100 Best Things to do in Austria

by Jen Miller

Jen Reviews


Hidden in the heart of Europe lies the land of emperors, waltz and schnitzel. A paradise for skiers, hikers and city lovers all in one. From the steep hills of the Alps to the magnificent palaces of Vienna, every tourist can find something just to their taste.

Austria is the home of famous classical composers like Mozart, psychologist Sigmund Freud and architect Hundertwasser. Its history is rich with wars, splendor and intrigue. The rich culture, which has produced countless pieces of art, music, plays and books is present throughout the country. And for the foodies: get ready to enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

Below we have gathered the top attractions as well as the best-kept secrets, hidden places and off-the-beaten track surprises to make your stay in Austria unforgettable.

America may be first, but let Austria be second. Let’s take a look at what you should not miss when you visit the “eastern realm”:


  • 1. Schonbrunn Imperial Summer Palace (Vienna)
  • 2. Take a Walk through Vienna’s Historic Center (Vienna)
  • 3. Coffee and Cake in Salzburger Altstadt – Salzburg Old Town (Salzburg)
  • 4. Klimt in the Belvedere Palace Museum (Vienna)
  • 5. Kunsthistorisches Museum – Art History Museum (Vienna)
  • 6. Visit World’s Oldest Zoo (Vienna)
  • 7. A Walk through Schonbrunner Gardens (Vienna)
  • 8. Prater (Vienna)
  • 9. Hofburg Imperial Palace (Vienna)
  • 10. State Opera House (Vienna)
  • 11. Grossglockner Alpine Road Drive (Heiligenblut)
  • 12. View of Vienna from St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna)
  • 13. Dinner at Salzburg Fortress (Salzburg)
  • 14. Christmas Market at City Hall Rathaus (Vienna)
  • 15. Kitzbuhel Ski Resort (Kitzbuhel)
  • 16. Sound of Music Tour at Mirabell Palace & Gardens (Salzburg)
  • 17. Cable Car Trip in the Alps to Innsbrucker Nordkette (Innsbruck)
  • 18. Albertina (Vienna)
  • 19. Natural History Museum (Vienna)
  • 20. Overview of Vienna on the Ringstrasse (Vienna)
  • 21. Knowledge at Melk Abbey (Melk)
  • 22. Nationalbibliothek – National Library (Vienna)
  • 23. Untersberg (Salzburg)
  • 24. Classical Concert at St. Peter’s Church (Vienna)
  • 25. Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburg)
  • 26. Museums Galore at Museumsquartier (Vienna)
  • 27. Steep Slopes of the Ischgl-Samnaun Ski Resort (Ischgl)
  • 28. Gaze Far from the Hallstatt Viewing Platform (Hallstatt)
  • 29. Kirche am Steinhof Church (Vienna)
  • 30. Hundertwasser House (Vienna)
  • 31. The Third Man Museum (Vienna)
  • 32. Kitzsteinhorn Ski Resort (Zell am See)
  • 33. Hallstatt Old Town (Hallstatt)
  • 34. Bergisel Ski Jumping Hill (Innsbruck)
  • 35. Hellbrunn Castle Trick Fountains (Salzburg)
  • 36. St. Anton Ski Base (St. Anton am Arlberg)
  • 37. Mozart’s Birthplace (Salzburg)
  • 38. Krimml Falls (Krimml)
  • 39. Stephansplatz (Vienna)
  • 40. Vienna by Night (Vienna)
  • 41. Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Wattens)
  • 42. Innsbruck Old Town (Innsbruck)
  • 43. Adrenaline Junkie Heaven at Red Bull Hangar 7 (Salzburg)
  • 44. Alpine Zoo (Innsbruck)
  • 45. Leopold Museum (Vienna)
  • 46. Imperial Treasury of Vienna (Vienna)
  • 47. Parliament Building (Vienna)
  • 48. Salt Mines (Hallstatt)
  • 49. Sisi Museum (Vienna)
  • 50. Naschmarkt Food Market (Vienna)
  • 51. Museum of Military History (Vienna)
  • 52. Hang out with the Dead at Central Cemetery (Vienna)
  • 53. Ride the Hungerburg Funicular (Innsbruck)
  • 54. Stubaier Gletscher Ski Resort (Neustift im Stubaital)
  • 55. Aqua Dome (Langenfeld)
  • 56. Monkey Business at Aqua Terra Zoo (Vienna)
  • 57. Hundertwasser Art Gallery Kunst Haus Wien (Vienna)
  • 58. Party at Volksgarten Disco Club (Vienna)
  • 59. Explore the Technical Museum (Vienna)
  • 60. To the Top of Rosshutte (Seefeld in Tirol)
  • 61. Psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud (Museum) (Vienna)
  • 62. Lake Achensee Cog Railway and Boat Cruise (Maurach)
  • 63. Mayrhofen Ski Resort (Mayrhofen)
  • 64. Dachstein Skywalk (Ramsau am Dachstein)
  • 65. Salt Mine Treasure Hunt (Hallein)
  • 66. Ski Arlberg (Lech)
  • 67. Liechtensteinklamm Gorge (Sankt Johann im Pongau)
  • 68. Zwolferhorn Cable Car (St. Gilgen)
  • 69. Schafberg Cog Railway (St. Wolfgang)
  • 70. Hexenwasser (Söll)
  • 71. Kaiser Villa (Bad Ischl)
  • 72. Sigmund-Thun-Klamm (Kaprun)
  • 73. Kuenringer Castle Climb (Durnstein)
  • 74. Schwaz Silver Mine (Schwaz)
  • 75. World’s Largest Ice Cave (Werfen)
  • 76. Zell am See Alpine Village Trip from Salzburg (Zell am See)
  • 77. The Butterfly House (Vienna)
  • 78. Madame Tussauds (Vienna)
  • 79. Zipline Stoderzinken (Gröbming)
  • 80. MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna)
  • 81. Mauthausen Memorial (Linz)
  • 82. Lake Worthersee (Klagenfurt)
  • 83. The Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna)
  • 84. Alpine Coaster (Imst)
  • 85. Red Bull Ring (Spielberg)
  • 86. Designer Outlet (Parndorf)
  • 87. Lookout Tower Pyramidenkogel (Keutschach am See)
  • 88. Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum (Thal bei Graz)
  • 89. AREA 47 (Ötztal-Bahnhof)
  • 90. Mountaincart Ride (Mitterbach)
  • 91. Highline179 Suspension Bridge (Reutte)
  • 92. Esterhazy Palace Wine Tour (Eisenstadt)
  • 93. Family Land Adventure Park (St. Jakob in Haus)
  • 94. Bregenz Festival (Bregenz)
  • 95. Schladming Ski Resort (Schladming)
  • 96. Kufstein Fortress (Kufstein)
  • 97. Loacker Point of Sale (Heinfels)
  • 98. Black Lake (Kitzbuhel)
  • 99. Kaprun Dam (Kaprun)
  • 100. Strauss Monument (Vienna)

1. Schonbrunn Imperial Summer Palace (Vienna)

The palace and its magnificent gardens are famed for being the former imperial summer residence. With over 300 years of history of Habsburg monarchs, you can easily spend a whole day here. Private tours with expert guides that will share their knowledge of the palace with you are available, as well as an evening event including dinner and a concert.

2. Take a Walk through Vienna’s Historic Center (Vienna)

If you want to take a walk among some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, while well-groomed horses strut past you with their carriages, look no further. The historic centre of Vienna offers exactly that – but also much more. Segway you way around or hop right on a bus with the Vienna pass. The choice is yours.

3. Coffee and Cake in Salzburger Altstadt – Salzburg Old Town (Salzburg)

Old town city centres are simply the best. Magnificent architecture, delicious street food and shopping until you go broke. For the authentic Salzburg experience, take this 2-hour tour
and enjoy your coffee and cake.

4. Klimt in the Belvedere Palace Museum (Vienna)

Belvedere is a beautiful palace that is now home to stunning art collection. If you are a fan of Klimt, this is your chance to see the Kiss in person. But that is hardly all you can see there – prepare your cameras or you’ll forget half of it before you’re home. To learn about the history of the palace and fascinating details about the artworks, consider the 3-hour private tour of the palace and its exhibitions.

5. Kunsthistorisches Museum – Art History Museum (Vienna)

If you like art, this is a must-see. This one-of-a-kind museum features some of the greatest works of artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Tintoretto and others. To complement the great masters, you can also see Egyptian and Near East exhibitions, Ancient Greek and Roman collections as well as the coin cabinet.

6. Visit World’s Oldest Zoo (Vienna)

Are animals your thing? Do you want to see everything from the deadliest predators to the cuddliest little creatures? Well, they have it all covered at Vienna Zoo, which holds the title of oldest in the world. It houses over 700 animal species, some of them endangered. You can attend animal talks and feedings or take the panorama train.

7. A Walk through Schonbrunner Gardens (Vienna)

These gardens were built for kings and queens and even today, you will feel like one walking in them. They offer a myriad of entertaining things: a maze, a hill with a great view, many games…too much to be all seen in a day. Excellent for a romantic walk with your special someone.

8. Prater (Vienna)

Prater is the best known amusement park in Austria. One of the landmarks of Vienna, the big Ferris wheel, is located here, as well as the planetarium, the train ride and other things you will certainly enjoy. You can easily spend a whole day just here, trying out various attractions. The entrance is free, but you have to pay individual fees.

9. Hofburg Imperial Palace (Vienna)

If the day is cold and damp and the gardens don’t seem appealing, go inside the Hofburg Imperial Palace
for a similar, worthy-of-a-king experience. The many rooms with monarchy era furniture, paintings and dresses are sure to leave no one cold. For those of you with an interest in history and royalty, don’t miss this!

10. State Opera House (Vienna)

The State Opera House in Vienna is one of the centres of culture in Austria. You can go on a guided tour, but for the best experience, go and see one of the magnificent shows on display there. You can find an updated list, as well as early tickets, here. Just make sure to book in advance, they sell like hotcakes!

11. Grossglockner Alpine Road Drive (Heiligenblut)

Can you say spectacular views? Well, few are more spectacular than those you will see on the Grossglockner Alpine Road. The mountains are, of course, the stars, but the waterfalls, the flowers and the high alpine farmers all combine to make this idyllic piece of Earth what it is. Take this half-day trip from Salzburg and enjoy the view.

12. View of Vienna from St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Vienna)

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or as the locals call it, Stephansdom, is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The architecture and interior design are breath-taking, as can be the climb up to the tallest tower. But the 136 meter(446 ft) tall climb is worth the view of the city from above. Put this into your tour plan of Vienna

13. Dinner at Salzburg Fortress (Salzburg)

Have you ever wanted to have a fancy dinner in a real castle? Your chance is now, with this special two-for-one offer. First, you will be seated in a 900-year old hall inside the fortress, where you will be served delicious traditional meals. Then, the residential orchestra will perform the most famous Mozart’s pieces for the finale of the evening. Treat your loved one and bring him or her to this wonderful experience.

14. Christmas Market at City Hall Rathaus (Vienna)

If you are in Austria from the middle of November until Christmas, you have to see the market in front of Vienna City Hall. It is the largest in town, with hundreds of stands offering everything imaginable from local deserts to Christmas tree decorations to take home as a souvenir. And even if you come here at some other time, the Gothic architecture is still one of the best sights in Vienna.

15. Kitzbuhel Ski Resort (Kitzbuhel)

If you follow competitive skiing, you are familiar with this famous ski resort. Every year, the best in the world come here to compete on the “Streif”. Now you can, too. The resort is considered by many to be the best in the world and has received numerous awards. If you are coming to Austria for skiing, this is your number one choice.

16. Sound of Music Tour at Mirabell Palace & Gardens (Salzburg)

This tourist gem is placed in the heart of Salzburg. “Sound of Music” was filmed there and on other locations nearby, all of which are included in the 4-hour adventure-filled tour. See the iconic scenes from the movie and relive the classic moments. Watching the movie the night before is definitely recommended!

17. Cable Car Trip in the Alps to Innsbrucker Nordkette (Innsbruck)

This Alpine trip will take you from Innsbruck to the top of the 2256 meter tall Hafelekar peak. Along the way, you will see astonishing views of the city and the Alps. Make sure to stop at all the stations, especially at the Alpine Zoo – a favorite among families – along the way. The car ride takes 20 minutes, but the whole tour takes at least an hour, depending how much time you want to spend exploring.

18. Albertina (Vienna)

Albertina is both the largest Habsburg residential palace and houses the largest graphical collections in the world. Work such as Klimt’s studies of women and Dürer’s Hare can all be seen inside. The permanent exhibitions as well as temporary ones, like the popular “Monet to Picasso”, are well worth checking out. And did I mention the dining? Oh yes, guests are taken care of with fine dining right next door at Augustinerkeller.

19. Natural History Museum (Vienna)

From dinosaurs to galaxies, the Natural History Museum of Vienna has it all. With forty permanent and regular special exhibitions, it is one of the best natural history museums in the world. Budget more time than you think you need too, because if you want to see everything, you will be glad you did. Also don’t forget to go to the digital planetarium. You can get tickets for both online here.

20. Overview of Vienna on the Ringstrasse (Vienna)

The Ringstrasse is a circular road that goes all around Vienna past all the most popular tourist attractions. It is perfect for a quick overview of the city or if you are in Vienna only for a day. But that would mean missing seeing so many things from up close and having a deeper experience that you can get if you stay here for more than a day. Still, if you’re only here for a short time and want to quickly get some selfies, take advantage of this opportunity!

21. Knowledge at Melk Abbey (Melk)

Melk Abbey became famous for its library, which houses a vast collection of medieval scriptures and is one of the most known ones in Europe. From November to March, visits are only possible with a guided tour, so keep that in mind if you plan on coming in that time.

22. Nationalbibliothek – National Library (Vienna)

The Austrian National Library is not a must see only for its books, but also for the beautiful interior(one of the best in Vienna) and four museums
inside it. The amount of knowledge gathered there might just inspire you to become the next great inventor.

23. Untersberg (Salzburg)

If you long for a breathtaking view, this is it. From the town, you can take aa href=”http://www.salzburg.info/en/sights/excursions/cable_car_untersberg”>cable car< to the top of the mountain – the very one featured in the movie Sound of Music. On a sunny day, you will see for miles – the steep hills, the foggy mists, the vast forests. Enjoy and thank me later.

24. Classical Concert at St. Peter’s Church (Vienna)

St. Peter’s church is a hidden church in the centre of Vienna. If you don’t know it’s there, you will likely miss is as the view is obscured by surrounding buildings. However, that does not mean it is not worth visiting. In fact, they put on one of the best classical concerts in Vienna
– in a very special atmosphere.

25. Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburg)

Another must see for all Sound of Music fans. This cathedral was one of the shooting scenes for the famous film and it will astonish you with the beautiful paintings inside. If you want to hear the sound of the organs, come in during a sermon- even if you aren’t religious. See the beautiful Salzburg Cathedral and enjoy.

26. Museums Galore at Museumsquartier (Vienna)

Museumsquartier, or the Museum Square, is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. You can easily spend a whole day here, wandering around and exploring all the varied exhibitions, from classical to modern art. You can buy a tickets
, or you can opt for a more subtle experience with a private tour.

27. Steep Slopes of the Ischgl-Samnaun Ski Resort (Ischgl)

Do you dream of fast slopes? Fresh powder? Then book a ticket to this ski resort ASAP. But Ischgl-Samnaun Resort
offers so much more than just skiing – you get almost every adrenalin related activity you could want plus supreme lodgings and food. What’s not to like?

28. Gaze Far from the Hallstatt Viewing Platform (Hallstatt)

From the still lake of Hallstatt, climb to the highest peak around and enjoy the view. The mountains and the lake make it a picture worth of painting. If you’re in Salzburg, hop on this World Heritage VIew and imagine you are flying.

29. Kirche am Steinhof Church (Vienna)


Off the beaten path lies a gem that is a must see for all art lovers. Built on the foundations of an old psychiatric hospital, it offers an atmosphere like no other. History and WW2 geeks should make sure to check the exhibition of the History of Naci-Medicine. You can also take a short one hour tour.

30. Hundertwasser House (Vienna)

The famous and crazy architect Hundertwasser built buildings that stand out. Among the rectangular shapes of the inner city, the wavy forms of the Hundertwasser House stand in pleasant contrast. A unique experience and a must see.

31. The Third Man Museum (Vienna)

Interested in post-war Vienna and movie history? If so, The Third Man Museum should be on your to-do Vienna list. The theme is not just the well known 1949 film, but the situation in Europe after World War 2. Something all history and film fanatics should see. Guided tours are available.

32. Kitzsteinhorn Ski Resort (Zell am See)

Another fine Austrian ski resort can be found in Zell am See. Skiing, freeride park, hiking, mountain biking, excellent cuisine and the first rate service all combine to create the perfect winter paradise.Kitzsteinhorn Ski Resort is one of the best not only in Austria, but in Europe. And if you like steep slopes – how does the over 60 degree angled Black Mamba sound to you?

33. Hallstatt Old Town (Hallstatt)

Hallstatt is a beautiful little town on the shore of Lake Hallstatt. It is famous for three things: salt production, giving the name to the Hallstatt historic period and being unbelievably charming. Only a short trip from Salzburg, this is one of the place you have to see in Austria and a day trip worth taking. Scuba diving is also a very popular activity on the lake.

34. Bergisel Ski Jumping Hill (Innsbruck)

If you are at all interesting in ski jumping – and even if you’re not – you owe it to yourself to stand atop the in-run at least once. It is a lot steeper than you’d imagine it from the TV and if you don’t have a head for heights, consider not going. But for everyone else, tickets can be bought here. Take a day off in Innsbruck and include this in your list.

35. Hellbrunn Castle Trick Fountains (Salzburg)

This baroque style palace is most known for its green gardens, which are full of ponds, trees and fountains. These fountains in particular are something you ought to watch out for: they make quite the show. Bring your loved one(s), they are sure to enjoy it!

36. St. Anton Ski Base (St. Anton am Arlberg)

Great skiing, excellent slopes and a city with many bars for visitors. Skier’s paradise? St. Anton Ski Base is also perhaps the place to go for apres ski in Austria. A great resort for more experienced skiers.

37. Mozart’s Birthplace (Salzburg)

Who hasn’t heard of Mozart? After all, he is the second most legendary composer – perhaps only after Beethoven(but most people only know the dog). If your plan of travel involves Salzburg, take an hour of your time and budget it here. The house now contains a themed museum where you can see where and how the Mozart family lived and learn about his childhood.

38. Krimml Falls (Krimml)

Without a doubt, Krimml Falls are the most beautiful in Austria. Only a short drive from Salzburg, you can see the 380 meter fall. It falls on three levels, each more spectacular than the last. It takes about an hour and a half to get to the view at the top. If you get tired, there is restaurant along the way to one of the most beautiful natural attractions in Austria.

39. Stephansplatz (Vienna)

Is it sunny and you are yearning for a walk to get some fresh air? Kill two birds with one stone and come to Stephansplatz. Ideal for walking and shopping, this is an area you can explore for days and not get tired of it. If there’s any place that can be called The Heart of Vienna, this is it.

40. Vienna by Night (Vienna)

Ready to see Vienna by night? This unique tour takes you around the Ring Road, where you get to see the city and learn about its history. It includes a ride on the city’s ferris wheel and at the end, a glass of wine in Grinzing ‘heurige’ – a traditional Austrian tavern.

41. Swarovski Crystal Worlds (Wattens)

The Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a park that was created on the centennial anniversary of the company. On the outside, it looks like a green park with lots of points of interest – like the Giant. There’s also the play tower, the playground and the labyrinth. Inside, you can see a great collection of crystals on exhibit. If bling is your thing, go and see the Swarovski Crystal Worlds for yourself.

42. Innsbruck Old Town (Innsbruck)

All old towns have their charm and each one is unique in its own way. The Innsbruck Old Town centre is small, but jam-packed with historical buildings, cafes and food stands. It is equally, but differently beautiful in summer and in winter, but the time around Christmas adds even more to its usual charm. Make sure to check out the Golden Roof, made out of 2,738 gold-plated copper tiles.

43. Adrenaline Junkie Heaven at Red Bull Hangar 7 (Salzburg)

Do you like fast cars? Airplane acrobatics? Jumps from the edge of space? Then you have to go Red Bull Hangar 7. The collection there is simply something any adrenaline junkie would give his left hand to have. F1 race cars, NASCAR, the capsule Felix Baumgartner used in his historic jump, and much more. Hm, I might go there right now.

44. Alpine Zoo (Innsbruck)

Mountain animals are a sight to see, especially from up close. You can get the chance to do so in the Alpine Zoo Innsbruck. Bears, wolves, bison, eagles…on and on, you’ll need at least an hour to see everything. A great trip for families.

45. Leopold Museum (Vienna)

Art gallery par excellence. Found in the museum quarter of Vienna, it houses vast collections of artists like Klimt, Schiele and many others. Unlike some other museums, you are allowed to take pictures. Get your tickets here.

46. Imperial Treasury of Vienna (Vienna)

This is the most important treasury in the world for a reason. It served as the treasury of the Habsburg family, one of the richest dynasties in the history of the world. Inside, you will find the crowns of the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the Emperor of Austria, treasures and a unicorn. Yes, I’m not joking.

47. Parliament Building (Vienna)

One of the landmarks of Vienna, the locally known “Das Parlament” is where the two houses conduct their sessions. From up close, it is enormous – too big to take it all in a picture. It is one of those places you have to see for yourself in real life to truly experience the size. If you miss it by day, come at night and see it bask in the glow of the lights. If you are interested in what goes on inside, take a guided tour.

48. Salt Mines (Hallstatt)

Learn about the salt mines and trade in this tour of the old mine of Hallstatt. You will be taken on a panorama tour with a funicular railway into tunnels, some which are 3000 years old and were dug by hand. And the best thing is the slide at the end of the tour! Unfortunately, it is closed in winter, so put this on your summer visit plans.

49. Sisi Museum (Vienna)

Empress Sisi was a very interesting person. She maintained a rigorous exercise regime, rode for hours every day and took care of her beauty with cult-like devotion. However, even all of that and all the riches in the world didn’t always make her happy. Learn more about her in this one-of-a-kind museum.

50. Naschmarkt Food Market (Vienna)

If you are staying in Vienna for more than just a day and maybe plan to do some cooking – or even if not – you have to check Naschmarkt out. And if you don’t have time to buy fresh ingredients to cook, just go into one of the many restaurants nearby. The prices of food are reasonable, as this is a local market for locals, not a tourist attraction primarily. You can book a tour around the market here.

51. Museum of Military History (Vienna)

If you are interested in history, particularly the history of European warfare, the Museum of Military History in Vienna is the place to go to. Covering everything between the Thirty Years War and the fall of the Habsburg empire that came with WW1, it houses 13 permanent exhibitions. The guided tours take between an hour to two hours – you can choose a general tour or a tour of any of the permanent exhibitions on its own.

52. Hang out with the Dead at Central Cemetery (Vienna)

Cemeteries are a divide for tourists. Some love them, some can’t stand to go to one. But there’s no denying that they have an energy about them. If you are fond of exploring tombstones of famous people and unknowns alike, set aside a few hours for a visit to the Central Cemetery of Vienna(I suggest going on the last day of your stay).

53. Ride the Hungerburg Funicular (Innsbruck)

If you want great views, you have to go high. That is exactly where the Hungerburg Funicular will take you. If you are in Innsbruck, don’t miss it – the views are nothing short of spectacular and on a sunny day, this will be an experience you will never forget.

54. Stubaier Gletscher Ski Resort (Neustift im Stubaital)

This glacier is the perfect place for all levels of skiers. Due to the high altitude, you can always expect snow and powder. However, remoteness does not mean a lack of “civilization” – you’ll have everything you would have at home (and possibly more).

55. Aqua Dome (Langenfeld)

How does a day spent in a hot pool surrounded by freshly fallen snow sound like? If that sounds like cup of proverbial tea, the Aqua Dome Thermal Pools will be worth of a trip. With many outside and inside pools and all kinds of saunas, you will be able to relax completely and let yourself be pampered all day long.

56. Monkey Business at Aqua Terra Zoo (Vienna)

Who would guess that inside a World War 2 flak tower there would be an aquarium and a zoo in hiding? The choice of space proves to be excellent, as is the zoo itself. A must see if you are travelling with children. If you love animals, you will spend at least a few hours here. Just beware of the monkeys – they are terribly playful!

57. Hundertwasser Art Gallery Kunst Haus Wien (Vienna)

When you go to Vienna, you simply can’t be allowed to miss out on Hundertwasser. If you haven’t heard the name before, he was one of the most influential artists and architects of the 20th century. In this gallery, you will have the opportunity to see his greatest pieces. A must for art lovers.

58. Party at Volksgarten Disco Club (Vienna)


“Volksgarten” means the People’s Garden. But when locals say they are going to the “Volksgarten”, they don’t mean the actual garden – they mean the disco club inside it. It is one of the top spots for a party in Vienna and it charms with its 1950’s style furniture. It is telling that in the fast-moving party world, the Volksgarten Disco Clubhas remained a hot spot for decades.

59. Explore the Technical Museum (Vienna)

If you like technology, you will undoubtedly enjoy your visit to the Technical Museum of Vienna. With a myriad of exhibits spread over 22,000 square meters, you will have enough to do to fill a rainy afternoon – or day. Especially good for families with children.

60. To the Top of Rosshutte (Seefeld in Tirol)

RosshutteRosshutte is a small ski resort in the Tirol alps. The only way for non-skiers to get to the top there – and subsequently get to enjoy the amazing views – is the cable car. The resort itself is also worth a visit; it has slopes for all levels of skiing. If you are not visiting for the snow, just go to the top and snap a picture.

61. Psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud (Museum) (Vienna)

The mind is like an iceberg. So is this museum: meaning that it is large and cold on the inside. No, just kidding. But it is a place worth visiting. Freud was one of the foremost thinkers in the history and this is the best chance to learn more about him. The Sigmund Freud Museum also offers guided tours.

62. Lake Achensee Cog Railway and Boat Cruise (Maurach)

Lake Achensee is one of the biggest lakes in Austria and one of the most beautiful as well. It has a long history of tourism and the trip there is special because of the cog railway from 1889, on which you can ride today still. After that, go on a relaxing cruise on the lake.

63. Mayrhofen Ski Resort (Mayrhofen)

Austria is full of ski resort and so is this list. However, each one deserves its spot in the top 100. Mayrhofen Ski Resort is no different; in fact, it is special. No only can you ski on the amazing slopes, you can also go hiking, paragliding, or visit the many bars and restaurants in the area. The choice is yours.

64. Dachstein Skywalk (Ramsau am Dachstein)

Ever wanted to walk in the sky? In Dachstein, you can do just that. The views from the Suspension Bridge, the Skywalk and the Stairway to Nothingness are as amazing as the names suggest. The panorama gondola and the Ice Palace complete the glacier experience.

65. Salt Mine Treasure Hunt (Hallein)

In Hallein, salt has been described as “white gold” since 2500 years ago, when the Celts first began to mine this precious treasure. Today, you can go on a two-hour adventure of discovering the underground world. In the Hallein Salt Mine, you will go down a salt slide, raft on an underground lake and travel through the mine on a pit railway. A great adventure near Salzburg.

66. Ski Arlberg (Lech)

Lech is still one of the best ski places in the world. Unlike some other resorts on the list, I wouldn’t recommend this one to beginners, as the pistes are more difficult. But if you like a challenge, Ski Arlberg might be the destination for you.

67. Liechtensteinklamm Gorge (Sankt Johann im Pongau)

This spectacular gorge is one of the deepest and longest in the alpine world of Austria. The Liechtenstein Gorge will charm you with its moss-covered stones and beautiful waterfalls. Perfect for a day trip with your family.

68. Zwolferhorn Cable Car (St. Gilgen)

Take me to the top of the world! In this cable car ride to Zwolferhorn, you will indeed go there – or as close as possible in these mountains. There is very nice restaurant at the top as well. Recommended on a sunny day, otherwise you will miss the best part

69. Schafberg Cog Railway (St. Wolfgang)

The Schafberg Cog Railway will take you straight to the top of Mount Schafberg in a 35 minute trip. It is the steepest railway in Austria, so think twice if you are scared of heights. Again, highly recommended on a sunny day, as there won’t be much to see otherwise. But on a nice day, the views are spectacular.

70. Hexenwasser (Söll)

What does the perfect playground for children look like? In my opinion, it includes witches and water. And guess what: that is exactly what you get at Hexenwasser. It is a huge park with tons of interactive activities for children that are both fun and educational. A unique experience for families.

71. Kaiser Villa (Bad Ischl)

The Kaiser Villa used to be the summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family. It is the place where the last emperor lived and it is rich with history. The castle grounds are a beautiful garden and you get the chance to learn about how the Kaiser lived. A cool history trip.

72. Sigmund-Thun-Klamm (Kaprun)

If you aren’t afraid to get wet and are close to Kaprun, go to the Sigmund-Thun-Klamm. It is a waterfall accessible via a timber staircase along the side of a natural canyon. It is a great short(half-day with the drive there) hiking trek that ends at a nice like with a picnic place.

73. Kuenringer Castle Climb (Durnstein)

If you’d like to do some walking and see grand castle ruins at the end, Durnstein is the place for you. The old ruins were one of the places where Richard I of England was imprisoned. Today, it is a hiking destination, as you are sure to build up a sweat and enjoy the view at the top.

74. Schwaz Silver Mine (Schwaz)

One of the largest silver mines in the Middle Ages, the Schwaz Silver Mine is a popular tourist destination. No wonder – the 90 minute tour takes you deep underground on a wondrous trip through the history of silver mining and the mine itself. Wunderbar!

75. World’s Largest Ice Cave (Werfen)

Set your foot inside the largest ice cave in the world. A short drive from Salzburg, the icy and mysterious caves await the adventurous traveller. On this private tour, you will experience stunning views; not only inside, but on the approach as well. An experience you won’t soon forget. Remember to wear warm clothes!

76. Zell am See Alpine Village Trip from Salzburg (Zell am See)

Do you wish to escape the city life and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the high country? Then the destination for you is Zell am See, an alpine village an hour’s drive from Salzburg. The food, the people and the fresh mountain air will fill you batteries so you can go back to the “real world” ready and energized.

77. The Butterfly House (Vienna)

You’ve been to a zoo, but have you been to a butterfly zoo? Probably not – however, you should consider going. With over 400 species that can be seen year round, the Butterfly House is sure to charm even the grumpiest tourist. And if you are looking for unique wedding ideas, they also offer them here.

78. Madame Tussauds (Vienna)

The world famous Madame Tussauds can also be found in Vienna. Of course, the exhibits are Austrian-themed, with wax sculptures of Sisi, Emperor Joseph, Hundertwasser and other famous Austrians. But fans of pop culture need not worry, you will also get the usual cream-of-the-crop Hollywood and sports stars.

79. Zipline Stoderzinken (Gröbming)

Zipline over the Styrian landscapes like and eagle and see the world below from a bird’s eye view. As you speed above the forests, you will be treated to sights that you’ll need a GoPro to capture (because you might forget it due to the adrenaline that will be coursing through your veins. The Stoderzinken’s speciality is multiple ziplines right next to each other, which makes this a perfect experience with friends or family.

80. MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (Vienna)

If you are into alternative art, you will find hours of excitement in MAK. The Museum of Applied Arts (or Contemporary Arts) houses many interesting exhibitions, from the Far East to the Biedermeier Period. Not only that, it holds regular events, workshops and art education classes. Make sure to check for those before you go on their website!

81. Mauthausen Memorial (Linz)

The Mauthausen Memorial is a memorial to one of the greatest horrors in modern history – the holocaust. It is a topic that is still taboo to talk about in Germany and Austria. However, it is a part of history we must not forget in order to prevent it from happening again. The day trip tour takes you from Vienna to the Mauthausen concentration camp.

82. Lake Worthersee (Klagenfurt)

Moving on to a lighter topic – the top tourist attraction in the summertime, Lake Worthersee. It has been the main retreat of Austrian aristocracy since the 19th century and it still retains the glamour today. It is one of the warmest lakes, which makes it perfect for swimming and other water-related activities.

83. The Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna)


One should go listen to the classic composers at least once when he is in Vienna. The local Philharmonic is perhaps the best place to do so. With frequent concerts year round, one only has to book a week or so in advance to secure themselves a ticket. Then, just sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of the strings.

84. Alpine Coaster (Imst)

Are you a thrill seeker? An adrenaline junkie that can never get enough? Well, the Imst Alpine Coaster will surely leave you buzzing with endorphins for the rest of the day. The ride is 3,535 meters long and reaches break neck speeds. However, that isn’t even the beginning. Did I mention the 6 meter drops? Woooooooohooooooooooooo!

85. Red Bull Ring (Spielberg)

More for adrenaline fans: the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. The place of MotoGP and Formula 1 races and the place for speed addicts in Austria. Race around the legendary Spielberg in a Formula 2 car and quench your need for speed.

86. Designer Outlet (Parndorf)


Is shopping more your thing? If you wish to splurge on the best designer pieces at great prices, Parndorf Designer Outlet has you covered. With shops of premium brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and many others, you can stay here all day. Just remember to set a limit on how much you are willing to spend!

87. Lookout Tower Pyramidenkogel (Keutschach am See)

Where can you see three countries from one place? High in the sky, obviously. However, there is a way to do that without even getting on a plane. Enter the Pyramidenkogel Lookout Tower. You have to walk to get to the top, but the way down is much faster – because you will be going down a slide. Another thing – it is made out of wood (but is is still completely safe).

88. Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum (Thal bei Graz)

“I’ll be back! Get to the chopper! It’s not a tumor!” are all phrases that will stay with fans of action(and some not so action) films forever. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum in his hometown is indeed the place to learn about the humble beginnings of the man who accomplished everything he set out to do.

89. AREA 47 (Ötztal-Bahnhof)

For the young or body or heart, children, youngsters and adults alike,AREA 47 offers an adrenaline-filled experience that you will remember. Whether you come with friends or family, the biggest outdoor park in Austria has something for you. Make sure to book before you go, as the park is often fully sold out.

90. Mountaincart Ride (Mitterbach)

Mountain carts are like gokarts, but on a mountain road. And the rides are three-wheel bikes that look like tuned Harley Davidson’s. 5 kilometers of track (German only, use Google Translate) will keep your adrenaline pumping. How fast can you make it to the bottom?

91. Highline179 Suspension Bridge (Reutte)

Not for the faint hearted! At a height of 114 meters and a length of 406, the Highline179is sure to take your breath – and that is even before you step on it. The view is amazing, whether you look around or down. However, don’t be afraid: the bridge is well secured and can hold 500 people at once.

92. Esterhazy Palace Wine Tour (Eisenstadt)

By now, you might be a bit sick of castles. You’ve probably seen enough of them to think that they’re all the same anyway. However, the Esterhazy Palace offers the largest wine museum in Austria. The tour is self-guided; we are not sure if that means one will be left unsupervised with the wine barrels. Hmm…

93. Family Land Adventure Park (St. Jakob in Haus)

Fun for the whole family! This adventure park(use Google Translate) will leave no soul young at heart unsatisfied. Hour of fun play wait for you here. Definitely worthy of a day trip. If you are in Kitzbuhel, it’s only a short drive away.

94. Bregenz Festival (Bregenz)

From July to August, the edge of Lake Constance(Bodensee) is taken over by the Bregenz Festival. In 2017, it will feature plays like Moses in Egypt, operas like To the Lighthouse, concerts, recitals and more. Here is everything you need to know about the festival.

95. Schladming Ski Resort (Schladming)

Another ski resort, you say? Yes – and no. Of course, Schladming Ski Resort is a snow paradise. But the town also has plenty of things to do; you can go on a Christmas horse-drawn sleigh ride, or dine in one of the local restaurants.

96. Kufstein Fortress (Kufstein)

Kufstein Fortress is a place of history. It was mainly used as a prison and you can learn about its history. You have the choice between walking or a funicular to get to the top. The view is nice and spectacular at sunset. Organ concert at midday is not be missed!

97. Loacker Point of Sale (Heinfels)

If you are a fan of Loacker products, I don’t need to tell you to go here. For everyone else, Loacker produces some of the most delicious sweets – wafers, choco bars, praline… If you have a sweet tooth, you will enjoy your time here.

98. Black Lake (Kitzbuhel)

If you are spending your vacation in Kitzbuhel and need a break from all the skiing, take a day off and walk around the Black Lake. It is frozen in the winter and you can even walk on it(be careful of thin ice). In the summer, you can swim in it or sunbathe on the beach. Lovely.

99. Kaprun Dam (Kaprun)

Whether you would like to throw a basketball to test the Magnus effect or just enjoy the view, the Kaprun Dam offers what you want. A tour takes you inside the huge structure, where you will learn about clean electricity and sustainability.

100. Strauss Monument (Vienna)

We end where we started – in the heart of Austria – Vienna, with the statue of Johann Strauss, one of the famous classical composers. Bring an IPod so you can listen to a tune while you stroll around and imagine what it must have been like to be a rock star in those days.

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Ashok Tyagi


May 16, 2017 at 6:01 am Reply


Great information Jacky Miller. Greetings from ICMEI.



Ajay kumar


August 13, 2018 at 6:48 am Reply


Really thanks for sharing this useful post !! Austria is a nice place to visit for holidays and I will definitely do all these things with my friends.



100 Best Things to do in South Africa

by Jen Miller

Jen Reviews




Breath-taking sunsets, an incredible amount of beautiful and diverse wildlife, unspoilt and rugged scenery! These are just a few words to describe South Africa. If you are craving adventure, diversity and excitement, then this ultimate list of the top 100 things to do in South Africa is for you!


1. The Kruger National Park (Hazyview)


2. Table Mountain (Cape Town)

· 3. Robben Island (Cape Town)

· 4. Cape Winelands (Cape Town)

· 5. Whale Watching (Plettenberg Bay)

· 6. Knysna Elephant Sanctuary (Knysna)

· 7. Bloukraans Bungee (Tsitsikamma)

· 8. Shark Cage Diving (Hermanus)

· 9.Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn)

· 10. The Blue Train (Pretoria/ Cape Town)

· 11. The Otter Trail (Garden Route, Knysna)

· 12. Hot Air Balloon Safaris (Johannesburg)

· 13. Cradle of Humankind (Johannesburg)

· 14. Ukhuthula (Brits)

· 15. Sun City (Rustenburg)

· 16. Soweto (Johannesburg)

· 17. uShaka Marine World (Durban)

· 18. Drakensberg Mountains (Durban)

· 19. Gods Window (Graskop)

· 20. Turtle Tours (Saint Lucia)

· 21. Sabi Sabi Game Lodge (Sabi)

· 22. Tsitsikamma (Plettenberg Bay)

· 23. Canopy Tours (Knysna)

· 24. Augrabies Waterfall (Augrabies)

· 25. Grahamstown Arts Festival (Grahams Town)

· 26. Garden Route (Plettenberg, Knysna)

· 27. Tiffindell Ski Resort (Rhodes)

· 28. Namaqua National Park (Springbok)

· 29. The Owl House (Graaf Reniet)

· 30. Lesedi Cultural Village ( Johannesburg)

· 31. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Upington)

· 32. Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)

· 33. Golden Gate (Clarens)

· 34. Clarens (Bethlehem)

· 35. Orange River Rafting (Vlooisdrift)

· 35. Surfing in Jeffreys Bay.

· 36.Boulders Penguin Colony ( Simons Town)

· 37.Cathedral Peak Drakensberg (Bergville)

· 38. Kimberly Big Hole (Kimberley)

· 39. Scuba Diving Sodwana Bay (Sodwana)

· 40. Addo Elephant Park (Port Elizabeth)

· 41. Monkey Land (Plettenberg Bay)

· 42. Birds Of Eden (Plettenberg Bay)

· 43. The Cango Wildlife Ranch ((Oudtshoorn)

· 44. Cape Agulhas ( L’ Agulhas)

· 45. The Big Tree (Knysna)

· 46. Voortrekker Monument (Pretoria)

· 47. Howick Falls (Howick)

· 48. Fly Fishing in Dullstroom (Dullstroom)

· 49. Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village (Durban)

· 50. Bathurst (Port Alfred)

· 51. Highlands Resort (Clarens)

· 52. Blyde River Canyon (Graskop)

· 53. Riebeek Kasteel (Cape Town)

· 54.Cape Town Cycle Tour(Cape Town)

· 55. Sterkfontein Caves (Johannesburg)

· 56. District 6 Museum (Cape Town)

· 57. Kwena Crocodile Farm (Bela Bela)

· 58. Butterfly Valley Farm (Ramsgate)

· 59.Pilanesberg (Brits)

· 60. Rovos Rail (Pretoria)

· 61. Cape Town Helicopter Rides (Cape Town)

· 62. Swartberg Pass (Prince Albert)

· 63. Maropeng Exhibition(Johannesburg)

· 64. 4×4 Trips (All over South Africa)

· 65. Waterberg (Vaalwater)

· 66. Comrades Marathon (Durban)

· 67. Waenhuiskrans (Arniston)

· 68. Radical Raptors (Plettenberg Bay)

· 69. East Heads Cafe (Knysna)

· 70. Pilgrims Rest (Pilgrims Rest)

· 71. Baviaanskloof (Willowmore)

· 72.Oyster Festival (Knysna)

· 73. Ride an Ostrich (Oudtshoorn)

· 74. Wits Art Museum (Johannesburg)

· 75. Gold Reef City (Johannesburg)

· 76. Brandy Tour Cape Town (Cape Town)

· 77. The Oyster Box Luxury Hotel ( Durban)

· 78.Amphitheater (Drakensberg)

· 79. Pezula Golf Course (Knysna)

· 80. V & A Waterfront (Cape Town)

· 81. Ratanga Junction (Cape Town)

· 81. The Johannesburg Observatory (Johannesburg)

· 82. Union Buildings (Pretoria)

· 83. Rugged Glen (Mount Aux Sources)

· 84. The Old Biscuit Mill (Cape Town)

· 85. Cullinan Diamond Mine (Cullinen)

· 86. Anglo Boer War Museum (Bloemfontein)

· 87. Natural History Museum (Pretoria)

· 88. Hartbeespoort Flea Market (Hartbeespoort)

· 89. Simola (Knysna)

· 90. Anysberg Nature Reserve (Ladismith)

· 91. Noetzie Castle (Knysna)

· 92. Red Barn (Centurion)

· 93. Sandton City (Johannesburg)

· 94. Tswaing Soutpan Meteor Crater (Pretoria)

· 95. Constitution Hill (Johannesburg)

· 96. Pretoria Zoo (Pretoria)

· 97. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Cape Town)

· 98. Monte Casino (Johannesburg)

· 99. The Neighbourgoods Market (Johannesburg)

· 100. Menlyn Mall (Pretoria)



1. The Kruger National Park (Hazyview)

The Kruger National Park is definitely number one on my list of the best things to do in South Africa. Boasting an immense amount of wildlife, you will be able to see all of the big 5; Lions,Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. You can enjoy amazing safaris in the park, and will be able to see all these majestic wild animals in their natural habitat. You will be able to enjoy half day or full day game drives with an experienced guide.

2. Table Mountain (Cape Town)

This massive and gorgeous mountain with views to die for over Cape Town, is a must see in South Africa! You can either take a short 2 hour hike up Table Mountain or enjoy a cable car ride up to the top. The views from the top are magnificent!

3. Robben Island (Cape Town)

One of the most notorious things South Africa has been known for is the injustice of Apartheid. A very historical and informative tour is that of Robben Island. It is 6.9 km out out of the beautiful Bloubergstrand. The island had been used for the imprisonment of criminals. You will be able to go on tours of the foreboding prisons. Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 years and eventually became a true inspiration for all South Africans and people around the world.

4. Cape Winelands (Cape Town)

Fancy a glass of luxurious Merlot? Crisp Sauvignon Blanc or flirty Rose’? The Cape Winelands is a beautiful place to tour. There are many vineyards to choose from. All offering wine tasting as well as delicious meals that can be paired with the wines. You can choose to either dine in an authentic wine cooler cellar or outside in the vineyards with exquisite views over the mountains.

5. Whale Watching (Plettenberg Bay)

Get up close and personal with these magnificent mammals. You will be able to see Southern Right Whales and Humpback Whales during the winter months in South Africa. South African winters are during June-August and the winters are generally not too cold; be sure to pack in an umbrella or raincoat, as winter months at the coast are rainy. If you would like to have close encounters with dolphins then the summer months are perfect for viewing dolphins in South Africa. This is really an exciting adventure, with exquisite scenery!

6. Knysna Elephant Sanctuary (Knysna)

What could be more exciting than riding on an Elephant!? These ginormous animals are a delight to see. The Knysna Elephant Sanctuary is a beautiful place where elephants are rehabilitated. You will be able to feed them, touch them and even ride on them. There is also a very informative speech about Elephants just before the tour. This is a great experience for anyone and everyone but especially for families with children. The Elephant sanctuary is just 15 minutes from Knysna and is open from 8:30 am (summer) 9:00 am (winter) to 16:00 all year round. These gentle giants are a must see.

7. Bloukraans Bungee (Tsitsikamma)

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you love the feeling of freefalling, having the wind rush past you, as if you were flying? Then this is for you. The Bloukraans Bungee is the highest bungee bridge in the whole world! The bridge is 216 meters high! That is definitely something that will get your blood pumping!

8. Shark Cage Diving (Hermanus)

Diving into the deep dark depths of the ocean can be terrifying but facing 100s of razor sharp teeth could be almost unbearable! Shark cage diving off the coast of the Eastern Cape is not for the faint of heart! But this is truly an incredible experience! Come up close and personal with these amazing creatures and see them like you have never seen them before! The tour is about 3-4 hours and you will have great new insights about this remarkable animal. Even though shark cave diving can seem a scary experience, you will in safe hands. This is not an opportunity to be missed.

9.Cango Caves (Oudtshoorn)

Located in an exquisite backdrop, this remarkable cave system is only 29 km from the beautiful and quaint town of Oudtshoorn. You will be amazed with the millions of year old stalactites and stalagmites that decorate the cave. The Cango Cave tour is about 2 hours long and the guides are very experienced and knowledgeable. You have 2 options; You could either enjoy the easy laid back tour of the caves or, for the more adventurous, the adventure tour of the caves. The adventure tour will take you into tiny dark tunnels, and intricate cave systems; Note that the adventure tour is not for pregnant women or people who suffer from claustrophobia. But if you would love to see something humbling and spectacular this tour is a must! Concerts have even been held in the caves before because of the acoustics. A real treat!

10. The Blue Train (Pretoria/ Cape Town)

A breathtaking and luxurious way to see the South African countryside. The Blue Train is a luxurious 5 star hotel that will whisk you away through the gorgeous and diverse South African countryside.You will travel from Pretoria to Cape Town; This is a 27 hour trip but there will be some stops along the way in beautiful little towns of Southern Africa.

11. The Otter Trail (Garden Route, Knysna)

This beautiful hike is 5 days long and 43km. You hike through some of the most breathtaking scenery in South Africa. With raging rivers, lush forests, thunderous waterfalls and beautiful views of the ocean, this hike is a once in a lifetime experience. You will stop at lovely camps for the night that are well appointed. This is really an amazing experience not to be missed.

12. Hot Air Balloon Safaris (Johannesburg)

Imagine flying high above the ground in a hot air balloon; with beautiful scenery down below (you might even see some wild animals.) Hot air balloons are a very romantic and exhilarating thing to do in South Africa.

13. Cradle of Humankind (Johannesburg)

The Cradle of Humankind is a very interesting tour. History enthusiasts will really enjoy this tour. The sites covers 47 000 Hectares of caves. This site is a world heritage site and is famous for the discovery of a 2,3 million year old fossil, nicknamed Mrs Ples. There is also a museum which you can visit with a restaurant.

14. Ukhuthula (Brits)

Have you ever dreamed of holding a lion cub or feeding one with a bottle?If you have, then Ukuthula is a must to go see. Ukuthula is only 80km from O.R Tambo airport. This is a 5 star lodge with excellent food, service and memorable experiences. You can hear the lions roar right up close, touch cheetahs and even walk with the lions. Game rides are also offered. Ukuthula also breeds with white lions. This is a very rare and beautiful thing to see and if you really love Ukutula you can volunteer to help out for a few months. They have a wonderful volunteers programme.

15. Sun City (Rustenburg)

Sun City is a world class resort; offering many hotels, attractions, golf courses and casino. The movie “Blended” with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was shot at Suncity. Sun City hosts two amazing championship golf courses where the world’s best play. The sun city resort is also a wonderful place for families; The Valley of Waves offer a variety of water slides and a wave pool. This one stop destination has it all.

16. Soweto (Johannesburg)

Soweto is a huge township just outside of Johannesburg. Soweto is well known for the people who fought for their freedom during the unjust Apartheid years. Nelson Mandela is a famous Sowetan. There are tours of Soweto, Mandela House Museum and at the end of the tours you will be able to enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbeque).

17. uShaka Marine World (Durban)

Excitement, fun, and lots to do, uShaka Marine world is a top class place to enjoy marine diversity, shows as well as so much more. You can meet a dolphin, swim with sharks and even meet a seal. There is also a fun and massive water theme park which has the highest water slide in the Southern Hemisphere. Party hard in the DJ pool, where you can dance and go wild whilst being entertained by local Djs. The fun never stops at uShaka.

18. Drakensberg Mountains (Durban)

In English, Drakensberg is translated as the Dragon Mountains and you will see why when you come upon these gorgeous mountains.This is a massive and mythical mountain range, which captures your attention. The Drakensberg offers many beautiful and unforgettable hikes. Remember to bring a good hiking backpack. In winter it can even snow on the peaks. Its elevation is 3,482 meters and it is 1000 km in length. This truly is magnificent to see. If you are looking for fresh air, peace and quiet, then this is for you.

19. Gods Window (Graskop)

Imagine being so high up that you would be able to see above the clouds. Gods windows is a beautiful vantage point in the Mpumalanga province. This is a 700 meter drop straight down. From the top of Gods window you will be able to see the Kruger Park and it has also been said that on a clear day you can even see the Mozambican shore line. But besides the spectacular scenery, this spot is also known for the many different species of bird life.

20. Turtle Tours (Saint Lucia)

All you can hear are the waves crashing on the shore. The sky is awash with twinkling stars that shine like a million diamonds and just up ahead in front of you is a Giant Leatherback Turtle! Turtle Tours Offer amazing tours at night where you can see these spectacular creatures make their way to the ocean. There have even been Leopard sightings at times. The Leatherback Turtle is the largest turtle on earth. The best time to go from November the 1st till the end of February.

21. Sabi Sabi Game Lodge (Sabi)

Luxury accommodation, beautiful sunsets and amazing safaris await you at the world renowned Sabi Sabi Game lodge. Sabi Sabi is home to the big 5; which are Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard;but there is also a large variety of other animals including Cheetah, Wild Dog and Hyena. This Luxurious game lodge is deep in the heart of the African Wilderness, so if you’re looking to be pampered with an exhilarating African experience, then Sabi is for you.

22. Tsitsikamma (Plettenberg Bay)

Forests, mountains and the ocean. Tsitsikamma is a magical part of South Africa that will leave you in complete awe. There is so much to do in this breathtaking area; From hikes to ocean dune safaris and even mountain biking. The meaning of Tsitsikamma is “Place of sparkling water.” in the Khoi language. This is an exquisite part of South Africa, that those with an adventurous spirit will love.

23. Canopy Tours (Knysna)

This is a fun and exciting way to explore the Knysna rain forests. High above the ground in ancient and massive
Yellow Woods trees that are 700 years old! The trees are 30 meters high, so this is something excitingly different to do in South Africa. You will be able to looks down at the luscious forest floor and admire the beauty of the Knysna forests. Who knows? You might even see the legendary Knysna Elephant that has been rumored to roam the forests.

24. Augrabies Waterfall (Augrabies)

A noise so loud, you would imagine a thunderstorm is on the way. The 56 meter waterfall is set in an arid and rocky part of South Africa, so it seems out of place in this desolate part of the country. The Augrabies Falls National Park is a beautiful place to visit, with many hikes, and interesting rock formations to see. You can also go on game drives during the day or at night with a guide. Despite dry landscape you will still be able to see game.

25. Grahamstown Arts Festival (Grahams Town)

Are you an art lover? Do you enjoy the weird, wonderful and the talented? If that is the case then the Grahamstown National Arts Festival is not to be missed! This art festival encompasses every aspect of the arts. From art, to theater to dancing and music. The festival runs during the winter months of South Africa from the 29th of June to the 9th of July. So if you are looking for something for sophisticated and less adventurous this art festival is for you.

26. Garden Route (Plettenberg, Knysna)

Have you been craving adventure? Perhaps a long road trip to sort out your thoughts and quiet down your restless soul? The Garden Route is the answer. This exquisite drive stretches between Southern Cape and the Western Cape. The landscape is beautifully diverse and scenic. You will be able to stop along the way and enjoy all the little towns and breathtaking scenery. This gorgeous scenery includes: Forests, mountains, the ocean and so much more.

27. Tiffindell Ski Resort (Rhodes)

Snow in Africa? Really?! You might say. How is that even possible? Well that’s the beautiful thing about South Africa; The diversity! Tiffindell Ski resort has been voted as one of the best ski runs in the world. Set high up in the Drakensberg mountains this beautiful resort is a must see. They have state of the art ski equipment and also snowmaking equipment (just incase mother nature throws a curveball) so that you can enjoy snow throughout the whole of winter. There are also many activities to enjoy at Tiffindell’s in summer.

28. Namaqua National Park (Springbok)

Velvet black skies twinkle with stars at night, while down below the ground is covered with millions of daisies as far as the eye can see. The Namaqua National Park is a fantastic place to visit in South Africa! A place of contrast; with a dry arid type desert, to beautiful oceans and then the most exquisite part, the Namaqua daisies. The daisies bloom early August and September. Book your accommodation now to see this spectacular natural show.

29. The Owl House (Graaf Reniet)

The Owl House is a very interesting museum in the Eastern Cape. The owner Helen Martins was an artist who transformed her home into a work of art. Her home and garden contains hundreds of sculptures of camels, owls and people. The house is also covered with coloured glass, mirrors and wire that add to the strange home. The owl house is open from 9:00 am to 16:45pm from Monday to Friday. If you’re an artist and enjoy the weird and wonderful, then come see The Owl House.

30. Lesedi Cultural Village ( Johannesburg)


Enjoy the warmth of African culture at the Lesedi Cultural Village. You will be greeted with warmth and an amazing experience of how traditional Zulu, Xhosa and Pedi people live.This is a traditional homestead, so you will be able to have an authentic and welcoming experience. You can stay with a traditional African family to enjoy the full experience.

31. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Upington)

Soaring temperatures that rise to 40’c, red sand dunes and stars that fill the night sky, the Kgalagadi desert is a magical African experience. You will be able to see many many animals in their natural habitat. Hear the roar of lions at night or the haunting laugh of a hyena. This is a magical experience not to be missed; night game drives and daytime game drives are offered.

32. Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)

The Apartheid Museum is an excellent place to visit with many exhibitions. If you would like to understand what Apartheid was like in South Africa then a visit to the museum will be an eye opening experience. The museum is open from Monday-Sunday 9:00am -17:00pm

33. Golden Gate (Clarens)


Golden Gate Park gets its name from the colour of the grass and mountains, it all seems to have a beautiful golden colour to it. Be swept away by
massive mountains, beautiful hikes, horse rides and caves. There are many hikes to choose from in Golden Gate; some ranging from easy to quite difficult. Sometimes in winter it even snows, so this is a beautiful place to visit.

34. Clarens (Bethlehem)

Clarens is a gorgeous little town to visit just outside of Golden Gate. With adorable little shops, art galleries and quaint restaurants, Clarens is a perfect stop over. Not only is Clarens a pretty little town but it also boasts exquisite views of the mountains.

35. Orange River Rafting (Vlooisdrift)

Something for the adventurous! River rafting down the orange river is an exciting and different way to see South Africa. The rapids range from easy to moderate. The tour offers half day to 6 day trips. The 6 day trip will be about 65 to 120km. Each night you will stop on the river bank, camp and enjoy a lovely meal.

35. Surfing in Jeffreys Bay.

Perfect swells, cool water and a funky town, J-Bay is the perfect spot for surfers. Many competitions are held here. Strong winds that come down from the mountains, create perfect tubes.. Jeffreys bay is the perfect place for surfers, skateboarders and anyone who enjoys extreme sport. Bring the best surfboard to partake in the fun. There are also many shops in the town that sell name brand surf wear.

36.Boulders Penguin Colony ( Simons Town)

Adorable and comical looking, these little gentleman in their tuxes will steal your heart.
Boulders Penguin Colony is world famous. This is a perfect tour for families,as your children can enjoy watching the penguins and the sea at Boulders because it is a bit warmer than the rest of the Cape seas. The massive boulders also shelter the cove from rough winds so, the sea is calm for children to swim am play in.

37.Cathedral Peak Drakensberg (Bergville)

Fresh crisp air, mountains so colossal that you feel humbled, beautiful hikes and fancy hotels. Cathedral Peak is one of my favourite and most peaceful places in South Africa. It is a 3004 meter high mountain, which is quite a fantastic site to see. One of the most beautiful hotels to stay in is the Cathedral Peak Hotel. You will have exquisite views of the mountains, spa treatments, pools and luxurious rooms to stay in.

38. Kimberly Big Hole (Kimberley)

The Kimberley Big Hole is a very interesting tour if you’re interested in diamonds. The De Beer family has been mining for 120 years and the mine at Kimberley, managed to yield 2722 Kilograms of diamonds. You will also be able to see homes and churches built in the 1800’s that have been preserved. There is a lot of history in Kimberly, including a famous diamond called the Kimberley diamond. This diamond was set in the Russian Crown Jewels but was eventually sold to a private buyer. The diamond is a flawless 70 carat champagne coloured diamond.

39. Scuba Diving Sodwana Bay (Sodwana)

Sodwana Bay is a very quiet slow paced little town that’s part of a nature reserve. The beaches are unspoilt and there is an immense amount of bio diversity. The scuba divingwill indeed prove very fulfilling. You will be able to see all rich amount of sea life in the oceans, from parrot fish, to shark to turtle. This is a real laid back beach holiday. The weather is insanely hot in summer so remember to pack in all the summer essentials. Sodwana Bay is one of the top 10 scuba diving spots in the world. Be sure to see it!

40. Addo Elephant Park (Port Elizabeth)

The Addo Elephant Park is home to more than 600 elephants, if you love elephants come and visit this beautifully diverse national park. Besides elephant you will be able to see hyena, the endangered black rhino and even the big seven; which is: Lions, buffalo, leopard, rhino, elephant, southern right whales and the great white shark (if you take a marine tour)

41. Monkey Land (Plettenberg Bay)

Monkey Land is a sanctuary for all primates that have been hurt, harmed or abandoned. In the Monkeyland Sanctuaries monkeys can roam around free. The tours offered are amazing, as you walk free among these amazing primates. You will encounter Howler monkeys, Swamp Lemurs, capuchins and many more. The tour is about an hour long and you will also cross the highest suspension bridge in the Southern Hemisphere.

42. Birds Of Eden (Plettenberg Bay)

Birds of Eden is a beautiful getaway for the whole family. It is the largest free flight aviary in the whole world. You will be walking among many species of birds, all beautiful and unique, in a forest. Birds of Eden is home to some 3500 birds. It is a safe place for birds to be rehabilitated.

43. The Cango Wildlife Ranch ((Oudtshoorn)

The slogan for The Cango Wildlife Ranch is “Comserve, Care, Connect”. That is so true of what they do at the wildlife ranch. The Cango wildlife ranch is home to over 90 species and the tour comprises of very educational and fun lectures. The conservation’s message is to preserve our animals and the environment. You can even swim with crocodiles (while you are safe inside cage) This is a fun family tour with lots of animal interaction; from holding cheetah cubs, to tiger cubs, even feeding many different types of parrots.

44. Cape Agulhas ( L’ Agulhas)

Nothing can be more liberating than having the ocean lap against your bare feet, feeling the salty sea spray kiss your cheeks and realising that you are at the most southern tip of Africa. Cape Agulhas is absolutely breathtaking. With blue blue oceans, rocky beaches and stunning little towns, this is a perfect tourist stop. The Atlantic and the Indian ocean meet here. This is the perfect spot for you to just relax, think and read a good book.

45. The Big Tree (Knysna)

This ancient Yellow Wood will leave you in utter awe. The Big Tree of knysna is estimated to be about 800 years old. It is 36 meters high and 9 meters in diameter.The forests of Knysna and Plettenberg bay area quiet and cool retreat from the scorching African sun. This ancient tree is definitely worth a visit. The hikes to the tree are quick between 4 and 5 km.

46. Voortrekker Monument (Pretoria)

The Voortrekker Monument is a very unique monument that was built in 1949 to commemorate the Pioneers who moved from The Cape to the Northern parts of South Africa. They braved wild animals, tribal people and the unforgiving South African landscape. The monument also has world’s longest historical freeze. It’s a beautiful part of South African history that is a site to see.

47. Howick Falls (Howick)

This magnificent and tall waterfall is a must see. The waterfall is 95 meters high and is in an exquisite setting.There are many legends that surround this mystical waterfall. One legend is that a giant serpent lives in the bottom pool of the waterfall and only a witch doctor can safely approach the waterfall. So, visit the spectacular Howick falls, you might even catch a glimpse of the inkanyamba (giant serpent).

48. Fly Fishing in Dullstroom (Dullstroom)

Beautiful rivers, greenhills, a quaint arty town and awesome pancakes; Dullstroom is a stunning quaint little town. Dullstroom is known for its amazing fly fishing spots as well as horse riding through the countryside. It is a very romantic little town, and a perfect spot for honeymoons.

49. Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village (Durban)

For a truly african experience, a visit to the Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village is something to be treasured. You can choose from a half day tour to a full 2 day tour, where you will be able to see how the Zulu people live. At the cultural village you will experience traditional Zulu dancing, bear making, beadwork and so much more. If you decide to stay for the 2 day tour you will be staying a traditional Zulu beehive hut with all the modern luxuries of today, including DSTV.

50. Bathurst (Port Alfred)

Bathurst is a spooky little town 12km just outside of Port Alfred. It is known for the 1820s British Settlers who were sent there as a buffer between the Xhosa people and the Cape Colony. The town has a lot of interesting little places to see, from nature reserves to a lady who can speak to faeries. There is also coffee shops and a small art gallery. It has been said that on a full moon all the weird and creepy people come out to drink at the Pig and Whistle Pub. You can also visit the giant pineapple which is on a pineapple farm.

51. Highlands Resort (Clarens)

High above the clouds in the edge of the mountain, rests a romantic and quiet resort. The highlands resort is an excellent spot for meditation, relaxation and hot chocolate. These log cabins are situated high up in the Golden Gate mountains. Its an exquisite place to visit in either winter or summer. In winter you might be able to see snow and in summer there are beautiful various hikes to do as well as self driven game drives. This spot is for those seeking solace and peace.

52. Blyde River Canyon (Graskop)

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Blyde River Canyon! The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. This is the perfect place to hike and enjoy unforgettable views.

53. Riebeek Kasteel (Cape Town)

Nestlesd safely in the gorgeous Kasteel Mountains is the little town of Riebeek Kasteel. This beautiful town is surrounded by
vineyards , olive groves and unforgettable mountains.Riebeek Kasteel has been called the mediterranean of Africa. This is a magical little town to visit that will leave you in awe. It is also one of the oldest towns in South Africa.

54.Cape Town Cycle Tour(Cape Town)

Do you love cycling? Are you looking for a new challenge? Then the Cape Town Cycle Tour is for you. It is the world’s largest timed race with the best mountain bikes on display. The rout is 109 km through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. There are some 35000 cyclists who enter. The event date for this year is the 12 of March.

55. Sterkfontein Caves (Johannesburg)

The Sterkfontein Caves are world famous for its ancient fossil finds. The one fossil which they found was more than 3 million years old. This is a world heritage site and is definitely worth a visit. The tours go deep into the caves, where you will also see an underground lake and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations.

56. District 6 Museum (Cape Town)

District six was a suburb during the Apartheid years that had as many as 1900 families living there. The families were forcibly removed from their homes so that the area could become a “whites only” neighbourhood. 60 000 people were relocated to the Cape Flats. This was a gross injustice and at the District Six museum you will be able to learn more about this bleak part in South Africa’s history.

57. Kwena Crocodile Farm (Bela Bela)

This crocodile sanctuary is a scary but fun experience for the whole family. You will be able to see these ancient dinosaur looking creatures up close.
Kwena is also home to the biggest captured Nile crocodile in the world and home to 7000 other crocs. They also have feeding sessions where you will be able to see these massive creatures jump for chickens and eat them.

58. Butterfly Valley Farm (Ramsgate)

Beautiful colours all around, fluttering fleeting butterflies. The Butterfly Valley farm breeds all South African Butterflies. There is a dome where you will be able to walk around, and these graceful creatures will fly around you. During the tour you will also learn how to conserve butterflies in your area.

59.Pilanesberg (Brits)

The Pilanesberg National Park is right next to Sun City. It is home to the Big 5 and set in an exquisite setting.There are also hides that you can sit in to view the wildlife. Enjoy seeing hippo, crocodile, leopard and giraffe. There are also various restaurants that you can dine in with views of watering holes. There are also lovely campsites.

60. Rovos Rail (Pretoria)

Take a journey back in time and enjoy seeing South Africa on the exquisite and enchanting Rovos Rail. This train has been beautifully restored in the victorian fashion and is a luxury five star hotel that stops at various destinations throughout South Africa and Even Namibia and Tanzania. The journey to Cape Town starts in Pretoria and is a 1600km journey through a vast and rich variety of scenery.

61. Cape Town Helicopter Rides (Cape Town)

Get a unique and exciting view of Cape Town in a helicopter ride. You will see Table Mountain, Cape Town Harbour, the sea and the city of Cape Town. There are various trips to choose from at various prices.This is truly an exciting experience.

62. Swartberg Pass (Prince Albert)

If you are planning to drive through South Africa, be sure not to miss the Swartberg Pass. There are many historical spots along the way which one can stop at and enjoy. The road is gravel, therefore it is best to drive slow and enjoy the scenery; Or if you like, let someone else do the driving, while you ride your bike.

63. Maropeng Exhibition(Johannesburg)

This interesting museum is dedicated to the evolution of mankind throughout the ages. This is a self guided tour, with an exciting underground boat ride, that takes you through the stages of humankind and the earth.You will be able to see fossils and ancient tools that were used by our first ancestors.

64. 4×4 Trips (All over South Africa)

Exciting adventures await with many different 4×4 trips, throughout South Africa. You can choose from easy to more challenging. Some trips last for a few hours to a few days in various nature reserves. Drive through rivers and mud; Over mountains and rocks. You will even drive down or up some sand dunes.

65. Waterberg (Vaalwater)

The Waterberg Game Reserve is wonderful game park to visit that’s close to Johannesburg and also malaria free. The park boasts many different short day hikes, horse rides, game drives and there’s also a goats cheese farm close by.

66. Comrades Marathon (Durban)

Are you athletic and looking for an incredible challenge that has people from all over the world coming to compete? If your answer is YES! Then the Comrades marathon is for you. The race is 88 km long and the route is from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. There is an allowance of only 20 000 runners, so book your spot quickly if you would like to compete this year. The date for 2017 is the 4th of June.

67. Waenhuiskrans (Arniston)

This ancient mythical cave in the beautiful little town of Arniston is a true gem. You can walk to the cave through Dunes or at Low Tide. The cave is large that legend had it that an Ox wagon with a oxen could turn around in the cave. There is even an 1800s shipwreck to see. Arniston boasts sparkling blue water, white sand beaches and adorable Cape Dutch style homes.

68. Radical Raptors (Plettenberg Bay)

Radical Raptors is a rehabilitation center for birds of prey. This is an excellent and educational tour for the whole family. There are bird flight demonstrations, where you will be able to have owls, hawks and the like rest on your hand. Radical Raptors aims at public awareness of these magnificent creatures. The demonstration and interaction is 45min long.

69. East Heads Cafe (Knysna)

Spectacular views, delicious food and friendly service. This is one of the most exquisite places to eat in South Africa with gorgeous views of the Knysna Heads, the lagoon and the sea. A definite must in my books. Make sure to have one of their refreshing cocktails and yummy fish and chips.

70. Pilgrims Rest (Pilgrims Rest)

The tiny town of Pilgrim’s Rest has been declared a National monument because of the early gold rush in the area. This is a stunning little town nestled in the mountains. It’s the perfect place to go horse riding. Beautiful mountains and forests decorate this ancient town. There are museums to see, hikes to do, gold panning and of course horse riding.

71. Baviaanskloof (Willowmore)

Baviaanskloof means The Valley of Baboons in the Dutch language. This beautiful area is known for exquisite mountains, fresh fast running streams and a variety of fauna and flora, as well as wildlife. There is also a vast amount of history in the area that points to our first human ancestors.

72.Oyster Festival (Knysna)

Fun for everyone, the Knysna Oyster festival is one of the best and most loved festivals to attend in South Africa. Offering awesome food, drink and a variety of entertainment for the whole family. The dates for the oyster festival this year will be from the 7th to the 16th of July.

73. Ride an Ostrich (Oudtshoorn)

Riding an Ostrich is a hilarious and unforgettable experience! The Cango Ostrich farm is a beautiful place to visit just a few kilometers away from Oudtshoorn. There are guided tours every 20 min.You will be able to see, touch and even ride these funny looking birds!

74. Wits Art Museum (Johannesburg)

Are you an art connoisseur? Do you enjoy admiring and analyzing wonderful art pieces? Then come to South Africa and be sure not to miss the Wits Art Museum. The museumoffers a wide variety of African contemporary, classical and historical art.

75. Gold Reef City (Johannesburg)

Fun, excitement and a thrilling experience! Gold Reef City is one of the top family attractions in South Africa. There are a wide range of rides for everyone of all ages to enjoy. There are also various hotels, casinos, and restaurants. Gold Reef City is made to look like an old mining town, so it is a very unique experience.

76. Brandy Tour Cape Town (Cape Town)

If you love brandy then you are in for a treat. The Van Ryns Distillery is known as the world’s best brandy distillery. Set in an exquisite setting along the Cape Wine Routes, the Van Ryns Distillery has been around since the 1800s. You can enjoy a relaxing tour, while enjoying delicious brandy,chocolate and gourmet food.

77. The Oyster Box Luxury Hotel ( Durban)

Stay in this gorgeously luxurious hotel that rests majestically on the hill overlooking the Indian Ocean. The rooms boast absolute luxury with breathtaking views of the ocean. There are wonderful fine dining restaurants to choose from and even dolphin watching from the terrace.

78.Amphitheater (Drakensberg)

The phenomenal amphitheater is the most photographed spot in the drakensberg. Exquisite scenery and beautiful hikes await in this jewel of africa. There are various hikes to enjoy. The
Tugela Gorge hike is 22km and it takes about 8 hours to complete. You will also be able to see the magnificent Tugela falls that is 980m high. This is a spectacular part of South Africa which is perfect for nature lovers.

79. Pezula Golf Course (Knysna)

Pezula is a championship golf course with spectacular views of the sea. It is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world, with a marvelous 18 hole course. The course was designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of America. There is also a 5 star spa in Pezula, so the wives can enjoy being pampered, while the men enjoy one of the most magnificent courses ever.

80. V & A Waterfront (Cape Town)

For an exciting shopping experience, be sure to visit the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Set along the gorgeous Cape Town Harbour, this is a wonderful stop for good food, great shopping and awesome live music.There are more than 450 stores to enjoy.

81. Ratanga Junction (Cape Town)

Exciting rides in the heart of Cape Town! Ratanga Junction is fun, fun, fun! The Cape Cobra ride is a looping roller coaster that throws riders from the height of 32 meters.The speed of this exciting roller coaster is 100 km per hour. There are many more fun things to do in the park, and this is a great place for families to visit.

81. The Johannesburg Observatory (Johannesburg)

For those interested in science and astronomy, the Observatory in Johannesburg is a very educational and interesting tour for families. There are different exhibits to see that stimulates a love for science and astrophysics. There are also night tours that allow people to get involved in exciting astronomy activities.

82. Union Buildings (Pretoria)

The Union Buildings are an important heritage site in South Africa. It is the seat of parliament in South Africa. This beautiful sandstone building is set in beautiful gardens with terraces. There is also a massive statue of Nelson Mandela just outside. The building is 285 meters long and was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in the early 1900’s. There is a lot of history surrounding this monumental building. Unfortunately you won’t be allowed in the building but you will be able to explore the outside. A particularly beautiful time to visit is in October when all the purple Jacaranda flowers are in bloom.

83. Rugged Glen (Mount Aux Sources)

This breathtaking nature reserve is a must see! It isn’t a massive nature reserve, but it boasts
exquisite hiking trails and fishing spots. This beautifully quiet, peaceful and majestic part of South Africa is also interesting in a historical sense. There are traces of ancient human history in the area which shows man’s presence from millions of years ago.

84. The Old Biscuit Mill (Cape Town)

This adorable warm and quaint little town in the heart of Cape Town is for those who love good food, awesome music and a trendy vibe. The Old biscuit mill is filled with artists, photographers, architects and food connoisseurs. The town use you be an old biscuit mill and is filled with history too.

85. Cullinan Diamond Mine (Cullinen)

The world’s largest rough diamond was found here at the Cullinan Diamond mine which was, 3106ct; It weighed 621 grams. The mine offers tours of a working mine, and the town of Cullinan is a real treat. The town offers quaint little shops, restaurants and flea markets. The tours of the mine takes about 2 hours. There is also The Cullinan Diamond Shop to visit, if you are interested in buying diamonds.

86. Anglo Boer War Museum (Bloemfontein)

If you are interested in understanding South Africa and the history which moulded it, then a visit to the Anglo Boer Museum should be on your list of things to do in South Africa. The exhibit is excellent as it helps you to understand how the war unfolded.

87. Natural History Museum (Pretoria)

This beautiful old museum had been around since 1892. The museum has educational exhibits of South African natural history, including the hominid Mrs Ples and other follis, skins and skeletons.

88. Hartbeespoort Flea Market (Hartbeespoort)

Set outside with many, many stalls the Hartebeespoort Flea market is the perfect place to get gifts for family back home. The flea market offers a large variety of African arts and Crafts, food stalls and entertainment. This is the best stop over for souvenirs from South Africa.

89. Simola (Knysna)

Simola Golf Course is set in between parts of the forests of Knysna as well as the mountains. This is an exquisite place to play golf. Peaceful scenery will unwind your weary muscles, as you enjoy an excellent game of golf. There is also a hotel and spa on the premises.

90. Anysberg Nature Reserve (Ladismith)

No cell reception, peace, quiet and solitude. The Anysberg Nature reserve is the perfect getaway if you need a place to runaway to, from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Anysberg Nature reserve is in a semi arid desert, with gorgeous mountains, gorges and three rivers that feed this arid area. You will be able to see a lot of wildlife too.

91. Noetzie Castle (Knysna)

This secluded and flawless beach is really a special part of South Africa. White sand, rough, wild seas and a river that runs into the Indian Ocean. The word “Noetzie” means “black water” in the Khoisan language. The river that flows into the sea is a dark orange-black color, from all the minerals. There are no actual historical castles but there are homes that a person can rent that look like castles.

92. Red Barn (Centurion)

If cycling is your thing, The Big Red barn, has an amazing track for mountain bikers. You will ride through a 200 hectare forest of massive eucalyptus trees.; there are many technical aspects to the track as well. The Red barn also has a zip line for the kids and an awesome restaurant for the moms to relax at. Enjoy the flea market on saturdays too.

93. Sandton City (Johannesburg)

This huge and trendy mall is a definite must see in Joberg. Offering more than 300 stores, Sandton city has it all! All the top name brand stores are there, as well as trendy restaurants and jewellery stores. Shop to your heart’s content among the posh and cosmopolitan people of Sandton.

94. Tswaing Soutpan Meteor Crater (Pretoria)

More than 200 000 years old this massive meteor crater is 1 km in diameter and 100 meters high. There is a museum just opposite the crater, where you can learn more about it and the speed at which it hit the earth. Today, it tools like a salt lake.

95. Constitution Hill (Johannesburg)

A former prison, this building is now a museum that testifies to South Africa’s history. Many famous South Africans were held prisoner here, including Nelson Mandela and others. There are interesting tours held throughout the day; Learn about South Africa’s turbulent history and hear the whispers from the past.

96. Pretoria Zoo (Pretoria)

Come and experience a wide variety of animals up close. The Pretoria Zoo is the biggest Zoo in the country, with an aquarium and a replie park. Voted one of the best Zoos in the world, the Pretoria Zoo has some 9500 animals. You can hire a golf cart, take the zoo train or enjoy a cable cart ride. This is a fun family trip.

97. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Cape Town)

Relaxation and gorgeous scenery, The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is 52 800 sq km of indigenous fauna and flora. One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, this is a real feast on the eyes. Boasting 9000 different species of plants, you will be able to enjoy and see the beauty of South Africa’s diversity.

98. Monte Casino (Johannesburg)

An awesome casino, that has been made to resemble a tuscan town, Monte Casino is a loved spot for tourists and South Africans. There are many gourmet restaurants, a beautiful theater as well as movies. This is a one stop entertainment hub.

99. The Neighbourgoods Market (Johannesburg)

It’s all about the vibe! The neighbourgoods market is known for artisan foods, unique stalls and funky music. A place for people to meet, experience and share ideas. The market is in Johannesburg city center and is open every Saturday.

100. Menlyn Mall (Pretoria)

Menlyn Mall has now been dubbed the largest mall in Africa. With fantastic designer stores, international food brands, including Starbucks and Krispy Kreme; This is a must see in Pretoria. There is a fantastic movie theater and entertainment center for kids.

And there you have it! The top 100 things to do in this magnificent country!

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Barack Obama - Aldolph Hiter -
Rothschild Family and  Rothschild's Choice

Take control of the world main powerful parties and politicians by having control of the main wholesale newsagencies such as Reuters and Associated Press and other mainstream newspapers, magazines, television and movie companies so that you have the means to brainwash pople in any type of thought pattern or belief that the Rothschild and their powerful partner families want the average person to believe, and control both sides of the estabished two party political system that the Rothschild family have cleverly developed in most of the main western countries, so that no matter which of the two main stream parties win the election, the winner will be work under the control of the Rothschild and will be Rothschild's Choice.
Such as Barrack Obama and Adolph Hitler.
Then control the world's money supply by controling the major central wholesale banks in most major countries such as the Bank of England, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Reserve Bank of America etc.
The control the whole energy supplies thorugh their partners the Rockerfella family and others

you have world control

Has Antichrist Come?


Yes, he probably has. If you analyze the current systematic conquering of the independent countries of the world you can easily find that behind all of these aggressions a pattern of strong unique power emerges that includes economy, military, media, and politicians. I will try to present that this power belongs to the family Rothschild. I think Antichrist is the head of Rothschild family and his name nowadays is Jacob. He rules the world totally invisibly by the secretly possessed economic power his family has built through centuries.

How the family stays invisible while becoming richer and more influential in the world, is easily visible in the recent Russian affair “Mikhail Khodorkovsky”. Khodorkovsky is a 40 year old Russian businessman who started with the low Russian Government salary and in ten years he earned billions of dollars in owning the oil company "Yukos". But it should be said that all his skills emerged from the senior post that he held in
the Communist Party's Youth of Russia. That fact opened him the door to senior government officials including the President of Russia, Boris Jeltsin who enabled him to manage privileged businesses. Because of the wish to achieve the greatest profits, the legality of the Khodorkovsky's business was vary questionable. Then the President Putin got in power in the Russian Federation. As the result Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in October 25, 2003 for charges on fraud and tax evasion. Then the control over Mikhail Khodorkovsky's shares of “Yukos" were passed to the banker Lord Jacob Rothschild. Source is the article from "The Washington Times", November 2, 2003: "Arrested oil tycoon passed shares to banker". But the article cannot be found in the archive of the publish house any more because it was deleted . Why is that? Fortunately, the copy of the article is available on the web page "Action Report Online". The significance of the article lies in the fact that it presents Jacob Rothschild as the real owner of everything Khodorkovsky allegedly possessed. Khodorkovsky simply did not have money nor the knowledge to step alone in such a big business and make the wealth he was ascribed. Jacob Rothschild had estimated that Khodorkovsky was close enough to the Russian government to enable him a good profit from Russia and that is the reason he hired him as his agent. But in this particular case, greed has forced Jacob Rothschild to make a mistake there. For the first time his secret operation has been revealed. 

Other Russian tycoons such as Boris Berezovsky,
Roman Abramovich, and Vladimir Gusinsky also made a fortune practically in no time just like Khodorkovsky did. The legality of their business is under investigation the same way as the legality of Khodorkovsky's business. That says they are most likely connected to Jacob Rothschild as well. After being accused for a business crime in Russia, Boris Berezovsky was granted a political asylum in Great Britain, the state where Lord Jacob Rothschild has a great influence. 

There is another very influential person without whose connections the transfer of the Russian wealth to Jacob Rothschild would not be possible. His name is George Soros. He was born in Hungary in a poor family. After the Second World War he immigrated to the West where he, not that long ago, miraculously and quickly became very rich by trading stocks. Most likely, that happened by the influence of the Rothschild family the same way as the new Russian tycoons became rich. These Rothschild’s financial operations would not be possible without the corruption of the Russian government. That was most likely performed by links that his man, George Soros established in Russia through his Institute called “Open Society”.
Please read the article  "The Secret Financial Network Behind "Wizard" George Soros" by William Endahl that presents his relationship with the Rothschilds well.

According to this introduction you may get the impression that the family Rothschild had interest only in Russia but of course that would be false, it operates very effectively through the whole world. Could we suppose that this Rothschild’s pattern for hiding their wealth behind other families was being implemented earlier in the past? Of course we could. Not only is the Rothschild family the richest banking family today but it was also the first excellently organized family that spread its business all over the world hundreds of years ago. In that time they had almost a monopoly in lending money to the European Kings. There is no safer and more profitable business than lending money to countries. Therefore, they could have easily later sponsor the rise of the families Rockefeller, Morgan, Goldberg, and others the same way as they sponsored Khodorkovsky and Soros. But it is also possible that these rich families may be relatives and partners of the Rothschild family. However, it's quite obvious that they do not compete with each other on the "free market". Have you ever heard them argue with each other? Certainly not. Why not since capitalism is all about free competition and they are the carriers of the world capitalism?  Simply, the answer is they are one body with one head. They are actually not capitalists; they are feudalists or even slaveholders. Please find more about the Rothschilds in the article: "Rothschild Family" at Wikipedia and in the article: "The Rothschild Dinasty" by Des Griffin.

The Rothschild family possesses a hierarchically organised structure of agents who buy everything valuable in the world. The Rothschild family may for instance, possess "Coca Cola" and "Pepsi Cola" and from the top of Olympus watching these companies fighting on the market. The Rothschild family, together with their partners might own half of the world but thanks to the capitalist system and its secret business regulation policy that is established practically everywhere, nobody except them themselves is able to know it. By controlling the main businesses and media they actually control the governments in the western countries, and that means they control the whole western world. If you follow the world policy you can easily see that democratically elected leaders of the countries change, but the policy follows the interests of the rich and therefore stays more or less the same. A high level of unanimous and even criminal policies of the world point out the fact that there is an invisible organization that rules the world. The facts I have collected about the Rothschild family, tell me that they are the leading family of that organization. I am talking here about a conspiracy that captures almost the whole World. Only the “evil axes” of the world such as China, North Korea, and Cuba are resistant to the influences of Rothschild family because they are closed to the world.

The roots of this conspiracy might have been described in the book “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”. The protocols are allegedly the minutes of one meeting of Elders of Zion that happened hundred years ago. You may find them here: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The book gives low-level directions how a very strong Jewish secret organization may conquer the world. Most people think that the Protocols are a forgery made against the Jewish people and that is most likely the result of propaganda. I cannot see that the Protocols talk about the Jewish people, they present exclusive interests of a very narrow circle of people. And these people are very successful. There are many similarities between what the Protocols say and the situation we have today in the World. For example, all state governments of developed countries proclaim the same policy: formal democracy where real power is possessed by the rich, market economy where money has the largest freedom and power over everything, and NATO power that secure such ideology. Those who do not agree with such ideology are under an orchestrated attack of media, politicians, conspiracies, and military power all over the world. Any different idea from the mainstream such is for example mine does not have access to media, policy, science and consequently does not have access to the people. That is exactly what is defined in “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”. One does not need to be very bright to understand who has interest in it and who has the power to realize it. However, I doubt the Protocols are a finished program for the conspiracy against the world because it looks more like a propaganda pamphlet aimed to a narrow circle of people than like a program. Today, Jacob Rothschild has a much more developed manifest for his program, but there is no way we can take a look at it.


Family Rothschild tries hard to present itself as a regular, modest banking family. But, nothing is regular with the Rothschild family. They possess the most valuable assets in the western world and have such a financial power that might buy all promising ones. However, they hide their possessions, wealth, and power. Actually, they remind me of the mafia which pretends to earn money for living by owning a convenience store. Do you think that I exaggerate? They can easily produce unemployment and bankruptcy to ordinary people and take all their assets. The most famous case was the creation of economic crisis in USA in 1929. It is presented in detail in the article "How the City of London Created the Great Depression" by Webster G. Tarpley. They did it in order to make workers very afraid for their existence, in order to make workers dependant of their power, in order to take freedom from workers and middle class, in order to make them silent when they work hard for low salaries, in order to discipline them without complains. People who do not have a choice may be called slaves. They want total control over people and work hard to get it all the time. Fortunately, they cannot repeat such depression any more because now it would move the world leadership power to the countries which are not under their influences. Their worst nightmare is communist China on top of the world. 

Do you know that the US Federal Reserve Bank is economically and in any other way the most powerful place in the world? Thomas D. Schauf described in his article: "The Federal Reserve Is Privately Owned" how the Rothschild family, together with their partners, took control over the US Federal Reserve, over the US and over the “free” world. You can find the same information in: Zeitgeist - The Movie: Federal Reserves by Peter Joseph. The Federal Reserve Bank is responsible for the emission of money. The bank normally loans money to the state when the state needs it. The problem is it prints money from thin air and then takes it back from the American taxpayers with an interest. How much the American taxpayers owe to the bank right now you can find here. The annual interest of the debt which is by the way mostly privately owned, is approximately eight times bigger than the wealth of "today's richest man on the planet." Source: Treasury Direct - the official web site of the US government. Is something questionable here? If you try to find who is the owner of debt at the official web site, you would not find their first and last names but the list of companies, banks, funds, and organizations. They are mostly owned by a small group of associated people. If the number of principal owners was large, and if they were mutually independent, then they would argue and fight each other over the higher profit and we would see it. These people are far richer than the publicly proclaimed "richest person in the world".

Everything is cheat. If you, dear reader, try to print money and buy something with it, you would certainly finish in jail. The Rothschild family does exactly that, but their operations are legal, thanks to the accepted policy of the bank system, and to the corruption of the state system. In 1963, President John Kennedy ended the Federal Reserve System by the Executive Order 11110 and ordered the U.S. government to restore its Constitutional-mandate of controlling the money . President Kennedy was killed 5 months later. Before his death, President Kennedy openly stated that of a large capital conspiracy existed against humanity: "President John F Kennedy: Secret Society Speech". The result of the murder investigation was very doubtful according to Michael Parenti: "The JFK Assassination: Defending the Gangster State"
Who ever had any doubt about the intentions of the policy of the west after the aggression on Yugoslavia in 1999 should not have it anymore. There, all the masks were taken down. This was a pure imperial and fascist aggression waged against all laws concerning it and against UN charters. That was the crime. Formally, the president of US Bill Clinton started the war. He had normally resisted committing the crime but do you remember how long he
was threatened with the impeachment inquiry because he lied in the Monica Lewinsky case? I think that was blackmail. The case was completely forgotten right after the aggression started.

I have personally witnessed a very perfidious world policy created in order of weakening Yugoslavia and forcing it to give up from its sovereignty. After the free elections in 1990, the people of the Republic of Serbia kept the socialist party in charge while people from other Yugoslav republics chose pro Western governments. This is the reason Serbia defended its sovereignty strongly while other Yugoslav republics accepted the Western model of capitalism mostly unconditionally. In purpose to weaken the Serbian resistance, the West strongly supported pro Western orientated Yugoslav republics. That started the war and the national leaders, wishing to have an important role in the histories of their nations, made the war pretty nasty. The war finished when Serbia gave up from its sovereignty. But what really lies behind that? Yugoslavia had the best economy in the Eastern Europe and the war destroyed the very idea that the socialist economy might be good. Last but not least, the war made the economy cheap to purchase.

The aggressions on Yugoslavia were heavily supported and encouraged by the mainstream media and influential people including leaders all over the world. Biased propaganda and all kinds of lies were synchronically distributed worldwide on purpose to justify the aggression on Yugoslavia which lasted, in fact, for more than ten years. You, dear reader, might be deceived by the enormous propaganda machinery you were exposed to, but your leaders do not collect information there. They had the embassies and intelligent officers in Yugoslavia and they had to know what everything was about, but obviously, they didn't have the power, bravery, interest, or desire to say the truth. The participation in the crime was obviously easier to a large number of them. Yes, many of them, unlawfully, participated in bombing Yugoslavia, many of them killed people there.

The aggression on Yugoslavia had to be happening under the control of a very powerful but also totally invisible world organization and that had to belong to the Rothschild family. Many signs pointed out that George Soros, a man of the Rothschild family, had a lot of interests in Yugoslavia. Source, the article Portrait of George Soros by Neil Clark presents it well. What kind of interest does the Rothschild family might have exactly had in the aggression on Yugoslavia I can only speculate. But we can find it out by calling those who directly waged the war to be responsible for the crime they committed before any court, and then the Rothschild family would be certainly called upon for its responsibility as well. You may find more about the war in Yugoslavia in my article: My debt to Yugoslavia. The Rothschild family and their partners have more or less finished the colonization of Eastern Europe. They bought everything valuable there or will soon and they took control over all of the governments. The Russian government is the only one that might resist the Rothschild family.

The aggression on Iraq in 2003 was also waged against all existing international laws. That
is a crime as well. When an ordinary thief commits a crime he finishes in jail, when the president of the US commits an incomparably worse crime, he is re-elected. So how may that be possible? Simply, the media under the control of the Rothschild family, sophisticatedly convinces the people, not only this is a normal thing but also that this is the best possible solution. Can you imagine a criminal gets to a restaurant, orders a meal, and at the end asks a waiter to pay the criminal to eat? Worse than that happens to you but you cannot see it. You produce bombs for the rich, then you pay these bombs with your tax payments, and finally the rich use these bombs in order to enslave other nations and to steal their wealth. Do you understand what cheating is about? You even give your lives in for stealing the wealth of other nations. All presidents of countries or governments who joined the president Bush in the aggression on Iraq are criminals as well. So how come that might be possible? Simply, we live in total conspiracy where ignorance, lies, immorality, fear, and corruption raise and then rule everywhere.

I am convinced that an independent investigation would conclude that the Rothschild family stood behind the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many others as well. Simply, it has such a big influence everywhere, so that the wars would not be possible without the support from the Rothschild family. The problem is the Rothschild family is above the law so that no one can perform such an investigation. Actually the law that might prosecute them at the world level does not even exist. The Rothschild family is simply addicted to get valuable natural resources and control worldwide, has means to achieve that goal at any price, and can hardly be stopped. They have committed aggressions on “evil axes” through all kinds of pressures all the time. If that would not bring a satisfactory result enough soon to them they will arrange wars there or commit a real aggression. However the most likely, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, China, and after that the whole world would be in great danger. Allegedly the Rothschild family had financed most of the wars in the last two centuries, and that tells us they had interest in them. In our current situation, there is no reason to believe that something might change in the future. In our current situation, the future is bleak.

Let's suppose the Rothschild family with their companions would take control over all of the countries around the world. Then, dear readers, you would be next. Even if you possess a small convenience store, they would open a bigger one next door to yours with half price merchandise. With their financial power they would easily be able to bear the losses until you are forced to close your business. Their last step would be the whole control over all of the people around the world and that means your complete slavery. Their needs are alienated and therefore cannot be saturated. Therefore, they are not able to do anything but Hell on Earth. 

But of course,
the Rothschild family with their companions will certainly face resistance by China and Russia, numerous world organizations, revolutionaries, freedom fighters, terrorists, and by progressive powers. Today, many brave people who fight back, already exist, but they are not well known because they do not have access to the mainstream media owned by the rulers of the world. Fortunately the Internet was invented and it gives you a chance to get different information. I recommend you read, for example, Michael Parenti, or Stephen Gowans
1 and 2.  They wrote numerous articles  you would not be able to find in mainstream world media. If you are interested to know what really happens in the world you better read them. 


The Rothschild family is very powerful but its power depends on you people. That is the reason they make you follow them even though you do not know it. They create a policy of your society and you do not know it. They have created your needs and possess the environment that satisfies these needs and you do not know it. You work for them and you do not know it. You buy their products and you do not know it. They lend you money and you do not know it. They take your taxes for their interests and you do not know it. They provide for you every day, directly or indirectly, with information they want from preschools, through universities, up to the evening news. That means you think the way they want; that means you are what they want you to be and not what you are supposed to be by your nature. They have established and support competition everywhere as a main tool for your survival. That makes you live in a destructive immoral environment. That makes you hate each other. That makes your life poor. Their capital is free in today’s world and you are not, you depend too much on them. You live in Hell even though you might not know it because they worked hard to make you not even be able to imagine a better life might exist. You are constantly afraid for your future but should be much more afraid because of their intentions. However, they have made you quiet even by having a chance to have a job. The corruption is larger when the position in society is higher. It makes you passive when you should organize and resist authorities. But there is also a problem; you do not know what you should do, or how to do it.

The situation does not need to be as bad as it is today at all. That is the main reason I have created a new system. The system I proposed will serve you people and not only the elite. The new system will allow you people to cooperate with other people and decide on your future. The system would allow you to create a policy of your society. You will be able to freely form your needs and to satisfy them. You will be able to get any job you want. The new system will give you freedom and will put a capital under your control. The system will relieve you from fears about your future. It will give you a normal happy life. It will make you to love each other. And according to the Bible, “lions and antelopes will eat together” meaning in the system I have proposed, all the people will live in a perfect harmony. Simply, it will make Paradise on Earth. That is not even very difficult to accomplish. For the beginning, you people only need to believe in the better future and not in the existing system the rich people have created for themselves. I just need to attract you to read my book and think. That should release you from the fear
that you may lose some well beings in the new system or from the opinion that nothing can be changed.

Sadly, I cannot get enough support even from intellectuals, scientists, and professors who are supposed to give the biggest contribution to development of new progressive ideas. When I immigrated to Canada, I tried to take a master degree in sociology at York University, Toronto. The mentor of the sociology department told me that I had satisfied the  requirements for the studies but my book “The Humanism” was not acceptable as my master dissertation work. So far the professors in Canada and in the US were actually not willing to even give me a review of my book. Why? Mostly, they do not have time for me. If they find the time they have difficulties to understand what my ideas are about. If they understand my ideas they are not willing to accept them because they turn upside-down almost everything social sciences have established so far. Besides that, some auto-censure is involved as well. Many professors, and specially the younger ones who might  accept new ideas more easily, are certainly concerned about their reappointments at colleges and universities. The development of new ideas has been suppressed everywhere and that is the main reason the policy of society does not change, even though huge needs exist.

Anyway, I do not need to do anything more than I already did in order to change the world. My book has defined the idea of new system enough to start changes that would one day make Paradise on Earth. However, the more persistent I am, the sooner the bright future of humankind would be established. When you people find out what the book is about you will certainly accept my idea and refuse to serve the rich. Please read the book and find out why. Without your support the rich people, including the Rothschild family, will be impotent. Believe it or not, the new system will enable you to organize yourself well and then you would be able to live without them but they would not be able to live without you. 

The new system I have proposed will stop the Rothschild family. My book and this article will disturb them strongly and that may put me in danger. If I were
Jesus Christ I would rely on God and on his protection. But even though there is a chance I may be Jesus, it still does not mean that I am Him. Dear people, if something unexpectedly bad happens to me, to my family, or to my
collaborators on this project, I want you to know that I blame the Rothschild family and their partners for it. I also count on that the Rothschild family cannot stop the realization of the system I have proposed. They cannot destroy the book already released to the world. The realisation is just a question of time. That means one day my name will be well known around the world. If a tragedy happens to me, to my family, or to my collaborators, I count on you people to prosecute and judge the Rothschild family. If it happens that I am Jesus Christ I count on God but also on Christians to never forgive the Rothschild family for any evil that they may possibly do to us. Also in that case I would pay special attention to them and give them special treatment in another world. That would have to make them very careful and should prevent them from doing bad things to us. There is a saying in the country I grew up: “God protects those who take care about themselves”.

This article talks exclusively about Jews. Therefore, I need to emphasize that I do not have any
intention to blame Jews as a people for anything. They have a culture that is not very admired around the world today, but once the system I’ve proposed starts to work they will become a distinguished people of the world. Speaking of the Rothschild family, the best choice for them lies in joining the system I have proposed. If they refuse they would lose everything. Namely, their wealth does not have value without support of you people. The new system will teach you how to find the values of God defined in the Bible and then you will stop supporting the antichrist. If the Rothschild family accepts the new system they would openly become one of the most distinguished families in the world. They may even rule the whole world because the system I have proposed would need someone to do so. But this time the leaders will really become directly responsible to the people of the world. Therefore in that case the Rothschild family would start contributing to creating Paradise on Earth.

Here is one of rarely published photography of Lord Jacob Rothschild (right). The picture was taken in his home in England. He is accompanied with the just elected Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and "the second richest man in the USA" Warren Buffet. 

January 7, 2004



Zeitgeist - The Movie: Federal Reserve

 "Terrorism, Globalism and Conspiracy" by Michael Parenti

Rothschilds Exposed

The Money Masters

The House of Rothschild

Oh Canada Movie

Heeding Bible Prophecy

The Roots of Evil in Jerusalem

The Israel lobby in the US

Turning of the Tide by David Icke 


Arrested oil tycoon passed shares to banker

LONDON (Agence France-Presse) -- Control of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's shares in the Russian oil giant Yukos have passed to renowned banker [the Rt Hon Lord] Jacob Rothschild, under a deal they concluded prior to Mr. Khodorkovsky's arrest, the Sunday Times reported.

Jacob RothschildVoting rights to the shares passed to Mr. [sic] Rothschild, 67, under a "previously unknown arrangement" designed to take effect in the event that Mr. Khodorkovsky could no longer "act as a beneficiary" of the shares, it said.Mr. Khodorkovsky, 40, whom Russian authorities arrested at gunpoint and jailed pending further investigation last week, was said by the Sunday Times to have made the arrangement with Mr. Rothschild when he realized he was facing arrest.

Mr. Rothschild (left) now controls the voting rights on a stake in Yukos worth almost $13.5 billion, the newspaper said in a dispatch from Moscow.

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Washington DC, Sunday, November 2, 2003

 The Washington Times

Arrested oil tycoon passed shares to banker

LONDON (Agence France-Presse) -- Control of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's shares in the Russian oil giant Yukos have passed to renowned banker [the Rt Hon Lord] Jacob Rothschild, under a deal they concluded prior to Mr. Khodorkovsky's arrest, the Sunday Times reported.

Voting rights to the shares passed to Mr. [sic] Rothschild, 67, under a "previously unknown arrangement" designed to take effect in the event that Mr. Khodorkovsky could no longer "act as a beneficiary" of the shares, it said.

Mr. Khodorkovsky, 40, whom Russian authorities arrested at gunpoint and jailed pending further investigation last week, was said by the Sunday Times to have made the arrangement with Mr. Rothschild when he realized he was facing arrest.

Mr. Rothschild (left) now controls the voting rights on a stake in Yukos worth almost $13.5 billion, the newspaper said in a dispatch from Moscow.

Mr. Khodorkovsky owns 4 percent of Yukos directly and 22 percent through a trust of which he is the sole beneficiary, according to Russian analysts.

From the figures reported in theSunday Times, it appeared Mr. Rothschild had received control of all Mr. Khodorkovsky's shares.

The two have known each other for years "through their mutual love of the arts" and their positions as directors of the Open Russia Foundation, Yukos' philanthropic branch, it said.

Russian authorities Thursday froze billions of dollars of shares held by Mr. Khodorkovsky and his top lieutenants in Yukos -- throwing control of the country's largest oil company into limbo and causing frenzied selling on financial markets.

Russian prosecutors said owners of the shares are still entitled to dividends and retain voting rights, but can no longer sell their stakes.

They said the freeze was necessary as collateral for the $1 billion that Mr. Khodorkovsky and his associates are accused of misappropriating during the 1990s.

Mr. Rothschild is the British head of Europe's wealthy and influential Rothschild family, and runs his own investment empire.


Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild

Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild, Bt, OM, GBE, FBA (born 29 April 1936) is a Britishinvestment banker and a member of the prominent Rothschild family of bankers. He is also Honorary President of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.[1]


Born in 1936, he is the eldest son of Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild by his first wife Barbara Judith Rothschild née Hutchinson. Rothschild was educated at Eton College and then at Christ Church, Oxford, where he gained a First in history, tutored by Hugh Trevor-Roper.[2]

In 1961, Rothschild married Serena Mary Dunn, a granddaughter of Canadian financier Sir James Dunn, and they have four children:

From 1963 Rothschild worked for the family bank NM Rothschild and Sons in London, before resigning in 1980 due to a family dispute. The chairmanship of the bank had passed from his father, who had chosen to follow a scientific career and had lost control of the majority voting shares, to his cousin Sir Evelyn Robert de Rothschild, and Jacob felt that his aspirations would be thwarted. He sold his minority stake in the bank, but took independent control of Rothschild Investment Trust (now RIT Capital Partners plc), an investment trust listed on the London Stock Exchange.[2]

Lord Rothschild was appointed a member of the Order of Merit in 2002.

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2009 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he was placed 145th with an estimated fortune of £360million.[3]

Business and connections

After resigning from the bank in 1980, Jacob Rothschild went on to found J. Rothschild Assurance Group (now St. James's Place) with Sir Mark Weinberg in 1991.[4] In 1989, he joined forces with Sir James Goldsmith and Kerry Packer, in an unsuccessful bid for British American Tobacco. His main business interests now are RIT Capital Partners plc, an investment trust company with net assets under management of £1700m (October 2010), of which he is Chairman,[5] and Spencer House Capital Management LLP founded with Richard Horlick (formerly CIO of Schroders), Share sale presents the first test for Spencer House, The Times, October 19, 2006. Accessed July 27, 2010.</ref> He also retains many other venture capital and property interests. On 17 November 2003, he took up his post as deputy chairman of BSkyB.[6] From his headquarters in St James's Place in London, Jacob Rothschild has cultivated an influential set of clients, business associates and friends who have extended his interests far beyond the normal scope of a banker. He was a close personal friend of Diana, Princess of Wales and maintains strong personal and business links with Henry Kissinger.[7]

His country estate has been a regular venue for visiting heads of state including Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.Margaret Thatcher received French President François Mitterrand there at a summit in 1990. He hosted the European Economic Round Table conference in 2002, attended by such figures as James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank, Nicky Oppenheimer, Warren Buffett and Arnold Schwarzenegger.[8]

In 2003 Rothschild came under scrutiny when Russian oil industrialist Mikhail Khodorkovsky's shares in YUKOS passed to him under a deal they concluded prior to Khodorkovsky's arrest.[9][10]


Lord Rothschild has played a prominent part in Arts philanthropy in Britain. He was Chairman of Trustees of the National Gallery from 1985 to 1991, and from 1992 to 1998, chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. From 1994 to 1998 he was chairman of the British National Heritage Lottery Fund responsible for distributing the proceeds of the National Lottery to the heritage sector, an influential post which oversaw the distribution of £1.2 billion.

He was especially active in the project to restore Somerset House in London, for which he helped secure the Gilbert Collection and ensured the long-term future of the Courtauld Institute of Art. As a private project, he carried out the restoration of Spencer House, one of the finest surviving 18th century London townhouses, adjacent to his own offices.[11]

In 1988, he inherited from his aunt, Dorothy de Rothschild, the Waddesdon and Eythrope estates in Buckinghamshire, and began a close association with Waddesdon Manor, the house and grounds which were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957 by his uncle, James A. de Rothschild. He has been a major benefactor of the restoration of Waddesdon Manor through a private family charitable trust and, in an unusual arrangement, has been given authority by the National Trust to run Waddesdon Manor as a semi-independent operation. The cellars at Waddesdon Manor house his personal collection of 15,000 bottles of Rothschild wines dating as far back as 1870.

In 1993, he joined with John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover to set up the Butrint Foundation[12] to record and conserve the archaeological site of Butrint in Albania, close to his holiday home on Corfu.

Lord Rothschild has also followed the Rothschild family's charitable interests in Israel and is the chairman of Yad Hanadiv, the family foundation which gave the Knesset and the Supreme Court buildings to Israel. He is also Honorary President of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.[13]

Styles and honours

  • The Rt. Hon. The Lord Rothschild OM Bt. GBE DCL LLD DUniv PhD (2003–)

see also


  1. ^ Institute of Jewish Policy Research: Governance
  2. ^ a b Rose, Kenneth (2003). Elusive Rothschild: the Life of Victor, Third Baron. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.ISBN 0297812297.
  3. ^ Sunday Times Rich List 2009 online edition
  4. ^ Peippo, Kathleen (2000). "St. James's Place Capital, plc". International Directory of Company Histories.
  5. ^ RIT Capital Partners
  6. ^ Gibson, Owen. Rothschild to act as BSkyB buffer, The Guardian, November 3, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2010.
  7. ^ http://www.yukos.com/exclusive/exclusive.asp?id=6107
  8. ^ McGinty, Stephen (September 25, 2002). "Is Arnold the running man?". The Scotsman. Retrieved June 30, 2007.
  9. ^ Arrested oil tycoon passed shares to banker, The Washington Times, November 2, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2010.
  10. ^ "Russian tycoon 'names successor'". BBC News. 2003-07-14. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  11. ^ Spencer House - Historical Home
  12. ^ The Butrint Foundation
  13. ^ Institute of Jewish Policy Research: Governance

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David Irving comments:

A FRIEND inquires of me, sending me this clipping, "Are you tired of this yet?" But of course for me as a WW2 historian, the gradual onset of any new Holocaust holds a grim fascination: for is this story not the very stuff that anti-Semitism, and in the long run Holocausts, are spawned upon?
    Mikhail Khodorkovsky had a "previously unknown arrangement" with Jacob Rothschild for the latter to take control of the former's Yukos stock in the event that the former could no longer "act as a beneficiary" of the shares.
   The two are said to have known one another "through their mutual love of the arts."
   The exact nature of these "arts" isn't specified, as my correspondent notes: "It could be the Black Arts." That sounds like naked r*cism to me. 

Leonid Nevzlin

NEWS IN BRIEF -- probably not in your own national newspaper - Leonid Nevzlin, biggest Yukos shareholder not yet in jail, has been granted Israeli citizenship, raising eyebrows even in Jerusalem over the haste in which it was done. [source] Fact: Nevzlin resigned from Yukos to head the Russian Jewish Congress. [biography]



Ex-Yukos shareholder convicted of murder

August 1, 2008

A Russian court has found a partner of Yukos oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky guilty on four counts of murder at his trial in absentia in Moscow.

Leonid Nevzlin, who currently resides in Israel, was found guilty of organising the 1998 murder of the mayor of the Siberian town of Nefteyugansk, a centre of Yukos's operations, and the murder of three others.

"The court has established that the accused, Nevzlin, organised the committing of several especially serious crimes," said the judge, Valery Novikov, reading from a lengthy official verdict.

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Nevzlin was a major shareholder in Menatep, the holding company of the now defunct oil giant Yukos, which was Russia's largest oil producer.

The verdict was the latest assault on the reputation of Yukos's inner management circle.

The company's former chief executive, Khodorkovsky, is serving an eight-year jail sentence on fraud and tax evasion charges and faces new charges of money laundering and oil theft.

Critics in and outside Russia have charged that Khodorkovsky's jailing was a politicised attack orchestrated by the Russian leadership of then president Vladimir Putin to suppress his political activities.

Though absent from his trial, Nevzlin was represented by his lawyer, Dmitry Kharitonov, who insisted on his client's innocence.

"Nevzlin is not guilty," Kharitonov said, adding he would comment further once the reading of the verdict was complete.

Israel had refused to extradite Nevzlin to stand trial.

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01 Jan, 2011 03:00 AM

THE protesters gathered outside the Moscow court, chanting ''Freedom'' and ''Russia without Putin.'' Their efforts, until they were removed by riot police, were in vain. Inside, justice was being meted out, Russian style.

On Monday Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, was found guilty on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The verdict came as the 47-year-old was nearing the end of an eight-year jail sentence for tax evasion and fraud. The new sentence - 14 years in a penal colony, taking in time already served - means he will not be freed until 2017.

But most observers believe his real offence has nothing to do with balance sheets or false accounting. Rather, he dared to ignore a warning by the then president Vladimir Putin to Russia's oligarchs in the early 2000s to stay out of politics.

Khodorkovsky began funding parties and candidates who sought a Western-style democracy in an apparent attempt to produce a more open political system. After a campaign led by Putin against him, Khodorkovsky was arrested in 2003 and has been behind bars ever since.

Condemnation of Monday's guilty verdict - and the Kremlin's perceived influence on the judiciary - was swift.

''This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia's reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate,'' said the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, despite improved relations with Moscow being a priority of US foreign policy.

Germany's Foreign Affairs Minister, Guido Westerwelle, also dispensed with diplomatic niceties. ''The way the trial has been conducted is extremely dubious and a step backward on the road towards a modernisation of the country.''

Khodorkovsky is not the typical political prisoner. After gaining influence in the Young Communist movement he was granted a licence to start his own cafe, which he turned into an import and export business.

By 1990 he had founded one of Russia's first private banks, but his big break came in the early 1990s when a cash-strapped president, Boris Yeltsin, auctioned off the state's assets for a fraction of their worth. Khodorkovsky bought the oil company Yukos for the equivalent of $US350 million.


Yukos International Gets Access to 2006 Refinery Sale Proceeds

By Martijn van der Starre - Jan 7, 2011 10:20 PM GMT+0800

The Dutch Supreme Court lifted the freeze on $1.2 billion of proceeds from the 2006 sale of a refinery by a former Dutch unit of OAO Yukos Oil Co., once Russia’s largest oil producer.

Yukos International UK BV “isn’t prohibited to dispose of the proceeds,” The Hague-based court said today in a statement on its website. It overturned prior rulings by the Court of Appeal and the District Court in Amsterdam.

OOO Promneftstroy, an investment vehicle controlled by U.S. businessman Stephen Lynch, agreed to buy the legal entity that held all Yukos International shares in 2007. That transaction was later canceled by a Dutch court, so there is no legal ground for Promneftstroy’s argument Yukos International isn’t allowed to claim the money, the Supreme Court said.

“This ruling is another positive step toward the ultimate resolution of the false ownership claims of Promneftstroy,” Bruce Misamore, Yukos Oil Co.’s former finance chief, said in an e-mailed statement after the ruling. “Yukos International UK BV directors are committed to ensuring that stakeholders damaged by the illegal expropriation of Russia’s most successful oil companycan someday benefit from the distribution of funds commensurate to their investment.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government dismantled Yukos Oil, once Russia’s biggest crude-oil exporter, after hitting the company with more than $30 billion in tax charges. State-run OAO Rosneft became the nation’s largest oil company by acquiring most of bankrupt Yukos’s assets for $27 billion in 2006 after a series of forced auctions.


Yukos International’s shares are currently held by a foundation run by former Yukos Oil executives and a number of independent persons, Barbara Rumora-Scheltema, a lawyer with the firm NautaDutilh, representing Yukos International, said by telephone today. The foundation’s aim is to ensure Yukos Oil’s former shareholders get the assets that have been preserved, Rumora-Scheltema said.

The foundation won’t distribute the $1.2 billion from the sale of Lithuanian refinery, AB Mazeikiu Nafta, as long as there is still a dispute over whether Promneftstroy owned Yukos Finance, Rumora-Scheltema said.

Promneftstroy’s lawyers have said they’ll appeal the Amsterdam Court of Appeal’s October decision that the sale of Yukos Finance BV, which owned Yukos International’s equity, by a Russian administrator wasn’t legal because it didn’t fall within Yukos Oil’s Russian bankruptcy, Rumora-Scheltema said.

Lianne Kelkensberg, a lawyer for BarentsKrans NV, which represent Promneftstroy at the Supreme Court, wasn’t immediately able to comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Martijn van der Starre in Amsterdam atvanderstarre@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net;

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  14. Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Russia's most famous prisoner, and once its richest citizen, says the latest corruption charges against him are designed to prevent his release from jail.

    Mikhail Khodorkovsky, head of the giant Yukos oil company, has been jailed since his arrest, as his private jet was about to take off, in 2003. He was charged with fraud and tax evasion and subsequently sentenced to nine years behind bars. A Moscow court later reduced the sentence to eight years.

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    He claims his trial was part of a Kremlin campaign to destroy him and take the company he built from privatization deals of the 1990s. The Kremlin has denied this.

    Yukos, once the country's biggest oil producer, eventually went bankrupt in 2006 as a result of a $27.5 billion back-tax bill. A Russian court also ordered Khodorkovsky and his partner to pay about $600 million in back taxes.

    But in March last year, when Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev, who was also arrested in 2003 and sentenced to eight years, had only two years left on their sentences, they went on trial on new charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

    If convicted, they face up to an additional 22 years in prison

  15. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Khodorkovsky maintained his innocence, insisting it is the charges that are fraudulent.

    CNN was denied access to the former tycoon but managed to get written questions to him in his jail cell and he was able to respond.

    Why have these new charges been brought against you? Do you suspect political motives?

    The new charges have been brought to prevent my release from prison. They are undoubtedly politically-motivated since they have no merit whatsoever. To date, the prosecutors have failed to explain where they got the idea that all the oil produced by Yukos had been stolen. And that is exactly what I have been accused of.

    Are you simply defending yourself and your former business, or is there a bigger principle at stake?

    It was a painful experience for me to see my perfectly functional company laid to waste. However it is all history now. It is common knowledge today that things like a ban on businesses to finance independent opposition [parties], widespread illegal takeovers of property in Russia, and a manifold increase in corruption-motivated arrests of businessmen (their businesses are then seized), all began with the Yukos case.

    Since Yukos was first seized, the cost of corruption in the [Russian] economy has grown from $30 billion to $240-300 billion. My trial is both a landmark and a symbol for this country.

    Has your time in prison served any positive purpose?

    At a certain point in my life I realized that I personally needed to do something to help build civil society in this country. However it was difficult for me to break free from what was a comfortable business routine, both psychologically and in terms of the public's perception of me. In that particular sense, prison has given me a chance to stop and rethink my values.

    To what extent has this become a personal battle between you and Vladimir Putin?

    Clearly, Putin finds me more than disagreeable. It's difficult for me to say to what extent my persecution and prosecution are based on political calculations, self-interest, or emotion. As for me, my career in business has taught me to keep my emotions under control.

    What does your legal situation say about the rule of law in Russia?

    There is not one serious-minded individual in Russia right now who would tell you that this trial is lawful. There is talk of whether such methods of achieving political goals are acceptable, and whether the goals are appropriate in the first place.

    That the motives are political is no longer -- and hasn't been for a long time -- a subject for discussion. The legally sophisticated part of [Russian] society has also reached a consensus that charges against me are knowingly absurd. Therefore even answering a question about rule of law would be redundant.

Rothschild banking family of England

The Rothschild banking family of England was founded in 1798 by Nathan Mayer von Rothschild (1777-1836) who first settled in Manchester but then moved to London. Nathan was sent there from his home in Frankfurt by his father, Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812). Wanting his sons to succeed on their own and to expand the family business across Europe, Mayer Amschel Rothschild had his eldest son remain in Frankfurt, while his four other sons were sent to different European cities to establish a financial institution to invest in business and provide banking services. Nathan Mayer von Rothschild, the third son, first established a textile jobbing business in Manchester and from there went on to establish N M Rothschild & Sons bank in London.

Endogamy within the family was an essential part of the Rothschild strategy in order to ensure control of their wealth remained in family hands. From the home base in Frankfurt, Rothschild sons not only established themselves in England but also in Paris, Vienna and Naples in the Two Sicilies. Through their collaborative efforts, the Rothschilds rose to prominence in a variety of banking endeavours including loans, government bonds and trading in bullion. Their financing afforded investment opportunities and during the 19th century they became major stakeholders in large-scale mining and rail transport ventures that were fundamental to the rapidly expanding industrial economies of Europe.

Changes in the heads of government, war, and other such events affected the family's fortunes both for their benefit and to their detriment. However, three historical events in particular especially damaged the interests of all Rothschild banking families across Europe: 1) the Revolutions of 1848, 2) the Great Depression of the 1930s and 3) Nazism of the late 30s until the Second World War.

Involvement in finance and industry

During the early part of the 19th century, the Rothschild's London bank took a leading part in managing and financing the subsidies that the British government transferred to its allies during the Napoleonic Wars. Through the creation of a network of agents, couriers and shippers, the bank was able to provide funds to the armies of the Duke of Wellington in Portugal and Spain. In 1818 the Rothschild bank arranged a £5 million loan to the Prussian government and the issuing of bonds for government loans. The providing of other innovative and complex financing for government projects formed a mainstay of the bank's business for the better part of the century. N M Rothschild & Sons financial strength in the City of London became such that by 1825-26, the bank was able to supply enough coin to the Bank of England to enable it to avert a liquidity crisis.

Nathan Mayer's eldest son, Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) succeeded him as head of the London branch. Under Lionel the bank financed the British government's 1875 purchase of Egypt's interest in the Suez Canal. Lionel also began to invest in railways as his uncle James had been doing in France. In 1869, Lionel's son, Alfred de Rothschild (1842-1918), became a director of the Bank of England, a post he held for 20 years. Alfred was one of those who represented the British Government at the 1892 International Monetary Conference in Brussels.

The Rothschild bank funded Cecil Rhodes in the development of the British South Africa Company and Leopold de Rothschild (1845-1917) administered Rhodes's estate after his death in 1902 and helped to set up the Rhodes Scholarship scheme at Oxford University. In 1873 de Rothschild Frères in France and N M Rothschild & Sons of London joined with other investors to acquire the Spanish government's money-losing Rio Tinto copper mines. The new owners restructured the company and turned it into a profitable business. By 1905, the Rothschild interest in Rio Tinto amounted to more than 30 percent. In 1887, the French and English Rothschild banking houses loaned money to, and invested in, the De Beers diamond mines in South Africa, becoming its largest shareholders.

The London banking house continued under the management of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild (1882-1942) and his brother Anthony Gustav de Rothschild (1887-1961) and then to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (b.1931). In 2003, following Sir Evelyn's retirement as head of N M Rothschild & Sons of London, the English and French financial firms merged under the leadership of David René de Rothschild.

Other activities

Beyond banking and finance, members of the Rothschild family in England became academics, scientists and horticulturalists with worldwide reputations.

Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870) was born in London, the fourth child of the founder of the British branch of the family. In 1842, he married cousin Charlotte de Rothschild (1825-1899) of Paris, France. She was the daughter of James Mayer de Rothschild and in 1850 they moved to Paris where he was to work for his father-in-law's bank. However, in 1853 Nathaniel acquired Château Brane Mouton, a vineyard in Pauillac in the Gironde département of France. Nathaniel Rothschild renamed the estate, Château Mouton Rothschild and it would become one of the best known wine labels in the world.

Beyond banking and finance, members of the Rothschild family in England became academics, scientists and horticulturalists with worldwide reputations.

Nathaniel de Rothschild (1812-1870) was born in London, the fourth child of the founder of the British branch of the family. In 1842, he married cousin Charlotte de Rothschild (1825-1899) of Paris, France. She was the daughter of James Mayer de Rothschild and in 1850 they moved to Paris where he was to work for his father-in-law's bank. However, in 1853 Nathaniel acquired Château Brane Mouton, a vineyard in Pauillac in the Gironde département of France. Nathaniel Rothschild renamed the estate, Château Mouton Rothschild and it would become one of the best known wine labels in the world.

Elevated to Peerage

In 1822, the five Rothschild brothers at the head of the family's banks in various parts of Europe were each granted the title of baron or Freiherr by Austria's Francis I, formerly Francis II the last Holy Roman Emperor. As such, some members of the family used "de" or "von" Rothschild to acknowledge the grant of nobility. Only Nathan Mayer of the English branch never bothered with the title, taking pride in being simply "Mr. Rothschild."

In 1847, Anthony Nathan de Rothschild (1810-1876) was created 1st Baronet de Rothschild, of Tring Park. On his death, the title went to his nephew Nathan Mayer Rothschild II who was subsequently elevated to the House of Lords and created Baron Rothschild in 1885 with which title the baronetcy remains merged.

In 1850 Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) became the first practising Jewish member of the British Parliament.


he English Rothschilds and members of the other branches in Europe were all major contributors to causes in aid of the Jewish people. However, many of their philanthropic efforts extended far beyond Jewish ethnic or religious communities. They built hospitals and shelters for the needy, supported cultural institutions and were patrons of individual artists. Their donation of works of art to various galleries has been the largest of any family in history. At present, a research project is underway by The Rothschild Archive [1] in London to document the family's philanthropic involvements.

Members of the Rothschild family of England include:

Rothschild properties

All branches of the Rothschild banking family are famous for their art collections and a number for their palatial estates. Among the Rothschild properties in England were:

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of Yukos Oil Company, waits in the court dock prior to its session on July 12, 2004, in Moscow.

(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)


Mikhail Khodorkovsky

By , About.com Guide

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an entrepreneur who became the richest man in Russia as he led the oil giant Yukos after the fall of the Soviet Union. A vocal critic of then-President Vladimir Putin, he was imprisoned in 2005 on fraud charges. When he was eligible for parole, Russian prosecutors levied fresh embezzlement and money laundering charges against him that could net an additional 22 years behind bars. On Dec. 30, 2010, Khodorkovsky and business associate Platon Lebedev were sentenced to 14 years, which takes into account time not served on the first sentence.

Born June 26, 1963, in Moscow to a Jewish father and Christian mother. Was a leader of the Communist Youth League in college, but opened his first cafe the year of his graduation, 1986, thanks to the perestroika and glasnost program of Mikhail Gorbachev. This swiftly grew into an import-export business that left him able to seize the fruits of free enterprise after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Personal life:

Married to Inna Khodorkovsky. They have twin sons, Gleb and Ilya, and a daughter, Nastya. Inna is a vocal advocate for her husband's release, and refuses to take the children to live in another country. "My wife and I are together for more than 20 years, and have gone through a lot," Khodorkovsky told Esquire in 2008. "I very much hope that my children too, knowing well since pre-school that 'papa’s in jail', will grow up understanding why I could not have done otherwise. My wife promises that she’ll be able to explain this to them." He has a son from his first marriage, Pavel, who also lobbies for his release.

Political affiliation:

At the end of 2001 and after Vladimir Putin became president, Khodorkovsky established the Open Russia Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the principles of freedom and democracy. He was also funding opposition political parties, defending independent media (which has come under increasing threat in Russia) and speaking out against the Kremlin before his 2003 arrest.


Khodorkovsky became one of Russia's most powerful businessmen by buying state assets cheaply and trading commodities, and his empire included not only the Yukos oil company, the country's biggest oil producer at the time, but one of the first private banks in Russia. He used a chunk of his vast fortune for philanthropic projects. In April 2003, Khodorkovsky announced a merger with oil company Sibneft, a move delayed by antitrust authorities. He was arrested six months later and charged with tax evasion and fraud, then in April 2009 was charged with embezzlement and money laundering.


Despite being behind bars, Khodorkovksy, who refers to himself as a "political prisoner," pens a number of essays, letters (one exchange landed him 12 days in solitary confinement) and op-eds warning of the authoritarian backsliding in Russia. His case has received attention and condemnation from key leaders across the world, but the Kremlin stubbornly maintains that he's a criminal and deserves to be behind bars. The fresh charges brought against him as he neared release raised alarm across the globe about the rule of law and political persecution. Luminaries including Elie Wiesel are lobbying for his release.


"Russia must make a historic choice. Either we turn back from the dead end toward which we have been heading in recent years – and we do it soon – or else we continue in this direction and Russia in its current form simply ceases to exist." -- in the New York Times, Jan. 28, 2010

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

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By Luke Eric Peterson

An international arbitration tribunal in Stockholm has found the Russian Federation liable for expropriating the investment of a minority shareholder in the embattled OAO Yukos Oil Company.

In a heretofore unpublicized development, arbitrators ruled in September of this year that Russia breached the terms of a bilateral investment protection treaty between the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation.

The arbitrators, a pair of UK barristers and a retired German law professor*, ruled that Russia, must pay $3.5 Million U.S. to RosInvestCo UK Ltd., an affiliate of the prominent U.S.-based hedge fund Elliot and Associates.

The ruling marks the first instance where an international court or tribunal has ruled on the merits of an expropriation claim filed against Russia by former Yukos investors. 

A series of international claims have been brought against Russia alleging that the government effectively nationalized Yukos by using a series of fraud and tax evasion charges to drive the company into bankruptcy. Russia has insisted that its treatment of Yukos was a “legitimate exercise of (its) power to tax and to take measures to enforce tax laws.”

Modest damages may disappoint claimant

While the arbitral ruling in the RosInvestCo case marks the falling of a first domino, the financial reverberations are decidedly modest.

In fact, the tribunal’s $3.5 Million award will likely come as a disappointment for the claimant - which had initially sought some $75 Million (US) in compensation, and with later press reports indicating that the company was demanding up to $200 Million (US).

The late acquisition by RosInvestCo of the Yukos shares may explain the low valuation placed on them by arbitrators. Indeed, it was a matter of public record that lawyers for the Russian Federation had objected to RosInvestCo’s claim on the grounds that the company bought some 7 Million shares in Yukos at the eleventh hour when its share value had already declined precipitously as a result of a series of highly-publicized tax audits and criminal charges.**

Other claims still pending

Whatever RosInvestoCo’s return on its investment, the expropriation finding by the arbitral tribunal is likely to be seized upon by other claimants pursuing parallel claims against Russia, including the majority shareholder Group Menatep who are seeking tens of Billions of Dollars in a trio of arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty. While not strictly binding in other legal proceedings, the recent tribunal ruling – which has yet to be published - could be hotly debated in other pending cases.

Apart from RosInvestCo’s claim, and the Group Menatep claims mentioned above, Russia faces at least two further international proceedings arising out of the alleged expropriation of Yukos.*** A ruling in a claim brought by the Yukos company is expected in the coming months from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Meanwhile, a claim by a bloc of minority shareholders in Spain is currently being heard by a separate international arbitration tribunal.****

Spotlight in RosInvestCo case now shifts to Swedish courts

The Russian government has yet to comment publicly on September’s arbitral ruling, however lawyers for the Russian Federation have recently applied to the Swedish courts to set aside the arbitral award. Under Swedish law, the award can be challenged on certain narrow grounds prior to its becoming enforceable against the Russian Federation.

Indeed, Russia is already seeking to set aside an earlier 2007 jurisdictional ruling which paved the way for the arbitrators to reach their recent ruling on the merits. In the latest development in this ongoing challenge to the 2007 jurisdictional ruling, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled in November of this year that a lower court can hear the merits of a challenge lodged by Russia, which maintains that arbitrators lacked jurisdiction to hear RosInvestCo’s claim.*****

Collection battle could loom if award is upheld

In the event that RosInvestCo’s victory is upheld in the Swedish courts, it remains to be seen what success the investor will have in collecting the arbitral award. As has been well chronicled, the Russian Federation has declined to pay an earlier arbitral ruling in favour of a German investor who was expropriated by Russia in the 1990s. That individual, Franz Sedelmayer, has fought for more than a decade to seize sufficient Russian assets in various jurisdictions in order to collect on his award.******

* Prof Karl-Heinz Boekstiegel, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Cologne, chaired the arbitration. Meanwhile, RosInvestCo nominated The Right Hon. The Lord Steyn to the arbitral tribunal. Russia nominated Sir Franklin Berman KCMG QC

** For factual background on the RosInvestCo arbitration see the 2007 jurisdictional ruling here. 

*** For an overview of the legal fight over Yukos, see this feature article by Michael Goldhaber for The American Lawyer magazine:.

**** For our reporting on the Spanish shareholders claim against Russia, see this report.

***** The arbitral tribunal in the RosInvestCo case stirred debate when it ruled in 2007 that it could examine whether Russia committed an expropriation of the UK-based shareholder in Yukos. On its face, the UK-Russia bilateral investment treaty contains a highly-restrictive arbitration clause – which appears to preclude arbitration of any allegations that Russia had committed an expropriation. However, arbitrators interpreted another clause of the treaty, the so-called Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) clause as entitling UK investors in Russia to avail themselves of “more favourable” arbitration clauses found in other of Russia’s international treaties. Thus, RosInvestCo was permitted to make use of a more generous arbitration clause found in Denmark’s treaty with Russia. Under that broader arbitration clause, aggrieved investors can ask an international arbitral tribunal to determine whether Russia committed an expropriation.

****** For background on Mr. Sedelmayer’s travails, see this reportby IAReporter Editor Luke Peterson on the website of The American Lawyer magazine


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