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Amsterdam

Capital of: Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
Language: Dutch
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 30 April – Queen’s Birthday; 4 May – National Remembrance Day; 5 May – Liberation Day; 17 May – Ascension Day; 27&28 June Whitsun
Places to see: Rijksmuseum; Van Gogh Museum; Rembrandt house; Madame Tusssauds; Troppenmuseum; City Hall & Flea Market
Things to do: Take sightseeing boat cruise in canals of Amsterdam; walk the Walk Audio Tours; rent a bicycle for sightseeing the city and area; visit Nemo (science center); Artis Zoo; visit regular Dutch pub (‘brown cafe’); Heineken Experience; shopping at Kalverstraat; De negen straatjes or some other market place.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (1-hour ticket) € 2.60 ; 48h ticket– €11.50 ; single trip from Schiphol airport to city by train - €3.50; a Canal Bus 24h ticket& Rijksmuseum - € 33.50

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Barcelona

City in: Spain
Language: Spanish
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 15 August – Assumption; 12 October – Hispanic Day; 1 November – All Saints Day; 6 December – Constitution Day; 8 December – Immaculate Conception
Places to see: Sagrada Familia; Barcelona Chatedral; La Rambla & Mercat de La Boqueria; Museum Maritim.
Things to do: Take sightseeing of Gaudi sights – Park Guell, La Pedrera, Casa Calvet; exploar the Port; take a walk in La Rambla and area; take northern route of the Bus Touristic; visit Spain’s success story – Zara and Mango shops; try local tapas, seafood and paellas. Go shopping (big sales comes July 1 to the end of August and January 7 until end of February).
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €1.40; 10-trip card – €7.85; single trip from Barcelona International airport to city by train - €3.00; admission to Sagrada Familia - €12.00; Spanish village - €8.90

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Bergen

City in: Norway
Language: Norwegian
Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labor Day; 17 May – Constitution Day; Ascension day – 40 days after Easter; Pentecost – 50 days after Easter; Whitmonday – 51 days after Easter
Places to see: Bergen Art Museum; Bryggen; Bergen Castke Bergen center as a UNESCO world heritage; Fjords in area around.
Things to do: Take a Fjord sightseeing boat trip, explore cobblestone streets and open-air Fish Market in central part of Bergen; take a funicular to Floien; go to top of Mount Ulriken by cable car for spectacular scenery; visit Troldhaugen (Troll’s Hill).
Sample prices**: Bus from Bergen Airport to the city (one way) 90 NOK; 1h boat sightseeing – 100 NOK, 4h Fjord sightseeing trip – 450 NOK; cable car (return)- 145 NOK; funicular railway – (return) 70 NOK.

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Berlin

Capital of: Germany Berlin, Germany
Language: German
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 3 October – German Unity Day Ascension Day – Easter Sunday +39d; Whit Monday – Easter Sunday +50d
Places to see: Brandenburger Tor; Reichstag; Schloss Sharlottebug; House of World Cultures; Pergamonmuseum; Hackesche Hofe; area ‘Unter den Linden’; Potsdamer platz.
Things to do: Take a walk in Scharlottenburg area and Kurfurstendamm; visit some old courtyards like Heckmann-Hõfe (Oranienburger Str.32) and Kunst-Werke Berlin (Auguststr.69); go up in the TV tower at AlexanderPlatz; take a bus # 100 or # 200 for a small sightseeing tour in central part of Berlin; and take a look in KaDeWe – one of largest department store. Go shopping.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €2.10; day ticket – €6.10; WelcomeCard 48h - €16.90; single trip from Tegel Airport to city by bus - €2.10; Schloss Charlottenburg - € 10; Bode museum - €8.00, Fernsehturm - €10.50; Reichstag - free

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Berne

Capital of: Switzerland
Language: Swiss German, French and Italian
Currency: Swiss frank (CHF)
Public Holidays*: Mar 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day; May 1 – May Day; Jun 29 – St.Peter and St.Paul’s Day; Aug 1 – Swiss National Day; Aug 15 – Assumption of Mary; Nov 1 – All Saints Day; Dec 8 – Constitution Day;
Places to see: Old center as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Federal Palace; Munster Cathedral; Zytglogge; Albert Einstein Museum; Clock Tower; Historical Museum; St Vincent Minster.
Things to do: Visit some of many museums; stroll around the city in time of local festivals –GurtenFestival, Queersicht, Buskers. If visiting Bern in 4th Monday of November, go to Zlbelemarit (onion market); climb 344 narrow wending steps to before enjoying view over the city; find as many fountains as you can (there are more than 100); check the time at Clock Tower.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride zone 1-2) CHF 2.00 ; day tickets – CHF 12.00; single trip from Airport to city by bus – CHF 3.oo; guided stroll in the Old Town – CHF 18

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Brussels

Capital of: Belgium
Language: Dutch, French, German
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 11 July - * Flemish Community Holiday; 21 July – Independence Day; 15 August – Assumption; 27 September - * French Community Holiday; 1 November – All Saints Day; 11 November – Armistice day; 15 November - * German Community Holiday
Places to see: Royal Palace; BELvue Museum; Brussels Town Hall; Royal Museum of Fine Arts; Autoworld; Far East Museum; Grand Place; St Michael and St Gudule’s Cathedral.
Things to do: Take a look what European Parliament looks like; explore spheres of Atomium and Mini-Europe; take a canal boat ride along waterways of Brudges; have fun in Oceade – capital’s water funpark; enjoy Grang Place on a summer’s evening; pose for a picture in front of Manneken-Pis and Janneken- Pis; if you like the beer, visit Cantillon brewery; for the people preferring Chocolate, visit Museum of Chocolate and Cacao; discover the keys to the city beneath the Brussels (Brussels on Stage); take a journey through the largest underground art gallery (underground stations).
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €1.60; 10-trip card – €11.20; one way trip from Brussels National Airport by bus - € 3 (purchased before boarding); Brussels Card 48h - € 34

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Copenhagen

Capital of: Denmark
Language: Danish
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Public Holidays*: 8 May – General Prayer Day; 18 May – Ascension Day; 5 June - Constitution day
Places to see: Cristiansborg; Tivoli; Harbour sights; Nationalmuseet; CristSlotsholmen; Amber Museum; Rosenborg Slot & Kogens Have
Things to do: Take a sightseeing canal cruise; see guards change in Amalienborg at noon; take a walk in Stroget – main pedestrian street; visit Little Mermaid; go to the cinema in the Planetarium; have a look in Dansk Design Center; watch out for bicycles.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) 21 DKK; 10-trip card – 130 DKK; one way trip from Cophenhagen Airport by train – 57.50 DKK; City Pass 72h – 180 NOK National Museum – free.

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Frankfurt am Main

City in: Germany
Language: German
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 3 October – German Unity Day Ascension Day – Easter Sunday +39d; Whit Monday – Easter Sunday +50d
Places to see: Old town; Romer; Romerberg; Imperial Cathedral; St.Paul’s Church; Saal Lane.
Things to do: Enjoy panaramic viewing terrace of Main Tower; take Ebbelwei Express for an original city tour; visit Goethe Museum and Goethe-Haus.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €2.40 ; day ticket – €6; one way fare from Frankfurt International Airport to city by train - €3.80; Frankfurt Card 2 days - €12.90 Main Tower - €5

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Helsinki

Capital of: Finland
Language: Finnish
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – May Day; (in 2010) 13 May - Ascension Day; 23 May - Whitsun; Jun 26 – Midsummer Day; 6 November – All Saints Day; 6 December – Independence Day.
Places to see: The Senate Square and the Cathedral; the Market Square; Esplanade Park; Uspenski Cathedral; Ateneum Art Museum; Museum of Cultures; Fortress of Suomenlinna; Temppeliaukio “Rock” Church.
Things to do: Explore Helsinki with free city bike; take a boat trip to maritime fortress Soumelinna; try sightseeing 3T tram tour; go to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum; visit Linnamaki or Serena Water Amusement Park; try traditional Finnish sauna.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ticket) €2.50 ; 3 days card – €13.60; one way fare from Vantaa Airport to city by bus - €4; National Museum -€5 Serena Water park (all day) - €23

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New York

City in: United States of America
Language: English
Currency: US Dollars

Public Holidays*: depends on Federal Holiday observation by state, different holidays for each state and local jurisdiction
Last Monday of May - Memorial Day; 4 July – Independence Day; first Monday of September – Labor Day; 4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
Places to see: Empire State Building; Rockefeller center; Metropolitan Museum of Arts; Guggenheim Museum; Time Square; Apple store
Things to do: Take sightseeing boat ride to see Statue of liberty and Manhattan; take a walk on Fifth Avenue; visit Central park; take a double-decker bus for city sightseeing; enjoy some classical concert in Metropolitan Opera house or in Carnegie Hall; to get the feeling of New York by going to basketball game.
Sample prices**: Metro (regular single ride) $2.25 ; 7-day MetroCard– $27; AirTrain from JFK airport to city- $5; Empire State Building - $18.45 (+$1.55 TAX); Manhattan Harbor Cruise (90min) - $25.99; Metropolitan Museum of Art - $20
Useful: New York Pass - Admission to over 40 of New York City's best attractions

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Miami

City in: United States of America
Language: English
Currency: US Dollars
Public Holidays*: depends on Federal Holiday observation by state, different holidays for each state and local jurisdiction
Last Monday of May - Memorial Day; 4 July – Independence Day; first Monday of September – Labor Day; 4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
Places to see: SoBe and the Deco District of South Beach; Bayside marketplace; Downtown Miami skyline from sightseeing cruise; beaches.
Things to do: Use Metromover to get around in downtown Miami; take a swim with dolphins in Miami Seaquarium; visit Parrot Jungle Island; go to the beach in Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (nice beach + Cape Florida Lighthouse); go scuba diving; take a sightseeing tour to Key West; visit Everglades Safari Park; go shopping.
Sample prices**: Public Transport - bus / MetroRail (single ride) - $2.00; 1-day pass - $5; one way trip from Miami International Airport to city by MetroRai / buss - $2; Miami Seaquarium - $35.95 +tax.

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Milan

City in: Italy
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 30 April – Liberation Day; 1 May – International Labour Day; 2 June - Anniversary of the Republic; 15 August – Assumption of Mary; 1 November – All Saint’s Day; 8 December – Immaculate Conception
Places to see: Milan’s Doumo; Pallazzo Reale; Santa Maria presso San Satiro; Leonardo’s last Supper; Pinacoteca di Brera; Pinacoteca Ambrosiana; Castello Sforzesco; La Scala; Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Things to do: Go on up on the Roof of Milan’s Doumo; visit Bergamo; enjoy shopping in the capital of world fasion; take a break from sightseeing and relax in Parco Sempione; try local tradition of Aperativo time in any bar with ‘happy hour’ sign; have a night out in some bar in Navigli.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €1; 10-trips ticket - €9.20; 2-day pass – € 5.50; one way trip from Malpensa Airport to city by bus €7.50

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Moscow

Capital of: Russia Moscow, Russia
Language: Russian
Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
Public Holidays*: 8 March – International Women’s Day; 1 May – International Worker’s Day; 9 May – Victory day; 12 June – Russia Day; 4 November – Unity Day.
Though New Years Eve celebrated in as everywhere, Christmas and Easter celebration are after Julian calendar of Russian Orthodox Church. 7 January – Christmas;
Places to see: Red Square & Kremlin; St. Basil’s Cathedral; Cathedral of Christ the Savior; Novodevichy Convent; State Tretyakov Gallery; Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
Things to do: Take a city sightseeing boat trip in Moskva River for 2h; go to the Balet performance in Bolshoi Theatre; drive up to Gorky Parkand Sparrow hills to see panaramic view of Moscow; stroll down the Old Arbat; take a look in GUM – Russia’s Upscale Department Store; try out GUM- Skating ring on Red Square during wintertime.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) - 26 Rub (~$0.5) 10-rides card – 240Rub (~$4.5) from Sheremetyevo Airport to Belorussky Train station by AeroExpress – 300Rub (~$10) State Tretyakov Gallery - 300Rub (~$10); Cathedral of Christ the Savior – 680Rub ($22).

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London

Capital of: United Kingdom
Language: English
Currency: British Pound (GBP)
Public Holidays*: might differ in countries of UK. People tend to call their public holidays bank holidays first Monday in May – Early May Day Bank Holiday; last Monday in May - Spring Bank Holiday; last Monday in August – Summer bank Holiday;
Places to see: Buckingham Palace; National Gallery; British Museum; Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square; Tower of London; St Paul’s Cathedral.
Things to do: Take London Eye for fascinating views of London; buy edition of Time Out for local news; find out what’s new in Barbican Center; watch changing of the Palace guards at 11am; visit Kensington Palace for Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection; visit Harrods; go shopping in area between Covent garden and Leicester Square.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) ₤4; 1-day card (1 zone) - ₤7.20; one way trip from Heathrow Airport to city by underground - ₤4; cruise theThamse river - ₤7.20; Eltham Palace and Gardens - ₤8.70 Hop-on Hop-off tour -₤22.00 Madame Tussauds - ₤25.20 (online)
Useful: London Tourist Information - How to Save Money on London Attractions - How to Save Money on London Attractions

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Orlando

City in: United States of America
Language: English
Currency: US Dollars
Public Holidays*: depends on Federal Holiday observation by state, different holidays for each state and local jurisdiction
Last Monday of May - Memorial Day; 4 July – Independence Day; first Monday of September – Labor Day; 4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
Places to see: Gatorland, a Wildlife Attraction; Kelly Park; CityArts factory; Cornell Fine Arts Museum; Orlando Science Center; WordSpring Discavery Center.
Things to do: Experience NBA basketball game; go to La Nouba – Cirque du Soleil; go to Makahiki Luau show in SeaWorld; try out Zipline Safaris; have fun in Wet n’ Wild water park; try I-ride Trolley; if you travel with children then Walt Disney World – 4 theme parks, 2 aqua parks, 8 golf courses – is the best place to go; visit SeaWorld.
Sample prices**: Public Transport - bus (single ride) - $2.00; All-day pass - $4.50; one way trip from Orlando Airport to International Drive by bus - $2; I-trolley 7-day pass - $10; SeaWord - $68.95+ tax; Wet’n Wild - $47.95 +tax Makahiki Luau show - $46

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Oslo

Capital of: Norway Oslo, Norway
Language: Norwegian
Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labor Day; 17 May – Constitution Day; Ascension day – 40 days after Easter; Pentecost – 50 days after Easter; Whitmonday – 51 days after Easter
Places to see: Akershus Fortress; The Royal palace; Kon-tiki museum and Viking Ships; Oslo City hall; Stortinget (The Parliament);National Opera House; The Nobel Peace Center
Things to do: Take a Oslo fjord sightseeing; go to Holmenkollen ski-jump; visit the Ibsen and Munch Museums; take a ferryboat ride to Bygdoy; take a walk on Stranden, AkerBrygge area.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) 26 NOK; 8-trip card – 130 NOK; one way fare from Oslo Airport to city by train – 110 NOK (~$17) National Gallery / Vigeland Park - free

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Paris

Capital of: France
Language: French
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 8 May – Victory Day; 14 July – Bastille Day; 15 August – Assumption Day; 1 November – All Saint’s day; 11 November – Armistice Day
Places to see: Museum of Louvre; Musee D’Orsay; Basilica of Sacre Coeur; Notre-Dame; Montparnasse Tower; Eiffel Tower; Arc de Triomphe;
Things to do: Visit Pompidou Center; visit Pantheon; stroll trough Tuileries Gardens; have a cup of coffee in some small cafe in Montmartre; enjoy walk in Boulevard St-Germain; discover Lido the Paris; enjoy a Cruise Illuminations; take a day trip to Versailles; spend a day with your children in Disneyland Resort Paris.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride) €1.60; 10-trip card – €11.60; one way fare from Charles de Gaulle Airport to city by train - €8.40 admission to Musee d’Orsay – €8
Useful: Paris Pass for ultimate sightseeing

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Prague

Capital of: Czech Republic
Language: Czech
Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)
Public Holidays*: 1 January – Independence Day;1 May – Labour Day; 8 May – Liberation Day; 5 July – Saint’s Cyril and Methodiuos Day; 6 July – Jan Hus Day; 28 September – St. Wenceslas Day; 28 October – Independence Day; 17 November – Freedom and Democracy Day
Places to see: Prague Castle; Golden line; National Museum; St Vitus’s Cathedral; St Agnes’s Convent; Basilika of St George; Stare Mesto Square; New Town; Mala Strana; Franciscan Garden; Rudolf Gallery.
Things to do: Take a walk Old Town and Old Town Square particularly; use Charles Bridge to walk across the River Vltava; have some local beer.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride)- 26 CZK (~€1); 3-days card –- 330 CZK; one way fare from Prague Airport to city by bus – 26 CZK; Prague Castle (long tour) - 350 CZK; Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia – 150 CZK

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Riga

Capital of: Latvia Riga, Latvia
Language: Latvian
Currency: Lats (LVL)
Public Holidays*: 1 May – Labour Day; 4 May – Day of Declaration of Independence; 23 & 24 June Midsummer; 18 November – Day of Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia
Places to see: State Museum of Arts; St.Peters Church; Dome Square & Dome Cathedral; Old Town itself; Conventhof; the Blackhead’s house; Museum of Applied Arts; Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of Christ; Central Market
Things to do: Take a walk in the Old Town (Vecriga); take outside elevator in Hotel Reval Latvia to 26 flour; see some performance in Latvian National Opera; go to Mežparks &Zoo; have a lunch/dinner in ‘Lido’; take short trip to Sigulda and Jurmala.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride purchase before boarding)- 0.50 LVL; 20-trip card– 9.00 LVL; one way fare from Riga Airport to city by bus – 0.70 LVL; ticket to Opera performance – 2.50 – 17.00 LVL

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Stockholm

Capital of: Sweden
Language: Swedish
Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK)
Public Holidays*: 1 May – International Workers Day; 13 May (2010) – Ascension Day; 23 May (2010) Whitsunday; 6 June – National Day of Sweden; 26 June (2010) – Midsummer’s day; 6 November (2010) – All Saint’s Day
Places to see: The Royal Palace; Gamla stan in Old Town; Nationalmuseum; Vasa Museum; Aquaria Water museum; Butterfly House.
Things to do: Take boat sightseeing tour; visit Skansen Open-Air Museum; interesting but expensive – Absolut Ice Bar; see some Art in Stockolm’s Subway – most stations are decorated with sculptures; paintings, installations; if traveling with children, then Junibacken is place to visit.
Sample prices**: Public Transport (single ride, 1 zone)30SEK; 3 days travel card – 200 SEK; one way fare from Arlanda Airport to city by train – 240 SEK; the Royal Palace – 100 SEK; Junibacken - 125 SEK Vasa Museum – 110 SEK

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St Petersburg

City in: Russia
Language: Russian
Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
Public Holidays*: 8 March – International Women’s Day; 1 May – International Worker’s Day; 9 May – Victory day; 12 June – Russia Day; 4 November – Unity Day. Though New Years Eve celebrated in as everywhere, Christmas and Easter celebration are after Julian calendar of Russian Orthodox Church. January 7 – Christmas.
Places to see: Hermitage; Russian Museum; St Isaac’s Cathedral; Petropavlovskiy (Peter&Paul) Fortress; St Isaac’s Cathedral; Palace Square; Church on Spilled Blood; Admiralty; Alexander Nevsky Lavra.
Things to do: Go to ballet performance in Mariinskiy Theatre; get a DVD of Hermitage museum; take a trip to Peterhof (Petrodverets) especially in summertime; take a walk on Nevskiy Prospect (pay attention not just a buildings but bridges across canals as well); use Metro for getting around the city.
Sample prices**: Public Transport Metro (single ride) 22 Rub; 10-trip card – 185 Rub; one way fare from Pulkovo Airport to city by bus – 19 Rub ; Hermitage - $17.95

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Tallinn

Capital of: Estonia
Language: Estonian
Currency: Estonian Crown (EEK)
Public Holidays*: 24 February – Independence Day; 1 May – May Day; 23 June – Victory day; 24 June - Midsummer Day; 20 August – Day of Re-Independence
Places to see: Town Hall Square; Town Wall & Towers; St Catherine’s Passage &Masters Courtyard; Dome Church (Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin); Kiek in de Kok Museum; Kumu Art Museum.
Things to do: See Tallinn from above – Toompea hill View Platforms; pick the favorite Old Town Street; visit some outdoor marketplace like Central Market; shop for souvenirs in and around Old Town street marketplaces; see the Estonian way to 21st century – Rotermann Quarter- former factory complex between Old Town and the Passenger Port.
Sample prices** Public Transport (single ride, purchased before boarding)-15 EEK; 10-trip ticket – 100 EEK; one way fare from Tallinn Airport to city by bus – 25EEK; TallinnCard (48h) 435 EEK (~€28) Estonian Open air museum – 95 EEK (~€6)

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Valletta

Capital of: Malta
Language: Maltese. English
Currency: Euro
Public Holidays*: 31 March - Freedom day; 8 September - Victory Day; 21 September – Independence Day; 13 December – Republic Day
Places to see: Valetta itself – World Heritage City; National Museum of Fine Arts; Palazzo Falzon, Mdina Note: Due to Malta is small island – Valetta, Sliema, St.Jullians are like one big town. Consider whole island as a travel destination.
Things to do: Take boat cruise to Gozo and Comino; swim in Blue lagoon In Comino; scuba diving; have a night out in Paceville; just take a walk inside Valetta (no public transport), St. Julians, Sliema – all areas are like open-air museum; find sand beaches in Bugibba; if traveling with children - visit Popeye Village and Playmobil Fun Park.
Sample prices** Public Transport: bus (single ticket) - € 0.58; 5 day ticket – € 9.32, one way fare from Malta Airport to city by bus - € 3.49; Museum of Fine Arts - € 5

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* - all national public holidays in are mentioned without New Year, Christmas and Easter holidays

** - sample prices accurate 2010

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