5 Awesome Ways To Travel the Worldforfree Without Leaving Home

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Worldforfree: 5 Wonderful Ways To Travel The World Without Leaving Home

There are a lot of emotions I have been feeling lately. Situations around the world are fearsome, uncertain, and heartbreaking. At the same time, you also hear about the strong resilience of ordinary citizens fighting in the worst affected nations like the USA, Italy, and Spain. Air quality has significantly improved, and rivers are getting cleaner. Maybe all this is a silver lining of a dark cloud. But it gives you hope! The hope, that all this will be over soon and we will get through it. Which gave me an inspiration for this blog, on how to travel the worldforfree, even when most of us can’t step out of our homes freely.

Nothing is more exasperating than having to cancel a long-awaited trip. In fact, I had my all bookings done for my next travel to southeast Asia. I was supposed to leave by the end of this month, but unfortunately, I had to cancel everything. And I am sure many of you must be going through with similar experiences. However, this shouldn’t kill the spirit of traveling within us. There are still ways, we can travel the worldforfree without leaving our homes.

And the best of all, you can explore the worldforfree. I think it is a great way to demonstrate our interconnectedness to humanity and the global community.

So, I made a list of five activities I have been doing every day, to make me feel like I am traveling.

Here We Go Five Awesome Ways To Travel The Worldforfree, Without Leaving Home…..

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1. Explore National Parks With Virtual Tours

I love being outdoors. Not being able to explore and connect with nature is probably the hardest thing of being in lockdown. And if you are anything like me, you must be struggling with the same.

Luckily, thanks to Google Arts & Culture, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of nature while sitting on your couch at home. And the best part, you won’t have to stand in long ques while doing so. Google teamed up with some of the USA’s prominent national parks, each with different climates and terrains. These include Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Utah’s Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas, Florida.

Apart from these, Google Art & Culture is also offering 113 virtual tours under the hidden world of nationals parksexhibit. You can also take virtual tours of 31 other national parks via Google Earth.

Virtual Tours Of national Parks, worldforfree

2. Travel Movies Marathon

I am sure most of you must be binge-watching movies, shows, and TV. Well, why not watch travel movies instead? I have a huge list of “best travel movies of all time.” And probably I will share them with you all in upcoming blogs. But to get you started, here are some of my top travel movies of all time.

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Eat Pray and Love
  • Wild
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Up
  • Mamma Mia

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Not only movies inspire us but they also take us to places we never considered traveling to. I won’t be lying if I tell you that I have added so many places on my bucket list just by watching some of the awesome travel movies.

Travel Movies, worldforfree
Travel Movies travel the worldforfree

3. Cook Food Inspired From Other Countries

Food is an important motivation to travel. Isn’t it so? Trying different dishes and beverages open our ideas to new flavors, textures, culture, and heritage. So why not combine our two great loves (food + traveling duh!) and enjoy an international getaway without leaving your kitchen.

I know most of us are not master chefs. Well, I am certainly not. But hey it’s a quarantine period, we all got plenty of time in hand. So why not just experiment. There are a plethora of amazing food blogs but here are some I really love.

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International Cuisines, travel the worldforfree

4. Watch Travel Vlogs/Shows On Youtube

Travel Vlogging has taken off like crazy on youtube and all for the right reasons. There are some incredible travel vloggers capturing the essence of locations, culture, food, and above all their personal experiences. By sharing part of their lives, they are allowing us to be in different places at grassroots levels.

From backpacking, solo female traveling, luxury travel, budget travel to everything else, travel vloggers have exposed us to destinations across the globe. Depending on your preferences, you will find plenty on youtube but of course, I am gonna share my favorites.

  • Eva Zu Beck – She has to be on top of my list. Absolute Favorite. Guys, you must check her channel, if you haven’t already. She has taken solo female traveling to another level, mostly going to uncommon destinations where most travelers usually don’t like Syria, Yemen, etc.
  • Gabriel Traveler – I found this channel last year and has been following him ever since. If you are looking for budget travel tips, inspiration, and ideas about backpacking, he has some really cool stuff.
  • Mark Wiens – Looking to explore food around the world? This is the channel for you.
Travel Vlogs On Youtube, travel the worldforfree
Travel Vlogs On Youtube, travel the worldforfree

5. Create travel Bucket list/Plan future travels

This pandemic is far from over. And probably this is not the best time for booking future travel arrangements. But who said we can’t plan our next adventure? ( whenever that will be). In fact, planning can give that much needed mental boost. Especially during quarantine, something to look forward to.

I already have months of trips planned, and frankly, it is one of the sources of joy for me right now. Just to know good things are coming can be so calming. Planning for travel—thinking about it, talking about it, imagining it—may, in fact, be the best thing you can do to stay optimistic.

PS – This Virus Can Stop Our Travel Plans, But It Can’t Stop Our Travel Dreams. 💛 💚 💙

So get inspired, brush up your planning skills, and when this is all behind us, be ready to embark on your trip of a lifetime…..

Try these tricks/trips and tell me in the comment below if you found them helpful. Feel free to add anything if I missed. 😀

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Best Time Travel Movies

7 Awesome Times Travel Movies, To Watch While Stuck In Quarantine, Coronavirus

7 Awesome Times Travel Movies, You Should Watch While Stuck In Quarantine!

You are home, isolated, I am home, isolated. Well so is Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and literally almost everyone in the world. Thinking about the world we are currently living in, feels surreal. It is a unique situation when some of the world’s biggest economies are in lockdown, thousands of people have lost their lives, the majority of the population has no choice but to restrict themselves at homes. Well, regardless of how much we question this, it is the truth. And we got to do what we have to do. So why not make the best of it? Take a cinematic break during this coronavirus crisis and watch these best time travel movies.

So far one thing is absolutely clear from the ongoing corona crisis, that overcoming this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. Thus, we might be stuck in our homes for a while. But it doesn’t have to so boring, and frustrating. Thankfully, there are awesome time travel movies that will have you flying from years, decades and dimensions. So let’s delve in.

Got your popcorn? Ready for your mind to be blown? Alright! Here is the list of my top 10-time travel movies of all time, in no order :

1. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Some criticized this movie for being silly but I think it is an interesting ride. This romantic sci-fi, released in 2009, starring Eric Bana and Rachel Mcadams, is definitely a rule breaker.

Henry ( Eric Bana’s character) is a time traveler, due to a rare genetic which forces him to live life on shifting timeline with little or no control. Despite this, Clare (Rachel McAdams’s character) is determined to build a ‘normal’ life with a man she has loved her entire life. This movie is sensual, romantic, and sweet. It will take you to a wonderful journey of fate, love, and family.

IMDB Rating: 7.1/10

The time traveler's wife, must watch time travel movies
The time traveler’s wife
2. Interstellar

Directed by the legend Christopher Nolan. Winner of an Academy Award for best visuals. Features Matthew McConaughey, Timothée Chalamet, Anne Hathaway,
Jessica Chastain and many more. Do you need more reasons to watch this epic time travel movie? Probably not but still hear me out.

The movie is based dystopian future where the entire human race is struggling to survive. A group of astronauts travels through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new abode for humanity. The entire plot runs through the murphy law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. It showcases family struggle, dealing with separation, a beautifully emotional father/daughter relationship, and above all how precious the time is.

Interstellar is easily one of my favorite time travel movies. It is intriguing, moving and fascinating.

IMDB Ratings: 8.6/10

must watch time travel movies
3. Back to the Future

No list to the best time travel movies could be complete without mentioning the timeless classic, Back to the Future. Although the second and the third are greatly entertaining, the original ( 1985) still wins the top spot. Based in the 80s, a young Californian boy Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s thanks to an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and jeopardizes his own future.

So if you are looking for a tickling 2 hours, filled with rock n roll family adventure comedy, you must watch back to the future. In the field of sci-fi comedy, this movie is truly is the gold standard, difficult to be surpassed.

IMDB Ratings: 8.5/10

back to the future
Back to the future
4. The Lake House

Okay, I love Sandra Bullock! But that’s not the only reason why this movie is a must-watch. As cliche as it may sounds, but The Lake House, makes you fall in love with the ‘magic of love’.

The film is based upon two characters, Kate ( Sandra Bullock), a doctor living in 2006 and Alex ( Keanu Reeves), a middle-class architect living in 2004. The central conceit of the film showcases how these two people are able to communicate and fall in love via a magical mailbox at the lake house they have both lived in different times of their lives.

IMDB Ratings: 6.8/10

The Lake House
The Lake House

5. The Terminator

Who hasn’t heard of the Terminator franchise?

So I am not a big fan of the action genre. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series. Directed and co-written by James Cameron, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the first part is set in 1984.

An indestructible cyborg killing machine (Arnold) is sent from the post-apocalyptic future where the machines have overtaken the world, with a mission to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). This film is action jammed, moves in a cracking pace and efficiently shows a future where humankind is struggling in the war against machines.

IMDB Ratings: 8/10

Terminator, best time travel movies

 6. Doctor Strange

In this Marvel franchise, doctor strange or Stephen Strange ( Benedict Cumberbatch’s character) becomes a great sorcerer and as you would aspect, is tasked with saving the world. What sets this film apart is the layers of uncertainty brought by Cumberbatch’s character.

The movie is visually distinctive, has brilliant CGI effects and Cumberbatch’s performance are all good reasons to give this movie a shot.

IMDB Ratings: 7.5/10

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

7. 13 Going on 30

Easily one of my favorite time travel movies is ’13 going on 30′. The title says it all. It is a story of a 13-year-old girl, who wishes to turn 30 on her birthday. And miraculously her wish comes true.

The protagonist, Jennifer garner was enormously hilarious and touching at the same time. She wonderfully captured the innocence of a child in an adult’s body. It’s a sweet romantic comedy, giving the message of compassion while dealing with the issues of growing up. There are incidents, maybe in bits and pieces which I am sure we all can relate to while we were growing up. It makes you realize that being an adult is not about what you have but what you really are.

IMDB Ratings: 6.1/10

13 going on 30
13 going on 30

Though all these are amazing films, there are plenty of other wonderful movies on time travel. But in all fairness, most of the time travel movies are great. And since we can’t practically time-travel or even ‘travel’ at the moment, I guess watching these movies is the next best thing.

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Where to stay in Berlin?

Where To Stay In Berlin: A Complete Neighbourhood Guide To Berlin, Germany

So you have picked Berlin as your next travel destination. Well, congratulations! Berlin is awesome. It is a city that is bound to mesmerize you with its unique mix of culture, people, crazy nightlife, fascinating history, amazing music and of course awesome neighborhoods. You probably must have heard that Berlin is huge. But to give you a perspective of how big German capital is, it’s 9 times the size of Paris. Yes, it is so spread out. With so many neighborhoods, deciding where to stay in Berlin may seem daunting at first. But don’t worry! It is here when this blog will be helpful.

Berlin is divided into 12 districts, locally known as ‘Bezirk’. Each of these bezirk is further divided into smaller neighborhoods or ‘Kiez’.

Each neighborhood has its own culture, vibe, people, history, and attractions. It really comes down to your personal preference and budget. To make it simpler here are my recommendations with neighborhoods (things to see, and suggestions for great hotels and hostels), for the different price ranges. I have sorted the list for your convenience.

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Map of Berlin's Neighbourhoods: Where To Stay In Berlin
Berlin Neighbourhoods

Mitte (If It Is Your First Time In Berlin)

Mitte is home to many must-see tourist attractions. Alexanderplatz, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Gendarmenmarkt, etc. are a few of them. As you can see from the map it is most centrally located.

With so many sightseeing spots, it is off course a popular neighborhood among tourists. Which means Mitte can be expensive at times. To get the best price I will suggest booking your accommodation in advance. I have painstakingly made a list of best Hotels and Hostel in Mitte. Here they are:

Stunning Luxury Hotel (Around 150€)

Grand Hyatt is a 5-star property with a large rooftop spa and pool and spectacular views of the city. Located in the lively Potsdamer Platz district, just 300 m from the Sony Center, it also offers stylish restaurants and bars. View the availability here.

Grand Hyatt, Berlin Germany
Grand Hyatt

For more accommodation options in Berlin, check out Booking.com. I always use it for all my hotels/hostels booking. They offer the best price, with great customer service.

Awesome Mid Range Hotel (Between 50€- 100€)

Hotel Gat Point Charlie is an excellent design hotel just 50 m from Checkpoint Charlie and the Friedrichstrasse shopping street. The rooms are bright and tidy and I think they’re just perfect for some relaxation after a day full of exploring and adventures in the city. View the availability here.

Hotel Gat Point Charlie, where to stay in Berlin
Hotel Gat Point Charlie

Flottwell Berlin Hotel & Residenz am Park is another good choice. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a good work table, kitchen, and seating area. They also offer bicycles and e-bikes for rent. With plenty of Board games, books in addition to seven different playgrounds, including swings and a trampoline, this property is amazing especially if you are traveling with children. View the availability here.

Good Value Budget Hotel ( Less Than 50€)

Arte Luise Kunsthotel is a beautiful colorful motel at an extremely convenient price. Each room is individually decorated with modern, artistic, and original concepts. They also feature a spacious courtyard terrace which is perfect to relax with few drinks and snacks. View the availability here.

Nice Hostel In Mitte (15€- 30€)

Singer109 Hotel & Hostel is an excellent pick for budget travelers. With different types of rooms (dorms to private), they also provide free Wi-Fi and a fun lounge area where you can unwind or even make friends with other travelers. View the availability here.

The Circus Hostel is a trendy hostel, another great option. All rooms and dormitories are contemporary decorated. They offer many facilities like bike rental facilities, free Wi-Fi, and rental iPads and laptops. Moreover, there is a bar with own brewery on the ground floor. It is great, especially for solo travelers. View the availability here.

The Circus Hostel , Berlin
The Circus Hostel

Where To Stay In Berlin?

Kreuzberg (Berlin’s Coolest Neighbourhood)

Kreuzberg is Berlin’s coolest neighborhood. If you want to party, this where you should stay. Also known as ‘Xberg’, it has tons of nightclubs, lounges, and bars. There are many communities living here, which means you can try different styles of food at a variety of restaurants. Also, it is LGBT friendly, with a cool hipster vibe. Even if you don’t stay, you must visit this neighborhood at least once on your trip to Berlin.

Not big on partying? It’s okay. There are plenty of other things in Kreuzberg to enjoy like street art, wall paintings or you can chill at one of many cool cafes. Here are my recommendations for the best accommodation in Kreuzberg:

Gorgeous Luxury Hotel (Around 150€)

Orania is a stunning hotel located in Kreuzberg. The rooms are absolutely gorgeous and some of them have a great view of Oranienplatz. This hotel is located in a historic building famous for hosting artists, and musicians. Check The Availability Here.

Orania , where to stay in Berlin

Awesome Mid Range Hotel (Between 50€- 100€)

Grimm´s Hotel is Potsdamer Platz is a super modern hotel in Berlin with very good prices. The overall design is very chic and contemporary and the rooms are simply amazing. Check The Availability Here.

Good Value Budget Hotel ( Around Than 50€)

With tidy and comfortable rooms, a nearby underground station and reasonable price, The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel has everything you will need for a good budget stay in the city. Check The Availability Here.

The Cat's Pajamas Hostel, stay in berlin
The Cat’s Pajamas Hostel

Nice Hostel (15€- 30€)

Apart from The Cat’s Pajamas, Grand Hostel Berlin Classic is another cool hostel in Kreuzberg. The rooms are elegant, simple and contemporary. There is a bar on site which is awesome to hang out and make new friends. Check The Availability Here.

Where To Stay In Berlin?

Neukölln (Away But Close To The Centre)

Neukölln, also known as ‘Little Istanbul’ as many Turkish people live here, is a gorgeous neighborhood with gobs of Turkish style restaurants, bars, cafes ( coffee is something you must try here). There are many art galleries and funky eateries as well. It has a chill and relaxed vibe to it.

From the map above, you will notice, it is away from the main center. Which means you can find plenty of good hotels at a decent price. I think it is an awesome option for budget travelers. You won’t find many luxury hotels here though. Here are my recommendations for good mid-range and budget hotels:

Nice Mid Range Hotel

Erlanger Hof 3-star hotel just 100 m from Rathaus Neukölln Underground Station. They also serve delicious buffets for breakfast. Check The Availability Here.

Erlanger Hof , Neukölln Berlin
Erlanger Hof

Good Value For Money, Budget Hotel

Riverside Lodge is a great choice, especially for solo travelers. Apart from clean, spacious and comfortable rooms, they have a shared lounge, and a kitchen, an awesome way to meet new travelers. Check The Availability Here.

Cool Hostel

This is no brainer. The Minimal Hostel is the best hostel in the neighborhood. The vibe of the place is very friendly, rooms are clean, very well connected with public transport. So if you are a budget traveler, looking for a nice, cozy and friendly place to stay, Minimal hostel is a great pick. Check The Availability Here.

The Minimal Hostel, where to stay in berlin
The Minimal Hostel

Where To Stay In Berlin?

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (If Traveling With Kids)

This definitely is Berlin’s most luxurious neighborhood. With plenty of high ends and designer stores, luxurious hotels, ostentatious facades, historical buildings, and gorgeous theatres, this area will take you back to the old-time royal era. So if you are traveling with children and looking to splurge, stay here. There are a plethora of children and family-friendly hotels in this neighborhood. Here are my recommendations;

Stunning Luxury Hotel

Louisa’s Place is an amazing luxury hotel. Their rooms are spacious, perfect when you are traveling with kids. Moreover, they have a separate kitchen, where you can cook your meals if you wish. The best part, Holistic Ayurvedic treatments are available in the wellness area that also comes with a sauna and a steam bath. It is a very family-friendly hotel. Check The Availability Here.

Louisa's Place ,Berlin
Louisa’s Place

You can also find apartments to stay in on Airbnb, which is particularly good value when you get up to $42 off your first Airbnb booking if you use my link.

Great Mid Range Hotel

Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm is a modern 5-star design hotel. They have a french fusion restaurant, an outdoor terrace, and a Lounge Bar, which is perfect if you wanna relax and enjoy a drink in the evening after getting exhausted from all the exploring and travel. Check The Availability Here.

Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm, berlin
Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm

Nice Budget Hostel + Hotel

Happy Go Lucky is a hostel plus Hotel. Set in a traditional Berlin building, it offers nice and clean private and shared rooms. I think it is a good value for money property. Check The Availability Here.

Happy Go Lucky, berlin
Happy Go Lucky

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PS- I hope you have a wonderful time in Berlin. It is a city which will surely change your perspective about the world we live in.

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3 Days In Berlin: An Ultimate Travel Guide

Straddling on the banks of the river Spree, the capital of Germany is unostentatiously cool, open-minded, welcoming, vibrant and by far the most free-spirited city in Europe. Once linked with tumultuous years of war, unrest, and destruction, today it is a city that is flourishing with progression, culture, art, and prosperity. I can easily say, it is one of my favorite cities in Europe and after reading this ‘3 days in Berlin’ travel guide you will know why.

So, if you are planning to visit in the near future, Congrats! Berlin is bound to mesmerize you with its unique mix of people, eclectic culture, crazy nightlife, turbulent history, amazing music, and awesome neighborhoods.

So how do you start planning? There is so much to see and do in Berlin. Are 3 days enough to see the best of Berlin? Well, Yes and No. No, because Berlin is huge. To know the city from its surface, you at least need one week. But three days are still good enough to cover the main sights, enjoy some cool neighborhoods and get a good feel of Berlin.

Now, the key to making the best of your 3 days in Berlin comes down to your planning, knowing exactly what to do, or maybe having a rough itinerary beforehand. And it is here when this travel guide will come handy. I have covered almost everything you probably will need to know to have an unforgettable time in Berlin.

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How to spend 3 days in Berlin

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Fun Facts And Some Practical Info

  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Language: German, but English is widely spoken.
  • Safety: Very Safe Specially For Solo Female Travelers.
  • Moneywise: Fairly Inexpensive.
  • Famous For: Nightlife, Museums, Cold War History, Quirky art, and modern architecture.
  • Fascinating Facts: Berlin has the largest train station in Europe. Berlin is also 9 times bigger than Paris.

How To Reach Berlin?

  • Fly✈️: Thre are 2 airports serving Berlin. The biggest one is the Tegel International Airport, located around 10 Km from the main city. This airport is a hub for most of the domestic flights and many international carriers. The best and the cheapest way to reach the main city from here is either via TXL Express Bus or Express Bus X9. Other is called Schönefeld Airport. This is the secondary one. Many low-cost airlines mainly from eastern Europe fly from here.

  • Train 🚆: Berlin is a huge city, so obviously there are many train stations. The most central one is the Hauptbahnhof. Almost all the trains coming to Berlin will stop here.
  • Bus 🚌: There are two main Bus stations, ZOB and Ostbahnhof. Out of which the former one is bigger and located in district Charlottenburg (west). Ostbahnhof is in the district of Friedrichshain (east). Both could be reached via S-Bahn, U Bahn, train or buses.

PS- For the cheapest Bus and Train tickets In Europe, Use Omio. I use this website all the time. It is really Awesome!

Getting Around In Berlin

Since Berlin is massive, getting around could seem a little too overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors. But thanks to the excellent and extensive network of U-Bahn (underground trains) or S-Bahn (regional, elevated trains), buses and trams, getting from point A to B is like a breeze.

Therefore, it is very important to familiarize yourself with different public transport. Once they become your friend, there ain’t a spot in Berlin that couldn’t be reached by them.

The same ticket can be used for all modes of transportation. This is very useful as often you will need to switch from one to another to reach your destination. Tickets can be purchased from machines at U & S-Bahn platforms, small shops with “BVG” signs, buses, or with the BVG app. Don’t forget to validate them once boarded.

All fares are subject to the length of your trip and zone you are traveling to. The cheapest ticket is a Kurzstrecke short distance ticket, which costs around €1.70 and lets you travel for 3 stops. The most common ticket comes for €2.80 and allows unlimited travel (one direction) for 2 hours.

More details on U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines can be found here. And for more information on zones and fares, you can check here.

Insider Advice: Consider Getting a ” Berlin Welcome Card“. Not only it gives free access to Berlin’s public transport (including to and from the airport) but also gives you up to 50% discount at more than 200 sights and attractions. It is worth every penny! I highly recommend it.

Best Time To Visit Berlin

Berlin is one of Europe’s most sexy and exciting city. Being the capital of Germany, it is a popular destination among tourists all year around. Personally, I am a big fan of shoulder season, when the weather is pleasant, the crowd is limited and prices don’t break the bank.

In Berlin, these are from mid-May to mid-June or September to October. Weather during these months is pleasant, which is ideal for cafe sitting, enjoying Berlin’s many parks and having leisure strolls throughout the city.

German winters are not for faint hearts. Really! With the average temperature plummeting to -1 to 10 C in the capital, winter gets extremely chilly. The skies are dreary and days are shorter (usually gets dark after 4 PM). Thus, I will avoid traveling from November- March.

How Many Days Do You Need In Berlin?

This is one city where you can easily spend weeks and realize that you only got to scratch the surface of its widely spread-out neighborhoods. There is so much to do and see here. So now it really comes down to your travel style and interests.

Sure you can see most of the must-visit sights in 1-2 days but you will only be rushing without actually getting the feel of this awesome city. I think you need at least 3-full days to explore the very best of Berlin. In fact, once you start researching more on things to do in Berlin, you might be wondering if 3 days are enough to fit in all it has to offer.

But, don’t worry! The good news is, if you know exactly what to do, things to see and have a solid itinerary, 3 days are more than enough to explore this awesome city.

With this 3 days in Berlin travel guide, we will explore Mitte (the central neighborhood where most of the tourist attractions are), Kreuzburg (Berlin’s coolest neighborhood), Tiergarten and more.

Get Insured Before Travelling To Berlin

I never travel abroad without travel insurance. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you don’t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Where To Stay In Berlin?

As I mentioned earlier, Berlin is HUGE. In-fact to give you a perspective, it is almost 9 times the size of Paris. Yes, it is that big. In total there are 12 districts (‘Bezirk’ in German), each of these districts has smaller neighborhoods (‘Kiez’). All these Kiez are distinct in culture, people, have their own vibe and hidden gems.

So the choice really depends on your personal preference and budget. To make it simpler here are my recommendations with neighborhoods (things to see, and suggestions for great hotels and hostels), for the different price ranges. I have sorted the list for your convenience. Check my complete guide to Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods, with suggestions about best hostels and hotels.

If you are really short on time, and for some reason, couldn’t read more about each neighborhood specifically, depending on a different budget, here are my recommendations:

To treat yourself during your 3 days in Berlin, you will want to check out Grand Hyatt. This luxurious 5-star hotel is located in the lively Potsdamer Platz district, very close to the sony center. It has a large rooftop pool and a spa, providing spectacular views of the city. Rooms are huge, elegant and provide plenty of space. Check the availability here.

Grand Hyatt, Berlin. 3 days in Berlin
Grand Hyatt

If you are looking for something comfortable yet on budget, you should look no further than Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm. Situated at Berlin’s most luxurious neighborhood, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, this 5-star design hotel offers a fabulous french fusion restaurant, an outdoor terrace, and a Lounge Bar, which is perfect if you wanna relax and enjoy a drink in the evening after getting exhausted from all the exploring and travel. Check The Availability Here.

Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm, 3 days in Berlin
Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm

You can also find apartments to stay in on Airbnb, which is particularly good value when you get up to $42 off your first Airbnb booking if you use my link.

Berlin is a popular destination among solo travelers and backpackers. Thus it is of no surprise that it offers many cool budget hostels at a decent price. One such hostel is the Circus hostel. It is conveniently located in the most central neighborhood, Mitte. With contemporary decorated rooms, chill vibe, and great all-you-can-eat breakfast, it is one of the nicest hostels in the city. You can view the current availability here.

The circus Hostel, 3 days in berlin
The Circus Hostel

For more accommodation options in Berlin, check out Booking.com. I always use it for all my hotels/hostels booking. They offer the best price, with great customer service.

What To Eat During Your 3 Days In Berlin ( Vegan/ Vegetarian )

The vegan scene in Berlin is very strong. I was amazed by the variety of amazing vegan and vegetarian-friendly places here. I won’t be wrong if I call it the vegan mecca of Europe. Really! Despite Germany having the reputation of being meat crazy, Berlin is a somewhat unlikely vegetarian and vegan hotspot. From fine dining to vegetarian twist on local street food, Berlin has it all.

To learn more about the must-try vegan restaurants and cafes in Berlin checkout VeganBerlin.com. They have a complete list with a map of best plant-based food in Berlin, neighborhood-specific guides, and recommendations based on different cuisines.

With so much variety and options, a list of best vegan/vegetarian places in Berlin is sort of endless. But in my humble opinion, I feel there are few things you absolutely can’t miss if you are a vegetarian traveling to Germany:

Pretzels: Just like Paris has its croissants, Rome has pasta, Berlin has its Pretzels or ‘brezel’ in German. You will find them at almost all supermarkets, bakeries, and street food vendors. Traditionally served as a knotted doughy salty delight but you can enjoy delicious creative version as well at Brezel Company Berlin. From sesame seed to cheese, poppy seeds to pumpkin, Brezel company is any Pretzel lover’s dream come true. For the usual classic, I will recommend Alpenstueck, located in Mitte, it is undoubtedly one of the best in the city.

pretzel in berlin

kartoffelpuffer: This is a German take on pancakes. You must have heard about Germany’s love for potatoes. So much that they made pancakes out of them. And yes they are as delicious as they sound. With a fluffy interior and crunchy exterior, these are really something. Usually made with sliced potatoes, flour, egg, and onion, but of course you can also get the vegan version at Kanaan.

Pro Advice: Ask for some apple sauce on the top, the contrasting flavor really adds up. Literally drooling typing this lol!

Pro Advice:

Ask for some apple sauce on the top, the contrasting flavor really adds up. Literally drooling typing this lol!

How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?

Day 1

From vibrant nightlife to unrivaled architecture, luscious beer gardens to mesmerizing culture, Berlin is a living and breathing city. With so much to see, you will not find any problem in finding things to do. In fact, sometimes it will be challenging to cover everything in just 3 days in Berlin.

Well, don’t worry! I got your back. With my 3 days in Berlin Itinerary, we will cover very best of Berlin while traversing through Mitte, Tiergarten, Kreuzburg and beyond.

So without wasting any time, let’s delve in……


We will start our first-day venturing through the most central district Mitte. At the center of the district is the city’s grandest square, Gendarmenmarkt. Created in the 17th century, this square is surrounded by architectural ensembles like the Berlin concert hall, and the French Cathedral and the New Church. Both the churches or ‘cathedrals’ as dubbed by the locals, sit facing each other. This square will truly give you a perspective on how grand this city was in the 17th-18th century.

Gendarmenmarkt, 3 days in Berlin

Pro Tip: Take a Free walking tour. I know I have said a million times, but I love free walking tours. Not only they are an excellent way to discover a new city but also they can give a good idea about places you would like to visit again. I usually prefer to take them in the early days of my trip. I took one with the original berlin tours. And I will totally recommend it. Mainly for our informative, fun and friendly tour guide.

Checkpoint Charlie:

If you will walk south from the gandermanmrkt, you will reach one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks, Checkpoint Charlie. First set up in 1961, when the city was still divided between East communist Germany and West capitalist Germany. The purpose was to prevent citizens from the east side of the wall to flee to the west side. This checkpoint is one of the most important symbols of divided Berlin. Today, you will find a replica of the guardhouse and a checkpoint.

Fun Fact: While there were several crossings across the city, checkpoint charlie was the only gateway allowed for allied diplomats, foreign tourists, and military personnel to enter into Soviet Berlin.

Checkpoint Charlie, 3 days in Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie

Topography Of Terror

Just a short walk from checkpoint charlie is another of Berlin’s must-visit landmarks, Topography Of Terror. As the name suggests, this museum is the artifacts of horrific crimes committed by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945. The original building was destroyed after the end of the II World War but was rebuilt as a museum to document the frightening history of the Nazi party in Germany.

The entry to the museum is free and it is so worth the visit.

Topography Of Terror, 3 days in Berlin
Topography Of Terror

Potsdamer Platz

At first, Potsdamer Platz might seem like any other metropolitan square, but to understand its significance, one needs to go back in time a little. It is a symbol of how much Berlin has changed in a short time. Once a no man’s land, a complete wasteland with remains of a devasted building from the city’s divided era, today is a thriving urban oasis with headquarters of many MNCs, shopping arena, and modern buildings.

Potsdamer Platz, 3 days in Berlin
Potsdamer Platz

Memoria To The Murder Of Jews

Also known as the Holocaust Memorial, this is reminiscent of mass murder of Jews in Hitler’s Germany.  It’s two thousand, seven hundred and eleven gray concrete slabs, with different dimensions, all arranged in a juxtaposed manner, commemorates the lost lives. It was one of the most heart-wrenching experiences I had. I guess that was the purpose of the artist.

Remember to be respectful when you visit. I remember many tourists taking pictures standing over the slabs, which of course is extremely insensitive and insolent. It is a memorial after all.


As you go north from the holocaust memorial, crossing the famous Brandenburg Gate (I am keeping this as the last stop, for reasons I will tell you later), you will reach the German parliament building, Reichstag. The neo-renaissance architecture is stunning, but the main highlight is the iconic dome, designed to provide massive solar array enough to power the whole arena with 100 percent renewable resource.

Although it is open for the public to visit for free, you will need to book well in advance. You can do the bookings here.

Pro Advice: As this is a popular tourist attraction, there is a high chance you might not get a free slot for your travel dates. Well, don’t worry! there is another way. Käfer is a rooftop restaurant located at Reichstag. With an online reservation, you can not only enter the building but enjoy a beautiful view of Berlin from the famed glass dome, while having coffee and cake. Book here.

Reichstag, 3 days in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate

From Reichstag, take the same route back, to reach Berlin’s most withstanding landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, a touristic symbol of this city. Constructed between 1788 and 1791, by the Prussian king Frederick William II, this gate has survived both the world wars. the rise and fall of the Berlin wall ( cold war era), and was used extensively in Nazi propaganda and parade. Today, it stands tall as a symbol of reunited Europe, a representation of peace and harmony.

Brandenburg gate, 3 days in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate

I know you must be exhausted from all the walking we did today, but that’s absolutely perfect as right in front of Brandenburg Gate (also our final stop for the day) is an enormous green park, Tiergarten. Originally it was a hunting ground. Today, it is the city’s biggest public park, stretching its borders to around 2.5 square kilometers. Perfect to stretch your legs, and get that much-needed break.

How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?

Day 2

If you are thinking we explored all that Mitte had to offer, I am glad to inform, that you are wrong. In fact, we barely scratched the surface of it. There are so many more fascinating things to do and see here, and we will do just that on our second day of 3 days in Berlin travel. Plus I will be taking you to one of Berlin’s coolest beer garden, something you absolutely can’t miss here.

Museum Island

With so much history, it is safe to assume this city has tons of amazing museums. As a matter of fact, they have dedicated an entire island for it. The museum island located in the center of Mitte, on the spree river is a dense collection of 5 prestigious, fascinating and world-renowned museums namely the Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie.

Even if you are not a fan, and don’t wish to step into any, the surrounding area is a treat in itself. The Lustgarten is a gorgeous park on the island with tons of fountains, grass, and trees, which makes it so worth visiting the island.

If you are planning on visiting all the museums, I will recommend buying a Museum Pass. This will give you entry to  30 museums, for 3-consecutive days. It is a true money saver. You can purchase one here.

Not a big fan of museums but still wish to visit one, I will recommend going to the Pergamon Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of the ancient east, with artifacts gathered from Iran, Asia Minor, Egypt, and the Caucasus. It is one of the most visited museums in the city. There are many highlights but for me, stunning Ishtar Gate of Babylon was everything. One thing you absolutely cannot miss here. You get buy skip the line tickets here.

Pergamon Museum, 3 days in Berlin
Pergamon Museum

Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral is another important landmark on the museum island. It is the largest church building in Berlin. With its green cupola and crowned gilded cross, this beaux-arts style architectural landmark is absolutely breathtaking. You can take the guided tour to visit the interiors, the Hohenzollern Crypt, the panoramic terrace, and the church’s exterior. More details here.

Berlin Cathedral, 3 days in Berlin
Berlin Cathedral

Take A Boat Tour On Spree River

Spree flowing through the city is probably the most beautiful part of Berlin. There are many stunning monuments located on its banks. There are two ways you could discover them. Either on foot or on a cruise. I will recommend the latter. While the former was wonderful, I felt it was indeed alluring seeing all those gorgeous sights while cruising through the river. Tickets for a one-hour boat tour can be bought here.

Boat Tour On Spree River, 3 days in Berlin
Boat Tour On Spree River


Just a short walk from the museum island, is Berlin’s busiest square, Alexanderplatz. It is the cities biggest transportation hub, huge shopping centre and showcases an interesting mix of the city’s past and present.

In the center of the square, lies Berlin’s other symbolic landmark, the TV Tower. Though Berlin doesn’t have a classic skyline, this tower is the tallest in all Germany (368 meters). If you wish to enjoy the panoramic views, you can go to the top, there is a deck and a revolving restaurant. While it’s definitely not cheap, but views of the city definitely make it worth a visit. You may purchase skip the line tickets here.

Alexanderplatz, 3 days in Berlin

Beer Garden

Beer, sunshine, and pretzels are all you need to have amazing outdoor times in Berlin. Beer gardens are an innate part of this city’s culture. I feel any trip is incomplete without hanging out at one or more of these cool spots. They are traditional, rustic, green and usually next to rather unusual venues, offering a perfect place to unwind from the busy day.

Some of the best ones are Prater, Zollpackhof Biergarten, Café am Neuen See, Golgatha, and Loretta am Wannsee. Each is unique, located at different scenic venues, offering traditional german beers with local delicacies like a pretzel, sausages, and pizzas. I will recommend reading more about each, depending on your personal preference. I went to Café am Neuen See and Prater. Had a ball of a time.

How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin?

Day 3

It is our last day of 3 days in Berlin. You are probably much more familiar with public transport at this time. This is awesome as we will be venturing to quite a few further aways districts, get a feel of Berlin’s wild nightlife and see what this city has to offer beyond museums and so-called popular tourist attractions.

East Side Gallery

Located on the Spree at the former borders of the Soviet and American sector, next to the Oberbaumbrücke (a popular bridge), East side gallery is the longest remaining part of the Berlin wall which is still intact. Though, small cement parts of the wall could still be found through the city where the wall once existed. But this gallery is the only long solid monument depicting the former division of this city.

The wall is covered in vivid and creative murals, providing the snapshots of the period surrounding the fall of the wall. The most popular of course is the mural of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing, but there is a hell lot of other street art to be admired here.

Pro Tip: If you are really interested in learning more about Berlin’s street art, consider taking the Alternative Berlin Experience Tour. With this, you can experience not only Berlin’s amazing street art, but enjoy city markets, café districts, artist quarters, multi-cultural neighborhoods, and much more.


I know I have mentioned this before, but Kreuzberg is one district you absolutely can’t miss in Berlin. There is no specific attraction per se here but the atmosphere of the whole district is something you should experience. Here you won’t have to search for graffiti, art or cafes. They are literally at every spot you could find. Mostly famous for being LGBT friendly, hidden nightclubs, contemporary art, and exceptional Turkish cuisines, it showcases a cool hip side of Berlin.

Kreuzberg, 3 days in berlin

Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Now you must be wondering why am I taking you to see an airport? Tempelhof is not a usual airport from where you can take a flight lol. Back in a day, this was one of Europe’s largest structures, used for testing some of the world’s first aircraft, housed World War II prisoners and an only lifeline for West Berliner during the cold war. Today it is used as a massive refugee camp.

Fun Fact: This airport served as a filming location for popular Hollywood movies like The Hunger Games, The Bourne Supremacy, and Bridge of Spies.

Pro Tip: To learn Tempelhof history, visit lesser-known parts, and understand the importance of Tempelhof throughout history, take a 2 hour guided tour.

Berlin Tempelhof Airport, 3 days in Berlin
Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace will truly give you a glimpse of Berlin’s splendorous side. Built-in the 17th century, this baroque and rococo style architectural landmark was once the residence of the Prussian king and German emperor William I. Today, it hails high as the city grandest palace with plenty of magnificent sights for the visitors to enjoy.

Although a visit inside the palace, for its grand rooms, Gallery ballroom and Silver Vault is super interesting. The real highlight for me were expansive palace parks, manicured garden, and gorgeous lawn lakes. I feel wandering through the grounds and gardens of the palace, alone is a good reason to visit Charlottenburg.

Enjoy Berlin’s Nightlife

So you had a phenomenal 3 days in Berlin. But wait we are not done yet. You are not only in Germany’s capital but also Europe’s ‘clubbing capital’. From electro and pop to indie, hip-hop, and rock, Berlin’s nightlife has got it all. Its underground club scene is world-famous. Berlin truly is a city that never sleeps.

With so many options and limited time, deciding which club to go might be difficult. That’s why I always prefer taking a pub crawl. Especially when I am in a new city. With these, you can not only enjoy a variety of cool bars, get a VIP entrance to some of the city’s best nightclubs but also have free shots and drinks, throughout the night. Check out these high-rated pub crawls in Berlin.

I hope you an awesome time in Berlin! It truly is magical...

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Lisbon Travel Guide: Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon Travel; Important Term | Best Time To Visit | Getting Around In Lisbon | Where to Stay | What To Eat | 2 Day Itinerary

Lisbon easily is one of my favorites among all the places I have been to and I am sure after reading this travel guide on the best things to do in Lisbon, it will be yours too. The bustling capital of Portugal, with warm Mediterranean climate, bleached limestone buildings and intimate alleyways will take your heart away. But for me, the real highlight of my trip was the genuine, authentic and welcoming hospitality of its people. Although, in recent years tourism has been on the rise, unlike the rest of the world Lisbon hasn’t gone global completely and maintains that rustic charms and identity are intact.

Before we jump into our detailed 48 hours itinerary and top things to do in Lisbon, I want to leave you with few pointers which will help you in planning your Lisbon Travel more successfully.

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Things To do in Lisbon

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Some Fun Facts & Practical Info

  • Country: Portugal (largest and the capital city)
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Moneywise: Quite Affordable
  • Safety: Very safe, especially for solo female travelers
  • Language: Portuguese ( English is widely spoken among people in touristy areas)
  • Fun Fact: Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina, and Estrela. It also has the mildest temperature in Europe.

Best Time To Vist

Lisbon is a fun city all year round. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic, weather in Lisbon is milder throughput the year. The cool breeze from the ocean tempers the hot long summer. In winter, average day time temperature hovers around 15C and can drop up to 3-4C at night. Still not as cold as western and northern Europe.

I am a big fan of the shoulder season when fewer people visit the city. You can get discounted prices on accommodation, flights, restaurants, and other spots. Here these are from March, April, and May. Or September and October.

Another fun month to visit Lisbon is during the time of Festas Santos Populares (festival of Saints). It happens everywhere for 2 weeks in June. The entire city is decorated with tinsel and streamers. People celebrate with street parties, crazy dancing, and traditional music.

How To Reach Lisbon

  • Fly ✈️: Lisbon’s airport is called Humberto Delgado Airport, located only 7 KM from the city centre. A taxi from here to the main city will cost around 20€ (Uber is also available). Alternatively, you can get a public bus for 4€  or metro for 1.5€.

  • Train🚆: The main train station in Lisbon is Estacao da Santa Apolonia. It is located in the Alfama District, very close to the Tagus river. If you are coming for surrounding cities or any other European destination, most likely your train will terminate here. Another major train station is Gare de Oriente. This is very well connected to other metro stations.
  • Road: Lisbon is a coastal city and the only country you could come via road to Lisbon is Spain. If you are coming by bus, it will stop at Rodoviaria da Sete Rios. All buses from all over Portugal comes to this main bus stop.

How Many Days Do You Need In Lisbon?

I will recommend anywhere between 2-4 days. If you are short on time, all major attractions could be easily covered in 2 full days. But again, it will only give an idea about the city but will not really let you soak in the beauty of this fantastic city.

Moreover, there are many gorgeous day trips around Lisbon like Sintra, Cabo Da Roca, Cascais, Evora and more. I do feel you must include at least one in your itinerary.

Getting Around In Lisbon

Being a capital Lisbon is a big city but once you are in the city centre (main attractions) it’s pretty much walkable. Public transport is excellent and the entire city is well connected with Trams, Buses, Metros, and 2 Funiculars (we will get into that later).

One way ticket for metros is €1.50, €2 for buses and €3 for trams (plus a Viva Viagem/7 Colinas cards which will cost you €0.5) Or you can buy a day pass from any metro station for €6.40 which allows you 24-hour unlimited travel, including all buses, metros, and trams.

Pro Tip: Get a Lisboa Card. With this, you can enjoy free admission to top attractions and discounts at various landmarks plus unlimited free access to the public transport system. Buy Here.

Get Insure Before Traveling To Lisbon

I never ever travel abroad without travel insurance. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you don’t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Important Terms

Well in the city center you will find people speaking English but the language still is a barrier and locals don’t usually communicate well in English. A few terms you should familiarize with and trust me, this will help you in navigating more smoothly.

  • “Entrada” – Entrance
  • “Saida ” – Exit
  • “Olá” – Hello
  • “Tchau”– Bye
  • Miradouro” – Viewpoint

Miradouro probably is the most important one and I will tell you why …. Lisbon is full of breathtaking city views and while walking around especially the old district ( Alfama) and Baixa you will encounter plenty of these. Just keep an eye on this. And yes we will visit my favorites in our 48 hours itinerary ( you are welcome ).

What To Eat In Lisbon? ( Vegan/Vegetarian Guide)

Yaaaassss !!!!! This is my favorite part of traveling and I am sure yours too. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus where it meets the Ocean, Lisbon is a city with a strong connection to the sea and its food speaks so. Lisbon offers incredible seafood for culinarily curious visitors and some mouthwatering desserts which are an absolute must for foodies like me.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan like me, well don’t worry there are plenty of things for you to try. Here are a few of my favorites;

  • Pastel de Nata (Custard Tart); A Lisbon classic! It is a small cream cake, with a base of crisp phyllo dough, usually served with a little powdered sugar and cinnamon on top. Though you will find this deliciousness at almost all bakeries in Lisbon, Pastéis de Belém is the original one. Located in the Belem area (Duh!), just 3 minutes walk from Jerónimos Monastery, it is a must in Lisbon. And yes we will be going there in our 48 days itinerary. Another bakery I will suggest is Manteigaria (located in Rua do Loreto 2).
Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém
  • O Melhor do Mundo Bolo Chocolate: This is a delicious chocolate cake with meringue parts in the middle that make it crispy. You can try this at MBCM, Rua Tenente Ferreira Durão or MBCM Kiosk, Avenida da Liberdade.
  • Good Vegan And Vegetarian Restaurants
vegan in Lisbon

Ao 26 – Vegan Food Project is a small, hip and busy cafe located in the center. They serve vegan versions of typical Portugees dishes. Quintal d’Santo Amaro is another good vegan restaurant serving awesome vegan dishes at a very reasonable price. It is situated in the backyard of Santo Amaro. I had the € 8 lunch box. It was quite filling and delicious.

Organi Chiado was my favorite on the whole trip. From excellent food to great service, there ain’t anything I didn’t like about this place. I had veggie lasagna, probably the best I had in a long time.

For my desi readers who are always looking for some spicy Indian food just like me, go to Veganapati and Taj Mahal (trust me you won’t be disappointed). Closest to a good Indian meal you can get in Lisbon.

Where To Stay In Lisbon?

If you are visiting Lisbon for the first time, the best places to stay will be Chiado, Baixa, Bairro Alto, Avenida da Liberdade, and Alfama. Each of these areas is centrally located, thus are walking distance from all the main attractions, restaurants, cafes, bars, and public transport.

Each of these neighborhoods is unique in their own ways. With different vibe, environments, and monuments, it is better to read a little about each before making any reservation.

Chiado is a neighborhood in the historic center of Lisbon. It is mainly known for luxury shopping, historic landmarks like São Roque Church, Largo do Chiado and many museums like Filigree Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Chiado is an excellent location as it is most centrally located, and other cool neighborhoods like Bairro alto are literally walking distance from here.

Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, lisbon
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel

Baixa is an adjacent neighborhood to Chiado. In fact, they even share a metro station. Here you will find some of Lisbon’s most popular attractions like Praça do Comércio, Rossio Square and Santa Justa elevator. As one would expect, this neighborhood gets extremely crowded with tourists and has a fair share of noise from all the traffic around. But at the same time, geographically it is extremely convenient as many tourist sights are just walking distance from here.

Avenida da Liberdade (Marquês do Pombal), is an avenue connecting the city center with Parque Eduardo VII. On top of Avenida da Liberdade is the statue of Marquês do Pombal. The area around the statue has tons of international hotels, banks, companies. It is more like a business district of Lisbon. If you are looking to stay away from the hustle-bustle of the main center but still be close to everything, Avenida da Liberdade is a good choice. (Baixa is an only 5-minute metro ride from here).

Smart Suites & Apartments , lisbon
Smart Suites & Apartments

Bairro Alto is the liveliest and most vibrant neighborhood of Lisbon. During the day it lies quite low but comes alive at night. As the sun goes down, the streets of Bairro alto buzzes with hip, quirky bars filled with crowds, looking to have an awesome time. You can also hear Fado music from more traditional restaurants. It is a great neighborhood if you are interested in Lisbon’s nightlife.

Palácio das Especiarias , lisbon
Palácio das Especiarias 

Alfama is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon. Though in recent years, it has become very popular among tourists, many local communities still live here. With tiny houses tightly packed next to each other, gorgeous cobblestone streets, and street decorations, it is liking a small village within a big city.

It is where Fado was created. Around every corner or a steep climb, you will find a delightful plaza, a trendy café, an independent shop or a panoramic viewpoint. Just get lost within the labyrinth of alleys and side streets.

This is Lisbon Hostel
This is Lisbon Hostel

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Top Things To Do In Lisbon (Day 1)

So now our food, travel, and accommodation are sorted, let’s get to the fun part: best things to do in Lisbon. Frankly, it can be a little daunting to actually plan an itinerary but worry not as I got it covered for you.

I tried to make it as simple as possible with few recommendations and a route I followed while my travel and hopefully this will help in you in planning your trip more successfully.

2 days might seem not a lot but they are enough if you know exactly what to do and how to visit. And here is when this itinerary will come handy.

Day 1 (top things to do in Lisbon)

Lisbon tourist map
Lisbon route for our day 1

We will start our first day with few of Lisbon’s most iconic attractions and explore two really cool neighborhoods Baixa and Alfama while covering a little of Barrio alto.

Praça do Comércio

After grabbing a quick breakfast at your hostel or any cafe nearby (won’t be difficult to find, they are located at every corner of this city) head to Praça do Comércio (point A on the map).

Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio 

It is the grandest of Lisbon’s plazas overlooking the Tagus river. Get your cameras out and just walk around the area. After you have gotten some cool shots lets head to our second stop Lisbon Cathedral. Before we go, a small suggestion; There are tons of beautiful restaurants and bars in the plaza but I wouldn’t recommend eating here, they are super pricey and really not worth the money. Instead, just walk a few hundred meters out of the square and you will find better and cheaper places to eat).

There are two ways you can go to the cathedral, take a tramp or just walk. I prefer the second option, as you can explore the neighborhood and experience the real charm of this medieval city. But riding a tram is a fun experience too. The admission to the cathedral is free but remember to dress suitably ( its a church after all ).

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, libon
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

From the cathedral, we will head toward Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Located in a churchyard, this highest point in the neighborhood offers panoramic views of the city. While walking around you will find some beautiful artists playing music, plenty of street vendors, small shops, tons of restaurants ( many reasonably priced ). Take a break from all the walking we did, maybe grab a drink and just soak in the beauty of this city.

Santa Justa Lift

Okay so now your legs are probably rested, let’s continue towards another iconic attraction, Santa Justa Lift (D). Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo giving one of the best views of the city. Well, the cost to ride the elevator and get to the top is €5 and the line is usually very long.

Pro Tip: There is another way, right behind Santa Justa there is a small hidden elevator that takes you to the top for free and you only have to pay an admission fee to the viewpoint which is €1.5. I just saved you €3.5.

Santa Justa , lisbon
Santa Justa Lift

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

After two stunning views of the city, there is another place I am excited to take you to. Yes another miradouro ( well I told you this city is full of them, and thank God for that…) Miradouro de Sao Alcantara. This one is located on the landscaped terrace with a fountain, offering panoramic views of the city.

But there is a surprise for you’ll. Remember the funicular we talked about earlier? well we are going to take one to reach the terrace from Praça dos Restauradores ( square ) take the funicular to Miradouro de Sao Alcantara ( should cost around €3.5) or just walk the hill ( 5 minutes roughly). But funiculars are more fun!

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara, lisbon
Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

Mercado Reberia (Timeout Market)

After all the walking, I know you must be starved ….So let’s go to our final stop for the day Mercado Reberia food court also known as Timeout Market. It’s loud, it’s chaotic, and that’s all part of the fun. It’s open till midnight so you can just take your time and enjoy a plethora of food (it is never enough) !!

To all my vegetarian/vegan readers, though maximum food options are heavy on meat and seafood, there are still some deserts like pasties de Natas you can try. But don’t skip the market. Walking around these counters was actually more fun then I thought.

Timeout Market, lisbon
Timeout Market

National Tile Museum

Optional; National Museum of the Azulejo or famously known as national tile museum(orange mark on the map). The cost is 5 €. Though it’s beautiful, I am keeping this as optional, depending on how exhausted you are and how much of time you have left. If you can do include this in your itinerary.

Day 2 (top things to do in Lisbon)

It’s our second and last day in Lisbon. Let’s make the best of it. Today we will explore Belém, a laid-back area on the Tagus River known for its green lawns, houses decorated with colorful tiles and some of Lisbon’s most historic landmarks.

Map of lisbon

Pastéis de Belém

It’s a great day as I am taking you to an exciting place for breakfast Pastéis de Belém. Its the most famous bakery cafe in Lisbon (it’s good to be here as early as possible as it gets flooded with tourists after 10-11 am) offering original Pastel de nata ( I am literally drooling typing this haha). Get like 6 of them ( 1= 1.05 € & 6= 4.3 € ) or even more, you are on a vacation after all.

Pro tip: don’t eat them yet. I know its super tempting but hold on. There is this beautiful, chill park right across the road. Start your day with these natas, overlooking the Tagus river on one side and typical Belém houses on the other.

Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém

Jerónimos Monastery

Now lets head towards our first destination Jerónimos Monastery (A). It constitutes the Church of Santa Maria (entry to which is free) and two-story cloister which basically is a Cathedral’s nunnery, also the main tourist attraction, cost: €10. The building is predominantly Manueline style architecture and its stunning.

Though I skipped the cloister, if you plan on visiting, I recommend buying the tickets in advance as the queue can be really long. You can buy them here.

 Jerónimos Monastery
 Jerónimos Monastery

Right behind the monastery is Museum de Marina (B). The entrance to this is free and worth stepping in.

Tower of Belém

Now let’s go across the road toward Tagus river, Tower of Belém (C). Tough going to the tower is free but if you want to go inside and climb the tower you will need a ticket. You can buy skip the line ticket here.

This is one of the most popular attractions and gets really crowded after 10-11 am. So if you want some cool pictures, I will advise going early in the morning before hoards of tourists start crowding the tower.

Tower of Belém
Tower of Belém 

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Walking along the riverside from Belem tower, you will reach our second last stop (D) Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

Entrance ticket 6,00€ which includes an exhibition, viewpoint, and film. Don’t miss the Mappa Mundi ( in front of the structure) that is 14 meters wide, showing the routes of Portuguese carracks and caravels during the Age of Discovery. It’s pretty interesting.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos

As you keep walking along the riverside you will reach our final stop for this 48-hour itinerary. The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is a museum in Lisbon, (MAAT). The museum closes at 7 pm and the entrance is 5€. If you still have the energy, I will recommend going to one of the Miradouro for sunset and dinner somewhere in Baixa.

Got More Than 2 Days In Lisbon?

Lisbon is surrounded by many historic towns, rich in natural beauty and some superb sandy beaches. Thanks to its geographic location and excellent public transportation, exploring the surrounding wonderful region is quite accessible. With so much variety across the region, each of these towns is unique and offers different advantages. My favorite among all is Sintra and Cabo Do Roca.

Read Next: Perfect Day Trip From Lisbon:- Sintra & Cabo Do Roca

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7 Best Places To Travel In July In Europe

7 Best Places To Travel In July 2020 In Europe

Well when it comes to traveling, not all of us are into impromptu travel. Sometimes it is good to plan in advance, read about the places you want to visit and have a rough itinerary before actually heading to your next destination. Whether you are a spontaneous person or a planner, traveling for a fact gives all of us that necessary escape which keeps us going in life. It uplifts our spirits and rejuvenates our minds. While finding the best places to travel in July in Europe is not that difficult, as post-May and June, tourism is relatively lower, it really comes down to narrowing your choices and it is here when this guide will come handy.

7 of the best places to travel in July in Europe locks down to Porto, Lisbon, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Florence and Budapest. There are countless other destinations but these are definitely on top. Owing to the exclusive array of architecture, culture, heritage, nightlife and more, none of these places will leave you in a humdrum.

So let’s delve in and satiate our hidden wanderlust. These places offer just the right experience to give you that much-needed summer break. Here are the 7 best places to travel in July in Europe. One quick advice; Don’t just mark your footprints but soak in everything that these destinations have to offer.

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Here are 7 Best European Places To Visit In July

  • Porto, Portugal: “A Colorful Town To Get Lost in”
  • Budapest, Hungary: “The Paris Of The East”
  • Prague, Czechia: “The Golden City Of One Hundred Spires”
  • Vienna, Austria: “The City Of Dreams, Music, And Coffeehouses”
  • Lisbon, Portugal: “The Enchanting & Captivating Capital Of Portugal”
  • Berlin, Germany: “The Greatest Cultural Extravaganza One Could Imagine”
  • Florence, Italy: “If Italy were Mona Lisa then Florence would be her smile”

1. Porto, Portugal

Number one on our list of best places to travel in July in Europe is Porto. Porto is a fascinating, colorful and vibrant city. Situated on the river Duoro, with art nouveau cafes, medieval architecture, defining Dom Luis I Bridge, and wine cellars, it has something for everyone.

July (and August) mark the peak summertime in Porto when the entire country basks in the summer sunshine. With an average high of 25C and a low of 16C, summers make a perfect time to enjoy Porto beaches. Thanks to the town’s proximity to the Atlantic ocean, Porto’s enjoys the biggest drop in temperature during the night.

Another reason why Porto is a desired place to travel in July is WINE. If you are a wine lover like me, nothing could be better than being in a Port wine capital, tasting some finest Porto wines at various wine cellars, or enjoying a local Portuguese specialty at one of many terrace diners.

Checkout this Guided Wine tour: Taste 3 different port wines and visit some of the oldest wine cellars in Porto.

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Read More: An Ultimate Travel Guide To Porto.

Nice Hostel In Porto: Gallery Hostel 

Good Budget Hotel In Porto: Ribeira do Porto Hotel

Wonderful Luxury Hotel In Porto: Flores Village Hotel & Spa

Oldest Wine Cellars: Calem & Caves Ferreira

Must-See Places: Luís I Bridge, Livraria Lello, Ribeira Square, Clérigos Church, and Port Wine.

2. Budapest, Hungary

Another great European city to visit in July is Budapest. Budapest is undoubtedly one of the best-value cities in the world. Rightly known as “The Paris Of The East”, Budapest draws millions of visitors every year. Made up of two cities on each side of the river Danube, the Hungarian Capital is rich in history and culture. Its beautiful architecture, elegant boulevards, and bustling streets are bound to take any visitor’s heart away.

Though July is one of the hottest months in Budapest, it also brings in many advantages. I couldn’t suggest a better way to escape the summer heat than soaking in the outdoor baths and pools. In fact, Budapest is sometimes referred to as ‘the city of baths’, as it has more than 100 natural springs beneath it.

Apart from a zillion of Spa parties in Szechenyi Baths, you can also attend tons of summer concerts happening in June and July in Budapest. Many ruin bars and pubs set up temporary open-air arrangements during summer, and to add to the entertainment, they combine it with live music, open terraces, and ‘tasting tours’.

All in all, if you are looking to have a crazy- fun summer, visiting Budapest in July is a great option.

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Read More: Top Things To Do In Budapest

3. Vienna, Austria

Number three on our list of best places to travel in July is Vienna.No city expounds elegance and grandeur like the capital of Austria. From the imperial architecture of bygone eras to traditional stupendous coffeehouses, from musical masterpieces to epicurean inspired design scenes, Vienna makes for a superb summer break.

I don’t think in particular there is a bad time to visit Vienna, but summer is special. Though July (and august) are gloriously hot, they also guarantee plenty of fun activities around the city. In summer, outdoor seating pop up around Vienna’s bars, cafés, and coffeehouses.

July also is the high season for Vienna’s wine taverns. This means you can enjoy tons of spritzers (local homegrown wine) especially in the low hills of Nussdorf and Grinzing, Vienna.

In Summer, the city also holds it’s best food fair and the biggest seasonal event, the annual film and food festival in front of the City Hall (Rathaus). The atmosphere is electric, with food stalls selling specialties from all corners of the world and of course Vienna.

Vienna is celebrated as ‘World’s capital of Music’. Waltzes and operettas have their home in Vienna. Though music concerts happen all year round, you can definitely enjoy some of the best ones in July. Find the details here.

Jazz fan? Checkout Vienna Jazz Festival, attended by many international and local famed Jazz artists.

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Vienna, Austria

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4. Florence, Italy

The next addition to our list of 7 best places to travel in July in Europe is Florence. Florence is an incredible city. Frankly, it will be ideal to visit Tuscany’s capital in off-seasons when it is less crowded but sometimes a summer holiday in Italy is too much to resist.

Once ranked as the most beautiful city by the Forbes magazine, Florence or Firenze as dubbed by the locals, explodes with monuments, museums, culture, and renaissance art. Location wise it holds an advantage as well. Situated in the center of the Tuscan region, it is an ideal base for many day trips like Pisa, San Gamigio, Sienna, other small towns and many fabulous wineries.

What a better way to beat the summer heat, than indulging in delicious cold gelato? In fact, Florence is rumored to be the birthplace of gelato. You can find gelato shops in literally every street and piazza.

July also promises many other fun activities in and around Florence. From music festivals to medieval fairs, food festivals to exhibits, and zillions of other breathtaking experiences. Florence is one place you should definitely include if you are visiting Europe in July.

best places to visit in July, Florence, Italy.
Florence, Italy

Read More: A Complete Travel Guide To Florence

Must-Do Activities in Florence: Have tons of Gelato, Visit Dumo, Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo, Galleria dell’Accademia, and Ponte Vecchio.

5. Berlin, Germany

Another amazing destination to travel to in July in Berlin. Berlin is a busy city all year round, but unlike other European destinations, it is quite spread out. Which means it never feels overwhelming. Summer brings in long sunny days, outdoor activities, open-air festivals, beer gardens galore, cultural events, and more.

Though it is fun throughout the year, summers indeed are the best season to visit the German capital. July relatively experiences low tourists ( compared to other European destinations like Vatican and Rome), temperature ranges anywhere around 35C, with cool mornings and evenings and best of all, Berliners seem to be a little more happy and friendly in summer.

With outdoor cafes, pools, beer gardens, parks, lakefronts, and beach bars, Berlin is definitely one of the best cities to evade summer heat.

May, June, and July are also festival months in Berlin. With CSD (The Berlin Pride Celebration) and the aforementioned Karneval der Kulturen, happening every year between May and July, Berlin is the place to go to if you are looking to have a fantastic chill-out summer.

best places to travel in July, berlin
Berlin, Germany

Read More: How To Spend 3 Days In Berlin, Guide With An Itinerary

6. Prague, Czech Republic

“The ancient splendor and beauty of Prague, a city beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade” – Richard Wagner. I feel nothing illustrates the beauty of Prague better than these gorgeous lines. It is a city of splendid vistas, world-class architecture, history, and truly made of golden spires, for which it is known for.

Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations, which obviously means it is busy all year round. July is high season month, so you can expect a huge number of people around the main attractions, but it is also the best month to travel to Prague in terms of weather. With warm, but mostly not hot afternoons, cool but mostly not chilly nights, the weather can’t get better than July.

Summer (July) also brings in a high number of fun summer concerts and cultural festivals like Prague Proms and new Prague dance festivals. So the buzzing nightlife, rich and varied history, and good weather, undeniably put Prague among the best places to visit in July in Europe.

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Charles Bridge, Prague

Read More: Ultimate Travel Guide To Prague

7. Lisbon, Portugal

Situated at the mouth of the Tagus river, Portugal’s coastal capital is charismatic and vibrant. Overflowing with historic landmarks, riveting culture, and delicious food, Lisbon is one of the top places to travel in July. Whether you are traveling with family or alone, this city will welcome you with an open heart. And best of all, it is very affordable.

Blessed with a glorious climate all year round, Lisbon attracts visitors every season. July tends to be the hottest month with an average temperature ranging anywhere between 18C – 28C. However, the heat gets tempered by the cool north sea breeze, one of the reasons why many travelers in Europe come to Lisbon for their summer break.

With nice weather, summer draws oodles of outdoor activities, concerts, and festivals. Like Festival ao Largo, a free outdoor classical music festival, Super Bock Super Rock, a 3 day of rock and roll music with loads of beer and internationally renowned musicians, and NOS alive, ranked among the top 12 European music festivals.

With so much to do, see and experience, Lisbon is one destination you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Europe in summer.

Belém Tower, Lisbon
Belém Tower, Lisbon

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Ultimate Travel Guide: Top Things To Do In Prague


Prague or ‘Praha’, more commonly referred to as by locals, is undoubtedly one of the most fun-loving and stunning cities I have ever visited. To ensure you don’t miss a thing, I have covered almost everything in this guide: Best things to do in Prague, Getting around, Coolest places to stay at, food and more.

Situated on the Vltava river, Czech’s capital is basked in grandeur and old-world charm. There ain’t much I didn’t like about this city. Architecture is remarkable, beer is cheap, food is delicious, the nightlife is awesome and everything is very affordable. Walking in Prague is like walking in a fairytale world, with castles, laneways and a beautiful medieval square.

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Some Practical Info & Facts About Prague
  • Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)
  • Country: The Czech Republic
  • Language: Czech, Slovak, and English
  • Safety: Extremely Safe
  • Famous For: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Beer, and nightlife
  • Moneywise: Very Affordable
  • Nickname: The Golden City of a Hundred Spires
  • Fun Fact: Prague is the birthplace of ‘pilsner draft’ and takes great pride in brewing it.

How To Reach Prague?
Prague's Airpot
  • Fly ✈️: Prague’s International airport is called Václav Havel, and is located around 18km from the city centre. You can either hail a taxi and should cost around €27 to the main centre, or get an Uber for €22. The better and more cost-effective option is using an Airport Express bus. One way ticket is €2.50.

  • Train 🚆: There are many train stations but the largest one is Praha Hlavni Nádraží‎. It is very centrally located, only 15 minutes walk from the old town square and 5 minutes from Wenceslas Square. You can take a metro (line C), bus or trams from here. Another major station is Praha Holesovice. Prague is very well connected via trains to other European cities like Vienna, Budapest, and Berlin.
  • Bus 🚌: Florenc, Krizikova is the main bus station, located to the east of the city. If you are coming from any surrounding European city, most likely your bus will terminate here.

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How To Get Around In Prague?
How to get around in Prague

The best way to explore and enjoy Prague is by walking. Most parts from Wenceslas Square to the Old Town Square or from the old town to Charles Bridge and the Palace district could be easily covered on foot. Depending on where you are staying, you might need to use public transportation a handful of times.

The network of subways, buses, and trams is excellent. Plus it is very affordable. The same ticket can be used for all modes. Remember to validate your ticket once boarded. Tickets can be purchased from any Newsagents, Tobacco shops, Public Transport Information Centres, and from orange/yellow ticket machines at major tram and bus stops.

  • 30-minute ticket: €0.90 (24 CZK)
  • 90-minute ticket:€1.20 (32 CZK)
  • 24 hours ticket: 4€ (110 CZK)
  • 72 hours ticket: 11.5€ (310 CZK)

Pro Tip: Consider getting a Prague City Card to explore the city at your own pace. Not only it gives unlimited access to public transportation but tons of discounts on tours and shows, free entry to Prague castle and many other monuments.

How Many Days Do You Need In Prague?

I will recommend 4-5 days but if you are short on time, the main highlights could be easily covered in 2 full days.

In terms of location, Prague has an advantage. Austria’s capital is not very far from here. In addition to Vienna, there are plenty of other beautiful day trip options from Prague like Cesky Krumlov and Kutna Hora. So if that sounds interesting, do include at least one day trip in your itinerary.

Best Time To Visit Prague?

I don’t think there is, in particular, a ‘bad time’ to visit Prague. It is appealing all year round, and you will find something special in every season. Having said that, I am a big fan of the shoulder months, when tourists are few, airfares are low and you get a bargained price on accommodation. Thus the best time would be to visit in late spring or early fall. That is April, May, late September, and October.

Summers are extremely busy as Prague is a popular tourist destination. I will avoid June, July, August and early September.

Although Prague’s winters are very chilly, they have their own charm. From November-December, you can enjoy winter festivities. Prague’s Christmas markets are gorgeous and are well known. It is a magical experience to be in the city when it is completely decked down in white snow.

Get Insured Before Travelling To Prague

Before we get to the best things to do in Prague, a quick reminder to get your travel insurance. I never travel abroad without it. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you don’t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Where To Stay? Prague’s Neighbourhoods & Accommodation

Prague is a big city and neighborhoods are quite spread out. With an excellent and affordable network of buses, trams, and metros you can basically stay anywhere in the city but still have access to all major sights.

If it’s your first time in Prague, a good starting point will be to stay either in the Old Town or close to Malá Strana. These are the most centrally located neighborhoods and concentrates many historical sights, bars, and restaurants.

  • Best Studios & Apartment In Old Town City Nest
City Nest Studio In Old Town Prague
City Nest Studio In Old Town Prague

If you are looking to skip the crowd, noise and slightly inflated price of the city center, I will advise you to stay in and near Vinohrady, Zizkov, and New Town.

Vinohrady is a cool neighborhood, few trams stop away from the old town. It is famous for green spaces, bars, cafes and is LGBTQ friendly.

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague
Le Palais Art Hotel Prague

Zizkov is located a little further from the main centre. Mainly a residential area but comes alive at night with tons of bars and restaurants. If you are looking to enjoy Prague’s crazy nightlife, Zizkov is a good option.

Hostel Elf, Prague
Hostel Elf, Prague
  • Best Budget Hotel In Zizkov Carlton

The New Town is an adjacent neighborhood to Old Town. Though technically it is not new, most of the houses are a few centuries old. Here you will find the famous Dancing House, National Museum, and Wenceslas Square.

Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague
Hotel Majestic Plaza

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What To Eat In Prague? Vegan/ Vegetarian Food Guide

Despite Chezchs being famous for their love for meat, Prague feeds it’s Vegan/Vegetarian visitors with all heart. In fact, Prague is one of the most Vegan/Vegetarian-friendly cities in the whole of Europe.

5 Must-Try Vegetarian CZECH Specialities in Prague

  • Potato soup served in a bread bowl
Potato soup served in a bread bowl
Potato soup served in a bread bowl

Czechs love a good soup. Bramboračka, or Czech potato soup, is a creamy hearty soup, made with potatoes as the base and variety of root vegetables are also mixed in to add the flavors. You can find them at many traditional Czech pubs.

  • Goulash

A popular Eastern European dish traditionally served as a thick stew of meat and vegetables. Many plant-based restaurants offer meatless versions of it in Prague. You could try at Vegan Prague or Lehká hlava.

  • Trdelnik

A Slovakian based baked dessert which will melt in your mouth. Made of hollowed cylindrical dough coated with sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, almonds and sometimes, chocolate. You will find ample vendors in any tourist area.

Trdelnik, PRAGUE
  • Smaženýsýr

A popular local dish. It is fried cheese served with fresh salads, fries, and cheese. For best Smaženýsýro go to Lokál and/or U Pinkasů.

  • Absinthe

Checzh loves to have a good time. It is well reflected not only through their food but also by their drinking culture. Prague is probably the most popular city to try ‘Absinthe‘. It is a Bohemian version of the traditional spirit, usually containing 60-70 percent alcohol. Available at most bars in Prague, however, Absintheria claims to prepare it with traditional recipes.

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Best Vegan/Vegetarian Resturants In Prague

  • Estrella

A fellow traveler told me about this hidden vegetarian gem. Situated in Praha 1 (very close to Charles bridge), Estrella serves vegetarian versions of Czech specialties and international cuisine at a reasonable price. (Insider tip- their burgers are the bomb)

  • Beas Vegetarian Dhaba

If you are looking for a good value Vegetarian buffet, go to the Beas Dhaba. It is a self-service restaurant, where you pay for the weight of the food you take. So you can taste everything and everything is delicious.

Beas Vegetarian Dhaba, prague
Beas Vegetarian Dhaba
  • Maitrea

Located in Old Town, Maitera is a fully vegetarian restaurant with few vegan and gluten-free options. You can try the vegetarian version of Svíčková and Goulash here. Slightly expensive but the calm vibe and friendly staff make up for the extra buck.

  • Forky’s

Although I didn’t get a chance to try here, Forky’s is a popular vegan joint among locals. So popular, that it recently got opened at two additional locations in Prague. They have a whole range of plant-based fast food from burgers, pizzas, salads, fries and much more.

Top Things To Do & See In Prague

Now are food, accommodation, and traveling is sorted, let’s get to the fun part of actually exploring Prague. I have covered almost all major sights, tourist attractions, few offbeats things, and popular day trips. So let’s delve into top things to do in Prague.

Top Things To Do In Prague

Take A Free Walking Tour

I love walking tours. I usually prefer to take them on the first day of reaching a new city as it helps me find my bearings and gives me an idea of places I want to revisit.

Free walking tours are great in exploring and learning about a new destination. Moreover, if you are a solo traveler like me, they are an excellent way of meeting new people. Though free, but these walking tours rely heavily on your tips. Make sure to tip your tour guide well. I usually pay anywhere from 10€- 20€. For more details check Free Walking Tour Prague or Free Tours In Prague.

Read More: How To Make Friends While Traveling Alone.

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2.5 hours bike tour

Alternatively, you can also discover the city on a 2.5 hour Guided Bike Tour. Learn about the city’s architecture, culture, and more while cycling through the Old Town and New Town, the Jewish Quarter, and to the John Lennon Wall. Book Here.

Walk Through Charles Bridge

I won’t be exaggerating If I say Charles Bridge is the most beautiful medieval bridge in Europe. Connecting the Old Town and the little quarter, Charles bridge span over the river Vltava with 16 pillars, many magnificent statues, decorative lamps, and beautiful Gothic bridge towers on both its ends.

Visiting Charles Bridge is completely free and you can go anytime. It is also possible to climb up into the Old Town Bridge Tower on its eastern end. The price is 100 CZK( around 4€). The views from above will give you a new perspective over the Charles Bridge, the Vltava River, the Old Town, the Lesser Town, and Prague Castle.

Charles Bridge, top things to do in Prague
Charles bridge

Insider Tip: Charles Bridge is a popular tourist attraction, thus it is quite impossible to find it not packed with people at almost all hours during the day. I will advise on visiting early in the morning right before or during sunrise.

Old Town Square

At Prague’s heart is a gorgeous historic square. Located in Old Town (well duh!), Old Town square is surrounded by many eye-catching attractions like Astronomical Clock Tower, Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady before Týn. There are tons of bars, restaurants, and cafes too. But as you would expect, they are quite expensive.

Astronomical Clock is on the southern wall of the Old Townhall. It is the oldest working clock (around 600 years old) of it’s kind and draws thousands of gawking tourists every day. Even though it is mocked as pretty overrated, I think it was fun to check it once and cross it off my list.

Astronomical Clock Tower
Astronomical Clock

Church of Our Lady before Týn is another impressive landmark in the square. Once in the square, it is impossible to miss its twin spires, behind a row of houses. Admission to the church is free.

Other notable attractions here are Jan Hus Memorial and St. Nicholas Church and the Museum of Medieval Art.

Visit The Statue of Franz Kafka

Installed in 2014, this is Prague’s most curious attraction. Franz Kafka is an enormous mirrored bust made with the layers of stainless steel. Rotation and reflection of these layers depict the head of a homegrown writer Franz Kafka. It is an intriguing mix of art and engineering.

Statue of Franz Kafka
Bust of Franz Kafka

Wenceslas Square

Originally conceived as a large horse market, it is now a beloved shopping area. Located in front of the National Museum, this beautiful avenue and boulevard have lively markets, cinemas, theatres, hotels, and restaurants.

Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

Between Old Town Town Square and Valvata river, is a small area containing the remains of a former Prague’s Jewish Ghetto. The district is home to many significant and fetching synagogues like Klausen Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, and Old-new Synagogue.

Fun Fact: Old-New Synagogue is the oldest working synagogue outside Israel.

Another notable attraction in the Jewish Quarter is The Jewish cemetery. Constructed in the 15th century, this cemetery has a palpable atmosphere of mourning. Due to restrictions on the Jewish population, for many centuries the Jewish community was forced to burry members in this small space. There are a total of around 100,000 corpses buried here. It is really something one needs to see to believe it.

Old Jewish Quarter cemetry, prague
Old Jewish Quarter Cemetery

Dancing House

Dancing House is a modern masterpiece, designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry. The building is inspired by two dancers – the immortally famous duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. There ain’t much to do here but it is a cool spot for getting travel photographs for your social media. If you like you can also enjoy the breathtaking panorama of Prague from the building’s rooftop café.

dancing house prague
Dancing House, Prague

Prague Castle

Dominating Prague’s skyline is the biggest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle. It dates back to 880 AD and has a huge complex area of around 70,000 m². The castle includes Old Royal PalaceVitus CathedralBasilica of St. George, and many other beautiful buildings. It is definitely a must-visit in Prague.

St. Vitus Cathedral is a masterpiece inside the Castle district which you shouldn’t miss. Though the entrance is free with the castle ticket, you will need to pay a little extra to visit special parts of this gorgeous gothic cathedral. More details here.

It is free to enter the castle, walk around the courtyard admire all the buildings from outside. But if you wish to enter any of these buildings or learn more about the history, you will need separate tickets.

Insider Tip: Explore Prague castle on a 2.5 Hour Guided Tour. This will give you access to Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane. Take a tram ride up to the castle from the city’s Lesser Town, and learn about more than 10 centuries of the Czech capital’s history.

Other Things To Do In Prague


Sited on the hill, outside Prague’s main city is another lesser-known castle called VyÅ¡ehrad castle. Frankly speaking, I enjoyed visiting VyÅ¡ehrad more than Prague Castle.

Sitting tall, overlooking the Vltava river, this fort offers some of the best panoramic views of the city. Moreover, the whole Vysehrad complex is huge, with many parks, a beer garden, fort, and best of all, no-less tourists. If you can, do visit Vyšehrad. You will thank me later.

Explore Vysehrad on a 2.5-hour Guided Tour. Tickets included Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad Cemetery, and underground casemates.

Vysehrad complex, prague things to do
Vysehrad complex

Take A Pub Crawl

As you know, Prague has one of the best nightlife in the world. One of the major reasons why the city attracts so many backpackers, solo travelers, students, and partiers. With tons of bars, dive in pubs, nightclubs, beer gardens, and everything in between, it really feels like Prague has got it all.

Whats better way to have an awesome night than a whole night pub crawl. Checkout an All-Nighter Pub Crawl, which includes 1 hour of unlimited beer, wine, vodka, and absinthe with free VIP entrance into the 5 story nightclub Karlovy Lazne. Or book a 2.5-Hour All You Can Drink Bar Visit & Bar Crawl.

Enjoy Czech Beer In Czech Capital

Any trip to Prague is incomplete without trying a few amazing Czech beers. Whether you are a beer lover or not, it something you must try when in Czech’s capital. Not only delicious, like the majority of eastern Europe, but beer is also quite cheap here. It is very much possible to get a glass for less than 2€. Check out these following beer tours. I will advise you to read more about each, before booking one.

Popular Day Trips From Prague

While there is so much to do in Prague, there are many nice day trips and surrounding cities you might wanna checkout outside Czech’s capital. Possibilities for this include:

I hope this guide will give you a good idea about Prague. Have a wonderful time! If you find this blog helpful, do share it and save it on Pinterest. 😀 ❤️️

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2 Days In Vienna, Austria : Ultimate Travel Guide

2 Days In Vienna Austria : Everything You Need To Know

Some may call it a ‘City of Music’, others may know it as a ‘city of dreams’, Vienna for me is a ‘city of grandeur and elegance’. As you walk around, you can see different architectural styles from baroque to art nouveau, from romanesque to karlskirche. Austria’s capital is super proud of its imperial heritage and it could be very well seen through its ostentatious palaces, museums, and century-old cafes. I do feel this city deserves more time but you can still cover maximum sights in 2 days in Vienna.

Despite all this, Vienna sometimes has a reputation for being old and boring. I, however, found it extremely charming and enduring. With many UNESCO- world heritage sites, one could easily spend a few days meandering through this gorgeous city. It is also a great destination for solo female travelers as Austria is among the safest countries in the world. In this 2 days in Vienna travel guide, I have covered all the essentials you will need to know for an amazing trip to Vienna.

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Some Practical Info and Facts

  • Currency; Euro (€)
  • Official Language; Austrian German
  • Best Known For; Cultural Events, Music, Imperial sights, Opera and Coffee Houses.
  • Wifi; Available At Most Of Tourist Attractions, Shops and Coffee Houses.
  • Safety; Extremely Safe
  • Money-wise; Moderately Expensive
  • Interesting Lesser Known Facts; Voted among the topmost liveable city in the world. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in Vienna, thus it’s named as ‘city of dreams’. Also called as World’s Capital of Music, as more famous composers have lived here than in any other city in the world.

Get Insured Before Travelling To Vienna

I never travel abroad without travel insurance. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you don’t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Best Time To Visit

I think the number of tourists and good weather can break or make any trip. I try to avoid high tourist seasons. Here these are between June-August and November-March. Though Christmas in Vienna is special, they do come at a price of a high surge of tourists coming to Vienna for its wintertime festivities. 

I will recommend visiting either in September-October or April-May. These are shoulder months which means you won’t have to stand in long lines for almost all attractions, the weather is quite pleasant and won’t have to pay inflated prices on accommodation.

How To Reach Vienna?

  • By Air✈️; Vienna’s airport is located 18km east of the city centre and is very well connected via public transport to the main city. You can either take a CAT( airport train) which will cost 12€ or S7 which takes slightly longer but is much cheaper. A single ticket is for 4.20€. There are also direct bus connections from the airport to main Vienna’s stations. Find the details here.

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  • By Bus🚌; There are many bus stations but the main bus station lies next to the Hauptbahnhof train station. If you are traveling from surrounding cities or a nearby country, the bus probably will be the cheapest way to reach Vienna.

  • By Train🚆; The main railway station is the Wien Hauptbahnhof. It is very well connected via other public transport. If you are coming from Bratislava or Prague, your train will most likely terminate here.

For most economical tickets, check Omio. I use it all the time.

How To Get Around In Vienna?

The best way to get around Vienna is via public transport. The City has an excellent network of buses, trains, trams, and subways. Just like any other European city, Vienna’s city centre is easily accessible on foot and probably is best explored while walking. 

Few sights like Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, Hundertwasser, and Prater are located outside the main centre. It’s here when public transport will come handy.

The same ticket can be used for buses, trains, subways, and trams. One way ticket costs 1.70€ ( 2€ if bought onboard). You can buy them from any store selling tobacco and newspapers. They are plenty in number and won’t be difficult to find one. Just look for the ” TABAK ” sign outside. Or could be purchased from any public transport centers. Don’t forget to validate (get stamped) your ticket, once boarded.

Another option is buying a 24, 48 or 72 hours pass. These cost €8, €14.10, €17.10 respectively.

I think a better option for your 2 days Vienna visit is getting a Vienna City Card. Not only it provides unlimited access to public transport but over 210 discounts at popular attractions, museums, shops, and much more. I found it a good value for money. You can get one here.

If you are planning to visit tons of museums, major palaces, and other attractions, you might want to consider Vienna Pass. Official website.

Where To Stay In Vienna?

Thanks to its imperial past, classical music and high quality of life, millions of tourists swarm to Austria’s quaint capital every year. Popular attractions are spread out but due to excellent public transport, getting around in Vienna is a breeze. It hardly matters where you stay.

Map Of Vienna, Austria: 2 days in Vienna

Now it comes down to your personal preference and cost. The city is structured in 23 districts which are mostly allocated circularly around the city centre. District 1 to 9 and 20 are called Inner Districts, while number 10 to 23 make up the Outer ones.

The inner district undoubtedly has some of the city’s coolest neighborhoods while the outer district is more residential. Here you will find the historic city centre surrounded by the very famous Ringstraße road (ring road). City Hall, main University, Parliament, National Theatre, National Opera, the imperial Hofburg residence, beautiful parks and gardens, the National Museums of art and nature are all situated along Ringstraße.

With so many options, choosing the right property can be overwhelming. Well, don’t worry! I made that task easy for you. With intensive internet research and my own experience, I have listed Vienna’s best accommodations for all range of travelers.

Best Treat Yourself Hotels In Inner Circle

Novotel Wien City, is located at Leopoldstadt, overlooking the Ringstraße Boulevard. This is a great choice for travelers interested in convenient public transportation, walking, and monuments.

If you looking to indulge in elegance, class, and comfort, go for Grand Ferdinand Vienna. Located in the city center, this 5-star property has a rooftop pool, 3 restaurants, and free WiFi access.

The luxurious Hotel Ambassador was opened in 1898. It has hosted famous guests such as Marlene Dietrich and Mark Twain. Each room are individually decorated with select antiquities. It is also within a short walking distance from major sights such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Imperial Palace, and the State Opera. 

Radisson Blu Style Hotel is another great option. Just a 3-minute walk from the Hofburg Palace and Kohlmarkt shopping street, this is among top picks by booking.com.

Best Budget Hotels

With a high rating of 8.7, Eurostars Embassy is a good choice if you are looking to stay in the inner circle without having to pay extraordinary money on accommodation.

Koncept Hotel Liebelei is a boutique hotel in the 15th district, just a 10-minute walk away from Schönbrunn Palace and Schönbrunn Zoo. Rated high on booking.com, it is a good value for money.

Austria Trend Hotel Zoo Wien is a great option if you are looking to stay away from the hustle-bustle of inner circle. It is located very close to Schönbrunn Palace. Rooms are bright, clean and spacious.

Best Hostels In Inner Circle

This is no brainer. In terms of excellent location, cleanliness and overall hostel vibe, I will highly recommend Wombats. It is located at Naschmarkt. I thoroughly enjoyed my time and will definitely stay again.

For more hostel options in Vienna check out Booking.com. They continuously offer the best rates and their customer service is on point.

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Food In Vienna ( Vegan/Vegetarian Guide)

  • Sacher-Torte

Any trip to Vienna is incomplete without trying Austria’s royal delicacy. Sacher Torte is a dense chocolate cake, coated with dark chocolate icing, usually served with unsweetened whipped cream.

It is said to be a signature creation of the Sacher Hotel. Demel bakery also has there own version. Both are extremely popular among tourists. Though torte at both these places was delicious but contrary to the popular belief it’s the third cafe, Cafe Pruckel which won my heart.

  • Apple Strudel

This is an Austrian take on apple pie. You can find them at almost all bakeries, cafes and restaurants. I had it in Café Landtmann and it was delicious. For a vegan version, you can try these at Anker Brot.

  • Best Budget Vegan Places

The vegan scene in Vienna is fantastic. There are plenty of eateries, cafes, and restaurants that serve good vegan-friendly food. Like Anker Brot. It is located at Stephansplatz in the U-Bahn underground station. You can buy fresh vegan bread, sandwiches, pastries and much more at a decent price. I had a cinnamon roll with a soy latte. It was quite yummy. 

Another place I will recommend is the Schillingers’ Swing Kitchen. I went there in the evening. The atmosphere was very lively. Quite delicious food at a good price. Try one of their’s highly recommend vegan burgers. Probably the best I had in a long time.

Schillingers’ Swing Kitchen.vegan food in vienna
Schillingers’ Swing Kitchen

If you are looking for ‘all you can eat’ menu, go to Vegetasia. I spent €13 for a vegan Chinese buffet. It was worth every penny.

Although I didn’t have a chance to try Indian food while my time in Vienna but I have heard good things about Tulsi Indian Cuisine and Indus. Maybe on my next visit.

How To Spend 2 Days In Vienna?

Day 1

Vienna has a plethora of renowned establishments, palaces, architectural heritages and gorgeous gardens located in and around the inner circle. We will start the first day of our 2 days in Vienna by venturing into outer districts.

  • Explore Schönbrunn Palace

Located in the outer suburbs of Vienna, this baroque-style imperial palace defines elegance in every sense. Listed under UNESCO World Heritage Site, Schönbrunn draws millions of tourists every year. There is plenty to see and you can easily spend 3-4 hours exploring this magnificent piece of architecture.

Due to a high number of tourists all year round, I recommend buying skip the line tickets in advance.

Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna Austria

Palace’s gardens are treated in themselves. Plan on spending at least an hour strolling around. Entrance to the park is free but for special attractions like the Privy Garden, the Orangery Garden or the Maze as well as the Zoo, the Palm House and the Desert House you need to purchase individual admission tickets.

Schönbrunn Palace Garden

  • Visit Karlskirche

Built-in the 17th century, Karlskirche is Vienna’s finest baroque church. Many travelers skip this but I feel it is a must. With its exquisite twin carved spiral columns and a huge huge elliptical copper dome, it is any photographer’s dream come true.

Tip; Locals love to spend evenings outside Karlskriche. Often you will find street artists, dancers, and performers outside the church, sitting by a reflecting pool. The atmosphere is very romantic.

Karlskriche, Vienna. 2 days In Vienna
  • Indulge In Local Culture At Naschmarkt

Visiting local markets is probably my favorite part of traveling. They are a good representation of heritage and culture. And give one an authentic slice of local life.

Naschmarket is a huge 1.5 km long local market on the Wienzeile street, selling everything from fruits, fresh vegetables, herbs, sweets, meat, and seafood. There are tons of cafes, bars, and restaurants.

I had often heard good things about multi-culturalism in Austria but experienced it for real in this market. As you walk down, you will notice a rich mix of ethnic foods, from Eastern Europe to Middle Eastern spices, from Austrian staples such as the humble potatoes, the carrot, the swede to exotic fruits and vegetables from New Zealand and Holland.

Even if you don’t plan on shopping, taking a stroll down the Naschmarkt is a must.

Naschmarkt, 2 days In Vienna
  • Admire The Colourful Facade Of Hundertwasser House

Vienna is not all grand, elegant, and typical classical architecture. It has a colorful, funky and almost a hip side to it too. Designed by the renowned native artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hundertwasser House is an extraordinary building famous for its colorful facade where plants grow out of windows and large trees growing inside the rooms. It’s hard to describe it completely with words. It is an exceptional piece of expression art.

Tip; Although one can only view colorful facades from outside, right opposite the Hundertwasserhaus is the Hundertwasser Village which is open to the public. There are bars, restaurants and plenty of typical Hundertwasser style stores.

Hundertwasser House, vIENNA, How to spend 2 days in Vienna
Hundertwasser House
  • Ride A Giant Ferris Wheel At The Prater Park

Located in Vienna’s second district, Prater was once an imperial hunting ground of Habsburgs, today it’s a gargantuan park. The premise includes beer gardens, railway tracks, chestnut blossoms, museums, lush green forest and more.

The most popular attraction among visitors is, however the Prater Amusement Park. I am sure you must have seen a picture of a giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna’s most famous symbols. Erected in 1897, this 65 meters tall Ferris wheel offers a breathtaking view of the city and the praters.

Riesenrad or the giant Ferris wheel became popular after having featured in several Hollywood films, such as “The Third Man” or in the James Bond adventure “The Living Daylights”.

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Riesenrad or the giant Ferris wheel  : PRATER , 2 DAYS IN VIENNA
  • End Your Evening At A Musical Concert

Vienna is known as the world’s music capital for a reason. Music literally is in the air here. With a wide range of music halls and stages, there are unforgettable live performances throughout the year. From pop and rock to jazz, from classical to progressive, you are bound to find something you are into. I will recommend doing a little research in advance to know what is playing where. Don’t miss this opportunity. After-all you are in a pedigree of music.

Few suggestions:

How To Spend 2 Days In Vienna?

Day 2

On the second day of our 2 days in Vienna, we will explore a more classical and typical side of Vienna. In and around the historic city centre.

  • Breakfast at Traditional Cozy Coffee House

Coffee-houses are an absolute staple of Viennese culture. Unlike regular cafes, coffeehouses here are grand, ostentatious and elegant. They entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers, and small food dishes like sausages, desserts, cakes, and tarts.

Fun Fact; Vienna’s Coffeehouses are part of the cultural heritage of UNESCO.

There are dozens of cafes in and around the city centre. Most notable ones are Café MuseumAida, Café SacherCafé Central, and my most favorite off-course Café Prückel.

Café Prückel
  • Tour The Iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)

Located at the heart of the city centre is Vienna’s important landmark, The St. Stephen’s Cathedral. With the initial foundation laid in the 11th century, Stephansdom even today stands tall as Austria’s most important gothic structure.

While the entrance to the front nave and some parts of the northern side are free, you need an entrance ticket to climb the towers, visit the altar, and to view the catacombs. Tickets can be purchased here

The Iconic St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom)
  • Visit Michaelerplatz

Michaelerplatz is an important square, mainly due to its proximity to the city’s important landmarks like an elegant St Michael’s Church, historic Café Klimt and the grand Hofburg Palace.

The centre of the square is an open area with Roman and Medieval remains. Streets surrounding the square are filled with high-end shopping, buzzing cafes and restaurants. You can also catch a popular carriage ride from here.

  • Walk and Explore Graben

Certainly, the most popular and busy pedestrian street in the centre of Vienna is Graben. Starting from Palais Equitable it ends at the junction of Kohlmarkt and Tuchlauben. Along the way, you will find many picturesque buildings like St. Peter’s Church and the Baroque Trinity Column.

  • Visit Hofburg Palace

Among many Vienna’s palaces, Hofburg palace is a little extra special as it has one of the largest palace complexes in the world. Until 1918 it served as the imperial residence of the Habsburg emperors. Today, it is the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria.

The complex has numerous museums, a Spanish riding school, and a congress centre. You can visit the Spanish Riding School & Imperial Treasury with a combination ticket. Purchase Here

2 Days In Vienna :Hofburg Palace
Hofburg palace

Have More Than 2 Days In Vienna?

  • Visit Vienna’s Town Hall (Rathaus)

The city hall of Vienna is a stunning 19th-century neo-gothic style building. All year round you can find some sort of festival or market in-front of the town hall. If you happen to visit during November-December, you can enjoy the city’s biggest Christmas market here.

  • Take A Day Trip To Bratislava

The quaint capital of Slovakia is located very near to Vienna making it a perfect day trip destination. Bratislava is cheap, colorful, full of old-world charm and could be easily covered in a day.

Getting from Vienna to Bratislava is a breeze. It takes around an hour via train or a bus. You can buy cheap tickets here. Or can book an all-inclusive guided tour from Vienna.

Read Next; 6 Amazing Reasons To Visit Slovakia Today!

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on how to spend perfect 2 days in Vienna! Have a wonderful time!

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Things to do in Rishikesh

Travel Guide : Yoga, Meditation, Adventure, Accommodation and Things To Do In Rishikesh, India

Situated at foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range, with glistening holy Ganges gushing rapidly throughout its heart, Rishikesh in all sense is the definition of #incredibleIndia.

I visited Rishikesh a year back and fell absolutely in love with it. The fusion of piousness and adventure, tranquility and thrill, Hindu culture and mythology with spirituality, is bound to take any visitor’s heart away. Whether you are looking for adrenaline-pumping adventure or seeking a peaceful abode away from the usual hustle-bustle of city life, there are plenty of things to do in Rishikesh. It is one of my top recommended destinations for solo travels in India. Keep reading, and you will know why. 

In this guide I have covered all the important things you will need to know for a perfect Rishikesh getaway: How to reach Rishikesh, getting around, where to stay, what to eat, Ayurvedic massages, yoga, cafes, meditation, ashrams, and perfect day trips from Rishikesh. 

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A yogi Baba In saffron clothes on the ghat of Ganges.
A yogi Baba In saffron clothes on the ghat of Ganges.
Some Practical Information About Rishikesh
  • Currency : Indian rupee (sign: ₹; currency code: INR)
  • Language : Hindi
  • State : Uttarakhand Food : Strictly Vegetarian ( No eggs either ) , No Alcohol as it is the ‘holy city.’
  • Safety : Regarded as a pilgrimage destination, it is safe to travel.
  • Banks/ ATMs : Due to flocks of tourists all year round, sufficient number of banks and ATM machines are available.
  • Fun Fact : Rishikesh is known as ‘Yoga Capital Of The World’ & as ‘The Adventure Capital Of India.’
How to Reach Rishikesh ?
  1. By Air🛫: Nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly grant airport, situated 25km from here. It is a small domestic airport. Have daily flights to and from New Delhi. From the airport you can either get a prepaid airport taxi ( 900-1000 INR) or regular taxis from the main road ( 300-500 INR).

Tip ; Although Ola operates in Dehradun but aren’t very reliable. I will suggest booking a regular taxi from outside the airport.

  • 2. By Train 🚆: Though Rishikesh has a railway station but running trains are very limited. Best option is to catch a train to/ from Haridwar railway-station ( around 35km from Rishikesh). You can either hire a taxi or auto rickshaw from Haridwar railway station. No need to pre book as they are easily available through-ought the day.
  • 3. By Road : It is very well connected via road to important surrounding Indian cities. New delhi is 245 Km, Dehradun is 50 Km and Haridwar is 30 Km away from Rishikesh. There are regular government buses running from all these cities at a very affordable price.
Things to do in Rishikesh
Getting Around In Rishikesh?

Although it is a small town and the majority of the attractions could be easily explored on foot, renting a bicycle/scooter/motorbike would be the best option. They are extremely affordable and a few sights like Neelkantha Mahadev Temple and waterfall are located a little far from the main town. Moreover driving a two-wheeler amid in nature is an awesome experience. 

There are no actual ‘shops’ to rent a vehicle but can be easily hired around Laxman Jhulla area or you can ask your hostel/hotel/guesthouse to arrange one. The average cost per day for renting a scooter is 400 INR, the bike is 300 INR and a motorbike is 600-1200 INR. 

Another option is Auto-rickshaw (tuk-tuk). Very readily available throughout the city. Remember to negotiate well. Drivers have a reputation for charging an inflated price, especially if you are a foreigner. 

Get Insured Before Traveling To Rishikesh

I never ever travel abroad without a travel insurance. Really !! In case something goes wrong, you must have a travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travellers from over 140 countries.

Even if you don’t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Best Time To Visit

Due to its location ( Garhwal region of Himalayas), Rishikesh is popular among tourists during summer months i.e from mid-May to July. As it acts a cool escape from blistering Indian summer. 

Avoid late July to September, as these are high monsoon season. Most of the adventure activities will be shut.

Winter starts in October and lasts till February. This is my preferred season. Although it is relatively cold, it still is pleasant. Plus a limited number of tourists can add to the travel experience. Regardless in terms of weather, it is pleasant to visit Rishikesh the whole year-round.

Things to do in Rishikesh
Where To Stay In Rishikesh ?

Since Rishikesh is a popular tourist destination, you will find a variety of accommodation available. Maximum hotels, hostels, and ashrams are located near Laxman Jhulla. You can find many in other areas as well.

I stayed at Hotel EllBee Ganga View. It’s located near the trinity ghat. From the staff’s hospitality to the room’s cleanliness, there isn’t anything I didn’t like about this Hotel. Will recommend it. 

If you are looking for more budget options, Rudra Hotel Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat have good reviews. There are plenty of good hostels and guesthouses as well. I have heard good things about Zostel Rishikesh and Live Free Hostel from other travellers. 

Since Rishikesh is such a spiritual and holy place, there are tons of ashrams one could stay at. Most of these ashrams provide an all-inclusive package ( 2-3 meals, a bed in a private room or a dormitory, yoga, and meditation classes). They are very affordable. If you are traveling to India for the first time, ashrams are a great way to indulge yourself in days of silence, peace and simple self rejuvenation. The most popular ones are Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Yog Niketan, The Omkarananda Ashram and Aurovally Ashram. There are many more. Just remember to research a little and ask around to get the best deal. 

How Many Days Do You Need ?

Ideally, 2-3 days are good enough to explore Rishikesh, chill around at various cafes, enjoy the laid back vibe, indulge in Ganga aarti and spiritual side, do white water river rafting and other adventure activities.

But if you plan on learning yoga, meditation and other aspects of Hinduism, you can easily spend one or more weeks here. Many solo travellers and backpackers tend to stay here for months. Well can’t blame them. It’s hard not to be enchanted by the daily vibe of this town. Imagine waking up with the Ganges, sipping tea in a cool cafe, doing yoga, taking am evening stroll and listening to live music. It’s hard to leave such a place. 

What To Eat In Rishikesh ?

Being a popular tourist destination, there is a variety of Indian and ‘Indianised International’ food for you to try. South Indian, North Indian, Mexican, Chinese, middles eastern and so much more. 

I was very keen on trying local Garhwali food but couldn’t find it. But I did try the famous ‘kadhi -chawal’ and ‘Rajma- Chawal’. It was delicious. There are many street vendors, selling it.

Some Local Fruit

Rishikesh has a hippie side to it. Cafes and restaurants are in abundance. Great thing is, most are vegan-friendly and have plenty of healthy food options. Some of my favourites are The Beatles Cafe, Little Buddha Cafe, Cafe De Goa, Ganga View Cafe, and Shambala.

Things to do in Rishikesh : Tulsi cigarette
Tulsi Cigarette

Try tulsi cigarettes, these are non-tobacco, 100% organic cigarettes, made of tulsi leaves and some other herbs. Something I had never seen before.

Best Things To Do In Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a city where divinity meets nature. There is so much to do but yet one can enjoy the holy city doing nothing. Since ancient times, many great sages, yogis, rishis, and sanyasis have come to Rishikesh in search of spiritual relief, wisdom and practice yoga. Even today thousands of visitors come every year to learn yoga, or take a dip in Holy Ganges or to explore mighty mountains and conquer the torrents of the river. Here are some of the best things to do and see in Rishikesh.

  • Visit The Beatles Ashram

Well, who hasn’t heard of The Beatles, right? Well did you know Beatles had come to India, particularly Rishikesh in 1968, to learn yoga and meditation? During their visit, they stayed in an Ashram located near Swarg Ashram. Today the whole premise is under the forest department but you can still visit remaining buildings and the surrounding area.

Whether you are a fan of The Beatles or not, I think its a must-visit when in Rishikesh. Mainly because of the historic importance of this place. It is said, it was the most productive time of the band. They wrote and composed a few of there most popular songs during there stay in the ashram. Moreover, this also changed the entire world’s outlook on Indian spirituality and brought limelight to Rishikesh throughout the world of Yoga.

Things to do in Rishikesh Beatles Ashram
Ashram has many cool photography spots.

  • Learn Yoga

You can’t visit the world’s Yoga capital and not do yoga. You can experience it in a group or a private session, attend 90 minutes class or join a week or a month-long program. But its something you must not miss when in Rishikesh. 

Mainly Hatha Yoga is practiced and offered here. As you walk down the street, you will find every second building or n ashram, offering 3-4 yoga classes. Look for the sign outside them. Choices are in abundance and sometimes can be overwhelming. The Most prominent ones are Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Yoga Niketan, Alakh Yoga School and many more.

Best would be to ask around, get recommendations once you arrive.

Yoga capital of the world, rishikesh India
  • Do Some Meditation

I can’t think of a better place to sit quietly, close my eyes, and form a bond with myself and nature than Rishikesh. Imagine majestic mountains, the serene Ganges flowing in the background, auspicious surroundings and comely nature. What else could you ask for?

You can take a taught meditation class. Alternatively, just sit by yourself on the banks of Ganges and become meditative.

  • White Water River-Rafting

If you are an adventure junkie, this is something you must do. Especially popular among Indian tourists as it is one of the best destinations for river rafting in India. 

River rafting stretch is 36 Km long starting from Kaudiyala to Lakshman Jhula and has 13 major rapids. It can cost anything from 400 to 1300 INR. 

It is a fun activity throughout the year except for monsoon. Not sure but I think the activity is closed during that period. I went in January, was a little cold but had a ball of a time.

Things to do in Rishikesh: White water river rafting
  • Walk through Laxman Jhulla and Shopping

Jhulla in English means a Bridge. Laxman Jhulla probably is the postcard image of Rishikesh. It is a big iron suspension bridge over the river Ganges. According to Hindu mythology, Laxman ( brother of Lord Rama ) crossed the river through this ( then a rope bridge). 

Today you can find tons of shops in the area on both sides of the bridge. You will find many interesting health and wellness products, clothes, handcrafted jewelry, bags and so much more. You can also shop for travel souvenirs here. 

It is a pedestrian bridge but two-wheelers are allowed to pass through.

Tip: Go early in the morning, especially for the sunrise if you can, to get spectacular view of the river.

Things to do in Rishikesh : Laxman jhulla
  • Visit Trayambakeshwar Temple

Traymabakeshwar is a 13 storey Hindu temple, situated at the ghat (bank) of Ganges, near Laxman Jhulla. Traymabakeshwar means ‘The Abode Of Three-Eyed’. Hence, the temple is considered to be the abode of Lord Shiva. 

  • Cafe and Restaurants Hoping

As I mentioned earlier, one could spend days in Rishikesh relaxing, doing nothing but chilling around at cozy cafes along the shore of river Ganga. It was probably my favorite thing I did, in my short 3 days visit. And something you definitely must do. Spend an evening having tea and delicious food at a nice cafe’, listing to relaxing music and talking to other travellers. 

Check out my recommendations above for the coolest cafes and restaurants in Rishikesh.

  • Ganga Aarti Ceremony

Another must-have experience when in Rishikesh. Once the sun goes down, ghats are lit up with thousands of incensed lamps, creating a magical atmosphere all around. I have not yet been to Varanasi (city considered as the spiritual capital of India), but experiencing Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh has fuelled my longing to travel. 

Ganga aarti happens every evening at Parmarth Niketan and Triveni Ghat, between 6 PM – 7 PM.

Ganga aarti , Rishikesh Triveni ghat

If you have just a day in Rishikesh, I will suggest attending Triveni Ghat’s aarti. Spend time near Ganga, enjoy the live music, take in the breeze and let yourself free in the auspicious environment.

  • Bungee Jumping

Popular among visitors, Rishikesh has the highest bungee jumping platform in India (83 meters). Though it’s not something I was keen to do, if you have a heart for it and are brave enough, you might enjoy Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea about Rishikesh! Have a wonderful time! And as I said earlier, Rishikesh is one of my favourite places I’ve visited in India, and I just can’t wait to go back …. 😀❤️️❤️️

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4 Spectacular Belgium Christmas Markets 2019-2020

Just like any other European destination, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year in Belgium. The warm and cozy vibe of the country could be seen throughout various Christmas markets in its major cities and towns. Different Belgium Christmas markets may seem similar but are unique in many ways.

If you happen to travel to Belgium during this period, Christmas markets are something you just cannot afford to miss. Imagine snow-covered buildings and streets adorned with dazzling fairy lights, the smell of warm waffles and mulled wine (Glühwein) in a cold winter night, delicious Belgian chocolates and beer calling you from snug meticulously decorated cafe’s. Christmas Markets in Belgium are true winter delight.

Most if not all the town is Belgium have Christmas Markets. I have highlighted 4 of my absolute favorites. These are among the most popular Christmas Markets in Belgium. Let’s find out!

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1. Brussels ‘Winter Wonders’

1. Brussels 'Winter Wonders'

Brussels, being the capital of Belgium host one of the most notable Christmas Market in the country. Unlike other European Christmas Markets, Brussels has one huge market (almost 2 km long), set in the area between the Grand-Place, Rue de la Bourse, Place Sainte-Catherine, and Marché aux Poissons – Vismet.

Everything Christmasy one would imagine, you will find here. From a big decorated fir tree to an ice skating rink, from dozens and dozens of traditional wooden chalets selling everything from local food, drinks, and handicrafts to an illuminated Ferris wheel. Brussels’s Christmas winter wonder has something for every kind of visitor. 

Dates : November 29, 2019- January 5, 2020

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2. Bruges Christmas Market

2. Bruges Christmas Market

Often referred to as ‘Venice of the North’, Bruges is undoubtedly a postcard village. It remains one of my favorite places in Europe. During Christmas entire town is transformed into a festive spirit. Every house is adorned with Christmas trees, fairy lights are strung upon the whole town, and as you walk down the streets you can sense Christmas cheer out and loud in everyone you meet.

There are two Christmas Markets in Bruges, located at Markt Square and Simon Stevinplein. Both the markets are walking distance from each other, situated in and around the cozy city centre. You will find countless shops selling all kinds of Christmas decorations, famous Belgium chocolates, local food delicacies and off-course Belgium Beer.

Dates : November 22, 2019- January 4, 2020

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3. Antwerp Christmas Market

3.  Antwerp Christmas Market

Like other big Belgium Christmas Markets, Antwerp’s Christmas market is spread throughout main squares, in and around the historic city centre: The Grote Markt, Suikerrui, Handschoenmarkt, the Groenplaats, and Steenplein. All these squares are situated within walking distance, making it extremely easy to cover the entire market on foot.

If you enjoy shopping, this market should be on your list. With more than 100 stalls there is plenty to explore. Even if you don’t buy anything, go for the atmosphere. It’s fantastic. Plenty of food, an ice skating rink, many friendly rides and attractions, Antwerp Christmas market exudes Christmas spirit.

Dates : December 7, 2019- January 5, 2020

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4. Ghent Christmas Market : Gentse Winterfeesten

4.  Ghent Christmas Market : Gentse Winterfeesten

Ghent is not a big town, less than 156 square Km, but that’s what makes Christmas here more special. The Ghent Christmas market is small and cozy.

What I love about Gentse Winterfeesten is the lively Christmas spirit among people. Every corner, street, building, and house oozes homeliness, coziness, warmth and Christmas magic.

If you are visiting Belgium for a short time and could pick only one Christmas Market, I will recommend Ghent’s Christmas Market. You will not be disappointed. For a small town, the Christmas market is relatively big. With over 150 wooden stalls, a big ice skating rink, a merry go round fir tree, and like other Belgium Christmas Markets, plenty of mouthwatering food and drinks, Ghent’s Christmas Market is a Nordic winter fairytale.

Dates : December 6, 2019- January 6, 2020

Official Website Ghent Christmas Market 2019-2020

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Wishing you much happiness! May your world be filled with warmth and Cheer! Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year !!! 🎄🎁🧦🧡

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