10 most visited sites in the world

Many travelers, including myself, would have picked the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as the most visited site in the world, but according to the statistics collected by El Viajero of El Pais, the Great Wall of China takes the number one spot. Still, 5 out of 10 most visited monuments in the world are in Europe.

Great Wall of China. Photo by Jirka Matousek. Read the story “10 most visited sites in the world”

Top 3 scenic drives in Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal

Algarve is Portugal’s southernmost province that faces the Atlantic Ocean in the southwest corner of continental Europe. Long dunes on the coast and beaches between coastal cliffs are characteristic to Algarve, but also the inland landscape in the region is varying. The travel guide Algarve, Southern Portugal introduces all the sights, villages, beaches, towns and other things worth knowing about the region, and we got the permission to publish top 3 scenic drives section from the book.

Castro Marim fortress and village Read the story “Top 3 scenic drives in Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal”

High-speed train takes passengers across Germany from Berlin to Munich in four hours

The highway network in Germany probably has the widest coverage in any country of the world, but still, autobahns are sometimes congested. Germany has been investing in new railroads (while maintaining the extensive autobahn network) and high-speed trains to support more environmental friendly and effective public transportation. On December 10th,2017, a new high-speed train starts transporting passengers between north and south of the country, connecting Berlin and Munich.
Deutsche Bahn high-speed train Read the story “High-speed train takes passengers across Germany from Berlin to Munich in four hours”

Planning a road trip in Europe? Think twice before driving in these cities

Certain regions of Europe and especially, a number of big cities on the continent have so much traffic that inevitably, roads become congested during peak hours. If you are planning a road trip in Europe, the best thing is that it is very easy and usually fast to drive from one country to another, but the downside is that some cities can be choked with vehicles. Here is the top 20 ranking for the most congested cities in Europe.

Bucharest, Romania, Photo by Giuseppe Milo. Read the story “Planning a road trip in Europe? Think twice before driving in these cities”

Ionity to build a Europe-wide electric vehicle charging network

Travelers who are making long road trips don’t think much about the availability of petrol stations because they are everywhere. If you are planning to make a long tour on an electric car, careful planning is required today. Ionity, a joint venture of German automakers, aims to change that. The new company is going to build a network of charging stations along major route across Europe.

Ionity, Europe-wide ecar charging network Read the story “Ionity to build a Europe-wide electric vehicle charging network”

A self-driving shuttle bus has started transporting passengers in Germany

Everyone who has been on a road trip in Germany has experienced autobahns where the only speed limit is the driver’s belief in his or her driving skills. In a Bavarian small town of Bad Birnach, however, the new shuttle bus has a speed limit of 15 kmh / 9 mph. The reason is that the small bus is fully autonomous, driven by a computer.

EasyMile EZ10 electric self-driving shuttle bus Read the story “A self-driving shuttle bus has started transporting passengers in Germany”

What should a driver do if the road ahead seems to be blocked by a floating pedestrian crossing?

Imagine that you are on a road trip in a country where you haven’t been before and whose culture you don’t know. Street signs are familiar, with the exception of one or two odd signs that feature encrypted local language. Then, on the road ahead you spot a pedestrian crossing that is floating above the street. Welcome to Iceland.

Iceland: floating pedestrian crossing Read the story “What should a driver do if the road ahead seems to be blocked by a floating pedestrian crossing?”

EuroVelo has mapped 15 bicycle-friendly long-distance cycling routes across Europe

If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.

Cycling trip in France. Read the story “EuroVelo has mapped 15 bicycle-friendly long-distance cycling routes across Europe”

Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries

One important thing that makes traveling in Europe, especially in countries that have joined the Euro, easy is the common money. You can cross borders, for instance, from France to Italy or from Estonia to Finland without having to worry about currency rates or having to search for a currency exchange kiosk. For travelers, the Euro is the best thing since the bottled water was invented, but also statisticians can take advantage of the common currency, because it makes comparisons between regions easier. Now, Luxembourg has been ranked as the most expensive country in the Euro zone.

Gardens in Luxembourg. Photo by Kristoffer Trolle. Read the story “Planning to travel in Europe? Here are the priciest and most affordable Euro countries”