Vienna is one of the world's most beautiful, historic cities, brimming with nostalgia and with all the grand architecture of a once glorious empire, for three...... more
Vienna is one of the world's most beautiful, historic cities, brimming with nostalgia and with all the grand architecture of a once glorious empire, for three centuries it was home to the Austrian monarchy. The architectural image of the city is dominated by the Ringstrasse, a four kilometre long boulevard which encircles the centre of the city. It was under the supervision of Maria Theresia that the magnificent royal residence, the Schönbrunn Palace, was completed. More than seventeen hundred beautifully-preserved rooms afforded the large Imperial family much freedom of movement and its magnificent interior décor is one of the most lavish of its time. The Palace Grounds contain the outstanding Neptun-Fountain and, at the highest point, the Gloriette, from which the entire palace grounds are visible as well as the charming Schönbrunn Zoo, the oldest animal enclosure in the world. St. Stephen's Cathedral dominates the centre of Vienna and, not far away behind the State Opera House, is the venerable Hotel Sacher with its old Viennese coffee house. Johann Strauss, the Vienna Boys' Choir, Lipizzaner horses and Heurige wine...Vienna is a city of irresistible charm!
Advantages: Close to town centre and harbour Disadvantages: Outside rather basic looking
...Bergen is known as a city with its feet in the sea and its head in the clouds and it also has the dubious award of being the wettest city in Norway! After visiting briefly last summer we decided to stop over in Bergen on our return home from a cruise on a Hurtigruten ship. Our travel agent booked us into the Neptun hotel and after a sightseeing tour on the coach from the port depositing people...
Advantages: Close to main amenities, towns, and motorways. Sometimes in the heart of particular towns Disadvantages: Sometimes are fully booked up.
...Kyriad hotels is a chain of hotels situated all over France, so if you are looking for a quite a cheap getaway I would highly recommend them. The standard of the hotel is excellent as I am about to state below.
All the hotels are based on major roads & tend to be based either on the edge of a city or just outside. This is a budget hotel chain with no frills. You will find this chain of hotels...
Advantages: Location, Room Size Disadvantages: Facilities offered were minimal.
...were able to get everywhere in the city, including The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum and Disneyland Paris. It is also in walking distance of Montmartre and Le Galleries Lafayette. I felt that our hotel was in a prime location making it easy for us to get around the city.
Paris itself is a very noisy city; being the capital of France this should be expected. There is always a lot of noise around...