Road Tripping in Germany – My Cross-country Adventure

Road Tripping in Germany – My Cross-country Adventure

Road Tripping in Germany – My Cross-country Adventure

Being able to travel and make a living in the process is a blessing I vowed to nurture. A blessing I vowed never to let go to waste. And so, from the sunny, honey-hued beaches of New Caledonia, all across Indochina and the Far East, I made my way to one of the cultural hubs of Europe – Germany.

This place is something truly special. I can’t say that I would make a permanent base here, simply because I’m more of a lay-on-the-beach with a margarita in my hand kind a gal, but I will say that my German escapade was an amazing experience, and definitely one of the best digital nomad destinations I’ve had the pleasure to visit. Without further ado, here’s my month-long adventure in Germany.

It all began in Berlin

Ah, Berlin. The party central of Europe, or so I’ve heard. Naturally, my adventure began with a gentle touchdown at Berlin Tegel Airport, from which I took a shuttle to the metro station. From the very first moment, I could tell that this place was a digital nomad wonderland.

Everyone and everything here is high-tech, even the centuries-old heritage buildings and the historic museums scattered around the city center – or Mitte, as it’s called. Although the city is rich with amazing hotels and hostels, I chose to book an Airbnb in the Kreuzberg district as a spur-of the moment decision. The next week was all about exploration, so if you want to follow in my footsteps, be sure to hit the Museum of Technology and the entire Museum Island. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Brandenburg Gate and the expansive Tiergarten – a huge part that’s home to the Berlin Zoo.

Dresden – a museum in the open

Germany is a big country, but I wouldn’t consider myself a traveler if I simply flew everywhere, so naturally, I rented a car (I felt obligated to choose an eco-vehicle in such a clean country), and headed south towards Dresden.

I must say, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer and unencumbered beauty of the setting I was driving into. Everything here is Old Town, every building is of historic significance, and every cobble-stoned street has a story to tell. Well, naturally I went to all the museums, and so should you, but I also spent my time wandering around, soaking in the magnificence of its architecture. Be sure to climb to the top of Frauenkirche for some spectacular views of the city.

Off to Munich!

Nope, I didn’t stick around for too long in Dresden, I figured that a couple of days were enough to experience most of its vibrant essence. And besides, Munich was the city I was most eager to visit, and spend most of my time in. For two whole weeks I planned to wander around this multicultural gem, and I was not disappointed in my decision.

Now, I feel it’s important that I mention that you need to come prepared when you’re staying this long in a European country. You will need to communicate with the outside world and it’s important to have a sim card in your phone or use a MiFi device in order to avoid outrageous charges and effectively assimilate yourself in the community. This is not only important for getting around Munich and Germany but the European Union in general.

Now that that’s out of the way, you can enjoy Munich for all it’s worth. I suggest finding a comfy working spot – this can be a pub or a coworking space, whichever you’re most comfortable with. I will say this, though, pubs in Munich are constantly bustling with cheer and excitement, so you might have a difficult time concentrating. I know I did.

For the most part, I worked in my Airbnb. As for sightseeing, you’ve got a long stroll ahead of you. Visit the Alte Pinakothek as well as the Naue Pinakothek, and then make your way to the Neues Rathaus. If you’re a nature lover like myself, then you’ll want to take an entire day to explore the expansive Englischer Garten Park.

Frankfurt and its unique modern feel

I could talk about Munich for hours and hours, but let’s wrap it up with my last destination of this grand escapade – the bustling modern city of Frankfurt. Home to the European Central Bank (so ugly you need to see it for yourself) and the birthplace of Goethe, Frankfurt is definitely a place that can appeal to all types of travelers.

It’s especially appealing to digital nomads, as they’re not only flocking to this technological gem of a city from around the world, but again, everything is so connected and futuristic here. Aesthetically, I prefer traditional architecture, but when we are talking about functionality, Frankfurt may very well be the digital nomad hub of Europe. You’re bound to have an amazing time here with some of the sharpest minds hailing from every industry, so don’t be afraid to seek them out at coworking spaces, nomad hubs, and of course, conferences and meetups.

 

A few parting words

Germany is a digital nomad wonderland. It’s definitely one of the most diverse cultural settings I’ve ever been in, and the architectural wonders I’ve laid my eyes on are something I’ll never forget. I encourage you to put Germany high on your travel bucket list, and even follow in my footsteps if you’re in search of some urban adventures.

About the Author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger and adventure enthusiast who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She has always loved to travel, and she loves to talk about her experiences. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and loves to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on several blogs.

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Things to do in Stockholm – My Must Sees in Stockholm

Things to do in Stockholm – My Must Sees in Stockholm

Things to do in Stockholm – My Must Sees in Stockholm

Stockholm has been on my bucket list for quite a few years now, but the opportunity of traveling there never presented itself. As part of the TBEX2016 – a conference exclusively for travel bloggers – I visited the Swedish capital in July.

Of course, my plan was to visit the typical sightseeing spots for a classical tour. However, I didn’t want to miss the chance to experience some more extraordinary tours. As support, I had the Stockholm Card with me that allowed me to access some venues for free.

 

#1 Gamla Stan

Vor dem Nobel Price Museum

An old town perfect for a stroll

You should take some time and really take in the atmosphere of the old town of Stockholm Gamla Stan on the island Stadsholmen.

You should actually come here a few times. Take a stroll through the small alleys and stop for the occasional cake or meatball break. On your next trip, take a walking tour (I can recommend OURWAY) to find out more about the history, told by the many streets, buildings and walls.

In den Straßen der Altstadt von Stockholm

Järnpojkes – the smallest sightseeing spot in Stockholm

Without the walking tour I might have never heard about the small Järnpojkes. Järnpojkes is famous for being the smallest sightseeing spot of the city. Touching its head is said to grant you a wish!

Barbara streichelt Järnpojkes Kopf

The locals treat it with affection: you can find it dressed in regularly changing scarfs as soon as it gets cold (of course handmade). Because everyone wants to dress the tiniest famous person in the old town!

Change of guards, churches, and museums

On your third visit you can have a look at the change of guards in front of the palace, visit the churches (especially the on where the crown prince couple got wed) or take a crash course in Stockholm history in one of the many museums.

For more background and experiences from Gamla Stan, have a look at TravelWorldOnline!

#2 Boat trip

I LOVE water and I LOVE traveling by boat. Therefore, I was already set on joining multiple boat cruises. I picked the following:

  • Historical Canal Tour
  • Under the Bridges of Stockholm
  • Good Morning Stockholm Tour
  • Drottningholm Boat Tour

Historical Canal Tour

Alte Mühle Stockholm

All four of them were exciting and I cannot tell which one I liked the most. The Historical Canal Tour was a great tour for starters with a lot of information around the city and its history.

Under the Bridges of Stockholm Tour

Spiegelung Brücke Stockholm

The Under the Bridges of Stockholm Tour actually took us to quite a few bridges! I was a little disappointed, that most of them were not really photogenic, though (in contrast to Copenhagen). I enjoyed the cruise nonetheless.

Good Morning Stockholm Tour

Auf Fjäderholmarna

The Good Morning Stockholm Tour took us to Fjäderholmarna, a small idyllic island about half an hour from Stockholm. There, you can take a short guided tour around the island and the rest until the boat departs for Stockholm again.

Drottningholm Boat Tour

The Drottningholm Boat Tour brings you to one of the palaces of the royal family. Since 1981 the Swedish Royals have their seat in the southern part of this building. They prefer the seclusion and privacy to the hustle and bustle of the big city, where they resided earlier. Since the trip takes about one hour one-way it is perfect to escape the inner city and just enjoy the breeze.

The palace itself is…. a palace. It is not very different from other palaces. It is pompous and “mighty”.

Schloss Drottningholm

In the rooms and halls that are freely accessible, you can see how the royal ladies (the palace was meant to be for females only) lived back in their days. Not only can you easily get lost in the many portraits and paintings, but also walk through palatial halls and imagine the life 200 years ago.

Some of the windows allow a view on the baroque garden. Now you can understand why this palace is also called the Swedish Versailles.

Schlossgarten Drottningholm

All boat tours were included in the Stockholm Card and didn’t cost me a single cent extra! By the way, the cruises alone had a higher equivalent value than the card itself…

#3 Metro tour

I wrote a separate article about my tour through Stockholm’s metro – that’s how amazed I was. Already during my first days in Stockholm I heard about the artistically designed stations. However, I never imagined how great they would actually be! That’s why I only got around to see them at the end of my stay.

Rådhuset:

Metrostation Kungsträdgården Stockholm.JPG

After only two stops I was convinced, that these metro stations are worth spending a whole day (and a whole article) on them. One of these two stations was Rådhuset, where I found these gigantic caves.

Sadly, I had already planned a mini cruise to Helsinki and Tallinn on the next day. However, I knew I would be back in a few days and would have several hours to explore before my train to Copenhagen left. That was my chance, to discover the beauty of Stockholm’s metro stations!

Said, done!

I arrived by ship on Thursday at 10am from Tallin and immediately made my way to the metro. I initially planned to leave my luggage at the central station but as I was sitting in the metro, I felt it would be a waste of time. So I spent the next 6h going from one station to the next – with 13kg on my back! People had to think I’m crazy, taking photos with my reflex camera and two backpacks on my back.

The result was definitely worth it!

Tekniska Högskolan:

Metrostation Tekniska Högskolan

Fridhemsplan:

Fridhemsplan

Solna centrum:

Metrostation Solna Centrum

Solna strand:

Metrostation Solna Strand

#4 Södermalm-Tour

Södermalm is a District of Stockholm where mostly young people live, love and laughs. In the center of it all is the area SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) with its unique stores (for example for eco-friendly jeans), art galleries and a dissolute nightlife. This is the place to be for party animals and all sorts of other eccentrics. The Berlin of the Swedish capital – or something like this.

Södermalm

This district is also the main setting for Stieg Larsson’s trilogy.

The most interesting thing about Södermalm is, however, its historical background. Even though Södermalm was mentioned in documents as far back as the 13th century, the first real development of the area happened only 500 years later. The reason are the steep cliffs surrounding the island, that made it hard to access. Therefore, only some worker accommodations were placed here and are still there in the north of the island.

Alte Häuser in Södermalm

Through the heightened position of said cliffs it’s a perfect spot for exciting viewpoint. If you are not keen on searching them you can always opt for the elevator, that gives you a fantastic view of Gamla Stan and the north of the city.

Aufzug Södermalm

So, if you are looking for the perfect mix of past and present you cannot miss a trip to Södermalm!

#5 Vasa-Museum

Vasa von vorne.jpg

The Vasa Museum has exactly one main attraction – the Vasa. In 1628, the ship sank on its first cruise, stayed on the ocean floor for 300 years and is unusually well preserved. Heavily damaged or even destroyed parts were replaced and now you can get a really good impression, how the six stories of the ship looked like before it sank 20 minutes after it left Stockholm harbor.

That’s what the Vasa looks like from the fifth story. You can almost touch it:

Vasa von hinten

The whole museum is dedicated to the ship and boat traveling of the past centuries in general. Scattered over the six stories are various showcases with smaller exhibition pieces and descriptions. Also the museum guides are always happy to tell you about the history of the ship.

For example, they explained to me that they were sure this is the Vasa because of the royal emblem at the rear.

Vasa Detail

#6 Skyview Stockholm

Blick auf einen anderen Globe

Skyview is some sort of gondola-elevator outside of the Ericsson Globe Arena in the south of Stockholm. Since 2010, two glass gondolas travel across bend metal tracks to the highest point of the arena at over 100 meters and offer you an undisturbed view across the city.

Beschreibung im Globe

The gondolas take up to 16 persons. One ride to the top or don takes almost five minutes each and the stop at the top takes the same amount of time. So there is ample opportunity for photos or videos or just taking in the scenery.

Handyvideo Globe Stockholm

The entry to the Skyview is also included in the Stockholm Card.

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Food and drinks

Stockholm is not a place for low budget travelers. But even here I managed to not spend more than 50 Euro for a whole week for food and drinks.

The first “trick” is pretty straightforward – the tap water in Sweden is of high quality and also very tasty. So there is really no reason to buy and water.

If it comes to food, I simply went into the grocery store and If I wanted to get some food outside, there’s always a Happy Meal from the big M. That’s only 3,50 Euro and together with an extra burger for one Euro it fills me up completely.

At one point I had a Walking Tour in the early morning and didn’t make it to the grocery store. I paid 10 Euros for a sandwich and some juice! I call that a lesson learned.

Accommodation

There are several Hotels in Stockholm. The prices are from 20 to 40 Euro a night. For the same you can also find an Airbnb.

I really treated myself this time: The last night before my mini cruise to Helsinki and Tallinn I spent in a Scandic hotel . That’s a hotel chain across all Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium and Poland. In Stockholm alone there about ten of their hotels.

One of them is the Scandic Ariadne, which is situated directly next to the cruise ship harbor. From here it’s only ten minutes by foot the Stockholm central station. That’s why I decided to spend a night in a fabulous room on the 15th floor and enjoy a nice, big bath tub.

Transport

A big WARNING before we go on: You cannot buy tickets on the busses in Stockholm. You can buy time cards directly at the metro station or as a paper card in every Pressbyran-Shop. For everything else, you need an SL Access Card that you can buy for 20 Kronen (2Euros) and then repeatedly recharge as needed. A 24-hour ticket is 115 Kronen (around 11 Euro), a 72-hour ticket is 230 Kronen (around 23 Euro) and a ticket for a whole week is 300 Kronen (about 30 Euro).

Sightseeing:

To get a good overview about what to do in Stockholm, feel free to have a look at GetYourGuide* !

Hui, that was pretty excessive, wasn’t it? Are you missing something? Leave a comment!

Deine Barbara

PS: The night in the Scandic Ariadne Hotel was sponsored. My opinion was not affected by this in any way. I received the Stockholm Card as part of the TBEX from Visit Stockholm.

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During my stay in Stockholm I did couchsurfing and stayed one night in the Scandic Ariadne 

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There is something for every budget!

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A Digital Nomad in the Heart of Europe: Prague Edition

A Digital Nomad in the Heart of Europe: Prague Edition

A Digital Nomad in the Heart of Europe: Prague Edition

GUEST POST ON A DIGITAL NOMAD IN THE HEART OF EUROPE: PRAGUE EDITION BY REBECCA BROWN

Prague is a city quite unlike any other, a rare example of the perfect blend of history and 21st-century life. If you’re embracing the nomadic style of working and living, it should be your next destination. With an eatery or coffee shop around every corner and plenty of culture and history to soak up during leisure hours, you’ll never be short of something to do.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at everything one of Europe’s greatest cities has to offer to a digital nomad:

Prague is a city quite unlike any other, a rare example of the perfect blend of history and 21st-century life. If you’re embracing the nomadic style of working and living, it should be your next destination. With an eatery or coffee shop around every corner and plenty of culture and history to soak up during leisure hours, you’ll never be short of something to do.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in and take a look at everything one of Europe’s greatest cities has to offer to a digital nomad:

Charles Bridge

Prague Charles Bridge

One of the main advantages of your nomadic lifestyle is that you can most often work your own hours, and use the rest of your time to truly get to know your current surrounding. And since you have chosen Prague as your home for the next little while, what better place to start exploring than the magnificent Charles Bridge. Dating back to the 14th century, this marvelous piece of architecture is everything you would expect from a city rich in tradition and steeped in culture.

Take a stroll across it first thing in the morning when the sun is coming up or late at night when it is beautifully illuminated and you’ll be able to really get a feel for the city. If you also happen to have a hot mug in your hand and a slice of cake, the experience will be just a bit better.

The bridge is your connection between the two halves of the city, and from it, you can see most of the important sites you will want to explore in the next few weeks.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Second on your list of must-see attractions has to be Prague Castle. If the walls of this architectural marvel could speak, they would be able to tell you centuries-worth of stories in a single afternoon. No matter where you look, you’ll see something unique and can learn more about the history of the city and the Czech Republic in general. You will need to pay a ticket to enter some of the museums, but most of the castle is yours to roam. Going on a local tour might help, if you want to learn more than the average tourist.

Old Town offers an unrivaled range of eclectic little eateries, so you’ll never have to make do with coffee and a Danish from Starbucks if you don’t want to. Exploring the winding side streets and hidden avenues is what makes this area of the city so fun to be in. For centuries it has been the beating heart of Prague, and it’s a place you’re sure to spend a lot of time in from the moment you set foot in it.

If you find a library or cafe nearby that is calm and quiet enough to allow you to get down to some serious work, you’ll be able to base your working days in the heart of the city. Working in such a magnificent setting might inspire you to turn more productive and allow you to finish earlier than usual, and you might as well make the most of your time there, and enjoy some of the gorgeous food that is on offer all around you. Czech cuisine is known for its sausages and soups, but you can also grab something much healthier and lighter. You will soon get the hang of the best local shops, but try to stay clear of the main square and the streets surrounding it, and venture a bit further into the maze, as this is where the best places are usually hiding.

Stay Round the Corner from Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

The final thing to think about when it comes to setting up shop in Prague for a while is where you’re going to stay. Luxury hotels for one weekend are one thing, but if you plan to stay here a while, you will need to find a better option. You can also always choose to stay in a hostel, but that might not exactly be the best working environment.

Your best bet is to find a sublet for a few months, and AirBnB* can help you there. You can also browse some of the local forums, but they might not often be in English. Finding a place that is a hop and a skip from Wenceslas Square might be a good option, as you will be located quite strategically to embrace everything Prague has to offer.

On the other hand, you can choose to stay in a village near Prague, and go into the city for the day, but the better option is to stay in the city, or even in the suburbs. No matter which part of town you choose, there will be a glorious architectural wonder quite nearby, and you can use your commute to get some steps in and explore. While the public transportation system in the city is great, you are much better off walking.

Pack your bags and laptop and head on over to Prague, whose hundreds of spires will enchant you in no time.

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About the Author

Becca is an interpreter by day and mostly travels at night, can fall asleep on any means of transportation, and can most often be found either typing in a Starbucks, or armed with a backpack, ready to take on the latest in a series of hikes. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.

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Rovinj – A Picturesque Town in Istria

Rovinj – A Picturesque Town in Istria

Rovinj – A Picturesque Town in Istria

This year, I fulfilled two dreams with just one journey: I went to the Balkans for the first time and especially to Croatia, which has been on my bucket list for a long time. With my friend and dance partner, I did a three-week motorcycle tour, which started in Rovinj. And I was there for a dance festival that I heard my dancer friends rave about for almost a year: The Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj. You can read here how I liked the place itself and what you can expect when you plan your trip there.

Rovinj – How to get there?

Rovinj is located on the Pula peninsula and that is also the name of the airport you should fly to. Alternatively, you can also fly to Rijeka, Ljubljana, Trieste or even Treviso (like me), but if you like it as comfortable as possible, then Pula is the right place to go.

Otherwise, you can also travel by car or motorbike. That was actually my plan: I wanted to come with a friend and dance partner from Frankfurt to Rovinj on two wheels. Just a few days before we wanted to start our trip though, I had to change my plans because of a family matter and so I flew to Treviso, where my friend picked me up with his motorbike. There are buses from Venice to Rovinj, but not from Venice/Treviso airport.

And last but not least, there are long-distance buses to Rovinj. From Frankfurt, there are even three buses a day, two of which with a short stop in Munich and one in Ljubljana.

Rovinj – Accommodation

There are several large hotels in Rovinj (Lone, Eden, Park, Mulini), some of which even serve as locations for the workshops of the Croatian Summer Salsa Festival. They are all located close to the city center, but are quite expensive, especially during the festival times. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

You get a much better price-performance ratio in the countless apartments, which are available in every size, price range and in the most diverse distances to the center. This year, I shared a flat with six other dancers. This is definitely a different feeling than living in a hotel room alone or with a friend.

If you decide to rent an apartment further away, you should consider renting a scooter or a bicycle. If you dance a lot, you don’t don’t want to walk a lot to get home after the party.

Rovinj – Restaurants

There are many restaurants and cafés in Rovinj and it can be hard to choose one. As in any port city, the closer to the sea you are, the more expensive the restaurant is.

We usually went grocery shopping and cooked in our apartment but there are two restaurants I can recommend.

On the one hand, the restaurant Lovor where I had excellent mussels. It is located directly at the marina with a beautiful view: The turquoise blue water on one side and the old town island on the other.

And secondly, in the old town itself, Veli Jože is highly recommended. It’s not particularly cheap, but particularly good.

And for all night owls who still want to fill their stomachs after the parties and recharge their batteries, there is the bakery with the name that says it all: Dan i noc – day and night. Open 24 hours a day, the bakery offers sweets and snacks for hungry dancers, tourists, and locals. The choice is not huge, but there are a lot of goodies and always freshly baked mini pizza (for 10 kuna ~ 1,50€).

Rovinj – Shopping

Besides various small supermarkets (mostly Konzum) and kiosks, there are three large supermarkets on the outskirts of the city. A German discounter with four letters (no, not ALDI, which is called Hofer in Croatia as well as in Austria). It’s LIDL.

Beside the LIDL there is a big Konzum with a really good selection and behind it a Plodine, in which I haven’t bought anything yet. Unfortunately, by foot, they are not easily accessible. At least the LIDL is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 11 pm.

Rovinj – The Old Town

Even though it is very tempting to just lie on the beach during the day and relax from all the dancing, I can only strongly recommend spending at least one afternoon or evening taking a little walk through the old town.

Rovinj Old Town

Walking up to the church is rewarded with a fantastic view over the sea and the offshore island of Sveta Katarina. Whoever wants to can also climb the bell tower of the church. Unlike most other churches, you don’t even have to pay extra for it. The panorama is magnificent.

Rovinj Old Town

Besides the church on the summit of the Old Town peninsula and the daily small market on the north side, the charming, winding alleys are the real highlight of Rovinj. Here you can stroll for hours on the pavement polished by countless tourist shoes, escape the midday heat in the shade of the alleys and sweeten your day with a delicious scoop of ice cream.

Where to travel after Rovinj?

If you want to explore other places in Croatia, I can recommend the Plitvice Lakes and Zadar. Both are quite easy to reach from Rovinj. The routes there are really nice if you travel by rental car or, as we did, by motorbike.

Plitvice Lakes

All in all I really liked Rovinj and I am already looking forward to the Summer Sensual Days 2019, which I really want to attend again.

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Motorbike Road Trip Through Croatia – 3 Weeks on the Balkan

Motorbike Road Trip Through Croatia – 3 Weeks on the Balkan

Motorbike Road Trip Through Croatia – 3 Weeks on the Balkan

In June, I finally went to a country that has been on my bucket list forever: Croatia! The reason for my trip was the dancing festival Summer Sensual Days in Rovinj.

Start: Treviso

The original plan was to drive to Rovinj by motorbike with a dear friend of mine. Unfortunately, I was forced to stay a few days longer in Germany, which is why I had to change the plan and fly to Treviso where my friend picked me up. Since there are relatively cheap flights with Ryanair to this airport I can recommend you taking a look at flight there when you want to travel to Croatia, too. From there, it’s easy to take a bus to the Balkan.

Stop: Triest

Die On our five-hour drive from Treviso to Rovinj, we stopped only once to check out Triest. The Italian city is super close to the Slovenian border and absolutely worth the stop. Have a gelato at Piazza d’Unita where you have the grandiose ostentatious palazzi on one side and the sea on the other for a very special experience. Have a stroll through the alleys and discover the hidden gems like a Roman theater that is simply waiting next to a pathway as if it was the most normal thing in a city. That’s how I like sightseeing.

Sonnenuntergang Triest

Conclusion: It’s definitely worth a stop!

Station #1: Rovinj

Rovinj is a real gem. The old town rises on a peninsula and the Basilica of St. Euphemia is its highest point. The idyllic alleys have their very own charm. The view of the city from the other side is also fantastic: only the sea and the old town with its red roofs.

Rovinj vom Wasser aus

Conclusion: A picturesque city that I would like to explore again. I’ll come back next year and hopefully stay a bit longer.

Station #2: Plitvice Lakes

The Plitvice Lakes (Croatian Plitvička Jezera) were one of my absolute highlights. For me, the turquoise blue water in contrast to the wooden bridges is the epitome of peace. Although it was a busy day the crowds were still manageable. But I only admired the big main waterfall from afar. When I saw how many people went there and since I had already been to several much bigger waterfalls like Iguaçu and the Niagara Falls, I decided to skip the big waterfall.

Stege an den Plitvicer Seen

Conclusion: One of my absolute highlights!

Station #3: Zadar

Zadar was another highlight: We rented a boat (careful, sport boat driving licence necessary) and made a day trip. We had chosen a not so calm day for our exploration of the Kornati Islands and got some splashes of water, but apart from the crossing from the mainland to the archipelago, the sea was relatively calm.

Brücke Kornaten bei Zadar

Conclusion: A boat tour makes the trip to the oldest continuously inhabited city of Croatia perfect!

Stop: Split

Split may be a beautiful city. But I personally felt oppressed by the crowds and could not really enjoy the almost two millennia old buildings. When we wanted to relax at the promenade at the edge of the old town, football fans (it was the time of the World Cup, but on that day there was no game) came and went completely crazy: glasses and bottles burst, there was a loud roar and Bengalos were ignited, whose cloud of smoke followed us. This is not my idea of a pleasant break from motorcycling. To make matters worse, on our return we discovered that our jackets had been stolen. That sucks! We went to the only motorcycle shop that was still open according to Google: A Harley Shop! Since the jackets there exceeded our budget a little bit, the extremely friendly owner recommended a second hand shop only five minutes away. There were actually motorcycle jackets and by some miracle exactly one in my size and one in the size of my travel companion. So we started the last stage of the day with two hours delay.

Altstadt Split

Conclusion: One day I’ll give Split another chance, but on this trip it was a stop I would rather like to forget.

Station #4: Mostar

Did you ever have a place on your bucket list for years? A specific place, not a country or a region. And then suddenly you’re standing right where all the beautiful photos on Instagram have been taken. When we arrived in Mostar that evening several hours late, I was almost moved to tears. To see the world-famous bridge from the garden of our Airbnb was simply magnificent. The next morning I even got out very early to take a picture of it during sunrise. So I almost had the bridge to myself!

Alte Brücke Mostar

Conclusion: A dream came true and I am glad that we took this detour!

Station #5: Dubrovnik

I was really looking forward to Dubrovnik. Unfortunately we lived a little outside and always had to go by motorbike to the old town 15 minutes away. That is what we did the first evening and the following morning. Here, too, it really was worth getting up early. The picturesque streets of the Croatian capital are usually so crowded that you can hardly get through. At 6 o’clock in the morning there is already an astonishing amount of people around, but it is no comparison to the crowds from 8 AM until late at night.

Dubrovnik von oben

Conclusion: Photogenic city, but except early in the morning too crowded for my taste.

Station #6: Trogir

I had never heard of Trogir before. I was all the more surprised when I saw with my own eyes how beautiful this small town on a little island is. You can walk around the whole island in only 15 minutes. So there is not much to do. There is a small fortress and the alleys of the old town where you can have a relaxing stroll. Trogir is a fantastic place to get lost and take nice photos.

Die Gassen von Trogir

Conclusion: Perfect for a few days of relaxation!

Stop: Krka National Park

Is there actually a word for the opposite of highlight? Then I would like to use it for Krka National Park. Yes, the waterfalls are nice, but in my opinion this park is a tourist trap. The entrance fee is almost 30 euros and all you can do is walk along the plank (which is not as beautiful as the one in Plitvice) along a river, which leads you to two waterfalls at the end. The other waterfalls can only be seen from a boat, which costs an additional 30 euros. Everything per person, of course. Nice! Then they advertise that you can swim in front of the waterfalls. Yeah, that’s right. Unfortunately, when I was there, it was so crowded that you couldn’t even get to the water. It may be a little more bearable in low season. Also, my friend I was there with thinks I just wasn’t in a good mood. Yes, even travel bloggers sometimes have a bad day.

Krka Nationalpark

Conclusion: Tourist trap! I’m never going there again!

Station #7: Senj

We just spent the night here. The place looked very cute from our roof terrace of the AirBnB. But that’s all I can say about the place itself. On the way to Senj we stopped in a small village by the sea to fill our hungry stomachs and watch the sunset. Two elderly gentlemen came by and asked us if we were looking for a place to stay. So if you’re in the area and you haven’t booked anything: No problem! You’ll soon find something here.

Station #8: Ljubljana

Ljubljana was my first encounter with Slovenia. This country has also been on my bucket list for a loooong time. And the way from Senj to the Slovenian capital… This is probably the dream of every motorcyclist in Europe. Wonderfully rolling hills and valley landscapes with picturesque villages that lie along quietly rippling streams. The city itself is relatively small, so you could probably explore the old town in one afternoon. But I think it deserves a little more time. So next time I would like to stay a little longer.

Gassen in Ljubljana

Conclusion: A nice city, in which I could perhaps imagine to spend a few weeks.

Station #9: Bled

Bled was together with Mostar my absolute highlight. Because I really wanted to photograph the famous island in Lake Bled. So already in the evening, we started looking for a suitable place from which we could take pictures of the sunrise the next morning. We found a nice spot and came back at 5:45 after a short night. I was worried because it was pretty cloudy but in the end the sunrise was simply magical.

Sonnenaufgang Bled

Conclusion: Another highlight. I am very happy that we changed our plans and stayed here for one night.

Station #10: Chiemsee

On our last station I was a little tired. From the long and for me somewhat unusual way of travelling. But we did not want to miss the last sunset. So we drove to the Chiemsee and enjoyed the evening air after having a typical Bavarian meal. It was a worthy end to our three-week journey.

Sonnenuntergang Chiemsee

Conclusion: An ideal stop on the way back to Germany.

The time in the Balkans flew by and I am almost sure that next year I will do the tour like this again. Because the Summer Sensual Days will take place again in June and I definitely want to be there. And who knows? Maybe then I can take more time for some of the places and also explore one or the other, which we had to leave out on this journey. The Balkans still has a lot to offer…

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The Student Hotel Rotterdam – Sleep, Eat, & Work in One Place

The Student Hotel Rotterdam – Sleep, Eat, & Work in One Place

The Student Hotel Rotterdam – Sleep, Eat, & Work in One Place

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In May, I went to the travel bloggers’ conference Traverse in Rotterdam. The opening party took place at The Student Hotel. That name caught my attention. Why a hotel for students? So I decided to take a closer look at this place after the party and spend one night there.

Getting there

I took the bus from Paris to Rotterdam. The bus terminal is right at the main station – at Rotterdam Centraal, which is the only station in the Netherlands that does not have the name of the city at the entrance. The reason is simple: Which other city could have a central station that impressive?

From there it is not far to the Student Hotel.

Alternatively, Rotterdam also has an airport. But you might find better connections for Amsterdam.

Tip: The OV Card costs 8 Euro, but you can use it with ALL public transport throughout the Netherlands. You simply load money on it and can then check in at the means of transport (or at the entrance to the station). Do not forget to check out at the end, otherwise, the highest possible amount will be charged for the longest possible route. But that’s not all: Tickets are also cheaper with this card. So it’s more than worth spending the 8 Euro and getting the card!

Sleeping at The Student Hotel

The original idea of the Student Hotel was quite simple: Why should students always stay in boring student residences and not have a kind of hotel where they can stay for little money?

At The Student Hotel, there are different categories, which differ mainly in the size of the rooms. In addition, the highest category has a balcony. Basically, however, the rooms are like normal hotel rooms, except from the fact that they are much cheaper for students. Especially for long-term bookings. For example, a full month as a student costs from 800 euros. I admit: I couldn’t have afforded it as a student. But for staying in a hotel in the centre of Rotterdam, that’s still an incredibly good price.

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

Food at The Student Hotel

Right next to the reception, there is a restaurant. They serve delicious burgers. Prices are relatively low for being in the Netherlands. If you want breakfast you also get it here. In the evenings, you can have a drink at the bar.

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

The Student Hotel Rotterdam

Working Online at The Student Hotel

Do you know what really made me happy to see? That The Student Hotel has an own Coworking Space. Of course, students need to study and write their thesises. So they really benefit from the quite working space, which is spread all over the ground floor and the basement.

The Student Hotel Rotterdam Coworking

Final Thoughts

You’re searching for a spot to stay, eat and work? Everything in one place? And luxury is secondary for you? Ten, The Student Hotel is the ideal place for you.

PS: The Student Hotel invited me to my stay. I did not receive any financial compensation. My opinion is and remains my own and is not influenced by this collaboration.

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