All posts tagged: City Guides

Kühlungsborn: Germany’s Hidden Gem On The Baltic Coastline

Standing next to the azure sea and on a beach full of white sand, as I heard a continuous laughter of people in the background, I said to myself, “this is the kind of moment I would want myself to be locked in”… And no, I did not have to travel halfway around the world to get to such apparently relaxing location — just two hours from Hamburg. As I landed at Hamburg airport and greeted other bloggers and journalists whom I was going to travel with for the next few days, on a blog trip with Germany Tourism, I was excited more than ever. We were going to explore the highlights along the little-visited German Baltic coast — a part of Germany that promises beautiful architecture and some of the best beaches in Western Europe. And the resort town of Kühlungsborn, was our first destination. If you will look at a map, the coastline of Kühlungsborn, looks pretty jagged and rough, as though forcibly ripped from the sea. But when you reach there you realise that the water, in fact, cannot appear more serene and …

What To See And Do In Bunbury

There are some towns that you instantly build a liking for, and Bunbury, for me, turned out to be one among them. As I left Perth and traveled south to Bunbury, on a chilly Monday morning in August, the time of the year when tourism in Southwest of Australia is at its all-time low, I found a city like no other. It was quiet yet not dead, urban yet bucolic. Western Australia’s third largest city Bunbury, has something for everyone — from beaches to wildlife to wineries. But one thing that makes it wonderful to a next level is its peaceful locales! You’ll arrive for only a few days, but you’ll want to stay forever, as was the case with me. When I initially arrived in Bunbury, I’d planned to stay for only 2 nights, rather I ended up staying four. It was wet and cold when I visited Bunbury, and had I arrived a couple of weeks later, I’d have explored a completely different side of the city. As soon as the winter goes weak, after the month of August, Bunbury, just like most of the Western Australia, …

A Day Trip To Fremantle, From Perth

“Everybody goes to Fremantle on a Sunday morning, it’s one of those towns that are meant to unwind and relax,” suggested the receptionist in my hostel. Staying in Perth on a work holiday visa for the past 7 months, her suggestion sounded tempting. I was told that I can take a train from Perth to Fremantle from the central station CBD, located at about 5-minute walk from the hostel, and be in Fremantle in no more than 25 minutes. Another way to get there was by taking a 60-minute cruise ride from Swan River, right next to Elizabeth Quay, that costs about 30 dollars. Uninterested in a cruise ride, as I always have been, I decided to take the train. But if you end up in Fremantle after the noon with a little to no idea about what to see and do there, as so was the case with me, the town may just feel overwhelming. So a quick probe, and I found a list of over a dozen tour companies that ran a day …

Travel Tips For Slovenia

What people think about a place, and what it actually is, can be two different realities. And so was the case with me before I travelled to Slovenia. While I was planning the itinerary for my first backpacking trip across Europe, I expected Slovenia as a part of the ‘wild west’ or the ill-famous Eastern Europe. Moreover to my guilt, my heart was always more drawn to the neighbouring countries of Italy, Austria and Hungary. But since there was no way to travel from Hungary to Italy, via land, without travelling through Slovenia (because I didn’t want to cross through Croatia holding a Schengen Visa), I decided to pass through Slovenia, and moreover stay in Ljubljana for a few days. [Read: My First Impression of Ljubljana] So if you are visiting Slovenia for the first time, then read ahead. These four significant misconceptions are the most useful travel tips for Slovenia. Don’t Mix Slovenia And Slovakia Slovenian people are very friendly and well-versed. For almost always you will find them smiling. But if there’s one thing that really annoys is someone referring to …

What To See And Do In Basel

Basel is so tucked away on the northern edge of the country, bordering both France and Germany, that it’s not on the regular Geneva-Bern-Lucerne-Zurich route and is often forgotten by tourists. But speaking of my first impression of Basel, as I happened to explore it during a 3-day blog trip with Basel Tourism, it was undoubtedly charming and undeniably pleasant. Being Switzerland’s third largest town, Basel offers something for everyone. It has over 40 museums, uncountable art-galleries, world-class architecture, quirky bars, polished restaurants, it’s own trademarked beer, a lively riverside, traffic-free streets, Switzerland’s best town hall… well, I can go on. But honestly speaking I loved Basel not for the attractions it offered, but because of its old town European charm. Its many medieval winding streets that ooze both history and culture, offer a treat for the eyes. There couldn’t be a better place to conclude my 2 month long solo backpacking trip across Europe. Understanding Basel Before I arrived in Basel, I’d no idea that this part of Switzerland is straddling the borders of three countries, with little to indicate …

Vienna On A Budget

A city of culture, history, music and art, with a nightlife to rival with that of any city in the world, that’s what Vienna is, in a nutshell. Walking through its many fairytale-like streets you wonder if there can be a place so royal and majestic in its appearance found today — no wonder, Vienna deserves its nickname The Imperial City, fairly well. But where on one side every experience, every sight in the city, is a total treat, the cost of travelling here — whether you talk about a 10 Euro cup of coffee, or a 150 Euro ballet performance — can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re travelling Europe on a budget. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to fill yourself up with the city’s history and culture, without having to spend too much. Because with my #ViennaNow budget travel guide, you can explore Vienna on budget. And Here’s how… Arriving In The City If you’re flying into Vienna, the best and the cheapest way to get to the city centre is by taking the S-Bahn connections from Euros 2.50 to Euros …

What To See In Budapest, And How

Nesting in the heart of Europe, Budapest offers its visitors an unlimited treasury of experiences. Welcome to Budapest! Home to world-famous artists, mouth-watering food, and above all — cheap beer! I personally favour Budapest over the other neighbouring capital towns of Ljubljana (in its west), and Prague and Vienna (in its north) for the value of money it offers. When I visited Budapest, my initial plan was to stay for three nights, but the city had so much to offer and at such good price that I ended up staying for a week. But I understand that not everyone visiting Budapest will have a week to spare. So if you’re in town for only a few days, this travel guide will help you cover most of the highlights in Budapest on a fast track. But before anything, I’d suggest you to… Invest In A City Card Now, since you’re here for a short time and want to visit as many places, on a fast track, as possible, I’d suggest you to invest in a 48 or …

How To See Prague In One Day

Prague is one of those destinations that always seems to be in vogue. It’s been on the tourist map for a long time, and the crowds show no signs of abating — particularly when it comes to women. And I understand the fascination. Prague is, after all, gorgeous; has a Vegas-style nightlife; and speaks about, from its all nooks and corners, nothing but a hint of romance. But where on one side, the city is beautiful and vibrant, its well-preserved medieval architecture is abundant and rich in history. There is just so much to see and absorb in Prague that if you’re staying here for only a few days, you’re going to miss a lot, unless you plan better, so read ahead and find out how to see Prague in one day. One Day Prague Travel Guide Since I stayed in Prague for only 3 days, out of which, I spent a day in the Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland Park, I was already short of time. So very carefully, I opted for a full-day guided tour around the …

What To See And Do In Vienna

To an outsider, Vienna may just appear as quite city-like, for it is one of fastest growing towns in central Europe, but if you try to see and absorb the city in a more real and conscious form, it will appear as a town you’d still want to call as ‘historic’. As you walk along the Grand Ringstrasse (a one-way street that encircles the Vienna’s 1st district, or the city-centre) you literally go back in 19th century — the time when Vienna was still developing itself as the capital of Austrian empire, and into a city, we are much familiar to, today. Walking along its many elegant pedestrian thoroughfares, particularly in and around the first district, there was not a single moment when I did not find myself awestruck by its ever-impressive architecture. Whether in the historic city centre, in the traditional wine taverns or on the other side of the Danube — its many contemporary and historic buildings coexist in a strikingly innovative manner. But that doesn’t mean that Vienna is only about fascinating architecture. In fact, there’s …

Frankfurt: More Than Just Stock Exchanges, Money And Business

Walking along the far side of the glittering Main River, I heard a song-like melody coming down my way. I did not see her face, as she went past me, in the same direction, but her humming sounded much familiar. Every sound she made with her flawless throat felt hear-soothing. Perhaps I was overwhelmed by the moment. The magic of the riverside Frankfurt had totally overpowered me. Love was in the air! The next thing I know is that I go on a boat tour down the Main River. I sit next to the window, staring out the window as if almost meditating, while the larger-than-life landscape slowly passes by. Frankfurt, at large, appeared to me like a small village with a “touch of city”, and that’s what it is. It’s one of those remarkable places in the northern hemisphere with a metropolitan, yet a relaxing flair. People were busy living their own personal lives, unknown to any intrusion. ‘Frankfurt am Main’, more commonly known as Frankfurt, has indeed come a long way since its foundation in the 1st century. Today, the city …