Monday, 19 March 2012

Choosing countries.

Choosing different countries based on contrasts in culture.


Most popular cities to visit.

What are the coolcapitals?

Born from a joint initiative between like-minded tourism offices, coolcapitals showcases art,carchitecture, food, fashion and design in five of Europe's most stylish cities: Amsterdam, Zürich, Vienna, Valencia, and Antwerp. Coolcapitals is the go-to travel guide for an insider's look at what is worth seeing, doing, and exploring in these five capitals of cool; from design in Amsterdam, shopping in Zürich, and performance art in Vienna, to food in Valencia and fashion in Antwerp.
Coolcapitals invites you to look at Europe's capitals of cool; Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna, Zürich – offering a unique insider's guide. Whether your passion is art, architecture, food, fashion or design, you'll discover that there is much to explore and appreciate in these marvelous cities.


As the capital of Holland, Amsterdam is famous for its diversity and tolerance as well as its architecture, design and art. Amsterdam is a must-visit destination for art lovers. With museums dedicated to Van Gogh and Rembrandt among other Dutch Masters, there is certainly plenty of art in Amsterdam from which to choose. Architecture buffs will marvel at the 17th-century canal houses in the city center and the modern buildings that dot the man-made peninsulas in the Eastern Docklands. Internationally renowned for innovation, experimentation and sheer beauty in areas such as urban planning, industrial design, and graphic design, Amsterdam is the place to discover Dutch design. Amsterdam restaurants feature a gamut of cuisines; try the Indonesian rice table or delicious Dutch pancakes.


The picturesque harbor city of Antwerp is famous for Peter Paul Rubens, diamonds, and the Antwerp Six -- a group of influential avant garde fashion designers who graduated from Antwerp's prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Visitors flock to the city for its 16th-century architecture, Belgian beer and chocolate and vibrant art scene. Bolstered by the international students at the Academy, the avant-garde Antwerp fashion and shopping scene is complemented by a lively art community, fantastic restaurants and bustling nightlife. Whether its visitors are driven by its architecture, art or fashion, Antwerp represents the best of the past, present and future.


Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and boasts a unique heritage that is part Muslim, part Roman and part Catholic. Visitors will marvel at The City of Arts and Sciences, a visually stunning cultural and architectural complex designed by Santiago Calatrava. Though the city is most famous for its oranges and paella, the food in Valencia is rich and varied in range, incorporating the freshest of seafood and plentiful local produce that is readily available.Valencia restaurants are where the culinary tradition thrives. Apart from the culinary experience, the city hosts the Valencia Fashion Week, attracting fashion-enthusiasts from all over the world. In Valencia, art and architecture rule the modern day – amidst a historic backdrop of culture.


The capital of Austria, Vienna is a medieval city with modern appeal. In Vienna, art, music,theatre, food and architecture overlap to create one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the world. In Vienna, design and art- from furniture to jewelry - comes naturally as artists take inspiration from the breathtaking environs and elegant Viennese style. Vienna restaurants are world-famous and are distinguished as their own cultural attraction. However, food in Vienna is also influenced by the varied culinary traditions of Austria's many neighboring countries.


The largest city in Switzerland, Zürich is one of the world's most picturesque destinations. Nestled where water meets snowcapped mountains, Zürich is equal parts charming village and dhriving metropolis and is itself a work of art. Zürich has truly become a fascinating travel destination in the last ten years with a reputation as a premier shopping, nightlife and recreation hub. The Zürich art and design community is also alive and well: the formerly industrial Zürich-West quarter is now inhabited by stylish artists and up and coming designers, however Zürich design can be found throughout the city. And for those who would rather spend their time strolling through a world-class museum, Zürich offers a variety of experiences.

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