Germany (Part 1 – Munich, The rise of Hitler and WWII) – Dec’16

Day 1 We reached Munich in the late afternoon and our first objective was to hunt for food. We made our way to the main square Marienplatz and settled in Augustiner beer hall.  It is the greatest place for genuine, fresh Munich veal sausages, pretzel, the huge portion of pork knuckle and white wheat beer….

Czech Republic – The lovely Prague – Dec’16

Night 1 Coincidentally, Hieu, my best buddy during secondary school who is residing in Finland now, planned his Christmas-getaway in Prague. So we managed to schedule a dinner together. We arrived at Prague in the late afternoon and after 20 days of travelling, we decided to take a rest and wait for dinner. Our hostel…

Austria (Part 3 – Vienna) – Dec’16

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna’s imperial grandeur is the legacy of the powerful Habsburg monarchy and their home for more than six centuries, the Hofburg palace complex. Sigmund Freud Park The park…

Austria (Part 2 – Salzburg, Home of Mozart) – Dec’16

The city of Salzburg is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments. Salzburg Cathedral is the seventeenth-century…

Austria (Part 1 – Innsbruck, Having a blast with snow) – Dec ’16

Tyrol’s capital is a sight to behold. The jagged rock spires of the Nordkette range are so close that within minutes it’s possible to travel from the city’s heart to over 2000m above sea level and alpine pastures where cowbells chime. Innsbruck is also well-known to the world as a venue for winter Olympics. And…

Italy (Part 4 – 8 hours in Venice) – Dec ’16

Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Movies depict Venice as a city of love where couples enjoy their time on-board a gondola through the passageways. While the old time gondoliers sang in octave seventh some mesmerizing melody of…

Italy (Part 2 – Florence with Inferno trail) – Dec ’16

The Dome of Florence Cathedral is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style. The Palazzo Vecchio (“Old Palace”) is the town hall of the city. This massive, Romanesque, crenelated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany….

Italy (Part 1 – Milan) – Dec ’16

Milan cathedral – The Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete. It is the largest church in Italy (the larger St. Peter’s Basilica is in the State of Vatican City) and the fifth largest in the world. With its glass-and-iron dome, magnificent mosaics and marble floorways, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade is definitely one…

Switzerland – A feast for the eyes – Dec ’16

Geneva – Interlaken (via Bern) – Montreux – Zurich Before I share my time in Switzerland, there is one thing I hope travellers would do it right. The country itself is not called “Swiss”. It is Switzerland in English, Schweiz in German, la Suisse in French and Svizzera in Italian… The people of the country,…

France (Part 4 – Lyon) – Dec ’16

Lyon was more like the rest stop for our journey from Paris (France) to Geneva (Switzerland). Though the 3rd largest city in France, Lyon preserves a unique culture and lifestyle. We bought a day transport ticket for EUR 5.50 to hop on hop off tram, metro and bus to different places. We reached too early…

France (Part 3 – Paris, The burstling neighbourhood) – Dec ’16

We started our day by exploring Paris’ Latin Quarter. This neighbourhood is intellectual, arty and has been the heart of Parisian café culture since the 1920’s. It’s nice to simply wander around this area and casually visit some open-air markets and cafes. Some notable sights in the Latin Quarter are La Sorbonne (France’s most famous…