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Haifa’s Gorgeous Bahai Gardens

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We specifically visited Haifa, the largest city in northern Israel, to visit the Bahai Gardens. Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, these gardens are stunningly beautiful. At its center stands a domed shrine dedicated to the Bab, the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahai faith. From the shrine, there are nineteen terraces with stairs extending up the northern slope of Mount Carmel.

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Beautifully manicured trees and hedges, among colorful flowers and graveled pathways can be found throughout the gardens.

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The gardens provide an excellent view of the city below and the vast Mediterranean Sea.

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The gardens are also worth visiting in the evening. The lights and fountains add to the beauty of the gardens.

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We ended up visiting the Bahai Gardens twice because they were so gorgeous. A trip to Haifa, just to see these gardens is worth it. These were some of the best gardens we have seen during our travels.

Quaint German Towns in the Harz Mountains

Some of the most picturesque towns I have seen were in central Germany. Wernigerode and Quedlinburg are two small but quaint towns located in the Harz Mountains. These two towns were particularly memorable for their unique and cozy looking timber buildings and beautifully paved walkways.

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After spending a night in a cozy half-timbered house, we woke up early to some wonderful German hospitality and breakfast. It was not long before we were strolling leisurely around Wernigerode.

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The atmosphere in the streets was very peaceful and pleasant. There were plenty of unique cafes and patios everywhere in this small town.

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This is Wernigerode’s Town Hall.

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This is a market area located next to the Town Hall.

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This is Wernigerode Castle, which is located above the town. It is interesting to note that this castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle have similar architectural styles.

Wandering around the Wernigerode Castle and its gardens as well as viewing the town from high above was a wonderful experience.

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The next day, we visited Quedlinburg. Just like Wernigerode, this town was also very pleasant and picturesque with all its splendid looking buildings.

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This is a half-timbered house, which I thought was very unique and cozy.

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This is Quedlinburg’s market square.

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A view of the rooftops in Quedlinburg.

If you are interested in visiting small and quaint towns and a few castles, I would recommend a short trip to the Harz Mountains. A walk through Wernigerode and Quedlinburg, has left me with everlasting beautiful memories of these picturesque towns.