10 Best Copenhagen budget hotels

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10 Best Copenhagen budget hotels

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Our pick of cheap yet stylish digs in Denmark’s capital

Popular as it is for weekend breaks, Copenhagen is also notoriously expensive as a destination. Choose your hotel wisely, however, and you don’t have to break the bank. The good news is that there are plenty of options – from a bunk in a high-quality hostel to an ensuite room in a well-priced hotel. It is totally possible to stay in style on a budget in this brilliant capital.

Best for perks: Hotel Danmark

Hotel Danmark 

Alongside its 89 four-star rooms, the boutique Hotel Danmark has two bunk-bed rooms, each sleeping six. There is one shower room, one toilet and two basins for guests, but you also have access to the same facilities as those in the hotel rooms – meaning 24-hour room service, free gym access and a daily wine hour between 5pm and 6pm. An organic breakfast is also included.

Bunks from DKK599pp (£70), B&B
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Best for urban edge: A&O Copenhagen Norrebro

A&O has modern and spacious rooms

Stay here for the neighbourhood. Norrebro is one of the city’s most diverse areas, popular with students and artists. A&O hostel is part of a big chain that clearly knows the market well. From the modern and spacious rooms to the extras such as packed lunches and the flexibility to pay for a late checkout, this branch hits the spot. It sleeps 670 across 270 rooms, with singles, doubles and family accommodation as well as mixed dorms. All have ensuite showers, and linen is also provided. The common areas with table football and pool tables are perfect for meeting fellow travellers.

Dorms from DKK93 (£11), private doubles from DKK462 (£55)
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Best for flexibility: Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade

Wakeup Copenhagen Borgergade has 498 minimalist rooms

Choose from three categories of rooms in this popular two star hotel: standard, which you’ll likely find at the back or on the lower floors of the building; “sky”, found on the middle floors with a better view; “heaven”, which have lovely views from the top floors. Whichever you pick, all 498 minimalist rooms come with TV, desk, AC and free wifi. Extras include a breakfast buffet (DKK90 per person) and bicycle hire.

Doubles from DKK400 (£47), room only
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Best for comfort: Danhostel Copenhagen City

Danhostel is right on Langebro Bridge

In a phenomenal location on Langebro Bridge, this is another classy hostel with private rooms and dorms. Facilities are basic, but all have a private bathroom, there’s free wifi throughout the hotel and guests can make use of the many common areas. There’s a new modern bar and shared kitchen facilities. Linen is free but you have to make your own bed. Order breakfast in advance to save DKK10 off the normal price.

Beds from DKK110 (£13), singles from DKK450 (£53), room only
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Best for a homely feel: Annex Copenhagen

Annex Copenhagen has a newly refurbished common area

This family run hostel features bright colours and a friendly crowd. It offers an affordable alternative to sister hotel Absalon, which sits next door. All rooms have free wifi, TV and high-quality bedding. Guests can hang out in a new common area, play board games or use the shared kitchen facilities.

Private singles from DKK450 (£53), room only
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Best for budget luxe: Steel House Copenhagen

Steel House was previously the home of the Danish Union of Metalworkers

One of a raft of new accommodations opened in Copenhagen in the last few years, Steel House opened in 2017. Once the home of the Danish Union of Metalworkers, the revamped building is now one of the finest hostels in the city. With 1,154 beds across 253 rooms, there’s an option for every budget and taste – from dorms to private rooms complete with terraces.

Whichever you pick, all rooms have air conditioning, storage space, one power socket per bed (in the dorms) and free linen and towels. Single and double rooms have Getama mattresses, a TV and private bathroom. Throughout the hotel there’s free wifi, and there’s a cafe, bar, gym and pool – as well as a self-service kitchen and lounge area.

Beds from DKK125 (£15), doubles from DKK400 (£47), room only
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Best for location: Good Morning Copenhagen Star

Good Morning Copenhagen Star is in hip Vesterbro 

Recently renovated and five minutes from the central station in hip Vesterbro, rooms here come in every configuration imaginable – from standard single to five-bed family accommodation, all with private bathrooms and a view of the city. They’re all rather functional but well sized, but bear in mind that the low prices mean extra comforts can feel in short supply; there are no toiletries in the bathroom, for example, although there are tea and coffee-making facilities. There’s a bar and restaurant onsite.

Doubles from DKK1391 (£164), B&B
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Best for a room with a view: Copenhagen Island

Copenhagen Island’s rooms have fabulous water views

Steel, glass and light are the dominant elements here – which fit the location, connected to Copenhagen Harbour by a bridge. Standard rooms have city views, but upgrade to superior or executive rooms for breathtaking water views or splash out on a junior suite, which have panoramic views and elevated beds. There are also rooms for allergy sufferers, with special duvets and pillows, and wooden floors.

Doubles from DKK1095 (£130), room only
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Best for eco warriors: Axel Guldsmeden

Axel Guldsmeden is big on its sustainable credentials and is Green Globe certified

Axel Guldsmeden is big on its sustainable credentials and is Green Globe certified. This means materials used in rooms are sustainable – think bamboo and organic cotton. Luckily, there seems to be an equal emphasis on comfort. All rooms have four-poster beds and feature Balinese-style furnishings and hipster decor. They’re stocked with the finer things in life: bathrobes, slippers and own-brand organic toiletries. Breakfast (priced at DKK185) is, predictably, totally organic.

Doubles from DKK995 (£117), room only
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Best for a city oasis: Hotel Christian IV

Hotel Christian IV is a stone’s throw from the harbour

Located on a quiet street and a stone’s throw from Copenhagen’s gorgeous harbour and the wealth of restaurants and bars of the iconic Nyhavn, this is a great choice if you want to be in the centre but with room to roam. There are four room sizes here, from simple single to superior double. All are furnished with facilities including cable TV, soundproofed windows and free wifi. The hotel serves complimentary hot drinks and pastries in the afternoons.

Doubles from DKK1,165 (£138), B&B
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Best for four-star decadence: The Square

This four-star is right on the central Town Hall Square (The Square)

With some careful planning, it’s possible to bag great rates at this four-star hotel, right on the central Town Hall Square. All 268 rooms come with coffee and tea making facilities, free wifi, black-out curtains, flat screen TV, plus some extras that are a bit more special, like a Bluetooth music streaming centre. The pricier rooms feature views across the square and added perks such as robes and an espresso machine. There’s no restaurant here, but the lounge, which stays open until 10pm every day, offers a selection of drinks and snacks.

Doubles from DKK1071 (£127), room only
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Best for staying connected: Generator

Generator has plenty of communal spaces to enjoy (Generator)

Located in a modern Philippe Starck-designed development, Generator Copenhagen is found a stone’s throw from Kongen’s Nytorv square and is brilliantly connected – most points of interest are accessible by foot or bike. Generator offers hotel comforts at hostel prices with free wi-fi, bar, café and a 24-hour reception. The common areas include a terrace, petanque bar, laundry and shared chill-out areas. Choose from private rooms for up to six people and dorm rooms, including female only, that can fit up to eight. Private rooms have en-suite bathrooms, towels and a clothes hanging unit. Shared rooms feature bunks with privacy screens, lock-up storage and reading lights. Towels in shared rooms cost extra.

Private room from DKK355( £42), dorms from DKK121.50 (£14)
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Best for history: First Hotel Kong Frederik

First Hotel Kong Frederik is claimed to be the oldest hotel in Copenhagen (First Hotel Kong Frederik)

Allegedly the oldest hotel in Copenhagen, this centrally located hotel provides an atmospheric place to rest your head. The 110 rooms are made up of singles, doubles and triples as well as junior suites and the plush Kong Frederik suite, which comes with a private terrace and panoramic views. Standard rooms come with comfortable Jensen beds and the usual amenities including minibar. The hotel’s Italian restaurant is open for dinner while the breakfast buffet is available for an extra daily fee.

Doubles from DKK938 (£111), room only
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Best for community: Woodah hostel

Woodah hostel is known for being clean and friendly (Woodah hostel)

Aiming to offer more than just a bed for the night, Woodah considers itself more of a community hub for the budget-minded and eco-conscious. It is small, cosy and popular for its cleanliness and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the buzzy Vesterbro neighbourhood, it offers a total of 30 bunk beds, each with a curtain, reading light and private locker. Bed linen is included and there are several chill-out areas to relax in. There are two shared bathrooms and four shared toilets complete with hairdryers. Meet fellow travellers in the café – guests get 20 per cent off everything – or take part in regular yoga classes, organised with local yoga schools.

Dorms from DKK264 (£31), B&B
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Best for families: Hotel Rye Copenhagen

Hotel Rye is within walking distance of the little mermaid ( Hotel Rye)

For a homely stay in the Danish capital head to this small hotel in the neighbourhood of Østerbro, one of Copenhagen’s greenest and most visually pleasing areas. You’ll find yourself within walking distance of the city’s lakes, the citadel grounds and the little mermaid. Østerbro is well connected to the popular sights, buses and trains running from nearby. It’s suited to everyone from the single traveller to families, with different room types available. All have shared bathrooms, free wifi, TV and all linen and towels provided. The popular organic breakfast includes homemade buns and is included in the price.

Doubles from DKK995 (£118), B&B
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This article was originally published in April 2018

Thanks to: Tina Nielsen


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10 Best Paris budget hotels

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Paris hotels don’t have to cost the earth.
Here are 11 stylish hotels in the City of Light that won’t break the bank

Paris: so much to see, do eat, shop, admire and ogle, so why bother splurging on an expensive bed for the night when you’re hardly going to be there? But before you go roughing it, remember that Paris demands a certain level of style – it’s the home of fashion, romance and fine cuisine, after all. Enter, then, a host of fantastic hotels, hostels and even a campsite where it’s possible to find a chic abode for less than €100 a night, while the newly opened Hoxton Paris provides tough competition with its 172 rooms, three bars and an excellent restaurant.

Best for style: Mama Shelter

The Starck-designed hotel is the ideal launchpad to explore the hip Belleville district (Mama Shelter)

Mama Shelter started the trend for design on a budget when it opened in 2009. Having extended across France and beyond in the past decade, with hotels in Rio, Los Angeles and Belgrade, its style-on-a-budget brand has gained fans worldwide. Their Paris hotel, close to the Père Lachaise cemetery and the hip Belleville district, is the original and was designed by Philippe Starck.

The top French designer’s quirky vibe runs throughout the 172 bedrooms, which are small and cocoon-like with black and grey decor, as well as the laidback restaurant, which offers a number of dishes from Michelin-star chef Guy Savoy.

Best for hanging out: Hoxton Paris

Jacques Bar is ideal for an early evening cocktail (Hoxton Paris)

Following on from its success in London, the Hoxton opened in Paris in the summer of 2017 and has quickly become the place to see and be seen, whether staying in the hotel, sipping cocktails in one of its bars or dining in its restaurant. While its size – the 172 rooms are set on long corridors over four floors – can feel a little impersonal at times, the personal touch comes from the friendly staff, while the cosy florals and velvets with full-height windows and Moroccan-inspired cocktails in Jacques Bar make it a destination in itself. Rooms are thoughtfully designed with leather headboards, herringbone fabrics and parquet floors.

Doubles from €99, B&B (free light breakfast bag delivered to your room)
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Best for a really tight budget: Generator Hostel

Bunk up on the doorstep of the cool Canal Saint-Martin district (Nikolas Koenig)

Time was, the word hostel was a byword for skanky showers, uncomfortable bunks and snoring room rates, but with the new breed of cool hostels from the Generator chain – found throughout Europe – you can expect a fantastic rooftop bar with views towards the Sacré-Coeur, a cool brasserie, free wi-fi and the cool Canal Saint-Martin district on the doorstep. Of course they can’t guarantee a lack of snoring room mates, but that’s where the private rooms come in, with twin or quad beds.

Dorm beds from €17, private twin rooms from €78, room only (breakfast from €2)
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Best for escaping the city: Okko Hotels

The Porte de Versailles hotel is a half-hour train ride from the Eiffel Tower (Okko Hotels)

This relatively new chain of four-star hotels is springing up in cities across France. With its cool concept of smallish rooms balanced with a large central area known as The Club, there’s plenty of space to relax. One of their main attractions is that the room price has no hidden extras and includes breakfast, an aperitif, snacks, wifi, international phone calls (up to €10), videos on demand and access to the fitness suite.

For all the pros, however, there is a con – distance from the main sights. The Porte de Versailles hotel is a half-hour train ride from the Eiffel Tower; while their Rueil Malmaison is even further out. A third Paris hotel, at the more central Montparnasse, is due to open in 2019.

Doubles from €99, B&B
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Best for a fun weekend: Idol Hotel

This room is named after Stevie Wonder’s ‘Moon Blue’, though perhaps it looks more like ‘Purple Rain’ (Idol Hotel)

Get your groove on before you check into this disco-themed hotel, where the rooms are named after classic tunes such as “Ma Cherie Amour”, “Light My Fire” and “Lady Soul”.

Decor is loud, shamelessly bold and wonderfully kitsch – you might never have seen this much gold (in a good way, though) unless you’ve stayed in Trump Towers – but it’s all fantastically fun. Music lovers will also appreciate the concierge’s tips on where to find Paris’ best concerts, gigs and clubs.

Doubles from €90, room only (breakfast from €8.50)
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Best for the planet: Solar Hotel

An eco hotel which keeps prices the same all year round (Solar Hotel)

This pricing policy of this eco-friendly budget hotel is dedicated to being transparent, with everything included in the room price and no surprises, keeping the same price all year round. This extends beyond the generous organic breakfast to also include wiifi, phone calls and bicycles to borrow to explore the city.

Rooms are simple with white walls and splashes of colour in the blue curtains and orange headboards; some have balconies overlooking the leafy courtyard garden. Among the hotel’s many ecological initiatives, there are solar panels (of course), energy-saving lightbulbs and waste is sorted for recycling.

Doubles from €89, B&B
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Best for stopovers: CitizenM

Communal areas are a good place to grab a cocktail or relax with a book (CitizenM)

With three different hotels in Paris, the most central being that at the Gare de Lyon (making for an easy onward journey the next day) this international brand of design-led, cost-conscious hotels subscribes to the ethos of stack ’em high, sell ’em cheap; but that doesn’t mean that service, decor and facilities are compromised.

The Gare de Lyon hotel has 338 rooms, with square beds tucked into the end of the room, luxury linen, an in-room power shower and unlimited free movies.

The communal areas offer the space that the rooms lack, with cool decor and plenty of room to sit back with a book or sip a cocktail.

Doubles from €84, room only (breakfast €14.95 if booked in advance)
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Best for location: Hotel Jeanne d’Arc

Recently refurbished and in one of the city’s hippest areas (Hotel Joan of Arc)

Set in the heart of the Marais, one of Paris’ hippest districts, this three-star hotel was always a favourite with those in the know, but since its recent refurb it is a real gem.

All 34 of its rooms have had a facelift with elegant decor in neutral tones with splashes of muted colour. The new owners have thought of everything with tea and coffee-making facilities in the rooms, a simple but varied breakfast, and free wi-fi. If you can tear yourself away, get out into the area’s trendy bars and restaurants for aperitifs and dinner.

Doubles from €99, room only (breakfast €8)
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Best for a friendly welcome: Hotel Port Royal

A family-run hotel for four generations (Hotel Port Royal)

Run by the fourth generation of the same family, this simple but comfortable hotel makes for a great bolthole. It’s situated in the leafy fifth arrondissement, near the Sorbonne and a short stroll from the Jardin des Plantes.

Rooms are dinky and the decor isn’t flash. It’s also worth noting that some of the rooms only have a sink, rather than a full ensuite – shared toilets and showers are on the landing (remember when most hotels were like that?) – but everything is spick and span and staff are friendly.

Doubles from €68, room only (breakfast €8)
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Best for families: Camping de Paris

Comfy beds in safari-style tents, caravans and cabins (Camping de Paris)

Many of us have fond memories of camping in France as kids, but if the thought of kipping under damp canvas means you’ve consigned it firmly to the past, think again. The French have well and truly embraced glamping, and at Camping de Paris this means comfy beds and wooden floors in the safari-style tents, or kooky gypsy caravans and cosy cabins.

Set at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, just 20-25 minutes from some of the main sights, the campsite offers a good option for families or those on a budget.

Takeaway meals can be bought from the cool new food truck, which serves pizza and other dishes, while fresh croissants can be delivered to your cabin for breakfast.

Tents for up to four people cost from €78 per night, breakfast from €4.50
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Best for flea market fans: Mob hotel

Mob Hotel has quirky decor alongside affordable prices (C Paul Bowyer)

This relatively new hotel (opened March 2017) in the Saint-Ouen district in northern Paris makes for a super-chic bolthole, with rates that leave plenty of dosh for spending in the nearby flea markets. The 92 rooms have bags of personality, with knick-knacks and vintage finds set off against clean and simple design. There is an inviting rooftop bar serving cocktails as well as a restaurant serving organic and sustainable produce.

Doubles from €79, room only
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This article has been updated. It was originally published in March 2018.

Thanks to: Carolyn Boyd


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Bauhaus: modern dreams, the best places round the world

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Bauhaus architecture, characterised by its form-follows-function principles, celebrates 100 years in 2019. Daniel Pembrey rounds up the best Bauhaus cities in Germany and beyond

The Bauhaus school of design turns 100 in 2019. The style, recognisable for its flat roofs, white or glass-skinned walls and boldly modern details, has influenced skyscrapers, typefaces and most things in between.

Celebrations will happen around the world, but especially in Germany, where the school’s original brilliance was short-lived. Founded in Weimar in 1919, the school was deemed un-German by the Nazis and shut down in 1933. The diaspora of the émigré “Bauhausler” simply hastened the spread of the school’s influence – to some fascinating, far-flung places including Tel Aviv and Chicago.

Here are the best places around the world to see the Bauhaus style ahead of its centenary next year.

Berlin, Germany

Soho House Berlin: the ideal base to explore Bauhaus Berlin (Soho House Berlin)

Soho House enlivens a monumental 1920s Bauhaus building in Berlin’s Mitte district that reflects the city’s turbulent past. Once a Jewish-owned department store, it became the Hitler Youth HQ, later an East German government archive repository. It’s a good base to explore the Bauhaus-related events planned in the capital throughout 2019 (doubles from €296/£263).

“We devised an events programme to meet the needs of everyone – from those who know very little about the Bauhaus right through to subject matter experts,” says Annemarie Jaeggi, director of the Bauhaus-Archiv. Pick up a Berlin Welcome Card, covering public transport across the city.

Dessau, Germany

Bauhaus studio building Dessau, Germany

In its 1925-32 heyday, the Bauhaus was based in Dessau, an industrial region considered to be the Silicon Valley of its time, less than two hours’ drive from Berlin. Stay in hall-of-residence-style digs at the Bauhaus studio building and imagine the experience of the celebrated student body there (doubles from €60). Don’t overlook the nearby Masters’ Houses where school leaders and legends including Walter Gropius and László Moholy-Nagy lived among pine trees. Twenty minutes’ stroll from there is Carl Fieger’s beautifully curved Kornhaus café, on the bank of the Elbe, where you can enjoy tea and torte.

Weimar, Germany

Hotel Elephant Weimar (René-T. Kusche)

Weimar is an ancient but vibrant student city two hours’ drive from Dessau. Its Hotel Elephant was recently renovated and features a delightful lichtsaal or “light hall”, with art covering its walls. A short walk takes you to the university buildings where the founding Bauhausler unified the art and craft schools (previously entirely separate disciplines). The Hotel Elephant has a suite named after Lyonel Feininger, the painter who designed the first manifesto cover depicting a cathedral as a crystalline symbol (Feininger’s suite from €560, B&B; other rooms from €150).

Usedom, Baltic Sea

Wasserschloss Mellenthin, one of Lyonel Feininger’s subjects (Wasserschloss Mellenthin)

There are many other Bauhaus locations in Germany to choose from – for example, the Weissenhof Estate in Stuttgart, or the Fagus Factory in Lower Saxony.

For a different experience, head north to the island of Usedom (three hours’ drive from Berlin) on the Baltic Sea. This is where early Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger holidayed, painted and cycled. You can stay at the charming Wasserschloss Mellenthin (doubles from €100), one of his subjects. Enjoy its brewery, and bike the Feininger Cycle Trail running beside it. The nearby village of Benz has a rustic church that Feininger also painted. The Kunstkabinett gallery there specialises in Feininger’s work. You’ll soon see why he fell in love with the area.

Brno, Czech Republic

Villa Tugendhat (David Zidlicky)

The Bauhaus’s influence was soon felt abroad. Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the school, was asked by the Tugendhat family of Brno to design a house on a plot of land overlooking this ancient capital city of Moravia.

Mies created the first steel-framed building of its kind – a masterclass in the flow of space between internal and external zones. The house inspired Simon Mawer’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Glass Room, now being made into a film with Czech director Julius Sevcik. The Tugendhats enjoyed the villa for just seven years before they had to flee the Nazis in 1938. Book ahead.

London, UK

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Isokon Gallery London, UK

You don’t have to look far in London to find Bauhaus gems. An English Heritage plaque outside the ocean liner-like Isokon Flats in north London, shows that artists Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Marcel Breuer relocated there during the 1930s. It now houses the Isokon Gallery with a permanent exhibition about the building plus a shop. Elsewhere in the capital, Tate Britain and the William Morris Gallery will stage Bauhaus centenary events.

Tel Aviv, Israel

Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv (Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv)

The Bauhaus diaspora adapted the school’s style to new environments, but in Tel Aviv, émigré Bauhausler found a location where white, flat-roofed buildings and balconies or external walkways were better suited than in Germany given the heat and light. More than 4,000 such buildings were constructed here by 1940, many in the central White City, an Unesco world heritage site. The Bauhaus Centre Tel Aviv offers walking tours and, from January, centenary events.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Farnsworth House, USA

Several US cities lay claim to exemplary Bauhaus (influenced) architecture. Chicago is where Mies van der Rohe taught for the latter part of his career at the Illinois Institute of Technology, designing his signature statement towers such as 860-880 Lake Shore Drive plus some exquisite private residences: the Farnsworth House, 60 miles southwest of the city, open April-November, is well worth the drive.

Thanks to: Daniel Pembrey


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10 of Europe’s coolest neighbourhoods

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Take a back seat Montmartre, Kreuzberg and Dalston, because it’s time for a new generation of hip ’hoods to take centre stage. Here are 10 of the continent’s coolest neighbourhoods to put on your holiday hit-list.

Eilandje, Antwerp, Belgium

Locals trace this once-gritty district’s reinvention back to the 2011 opening of Museum aan de Stroom, otherwise known as MAS – head up to the observation deck for fantastic views over the city and the river.

Today locals are queueing up to snap up the area’s loft-like apartments, lured by its cool bars, restaurants and clubs. Many are housed inside former warehouses – one of the city’s most beautiful restaurants is Felix Pakhuis, which you’ll find inside a former grain store.

Eilandje’s rep has been raised by the opening of MAS

Praga, Warsaw, Poland

During the Second World War, most of Warsaw’s city centre was destroyed, but Praga, across the river, escaped largely unscathed. Wander its streets and you’ll find leafy courtyards hidden behind crumbling apartment blocks and bunkers in the middle of tree-lined avenues. Recently, Warsaw’s creative types have started opening coffee shops in these abandoned courtyards and brightening up dilapidated buildings with colourful murals. A must-see is the Neon Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of Cold War-era neon. You’ll find it at the Soho Factory, a cluster of warehouses turned into galleries and restaurants.

Head to Praga for the Neon Museum

Mariahilf, Vienna, Austria

Until recently, Vienna’s hippest ‘hood was Leopoldstadt. Sadly, over-gentrification forced out those who’d breathed new life into Vienna’s former Jewish quarter. The good news? Many of them headed to Mariahilf, a city centre neighbourhood which has the city’s longest shopping street, Mariahilfer Strasse. Head to nearby (and lesser-known) Gumpendorfer Strasse for a colourful mix of independent galleries, boutiques and bars, or to Haus des Meeres, a concrete anti-aircraft tower built by the Germans in the Second World War. It’s now home to an aquarium and a spectacular rooftop cafe.

Finnieston, Glasgow, Scotland

The transformation of an often-overlooked area of Glasgow was kickstarted by the 2013 unveiling of the SSE Hydro, a huge arena recently listed as the world’s fourth-busiest music venue. Its success put Finnieston firmly on the map. Late 2017 saw the opening of the Clydeside Distillery, complete with visitor centre, and the spring opening of Finnieston Quay’s Radisson RED has confirmed the neighbourhood’s new-found coolness. Argyle Street, a street lined with hip bars and an array of different shops, is at the forefront of the area’s transformation.

A new music venue put Finnieston, Glasgow on the map

Aarhus Ø, Aarhus, Denmark

Dominated by a beautiful iceberg-shaped apartment building, the waterfront neighbourhood of Aarhus Ø is hard to ignore. Its highlights include the BIG-designed Harbour Bath seawater pool complex and a perforated observation tower overlooking the water. Soon there will also be seafront bars, volleyball courts and a theatre, as well as the opening of the upscale boutique hotel Hotel Guldsmeden, with its organic breakfasts and bike rentals. These collection of developments is proof that Aarhus Ø is a destination in its own right.

Aarhus Ø is a striking district located right by the water

Amsterdam-Noord, Amsterdam, Holland

Getting to Amsterdam-Noord, just across the water from Centraal Station, involves a free, five-minute ferry ride or, since July, a short trip on the new Noord/Zuidlijn metro line. Once an industrial tangle of warehouses, the area is now known for its hip waterfront hangouts, cutting edge architecture (including the spaceship-like EYE film museum) and some of the city’s coolest hotels, including the Sir Adam, with its cool music-themed rooms.

Amsterdam-Noord has gone from industrial to innovative

Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

This colourful area has transformed into the capital’s arts district, thanks partly to the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts’ decision to hold the Istanbul Design Biennial here. The next one kicks off in late September, where events take place in six Beyoğlu cultural institutions, including the art-filled Pera Museum. One of the best hangouts is the Stay Late Antiquity, a recently-opened design hotel inside a 19th-century townhouse. “I’d recommend checking out Galeri Nev on Istiklal Street,” says Deniz Ova, director of Istanbul Design Biennial. “You’ll find work by the masters of modern Turkish art and by younger, emerging artists too.”

Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway

Perched on the forested banks of the Akerselva River, Grünerløkka is hipster heaven. The Mathallen Oslo food hall has 30 fantastic vendors (Gutta på Haugen is great for delicious cured meats) and also a plethora of cocktail bars. The top pick is Nedre Løkka, a cosy venue with vintage decor and the city’s most innovative cocktails. This riverside neighbourhood is especially popular with artists, perhaps attracted by Grunerløkka’s status as the childhood home of Edvard Munch – visit the Vår Frelsers Gravlund (Cemetery of Our Saviour) to see where he was buried.

Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Metelkova started life as a sprawling, illegal urban squat, inhabited by free spirits who used its abandoned military buildings as venues for everything from illegal raves to art exhibitions. Today, it’s more integrated and regarded as one of Europe’s trendiest cultural hubs. The presence of numerous art institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, attracts visitors from all walks of life – on any given night entertainment options include LGBTQ events, political debates, death metal club nights and art exhibitions.

Västra Hamnen is a certified carbon-neutral district 

Västra Hamnen, Malmö, Sweden

Europe’s most innovative neighbourhood will eventually house 12,000 residents. A certified carbon-neutral district, Västra Hamnen (meaning Western Harbour) is completely self-sustainable, powered by biogas and wind and solar energy. Its impressive green credentials have helped transform this former dockyard into Malmö’s coolest neighbourhood, with residents drawn to its riverside bars, parks and green buildings. Late 2017 also saw the opening of the cyclist-friendly, geothermally-heated Ohboy Hotell, where every room comes with a foldable bike.

Thanks to: Tamara Hinson


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Europe’s Best Christmas Markets 2018

Category : Christmas , Visit Europe

Christmas is coming and a trip to a Christmas market will be a huge treat for kids! We’ve put together this list of the best Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, France and beyond with a baby or toddler.

Strasbourg

27th of November – 31st of December

This Christmas market has been named best in Europe in 2015 (for the second year running). With its some 300 chalets spread over 11 sites in the city centre, it is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. You will find arts and crafts, food and typical Alsatian Christmas decorations. The market is spread throughout the streets and squares of the city and there is even a children’s village at Place St Thomas which invites little ones into a make-believe world of Christmas. Entrance to the Village is free however, there is limited space available. There is a handy fast tram network to take you to vintage markets along the main square and back along the river Rhine. Strasbourg-Entzheim international airport is just 10 km away from the city centre and the Hilton Hotel is a central option which caters well to families.

Vienna

15th of November – 26th of December

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The Christmas markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition. There are over 20 official Advent Markets located throughout the city which sell an array of seasonal gifts and mouth-watering treats. One of the most impressive markets is the Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall. The unique backdrop gives this market a charm of its own, and the delicious aromas are sure to lull visitors into the seasonal joy. Inside the City Hall on the ground floor there is an area dedicated to children, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies or candles. You can also listen to international choirs singing carols with free entrance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  Vienna is a very baby and toddler friendly city with plenty of amenities and facilities for little ones. You can get from the airport to the city centre by train in only 16 minutes. The Vienna Sporthotel is centrally located and excellent for families with large rooms.

Nuremberg

28th November – 24th December

nuremburgThis is a great market for toddlers where you will be enchanted by the special and festive atmosphere of the city. With its hundreds of years of history, the traditional market has loads to offer.  Since 1999, the Children’s Christmas Market on Hans-Sachs-Platz, with its special programs geared for children, has appealed to the whole family. Here, right next to the Christkindlesmarkt, you can find a nostalgic two-tiered merry-go-round, a mini Ferris wheel and a steam railway. There is also a Christmas bakery, where the children can bake little shooting stars, teddy bears or hearts and decorate them. At the children’s post office, kids can post letters to Santa. There are also other kids activities where children can make their own special presents such as candles. The city itself is very baby and toddler friendly and most restaurants will offer high chairs and have changing tables. Using the subway system, the airport is only 12 minutes away from the city center and there are plenty of baby and toddler friendly hotels in the city such as the Novotel Nürnberg Am Messezentrum Hotel which has family rooms.

Prague

29th November – 1st January

PraguePrague offers the perfect setting for the festive season, with its stunning castle, Old Town and Charles Bridge lit up like Christmas trees.The Prague Christmas markets are open daily at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. A ‘Winter wonderland’ awaits, for families to soak up the festive atmosphere. You can browse the stalls and enjoy Christmas carols, hearty food and hot wine.The Christmas market at the Old Town Square has a stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkeys. The Aquapalace Hotel Prague is very family friendly and has loads of facilities for babies but is a bit out of the centre.

Salzburg

20th November – 26th December

salzburg-cathedral-708761_1920Salzburg may be the city of Mozart, but it’s also the city of Josef Mohr, the local composer who wrote Silent Night, one of the world’s most famous Christmas carols. Salzburg’s Christkindlmarkt takes place around the cathedral, with huts gathered at the foot of Hohensalzburg Fortress. The “Christkind” and its angels will walk through the Christmas Market on the four Saturdays before Christmas between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The gentle beings enchant visitors when they walk across Cathedral and Residence Square, making children’s eyes shine. The  Regent Petite France and the Novotel Strasbourg Centre Halles are central and welcoming baby and toddler friendly hotels.

Munich

27th November – 24th December

munichMunich’s main markets are organised around a 100-foot Christmas tree in Marienplatz, where getting stuck into the Germanic fare is one of the most satisfying things a seasonal visitor can do. This is just the beginning and Rindermarkt specialises in handmade cribs. The Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof Residenz courtyard has animated scenes of St. Nikolaus, friendly creatures in the wood, fairies and elves in the forest. The gay Christmas Market on Stephansplatz is great fun with its pink trees and cross-dressing carol singers and it even has a special kids market. Wittelsbacher Platz also has a special area dedicated for kids. The Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is a fantastic hotel; its central and great for babies and younger kids.

Worms (1 hour South of Frankfurt)

24th November – 23rd December

wormsAn hour south of Frankfurt and claiming to be “Germany’s oldest city”, Worms proves that small really is beautiful. Strings of lights fan out above the 50 stalls located in the market square. Ice skaters skate on the temporary rink, while children pet the real animals in the “living manger” and get to meet Santa and get a gift of a toy. As well classical music and traditional brass players, there are gospel choirs and even a carol-singing flash mob. From Friday to Sunday traditional and contemporary Christmas songs are performed on the Christmas market stage. Every Sunday in Advent at 2pm you can discover Worms from a fresh perspective on a guided Christmas tour.  Hotel Huttl is a great options with little ones.

Brussels

27th November – 3rd January

Brussels offers five weeks of markets filled with  colorful stalls, fantastic gift ideas and original tasting sessions. Christmas in Brussels is like a scene from a fairy tale and the markets seems to get bigger every year. It now covers almost 2 kilometres of the city. Each of the 240 market stalls is a little wooden-roofed hut selling mainly arts and crafts or food and drink, all of them having a pan-European flavour. The quaint stalls continue, punctuated every now and again by a 35 metre toboggan slope, a big-wheel illuminated with 18,000 lights and, of course, the 200 foot-long skating rink. There is also a gorgeous Christmas tree, a festive Christmas Parade, a Ferris wheel, the merry-go-rounds. The Hotel Amigo is a fantastic baby friendly hotel in Brussels with everything you will need including sterilizers, baby baths, nappies and toys. Babysitters can also be booked last minute.

Dresden

26th November- 24th December


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If you like Christmas, you’ll love Dresden where eleven different Christmas markets lie right at your feet.The Dresden Striezelmarkt is located on the Altmarkt Square, in the historical city centre. It is surrounded by various themed Christmas Markets, stretching up to the main railway station and the Albertplatz. The Traditional Christmas Market at the Frauenkirche is at the heart of Dresden’s historic old town where a romantic Christmas scene reveals itself amidst the festive lights. The market is located on a laneway home to some 45 merchants selling traditional handicrafts and culinary specialities.  Children who happen to meet Santa in Münzgass at 4pm and who perfectly recite a poem or song to him will be lucky enough to receive gifts from Santa’s sack. The Hilton and The Park Inn by Radisson are fantastic family friendly options in the heart of Dresden.

Hyde Park, London

20th November – 3rd January


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The market in Hyde Park, central London has two circuses, an observation wheel and an ice-skating rink that circles the Victorian bandstand. There’s also an ice forest with intricate sculptures and ice castles in a ‘Magical Ice Kingdom and a traditional, German style Christmas market’. There’s also the child friendly ‘Santa Land’ complete with Santa’s grotto. Churros, frothy hot chocolate and mulled wine are on every market stall. The Athenaeum Hotel is a great option for those travelling with babies and toddlers. where rooms are stocked with sippy cups, plastic bowls, bibs and cutlery, teddies, building blocks, toy trains and story books. See ‘London’ for some great baby and toddler hotel suggestions near Hyde Park.

Other great markets can be found at Valkenburg in Holland (set in caves), Lucerne in Switzerland, Stockholm in Sweden, Innsbruck in Austria, Cologne and Berlin in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, Krakow in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania and Paris in France. Unfortunately we didn’t have the space for all of them but wherever you go have a …

Happy Christmas!


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15+ Christmas Europe Breaks For Every Budget

Category : Christmas , Europe

Ski, sun and Christmas markets! There are a variety of reasons to visit Europe during Winter. Whack the heating up, get your onesie on and get ready to be whisked into some serious winter wanderlust with the following tried and tested winter holiday ideas for Europe.

Christmas Europe Breaks

1. Alsace – France, Wine, Wine, and More Wine!

France’s Alsace region in the east is a dream when December comes around. The joint German-French influence creates an area that offers incredible food, stunning architecture, local beer and wine, and a true appreciation for Christmas. Strasbourg’s Christmas markets are bustling, the entire town is dressed up, and there is holiday cheer everywhere. Then, as you leave Strasbourg and head into the smaller villages along the wine route, the Christmas markets are smaller but absolutely packed with locals and tourists alike. Colmar is second to Strasbourg in terms of popularity, it looks like a fairytale Christmas village.

In all the towns, the stalls sell everything from pretzels and mulled wine to handmade ornaments and home-wares. Each one has its own cup that you have to purchase in order to get mulled wine or beer at the stands (our favourites were the glass mugs from Kayersberg) – you can return them at the end to get your money back. Oh, and did we mention that this is all located along the wine route, meaning there are plenty of wineries to pop into along the way? Our recommendation is to fly into Basel and hire a car – driving through all of the villages is the best way to see the area and remember to visit the Christmas markets. Joyeux Noël! <—- White, red, rose, hot, chilled… I love wine!

Alsace Region, France Best Christmas Europe Breaks

Does mulled wine make a city one of the best European winter breaks?

2. Andermatt in the Snowy Swiss Alps

In 1864, a local hotelier in St Moritz, in the Swiss Alps, offered a money-back guarantee to a few British holidaymakers, offering a winter trip to his local hotel that would be just as rewarding as the summer trip they were enjoying. The bet was placed, the visitors enjoyed their trip and the hotelier never had to make payment. Like this, winter ski vacations in Switzerland and St Moritz as the capital of the wealthy and glamorous world of alpine skiing holidays became popular. But rather than crowded and expensive St Moritz, consider Andermatt for your next Christmas vacation.

A tiny village after the Oberlap Pass, Andermatt has remained the choice of adventurous and off-piste skiers instead of the après-ski fans. The village is all walkable, reachable by train and now features a fabulous and sleek hotel The Chedi complete with ski school, in-room fireplaces and the most stylish spa with an outdoor pool. The investment will soon change the face of this speck of alpine beauty so go now before that happens and enjoy Christmas markets, skiing and the postcard-perfect landscapes of a snow-capped mountain.

Andermatt | Austria | Best Christmas Europe BreaksAndermatt: snug & snowy Xmas breaks in Europe!

3. Austria and Vienna’s 20 Christmas Markets

 Austrians take their Christmas markets seriously. During the festive season, every city and town has a Christmas market. As the capital, Vienna tops them all with a profusion of markets. The city has 20 official Christmas markets and lots of other smaller neighbourhood markets. It’s enjoyable to see the city – warming yourself with a cup of gluhwein and shopping for traditional handicrafts and ornaments. For non-drinkers and children, there is a non-alcoholic version of the gluhwein. The biggest of the markets is held in front of Vienna’s City Hall, the Christkindl Market. The festive cheer spills out into the nearby park, Rathaus Park, where the trees are decorated with giant ornaments and there is entertainment for the children. <—- Nice to hear of a kid-friendly city. Sounds like an ideal place to take them for their Christmas holidays in Europe.

Austria | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

4. Barcelona & The Yuletide Poo

Barcelona is beautiful during Christmas time. The entire city is decorated with Christmas lights. Some shops and hotels also go all out with lights and decorations – Corte Ingles on Plaza Catalunya usually looks amazing! I also love the unique and somewhat strange Catalan Christmas traditions. At the city’s biggest Christmas market, the Fira de Santa Llúicia, you’ll find plenty of really cute looking little logs with faces and hats on the Caga Tió – literally: “the poo uncle”. Kids cover him in a blanket and feed him in the time leading up to Christmas, and on Christmas Eve the poor log gets beaten until he, err… releases… the presents! It’s a cute souvenir to take home, with quite a story to tell.

For fans of classical music, there’s usually a concert of Händel’s Messiah at the magnificent Basilica Santa Maria del Mar a few days before Christmas Eve. Christmas time in Barcelona lasts until January 6th (King’s Day), and there is a huge parade on the evening of the 5th. Bonus points that make Barcelona a great destination for a Christmas break? The weather. It’s much warmer than in most parts of Europe, and just cold enough to make ordering a hot chocolate with churros feel right.

Caga Tio Barcenlona | Christmas Europe Breaks | Kathryn Greenhill via Flickr

5. Beer in Berlin in December

If you are looking to enjoy a short break in Europe just before Christmas and want the stereotypical experience, Berlin is the perfect place to visit. Strolling through Berlin’s Christmas markets is the epitome of a Berlin visit in December. Small, wooden booths decorated with idyllic ornaments including sparkling stars and snow covered fir branches provide a memorable experience for all the family as you enjoy an evening stroll with the sound of your favourite traditional Christmas music echoing around the city.

Berlin is home to a number of traditional markets that occur annually across the city. We stayed in the Alexanderplatz district of the city and were a short walk from the market, though it’s safe to say that the majority of this neighbourhood turns into one large Christmas celebration throughout December. The Berliner Weihnachtszeit is a short distance from the Alexanderplatz and offers a romantic and nostalgic experience with gorgeous, historic architecture providing the perfect backdrop to the skating rink.

Could you imagine any better way to spend a Christmas break than taking a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel while enjoying stunning panoramic views across Berlin with the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and Reichstag just a few iconic landmarks that you will see?

A visit to Berlin wouldn’t be the same without sampling a fine German brew and what better time of the year to keep you warm as you nibble on your favourite Wurst and wash it down with a local beer.

Berlin, Germany | Apple Market, London | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

6. Bled, A True Fairytale Town

Everyone says Bled in Slovenia is one of Europe’s prettiest fairytale towns. However, imagine that church on the lake and castle on the hill with snow on the mountains – that is a fairytale. Don’t think that Bled is just for looking at in winter, there’s lots of action in this normally sleepy town from skiing to skating and snowshoeing. On December 25th you can watch a local tradition too.

Lake Bled Winter Activities

7. Festive Florence

Florence is the perfect city to spend Christmas time in.  First off Italy is a predominantly Christian country, meaning when November and December roll around you can bet that you will see lights everywhere. During Christmas time Italian hospitality is at its finest and everyone is out on the streets with giant smiles on their faces. The air, the decor, the people, the churches – everything just screams “It’s Christmas Time!” We were able to spend last Christmas there with family and it will always be a trip to remember.

Florence | Christmas Europe Breaks

8. Grindelwald, Switzerland – Top of Europe!

Switzerland is one of the most amazing places I’ve visited in all my travels, it is a magical country with the endless beautiful scenery. Being an Australian I have always dreamed of having a white Christmas and beautiful snowy winters and I think everything truly looks more beautiful covered in a layer of snow! We visited Grindelwald, a majestic village located high in the Swiss Alps a few years ago for our anniversary. Grindelwald literally looks like the front of a Christmas card and the whole time we were there I couldn’t stop telling Dan how I felt like we were living in a real-life snow globe!

Grindelwald is perfect because it has everything; scenery, outdoor sports, adventure, accommodation for everyone whether you are seeking luxury or budget, fine restaurants and even a train that goes to the ‘Top of Europe’! We spent our days exploring the mountains, strolling the snow-covered streets, eating excessive amounts of Swiss cheese and chocolate and relaxing in our outdoor hot tub in the snow. It truly is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and a short break we will never forget.

Grindelwald, Switzerland | Christmas Europe Breaks

9. Crack Open the Mulled Wine in Krakow

Krakow is one of the most Christmassy destinations on Earth! It is located in Poland, right between the Eastern and Western Europe. It has an airport, so it is very easy to get there from anywhere in the world. The city is beautifully decorated, with Christmas trees, lights and ornaments. It is also one of the cheap winter breaks in Europe – you can find an apartment in the heart of Old Town for less than $60! Krakow has a world-famous Christmas Market. It starts at the end of November and lasts until the end of Christmas. If you go there, be sure to try Grzaniec Galicyjski. It is traditional Polish mulled wine with cinnamon, cloves and all the other warming spices. Yummy!

10. Lose Yourself in London at Christmas

Oxford Street and Regent Street, twinkling in the glow of a thousand of lights. Famous department stores, such as Harrods and Fortnum and Mason decked out in their Christmas finery, with stunning festive window displays (and each with their very own Father Christmas). Children’s pantomimes and the giant Christmas trees at Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. There’s plenty to enjoy in London at Yuletide.

In 2016 the magical Winter Wonderland is celebrating its 10th year at Hyde Park. I love wandering around the pretty wooden chalets, selling a myriad of Christmas gifts and decorations and tucking into tasty treats such as mulled cider, glühwein and bratwurst. There’s always a funfair with a giant Ferris wheel and the ever popular ice-skating rink and so much more. Two new attractions this year are The Imperial Ice Stars’ production of the Nutcracker on Ice and The Magical Ice Kingdom, made from over 200 tonnes of snow and ice.

You’ll find many more ice rinks dotted around the city, including the Natural History Museum and Somerset House, and further Christmas markets include the Tate Modern, Leicester Square and the Southbank Centre. London at Christmas is simply overflowing with festive cheer throughout its bustling streets and beautiful parks, and even its museums and art galleries. I can’t think of a more exciting city to spend a short break at Christmas.

Apple Market, London | Best Christmas Europe Breaks

11. Make Memories: Malta

December is one of the best times to visit Malta as you are avoiding high season. The appeal? Good weather (although it might get a bit rainy sometimes), really cheap prices, and friendly locals. I spent three days in Malta but won’t lie, there was a bit of stormy weather and crazy winds. However, the rain did catch the lights on Valletta (which was all dressed up for Christmas and NYE Celebrations) creating picture – worthy reflections with lots of colours.

12. Move over Xmas, Munich is Here

Germany at Christmas time is a truly magical place. The whole country smells of mulled wine and bratwurst, snow is dusting every roof and tree, and it feels like there is a Christmas market around every corner. Cities like Dresden or Nuremberg and their world-famous confectioneries instantly come to my mind. Yet I recommend you to visit Munich instead – and not just because I live there.

You see, the perfect city break in winter should be about more than just a lovely Christmas market. You’ll want wonderful restaurants, excellent museums, a couple of good day-trip options and some shopping would be nice as well. Bavaria’s capital has all that and more. There certainly is a lovely Christmas market in Munich, but you also got roughly 100 museums to visit, while the Alps and their ski resorts are barely two hours’ drive away. Not convinced yet? Well then, Munich has one of the largest pedestrian areas in Europe, a world-class opera (or a stationary circus for the kids!) and a gigantic thermal bath. You could also attend a Christmas mass in one of the beautiful churches or go skating on one of the ice rinks. The many fairy tale castles around Munich will look especially beautiful with a little snow covering their golden splendour, and if everything fails you, there is always the Hofbräuhaus and ancient Bavarian beer culture to get familiar with!

Munich | Christmas Europe Breaks

13. Crowd Avoiding Tips – Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Bavaria is the perfect Christmas city break in Europe. It is centrally located, has excellent air and rail transportation connections, and it has what is arguably the best Christmas market in Europe. It is clearly one of the best visited – boasting over two million visitors in the four short weeks the market is open every year.

Dating from the early 1600s, Nuremberg’s Christmas market occupies the Main Square under the towering Frauenkirche (Chruch of Our Lady). The stalls, with their candy-striped awnings, occupy in neat little rows. The stalls sell all manner of traditional handicrafts, including little “smoker” men (carved figures that hold smoking incense inside) and carved wooden toys. A horse-drawn stagecoach takes visitors on a ride through the cobblestone streets of the medieval old city.

On weekends, the Nuremberg Christmas market is a throbbing mass of people huddling together to stay warm. During the week, you can explore the market in tranquillity, eat the local Nuremberger sausages (eaten three in a roll) and drink gluhwein (hot mulled wine). We’ve visited many of Europe’s markets, but Nuremberg is one of the best. Whereas other markets in other cities focus only on tourists, Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt still maintains its local flavour.

Nuremberg | Christmas Europe BreaksWhere to go for winter holidays in Europe- Bavaria? 

14. Prague: Sip Svařák, See Snow

Prague is one of the most magical places you could spend a European Christmastime city break. Prague castle sits on top of the hill and looks beautiful with a dusting of snow on it, and the Christmas markets in the Old Town have a festive, celebratory atmosphere. My favourite thing to do there during the winter is to buy a cup of svařák (warm red mulled wine) from a booth for about a euro and take a wintry walk across Charles Bridge, marvelling at the old historical houses along the river’s edge. Or you can curl up in a café with a view of the Vltava river with a cup of coffee and a Kafka book and watch the snow fall. Ah, winter!

Prague | Christmas Europe Breaks

15. Roaming in Sinaia, Romania

Sinaia is one of my favourite destinations when it comes to Christmas and winter holidays, in general. The small beautiful mountain resort has plenty of wonderful things to offer in the cold season. Located in the heart of Romania, The Carpathian Pearl is ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. Whether you choose to ride the gondola up to 2000 m, for breathtaking mountain views, or to practice skiing, the experience will certainly be an amazing and unforgettable one. Besides, you will surely wish to visit one of the most spectacular castles in Europe. Peles Castle is the main attraction in town, for good reasons. King Carol I of Romania fell in love with the surroundings of the place and decided to build a summer residence there.

Nowadays, his castle turned out into a museum, visited by more than half a million people annually. The Neo-Renaissance architectural masterpiece is stunning! Add some snow to the image that you have already pictured in your mind and the fairytale landscape will be complete. The interiors of the castle will let you breathless, as well. Each room has a different architectural style, such as Gothic, Venetian, German or Oriental. Overall, Christmas atmosphere can be felt anywhere in town, no matter if you decide to go to ice skate in downtown, to admire the holiday decorations of the streets, or to simply enjoy a hot chocolate in a rustic restaurant with your loved one.

Sinaia Romania | Christmas Europe Breaks Sinaia – one of the Christmas Europe breaks for architecture lovers 

16. Tinsel in Tallinn

One of our favourite Christmas getaways in Europe is Tallinn, the picturesque capital city of Estonia. Tallinn’s old town was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997 because unlike any other capital city in Europe, it has managed to completely preserve its medieval structure and therefore nicknamed “the medieval pearl of Europe”.

The cobblestone streets are all originals, which along with the medieval churches, grandiose merchant houses, barns and warehouses, date back as far as the 11th century. It’s the perfect Christmas getaway in late December early January time because it’s all covered in snow, making it like something from a fairy tale – the perfect ideal Christmas image you dream of <—- Have you been good this year? Maybe Santa will send you to Estonia on your Christmas Europe break!


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Iceland travel tips and tricks to know before you go

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Category : Europe , Iceland

A bewitching Nordic nation of volcanoes, glaciers, cosmic winter light shows and endless summer twilight, Iceland is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The island’s mercurial weather means you’ll need to prepare for quick changes in advance. And the spectacularly dramatic landscape can bring its own challenges too. As they say, it’s good to know before you go, so read on for our top Iceland travel tips. From saving money to keeping safe and everything in between, find out all you need for unforgettable trip.

Get your plans locked in early

At just 103,000 km2, Iceland is a small but extremely popular island. Tourism has soared over the last few years with visitor numbers in recent years topping upwards of two million a year. Many choose to base themselves in Reykjavik and explore from there. This means there’s often a lot of competition for accommodation. And if you plan on staying in one of Iceland’s smaller towns, you may end up having to base your travel plans around the scant availability of small guesthouses. The same goes with activities – both the Golden Circle Tour and the Blue Lagoon now routinely book out a day in advance.

To make sure you don’t have to compromise on your plans, our Iceland travel tip is to book ahead. Aim to secure your accommodation at least six months before you go and activities one month prior. Alternatively, choose a Rough Guides tailor-made trip to Iceland and we’ll take care of everything for you.

Pack for all seasons

With a name like Iceland, it’s no surprise that winter on the island is pretty damn cold. Temperatures regularly drop to -5°C even in the city, so you’ll need to make sure that your coat and winter woollies are up to scratch. Whether it’s winter or summer, sleet and a wicked wind can strike at any time. Indeed, the locals commonly say that the island regularly experiences all four seasons in one day. But even if it’s freezing outside, Icelandic interiors are famously cosy. Stay comfortable and make sure you can strip down to a lighter layer when you head inside or if the sun decides to come out.

Here’s one of our best Iceland travel tips: before you zip up your suitcase, throw in a raincoat and a pair of flip flops. You’ll be glad of these extra additions when visiting Iceland’s unmissable but splashy waterfalls and after taking a dip in a hot spring or the Blue Lagoon.

The weather can change very quickly in Iceland

Be prepared to spend

Don’t be fooled by the fleet of low-cost flights from both mainland Europe and North America; Iceland is an expensive place. According to Statistics Iceland, prices today are 66% above the European average. The better news is that whether you’re spending large on food or crafts, Icelanders take pride in their produce. All in all, you’re likely to walk away with something of good quality.

When it comes to shopping, our Iceland travel tip is to splash out on a ‘lopapeysa’ jumper. These iconic woollen sweaters may come with a large price tag (expect to drop between 20,00 – 30,000 ISK or around £160 – £200), but they’re warm and water resistant and will last you a lifetime.

Save your money where you can

The first of our monetary Iceland travel tips is to use a prepaid travel card rather than exchanging your currency for paper Icelandic króna. Chip and pin cards are accepted pretty much everywhere on the island so you don’t have to worry about carrying cash (and spending whatever is in your wallet). Tipping at restaurants and bars isn’t required either. Service charges are usually included in the bill so there’s no need for smaller denominations of cash.

The second of our money-saving tips is to hit a budget supermarket such as Bónus or Krónan before a day of sightseeing. Lunch and snacks can be terribly overpriced at the island’s main attractions, not least at the rather swish restaurant in the visitor centre at Geysir on the Golden Circle. What’s more, the tap water in Iceland is completely safe to drink. Pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up as you go. As well as saving money, you’ll be doing your bit to keep the incredible Icelandic environment plastic-free.

Iceland travel tips: Inside an icecave in Vatnajokull

Inside an ice cave in Vatnajokull, Iceland 

Stay safe – use your common sense

With the drama of the landscape comes an element of danger. It’s important to respect the island’s natural forces no matter how tempting it is to get a closer look. When it comes to glaciers, never, ever wander or drive onto them without a guide. They are far more fragile than they appear. What’s more, hidden crevasses, glacial mud and fast-changing conditions can turn an incredible adventure into an utter disaster in the blink of an eye.

It’s not unusual here to find plunging waterfalls, cliffs and other perilous ledges without so much as rope or safety rail to keep you away from the abyss. Rather than ruin the view with ugly barriers, the authorities rely on tourists using their common sense and keeping their distance. The most important of our Iceland travel tips? Don’t risk your life for Instagram.

Similarly, stay well back from the waves on black sand beaches such as Djúpalónssandur. Here, as at many of the island’s enchanting strands, the conditions are unpredictable. Unexpected waves have been known to snatch tourists posing by the water’s edge. Once caught in the treacherous undercurrents, your chances of escape are slim.

Back in the civilisation of Reykjavik or Iceland’s smaller towns, you’ll be pleased to know that the island has an exceptionally low crime rate. However, as with anywhere, the usual rules apply. Don’t walk back to your accommodation late alone and always watch your drinks and belongings when out and about.

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Escape The Crowds: 10 Best Places To Visit In Europe This Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. That’s why the “whirlwind European adventure” is still such a classic for summer travel. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through top European destinations is a new experience every time you go.

To get you ready for a little summer fun in Europe, here is our list of the 10 best places to escape the crowds in Europe this summer!

Kotor, Montenegro

Hidden in a ria canyon, this beautiful, secluded Mediterranean port is surrounded by history—literally! The Venetian fortifications are only part of its long history, written in the town’s unique blend of architecture. With its Medieval old town, WWII memorials, and Napoleonic gates, it’s a quiet town with a long history to explore.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the 10 most well-preserved Medieval cities in the world, Dubrovnik is more well known for its perfect seaside charm. You’ll definitely want to spend your time outside on its many beaches, in its botanical gardens, and in the Arboretum Trsteno, the world’s oldest arboretum! Bonus for Game of Thrones fans: the town is one of the filming sites for Kings Landing.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a big winter destination in Switzerland, but it’s much less crowded in the summer. With an elevation of 1,856 meters, it boasts plenty of sunny days yet it never gets too hot. Outdoor lovers can enjoy the many hiking trails in the area and those looking for a relaxing getaway have plenty of spa resorts to choose from.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland’s capital is the perfect destination for travelers who are interested in wilderness adventuring but who want to be able to return to the comfort of civilization after a hard day’s hike. Day-trips let you explore the solitary beauty of Iceland’s landscape, and you can keep enjoying it after with a relaxing trip to any Reykjavik spa featuring one of its many hot springs!

Bergen, Norway

If you want to see the fjords of Norway, Bergen is the perfect gateway city. Not only does this charming town offer easy hiking access to a trove of nearby landmarks, it’s colorful houses and cozy charm also make it the perfect place to curl up with a good cup of steaming fish soup. After all, the town is well known for its fishing history!

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Gothenburg Archipelago is a collection of islands, some big and some only large enough for a single house! If you’re into island hopping, Gothenburg is definitely an ideal destination. In the city proper, you can spend an adrenaline-filled day at Liseberg amusement park, walk its many parks, and enjoy its famous music scene.

Tenby, Wales

Amazingly picturesque, this Welsh town is perfect for travelers looking to enjoy a quaint English seaside summer. Between trips to any of its several beaches, you can enjoy visiting some of its gorgeous art galleries and museums, like The Glass Gallery, which specializes in stained glasswork, or the Tenby Museum. Nearby Pembroke Castle looms over the town and was the birthplace of Henry VII.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is the place to go if you’re a fan of Renaissance art. From Reubens House to the Old Museum, there are plenty of museums, tours, and architectural masterpieces to help you get your aesthetic fill. Bike tours of the city are especially popular, as Antwerp is especially biker-friendly, and can be an enjoyable way to get your bearings if this is your first visit.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana (pronounced liu-bliana) is Slovenia’s capital city. Despite being a capital city, Ljubljana still holds a friendly small-town charm, with the benefit of modern amenities like free WiFi. The summer is filled with outdoor events like plays in the park and even an outdoor library, so take your time enjoying the sun and various street festivals.

Tallinn, Estonia

Like Ljubljana, Tallinn is a capital that nonetheless manages to retain a lot of quaint, historical charm. During the summer, its long coastline becomes a popular destination for beachgoers. Nearby Kadriorg Park extends behind the Kadriorg Park, offering beautiful botanical walks with rich history and architectural wonder.


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Best Places to Visit in Europe this Summer

Category : Europe , Visit Europe

Our travelers rate Iceland, with its famous hot springs and midnight sun, as Europe’s top summer trip. Whether you’re looking for an alpine adventure in Switzerland or a city escape in Germany, these are the top countries to visit for Europe vacations in June, July, and August. Some top choices may even inspire you to plan your next trip.

1. ICELAND

Iceland puts on one of the most dramatic natural spectacles on the planet. Rainbow-arched waterfalls cleave mountains with snow capped peaks just beyond its happening capital, Reykjavík. You can climb mountains, ford rivers, watch birds, catch fish, and even tend herd at a typical Icelandic farm. Rugged fjords and lush valleys lace the countryside, while fingerlike peninsulas reach toward the Arctic Circle. In the south, a veritable land of fire and ice await, from Iceland’s still-active Hekla Volcano to the chilling splendor of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

2. SWEDEN

Sweden requires the visitor to travel far, in both distance and attitude. Approximately the size of California, Sweden reaches as far north as the arctic fringes of Europe, where glacier-topped mountains and thousands of acres of forests are broken only by wild rivers, pristine lakes, and desolate moorland. In the more populous south, roads meander through miles of softly undulating countryside, skirting lakes and passing small villages with sharp-pointed church spires.

3. ENGLAND

From medieval cathedrals to postmodern towers, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. In the capital city of London and beyond, you can explore grand manors and royal castles steeped in history, and also discover cutting-edge art, innovative cultural scenes, and trendy shops. Quintessentially English treasures like the Georgian town of Bath, academic Oxford, and eccentric Brighton remain vibrant, and silvery lakes and green hills provide enduring grace notes.

4. SCOTLAND

Scotland packs spectacular landscapes, as well as rich history and tradition, into a small country. From the Lowlands to the Highlands, its lush woodlands, windswept moors, and deep lochs may take your breath away. Impressive castles, whisky distilleries, and golf courses entice, and cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow tweak tradition with cutting-edge festivals and vibrant cultural scenes. Scotland’s iconic products and customs—from tartans to bagpipes—may travel the globe, but there’s nothing like experiencing them firsthand.

5. SWITZERLAND

Whether on snow-capped mountains or in glitzy resort towns, you can experience the high life in Switzerland. Visitors are elated by its soaring outdoor recreation, riding cable cars up peaks near the Matterhorn, sipping Swiss wine while cruising on a crystalline alpine lake, and skiing the immaculate slopes of St. Moritz. At the end of the day, lavish spas beckon, along with lively après ski scenes and pots of fondue. Sophisticated cities like Zurich and Geneva take luxury to new heights, with posh boutiques and upscale restaurants lining their cobblestoned streets.

6. AUSTRIA

A “blast from the past” is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan stallions dance to Mozart minuets—in other words, Austria is a country that has not forgotten the elegance of a time gone by.

7. GERMANY

From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity the next. In hip Berlin, historic sites such as the Brandenburg Gate and contemporary art galleries create exciting contrasts. Throughout the country, discovering world-class museums and cutting-edge design is as quintessentially German as grabbing a stein of beer at a centuries-old biergarten.

8. TURKEY

In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures, with calls-to-prayer from city mosques sounding above the city. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts mix ancient Roman ruins with stunning beaches and resorts. Still, the real cultural lessons come from the Turkish people, always welcoming and eager to share their homeland’s fascinating past and present.

9. WALES

Wales is a land of dramatic national parks, plunging, unspoiled coastlines, and awe-inspiring medieval castles. Its ancient history and deep-rooted Celtic culture make Wales similar in many ways to its more famous neighbors, Scotland and Ireland; and yet it doesn’t attract the same hordes of visitors, which is a big part of the appeal.

10. FINLAND

If you like majestic open spaces, fine architecture, and courteous locals, Finland is for you. Mother Nature dictates life in this Nordic land, where winter brings perpetual darkness, and summer, perpetual light. Crystal clear streams run through vast forests lighted by the midnight sun, and reindeer roam free. Even the arts mimic nature: witness the music of Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous son, which can swing from a somber nocturne of midwinter darkness to the tremolo of sunlight slanting through pine and birch, or from the crescendo of a blazing sunset to the pianissimo of the next day’s dawn. The architecture of Alvar Aalto and the Saarinens—Eliel and son Eero, visible in many US cities, also demonstrates the Finnish affinity with nature, with soaring spaces evocative of Finland’s moss-floored forests.

11. IRELAND

It’s a Celtic mystery: how can a country as small as Ireland be packed with so much majestic history, natural beauty, vibrant culture, and, of course, fun? Norman castles overlook wild, empty beaches, Georgian country houses host impromptu traditional music sessions, excited theatergoers spill out into bustling Dublin pubs. Drama and spectacle lie at every turn, with a pint of Guinness to toast it all. But the real Irish secret is the people: their unique blend of warmth, humor, and irreverence will ensure your trip to the Emerald Isle is a true adventure.

12. SPAIN

Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the Pyrenees to the coast, its landscapes and varied cultures are worth exploring. Especially enticing is the national insistence on enjoying everyday pleasures. The Spanish live life to its fullest whether they are strolling in the park, pausing for a siesta, lingering over lunch, or dancing until dawn.

13. BELGIUM

Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance, it’s a little country that packs a big punch.

14. DENMARK

The Kingdom of Denmark dapples the Baltic Sea in an archipelago of some 450 islands and the crescent of one peninsula. Measuring 43,069 square km (17,028 square miles) and with a population of 5.5 million, it is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe. Half-timber villages and tidy agriculture rub shoulders with provincial towns and a handful of cities, where pedestrians set the pace, not traffic. Mothers safely park baby carriages outside bakeries while outdoor cafés fill with cappuccino-sippers, and lanky Danes pedal to work in lanes thick with bicycle traffic.

15. ITALY

Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world’s best food and wine. Also beckoning irresistibly are Italy’s sun-kissed olive groves and vineyards, the sparkling waters of Lake Como and the Mediterranean, and atmospheric monasteries, castles, and farmhouses. And if you seek vibrant cities with renowned museums, restaurants, and shopping opportunities, Rome, Florence, and Milan await.


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Summer In Europe: Top 10 Best Places For A Fabulous Vacation

While planning for holidays during summer in Europe, most of the travelers prefer picking the famous spots rather than exploring the offbeat ones. In this way, many of the breathtaking destinations in Europe that offer unspoilt environs for perfect summer holidays are left unnoticed.

Hence, we’ve collated a list to bring some of the best offbeat destinations to your attention. Rest assured, these escapades will not only make your European summer holidays fun, but also fabulous.

10. Crete, Greece – Fill Your Life With Colours Of Crete

Home to some of the most relaxing and crystal clear beaches with emerald green waters, Crete is one of the most offbeat and best choices for a summer trip to Europe. Home to the gorgeous pink sand beaches, traditional villages, massive canyons, and much more, Crete is ought to be on the bucket list of every traveler.

Crete, Greece

 

Must Experience: Explore the ruins of the Palace of Knossos

Best Time To Visit: April to mid-October
Places To Visit: Samariá Gorge, Knossos, Elafonisi Island, Balos Beach, Spinalonga, and more.
Things To Do: Hiking at Samariá Gorge, caving at Psychro cave, swimming at Vai beach, shopping in local Agora, and more.

9. Porto, Portugal – This is Where You Find Solace

Located in the northwest Portugal, the coastal gem of Porto is one of the must see places in Europe in summer. Being the second largest city in Portugal, Porto is one city which is world-renowned for its port wine and enjoys the credit of having inspired the country to coin its name, Portugal. From beaches and the colorful building to its rich history, Porto is indeed a magical city with a buzzing nightlife.

Porto, Portugal

 

Must Experience: Take a ride over the double-decker bridge of Dom Luís I Bridge

Best Time To Visit: April to September
Places To Visit: Palácio da Bolsa, Church of São Francisco, Livraria Lello, Clérigos Church, Estádio do Dragão, and more.
Things To Do: Sightsee in Porto in a double-decker bus, go wine tasting, and hiking in Douro, explore the art & architecture at Serralves, and more.

8. Paphos, Cyprus – Get Ready To Absorb Vitamin Sea

For those who seek to bask under sun, flaunt that tan, and relax to the core, must get going to Paphos, the ultimate beach destination to visit during summer season in Europe.Located on the southwest coast of Cyprus, soft sandy beaches, tilted palm trees, and famous limestone cliffs, are the major crowd pullers in Paphos. Also, make sure you don’t go back from Paphos without experiencing a ride on the catamaran cruise.

Paphos, Cyprus

 

Must Experience: Don’t miss out on exploring the colorful mosaics at House of Dionysos, the protected Roman Villa of 2nd century.

Best Time To Visit: April to October
Places To Visit: Coral Bay, Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, Tombs of the Kings, Paphos Castle, Saranta Kolones, and more.
Things To Do: Explore the ruins of Roman era at Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, horse riding at Eagle Mountain Ranch, spot wild sea turtles at Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station, and more.

7. Isle of Skye, Scotland – Perfect Place To Make Peace With Nature

Majestic mountains and high-rising cliffs are the highlights of Isle of Skye, the much famed and the second largest of all islands in Scotland. Located in the archipelago of Inner Hebrides, Isle of Skye is also known for its medieval castles, picture-perfect fishing villages, and the best nightlife in Europe summer. True to its name, Isle of Skye is indeed a place that can make anyone feel dreamy and enchanted.

Isle of Skye, Scotland

 

Must Experience: Stand on the edge of the westernmost Neist Point.

Best Time To Visit: May to September
Places To Visit: Dunvegan Castle, The Storr, Quiraing, Colbost, Armadale Castle, Fairy Pools, and more.
Things To Do: Hiking at the Storr, hike the Quiraing, fishing in Dunvegan, nature walking and hiking at Fairy Pools, and more.

6. Bergen, Norway – Meet Copenhagen’s Doppleganger With A View

You heard that right! Home to glistening glaciers and fjords, Bergen is the second largest city in Norway which never fails to impress the travelers with its small town-like charm. With its roots dating back to the age of the Vikings, Bergen is a perfect mix of 900 years old culture and modern-day lifestyle. Filled with museums, art galleries, restaurants, pubs, and craft shops, Bergen is indeed a bustling city that keeps everyone glued to its charm.

Bergen, Norway

 

Must Experience: Admire the Hanseatic buildings of Bergen at the Vågen harbour.

Best Time To Visit: May to July
Places To Visit: Bryggens Museum, Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, Troldhaugen, Bergenhus Fortress, Lille Lungegårdsvannet, and more.
Things To Do: Go for nature walking and hiking at Fløyen, take the aerial tramway up till Ulriken mountain, explore the marine life at Bergen Aquarium, and more.

5. Brasov, Romania – A Place To Soak In The Good Vibes

Encircled by the Carpathian mountains on all sides, Brasov is a quaint little city located in the region of Transylvania. Serving as the best place for summer skiing in Europe, Brasov portrays world-class gothic architecture in all its churches and buildings. Surrounded by natural beauty all around, Brasov also serves as a perfect base for skydiving and trekking.

Brasov, Romania

 

Must Experience: Explore the council square of Piaţa Sfatului and the vibrant baroque buildings around.

Best Time To Visit: March to June & September to October
Places To Visit: Bran Castle, Biserica Neagră Church, Parcul Zoologic, St. Nicholas Church, and more.
Things To Do: Enjoy the cable-car ride at Tâmpa, skiing and snowboarding at Poiana Brașov, chill at the Smile Aqua Park, and more.

4. Zadar, Croatia – Discover An Architectural Gem

Enjoying a beautiful location on the Dalmatian Coast, Zadar is an unspoilt gem set in the heart of Croatia. Much famed for housing the historical Venetian and Roman ruins, you cannot help but fall in love with the architectural gem of Zadar. Also, it is a must to attend the Soundwave Festival in Tisno which is one of the best music festivals in Europe’s summer.

Zadar, Croatia

 

Must Experience: Explore the Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of the best European national parks & a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best Time To Visit: June to September
Places To Visit: Church of St. Donatus, Krka National Park, Morske Orgulje, Ošljak Island, the Archaeological Museum, and more.
Things To Do: Skydiving, horse riding at Velika Plana Valley, Hiking at the Peak of Pag Island, Jeep Safari at Velebit Mountain, and more.

3. Giethoorn Village, Netherlands – Visit A Wonderland With No Roads

Get a boat in Giethoorn and you’re sorted. This marvellous village that has no roads,attracts thousands of travelers from all around the world. Encompassing of more than 180 bridges and endless canals, the magical land of Giethoorn Village works like a charm during summers in Europe.

Geithoorn, Netherlands

 

Must Experience: Enjoying boating on a Whisper boat that has silent electric motor.

Best Time To Visit: April to mid-October
Places To Visit: The Museum De Oude Aarde, Museum Het Olde Maat, Museum Gloria Maris, Arendshorst, and more.
Things To Do: Explore the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, canoe through the canals of Giethoorn, rent a bike and explore the cycling trails, and more.

2. Sicily, Italy – Explore The Canvas Of Your Dreams

One look at the landscape of Sicily will make you go weak in knees. Offering breathtaking views, Sicily is one of the largest and the most stunning islands in the Mediterranean. Going beyond the historical sites and shimmering beaches, you can never get enough of Sicily dreamlike environs during your summer vacations in Italy.

Sicily, Italy

 

Must Experience: You cannot come back without visiting the Valle dei Templi, an epitome of art and architecture.

Best Time To Visit: May to June & September to October
Places To Visit: Mount Etna, Cappella Palatina, Villa Romana del Casale, Palazzo dei Normanni, Cattedrale di Monreale, and more.
Things To Do: Skiing and hiking at Mount Etna, canyoning and rafting at Alcantara, snorkeling at Isola Bella, and more.

1. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland – Experience Sheer Bliss. Period.

Home to the majestic and soaring Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen is one destination that strikes a perfect balance between nature, adventure, love, and peace. Being one of the best adventure honeymoon destinations, Lauterbrunnen encompasses snow-bound mountains, rugged landscapes, rocky terrains, glaciers, valleys, and every other ingredient that will make your summer vacation in Switzerland an unforgettable experience.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

 

Must Experience: Experience skiing at the Jungfrau mountains, one of the highest summits in Switzerland.

Best Time To Visit: April to June
Places To Visit: Trümmelbach, Staubbach Falls, Mönch, Lauberhorn, Eiger Glacier, Männlichen, and more.
Things To Do: Enjoy panoramic views of Jungfrau and Mönch from Jungfraujoch observatory, dine at the revolving restaurant at Schilthorn, hiking at Kleine Scheidegg, cable car ride from Stechelberg to Schilthorn, and more.


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