The City of Leipzig is expecting tens of thousands of visitors this year for the Festival of Lights on October 9, marking the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Peaceful Revolution, when 70,000 demonstrators toppled the GDR regime with cries of "We are the people!" and "No violence!" This was a moment when national history was written in Leipzig, opening the way to a reunited Germany. On the evenings of November 9-10, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. The Festival of Lights will take place on the Inner Ring road, along the historic demonstration route. International artists will create changing perspectives with light, audio and video performances. The festival marks the start of a long weekend, where numerous cultural institutions will dedicate their events, exhibitions and concerts to the system-changing occurrences of 1989. Leipzig Tourism
What can you expect when you travel to Europe?
Europe holds so much promise for a fun vacation, an exciting getaway, or an in-depth look at different cultures. If you've not traveled to Europe before, you'll want to check out the possibilities. And there are many.
You can see so many historical attractions that hundreds of books have been written just on the monuments, castles, fortresses, towns and cities, and ruling families through the years. If you just want to take a vacation, you can relax at one of the large metropolitan hotels and see the sights of a city like Vienna, Berlin, London or Madrid. If you like excitement, you can motorcycle through the Alps, have fun whitewater rafting down a river, or hike to the top of many of Europe's highest peaks.
With so many countries in Europe so close to one another, you can travel from country to country in a few hours, and think of the different cultures that exist in Europe that you can experience.
You can expect a lot from traveling to Europe. Tasting the foods and wines, and meeting the people are other reasons to go.
At European Traveler, we're trying to bring you a little taste of Europe so you can plan better before you go. We cover foods, lodging, travel and attractions and more. I hope you enjoy the detailed stories and spectacular photos of Europe we present.
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