Prague an Upcoming European Destination

What makes Prague an upcoming European Destination

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Why Visit to Prague

Prague pronounced ‘Praha’ locally, is the capital of Czech Republic in Europe. This place is ancient Bohemian capital of King Charles IV. A tourist always likes to visit the places which have history, culture, nature’s bounty and activities to make him or her forget the daily hustling and tiring routine and recharge the body and mind with freshness. A UNESCO World Heritage city, it is just the perfect Upcoming Destination in Europe, which is a happening and vibrant city, worthy of becoming the next plan of your tour program.

Prague capital of Czech Republic

From historical to modern world city

Post communism, there is lot of construction and rebuilding process is going on in Prague. Old buildings are being converted to restaurants and other important ventures relating to tourists. For commercial revenue angle, Czechs heavily depend upon Tourism. A vibrant city is not just a new escape for the tourists, but for them also who want to see and feel something unique in ancient historical buildings and an ancient city’s journey towards a modern city.

Prague is divided into five areas and spread over both side of the river Vltava, which parts the city into two halves. These areas are, on one side of the river, Jewish quarters, Old Town, Old Town Square, which is centrally located and New Town with Wenceslas square in the middle. On the other side of river Vltava, there is Lesser Town and the Castle District, along with Prague Castle in the center. It is essentially a compact city, where one can walk distance from one corner to last in 30 minutes.

Your happy day with these landmarks of Prague

Feel era of bygone in Prague Castle:

For more than 1000 years, Prague-Castle has been home and seat of the rulers then Kings, now Presidents. Built in 9th century AD originally, and then in 1920, renovation of the building carried out after independence, and it became seat of the President. Huge classically built castle is a treat to behold.

Prague Castle

Watch an amazing Astronomical Clock

It is an iconic mark. Made in 15th century this clock is complicated in reading and tells three types of times at a time, Central European time, stellar time and Bohemian time. Also, it shows phases of moon and sun. There is one calendar painted too. It attracts lots of crowd of people, who throng to see shows.

Astronomical Clock Prague

Charles Bridge

A 15th century bridge built on river Vltava by King Charles IV is an icon of Prague. It is connecting Old Town and Prague-castle. The bridge is 621 meters long and 10 meter wide. There are 30 statues of saints adorning bridge which is a technological marvel of Gothic era. It has been rebuilt few times over the centuries, but this bridge is monumental.

Charles Bridge Prague

Walk in Old Town Square

A tenth century old square, which had been a market, an execution place in public and a bustling place where all sit and enjoy a view of oldest buildings of Europe, like Gothic Tyn Church, Stone house of the stone bell, a monument of John Hus a reformer from 18th century, stands in middle.

Old Town Square Prague

Boating on Vltava

From Lesser Town a 40 minute boat ride will take you to exciting views of Charles Bridges and Prague-castle and make you feel you are in Venice.

Peep into Gothic era in Tyn Churc

A Gothic era church of Our Lady is a symbol of religious turmoil of 15th century, in 17th century Protestants were banned and Church was declared Catholic. Its architecture will take you in Gothic times. In addition there are several significant churches to visit in Prague.

Gothic era in Tyn Church Prague

Other Highlights that make Prague an upcoming European destination



What you can explore under the blue sky is probably the real Prague.

  • Walking is the best way to see Medieval Buildings reminiscent of medieval empire, city, and the culture though trams, metros provide comfortable transportation too!
  • River cruises on river Vltava, a luxury unmatched
  • Operas, theatre and concerts of traditional music and culture show case. Also enjoy great nightlife at Prague at pubs, bars and clubs.
  • Czech is a difficult Slavic language, will pose some problems, though English will be perfect also for interaction.
  • Food and Beverage are exciting and so are the restaurants especially the top floor restaurants with amazing city views. Czech Beer is world famous.
  • Accommodation at Prague is convenient for all kinds of visitors looking for budget to luxurious hotels.

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Appenzell Switzerland an Upcoming European Destination

Why APPENZELL Switzerland is upcoming European Destination?

A Canton or state of Switzerland, Appenzell is an aesthetic and traditionally strong area. Appenzell is a beautifully green hilly area of Alpine region. It is about 95 kms from Zurich and nearer to Austria and Liechtenstein. Appenzell can be reached by train or road through green Pasteur land. The landscapes are eye openers for nature lovers, place where nature has bestowed its bounty with lots of bewildering scenes of high hills, snow, greenery and grazing cows. Appenzell is famous for its aromatic ‘cheese’.

Why Appenzell in your itinerary

Appenzell with its envious landscape and natural beauty is a getaway for summers and winters also. Right there in the Alpine foothills, Appenzell has lot of activities that tourists can do here. Visitors can do hiking, climbing, sledging, snow hiking in winters, besides watching the nature’s bliss. There is scope for mind and body relaxation in numerous hotels and resorts which offer health related services like swimming pools, Spas, health clinics etc.

Appenzell Switzerland

Local Culture is like a mirror

Culturally Appenzell is quite strong and has stuck to its roots. There are few museums, music and customs, to showcase the culture and history of this place.

 



Many customs like Carnival, Funkensonntag which means bonfires on Sundays, processions of cattle and farmers to and back from alpines, Yodeling, cowbells sounding, cattle’s show, Prayers call and corpus Christi etc. sounds exciting.

Carnival Appenzell Switzerland Music

Music is the lifeline to Appenzell people. Traditionally, the music is of different genres. The string instruments, violin, piano and vocals. In Herdsmen’s ball they all come in traditional outfit and orchestra churns out traditional music. These may be accompanied by folk dancers men, women or kids, with traditional clothes.

Traditional music Appenzell

Museums-

Appenzell has good many museums which are a showcase of the rich heritage and culture. There are many museums like Art museum, Appenzell museum, Folklore museum,  custom’s museum and few more.

Museum Appenzell

Places which may enchant you

Castle

It is owned by private owners Sutters since late 18th century, architecture is worth showing appreciation, but from outside only as indoors not permitted to visit.

Catholic Church

Catholic Church is a church originally built in 11th century; its architecture is a study on times. A beautiful cemetery also is nearby which belongs to protestant’s sect.

Catholic Church Appenzell

Konkordia building

 Konkordia building is a 17th century worth seeing for its architecture.

Village square

Village square is a historic square where all issues related to village are discussed and even voting is carried off in open by counting hands of the people.

Main Street or Town hall  

Traditionally designed and painted houses are worth fascination of the visitors.

What one can do to feel local technology?

  • Visit to Cheese making dairy plants
  • Mineral water plant visit
  • Cableway excursion

Activities of sport

Lots of sports activities happening in Appenzell.

  • Hiking
  • Rope park for rope climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Tobbogan run on a sliding scooter sledge
  • Golf
  • E-biking/cycling
  • Sledging
  • Aerial sports like para gliding etc
  • Skiing
  • Skating


A paradise for backpackers and tourists of all classes, visitors find Appenzell an excellent place to stay comfortably. Options are many, like Hotels, Mountain inns, straw beds, village rooms etc. For foods of all choices like Italian, local, bars, beer bars, one can have variety of restaurants and eating joints which surly are a delight for all. Shopping here is a pleasure too, from handcrafted wares, culinary items to the best of aromatic soft cheese, one can have them all.

Travel to Provence for the Ultimate European Experience

Travel to Provence for the ultimate European experience

Already famous for its down to earth villages, the grand French Alps, the Rhone River, and traditional, tranquil countryside, Provence is among the upcoming destinations of Europe. Whether you are planning a classy honeymoon or just a rendezvous with some friends over art, wine, food and nature, Provence is the place to be.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, located beautifully in the southern region of France, is actually a historical province that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea all the way up to French Alps. The famed French Riviera, its pleasant sunny weather, calm countryside in numerous shades, traditional culinary beauty and exquisite language (Provençal) is what make it worth a visit for everyone.

 



Experience the art and inspiration in the city of Avignon

With a divine location by the Rhone River, the city of Avignon is among the most beautiful sites of Vaucluse, Provence. An incredibly old city and home to Place to Palais, Place de L’horloge, Le Pont Saint Benezet, etc, Avignon is a site worth cherishing that’s best surveyed and appreciated on foot or bicycles. If you fancy exquisite movie experiences then a visit to Cinema Utopia should be a must on your list. Rhone River cruises and brief boat trips make the city dreamier than it already is.

The city of Avignon

Taste the adrenaline in Luberon

The best of Provence is seen in Luberon with its picturesque villages that inspired some of the most amazing paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. While winters are chilly, summer receives the highest influx of tourists as does spring that brings vibrant colors to the valley. The national park’s brief mountain range is another delight for adventure enthusiasts as it isn’t too risky and yet packs the most magnificence views from top. Easily accessible from Avignon, Luberon is best traveled through private transportation since you will get the crazy impulse to stop and stare at every turn, and every crossroad.

Luberon Provence

Rejuvenate your soul with Nice’s classy beaches

Pronounced Niece, Nice is one of the biggest attractions of French Riviera that caters to the young, old, rich, famous, backpackers and just about everyone. Vieux Nice is an aesthetic delight with its dreamy scuttle of streets, alleys and scenic boutiques, homes and if that doesn’t quench your thirst for aesthetics then Museum of Asian Art, Musee Matisse, Parc Phoenix sure will. Another famed site in Nice is the Colline Du Chateau that was once a castle but now lies in a splendid tattered form. With a wealth of hiking trains (La Turbie), and clean beaches, Nice is where you will have the most fun experience of your life.

Pronounced Niece Provence

Satisfy your penchant for luxury at the Cannes

The world-famous host of one of the most revered Film festivals, Cannes is where the rich and famous go every summer. Those with a refined taste of extravagance must try the private beaches, yacht cruises, luxury boutique and souvenir shops and a stroll through the ever so beautiful Old town. Those on a budget need not be disappointed as ferry trip to Iles de Lerins and Monaco, St. Tropez excursions, Tour du Masque are pretty affordable. The Provençal way of life is best illustrated with the lavish collections of Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence.

Cannes Provence

Provence is an assortment of magnificent sites, nature’s wealth that none can pass over so delight your soul and revive your mind with a trip around the Mont Ventoux, Digne Les Bains, Les Baux de Provence Verdon Gorges, and many more of Provence’s unspoiled gems.

Les Baux de Provence

Mont Ventoux Provence

Sibiu an Upcoming Destination in Europe

When in Romania, do it the Sibiu way!

If Europe is on your vacation list and you want to venture out to some place which has it all – from towers to palaces to churches to glacial lakes, then one of the upcoming destinations in Europe is Sibiu. Located in Central Europe, this exotic place offers the touch of ethnicity coupled with history and authenticity.

What to expect in Sibiu?

The place is coated with a film of traditional Europe and mentioned below are the must-see ones:

Sibiu-Romania

Big Square (Piata Mare)

This is one of the most happening places in Sibiu where the City hall surrounds one side of the square while shops and restaurants border the other two. The fountain in the center magnifies the liveliness of the place.

Big Square (Piata Mare) Sibiu

Turnul Sfatului (The Tower of the Council)

Composed of seven floors, each floor has a unique picturesque view ranging from the old prison on the first and second to paintings on the next three while the topmost is the most beautiful one with the view of the entire city.

Turnul Sfatului Sibiu

Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral and Tower

The church tower presents the perfect blend of Gothic architecture and mesmerizing view of the city and hence is one of the must visit places when in Sibiu.

Lutheran Evangelical Cathedral and Tower Sibiu

Piata Mica

It is another of the three squares of Sibiu which is a great place to be in if you are an avid observer and want to be in the midst of hustle and bustle. This place also acts as the gateway to a number of museums around as well as to restaurants offering local and international cuisines.

Piata Mica Sibiu

Astra National Museum Complex

It is one of the biggest museums in Romania spanning an area of 100 hectares. This open-air museum is one of its kind and you should either reserve half of a day for it else visit it on two days to keep off the fatigue.

Astra National Museum Complex Sibiu

The Bridge of Lies

Believed to be the first iron bridge of Romania, the surroundings will fill you with inquisitiveness and great lanes to walk by. The small bridge is believed to shake and rattle if any onlooker lies while being there so you ought to be on your best behavior!

The Bridge of Lies Sibiu

The Tower of Stairs

It is considered to be the oldest existing building in the city and dates back to the thirteenth century. As the name has it, there are a number of stairs to climb which are totally worth it if you want to explore the place and have some great clicks.

Strada Nicolae Balcescu

It is the best walking street in Sibiu where you can roam about, eat along with family and friends, shop till you drop or just spend some quality time alone at the cafes.

Strada Nicolae Balcescu Sibiu

Zoological Gardens

The zoo has a number of well-fed and relaxed animals which can be quite a catch for your little one. You can walk through the small forest which is well-maintained. The lake-side location adds to the beauty making it as enjoyable as walking in the park.

Zoological Gardens Sibiu

Museum of Steel Locomotives

The train museum is worth a watch if you are interested in steam engines and locomotives. Half an hour is good enough to peep into history and see how it all started.

Some of the other places that can be visited are the Lower town of Sibiu, the Huet Tunnel, the Great Synagogue and the Brukenthal national museum. Give it a shot and this upcoming vacation destination of Europe will not disappoint you!

Museum of Steel Locomotives Sibiu

Facilities in Sibiu

  • The place has several accommodation options to suit the budget and preferences of diverse kinds of visitors. One may opt for comfortable apartments, hostel rooms or luxurious hotels, all of them centrally located and near to major attractions.


  • Besides, the visitors can shop for various things such as antiques, handicrafts, embroidered linen and clothing and fresh farm produce available at many squares of the place.
  • Traveling to Sibiu from nearby cities is quite easy through buses, cars and trains. Visitors can also conveniently opt for flights from various countries to this city.
  • Traveling around in Sibiu is also comfortable as wide transport options are available such as rented cars, rented bicycles, taxi services and buses.

Enjoy the Trip to Korčula Enchanting Island of Croatia

Enjoy Croatian-European highlights with least expenses at Korčula

Among the favorite holiday spots of the Greeks in ancient times, Korčula is still among the most enchanting islands of Croatia. Renowned for its vineyards and olive groves with magnificent, eclectic tiny villages glowing with age old traditions that locals have still kept alive, Korčula is surely among Europe’s lesser known gems and among its top upcoming destinations. Here is a little something on this beautiful island if you are planning your quiet Europe getaway:

Korčula Croatia

Expansive coastal range

Offering a bevy of activities, Korčula is perfect even if you just want a relaxed holiday. There are so many beaches to choose from that you can pick from enjoying the ambient sunbath or go visiting sea urchins on a swim. The karstic coastal ranges and Orebic are also visible from nearby or you can just rent a kayak for 200 KN a day and delight yourself with Kantun tours. Snorkeling is another famous activity that is best done around southeast of Badija island.

Snorkeling Korčula

Explore the culture

The island hosts an annual event called the Korkyra Baroque Festival in September that brings world’s leading ensembles as well as soloists whose expertise is in Baroque music together. So, those looking for some cultivation of musical passions and interest should sure visit the island during September. Moreover, you will get to observe the beautiful architectural marvels of the island.

Korkyra Baroque Festival Korčula

Tease your adrenaline

There are enough nightclubs to suit your modern taste but if you want the action old school way then you should try the eloquent sword dance that actors perform to depict an historical battle. Rent a bike for an easy, local and DIY excursion and pedal around the island appreciating the beautiful imagery of the island.



Sate those taste buds

The island has a vareity of cuisines to offer but your best bet would be trying out some local flavors. Must haves include brodet (fish stew), zrnovski makaruni (beef with thin, long pieces of pasta), pogačice (deep-fried dough), klašun, pašticada (Dalmatian stewed beef), cukarin (cookies), etc. If you appreciate a rich glass of wine then grk (a dry white wine from Lumbarda and pošip (dry white wine from Smokvica and Cara) should be on your must have list.

Getting to Korčula

Korčula is easily accessible with stable connectivity through Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Mijet, Zadar, Split, Vis, etc. You can board a ferry from other spots and get to the island or you can get to the island first and then explore other destinations on your way out. And, if you are choosing an extended trip then getting day long excursions to nearby islands and spots would be best.

Lively lodging

Backpackers will have the most fun travelling this lesser known European paradise as there are sufficient budget friendly camping and accommodation option. You can stay at the hostels or pick separate rooms or even book self-catering villas for a luxurious stay.


Amuse your taste of aesthetics

Korčula has an incredibly splendid Old town that is full of amazing eating spots and stone buildings. In fact, much of the island is postcard perfect and if you were hoping for some typical European beauty then this island will curb your appetite for sure.

The glorious Korčula of the Adriatic is almost 47km long and is home to some old-world, secluded coves as well as little sandy and unspoiled beaches with the northern shore being much pebblier for a walk-the-town picnic. So, get the best of this European upcoming Destination Island while spending the least of your money.

Enjoy Picturesque Nature and Secluded Coves at Folégandros

Hitch a ferry to Folégandros for a quaint and fairy tale escape

Home to a magnificently gorgeous main town and still unspoiled by the reach of corporate hotel chains, Folégandros is Greek’s sweet little charming spot. With picturesque houses and even more picturesque nature (some thrilling cliffs!) and secluded coves, this small Greek Island is everything a dreamer could ask for and certainly among Europe’s upcoming destinations.

Folegandros Greek

Getting there

Although fantastic and definitely worth the trouble, Folégandros is actually very remote and quite hard to get to (one of the reason why it is still so unblemished). Located in the South Cyclades, there is a paved road that connects its three villages. To get to Folégandros, you will need to board a ferry or boat from Santorini, Piraeus, Rafina.

Santorini Cyclades Greek

Cyclades

Why settle for a bite when you can enjoy the whole pie? If you can manage the time (given the current Greek economy, budget won’t be an issue), visiting Cyclades and including Folégandros in your trip will be a wiser idea.

Avoiding the ruckus

Cyclades is usually visited the most from Easter to mid-September with July-August being the peak seasons. Peak means not only busy but also expensive so you can choose May-June and other off season months to get there. Nevertheless, keep an eye out on ferry availability beforehand because off seasons means closing of some hotels.

Extravagant accommodation within budget

How would you like your stay at some marvelous 19th-century stone houses atop a hillside spanning a beautiful view of the Chora? There aren’t really hotels but available accommodation is homely, secluded with stylish interiors and beamed ceilings making your stay even more regal. Anemi would be a great choice if you don’t mind the view of the port and would like easily accessible contemporary Cycladic cuisine. 

Explore the villages

Hora, among traditional medieval towns of Cyclades has a beautiful wall composed of buildings. One of the most romantic places, Hora appears purely poetic. The village castle of Kastro is a must visit for anyone enjoying the island. Another seaside beauty worth visiting at the Island is Karavostassis that’s only 3km southeast from Hora. Your next stop at the island should be Ano Merià where cultivated fields and dry stoned walls will enchant you. Home to the eclectic Ecological and Folklore Museum, Ano Merià is a rural incorruptible delight for anyone looking for a sober escape.

Hora Cyclades Greek

Seductive and calm beaches of Folégandros

Festooned by some incredibly quiet beaches, Folegandros is one place that you won’t forget. The beauty and calm of the beaches is worth all the hard work so be prepared to hike all the way to the beaches round the island. But if you are feeling lazy, take a boat…it’s a vacation after all.

Vardia-Livadi beaches are around a kilometer from Karavostasi while Agios Georgios is located in the northeast of Ano Merià and may need you to walk for more than an hour.  If you want to get your adrenaline up then witness the grand cliffs from Hora as the road leading north will take you to the breathtaking cliffs. The Vathi Bay, Angali and Agios Nikolaos beaches are also located nearby.

Agios Nikolaos beaches

Keeping the taste buds delighted

Local taverns serve some of the best Greek foods like Matsata, Greek Salad-Meatballs, courgette croquettes with tzaziki, etc. 

With its grim but eerily attractive history, Folégandros has been on the map for a long time but past few decades has sure made it famous among mainstream travelers. Fortunately, you are in luck because the island is still as unspoiled as it was three decades back and easy on the pocket. So, make your Greek pilgrim to this beautiful island soon if you are in for an exclusive and special holiday.

Why Kotor Should be Next Vacation Stop?

Top reasons why Kotor should be next vacation stop

Touted to be as old as the tales of homer, beauty of the city of Kotor is the stuff of legends. Located by the tip of Boka Kotarska, the city of Kotor has enjoyed vast popularity in historical maps and is widely known for the Old town (Stari Grad), a UNESCO word heritage sight. A prized city of Montenegro and a puzzle full of remnants of medieval forts and fortresses, tourism in Kotor has been on the rise marking it among the best upcoming European tourism cities so if you are craving an exotic holiday, Kotor is the place for you. Here is what you should absolutely do in this beautiful city:

Wander around the walled city

The old town that Kotor is well known for is actually a medieval walled little town in the shape of a triangle. While one side faces the Kotor Bay, the north one faces Skurda River and both are covered by a thick, shield wall. The third wall that is on the east side also has a defensive wall and a total of three entrances to the city are there out of which the western Sea Gate of 1555 is opened as main entrance. The gate on the southern side acts as town triangle’s southern apex. With all its beautiful towering medieval walls, and the ideal location by the Adriatic Sea, the old town is perfect to get lost for a wanderer.

Kotor Bay

Explore the grand architecture

The St Tryphon’s Cathedral of the old walled town has been erect since the 11 century and even when the earthquakes ravaged the structure, its beautiful Romanesque -Gothic architecture has survived. The church is dedicated to Kotor’s patron Saint, St. Tryphon. Religious or not, visiting these grandiose structures will get your heart beat up with appreciation for the craft of construction and design.

Romanesque -Gothic architecture Kotor

Satiate that adrenaline

If you thought Kotor was all about scenic beauty and blue skies then you couldn’t be more wrong!



From rafting to paragliding, this legendary town has everything to exhibit and offer. The Tara Canyon is pretty close to the coastal area so hiring private driver will get you there in short time. Rafting tours at the Tara Canyon are largely famous as the canyon is locally know for its numerous legends and stories that you will sure enjoy from the local generations who have been carrying forward the traditional of storytelling.  If Rafting doesn’t quench your adventure and thrill thirst then how about some paragliding off the imposing but irresistibly beautiful cliffs?

Tara Canyon Kotor

If you exit the north gate of the old walled town, and walk a little further up, you’ll reach a crystal-clear waterfall that may have dried if you are taking a summer holiday. This path will further steer you past mountain goats and all the way to the rocky switchbacks with extremely amazing views of the old fort, the Kotor bay.

old fort Kotor bay

Getting atop the hike will only take about two-three hours so you will reach Krstac once you cross the dense forest. Once there, dine at the wonderful restaurant at Krstac and enjoy your trip all the way back.

Visit the Maritime Museum

The Old Town houses the famous Maritime Museum that will surely interest the curious ones as it a portal to the life that Kotor people once lived. From the glory sailing days to collections of well known Kotor seaman, states man, artists, diplomats, ship builders, crafts man, etc you will find everything about Kotor and its history at this museum. In fact, the baroque palace Grgurin where it is housed is a fascinating piece of architecture itself! From uniforms, navigational instruments to weapons, you will find everything at the museum.

Maritime Museum Kotor

Elegant accommodation that you can actually afford

Even a simple meal at the old town restaurants is made special and unique by the aura of this walled city that appears right out of fantasy films. Savor the taste of the local cuisine and delight your evenings with delicious local Montenegrin wines.  


Italian food and seafood is something Kotor is famous for so you can eat out on a budget, enjoy the authentic wines and pizzas.

Old Town hostel along with youth hostel and numerous other private hostel options are available for those backpacking through Kotor. But if you want a private room, you won’t need to shell more than €10-€15 in and outside the walled town.

So, give your vacation a little Kotor extravaganza and witness a new culture in all its glory at this esteemed ancient Montenegrin town.

Vienna an Upcoming Destination of Europe

Why Vienna considered as upcoming destination of Europe?

Vienna is ideal for couples looking for a romantic experience and for families as well looking to have fun excursions with their near and dear ones. Popularly known as one of the upcoming romantic destinations of Europe, the city boasts of a colorful history and crucial sights of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Your sole challenge being a day-tripper is to decide how you want to explore the city. Either you can choose the slow route, or you can choose the fast route. However, if you are looking to choose Vienna as your getaway, it should be bagged with certain reasons. Therefore, here are some of the best and irresistible reasons for you:

Vienna for history and architecture lovers 

Hofburg Palace Vienna

If you are a history or architecture buff, this place has everything in store for you. There are different historical monuments in the city like the massive Hofburg Palace, which will knock your socks off and leave you spellbound. Not only is it right near some of the most amazing restaurants and Viennese cafes, but also it is known for its uniqueness. You can also choose the Imperial Apartments and the Schatzkammer tour, which holds an exclusive importance in the jewels of the Habsburg dynasty.


Vienna for food lovers

It has its own unique cuisine, although most of the people often treat it as equivalent to Austrian cuisine. Indeed, the cuisine of the city is exclusive in many ways that you will find it enticing. Some of the favorite dishes that tourists must try are Rindsuppe beef soup, Gulasch (a hotpot similar to the Hungarian stew of the same name), Selchfleisch (smoked meat), Wiener Schnitzels (pounded and breaded fried veal), etc. However, for deserts, tourists should try Danish pastry because it originated from Vienna and simply loved by all. Sadly, when you will leave Vienna, one of the things that you will miss shall definitely be the food.

Vienna for Magical Christmas Tour during Winters

Christmas markets Vienna

Vienna is all the rage for its Christmas celebrations. During the snowy winters, the Christmas markets and skiing activities get more popular and attract tourists from around the globe. Being a tourist, you can combine a winter Christmas trip with a musical tour to this city to enjoy the vivid musical scene out there. You can also trace some footpaths of some Vienna composers who have made this historical musical site more popular.

Vienna for a Bike Tour through its Lanes 

Biking allows you to travel longer distances. If you are on bike, you should expect to be getting off the bike for a quick rest and catch a glimpse of magical Vienna around you. A Vienna city tour through biking allows you to see more the city. You get to travel along the streets, and view the ornate churches and cathedrals from a distance.




Vienna for romantic boat rides 

If you are someone who is bored with land travel, then perhaps a boat trip is what your heart craves for. Towards the South, it has the beautiful woods, and the environment is very breathtaking for some quiet and peaceful time. When you travel by a boat, you experience something very mystical that is difficult to put in words. For instance, you will see thermal springs, which you would not be able to catch a glimpse of if you travel by land.

Thermal springs Vienna

Nevertheless, how you wish to travel depends entirely on what are your plans during your vacation in Vienna. If you are planning to cover one or two destinations, then a walking or bike tour is a good option. However, if you are someone who is visiting the city for the first time, then its best that you follow a guided tour, which will help, introduce you well to the city.

 

Plan a Vacation to Salzburg, Austria

Plan a Vacation to Salzburg Austria for the Love of Music!

Talk about Salzburg Austria and the music lovers will immediately say Mozart because this is the place where the great musician was born! It is very easy to relate Salzburg with art, music and opera! Let’s have a look at a few amazing reasons that make Salzburg Austria as the upcoming destination of Europe.

1. Are you in love with ‘The Sound of Music’?

Yes, this evergreen musical drama was shot here in this beautiful Austrian town. The gardens of the Mirabell Palace home the famous ‘Do Re Mi Fa’ steps from the movie. In the gardens, there is Pegasus fountain too which you wouldn’t want to miss.

Mirabell Palace Salzburg, Austria

2. Once a birthplace of Mozart is now a museum!

The museum is in Getreidegasse. The place will offer you some interesting information on the life of Mozart who was born there in 1756.

You may even spend some time to relax and get a feel of the place in the garden café there.

3. Beer Garden

Augustiner Bräustübl is the best beer garden you will ever come across. Here you will get the best of the beers and the foods. The place is located in Mülln. A simple cab ride will take you to this destination.

Augustiner Bräustübl Beer Garden Salzburg Austria

4. Baroque Architecture

Churches, cathedrals and palaces- there are so many monuments here that have been built in the baroque style. The intricate work leaves you awestruck whenever you see it. The best of the baroque work can be seen in the Trinity Church in Makartplatz.

Trinity Church in Makartplatz Salzburg, Austria

5. Hohensalzburg Fortress

Walk up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest preserved citadel in Central Europe, located at the top of the hill. The castle is indeed the most famous landmark of the city.

Hohensalzburg Fortress Salzburg, Austria

6. Culinary Variety

People who love food and music both with equal passion should make it a point to visit Salzburg at least once in their lifetime. St Peter Stiftskeller is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe that serves amazing food along with Mozart dinner concerts.

Via Culinaria is another wonder in the world of food, but with a contemporary touch. You can devour on cheese cuisines, fish cuisines and the list is endless.

7. Only for the love for Mozart

If this is the only reason you wish to go to Salzburg, then make sure you plan a trip around the last ten days of January. From the 22nd of January to the 31st of January 2016, you will get to soak into the classical Mozart Week. World famous orchestras and conductors will pay tribute to this legendary musician.

classical Mozart Week Salzburg, Austria

8. Salzburg Cathedral

This is the place where Mozart was baptized. Make sure you do not miss going there, if you wish to take along a great memory back home.

9. Opera performances

More than 200 opera performances take place every year around August and September. If attending opera in Salzburg is one of your priorities then make it a point to plan in advance.

For jazz performances, the ideal time to visit is October and November.


Nevertheless, it is advised that you get complete information well before you book your tickets to Salzburg.

Salzburg holds a very important part in the history of art and culture. The place has some breathtaking views to make your journey long lasting in your memories. You should definitely plan a visit to this upcoming destination in Europe.

Coimbra, Portugal Europe’s Upcoming Tourism Destination

Vacation spot hunting? How about the student’s city: Coimbra, Portugal?

Among Europe’s top upcoming tourism destinations, Coimbra (Portugal) is the place to be. Romantics would probably identity this urban Portuguese city as the abode of Fonte das Lágrimas but Coimbra has so much more to offer. With plenty of archaeological sites and architectural structures, it is the city that will quench your desire for the prefect holiday with its majestic structures spinning centuries’ worth of history blended with urban luxury. Coimbra is the city that parties with the ideal European elegance so here’s why it should be on top of your list of must visit cities:

Iconic local music: Coimbra Fado

Fado ao Centro Coimbra, Portugal

 

Fado music is Portugal’s local nostalgic songs accompanied by the harmonic beats of the guitar. Coimbra’s tradition of Fado differs from that of Lisbon in the way that singers here cough to clear their throat instead of clapping their hands like they do in Lisbon. In fact, Coimbra has its own genre and style of Fado that is best enjoyed in all authenticity at the city’s top music schools. Visit the Fado ao Centro for the ideal experience.

Wanderer’s gold

City’s central part is one of the most charming places to get lost in.  The architectural structures will keep you going through the centre and even though, the city is fairly small, it is captivating with rich history and numerous Museums that sing the tales of centuries gone by.

Appreciating art and history

Machado de Castro National Museum Coimbra, Portugal

 

The famed Machado de Castro National Museum of Coimbra received its name from the well known Portuguese Sculptor Joaquim Machado De Castro and is visited by numerous tourists and local travelers every day. Its collections of Paintings, Archaeology, Applied arts, etc is truly vibrant and would delight your aesthetic senses even if you are not passionate about art.

Appreciate the classic Gothic structures

Gothic architecture Coimbra, Portugal

 

Regardless of the bleak reputation that the term Gothic has found itself associated with in modern culture, Gothic architecture always meant elaborate yet practical designs with breathtaking visuals. The Old Cathedral of Coimbra is one of the greatest examples of Gothic structure with Roman church like visuals. Its medieval fortress like appearance will sure woo your taste.

Splurge in food and wine

A number of other European and local restaurants with wide variety of wine serve some of the most delectable food you will ever feast upon. This Portuguese city is also famous for Bairrada wine and if you are in mood for some wine exploration then nearby regions will sure satiate your curiosity for local, high quality wine. Another must have drink is the Licor Beirao which is a local sweet liquor largely famous for its authentic taste that is unique to Coimbra. The city also sells a large variety of firewater called the Agua Ardente and one of the type available is made from fresh, plump grapes while another one comprises tastes and tints of numerous fruits.

Coimbra Library

Coimbra University

 

Walk all the way up to the grand Biblioteca Joanina – Universidade de Coimbra, the majestic university of the city that’s actually famous as the town of students. The university structures appear surreal with their amazing towering architectural designs and are sure worth a walk. The barren courtyard looks its best in early winter months and compared to modern university campuses, a walk through the famed Coimbra University will make you appreciate the luxury of design and perspective so much more.

Walk the Ponte Pedro e Ines

Very well and strategically constructed, walking the Ponte Pedro E Ines will get you to the Parque Verde Do Mondego from both access points so enjoy a nice, fresh, hearty walk and breathe in the Portuguese air.

Cherish the journey

The city is so very well connected as tourists can hire private cabs from Lisbon or Porto to get to Coimbra. Boarding a train to the city from Porto and Lisbon or flying to Portela Airport or Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport will also be fruitful. Since the city is built around numerous medieval structures, the infrastructure serves those walking short distances better so travelers can actually walk the entire city as it is pretty small and always blessed with pleasant weather.


Coimbra is not just great for its numerous sights but is also easy on budget with several affordable accommodation options and easy to navigate ways that allow travelers to travel without additional transportation costs. Weather is pleasant throughout year but if you are keen catching the best local action then visiting the city for Festa Das Latas and Queima Das Fitas that students from University of Coimbra organize every year.

Festa Das Latas Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra is a fairly populous city in Portugal but it is still unspoiled as tourists often flock to the conventional spots so make the most of available exclusivity and enjoy the untouched beauty of this students’ city.