December is one of the best months of the year to visit Germany. Yes, it is cold. But there are Christmas markets in every city, town and even small villages and the atmosphere is just magical. Two years ago I was lucky to attend my first Christmas market in Germany. I need to admit that after seeing many other Christmas markets after that, it doesn’t feel so special anymore. But there is something that makes me go to the Christmas market again and again. As you probably guessed from the title, it is food and drinks.
If you are planning a visit to Switzerland and did a little research of things to do here, then you probably heard of Jungfraujoch already. If you don’t know what Jungfraujoch is, give me high-five. I’ve never heard of it until my first trip to Switzerland. Because when you are in Switzerland as a tourist, it is impossible not to hear about the Jungfraujoch. The advertisement of the Top of Europe experience is everywhere. So you get curious, what exactly is a Jungfraujoch? Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m above sea level. It is also one of the most popular and expensive tourist attractions in Switzerland. Because of the price, I didn’t want to go there for a long time but finally gave it a try this August. Was it worth the money? You can read my Jungfraujoch experience review at the end of the post. But first I want to share some tips how to prepare for the trip to Jungfraujoch and the best things you can do there.
It’s been more than one month since I came back from the trip to New York but I still didn’t write a post about it. The main reason is that I was just being lazy. The second – every time I looked at photos from this trip, I felt a desire to go there again right at that moment. I think the reason why I liked New York so much was that I arrived with zero expectations. New York has never been in my top 10 cities to visit and it is so different from the charming little European towns that I love so much. But I got a chance to go, so there I went, expecting nothing and, no matter how cheesy it sounds, fell in love with this city. I hope to visit New York again and spend more time exploring but those are the highlights from our first short trip.
For most first-time visitors in Switzerland Bern is usually not the top choice for a day trip. I totally understand it. In the country with such beautiful nature, why should you waste your precious vacation time to visit cities? Bern wasn’t also on my radar for a long time. I knew it was a Swiss capital but I didn’t know what was interesting to see and do in Bern. Finally, when researching for day trips to take from Zurich I googled the photos of Bern and decided that it was time to go there. And the only thing I regret is that I waited so long.
There are lots of things to do in Bern and the area around and you can easily stay 2-3 days here. But even if your time is limited, one day is enough to get an idea of the city. Bern is easy to reach by train or car from almost every part of Switzerland. If you travel by car, the day trip from France and Germany is also possible. Here are some ideas what to do in Bern if you only got one day to explore the city. And the best part? Most of them are free!
Lately, I’ve been thinking about writing a travel bucket list. There are so many places in the world I want to see that sometimes it is hard to keep them all in mind. Whenever I nee to plan the next trip, I spend a lot of time thinking where to go instead of just picking one destination from the list. It will also be fun to look at the bucket list a few years later and see how much has happened already.
I wanted to write a list of countries to visit first but it didn’t work well. Some countries are more exciting than other and there are lots of things I want to do there. That’s why I decided to create a list for every country I want to visit. The first post is going to be about France for a special reason. At the moment I live right on the French-German border. I only need to cross the bridge to go to France and I can see the other side from the window of my apartment. However, the only part of France I have been to remains Alsace. And here is what is on wish-list.
Some time ago I wrote a post about how great the free walking tours are. I like taking walking tours when visiting a new city and the idea of tip based tours is quite interesting. However, I felt that that post was incomplete. It described the free walking tours only from the positive side and ignored all the bad things. During my trip to Vienna, I went on a free walking tour and finally got inspiration to write something negative about the free tours. It’s not what you think, my tour was great. In fact, it was the best free walking tour I’ve ever had before. I kept thinking about how this tour was different compared to all the other tours I’ve taken in the past and this is how this post was born. If you are not new to the free walking tours, you might have also experienced some of those things before. And if you are only about to try them out, here is what you should be ready for.
My best friend from Ukraine came to visit me in Germany recently. As we were discussing what to do during her stay, I suggested going to Colmar. This French town is located just a 40 minutes bus ride from my current home and it is so pretty that I went there a few times already. To my surprise, my friend never heard of Colmar before! Sometimes I see Colmar on the lists of hidden gems on the Internet but you just need to go there once during Christmas to understand that this is no more an off-the-beaten-path destination. I will write a blog post with the tips to visit Colmar soon but here are some photos to inspire your wanderlust if you don’t dream of visiting Colmar yet. 😉
There are so many great things to say about Switzerland. Gorgeous mountain landscapes, world-famous cheese and chocolate usually come first but if you look at the map you will notice that Switzerland also has one of the best possible locations a country can have. Just look how perfectly it is located in the middle of Europe. Thanks to the expanded railway network it is easy to travel across the Switzerland and to the neighbor countries even if you have only one day for a trip. A car is also a good way to travel around but buses are much less common in Switzerland for a long distance travel, so possibilities of day trips by bus are quite limited in Switzerland.
A little story how I came up with this random post.
A few months ago I started learning Hindi by myself. At first, I really enjoyed it but as it often happens when you are doing something without a strict schedule – my motivation started to fade slowly. Due to other things happening in life and about one month of travelling Europe I totally stopped at the end. Now that I am home again I have absolutely no excuses not to continue studying but starting again is extremely difficult. I started looking for some Hindi songs to listen to, hoping that it will raise my motivation again. After watching few music videos I noticed one interesting trend. Many of those videos were filmed in beautiful locations around the world. Even if you have absolutely no interest in learning Hindi, I bet you will want to pack your suitcase and go on vacation right after watching them!
Whenever I travel abroad, I try to learn or at least write down few words and phrases in the language of the country I am visiting. Even though in most touristic places it is easy to find people who speak English, you never know when some knowledge of the local language may be helpful. Poland is quickly becoming a popular destination for international visitors and in cities like Krakow or Warsaw, you are most likely to be fine with just English. However, in smaller cities, some Polish vocabulary might come in handy.
While I enjoy learning foreign languages, I am also lazy sometimes, so I made a pdf with some useful Polish words and phrases. Scroll down to the end of the post to download a free pdf, print it and take on your trip to use whenever you need. Enjoy! 🙂