ancient city of polonnaruwa

Exploring Polonnaruwa

This ancient Sri Lankan capital was the ultimate blend of civics and religion in a beautiful natural setting. What’s the best way to approach a visit?

Visiting Wismar, World Heritage Site, Germany

The rich Hanseatic cities

If you’re a rich city in the medieval days, what do you do? Well, you protect yourself and construct grand public buildings. That’s what these two did!

Jasmund National Park, Ancient Beech Forests of Germany

Europe’s original conquerors

These forests once covered most of Europe, with the centre here in Germany. There are just a few patches left in the world and you can visit one here.

climbing sigiriya rock

A fortress of fear

The enormous rock on which an ancient king built his fortress is impressive – but why was this leader so scared he had to hide himself up here?

Things to do in Arequipa

The heritage in Peru’s second city

Peru’s second largest city is a hub of heritage – but not of Incan or ancient civilisations. This is a city of colonisers set in a challenging environment.

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Castles, Bruhl, Germany

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Castles

These beautiful castles not far from Cologne are the first examples of Rococo architecture in Europe and are definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.