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  • Eguisheim - Alsace, France

    Eguisheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 9 days ago

    Eguisheim is a village in Alsace in north-eastern France. Surrounded by vineyards, nestling in a fold of green hills, Eguisheim is a medieval village whose narrow, concentric streets highlight the architectural merits of its half-timbered houses, lovingly decorated with flowers. Since 1985, this passion has been rewarded with the "4-flower" rating of France's National Floral Award. In May 2013 it was voted the "Village préféré des Français" (Favorite French Village), an annual distinction that passes from town to town throughout France. The village is also a member of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" (The most beautiful villages of France).

  • Riquewihr - Alsace, France

    Riquewihr - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 2 months ago

    Riquewihr is a medieval town right in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, classified among the "Most Beautiful Villages in France". The town has prospered over the centuries, especially during the 16th century, thanks to its vineyards and to its wine trade for which it was famous throughout Europe. The fortified town of Riquewihr is protected by twin walls, The old town retains a very dense urban fabric: houses erected in the 15th to the 18th centuries provide an exceptional wealth of architecture. The town spread beyond the ramparts during the second half of the 19th century.

  • Kaysersberg - Alsace, France

    Kaysersberg - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 2 months ago

    Kaysersberg (pop. 2,700) is a gorgeous fortified town on the Alsatian wine route, in north-eastern France. The high fortress that dominates the town serves as a reminder of both its strategic importance and its warlike past. Together with the rest of Alsace-Lorraine, Kaysersberg was part of Germany during the period between the Franco-Prussian War and the First World War. Kaysersberg is one of the finest wine growing areas in Alsace. The first vines were brought here in the 16th century from Hungary, and wine production is still an important aspect of the town's economy today.

  • Ribeauvillé - Alsace, France

    Ribeauvillé - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 6 months ago

    Ribeauvillé is a picturesque town in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine in north-eastern France. Ribeauvillé is in part surrounded by ancient walls, and has many picturesque medieval houses, and two old churches, both fine Gothic buildings. Near the town are the ruins of three famous castles, Saint-Ulrich, Girsberg and Haut-Ribeaupierre, which formerly belonged to the lords of Ribeaupierre (or Rappoltstein).

  • Bergheim - Alsace, France

    Bergheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 7 months ago

    Bergheim is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine in north-eastern France. It is a completely fortified town and has magnificent towers and walls. The entire population was wiped out by two wars and the plague in the 17th-18th centuries. To replace the population, thousands of people from other countries were invited to immigrate to Bergheim. The majority of people who immigrated at that time were Swiss, German, Hungarian, Austrian, or Romanian.

  • Open Air Museum of Alsace

    Open Air Museum of Alsace

    Last modified: 8 months ago

    The Heritage Museum in Alsace (Ecomusée) is a replica of an ancient village out of the early 20th Century. The museum is made up of 70 authentic rural houses, dismantled bit by bit in their original villages where they were going to be destroyed. It is one of the largest in Europe, covering 100 hectares of village, fields and forest.

  • Colmar Old Town - Alsace, France

    Colmar Old Town - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 10 months ago

    Colmar is the third-largest commune of the Alsace region in north-eastern France. The city is renowned for its well preserved old town. Colmar was founded in the 9th century, and is mentioned in a text dated 823. Colmar was granted the status of a free imperial city by Emperor Frederick II in 1226.

  • Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

    Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

    Last modified: 10 months ago

    Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, in the Vosges mountains. It is situated in a strategic location on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain; as a result it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) when it was abandoned. From 1900 to 1908 it was rebuilt at the behest of the German emperor Wilhelm II. Today it is a major tourist site, attracting more than 500,000 visitors a year.

  • Turckheim - Alsace, France

    Turckheim - Alsace, France

    Last modified: 11 months ago

    Turckheim, located in Alsace, is a village known for its Gewürztraminer wines, traditional Alsatian cuisine, and stunning surrounding scenery. It is probably most well known for its surrounding medieval wall. The wall has three gates, or portes: The Munster Gate, The Gate of the Brand, and the Gate of France, through which lies the railway station and the roads to Colmar. These three portals help distinguish the village from the majority of Alsatian towns by lending it a unique character. Turckheim boasts a particularly quaint and well-kept city. Few of its early Renaissance buildings were destroyed in the numerous wars which have swept through Alsace and Moselle, therefore it is a popular for tourists interested in the Alsatian building style typified by half-timbered homes, varied pastel wall colorings, and flowers.

  • Austrian Scenery III

    Austrian Scenery III

    Last modified: 11 months ago

  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    The Serengeti National Park lies in northwestern Tanzania, bordered to the north by the Kenyan border, where it is continuous with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The park covers 14,750 sq-km of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. It is famous for its annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. In addition, the park is well known for its healthy stock of other resident wildlife, particularly the Big Five (Masai lion, African leopard, African bush elephant, Eastern black rhinoceros, African buffalo). This park also supports many other species, including Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, waterbuck, spotted hyena, baboon, impala, and Masai giraffe. It also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostriches, secretary bird, kori bustards, marabou storks, martial eagles, and many species of vultures.

  • Ndutu Area - Ngorongoro, Tanzania

    Ndutu Area - Ngorongoro, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Ndutu area is situated in the west of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby areas of slightly higher altitude. The water in both lakes is extremely saline (also called soda lakes), too saline for human consumption. From November to May, migratory herds visit the Ndutu area, and provide a feast for the resident predators. Huge numbers of migratory birds come to eat the abundant insects of the plains and to escape the cold European winter. The lakes attract flocks of flamingos and other water birds.

  • Arusha National Park, Tanzania

    Arusha National Park, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Arusha National Park, in the Arusha Region of north eastern Tanzania, is small but has a rich variety of wildlife. Common animals include giraffe, African buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, the blue monkey, flamingo, elephant, lion and many other African animals. Birdlife in the forest is prolific, with many forest species.

  • Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

    Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Lake Manyara National Park is a Tanzanian national park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region, Tanzania. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east. The park consists of 330 sq km of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 sq km of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park and many remain throughout the year. Leopards, Masai lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, Thomson's gazelle, hippopotami, Masai giraffe, impala, Grant's zebras and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year.

  • Manyara Massai Village, Tanzania

    Manyara Massai Village, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    The Maasai people of East Africa live in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley on semi-arid and arid lands. The Maasai occupy a total land area of 160,000 sq-km with a population of approximately one half million people. The Maasai live in Kraals arranged in a circular fashion. The fence around the kraal is made of acacia thorns, which prevent lions from attacking the cattle. It is a men's responsibility to fence the kraal, while women construct the houses. The Inkajijik (Maasai word for a house) are loaf-shaped and made of mud, sticks, grass, cow dung and cow's urine. Women are responsible for making the houses as well as supplying water, collecting firewood, milking cattle and cooking for the family. Warriors are in charge security while boys are responsible for herding livestock.

  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Ngorongoro Crater is the main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. It is the world's largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 m deep and its floor covers 260 sq km. Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 m. The elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 m above sea level. Approximately 25,000 large animals live in the crater, including the black rhinoceros, the African buffalo, and the hippopotamus. There also are many other ungulates: the blue wildebeest, Grant's zebra, the common eland, and Grant's and Thomson's gazelles. Waterbucks occur mainly near Lerai Forest.

  • Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

    Last modified: one year ago

    Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 sq-km The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.

  • Schiltach - Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Schiltach - Baden-Württemberg, Germany

    Last modified: 2 years ago

    Schiltach is a town in the district of Rottweil, in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the eastern Black Forest, on the river Kinzig, 20 km south of Freudenstadt. It lies at an altitude of 330 m. Population of about 3,800.

  • Sasbachwalden - Black Forest, Germany

    Sasbachwalden - Black Forest, Germany

    Last modified: 2 years ago

    The 'Floral and Wine Village' of Sasbachwalden is located on the western slope of the Black Forest, Germany with about 2,400 inhabitants. Sasbachwalden was chosen as the most beautiful village in Germany a few years ago. It is characterised by its heritage-protected villagescape with half-timbered houses and the unique floral decoration. Sasbachwalden was first mentioned in 1347 as a group of individual farms and houses. Only in 1817 Sasbachwalden became an independent community. Since 1973 the town belongs to district of Ortenau.

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