Driving from Amsterdam to Giethoorn – a road trip through Flevoland

Windmills, tulips, canals, and cows – do these words make you think of the Netherlands? If you’re up for a little road trip from Amsterdam to the countryside, check out Flevoland – a region just an hour’s drive northeast of Amsterdam that’s filled with everything Dutch.

If you’re craving for more of Amsterdam’s Dutch charm and magic but a little less of the crowds and buzz, take a road trip through Flevoland. It’s a region just an hour’s drive northeast of Amsterdam that will take you through the beautiful countryside and to charming canal towns. And yes, Giethoorn – which is every photographer/Instagrammer’s dream – is one of those gorgeous little towns.

While a day trip is doable, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to stay for the night. Check out this road trip itinerary for the best of Flevoland.

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Hallstatt travel guide – visiting Austria’s most photogenic town

A calm blue lake mirroring the sky, mountain ranges setting a picture-perfect background, and pastel lakeside houses lending the historic town a storybook vibe – I did my best but words fail to do this town justice. If you’re in for a visual tour or ready to start planning your trip, this Hallstatt travel guide will surely leave you in love with this town.

If you’ve spent at least several hours on Instagram or Pinterest looking for travel inspiration for a trip to Europe, chances are you’ve come across Hallstatt – a stunningly photogenic town in the middle of the Salzkammergut region of Austria.

Imagine: a calm blue lake mirroring the sky, mountain ranges setting a picture-perfect background, and pastel lakeside houses decked with flowerboxes lending the historic town a storybook vibe. It’s easy to superimpose a vision of yourself enjoying a little holiday in this charming town.

If you’re in for a visual tour or ready to start planning your trip, this Hallstatt travel guide will surely leave you in love with this town. Continue reading “Hallstatt travel guide – visiting Austria’s most photogenic town”

Where to stay in Prague – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations

Where to stay in Prague - a guide to the neighborhoods and best hotels in Prague

“Prague won’t let you go, the little mother has claws,” so said Franz Kafka, the capital’s most famous son.

And while Franz Kafka obviously had a deeper connection with the city, travelers to Prague can’t help but feel the same way to some degree. Prague never gets old and it never goes out of style or season.

There’s always something new going on in Prague – be it a new row of restaurants, a new edgy café in an up-and-coming neighborhood, or a new quirky art installation. But at the same time, the old is splendidly preserved, the centuries’ worth of Gothic, Romantic, and Baroque architecture still standing proudly even after world wars, fires, and natural calamities.

All these led to the Prague of today: a city that goes from medieval to modern, conventional to quirky, historic to hipster, and sacred to scandalous in a few blocks.

So it goes that your experiences in Prague can depend heavily on which neighborhood you choose to spend your days and nights. Whether you’re up for a crash course in European history and arts or you’re here for the beer, there’s a lovely Prague district that won’t let you go. Continue reading “Where to stay in Prague – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”

5 days in the Czech Republic – the best sights for your first visit

Here’s what to do on your first visit to the Czech Republic: immerse in the fairytale cities of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, drive or hike around the countryside, and drink up the magic, atmosphere, and the world’s greatest beer.

The Czech Republic is an amazing country with a wealth of culture, history, architecture, and natural beauty. In this 5-day itinerary for first-time visitors, you’ll fall in love with two of Europe’s most beautiful cities and get a taste of the great outdoors that makes hiking one of the Czechs’ favorite past times. By the end of your trip, you’ll realize 5 days is hardly enough. These are the sights that will surely make you come back. Continue reading “5 days in the Czech Republic – the best sights for your first visit”

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg – a scenic route through Austria’s countryside

Austria is brimming with beautiful landscapes and charming towns. Visit them in this road trip itinerary from Vienna to Salzburg.

Driving from Vienna to Salzburg is quick and easy. Salzburg is approximately 300 KM to the west of Vienna, and you can easily reach it via the A1 motorway (West Autobahn) in 3 hours – just about the same time it would take a train ride.

But if you’re up for a scenic road trip across Austria’s gorgeous countryside, don’t take the A1. Stretch out your drive from 3 hours to 3 days or more and visit these beautiful stops. Continue reading “Driving from Vienna to Salzburg – a scenic route through Austria’s countryside”

South Moravia – revelry and relaxation in Czech Republic’s wine region

Are you headed to Central Europe? Here are the top reasons to add South Moravia to your itinerary! If you’re going “South Mora-WHAT?”, all the more reasons to read on and CZECH OUT the Czech Republic’s luscious wine region!

My train stops on the border town of Mikulov in South Moravia, and as I step out onto the platform, I am treated to the distinctive beauty of a Czech castle town: red terracotta roofs, twisted cobblestone streets, and an imposing 13th-century castle set against the backdrop of rolling hills and the outline of a distant mountain range.

But the normally sleepy town is abuzz this beautiful September weekend. It’s the annual Palavske vinobrani, a weekend-long wine festival that transforms the usually sleepy town into a big wild street party. And even first-time festival-goers like me know: where wine flows, merriment follows. Continue reading “South Moravia – revelry and relaxation in Czech Republic’s wine region”

Cesky Krumlov travel guide – a trip to Europe’s magnificent gem

Step into the magical old town of Cesky Krumlov. There’s so much to see, experience, and learn – this painless travel guide helps you find your way around the town.

Have you ever had one of those crazy fantasies where you are the king or queen of a medieval kingdom? That the land is at peace, your subjects adore you and there isn’t a brewing coup or an impending invasion? And more importantly: that the person with whom you are betrothed is actually your secret childhood love and not some stranger you had to strategically marry?

Pardon the flight of ideas – it’s easy to get lost in a web of absurd medieval fantasies when you’re looking down on the old town of Cesky Krumlov from the castle tower. Continue reading “Cesky Krumlov travel guide – a trip to Europe’s magnificent gem”