx. 15 minutes

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Gastronomical Tip:
When in Berlin you mustn't forget to try the local delicacy, Currywurst (fried sausage in curry ketchup), the classic
fast-food speciality. Berlin also boasts a traditional drink, Berliner Weiße, particularly refreshing in summer when
relaxing in one of the many beer gardens or street cafés.

Berlin City – the most important must-see sights

TV Tower – Built in 1969 as a symbol of East German socialism, this 368m tower, the largest structure in Germany,
even has its own revolving café/restaurant. A trip to the top also offered a rare chance for East Germans to see what
life on the other side of The Wall was really like.
TIP: If youre going up the TV tower - go after dark, when most of Berlins landmarks are illuminated.

DDR Museum - Using the paraphernalia of shopping, fashion and family life Berlins DDR museum attempts to
introduce visitors to what for millions of East Germans was once everyday life. Play Hausfrau in an authentic DDR
kitchen and living room, or experience first-hand what it was like to be spied on.
TIP: In the museum check out the Trabant, THE typical East German car, parked in the front room.

Berliner Dom – Perhaps the most over-decorated protestant church in the world and once home to the Nazi partys
Reich church. Bombed out during WW II, the Berlin Cathedral was restored to its current glory in 1993 - complete with
a whopping great 7,200-pipe pipe organ.
TIP: You pay to get into the Berlin dome, but if theres an organ concert on its definitely worth it.

Museum Island – Surrounded on all sides by the River Spree, Museum Island is literally an island with museums on
it, isnt that clever? It is not only home to some of the citys top class museums such as the Altes Museum and the
Pergamon Museum, but also the Berliner Dom and the tranquil Lustgarten.
TIP: Visit the island on a Thursday between six and ten for free entrance to the museums.

Lustgarten – Dont be confused by the name, Berlins naked people are running around the citys 500acre Tiergarten
just down the road. The Lustgarten started its life as a cabbage patch for the nearby city palace, later used as a
military parade ground, now a grass garden.
TIP: One of the most pleasant places in Berlin to relax in the summer - near some of the citys most magnificent

Brandenburg Gate – Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its
reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no
other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city.
TIP: Take your camera and get snapping; its not going anywhere anytime soon.

Reichstag – The German parliament building, re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries
moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass
dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.
TIP: Try to avoid the queues at the Reichstag, make a reservation atKaefers restaurant at the top of the glass
dome. This should get you in the side door.

Holocaust Memorial – Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks
jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers
former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
TIP: Walk through the memorial, youll quickly realise its not the kind of place you want to have a summer picnic at.

Potsdamer Platz – This was the glitzy centre of Germanys debauched 1920s metropolis, and the site Europes first
traffic light system. Smashed into rubble during WW II, its now home to Europes fastest elevator and a mass of steel
and glass buildings said to represent the future of Berlin.
TIP: Check out the Sony Centre and Cinemax cinemas for films in their original language (e.g. English).

Topography of Terror – Back in 1987 a group of students excavated, with little more than their bare hands, the
cellars of Berlins former Gestapo and SS headquarters. The Topography of Terror is the fruit of their labour, an
open-air exhibition documenting what happens when a totalitarian regime tortures its people to death for fun.
TIP: Pickup a headset from the reception for English audio commentary.
TIP: Next to the Topography of Terror is an excellent art museum called Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Checkpoint Charlie – Berlins most famous crossing point between East and West and a lasting symbol of the citys
fragile Cold War relations. Commemorated today by an ersatz replica of the original American checkpoint and two
historically inaccurate pictures of Soviet and American soldiers.
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TIP: Avoid the museum, its disorganised, expensive, and there is way too much information.

Jewish museum – German-Jewish relations have had their bad times, and surprisingly, although the exhibition
names wouldnt give it away, their good times. Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind New Yorks Ground Zero
memorial, designed this Museum.
TIP: Perhaps the most depressing museum in the world, take a handkerchief.

Gendarmenmarkt – Touted by many guidebooks as the prettiest square in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for its
two churches - one Protestant, one Catholic - each built opposite each other by the opposing religion. Not often that
TIP: Fassbender & Rausch, possibly the worlds greatest chocolate shop, is on the corner of Gendarmenmarkt.

Tacheles – One-time department store then SS headquarters in the heart of Berlins former Jewish quarter,
the Tacheles was taken over by squatters in 91. Behind the buildings bombed out façade is a wealth of art studios,
two cinemas, 3 bars, a beach bar, a café and a newly opened bourgeois restaurant.
TIP: Watch out for the fire-breathing dragon in Café Zapata!
TIP: Just opposite youll find delicious French fries served from a dodgy looking trailer called Beckers Fritten.

Hackescher Markt – Hackescher Markt was once home to booming businesses during the Industrial Revolution. Its
now famous not only for its attractive station, but as a jumping off point to the nearby Hackescher Höfe complex.
TIP: Head to the Höfe and visit the Ampelmann shop to pick up souvenirs emblazoned with our little East Berlin
TIP: Get an impression of how this area used to look: 30m to the right of Starbucks is an entrance to a hidden
courtyard. There you will find bars, a cinema and a high quality comic and graphics shop:

Karl Marx Allee - Rent a bike at the reception and explore this sweeping communist boulevard where the GDR
Government used to proudly present their weapons of mass destruction at their May Day parades.
TIP: Along the way youll pass Café Moskau, which boasts an actual-sized replica of Sputnik. Youll think the Cold War
never ended...

Volkspark Friedrichshain - A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. In the middle youll find
Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-
made to cover up a destroyed anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
TIP: Go and discover the Beer garden Cafe Schoenbrunn

Stasi Headquarters - Take the U5 subway at Alexanderplatz to Magdalenenstrasse and visit the
former headquarters of the Stasi – East Germanys cruel and meticulous secret police - in Normannenstr. The
building has been transformed into a museum and you can walk through the preserved offices of some of the GDRs
most powerful men. A disturbing look at Berlins very recent past.
TIP: Here people fill in an application form to find out if their name is linked to the Stasi.

Schloss Charlottenburg - If you are interested in Prussian architecture and history but dont have time to travel to
Potsdam, then Schloss Charlottenburg is the perfect inner-city alternative. This outstanding palace and its
surrounding gardens are not only visually stunning, but will also give you a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the
Prussian emperors.
TIP: Have a picnic in the surrounding park

Bauhaus Archive - Founded 1919, the school of crafts, design and architecture was closed down by the Nazis in
1933. Get a feel for thedesign movement that had a major impact on architecture and the style of everyday goods.
TIP: There are often exhibitions being shown in this building.

Olympic Stadium - Built in 1936, the Olympic stadium is one of the few Nazi buildings still in use. It was completely
refurbished before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but the stadiums darker political past still looms large.
TIP: Hire an audio guide for detailed information about Hitlers fondness for imperial architecture and the 1936 Nazi-
hosted Olympic Games.
TIP: It is also home to Hertha, Berlins most popular football team. Ticketscan be bought here.

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Save money on public transport As Berlin is one
of Europe's largest cities, you may find yourself
using public transport quite a bit. Rather than up to
€2.40 for each single journey, buy a 'Tageskarte'
(day ticket). Costing €6.10 for 2 zones (that will be
enough) they are valid until 3am of the day of
purchase and cover all modes of transport.

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Transport to Neuschwanstein Castle

How to get there by public transport

Take the train (Deutsche Bahn) to Füssen, then the bus RVA/OVG 73 in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-
Partenkirchen or the bus RVA/OVG 78 in the direction to Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau
/ Alpseestraße.

Train ride is 2 hours, earliest train 8.52AM, next is 9.51AM

Castle Ticket: EUR9, student EUR8

Eurail Pass should cover the train tickets, possibly also for the bus~!


Station/Stop Time Platform Products

München Hbf Gl.27- dep 09:51 27 RE 32674 Regional-
36 Express
Buchloe arr 10:41 5
Buchloe dep 10:44 4 RB 32630 Regionalbahn
Füssen arr 11:55 3
Füssen walk 3 min.
Füssen Bahnhof
Füssen Bahnhof dep 12:05 Bus 78 Bus Direction:
Hohenschwangau, arr 12:13 Hohenschwangau, Schwangau
Schwangau (Schlösser)
* If you are traveling in high season, I would definitely buy the tickets in advance as I hear the ticket line alone can be a 2h wait. I
would buy a time 3hr after leaving Munich

From Hohenschwangau to Neuschwanstein Castle ...

On foot
You can walk to the castle in about 30 minutes.
By horse-drawn carriage
Departure point: Hotel Müller, Alpseestraße in Hohenschwangau.
From the carriage stand at the castle it is about 300 m - approximately a 5-minute walk - to the castle entrance.
Costs: uphill journey 6 euros / downhill journey 3 euros (state: January 2009)

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In One Day

In order to digest enough of Prague's wonders, do what visiting kings and potentates do on a 1-day visit: Walk the
Royal Route (or at least part of it). From the top of the castle hill in Hradcany, tour Prague Castle in the morning.
After lunch begin your slow descent through the odd hill-bound architecture of Lesser Town (Malá Strana).

Then stroll across Charles Bridge, on the way to the winding alleys of Old Town (Staré Mesto). You can happily get
lost finding Old Town Square (Staromestské nám.), stopping at private galleries and cafes along the way. From Old
Town Square take Celetná street to Ovocný trh, and you'll reach Mozart's Prague venue, the Estates' Theater. Dinner
and your evening entertainment are all probably within a 10-minute walk from anywhere in this area.

Start: Tram no. 22 or 23, or take a taxi ride up the castle hill.

1. Prague Castle: Since the 9th century, the castle has been the seat of the central state and church. It witnessed
the first central unifying power, the Premyslids, and the reigns of the Luxembourg and the Jagiellos, as well as the
Habsburg dynasty. The castle is now the official seat of the Czech president.

2. St. Vitus Cathedral: King John of Luxembourg and his even more famous son Charles IV laid the foundation
stone in 1344 in the place of the original Romanesque rotunda. The first Gothic building period was led by Matyas of
Arras, and then Peter Parler and his sons continued through 1399. The construction of this impressive architectural
piece was not completed until 1929.

3. The Royal Palace: The oldest part of the palace dates back to 1135. Famous Czech kings Premyslid Otakar II,
Charles IV, Wenceslas IV, and Vladislav Jagello then initiated additional reconstructions. The central part, the late
Gothic Vladislav Hall, with its ribbed-star-vaulting ceiling, was the largest secular hall in medieval Prague. Still today,
every 5 years, the presidential elections take place here.

4. St. George's Basilica: This is the oldest preserved church building of the castle. The originally Romanesque
structure gained its baroque facade in the 17th century. Now, as a part of the National Gallery, this venue houses a
permanent exhibition of Gothic Czech art.

5. Golden Lane: This bizarre conglomeration of mini-town houses within the castle complex was once home to writer
Franz Kafka. Bistro Zlatá Ulicka -- Break for lunch in one of the restaurants around the castle complex. For
sandwiches I recommend the Bistro Zlatá Ulicka at the top of Golden Lane.

Start making your way back through the castle's courtyards to Hradcanské námestí, from which you'll be able to see
Prague in its panoramic beauty (if it's not foggy that day). Then as you walk down Nerudova, the road leading to the
Lesser Town, you'll find small shops and galleries tucked into every narrow nook.

7. Church of St. Nicholas: The dome of the Church of St. Nicholas, with its gilded baroque interior, dominates the
view from Lesser Town Square (Malostranské nám.). Organ concerts are held here throughout the year. Note that
the interior is not heated in winter.

8. Charles Bridge: Early on, this pedestrian path became one of the centers of town life. Now it's a promenade best
known for its open-air gallery of sculptures, and, of course, the magic views of Prague Castle and Lesser Town.

9. Old Town Square: The very center of the Old Town life, this square is constantly crowded in high season, but
definitely one of the "must dos."

10. Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock: In Old Town Square, you can watch a performance of the astronomical
clock at the top of each hour. If you aren't tired by now, climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower for a panoramic

11. Estates' Theater: If you still have the time and you like opera, try to see Don Giovanni, which is frequently
staged. It was here, in October 1787, that Mozart himself conducted the world premiere of his masterpiece. It is not
performed every day, so check the program in advance. Tickets are available at Ticketpro outlets or usually at the
theater, just before the performance.

Kogo -- Whether you make it here before the theater or for a late-night, after-opera dinner, you'll not be disappointed
by the well-prepared and well-presented Italian food. Havelská 27. tel. 224-214-543.

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Buy day/multi-tickets for public transport As
enjoyable as it is to roam the cobbled streets of the Old
Town and cross Charles Bridge to the sound of buskers,
at some stage you may need to utilize Prague's public
transport. When you do, buy
day/multi-tickets. A day-long ticket costs 70Kc, and a 3-
day ticket will set you back 200Kc.

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TIP 2: A convenient and inexpensive way of seeing all the major sights is going on a Hop On Hop Off Bus
Sightseeing Tour Modern, air-conditioned bus takes you to to a tour of the city showing you many sights and
attractions. Audio guide in several languages is provided.

If you only have 1 day in Budapest, you'll want to see a bit of both Buda and Pest, and this tour lets you do both. You'll
start off with a cultural and historic tour of Pest, then you'll cross Chain Bridge (an attraction in itself) for a brief tour of
the Castle District in Buda, where you can enjoy a meal and a stop in a pub. Start: Inner Pest.

1. Inner City & Central Pest

Budapest is a city where wide boulevards intersect with some really narrow streets. It is a reminder that it was once
part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Wide boulevards were especially well suited for accommodating carriages for
royals and others of wealth. This is definitely a city to be walked, so start in the center, wander the grand boulevards,
and admire the architecture. Make sure you look up. So many interesting features on buildings are not at eye level.

Depending on your travel tastes, you may want to visit a few museums and highlights of the area. You may find the
Greek-looking Hungarian National Museum, the Budapest Holocaust Memorial Center, or the Inner City Parish
Church to your liking. As you wander through the area, remind yourself of two facts: Unlike Prague, much of
Budapest was bombed during World War II and that the communist regime only ended in 1989. In a relatively short
time, the city has made tremendous strides, although it still has far to go. Many historic buildings have been torn down
to be replaced with modern conveniences such as boutiques, apartment complexes, or restaurants. Others have been
renovated to their former glory, but in my opinion, certainly not enough. History is being replaced by sterility of the new
and modern.

Váci utca is the perennially favorite shopping and walking street of Budapest. Developed after the regime changes in
1989, it has blossomed with many international stores and some Hungarian ones as well. For examples of Hungarian
crafts, visit the Vali Folklór folk craft shop, the VAM Design Gallery, at Váci utca 64, and various clothing stores
(avoid the touristy cafes here).

Walk from Váci utca to the Danube Promenade and stroll along the river. Following the 2 tram line, you will be making
your way to Kossuth tér for:

2. Parliament

Budapest's exquisite Parliament building is the second largest in Europe after England's Westminster. I've taken the
tour six times and could still do it again. The main facade faces the Danube. Designed by Imre Steindl and completed
in 1902, the building mixes neo-Gothic style with a neo-Renaissance dome reaching 96m (315 ft.), significant as the
country's millennium was 1896 and the conquest of the kingdom of Hungary was 896. St. Stephens is also 96m (315
ft.) high for the same reasons. It is by far one of our favorite buildings in Budapest. At the top of a grandly ornamented
staircase, there is a hexadecagonal (16-sided) central hall that leads to an impressive chamber. The fabled Hungarian
crown jewels of St. Stephen are on display. Unfortunately, you can enter only on guided tours (the 3/4-hour tour is
worth the chance to go inside).

3. Take a Break -- Szabadsag tér (Freedom Square)

This beautifully maintained park is the home of a large obelisk statue that commemorates when the Soviet Union
liberated Hungary at the end of World War II. It is the last remaining memorial to the Soviet Union in the city. You may
want to rest in the park or have a coffee at Farger's Café at Zoltán u. 18, right on the square. You will be directly
across from the U.S. Embassy.

Walk back to Parliament and then south about .4km (1/4 mile) toward the historic Chain Bridge, which you will see in
the distance:

4. Chain Bridge

Known as the Széchenyi Bridge or the Chain Bridge, this bridge holds the distinction of being the first permanent
crossing to link Buda and Pest. The idea for the bridge was instigated and funded by 19th-century Hungarian reformer
Count István Széchenyi. Legend has it that due to storms, he was not able to cross the river to be with this dying
father. While Széchenyi waited 8 days for the storms to subside so he could cross the river, his father died and he
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missed the funeral. Designed by William Tierney Clark, an Englishman, the bridge was also one of the largest
suspension bridges of its time when it opened in 1849. According to legend, the omission of sculpted tongues on the
lions, which guard the bridge at either end, caused the sculptor to drown himself in the river out of shame; however,
the lions do have tongues, just not visible from the ground. (Note: You might duck into the Four Seasons Hotel
Gresham Palace while you're here to view its breathtaking interiors).

Walk across the Chain Bridge, and take the funicular up to the:

5. Castle District

Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, consists of two parts: the Royal Palace itself and the so-called
Castle District. Most of this area is a reconstructed medieval city, but the original castle was destroyed in World War II
and replaced with the current Royal Palace.

This is an interesting area for walking and wandering. There are many cobblestone streets, so choose your shoes
carefully. You might also wish to stop and visit the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

6. Take a Break -- Rivalda Café & Restaurant

After a long day of walking and sightseeing, one option for a meal while still on the hill is the Rivalda Café &
Restaurant. This restaurant is housed in a building that was once a monastery of Carmelite monks who disbanded in
1786. The building was then given to the people of Buda by Joseph II to become a theater. Opened as a restaurant in
2000, it has saxophone or piano music nightly. I. Szinház u. 5-9; tel. 1/489-0236.

After dinner, you might head back to your hotel to relax for a bit so you'll be ready to:

7. Socialize at a Bar, Club, or Bistro

Budapest has a variety of lively nightlife possibilities to suit every taste. You'll find all levels of partying available,
whether you're looking for hardcore clubbing or just a pub for drinks with the locals. Clubs such as The Old Man's
Music Pub and Paris, Texas have nightly music. Both are quite popular places for nighttime drinks and socializing,
where you'll find locals of all ages mingling here.

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Save money at Budapest's baths Entrance to
Budapest's baths can cost anything up to 2,500HUF. But
in many baths (namely the Gellert Baths and Szechenyi
Baths) you receive money back if you
leave within a certain amount of time. So if you pay
2,300HUF into the Szechenyi Baths, leave within 2 hours
and you will receive 700HUF on the way out.

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When you only have 24 hours to see all that is Vienna, Austria, this self-guided walking tour will give you a good
taste of life in this high society city, as well as a good bit of fresh, Viennese air.

• Morning walk at Schönbrunn Palace

Originally a hunting lodge/grounds turned summer palace of the Hapsburg’s – the ruling family of Austria for almost
700 years – Schönbrunn is a spectacular sight. The sunny-yellow Baroque style palace holds over 1,400 rooms
within, including an opera theater, café, and kid’s museum. Only 40 of the Rococo style palace rooms are open to
the public and with two different tours you can opt to see half or all of the 40 rooms. But don’t be fooled, while the
palace within is interesting enough, if the weather is nice, take advantage of the sights to behold in theBaroque
gardens and Schönbrunn park. The park is acres and acres of woods, perfectly trimmed tree-lined dirt paths, hidden
fountains, statues, labyrinths, gardens and flowers, and the world-class Schönbrunn zoo – the oldest zoo in Europe.
Take a moderate hike up to the Gloriette and get a royal view of Vienna.

• Naschmarkt Picnic at Volksgarten

When the Vienna River was covered up in 1898, the Naschmarkt – a world class market filled with reasonable
eateries, exotic far-away foods, and off-the-market goods – was born. Be adventurous and make a picnic out of the
wide variety of meats and cheeses, wines and chocolates, fruits and vinegars – then take it all to the
lovely Volksgarten. Literally the “People’s garden”, the beautiful, rose-filledimperial garden sits in the middle of six
must-see architecturally unique buildings in Vienna – the impressive Rathaus (City Hall) built in the Neo-Gothic style;
the Classical Burgtheater; the Neo-Greek Parliament with statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom;
the Museum’s Quarter comprised of the twin Natural History and Art History Museums, and the Museum of Modern
Art; and the Hofburg, the Imperial central palace and government building of Vienna. If you don’t have time to make
the trip out to Schönbrunn, the Hofburg is an equal substitution.

• An afternoon on the Kohlmarkt and Graben leading to Stephansdom

Walk towards the Hofburg from the Volksgarten and hang a left when you get to the horse and carriage-lined street.
Pass through to In der Burg Square and out to Michaeler Platz – which holds a tiny portion of the original Roman
foundations of Vienna – and crossover to the Kohlmarkt. With designer shops such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren,
Demel (the ultimate Viennese chocolate shop) and Tiffany it’s a nice place to dream about the over-priced niceties
displayed in the windows. At the end of the Kohlmarkt take a right and you are now in the Graben, or “ditch” –
formerly the moat for the Roman military camp. In the middle of the ditch is the rather tall Trinity Column, a memorial
of the plague that took hold of Vienna in the Middle Ages. Beyond the Graben is the most well known attraction of
Vienna, St. Stephen’s Church. This massive Gothic cathedral still stands as a proud symbol of Vienna after numerous
wars and struggles. Mozart died here in 1791 and it is the national church of Austria, most recently visited by his
Holiness, the Pope in 2007.

If you walk around in the area behind the Stephansdom Cathedral, you will end up in the Medieval core of Vienna -
an area that I regard as one of the nicest in all of Vienna. Here you find ancient churches, narrow alleys and small
cafes - alongside with one of the tackiest attractions of the city: The Mozarthaus Vienna.

• Evening on Kärtnerstrasse, Dinner and an Opera

Kärtnerstrasse is “main street” Vienna. A “foot zone” (no cars allowed here), this street is a haven for tourist and
ritzy shopping, Viennese cafes, and street performers. Any of the side streets will provide you with a great dining or
coffee house experience. A short walk down this famous street will lead you to the world-class National Opera which
boasts over 300 productions per year and is one of themost important opera houses in Europe. The building seems
to have a haunted past – not only did Allied bombs destroy the opera house during WWII, but it was so criticized after
being built that the two architects responsible for the building both died in the same year (one from heart attack and
one committed suicide) from the stress. Such illustrious singers and conductors as Gustav Mahler, Placido Domingo,
Luciano Pavarotti, and Richard Strauss performed and made theVienna State Opera a shimmering example of great
opera. Wind up your visit in a truly Viennese style by seeing a production and going for Sachertorte at the world
famous Sacher Hotel directly behind the opera.

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Save money when buying rail tickets Vienna is a
surprisingly large city and its public network system
is an integral part of any tourist's quest to see as
much of it as possible. If you are travelling in a pair,
buy '2 for 1' tickets where two people can travel for
€2, rather than pay €1.50 each. Other tickets where
you can make savings on are the day cards (€4.40),
or 3-day cards €12.

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1) The city center protected by UNESCO is an absolute MUST - plan 3 hours minimum for that. You should stroll
through the narrow pedestrian zone walkways on the foot of the fortress, visit the Salzburg Cathedral which is also the
background for the famous Jedermann performance at the Salzburg festival, visit the Mozart statue and the Mozart
house and also walk up to the fortress - you will have a splendid view over Salzburg city! You can do that walk either
by yourself (all is walking distance) or with a local guide or a local tour

2) If you are a fan of the movie "Sound of Music" you have to do the Sound of Music Tour. It takes a half day and
shows you not only the city of Salzburg, but also the surrounding lake district and of course all the places you know
from the film.

3) If you want to have fun you should visit Hellbrunn castle with the famous tricky water park. It was built by an
archbishop to entertain his guests. As you walk around through a wonderful garden you might get wet by hidden water
sources - great fun and nice place - calculate 2 hours including the guided tour.

4) Just opposite the old city across the Salzach river you can find Mirabell Gardens, the most famous park area in
Salzburg with the Mirabell castle. It would extend your city walk for apx. 40 minutes and it is worth that.

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Arriving in Venice by train

How to get to Venice, Italy, by rail—The Venezia-Santa Lucia train station

First thing you need to know: do not get off the train when it pulls into Venezia-Mestre. This is the station for
Venice's landlubbing industrial suburb of Mestre, a place you don't ever want to have to set foot in if you don't have to.
(No, it's not dangerous, just exceedingly dull.)

Most trains will continue on from Mestre, across the causeway over the lagoon, and into Venice proper at
the Venezia-Santa Lucia train station. This is where you get off.

(Note: some high-speed trains skimming past Venice will, indeed, stop only at Mestre; if this happens—or you
accidentally get off in Mestre—never fear; there are trains making the short, five-minute hop to Venezia-Santa Lucia
every 10 to 15 minutes or so).

Services inside Venice's Santa Lucia train station

Inside the station, there's a deposito bagagli (left luggage/bag storage) facility bybinario (track) 14, on the far left as
you're walking from a train toward the ticketing hall; the publc bathrooms are nearby. Left luggage is open 6am to
midnight, and charges (per bag) €4 for the first five hours, then €0.60 per hour for the next 12 hours, then €0.20 per
hour after that; for more luggage storage info call tel. +39-041-785-531.

In the train station's main atrium, just to the right of the left-hand exit doors as you're leaving, is a tiny, crowded tourist
information office (tel. +39-041-529-8727; open 8am–6:30pm) and, right next to it, a hotel booking office (tel. +39-
041-522-2264; open 8am–9pm).

Do not get these two offices confused. After years of dealing with lost tourists who constantly ask one office for
information more appropriate to the other—for example, showing up at tourist info wanting to book a hotel, or at the
hotel booth asking for a map of the city and list of open hours for museums—the staffs of these two tiny offices seem
to have grown to hate each other (or perhaps just the tourists) and tend to be quite snippy about forcing you to go to
the other office for your intel—and, typcially, wait in another long line. Make sure you get in the correct line!

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Getting downtown from the Venice train station

Exit the train station and directly in front of you is the famous Grand Canal, Venice's watery Main Street. Look to your
left and you'll see a pair of floating docks for thevaporetto (public ferries, Venice's public "bus" system).

The dock off to your right (S. Lucia) handles Lines 1 (local down the Grand Canal), 41, and 51. The one off to the left
(Scalzi, just before the big bridge) handles line 2 (express down the Grand Canal) and N (the night ferry).

[For the record, farther to the left, beyond that bridge over the Grand Canal—called Ponte Scalzi—is yet another
Ferrovia dock called "Bar Roma" that handles lines not widely used by most tourists: Lines 42 and 52—which
circumnavigate Venice—and DM—which chugs out and around the outlying island of Murano.]

Go to the dock of your choice, buy a ticket from the booth (yes, it really costs €6.50; they're not trying to scam you—
well, they kinda are, but it's the city of Venice doing it, not the guy at the booth), and hop on the no. 1 (local) or no. 2
(express) line headed left, which is downstream, as it were, chugging down the Grand Canal toward the Rialtobridge
and, eventually, Piazza San Marco.

Traghetto: The cheapskate's gondola

Want a rowboat ride in Venice without forking over more than $100? Head down any street named Calle del Traghetto
leading toward the Gand Canal (marked by a yellow sign with the black gondola symbol) and hop aboard
atraghetto (ferry skiff).

These oversized gondolas rowed by two gondolieri cross the Grand Canal at eight intermediate points not covered by
the Grand Canal's four bridges. The fare is a bargain €0.50 (60¢), which you hand to the gondolier when boarding.
You then ride standing up.

It only lasts five or six minutes, but it's a thoroughly Venetian way of getting around—and way cheaper than a tourist

One day in Venice

Kill two birds with one stone by being at the Basilica di San Marco before it opens at 9:45am; that way you (a) get to
see its treasures and the thousands of square feet of glittering mosaics swathing its interior, and (b) won't have to wait
in a long line, which can stretch the wait to as long as an hour or more later in the day.

Don't dawdle too long, however, because you have to be next door at the Doge's Palace by 11:35pm to take your
(pre-booked) "Secret Itineraries" tour for an insider's glimpse into the hidden offices, courtrooms, archives, and prisons
from which the true Venetian Republic ruled for 900 years.

Grab a light lunch on your way over the Grand Canal to tour the Accademia, the major painting gallery in town,
packed with Old Masters, and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, decorated with dozens of Tintoretto paintings.

Spend the evening before dinner just wandering aimlessly around Venice's labyrinth of alleyways. After dinner, sit
on Piazza San Marco to listen to the dueling trios playing for the tables in front of competing chichi cafes.

Oh, and at some point—either when you arrive or as you are preparing to leave—be sure to hop aboard the no. 1 or
no. 2 vaporetto line to for a poor man's cruise of theGrand Canal between Piazza San Marco and the Ferrovia (train
station) or Piazzale Roma (car park).

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Due to the amount of walking required from you in Venice,
a large bottle of water will be attached to your hand for the
most part of each day there. Rather than throw them away,
bring them to one of the numerous wine shops around the city
where you can get them filled with sumptuous wine for as little
as €2.10 per litre. You'll find them on Campo Santa Margherita,
Fondamenta dei Ormeisini and Calle de la Bissa, just minutes
from Rialto Bridge.
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What to see and do if you have only one day to spend in Rome, Italy

Rome wasn't built in a day, so don't expect to see it all in one. Still, you can give it your best shot

Spend the early morning at the Vatican Museums (you'll have time only for the highlights: the Pinacoteca, Raphael
Rooms, and Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's, having lunch on the run to see the Roman Forum.

After taking a gander at the Colosseum, check out the Pantheon and Piazza Navona and then wander the churches
and piazze of the Tiber Bend area, making sure to stop by the Spanish Steps.

After dinner, swing past the Trevi Fountain to toss in a few coins and ensure your return to the Eternal City.


Upon arriving at Rome Termini, I took the escalator to the Metro. For 4 euros you can ride the Metro for up to six
hours and stop and tour many of Rome’s most famous sights.

My first stop off the Metro was the Colosseo (the Colosseum). I must admit when I arrived the line of tourists looked
forbidding and I almost bailed for a cappuccino. After spending several minutes in the no reservation queue, I found
out that I could skip the line altogether by going to the Guided Audio Tour ticket window and for 15 euros get a ticket
into one of Rome’s most ancient monuments. Be prepared to marvel at the architecture of this magnificent arena.

From the Colosseo, walk towards the Foro Romano (Roman Forum), the old heart of the Roman Empire. You will
stroll by temple ruins, basilicas and a few meters more, museums on Capitol Hill. Make sure to wander throughout this
visual wonderland, a testament to the power and strength of the mighty Romans.

Next, head towards the Fontana Di Trevi, the Trevi Fountain. It was crowded as expected with countless tourists but
still a visual feast for the eyes. The Baroque fountain of Neptune is a famous gathering spot and an excellent area to
grab gelato, Italian ice cream. The Pantheon is a brief 5-10 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain and offered another
glimpse of the splendor of Rome.

The last visit on my Roman tour was the Spanish Steps at Piazza Di Spagna. It is another famous meeting spot for
tourists who can be heard excitedly chattering about the wonders of Rome. The Metro is located nearby and quickly
transported me back to Rome Termini for my return trip home to Florence.

Walking Rome is easily manageable with a map of the city, sturdy walking shoes and the desire to explore what the
Eternal City has to offer!

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Things to Do

Climb the soaring cupola of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, or Duomo, for views over red rooftops to
Tuscany's undulating hills beyond. Michelangelo's David stands proud behind the doors of the Galleria
dell'Accademia, only rivaled in scale and splendor by the Uffizi Gallery where Boticellis, da Vincis and other Italian
Old Masters hang out. Traverse the River Arno via the medieval Ponte Vecchio to picnic beside statues and
fountains in the regal Boboli Gardens.


Florentines are slaves to style. Italy's leather capital strains at the seams with handmade gloves, belts, bags and
shoes in artisan workshops, as well as at San Lorenzo Market, where haggling is de rigueur. Splurge on designer
wear from Italian fashion houses along glamorous Via Tornabuoni or Renaissance scents from convent-turned-
perfumery Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Goldsmiths and silversmiths crowd Ponte
Vecchio bridge, just steps from Bottega delle Antiche Terme, famous for tailor Simone Abbarchi's made-to-measure

Nightlife and Entertainment

As the sun sets over the River Arno, fashionable Florentines hit Lungarno's people-watching bars for
a negroni (Campari-based cocktail) at aperitivo hour. For the finest views, head to the chic Terrazza dei Consorti roof
terrace. Street entertainers, guitar-strumming students and caricature artists amuse evening crowds on Piazza del
Duomo, a central starting point for a bar hop. Dress for opera in Teatro Comunale and casual for open-air summer
concerts in the city's piazzas, like Piazza di Sant'Ambrogio.

See the statue of David for free The heading here is slightly misleading. You can't see the real statue
of David free, but you can save yourself €8 by just making your way to Piazza della Signoria or Piazzale Michelangelo.
There are replicas in both. The statue in the former is similar to the original but the one in the latter is green.

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Getting there

Most people make Pisa a day trip from Florence; it's an hour-long $6 train ride away ( After leaving the
main exit of Pisa Centrale station, stop at the tourist office on the left for a free town map. The tower is a half-hour
walk north. Alternately, three buses, the Navetta A, #3, and #4, run approximately every 10 minutes (25¢) and drop off
passengers in front of the Field of Miracles, a piazza that's home to the tower, as well as to the Duomo and the
Baptistry (both of which also tilt, but less obviously). A taxi from the train station costs about $9.

You made it

An 11-year, $27-million restoration that removed soil beneath one side and shifted the top of the tower closer to
vertical by 16 inches, or half a degree, was completed in 2001. Tickets to get inside are $18 and are good for pre-set
30-minute visits; only 30 people can enter at a time. In the summer, it's wise to reserve tickets at for an
additional $2.40 per person. Pickup is right next door to the tower at the Opera Museum.

Killing time while waiting for your time slot isn't difficult; souvenir stands sell leaning mugs, tower snow globes, and
other kitsch. Waiting also gives you the opportunity to take the requisite watch-me-prop-up-the-tower photo. Most
people pose behind the Duomo, on the southwestern side of the field, but a better spot is the northeastern corner,
where there's less risk of someone stepping in the frame. Once inside the tower, ascending the off-kilter circular
staircase feels somewhat like bobbing from side to side on wide waves. Guards are strict about the half-hour limit, so
even if you climb the 294 steps fast, you'll still have only 20 minutes at the top to let your stomach settle and check out
the view before they usher you back down.

For an excellent postclimb lunch, head beyond the tower to Osteria dei Cavalieri, a Slow Food-approved restaurant
with pastas for $13 (Via San Frediano 16, 011-39/050-58-08-58). Alternately, Divincibo, a shoebox-size store on the
Piazza delle Vettovaglie, sells sandwiches for $4


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Boat or Hydrofoil to BELLAGIO: (hydrofoil is the quickest means of lake transport)

5 minute walk to the lakefront and boat ticket office (Cross the road to the lake opposite the station and turn left).
Tickets to be purchased prior to boarding.

First hydrofoil to Bellagio: 7:33am Last hydrofoil to Bellagio: 7:10pm

Frequency: Every two hours – they are more frequent at lunchtime and early evening

Journey time: 40 minutes

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STOCKHOLM: Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 18098-17065901 (ARRIVE 09:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information 13th Jul Standard Twin Private (Shared
SEK300.00 2 SEK600.00
'10 Bathroom)
Cityhostel - Central Station Rooms Total: SEK600.00
Fleminggatan 19
10% Deposit (SEK60.00) will be billed in EUR: €6.54
Service Charge: €1.50
p. +46 8 410 03 830 Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €8.04


Arriving to Stockholm by train or bus;

Follow the sign 'Exit Kungsgatan' at the City Terminal (busstation linked to the Central station), and turn left and cross the bridge
(keep to the right while crossing). About 100m ahead, take right and you have now reached Fleminggatan! You will find City Hostel
on your left hand about 200m ahead. Central Station is 400 meters away.

The nearest subway is 150 meters away - Rådhuset Station. Take the Arlanda Express to the airport, travel time - 20 minutes!

NOTES: The reception is open between 09:00 to 18:00 every day. Check-in: is between 14:00-18:00. If you arrive after 18:00
please contact us by phone or email at least two days prior to arrival (maximum two weeks before) in order to get the code to the
entrance door. When checking in late you are due to come by the reception between 09:00-17:45 the day after your arrival to make
your payment. If this is not possible, please let us know and we can arrange for payment by credit card before arrival. Check-out: is
at latest 11:00 the date of your departure.

Luggage: if you want to store your luggage after check-out/before check-in you can leave your luggage under the stairs in the
entrance (please contact us by phone or e-mail if you want to leave your luggage before 09:00 the day of your arrival). Please note
that the luggage will only be attended during opening hours. There are also lockers at the Central Station for storage of luggage.
There are no curfews but please note that the hostel is to be quiet after 22:00


Date 30-04-2010
Reference number: 20188560
Transaktion number: 316483629
Type Number Arr. Time Dep. Time Adult Child Price
140+120 1 14-07-10 21:00 15-07-10 06:30 2 0 745.00

Rest and Fly

Box 97
S-190 46 Stockholm-Arlanda
CVR nr.: 556541-2516
Phone: 08-5505 5505

From Arlanda Express: Stop at Terminal 4. Walk towards Sky City. Turn right just before the escalator between Terminal 4 and
Sky City.

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Hello Haris Noorani from Malaysia,

You have just made a booking with us at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel - thank you.
To check your Credit Card, ONLY 1€ (non refundable) is charged when you book with us - your accomodation is payable on
ARRIVAL (Cash or Visa/Master)!

This email contains important and confidential information. Please do not delete and make sure no 3rd parties have access!

Your booking details:

Bookingnumber 2-47314
Day of arrival 15. Jul 2010
Day of departure 16. Jul 2010
15.07.2010 1x 2 person in a DOUBLE=1 bed (1.4 X 2.0 m), shared bath on the floor
Due on Arrival € 52.00 (incl. linen)
CC Institut: Visa / CC Name: HARIS M NOORANI / CC valid: 12/13

How do I get to the EastSeven:

From Tegel Airport
... take the TXL bus from the airport to Alexanderplatz and then the U2 subway towards Pankow. Get off at the 2nd stop
"Senefelder Platz". Walk down Schwedter Str. for 80m and find us on your right (orange facade).

From the Main station or 'Ostbahnhof':

Take the S-Bahn overground train to the city centre station “Alexanderplatz” and take the U2 underground towards 'Pankow' and
get off at the 2nd stop „Senefelder Platz“.
You will be able to buy tickets in all metro stations, but you need to validate the tickets before use (on the platforms).

Reception Hours:
Check-In at 15h00, Check-Out til 12h00.
The reception is generally open from 07h00 to 24h00, You can store your luggage before Check-In or after Check-Out

PRAGUE: - Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 12616-17100843 (ARRIVE 14:00)

Old Prague Hostel Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Benediktská 2/685 16th Jul '10 Twin Private (Shared Bathroom) €26.90 2 €53.80
Prague Rooms Total: €53.80

p. +420 224 82 90 58 10% Deposit (€5.38) will be billed in EUR: €5.38

f. +420 224 82 90 60
Service Charge: €0.00
Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €5.38


Directions to your Hostel

You will find us in centre of everything…Everything is within walking distance!!!

You will find our hostel in Old Town, close to Nám. Republiky - metro line 'B' Namesti Republiky (exit Namesti Republiky!!!)
behind KOTVA Department Store in Benediktska st. 2., Prague 1, Old Town... See Map

How to find us . . . . .
....from sq. NAMESTI REPUBLIKY (metro stop EXIT Namesti Republiky!!!)...only a 2 min walk. Find the big department store
KOTVA and pass through passage Kotva on the right side (BINGO/CASINO inside) and you will appear in Benediktska st where
our hostel is...

.....from Main Railway Station (Hlavni nadrazi)....AVOID TAXIS STANDING IN FRONT OF...take metro line C to station FLORENC
(1 stop), switch for line B and go to station NAMESTI REPUBLIKY(exit Namesti Republiky!!). Or 10 min walk!

..... from Railway Station Holešovice...AVOID TAXIS STANDING IN FRONT OF...take metro line C to station FLORENC, switch for
line B and go to station NAMESTI REPUBLIKY (exit Namesti Republiky!!)

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BUDAPEST: - Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 15577-17100909 (ARRIVE 09:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information 18th Jul '10 Double Bed Private (Shared Bathroom) HUF4500.00 2 HUF9000.00
Rooms Total: HUF9000.00
Locomotive Light Hostel
Baross Ter 2 10% Deposit (HUF900.00) will be billed in EUR: €3.41
Budapest Service Charge: €1.50
Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €4.91
p. +36 309 547 851

Directions to your Hostel

The Hostel is located just a stones throw from the main International Train Station called Keleti Pu.
- From Keleti Train Station just walk to the Hostel. The distance is only 200 meters. You can find our Hostel near to the main
entrance of GRAND HOTEL HUNGARIA, on the oposite side of the road, on the left side, under the big sign on the roof : CANON.
The entrance is at the AVON shop, bell is 14.

VIENNA: Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 13911-17101013 (ARRIVE 12:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information 19th Jul '10 Double Bed Private Ensuite €29.00 2 €58.00
Rooms Total: €58.00
Wombats City Hostel Vienna -
The Lounge 10% Deposit (€5.80) will be billed in EUR: €5.80
Mariahilfer Strasse 137 Service Charge: €1.50
Viennap. +43 (0)1 8972336 Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €7.30
f. +43 (0)1 8972577

From Westbahnhof

Take the exit 'Gerstnerstraße' (you should be standing in front of a Chinese restaurant) once you're outside - turn left and walk down
Gerstnerstra'e, until you hit the main street (Mariahilfer Straße) - look to your right and you can already see the wombats on the opposite
side of the street, we are number 137.

ROME: - Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 4428-17101585 (ARRIVE 22:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information 23rd Jul '10 Twin Private Ensuite €30.00 2 €60.00
Rooms Total: €60.00
Hostel Termini
Via Palestro 88. 10% Deposit (€6.00) will be billed in EUR: €6.00
Rome Service Charge: €1.50
Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €7.50
p. +39 (0)64457164
f. +39 (0)649384134 AMOUNT DUE ON ARRIVAL AT HOSTEL TERMINI: €54.00

Getting to the hotel from:

1) Termini train station: when you arrive by train, you arrive in a westward direction; with the train at your back you should walk to
your right (in the direction of descending platform numbers), and take the first opening to the street. This is the north exit. Make
sure that you're on Via Marsala (Marsala street); From there just walk four short blocks up the street directly ahead of you, Via
Marghera. When you hit Via Palestro, take a right until number 88. Our sign's hanging outside.

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FLORENCE: - Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 2165-17101639 (ARRIVE 22:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information 24th Jul '10 Double Bed Private Ensuite €35.00 2 €70.00
25th Jul '10 Double Bed Private Ensuite €35.00 2 €70.00
Leonardo House Rooms Total: €140.00
Via Trebbio 4
Florence 10% Deposit (€14.00) will be billed in EUR: €14.00
Service Charge: €1.50
p. +39 055 285477, +39 Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €15.50
f. +39 055 2608998 AMOUNT DUE ON ARRIVAL AT LEONARDO HOUSE: €126.00

Wallking direction from the Santa Maria Novella Train station:on the Square is the Church Santa Maria Novella,on the left side
walking is
Via Panzani, second on the right Via Rondinelli,
first on the right Via Trebbio,4.

COMO: Booking confirmed for Haris Noorani. Reference no. is 9280-17020967 (ARRIVE 14:00)

Date Room Details Price Guests Total

Booking Information
26th Jul '10 Basic Twin Private (Shared Bathroom) €28.50 2 €57.00
Rooms Total: €57.00
In Riva al Lago
10% Deposit (€5.70) will be billed in EUR: €5.70
Via Crespi 4
Como Service Charge: €1.50
Charge on Card (Service Charge + Deposit): €7.20
p. +39 (0)31 302333 You are due to arrive here at 14.00
f. +39 (0)31 300161 AMOUNT DUE ON ARRIVAL AT IN RIVA AL LAGO: €51.30

- CANCELLATION POLICY: 3 days before the arrival time

- CHECK IN : the office is opened for check in from 08.00 untill 23.00 ; the rooms are available from 14.00
- CANCELLATION : without penalty.... only 3 days .....before the arrival date; 1 day cancellation policy
- BREAKFAST : available and included in the price only from June till September
- PAYMENTS : We don't accept payments with credit card

By Train
From the FS railway station Como San Giovanni
A 15-minute walk:
- From the station take the stairs down to the exit
- Go straight on to Via Gallio
- Go straight on to Via Garibaldi
- Go straight on to Piazza Volta
- Turn left on to Via Cairoli
- Turn right on to Lungo Lario Trieste
- All the way through to Lungo Lario Trieste
- Go straight on to Piazza Matteotti
- Go straight on to the bottom of the square.
- Finally turn left on to Via Crespi. The Hotel is at no. 4.

From Stazione F.N. (Como Lago) :

A 1-minute walk::

- Exit of the station

- Go right on to Piazza Matteotti
- Go straight on to the bottom of the square.
- Finally turn left on to Via Crespi. The Hotel is at no. 4.

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Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG
Saatwinkler Damm 42-43
D-13627 Berlin

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invoice and confirmation Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG

Address Saatwinkler Damm 42-43
MY 53100, KUALA LUMPUR Germany Tel.: From Germany: 49 1805 - 737 800 (0,14
0060-19-2221125 €/min)
From U.K. : 0871 5000 737 (0,08 GBP/min)
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From Denmark: 80-887785 (free of charge)
Booking date 21/12/09
From Sweden: 0770-930737
outbound flight 15.07.2010 FLIGHT : STOCKHOLM /
BERLIN-TEGEL Fax: 49 (0) 30 - 4102 1003



ARN - TXL 15.07 07:00 - 08:35 AB8101 20KG

Price details
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untaxed §3bAbs.1 i.V.m.§26Abs.3UstG
Foreign Tax 2 PERS. EUR 6.00
Kerosine surcharge 2 PERS. EUR 50.00
untaxed §3bAbs.1 i.V.m.§26Abs.3UstG
Final Check in at Stockholm/ Terminal 2:
30 minutes prior to departure!

EUR 58.00

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