Edinburgh – capital of tradition
From the narrow cobbled streets of the medival Old Town to the generous airy layout of the Gregorian New Town, in Edinburgh you literally walk through the ages. Take bagpipe traditions, spooky stories or pub
culture – ancient customs are kept alive in Scotland’s capital.
The many facets of the North
Rock faces that plunge into the sea, picturesque coastal villages, romantic castles – on the journey from Scotland over Norway to Hamburg, every day features a new landscape to discover. The North is surprisingly diverse and you will be just as enchanted by the raw charm of the Shetland and Orkney Islands as by the modern thrill of the cultural hub, Bergen.
Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar
Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.
The impressive Norwegian fjords
Over several ice ages, the incredible force of Mother Nature carved narrow valleys in the rocks of southern
Norway, leading to the formation of spectacular landscapes: the majestic fjords. Each and every one of them is definitely worth seeing: The Lysefjord boasts the impressive Preikestolen plateau, towering at an altitude of over 600 metres (1,970 feet), and the Hardangerfjord is adorned by a wide range of fruit trees thanks to its mild climate.
Sylt: Germany’s most famed island
North Sea waves, the Wadden Sea, old captains’ cottages, and exploring the wide dune landscape – that
is the romantic, down-to-earth side of the renowned North Frisian island. But Sylt enjoys the flurry of camera flashes just as much as the sunshine. Celebrities have chosen the island as their summer retreat: One wants to be seen visiting Germany’s most famous fish & chip shop, strolling through Kampen, in the elegant bars and exclusive clubs – and indulges in oysters fresh from
Panoramic cruise up the Elbe
The Sea Cloud ii glides slowly up the river Elbe, past the picturesque banks with their green dykes, the
Airbus grounds, stair-lined Blankenese and the patrician mansions of the Elbchaussee. At her mooring by the “Überseebrücke”, she is greeted by Hamburg’s new landmark, the “Elbphilharmonie”.