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Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Gothenburg or Gothia Fortress from where it gets its name, is the second largest city in Sweden. It was founded by Royal Charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus. Gothenburg is a large port city with a population of around 1 1/2 million. Although there are two airports the Göteborg Landvetter Airport is the main international terminal.
Both fishing and international trade have ensured that Gothenburg flourished. The Swedish East India Company operated out of Sweden and the port of Gothenburg was a major embarkation destination for Swedes emigrating to the United States. The Feskekôrka, or Fiskhallen, is an indoor fishmarket in the city centre which looks like a Gothic Church although it has never been used for religious purposes.
The city of Gothenburg benefits from increasing numbers of tourists each year. Traditionally a manufacturing centre it is home to SKF, Volvo and Ericsson. Volvo Cars is the largest employer in Gothenburg. The city used to be known for its excellence in shipbuilding but this industry declined considerably during the 1970's, and has now for the most part, all but ceased.
Visitors to Gothenburg will be impressed with the cleanliness of the city, an organised urban area with excellent public transport systems, beautiful parks and some fine museums. There are also many exceptionally good cafes, bars and restaurants. Sweden has a reputation for being expensive but during 2015 with sterling values high it was possible to go on tours, eat and drink out, and book a hotel at prices on a par with those in the UK.
Visitors from the United Kingdom will be amazed at the linguistic skills of the Swedes. People form all walks of life in Sweden speak exceptionally good English to a degree that is probably unrivalled anywhere else in the world with the exception of other Scandanavian countries and possibly Holland. Gothenburg really is a city that you should take the time out to visit.
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Zurich is the capital city of Switzerland and also its largest city. Situated on the north western tip of Lake Zurich (Zürichsee) there has been a settlement here since Roman times when it was referred to as Turicem. Just 19 miles from the Alps and situated on both sides of the Limmat river, it is home to one of the world's largest financial centres.
This is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe and has some of the world's highest property prices. With its variety of art galleries and museums, vibrant city life and exclusive high quality shopping outlets, Zurich is a leading global city with many well known companies having offices or headquarters here.
Zurich is a popular tourist destination and an easy city to explore. The main attractions are on either side of the Limmat river between Lake Zurich and the Railway Station. With its impressive architecture and cobbled streets, the ornate churches, old houses and city squares all make Zurich an enjoyable experience. There are plenty of places to wine and dine and sit back and enjoy the scenery.
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Saint-Louis on the German and Swiss borders near Basel is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting the region. Just 5km from the main EuroAirport at Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg this is a sleepy little French town with a few bars, restaurants and hotels.
For those wanting to visit Basel there is a good bus service or a tram from the border point. Both cost around 2 Euros and are clean, fast and efficient.
Mulhouse is situated near the Swiss and German borders and shares the international airport Basel - Mulhouse - Freiburg with its neighbours. The rivers Doller and the Ill run through the city. Previously part of the German Empire of the Alsace-Lorraine region it passed over to French control after the Second World War.
Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l’Automobile (also known as "Musée national de l’automobile - The French National Automobile Museum") and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer (also known as "Cité du train"), which represent the largest automobile and railway museums in Europe. The city was founded on its successful textile and tanning industry which eventually led to chemical and engineering industries that gave Mulhouse its nickname as the French Manchester.
Mulhouse is a particularly pleasant town with its meticulously kept main square and impressive town hall. The side streets are a delight to walk around with some impressive
examples of French and German architecture.
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