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Photo of the Week: Upper Belvedere Palace, Vienna

The Belvedere was built in Vienna in the early 18th century as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy. Designed by one of Europe’s greatest Baroque architects, Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt, the complex consists of two Baroque Palaces known as the Lower and Upper Belevedere. The Upper Belvedere Palace (seen here) was completed in…

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Photo of the Week: Karlskirche (St. Charles Church), Vienna

Vienna’s Karlskirche, or St. Charles Church, was built from 1716-1737 after being commissioned by Emperor Charles VI. The emperor had promised to build a church after his namesake, St. Charles Borromeo, if the Black Plague that was infecting Vienna in 1713 left the city. Borromeo was an archbishop of Milan in the 16th century who was known…

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  • Stephen Garone - I was here many years ago, but I still remember it as one of my favorite buildings in Vienna. Thanks for sharing!September 20, 2015 – 2:03 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Johann Strauss Monument, Vienna

Vienna is known worldwide as a centre of culture and art, but is perhaps most famous for its roots in classical music. A long tradition of classical music attracted many notable musicians to the city. Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven all played music in Vienna. Not all musicians in Vienna moved…

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Discovering the Beauty and Intrigue of Dürnstein

As we cruised the Wachau Valley past small villages, castle ruins and vineyards, I was happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. That is until I saw a beautiful blue, Baroque tower come into view. Right away I recognized Dürnstein, the town I had wanted to see most during our visit to the…

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  • Jennifer - You had me at wine, but Durnstein sure does look like a charming little town.February 27, 2015 – 4:59 amReplyCancel

  • the cape on the corner - omg….i am going to delve into your whole austria post right now. we are going this summer, and we are spending an overnight in durnstein. can’t wait to see this amazing view in person. what do you think, go for the more challenging hike for the views? if you are supposed to go down that way, won’t you see the views then??
    any and all recommendation for alps, vienna, salzburg, lake districts, and wachau are appreciated!
    thanks so much!
    b
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    • Rhonda Krause - I don’t think it really matters which way you decide to hike up to the castle at Durnstein. Depends if you want more of a challenge going uphill or down. Either way, you’ll see the views!

      My favourite place in Salzburg was Mirabell Palace. I loved walking around in the garden!March 22, 2016 – 4:55 pmReplyCancel

Cruising Austria’s Scenic Wachau Valley

After happily saying goodbye to Vienna for the day, I sat on the train eagerly anticipating our final destination. We were heading towards one of Austria’s most beautiful landscapes, the Wachau Valley. I spent much of the train ride lost in thought, imagining the dreamy landscape I was about to see during our Wachau Valley cruise. Since…

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Melk Abbey- A Jewel on the Danube

Melk Abbey is one of those places I decided to visit solely because it was a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I didn’t know much about it all, or really even heard of it before. I just knew it was close to Vienna and that Melk was the gateway to the Wachau Valley, which I had always…

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  • Jeff Titelius - What an EXQUISITE recap of your visit to the Melk Abbey and I am SO relieved that you abided by their request not to photograph the library…I have seen so many ignore this simple request. Thank you! Your photography is stunning as usual, especially the Abbey Church and the ceiling fresco in the marble hall!! I loved the illusion and kept walking back and forth to discover how it worked! A stunning optical illusion and brilliantly rendered by your camera’s eye!! Loved this article!February 9, 2015 – 6:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Jeff! Apart from the library, that fresco was my favourite part. I am always amazed at how talented artists are!February 9, 2015 – 9:02 pmReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Stephansdom, Vienna

St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or Stephansdom, is one of Vienna’s most visited sites. As the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, St. Stephen’s is the most important religious building in Vienna. The Stephansdom was initially completed in Romanesque style in 1160, but expansions continued until 1511, many which were Gothic in design. The…

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Exploring Salzburg’s Old Town- A Self-Guided Walking Tour

One visit to Salzburg’s Old Town is all it takes to realize that the city incorporates the very best of Austria, into one pretty little package. Sprawling mountain views, ornate baroque architecture, pretty palaces, bustling market squares and of course, the music of Mozart, all make Salzburg one of Austria’s top tourist destinations. Our Visit…

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  • Frank - Hi Rhonda,
    You sound about as ho-hum about Salzburg as we did. It was fine, but honestly can be covered in a full day. We had actually planned 3 full days there but on the 3rd day decided to instead do a day trip to Lake Kognisee near Berchtesgaden. Lovely! Knowing what we know now we would have used Berchtesgaden as a base and just visited Salzburg as a day trip…
    Frank (bbqboy)February 6, 2015 – 4:00 amReplyCancel

Discover Hohensalzburg Fortress- Salzburg’s Medieval Castle

I love visiting castles, so it’s no surprise that the first place we headed after arriving in Salzburg was the fortified Hohensalzburg Castle. The name Hohensalzburg translates into “High Salzburg Fortress”, fitting considering the castle’s location atop Festungberg Hill directly overlooks the Old Town quarter. Hohensalzburg Castle is not only Salzburg’s key landmark, but is…

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  • teresa - I love Salzburg ! It has been a great joy remembering this castle again. Great shots!November 30, 2014 – 10:52 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Teresa! I’m glad I brought back some happy memories for you!November 30, 2014 – 11:00 amReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I instantly got drawn to all of your castle posts upon reading the fairy tale castle post you did. It makes me feel like royalty to just step on one of those buildings. Did you feel the same way?March 25, 2015 – 10:02 pmReplyCancel

Mirabell Palace and Gardens- The Jewel of Salzburg

My favourite spot in Salzburg was, without a doubt, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. During our two days in Salzburg we kept finding ourselves back in these gardens again and again. I loved being surrounded by the bright, colourful flowers- a definite mood lifter after a string of grey, dreary weather days. It was nice…

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  • Cityoftheweek - Mirabell was my favorite too! Although I have to admit I am in love with the whole city .. Especially with the view seen from the fortress :). Nice post and great cover photo!November 28, 2014 – 12:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie @WorldWideVegetarian.com - I really enjoyed this post! I was in Salzburg this past May and had the pleasure to visit these beautiful gardens! Your photos are even lovelier than mine, as all the flowers were not yet in bloom when I was there, but that makes me want to go back even more! Thanks for sharing,
    KatieNovember 30, 2014 – 12:11 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi, Katie! Thanks for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. That’s too bad the flowers weren’t in bloom when you were there. But you’re right- it gives you something to look forward to if you go back! I enjoy spending time in these fancy European gardens more than visiting the actual palaces themselves.November 30, 2014 – 3:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Annemarie Weissenburger - Schools Mirabell was my first place of work after finishing ‘Handelschule’.I got to climb those famous marble stairs.I never thought I would miss my birthplace soo much.February 21, 2015 – 7:32 amReplyCancel

Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens- History, Photos and Tips for Visiting

On our first day in Vienna, we jumped right in and set off to Schönbrunn Palace, looking to experience the imperial nostalgia Vienna is famous for. Schönbrunn Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Austria’s most visited tourist attraction. For centuries the palace served as the summer home of the Habsburgs, and to this…

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  • Katie - Great article and photos. I was actually in Austria just a few weeks ago and really enjoyed walking through the gardens! How lovely.

    -KatieJune 8, 2014 – 8:26 pmReplyCancel

  • Jeff Titelius - Such an exquisite post my friends! When I was in Vienna last December, I had to pass on the all-day excursion to the palace in lieu of other options but upon my return, Schönbrunn Palace is at the top of my list!! June 9, 2014 – 10:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Brianna Jellerson Simmons - I absolutely loved my time in Vienna, this post definitely brought me back.
    June 11, 2014 – 11:05 pmReplyCancel

Dachstein Ice Cave- Photo Series

When we were in Hallstatt, our short visit meant we had to choose between visiting the salt mines or the nearby Dachstein Ice Cave. Hallstatt is known for its long, prosperous history of salt mining, so I almost felt obligated to go tour the mines. Once I tuned into my instincts, instead of the guidebook…

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  • Paul Marshman - Some nice shots, Rhonda — the coloured lights really give the cave an out-of-this-world look. This reminds me of my trip into the Mulu caves in Borneo long ago, though without the bats — and the bat poo … March 30, 2014 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much Paul! I am glad there were no bats- no animal terrifies me more!April 10, 2014 – 7:03 amReplyCancel

Hallstatt, Austria- A Picturesque Lakeside Alpine Village

I must say, I was a pretty lucky girl to get to spend my 32nd birthday in Hallstatt. This little Austrian village, tightly nestled between a lake and mountain range, is a place I have wanted to visit ever since I first saw a photo of it. You know the one… When it came time…

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  • We all travel together - I’ve always wanted to go to Hallstatt too. Your pictures are beautiful. Too bad touristy towns don’t always have the best hospitality.March 24, 2014 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - What incredible photos! This looks like a town right out of a fairytale. Will definitely be adding this to my must-see list. Thanks for the tips!March 25, 2014 – 10:16 amReplyCancel

  • Marsha - Fantastic photos! This really seems like a little gem of a town. Although that is too bad some of the locals were rude; will have to keep that in mind when I visit. Love the skulls – so interesting!March 25, 2014 – 12:55 pmReplyCancel

  • Sand In My Suitcase - This little Austrian village looks absolutely charming! And perfect to take the funicular up to the top of the mountain and hike down. Definitely remembering this one…March 26, 2014 – 9:38 amReplyCancel

  • Erin and Jeff - We love Hallstatt. We rarely return to the same place twice, but we’ve actually been to Hallstatt three times! It’s a beautiful place to relax and it really feels like whatever we expected Europe to be when we’re there. . Such a bummer you had some bad experiences there but glad you were still able to make the most of it. It’s a pretty magical little place.March 26, 2014 – 3:20 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Three times! Wow…lucky you! I could see ourselves going back there one day. Mike and I love the outdoors, especially the mountains. And you are right, it is a magical little place to relax.March 26, 2014 – 3:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Bridget @ GreenGlobalTravel - Amazing photos! Hallstatt sounds like a great place to visit. Definitely going on my list! Thanks for sharingMarch 30, 2014 – 1:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara Maytrott Best - We’ll be spending a day in Hallstatt this summer! I had fun reading your post about this charming town. I hoping to have nothing but pleasant memories after our visit! :)April 1, 2014 – 2:59 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Beautiful, I’ve wanted to go to Hallstatt. But what a shame about the miserable people, that always puts a damper on things. Usually a sign of a place getting too popular for its own good.
    Frank (bbqboy)April 12, 2014 – 12:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I keep trying to convince Tim to go to Hallstatt. It’s only about 4 hours from where we live in Italy. He keeps countering with “But what is there to DO there?” and hiking might just seal the deal for at least an overnight.April 28, 2014 – 2:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Between the hiking and caves at Dachstein, there is definitely enough to keep you busy for a weekend (as long as the weather is good!) I didn’t think there would be so much to do there either, but we easily could have stayed another day.April 28, 2014 – 7:22 amReplyCancel

  • Cessy Garcia - The photos are amazing. They make me want to go Hallstatt now and live there for a month or so. Lovely blog. :)June 22, 2014 – 6:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Tasoula Fazoula - I loved your article…Well done!August 12, 2014 – 12:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen Gough - Your photos made me want to visit Hallstatt, but then when I read about your unfortunate encounters with some of the locals – well I’m not so sure now. People can make all the difference good or bad. Also the painted skulls – wow. I’m all for appreciating the dead, but that just seems morbid to me. I like it for them though! Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog.October 29, 2014 – 9:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Elliott - Your photos are absolutely breathtaking! Hallstatt is a very beautiful place! Thank you so much for sharing. :)October 30, 2016 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Martina - Amazing blog post! Your pics are just amazing – I really love Hallstatt too :)December 2, 2017 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

The Vienna Card- Worth it or a Waste of Money?

A lot of cities nowadays offer tourist cards, a card you purchase that gives you discounts to popular attractions, activities, and even transportation. We’ve bought these cards in a few places- some are great and have saved us a lot of money, while others have not been such a good deal. The Vienna Card- Our…

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  • Annie@GreenTravelReviews - Doesn’t really seem like it’s worth the price for the card, but I guess I’d have to see if more of the places with discounts appeal to me… My sympathies for being ripped off at the palaca though, it’s never fun to realise afterwards that you could have saved money.February 13, 2014 – 6:50 amReplyCancel

  • Sonia Sahni - Great post! Whether to buy the card seriously depends on what you want to do. We bought the card In Stockholm…and was worth every cent!
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  • Theresa - I didn’t have the card. I prefer being free and in summer I don’t want to spend my time inside a museum.September 17, 2014 – 4:39 amReplyCancel

  • Hristina Staykova - There is Vienna pass which is way better than the Vienna card.April 20, 2015 – 7:51 amReplyCancel

  • Zubia Veqar - I am unable to decide between a card and pass!!!May 14, 2015 – 8:32 pmReplyCancel

  • The Travels of BBQboy and Spanky - Nice to know, we’ll be in Vienna in 2 days. Maybe I’m not a frugal traveller, but I hate buying discount cards, having to read through it, plan what we want to do — just to save $5 in the end. Not something I would buy.
    Frank (bbqboy)February 10, 2016 – 6:02 pmReplyCancel

Vienna for Non-Museum Lovers- Finding the Fun

When Mike and I arrived in Vienna, we were three weeks into our five week European vacation. We’d had long days of admiring the intricate architecture of churches and fine furnishings of the most luxurious palaces. We’d wandered through a few museums (which aren’t really our thing) and strolled around many beautiful gardens. When we…

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  • Ellen Christian - Watching the ducks at Stadtpark sounds like fun to me!November 23, 2013 – 1:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - We are definitely not museum people. Glad to see you found a lot to do outside of the Museum Quarter.December 27, 2013 – 6:27 amReplyCancel

  • Ralf - When you have only 2 days for a town, then you should go around, visit places and streets and squares. And not staying 6 hours in only one museum. Very nice you found some tips for ViennaJuly 25, 2015 – 6:15 amReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Did you have any thoughts on the Spanish Riding school? We heard it’s a “must” but we aren’t horse peopleMay 11, 2016 – 1:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Lauren. I can’t comment on the Spanish Riding school because we didn’t visit. It didn’t really interest me because much like you, I’m not a horse person!May 11, 2016 – 4:38 pmReplyCancel

Five Weeks in Europe- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

For our honeymoon, Mike and I decided to spend five weeks in Europe. We travelled to six different countries experiencing everything from small lakeside villages in the mountains, to one of the world’s most popular festivals. I’ll admit it, I planned a very ambitious (and detailed) itinerary for our five weeks in Europe. I left…

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  • Ellen Christian - Your photos are truly stunning. I’d love to visit Europe some day. You’ve shown me tons of things I’d like to visit but I think a walking tour would be the most fun.October 24, 2013 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Europe is a really amazing place and I hope you get to go one day. Walking tours are a really great way to learn about a city. A lot of them are “free” you just pay by tips what you think the tour was worth.October 24, 2013 – 7:53 amReplyCancel

  • Cora Sousa - Very nice Rhonda! Photos are beautiful!! October 26, 2013 – 1:39 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - You really saw a lot during your honeymoon! Your tour of Prague made me chuckle. I was on a tour last summer that was supposed to be 3.5 hours and turned into a 12 hour tour. I felt held hostage by the guide!October 27, 2013 – 2:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Feeling held hostage is a great way to describe it!October 28, 2013 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

  • 2 wisemonkeys - What a great summary :) you have made us want to go back to Germany to see more of it! The photos are beautiful!!!October 27, 2013 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Even though we managed to see quite a lot of Germany, I could see us making another trip back there one day. It’s such a beautiful country!October 28, 2013 – 2:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Cara Illerbrun - Thanks so much for this. We did a whirlwind 3-month European adventure a few years ago… 17 countries – wow! We are planning a trip back to Germany in the next year or two as our sister-in-law is originally from a little village outside of Bamberg. And we want to go see her family. I can’t wait to check out some of the other towns you listed! Also, I went to uni with Mike and just wanted to say a huge congratulations to the both of you. I’m so glad he found his soul-mate. xxx CaramiaNovember 10, 2013 – 3:37 amReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Fantastic post and beautiful photos – you’ve really showcased the places you visited perfectly. I love all your comments on the German towns you visited. These are all on my next European itinerary so your comments are really useful. I look forward to reading more of your posts.November 11, 2013 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Glad you found the post helpful!November 11, 2013 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Interesting post – you covered a lot of places on that trip! We did some of the same spots a few years ago. I was also very impressed by Regensburg, not a place many people go to. Enjoyed, like you, Munich and Fussen (but disappointed by the Neuschwanstein tour as well). Heidelberg we found pretty but overly touristy, kind of felt the same way about Salzberg. We actually ended up being big fans of Germany – and your German photos especially are fantastic. You almost expect Hansel and Gretel to show up…
    Great job,
    Frank (bbqboy)November 26, 2013 – 9:19 amReplyCancel

  • Derek Freal - I love your hit / miss approach. Definitely a different approach but that’s just makes it even better — and more insightful! For example although I’ve never been to Budapest (although I really want to) I have heard lots about their thermal baths. Everyone else that has written about them only speaks of the good — I’ve never heard anyone mention of the downsides, namely the rude staff that y’all experienced. Shame to hear but I appreciate your candor. Travel isn’t always a perfect experience but I feel all too often bloggers only write about the good and leave out the bad. For not doing so I just really want to say THANKS! Keep up the good work :)March 12, 2014 – 11:43 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks Derek. I always try to be honest about our experiences, even if they are not so great. Travel is still real life- many things are wonderful, but sometimes a few disappointments sneak in there. I think we would be doing readers a disservice if we didn’t write about our struggles, but I always try to convey that our experience, is nothing more than our experience. Someone else can have a completely different experience/opinion of a place and that’s okay. As for the baths in Budapest, I had read many reviews on Trip Advisor that were almost identical to our experience, but many blog posts that were opposite of what we experienced. I wrote a more in-depth review article about the baths, highlighting both the positives and the negatives, but I made sure to tell readers that our experience is just that- our experience. I think people should still go and try things out for themselves, but a little heads up about what they may encounter is nice!March 12, 2014 – 6:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara Maytrott Best - We’re heading on a 6-week trip to Europe this summer, including several of the places you guys visited! (Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg, Cologne, Burges, Brussels, Hallstatt, and Salzburg!) Thanks for the inspiration! I will be trolling around your blog for more tips! :) (I’m very much a detailed planner, like you!) I look forward to all of the wonderful memories (and tips) I’ll be able to write about when we return! :)April 1, 2014 – 3:05 amReplyCancel

  • Erny To - I love your blog so much. My sister and I went to some of those places in 2013. We have same opinion that Salzburg is truly amazing old town.. We love Neuswantein dearly. We do have the same problem in Paris. Paris is beautiful city but it was slowly lost its charm due to the smell, vandalism… We plan to go to Hallstatt next year…June 9, 2014 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

  • Alicia Gruhl-Overton - Hi there planning a two week trip next year paris for 6 days then on to munich and area my question is should we spend a night in rothenburg and a night in salzburg or just stay in munich and do day trips? Should we skip ludwigs castles is it really worth 30min tour of each ?? Thanks so much love your blog!June 24, 2014 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • PassingThru.com - Nice job on this recap! Like you, we spent five weeks in Europe earlier this year on our way to the Winter Olympics. It was fun to see your impressions of the places we have mutually visited. Your itinerary, like ours this time, was quite ambitious, as my husband had never been. At times it felt as though we were doing reconnaissance, anticipating return visits in more depth. Now we are embarking on a “deliberately homeless” two-year round the world trip so that we can slow down. I appreciated your impressions of the places in Germany and Belgium we have yet to see and will add them for the Europe leg. Safe travels and Aloha!July 11, 2014 – 7:02 pmReplyCancel

  • manish - hi i was online looking for tips to travel europe and as i have never been there i found your article very helpful thanks a lot for sharing it. i would really appreciate if there is a way i can get your itinerary where to traveled when and how. i would understand if you do not wish to share it. thanks again for this article.July 28, 2014 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for your post. Very useful, well written with amazing pictures! I’ll definitely use your advices for my trip to Europe next year!July 28, 2014 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Elena@Elena's Travelgram - That’s a fantastic itinerary, though as a local I would definitely opt for more time in France!

    In case you’ve liked Strasbourg so much, you would definitely love Colmar even more! It’s even more colorful and fairy-tale like :) The small city in France is – the more allure it has, actually.

    Your photos are fantastic!

    P.s. yep, ice-cream in Petite France is an absolute yum!August 18, 2014 – 6:35 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’ve seen pictures of Colmar and it looks absolutely delightful! On my next trip to France, I will definitely plan on visiting it.August 18, 2014 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Wikki Amornsak - Hi! Wow that was great! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    I’m starting to plan my honeymoon trip for next year 5 weeks in April-May and I don’t even know where or how to begin it. Your hit and misses really have me a great platform to start on. Thank youSeptember 5, 2014 – 10:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Daniel Danco - Hi! This is a great guide, thank you for taking the time to make it. I am planning a similar trip and was wondering; did you know any other languages for this trip?October 5, 2014 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Arnie @ Romantic-Vacations-Guide.com - I just stumbled across your blog, Rhonda, and have spent far to much time reading it when I should be doing something more productive. I always get suckered in by good writing.

    My wife and I have been to quite a number of the places that you mentioned here and can never decided which to return to. With one exception.

    At the end of every trip to Europe, we spend the last four to five days in….. Paris. We have been there the last three years running, and, maybe it’s because I’m getting old, but I have never noticed the bad odor that you mentioned.

    If you want bad smells my wife would encourage you to visit Rouen in Normandy. She swears that the whole town smells of dog p..s.(Had to be delicate there.)

    At any rate, have been enjoying your blog immensely.
    Bonne journéeOctober 19, 2014 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks for your kind compliments, Arnie. I’m glad you have been enjoying my blog! My husband and I could also keep returning to Paris again and again. I’ve been twice now, but still don’t feel like I’ve seen and experienced all that I want to. I think for any future travels to Europe, we will try and use Paris as our starting point. If only it weren’t so expensive! Happy travels!October 20, 2014 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Hi there! Thank you for this post! I am planning a trip to Europe for next year and I found this really helpful! I was curious about how you structured your itinerary. When you say you spent 1 day in a certain place, do you mean one full day without traveling, or is that with traveling to/from the city?October 25, 2014 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jackie! I’m glad you found this post helpful. To answer your question, the amount of time I stated we were in a city is the actual time we had to explore (it doesn’t include travel time). So for Budapest, I said 3.5 days because that’s how much time we were actually in the city. We arrived early afternoon and then had another 3 full days to enjoy. Hope this helps. Have fun planning your trip!October 27, 2014 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Cityoftheweek - Very impressive itinerary! I’m sure you guys had a blast! Although I am not anywhere near my honeymoon, I always imagined something similar for myself as well (meaning three-five weeks of roaming around everywhere and anywhere in Europe). Enjoyed the post :)November 28, 2014 – 12:26 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, we did have a great time! We had so much fun seeing all the sights that it didn’t feel like 5 weeks at all. Glad you enjoyed the post!November 28, 2014 – 12:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracy Green - Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your trip, it was a great read and very helpful.
    We are going to Europe for 4 weeks in ‘May 2015 and im struggling to work out how long everywhere. Some people say you have to stay a few days everywhere or you waste too much time travelling and get too tired .

    Ive noticed alot of organised tours only do 1-2 night stays. There is so many places I want to see . What are your thoughts on overnighters? Is it difficult with luggage and check in & out times?

    Originallly i had planned london-paris-venice-rome-munich-amsterdam-brussells-mannheim(our son is playing hockey representing australia here for our last 6 days). I was planning 4 nights/3 full days in each but now wonder if 2 full days is enough after reading your post?

    We are late 30’s and fit and have our 13 yr old daughter in toe as our son travels with his team.

    Cheers :)January 16, 2015 – 4:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I always struggle with deciding how long to stay in one place. On one hand, I like to see a city in depth, but I also like to see many different places in a country.

      When I’m planning a trip, I make a list of places I “must-see” in a city, and then another list of places that would be nice to visit if we have time. Then I look on a city map how far apart the attractions are, and use that to estimate how much time we need getting from place to place. In Europe, many of the cities are compact with the main sights close together, so you actually can see quite a lot in a day if you wanted to.

      For bigger cities, I like to spend at least 2-3 days, but for smaller towns, I have no issue with only spending one night. If possible, I try to arrange it so that we have a few over-nighters in a row, then take a travel break with a few days in one place. This way we didn’t get too tired or feel like we were travelling all the time. We also tried to do day trips if possible.

      I never unpack my suitcase, so the luggage wasn’t an issue. We always took an early morning train in order to maximize our days. Most places we arrived at late morning/early afternoon which still left us half the day to explore. We found train travel to be really relaxing, so that helped with not feeling too tired.

      I can’t really tell you if 3 days is too much because it depends on what you want to see. If you get bored, you can always do a day trip somewhere. Munich wasn’t my favourite city, but there are a lot of great places you can see on a day trip around there. For myself- 3 days in Brussels would have been way too much, but you could look into doing day trips to Bruges and Ghent from there. I wouldn’t take away time from Paris or Rome though- both incredible cities!

      Hope this helps. It’s hard to give advice for things like this because everyone’s travel style is so different. I personally don’t travel to relax- I want to see as much as possible, so I don’t mind getting up early, travelling around, and returning home tired. But, that’s not for everyone (my husband included lol!)January 17, 2015 – 10:40 amReplyCancel

  • Dylan Rose Geerlings - Hi there, I am a relatively new traveler and I will be spending a month or so this summer traveling Europe by myself after my abroad program ends. I am trying to lay out an itinerary for myself but I am also trying to figure out the best way to get from place to place. Your itinerary looks quite similar to what I had envisioned and I was hoping you could let me know how you got from place to place. Any information you can give me would be a big help. Thank you!March 11, 2015 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Johnny Hentsch - I really, really, really liked this review. Thank you very much, you helped me a lot in my planning.May 21, 2015 – 10:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Tyrowe John Alarcon - Thanks a lot for this review this is such a big help… i am pretty excited with my plan to visit europe. Still collecting and searching possible itineraries…Will be there hopefully from October to November,,,Excited to experience autumn and see amazing sceneries…August 23, 2015 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Annie Sharp - Amazing review – hit miss approach is great idea. Just wondering if you booked ahead many of your trains with your eurail pass or did you have any issues with booked out trains?August 25, 2015 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

  • Mari - I feel the same way about planning a trip as you do! I also faced people saying it would not be convenient to book everything in advance and plan what to do. But for me it’s definitely the best way to travel because you don’t have to use your valuable time abroad doing that.

    I’m also a big fan of these hits and miss styled posts. I really like the way you approach travelling in your blog in general as well. It’s refreshing somehow. Thank you! :)October 4, 2015 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Mari. Thanks for reading my post- glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like we have some things in common about our travel style!October 4, 2015 – 5:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Deb Tew - Loved your trip review! I’m going on a Danube rivercruise next week that starts in Budapest and ends in Nuremburg. We had planned a couple of days in Salzburg afterward but now are thinking of staying in Nuremburg and taking day trips from there. Would you recommend Regensburg and Bamberg as the best daytrips from Nuremburg?October 8, 2015 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Great idea to spend some extra days in Nuremberg! I wish I had planned for more time there. We enjoyed both Regensburg and Bamberg, but would maybe give a slight edge to Regensburg, if I had to pick only one. But both towns were great! Another option would be Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This was my favourite place in Germany! Most people do it as a day trip, but I’m really glad we spent the night so we could enjoy it without all the crowds. Hope this helps! Enjoy your cruise!October 8, 2015 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Peita - Hi Rhonda,

    How did you go about budgeting for this trip? This is the hardest part for me, as I have planned an itinery myself, however just want to make sure we are not leaving ourselves short.
    Also how did you go with the trains and finding your way around to your accommodation everytime, is this time consuming? or did you just catch taxi’s etc?March 3, 2016 – 8:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Peita! When it comes to budgeting, we honestly don’t worry too much about that while we’re on the trip. We almost always use our airmiles/points for flights, so really only budget for mid-range hotels and train passes to get from city to city. Once we’re there, we do everything we’re interested in and not worry about the cost. We actually have a box that we throw all our spare change in and we use this as our spending money for our trips (it’s amazing how all that change can add up!)

      I always tried to book hotels that were sort of halfway between the train station we’d be arriving at and the main tourist areas, also not far from a subway stop. Sometimes we’d walk to our hotel, sometimes we’d take the subway or a cab. Since we were staying so close to the train station, cab rides weren’t very expensive.

      Hope this helps with your planning!March 4, 2016 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • the cape on the corner - i think i have like 10 tabs open here. what a great idea for a blog post, this is super helpful. we were going to do an overnight in munich, after 2 nights in salzburg, but i thought it was just getting a bit too fast paced, and since we’ll have a rental car, parking is expensive. i figure i will likely visit munich on its own than st. gilgan in austria, or the wachau valley. how i wanted to drive the romantic road! oh well, next time. from our week in the alps, we are driving down to lake bled and spending 2 nights in ljubiana, have you been?
    bMarch 17, 2016 – 11:55 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - No, I haven’t been to Slovenia yet, but it’s on my list. So many places to see, never enough time (and money) lol!March 22, 2016 – 4:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Tay - Hi, your trip sounded like a lot of fun!
    I would be traveling to Europe soon too and am wondering if I should drop by Strasbourg or Rothenburg. Any suggestions? Both looks amazing!March 20, 2016 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Melefalahola - Thank you heaps. This is awesome and will help us on our first trip to EuropeMarch 26, 2016 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Farah Mohammed - i was wondering if you can help its my first time to go to
    Europe and i was wondering which shall i visit i have one monthApril 3, 2016 – 11:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Hailey - This post is exactly what I have been looking for! I am trying to plan an itinerary for my Europe trip and have had no luck looking online. Yours seems perfect the only thing I would have loved to know is travel time and the way you travelled between each place. I am super organised when I travel and I am really struggling with a Europe itinerary and where to find one with travel times and best way to travel :(April 24, 2016 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Hailey! I’m glad you’ve found this post helpful for planning your own trip. I’ve gone and added the travel time between destinations, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so thanks for the reminder! We took the train almost everywhere and rented a car once. Train is definitely our favourite way to travel in Europe. It’s easy, fast and efficient. Good luck with the rest of your planning!April 25, 2016 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Sam - Bookmarked! :)June 15, 2016 – 2:27 amReplyCancel

  • Beastie - I found your blog while searching for a 5 week itinerary for a trip to Europe. I really enjoyed reading about your trip but I couldn’t help but laugh about what happened on your walking tour in Prague. Something similar happened to us while my husband and I were in Cordoba, Spain. It was our first time taking a walking tour, we even paid for it because we wanted to skip the long lines to the Mesquita. The tour was so awful that we wanted to leave. Like you, we’re polite Canadians and we simply couldn’t bear the thought of being rude.July 25, 2017 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! It’s always unfortunate when a tour is not what you expected. I still regret doing that one in Prague because it made us miss out on other places we wanted to visit. I think a good guide is knowledgeable but a great guide knows how to read (and cater to) his/her audience.July 26, 2017 – 8:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow!  Thank you for sharing.  We are planning a trip to Europe for our honeymoon this year and it is so helpful!  February 13, 2018 – 8:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’m happy to hear you found this helpful. Enjoy your honeymoon!February 16, 2018 – 1:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Hi! I really enjoyed reading your post and the pictures are beautiful! I’m planning a 3-week trip to Germany currently and some of the same places are on my list! I’ve been reading various blogs to try to get ideas and information. I have to say, yours is the first that informed about having to pay for public restrooms, that is very good to know as I will be bringing my daughter!
    I’m curious – there don’t appear to be a ton of people in your pictures, which is appealing to me to not have to deal with as large of crowds. Do you mind sharing during what month(s) you visited the Germany portion of your trip?March 22, 2018 – 11:47 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jennifer. We were in Germany mid-September and early October. The crowds in Munich were bad because of Oktoberfest, but other than that it was okay. I don’t enjoy crowds either, so I try to avoid summer travel.March 26, 2018 – 9:01 amReplyCancel

  • Jazze - Great itinerary shared here, many thanks for the details! I am curious, which music festival did you attend? I found myself excitedly reading the blog, but never discovering the event!April 10, 2018 – 12:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Silky - Your photos are really amazing and especially the Ice cave. Everything is summarized so well. I am visiting Austria in September 2018. Will be staying 5 days in Vienna, 3 days in Salzburg. Planning for a day tour to Melk from Vienna and a day tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Is the Vienna Pass worth? Please give suggestions from where to shop souvenirs and must buys in Austria. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Thank You!July 23, 2018 – 2:24 amReplyCancel

Capture the Colour 2013- Photo Contest

Last year, Travel Supermarket launched a photo contest for travel bloggers called Capture the Colour. It was so successful, that this year they are doing it again. I had never heard of this contest before and just started our blog a few months ago, so when I was nominated to participate by fellow Edmontonian and…

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  • 2wisemonkeys - Great pics – our fave is probably the blue! Thx for nominating us, we would love to enter but may not make the deadline. Will see if we can sneak it in when we get home tonight, seeing as we are in Australia… We might still make the cut-off date! Thanks again & gorgeous photos there!October 8, 2013 – 1:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! And you’re welcome!October 8, 2013 – 4:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Love the Swans Rhonda! Castle is my favourite though. Sounds like you and Mike had a great time, I cant wait to see/hear about your next adventure.October 8, 2013 – 5:19 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks! We did have a really great time. I can’t wait to start blogging about all the wonderful places we visited.October 8, 2013 – 5:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Patty - I love the garden, obviously a peaceful haven in a color I am crazy about right now, but like others, I think the castle shot is hard to beat. Spectacular, really. And, you’d thought it wouldn’t happen… good for you, and welcome home.October 8, 2013 – 10:57 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I am really glad things worked out for us the next morning! I’ve seen pictures of that castle for so long, so I was thrilled when I got to see it with my own eyes.October 9, 2013 – 9:28 amReplyCancel

  • Marina K. Villatoro - These are the most artistic photos I’ve seen in a long time. It’s amazing, I can be looking at the same landscape but my photos would never capture what you can!October 11, 2013 – 9:22 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much for the kind words, Marina.October 15, 2013 – 4:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Freya - I love all these photos especially your white one, just stunning
    Thanks for nominating me but I already participated and already have a post up
    good luck with the contestOctober 13, 2013 – 7:45 amReplyCancel

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