England's Eternal City

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Anyone travelling to York should think about comfortable shoes. Because the northern English city at the River Ouse is crossed by narrow alleyways with medieval cobblestones. Hardly any vehicle can pass the so-called Snickelways. The most famous alley in York is called The Shambles and was first mentioned 900 years ago. It owes its very own charm to the original half-timbered houses from the 14th century. One of the most visited streets in Europe was for a long time part of the city's butcher's quarter.
York - Clifford's Tower © ptashkan / Fotolia

Here in York it is particularly attractive to have a cup of tea, take a Pulled Pork sandwich or follow a nocturnal guided tour. The imposing York Minster is the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. In its 250-year building history, 128 elaborately designed stained glass windows were created. The largest of them occupies the area of a tennis court and is considered the world's largest glass object of the Middle Ages. Famous are the 17 meter high Five Windows Sisters or the carved Hindley clock.

In a guided ascent, the steeple of the sacred building offers an unforgettable view over the roofs of York. The Clifford's Tower also offers an impressive view. The tower is part of York Castle, which in the past served as a mint and prison. The castle was founded on a hill by William the Conqueror. History-loving holidaymakers go on a journey through time in the museum of the same name and then linger in the adjacent park.

Children will love the York Maze amusement park, where a corn maze is one of the attractions. The National Railway Museum houses the world's largest collection of locomotives. Families can visit the Air Museum's exhibition area, which includes a control tower and hangar, as well as the cockpit of an airplane. In York's Chocolate Story the history of chocolate production is brought to life by a guide. The Roman and Viking city is one of the most haunted cities of England.
York - that Cathedral York Minster© acceleratorhams / Fotolia

Fog often wafts through the winding alleys, so visitors to York don't find it difficult to feel transported to a ghostly atmosphere. Once the twin city of Münster was built in the Vale of York, where it was often affected by flooding. Today, around 200,000 people live in the former residence city of the county of Yorkshire. The North Sea is 65 kilometres away. This is where the Yorkshire Wolds Way hiking trail leads, which runs from Hull to Filey. The North York Moors National Park is a popular destination for nature lovers. A day trip to Leeds, Doncaster or Middlesbrough is recommended.

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