183 Kms from Passau
Prague 3 days Sir Toby's hostel is unarguably the pick of the lot. The rooms are rustic, clean and have a high ceiling. The bar is a great place to socialise with fellow travellers. Tea lovers will love this place for the on-the-house offering. Hotel U dvou zlatých klíčů Read More
Prague 3 days Sir Toby's hostel is unarguably the pick of the lot. The rooms are rustic, clean and have a high ceiling. The bar is a great place to socialise with fellow travellers. Tea lovers will love this place for the on-the-house offering. Hotel U dvou zlatých klíčů
19 | PRAGUE + ViennaLet’s be honest, Prague may very well be the prettiest of all European cities. In the Old Town, an enchanting maze of pedestrian alleys through historic baroque buildings unfolds on to the river and famous Charles Bridge. Across the way Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral stand proudly. Taking the train south, Vienna, in it’s proud Habsburg history, continues the beautiful scene. The sprawling pedestrian-only city center is filled with elegant plazas and classical music. Great year-round for history, culture, music and photography lovers. Consider a visit in December to experience Europe’s favorite Christmas markets.
PALAIS ART HOTEL, PRAGUEA residential building from the mid-1800s was transformed in a striking Belle Époque style in the later part of the century, which ushered in the new Renaissance in hospitality. The Palais Art Hotel, near the elite Wenceslas Square, has a historical ornamental stucco with magnificent wall paintings complimenting its Italian atmosphere; a place where you’d find the rich and elite of the city networking in the evenings. Book the historical Belle Epoque Suite (US$856 upwards per night), a masterpiece offering, with an original fresco by Ludek Marold on its ceiling and lavish furnishing. lepalaishotel.eu
Volunteer at Amigos International.We all know how absolutely surreal Prague really is, but what most tourists forget to explore while travelling through this exotic land is the experience of the local lifestyle. Volunteering in Prague's local rural villages will give you the opportunity to get to know the people of Prague even better. The jobs usually require community development, environment and spreading sanitation awareness amongst locals. You might also have to help in construction and restoration, and contribute to real development. This program requires a minimum of 2 years learning of the Spanish language. Participate in this noble cause and travel all the time while you're volunteering here in Prague!Minimum duration of stay: 1-3 monthsCost of volunteering: $5,995One-way airfare: Included in the program
This cosmopolitan city is a shoppers’ paradise that can convert even most ardent of the lot. The main shopping to visit here are Wenceslas Square, Republic Square, and the Old Town Square for national and international brands. For local boutiques, art stores and cafe, head to the Lesser Town, also known as Malá Strana. Women can splurge on shiny vases and glimmering plates at Dana Bohemia (Národní 43, Praha 1), the largest Czech crystal and ceramics store in Prague.
I traveled to Budapest, Prague and Amsterdam. I covered cities that were large, popular, capitals of the countries and most importantly, cities that were safe!And here's, what I have to say about all the 3 cities I visited, and fell in love with -BUDAPESTBudapest is the capital of Hungary and a beautiful city that took my breath away instantly. It has bustling markets, beautiful river-front, delicious food and crazy people. I met and made friends with two really amazing girls and had fun beyond imagination. When in Budapest, watch out for these things -1. Budapest nightlife is one of the best in Europe. The clubs are open till 5am and you can dance till your last breath.
With the magnificent Charles Bridge, the graceful St. Vitus Cathedral, the indomitable Prague Castle and a plethora of churches with imposing spires, the Historic Centre of Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Site like no other. Deeply entrenched in a culture so rich and history so fascinating, the Czech capital has been enticing travellers from all over the globe since the beginning of time. The architectural delights of both the Old and New Towns of the city have no parallel and we have Emperor Charles IV to thank for the same. With the meandering Vltava River adding to its glory, Prague is rightfully one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. Watching the sun go down while illuminating the medieval cityscape in the foreground is a lot like turning back the hands of time. It is happy, comforting and downright mesmerising.
Possibly nothing else can describe Prague better than Franz Kafka's own words, but I am going to make an attempt, so here goes...I spent 3 days in Prague last month and came back with a massive hangover that refuses to let go even now.Prague..now how do I even begin to explain the wonderful fairy-tale it is! A town with the world's oldest functioning astronomical clock, a dreamy bridge that dates back to 1357, a cathedral with the most beautiful Gothic architecture, houses which you will only read about in fairy-tales and a forever happy vibe that refuses to slow down even in the wee hours of the night; Prague is truly unforgettable. What I loved about the city was the infectious happy feeling that took over me the minute I got down from my cab and stepped right on to the cobble stoned streets of Karlova. Hordes of tourists from all over the world just walking, smiling and having such a great time, its impossible not to fall in love with this beautiful city at once.
Prague, Czech Republic
217 Kms from Passau
My trip was coming to an end and I was headed to the last stop in my itinerary - Vienna. I took a shuttle again from CK to get to Vienna. The drive from CK to Vienna was even better than the earlier drive from Salzburg to CK. We were mostly driving through countryside roads, and I really can't describe how scenic the drive was. I don't have pictures either; but there are few things which are best left to experience.The first look of Vienna, a city, was quite underwhelming. Honestly, I saw very little of Vienna. I guess I was a bit tired physically and Vienna really paled in comparison to all the natural beauty I had seen in the past few days.The little I saw however is in the pictures below.Read More
My trip was coming to an end and I was headed to the last stop in my itinerary - Vienna. I took a shuttle again from CK to get to Vienna. The drive from CK to Vienna was even better than the earlier drive from Salzburg to CK. We were mostly driving through countryside roads, and I really can't describe how scenic the drive was. I don't have pictures either; but there are few things which are best left to experience.The first look of Vienna, a city, was quite underwhelming. Honestly, I saw very little of Vienna. I guess I was a bit tired physically and Vienna really paled in comparison to all the natural beauty I had seen in the past few days.The little I saw however is in the pictures below.
Vienna at Austria was the next destination country. The countries are so small and the roads are so good that by half a day one crosses countries in Europe. Austria is famous for Skiing in the winters. There are lots of Ski resorts. This is also a country where one can hire self-driven sports car such as BMW / Audi / Merc at a very good price and go on a road trips for weeks. After reading, I have added to my bucket list. At Vienna, a stroll across the wooden bridge decorated with rich colorful flowers is refreshing especially in the evenings. A photo stop at the Kings' Palace which has an all Gold balcony is a center of attraction.
It was a trip to Austria in November 2016 for four days. She took a train from Frankfurt on November 24, 2016 at 4.40 a.m., changed at Salzburg towards Vienna. As she was riding on the train from Salzburg to Vienna, she was loving the rhythm. She was loving the freedom of being between two different places. She could see the wide and open plains from the window and for that moment, she knew where she was going only to be lost in a different land. She then understood why it feels good to be lost in the right direction.Day 1 was spent exploring the streets of Vienna, different world heritage sites like the Historic Centre of Vienna and Palace & Gardens of Schonbrunn and beautifully decorated Christmas Markets. Vienna is a beautiful city but what really made her happy was watching the Penguins in the World's first zoo at the Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn. As they took baby steps and dived into the water, she smiled bright with her twinkling eyes just like the kid who loved watching Pingu on POGO channel. That moment she realized that it is the little things in life that makes one actually happy.After a day well spent collecting beautiful memories, she went back to her hostel Ruthensteiner. Now none of her previous trips excluded crazy pub crawls or wild drunken parties but this time, to her surprise, staying at the hostel and playing some Korean drinking games was so much fun. No matter how hard she tried to understand Tap Clap Talgi Talgi, she was terrible. And as per the tradition, she had to beg for the shot with both hands!
How to Reach: We took flight from Mumbai to Vienna with one stop over at Abu Dhabi (2.30 hrs) and from there we had arranged for a pick up from the airport. Place to Stay: We stayed at Queens Apartment, located in Schönbrunner Straße . They have private furnished apartments with fully equipped kitchen and it is walking distance from the metro station. Safe and very neat & clean area to stay. Places to Visit for Xmas Markets: Christmas Markets are a must see in vienna Rathausplatz,Stephenplatz,Schewenplataz,Danube River Side, Bermuda Triangle, Opera House, Museumplein, Schönbrunn Palace. Both trams number 1 and 2 loop Vienna's Inner Stadt on the city's 'Ringstrasse', a collection of 8 streets and one quay. You can jump on anywhere on the ring in any direction.The round trip takes approximately 45 minutes and passes many of Vienna's most impressive buildings including the Rathaus (city hall), the Burgtheater (National Theater) and Parliament which is the seat of two federal assemblies. Cheap Eats: Must try flavoured Mulled Wine or Gluhwein. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and Halloween. Frankfurter Würstel (vienna sausages) available in chicken, beef or pork. You can also try Bamboo Noodles or Wok Noodles and yes dont forget to drink bier when in Europe. Bermuda Triangle is the street where you will find places with different cuisines to eat and drink. Retail Therapy: Mariahilfer Straße. Almost all major department stores can be found here selling clothes, leather goods, furniture and accessories, books and stationery. The Kärntner Strasse shopping streetand Landstraßer Hauptstraße in Vienna’s 3rd District share the capital’s second largest shopping streets.Located in Vienna’s 10th district, near the Südtiroler Platz, is the Favoritenstraße pedestrian area. Kolhmarkt located at Fifth Avenue here you will find all the luxury brand not be within the boundaries of a budget traveller.
Vienna has a quality of magic. It is modern yet the architecture takes you back to about 200 hundred years in time. The presence of the Hapsburg Dynasty can be felt everywhere. The city at every point reminds you of its great musical past and the grand manner in which every kind of fine art was indulged by its rulers.<br /><br />We managed to catch a concert at the concert hall at Schonbrünn Palace even though what I would have preferred is a visit to one of the stellar opera houses in Vienna (unfortunately nothing was running around the time we were there).
Vienna turned into an exploration of Brazil more than the exploration of Austria after I ran into two Brazilian lone travelers. Even when the two cultures where 9000 miles apart, the two modern nations faced similar issues and their citizens had an unstated empathy towards each other. I learned to tap my feet on samba and returned the favor by correcting few erroneous English phrases of my Brazilian natives.
Next stop was Vienna, by this time some of us were starting to get ill (possibly from all the bending). Weirdly our visit coincided with the Life Ball, one of the world’s largest balls dedicated to raising awareness and funds for HIV prevention. Pure coinkydinks that we were in town, tickets were obviously all sold out but we took a look from outside. Really impressive stuff, but then the whole city is really to be fair. The architecture is out of this world, and there is such an abundance of outdoor space that it feels really open and green at the same time. The upkeep for the immaculate buildings must be such hard work because they are spotless. Luckily there isn’t too much nightlife in Vienna but we still managed to stay out until 5:30am with Seb’s wonderful surfer friends. Getting home through the Karl Marx Block labyrinth which is of one of Europe’s largest social housing estates was an absolute mare. But it was cool to see such a lefty approach to housing in such a wealthy city.
148 Kms from Passau
Day 01: Took a lufthansa flight from delhi to naples airport via munich. okayish flight, return from venice via qatar was way better.Read More
BAYERISCHER HOF, MUNICHFrom Charlie Chaplin to BB King, the iconic Bayerisch Hof has been host to some remarkable celebrities since 1841. A timeless benchmark of sophistication, its Presidential Suite 032 (US$4,470 upwards per night) is our classic favourite with a private elvator and butler service. Book the Luxury Weekend Package (two nights and three days, US$1,154 upwards; available now through November) for a Moët & Chandon champagne on arrival, breakfast buffets in the roof garden, and other delightful perks. bayerischerhof.de
Hailed as the beer-capital of the world, Munich has always attracted the crowds on accounts of Bavarian brewing skills, especially during Oktoberfest when the entire continent, if not most of the western world find themselves in the annual celebration of Bavarian pride. There's much more to Munich than the city's approach to beer and the word seems to be getting around.Getting around in MunichCycles are pretty mainstream, as is the case with most of Germany, although renting one is not as easy as in Berlin. The U/S-Bahn and tram network will take you pretty much anywhere. A day ticket costs €6.40, but if you are staying longer, the 3-day ticket costs €16.
Having arrived in Munich on the very first day with the lovely weather on my side it was time to soak up the city culture in me. Making my way to Marienplatz the main city square and also the heart of this Bavarian land I could already get the city vibes the German Way. Strolling along this impressive 100-meter-long-gothic building, I was determined to spend my evening effortlessly here feasting in some of the most indigenous German houses.
And that was definitely one thing on my list to tick off and what best when you are so frenzied with your 6 months round the clock work routine. As I started to plan my itinerary all I knew was I want to be far away from pre-packaged experiences that tourists exchange money for. I wanted to consume experiences engaging with the local culture. So I booked myself on a much-deserved Euro trip to Germany! Germany has been long known to everyone for a plethora of beer offerings running from late September to the first weekend in October. Moving away from the touristy places and beer tents I was looking for experiencing the Oktoberfest in a local away. However when I was booking myself for a spree to this Bavarian land, I was glad to have collated these must have on your list to experience some of the best beer experiences.
The world's largest folk festival - the Oktoberfest officially started yesterday with the tapping of the first barrel of beer by the mayor of Munich.
How to reach: We booked Euroline bus from Prague to Munich. Do not miss the countryside view on your bus journey. Place to stay: Wombats City Hostel (centrally located) Places to visit: Marienplatz (famous christmas market), Munich Residence, BMW Museum,Englischer Garden, Beer Halls & Beer gardens, Allianz Arena, Theresienwiese (place where Oktoberfest is held), Olympic Village, Deutsches Museum Cheap Eats: In munich you will find proper Indian cuisine restaurants (incase you are tired of eating cold sandwiches and sausages) or kebab corners. Sausages accompanied with French fries. Must try Augustiner Keller (must try mixed sausages with mash potatos, Hofbräuhaus (the most famous beer hall). Retail Therapy: Kaufingerstrasse (located between Karlsplatz & Marienplatz) is one of Europe's premier shopping streets, Galeria Kaufhof. Tips:Whole of germany is shut from 24th dec 2:00 pm till 26th dec. You'll find hardly any places to shop or eat so before you to go any place please check if it is open or not. Also, many beer gardens are shut during winters as they have outdoor sitting. However, chinese garden the most famour beer garden located at Englischer garden.
Munich: The only multi culture city i have seen in Europe. I really love Bavarians, they are very helpfull people. For tourist this city is very comfortable to roam around the city and enjoy the life at its best. Most of the people in Munich talk English which is very helpful for tourist and this is one of the most admired character about Bavarians.
273 Kms from Passau
276 Kms from Passau
All buses drop you off at the Dresden hauptbahnhof (main station). A short tram ride took us to the old town center.Read More
Dresden was once called the “Florence on the Elbe” being one of Europe’s architectural and artistic highlights. However, much of it was bombed during WWII and much of the city was not much more than a rubble heap. On February 13, 1945, 800 British aircraft showered the city with 2,600 tons of bombs. The Americans followed the next morning with 300 Flying Fortress bombers. It is estimated that 25,000 people were killed, while 13 square miles of the historic city center were destroyed. With temperatures rising to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, the burning city was visible to pilots from 100 miles away. Dresden was a central hub for the Nazi’s and the city remained loyal to them, hence its destruction. Being Saturday evening, there was not much open other than restaurants and bars, but it was lovely seeing the city at this time of day. The streets were crowded with tourists and residents strolling and chatting in various languages. What struck us the most was that it was COLD. We both had liners under our coats, but we could have used gloves and scarves too. The outdoor restaurants all had their heatalators on to keep the hungry crowds warm enough to sit through a meal.
209 Kms from Passau
1. Take a walking tower in Old Town, Innsbruck and enjoy the beautiful architecture visible in the house-fronts, doorways and windows. This town is one of the most colourful places to visit in Europe.Read More
1. Take a walking tower in Old Town, Innsbruck and enjoy the beautiful architecture visible in the house-fronts, doorways and windows. This town is one of the most colourful places to visit in Europe.
68 Kms from Passau
The next day, 1st Jan, 2107, was perfect for lazing around. CK didn't seem to wake up at all from the late night binge. I went out however and got some pictures of the pristine beauty that CK is.Read More
One can get to Cesky Krumlov by taking a train from Salzburg to Ceske Budejovice and then a bus from there, but I preferred to take a shuttle. There are a number of them - CK Shuttle, Green Shuttle etc.Half an hour into the ride and I knew I had made the right decision. We were driving through scenic landscapes, and it kept getting better as we approached Cesky Krumlov.Cesky Krumlov is small, and getting around is quite easy. Wherever you are staying, you are never too far from the main square. And the main square was where all the action was - great food and wine and music. Perfect way to ring in the new year!
2 | Budapest + CESKY KRUMLOV + PragueBudapest has quickly become a favorite destination with travelers worldwide with it’s tangible culture and beautiful architecture. Take a night cruise along the Danube for amazing views of the city bathed in uplighting and be sure to visit the famous Szechenyi baths. Move on to the small UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic, then move on to the uber-romantic city of Prague. Walking the Charles Bridge at sunset is a memory you’ll cherish forever. Also be sure to feast on a few sugary hot donuts, called trdelniks, sold on the street.
Cesky Krumolov( UNESCO World Heritage site ) a small bohemian town embodies all the above and more, at affordable rates. It is a short 3 hour bus ride from Prague. The drive itself is intriguing, by nightfall, small villages and town emerge along the way cloaked in mist, things that we have mostly witnessed in movies. From afar they almost appear like a hamlet disguised as the town of Sleepy Hollow. There are a number of hotels and guest houses to select from, given our faith in Trip advisor; we did select a cute and cozy place to stay.
The small town of Český Krumlov dating back to the 13th Century in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic has to be my favorite. Its towering castle perched atop the hill, overlooking the painted Renaissance and Baroque architecture clustered around the Vltava River, is its crowning glory. The castle is the second largest in the country, comprising of forty buildings and palaces built around five castle courts and a castle park, spanning an area of seven hectares. Český Krumlov’s second gem is the Church of St. Vitus (15th Century) with frescoes from the same period. A climb up the castle’s round tower for just the right picture, a candle at the church, lazing in the old town square awash with golden sunshine, and a steak by the river – it was not just another day for me.