From the land of the Vikings to the High Tatras
International magazine Monocle in its last edition named Copenhagen as the world's most liveable city. The winning formula: a combination of good ideas, well organized regional transport, resolved environmental issues, but also some equally important elements like food culture and housing design.
So, welcome to the land of Vikings and Carlsberg's beer or, if you are underage, welcome to the land of Lego, Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid.
Leave your stuff in 5 stars Radisson SAS Royal, one of the most exclusive designer’s hotels in the city. Radisson SAS Royal is located in the heart of Copenhagen, close to Tivoli, Denmark's main touristic attraction for last 166 years. Radisson SAS Royal offers 260 rooms and suites recognisably decorated in a Scandinavian style.
Copenhagen has excellent museums of history, art and sculptures, but also some unusual ones that cover themes from erotic to porcelain. So, it's a good chance that you will find some erotic porcelain.
What to eat in Denmark was a hard question until recently. In the last few years Denmark cuisine is completely changed thanks mostly to a new generation of young chefs. Copenhagen's restaurant Noma achieved Top 10 ranking in Pellegrino's 2008 "World's 50 Best Restaurants" listing. It seems that is the last bell for hamburgers and sandwiches and from now on just the world-class Nordic cuisine is in the game.
Have a good time and visit some antique shops and galleries. "Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek" may be interesting for you, too. It has extensive Egyptian section and Renoir collection, as well as the collection of Danish paintings from the "Golden Age" in the 19th century.
Slovakia is Europe's fastest growing tourist destination attracting significant investments in its tourist infrastructure.
Poprad is the biggest city in northern Slovakia, the biggest town of the Spiš region and the tenth largest city in Slovakia, just a foot distant of the High Tatras Mountains. The fact that Poprad bid to host the 2006 Winter Olympics and lost from Turin for a hair, proves how strong the town really is.
AquaCity Poprad, this year's World's Leading Green Resort is nested in Spiš region, beautiful and not yet completely discovered area of Europe. It is situated just eight minutes from Poprad international airport and only 15 minute drive from Tatras Mountains, Europe's third tallest and the world's smallest mountain range.
AquaCity earned flattering title World's Leading Green Resort with a reason. AquaCity saves around 27 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each day by using geothermal water and solar energy to heat and power the resort.
Crystal clear thermal water flows below the Earth surface cooled to a temperature of up to 36 Celsius degree. Pools are equipped with whirlpools and jets and during the summer days it is a nice place to enjoy after couple of hours of hiking. Just one look through windows will tell you what to do in the winter time, or you can always choose thermal bathing, CryoTherapy, or visit Thai and fitness relax centres.
During the year you can visit Spissky hrad, The Spis castle, the largest castle in Central Europe enlisted on the List of World's Cultural and Natural Heritage of UNESCO. From 12th to 18th centuries it was the military fort. In 1780 Spissky hrad was burned to the ground and never rebuilt after that. If you like mineral springs visit Siva Brada, the place with several mineral springs, or simply enjoy in AquaCity's facilities and the view of the snowy Tatras Mountains. ■
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