Bern – the more comfortable city trip

Unfortunately , the capital – or better said federal city – completely bypasses many of Switzerland’s vacationers . Winter sports enthusiasts are driven to one of the numerous ski areas, while city tourists tend to go to Zurich, Basel or perhaps Geneva. Bern is often wrongly underestimated. The beautiful and well-preserved old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the view of the Alps and the cozy atmosphere are convincing. But there was one thing that particularly impressed me during my visit: the Aare .

The Aare: river, swimming pool, adventure

 

View of the Aare loop in Bern

 

Admittedly, Bern cannot – like Zurich, Geneva or Lucerne – boast a lake. However, to be honest, you don’t even need to look at the river that loops around the old town . If you are used to clear water and clean lakes, where you can see right down to the ground, from other Swiss cities, the Aare added another bonus for me. Completely unexpected and fascinating was the sight of the turquoise water , which is otherwise only known from pictures from vacation spots such as the South Seas or the like. A dream! In summer, the fresh water is a great cooling. It doesn’t matter whether you just hang your feet in the water, for example on the bank of the steps at the Bear Park , or actually for a swim . TheSwimming in the Aare is undeniably one of the highlights in Bern and a tradition for the locals . At more or less safe places on the river, the brave ones throw their waterproof bags and immediately afterwards into the Aare and let themselves be drifted downstream with the current. However, this is only recommended for more experienced swimmers , as the current is already quite tough in some places. As a beginner, this is by no means entirely safe. Alternatively, there is the Marzili (free entry): an outdoor pool with direct access to the Aare.

The medieval old town

Surrounded by the Aare, the old town of Bern appears almost like an island. The special thing about the old town is the still preserved medieval townscape and thus unique flair. From the Clock Tower from a bell tower with astronomical clock, which plays every hour a worth seeing puppetry among others with a tap, line walkways , the Gerechtigkeitsgasse . The arbors are practically covered walkways on the sandstone buildings that are lined up to form arcades. In addition to many shops and restaurants, there are also a few cellar bars that you can descend into via stairs.

 

Zytglogge and Gerechtigkeitsgasse with arcades in the old town of Bern
The Zytglogge and Gerechtigkeitsgasse with arcades in the old town of Bern

In addition to other sights, such as the Käfigturm or the Bern Minster , fountains – probably more than 100 in number – play an important role in the cityscape. Particularly worth seeing are the figure fountains , which are decorated with artistic figures and have names such as Kindlifresserbrunnen , Simsonbrunnen or Pfeifferbrunnen .

Lookout points with a view of Bern

In order to get a nice view or the first overview of the city, there are various viewpoints in Bern, for example the already mentioned cathedral. On the viewing platform of the 100m tallest church tower in Switzerland, you can get a very good picture of the old town and look at the Alps in good weather .

 

View from the Bern Minster
View of the Aare from the Bern Minster

Another good view of the city can be obtained from the rose garden . In the park you can also see numerous flowers and a water lily pond.
You have to plan more time if you want to enjoy the view from Bern’s local mountain . Located a bit out of the way, but with a panoramic view of Bern and the surrounding region , the mountain can be climbed in a very sporty way by bike or on foot – for everyone else there is the Gurtenbahn .

Relaxation during the city trip? It works in Bern!

Bern is ideally suited for people who want to take their city trip easy and don’t feel like scouring dozens of sights hectically. The city is manageable and everything is very close together – in short: simply cozy and ideal for relaxing . And you like to be infected by this cozy, romantic flair.
A visit in summer is highly recommended due to the possibility of swimming in the Aare . But even in winter, it certainly has its charm to enjoy the view over the snow-covered roofs to the Alps.

View over the old town of Bern in winter
View over the old town of Bern in winter

Short break in Munich

The Bavarian capital offers many options for a short vacation in Munich. The third largest city in Germany (after Hamburg and Berlin) has many sights and cultural events to offer. In addition, you can indulge in even more attractions with visits to museums and beautiful shopping tours.

The world’s most famous highlight for a short trip to Munich is the Wiesn, where the Oktoberfest is held (usually in October). In addition to culinary delicacies such as veal sausage, real Bavarian beer is served in beer mugs. Stars and starlets can be seen in the different tents, so that there is also enough celebrity density.The Wiesn also has the world’s largest fairground or fair with many different rides.

In addition to this attraction, Munich also offers a good mix of a special lifestyle and sights that can be experienced on a weekend trip . Inexpensive hostels or luxury hotels such as the Bavarian Court are available for accommodation.

Surfer in the English Garden in Munich

Art and culture – worth seeing on a trip to Munich

In Munich, different subject areas in the field of art and culture can be covered. For technology enthusiasts, the German Museum and the BMW Museum are well worth a visit . The city’s historic buildings are shaped by rococo and baroque styles.

A tour through the historic old town of Munich gives a glimpse of the beauty and splendor of past centuries. A special experience on a short trip to Munich is a visit to the Nymphenburg with a palace concert and dinner afterwards.

A special highlight is offered to the short vacationer on the Viktualienmarkt . Colorful stands offer their fresh goods. On the edge of the market there are many small cafes, restaurants and inns that invite you to linger and relax.

In addition to the Olympic Park, the English garden with its beautiful beer gardens is a “must see” . The cityscape is shaped by the Marienkirche (mostly called Frauenkirche) and the new town hall. The carillon on Marienplatz is a special eye-catcher.

On the trail of art and culture, a trip to Munich also includes a visit to the old and new Pinakothek .

Experience culinary delicacies on a short vacation

The Bavarian cuisine offers not only international, but also regional delicacies that can be enjoyed in the various breweries in a cozy atmosphere.

For night owls, Munich offers a variety of pubs, bars and clubs where you can party until the early hours of the morning. The disco P 1 is known beyond the borders of Munich (not before 11 p.m. – but preferably until 5 a.m.), where many celebrities hang out again and again.

Short trip to Holland: this is important to note

If you only have a few days off and still want to soak up the sun, a short trip to one of the neighboring countries is recommended. The Netherlands is a good choice. In Holland, in particular, you can not only enjoy the sun, but also go swimming in the sea. As it is very flat there, exploring the area by bike is not a problem. But which places are particularly suitable for such a short trip and what should be considered? What should you definitely pack on such a trip?

These places are particularly beautiful

When planning a holiday in Holland, one must first decide on one of the numerous places. Everyone has their own individual charm. Therefore the choice is often difficult. For this reason, here are some nice destinations for a short trip to Holland:

  • Achterhoek:

This place is especially popular with water sports enthusiasts. Numerous bathing lakes invite you to swim, water ski or windsurf. In addition, the region around Achterhoek offers historic castles, beautiful villages, romantic forests and small rivers. That is why this place is also a destination for many canoeists.

  • Noordwijk:

This city is internationally known under the term “Europe’s flower bathing resort”. You can not only go swimming there, but also admire beautiful parks. One of these is Keukenhof , where daffodils and tulips in particular thrive.

  • Deventer:

In Deventer you can not only visit beautiful sunsets but also a large number of sights. These include the “Grote Kerk” tower and the “Speelgoedmusem Deventer”.

  • Epen and surroundings:

The small town of Epen is located in the south of the province. This is especially popular for cycling because of its landscape. In addition to historic half-timbered houses, there are many fruit trees and small hills that give the area its individual charm. There are also romantic castles and magnificent mansions to admire.

  • Burgh Haamstede:

In the vicinity of the place there is a nature reserve that has a beautiful dune landscape to offer. Horse lovers in particular get their money’s worth there, as there are wild horses to admire. The nature reserve is not only suitable for hikers. Since there is a cycle path through the dunes, it is also great to explore it by bike.

  • Scheveningen:

Once the place was just a small fishing village. It is now the largest seaside resort in the Netherlands. Three beach areas in particular are popular with visitors: the north beach, which lies between the Kurhaus and the harbor, the Zwarte Pad, which extends north from the Kurhaus, and the south beach. There is also a lot of activity around the Kurhaus and the boulevard.

  • Alkmaar:

All cheese lovers will get their money’s worth in this city, as it is the Dutch cheese city. Their cheese market is known far beyond the city limits. The Dutch cheese museum is also located in Alkmaar. The place is also popular with spa guests. The old town invites you to take a leisurely stroll and stroll.

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What should you watch out for on a short trip to Holland?

There are various travel options for a short trip to Holland. In addition to flight and train, the car is a flexible alternative. Holland has a well-developed road network and the distances are clear. However, the maximum speed on motorways is between 100 km / h and 130 km / h. A maximum of 80 km / h is allowed on country roads and a maximum of 50 km / h is allowed within the village. Since the average speed is measured over a longer section of the route on some motorways, you should absolutely comply with the regulations in order to avoid fines. It is also a good idea to fill up the car in Germany, as the prices are more expensive in Holland. Smoking is also prohibited in many public areas. These include:

  • Public facilities
  • Public transportation
  • Jobs
  • Catering establishments

Smoking is also not permitted in many accommodations. Therefore, one should adhere to this rule. If it is particularly important to be able to smoke in the hotel room, you should include this aspect in your booking and ask whether this is allowed. It makes sense to book nice accommodation outside of the school holidays or the main season . This can save you a lot of money.

You should definitely pack that

First you have to think about what you want to do on your short trip. For example, if you want to go swimming mainly, you shouldn’t be without appropriate clothing. There should also be space in the travel bag for a large towel, bathing shoes and sunscreen. Anyone who mainly travels by bike should first decide whether to take their own bike with them or rent one on site. Comfortable clothing is also a must. It is best to use special functional clothing. A rain jacket for inconsistent weather should also be packed. In addition, you should protect the neck in particular from the sun to avoid burns. Camping enthusiasts must pack appropriate equipment. This includes, for example, a tent, a sleeping bag, an air mattress and appropriate cooking equipment. You should also think of warm clothing for the evening and night, as it can get cold. So that you don’t forget anything at home, it makes sense to Print out a travel checklist . So nothing stands in the way of a short trip to Holland.

The north west of England: Liverpool – worthwhile city on the water

When talking about city trips to England , most people inevitably think of London . The capital is without question a city with a lot to discover. However, there are other cities that are worth visiting. For example, Liverpool, Manchester or Leeds are located north of London .

I went to the industrial city of Liverpool in the north-west of England, was positively surprised and must admit that I had previously underestimated the city.

Liverpool – more than football and the Beatles

Liverpool is mostly associated with football and the Beatles . Both topics are indispensable and indispensable in the cityscape. But even those who cannot be enthusiastic about one or the other will not miss out in Liverpool.

Basically, Liverpool can be explored on foot, which is especially good along the Mersey River . Those who do not want to walk further distances – outside of the center – can use the bus. Since the city is not an extreme tourist magnet like London, Liverpool is very pleasant to explore without the hustle and bustle , which certainly has its charm during a city trip.

Stroll along the Albert Dock and the waterfront

The port district with Albert Dock is a must-see . Liverpool was one of the most important port cities in England from the 18th to the 20th centuries and the home port of the Titanic. The atmosphere along the waterfront to the Albert Dock is very special. Between the typical red brick buildings that are located around the docks, it is easy to stroll and soak in the maritime flair.

In the vicinity of the Albert Dock there is an obvious Ferris wheel, the Wheel of Liverpool . Known from several British cities, it is a bit smaller than the London Eye, but still sufficient to get a nice view over the city.

Architectural highlights nicely combined

The architecture in this area by the water is also very interesting and even laypeople can see: Liverpool has achieved what many other cities cannot – combining modern, unusual architecture with historical buildings to create a harmonious picture.

At Pier Head , for example, as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Three Graces , consisting of the Royal Liver Building (with the Liver Birds on the two towers), the Cunard Building (formerly the headquarters of the Cunard Line shipping company) and the Port of Liverpool (formerly Port Authority).

British music history – from Bowie and Oasis to Adele

We definitely recommend a visit to the British Music Experience, which is located in the Cunard Building opposite the Beatles statue. Here is the British music history starting presented with the ’50s until today. Thanks to audio samples, a few exhibits and other interactive elements, you can immerse yourself in every decade and get a feel for the mood during this time – partly with political contexts.

At the end of the exhibition there is an area in which the visitor can become musically active . There is a room in which dance styles from the respective time are shown and you can “dance” yourself. There are also some musical instruments, such as drums, electric guitar and bass, which can be tried out with the help of video instructions. Definitely a must for those interested in music, you can easily stay here for half a day or more.

More ideas for a stay in Liverpool

If you are looking for another leisure activity, the so-called ghetto golf is sure to offer a lot of fun. It is an indoor mini-golf course that was built in an old brewery building and beautifully designed in street art style .

The Chinese Arch marks the beginning of the Chinese district. The colorful arch was designed by artists from the twin city Shanghai. Apart from a few Chinese restaurants, there is n’t much more to see in China Town .

Beatles fans will of course get their money’s worth in Liverpool. From museums, statues, the famous Penny Lane, the Cavern Club etc. you can discover a lot here in the footsteps of the band. Accordingly, these places, especially Mathew Street, where the Cavern Club and Pub are located, are mainly populated by tourists.

From the Liverpool ONE Bus Station you can get to other cities very cheaply and easily with coaches from national express, for example . A further journey to Manchester , which is only about 1 hour away , is an option and can be wonderfully combined as a city trip.

Spanish as a second foreign language: not only useful for holidays in Spain

Over 7,000 languages ​​are currently spoken in the world – if you travel a lot abroad, you will hardly be able to learn a fraction of them in your life in order to communicate with the locals everywhere. This is usually not a problem, as many people can also speak English. But English is far from being of help everywhere. In some European countries such as Spain, Italy and France, English proficiency is not far behind either, as the English Proficiency Index shows. Knowing other foreign languages ​​is therefore an advantage. Spanish lends itself to this for several reasons.

Italy? Spain!

Bella Italia – for a long time the country was considered the travel destination for Germans. And Italy is still right at the top of the German population when it comes to their favorite holiday destination . Almost a fifth name Italy as their favorite travel destination. However, Italy is not at the very front, but “only” in third place – Spain has now just overtaken the Germans and takes second place. Holidays are only more popular in their own homeland: almost 25 percent prefer to explore their own country while on holiday.

Versatile Spain

In addition to the much-visited Spanish islands of Mallorca, Ibiza or the Canary Islands, the mainland also offers plenty of beautiful places, be it the big cities of Madrid and Barcelona , regions like Andalusia or the Basque Country, or coasts like the Costa Blanca or Costa Brava. When you think of Spain in this country, Spanish food usually comes to mind, paellas, tortillas and tapas, plus bread with olive oil and good wine, tiki-taka football and the two big clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, ​​flamenco, lively evenings, fiestas and siestas, sun and sea. But apart from that, Spain has even more to offer, beautiful landscapes and exciting diving spots as well as exciting waves for surfers, for example. Art lovers will get their money’s worth in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as well as in the architecturally impressive inner cities of many places – the Sagrada Família church designed by Antoni Gaudí is just one of the many worthwhile destinations.

Conversation in English mostly difficult

If you don’t necessarily want to go on holiday to the popular German hotspots such as Ballermann on Mallorca, where German is often spoken, and instead want to mingle with the Spanish population far away from the classic tourist routes, you will often not be able to use English in addition to your own language so far . With a few bits of English, a Spanish dictionary and a lot of gestures, rudimentary communication usually works to a certain extent and even the most important thing, ordering a beer, the German can usually easily: Una cerveza, por favor. Anything beyond that turns out to be difficult.

While in Europe the Scandinavian countries and the Netherlands in particular have very good English skills, the Spanish, like the French and Italians, are not quite as familiar with the English language. This is shown by the English Proficiency Index , a global ranking that rates 88 countries according to their English skills . Here Spain is only in 32nd place, the average knowledge is classified as medium . So, before going on holiday in Spain, should you learn the language of the country with the help of an adult education course or an app to learn Spanish?

Spanish is spoken in many other countries around the world as well

With over 7,000 languages ​​spoken in the world , it is of course not very useful to learn the language of the region you are traveling to before each holiday. The situation is different if you take regular vacations there – learning the local language is definitely beneficial. For those who travel a lot, it is worthwhile to speak one or more foreign languages ​​in addition to English. Spanish is a logical choice here, even if you don’t go to Spain every year, because like English and Chinese, it is one of the most widely spoken languages ​​in the world and enables communication not only in Spain, but also in South and Central America, there in Spanish is spoken in the vast majority of countries. But also in the USA, especially in the southern states, quite a few people speak Spanish, sometimes even better than English, due to their Hispanic origin. But in other places, like some African countries or the Philippines, the tourist can meet locals who speak Spanish. What also speaks for Spanish: The relationship with other Romance languages ​​such as French, Portuguese or Italian, which makes it easier to understand each other than z. B. with someone who only speaks Chinese. Together with English, Spain already covers many countries in order to be able to communicate.

The Fuschlsee and its special features

A spontaneous short vacation in my home country took me to the Fuschlsee region three weeks ago . I had expected the usual from Fuschlsee: Pleasantly warm but not too hot water, well-kept bathing beaches and sunbathing lawns that were not overcrowded. But it turned out that the Fuschlsee is a very special lake in Austria.

When we visited the natural lido “Hof” on the first day of our vacation, I was really surprised by the sight of the lake and the surrounding area. The water is turquoise blue. It reminded me of my vacation in the Caribbean . After visiting the most beautiful beaches in the world in Mexico, I have a good basis of comparison. I really have to admit, the shallow water right by the natural lido Hof is just as turquoise blue and crystal clear as in the Caribbean. Only the water temperature differed slightly from the Caribbean Sea: The lake was almost 21 degrees. Personally, that doesn’t bother me too much, because I like to cool off on hot summer days. The Fuschlsee is perfect for this.

The area around the lake also differs from classic tourist regions, where one lido or hotel is located next to the other. From the natural lido in Hof you can only see pure nature along the shore : meadows, forests and Fuschl Castle. You are also not allowed to drive to the lido directly by car. It must be parked in the designated parking lot and the way to the lawn must be mastered on foot. It’s not too far, around one to two kilometers. In midsummer you can work up a sweat even on this short route, but the short hike at the end is worthwhile. There is no car noise and you can relax in peace.

 

Natural lido Hof - Fuschlsee

 

The natural surroundings around the Fuschlsee are of course also ideal for sports. The circular hike around the Fuschlsee is a leisurely hike . We started in Fuschl am See and circled the lake in around 3.5 hours. The great thing about this hike is that you almost always walk directly on the lake shore and thus have a great view . If you want something more challenging, you can go on the Dragon Trail hike , for example . However, since we were primarily in the region to laze around, we stayed with the Fuschlsee circular hike. The lake is so beautiful that I wanted to spend the whole day on the beach.

For us, the short break was definitely worth it. This was guaranteed not to be the last vacation at Fuschlsee . Since then, the lake has also been my favorite lake in Austria. Our next vacation then takes us to the Bohemian Forest region in Upper Austria. After so much relaxation, we want to really work off again. The Bohemian Forest should be ideal for this.

Going out in Amsterdam

When you think of Amsterdam, do you primarily think of slightly crooked, narrow houses, windmills and bicycles as well as canals that run through the city?

You are correct with these thoughts, but the Dutch city has much more to offer and invites tourists interested in culture and history to celebrate in Amsterdam.

Your way to the historic old town can lead you directly above the Leidseplain and encourage you to take the tram. You won’t find any parking spaces in Amsterdam’s city center anyway, which makes traveling by public transport or taxi the perfect starting point for your stay in the city.

Even on the train journey you will feel the Venetian charm and you will remember your last vacation in Italy. But it is not Venice, even if the canals and ancient houses along the Amstel give that impression.

Celebrate and have fun in Amsterdam – how and where?

Amsterdam is diverse and unique, multicultural and colorful, lively, always awake and cosmopolitan but also small-town at the same time. When deciding to go out in Amsterdam, there is a choice you need to make before visiting an establishment. Coffee shop or bar? In the coffee shop you not only get coffee and can experience Dutch culture up close.

However, what you won’t get and what you will miss when you go out is a cold beer or wine. So what to do if you enjoy the charm of a coffee shop in Amsterdam and still don’t want to go without a cool blonde? It’s best to do what the city’s locals do and decide to party in Amsterdam in changing locations. If you want to experience the Dutch smoking culture, you should visit the Bulldog Coffee Shop.

In the immediate vicinity is the city’s red light mile, which is a highlight of every tourist excursion, especially in the evening and not just for male visitors. After you have looked around the old town with almost 7,500 listed buildings during the day and visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Grachtenring”, you can treat yourself to a little amusement and adventure in the evening. Every route through the city offers you a new discovery.

From museums and secret churches in canal houses

Your fascination with medieval history could lead you directly to the torture museum on Damrak or to the sex museum next to it. You will pass old shipyards and will be amazed at painted gable stones or a secret church under the roof of a house on the canal ring.

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Did you know that there are over 90 islands in Amsterdam? If you tell your friends about going out in Amsterdam, you can attract astonished looks and score points with your geographical knowledge. The compact Amsterdam city center is connected by numerous bridges and can be accessed on foot from any direction.

At the Leidseplein and the Rembrandplein you can shop and enjoy, stroll and feel the pulsating hustle and bustle of Amsterdam up close. If you love flea markets, you will feel at home on the Waterlooplein. Every day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., or a little longer in summer, you can stroll between the stands and find many extraordinary and unique things.

Chatting with the vendors is one of the things you should definitely do at the flea market – even if you don’t want to buy anything and bargain.

Between hippies and conservatives, glogs and tulips

While the 1970s generated a great deal of interest in Amsterdam, especially among hippies, squatters and dropouts, the Dutch have become more conservative today. Nevertheless, numerous backpackers still gather in the Vondelpark today and enjoy the summer sun.

amsterdam-641392_640Don’t be confused by the cranes and construction vehicles around the main train station, because in the Netherlands, road construction is mostly done at night. Everywhere you will find a colorful potpourri of people, typical Dutch goods such as glogs or tulips and gondolas, with which tourists can take a canal tour and get to know the city from the water.

No matter what excites you about the hustle and bustle in Amsterdam, you will enjoy a stay full of unforgettable experiences and get to know a culture that couldn’t be more diverse. The Dutch still mainly use their bicycles to get around or spend the afternoons in the numerous small cafes and restaurants along the canals. You will therefore mostly meet other tourists in the squares and have little contact with the locals.

 

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Amsterdam’s nightlife in brightly lit splendor

When darkness falls over the city and shrouds Amsterdam in its shadows, the lights go on and numerous historic buildings, which during the day seem inconspicuous, are filled with music. The most popular clubs include Club 8 in Admiraal de Ruijterweg or Paradiso at Weteringschans 6-8 .

There is live music on the Bourbon Street concert stage or the cozy wood-lined The Waterhole . If you don’t want to go out in the discos and clubs, but in an upscale atmosphere and get to know the luxurious side of Amsterdam, you will find numerous hotel restaurants and night bars with strict dress codes.

Numerous lights guide you through the city and show you how versatile and varied Amsterdam is at night. For every taste and every idea for going out, you will find a variety of offers and possibilities, which you can find out about online or in the event notices of the bars and clubs.

Conclusion: In Amsterdam there are no unfulfilled wishes and no dreams that you cannot realize. If your heart beats with the pulse of this city, let yourself be carried away and stay where you like it.

You can set up camp spontaneously in numerous guesthouses and opt for cozy accommodation with breakfast. You celebrate yourself and the city, celebrate your happiness and your life without having to worry about which direction you are running and which flow with the current of Amsterdam.

Every day becomes an adventure and lets you hear the pulse of the multicultural metropolis a little louder and feel the zeitgeist, the diversity of the city.

Short break in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city with many facets. Art, culture, sights, leisure activities and the beach right outside the door make the short vacation in the Spanish metropolis an unforgettable event.

The city with its peculiarities is one of the most important art metropolises, is an attraction for many artists and outspoken people who prefer an extraordinary lifestyle. Reason enough for an (extended) short break in Barcelona.

Barcelona – cultural pearl on the Mediterranean

There is hardly a city in Europe that offers more sights as well as tourist and cultural highlights . For last-minute travelers, the city offers inexpensive weekend trips with special attractions, so that the short vacationer never gets bored.

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Barcelona – The right weekend trip for adventurers and those seeking relaxation

Catalonia’s capital offers short vacationers eventful days. In the city’s many museums you can marvel at exhibits and art objects from bygone times and contemporary art. We recommend the Museu Picasso (daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and the Archeology Museum of Catalonia. In the many halls that are filled with exhibits, the tourist learns a lot about the origins and culture of the region of Spain.

Individualists and nature lovers enjoy the beauty of the indescribable flora in Parc de les Aigües , Serra de Collserola Park or Turó Park . The multitude of different sights cannot be visited in one day.

Therefore it is worth looking for accommodation during the weekend trip. There are inexpensive hostels to luxury hotels. Booked early and you can find great bargains for a weekend trip to Barcelona.

Sightseeing tour when visiting Barcelona

When planning a visit to the Palau de la Generalitat and the Sagrada Famîlia basilica, one should definitely not forget (see also the article about the famous Spanish church on Wikipedia). Other attractions include the Sónar (a festival), a performance at the Gran Theater del Liceu and La Barceloneta beach. The Olympic Stadium is just as worth seeing .

Barcelona stadium
Barcelona stadium

The rich Spanish cuisine, which is offered everywhere in small pubs and restaurants, ensures culinary delights. Seafood, fish and regional and international dishes are enjoyed with a Spanish red wine.

For those willing to party, Barcelona offers everything your heart desires on a short break. Because the city cannot calm down. Eating late and partying late, the many clubs, bars and pubs don’t fill up until around 1 or 2 a.m. The offers are rich and offer exactly the right ambience for every tourist. The party continues into the morning.

Barcelona is not only worthwhile for those interested in culture and art. Especially at the beginning of spring and autumn, when it is still (or already again) uncomfortably cold in Germany, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures in Barcelona.

The most beautiful sights in Vienna

When you think of Vienna, the first thing that usually comes to mind is Johann Strauss and the Viennese waltz. After three-four time, the senses are beguiled by the scent in the Viennese coffee houses.

But the Austrian capital not only has a lot to offer its 1.8 million inhabitants and the more than 6 million visitors annually in terms of cuisine. The city ​​on the Danube is also rich in attractions . After all, the eye eats with …

Typically Vienna: Fiaker for sightseeing
Typically Vienna: Fiaker for sightseeing

“Vienna, Vienna just you …

… Should be the city of my dreams forever – where the old houses stand… ”, Fritz Wunderlich once sang and set a musical monument for the city. And they are well worth seeing, the buildings of Vienna, which have both Gothic and Baroque elements.

The viewer can feel the flair of the former Danube monarchy when looking at the architecture, which dates from the founding period. But Art Nouveau , which became the symbol of a new era, is also widespread.

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And then there are the parks and gardens, the Naschmarkt, the Vienna Boys’ Choir and numerous modern attractions that invite you to sightseeing in Vienna.

A trip with the Fiaker gives you an initial overview of the sights in Vienna. One of the stands of the Viennese coachmen is on Stephansplatz, directly on “Steffl”, as the Viennese affectionately call St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna at night
St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna at night

He is the symbol of the city. It is often referred to as the national shrine. The beginnings of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, as the official name is, go back to the year 1147, when the church was completed and consecrated. Already at that time the church was oversized as a parish church, which suggests that there was already an ambition at that time to transform the place of worship into a bishop’s church. About 200 years later the church became the seat of the cathedral chapter.

It has been a cathedral since the 15th century and became a bishopric. The church building is 107 meters long and 34 meters wide. The highest of the four towers is the south tower with about 136 meters. In it is the main bell with 13 bells. The arrangement of around 230,000 roof tiles, which create a neat zigzag pattern, is particularly attractive. In addition, on the south side there is the K and K coat of arms, which is provided with the year 1831 and the initials of Emperor Franz I.

The roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
The roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna

On the north side the coats of arms of the city of Vienna and the Republic of Austria with the year 1950 can be seen. In addition to the main portal, the so-called giant gate, there are four other gates that lead into the interior of the church. There are numerous altars, 6 chapels, 2 sacristies, the Turkish monument, 2 organs and the cathedral treasure, which is exhibited in the right Heidenturm.

Residence of kings and emperors: the Hofburg

The Hofburg , which has served the Habsburgs as a residence since the 13th century , is barely a 10-minute walk from the cathedral . Under Ottokar II Premysl it was by no means as representative as it is today, but that changed under Emperor Ferdinand I, who initiated the expansion of the castle in the middle of the 16th century and transformed it into the Hofburg.

One of the most beautiful sights: The Vienna Hofburg
One of the most beautiful sights: The Vienna Hofburg

Today the building complex has 17 different wings, including the Hofburg chapel , the Amalienburg , the court library and the Redoutensaal wing . Illustrious court balls once took place in the ceremonial hall wing. The largest hall, however, is the ballroom with an area of ​​around 1,000 m².

The areas of today’s official residence of the Austrian Federal President, which are used as museums, are open to the public. In addition to the Sissi Museum and the Imperial Apartments, this also includes the Treasury, the Spanish Riding School, the World Museum and the Austrian Film Museum.

Historical works of art

From the Hofburg you can go through the Volksgarten to Maria-Theresien-Platz, where the Kunsthistorisches Museum is located. The building itself is one of the sights in Vienna that you shouldn’t miss. Only the entrance area with the magnificent staircase and the domed hall, in which there is a café, let the eye pass by. In which place could art history be presented better?

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, which opened in 1891, is one of the most important museums in the world. It is admired by over 1 million visitors every year. In addition to the Egyptian-Oriental Collection, the Antique Collection, the Coin Cabinet, the Library and the Vienna Art Chamber, there is also the Picture Gallery, in which you can admire famous works such as the “Tower of Babel”, Titian’s “Nymph and Shepherd” or Albrecht Dürer’s Trinity Altar can. The museum’s collections also include the Imperial Carriage Museum with its over 5,000 carriages, sledges and sedan chairs, which you can visit on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace.

Much more than an amusement park: the Prater

But before you leave the city, it is best to make a detour to the Prater. That is simply part of a real sightseeing in Vienna!

The Vienna Prater, whose name is derived from the Latin “pratum” for “meadow”, extends along the Danube over an area of ​​6 km².

One of the top sights in Vienna: Ferris wheel on the Prater
One of the top sights in Vienna: Ferris wheel on the Prater

Emperor Josef II gave the area to the Viennese, which only then became freely accessible to everyone. From then on, the residents of Vienna used the green space for relaxation and fun. Coffee houses and dance halls were established, and fireworks and festivals were held. In 1897 the widely visible Ferris wheel finally opened, which laid the foundation for many other rides.

Today, in addition to the Praterturm, a 117-meter-high chain carousel, there is also a giant swing, the great ghost train, a mirror maze and many other attractions in the so-called “Wurstelprater”, the main season of which is from March to October. Families with children in particular will find plenty of variety here. Depending on the weather, the various attractions are open from 10 a.m. to around midnight.

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In addition, the Prater offers all those interested the opportunity to look at stars and starlets: At Madame Tussauds you will encounter wax replicas of Empress Elisabeth of Austria as well as modern greats from art, culture and sport. And the world of astronomy awaits your visit in the Zeiss Planetarium Vienna.

The pleasure palace at the beautiful fountain

Outside the historic old town, in the 13th district of Vienna, is the Schönbrunn Palace with its park and Schönbrunn Zoo. The baroque palace served the imperial family as a summer residence.

Picturesque: Schönbrunn Palace in the evening
Picturesque: Schönbrunn Palace in the evening

It houses a hall of mirrors, a ceremonial hall, the palace theater as well as the red salon, a billiard room, a porcelain room and the Napoleon room. The latter was probably used as a bedroom by Napoleon, who made the castle his headquarters during his occupation.

The palace gardens are also one of the sights in Vienna, as you will find the Neptune Fountain, the dovecote and the palm house as well as various gardens such as the Maze, the Crown Prince Garden and a Japanese garden, which was laid out in 1913.

The oldest zoo in the world

In the palace gardens at Schonbrunn You can pay a visit to the zoo the same name. On an area of ​​17 hectares, 730 animal species with more than 8000 animals can be admired. – The history of the zoo began with the design of a menagerie. The animal garden was opened in 1752, making it the oldest zoo in the world that exists continuously.

Siberian tiger in the Schönbrunn Zoo
Siberian tiger in the Schönbrunn Zoo

The zoo, which was privately owned by the imperial family until the end of the monarchy, was redesigned to be visitor-friendly in the late 19th century. In the course of this, numerous animal houses were modernized and rebuilt. At the beginning of the 20th century, Schönbrunn was one of the most modern and beautiful zoos in the world.

After the first elephant was recorded in 1770, further wild animals such as polar bears, big cats and kangaroos were added around 1800. The first giraffe , which was a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt, caused a sensation throughout Vienna in 1828.

Today the zoo participates in international breeding programs that make a significant contribution to the conservation of endangered animal species. Pandas, Siberian tigers, anteaters, orangutans and polar bears have now been successfully bred.

Our gastronomic tips

Sightseeing makes you just as hungry in Vienna as anywhere else. That is why we have put together a few gastronomic highlights that you shouldn’t miss:

The typical Austrian pub “Zur Eisernen Zeit” , the veteran at Naschmarkt, is very traditional .

The small café called “15 sweet minutes” reinterprets the traditions and serves sweet and savory sweets away from the mainstream. The “Nautilus” restaurant on the Naschmarkt will spoil you with its fish specialties. And for all those who prefer a relaxed atmosphere, “Garage 01” is recommended, where the weekly changing menu takes the guest on a culinary trip around the world.

Shopping in the old town of Vienna

If you are in the mood for a shopping spree after all the sights in Vienna, we recommend the shops on Kohlmarkt, Kärntner and Mariahilfer Strasse. Jewelers, perfumeries and numerous shops for fashion, jewelry and accessories offer what makes shoppers’ hearts beat faster.

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If you are one of those people who likes to stroll through flea markets, Vienna has five flea markets to choose from. One of them is the flea market on Vienna’s Naschmarkt, where around 400 sellers offer their goods every Saturday.

Even if the name “Naschmarkt” suggests that there are sweet delicacies that are so typical of Vienna, this is not the case. The Naschmarkt is the largest food market in Vienna. There are fruit and vegetables from the region as well as international specialties.

The most beautiful sights in London

sights in London

London is the capital of Great Britain and one of the largest cities in Europe. Companies and people from all parts of the world strive for London and make the city on the Thames an economic and cultural metropolis with international flair.

Sightseeing in London is very diverse and offers new surprises every year. In addition to some of the most visited museums in the world with constantly changing special exhibitions, London has many famous and worth seeing sights. A real opportunity to go on a sightseeing tour.

The most famous museums in London

The museum landscape in London is particularly diverse . The most famous museums include the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the Tate Modern art gallery. There are also a large number of private museums and collections on a wide variety of topics.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the largest art museums in the world. It is located in the famous Trafalgar Square and is already an imposing structure from the outside. 2300 paintings alone are exhibited in the National Gallery. These include works by Titian , Monet, Botticelli and Cézanne; most are from the 13th to 19th centuries.

Museum in Trafalgar Square, London
Museum in Trafalgar Square, London

The admission is free . The National Gallery occupies a special place among the sights in London because it is centrally located and one of the city’s landmarks.

The British Museum

The British Museum is also one of the most visited museums in the world. The impressive building is north of the Thames and can be easily reached via the Picadilly Line and the Cercle Line.

The British Museum in London
The British Museum in London

Entry is free here too. Visitors can admire works of art and artifacts from different eras of world history at the British Museum . Among other things, Egyptian mummies and ancient coins from the early history of all continents are on display.

Tate Gallery of Modern Art

The "Tate Modern"
The “Tate Modern”

The Tate Gallery of Modern Art , Tate Modern for short, is located south of the Thames in the Southwark district. It is a museum for modern art that has a permanent exhibition and constantly changing special exhibitions by various modern artists.

This impressive art collection is housed in a former factory that was converted into a contemporary building by the star architects Herzog & de Meuron from Switzerland.

sights in London

Major attractions in London include Westminster Abbey , Kensington Palace , Buckingham Palace and St Pauls Cathedral . In addition to these historical buildings, there are also numerous other sights of a more profane kind such as the London Eye ferris wheel and the wax museum of Madame Tussauds .

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The latter is the most famous and also the first wax museum that existed. Madame Tussauds now has branches in many other cities around the world. The museum is popular because you can take photos with replicas of the Queen, various heads of government, Will Smith, Mohammed Ali or Kim Kardashian.

Big Ben

No other building is more associated with the city of London than the Big Ben clock tower. The melody that its bells play every full hour is world-famous and has been adopted by countless clockmakers.

Westminster Palace with Big Ben
Westminster Palace with Big Ben

Big Ben is actually the tower of the House of Parliament , which is one of the largest building complexes in London and is located directly on the banks of the Thames.

Both the House of Parliament and Big Ben are best seen and photographed from Westminster Bridge . A tour of the parliament building is only possible in the mornings and not all of the queuing visitors are allowed in. The parliamentary sessions of the lower and upper houses still take place in the parliament building.

Tower Bridge

Another unmistakable landmark of London that should not be missing when sightseeing in London is Tower Bridge . It crosses the Thames and is in the immediate vicinity of the London Tower . Hence her name comes from.

Tower Bridge after sunset
Tower Bridge after sunset

Characteristic and architecturally impressive are the huge massive 65 meter high towers that have held the Tower Bridge for centuries. There is the option of climbing the bridge towers and the connection between the two towers and from there enjoying the view over the Thames, the tower and the city.

Recently, tourists with a head for heights can also dare to look through the glass floor at the bridge itself.

The London Eye

The London Eye is probably one of the most famous big wheels in Europe. From the top you have a great view over London – if the weather cooperates and it is not too foggy.

The London Eye ferris wheel is right on the Thames
The London Eye ferris wheel on the River Thames

When the weather is clear you can see all the way to Windsor Palace . Especially when the weather is nice, there are long queues in front of the entrance to the London Eye. For many visitors, a lap on the London Eye is simply part of a vacation in London.

It is best to book your tickets in advance on the internet directly with the organizer.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is located in the City of Westminster in the heart of London . The royal family of Great Britain live in this huge building. The mighty building is already worth seeing from the outside.

Buckingham Palace in London
Buckingham Palace in London

Those who want to visit Buckingham Palace from the inside can do so especially in the summer months , when some of the sumptuously furnished rooms are open to the public .

Another highlight in connection with Buckingham Palace is the changing of the guard , which takes place daily from April to July and otherwise every two days at 11:30 a.m. This small and worth seeing spectacle lasts 45 minutes.

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace

Westminster Abbey

When visiting the British capital, Westminster Abbey should of course not be missing as a really outstanding sight. Over 100 British kings , queens, princes and princesses were interred in this famous church , starting with King Edward who died in 1066.

Westminster Abbey in London - the burial place of many kings
Westminster Abbey in London – the burial place of many kings

Other personalities are also buried in Westminster Abbey, such as the British African explorer David Livingstone and the writer Charles Dickens . So you walk through very historical ground when you enter the church.

London Zoo

The London Zoo is located north of Regents Park and is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. More than 750 animal species and a total of more than 18,000 individual animals can be found on the 15 hectare site.

The reptile house, the penguin pool and the bird house were designed by well-known architects. The London Zoo is not only home to the usual zoo animals such as elephants, giraffes and zebras.

There are also true exotic species to marvel at : for example, the zoo has had an ant colony, lowland gorillas, Sumatran tigers and Galápagos turtles since 2011. A single building is dedicated to the butterflies and there is a huge aquarium divided into different aquatic habitats. There is an Amazon world and a coral reef in it.

Parks and green spaces in London

London is known for its diverse and varied green spaces and parks.

Hyde Park – the most famous park in Great Britain

The most famous park in London is Hyde Park . It is located in the west of the city and is often referred to as the green lung of London . Many Londoners use the park with its 1.4 square kilometers as a recreational area for jogging, picnicking and walking.

Hyde Park in London - the capital's green lung
Hyde Park in London – the capital’s green lung

In the middle of the park is the Serpentine Lake, which divides the park in two halves. In the summer months, numerous concerts and events take place in the park area.

If you are planning a vacation in London, you should look at one of the event calendars in order to be able to experience one of these events.

Bizarre: Speaker at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park
Bizarre: Speaker at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park

There is another attraction at the northeast end of Hyde Park. Speaker’s Corner is right here, right next to Marble Arch .

This is a small square where everyone is legally allowed to give a speech on any topic . The only thing that the speakers are not allowed to talk about is the Queen and the royal family.

In fact, there are a few, sometimes somewhat curious, characters at Speakers Corner every day who give lectures on all kinds of topics.

Brompton Cemetery

West Brompton Cemetery is a particularly beautiful green space . It is located near Earls Court and is used as a recreational area by the residents of this area.

The Brompton Cemetery is not only a peaceful and relatively quiet green space with hedges and trees, but also has thousands of beautiful ornate gravestones with crosses and angel figures enthroned.