5 Cities Across the Globe You Should Definitely Visit

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A marketplace in Bolzano

A marketplace in Bolzano

BOLZANO, SOUTH TYROL, ITALY

One of the most beautiful parts of Italy, Alto Adige, is actually German speaking. It’s known to many as the Südtirol, or South Tyrol, and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918. Today, it is part of the Euroregion Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino.

The region has nonetheless maintained its cultural integrity and both sides of the border maintain strong cultural, social, and economic ties. Indeed, the South Tyrol is fully bi-lingual, both socially and legally.

Bozen (Bolzano in Italian) is the capital of the South Tyrol and is situated in a valley at an elevation of 870 feet (265 meters). In the city’s many dining establishments, the visitor will find traditional Austrian and Alpine fare in addition to pasta, pizza, and carpaccio. The wines of the Südtirol/Alto Adige, white, influenced heavily by Austrian and German winemaking traditions, are among the finest in the world.

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest

Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Renowned for a high quality of life, Budapest exudes a regal and majestic ambience that reflects its deep royal heritage as home to a long line of Hungarian monarchs and, more recently, as one of the two capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, the city is full of tributes to past kings as well as references to the lion, the iconic symbol of the monarchy that appears frequently in the city’s architecture.

The capital of Hungary, Budapest is unique in that it is actually two cities joined into one, the western Buda district and eastern Pest district, separated by the Danube River and connected by multiple bridges, were two distinct areas until 1873, when the two sections officially merged into the single city of Budapest.

Budapest first came into existence in the ninth century as two Bulgarian military fortresses, representing the present-day Buda and Pest districts. The city was then occupied by the Ottoman Turks before becoming part of the Hapsburg monarchy in 1718. In 1867, with the formation of the Dual Monarchy, Budapest served as one of the two capitals along with Vienna. Following the collapse of the empire at the end of World War I, Budapest became the capital of the independent republic of Hungary.

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