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#About the Neighborhood

In the picturesque Jordaan neighborhood you will find lots of art galleries, markets and nostalgic homes like Anne Frank's house. Most of the canals in the neighborhood are named after different trees and flowers, and therefore the name of the neighborhood appears to be in the word jardin, in French. However, it is speculated that perhaps it is actually named after one of the canals that pass through the neighborhood, the Prinsengracht Canal, formerly known as Jordaan, after the famous river.

At the beginning of the 17th century, when the neighborhood was built, it was home to the lower classes, the working class and the workers who built the city's canals and bridges. The famous painter Rembrandt spent his last years here, having lost all his possessions and money and had to live modestly. The neighborhood at that time was dirty, the canals felt like open sewers and the apartments were not inviting, because they looked like slums.

After World War II, the population changed slightly. That was when young students and artists began to arrive.

Today you will find quite a few art galleries and music clubs where you can pass the time. The streets are full of bookstores, cafes, antique shops, art galleries, pubs and restaurants. There are also several points worth visiting: the Westerkerk Church, the Anne Frank House and the Nordermarkt Market. Every year the Jordaan Festival - Jordaanfestival - is held here.

A Closer Look at the Neighborhood:

Le Mur des Je T'aime
Wall of Love
#About the Wall

Do you want to take a picture in a special place? The Wall of Love (Le Mur des Je T'aime) in Montmartre is the ideal place for perfect romance.

Frederic Baron, who initiated this magnificent wall project, approached different people around the world and asked them to write "I love you" in their own language. Rumor has it that the idea came to the mind of this romantic entrepreneur when he wanted to describe his love for his wife. He originally planned a trip around the world for the project, however, it did not happen and after 8 years he ended up asking every person he encountered to scribble phrases of love in their language. He filled three large notebooks with the love phrases in different languages and then turned to the artist Claire Quito, who wrote the sentences 1,000 times in 300 different languages on dark blue tiles.

In 2000 the place became a place for couples of lovers. It is certainly an entertaining, romantic and inspiring place.

A Closer Look at the Wall:

NBC Studios
Tour at NBC Studios
#About the TV Studios

Anyone who has never been to a TV studio has come to the right place. The NBC Studio building, located in the Rockefeller Center in New York, is one of the icons for the entertainment world. These studios host a few of the most well-known TV shows in the world, starting from hosting shows like Saturday Night Live, and news reports.

The tour that you will take through the studios is an interactive and interesting tour, that reveals a wide history of television, and access to studios where a few of the most successful shows have been, and are filmed, like Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and more.

In the tour, you can learn about the production and writing of TV shows, up to the point that they are broadcasted onto your TVs. Another enjoyable part of the tour is that you are able to film your own show in the studios, and watch it afterward.

The tour is about an hour long, and includes visiting the famous 8H studio, and the two radio stations of the studios. You can see the sets of known shows, like the Today Show. Often, you can run into personalities from the studios who are looking for an audience for their shows, filmed around noon, so that if you'd like, you can participate in tapings of real shows, broadcasted around all of the United States.
The Amsterdam Dungeon
The Amsterdam Dungeon
#About Amsterdam's Dungeon

Most of us like experiences, especially those that raise the adrenalin. Amsterdam's dungeon is actually a route consisting of walking through a maze, riding a roller coaster, touring water canals and more.

During the course you will encounter a team of masked actors who will appear in front of you as various characters related to the history of the Netherlands. The purpose of the place and its staff is to make you feel the darkness and the cultural darkness, the fear and the fears that the local inhabitants lived during the Middle Ages. You can go back 500 years, to the days of the Christian Inquisition and torture in basements, a time of pirates and witchcraft tricks and intrigues. Dark history comes to life in eleven live performances and in a breathtaking experience.

The tour is 80 minutes long and is a fascinating, if somewhat frightening, a way to learn about the history of Amsterdam. The visual, vocal and interactive effects will create for you one of the most extreme but interesting experiences in Amsterdam.

Attractions for Young

King's Cross
King's Cross
#About the “Harry Potter” Train Station

The famous train station in the Harry Potter books is situated right in north central London. The station was built by Lewis Cubitt between 1851-1852, in the very same place where a hospital for rubeola patients once stood. At first, the station was opened with platforms 1-8 and later another building was added, with platforms 9-11.

In 1987 a fire broke out in the station, causing the loss of 31 lives. The cause was a lit match on the escalator, as the “trench effect” caused the stairs above to heat up. After an investigation the assessment was that the combination of the heat with the gust of wind between the interchange of trains at the above platforms caused the fire to rise to a temperature of over 600 degrees Celsius, causing the deaths and injury of visitors.

#Harry Potter’s King's Cross

Many know the King's Cross train station as the station from Harry Potter. It is the famous departure point of the Hogwarts Express.

The Harry Potter Shop is found at the Station, designed according to the description of the Ollivanders wand shop, described in the books. The opening hours are every day from 7:30 am to 8 pm.

A beautiful plaque reads Platform 9 ¾ . It was posted in a recent renovation be the city. Beside the sign is a school trolley entering the wall. This trolley obviously hints to the way passengers make their way to the special train to Hogwarts.

#A Detective Mission:

Look for the trolley headed through the wall. Hint: It’s outside the station ...

Couldn't find the cart in the wall? – No worries!
Look at the black line on the floor. This is the Northern line. Go up to the ticket office of Kings Cross. Go up the stairs and turn left. When you see the sign "St. Pancras International" turn right and you will see a ticket machine. Take the stairs beside it until you reach the street. This is Euston Street. Turn right and you will see a red brick wall. Walk alongside the wall until you discover the sign and the trolley with the suitcases stuck in the wall.

#History of the Station

The King's Cross station was planned by Lewis Cubitt in 1852. It was intended to be the point of departure from the British capital to the east coast of Britain. Since 1862, the station has served the "Flying Scotsman", a passenger train connecting London with the Scottish city of Edinburgh in the north of the kingdom. During World War II, King's Cross was hit and badly damaged as a result of the bombing of the German air force. A new passenger hall was added to King's Cross during the 1970's. The front hall was not very beautiful and in-fact hid most of its original and unique front.

However in 2007, in anticipation for hosting the Olympics, the station was expanded and its entrance hall was upgraded and designed beautifully. Note the magnificent modernist structure shaped like an inverted waterfall, designed by architect John McAslan. This structure consists of approximately 2,000 steel triangles that intertwine to create the magic of the station, which until recently was an ugly duckling and has become a charming architectural swan. In addition to renovating the station itself, the site also preserved the original building of the station, the one that was once concealed by the unattractive hall.

A Closer Look at the Station:

Krizikova fontana
Krizik Fountain
#About the Singing Fountain

The singing fountain (Krizikova Fontana) is a loved area in Prague, where in the spring and summer, every evening, 4 spectacular shows take place, where lighting, music, and sometimes dance is combined with the water show. During the half hour show, the water fountain creates colorful splashes in different shapes and structures in the air. Everything is done in total synchronization with music that plays in the background, and dancers on the stage.

Every so often, above the water, videos are screened and are a part of the multimedia experience, a truly magical and hypnotizing performance. Certain shows include live music, and sometimes ballet dancers as well.


From 20:00 pm the fountain area fills with people. Try to get here earlier to find a good place to watch the show, especially short people who would miss some of the show otherwise.

The show starts once an hour, on the hour, and each time the show is different than the one before.

The show is about half an hour long, and is performed daily from 7 pm to 11 pm.

There is no need to book places in advance.

You can check the schedule of the performance beforehand online to see what is in store each day.

#A Look at the Working Fountain:


#A Whole Michael Jackson Song in the Fountain:


#Combination with Video:

Font Mgica de Montjuc
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
#About the Magical Fountain

One of the famous attractions of Barcelona, a celebration for both adults and children, is the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (Font Màgica de Montjuïc). You can see its full glory, at the footsteps of the Royal Palace. Like many buildings around it, the Royal Palace was built for the World Expo of Barcelona in 1929. Beyond the large fountain, that cannot be missed, an impressive avenue leads to more than 80 small fountains.

The fountain was designed by the enlightened fountain designer Carles Buïgas. Before it was even built, Buïgas created particularly ambitious plans, and many doubted his ability to stand according to the short timetable. He did not give up, and he brought more than 3,000 workers that volunteered for the task, and a year of working lead to the opening exhibit that was held for the first fountain performance.

During the Spanish Civil War the fountain was severely damaged, and only in 1955 did renovations take place, overseen by Buïgas.

In the 1980's the fountain show was upgraded with music and lights. Special characteristics - the combination of the motion of water, together with the lights and music that joins in, creates a hypnotizing show for the whole family. Every half an hour a new show begins that lasts for about 10 minutes. Today the show combines music from movies, classical music, and songs by famous artists.


The Magic Fountain is opened throughout the year on Friday and Saturday nights, and during summer also on Thursday nights.

A Closer Look at the Fountain:


A different atmosphere:


A visit:

Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock
#About Prague's Famous Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj) is the oldest working clock in the world. This is a mechanical miracle of late medieval engineering. It is an astronomical clock that has been operating since the Middle Ages, and at every hour attracts crowds of excited tourists waiting to watch the wonder.

The clock on the tall municipality building at Stormska Square in the city was installed in 1410. It indicates the time in central Europe and the exact date of the month and year. The zodiac signs beneath the clock reveal the location of the stars and symbol that is currently dominating the zodiac. The outer ring of the clock calculates the time, according to the sunset.

Every hour, from 8 am to 8 pm, Jesus and his twelve messengers appear from the clock. It has various figures visible from the window, once an hour. Among them you can see the skeleton symbolizing the Angel of Death with his hourglass, a Turkish symbol of the Church's enemy, the miser merchant with the bag of coins in his hands, an angel, an astronomer, a rooster reading aloud and more.

If you go up to the clock inside the tower, you will enjoy a close look at the show of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who come out of the clock every hour, moving in a circle and peering out of the watch. And by the way, in the town hall you can also go up to the panoramic view of all of Prague.

#History of the Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock is considered to be the world's best-kept watch of ancient astronomical clocks. The amazing thing is that the original mechanical mechanism still operates there, from 1410 until today.

The original mechanism of the clock was installed in 1410, by a clockmaker Mikulash Makadan. He created it with Jan Schindel, professor of astronomy at the University of Karl. In 1490 they added the calendar and dolls, made by a master in the name of Hanos. Legend has it that city councilors were so enthusiastic about Hanos's work, they feared that he would build a similar clock in another European city, and this lead them to make him blind. So there would be no other clock like this anywhere in the world.

The clock has worked continuously since then, except when in 1886 it underwent a major renovation. It was then that a Cronometer was added, built by Romuald Buzek. In the middle of the 19th century, Joseph Manes, a Czech national revivalist, added the calendar to the clock, with the natural paintings depicting the four seasons.

Another renovation took place after World War II. This is because the city hall was burned down and the clock was badly damaged.

#A Tour of the Town Hall in Prague

A tour inside the town hall takes place several times a day. On the tour, you can go first to the top of the tower above the town hall and view the historical center of Prague.

Later on you can stroll through the beautiful city halls and see the chapel of the town tower. You can look at the statues of the astronomical clock's apostles closely and then descend into the subterranean rooms beneath the building. Here you can visit the ruins of the Gothic and Romanesque periods, where there is a maze of streets, shops and old houses.

#How Many Municipalities Does One City Need?

You may have already noticed that there is a town hall across the Marianske Square, and another one next to the Powder Tower, and they are not the only ones. So what the hell is going on here?

The story is that until the 18th century Prague was a collection of four cities, each with its own town hall. Once they were united into one big city, the separate townhouses remained in each quarter. In Prague, as in other ancient cities, there was also a new town hall, so this city contains, in any case, a rather impressive collection of town halls.

A Closer Look at the Prague Astronomical Clock:


This is How it Looks Behind the Scenes:


A Further Look Back:


Parc del Laberint d'Horta
Laberint d'Horta Park
#About the Park with the Maze

The maze park is located near the campus of the University of Barcelona. It was first opened to the public in 1971. The romantic park is built in the Italian style, and around are statues of Greek Mythology figures. It is ancient and historic, and you can see buildings here from the 18th century.

The park is well maintained and taken care of, mostly because this used to be part of the house of a noble family. Good weather and the fresh air pulled the nobility to build summer homes in the area, and vacation here. The size of the original mansion that stood here was 540,000 square meters. The park where you are standing now sits on 73,000 square meters of that land.

In the park is a garden in the neo-Classical style of the Middle Ages. The garden itself is in the style of the 18th century, and the romantic garden in the 19th-century style. In the romantic garden are flower beds, that was shaded by huge and impressive trees. In the gardens are trenches, pools, fountains, waterfalls and a stream. Without a doubt, the main attraction is the large maze, with a statue of Aros in the center, the god of love and passion from Greek Mythology.

In the maze there are 750 meters of Cypresses, walking trails that curve and turn, together these create the maze - for all ages. To succeed in finding your way out of this confusing maze is a challenging feat for adults, no less for children. From the square, there are 8 trails, and only one leads to the exit of the maze. If you managed to find your way out of the mase, you can see the round fountain.

Notice the especially romantic and picturesque canal, the neo-Classical palace and the impressive mansion. There are not many visitors in the area, and you can come here at all times of the day.


On Sundays and Wednesday entrance into the park is free.

A Closer Look at the Park:

Lennon Wall
#About the Graffiti in Memory of John Lennon

Lesser Town (Malá Strana), with the beautiful impressive churches, located on the western banks of the Vltava River, is a corner for the memory of John Lennon.

Let's really start - the Lennon Wall (Lennonova Zed) was never a memorial for the important singer, who was murdered by an insane fan. It was born as a way for young Czech people to express a peaceful protest against the communist regime. This wall is covered by graffiti, from Prague's darker days.

Many of Prague's students used to come here, draw, write, and run away from the police. The police were forced to again and again paint the wall, but people would come back and repaint the wall. Someone then added to the anti-communist addresses also written for peace and the portrait of Lennon. What came next was clear. Lennon and peace, let alone imagination, always went together...

And then the Velvet Revolution of 1989 arrived. This was the end of the communist rule over Czechoslovakia, the former name of the country that was united with Slovakia under Soviet rule. After the revolution, tourists began taking pieces off the wall and keeping them as souvenirs. After considerable parts of the wall were taken, it was decided to redraw the graffiti and slogans, what made the wall especially vibrant and colorful.

It is interesting that up to today, as a free and democratic country, slogans are still being added and written for peace, equality, and love.

Lennon's imagination lives on!

A Closer Look at the Lennon Wall:


A Song:

Royal Observatory Greenwich
#The Observatory of 0° Longitude

The famous Royal Observatory of Greenwich stands atop a hill in the heart of Greenwich Park. It was the observatory that gave Greenwich its unique geographic location called the 0º longitude, which many recognize as the Greenwich Line. This observatory is now used as a museum. It is at the top of the hill in Greenwich Park overlooking the Thames.

The observatory was established for Charles II in 1675. Originally it served as the study of the Royal Astronomer of the United Kingdom. The astronomer John Flamsteed was a director of the observatory and responsible for analyzing the exact location of the stars, correcting the charts of the sky movements and, in general, anything related to the knowledge of exploration and navigation.

This was building to be built and dedicated to scientific research, which explains its great importance to the culture of science. After World War II, due to heavy air pollution in London, the use of the building was discontinued. Today you will find attractions for the whole family: rooms with giant telescopes, an advanced astronomy center and an advanced planetarium.

#Meridian Courtyard

In the courtyard of the museum you will find the Greenwich Line (longitude 0°), marked as a green laser beam coming out of the building in the north. Many visitors like to be photographed on both sides of the line (one leg on the west side of the earth and the other on the eastern side) and set their clocks according to Greenwich Mean Time.

Greenwich Mean Time was set according to the 0° longitude, which served as an international clock in the past.

Every day at 1:00 pm, the fall of the red "ball of time" can be seen from the top of the pole. The purpose of the time ball, which is on the observatory, is to mark the exact time for the Thames sailors.

A Closer Look at the Royal Observatory Greenwich:

Madame Tussauds
# About the Madame's First Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds is now a chain of museums, which span over several cities around the world. Though it is known to children and adults alike, the main and original museum was founded right here in London.

The museum was founded in 1835 by Madame Tussauds herself. Tussauds was a French wax sculptor who emigrated to London. Her talent and knowledge in wax sculpture was inherited from her mother, who was the housekeeper of an artist and sculptor who specialized in wax.

Wax sculptures of historical and famous figures of all kinds can be found around the museum: from famous politicians such as Churchill, Kennedy and even Shimon Peres, through actors and athletes, singers, cultural personalities and other celebrities.

Madame Tussauds is one of London's primary tourist destinations. Different experiences in the museum range from watching and photographing the various wax dolls, through interactive games, to a tour of the horror cellar where you can see figures of criminals and hangmen, executioners and actors to spice up the experience. Photos of important historical events of the city are on display, a train ride and a section where visitors become famous comic dolls.

Some of the characters in the horror cellar were brought from Paris to England by Madame Tussauds herself in the early 19th century.

A Closer Look at the Museum:

Bryant Park
#About the Park that Commemorates the Person Who Fought for its Existence

Behind the Public Library of New York, you can see Bryant Park, named after the journalist and editor William Bryant, who fought for a long time to establish parks and open spaces for the residents of New York. The size of the park is 39,000 square meters.

In the park is a large lawn area, where different events throughout the year go on. There are screenings of movies, concerts, and musical festivals. Around the lawn are seating areas.

In the park, you will find free attractions for visitors and locals, like ping pong tables, books and magazines, and more.

If you arrived in the winter months, notice that the main lawn becomes an ice skating rink. You can skate in the rink, entrance is free, or chose to sit at a cafe nearby and enjoy watching people skate. In the stores, you will find unique merchandise for Christmas, and everything around is decorative and festive.

#History of the Park

An interesting story about this park has to do with the general mood that was here until 1850. For a serious lack of green spaces and entertainment locations, locals were forced to go to the closest cemeteries to their houses and lay blankets on the ground.

Bryant Park in the past was also a cemetery. In 1840 it was decided to moved thousands of bodies to a new location. Seven years later the park was opened to the general public and offered visitors a place to relax. This time, the park was without gravestones.

With the building of the subway, this area deteriorated, and prostitutes, drug dealers, and homeless people began coming to the park. In 1930 the park was fenced with a metal fence, to ensure a separation between the park and the street. More steps were taken to clean up the questionable characters who used to come here. These attempts were unsuccessful. In 1979 the Public Library received funding for a new design, the park also received attention, and attempts were once again made for its rehabilitation. From 1992 the park became a success, a relaxed and fun place.

Following the substantial renovations, and the fact that it became one of the most populated places in the world during opening hours (about 198 people per 1,000 square meters), it is easy to understand its popularity. Renting prices for the houses in the neighborhood rose by 40%, and the quality of residents improved.

Ice Skating in the Park in Winter:


Walk in in the Park in Summer:

Anne Frank House
#About the House

The Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis) a memorial for Anne Frank, stands exactly where she and her family hid during World War II. This is a total must visit site, dedicated to the memory of the Jewish girl and to the commemoration of the Holocaust in general.

Anne's family had to hide from the Nazis in the back of an office building where her father was working. Throughout this period, Anne Frank wrote a personal diary, which has now become one of the most famous books in the world. Anne Frank's diary has been translated into more than 50 languages.

Anne and her family hid there until they were turned over to the Nazis and sent directly to the concentration camps. All the members of Anne Frank's family, including her, were murdered in the Holocaust, all but her father. He returned after the war, found the diary lying on the floor of the hiding place and brought it to publication.

The museum opened to visitors in 1960 and is located on the banks of the Prinsengracht Canal. Thanks to careful conservation work, the museum manages to preserve the rooms that were in this secret area, just as they were in those days. The front of the house was restored and adapted to that period, the terrible hiding period. In the museum you will find original family items, rare photographs from the hiding period and documents.

In 2007, more than one million visitors visited the museum. This is one of the most important tourist attractions in Amsterdam. Beyond that, it is an exciting and chilling place that tells the story of one family among the thousands who were murdered mercilessly during this terrible war.

#About Anne Frank

During the time of World War II, the Jewish girl Anne Frank finds herself hiding for years in a hidden attic, together with her family, against the Nazis. Anne Frank writes a moving and personal diary about her family and the other family hiding with them, her thoughts, her love for the boy from the other family, and her feelings as a teenager growing up in the shadow of the great horror.

One day, after they were apparently betrayed by the Dutch Green Police, they were caught by the Nazis and transferred to concentration camps. Anne Frank perished in the Holocaust after she contracted typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945.

When her father returned at the end of the war, after surviving, to the house where he and his family were hiding, he found Anne's diary among the objects lying on the ground. He published it and the Anne Frank Diary became one of the most beloved and unique books in the world, a wise and mature testimony of the experiences of the Jews hiding in the Holocaust, from the personal perspective of a young and lively girl.

Thus, the diary of the Jewish and anonymous girl from Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, became the most famous document of the Holocaust.


Tickets must be purchased online and preferably many months in advance. In the two or three months before your visit, there are many chances that tickets will not be left.

Didn't buy in advance? - Try to get to the Anne Frank House and take a place in the queue, before 3:00 pm, when you can buy a ticket in line.

A Closer Look at the House:

Madame Tussauds
#About Amsterdam's Wax Museum

Anyone who dreamed of being photographed with the idol of their youth, admired singers, or the inspiring athletes could do so at the Dutch museum of Madame Tussauds, the younger brother of the London's Madame Tussauds.

The museum is located in Dam Square and offers to introduce familiar characters, such as leaders, singers, athletes, intellectuals, cultural leaders and politicians. The museum is full of colors and characters and provides an entertaining journey in the present and the past.

For children, the museum offers to build their own wax sculptures and try to sculpture with this unique material.

#History of the Madame Tussauds Museum

The Madame Tussauds wax museum is the only museum where you can meet and take pictures with famous people in today's world and history. Here are waxed personalities from culture, history, art and science, along with statesmen and celebrities from all over the world.

It all started with a French wax sculptor named Marie Tussauds, who founded what will be the first Madame Tussauds Museum. It was an exhibition of wax sculptures, the first of the Tussauds, but all the statues presented were the statues of Doctor Philip Curtius and they did not include celebrities. The exhibition was held in Paris in 1770. Pretty soon Tussauds won success and after 6 years the exhibit was transferred to the Royal Palais.

But Tussauds wanted more. She studied the art of wax sculpture from Curtius, her mother was his housekeeper. After he taught her the art of wax sculpture, she created her first sculpture, the statue of Walter. It was in 1777 and the statue aroused so much enthusiasm that French celebrities asked Tussauds to create wax figures of them as well. Pretty soon she also sculpted famous celebrities such as Benjamin Franklin and Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

In 1792, Tussauds , who inherited the collection of Curtius' sculptures after his death, moved to London, the capital of England, and the Tussauds Wax Museum was born in England. The museum has gained a reputation as a unique museum and the wax sculptures have gained world renown.

The huge success of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London led to the opening of Madame Tussauds Wax Museums all over the world. There are also many wax museums in many capital cities and cities around the world, including Vienna, Amsterdam, New York, Berlin, Bangkok and more.

Madame Tussauds Figures Up Close:


A Closer View:


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