Category: Europe

Berlin East Side Gallery

Berlin East Side Gallery

 

 

The Berlin East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It has a long stretch of wall with murals from different artists around the world spanning 1.3 kilometers so it’s a lot of walking. Haha. It is said that it is possibly the largest and longest lasting open gallery in the world.

 

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Berlin Free Walking Tour

Berlin Free Walking Tour

 

We took the Berlin Free Walking Tour on a really cold day in January – not the best idea. The weather was probably -3 and feels like -10. We were freezing the whole time and most of it was outdoors but we pushed through with it anyway since we can’t really control the weather and we don’t know when we’ll go back to this city. It was just like Yolo! Haha.

Sandeman’s is the company that does the The Berlin Free Walking Tour we availed. The company has several free tours a day. I don’t know if they have more in the summer than in winter but I would guess they would. Currently, the scheduled tours are everyday at 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 2PM and 4PM. The tour starts in East Berlin and the meeting place is at the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate. If you take the metro, it’s really close to one of the exits. The stop is Brandenburger Tor.

 

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Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbanhof

Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbanhof

 

Meininger Hotel Berlin Hauptbanhof is probably the closest we have been on accommodation to a train station. It is literally a few meters away on the right when you exit the main Berlin Central station. The location is very central since you have access to the whole city via metro and buses. Also via trains for nearby countries. The tourist buses where you can hop on and hop off also park across the street from the hotel. Location is definitely 5 out of 5. You can’t beat that. The picture below shows you its proximity to Berlin Hauptbanhof.

 

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Sisters Prague

Sisters Prague

 

Sisters Prague is a popular small shop that sells traditional Czech open sandwiches. Origin of open sandwiches are from the middle ages where a piece of bread was used as a plate and had different kinds of toppings put on top of it. They have a wide variety of traditional Czech open sandwiches made fresh everyday.

 

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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

 

Charles Bridge is one of the must see sights in Prague. Construction began in 1357 and completed in the 15th century. It was the main bridge that connected Prague Old Town and the Prague Castle. The bridge is 10 meters wide and 621 meters long. It is quite an impressive bridge.

From the Old Town side of the bridge, there is a small church on the right. When we were there, they were having a performance for a choir to sing but it is free to enter during normal days.

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Prague Free Walking Tour

Prague Free Walking Tour

 

The Prague Free Walking Tour is really free and they take you around the Old Town. It is also available in other cities. It costs nothing to sign up and at the end of the tour, you just give a tip of what you think the tour is worth. We always do this with every city we visit if it is available in that city. In Europe, it is very popular. I’ve also done it in Sydney, Australia. We always go with Sandeman’s as it is a very established company for free tours. If you wanna sign up for one, you can click here.

 

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Residence Bene Prague review

Residence Bene Prague review

 

With this Residence Bene Prague review, I intend to share some insights and our experience with staying in this hotel. We had a positive experience with our stay for a couple of nights. They can accommodate a group of 5 in one room which was good for our group. Our stay also included a complimentary breakfast. The price was within our budget. The room was also very comfortable.

 

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Austrian Parliament and Museumquartier

Austrian Parliament and Museumquartier

 

 

Vienna has plenty of impressive structures and the Austrian Parliament Building is definitely one of them. The Austrian Parliament building was completed in 1883 designed by Theopil Hansen. It is an important site for official state business as well as the ceremony to swear in a new president. It is also a very popular tourist attraction. They do conduct tours in several languages. You enter through the lower level where an information counter is available on the left as you enter the doors. Tickets are 5 euros for adults. There is also a restaurant underneath and very clean toilets.

 

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Naschmarkt Vienna

Naschmarkt Vienna

 

 

Naschmarkt Vienna is the city’s most popular market. It is located in Wienzeile and it’s about 1.5 kilometer long. It has existed since the 16ht century originally vendors from outside the city would bring their products here. Now, it is a combination of stalls and restaurants around the market that caters to both locals and tourists alike.

The Naschmarkt can be accessible by trian, tram, bus, taxi or by foot. The market is in the middle a really big road. it is very close to Secession so these are two sights that can be seen together. It would be a good time to visit Naschmarkt Vienna when you want eat. 😛

 

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Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace

 

 

Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna is probably on the top of the list of places to visit in the city. The name “schonbrunn” means beautiful spring. It is a former imperial Baroque summer palace. Schonbrunn Palace has more than a thousand room and amazing gardens. It is also very accessible from the city.

 

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