5 highlights of New York

1. Empire State Building - Perfect for a romantic evening out
You may have seen it on film, but it is something completely different e to be there in person. If this is your first trip to New York, you really must take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building. The approximately 380 metre high building was the tallest in world for a long time. Although there are now a number of buildings that are considerably taller, this skyscraper is still one of the world's most famous buildings.

A trip to the top of the distinctive Art Deco building will give you a spectacular view of Manhattan and is the perfect destination for a romantic night out - and maybe a kiss?

2. Central Park - Find tranquillity in the heart of the city
Central Park is perhaps the world's most famous park, and not without good reason. First of all, the park is enormous. It contains a sports arena, a zoo, lakes and small "rock formations". The park, which is located in the centre of Manhattan is the perfect place to find peace after a few days on the streets of New York.

Pack a picnic basket for a lazy day on the grass with the New York skyline as a backdrop. Or lace up your trainers, for a walk along the Central Park Reservoir. No matter how you like to unwind - Central Park is just the place to do that.

3. Shopping - Something for everyone!
New York is the shopping capital of the world. You can find EVERYTHING here. As the city is so huge and has so much to offer, we recommend setting aside some time before your trip for research if you have big shopping plans. Still, we can give you a few ideas:

At the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, is Times Square. If you come to New York you can hardly avoid it. This is where you can find all the most famous brand stores, from toy manufacturers to make-up and clothes.

In East Village is the place to go you can find the things that the major department stores do not stock. Second-hand stores abound, and you will find lots of cool, distinctive clothes - without the major, well-known logos.

4. Museum of Modern Art - You will be amazed, seduced and fascinated
The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA as it is fondly known, has one of the world's most famous art collections. The museum has played a central part in the development of modern art for nearly a century.

Here you will find paintings by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin, but the beauty is that you need not be particularly interested in art to be rewarded by your visit. Come here and be provoked, excited, impressed, or amazed.

Address: 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

5. Chinatown – exotic and exciting
Chinatown is one of the city's most densely populated areas with, as its name suggests, a mainly Chinese population. And that's what characterises the quarter, in its architecture, decoration, trade and language. It is, quite simply, a small piece of China. Actually, some of the inhabitants here only speak Chinese, even though they have been born and raised in the heart of New York.

Of course, this is where to find the best dim sum and tea houses. It is a quarter of small twisting streets, with signs in Chinese and exciting import shops. This quarter is only a few blocks away from Little Italy, so here you can visit three countries in a matter of hours.

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