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Scotland has a wealth of visitor attractions, and the area of Perthshire is not short of a good share of those. History and landscape, and plenty of space to enjoy it. Compared to the crowds of southern England, parts of Perthshire can seem almost uninhabited. According to CLC World, Scotland has 3000+ castles, many of which are driving distance from Perthshire.

While it’s maybe not “big country”, Perthshire is sometimes called the “big county”, with landscape ranging from wide agricultural valleys, to the mountains of the southern Highlands.

With all this open space, it’s no surprise that hiking, camping, and mountaineering are popular. If you don’t want to spend your nights in the open air, there are plenty of hotels and hostels, and self-catering accommodation.

The city of Perth itself is a good place to start; this area around the River Tay has been settled for thousands of years. For a while, the city was also the capital of Scotland, due to the presence of the royal court, and the nearby Scone Abbey. This is an ancient site, where Scottish kings were crowned for 1,000 years. Kings such as Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. The abbey building no longer exists, but archaeology suggests the location was at Moot Hill.

The abbey remains are in the grounds of the magnificent Scone Palace, about 3 miles from the city center. There is plenty to see in the palace and grounds, though it does cost several pounds per person. Car parking is included in the price, and there is usually enough space for about 200 cars. If you have the budget for luxury accommodation, you can actually stay in the palace – but at present there is only space for about 6 guests.

At Scone Palace you can also find the typical Scottish pursuits of fishing, shooting, and deer stalking. Being on the River Tay, the largest river in Britain, means a plentiful supply of quality fish – especially the Atlantic Salmon.

Another attraction in Perth, this time dating from around the 12th century, is Balhousie Castle. Fans of military history will know that this is the home of the Black Watch museum, a regiment whose motto is “No One Attacks Me With Impunity”. There’s also a lovely cafe and gift shop, and this is all in easy walking distance from Perth city center. The castle is not far from the Dunchally country estate which is a great hotel option if you want to stay close by, you’ll find some great deals if you search online.

If you like horses, then maybe try a visit to Perth Racecourse, which is close to Scone Palace. There has been horse racing in Perth since the 17th century, but only began at the current site in 1908. There are over 100 events every year, and travel to the racecourse is very easy by whatever transport you choose – even private aircraft.

Speaking of aircraft, Scotland has several international airports to welcome foreign visitors – Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Hire a car at the airport, and you’ll soon find yourself on some remarkably quite roads, once you’re out of the city. Perth is a very good starting-point for a driving tour of Scotland, where the lack of traffic means you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

Russia’s gateway to the West and the former imperial capital, St. Petersburg proudly displays its history. Peter the Great’s vision of opening his empire to the world transformed this marshland at the mouth of the Neva River into a sprawling metropolis and a celebrated center of arts and culture. The massive Hermitage is a must-see when you visit the “Paris of the North,” but these five museums also deserve a place on your St. Petersburg itinerary.

1. Peterhof State Museum Preserve

There are few places in the world where you can get closer to full royal splendor than at the Peterhof State Museum Preserve. This vast museum complex is composed of royal palaces, parks, and gardens, originally built by Peter the Great and then expanded by every subsequent emperor and empress. Use a trip planner to plan your visit. Here you’ll not only be able to admire the dazzling architecture and ornamentation, but you can also take a peek behind the scenes and see what the everyday life of the royals was like. Whether you’re an avid tsarist or just a hobbyist, the museum is a one-of-a-kind attraction that you definitely shouldn’t miss.

2. Faberge Museum

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See an amazing collection of decorative items fit for kings and emperors at the Faberge Museum. Located inside the luxurious Shuvalov Palace in the city center, the museum displays the works of Peter Carl Faberge and other masters, which once decorated the wealthiest homes in Russia and Europe. The undisputed highlights of the collection are the world-famous Imperial Easter Eggs, items of unimaginable splendor. You can also admire the paintings, lavish furniture, jewelry, porcelain, and everyday items made of precious materials and adorned with colorful gemstones. If you don’t speak Russian, you can book a tour in English.

3. Pushkin Museum and Memorial Apartment

Imperial St. Petersburg was a renowned center of culture and the Pushkin Museum and Memorial Apartment celebrates this side of the city’s history. The museum is dedicated not only to the nation’s most beloved poet, but also an entire generation of artists behind the golden age of Russian literature. Spread over several locations throughout the city, the museum allows you to take a tour of the historical edifices and admire a great collection of artworks. A special treat is a visit to Pushkin’s own apartment, the place where he lived and died, and where you can see a selection of the poet’s personal items.

4. Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost)

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While on a sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg make sure to stop by Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost), the city’s oldest structure. The imperial capital rose around the fortification, built by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 18th century. Use a vacation trip planner to plan a visit here which gives you the chance to explore various sides of the city’s and the nation’s past, from the cells that once held political prisoners, to the grand cathedral that houses the remains of the Russian monarchs. Just outside the fortress is one of the city’s most popular sandy beaches, a great hangout spot during a summer vacation.

5. Cruiser Aurora

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A ship of outstanding historical importance, the Cruiser Aurora symbolizes the end of one era and the beginning of the next. Now permanently docked, in October 1917 the ship fired the first shot of the October Revolution – a turning point in the history of the entire 20th century that changed Russia forever. Climb aboard and learn the cruiser’s history, get to know about the battles it was involved in, and see what a sailor’s day-to-day routine looked like. As a symbol of the revolution, the oldest commissioned Russian ship, and a survivor of the famous Battle of Tsushima, the vessel is one of St. Petersburg’s most famous attractions and a must-see for any history enthusiast.

The jewel in the imperial crown

Even though St. Petersburg’s history might not be very long when compared to some other European cities, it’s a place of immense importance, grandeur, and cultural heritage. Touring St. Petersburg museums and immersing yourself in the spirit of bygone times will give you new insight into this regal metropolis.

By Nikola Mihaelj

Germany is one of the astonishing tourist destination in Europe, which lies in northern Central Europe. It offers isolated farmhouses, the clustered houses of large villages, frowning medieval castles, old walled towns and modern industrial cities with their well planned residential areas and more to explore. If you want to visit this stunning spot under settled weather with sunshine and comfortable temperatures, prefer to take a trip here during late spring and early autumn that’s May, September and early October. If you are looking Germany as your skiing sport, visit here between Christmas and the end of March. So check out the season’s of Germany before take a ride here.

Berlin:

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and also country’s largest city. It is a major center of politics, culture, media, and science. Aplenty of tourist people love to gather here especially for its cultural flair, Berlin is home to the world famous Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, galleries, events, and museums. City’s most defining monument is the Brandenburg Gate, which is a 26-meter-high sandstone monument. It was Berlin’s first Neoclassical structure and notable for its four-horse chariot, six large columns on each side forming five passages and the two buildings used by toll-collectors and guards. Watch out the three dominating large historic building in Gendarmenmarkt such as the Konzerthaus, the French Cathedral (Französischer Dom), and the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom). In Berlin you can also includes The Rebuilt Reichstag, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin Cathedral Church, The French Cathedral, Berlin Zoological Gardens, The Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum and so on.6668161259_fcae7ce3f1_o

Hamburg:

Hamburg is the largest city in Germany after Berlin, and the eighth largest in Europe. Its location also makes it an important link between the sea and Germany’s network of inland waterways. It is best known for its famous harbor area, the Port of Hamburg. The Port of Hamburg is a home of the city’s most important attractions, which encompassing 100 square kilometers, this large tidal harbor, known as the Gateway to Germany. Next attractions in Hamburg is the most famous of Hamburg’s many churches, St. Michael’s was built in the Baroque style between 1750-62. It is one of the city’s most important landmarks with 132-meter-high tower, which is accessible by stairs and an elevator, viewing platforms offer excellent panoramas of the city and port, a particular treat during their regular extended evening openings. In Hamburg you must also visit Ohlsdorf Cemetery, Great Lakes: Inner and Outer Alster, Museum of Arts and Crafts, International Maritime Museum, Planten un Blomen and Wallringpark, The Hamburg Museum and more.

Don’t wait for vacation, plan your trip to Germany and explore the stunning cities of it with great fun and enjoyment