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”
Budapest is a city that has it all. One moment you’re walking along the glitzy Andrássy Avenue lined with designer shops and fancy restaurants, the next you’re looking up at bright murals painted on firewalls amidst the buildings of the 7th and 8th districts, all in various stages of renovation and transformation.
Whether you’re here to explore the historical landmarks, relax in the thermal baths, or shop and dine in one of the world’s most dynamic cities, a fantastic holiday awaits.
Your first task? Choose where to stay in Budapest. Find the neighborhood that best fits your travel style with this handy guide.
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Chocolates and cheese – these were the only reasons I needed to jump on a chance to spend a couple of days in Geneva, Switzerland’s second largest city.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more to enjoy in Geneva beyond the truffles and fondue. There’s the breathtaking Lake Geneva, a mere glimpse of the many gorgeous natural landscapes you can explore in Switzerland. There’s the picturesque old town, its winding alleys leading to art galleries, quiet leafy parks, and intimate cafés. And then there’s Carouge, a hip neighborhood just outside Geneva where you can instantly catch a Mediterranean vibe.
Whether you’re in Geneva for business or a little holiday, make the most of your stay in one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. Here’s how to spend 3 days in Geneva. Continue reading “3 days in Geneva, Switzerland – best things to see and do”
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”
A visit to Alsace is a trip back to your childhood.
You know, those long nights spent under a blanket with only a flashlight to guide you through the crumbling pages of a well-worn, well-loved book, its pages filled with beautiful princesses, dashing men, and eloquent animals. While the heroes and heroines would eventually find their way to enchanted forests and abandoned castles, their adventures would always begin in a tiny town, with pastel houses and wooden beams, a stork’s nest on a lookout tower, rickety bridges over quiet waterways, and glistening emerald hills in the distance.
That picture right there – the one in your mind right now – that’s precisely what Alsace looks like. Well, sans the magical animals, but it’s pretty close.
If you’ve ever wondered if the places in the storybooks are real, check out these real-life pictures of Alsace and relive your childhood adventures. Continue reading “10 best things to do in Alsace, France – a real-life storybook destination”
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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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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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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