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Vacations in New Orleans: a city break with a special charm

If you're looking for an action-packed city trip, New Orleans, Louisiana, offers you an unforgettable experience: a stroll through the historic old town - the famous French Quarter with its ornate facades - and a stop in Jackson Square, which is sure to be familiar from multiple scenes in major Hollywood films. Or discover the 390,000-inhabitant strong city from a completely different perspective on a paddle steamer over the Mississippi. 

The "Big Easy" lures with jazz, bourbon, voodoo, gumbo and beignets. Stroll through the French Quarter and discover something new on every corner. The street musicians will keep the rhythm alive and you won't be able to keep your feet still! Did you know that New Orleans is arguably the most hunted city in the US? The perfect place to be during Halloween! What do you think?

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What are the must-do activities in New Orleans?

The French Quarter and famous Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Voodoo Museum—New Orleans offers a wealth of attractions and activities. We have put together the most important ones for you, from the best shopping areas to the most interesting museums.


Shopping in New Orleans

New Orleans is a shopper's paradise if you're looking for something a little different. Fashion, literature, music, and art are all represented in the numerous commercial streets. The main shopping areas are:

  • Magazine Street
  • Royal Street
  • Canal Place
  • Lakeside Shopping Center
  • River Walk

The most exciting museums in New Orleans

New Orleans is full of unusual and exciting museums so a visit to at least one is a must. This includes the Voodoo Museum on Dumaine Street, which explores the mystical religion. At Mardi Gras World, you can immerse yourself in the colorful carnival world of New Orleans: unique costumes, parade floats, and the history of the festival are the themes of this fascinating exhibition.

Nightlife: going out in New Orleans

"The Big Easy" is known for its vibrant nightlife—jazz and blues bars can be found all over the city. Frenchmen Street in particular is a must if you're a music fan: the authentic New Orleans awaits you with an incomparable atmosphere and jazz, blues, and reggae music sounding from every corner and onlookers dancing along. The other main nightlife areas in New Orleans are:

  • the French Quarter, especially Bourbon Street
  • Uptown
  • Mid City

Excursions: get out of the city

Once you've experienced the unique atmosphere of New Orleans, you may find it difficult to leave the city. Nevertheless, a trip to the surrounding areas is worthwhile. For example, you can discover the magical landscape on a tour of the Mississippi or take a drive to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

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