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The 12 most beautiful places in Eastern Europe! (Update)
6. February 2018
We’ve been to some places in Eastern Europe now and we can definitely say, that most of them are still totally underrated. Aside from the fact that there has been peace for several years now, prices are like what the stingy German has always been dreaming about. Both facts should actually attract them in masses. It’s good, it’s not like this but it’s weird for us. As someone growing up in the Disney generation, I’m totally in love with medieval fairy tale places. If you’re not wanderlusting after seeing this list, I don’t know what to say anymore. A note on the side: I think almost all of the places mentioned in this list belong to the UNESCO World Heritage somehow. The order in this list isn’t of importance. It’s difficult to say which place is better than the other. EDIT: This is a warmed up post from the past, adding two more cities to the list. It’s one of the most popular posts on our blog. Therefore we repost this one for all the Eastern Europe lovers. You’re welcome! 1. Český Krumlov It has a really great Old Town and the food is pricey and delicious. Good arguments for a visit to Southern Bohemia in Czech Republic! While the capitol city Prague is a popular destination for years now, Český Krumlov appears slowly on people’s radar. But it has already reached international attention. We felt very well here. The view up from the castle to the Old Town was fabulous. 2. Mostar We promise you, you won’t be disappointed visiting Bosnia & Herzegovina. Three places from this country have not managed it for nothing on this list. The Old Town in Mostar is a dream. During war, a lot of places were destroyed including the 460 years old Stari Most Bridge. After rebuilding it, it stands with ‘its head helding high’ and attracts people from all over the world. Stari Most is the city’s landmark and the postcard motive. Narrow alleys, Ottoman kitsch, Çay, good and solid Balkan food and unbelievably friendly people will make remember this place forever. And the region’s wine is also not so bad! 3. Dubrovnik Game of Thrones – I think there’s actually no need to say more. Westeros’ alleys are unfortunately not the cheapest places on earth. The view from all sides of the City Wall, the bars at the cliffs and the street music at night at the main square create an amazing atmosphere and attract people from all continents. 4. Korcula The beautiful island in South Dalmatia is also known as Dubrovnik’s little sister. And we’ll subscribe to that. The medieval Old Town with its narrow alleys are convincing on the one hand. On the other hand, there are all the restaurants with an amazing view over the beautiful turquoise sea. This is a place, we will definitely return as there are pristine beaches not far from the Old Town. Furthermore its more peaceful here than in Dubrovnik. 5. Kotor The walk up to St. John Fortress is really exhausting. But you get rewarded with a fantastic view over Southern Europe’s only fjord. On warm days, you better hike up in the morning as it becomes really hot during the day and many one day tourist groups will block your way. The Old Town is really cute with its stone houses and cafes and restaurants. As Kotor is strategically perfectly located, it had been under the influence of many Mediterranean conquerors over the centuries. They all left their marks. If you had been visiting Kotor’s surroundings, you already know it’s not the cheap kind of place. 6. Prague The Golden City with its beautiful Old Town and castle is definitely no secret. Nevertheless you should put Prague on your list of the fairytale cities and plan at least two or three days for it. 7. Pocitelj Oh, what a view. This little place not far from Mostar was once an Ottoman fortress. The not so well preserved cobbled stone streets lead up to the ruins of the fortress. From here, you’ll have an amazing view over village with the mosque and the Neretva valley. The way up is not so far but steep and really a challenge with flipflops. Last one should only be done by experienced people like me. 8. Zadar Zadar is not the kind of fairy tale city though it has a cute Old Town. It’s actually the Sea organ at sunset what’s going to make us return one day. It’s a magical place with a dreamy melody that you will still hear hours afterwards. 9. Blagaj tekija This place is a dream come true. And it’s so calm – it’s amazing. It’s like this Dervish Monastery was grown naturally in the cliffs and nature and men finally form a perfect symbiosis. Hopefully it will stay like this for a long time – beautiful, natural and definitely not overcrowded. My favourite place in Bosnia & Herzegovina. 10. Split Oh my, Split! The alleys of Split’s Old Town are amazing. They also made a good job with the Roman Show at the Diocletian’s Palace. Split is very popular among cruise ship tourists as well as among young party folks. It’s definitely a busy place and you won’t have the alleys for your own. But we really enjoyed sitting in one of the restaurants and enjoying the city’s flair. Split stays on this list! 11. Ljubljana There are cities on this planet that don’t need to do something in particular to get any cool vibe. Ljubljana is one of those cities. There aren’t any sites that will knock your socks off. We also didn’t experience something spectacular. It was probably a combo of food, wine, good weather and cool people. The atmosphere was just amazing! Totally recommend this city. Love to come back any time again. 12. Krakow Krakow is simply amazing. Super delicious Pierogi to good prices, a little bit of Vodka and a great christmasy atmosphere – that’s how we got to know Poland’s secret capital. Furthermore, from here you easily make a day trip to Auschwitz Memorial. A beautiful, culturally and culinary diverse city and (at least for Germans) really affordable. Are there any more places you can recommend for Eastern Europe? Which one should we put on our list next? <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&type=b94&bnb=94" target="_blank"><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&b=94" border="0" title="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" alt="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" width="300" height="120" /></a> Eine Kreditkarte braucht man auf (fast) jeder Reise. Wir können die DKB und die Comdirect aus eigener Erfahrung empfehlen! <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&type=b135&bnb=135" target="_blank"><br /><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&b=135" border="0" title="comdirect" alt="comdirect" width="184" height="125" /></a>...
Bavaria, lakes and snow – we found Winter Wonderland in Berchtesgadener Land!
11. January 2018
Of course, we headed back to our Bavarian home to Regensburg over the Christmas Holidays. And as we’re smart people, we used the time between Christmas and New Years Eve for a short trip to the Bavarian Alps. Because Germany is pretty, too. (Not that there were any doubts.) To be precise, our destination was the region of Berchtesgadener Land and its National Park. As mountains are the mountains and actually it was winter time, we had all kinds of weather during our short stay: Clouds, rain, snow, wind, sunshine and Winter Wonderland. This might definitely be an important factor for your trip. Berchtesgadener Land The Berchtesgadener Land is for sure Bavarian idyll at its best. You can imagine the Austrians looking jealously over the border as they would also love to call that part of the mountains their own. The region is perfect for hiking, especially in summer. Depending on the conditions, of course also in winter. We stayed two nights here. On the one whole day, the weather gods weren’t kind to us and we had to find some indoor activities. Nasty weather options are for example visiting the salt mine in Berchtesgaden. And even smarter would be finding a place for wellness. You can choose between Rupertus Therme with its huge sauna area and the Watzmann Therme with a smaller sauna area. This day we weren’t the only ones with that idea, so we actually didn’t have a choice but going to the of Watzmann Therme. ‘Therme’ means thermal bath, but this one is actually more of a fun family pool. It was better than nothing at all. Photo opportunities The thing we love the most, especially Jan, is hunting for photo opportunities. To sum it up: They’re everywhere here. But some places are even better than others. What’s also amazing: all the places are so close to each other, you don’t waste too much time sitting in the car. Berchtesgaden The town of Berchtesgaden itself is not that spectacular. It’s actually more the town being surrounded by a fantastic landscape, especially with the Watzmann mountain in the background. Ramsau near Berchtesgaden This picture perfect place is known worldwide. The church of St. Sebastian with the mountains in the background and the little bridge over the small stream make it the Bavarian motive per se; and this during any time of the day or the year. Hintersee and Zauberwald Hintersee Lake is probably the best known Bavaria motive thanks to Instagram. When we were there, parts of the lake were frozen so people could go ice skating on the lake. The reflections on a calm day are beyond perfect. The most popular thing to do here is a walk in the Zauberwald (‘Magic Forest’). The name says it. Especially in combination with snow this place felt somehow like ‘the Chronicles of Narnia’. We’ll definitely return to this place in summer. Königssee Königssee Lake is my absolute favourite lake in Bavaria. It’s idyllic and hard to beat when it comes to beauty. We’ve been here a few years ago in summer and like back in the days, we again didn’t feel like queuing for the boat trip to St. Bartholomä. Next time then, even if we’re probably going to say the same thing again. It was a quite busy day. Winter time doesn’t mean anything here, especially because we had such a perfect weather that day. Instead of the boat trip, we decided to go to the Malerwinkel and we found Winter Wonderland. Sunshine, snow everywhere and also slowly trickling from the trees, the beautiful view over the Bavarian Fjord – it was beyond perfection. As many tourists there may be, Königssee Lake is unbeatable in beauty. Oh yes: the cable cars go back on work during summer 2018. They bring you up the Jenner Mountain. The view is absolutely amazing from up there. See here! Accommodation We can recommend you to stay at the ‘Wurznwirt’ in Schneizelreuth. The rooms are large, clean and new. The food was delicious and the hotel itself was located perfectly for the surrounding. Stuff is super friendly and helpful. A real recommendation. Any more questions? Just ask! <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&type=b94&bnb=94" target="_blank"><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&b=94" border="0" title="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" alt="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" width="300" height="120" /></a> Eine Kreditkarte braucht man auf (fast) jeder Reise. Wir können die DKB und die Comdirect aus eigener Erfahrung empfehlen! <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&type=b135&bnb=135" target="_blank"><br /><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&b=135" border="0" title="comdirect" alt="comdirect" width="184" height="125" /></a>...
Day trip from Krakow to Auschwitz Memorial!
4. January 2018
As mentioned in our previous post, we even made it to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial, though our trip to Krakow was a short one. The day trip lasted a little bit more than six hours (transport, guided tour and a little break). We booked the trip in advance via Get Your Guide. Get Your Guide conveys trips and informs you about departure time, meeting point and prices. Once booked here, you only have to take your voucher with you to the meeting point. Therefore everything worked out fine, prices were the same as on site and our places were guaranteed. Visiting the Memorial is only possible with a guide. We’re actually not big fans of guided tours but this one was good. Our guide tried to inform us as objective as possible about an emotional topic (if it’s even possible in this case) and told us everything we needed to know. By the way, photography was not an easy topic one in this case. You really want to take pictures of all of this? Isn’t this a little bit disrespectful? We decided to take a few pictures on the outside but none from the inside. In some rooms, it was forbidden to take pictures. In our opinion, a sense of modesty should prevent you from doing so, anyway. Why visit Auschwitz Memorial World War II and the death of million people caused by the Nazis, especially in the concentration camps, still gives many people the creeps. As there is recently an increased number of people in Europe, that want the ‘good, old times’ back and a tendency in many elections to vote far right, it’s more important than ever to remember people that the good times are times of peace and not those of persecution, hate and death. If you don’t share this opinion, a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau may change yours. The Concentration Camps are today a Memorial for the millions of victims of the Holocaust and a reminder of what humans are capable of. If this doesn’t teach you the better, there’s no help for you. Description of the tour Auschwitz I Our first stop was Auschwitz I, the main camp. Almost everything is well preserved here and the creep factor is very high. The amount of disgust that overcomes you here, seeing three tonnes of real human hair only separated by a glass wall from you, cannot be put in words. Dental gold, suitcases etc. The mountain of children’s shoes was terrible in particular. Many people know this stuff in advance before they come here. But actually being there is still another story. Auschwitz II (Extermination Camp Birkenau) Auschwitz-Birkenau is the place where most people were killed. Just before the arrival of the Red Army, the Nazis tried to destroy as much as possible. Some barracks survived, some were recreated afterwards. The condition in which humans were held like cattle are unbelievable and make you feel like throwing up. It’s unbelievable to us that people are playing this down or even denying it. At least for us, emotions are boiling over. We saw a group of young Israelis and thought about how horrible it must be for them seeing the place probably their grand- or great-grandparents were murdered. Our visit to Auschwitz Memorial wasn’t a nice trip and it wasn’t supposed to be. We really thought about whether to book this trip or not as we weren’t in Krakow for long and the visit was going to be depressing. At the end, we were glad we did it, though. The mass processing of the visitors appeared weird at some time. But from an educational and memorable point of view, everyone on this planet should see this place with their own eyes. If you have any more questions regarding the tour or anything else, just contact us! <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&type=b94&bnb=94" target="_blank"><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&b=94" border="0" title="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" alt="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" width="300" height="120" /></a> Eine Kreditkarte braucht man auf (fast) jeder Reise. Wir können die DKB und die Comdirect aus eigener Erfahrung empfehlen! <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&type=b135&bnb=135" target="_blank"><br /><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=3692&b=135" border="0" title="comdirect" alt="comdirect" width="184" height="125" /></a>...
A weekend in Krakow!
30. December 2017
Some time has passed since we made a short trip to Krakow. Saturday to Monday is not a long time. But firstly, it’s better than not going at all; secondly, it was still enough time to see a lot and thirdly, it was cheaper than taking a flight from Friday to Sunday, at least with Ryanair. The Second Advent weekend was perfect for this trip. Europe‘s Old Towns are the prettiest during Christmas time. Accordingly, we totally loved the beautiful decoration in the Old Town, the Christmas Market and the beautiful Christmas tree and of course, the many delicious treats. Many don’t believe it, but one weekend is even enough to do some field research and learn about locals’ customs. Note: In order to avoid a hangover, always order pickles while drinking vodka. Or, on a cosy Sunday evening, it’s not unusual to sit in a bar and enjoy some vodka shots in Poland. We’re not talking about creepy guys in shady bars but mothers together with their daughters, your friendly neighbour next door or just any nice granny. Vodka is normal here. And in my opinion, they make their vodka really good. Generally speaking, it’s always interesting what kind of impressions people get from their travels. What caught our attention was the friendliness of the people in Krakow. They seem a little bit distant and arrogant at first. But everytime we were surprised when it turned out how helping and nice they were (and how biased we are, no matter how much we try to not to be). Furthermore, we learned how to pronounce the district Kazimierz and are much smarter now. For the interested and uninformed: It’s ‘Kashmiersh’, but the ‘sh’ is spoken softly. The disturbing part of this weekend was our Auschwitz visit, including Birkenau. Yes, we even had time for that. But there will be an extra post for that soon. The only annoying thing was lack of daylight which makes you feel like it’s already time to go to bed. Sunset was at 3:30 pm. You shouldn’t allow yourself to get affected by this. Krakow – Poland’s prettier capital Warsaw may be the Poland’s capital city but Krakow is said to be the one worth seeing. Jan was in Warsaw a few years ago and can totally confirm what you can read all around in the internet. During the Middle Ages, Krakow was Poland’s capital city. The honour passed to Warsaw which helped Krakow to survive all wars without any harm. All the gorgeous buildings are still in great condition. I think I don’t have to mention all the beautiful side alleys of the Old Town. Krakow’s Old Town with its huge Market Place was our favourite. It’s Europe’s oldest and most of the city’s sights are here. The Town Hall Tower At first, we were really looking forward climbing up the Town Hall Tower. We thought the view up there must be amazing. This was more or less true, but, arriving on the top, it’s forbidden to go out on the balconies and you have look through small window glasses. We hate that! The worst thing about it was the horribly narrow stairway of the tower. Two people passing each other was almost impossible. It was driving me crazy. Entry is quite cheap; it was just two Euros or something like that. If you don’t suffer from claustrophobia, it’s nice to see. The Cloth Hall An European Bazaar! It looks great and it’s really crowded. St. Mary’s Basilica St. Mary’s Basilica is impressive from the in- and outside. We actually just wanted to see the Veit Stoß Altar but it wasn’t possible during our trip due to restoration works. But it won’t take long until all tourists can look at it again. The Collegium Maius The Collegium Maius is one of Europe’s oldest universities. It was founded in 1364 and is calling Kopernikus its most famous student. The inner court is really beautiful. The access there is free. Everytime we see a college somewhere else, we’re more convinced that our university (Regensburg) stays on top of the list of the most ugliest unis in the world. Ulica Kanonicza A beautiful street, that leads to Wawel Castle starting from the Old Town. It’s nice but a little bit overrated. Wawel Castle The Wawel Castle is on top of the Wawel Hill and looks really mighty from the outside. The access to the inner court is free during opening hours. You can visit here the Katedra Wawelska, the Wawel Cathedral. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to see it from the inside. The Wawel Dragon The Wawel Hill has more to offer than just the castle. Beneath the castle is the famous dragon statue. You have to know that Krakow is the city of sagas and myths and the dragon plays a huge role in many of the city’s stories. Kazimierz – Krakow’s Jewish Quarter This is a really popular quarter of Krakow and we really like it. Thanks to that time of the year, we could only see it at dark. Still, it was worth strolling around in this quarter. The old Synagogue built in the 15th century was really impressive. At the end of the 15th century after pogroms, the king back then gave Kazimierz to the Jewish people to live there in peace. Until the 18th century it was surrounded by walls. There are many synagogues, cafés and restaurants here. Jewish life becomes obvious by all the Hebrew scriptures and signs in the quarter. A café called Cheder for example offered wine from Hebron. Wine from Israel? Another gap in education was closed. As said before, Kazimierz is really the place to be in Krakow and attracts all kinds of hipsters. It didn’t bother us at all. But it was funny to watch. We wished Frankfurt had a quarter like that. It really has its own flair and offers a larger variety. Restaurants in Krakow When in Krakow you HAVE TO EAT Pierogi in all varieties. We loved it and ate them until we were stuffed. As a starter, order a traditional Polish beetroot soup called Barshtsh. And of course, there was also the famous vodka. There are many restaurants in Krakow. We can recommend two of them. One is called Restaurant Morskie Oko which is a bit fancier than the Pierogarie Krakowiacy. But both did their job very well and the food were delicious. <a href="http://partners.webmasterplan.com/click.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&type=b94&bnb=94" target="_blank"><br /> <img src="http://banners.webmasterplan.com/view.asp?ref=827767&site=4667&b=94" border="0" title="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" alt="DKB-Cash Kreditkarte" width="300" height="120" /></a> Eine Kreditkarte braucht man auf (fast) jeder Reise. 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