Europe

By Richard West Given that 2015 was the warmest year on record and my wife and I are experiencing our third consecutive wimpy winter in Amsterdam—no frozen canals, no Ice Station Zebra temps, no snow or ice—we decided to find the serious fourth season: winter you can wrap yourself in,

Story & photos by Marlene Fanta Shyer If Maximilian, the former King of Bavaria, declared Regensburg to be the most beautiful city in all of Germany, who are we to argue? Of course, he last visited the place some time in the nineteenth century and I arrived there last week,

  By Monique Burns To the many Americans still discovering Northern Europe, here’s this Scandinavia maven’s take on the Top 10 Cultural Highlights in Oslo, Norway’s fjordside capital.  Equally impressive, the attractions are listed not by importance, but geographically, from west to east.  The Oslo Pass (www.visitoslo.com), good for 24,

By Monique Burns At first glance, you might think there’s nothing special about the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.  It’s not the newest hotel in town.  Nor is it the hippest.  Those honors would go to The Thief, the edgy design hotel opposite Renzo Piano’s

By Marian Betancourt Five million Europeans left from Hamburg for the New World during the 19th and 20th centuries, and another seven million departed from nearby Bremerhaven. Two museums on the North Sea coast keep all those travelers memories alive. Hamburg’s Emigrant World Ballinstadt opened on the Fourth of July

    By Gerrie Summers All photographs credit Boucher-Harris Photography At the Sarajevo airport, I walked up to the customs agent and handed her my passport.  She looked at it and then looked at me.  “Why are you here?”  It’s not an unusual question.  I’ve heard numerous variations of this

By Monique Burns Virtually everyone dreams of seeing the Northern Lights—and I was no exception.  I could have traveled from my home in Rockport, just north of Boston, to eastern Canada or even Alaska.  But it wasn’t just a light show I was after.  I wanted to immerse myself in

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations uses cycling as a way to reach Croatian culture

Story & photos By Julie Maris/Semel Yodeling and the clang of cowbells welcome visitors en route to Zurich Airport’s baggage claim. The recorded sounds say “Switzerland” in language all can understand. Then at Zurich’s main railway terminus, Hauptbahnhof—the departure point for the Swiss Silk Road — the unique greeting continues

By David McKay Wilson On the first night of summer, we strolled the beach at Tylosand, that fabled resort that was gearing up for a hectic six weeks of music, revelry, and sunbathing along the breezy shores of the Kattegat. Over the dunes at the Hotel Tylosand, tango aficionados learned