12 Interesting Facts About Fidel Castro

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past– quoted by Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader who established the 1st Communist State in the Western Hemisphere. This revolutionary Cuban leader is considered as the cult figure in Cuban history. Some called him a dictator while others as the great revolutionary, whosoever, he led a life in his style. Let’s explore some of the interesting facts about Fidel Castro and his revolutionary life:

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1. Born to a Sugarcane farm owner!

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He was born to Ángel Castro y Argiz (a Sugarcane Farm owner) in Birán, Holguin Province, Cuba.
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2. Spanish migrant!

His father migrated to Cuba from Galicia in Spain and started growing Sugarcane, which ultimately led him become financially successful.
source: biography.com

3. A baptized atheist!

Fidel Castro was baptized at the age of 8, however, most of his life he remained an atheist and became Christian sympathizer in his old age.
source: hollowverse.com

4. longest speech at the United Nations!

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With 4 hours and 29 minutes, Fidel Castro holds the Guinness Book of Records for the longest speech at the United Nations. His longest speech in Cuba was of 7 hours and 10 minutes duration, which he delivered in 1986.
source: independent.co.uk, image: img.ifcdn.com

5. Notorious student!

At the La Salle boarding school in Santiago, he misbehaved regularly with the fellow students and teacher staffs as well.
source: wikipedia

6. When he puffed his last cigar!

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Once he used to puff cigars regularly, however, he gave up puffing cigars in 1985 and quoted about the harm of smoking tobacco- The best thing you can do with this box of cigars is to give them to your enemy.
source: independent.co.uk

7. All his son’s names begin with “A”!

Except his eldest son Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart (from his first wife), he had 5 sons from his 2nd wife Dalia Soto and all their names begin with A.
source: independent.co.uk

8. What a reason for wearing a beard!

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He started wearing a beard as a young guerilla fighter living in the mountains and he cited the reason as- If you calculate 15 minutes a day to shave, that is 5,000 minutes a year spent shaving. He added that he would rather spend his time for some other significant works.
source: usnews.com

9. What a pet!

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Fidel Castro had a pet cow named Ubre Blanca that produced prodigious quantities of milk and is also in the Guinness Book of Records for the highest yield of milk in one day (110 liters). It also symbolized Fidel Castro’s efforts for the modernization of Cuba’s agricultural economy.
source: independent.co.uk, image: atlasobscura.com

10. The book behind his revolutionary attribute!

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His revolutionary attributes were installed through his favorite book- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. The book depicts the Spanish Civil War in the Late 1930s.
source: usnews.com, image: cloudfront.net

11. More than 100 assassination attempts!

He developed a great bonhomie with the Soviet Union, which antagonized the United States. The United States withdrew all trade relations with the Cuba and also made more than 100 assassination attempts, all without success.
source: wikipedia

12. One of the longest serving head of states!

After the Queen of Britain and the King of Thailand, Fidel Castro was the longest serving head of state. He served Cuba for 47 years as the head of state.
source: independent.co.uk

19 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

New Zealand is nothing short of mother nature at its best. The south island, especially, is full of deep blue lakes, azure river gorges, volcanoes, waterfalls cascading down the Alps on a rainy day, snow-capped peaks emerging from the clouds, cute cuddly sheep grazing about, and nature trails with subtle variations all over. New Zealand is fascinating and perfect place for tourism. New Zealand’s Maori culture entice visitors from all over the World. Let’s know some intriguing facts about this land of long white cloud, New Zealand.

Queenstownimage: www.acerentalcars.co.nz

1. From Staten Landt to New Zealand

New Zealand was explored by a Dutch Man Abel Tasman. He sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America. In 1645, Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland. British explorer James Cook anglicised the name later to New Zealand.
source: wikipedia

2.  Aotearoa, “Land of Long White Cloud”

Maori People settled this region first and named this tiny country Aotearoa, which means land of long white cloud.
source: www.britannica.com

3. Country of Sheeps

New Zealand has seven times as many sheep as people in New Zealand. There are 16,000 sheep and beef farms in the country which has made the country the world’s largest exporter of lambs, with 24 million finished lambs recorded every year.
source: www.factretriever.com

4. World’s Eighth Largest Milk Producer

New Zealand is the world’s eighth largest milk producer, with about 2.2% of world production. New Zealand produced 21.53 million tonnes of Milk in 2015.
source: www.ethicalpost.in

5. One of the Least Populated Countries

New Zealand is one of the world’s least populated nations. According to 2016 population estimate New Zealand’s population is slight more than 4.5 million with density of 17.5/km2   
source: wikipedia

6. Country of Edmund Hillary

The first man to climb Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, was a Kiwi. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reached the summit of Mount Everest.
source: www.buzzfeed.com

7. Country of Scottish Pipe Band

Scottish Pipe Band New Zealand has more Scottish pipe bands per capita than any other country in the world.
source: www.buzzfeed.com, image: www.scottishschoolspipebandchampionships.com

8. Is There any Snake in New Zealand?

New Zealand is one of several large islands around the globe where there has never been native snake populations. The others are Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland and Newfoundland.
source: animals.mom.me

9. Car-Oriented Country

New Zealand is a car oriented country. There are 2.5 million cars for 4 million people, giving them one of the highest ownership rates in the world. New Zealand’s major cities like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch etc are considered the some of the most car oriented cities in the World.
source: www.factretriever.com

10. Country with Southernmost Capital

New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, is the southernmost capital city in the World. City is situated at 41° 17′ 20″ S, 174° 46′ 38″ E co-ordinates. 
source: www.buzzfeed.com

11. Cosmopolitan Country

Maori Dance New Zealand deserves to be cosmopolitan. New Zealand is the place of many cultures. In  12th and 13th century, New Zealand was settled down by Maori People of Polynesia, then in  early 17th century New Zealand was visited by European Explorers. Abel Tasman was the  First European to discover New Zealand. Since 17th century New Zealand was settled by  Europeans. European culture is interwoven in Maori culture and Polynesian culture.
source: wikipedia, image: www.nativespiritfoundation.org

12. First Country to Allow Universal Suffrage

New Zealand is the first country to allow all adult citizen to vote and first country to allow woman to vote. In 1893, Universal Suffrage was accepted in New Zealand.
source: www.factretriever.com

13. Clearest Lake in the World: Nelson’s Blue Lake

Nelson Blue LakeBlue Lake is a small lake in Nelson Lakes National Park, in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The lake has extremely clear water, and is the clearest natural body of fresh water yet reported.
source: wikipedia, image: travelpluss.files.wordpress.com

14. Tallest Man Made Structure in Southern Hemisphere

Sky Tower New Zealand  Sky Tower of Auckland is the tallest man made structure in Southern Hemisphere. It is an observation and telecommunications tower that is 328 meters tall. It is the tallest in Southern Hemisphere and 25th tallest structure in the World.
source: www.globotreks.com, image: www.askideas.com

15. One of the Least Corrupt Nations

As per 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, New Zealand is the fourth least corrupt nation in the World after Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
source: wikipedia

16. Origin Country of Commercial Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping       World’s first organized commercial bungee jumping began in New Zealand. Organised commercial bungee jumping was done by New Zealander, A J Hackett, who made his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge in 1986. World’s first permanent commercial bungee site, the Kawarau Bridge Bungy at the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge near Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.
source: wikipedia, image: www.radionz.co.nz

17. One of the Largest Producer of Wool

New Zealand is the third largest producer of the Wool after China and Australia. New Zealand produces approximately 165,800 metric ton wool every year.
source: top5ofanything.com 

18. Country of Volcanoes and Mountains

Mt. Ruapehu Eruption  New Zealand is filled with Volcanoes and Mountains. North Island is filled with Volcanoes and South Island is full of Mountains. Ruapehu is the largest active volcano in New Zealand’s North Island and is located at the southern end of the Taupo Volcanic Zon. Mount Cook is the tallest mountain with altitude of 3,724 metres located in the South Island in New Zealand.
source: www.gns.cri.nz, image: www.davidkerrphotography.co.nz

19. One of the Major Kiwi fruit Producers

New Zealand is the second largest Kiwi fruit producer in the world after Italy and holds approximately 30% of the market share. Exportation of Kiwi fruits helps New Zealand’s economy and earns it approximately NZ$1 billion every year.
source: www.hea.co.nz

17 Interesting Facts About Denmark

Eco-friendly Denmark hails visitors with everything from a sophistication, food-loving city in Copenhagen to Renaissance castles, wind-swept offshore islands and tiny fishing villages. This tiny country is filled with magnificent fountains and statues that bear witness to a remarkable past; regal rooms in majestic castles; centuries-old houses lining tranquil canals; a park that is the stuff of fairy tales, with twinkling lights and exotic buildings; and everywhere, people on bicycles, at sidewalk cafes, and in sailboats. Let us know some intriguing facts about this gorgeous land of Danes, Denmark. 

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1. Oldest Continuing Monarchy in Europe: Danish Monarchy

Danish follows the constitutional monarchy. Danish Monarchy is oldest surviving monarchy in Europe and fourth oldest in the World. The Kingdom of Denmark was already consolidated in the late 8th century. It is serving till date making it longest serving monarchy in Europe. The Danish Monarchy is constitutional and as such, the role of the monarch is defined and limited by the Constitution of Denmark. Current Monarch of Denmark is Margrethe II.
source: www.factretriever.com

2. Bicycle Loving Country

Denmark Cycle Loving CountryDenmark is Cycle Loving country. It ranks second with most cycle per capita after Netherlands in the world. In Denmark 18% of all trips are made by bike. The average distance cycled per person is 1.6 km. Cycling is generally perceived as a healthier, cheaper, environmentally friendlier and often even quicker way to travel around towns than car or public transport and it is therefore municipal policy for the number of commuters by bike to go up to 40% by 2012 and 50% by 2015.
source: top10hell.com, image: www.wired.com

3. Least Corrupt Country

Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. In Corruption Perceptions Index, Denmark ranked first out of 178 countries with score 91 in 2015.
source: wikipedia

4. Country of Precipitation

Average every second day in Denmark is rainy. Denmark has an average of 179 days per year with precipitation, on average receiving a total of 765 millimetres (30 in) per year; autumn is the wettest season and spring the driest. The position between a continent and an ocean means that weather often changes.
source: www.factretriever.com

5. World’s Happiest Country

Denmark is the World’s happiest country as per World’s happiness report 2016. Denmark has good GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, people are very generous and people in Denmark get more freedom to make life choices.
source: wikipedia

6. Danish are good Swimmers

Every Danish knows how to swim. Danish love swimming. swimming lessons are part of the compulsory curriculum in all state schools.
source: www.factretriever.com

7. One of the Most Coffee Consuming Countries

Denmark is one of the most coffee consuming countries in the world. 5.3 kg coffee is consumed per capita each year. It makes Denmark one of the most coffee consuming Nations.
source: www.caffeineinformer.com

8. Country of High Divorce Rate

Danish are relaxed when it comes to issues such as marriage. The country’s divorce rate is one of the highest in Europe, and nearly 20% of Danish couples cohabit without ever getting married in what are called “paperless marriages”.
source: www.factretriever.com

9. Oldest Operating Amusement Park

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Disneyland CaliforniaDenmark is home to World’s Oldest Amusement Parks; Dyrehavsbakken and Tivoli Gardens. Former is the oldest and latter is second oldest operating amusement park in the World. Walt Disney visited Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen once and was so inspired that he decided to create something similar in America: Disneyland.
source: www.factretriever.com, image: www.danskefilm.dk, image:www.beautifulglobal.com

10. Oldest Surviving Musical Instruments: Danish Lur Horns

Bronze Age Lur                                                                                    A Lur is a long natural blowing horn. Lurs can be straight or curved in various shapes. Bronze age lurs have been found in Scandinavia. They are the world’s oldest surviving musical instrument.
source: wikipedia, image: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

11. Oldest State Flag: Dannebrog

Danish State FlagDannebrog is the Danish state flag. It is the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation. It was adopted in 1219.
source: www.eupedia.com, image: m9.i.pbase.com

12. Club Loving Country

Danish people love clubs. There are over 80,000 clubs, associations and hobby societies in the country and more than 90% of Danes are members of at least one of them.
source: www.eupedia.com

13. First Country to Recognize Same-Sex Unions

Same-sex sexual activity was legitimated in 1933, and since 1977, the age of consent is 15, regardless of sexual orientation. Denmark was the first country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex unions, in the form of “registered partnerships”, in 1989. However the Same-Sex marriage law came into effect on 15 June 2012.
source: wikipedia

14. Did Danish Rule England Ever?

In the 9th and 10th centuries, Danish Vikings invaded and settled in parts of Western Europe as far as North Africa. They founded the Danelaw in Northern England, and were granted to Duchy of Normandy (named after the Norse men) by the King of France. Scandinavian and Danish Vikings ruled over England for short time period in 11 century.
source: www.eupedia.com

15. Country of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Andersen was the prominent writer of fairy tales, plays, travelogues, novels, and poems of 19th century. Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages. Some of his most famous fairy tales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Nightingale”, “The Snow Queen” etc.
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16. Danish adore hygge!

Danish have a special word for that cosy feeling of togetherness which gets them through the winter – hygge. It means coming together to enjoy good times in great company and often involves an enormous amount of candles!.
source: www.eurovision.tv

17. Country of Renaissance Castle

Rosenborg CastleRosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. Most Famous Scandinavian King Christian IV got it built in 1606. You can experience the king’s private writing cabinet, his bathroom, and see wax figures of former royal inhabitants. Rosenborg also houses an best collection of Flora Danica and one of the world’s finest Venetian glass collections, both set in tower chambers.
source: www.visitcopenhagen.com, image: where2go.dk

16 Interesting Facts About Poland

Nowhere in Europe does history feel as alive and contemporary as it does in Poland, a country that’s a virtual living history museum. Cities such as Warsaw, Gdansk, and Wrocław were flattened in World War II; now, they’ve been restored to their former beauty and are brimming with culture and energy. Most of the Places of Poland are terra incognita but the conditions are getting better and country is getting charming, tourist attracting, and getting much more genuine than you might find in better-known destinations. Let us know some more intriguing facts about this land of West Slav, Poland.Polandimage: c7.staticflickr.com

1. Land of Polans

The Name ‘Poland’ is derived from a West Slavic tribe of Polans (Polanie) that inhabited the basin of Warta river, the historic Greater Poland region in the 8th century. The origin of the name Polanie itself derives from the western Slavic word pole that means field.
source: wikipedia

2. The First Polish Ruler

In the history the first Polish ruler recorded was Mieszko, about A.D. 963. In 966, Mieszko adopted Christianity, making Poland the easternmost country within the orbit of Latin culture.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

3. One of the Last Primeval Forests: Białowieża Forest

Bialowieza Forest Poland  The 380,000-acre (150,000-hectare) Białowieża Primeval Forest in Poland is Europe’s last ancient forest and home to 800 European bison, Europe’s heaviest land animals. The forest has been counted in the UNESCO world heritage site and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation.
source: facts.randomhistory.com, image: wildpoland.com

4. One of the Oldest Salt Mine in Operation: Wieliczka Salt Mine

Church in Salt Mine Poland  The Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland. The mine produced table salt continuously until 2007. Nowadays about 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.
source: wikipedia, image: whc.unesco.org

5. Country of Marie Curie

Marie Curie                                                      The Great Scientist and Nobel Prize Winner Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867. She moved to Paris in early 1880 and married a Frenchman Pierre Curie in 1895. With her husband, she discovered the elements polonium (Po), named after her native Poland, in the summer of 1898 and, soon thereafter, radium (Ra). She won a second Nobel Prize in 1911 for her research in the isolation of pure radium. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and first person and woman to win the Nobel Prize twice.
source: facts.randomhistory.com, image: www.kvarkadabra.net

6. Country of One of the Greatest Astronomers

Nicolaus Copernicus                              Poland is the country of Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Hevelius. Nicolaus Copernicus was the first person to propose that the Earth is not the centre of the Universe and Johannes Hevelius was the first person to publish the first exact map of the Moon.
source: www.slavorum.org

7. Polish Diaspora

Polish Diaspora is one of the largest Diaspora in the World. Around 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland. Most of the people of polish ancestry living in United States, Germany, France, Canada, UK etc. About 10 million polish are living in US, 2.5 million in Germany.
source: wikipedia

8. First Constitution in Europe

First Constitution in Europe was taken accepted in Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, a dual monarchy comprising Poland and Lithuania. The constitution of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was the first in Europe, and second in the World.
source: www.slavorum.org

9. Biggest Amber Exporter in the World

Poland is the world’s biggest Amber Exporter in the World. Amber is fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times. Amber is used as an ingredient in perfumes, as a healing agent in folk medicine, and as jewelry.
source: www.slavorum.org

10. Polish Founder of Fashion TV

Aniversare Michel AdamFashion TV is an international fashion and lifestyle broadcasting television channel. Fashion TV was founded in 1997 in France by its polish born president Michel Adam Lisowski. Fashion TV is a widely distributed satellite channels in the world with 31 satellite and 2,000 cable systems.
source: wikipedia, image: www.fashiontvromania.com

11. World’s Strongest Man: Mariusz Pudzianowski

Mariusz PudzianowskiMariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski is polish former strongman competitor. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five World’s Strongest Man titles; more than any other athlete according to Guinness World Records. That’s why polish boasts the most winners of the World’s Strongest Man Title.
source: www.slavorum.org, image: d-nm.ppstatic.pl

12. Origin Country of Hand-Kissing

Hand KissingHand-kissing is a gesture indicating courtesy, respect, admiration or even devotion by one person toward another. The practice came into being in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Spanish courts of the 17th and 18th centuries. Hand-kissing has become rare and is mostly restricted to the conservative upper class. Custom is still getting practised in Central and Eastern Europe, namely, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Russia. A hand-kiss was considered a respectful way for gentleman to greet a lady.
source: wikipedia, image: heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com

13. No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron

Polish Squadron                                        No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron was one of 16 Polish squadrons in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. It was not just the highest scoring of the Hurricane squadrons during the Battle of Britain but it had the highest ratio of enemy aircraft destroyed to their own lost.
source: www.rafmuseum.org.uk, image: www.polishsquadronsremembered.com

14. Mt. Kosciuszko Named After Polish

Australian tallest mountain Mount Kosciuszko is named by Polish Explorer Paul Edmund Strzelecki in 1840, in honour of the Polish national hero, General Tadeusz Kościuszko, because of its resemblance to the Kościuszko Mound in Kraków, Poland.
source: www.britannica.com

15. Polish Dubbing

When the Foreign movies are dubbed for the Polish TV, one man reads all the parts even those of women and children. Viewers hear the original English soundtrack faintly in the background.
source: www.slavorum.org

16. Polish fought in Insurrection

Poland has been invaded and fought for independence 43 times in insurrection from 1600 until 1945, long time period for independence.
source: www.slavorum.org

18 Interesting Facts About Greece

The country of Greece conjures in one’s mind images of azure seas, ancient ruins, white churches with blue domes, Mediterranean breezes, and islands. It also brings to mind the Alexander, beginning of democracy, Plato, Socrates and biblical characters. Greece certainly has a past of gigantic proportions. This is a diverse country that has much to offer the tourist. Here we are going to know some most interesting facts about this tiny country of legacy, Greece.

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1. Origin Country of Prestigious Olympic Games 

Olympic RingsGreece is the origin country of Olympic Games. Most widely accepted date of its origin is 776 BC. Ancient Olympics were religious and athletic festivals held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, Greece. Ancient Olympics ended around 4th and 5th century. Modern Olympics began in the end of 19th century, in 1896 in the capital city of Greece, Athens again. Olympic Games are held every four year.
source: wikipedia, image: metrouk2.files.wordpress.com

2. Birthplace of Democracy, Western Philosophy, History, Political Science etc

Nowadays most of the countries follow democracy. Greece is the birthplace of democracy, not only democracy it is the birthplace of Western Philosophy, History, Political Science, Western literature, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

3. One of the Major Marble Producers

Greece is one of the major marble producers in the World. About 7% of all the marble produced in the world comes from Greece. In 2015, Greece earned $131.8 million by marble export.
source: www.worldsrichestcountries.com

4. One of the Leading Producers of Olive

Greece is the third largest Olive producer after Spain and Italy. Greece produces 2,232,412 metric tons of olive annually. Around 60% of cultivated land in Greece is used for olive production. Approximately 65% of olive oil production in the country is done in the Peloponnese region followed by Crete and the Aegean and Ionian Islands.
source: www.worldatlas.com

5. One of the Major Tourist Destinations in Europe

Oia GreeceGreece is one of the major tourist destinations in Europe. Greece was ranked 9 in Europe in receiving tourists. In 2015, Greece received 26.5 million tourists from around the World. Famous tourist sites in Greece are Capital city Athens, Santorini, Oia, Mykonos, Fira islands etc. Tourism constitutes nearly 16% of the Gross Domestic Product.
source: wikipedia, image: santorinidave.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com

6. Country of Mountains

Mount Olympus  Over 80% region of Greece is covered with Mountains making the country one of the most mountainous countries in Europe. Mount Olympus, the mythical abode of the Greek Gods, culminates at Mytikas peak 2,918 meters (9,573 ft), the highest in the country.
source: facts.randomhistory.com, image: www.planine.net

7. Sophisticated Greeks

In the 1950s, only about 30% of Greek adults could read and write. Now, the literacy rate is over 95%.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

8. Country of Sunny Days

Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine—or 3,000 sunny hours—a year. Climate of Greece is Mediterranean featuring mild and rainy winters, relatively warm and dry summers and, generally, extended periods of sunshine throughout most of the year.
source: www.alpha-omegaonline.com

9. Country of Alexander the Great

AlexanderGreece is the country of Alexander the Great who remained undefeated throughout his life. Alexander is considered one of the best rulers in the World. Alexander’s Empire spanned from Western Europe to Northwestern part of the India.
source: wikipedia, image: history-of-macedonia.com

10. Country of Ancient Architecture

House of CleopatraGreece is the country which is full of Ancient Architecture. Ancient Architecture includes Acropolis of Athens, city of Aigai, sanctuary of Delphi. Greece has 18 UNESCO world heritage sites.
source: wikipedia, image: romeartlover.tripod.com

11. Significant Surviving Building of Classical Greece: The Parthenon

ParthenonParthenon is the former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the peak of its power. Construction completed in 438 BC.
source: ancient-greece.org, image: wonderclub.com

12. Country with Highest Number of Archaeological Museum in the World

National Archaeological Museum AthensGreece is a country of Museum. Almost every region of the country houses museums; most of the museums are archaeological. The Acropolis Museum, Archaeological Museum of Delphi, National Archaeological Museum, Herakleion Archaeological Museum, Palace of the Grand Master etc. are some of them. National Archaeological Museum is the largest one.
source: www.visitgreece.gr, image: upload.wikimedia.org

13. Country of Some of the Best Scholars in History

Ancient Greece was the land of Best Scholars in the world. It is the land of Thales of Miletus, Herodotus, Archimedes, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Anaximander, Eratosthenes and many others. Expertise of these scholars is in Mathematics, Philosophy, Astrology, Science, History, Geography etc.
source: listverse.com

14. Army Service is Mandatory

Greece is one of the European Nations where Military Service is Mandatory for those who are at least 18 years old. Greek men must serve from one year to 18 months in any branch of the armed forces. The government spends 6% of the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the military.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

15. What do the Greeks do with the Corpse?

In Greece, the dead are always buried because the Greek Orthodox Church forbids cremation. Five years after a burial, the body is exhumed and the bones are first washed with wine and then placed in an Ossuary (a container or room in which the bones of dead people are placed). This is done in part to relieve the shortage of land in Greek cemeteries.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

16. Most of the English Words originated from Greek Language

Thousands of English words has come from the Greek language, sometimes through the Roman adaptation into Latin and then to English. Common English words from Greek include “academy,” “apology,” “marathon,” “siren,” “alphabet,” and “typhoon.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

17. Drachma: The Oldest Currency until 2002

Greece’s currency, the drachma, was 2,650 years old and Europe’s oldest currency. The drachma was replaced with the Euro in 2002.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

18. Country with Lower Divorce Rates

Greece has one of the lowest divorce rates in the EU. Greece traditionally also has the highest abortion rates.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

10 Interesting Facts About Zürich

Self-confident and prosperous, Zurich is the lay-out of Swiss perfection, with its banking muscle, alpine backdrop, and love of good living. Blessed with pure air, dazzling Zurich Lake and a walkable Altstadt district full of fine boutiques and restaurants, it’s a city of placid people. Enjoy a literary pint at the James Joyce Pub, or buy a funky Freitag bag to realize that behind its super-slick facade, Zurich inspires and innovates. Let us know some intriguing facts about this colorful “Little Big City”, Zürich.

Zurichimage: www.etravelblog.com

1. City Holds the Roman Name

In earlier times city was called Turicum. Romans would call the city by Turicum. The earliest record of this name was found on a second-century tombstone discovered at the Lindenhof hill.
source: www.expatica.com

2. Largest Church Clock Tower in Europe: St. Peter

Clock Tower Zurich                                                          The clock tower of St. Peter had been for centuries Zürich’s ‘official local time’, and all public city clocks had to conform to it. The church clock of St. Peter has the largest tower clock face in Europe, the outer diameter of each of the four church clocks measures 8.64 meters (28.3 ft), the minute hand 5.73 meters (18.8 ft), the hour hand 5.07 meters (16.6 ft), and the minute crack of the large pointer measures 0.455 meters (1.5 ft).
source: wikipedia, image: jtdytravels.files.wordpress.com

3. Fascinating Water Fountains

Water Fountain                                     In Zurich, if you are thirsty, there is no need to go anywhere since you can simply quench  your thirst at the nearest fountain. And that can never be far away, because Zurich has the  most fountains of any city in the world with approx. 1,200 drinking water fountains.
source: www.zuerich.com, image: upload.wikimedia.org

4. Freezing Lake Zurich 

Lake Zurich Freeze     In Last Century, Lake Zurich froze over twice completely in 1929 and in the winter of 1962–  1963. For a solid layer of ice to cover over 88 square kilometers, winter temperatures must  remain well below freezing for weeks on end. Nevertheless, on several occasions, the Swiss  made the most of the cold by setting up spontaneous winter fairs out on the ice.
source: www.expatica.com, image: i.dailymail.co.uk

5. One of the Happiest Cities in the World

Zurich is considered one of the happiest cities in the world. Many happy people with fulfilling jobs and talents, but 1 in every 9 jobs in the entire country is in Zurich. Most of the world’s major banks have headquarters here, as do many insurance companies. As per many Zurich has been given the title as having the best quality of life in the world.
source: www.traveladvisortips.com

6. City of Nightclubs

Nightlife of Zurich offers classy clubs, casual and alternative bars, as well as live-music venues and strip clubs. On the weekend people from almost half of Switzerland come to the city to have a good time. The main nightlife areas are Niederdorf in the old town, the streets around Langstrasse and Zurich West. Zurich is also considered the fashion city of the country.
source: www.inyourpocket.com

7. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings

Stilt HousesPrehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps is a series of prehistoric stilt house settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. There are 111 sites located in Austria(5), Germany(18), Italy(19), France(11), Slovenia(2), Switzerland(56). Most of the Switzerland’s sites fall under the Jurisdiction of Zurich Administration. These sites are in UNESCO world heritage site list.
source: wikipedia, image: img7.arrivo.ru

8. Spectacular View of Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich Lake Zurich is one of the largest lakes in Switzerland covering the area of 88.66 square  kilometres. Night view of the lake is very fascinating, it attracts tourist from all over the World.
source: wikipedia, image: blog.parkinn.com

9. City of Museums

Kunsthaus ZurichZurich City houses more than 12 Museums and some of them are most famous such as Kunsthaus Zürich, Swiss National Museum, Rietberg Museum, Museum of Design etc.
source: wikipedia, image: www.swisscoopers.com

10. City of Largest Techno Street Party

Zurich is the city of largest Techno Street Party. Zurich holds a major event that defines that perception completely. Every year in August, millions of wildly dressed people fill the streets of Zurich to party at Street Parade, the largest techno parade in Europe. In a celebration of thumping beats, electronica music, and freedom of expression, this party will knock your socks off.
source: www.expatica.com

 

20 Interesting Facts About Switzerland

Country of little Mountains and efficiency, Switzerland is one of Europe’s most appealing destinations. Wedged neatly between Germany, Austria, France, and Italy, Switzerland melds the best of whole worlds — and adds a healthy dose of chocolate, cowbells, and cable cars. Fiercely independent and decidedly high-tech, the Swiss stubbornly hold on to their quaint traditions, too. Join cheese makers in a high valley, try to call the shepherds on an alphorn, and hike through some of the world’s most stunning mountain scenery. Let us know some most interesting facts about this beautiful tiny country “Switzerland”.

Switzerlandimage: www.yurtopic.com

1. One of the Two countries to have Square Flag

Flag of Switzerland                       Switzerland is one of the two countries to have Square Flag. The Swiss flag is a red square  with a white cross in the centre. Another country is Vatican City.
source: www.expatica.com, image: switzerlandflag.facts.co

2. Major Chocolate Exporter

Switzerland is one of the world’s great exporters of chocolate. Eighteen Swiss chocolate companies make thousands of tons chocolate each year. In 2012, these companies made record 172,376 tons of chocolate. Swiss are chocolate lovers. They eat more chocolate than any other nation in the world, 11.3 kg per year.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

3. Swiss can challenge any Law

People of Switzerland can gather 50,000 signatures against any inappropriate law within 100 days. National voting occurs whether to accept the law or to reject it.
source: www.expatica.com

4. Swiss have made some most famous Inventions

Swiss Army Knife   Swiss have created Velcro, cellophane, the Swiss Army Knife, absinthe, the potato peeler,  Helvetica font, LSD, muesli, edible chocolate gold and milk chocolate to name a few. They  were also pioneers in introducing bobsleigh, tobogganing and luge as a competitive sport to  the world.
source: www.expatica.com, image: productimages.knife-depot.com

5. Swiss have Second Longest life Expectancy in the World

Swiss have second longest life expectancy in the world after Japan. In Switzerland both sexes life expectancy is 83.4. Swiss Males rank first in life expectancy but females at six.
source: www.expatica.com

6. Most of Land Area is covered with Mountains

DufourspitzeSwitzerland is landlocked country. It is bordered by France to south-west, Germany to north, Italy to south and Austria to East. Most of the Alps Mountains range falls under the Jurisdiction of Switzerland. Alps Mountains are covering 60% of the country’s total area. 48 of Switzerland’s mountains are 4,000 meters (13,000 ft) above sea in altitude. The Dufourspitze is the highest peak of Monte Rosa, a huge ice-covered mountain massif in the Alps.
source: wikipedia, image: images.summitpost.org

7. Country of Lowest Crime Rates

Switzerland is one of the most secure places in the World. Most surveys put Switzerland at the lowest crime level. Switzerland has 216 policemen on duty per 100,000 people, ensuring harmony, tranquility and peace at all times.
source: www.peimag.com

8. Country of Lakes

Lake GenevaSwitzerland has more than 1500 lakes. Lake Geneva is the largest one. Some others are Lake Lucerne, Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, Lake Zurich etc. Some Rivers also flow into or out of Switzerland such as Rhine, Inn, Ticino and Rhône. These Water bodies make largest reserve of freshwater in Central and Western Europe.
source: wikipedia, image: greencardgolf.com

9. Military Service is compulsory for Males

Switzerland is one of the European countries to enforce it, along with Austria. Under the Swiss constitution, male Swiss citizens have to serve in the Swiss army after age 18, while women can opt to volunteer. Military training camps are common across Switzerland as are civilians carrying shotguns over their shoulders.
source: www.expatica.com

10. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was developed in Switzerland

Great Scientist Albert Einstein developed his formula E=MC2 in Switzerland while he was studying and living in Bern.
source: www.expatica.com

11. Swiss Teachers are among Highest Paid in the World

Swiss Teachers receives one of the highest pay in the World. In 2014 the average salary for a Swiss teacher was US $68,000 per year.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

12. Country with Full Rescue

The Swiss government has directed a program to provide every Swiss citizen a bomb shelter. Today, Switzerland brags close to a readily available shelter for every resident.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

13. Use of Cannabis is Wide-Spread 

It is legitimate to use and grow Marijuana in Switzerland but it is against the law to sell it. The country also has one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. It’s estimated that about 600,000 users smoke through 100 tons of hash and marijuana each year.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

14. Country of Four National Language

Switzerland has four official and national languages; German, French, Italian and Romansh. German accounts for 61% of the population, French accounts for 22% of the total population, 8% population speaks Italian, and Rest of the population speaks Romansh and other European languages. English is getting popular in Switzerland.
source: wikipedia

15. First Country to invent First Waterproof Watch

Rolex Oyster                         Rolex Company made first waterproof watch in 1927 in Switzerland. It was issued to British  military forces after 1945. The (WWW) standard for wristwatches by the Ministry of Defence  (United Kingdom) is believed to be one of the first official standards for a military issue  watch.
source: facts.randomhistory.com, image: www.eveswatch.com

16. Country of Origin of Instant Coffee

Henri Nestlé was a Swiss business man who started coffee business in 1867. Nestlé Company buys up almost ten percent of the world’s coffee and cacao bean crops by itself annually. It also created Nescafe, the world’s first instant coffee in 1938.
source: www.expatica.com

17. World’s Largest Meringue

As per Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 world’s largest meringue (Dessert; associated with French, Swiss, and Italian cuisine) was baked in Frutal, Switzerland. It consisted of 2500 eggs and 265 lbs (120 kg) of sugar.
source: facts.randomhistory.com

18. About 25% population is of Foreign Descent

About one fourth of the population is of foreign descent. Predominantly Immigrants are coming from Portugal, Spain, Turkey and some Islamic Country. To curb the immigration into Switzerland, Swiss voters narrowly passed through a controversial anti-immigration initiative. It aims to impose limits on the number of foreigners allowed into Switzerland and may signal an end to the country’s free movement accord with the European Union.
source: www.expatica.com

19. Illegitimate to own a single pet without Pair

In Switzerland it is illegal to own just one guinea pig, mouse, ferret, fish, canary, pig or other social creature. With the world’s most stringent animal welfare laws, Switzerland judges isolation for such animals as abuse.
source: www.expatica.com

20. One of the World’s best Country to be born, Live and to be Happy

As per consistently high rankings in global reports in 2015, Switzerland was ranked the world’s happiest country, and came second in 2016 (after Denmark) out of 156 countries.
source: wikipedia

10 Interesting Facts About Hamburg

A Blend of modern and old, cosmopolitan and bold, Hamburg offers more than just maritime heritage. A magnificent waterfront with a bustling port, sound of gulls, and smell of fresh fish permeating the air, it’s impossible not to latch onto the maritime spirit. At night, get captivated by the breathtaking views of the city with its dazzling, brilliant-yellow harbor lights, while during daytime, get around its shiny modern buildings and you may also find plenty of gems along its narrow cobblestone streets. With such diversity in its architecture and culture, this beautiful metropolis is bound to take your breath away. Let us know some interesting facts about this German city, Hamburg.

Hamburgimage: unterkunft-reise.com

1. City of Most Bridges in the World

Hamburg has more bridges than Venice, London and Amsterdam combined. The total number of bridges in the city is a slight more than 2,300. A world record by the way.
source: www.lexiophiles.com

2. Gateway to the World!

Port of Hamburg  Port of Hamburg is a Germany’s sea port. Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest, Second busiest and largest port in Europe after the port of Rotterdam and 15th largest worldwide.
source: wikipedia, image: www.maritimejournal.com

3. Northern Germany’s Centre for Shopping and Culture

Approximately 4 million people inhabit in Hamburg’s Metropolitan Area. Whole population of Northern Germany rush to Hamburg for trade and shopping.
source: www.globalblue.com

4. One of the Greenest City in Europe

Hamburg is one of the greenest cities in Europe. About 14% area of the city is covered with gardens and parks.
source: www.lexiophiles.com

5. Elegant Hamburg Rathaus

Hamburg Town Hall Hamburg Rathaus is the one of the largest town hall in Germany. It is the seat of the  government of Hamburg and as such, the seat of one of Germany’s 16 state parliaments. It  has 647 rooms. It is hailed as the most beautiful government building in Germany.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: static.panoramio.com

6. World Class Shopping Centre: Jungfernstieg

Jungfernstieg Hamburg  The Jungfernstieg is an urban promenade in Hamburg, Germany. It is the city’s foremost boulevard. It is one of the most impressive shopping centers in the world with flagship stores from Apple, department store Alsterhaus and luxury Jewellers Chopard and Bucherer.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: www.hamburg.com

7. Famous Water-Light Concert: Plantum un Blomen

Water Concert

Planten un Blomen is an urban park with a size of 47 hectares in the inner-city of Hamburg, Germany. The park is prominent for its water-light concerts, public theater and music performances. In addition to the gardens, there is a large playground in the southern area of the park. This makes the park a popular place in the city. Planten un Blomen contains biggest Japanese garden in Europe.
source: wikipedia, image: img.fotocommunity.com

8. Tierpark Hagenbeck: First Zoo with no Cages

Hamburg Hagenbecks Tierpark  The Tierpark Hagenbeck is a zoo in Stellingen, a quarter in Hamburg, Germany. This Zoo has open enclosures surrounded by moats rather than cages. So, visitors can see animals in more natural environment.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: www.hvj.de

9. Hamburger Dom

Hamburger Dom  The Hamburger Dom is a large fair held at Heiligengeistfeld fair ground in central Hamburg. With three fairs (spring, summer and winter) per year it is the biggest and the longest fair in whole Germany and pulls approximately ten million visitors per year. It is also referred to as a Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair).
source: wikipedia, image: english.hamburg.de

10. Miniatur Wunderland: World’s Largest Train Set

Miniature WunderlandMiniatur Wunderland is a model railway attraction in Hamburg, Germany, and the largest of its kind in the world. The railway is located in the historic Speicherstadt district of the city. It has 12000 meters of track, Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland features Miniature version of Alps, Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, and Switzerland across some 6400 meters of floorspace.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com 

13 Interesting Facts About Berlin

Berlin is a luxurious, provides the smorgasbord of life. To the people, Berlin is nothing short of addictive. It embraces, inspires and accepts tourists and makes them feel good about themselves. People enjoy its iconic sights, its vast swathes of green, its sky bars and chic restaurants. Berlin’s combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and tangible history. Let us know some intriguing facts about this Grey City, Berlin.

Berlinimage: www.funkturm-messeberlin.de

1. City of Museums: More Museum than its Rainy Days

Museum Island Berlin Rain pours down in Berlin about 160 days but there are 180 museums in the city. These  Museums attract around 15 million visitors a year. Berlin is also home to the world’s largest  universal museum Museumsinsel (Museum Island) with an ensemble of five renowned  museums.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: weneedfun.com

2. City Full of Bridges: More Bridges than Venice

Berlin Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin GermanyAround 1700 bridges are in the city of Berlin, greater than the city of Venice. Most of the People choose boat trip to explore Berlin.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: www.layoverguide.com

3. Half of the Berliners ain’t settled down

One in every two Berliners is single or they are not married. A study released in 2015 showed that people refuse to settle down or coupled-up life.
source: www.thelocal.de

4. East Side Gallery: Longest Open-Air Gallery

East Side Gallery  The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. It is painted with 101 images by artists, making it longest open-air gallery in the world.
source: wikipedia, image: images.robertharding.com

5. Tallest Structure in Germany: Fernsehturm

Fernsehturm BerlinFernsehturm is the tallest structure in Germany. It is located in the city centre. It is also known as “Berlin TV tower”. At 207 meters, panoramic view of the whole city is seen.
source: www.globalblue.com, image: pokerin.eu

6. Most Zoo Animals in the World: Tierpark

Berlin has two zoos: Tierpark and Zoologischer Garten in the west. The latter is oldest in Germany founded more than 150 years ago and former was founded in 1955 and is located in Friedrichsfelde. Tierpark houses 7,250 animals from 846 species.
source: wikipedia

7. Germany’s Greenest City

Berlin is the greenest city of Germany. About more than one-third area of the city is covered by forests, gardens and parks.
source: www.globalblue.com

8. Place of Unique Festival: International Beer Festival

International Beer Festival BerlinBerlin’s International Beer Festival (German: Internationales Berliner Bierfestival) takes place over three days and sees more than 300 breweries offer 2000 different kinds of beer. It sets a record for the longest beer garden in the World at 2.2 kilometers. 
source: wikipedia, image: photo-day.ru

9. Historical Remains of Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall Fall   Berlin Wall that divided Germany into two parts: East and West Germany. Wall was created  by German Democratic Republic in 1961 and was knocked down in 1989. However even  today you can see the ruins of Berlin Wall in Topography of Terror Museum, Berlin Wall  Memorial and Documentation Center and East Side Gallery.
source: www.traveldudes.org, image: www.history.com

10. Unforgettable Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust MemorialHolocaust Memorial is a Memorial in Berlin that reminds thousands of Soviet Jews who were murdered during the second world war by Hitler’s troops. The Memorial was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. An attached underground “Place of Information” holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.
source: wikipedia, image: is358.files.wordpress.com

11. Beautiful Kurfürstendamm

Kurfurstendamm BerlinKurfürstendamm is the one of the most famous avenue in Berlin. This very broad, long boulevard can be considered the Champs-Élysées of Berlin—lined with shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. In particular, many fashion designers have their shops there, as well as several car manufacturers’ show rooms.
source: wikipedia, image: s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

12. One in Three Prisoners is Fare-Dodger

City’s administration takes fare-dodging quite seriously. Fare-Dodgers are not left scot-free. People of Berlin are sent to prison if they travel without ticket. It comes to know that one in every three prisoners is fare-dodger.
source: www.thelocal.de

13. Gorgeous Treptower Park

Treptower ParkTreptower park is situated alongside the river Spree in the district of Treptow-Köpenick, south of central Berlin. It is a recreational spot for most of the Berliners as well as tourist attraction. Its eminent feature is the Soviet War Memorial built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945. It was opened on May 8, 1949 four years after the war ended.
source: wikipedia, image: farm3.staticflickr.com

13 Interesting Facts about Vienna

Austria’s capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning architecture. This colorful city is famous for its many cultural events, classical concerts, imperial architecture, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm. Let’s know some intriguing facts about this Imperial City, Vienna.
Vienna

image: hofbauer.tripple.at

1. Magnificent Architectural Monument: Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace  One of the most popular and most visited architectural monuments is Schonbrunn Palace in Austria. The Palace consists of 1441 rooms and one of the most historical monuments in the country. Since the mid-1950s it has been a major tourist attraction. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.
source: wikipedia, image: www.concertvienna.com

2. Famous Coffeehouse Culture

Cafe CentralTurks fled the city of Vienna in 1683. Turks left behind a great deal of coffee beans. Tradition of Coffeehouse (German: Kaffeehaus) was born and came into vogue. Today two of the most historic coffee houses are Café Central and Café Sperl.
source: theneotrad.com, image: viennasalsacongress.com

3. Long Tradition of Wine Making

Vienna is the only capital in the World with a major wine production within the limits of the city. Every year in Vienna over 600 wine framers produce 2.5 million liters of wine.
source: theneotrad.com

4. Legacy of Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace ViennaHolfburg Palace is the former imperial Palace in Vienna. Now it serves as the official residence of Austrian President. It was built in 13th century and has been a house of some of the most powerful people in European and Austrian History incorporating monarchs of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was the principal imperial winter residence, as Schönbrunn Palace was their summer residence.
source: wikipedia, image: www.objevtepolsko.cz

5. Spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St Stephen Cathedral    St. Stephen’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. It has been on the planet for more than 700 years now, the magnificent cathedral has stood watch over the city, and Austrians see it as one of the most important and most beloved landmarks of the country.
source: www.austria.info, image: apps.catholic.net.au

6. Renowned Vienna State Opera

Vienna State OperaVienna State Opera is an Opera house of mid 19th century. The Vienna State Opera is one of the top opera addresses in the world – where you can enjoy the very best in first-class productions. This famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 50 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.
source: www.wien.info, image: www.blogcdn.com 

7. City of Dog Lovers

People of Vienna are very famous for their love for dogs. They take them almost everywhere. Dogs are welcome at public places and public transportation and in many boutiques and restaurants.
source: theneotrad.com

8. Prominent in Waltz

Viennese WaltzVienna has more than 300 balls each Year, which typically are held from January through March. Some of the most famous balls include the Vienna opera ball which has been held at the Vienna State Opera since 1877, the Philharmonic Ball which features a performance by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Blumenball, which is famous for its flower arrangements.
source: theneotrad.com, image: i.ytimg.com

9. Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel  The national dish of Austria is Weiner Schnitzel, which consists of pounded thin cutlets of veal that is dusted with egg and breadcrumbs, and then fried. It is a popular part of Viennese cuisine.
source: wikipedia, image: www.coopzeitung.ch

10. Scrumptious Sachertorte

Tort Sacher    Sachertorte is a specific type of chocolate, cake or torte. In 1832, it was invented by  Austrian Franz Sacher for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, Austria. It is one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties. 5 December is National Sachertorte Day.
source: wikipedia, image: www.cofetariaalice.ro

11. Second Largest Resting Place in Europe

Zentral Friedhof is the second largest cemetery in Europe and largest in Vienna. The sprawling burial ground has more bodies (over 2.5 million) than there are living inhabitants in Vienna. Notable interments of Zentral Friedhof include Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Johann Strauss.
source: theneotrad.com

12. Oldest Zoo in the World: Tiergarten Schönbrunn

Tiergarten SchönbrunnTiergarten Schönbrunn is the oldest Zoo in the World. It is located in famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. It was founded as imperial menagerie in 1752.
source: wikipedia, image: www.zoovienna.at

13. Spanish Riding School

Spanish Riding School  The Spanish Riding School (German: Spanische Hofreitschule) of Vienna, Austria is the only institution in the world which has practiced for more than 450 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the Haute Ecole – which can also be found on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
source: www.srs.at, image: www.worldfortravel.com

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