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  • It's Time To Welcome 2019! Here Are 17 Destinations For Your New Year Celebrations!

    If you haven’t already gotten into planning mode, now is the perfect time. As December dawns, you must be wondering where to spend the New Year’s Eve. We have curated a list of 17 destinations that comprises of the most popular, attractive and liveliest of places around the world for you to welcome 2019! 10 Muslim-friendly destinations to visit in 2019 The U.S.A. When you hear about a New Year celebration in the USA, the first thing that pops up in your mind must be the iconic Miley Cyrus song. Eventhough America is known for their wild parties, we’re giving you a list of places that won’t make you feel terrible the next morning. Here are the best places to go on New Year's Eve in the USA. 1) San Francisco Surprised to see this on the list? Besides the regular fireworks displays, San Francisco is made up of very multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It would be an eye-opening experience when you to wander around the different neighbourhoods and have the option to celebrate New Year's whichever way you like. 2) Chicago Most of their top hotels have special New Year’s Eve packages. You can also opt for a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Even though it might be very expensive, it is one of the best ways to watch the firework displays. 3) Orlando If you’re travelling with your family, what better place to spend New Year’s Eve than at the wonderful Disneyland Florida?! They have some of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations with Disney characters that starts at 8pm. You know your kids will love you for giving them the celebration of their lifetime! It is ranges from parades, performances and pageants galore! 4) New York City Well, You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? Well, how could it not?! Possibly the most vibrant place in the world during New Year's Eve! This is where you can witness the iconic ball drop at the New York Times Square together with thousands of others. Need we say more? Europe Tour Here are the best places to spend New Year’s in Europe! 5) Barcelona, Spain Besides the usual revelry, you can ring in the New Year in a more traditional way – Spanish style, that is. In Plaça d’Espanya, the celebrations are centred around the Magic Fountain that looks incredible on a normal day, let alone when it is dressed up for a special event. Be prepared for a spectacular light show with music and special effects. 6) Rome, Italy First, pinch yourself because the beauty of Italy will make you feel like you're in a fairytale dream. You will find yourself staring at historical monuments that were built thousands of years ago. Second, have a feel of its rich history by having a ‘cenone’, which is a big dinner that you can have at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. That’s how the Italian tradition of ringing in the New Year begins. Then, head to the biggest celebration in town at the Piazza del Popolo. Take your own fireworks if you can get your hands on some and have a blast– it’s all in the experience! Of course, the city does put on its own professional display as well. 7) Venice, Italy What you can’t find in Rome are the plentiful Gondolas floating on the rivers that make Venice what it is. Imagine spending a peaceful night on a gondola by yourself or with a loved one, hidden in the fog, waiting for the light from the fireworks to cut through it. You can also join the huge crowd in Piazza San Marco as you count down the seconds until 2019 arrives. 8) Prague, Czech Republic Prague is a very popular city, to say the least. Imagine starting your New Year in such a magical place. Such a picturesque old town deserves some celebration. There is no specific place where everyone would gather so take a walk around and decide which part you want to revel in. Charles Bridge offers the best vantage point for the firework display set against castles and the river. 9) Paris, France Looking for a more romantic destination to spend your New Year’s Eve? Nothing beats Paris! With the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, your photos will look as though it was straight out of a movie. If you desire for something even more romantic than watching the fireworks by the Eiffel Tower, you can bring your partner to a luxurious dinner at one of the few high-class muslim-friendly restaurants in town as you welcome the new year. Off the Beaten Path If big celebrations and crowded cities are not what you are looking for, fly off to the less travelled destinations and have a more unconventional New Year’s Eve. These are the more relaxing destinations for New Year's: 10) Iceland You can alway end the year without any fireworks if you want. An alternative would be heading north in Iceland to watch the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis. What's a better light display than a stunning natural one? 11) The Caribbean If just the thought of cold weather makes you shudder, and you can’t quite make up your mind on where you want to go, why not take a cruise to The Caribbean? If money is not a problem, you can go island-hopping and experience different food and cultures. At the end of the night, or should I say the year, you can just chill in the sand while enjoying the breeze. 12) Tasmania Known for their incredible rustic beauty, Tasmania is the perfect place to hike around if you’re an adventure junkie and want to start your New Year fit. If you need a hit of adrenalin as well, you can go white water rafting on the Franklin River. Best Places to Travel in 2019 Want to ring in the New Year right? According to experts, these are some of the top destinations to visit in 2019, so why not get a head start on them? 13) Dubai A whole category in itself, Dubai is iconic in its firework displays. It's New Year’s Eve show has constantly been one the most spectacular ones in the world for a few years now. Crowds gather from many hours ahead to watch the Burj Khalifa light show and fireworks, but if you don’t want to get caught in the stampede, the beach is the best option. Have dinner at any one of the malls or restaurants nearby before heading to the beach, or pack up a little picnic to keep yourselves full. The weather in December can be a bit chilly by the seaside – even though you’re close to the desert – so bundle up a bit. The firework display that is visible from the beach may not be the Burj Khalifa display, but Atlantis and The Palm put up some breath-taking shows as well. 14) Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen has always been a tourist spot but the city is constantly developing. 2019 is definitely a great year to travel to this state now that more attractions are available. In addition to the perfect balance between their old and new architecture, the growing food industry gives you a solid reason to visit Copenhagen. 15) Shenzhen, China Picture: The Independent Everyone knows how popular China is as a tourist destination. Shenzhen is said to be the Silicon Valley of this famous country, with its immense new technology. Besides its technological rise, it has also developed its arts scene in line with the likes of London. You might be happy to know that it has a wide range of new cafes and spots to hang out as well. 16) Mexico City, Mexico A country steeped in their history and culture makes for a beautiful city architecturally. Mexico City won the award for The World Design Capital in 2018 – a nod to the way centuries-old buildings worked so well with modern structures. 17) Zadar, Croatia On the coast of Croatia lies a city that has taken its horrific past and used it to turn into the strong cosmopolitan city it is today. The ancient Roman ruins and buildings are reminders of what was, while its biggest attraction – the waterfront promenade – is a representation of what can be. As the locals gather at the promenade, be drawn into the culture of this small city. If you didn’t have any exciting plans for the New Year’s Eve, we hope this list inspired you to get moving now. If you take us up on any of our suggestions, or even if you decide to do something completely different, do tell us about your travel adventures via our HalalTrip App!  HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Get inspirations for your 2019 vacations...

  • 7 Reasons Denmark should be on your Bucket List!

    Let’s be honest here, Denmark isn’t really much of a well-known destination, not one that is usually on most travellers' wishlists anyway. And we have absolutely no idea why! Denmark may be small in landmass, but boy does it deserve a lot more attention than it gets! It's so spectacular that we'd move there, if we could! Packed to the brim with things to do and see, this beautiful Scandinavian country truly deserves a spot on your travel bucket list. From old-fashioned charm and dynamic cities, to fascinating history and beautiful medieval castles serving remarkable food. Denmark is where you'll meet friendly people and be greeted by the wonderful weather. Experience picture perfect beaches and natural beauty as far as the eye can see, get ready for some exciting travel adventures in Denmark.   Find Attractions near you in Denmark Find a Halal Restaurant near you in Denmark   Our list of reasons why you should visit Denmark at least once, has something for everyone; whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or have a deep appreciation for art and culture, or just someone looking to find yourself and a deeper meaning to life, Denmark needs to be your next destination of choice!   1. No one does Hygge like the Danes Hygge, probably one of the most difficult things to explain, but a feeling or experience all Danish people understand. Pronounced ‘hue-ga’, and roughly translating to ‘cosiness’, hygge is a term that means different things to different people. It’s a feeling of being content and comfortable, with the simple things in life, your loved ones, your environment, being in your own skin. It is thus not a surprise that Denmark is consistently ranked as one of the top countries with some of the world’s most happiest people! If you’re looking to do a bit of soul searching, then the Danes are the perfect people to use as examples, and truthfully, with the fast-paced lives that most of us live, we could all use a large dose of hygge in our lives!   2. It is oh-so magical Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen, the author of the popular fairy tales most of us read as children, like ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’ was Danish? You can actually pay a visit to his childhood home here, or stop by the iconic Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen for a bit of a photo session! Denmark also boasts a number of magical castles that look just like the ones you see in movies! You’ll find the magnificent renaissance Castle of Kronborg, which was the setting of Shakespeare's famous play, Hamlet, and now a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.  The Castle dominates the Danish landscape along with Fredensborg Palace, the Queen's summer residence. Utterly enchanting! For a blast from the past, a visit to the Old Town in Aarhus cannot be missed! The open air museum will take you back to the 1900’s. From cobblestoned streets, to town houses from that era, to even people dressed and acting like those from the period, you will find the entire experience fascinating.   3. Stay fit while having fun! What better way to see the best of the country, than zipping around on a bike!? Not only do you get to make use of Denmark’s incredible cycling infrastructure, you also get the chance to enjoy its great weather, take in the sights at your own pace, and get a bit of exercise too! The Danish love their bikes, and there are possibly more bikes in the country than cars! Major cities like Copenhagen have bike paths so that you can ride around and explore safely. Make use of the cycle superhighway here and experience what it’s like to be a Danish commuter.   4. See Two Seas Meet Picture Credit - ettitude, pinterest.co.uk Yup, you read that right! How many people that you know have seen two seas meet with their own eyes? You’re going to have bragging rights for a while after your trip to Denmark! Skagen is probably one of our top reasons to visit Denmark and one of its most popular destinations. In Skagen, the Baltic Sea meets the Northern Sea. How often does anyone get to experience such a unique natural phenomenon of the colliding of seas? It is an experience unlike any other! The city is also known to be one of the sunniest in Denmark, and has plenty of beautiful white sand beaches for you to treat yourself to a bit of R&R.   5. Vikings! Picture Credit - www.visitdenmark.co.uk Delve deeper into Denmark’s fascinating history and experience the best of Viking heritage! The country has a long Viking history as their homeland, and thus boasts numerous ancient Viking attractions. In Lindholm Høje, you’ll be awe-struck by the large Viking burial site, rune stones, houses and monuments, and at the Viking Ship Museum in the historic town of Roskilde, you’ll be taken aback by the numerous detailed exhibits on the Vikings and their ships. And, here’s another thing you can scratch off your bucket list, you’ll even get the chance to sail a Viking ship! If you’re a serious history buff, there’s even a Viking festival in Aarhus that you can attend! It takes place every July, and it’s as medieval as you can imagine!   6. It’s so colourful We can’t think of a better place to really experience Denmark’s colourful architecture than the picturesque waterfront area of Nyhavn. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one iconic spot that Copenhagen is renowned for. Locals and tourists alike flock to this entertainment district for its charming atmosphere and the plethora of attractions housed here. Take a boat tour down the canal, or just relax at one of the many cosy cafés lining the street, people watch and admire the brightly coloured buildings the area is famous for.   7. Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse The famous Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse, also known as the ‘Buried Lighthouse’ sees thousands of tourists each year. The now abandoned lighthouse was in operation until 1968, but today it's slowly being buried under the shifting sand surrounding it. Due to erosion, the lighthouse is expected to fall into the sea in the next 10 or so years. So while you can, and before it’s entirely gone, hike up the sand dunes and explore the area and the lighthouse! While Muslims don’t make up a large percentage of Denmark’s population, a, Muslim-friendly trip to Denmark is certainly possible. A few Muslim-friendly facilities can be found in major cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus thanks to the Muslims that reside there. Although finding Halal food in Denmark won’t be easy, it is not entirely impossible. The HalalTrip Mobile App is a fantastic app to have on your phone while exploring the country, as it will not only help you find mosques and prayer places in Denmark, but also Halal restaurants, must-visit attractions and more, making sure your Halal trip to Denmark is an unforgettable one!   Go on a Halaltrip with us!...

  • A Scandinavian Escapade For 10D9N

    A Scandinavian Escapade For 10D9N   Representing the cultural and historical region of Northern Europe, Scandinavia is an often overlooked region by travellers who plan a trip to this part of the world. In fact, there is quite a number of Scandinavia attractions that are truly mind-blowing and are guaranteed to make your holiday experience a unique and unforgettable one. Since most of the Scandinavian destinations are somewhat spread out, you might find it a bit overwhelming to plan out your stay. To make your dream of enjoying a Muslim-friendly travel to Scandinavia we have put together a comprehensive Scandinavian travel itinerary planned for a 10D9N escapade that will help you embark on this amazing journey of a lifetime.   DAY 1-2: Helsinki Picture Credit - www.visithelsinki.fi   We recommend you begin your Scandinavia holidays from Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland. The city is packed with many things to see and do, and what is great is that most of their Scandinavian attractions are located in a compact radius. For accommodation, you might want to try the Crowne Plaza or Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel that will treat you to the finest luxuries of Scandinavia. Once you have settled down, you can begin your explorations by visiting iconic landmarks like the Helsinki City Museum and Suomenlinna sea fortress which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On day two you can continue your sightseeing journey covering more attractions like the Design Museum and Hietaniemi Beach. To enjoy the perfect Halal tour to Scandinavia, lookout for some of the best Halal restaurants like New Bamboo Center, Fez and Singapore Restaurant located in the city.   DAY 3-5: Stockholm Picture Credit - www.routesnorth.com   As the next stop on your Scandinavian holiday, you can take a short flight to reach Stockholm. Stockholm could be identified as one of the most famous Scandinavian destinations you should definitely visit. As the capital and largest city of Sweden, the city will take you on a remarkable journey to discover the rich culture and heritage of Scandinavia. Because there is so much to see in this city, it is highly recommended to purchase a My Stockholm Pass available online. This way you can gain free entry to many top attractions, enjoy free boat and bus tours and even get a complimentary guidebook packed with useful information.   A trip to Gamla Stan or Old Town is a great way to begin your journey through this amazing city. The cobblestone lined streets and shops and buildings displaying medieval architecture provide great photo opportunities and ample amounts of entertainment. To keep you busy for the next few days are other main attractions like the Nobel Museum, the Royal Palace, City Hall, Vasa Ship Museum and the Stockholm Grand Mosque which boasts a proud history of over 100 years. For accommodation, you could consider the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel or Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm. There are also quite a number of Halal restaurants in and around Stockholm including Pakistani Dhaba, Lilla Karachi and Zartosht. Also, don’t forget to take a tram ride to reach the harbour shore which is truly an enjoyable experience.   DAY 6-7: Bergen On Day 6 you could arrive in Bergen a small quiet city that gives out a unique charm to help you enjoy a more relaxing time as part of your Scandinavian travel itinerary. As you walk bout this historic city you will be able to admire the beauty of the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. Another must-do activity is taking the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Fløyen and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the fjord from over 1000 feet above sea level.   DAY 8-9: Flam to Oslo Picture Credit - www.royalcaribbean.com As you travel from different points to another on the Scandinavia map, the various transportation methods you would take will make your trip even better. You can reach your next stop, the town called Flam by rail, bus or ferry and the board a train to get you to Oslo. The Kjosfossen Waterfall is an amazing attraction you can witness while at the Flam Railway. Be prepared to enjoy a journey that has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world as you pass through tunnels and steep tracks surrounded by picturesque landscapes.   Once you reach Oslo, the capital city of Norway, you will be greeted by many wonderful things including iconic attractions like the National Gallery, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Frogner Park, Viking Ship Museum and plenty of scenic hiking and walking trails. Since your trip is drawing to an end, you might want to catch up on your shopping at places like Akersgata, Byporten, Glasmagasinet, and Oslo City to grab some great things to take back home with you.   DAY 10: Copenhagen A ferry ride is one of the best options to get you to Copenhagen from Oslo. Copenhagen has many attractions but as the city is quite compact, you can cover much ground on the final day of your Scandinavia holidays. During this time you can remind yourself of the magical charm of Scandinavia by enjoying a walk through Nyhavn and visit popular sites like Amalienborg Palace and see the over 100-year-old Little Mermaid statue, Rosenborg Castle, and enjoy a calm evening at the Tivoli Gardens to prepare you for your journey back home. You can bid adieu to Scandinavia from the Copenhagen Airport, which is a great departure point for your Halal tour to Scandinavia.   Scandinavia facts to note before your journey   Language barriers are not something you need to worry about when you travel to Scandinavia because most locals speak English. The best time to visit Scandinavia is during spring or early summer when the Scandinavian weather is at its best allowing you to witness the true beauty of the scenic landscapes while spending more time outdoors. For more articles on travel itineraries, ideas and inspirations check out our travel blog. ...

  • 10 Must-See Castles Around the World

    Wondering what must-see castles in the world you should go see? The thought of Castles transports me back to centuries past, where I imagine the grandeur and magnificence of these castles which were inhabited by kings and queens, princes and princesses! Today, some of these castles have either become UNESCO World Heritage Sights, converted to training schools, conference and graduation venues, specialist hotels or museums, while others have turned to ruins and forgotten. However, there are still a handful of castles occupied today – Windsor Castle, England comes easily to mind. But many of these beautiful castles that do exist around the world have been maintained over the centuries, used as filming locations and are luckily open to visitors!    Majority of the castles are mainly found in Europe, while a few like the Noor Mahal and Catherine’s Palace are located in the Asian continent. Finding the most beautiful castles around the world was a tough task, however, here is my list of the 10 must-see famous castles around the world.    1) Alnwick Castle - England Topping our list of must-see castles is the Alnwick Castle located in Northumberland, this castle was built in the 11th Century and is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. Today too, the current Duke and his family reside in part of the Castle, while part of it is used as a branch campus for an international university. The castle also is used a venue for weddings, corporate events and other special events. Alnwick Castle was also used to showcase the exterior and interior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films. After Windsor Castle, it is the second largest inhabited castle in England.   The castle is open to the public for a fee throughout the summer (March to October) from 10.00 am to 05.30 pm; where special exhibitions are shown in three of the castle's perimeter towers.    2) Kilkenny Castle - Ireland Another gorgeous castle from around the world that must be visited is located in Kilkenny, Ireland. Built in 1195, this castle was a symbol of Norman occupation and the residence of the Earls of Pembroke and the Butler Dynasty. In the middle of the 20th century, the last member of the Butler family sold the castle to the local Castle Restoration Committee for £50. Today, the building have been refurbished and opened to visitors under the care of the Office of Public Works, where many important programs of archaeological excavation and conservation, and restoration have been carried out.   Today, the Castle’s Parade Tower Wing which incorporates the entire west wing and two of the Castle's medieval towers is used as a multi-purpose venue for conferences, receptions, product launches, gala dinners, intimate wedding ceremonies and cultural and artistic events.     The castle is open to visitors for a fee and opening hours are from 09.30 am to 05.30 pm every day except as specified by the castle management in the Kilkenny Castle website.   3) Château de Versailles - France Located approximately 20 kms from the French capital Paris, this beautiful castle has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites for the past 30 years. From its initial use as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge built in 1624, it was expanded and transformed by Louis XIV and used as the seat of power until the French Revolution.  Since the 19th Century this castle has been transformed to a Museum of the History of France. Today, as one of the largest palaces of the world, Château de Versailles offers visitors a chance to stroll through its extensive gardens, hall of mirrors, king’s grand apartments while take in the architecture and art of the Kings and Queens long gone.    Visitors can explore on their own or take in guided tours for a fee. The Palace is open every day except Mondays, and opening hours vary depending on the season. On your next visit to France, take a day to visit this gorgeous castle that makes my list of famous castles around the world.   4) Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany Located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, this 19th century castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as his personal refuge. The castle was opened to the public seven weeks after his death in 1886. The castle has prominently been featured in movies like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape. It is also the inspiration on which Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle is based. The castle is visited by more than 1.3 million people annually and is situated on the edge of the Ammergebirge nature reserve and has a hiking trail through the Pöllat Gorge.   The castle can only be visited within a guided tour every day from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm from April to 15th October, and from 10.00 am to 04.00 pm from 16th October to March, except on special declared holidays. Entrance tickets are only sold at the ticket counter below the castle in the village of Hohenschwangau. Tickets can be reserved for an additional charge two days in advance. Dependent on weather, the castle’s bridge over the Pollät Gorge may be closed during the winter months.   5) Malbork Castle - Poland Located in the Polish town of Malbork, this castle has the largest land area of any castle in the world and is renowned as the largest brick building in Europe. Having originally been built in the 13th Century by the Teutonic Knights, it was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309. The castle has been mostly reconstructed and restored since a fire broke out in 1959 and again after World War II which caused much damage. This ‘Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork’ was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1997. Malbork Castle which is also one of Poland's official national historic monuments is maintained by the National Heritage Board of Poland.   Today, the castle is maintained as a Museum and is open to visitors every Tuesday to Sunday except on designated holidays. However, the castle grounds are open to visitors even if the Museum is closed. Opening hours is dependent on the season.    6) Castle De Haar - Netherlands Located in the center of The Netherlands, near Haarzuilens in the province of Utrecht, the Castle De Haar is easy to reach by car and has ample parking space. Considered the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands, the castle is one of the top European historic houses. The interior of the castle is decorated with richly ornamented woodcarving, which reminds one of the interior of a Roman Catholic church and takes you back to a time of luxury and breathtaking splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. The park and gardens surrounding De Haar Castle - covering over 135 acres of land, consists a Rose Garden, a Roman Garden, ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas and impressive avenues where visitors can go on long walks or enjoy a picnic at. De Haar Castle which dates back to the 13th century has been in the De Haar family and even today, the family resides in the castle for one month (September) a year as has been tradition for over a century.   The castle Museum is maintained by a private foundation and is open to visitors every day of the week except during Christmas and the New Year when it is closed. The regular visiting hours of the park is from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm, and the castle 11.00 am to 05.00 pm; unless special tours are being conducted in which case the castle closes early to the general public. The castle also hold a country and Christmas fair during the last week of November and is thus closed for regular visits.   7) Burg Hochosterwitz - Austria Located east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in Carinthia, the castle, first mentioned in 860,  is considered to be one of Austria’s most impressive medieval fortress and stronghold. It is built on top of a 172-meter Dolomite rock and is 664 meters (2,178 ft) above sea level and can be seen from as far as 30 kms. The castle, since the 16th century has remained in the possession of the Khevenhüller family and has had no major changes. Sometimes called the ‘rock castle’, visitors are allowed to walk the 620-meter (2,030 ft) long pathway through the 14 gates up to the castle, where some parts of the castle is open to the public and showcases a collection of prehistoric artifacts, paintings, weapons, and armor.   The castle is open to visitors for a fee from March to October from 10.00 am to 05.00 pm, except from May to 15th September when it is open from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm.   8) Bran Castle, Romania Dracula has always been a mythical interest of mine, and hence the reason that Bran Castle is included in my list of must-see castles from around the world. Located near Bran and in the vicinity of Braşov, the castle lies on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is often associated with the Dracula legend. Initially built as a wooden castle at the entrance to the mountain pass used by traders for more than a millennium, the castle was destroyed in 1242. Nearly a century later, Bran Castle was rebuilt in stone by the Saxons of Kronstadt. It was thereafter used as a military post and later as a customs post on the mountain pass between Transylvania and Wallachia. Over the years the castle has seen many different owners and uses until in the 20th century, the citizens of Bran gifted the castle to the Queen of Romania, who bequeathed the castle to Princess Ileana upon her death. However, in the mid-20th century, Princess Ileana was exiled when the communist regime came into power at which time the castle was converted to a museum. Today, Bran Castle has been reinstated to the legal heirs of Princess Ileana and continues to function as a museum.   Bran Castle is open every from 09.00 am; except Mondays when it opens at 12.00 pm. The castle also organizes special events which can be attended by the public for a special fee. The castle and/or its grounds also can be rented for special private events.   9) Frederiksborg Castle - Denmark Located in situated in Hillerød, north of Copenhagen, the castle was built in the 17th century as a royal residence for King Christian IV. The castle showcases impressive Renaissance architecture and craftsmanship and is situated on three islets on the Castle Lake.  Since 1887, the Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History.   A tour through the beautiful rooms of the museum will take you through 500 years of Danish history seen through paintings, furniture and art, as well as special exhibits. The castle is a unique place for cultural experiences, scenic walks and boat tours.   The castle and museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 05.00 pm during April to October, and 11.00 am to 03.00 pm from November to March where guided tours are also available. Visitors can use public transport to reach the castle or their personal vehicles as the castle offers parking facilities.   10) Matsumoto Castle - Japan The Matsumo Castle is certainly not located in Europe, but I felt that it merited being a part of my list of the world's 10 best castles. Located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture, the castle is within easy reach of Tokyo by road or rail. Matsumoto Castle, also known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior, is one of Japan’s premier historic castles, along with Himeji Castle and Kumamoto Castle. Completed in the 16th Century, the castle maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework and is today listed as a National Treasure of Japan. The castle features a gun room on the second floor and festivals  like the Taiko Drum Festival and a Takigi Noh (a play performed by torch light) festival are held at the castle site.  Matsumoto castle is also famous for its cherry blossoms in April. A Moon Viewing Party is also held every autumn on the grounds in the specially built moon viewing room of the castle.   The castle is open every day from 08.30 am to 05.30 pm. It is very crowded during the peak season from late April to early May Golden Week and during the mid-August summer holidays.     Click here for more ideas for your next Muslim-friendly holiday   ...

  • 10 of the World’s Safest Travel Destinations

    Make some plans to visit some of the safest travel destinations in the world for your next trip and experience a hassle-free holiday. The safest holiday destinations are usually places that are peaceful with a low crime rate and good security. However, it is always better to do some research on the country you are travelling to. There are many unusual and beautiful safe places to travel where you can still have a great time and enjoy your holiday. So what are the safest countries for tourists to visit? 1. Iceland Iceland has a very low crime rate and a low conflict level too, so this country still holds the top ranking in safety and is one the safest cities in the world for tourists and locals. Iceland is famous for the Northern Lights phenomenon, with beautiful colors lighting up the northern hemisphere, its thermal springs and its natural scenic beauty with places like the Blue Lagoon. As one of the safest holiday destinations,personal safety is high in Iceland. 2. Denmark Traveling is quite simple here as most people cycle or walk even though Copenhagen is a busy metropolitan city. Cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus are some of the safest cities for women to travel alone too, as there is a low crime rate and travelling around is quite convenient. There are interesting historical places to visit like Kronborg Castle, Tivoli Gardens, the National Museum of Denmark and much more.  3. New Zealand New Zealand is one of the safest holiday destinations to travel to, and Auckland is also one of the safest cities for women to travel alone as well. The scenic rural beauty of the country gives a peaceful impression, and all you need to take are just general safety measures and to be aware of the weather conditions. 4. Sweden The city of Stokholm has been ranked in the top five for personal safety and is one of the safest holiday destinations. The third largest city Malmö is also one of the safe places to travel to when visiting Sweden, and Gothenbergis quite small with a low crime rate as well. 5. Czech Republic The Czech Republic is a small country and its capital Prague is one of the safest cities in the world for tourists with a very low crime rate too. Travelling is convenient for everyone with plenty of entertainment and historical places to visit such as castles, museums and other attractions. 6. Finland The capital city Helsinki is one of the safest cities for women to travel alone and is also one of the safest holiday destinations with a low crime rate. There are galleries, museums and many other beautiful, secure places to visit in Finland and the usual safety measures can be taken without much worry. 7. Australia Melbourne and Sydney are some of safest cities for women to travel alone and some of the safest cities in the world for tourists as well. There are beautiful beaches and place to visit. In addition, travelling around main cities is relatively easy. However precautions against wild animals should be taken when travelling through rural areas. 8. Japan Japan is considered as one of the safest holiday destinations as the crime rate is low and is a low access to weapons. Travelling around is easy in places like Tokyo and it is one the safest cities for women to travel alone. General safety measures need to be taken, but there are very low risks for tourists. Japan has both traditional and modern places to visit and there is something for everyone. 9. Canada Canada is a large country with a high ranking of peace and safety for locals and tourists alike. The city of Toronto is one of the safest holiday destinations where public transport and travelling is easy. There is a very low risk of violent crime towards tourists. 10. Austria With a low crime rate and convenient travel options, Austria is one of most peaceful andsafest holiday destinations. Even in the larger cities like Salzburg and Vienna, there is a very low risk of violent crime towards tourists, since tourism is very important to Austria.  Check out for best 10 places to visit in 2016...



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