Unit 3: Europe and Russia | Cultural Geography
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Chapter 5: Western Europe
- Visit Britain—Official tourism site. Excellent destination guide including all areas of Britain (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Channel Islands). Also links to each country’s tourism site.
- Embassy of Britain to the U.S.— Contains much cultural and current information on Britain.
- England—Website for tourism in England
- Spirited Ireland—A very large and quite diverse personal collection of pictures from the author’s sojourns in Ireland.
- Tourism Ireland—Official tourism site. Some good country information and a nice destination guide (actually covers Northern Ireland too).
- Visit Scotland—Official site of Scotland’s National Tourist Board.
- Visit Wales—Official site for visitors to Wales.
- Go Scandinavia -- Official Website of the Scandinavian Tourist Boards - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden.
Denmark (and Greenland)
- Denmark Official Website—Contains much information on Denmark. Also links to the official tourist site (Visit Denmark) among others.
- Embassy of Denmark in Washington D.C.—Brief but thorough overview of the basic country information categories.
- Greenland Guide—Official travel site. Contains lots of information and pictures.
- Denmark— VisitDenmark.com, the official travel guide to Denmark
- Smorgasbord: The Shortcut to Sweden—Extensive information on Sweden. Great destination guide. Interesting and excellent site!
- Sweden:SE—Official and comprehensive site on Sweden. Contains link to official tourist page also.
- Sweden—Sweden's official website for tourism and travel information
- Virtual Finland—Much information on the society, geography and history of Finland. Great section of pictures.
- Embassy of Finland, Washington D.C.—Lots of great info on Finland. Links to official tourism site too.
- Norway— Great destination guide. Lots of excellent pictures.
- Visit Norway—Official tourism site. A good destination guide. Excellent pictures.
- Iceland: the Official Gateway to Iceland—Lots of info on each aspect of Iceland. Links to other good sites.
- Discover France—Exhaustive website on the culture, history and destinations of France.
- France This Way—Excellent France travel guide. Contains various information about France.
- The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington D.C.—Much information on the current status of the Netherlands (economy, politics, society) and the cultural heritage. Some good links too.
- Holland.com— Official tourism site. Great information, pictures, and more.
- Embassy of Belgium in the United States—Nice overview of the modern history and current status of Belgium. Links to the official tourist site (good info) under “going to Belgium” section.
- Visit Luxembourg—Official tourism site. Good travel guide and basic country info. Plus some good links.
- Embassy of Luxembourg, Washington D.C.—Much information on Luxembourg.
- German Missions in the United States—An information site prepared by the German Embassy in Washington, DC and the German Information Center in New York
- Germany Tourism—Official site from the German Tourist Board.
- Germany’s Schwarzwald (The Black Forest)—provides ideas for visiting the Black Forest in southern Bavaria
- Thuringia—Tourist website for one of the central provinces in Germany and birthplace of the German Reformation; includes list of towns to visit and tourist attractions related to Martin Luther
- Swiss World—A lot of good information and many interesting facts on Switzerland. A very good and well-presented site.
- Information about Switzerland—Lots of info and many good links included.
- My Switzerland — Official site of Switzerland Tourism.
- Liechtenstein—Extensive country info. plus photos and videoclips. Link to official tourist site under “Tourism in brief.”
- CIA The World Factbook: Liechtenstein—information on the country’s people, government, economics, and other matters
- Tourism in Liechtenstein—This website belongs to Liechtenstein Tourism. Great website.
- Austria Press and Information Service, Washington D.C.—Much information on Austria.
- Austria.info -- Österreich. You´ve arrived. Austrian National Tourist Office.
- okSpain—Discusses recreation and historic attractions in Spain, with information on autonomous regions and major cities.
- Andorra: The Pyrenean Country—Official tourism site. Brief overview of country info.
- Visit Portugal—Official tourism site. Great destination site.
- Portugal-info—Emphasis on travel. Main strength is the pictures given for each destination mentioned on the interactive map.
- Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C.—website of Italy’s embassy in the United States, showing foreign relations between the two countries
- CIA The World Factbook: Italy—addresses Italy’s people, government, economy, transportation, and military; also includes photographs of the country’s historic sites and terrain
- Monaco—Official tourism site. Brief country info overview and destination guide. Good pictures.
- CIA The World Factbook: San Marino—addresses San Marino’s people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military
- Visit San Marino- discussions of the country’s holidays, history, political system, recreation, etc.
- Vatican.va—Official Vatican site. Cover every aspect about Vatican City.
- Malta: The Heart of the Mediterranean—Official tourism site. Great destination guide. Some interesting cultural info.
- Ancient Greece—Tons of information on ancient Greece, including the history, famous people, the Olympics, mythology, and more. Quite interesting!
- visitgreece.gr—The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organization
Chapter 6: Eastern Europe
- Poland.pl—Good info about Poland. Best point is the numerous photo galleries for each region and destination site listed.
- StayPoland.com: Poland Information—Lots of information. Good destination guide.
- Lietuva—Official tourism site. Nice overview of country info, good destination guide, and a quite good photo gallery.
- CIA The World Factbook: Lithuania—discusses the country's geography, government, economy, and provides demographics information
- Latvia: The Land that Sings—Official tourism site. Box in upper right switches page to English version. Lots of great info. Nice destination guide.
- CIA The World Factbook: Latvia—Information on Latvia’s people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military
- Estonica—Much information about Estonia. Especially good descriptions of the physical geography of the land. Very interesting site.
- Estonian Embassy in Washington—Make sure to look at other links under “Estonia” tab.
- Tourism and Travel in Estonia—Excellent site. Contains video clips, images, information, and more.
- Official Site of the Czech Republic—Leads to much information (“find out more”) and to a travel site (“travel”) with links to other very good tourist sites (under “attractions”).
- Slovakia: Heart of Europe—Brief overview of Slovakia. Good pictures under the “travel guide” part.
- Spectacular Slovakia—Emphasis on travel with good descriptions and pictures, but also has an excellent history section and a section on Roma (the people known as the gypsies).
- Slovakia Travel -- Welcome to Slovak national tourism portal.
- Hungarian Homepage—Covers all the regions and cities to see and gives brief overviews of the history, etc. Many links to other sites.
- Hungarian National Tourist Office New York—Great destination guide and good section on history and culture.
The Western Balkans
- Slovenia—Official tourism site. Excellent destination guide and good photo gallery.
- Slovenia, Central Europe with the spirit of the Mediterranean—A site dedicated to pictures of the natural and manmade features of Slovenia.
- Visit Croatia—Overview of the destinations, history, geography, culture, etc. of Croatia. Many pictures also.
- Embassy of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America —Contains links to several other great websites.
Serbia and Montenegro
- National Tourist Organisation of Serbia—Excellent and extensive destination guide, covering everything from nature to cities and villages to ancient sites.
- CIA The World Factbook: Montenegro—discusses the country's geography, government, economy, and provides demographics information
- Tourism Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina—Site still under construction but has a great destination guide and some good info.
- History Place: Genocide in the Twentieth Century: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1992-1995—Background information regarding the recent political turmoil in the region.
- CIA The World Factbook: Albania—Information on Albania’s people, government, economy, communications, transportation, and military
- Shqiperia—Great website about Albania. Covers almost everything.
The Eastern Balkans
- Exploring Macedonia—link "go to" gives travelling ideas for cities, villages, lakes, mountains, national parks, heritage sites, and galleries
- CIA The World Factbook: Bulgaria—Information on Bulgaria’s people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and more
- BulgariaTravel—Official tourist site. Lots of great info is included and a great destination guide.
- Romanian Home Page—Covers all areas of the country emphasizing Rumanian culture and the achievements. Link to official tourist site under “tourism”.
- Discover Romania—Beautifully-presented site including much info and a very nice travel guide.
The Eastern Plains
- Republic of Moldova: Official Website—Covers history, geography, culture, tourism, and much more.
- UA Zone.net—Brief overview of Ukraine facts. Great photo galleries!
- Chernobyl Accident 1986—web page from the World Nuclear Association
- Travel to Ukraine—Official travel guide of Ukraine. Covers history, maps, places to visit and much more.
- The Virtual Guide to Belarus—Lots of pictures under “nature and geography,” though some are rather grainy.
- BelinTourist —Travel Guide To Belarus. Lots of info and pictures to discover.
Chapter 7: Russia
- The Face of Russia—Site for a PBS series. The timeline and connected articles cover the main historical events and people of Russia as well as some Russian culture.
- Travel Guide to Russia—Briefly describes the major sites of Russia.
- Embassy of the Russian Federation—Much information on Russia.
- Russia Travel — Official guide to Russia travel, visas and hotels. Lots of info, pictures, and more
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