While Europe as a destination is known as a dream destination, it is not without good reasons.
Europe’s Promotions are largely by the depiction of the places in the movies. Same with the world. you have a nice storyline, preferably a love story, with Europe as its background, then be sure it is going to be a surefire profit maker for its producers. For knowledge some movies shot in Europe become direct promotions in places like India. There are many tourist offices from various countries which come over to Mumbai and offer the best of hosting, Freebies for shooting in certain locales, just to promote tourism of their country in India.
Similarly Europe has been an age old depiction of fantastic locales, the mountains, the snow, the greenery, the romance in some of its cities like Venice, Paris etc.
Even in some epic movies like the 1970 movie Love story – the hero of the film Ryan O’Neil proposes to take his wife to Europe .
Lately a lot of James Bond movies have been shot in certain parts of Europe, boosting queries of those particular places . the 1969 James Bond movie – “On her majesty’s secret service’’ has boosted tourism in the Swiss mountain top called Shilthorn.
Apart from Movies Europe does have that something for everyone to go visit and do – Sun, Mountains, Snow, Beautiful locales, Exotic languages, Colorful local dresses like the Scottish Kilts. etc.
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Within Europe it is Switzerland which is mostly on the minds of Indians who would like to travel to Europe.
Switzerland is indeed a very very beautiful place,
It has mountains, snow, History, Monuments, as well as 3 major languages in its 8 million odd population.
Every street of Switzerland is picture perfect, Most of its cities are also very beautiful. The capital city of Berne is one of the most beautiful capitals of the world.
Zurich is the commercial capital. with everything it it – cafes , restaurants, hotels, nightlife, lake, rivers, mountains, boating, etc. even its churches are superb to look at, by the way there is a special church for ladies called ‘Frau Munster”.
Lucerne – you don’t go to Lucerne, you climb into a picture of it. its lake, the iconic wooden bridge ( Kepplebrucke) the the huge lion monument with a lion carved on a rock across a pond is a very pretty sight. Even the toilet at the lion monument is built beautifully.
Mountain tops – seems to be the highlights of Switzerland with about half a dozen Mountain tops to choose one, the most popular ones are of course Jung Frau Jock and Mount Titlis. Here Titlis is a more popular choice as you can actually get on the glacier for snow activities where as for Jung Frau Jock you can go up to the summit and have a view. ( Titlis is even more popular as it is about half the rate as Jung Frau Jock, which is around 3000 feet higher than Titlis.
Zermatt is divine, also Glacier 3000 where there are lot of activities.
all in all Switzerland offers a lot to whoever comes here from anywhere. you will be glad you visited or stayed here.
UNITED KINGDOM – LONDON
London was and will always will be the number one destinations for Indians. Weather it is still the post colonial habit or weather it is to “get the kohinoor back” or weather it is to visit the place for its sheer beauty and picturesque lanes, or weather it is for all the favourite filmstars like Amitabh Bacchhan, Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan, Sharukh Khan and many more Bollywood actors included in the Madam Taussauds wax museum. It could be even for the lush greenery in the title song of Kuch Kuch Hota hai. UK has always attracted people from all over the world.
Austria is another Switzerland and more beautiful maybe, its inclusion of its crystal world has made Innsbruck more attractive, Almost the same amount of population as Switzerland which is around 8 million, Austria is a very very good and relaxing destinations. Most of the country is above sea lev el which makes the climate very pleasant for Indians. The mountains or the Austrian Alps are usually snow capped. Innsbruck is divine and looks just like a picture poster. It is a must in ones Europe itinerary.
History starts from Italy, Rome is known as one of the great cities of the world. It has all the sight seeing’s of medieval history. Venice is fantastic and is known as the most clicked city of the world. Milan is known more for as a fashion capital, but the city has a lot to offer , like very good restaurants, good shopping, the Duomo or the main Square is the hub of all activities. Turin, the first capital of united Italy is a very beautiful city not known as much in India, but a two day halt in Turin will widen ones perception of Italy.
No other country is known for its fashion in the whold world as France. Despite its Language problem and also its French Cuisine. Paris and its Eiffel tower is itself a symbal of tourism in Europe. but the streets of Paris are to be just walked about aimlessly to know how beautiful the ambience is. Of course the whold city of Paris could take a week to know and the Louver museum itself should be seen over a whole week.