Monschau – A Cultural Hub in the German Eifel Region

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Monschau is a scenic ton by the German Eifel that I happened to stop by and I would recommend it to my fellow travelers as well. The town was built 300 years back and it is surrounded by green hills all around. Being a scenic destination with a small town charm, it acts as a romantic getaway for many. I also discovered that it is considered as a cultural hub of the region and there are different events that are held here.

Rotes Haus

This is also known as the Red House, made of the timbered architecture that characterizes many buildings in this town. This particular building of a cloth manufacturer was built in 1760 and it is now a building to showcase the luxurious furnishings of Louis XVI, Rococo and of the Empire era.

Burg Monschau

This is another local attraction which I stopped by. It is interesting to note that this castle, which was built in the 13th century, houses a youth hostel as well.

Open Air Music Festivals

This is another feature of this town. If you are visiting, make sure you come by in summer when the Monschau Klassik music festival is held, in the open courtyard of the castle.

Mustard Mill

This is another unique local attraction here. It was easy for us to get directions and come by this historical mill. This mill is now run on electric power but in olden times it used to work with a wheel run by water. The mill churns out about 19 different types of Monschau mustard.

We also visited the Glass Works that offers a demonstration of the old craft of blowing out different craftworks of glass; if you have time stop by the museum called Weiss Printers as well as the Felsenkeller Brewery.

Milan: Discovering the Fashion Capital of the World

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Milan, the city hat every fashion enthusiast dream to visit. This is a behemoth city has lot more to offer than just the designer shops. It is a sublime mixture of old and modern culture. Other than checking out the sites, There are a plethora of things that you can do and see in the city. Let’s take a look at few of them.

Milan Cathedral

It is a monumental structure which is famous for its extraordinary architecture. Believe it or not, it took 600 years to complete this cathedral. It had been established in 1386 but was only completed in 1965. The cathedral has a gothic-like architecture. I found the front façade to be excellent. The interior portion is highly decorated and the stained glass windows give an exceptional look to the interior décor. My trip to the city would have been incomplete without visiting this cathedral.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele

When you walk into the grand gallery, it might give you the feeling that you are standing inside a hall of opera palace or house. It doesn’t at all appear like the shopping mall. However, this is actually what it is. The extravagant and opulent indoor shopping area is unique. I have never come across anything like this. It had been developed in 1877. You will find top-class designer shops in here.

Castello Sforzesco

This castle is centrally located in Milan. It is placed between gardens and grounds. Even though it has been constructed in 1370, the structure still retains its power and elegance. At the front of the castle, you are going to find the large brick walls which are lined by the central guard tower and the battlements. Other than the castle, I also came across some small museums which showcase different artifacts along with the historical facts of the castle.