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Program - Sightseeing - Poland - Gdansk
The Medieval Tread wheel

The Medieval Tread wheel 02/06/2021 - 04/06/2021 The Crane: past and present The Crane is one of the defining symbols of Gdańsk and represents what little is left of the city’s great trading age. First mentioned in 1367 the original structure burnt down in 1442 before its current design was created in 1442-1444. As a working crane it was used to transfer cargoes and to put up masts on ships. At one time this was the biggest working crane in the world but it also served a defense function and as one of the gates to the city. It had a lifting capacity of 4 tonnes to a height of 11 meters and this was achieved by two huge wooden wheels at its heart each with a diameter of 6 meters. These wheels were originally powered by men walking inside of them to turn the lifting mechanism. It remained a working crane until the middle of the 19th century and was 80% destroyed in 1945 in The Battle for Gdańsk.
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Program - Wellness - Poland - Gdansk
The Spa Town

The Spa Town 12/03/2021 - 14/03/2021 Sopot Spa and Beauty Back in the early 19th century, when Frenchman Jean Georg Haffner returned to Sopot, his aim was to build a spa and health resort in the wonderful place he’d discovered while marching east as a doctor with Napoleon’s army some years before. In 1823, he opened the first Bath House (Warmbad to the Germans) which offered a range of treatments and baths. The first Resort House (Salon or a Kursaal) was opened in 1824, changing rooms added on the beach and a small pier built. Haffner died in 1830, but his legacy didn’t. Stewardship passed into the hands of the Böttcher family who added another store to the Resort House, featuring 12 modest hotel rooms, while Haffner himself entered folklore, today revered as the father of modern Sopot. It’s for this reason you’ll find the town bristling with hotels, streets and monuments in his honor. Read more ...

Program - Arts - Poland - Gdansk
The gold of the Baltic Sea

The gold of the Baltic Sea Amber Amber is called the gold of the Baltic Sea. Baltic amber is about 40 million years old. The famous amber route stretched from Gdansk to present day Italy. It has been proven that the first journey took place in the 5th century BC. Amber is extremely popular in Poland. Especially on the coast jewellery shops selling amber accessories are very common. Today’s Baltic Sea was then a shallow lake, which was covered by trees. Resin from those trees dropped into the water and turned later into amber. The oldest excavated pieces of amber come from Paleolithic era and were used by various tribes to make amulets. Later on it was used in trade and today it is a decorative material. After storms and when daggers deepen the shore, amber enthusiasts flood beaches. They look for bigger and smaller stones. Quite often they don’t do it for profit, as you need to find tons of it to make money, but mainly for the thrill of finding another beautiful piece. Read more ...

Program - Gourmet - Poland - Gdansk
Polish World of Beer

Polish World of Beer 30/06/2021 - 07/07/2021 Tradition of Polish Beer Poland is Europe's third largest beer producer, producing 36.9 million hectolitres. Beer in Poland has been brewing for well over a thousand years and has a significant history of tradition and commercial beer production. Poland is well known for its beer culture and many varieties. Large breweries are majority owned by multinational companies. However, since 2011, craft beer has become more and more popular each year. Many multitap serving only craft beers and dedicated shops have opened since 2012. Craft brewers brew beer in many different styles. In 2014, Polish craft breweries brewed about 500 new brands of beer. In 2017 the number of breweries in Poland exceeded 200. Read more ...

Program - Wellness - Hungary - Siofok
Hungarian Wellness

Hungarian Wellness Thermal lake Heviz The lake at Hévíz became known over the centuries for the curative properties of its naturally warm spring waters that are full of minerals such as calcium and magnesium and are slightly radioactive making them ideal for the treatment of rheumatism and other ailments. It is the largest thermal lake in the world which is available for swimming. The fauna and flora are unique due to the temperature and chemical composition of the water. Read more ...

Program - Gourmet - Hungary - Siofok
 Hungarian wedding night wine

Hungarian wedding night wine A special wine region in Hungary Somló is a special wine region in Hungary. It’s a volcanic hill, sticking out of the northwestern Hungarian plane, 431 meters high. It was originally a sea bed volcano, and the basalt cap has resisted erosion, while the surrounding land hasn’t, so the hill of Somló stands proud. There are 830 hectares of vines in this small appellation, on the slopes of the hill. The basalt soils here are unique, and give a distinctive character to the wines. As well as basalt, the lower reaches of the hill have soils that are more loamy/alluvial. Read more ...

Program - Leisure - Hungary - Siofok
The jewel of Lake Balaton

The jewel of Lake Balaton Tihany Tihany is a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton on the Tihany Peninsula. Tihany peninsula divides the lake into two basins. The characteristic view of the Mediterranean landscape was formed by volcanic eruptions millions of year ago as shown today by two giant calderas. Read more ...

Program - Gourmet - Croatia - Dubrovnik

Arancini The traditional Dubrovnik homemade sweets The Seville oranges, or the sour or bitter oranges – as the people of Dubrovnik call them – has always adorned the gardens of Dubrovnik as an almost indispensable detail against stone walls in the courtyards. Today they welcome visitors in the public gardens located at the western and eastern City gates, particularly in autumn and winter when the evergreen branches become heavy with fruit. The bitter orange came to Dubrovnik region in the 10th century from the Arabian Peninsula and in the course of time, it has become an essential tree in every traditional Dubrovnik garden, a synonym for a beautiful and well-kept garden. Read more ...

Program - Arts - Hungary - Siofok
Imre Kálmán

Imre Kálmán 29/06/2021 - 04/07/2021 The one of the most outstanding Hungarian composers Imre Kálmán, one of the most outstanding composers of the operetta life after World War I, was born in Siofok, on the southern shore of Lake Balaton. Read more ...

Program - Leisure - Croatia - Dubrovnik
Game of Thrones Experience

Game of Thrones Experience 02/02/2021 Dubrovnik Game of Thrones filming locations When the US production company behind the Game of Thrones series picked Dubrovnik as the setting in the capital city of Westeros, King’s Landing, they have chosen the best city for it. The Old Town is so striking that it seems to have leapt directly from the pages of George R. R Martin’s addictive series of novels and it is no coincidence that Dubrovnik was also a capital city in its own right – of the now extinct Republic of Ragusa. Read more ...