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Exploring the famous monuments of Vienna

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Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a city rich in history, culture, and architectural splendor. Its monuments are a testament to its imperial past and vibrant cultural heritage. Here are some of the most famous monuments in Vienna that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Vienna’s most iconic landmarks. This Baroque masterpiece served as the summer residence of the Habsburg emperors. With its opulent rooms, vast gardens, and the world’s oldest zoo, Schönbrunn offers a glimpse into the grandeur of imperial life.

2. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Located in the heart of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Cathedral is a Gothic architectural marvel and the city’s most important religious building. Its towering spire and intricate roof tiles make it an iconic symbol of Vienna. Visitors can explore the catacombs, climb the south tower for a panoramic view, and admire the stunning interior.

3. Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace complex is a vast imperial palace that has been at the center of Austrian history for over 600 years. It was the residence of the Habsburg dynasty and now houses several museums, including the Sisi Museum, the Imperial Apartments, and the Silver Collection. The Spanish Riding School, located within the palace, is world-renowned for its Lipizzaner horses and classical dressage performances.

4. Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace is a magnificent baroque complex consisting of two palaces: the Upper and Lower Belvedere. It was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Today, it houses an impressive art collection, including works by Gustav Klimt, such as the famous painting “The Kiss.” The palace’s gardens are also a highlight, offering stunning views of the city.

5. Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper)

The Vienna State Opera is one of the world’s leading opera houses, known for its exceptional productions and rich history. The building itself is an architectural gem, with its Renaissance Revival style. A guided tour provides insights into the opera’s history, its architecture, and a behind-the-scenes look at this cultural institution.

6. Hundertwasser House

The Hundertwasser House is a unique and colorful apartment complex designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Its unconventional design, with undulating floors, a roof covered with earth and grass, and trees growing from inside the rooms, stands in stark contrast to Vienna’s traditional architecture. It is a symbol of creative expression and ecological harmony.

7. Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church)

Karlskirche, with its impressive baroque architecture, is one of Vienna’s most stunning churches. It was commissioned by Emperor Charles VI in gratitude for the end of the plague in 1713. The church’s magnificent dome, frescoes, and the panoramic elevator ride to the top offer an awe-inspiring experience.

Vienna’s monuments not only reflect its rich history and cultural legacy but also its continuous evolution as a city that values both tradition and innovation. Each monument tells a story, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the diverse facets of Vienna’s heritage.

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You are going on cacation to Croatia: These are the traffic rules you need to know

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General Information about Traffic in the Republic of Croatia

The traffic rules on Croatian roads are the same as in the rest of Europe. Traffic moves on the right side of the road. Speed limits are posted along the roads. If there are no signs, the following speed limits apply: on highways 130 km/h (81 mph), on two-lane roads 100 km/h (62 mph), in urban areas 50 km/h (31 mph), and outside urban areas 80 km/h (50 mph).

The maximum speed for passenger cars with a trailer is 80 km/h (50 mph). The amount of the fine depends on the severity of the violation. The permissible blood alcohol limit is 0.5 ppm.

A traffic accident must be reported to the police immediately. The police number is 192. The number for HAK Road Service is 978. Road information is available 24 hours a day from the Croatian Auto Club (HAK). HAK cooperates with other international auto clubs.

Additional Useful Information

By calling the HAK number: 46 40 800, you can obtain the following information:

  • Road conditions and ferry traffic in the Adriatic
  • Toll fees for using highways in Croatia and abroad
  • Driving bans for certain categories of vehicles in Croatia and some European countries
  • Fuel prices in Croatia and abroad
  • Information on the membership rights of HAK members
  • Phone numbers of foreign auto clubs
  • Advice on choosing the most favorable travel route
  • Ferry schedules in the Adriatic

You can also get information about road conditions by calling the voice machine: 060 520 520.

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Healthcare services for tourists at 36 locations on the Adriatic

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For EU tourists and domestic tourists, additional teams have been arranged in health centers for the first time this summer, contracted with HZZO (Croatian Health Insurance Fund), where everyone can receive healthcare services, prescriptions, and referrals covered by their health insurance. This is currently available at 36 locations.

Counties and health centers have so far secured staff for 36 teams out of a total of 51 teams contracted with HZZO, and they are expected to operate until September 30th.

According to Marko Rađa, director of the Health Center of Split-Dalmatia County, tourist clinics are currently operating in Supetar, Split, Trogir, and Makarska, with a clinic expected to start operating in Hvar this weekend.

He added that the clinic in Split, which has two teams, operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in one shift, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in two shifts. The clinic in Supetar operates from Wednesday to Sunday, and efforts are made to cover weekends at all locations since family medicine clinics do not operate then.

All domestic tourists can use HZZO health cards, while tourists from the EU and other countries such as Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland can use the European Health Insurance Card.

An additional temporary team, consisting of a doctor and a nurse, has been working since July 1st in Novalja on the island of Pag, near Zrće beach, a popular gathering spot for young people. The director of the health center, Zoran Vidas, told Hina that they have gained a lot from this as it will reduce the pressure on other family medicine offices.

“Tourist clinics were previously not contracted with HZZO, and services were charged. With this, we have gained a lot, primarily reducing the crowds and pressure on contracted offices where tourists went to avoid paying for a service,” said Vidas.

Vidas mentioned that they know they can have over 100 patients in one shift during the peak season, and now he expects an additional increase.

The additional team will work every day except Thursday, which is when the pressure is lowest based on their experience, and on holidays. Vidas also noted that they have had a special point with a team taking care of patients from Zrće for three years now.

Ten teams distributed across five tourist clinics in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, and Labin will be available until September 15th to numerous tourists in the Istria County area. The number of people there doubles every summer, with up to 400,000 people daily.

In the Istrian health centers, it is noted that tourists often seek medical help, causing large crowds in the emergency hospital admissions of Pula hospital.

“In the peak season, almost 600,000 tourists are in Istria, which poses a significant burden on the healthcare system, both for the Istrian health centers and the General Hospital Pula,” said the director of the Istrian health centers, Dr. Nikola Žgrablić.

Gordana Antić, head of the Department of Health and Social Care of the Istria County, emphasized that HZZO ensures free examinations, but not the salaries of doctors working with tourists, so they are provided from local funds, specifically from the tourist tax.

She added that previously there was a problem because tourist clinics existed but charged for services, so everyone went where they didn’t have to pay, namely to family doctors. This part is now better resolved and is a significant step towards relieving family doctors and emergency services.

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Hrvatski otok Hvar je jedan od najljepših na svijetu

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Američki magazin Travel + Leisure objavio je popis najljepših otoka na svijetu na temelju iskustava svojih čitatelja. Prvo mjesto su zauzeli Maldivi. Na popisu se nalazi ukupno 25 otoka, među kojima su brojne svjetske atrakcije, uključujući i jednu hrvatsku – Hvar.

“Priželjkujete li mediteransku avanturu, ne tražite dalje od Hvara i dalmatinskih otoka. Stari Grad na Hvaru mnogi često nazivaju ‘kraljem dalmatinskih otoka’. Ima prekrasan trg i srednjovjekovnu tvrđavu s pogledom na Jadransko more. Noćni život pridonosi nezaboravnom iskustvu”, napisali su iz magazina prema iskustvima svojih čitatelja.

U anketi je sudjelovalo 186 tisuća čitatelja spomenutog magazina, a otoke su ocjenjivali prema sljedećem:

prirodne atrakcije/plaže
aktivnosti/znamenitosti
restorani/hrana
ljudi/ljubaznost
vrijednost za novac

Hvar se našao na sedmom mjestu od ukupno 25.

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