Montréal is a charming cultural city in Canada which is often nicknamed La Belle Ville or the Beautiful City. Aesthetically it is a very European city and in a way Montréal combines North-American culture with a European cultural heritage. This is a place that boasts world-renowned design, interesting festivals, an enticing art life, a fun night life and of course hockey. Montréal is one of North America's most exciting cities.
Montréal, Québec is Canada's second largest city after Toronto and the ninth largest city in North America. French is the official language and the city is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. Most of the inhabitants are bilingual, speaking both English and French and people switch easily between the two languages whenever they need to.
Montréal is the cultural capital of Canada. It is home to a vibrant theatre scene, exciting festivals and artists have laid claim to entire neighborhoods here. The city sprouts new vibes on every corner which is evident by the flourishing street art. Do you love food? Then Montréal is your kind of city. This Canadian metropolis has a selection of high class restaurants and food markets and the variety is both diverse and exotic. It's also worth mentioning that 85% of the world's maple syrup is produced in Québec. Sweet!
The Olympics were held in Montréal in 1976 and the Olympic Stadium is one of the city's most prominent landmarks. Accessible by a custom made funicular, the Montréal Tower rises 168 m from the top of the building and a trip up to the top offers breathtaking views. To get the best introduction to the city try some of our favorite tours in Montréal.
Montréal is a great destination for those who love the outdoors. The city is as lovely for cyclists during the summer as it is for skiers during the winter. And you can't visit Montréal without going to a hockey match and experiencing firsthand Canada's passionate national sport.
Yes, exciting transportation! There is plenty to see when walking around Montréal and the atmosphere is particularly lively. This is a bicycle-friendly town but the metro-system is easy to use and for easy sight seeing try the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. On cold winter days you can get around the city without ever stepping out into the cold. Montréal's city center has an underground transport system that connects the city in an ingenious way and spreads out up to 32 km. The subterranean city connects shops, music halls, theatres and art galleries and is the world's largest subterranean construction of its kind. It can be confusing so there's an Underground Walking Tour to make you feel right at home.
For those who prefer old-fashioned sightseeing (above ground) we recommend a sightseeing tour around the beautiful Notre Dame basilica. Built in 1672 it is North America's largest house of prayer and one of Montréal's best known landmarks. The cobbled streets of Old Montréal are also worth a visit, an area characterized by charming neighborhoods, cozy cafés and a lively and atmospheric culture.
1.7 million live in Montréal. The temperature can rise up to 26-28°C in the summer and during the winter daytime temperatures average at -2°C. The Canadian dollar (CAD) is the local currency.
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