5 Interesting Things to See in Europe

A round-up of interesting sites and experiences from my visit to Europe in 2016.

1. Augarten – Vienna, Austria

The Augarten is a French Baroque-style park in Vienna. Originally part of the estate of the Austrian monarchy, it was opened to the public in 1775. During World War 2, the Germans constructed two massive flak towers for defence against Allied bombers. These concrete reinforced buildings still stand today, a stark reminder of that time.

Flak tower Flakturm VII-L

Flak tower Flakturm VII-L in Vienna, Austria

Augarten in Vienna, Austria

Augarten in Vienna, Austria

Read The Garden – a short story about a German military commander preparing for an Allied attack.

2. Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris, France

Père Lachaise is one of the largest and most beautiful cemeteries in Paris. Established by Napoleon in the 19th century, it is a calm and serene place with its cobbled paths lined with trees, magnificent mausoleums and crypts. Pére Lachaise is the final resting place of many famous personalities such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Frédéric Chopin.

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Grave of Casimir Pierre Périer, a prominent Frenchman

Grave of Casimir Pierre Périer, a prominent Frenchman

Read about university student Jean-Pierre’s strange experience at Père Lachaise.

3. Felsenegg – Zürich, Switzerland

Located at a height of 800 metres, Felsenegg provides great views of Zürich city, the lake and Swiss Alps. It is reachable via a short train journey from Zürich to Adliswil followed by a scenic cable car ride. At the top, there is an easy trail that takes you along idyllic paths and lush green meadows – a glimpse of quintessential Switzerland. Enjoy beer and great food at the open-air Panorama Restaurant while taking in the breathtaking views!

View of Zürich city, lake and Alps from Felsenegg, Switzerland

View of Zürich city, lake and Alps from Felsenegg, Switzerland.

Cows in a meadow at Felsenegg near Zürich, Switzerland

Cows in a meadow at Felsenegg near Zürich, Switzerland

4. Divoká Šárka – Prague, Czech Republic

Divoká Šárka is a nature reserve located on the outskirts of Prague. The reserve has a small lake and walking trails that take you along a gorge and stream through a forested area. It is a quiet place where one can escape from the busy streets of Prague city. The reserve is named after Divoká (“Wild”) Sarka, a legendary female warrior who led a rebellion against men.

Lake at Divoká Šárka nature reserve in Prague, Czech Republic

Lake at Divoká Šárka nature reserve in Prague, Czech Republic

Flowers at Divoká Šárka nature reserve in Prague, Czech Republic

Flowers at Divoká Šárka nature reserve in Prague, Czech Republic

5. Hofbräuhaus – Munich, Germany

The Hofbräuhaus is the most famous beer hall in the Bavarian capital city of Munich. Loud and noisy in the evenings, often with a traditional band playing, it serves a variety of Bavarian dishes and local brews. Originally built in 16th century, it was remodelled and opened to the public in the late 1800’s. Patrons of the Hofbräuhaus included Mozart, Lenin and… Hitler. The origins of the Nationalist Socialist movement often involved gatherings in beer halls such as this one across cities in Germany.

Hofbräuhaus, Munich

Hofbräuhaus, a traditional beer hall in Munich

Beer at Hofbräuhaus, Munich

Beer at Hofbräuhaus, Munich

Walking tour guide Karen tells you more about this city in Das ist München.

Pictures taken with my Huawei Honor 7 mobile.

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5 replies

  1. This is an exceptional list of places which are definitely a must visit in Europe, Arvind! I haven’t been to Germany yet and those cities seem like a must visit. Prague and Paris should definitely be on anyone list!

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  2. Thanks for writing about places that will be new to most readers. I actually had not heard of any of these other than Père Lachaise. There’s so much to see in Europe!

    I suppose it’s fitting that Oscar Wilde is buried in France, considering how shamefully he was treated in his own country.

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  3. Loved the mix of historical tidbits and modern feel. Your writing has the capability to transport one to the actual place! I’ll surely visit these places on my Europe trip 🙂

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