Remarkable architecture, savoir-vivre and winter sports - the Norwegian capital has it all. From the fjord waves lapping against Snøhetta's new opera, to the iconic Holmenkollen ski jumping hill rising high above the sea, Oslo offers a unique mixture of breathtaking landscapes and architectural highlights. And which other city provides heated sidewalks and artificially-lit cross country ski tracks?
The cities of Taiwan impress; not because of their beauty, but because of their vitality. The architectural qualities do not reveal themselves at first glance, though - you have to know where to look.
Through the first half of the 20th century, Seoul seemed destined to remain in the shadow of the region's neighboring mega-cities Tokyo and Beijing. Since the late-80s, however, the South Korean capital has thrown its hat into the ring and assertively managed to attract vast amounts of culture and commerce.