From the moment you step into Strasbourg, you’ll feel it. A pleasant, welcoming vibe that’s a lot more than the friendliness of locals, the ease of getting around, or the odd familiarity of the storybook houses. Even on your first hour in the city, you’ll feel a sense of belonging – that you’re not a tourist to be scrutinized or a stranger to be wary of. In a city that’s a mix of a lot of things, it’s just natural to fit in.
Strasbourg is known for many things – as the capital of the historic wine-growing region, Alsace; as the seat of the European Parliament; as the setting of one of the world’s biggest and oldest Christmas markets; and as a border city that derives from both French and German cultures – an intoxicating mix of countryside hospitality and multicultural charm.
Whether you’re here for the wine, the history and culture, or just to relax for a little holiday, there’s a lot to love in Strasbourg.
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Rolling emerald hills and charming pastel houses, snowcapped mountains and the tinkling of cowbells – if these are some of your favorite things, then a road trip in Austria’s gorgeous countryside will surely make your heart sing.
Driving in Austria is one of the best ways to explore the country. You’ll get from one majestic city to another, through stunning natural parks and quaint little villages, all just a smooth and relaxing drive away. Here’s everything you need to know for your Austrian road trip.
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Budapest is a city that everybody seems to love.
The Hungarian capital is no secret gem. It’s a major port for cruise ships, a go-to destination for traveling Europe on a budget, and a favorite base among digital nomads. Scroll through Instagram and you’ll likely find photos of the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Parliament. Ask anyone who’s been to Budapest and they’ll tell you all about the ruin bars and the bustling nightlife scene. Budapest is a vibrant city with just the right mix of historic sights and cosmopolitan vibe, earning its place among the top cities to visit in Europe.
And yet, there’s a lot to discover in this city. Despite all the hype, I was amazed at how much more I ended up liking Budapest. The pictures and the stories just don’t do the city justice – it’s a place you really must experience to get what everybody’s been raving about.
If you’re heading to Central Europe, let me echo what all those who have gone before me have said: you must add Budapest to your itinerary. While there’s a lot to discover in this city that even a week’s stay or two won’t fully uncover, here are my best recommendations on what to do in Budapest in 3 exciting days. Continue reading “3 days in Budapest – best things to do in Hungary’s exciting capital”
If you’re looking for a luxurious city break, you can’t go wrong with Geneva.
Bright mornings treat you to a view of the lake and the alps, sparkling under the sun. A relaxing walk along the quay brings you to shopping streets lined with the world’s most luxurious brands, and lunch is a new opportunity to eat fondue. Afternoons are for exploring the old town’s alleys and discovering vintage shops and quiet cafes, while the evening is for dinner cruises onboard period ships.
Whether you’re on your way to the Alps, to a business meeting, or simply looking to unwind, a day or two in this cosmopolitan city is the perfect holiday. Here’s where to stay in Geneva. Continue reading “Where to stay in Geneva, Switzerland – best hotels and areas for a luxurious city break”
Waves crashing onto a sugar-white beach, palms swaying, a gentle breeze, and the most stunning blues you’ve ever seen… That’s the stuff our daydreams are made of – and exactly what’s in store for you when you visit Coron, one of the amazing destinations that have made Palawan the world’s best island* year after year.
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Ready for wine, history, and great food? Buckle up – we’re going to Strasbourg!
Strasbourg is the capital and largest city of the Grand Est region of France, and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Being near the border of Germany, you’ll find a mix of Franco-German culture. If you’re a linguaphile, you’ll particularly love the thrill of being able to practice both your French and German during your stay.
Travelers who love exploring cities will bask in everything Strasbourg has to offer – a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants, cafes at every turn, endless shopping choices – all within a network of extensive cycling paths and convenient public transportation.
Even if you’re not a big city person, it’s worth spending a couple of days in Strasbourg. It’s a great base to explore the Bas-Rhin department of the historic region of Alsace, and you’ll find lots of green spaces within – the most notable being the Parc de l’Orangerie and the Jardin des Deux Rives.
To make your holiday as fun as possible, read on for my top recommendations on where to stay in Strasbourg.
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Step into any of the world’s most exciting cities and you’re sure to find elements of the old and new.
The timeline begins in the historical center, showcasing the city’s oldest buildings and earliest traditions, perhaps the city’s oldest pub or a piece of cryptic medieval art. You hear the collective buzz of a hundred languages converged in one square, and make your way through people all looking for that perfect shot. As you walk outwards, a narrative unfolds. The buildings change gradually according to the city’s history – an era of opulence there, the dawn of a new artistic movement here. You fall in step with smartly-dressed locals all in a hurry to get somewhere – you’re the only one looking up at the buildings. You eventually reach a district that screams of the present – trendy restaurants, concept cafes, and brightly-lit shops with attractive displays of the latest styles, all punctuated by young people in pastels and bright colors, their faces hiding behind a laptop, a cup of coffee, or a phone.
In Tallinn, Estonia, the passage of time is not so linear. It’s as loopy and twisty as the streets of the city itself, winding through trees and buildings and time itself.
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The evenings are getting cooler and the days shorter. While summer’s impending end may make you feel blue, here’s a thought that could pick your spirits right back up: it’s time to chase the beautiful colors of fall! Let’s start planning!
South Korea is a great place for an autumn holiday. There are plenty of spots to enjoy the beauty of autumn, and even within its capital city, Seoul, you’ll find plenty of parks and open spaces boasting the radiant colors of fall. This itinerary takes you in and around Seoul, then guides you to venture out into the countryside where you’ll see South Korea’s best spots for autumn. Happy leaf-hunting!
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Lying in the center of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, it’s easy to miss Brno. For most travelers, it’s a train stop between Central Europe’s most popular destinations. But if you’re looking for a break from the ultra-touristy (looking at you, Prague) and expensive (ahem, Vienna) cities, Brno is the perfect layover.
In Brno, you’ll get to enjoy magnificent architecture, a vibrant food and drinks scene, and a couple of quirky attractions – minus the crowds and hefty price tags. Plus, you’ll be a short train ride away from Czech Republic’s best wineries housed in castle towns and charming villages, making this the perfect laidback city break.
Take a break from your hectic Central European bucket list. Add a couple of days in Brno to your itinerary and recharge in its artsy cafes, cool wine cellars, and sprawling green spaces. Here’s where to stay in Brno.
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Get to know France beyond the glitz and glamor of its cities! Go for a road trip and get acquainted with its fragrant fields, cliffside castles, and vibrant vineyards. Here are 5 amazing road trips to take in France.
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