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Venice is a city of Italy, capital of the Veneto region. It is known as the city of canals and is situated in the northeast of the country, a group of islands that stretch for a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. This is a very important city touristically and it receives each year more than 15 million visitors.


Lately, Venice has encountered several problems that include increased water level (Acqua Alta, 150 centimeters) and, as a result of it, a series of floods in various tourist areas of the city, like in the Plaza de San Marcos. The water level tends to rise between spring and autumn because of the heavy rains and it has direct effects on tourism, as most traders cannot open and the terraces are no longer so popular. According to a study, it is expected that the water level would rise up and flood frequency of 1.4 to 18.5 times per year by the end of the century that would affect 75% of the city.

What do YOU think?

Do you think that because of frequent flooding in Venice tourism will disappear? Will flooding affect the choice of tourists?


The Plastinarium is an “Anatomical Teaching Centre” located in Guben, Germany. This 3000 sqm’s museum is unique in the world. Its particularity is to expose human corpses and to explain the process of plastination, a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies using silicone to replace the different organic liquids. The visits may also include particular workshops for groups.

Founded in November 2006 by Gunther von Hagens (physician and inventor) for doctors, students and even amateurs to know more about the topic, it has received more than 100 thousand visits since its opening.


The opinions about this attraction are divided, which make it an important controversial tourism spot. In fact, using those expositions with a medical purpose may not be a bad idea; nevertheless it’s not necessary to show corpses in all-day activities (playing poker, riding a horse, playing tennis…). Those bodies aren’t supposed to be a show and the expositions should be focused on a specific public. Why would it be interesting for everyone to learn with such details how are our bodies from inside? Moreover, even if donations of human corpses to von Hagens’ exhibitions are done, isn’t it a bit morbid and immoral to expose them so coldly?

¬†Have YOU visited and liked the Plastinarium? Would you recommend it and to who? Don’t you think some expositions aren’t appropriated for everyone?



Posted: January 3, 2013 in Europe, Morbid
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Auschwitz was a complex of various concentration camps built by the medical experimentation regime after Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, at the beginning of World War II.


The Auschwitz concentration camp is considered the largest center of history and the most visited, in 2008, the number of tourists was 1.2 million visitors and in 2010 that figure was higher, with 1.38 million visitors. In the last ten years has tripled the number of visits, which implies greater interest in the place.

Following this, Auschwitz has become a tourist destination that is as a place of memory due to its high number of visitors and this may affect the area in a positive way as income increases but in turn the of tourists makes some people not as proper area or not behave respectfully.

Do you think the area is well classified as a place to promote tourism? Can affect the flow of tourists to the area?