Two European countries now boast a longer list of UNESCO World Heritage sites with the addition of five historic Viking-age ring fortresses in Denmark and a planetarium in Friesland, the Netherlands.
The Netherlands welcomes its 12th UNESCO World Heritage site: the Eise-Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker. Nominated to be a World Heritage site as early as 2003, this planetarium is the oldest functioning one in the world. Dutch amateur astronomer Eise Eisinga built a movable model of the solar system between 1774 and 1781, using a scale of 1:1,000,000; one millimeter to correspond to one thousand kilometers so that the model could actually fit in his living room.
Still in its original state, the planetarium is open to the public year-round. The Netherlands’ other popular UNESCO World Heritage sites include the Kinderdijk windmills, Beemster and Willemstad.
In Denmark, five Viking-age ring fortresses join the country’s UNESCO World Heritage list. Built between 958 and 987 under Danish Viking king Harald Bluetooth as defensive structures, these fortresses feature remarkable symmetry and remain some of the most prominent archaeological remains from the Viking Age in Denmark.
In Aggersborg in Northern Jutland, the largest of the five ring fortresses sits near Løgstør. Built in the 980s, this 935-foot-wide fort features four gate openings, each pointing to a compass corner. The fortress also includes a tower in the center surrounded by 48 houses.
Another of these fortresses can be found in Fyrkat near Hobro in Northern Jutland, also built in the 980s, with impressive views from the rampart. Evidence suggests this fort was most likely built to maintain royal power, with a cemetery just north of the fortress indicating men, women and children lived here. Outside the fortress a reconstruction of one of the largest houses stands.
The other three fortresses sit in Nonnebakken, Borgring and Trelleborg. The remains at Borgring remain an archaeological mystery, while visitors to Trelleborg can explore the lives of Vikings by visiting the reconstructed village of Slagløse.
More than 22 million visitors pour into Bangkok each year, adding to the roughly 11 million residents of the Thai capital famous for its bustling streets. Packed with food carts, markets and cultural spectacles, life in Bangkok is unusually defined by its vibrant street scene, both day and night. That means you don’t necessarily need a solid plan when heading out on any given evening.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
Experience the life-changing destination of Greece by exploring its island gems in the Ionian Sea. Scattered off the western coastline of Central Greece, to the south of Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands are an island group comprising large and small islands.
Global Traveler Announces the Winners of the 2023 Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion in Travel Awards
For its third year, Global Traveler awards the airline, cruise line and hotel brand best representing diversity, equity and inclusion within the travel industry. Over the past year Global Traveler analyzed many airlines, cruise lines and hotel brands to determine which companies prove most committed to changing the world through diversity and inclusion.
The Tampa EDITION recently launched two new offerings this festive season. Book the Holiday in the Sun promotion and receive complimentary valet, $50 in food and beverage credit, $50 in spa credit, and a signature EDITION Le Labo amenity. This offer runs through Jan. 5. Book here.
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.
Going to Austin, Texas, soon? Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a special deal. The To All a Free Night offer allows guests to extend their stay and receive a third night free when booking two nights. Running through Jan. 29, 2024, book this offer using promo code BONUSNT.