When I traveled through the Bavarian region of Germany I came across several beautiful towns and Fussen is one of them. This town is located by the Romantic Road which has mountains surrounding it as well as lakes and the famous castles of King Ludwig, Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein. One of the things that attracted me most about Germany’s mountainside towns are the castles up on the mountains that gave them a fairy tale like look and feel. This town definitely serves as one of them.

If you are traveling with your family, plan to stay here for a day or two, to see the sights, enjoy the food and local brews as well as discover the local German culture here.

Take a Stroll

The old town has cobbled streets all around and these are waiting to be discovered. Once you walk by these streets or turn a corner, you will be greeted by fascinating views of the surrounding mountains or the lakes. The streets turn into busy shopping destination during the summer months and there are cafes by the walkways that have chairs and tables laid out on the streets.

Medieval Landmarks

There are several historic landmarks to stop by here. In general, the town boasts of history and architecture that dates back 700 years. All around you will find a town wall, baroque churches, and Gothic houses as well as a Benedictine abbey. At the backdrop are the Bavarian Alps. I visited the Hohes Schloss or High Castle outside the old town which was summer home of the Augsburg Lord Bishops. The architecture of the castle is distinct which includes a clock tower and orange roof as well as Trompe L’oiels which is 500 years old.

Take a Cruise

This is another delightful activity to do when you are at Fussen. We took a boat tour on Lake Forggensee which helps you enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding.

Funchal is the capital of Madeira. This tropical island is great for visiting family or friends. The city is filled with colorful flora which is evident in the gardens and the parks which enliven the urban fabric in the city. There are so many things that you can do out here. If you are visiting for the first time, there are a few things that you can check out.

Funchal Cathedral

Stepping into the cathedral, it felt like I have stepped into the Portuguese discovery age. The cathedral had been constructed in the sixteenth century and has fantastic architecture. Look up and you are going to see that the roof is filled with glazed tiles. I found the choir stalls of the cathedral are just exceptional as it depicts saints, prophets, and apostles.

Monte Cable Car

One great attraction is riding in a cable car to the top of the mountain. The mountain is 600 meters high. The gondola lift started functioning in 2000 as it replaced the defunct railway that ran 4 kilometers up the slope. It shut down in 1943. Reaching the top had been worthwhile. The view of the city is just exceptional. The white house and the ocean bedecking the mountain is just the perfect background to click photographs.

Rua Santa Maria

Funchal has a cobbled-stoned street filled with colorfully painted houses that have painted doors, too. Rua Santa Maria had been constructed in the 15th century. At present, it is the best destination to shop and have delectable food. I collected some of the souvenirs from the market. In the year 2010, the street had been flooded. With the regeneration of the city, the project of Art of Open Door had been introduced. Hence, the route has brightly colored doors that are hand painted. These look amazing.

Florence is an Italian city with amazing architecture. It is the capital of the Tuscany region. Being a history buff, I had been planning to visit this city for a long time. So, I finally made it to this city this winter. The places of significance and the architectural buildings simply took my heart away. Let’s take a quick look at the things that you can do when you are in Florence.

Florence Cathedral

This is one of the most celebrated cathedrals to be found. Even though it was constructed in 1436, the front façade wasn’t done until the 19th century. The white marble covered front façade is just marvelous. The green and pink polychrome design along with the style of the interior got to be surprised. It speaks of grandeur.

Giotto’s Campanile

You might have the misconception that Giotto’s Campanile is linked to Duomo. Nonetheless, this is a separate structure. It is a great example of Gothic architecture. Having a stunning design, it doesn’t fail to impress the visitors. It is divided into 5 levels and the exterior tower has a polychrome feature. You will find the lovely pink and green colors on Duomo looks brilliant. I climbed up to the tower to catch a fantastic view. Be careful, there are 414 steps.

Palazzo Vecchio

This is a significant administrative building. It was established in 1299 and the architecture has been designed by the ones who worked on Duomo. At the front façade, you will find a long series of arms. This actually represents important people and families. The interior has a sublime design.

Ponte Vecchio

This is a famous bridge in the city, mentioned to me by a friend who offers house cleaning services in Denver as part of her business.  Tracy travels all around the world and mentioned I should definitely make a stop here, so glad I did.  I found a number of shops on the side of the bridge. Also, the view that it offers is just breathtaking. Other than walking on this bridge, you can walk along Corridoio Vasariano, too.