Venice hides many secrets and interesting facts from different walks of life. Today I have prepared for you 10 interesting facts related to transport, art, history, travel and daily life.
1) Residents – anyone living in the historic part of Venice is required to have their own sewage treatment plant, as well as a means of transport to get around the numerous water channels.
2) Coffee – Venice is said to have been the first European city where coffee made its entrance. Although there is much ambiguity on this matter, as coffee is thought to have been consumed since the Turks abandoned their supplies during the siege of Vienna, it is certainly undisputed that the oldest coffee house in Italy is still in operation in Venice – Caffe Florian – opened in 1720.
3) Marco Polo – the traveller and merchant who discovered the sea route to China (13th-14th century) came from Venice
4) Casanova – a term often used for men who are (or at least would like to be) pick-up artists. It was in Venice that Giacomo Casanova made his amorous conquests.
5) Venice Film Festival – It is considered the oldest film festival in the world! It was founded in 1932 by Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata.
6) Masks – Masks are an essential part of the Venetian carnival. Their history dates back to the thirteenth century. Interestingly, they were made for doctors to protect them when they came into contact with sick patients.
7) Gondolas – a means of transport used only in Venice. In the beginning, they were mainly used to transport goods, today they are one of the biggest tourist attractions.
8) Gondoliers – a little more than 400 of them hang around Venice. In the past, it was a profession passed down from father to son. To get a licence, you have to pass an exam, similar to the one for a driving licence. Apparently, the first woman recently got the licence, and the only foreigner is a Pole.
9) The winged lion – a symbol of Venice and St. Mark, who is the city’s patron saint. In the 9th century, the relics of St. Mark were brought to Venice, whereupon a basilica was built on the site of their tomb.
10) Tourists – despite being one of the most expensive cities in Europe, almost 20 million people come here every year!
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Seoul is one of the largest metropolises in the world. The city is also the capital of South Korea and is called the “Special City”.
In 2008, Seoul was ranked the 6th most economically powerful city in the world by the renowned Forbes magazine.
Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was voted the best airport in the world. Land transport is mainly the KTX (Korean Train eXpress) railway, which develops speeds of up to 350 km/h.
There are more than 25,000 24-hour shops in Seoul.
The world’s largest building disaster occurred in Seoul. In 1995, a shopping centre collapsed and buried more than 500 people. Almost twice as many people were injured.
Every fourth or fifth (according to different sources) South Korean lives in Seoul.
Foreigners in Seoul, are only 2% of the population.
Every fifth or every third (depending on the source) female resident of Seoul is said to have used the services of a plastic surgeon.
Next to the N Tower is the Locks of Love. There are hundreds of thousands of padlocks locked by couples in love.
Seoul is said to have the most WiFi hotspots in the world. There are no rubbish bins on the streets of Seoul. If you have something to throw away, you have to take it home. Bins are sometimes found in Seoul underground stations.
Berlin is a city of contrasts and possibilities. Countless intertwining cultures, music and street art. A city that was divided by a wall for many years, but which has opened up to the world over time and is making the most of it.
1. Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science. Berlin’s economy is based on high-tech companies and a service sector that includes diverse creative industries, research centres, media companies and cultural institutions.
2. Berlin is more than 9 times the size of Paris, but has only a fifth of the density of Paris (4,000 inhabitants per km2 compared to 21,000 inhabitants per km2 in Paris). That’s why Berlin is so sprawling.
3. Berlin has more bridges than Venice – about 1,700. It is also said that Berlin has more waterways than Amsterdam, Stockholm and Venice combined. The most famous bridge is the Oberbaumbrücke between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
4. The city, has over 180 kilometres of waterways within its city limits.
5. There are 180 museums in Berlin and an average of 106 rainy days.
6. There are 9 castles in Berlin. Most people visit Charlottenburg Palace. Köpenick Palace, Schönhausen Palace and six former “castles” are popularly called Schösschen.
7. The city has its own beer speciality, Berliner Weiße. It has distinctly slightly bitter and sour notes and is made from wheat.
8. Berlin is considered by many to be the greenest city in Germany, with over 44% of its area consisting of waterways, forests, rivers and green spaces. To understand this glorious aspect of Berlin, you should visit the city in the warmer months.
9. Berlin is home to the world’s longest open-air gallery with a length of just over 1.3 km. The East Side Gallery features more than 100 murals by artists from all over the world. Probably the most famous of them is “Brotherly Kiss”.
10. There are 3 world-class opera houses in Berlin that can seat more than 4,400 spectators. In addition, there are over 150 theatres and halls in Berlin for every kind of event.
11. Berlin Zoo is not only the most visited zoo in Europe, it is also home to 1,380 different animal species and over 1,662 animals. It is said that the zoo has the largest collection of animals in the world.
12. Berlin is home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Museum Island, Sansoussi Palace and Potsdam parks and modernist housing estates.
13. The metro (SBahn and UBahn) is 473 km long. Add to that another 120 km of tram lines and you have one of the most impressive public transport systems in the world. Especially when compared to famous metro systems like Paris (214Km) and London (400Km).
14. The TV Tower around Alexanderplatz is the tallest building in Germany at 368 metres. You can book a table in its revolving restaurant.
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Zurich, although situated between Alpine peaks, is a place where you can almost feel a Mediterranean atmosphere. All thanks to Lake Zurich and the Limmat. It’s hard to believe, but Zurich is number 1 in Europe when it comes to water baths. Moreover, its tradition goes back 2000 years, when the first bathing place was built by the ancient Romans.
Zurich never sleeps at night and has something for everyone, whether you prefer loud music or dinner in an intimate atmosphere. On the famous Langstrasse you will find hundreds of bars, discos, cafés and restaurants.
Interesting facts about Zurich
Zurich is not the capital of Switzerland. Since Zurich is the financial capital of Switzerland, many assume that it also holds the highest position in politics.
the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are two of the city’s best-known schools. The first has educated 20 Nobel Prize winners, the second seven.
Zurich has the most nightclubs per capita in Europe.
The city of Zurich is the proud owner of the largest church clock in Europe (St. Peter’s Church).
There are more than 1200 fountains in Zurich from which you can drink water.
Zurich is considered the city with the highest standard of living in the world.
The city has the largest number of public baths.
There are 40 of them in total, 18 of which are outdoors.
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