These cities around the world are still real insider tips

The travel guide “Secret Cities around the World – 100 Cities away from the hustle and bustle” presents travel destinations that are not yet on everyone’s agenda. The book contains a total of 35 insider tips for Europe, another eight for Africa, 20 destinations in America, eight in Oceania, and 29 turbulent places in Asia. The charming descriptions of cities are meant to whet the appetite for travel where you don’t always feel like you’ve seen it all before.

The selected destinations cover all five continents and 70 countries. Love to travel guaranteed! We give you our favorite insider tips.

1. Cremona in Italy

It doesn’t have to be Rome, Pisa or Florence. Anyone can, like Lothar Matthaus, say, “The main thing is Italy!” He can also discover the wonderful city of Cremona in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. Violin shops feature cityscapes, because the beautiful city of about 70,000 people is the cradle of the violin industry.




The bell tower of Cremona Cathedral offers a wonderful view of the city.

The best violin maker in the world, Antonio Giacomo Stradivari (1648-1737), lived, worked, and died in Cremona. Some ingenious instruments can be seen in the Stradivariano Museum. Even today, musicians from all over the world get their violins from workshops in Cremona and pay them a small fortune.

Winding streets, lovingly designed inner courtyards, majestic palaces and cathedral: as is usual in Italy, the architecture of the city is also charming. Even if they play the second violin in Cremona.

2. Grasse in France

Paris, the city of love? It may be. But in Grasse it smells amazing. It is known that love passes through the nose. The smell of the city is no accident. Grasse is considered the center of the perfume industry. Here lavender, roses, and jasmine bloom and blossom, it smells like rosemary, lemon and orange blossoms. In short: Grass is an aromatic dream. Chanel no. 5 are developed here and 50 out of about 1000 perfumers in the world call Grasse home.

The city’s beautiful streets were also the backdrop for the filming of Patrick Suskind’s “Perfume”. It was not possible to choose a setting more suitable for the work in which aromas play the leading role. The perfume factory Frogonard, where Süskind acquired his knowledge, should be on your to-do list when visiting Grasse, as well as strolling the narrow streets of the medieval old town with its colorful houses.




Visually a poem, sympathetically a dream: Grass in France.

3. Stadium in Sweden

Less than an hour’s drive from Malmö, fans of crime fiction will find what they’re looking for in Ystad. Because the visitor here follows in the footsteps of the fictitious Inspector Kurt Wallander. Henning Mankell’s Wallander investigates brutal murder cases in the picturesque half-timbered town. Tourists can follow in his footsteps. On your own or with the help of the Wallander app, you can discover series sets, murder scenes, or Wallander’s favorite sweet shop in the city of 20,000 people.

It remains unclear why Mankell chose his hometown as a crime scene. Far from fiction, Ystad is a peaceful and homely, oversized bully. Beautiful mountain landscapes and a long sandy beach surround the peaceful city.




A pure poet: roses on a colorful gate on a small street in the idyllic downtown of Ystad.

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4. Sukhothai in Thailand

The Sukhothai World Heritage Site was founded around AD 500. The city is home to around 200 attractions and cultural treasures, including eight-meter-high Buddha statues, the Hindu shrine of San Ta Va Daeng, and 21 scenic temples. In addition to the sights, residents of Sukhothai also distinguish the city: street vendors are equipped with everything you need: water, chewing gum or amulets that prevent any misfortune – from banana peel on the ground to facing a tiger.

A highlight is a trip to Sukhothai during Thailand’s Loi Krathong Festival of Lights. On the night of the full moon in the twelfth month of the traditional Thai calendar, which usually falls in November, the city’s lakes and ponds sparkle in a sea of ​​lights. Water goddess Mai Konga is honored on this night and flower boats and candles at waterholes are mesmerized. By the way: Sukhothai means twilight of happiness. This alone promises to be worth a trip.




Wat Sra Si in red lighting and torches reflected in the water: the festival of lights in Sukhothai.