Subway, located in Bruges, Belgium offers a wide selection of delicious and authentic fast food, including healthy submarines, at unbelievably affordable rates. This alcohol-free outlet is perfect for Muslims, since the food served is entirely Halal.
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Europe in winter is a fun and exciting place, with snow and cold temperatures and of course special shows, events and festivities! Well, there are also warm places in Europe during winter, but that’s another story. Many European countries have unique festivals organized for the winter season… let me give the Muslim traveler some highlights of these festivals that can be enjoyed in some of the best European cities. So, start now, and plan for a fantastic winter vacation this coming season! A chance to participate in some splendid festivals while on your winter vacation in Europe. Amsterdam Light Festival, The Netherlands Picture Credit: Amsterdam Light Festival Facebook The light festival is all about fantastical light sculptures created by local and international artists. This winter, the festival will mark its 7th anniversary, bringing light to Amsterdam’s beautiful city center and its canals. As the festival is held over a period of two months, there is ample opportunity to view its splendor. Picture Credit: Amsterdam Light Festival Facebook Travelers and even locals can take in the sights of the light festival at several different locations around Amsterdam by boat, foot or bike. There are even special canal cruises arranged for viewing the wonders of this festival in its entirety, as the view from the water is the most spectacular. So, plan a winter trip which will allow you to partake in this annual event while enjoying a uniquely planned European winter vacation. Dates: November 29, 2018 to January 20, 2019 Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival, Bruges, Belgium Picture Credit: Ice Sculpture If you are visiting Belgium this winter, don’t miss out on their famed annual snow and ice sculpture festival which is a treat for young and old alike. Usually revolving around a theme chosen by the festival organizers, this event showcases the talents of many ice sculptors worldwide. For a small entrance fee everyone can enjoy the magic and wonder of an icy world during this European winter season. Dates: Late November 2018 to Early January 2019Location: Close to the Central Station, BrugesDress Code: Warm clothes as the temperature is usually around -6°C!Tickets: A fee is charged for entrance Bruges Christmas Market, Belgium Picture Credit: Newmarket Holidays Another well-attended festival during the winter months in the Christmas Market that annually crops up in Burges. Located close to the city center of Bruges, close to Market Square, this Christmas festooned market is a must visit even for the MUSLIM traveler. Not only is the market a place for all things Christmas including the traditional Christmas foods and drinks, but it also boasts a range of handmade customized products that make the ideal souvenir from Belgium. There is also an ice rink located within the market area where you can try ice skating! Dates: November 23, 2018 to January 01, 2019Tickets: entrance is free to all, except for a small fee for enjoying ice-skating on the ice rink.For more details, visit: https://www.visitbruges.be/ Sculpture Festival, Hasselt, Belgium Picture Credit: Discovering Belgium Another famous ice sculpture festival in Belgium is the one held at Hasselt annually. With over 300 tons of ice used to make the sculptures, the entire area is an Iceland of wonder that can be visited for two months. This year’s theme is Antarctica to honor the adventurer and Hasselt native Adrien de Gerlache who went there 120 years ago. Dates: November 19, 2018 to January 08, 2019Time: 12.00 noon to 10.00 pm daily, except on some special days when they close at 11.00 pm.Dress Code: Warm clothes as the temperature is usually very cold!Ticket prices and more details: http://www.ijssculptuur.be/en/ Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Scotland Procession Picture Credit: Up Hella Aa A 24-hour festival consisting of parades and community celebrations, is a sight to behold. It is the biggest fire festival of the Shetland Isles held annually to celebrate the coming end to winter in the middle of winter. A tradition that has been upheld since the Vikings, this festival must be seen to be believed, and a great exposure for Muslim travelers visiting Scotland this coming winter. Date: January 29, 2019 (held on the last Tuesday in January annually)For more details, visit: https://www.shetland.org/things/events/culture-heritage/up-helly-aa Nice Carnival, France Picture Credit: Deccan Chronicle This carnival is a signature event held annually in Nice, France. The festival which goes on for two weeks revolves around a unique theme annually. The theme finalized for this winter is ‘King of Cinema’ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the celebrated Victorine Studios on the Côte d'Azur. The carnival has six parades which boast 17 floats with over 1,000 people participating in these parades. These parades take place both day and night and make the city a place for fun and enjoyment, a two-week party in essence! Dates: February 16, 2009 to March 02, 2019Tickets: are required, check rates - http://en.nicecarnaval.com/ratesFor more details, visit: http://en.nicecarnaval.com Venice Carnival, Italy Picture Credit: Venice Carnival Italy Planning on visiting Italy this winter? Well, while there don’t miss out on the annual Venice Carnival which has been taking place for centuries. The Carnival which is considered one of the biggest celebrations in Italy; is abundant with masquerade balls to people parading the streets in Venetian masks. The Carnival filled with activities for children and adults alike with food fiestas, live performances, traditional events, and other entertainment. Some of the events of the Carnival include water shows, street shows, parades, best mask contests, balls, youth festivals and special events such as ‘the flight of the angel’ and the ‘festa delle Marie’. Dates: February 16, 2019 to March 05, 2019Tickets: some events are free to view, and others require tickets. Complete details can be obtained at http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en Chocoa Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Picture Credit: Heavenly Holland Are you a chocolate lover and chocoholic? Well, this Chocoa Festival is the place to be for you! At this festival you can learn all about chocolate – its origins to the latest trends and developments of today. You can meet renowned chocolate makers, taste a variety of different chocolate blends, learn the process of chocolate making and even become a connoisseur of chocolates - even more than you are right now! So, make Amsterdam a must visit location this winter while on your European winter tour, and enjoy some chocolate in the cold. Dates: Saturday, February 23, 2019 & Sunday, February 24, 2019Time: 10.00 am to 06.00 pmLocation: Beurs van Berlage, AmsterdamTickets: Buy online at https://www.chocoa.nl/events/chocoa-festival/...
A tour of Europe would be like a dream come true for many. But with so many attractions in Europe scattered across some of the most iconic cities in the world, it comes to no surprise that almost every traveler would find planning such a journey quite overwhelming. In addition, you would also need to focus on aspects like how to find nearby Halal food and what Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe are available for your stay. Keeping all your needs in mind, we have put together a 10D9N Itinerary which is perfect for your Muslim-friendly travel to Europe. So, get set for the ultimate European holiday experience with this amazing 10-day tour to catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Credit - giphy.com DAY 1: London, United Kingdom Get set to be greeted by the majestic splendour of Europe as you set foot in the capital city of United Kingdom, London. Before you commence your journey this would be the first point at which you would need to find Halal accommodation in Europe. If you are looking for a super luxury experience, you might want to consider hotels like The Dorchester, Bulgari Hotel or The Landmark which are some of the best Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe. Once you have had time to settle down you can enjoy a lovely tour of the city of London and witness some of the iconic sights of the city including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. DAY 2: Paris, France Now that you have got a flavour of what’s in store for you in this wonderful continent, it’s time to set off to the ‘City of Light” – Paris. There are many ways you can travel to Paris from London and one of the cheapest options available is by train and would cost you about € 40 – 50. Crossing the English Channel would be a truly amazing experience to prepare you for the allure of the most romantic destinations in the world. Make sure you get your cameras ready as a tour of Paris will cover some of the most talked about attractions in Europe like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and Louvre museum. For dinner, you could stop by the very beautiful Paris Restaurant located in the Grand Mosque and enjoy a variety of exquisite European cuisines. DAY 3: Paris - Free day Day 2 was packed with many sightseeing opportunities so on day 3 you can tone things down and enjoy a free day out in the city. This gives you the perfect chance to enjoy some shopping in Europe. Here are some of the top places to shop ’till you drop in Paris. DAY 4: Bruges, Belgium Many travel to Europe to witness the medieval splendour on display. One of the best stops to enjoy just this is Bruges, Belgium which is also referred to as the "Venice of the North". As you enjoy a city tour of some of the most historic landmarks like the Town Hall Square and Our Lady's Church you could also enjoy a quiet picnic with friends and family overlooking the breath-taking Minnewater Lake. DAY 5: Brussels, Belgium Belgium is a proud nation with much to offer its visitors, and on the next day of your tour, you can head off to Brussels to explore more historic wonders like the Atomium, Palace of Justice and Grand Place. Lookout for popular eateries like Ce Soir, Touareg, La Khaima and La Medina which are some of the best Halal food places in Europe. DAY 6: Amsterdam, Netherlands Next, you can cross canals and green pastures to take you to the next point in this epic journey, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Apart from the scenic landscapes, the city is also an art lover’s paradise with many artistic venues such as Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. You can also enjoy nearly half a day at the Science Centre NEMO with is amazing waterfront, museum and interactive science exhibits. DAY 7 – 8: Frankfurt – Stuttgart, Germany During the next two days of your journey, you can spend time exploring the wonders of Germany. Frankfurt and Stuttgart are great cities to concentrate your tour activities during this time. The Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart City, IntercityHotel Stuttgart and Best Western Hotel Stuttgart are some great Muslim-friendly hotels in Europe to consider as accommodation. DAY 9 - 10: Zürich, Switzerland - Departure from Switzerland As your tour draws to an end, you can travel to Zurich, the global centre for banking and finance. As one of the main cities in Switzerland, you will find an ample number of things to do here like visiting attractions like Lake Zurich, Grossmünster and the Swiss National Museum. You can even enjoy some last-minute shopping in Bahnhofstrasse – known as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world and even find more affordable options at the Manor or H&M. Since you will be spending much time in the city you might want to buy a ZurichCARD that gives you 72 hours’ access to public transport. You can leave Europe in style from the Zurich airport, the largest airport in Switzerland with many memories of this truly remarkable journey. ...