Metz – Tennis enthusiasts will meet in the heart of Alsace-Lorraine

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Moselle Open

From 09/18 to 09/24

Surface: Hard Indoor

Prize money: $ 540,310

Tournament location: Arènes de Metz – 5 Avenue Louis le Débonnaire, 57000 Metz, Francia

How to arrive: Tennis venue is centrally located in Metz, just 750 mt from Gare de Metz. Aéroport de Metz-Nancy Lorraine is situated at about 25km and 25 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Lucas Pouille – 2015/2012/2011 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2014 David Goffin – 2013/2010 Gilles Simon – 2009 Gael Monfils – 2008 Dimitri Tursunov

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Defending champion Lucas Pouille

Entry list: David Goffin (Bel) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Mischa Zverev (Rus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo)

THE TOWN: Metz  is a city in northeast France with a rich 3000-year history. For Lonely Planet this town sitted ” astride the confluence of the Moselle and Seille rivers, Lorraine’s graceful capital, Metz, (pronounced ‘mess’) is ready to be feted. Though the city’s Gothic marvel of a cathedral, superlative art collections and Michelin star–studded dining scene long managed to sidestep the world spotlight, all that changed with the show-stopping arrival of Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010. Yet the Pompidou is but the prelude to Metz’ other charms: buzzy pavement cafes and shady riverside parks, a beautiful old town built from golden Jeumont stone and a regal Quartier Impérial up for Unesco World Heritage status. Suddenly, everyone’s talking about Metz, and rightly so.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Temple Neuf

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  • Cathédrale Saint-Étienne

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  • Centre Pompidou

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TOP 3 HOTELS:

  • Campanile Metz Centre-GareLocated at 260 mt from Metz train station, this cute *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking offers air conditioned modern rooms with private bathroom, free WiFi throughout the property and buffet breakfast served daily. The price for a standard double room start from 78€ per night (optional breakfast at 9,90€).
  • Best Western Plus Metz TechnopoleWonderful **** hotel located 3 km from the historical centre of Metz, on the edge of an 18-hole golf course, and rated 8.4 on Booking. It offers free Wifi access and parking, a fitness room and an on site restaurant which serves contemporary French cuisine. A standard 35 mq2 double room costs 109€ per night with free cancellation included.
  • La Citadelle – MGallery by SofitelIn the heart of Metz, this 4 stars hotel features luxury rooms and suites with a flat-screen TV, individual air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet access. There’s a brasserie style restaurant open daily and a Michelin-starred restaurant on site. A standard double room costs 176€ per night with a optional breakfast at 21€.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Metz Tourism Website

Your Hotel in Metz

 

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Hamburg – On the river Elbe to attend a traditional event of Atp calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 German Tennis Championships 2017

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 1,499,940

Tournament location: Am Rothenbaum – Hallerstraße 89, 20149 Hamburg, Germany

How to get: Tennis venue is very central in Hamburg. From Rathaus you can take U1 line and you will be on tennis courts in about 12 minutes. Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Intl. Airport is far just 8,2 km from Am Rothenbaum and 20 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Martin Klizan – 2015/2008 Rafael Nadal – 2014 Leonardo Mayer – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Gilles Simon – 2010 Andrej Golubev – 2009 Nikolaj Davidenko – 2007/2005/2004/2002 Roger Federer

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Defending champion Martin Klizan

Entry list: Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Karen Khachanov (Rus) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people. Located on the river Elbe, Hamburg is a major port and a global service, media, logistics and industrial hub.

Lonely Planet about Hamburg: “Hamburg’s historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Its role as a centre of international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought it great wealth (and Unesco World Heritage recognition in 2015), a legacy that continues today: it’s one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues. The city’s attractions are only matched by its inherent tempting spirit. Come, Hamburg says, have a ball.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Port of Hamburg

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  • Planten un Blomen Park

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  • Miniatur Wunderland

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BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Motel One Hamburg am MichelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking and located at 3 minutes walk from Michaeliskirche church. It features modern spacious rooms with flat screen tv, free wifi and elegan bathroom. Prize for a queen double room is 96€ per night.
  • The Madison Hotel HamburgThis hotel is located in central Hamburg, just 200 m from the St. Michaelis Church. It offers large studios, a stylish bar, and a restaurant serving international food. The 4-star studios and lofts at the Madison Hotel include a fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV and high-speed internet access. Daily rates start from 164€ per night with free wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vier JahreszeitenThis 5-star hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, is on Alster Lake in the heart of Hamburg. The Fairmont Hamburg offers gourmet cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a luxury spa and fitness club. The spacious rooms afeature rich décor. All rooms include an espresso machine, flat-screen TV, DVD player and free movies. It has a selection of bars, including a beautiful lakeside terrace along Alster Lake. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 295€ per night.

,USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Travel in Hamburg Official

Your Hotel in Hamburg

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Eastbourne – Grass specialists are ready to stand in the heart of East Sussex

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Aegon International

From 06/26 to 07/01

Surface: Grass outdoor

Prize money: € 693,910

Tournament location: Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club College Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4JA, United Kingdom 

How to arrive: Devonshire Park is centrally located in the heart of Eastbourne. From pier you will need to walk about 12 minutes to get in. Closest airport is the one in London Stansted.

Uruguaian Pablo Cuevas will lead the entry list of the tournament

Entry list: Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – John Isner (Usa) – Steve Johnson (Usa) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Gilles Muller (Lux) – Sam Querrey (Usa) – Mischa Zverev (Ger) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – Bernard Tomic (Aus)

THE TOWN: Eastbourne is a large town, seaside resort and borough in the non-metropolitan county of East Sussex on the south coast of England, 19 miles east of Brighton. With a seafront consisting largely of Victorian hotels, a pier and a Napoleonic era fort and military museum, it is on of the most known seaside resort of Britain.

For Lonely Planet: “Despite its official title as ‘Britain’s sunniest town’, Eastbourne has been slow to throw off its unattractive image as death’s waiting room by the chilly Channel, all snoozing octogenarians in deckchairs and fusty guesthouses populated by vitamin D–deprived bank-holidaying Scots. But while much of this is still to be found here, in the last decade or so an influx of students and the arrival of the southeast’s largest Polish community have given the town a sprightlier feel.

Eastbourne’s 3.5-mile sweeping, palm-tree-lined seafront is one of the UK’s grandest. Add to this a fresh modern art gallery and the recently created South Downs National Park that nudges its western suburbs and Eastbourne certainly makes an enjoyable day trip from London or Brighton. It’s also the start and end point for a hike along the 100-mile South Downs Way.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN EASTBOURNE AND SURROUNDINGS:

  • Beachy Head


  • Birling Gap 


  • The Long Man of Wilmington


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western York House Hotel. Excellent *** hotel rated 8,8 on Booking which enjoys a stunning seafront position at less than 400 m from famous Eastbourne pier. It features an indoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. A deluxe double room in the tournament week will cost from 90£ to 135£.
  • The New England. Located in a quiet area, looking out Eastbourne’s seafront. this exceptional **** hotel, rated 9,5 on Booking, offers free WiFi, some free parking and award-winning guest accommodation in light, modern en suite rooms. The Cape Cod dining room has sea views and offers award-winning cooked breakfasts. Prices? For a 17 mq2 family room the daily rate is from 99,45£ with superb breakfast included.
  • The Grand Hotel. Magnificent 5 stars hotel rated 8,8 on Booking which faces the beach from King Edward’s Parade. It offers luxurious accommodation, 2 award-winning restaurants, and both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. The Grand Hotel Eastbourne has welcomed many famous guests, including Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. Some rooms have spectacular sea views, and 24-hour room service is available. The Health Club and Spa features a sauna and steam room, and guests can enjoy treatments in the beauty and hair salons. A fully supervised playroom for children aged 3 and over is available on weekends and school holidays. The price for a deluxe double room starts from 240£ per night with wifi, parking and breakfast buffet included.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Eastbourne Official

Your Hotel in Eastbourne


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Barcelona – The best clay specialists will face here…at Antoni Gaudí’s home

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell

From 04/24 to 04/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 2,604,340

Tournament location: Real Club de Tenis Barcelona, Carrera de Bosch i Gimpera 5, 08034 Barcelona, Spain.

How to get: The Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899 is located in the northwest of the city, above Avenida Diagonal in the Pedralbes district. El Prat Airport is far about 16 km and 20 minutes driving. From Placa de Catalunya there is a distance of about 6 km. Public transport will take you to tennis courts in about 25-30 minutes.

Previous winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015/2014 Kei Nishikori – 2013/2012/2011 Rafa Nadal – 2010 Fernando Verdasco – 2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal

Rafa is looking for his 10th title in Barcelona

Entry list: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – David Goffin (Bel) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger)

THE TOWN: Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people. This city, located directly on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich history, having been under Roman, then Frank law before declaring its independence. In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought a massive upturn in its tourism industry. This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today with neighbourhoods renovated (and in some cases leveled) and the intense focus of modern design permeating all aspects of life in Barcelona from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.

Lonely Planet’s writer Regis St.Louis explains reasons he love this exceptional town: “I love the sea, and taking an early-morning jog along the Mediterranean is my favourite way to start the day. I’m also a bit of a history nerd, and relish strolling the cobblestone lanes of the Gothic quarter, thinking about the people in past centuries who walked these streets. Then there’s the food and drink – the first-rate tapas bars, the abundant and inexpensive wine, the superb and reasonably priced multicourse lunches. Add Catalan creativity (Modernisme, Miró, Dalí), bohemian bars and stunning nearby getaways and you have, quite simply, one of the world’s most captivating cities.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Sagrada Familia


  • Casa Batlló


  • Parc Güell


  • La Boqueira


  • Barri Gòtic


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Lleó. This is an elegant *** hotel rated 8.6 on Booking and located next to Barcelona’s Plaza Catalunya and the famous Las Ramblas. It has a small rooftop pool with terrace and lounge chairs, free Wi-Fi access and rooms with flat-screen TVs. The onsite restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean cuisine and features a glass roof. Prices start from 127€ for a double room.
  • The Corner Hotel. Delicious **** hotel rated 9.4 on Booking and located just 500 mt from Casa Batlló. It features a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and private parking is available on site. A cool & modern double room costs 144€ per night.
  • Hotel The Serras. Exceptional 5 stars hotel rated 9.6 on Booking and located just opposite the Barri Gotic. Set in an historic building it includes a rooftop infinity pool and a 1-Michelin-starred restaurant. Free WiFi access is available. Luxurious services like airport pick-up, limousine, concierge and valet parking are standard in this hotel. The price for a 30 mq2 superior double room starts from 380€ per night.
The double room of Hotel The Serras

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Barcelona Official 

Your Hotel in Barcelona


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Marseille – Kyrgios vs French Armada in the multicultural heart of Provence

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open 13 Marseille (25th edition)

From 02/20 to 02/26

Money prize: $ 691,850

Surface: Hard indoor

Tournament location: Palais des Sports – 81, rue Teisseire, 13009 Marseille

How to get: From city center the best way to get is by subway. Take line 2 and get off at the “Sainte Marguerite Dromel” station (direct line). If you move by car the distance between Vieux-Port zone and tennis courts is 7,2 km/12 min. Marseille Provence Airport is far about 29 km from Palais des Sports that is a taxi ride of about 25/30 minutes (approximately 30/35€).

Previous winners: 2016 Nick Kyrgios – 2015 Gilles Simon – 2014 Ernests Gulbis – 2013 Jo Wilfried Tsonga – 2012 Juan Martin Del Potro – 2011 Robin Soderling – 2010 Michael Llodra

Defending champion Nick Kyrgios

Main players: Gael Monfils (Fra) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Nicolas Mahut (Fra) – Benoit Paire (Fra)
THE TOWN: Marseille is the 2nd most populated city of France and the biggest mediterranean port and the economic center of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. In 2013 the city was the European Capital of Culture, a large series of cultural events took place, and several new infrastructures were inaugurated. For its complex history, Marseille’s population is a real melting pot of different cultures.

Lonely Planet introduces the town with these words: “For many years, the busy port city of Marseille has suffered from a serious image problem. Dismissed for its down-at-heel reputation, urban decay and often alarming crime statistics, it’s long been the black sheep of the Provençal coastline. But while it’s gritty, and not always pretty – Cannes or St-Tropez, it’s not – Marseille is a dynamic, edgy, bustling city that’s rich with more than 1500 years of history. And since its stint as the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and the addition of a brace of swanky new museums, the city has sparkled with a new sense of optimism and self-belief. At long last, everyone seems to be waking up to the fact that France’s second-biggest city might have been unfairly maligned all along. The heart of the city is the vibrant Vieux Port (old port), mast-to-mast with yachts and pleasure boats. Just uphill is the ancient Le Panier neighbourhood, the oldest section of the city. Also worth an explore is the République quarter, with its stylish boutiques and Haussmannian buildings, and the Joliette area, centred onMarseille’s famous striped Cathédrale de la Major.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN MARSEILLE:

  • Parc National des Calanques


  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde


  • Vieux Port 


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Alex Hotel. Perfect *** hotel with high value for money situated in central Marseille just 15 minutes walking from Vieux Port, this accomodation has been rated 9.2 on Booking. A small but comfy club double room costs 69,30 € per night with free wifi included in the price.
  • Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – MGallery by Sofitel. Excellent **** hotel rated 8.9 on Booking. It is located in Vieux Port at just 100 mt from Metro Station and offers modern double rooms from 129€ per night with breakfast buffet included. Free wifi is available for customers. Amazing onsite lounge bar with boasting views on the port.
  • Hotel C2. Wonderful ***** hotel, opened in April 2014, which rises in a 19th century private mansion at just 600 mt from Vieux Port and Notre Dame de la Garde. Facilities include a spa with a relaxation room, indoor pool, a bar and meeting room. Rated 9.3 on Booking it offers spacious room with designer furnishings (23 mq2) at 169€ per night. The free wifi is included in room price.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Visit Marseille Official

Accomodations


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Montpellier – World class tennis & high style in the south of France

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Open Sud de France

From 02/06 to 02/12

Money prize: $ 540,310

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Arena de Montpellier – 15 Route de la Foire 34470 Perols

How to get: From Montpellier city center you can use tramway nr.3 Juvignac/Montpellier/Lattes et Pérols stop “Parc Expo”. You can get by taxi too in about 20 minutes from central station (11 km).  Montpellier Airport is very close to Arena, just 2,8 km and 5 minutes driving.

Past Winners: 2016/2015 Richard Gasquet – 2014 Gael Monfils – 2013 Richard Gasquet – 2012 Tomas Berdych

Multi winner Richard Gasquet

Main Players: Marin Cilic (Cro) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Marcel Granollers (Esp) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Benoit Paire (Fra) – Florian Mayer (Ger) – Mischa Zverev (Ger)

THE TOWN: Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Hérault department. It is the 8th largest city of France, and is also the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years. Nearly one third of the population are students from three universities and from three higher education institutions that are outside the university framework in the city. For Lonely Planet Montpellier is a city with style and writes: “Graceful and easy-going, Montpellier is a stylish metropolis with elegant buildings, grand hôtels particuliers (private mansions), stately boulevards and shady backstreets, and gorgeous white-sand beaches on its doorstep. Unlike many southern towns, Montpellier has no Roman heritage. Instead it was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and later became a prosperous trading port as well as a scholarly centre – Europe’s first medical school was established here in the 12th century. The population swelled in the 1960s when many French settlers left independent Algeria and relocated here, and it’s now France’s fastest-growing city and one of its most multicultural. Students make up over a third of the population, giving it a spirited vibe.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS OF MONTPELLIER:

  • Pic St. Loup


  • Cathedrale St.Pierre


  • Place de la Comédie

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Best Western Eurociel Centre Comédie. Wonderful *** hotel located in the real heart of Montpellier at just 200 mt from Place de la Comédie, this accomodation is rated 8.9 on Booking and voted nr.1 hotel on TripAdvisor. A contemporary double room costs 95€ per night with free wifi included. Breakfast and parking are available with an additional charge.
  • Grand Hôtel du Midi. Excellent **** hotel sitted just in Place de la Comédie and rated 8.7 on Booking. It offers individually decorated 20 mq2 classic rooms at 114€ per night including free wifi. Public parking is available at a location nearby and charges apply.
  • Domaine de Verchant Relais & Châteaux. Luxurious ***** hotel and spa housed in a former mansion at just 10 minutes driving from Montpellier Arena. Rated 9,1 on Booking, it offers sumptuous rooms which blends highly contemporary interior design and charming 200-year old stones from 240€ per night with free wifi and parking. Onsite restaurant and high tech spa.

USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Montpellier Tourism Office Website 

Accomodations 


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Basel – Who will win in Roger’s birthplace?

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 SWISS INDOOR BASEL

Date: From 24/10 to 30/10

Money prize: $ 1,701,320

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: St.Jakobs Halle – Bruglingerstrasse 21, 4052 Munchenstein, Switzerland

How to get: From Basel SBB (main station) you get Tram No. 8, 10 or 11 till Aeschenplatz, change line on Tram No. 14 till stop St. Jakob. From Basel Badischer Bahnhof you can get Bus No. 36 without changing till stop St. Jakob.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 – 2014 Roger Federer – 2013 – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – 2010 Roger Federer – 2009 Novak Djokovic – 2008 – 2007 – 2006 Roger Federer

Top 10 Players: Stan Wawrinka (Svi) –  Rafael Nadal (Esp) -Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – David Goffin (Bel) – Nick Kyrgios (Aus) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) – Jack Sock (Usa)

 

ABOUT BASEL

Basel is Switzerland’s third-most-populous city (behind Zürich and Geneva) with about 195,000 inhabitants. Situated at the Swiss-German-French tripoint, the Basel region culturally extends into German Baden-Württemberg and French Alsace.Basel has been an important cultural centre since the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. It has the oldest university of the Swiss Confederation (1460). Basel had been a commercial hub since the Renaissance, and it emerged as a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the 20th century. Lonely Planet defines it as a city for art lovers and writes: “With museums galore, a scenic setting on the Rhine and one of Europe’s best winter carnivals, Basel makes an appealing stopover, especially for lovers of art and contemporary urban design.The city’s year-round attractions, including the engaging Old Town, are mostly concentrated in Grossbasel (Greater Basel) on the south bank of the Rhine. Over the river, Kleinbasel (Little Basel) is a grittier area, long home to this rich city’s working class. The relief bust of Lällekeenig (Tongue King) – near the southern end of Mittlere Brücke – sticking his tongue out at the northern end, just about sums up the old attitude between the two sides of town.Basel is also the closest Switzerland comes to having a seaport; the Rhine is navigable for decent-sized ships from this point until it reaches the North Sea in Holland. It follows a gentle bend through the city, from southeast to north.

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Altstadt

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  • Kunstmuseum

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  • Tinguely-Brunnen (Carnival Fountain)

Basel: Fasnachtsbrunnen

 

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Ibis Budget Basel City: In a town where is very difficult to save money I want to put in evidence for you this good *** solution, awarded on Tripadvisor. Located just 800 mt from central station and 1,1 km from Kunstmuseum, this hotel offers little but modern double rooms at 96€ + 10€ for breakfast.
  • Das Breite Hotel. Very good *** accomodation, rated 8.5 on Booking, this hotel enjoys a convenient location close to the A3 motorway in Basel and offers elegant rooms with free wired internet access.A rich breakfast buffet is available every morning. Parking is available in the garage. Price for a standard room is 139€ in b&b.
  • Swissotel Le Plaza Basel. Amazing **** hotel at 15 minutes driving by airport and 10 minutes by public transport from train station. This is the official accomodation of tennis players. Rated 8.5 on Booking, it offers classic twin room at 246€ per night with breakfast and wifi included.
  • Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois. Exsclusive and luxurious *****S and located in the centre of Basel’s Old Town, on the banks of the Rhine, Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois is one of Europe’s oldest city hotels, where such personalities as Napoleon, Elizabeth II, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Mann and others have stayed. Inside you could eat at The Cheval Blanc restaurant which was awarded 3 Michelin stars. The price is for a few people : 703€ per night for a 32 mq2 deluxe double room city side.

 

 

USEFUL LINKS:

BASEL TOURIST INFO OFFICIAL

KUNSTMUSEUM OFFICIAL

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL BASEL ACCOMODATIONS

 

ENJOY!!!!

Shenzhen – Some tennis days inside China’s Silicon Valley

THE TOURNAMENT:  ATP SHENZHEN OPEN

Date: From 26/9 to 02/10

Money prize: $ 704,140

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center – Junction of Shuiguan Highway and Longxiang Ave., Longgang District, Shenzhen, Post Code : 518115

General information: Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center is far about 48 km from International Airport. To get from there take bus Airport line 10 to Hourui metro station, take metro Luobao line to Laojie station, transfer to Longgang line and take off at Universiade station, then change to bus number M294 to final stop on Velodrome Road.

Recent Past Winners: 2015 Thomas Berdych – 2014 Andy Murray

Top 10 Players: Tomas Berdych (Cek) – David Goffin (Bel) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Alexander Zverev (Ger) -Benoit Paire (Fra) – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Janko Tipsarevic (Srb) – Taylor Fritz (Usa)

THE TOWN

Shenzhen is a major city and a major financial center in Guangdong Province, China. It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It also has one of the busiest container ports in the world. Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of its vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of “reform and opening” establishment of the SEZ in late 1979. The town is famous all over the world for the high number of theme parks. Lonely Planet write about this town: “One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It’s a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but find a thriving club and indie-music nightlife, or squads of housewives breaking out dance moves in public squares into the evening. The myriad theme parks, which include fun miniature landmarks, also amuse, as do the quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO SEE IN SHENZHEN:

  • Wutong Mountain

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  • KingKey 100

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  • Splendid China Theme Park

splendid-china-theme-park

 

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen. Fantastic **** hotel just five minutes walking from Dongmen pedestrian area. Rated 8.6 on Booking, offers double king rooms from 88€ per night with breakfast included. Great value for money.
  • The Langham Shenzhen. Luxurious ***** hotel located in Futian this hotel combines pefectly modern and traditional styles. Rated 9.2 on Booking, offers enormous double room at 119€ per night without breakfast.
  • Futian Shangri-La Shenzhen. This *****  hotel located in the heart of Futian commercial zone is the best solution for tennis fans because is the official accomodation of tournament with great possibility to meet your favourite players. A deluxe double room of 48 mq2 with living room costa from 154€ to 205€ per night.

 

SHENZHEN ON TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE

VISIT SHENZHEN ON DISCOVER CHINA

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL 595 SHENZEN ACCOMODATIONS

 

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