Sweet Escape: Switzerland

Whenever I travel for more than a week, I like including a ‘downtime’ to avoid burnout. Switzerland was my vacation from vacation during my 3-week trip to Europe.

From Salzburg, I briefly changed trains in Munich to get to Zurich. Now that I think about it, I wish I pushed through with my original plan of staying in Munich even for 3 days. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to save that for another Euro trip. 😉

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I arrived in Zurich on a gloomy afternoon, but after emerging from the train station and having a glimpse of the Old Town, I immediately regretted my decision to just stay for a night.

I stayed at a hostel in the heart of Old Town. And while I almost died carrying my luggage up several flight of winding stairs, I couldn’t complain about the medieval surroundings.

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Oh, Zurich! I’m going to come back for you one day.

I was craving for Asian food, and found there’s a Thai restaurant not too far from the hostel. I knew Switzerland was expensive, but I wasn’t prepared to shell out CHF15 for a plate of Pad Thai. 😐 My only consolation was the serving size can feed two people, so I saved half of it for next day’s breakfast.

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Travelling to the UK – 6 Things to Try

Over the past few decades, the UK has become seen as one of the trendiest places in the world to visit. With the range of amazing activities to get involved with, it’s not hard to see why.

Today, let’s run through six of the best things to try when you visit Britain yourself in the near future.

1. Stonehenge

This ancient structure has been shrouded in mystery, but it’s generally believed to have been constructed as far back as 3000 years ago – at least according to the English Heritage, who are the current tenants of the property.

While you’re no longer able to walk up to the rocks and clamber all over them (as was the case as recently as the 90s), you’ll still be able to admire them from a distance.

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2. Sightseeing in London

You’ve probably developed an image of London as one of the greatest hubs of world culture if you’re not from the UK – and, truth be told, there’s certainly something to that.

There are lots of amazing things to get involved with when you head off on an adventure in the British capital from checking out sights like the London Eye, to the many (free) museums which the city has to offer. Continue reading “Travelling to the UK – 6 Things to Try”

Five Reasons to Make the Romantic Road Your Next Trip

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If you’ve got a spare couple of weeks and you fancy getting off the beaten track and hitting the road, there can’t be many better European road trips than the Romantic Road through Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Named because of its original use by Roman soldiers as they marched through Europe, it’s a popular honeymoon destination by complete coincidence. The stunning scenery, beautiful castles, and interesting cities make it the ultimate road trip.

1. You’ll fall in love with the scenery

When you think of Germany, you might not think of tree-lined roads, great, towering castles, and beautiful river views, but with the Romantic Road, that’s exactly what you get. Located in southern Germany, it’s off the heavily beaten tourist track of the north, although it’s not surprising that it’s growing in popularity. The medieval cities, churches, and castles dotting the dramatic, hilly landscape make the route truly unique.

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Half-Day in Hallstatt

After spending the morning in Salzburg’s Old Town, I spent the rest of the day in Hallstatt.

I can’t remember when I first learned about Hallstatt, but ever since I saw pictures of it, I knew I had to include it in my bucket list. It’s actually the main reason why I had to stop by Salzburg during my Eurotrip.

There’s no direct way of reaching Hallstatt. You’d have to take a train and/or bus, and ferry. If you have more time or on a tight budget, you can do that. But since I’m too lazy to commute, I just joined Panorama’s Hallstatt Tour for €55.

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We made a quick stop overlooking Wolfgangsee. So beautiful! It’s a popular vacation spot in the summer time as it hosts various world-class water sports events.

Our bus departed the Mirabellplatz bus terminal around 1:00pm.

We passed by many picturesque villages in Salzkammergut (Lake Area) like the one pictured above. One of which is St. Gilgen, which is the birthplace of Mozart’s mother.

Our guide also pointed out the Red Bull headquarters in Fuschl am See.

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Hallstatt is dubbed as the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut’ Region. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Tourists arriving by ferry

I was so giddy when our bus pulled up at Hallstatt’s parking lot. I can’t take the smile off my face! Continue reading “Half-Day in Hallstatt”

Photo Essay: Salzburg Old Town

One of the downsides of traveling to Europe in autumn is that the weather can be unpredictable.

It was gloomy the whole time I was in Vienna as well as when I arrived in Salzburg.

My dorm mates said it rained the whole time the previous day, so I fervently wished that the skies would clear up the next day.

I guess Lady Luck was on my side because the sun was out the day I went to Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt).

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Autumn showing off

My hostel was just a few hundred meters from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, so I decided to just walk to Salzburg Old Town. Actually, when I was in Europe, I would walk to get to my destination whenever I can.

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Hohensalzburg Castle in the distance as seen from Mirabell Gardens

Before heading to the Old Town, I spent some time at Mirabell Gardens admiring the fall foliage.

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