Explore the heart of the old Prague with all its monuments and colorful facades. Observe a strike of the famous Astronomical Clock from the 15th century. You’ll get to know why the clock master Hanus was blinded by Prague chancellors. Socialize and ask a question!
The newest of the major memorials in Washington D.C., this 35-foot statue of the civil rights leader looks out over the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial. Based on a line from King’s most famous oration, the statue greets visitors from around the world. While controversial in its design and execution, it has quickly become a most-see site when visiting the nation’s capital, in spite of having been edited after installation. Listen, learn and ask some questions!
Considered one of the most beautiful clock towers in the world by BBC Travel, Cartagena’s Clock Tower is a must-see. This is probably the most representative landmark in Cartagena, “La Torre de Reloj”. Find out why the Portal de los Dulces is the sweetest part of town. Ask questions or simply listen in!
Palais Garnier stage and Grand Foyer: as the night progresses, we discover the stage and seating area, and all the details architect Garnier included which made his opera hall one of the most modern of his times. Can you guess how old he was when he built the Opera? You’ll be surprised for sure… Do you know how he dealt with acoustics? You’ll be even more surprised! Oh but wait, this is intermission, let’s stroll the Grand Foyer and enjoy the view of 19th century Paris on the terrace. Let me introduce you to god Apollo and his muses dancing on the ceiling as well as a few other magic creatures… Socialize and ask a question!
Are you a fan of steam locomotives? Do you enjoy history and nature? During this tour we will be visiting the southernmost train station in the world which was built to commemorate the old convicts train who used to ride it to transport wood from the nearby forest. You will see the locomotives and the mountains of the Andes surrounding it. Get social and ask a question!
You’re dreaming of Paris? Let’s discover Paris in the company of the Aristocats, Ratatouille and Ladybug. Enjoy an unusual family armchair tour of Paris iconic views with your favorite heroes! Join the conversation or just listen in.
Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world so it was difficult to populate. There were many attempts to bring Argentinians down to Ushuaia and one of them was the creation of a Penal Colony in the late 1800s. Did you know prisoners built most of it? Join this tour to learn interesting stories of famous criminals and life of convicts. Get social and ask a question!
Tierra del Fuego Island was first spotted by Magellan in 1520, but it wasn’t until the mid 1800s when missionaries and whalers got interested in this part of the world. Do you know why? Did you know whale oil was very important in the 1800s? Do you know where the British got theirs? The southern part of the island was inhabited by a group of natives who lived in a very strange way…would you like to know more? Join this tour and find out how life was for the natives and how it changed with the arrival of missionaries and sailors. Get social and ask a question!
The King’s Square, Konigsplatz, was built in the 18th century under King Ludwig I, who was a great supporter of all things Greece and a nonconformist. He wanted the square to be the main entrance to the city of Munich, the center of arts, the Athens of Isar River - hence the presence of classical buildings. Learn why the king abdicated. Guess who held their propaganda events in the square in the 1930s. Ask your guide where the art stolen by the Nazis was stored. Learn more about the dark history of the Third Reich. Join the conversation or listen in.
Find out about how Singapore transformed from a small fishing village to become a big cosmopolitan city and powerful global player. This teletour aims to share knowledge and the main sights from the old and the new Singapore. While exploring the city centre, the guide will cover the history of Singapore from its founding in 1819 as a trading settlement of the British East India Company and as a British colony, followed by the post-war period of Singapore.
Dedicated to the third President of the United States, the Jefferson Memorial overlooks the Tidal Basin and the White House. Outwardly simple in its classical elegance, its features large and small tell of the man often regarded as the greatest thinker to inhabit the White House. While its beginnings were mired in controversy, and there even was a protest on the day that construction began, today, the memorial attracts millions of visitors drawn by its location, architecture and meaning – and a statue that was swapped out a few years after being placed. Ask questions and join the conversation.
Discover curiosities in the world's smallest independent State. Why is the Vatican City so small? How many people live there? Where does the Pope live? Did you know that the State of the Church in the past (a past which is not so far!) was much more widespread? So what happened? Ask questions and socialize!
Eternal and Modern – The tower today How can an old piece of rusted iron still fascinate 6 million visitors nowadays? In this episode let’s uncover the truth about the tower’s magic: did you know that for the past twenty years, the tower starts glittering? How modern is it and what has been kept from the original design? We will see that the tower has had to adapt to modern challenges including sustainability!! From art to movies and luxury brands, in this last episode, let’s look at the tower from a more poetic perspective and be enchanted again and again… Socialize and ask a question!
Dedicated to those who fought and died in the 18 years that the United States fought in this southeast Asian country; it was as bitterly divisive while being designed as the war was argued over back home. No look at this memorial is complete without the stories of those who made it a reality, and a look at the meaning of its features both large and small, including the names of three of the women honored in one of the statue groups. Join the conversation or just listen in.
Did you know that Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg is the place where the history of the Russian Empire started and in a way was put to an end? Join us for a walking tour along the territory of one of the oldest sights of the city to learn some history facts and open a few secrets. Ask questions!
When Michelangelo was called back to Rome to paint the last judgment wall, he was already an accomplished artist. He first refused the assignment but the Pope was able to persuade him. Find out out how... Get social and ask a question!
Bookending the National Mall, two and a half miles from the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial serves as a silent tribute to the President who guided the country through its darkest hours. Since its opening almost one hundred years ago, it has also become a backdrop to history, whether concerts, protests or movies. No trip to Washington is complete without a visit here, and an opportunity to learn some of the stories that took place here – including being hit by gunfire during the second world war. Ask a question or just listen in.
Rising from the ruins: that really happens in Dresden! Follow me from the history to the present. Why the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) in Dresden looks like a huge puzzle today? In Dresden you find the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) direct on the Neumarkt (New Market Place) in the heart of the city. The place and the baroque Church is important from the 17th century on, even after their destruction, through the communist time, reunification in Germany, till today. And why the Frauenkirche is so well decorated full of color, gold and pictures? Why the citizens spend so much effort to create such a outstanding protestant lutheran church? Join the tour, discover the Neumarkt/ New Market Place, and hear more about the rebuilding of the church with the money from all over the world. Get social and ask a question!
Often called the forgotten war, the Korean War remains in the shadow of World War II and the Vietnam War. Nonetheless, the sacrifices made by the millions of troops from around the world that fought there are owed recognition. Begun as an explicit counterpoint to the recently opened Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the final installation acts more as a continuation of the former’s message. The Korean War Memorial ensures that this war is forgotten no more. Join the conversation or just listen in.
The Nevsky prospect - is the central avenue of Saint Petersburg. In 2019, CNN Travel included the Nevsky as one of the top 10 most beautiful avenues of the world. And we cannot agree more. Join us for a tour of the oldest and most beautiful part of the avenue to know why it’s called the Street of Tolerance and the Street of Banks at the same time. Socialize!
Do you know about the highest court in the United States? You might think that you do, but join this teletour to find out why the highest court in the land is actually a basketball court! We’ll also share stories about some of our current and past Supreme Court Justices and a little history about how court used to be conducted in a basement before the Supreme Court Building was built. Ask questions and socialize!
A city market originally located outside the walls, it was designed as a regular square in 1617 by Royal architect Gómez de Mora and burnt several times, the worst in 1790. It presents two significant buildings: the city Bakery and Butchery. The Madrid Main Square or Plaza Mayor was the venue for theatrical plays , tournaments, bullfights, carnival celebrations , even inquisition trials and executions. A red hearted space built for the glory of the Spanish capital and its Catholic Monarchy .
Of the many special places in Paris there is one you always come back to: Montmartre! Let’s go on a stroll through the cobblestones streets and famous stairs of this enchanted hill and start with the highlights: the imposing white church called Sacré Coeur, why is it so different from all other churches in Paris? Why does it stay ever so white… what’s the trick? Then the painters’ square with its lively atmosphere. Why do we have so many painters here? You’ll be surprised how many by the way. And finally a tour of the vineyard hidden right in the middle of the hill… why would there be a vineyard in the middle of the city? Let me tell you this story… Ask a question! Don't just listen in.
La Boca is the birthplace of Tango. Colourful collective houses built by immigrants give this place a picturesque backdrop for the new musical style of Buenos Aires: Tango. Who do you think were the first who danced the Tango? Do you know why this part of the city is so colourful? Some say the soul of La Boca is the soul of Buenos Aires. Can this be true? Join to get into the world of Tango! Ask questions or listen in!
The park was built for the 1972 summer Olympic Games in Munich, where US-swimmer Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals. Learn about the tragic “Black September kidnapping” which happened during the Olympics. The former Olympic area is now used for concerts, sports events and outdoor festivities. The park has its own walk of stars - guess what celebrities have been there. Ask your guide about the carillon (and what that is). Join the conversation or listen in.
Walk through a peaceful Royal Garden from the 16th century and enjoy a unique view of the Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Enjoy the most beautiful Renaissance building outside Italy, the summer house of Queen Ann, and get to know why it was never used for its original purpose. Socialize and ask a question!
You know: “behind a great man there is always a great woman”. And in the 16 hundred, in Rome, behind a very famous Pope, there was a very smart woman who influenced the shape and the future of the city. To build such a beautiful city you need incredibly skilled artists. You actually need geniuses I’d say…and I promise that dealing with geniuses is nothing easy. Join the conversation or just listen in.
Explore the Czech recent history in the boulvard that dates back to the 14th century. See the square where Russian tanks arrived in 1968 to interupt our democratic transformation and see a balcony where a famous playwrite and former Czech President Vaclav Havel had his important speech during a revolution in 1989. Get to know why the revolution is called Velvet. Socialize and ask a question!
Many historical landmarks are located in Odeonsplatz, an area in Munich where many of the buildings look Italian. Learn about the one built to celebrate the birth of an heir to the Bavarian throne. Find out which one was the site of the attempted Nazi coup d'état. Discover the love legends connected with Munich’s oldest coffee house, „Tambosi“, and the „Leuchtenberg“ palace - both located in Odeonsplatz. Join the tour and socialize!
The Humboldt Forum will gradually open from mid-December 2020 and expand Museum Island with collections from outside Europe. On the outside, the Humboldt Forum is a partial replica of the Berlin Palace by Andreas Schlueter, while the inside is a completely new building by the Italian architect Franco Stella. In addition to the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art of the State Museums, it will also be home to the Berlin exhibition of the City Museum and the Humboldt Laboratory of the Humboldt University. In addition, changing exhibitions and events will take place in the institution supported by the Humboldt Forum Foundation in the Berlin Palace. Ask questions or listen in!
Apollo,the god of light had hundreds of temples in Greece.People would go to these holy places to find out the future.Were the prophecies real? Let's find it out together... Listen, guess and ask a question!
Both Athena and Poseidon vied for the control of Athens and its surrounding area Attica. Hear the story of their epic contest and find out who was the victor. Explore the temple that dominates the hill of the Acropolis, a masterpiece of architecture that inspired architects of neoclassicism. Join the conversation or just listen in.
Wedding Cake or monument? Both! There's a huge monument in Rome that is so white and so much decorated that has earned this funny nickname. But what it really is?Join the conversation or just listen in.
Explore Rome on foot from the Capitol Hill to the Colosseum. Do you know the legend of the birth of Rome? Have you ever heard about the She-wolf and the twins, Romulus and Remus? Join this teletour to learn the legend and see the most spectacular view of the Roman Forum! Then learn all about the lives of gladiators. Ask questions and be curious!
There is no gate at the Puerta del Sol or the sun´s gate. However, the square is facing the east, where the sun rises. Once outside the city walls, it was on the way to the important cities of Alcalá de Henares and Guadalajara, as well as the road to the Hieronymus Monastery and Sanctuary of our Lady of Atocha . Puerta del Sol is the kilometer 0 where all the national roads depart and it is the historical center of the city. It has witnessed important historical events, such as the Uprising of the people of Madrid against Napoleonic troops on May 2nd 1808, later painted by Goya the Revolution La Gloriosa in 1868 or the Proclamation of the 2nd Republic. Today Puerta del Sol is the city's crowdest place and people still gather under the 19th century clock before midnight to celebrate the New Year.
Created at the end of the 18th century, the “English Garden” is one of the largest urban parks in the world. It was designed to resemble an English style country park. Don’t be surprised when you spot a group of surfers trying to catch a wave on one of the streams in the park! Ask your guide about the the Japanese tea house and the German beer garden. And of course don’t forget to add the Chinese tower to the list. And picture a Bavarian brass band playing live music on the second floor of the Chinese tower! Enjoy a tour of this kaleidoscopic park!
From its humble beginnings to the center of a a sprawling complex, the story of the Capitol is also the story of the country. Soaring above the center of Washington on the hill designer of Washington Peter L’Enfant called a pedestal, the Capitol invites all in to understand the country better. Over the past two centuries, it has also acquired stories, from the basement rooms filled with tubs used by members of Congress, to the top of the dome surmounted by a statue of Freedom whose casting was overseen by a man who was anything but free.
One of the most beautiful squares in the world, a true open air museum boasting wonderful masterpieces of sculpture! In the shadow of the awe inspiring Palazzo Vecchio, the ancient residence of the Medici Family, we will discover how these statues were actually political statements of power. From the amazing Perseus to Michelangelo’s David and the Abduction of the Sabine women, you will be surprised to know how much a statue can tell! Join the conversation or just listen in.
How much do you know about Penguins? Can penguins fly? Can they be eaten by Polar bears? What is they favorite food? Why are they black and white? Who's the fastest penguin? Which one's the smartest? Join in in this tour and I will tell you all about these beautiful birds! Ask a question! Don't just listen in.
The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest is a building that has set many records. It is the largest Parliament building as well as the heaviest and most expensive administrative construction in the world. This palace was built at the command of one of the most infamous Communist leaders in history, Nicolae Ceausescu. Its construction led to a complete transformation of Bucharest and the largest scale destruction of a city during peaceful times. Learn about how large sections of the city were demolished to create enough space for this project. Discover which country inspired the Romanian dictator to carry out his megalomaniac vision. Find the links between the Palace of the Parliament and the Keops Pyramid in Egypt. Get social and ask a question!
Bring your kids! In Greek mythology, youngest son of Gaea (Earth) and Tartarus (master of the nether world) was described as a grisly monster with a hundred dragons' heads who was conquered and cast into the underworld by Zeus. Discover the monsters and heroes of ancient Greece. Get social and ask a question!
333 ft high and 300,000 tons weight, St.Isaac’s Cathedral is among the biggest churches in the world. In XIX century, to build to build such a huge construction the architect had to use state of the art technologies and even establish a whole new industry. Join us for a tour to learn more about the unique techniques and extraordinary materials that made this building survive all the turmoils of the past 150 years. Just ask questions and socialize!
The Residential Castle in the heart of the old city centre of Dresden has been the center of power for the Saxon electors and kings for 600 years. Well, fashion, needs and style has changed over time. The four-wing castle was originally built in the 14th century, were nobility and knights needs space for jousting and tournaments. Where do we find today these parts at castle? In between time, the castle was destroyed by a fire in 1701. It was rebuilt under August the Strong with decorated staircases – the stages of the baroque splendor. Why did they need such wide steps? Today the courtyard with the colonnades has been covered with a modern transparent roof construction. So, lets see how the combination between the preserved historical parts of the castle with the 21st century architecture works for you! And what's inside? The unique treasury of the rulers of saxony, called the Green Vault! What a name for a treasure chamber that housed the biggest green diamond in world. So join the tour and find out. Ask questions or listen in!
Antarctica is the last unspoiled continent in the World and home for the largest colonies of penguin. If you want to visit, Ushuaia is the gate to do it, do you know why? Would you like to learn about the difference between the north and the south pole? Did you know Antarctica is ruled by the Antarctic treaty? Do you know what that means? Join the conversation or just listen in.
Explore some of the most spectacular art created around the world on our telecruise. Travel to 3 different locations within 90 minutes and listen to the stories shared live and on location from our guides about the art - paintings, statues, buildings - that marked their cities. Every time we introduce new destinations and art works on this telecruise so join us to learn more about the world!
Prometheus, the Titan god of fire,is going to help the mankind by giving them the most precious gift,the fire.He will pay and suffer a lot for that,but the most famous greek hero will not abandon him... Socialize and ask a question!
Whose body lies in the Smithsonian Castle and what does the Carousel outside on the National Mall have to do with the American Civil Rights Movement? Find out as your guide regales you with tales of a history making pony ride and how the Smithsonian Institution owes its existence to the illegitimate child of an English Duke! Also learn about the American Bison that once called the National Mall home and why it is called the National Mall in the first place. Ask questions and socialize!
Madrid is the only European capital that has Islamic origins. At first, it was just a fortress with its governor and a citadel grew around it, with a square in between, for military parades, market and other uses. Remains of Jewish and Muslim houses as well as important parts of city walls are witnesses of a rich past. The advocacy of the Madrid patroness La Almudena , reflects this military origin. The Christian conquest brought not only a larger city and new walls , but a new status in which the three religious groups cohabitated. As a result we have several churches with Islamic patterns in their brick, wood or plaster work. The city became the Spanish capital in 1561 opening a gate to the Modern era. Discover the Old Town in Madrid and its fascinating secrets.
It’s been 15 years since Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) launched his search for the legendary Knights Templar treasure with his treasure in the original 2004 film National Treasure. The hunt includes a stop at the National Archives where he stole one of the United States’ true National Treasures—the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about the real National Archives and some of the other treasures that are stored here! Ask questions and socialize!
The Teatro Colón is the Crown jewel of the city of Buenos Aires and the Best Opera house in the Americas. Do you know that when it was built in 1909 Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world? the Teatro Colón elevated Buenos Aires to the level of the great capitals of the world and suitable of the title “Paris is South America”. Did you know Teatro Colón is today the biggest opera house in classic style and remarkably famous for its acoustical performance? The Acoustical Society of America ranks Teatro Colón as no. 1 acoustics among all opera houses in the World. Join our teletour to discover this masterpiece! Ask questions or listen in!
Walk through the large garden that was owned by a military general in the 17th century. He let it built on a spot of 24 houses and two factories they had to be demolished first. Explore the huge grey artificial grotto with all its hidden creepy masks and faces. Socialize and ask a question!
The economy of Greece is based a lot on domestic products. Together with tourism and shipping, the industry of the country includes also the agricultural sector starting from the Antiquity. Amazing products, with a great taste, have been used in the Greek cuisine for centuries. Let's discover them together! Join the conversation or just listen in.
Just a glimpse of the iconic obelisk, and you know you are in D.C. It has been the backdrop of countless movies and vacation pictures. But it also has a story that goes all the way back to the design of the city, and took most of a hundred years to bring to completion. Learn about the reason for its having two colors, and the lightning strikes and earthquakes it has survived and the surprising world record that it still holds. Ask questions and socialize!
Discover Moritzburg Castle, the hunting lodge of the Saxon kings. Baroque architecture in its purest form combined with the landscape. Horses and passion, hunts, festivals and battles ... diversion and use of the magnificent palace complex at the gates of Dresden. What did the rulers serve? How was served and what was required to set a sumptuous table at court. Take part in a tour to a Saxon fairytale castle and discover what effort had to be made to enable a great presentation in the 18th century and to show wealth. the tour guide will take you on a short tour around the castle. Join the conversation or just listen in.
The caryatids are six female columns carrying the porch of a temple on the Acropolis in Athens. Iconic statues dating back to the fifth century BC. Nowadays they have been placed indoors in order to protect them from the elements. Explore the myths behind the caryatids, discover how one of them ended up in London, and learn what other world-famous statues were inspired by these ancient maidens. Join the conversation or just listen in.
A former medieval market place and location of huge festivities, Marienplatz is still regarded as the center of Munich. Do you know how distances are measured in the city? Why is there a statue of Mother Mary on top of “Mariensäule”, a landmark column of Munich? Why does the Old Townhall look newer than the New Townhall? Discover the story played out by the life-size figurines on top of the New Townhall every day. Learn why there are no cars on Marienplatz. Established in the 16th century by the Duke of Bavaria who wanted his own brewery, Hofbräuhaus was only built in the 19th century and is probably the most famous beer hall in the world. Why did the Duke want to make his own beer? Do you know what event of monumental historical proportions happened on the 3rd floor of Hofbräuhaus in 1920? Why do locals use special currency to buy beer at Hofbräuhaus? Why is there a waiting list to rent a beer mug locker?Ask questions or simply listen in!
Where you can make a wish and drink the same water the Romans used to drink? Trevi Fountain was built in 1732 but is fed by the Virgin Aqueduct that is 2000 years old! The water is still drinkable! Join the conversation or just listen in.
Neighborhood of the Prague Castle. It’s called Hradschine which is derived from a Czech world for castle – hrad. It is an area rich with noble palaces, three monasteries, pilgrimage site Prague Loreto and charming residential area New World that still keeps its unique character of a small village. Socialize and ask a question!
The Muslim wall of Madrid came to light after demolishing some 19th century houses of the nobility. Today Madrid is proud of this surviving part of the wall built during the Islamic period, between mid 9th century and the 11th. In fact, around 850 Cordoba Emir Mohammad I established a fortress and a citadel on the Almudena hill to defend Madrid from the Christian attacks as well as to keep an eye over the rebels from the city of Toledo. See the remains of this wall and learn about the fascinating history of the origins of Madrid.
Built in 1657 and in 1984 was appointed by UNESCO a world heritage site. Discover how this Spanish defensive complex stopped pirate and corsair attacks. Hear the story of British Royalty confronted by a man with a sledge hammer. Don't be afraid, ask questions or simply listen in!
Amenez vos enfants! Dans la mythologie grecque, le plus jeune fils de Gaea (Terre) et de Tartarus (maître du monde inférieur) a été décrit comme un monstre macabre avec une centaine de têtes de dragons qui a été conquis et jeté aux enfers par Zeus. Découvrez les monstres et les héros de la Grèce antique. Soyez social et posez une question!
Well we're probably not all gourmet chefs but we certainly love eating and talking about food! Join me on a tour of the most iconic and savoury French dishes: from frog legs and Snails to crêpes and croque-monsieur... which you can make at home! And by the way, how many different types of cheeses do you think there are in France? What's the secret of bread and croissants? And let's not forget dessert: "éclairs", "tarte tatin" and more... A teaspoon of history and 10 oz. of pleasure for a yummy tour of French food? Join the conversation or just listen in.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the longest-serving President of the United States, and guided the country through two great calamities. It is therefore only right that he also has the largest memorial. In stone, water, and bronze, it tells the story of this President. Follow us as we help retell the story, along with the stories of two of his companions: Eleanor Roosevelt and Fala the dog. Ask questions and join the conversation.
Germany's most beautiful view over the Elbe river is in Dresden. Most of the sights of Dresden are right in the old town and can be seen from the banks of the Elbe. Take a walk with our Teletourguide along the banks of the Elbe over the Augustus Bridge into the old town and discover with us the cityscapes that have inspired painters and artists from all over the world. Dresden's old town silhouette is one of the most beautiful in Germany. Funny stories about architecture and history are told. Discover a beautiful piece of German cultural history. Socialize and ask a question!
Join us on a live virtual walking tour of the historically-rich Civic District of Singapore. Located in the city center, this 30-minute teletour will cover the history of Singapore from its founding in 1819 as a trading settlement of the British East India Company, and as a British colony, and the post-war period of Singapore. Discover the key landmarks of the Civic District and where history comes to life in the form of interesting stories, images and archive photos.
Visit 3 European castles in less than 2 hours! Guests will travel hundreds of miles and hundreds of years as they are hosted by a team of expert guides who will each be on location in their own city at their own unique castle. In Dresden you will find the gardens and richly decorated pavilions and galleries lined with balustrades, figures and vases that bore witness to the magnificence of the Moritzburg Palace where expansive festivities and notorious romances took place in the early 18th century. Prague Castle, one of the largest castle complexes in the world, is a fairytale-like fortress that looks down on the city from its prime perch on the left bank of the Vltava river where Czech monarchs ruled, lived, and loved for centuries. Munich’s Residence, built at the edge of the mediaeval city in the 1363 as a citadel was eventually transformed into a magnificent palace for over five centuries and served as the seat of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings. Its buildings and gardens now extend into the town and were almost all built in different eras. Have a glimpse into some of the courtyards, listen to intriguing stories and find out why the Bavarian kings never wore a crown. Ask your guides questions or just relax and enjoy your Castle Cruise!