The prestigious designation of European Capital of Culture, awarded by the European Commission since 1985, conferred on Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut — the Salzburg Lake District — for 2024. Once the summer retreat for members of the Imperial Court in Vienna, the lovely spa town of Bad Ischl is the location of Kaiservilla, which served as one of the homes of Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Bad Ischl also lays claim to the Lehar Villa and the Imperial Villa.
In the broader Salzkammergut region, which includes the town of Salzburg and 76 lakes, visitors can explore culture, fine dining, history and multiple wellness activities, including spa therapies, hiking and a wide range of seasonal outdoor pursuits. Long walks through the landscape reveal how this region’s beauty inspired some of the world’s most influential musical composers, including Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms.
Music and history lovers can expand on this theme by heading to Vienna to explore the life of one of the world’s most revered composers, Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. You can just call him Mozart, of course — and satisfy your curiosity about his life by following a path through the city, revealing his trials, triumphs and occasional gambling and womanizing antics. Displays and exhibitions can be enjoyed at Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus in the Domgasse, along with other related locations including Vienna State Opera, Mozart Plane Tree near the Botanical Gardens, the Mozart statue in the landscaped Burggarten, St. Stephen’s chapel where Mozart was married, and St. Marx Cemetery.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partners with Cisneros Real Estate to construct a new Four Seasons property in the Dominican Republic. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is slated to open in 2026.
In mid-September, Banyan Tree Group and Ennismore sealed the deal with Dubai Holding to bring a new Banyan Tree property to Bluewaters, Dubai. This multi-staged project will welcome new brands to Dubai, beginning with the opening of Banyan Tree Dubai this November.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
In a dramatic plot twist that seems to have emerged from one of Shakespeare’s own plays, Vicenza, Italy, recently informally accused fair Verona, Italy, of stealing the claim to the famed Romeo and Juliet. For centuries, visitors have made the trip to Verona’s Juliet House to see the famous balcony.
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There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.