Travel+Leisure recently published an article about the world’s friendliest urban centers, as selected by their readers. Numerous American cities made the list, with most of them lying south of the Mason-Dixie line. If you’re looking for long-weekend travel ideas, plan a trip to one of the five friendly cities listed below.
The Gold of Walbrzych
If you thought your childhood dream of hunting for hidden treasures Indiana Jones-style could never fit into a satisfying holiday in Europe, think about hunting for gold in Walbrzych, a major mining and industrial center in Lower Silesia. According to The Guardian, two treasure hunters now claim they’ve managed to locate a long-lost Nazi train filled with gold, gems, and weapons. As Soviet forces entered this part of Poland in 1945, the “ghost train” allegedly went missing in a tunnel cutting through a heavily wooded area between Walbrzych and Wroclaw. The two explorers recently filed a “finder’s claim” with the local authorities, demanding 10 percent of more than 300 tons (600,000 pounds) of gold supposedly carried by the 150 m (500 ft) train.
Metal detectors in hand, fortune hunters have now descended on the scenic town in southwestern Poland, hoping to uncover buried treasure. Even if you don’t believe the outrageous claim, consider adding Walbrzych to your Poland itinerary to discover a lush natural area soaked in rich history and culture.
Featuring some of the world’s top tourist destinations, Europe boasts outstanding museums, displaying some of the world’s greatest artistic, technological, scientific, and architectural achievements. To put a funky twist on the traditional Europe sightseeing plan, though, consider the following top specialty museums, ranging from an homage to a famous punk-rock band and the home of the original gummy bears, to must-see-to-believe illusions and spy tricks.