A Christmas capital city

Monday, 11 December 2017

Let’s talk about Christmas 2017 in a capital city, to discover or rediscover its principal attractions. We have selected ten capital cities, north and south of the equator, to cover the four continents.

  • Europe
    • Vilnius (Lithuania)
    • Warsaw (Poland)
    • Zagreb (Croatia)
    • Belgrade (Serbia)
    • Sofia (Bulgaria)
    • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Asia
    • Bangkok (Thailand)
    • Beijing (China)
  • Africa
    • Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Oceania
    • Canberra (Australia)

For each capital city, we will summarise the principal attractions suggested by the reference touristic authorities and we will provide you useful tips to learn more about them. Before we start, we would like to remind you the focus dedicated to other capital cities that you can suggest to your clients:

Vilnius, Lithuania, the principal attractions

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  • The Gate of Dawn
  • Europos Parkas, the “Park of Europe”
  • The Gediminas’ Tower
  • The Tv Tower
  • The Hill of Crosses
  • The Vilnius Cathedral
  • The Old Town
  • Anne’s and Bernardine Church
  • Peter and Paul Church
  • Pilies Gatve
  • The Presidential Palace
  • The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Sources:

  • Vilnius Route
    Vilnius’ principal attractions described in detail

by the Lithuania Touristic Authority

  • Christmas 2017 in Vilnius

lights, attraction, events and stands of Christmas 2017 in Vilnius

by the Vilnius Tourist Information Centre

Warsaw, Poland, the principal attractions

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  • The Old Town
  • The Royal Castle
  • The Łazienki Park with its Palaces
  • The Wilanów Palace and Park
  • The Palace of Culture and Science
  • The Warsaw Rising Museum
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • The National Museum in Warsaw
  • The Copernicus Science Centre
  • The National Stadium “PGE Narodowy”
  • The Vistula
  • Chopin’s Warsaw

Sources:

Warsaw’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Warsaw Tourist Office

lights, attraction, events and stands of Christmas 2017 in Warsaw

by the Polish Tourist Organisation

by 6tour

Zagreb, Croatia, the principal attractions

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  • Gornji Grad – Medveščak and Donji Grad (the Upper Town and the Lower Town)
  • The Funicular (it collects Gornji Grad to Donji Grad)
  • The Zagreb Cathedral, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary
  • The St. Mark’s Church
  • The Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata) and the Lotrščak Tower
  • HKN – Croatian National Theatre
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Botanical Garden
  • Zrinjevac Park
  • Maksimir Park
  • Ribnjak Park

Sources:

Explore Zagreb

Zagreb’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Zagreb Tourist Board

Christmas 2017 in Zagreb

lights, attraction, events and stands of Christmas 2017 in Zagreb

by the Zagreb Tourist Board

Belgrade, Serbia, the principal attractions

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  • The Belgrade Fortress
  • The Knez Mihailova Street
  • The Skadarlija
  • The Republic Square
  • The Topčider Park
  • The Church of Saint Sava
  • The Zemun’s urban municipality
  • The Savamala’s District
  • The Ada Ciganlija Island
  • The Avala Hill

Sources:

96 hours in Belgrade (PDF)

Belgrade’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Belgrade Touristic Organisation

Belgrado Events

note: Belgrade celebrates the Orthodox Christmas (7th January 2018)

by the Belgrade Touristic Organisation

Sofia, Bulgaria, the principal attractions

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  • The St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
  • The Bojana Church
  • The National Art Gallery
  • The Vitosha Natural Park
  • The Slaveykov’s Square
  • The Saint Sofia Church
  • The Statue of Sveta Sofia
  • The Tsar Alexander II’s Monument
  • The National Assembly Palace
  • The Ivan Vasov National Theatre
  • The National History Museum
  • The Eagle’s Bridge

Sources:

Visit Sofia (PDF)

Sofia’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Sofia Tourism Administration

Christmas 2017 in Sofia

lights, attraction, events and stands of Christmas 2017 in Sofia

by the Sofia Tourism Administration

Budapest, Hungary, the principal attractions

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  • The Hungarian Parliament Building
  • The Buda Castle, the Halászbástya (or Fisherman’s Bastion), the Matthias Church
  • The St. Stephen’s Basilica
  • The Széchenyi Chain Bridge
  • The Shoes on the Danube Bank
  • The Hungarian State Opera House
  • The Liberty Statue and the Cittadella
  • The Hősök tere, or the Heroes Square
  • The Thermal Bath
  • The Margaret Island

Sources:

Budapest, 2017 Guide (issuu.com)

The Budapest official guide

by the Budapest Festival & Tourism Centre

Christmas 2017 in Budapest (issuu.com)

The Budapest Christmas Fair’s plan

by the Budapest Festival & Tourism Centre

Bangkok, Thaland, the principal attractions

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  • The Grand Palace and the Phra Kaeo Temple
  • The Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall
  • The Mahadhatu Temple
  • The Vimanmek Palace
  • The Royal Elephant National Museum
  • Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha
  • Phramen Park
  • Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn
  • Wat Saket, or the Golden Mount
  • The Ratchanatdaram Temple
  • The Erawan Temple
  • The Lumphini Park
  • Asiatique The Riverfront
  • The Bangkok Art & Cultural Center
  • Chatuchak’s Market
  • Chinatown
  • The Democracy Monument
  • The Giant Swing

Sources:

Bangkok

Bangkok’s official guide

by the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thailand Illumination Festival 2017

Lights and attractions of the Thailand Illumination Festival in Bangkok

by the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Thailand Focus

By 6tour

Beijing, China, the principal attractions

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  • Tiananmen Square
  • The Forbidden City
  • The Temple of Heaven
  • The Imperial Gardens
  • Beihai Park
  • The Nine Dragon Screen
  • The Prince Gong Mansion’s Garden
  • The Old Summer Palace
  • The Fragrant Hills Park
  • The Purple Bamboo Park
  • The Ming Tombs
  • The Great Wall of China
  • The Olympic Green
  • The China Millennium Monument

Sources:

Beijing

Beijing’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Chinese National Touristic Office

Beijing Tourism

Beijing’s official guide

by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development

Cape Town, South Africa, the principal attractions

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  • Table Mountain
  • Robben Island
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Long Street
  • Woodstock
  • The Fringe
  • Boulders Beach
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Chapman’s Peak
  • Zeitz MOCAA – Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Sources:

Love Cape Town

Cape Town’s official guide

by Cape Town Tourism

Christmas in Cape Town

Lights, attractions, events and stands of Christmas 2017 in Cape Town

By Cape Town Tourism

Canberra, Australia, the principal attractions

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  • Australian War Memorial
  • Parliament of Australia
  • Old Bus Depot Markets
  • The National Gallery
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • National Arboretum
  • Burley Griffin
  • Mount Ainslie
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Questacon

Sources:

Canberra

Canberra’s principal attractions described in detail

by the Australian Touristic Office

Visit Canberra

Canberra’s official guide

by the Australian Capital Territory Government

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