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Photo of the Week: Margaret Bridge, Budapest

One of our favourite things to do in Budapest was walk along the Danube to see the bridges and famous landmarks lit up at night. We started our walk at Margaret Bridge, which links Margaret Island with both Buda and Pest. Margaret Bridge is the second oldest permanent bridge in Budapest. Construction started in 1872,…

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How to Spend 3 Days in Budapest- Our Itinerary

As our train pulled away from Prague, I was excited to arrive in Budapest, yet also feeling a little uneasy. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Hungary’s largest city. Would we feel any Soviet influence, lingering from when Hungary was behind the Iron Curtain? Or would Budapest feel similar to the western European…

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  • travelFREAK - Impressive architecture! Your photos are fantastic! Are three days enough to explore every corner of this beautiful city or only for the main attractions?March 18, 2015 – 6:35 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Three days was good for just the main attractions. I think 4-5 days would be perfect to really see all that Budapest has to offer.March 18, 2015 – 8:30 amReplyCancel

  • Lowest Room Rates - Truly amazing photos. Should be at least a week to discover the impressive Budapest.March 18, 2015 – 7:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Becky | adventure awaits us - I love your photos, they’re amazing! We went to Budapest last year and did most of the same things as you (The fisherman’s bastion was my favourite building and the cat cafe was so fun!), we didn’t get to see Margaret Island though – that fountain looks beautiful, maybe next time.March 19, 2015 – 9:40 amReplyCancel

  • Elaine J. Masters - So appreciate the work it took to get these images and that you mentioned the truth that the city is under construction and not always easy to navigate. I’d still visit in a heartbeat.March 20, 2015 – 2:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Tangerine Reyes Trubiano - I loved our stay in Budapest. Awesome shots! :)
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  • Mike Orobona - I have a mostly Hungarian heritage, so Budapest is at the very top of places I want to visit. I want to see the crown of St. Stephen and sut szalonna. Thanks for boiling down a nice itinerary.March 21, 2015 – 12:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Nita - Budapest looks beautiful! Haven’t been there but visited Czech a few years back. The architecture in that region is stunning, isn’t it? Lovely pictures :)March 23, 2015 – 10:20 amReplyCancel

  • Monica - Thank you for sharing! I am traveling to Budapest myself in a few weeks and am so excited to see everything you shared. I did have a question about how you arranged for a car to pick you up at Keleti Station. Did you order a cab or was it with a separate driving company?June 5, 2015 – 1:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We hired a private driver. The guy we used was highly recommended in a blog post my husband came across when doing research for our trip. Unfortunately, I lost his card during our travels, so I can’t pass along his name. Sorry :(June 10, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Maaike - Travellous World - Thanks for all the tips! I’m about to head to Budapest for two days, and I love to be inspired!July 6, 2015 – 11:54 amReplyCancel

  • Beng Hong - hi, great photos! May I ask where is the location of the spot you took for the 1st photo in this article? thanks!November 23, 2015 – 4:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Helen Hendricksen - We’ve had trouble with ATMs here too, but the ones that are inside of the bank buildings seem to work ok. Great post! Thanks for all the helpful info!December 8, 2015 – 6:37 amReplyCancel

  • The Traveloid - Great post, wish I had actually gone inside the parliament building when I was there! I’d also recommend visiting some of the ruin pubs, especially Fogashaz and Szimpla Kert, which are unlike any other pubs elsewhere! They’re great during the day to chill or for a few drinks at night.March 30, 2016 – 5:56 amReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Craver - Insightful article indeed. I’m coming to Budapest on business soon and will have only one a couple of days to explore the city. My question would be, what is the best way to get into the city from the airport? My colleague suggested http://budtransfer.com/, but I’d love to know your opinion as well! Thank you in advance.April 5, 2016 – 7:59 amReplyCancel

  • Ankita Miharia - Beautiful pictures. Love your post. I am planning to visit Budapest in September. Is the weather good during that time? Are 2 days enough or do I need 3 days?

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  • Victoria - Wow, great photos! And, yeah, Budapest never seems to have any of that old communist feel… it’s just a beautiful place. Glad you made it to the other side of the river… you’d be surprised how many people never do. :)May 14, 2017 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

Gellért Hill and the Citadella, Budapest- A Mix of History and Beautiful Views

Gellért Hill is the place to go for the best panoramic views of Budapest. From the top, you get unrivaled views the Danube river and both sides of the city- Buda and Pest. Yet, Gellért Hill is much more than a dramatic viewpoint. As one of the earliest inhabited parts of Budapest, the hill has played a significant role…

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  • Miklos - Wow, nice photos of my home city and accurate article.March 15, 2015 – 9:39 amReplyCancel

  • Eva Godden - CongratulationMarch 17, 2015 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Gellért Monument, Budapest

Across from Budapest’s Elizabeth Bridge is a stone staircase leading up to a large memorial for St. Gellért, Hungary’s first missionary. The statue’s location is not only dramatic in terms of amazing views, but is said to be where Gellért faced a sensational death. Legend has it that Gellért was either hurled off the hill…

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  • Rana Singh - Great article and pic is just awesome.
    Wish i could visit Budapest some days with my friends.January 6, 2015 – 2:57 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Matthias Church, Budapest

Matthias Church is understandably one of the main attractions on Castle Hill. After all, it is one of Hungary’s most important churches. It has hosted many coronations since its construction in the 13th century, the most notable being the crowning of Franz Joseph and Elizabeth, as well as the last Habsburgs, Karl IV and Zita….

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The Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest- Photos, Facts and Tips for Visiting

Budapest’s most recognizable building (and Hungary’s largest), sits majestically along the east bank of the Danube. The Hungarian Parliament building is unmissable- its buttresses, towers and mighty dome are dazzling from near and far. It is especially impressive at night, brightly illuminated in a golden glow. The marble-clad interior is just as striking. Sweeping staircases,…

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  • Jennifer - Absolutely love that first night shot of the Parliament!March 11, 2014 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Paul - Wow! Thanks for sharing Rhonda, amazing photos, the interior looks absolutely stunning, such an ornate and decorative building.May 17, 2014 – 3:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Paul. It was a gorgeous building. So much gold! Hopefully you get to check it out one day!May 17, 2014 – 7:54 amReplyCancel

Castle Hill, Budapest- Self-Guided Tour of the Points of Interest

Crowning the hilly west bank of the Buda side of Budapest is Castle Hill, a district packed with historic sights and famous for its splendid vistas. Our first day in Budapest was spent exploring the Castle District. We had such a good time wandering the crooked streets, admiring the fabulous architecture, indulging in sweet treats,…

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  • Mary {The World Is A Book} - Every time I see pictures of Budapest, it just makes me want to plan my next trip there sooner. Budapest Castle Hill is just amazing and your pictures certainly captured its beauty and stunning architecture. Those night shots are gorgeous! Glad you got to see the Changing of the Guards. They’re always so fun to see.January 23, 2014 – 12:24 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Great post! We’ll be in Budapest this coming summer and I’ll make sure we visit each of these highlights.
    Frank (bbqboy)January 23, 2014 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Lucky you! Have fun!January 23, 2014 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Hungary 4 U - Beautiful pictures and great travel tips for visiting the Buda Castle DistrictJanuary 23, 2014 – 4:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Budapest is my favorite European city! Also on Castle Hill is Cafe Ruzwurm, Budapest’s oldest cafe and pastry shop. The cakes are so delicious! Another secret beneath the Castle Hill is Faust Winery, the perfect spot for Hungarian wine tastings.February 26, 2014 – 2:13 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Even after spending an entire day on Castle Hill, we still didn’t see and do everything! Good tips for next time.February 26, 2014 – 1:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Urska Furlan - Great tips! I was there once, but I didn’t have the chance to see the Buda Castle Labyrinth. Good idea for the next time! :)March 9, 2014 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Anne Vallet - I want to say that your experiences and mine were so akin. I love Castle Hill and so much of Buda and Pest, the Danube. I personally did not do the Labyrinth, except for the part you mentioned (the big part) because I have a fear of enclosed places and had already used my doctor helps in the catacombs in Rome on that trip, but my husband, took a video cam and the “personal labyrinth” experience. I waited up top by Matthias Church…oh my….but…when he came up, and you would need to know he was a 3 toured recon Marine “Nam era, now gone on, he gave me the video cam, and said, hey, just a fun jog, Annie… So I truly don’t know if the personal experience of the labyrinth was better, but the video cam I have is cool. He did a good job, and he went it alone…that’s the cool part…to cover them, I think they follow at a distance. He exited the labyrinth near me, where they told me to wait. I thought you might want to know that as a fellow lover of Castle Hill. I’m from Texas. Much love.♥April 13, 2014 – 4:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Rose - What a bunch of lovely photos! I was here a few years ago, found it very interesting, but thanks to your post I learned a bit extra. Thanks! :)December 29, 2014 – 3:27 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica van Dop DeJesus - Just arrived in Budapest and ran into this post via twitter. Very useful since we have 48 hours here! Lovely pictures!December 29, 2014 – 11:11 amReplyCancel

  • Erin Rathbone - I too experienced the Labyrinth and I was laughing reading your description. At one point it was dark and foggy and creepy and I almost had a panic attack because I couldn’t find my way out of a dead end. While I agree there’d be better caves to visit, the sheer bizarreness of this one will always stand out in my mind, and provide comic reliefFebruary 17, 2018 – 4:00 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Lol…yes, it definitely makes for a funny story, if nothing else!February 18, 2018 – 10:30 amReplyCancel

Budapest Spas- Reviews and Tips for Visiting Thermal Baths in Budapest

Budapest is not just the capital of Hungary; this exciting European city also carries another official title- Spa City. The thermal spas in Budapest are some of the grandest baths in Europe and are renowned throughout the world for their therapeutic effects. Popular with tourists who come to ease the aches and pains from walking…

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  • nylonliving.com - I went to the Gellert Spa about 15 years ago. I did think it was beautiful at one point but clearly a bit run down. They must have made some improvements since then if you think some of it has been renovated. We opted for a massage and gotten beaten to a pulp by a VERY strong woman. but it did feel great after. January 12, 2014 – 7:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - I was recently in Budapest and spent an afternoon at Szchenyi Baths. Sad to hear your experience wasn’t so good there, but I enjoyed myself. I must’ve gotten lucky with the staff members because I didn’t have any problem and one girl was particularly helpful. I took the dubious cleanliness standards and abundant speedos as a cultural experience and managed to have a really great time. I’m sad I didn’t get to visit Gellert or another spa, but will definitely do that on another trip!January 14, 2014 – 9:42 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’m glad you a good time! I’ve read really mixed reviews- some who have had an experience similar to ours, while others had a much better time. That’s why I don’t like to tell people to stay away (unless it’s out of this world terrible), because each travel experience is different. At least telling our story will hopefully give people a heads-up so they go in with realistic expectations. If I went back to Budapest I would try some of the other spas to see how they compare.January 14, 2014 – 11:37 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - The photos look great and something we would definitely like to do – gee, sorry about all the grumpy people. Sounds really unpleasant! Thanks for the tips, hopefully we don’t get yelled at.
    Frank (bbqboy)January 23, 2014 – 10:20 amReplyCancel

  • Freya - I went to Budapest a few times but never visited a SPA there, maybe I will next time just to have the experience (even when it might not be such a good one) I’m a big fan of the German SPAs and not sure whether Budapest will be able to beat that.March 13, 2014 – 7:29 amReplyCancel

  • Karin - Oh yeah, I’m from NZ and you shoud never wear jewellery in thermal water, in NZ it’s the sulphur that reacts. Normally they have signs up but foreigners get caught out. I’m off to Budapest on Sunday and looking forward to a soak I have to say.June 13, 2016 – 12:42 amReplyCancel

Europe at Night- Photo Series

Europe at night is absolutely stunning! All of the important buildings and monuments are illuminated, creating a romantic feel to whichever city you happen to be in. I thought some cities, like Budapest, were actually more beautiful at night when everything was lit up so prominently. Taking night pictures quickly became my favourite thing to…

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  • Ellen Christian - Love the photo of the bridge in Hungary. So pretty!December 12, 2013 – 3:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - Wow these photos are stunning! I agree that a tripod is essential with nighttime photography. It’s amazing the effects you can get with a slow shutter speed, like the smooth milky clouds!December 13, 2013 – 7:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Laura! Yes, it really is cool to capture the clouds moving across the sky. Makes for some nice effects!December 13, 2013 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Marsha - I love these night pictures. I have to remind myself to take more pics at night; these are fantastic!December 20, 2013 – 10:30 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - First time attempt at night photography? Well, these are fantastic!January 16, 2014 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you, Jennifer. I took SO many pictures just to make sure at least one came out well. Thank goodness Mike is so patient, waiting while I did long exposure after long exposure. Although, one time I did look over and found him sleeping in the grass!January 16, 2014 – 10:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Keryn from Walking On Travels - These are stunning! I love to photograph at night, but sadly I don’t get much time cause of the boys these days. I can’t stay awake late enough!February 21, 2014 – 11:58 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! I really fell in love with night photography on this trip. I am not usually one for staying up late, but when I’m out taking pictures I don’t mind so much.February 22, 2014 – 9:32 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Fantastic photos! Love the photo of Nuremburg.
    Frank (bbqboy)March 11, 2014 – 8:10 amReplyCancel

  • Adelina | PackMeTo - Gorgeous shots! I’m always way too tired to go out at night to snap photos.July 6, 2014 – 12:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Carmen @ CarmensTravelTips - Love all your pictures. The lighting is amazing in some of these. What style of camera do you use if you don’t mind me asking?July 10, 2014 – 6:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Tegan Engler - Absolutely stunning photos Rhonda. Makes me very excited about our first trip to Europe. Thank you for all the handy tips! September 10, 2014 – 7:12 amReplyCancel

Photo of the Week: Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion was my favourite place on Castle Hill in Budapest.  It’s a unique looking structure, built in neo-gothic and neo-romanesque styles, different from anything else you will see in the city. Fisherman’s Bastion was erected behind Matthias Church, on the spot where a guild of fishermen defended the city from invasion during the Middle…

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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,
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  • 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

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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