Madrid (AREA), Spain

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is almost 3.2 million and that of the Madrid metropolitan area, around 6.3 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union after Paris and London.The city spans a total of 604.3 km2 (233.3 sq mi).

The city is located on the Manzanares River in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid (which comprises the city of Madrid, its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages); this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain.

The Madrid urban agglomeration has the third-largest GDP in the European Union and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.[ Due to its economic output, high standard of living, and market size, Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies, such as Telefónica, Iberia and Repsol. Madrid is the 17th most livable city in the world according to Monocle magazine, in its 2014 index

Madrid is home to two world-famous football clubs, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.

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Helsinki (AREA), Finland

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of restaurants and nightclubs.

The capital of Finland is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, culture and shopping are all great exploration angles and large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence. Needless to say, there’s something going on in Helsinki every day of the year.

The archipelago of Helsinki consists of around 330 islands, providing beautiful set-ups for days at the beach or weekend camping trips. Many of the islands, such as Suomenlinna and Pihlajasaari, can be reached by a regular ferry from early morning until late at night.

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Helsinki harbour

 

Hamburg (AREA), Germany

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the ninth largest city in the European Union. It is also the thirteenth largest German state. Its population is over 1.8 million people, and the Hamburg Metropolitan Region (including parts of the neighbouring Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein) has more than 5 million inhabitants. The port of Hamburg, on the river Elbe, is the second largest port in Europe (after the Port of Rotterdam) and tenth largest worldwide.

Hamburg is a major transport hub and is one of the most affluent cities in Europe. It has become a media and industrial centre, with plants and facilities belonging to Airbus, Blohm + Voss and Aurubis. The radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk and publishers such as Gruner + Jahr and Spiegel-Verlag are pillars of the important media industry in Hamburg. Hamburg has been an important financial centre for centuries, and is the seat of the world’s second oldest bank, Berenberg Bank. There are more than 120,000 enterprises.

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Hamburg water buildings skyline

Halifax (AREA), NS, Canada

Halifax, formally the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada. The metropolitan area had a population of 390,096 in 2011 with 297,943 in the urban area centred around Halifax Harbour.

Halifax is considered a global city and is a major economic centre in eastern Canada with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include the Department of National Defence, Dalhousie University, the Halifax Shipyard, various levels of government, and the Port of Halifax. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of the municipality. Halifax was ranked by MoneySense magazine as the fourth best place to live in Canada for 2012,placed first on a list of “large cities by quality of life” and placed second in a list of “large cities of the future”, both conducted by fDi Magazine for North and South American cities.

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Halifax harbour

 

Gothenburg (AREA), Sweden

Gothenburg

Gothenburg  is the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth largest in the Nordic countries. Situated by the Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, the city proper has a population of 543,005, with 549,839 in the urban area and 973,261 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Gothenburg is classified as a global city by GaWC, with a ranking of Gamma−. The city was ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes.

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Gotaborg

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow

Known as the commercial capital of Scotland, Glasgow is a bustling, cosmopolitan city and one of the top three foreign tourist destinations in the U.K.

You can dine in the city’s many outstanding restaurants, followed by visits to the theater or perhaps a visit to the nearest pub, where you will feel the pulse of Scotland thumping hard and fast. A Scottish pub is where you will find the Scotsman at his best. They, along with the Irish, have mastered the art of telling tall tales and the more beer, the taller the tale. Glasgow also offers many cultural activities , with it’s various galleries, museums and festivals.

The Scots are fiercely patriotic and never ever call them “British”! They dare to wear kilts whenever they feel like it and as to what they wear underneath, no one knows, but on a windy day you might find out yourself!

See the Scottish countryside

While you can have all the fun you like in Glasgow, you should keep in mind that the country surrounding it is a paradise for nature lovers. Various wildlife beckons the hunter, while Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout abound in the lakes and rivers. The countryside is littered with old castles, many of which have been converted into hotels. They are extremely popular for honeymoons and anniversaries.

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University-of-Glasgow-Tower

Geneva (AREA), Switzerland

Geneva

Watches. Chocolate. The Alps. The birthplace of the Internet. Everything you could possibly want and anything else can be found in Geneva.

Premium place

If you know quality, you know that Swiss watches and Swiss chocolate are pretty close to perfection. You will also find all kinds of luxury brands and cheese fondue in Geneva. The city is furthermore located by the largest lake in Europe; the largest peak in Europe, Mont Planc, is frequently seen from the city; and many of the most important organizations in the world are based in the city. .

A variety of languages

You’ll find more than just a good selection of watches here. In Switzerland, there are three official languages, namely French, German and Italian. Geneva is situated where French is the predominant language, so best if you open conversation in well-chosen phrases in the language of love. About a third of inhabitants knows English, but just to be safe you should test the waters with French first. Comment allez-vous?

An unexpected collection

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Frankfurt (AREA), Germany

 Frankfurt

Frankfurt, known as Europe’s largest financial center, is a vibrant city, a melting pot of cultures, languages and lifestyles.

Frankfurt is a fun city to visit at any time of the year. Although many visitors choose to go there during the summer months, Frankfurt is a thriving place in the winter as well with its endless array of shops, restaurants, museums and cafés. Frankfurt is a great starting point if you wish to explore Germany further, notably the southern and central parts. When in Frankfurt, remember to visit neighboring Wiesbaden and Heidelberg. Wiesbaden stands on the banks of the Rhein just west of Frankfurt, full of old castles and old manors as well as some sprawling, lush botanical parks and Germany’s best known casino.

Frankfurt´ woodland main street

Heidelberg is a different matter altogether. Guarded by the ancient ruins of Heidelberg Castle, the city’s eye-catching castle and woodland slopes dominate the view, creating a unique setting for this thriving western city. In the old city center, Alstadt, you will find the Hauptstrasse (translated Main Street), the main shopping/café/restaurant center, a bustling pedestrian street in a beautiful setting

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Frankfurt skyline river view