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Historic Site

When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.

The very best weeks for the garden are the end of May and beginning of June. At this time of the year, the huge rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. My visit was at the end of June, and I only got an idea that it must be magnificent a few weeks earlier.

Opening Hours:
The castle and garden are open to the public after Easter until the end of October from 10 a.m., and the last admission is at 5 p.m. 

Avoiding Crowds:
It gets crowded at midday. To enjoy the castle and the garden with few people only arrive early at 10 a.m.

Tip:
Tours to the private apartments are offered once a year for several weeks by arrangement only.

GB United Kingdom

You can enjoy a visit any season. They say that in the summer it's more beautiful. In general it's more pleasant to visit the city between spring and fall. During winter you don't experience a Siberian cold but the temperature still drops to a freezing daytime average of -12°C (10°F) in January/February.

Opening hours of the museum are: daily 11 AM - 6 PM (Saturday till 8 PM). Closed on Mondays. It can get a little busy if you arrive together with others on a tour but not heavily crowded. Visitors: 80,000 each year only.

RU Russia

It's a great year-round place, especially for photographers. However, it's a tourist trap and usually busy with many people gathering outside. To beat the crowds avoid weekends and be there in the morning. Also consider visiting at night: Everything is calmer and the tower is nicely illuminated. Check the sunset times here: http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/j...

If you'd like to get inside the museum, you have to get there during the day as it closes at 5:10 PM.

It's also great for photos in winter. Although it can get quite cold. Check monthly weather here: http://www.worldweatheronline.co...

JP Japan

I visited here in the morning and early evening. There are many visitors at any time of day, but never as crowded as in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum nearby. For a more peaceful visit of the dome avoid weekends and be there early morning or late evening.

The park is also known for its gorgeous cherry blossoms. Over 300 cherry trees can be found along the Motoyasu River which flows along the side of the park. They are blooming between mid-March and mid-April. If you'd like to see them check the cherry blossom forecast for the exact time each year: http://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

JP Japan

I prefer to visit here in early morning. However, it is nice any time...

CLIMATE/WEATHER: Every season is different and a great setting for photos. In summer the average daytime temperature reaches its maximum in July/August: 20°C (68°F). In winter it can get quite cold, the temperature drops below zero -3°C (26°F) in Jan/Feb, even colder during the night.

In the summer months of July and August there is sometimes a market with BBQ and Karaoke.

JP Japan

It is interesting to visit in any season. I like it early morning and early evening.

CLIMATE/WEATHER: Every season is different and a great setting for photos. In summer the average daytime temperature reaches its maximum in July/August: 20°C (68°F). In winter it can get quite cold, the temperature drops below zero -3°C (26°F) in Jan/Feb, even colder during the night.

JP Japan