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The Netherlands have many restaurants catering to your American, Chinese, Asian, Mediterranean, or even Indian cravings! But what’s better while traveling then to also sample the local cuisine and really get to know a country’s culture through your taste buds?!
Lucerne is a picture perfect, quaintly small city for travelers looking to have the Swiss experience. Easy to walk through its lovely medieval old town center, with a pristine blue lake situated beneath a snow peaked mountain range, it’s an ideal choice for any traveler wanting to enjoy a combination of nature, metropolitan refinement, and wonderful history and architecture.
With its ancient castles, mythical churches, lovely medieval villages, and a fascinating 1000-year-old history, exploring around the Czech Republic can make one feel as if they’ve stepped into a fantasyland for travelers.
In Cinque Terre, a traveler can always count on enjoying its charming pastel colored seaside villages, amazing local food, and those stunning hiking trails that run high above the deep blue Ligurian Sea. Each season has its own distinct qualities that will appeal to different travelers for different reasons so to help you decide when to plan your visit we have listed our favorite times of year to have a memorable experience in this unrelentingly gorgeous Mediterranean region of Italy.
With its centuries old architecture, spectacular churches, beautiful green parks, and majestic bridges over the Vltava river, Prague is renowned for being one of Europe’s most photogenic cities. The best way to experience the full magnitude of Prague’s beauty and to have an unforgettable moment to reflect on the inspiration it provides to visitors is to head up high for a panoramic view.
The words “beer” and “Prague” are practically synonymous in the vocabulary of both locals and visitors. It’s no secret that the Czech capital is famous for this bubbly beverage, being of world class quality, offered at a ridiculously low price, and available to drink all throughout the city at any time of day or night.
For some, spending winter in Europe seems like a rash decision. Europeans do winter the best because they make use of those cold, dark days with outdoor sports, delicious food, and beautiful sights. Find our top 10 must-see European winter destinations below:
The historic German city of Nuremberg is tucked away in Bavaria’s more northern region. With its ancient walls and interesting history - Nuremberg is worth paying a visit if you happen to find yourself in the abundant Bavarian region!
Bratislava is a beautiful city in Slovakia rich in history and tradition. It should be no surprise that you can expect to find local goodies of all types to bring home with you. Here is the top five list of must-have souvenirs to bring home with you from Bratislava.
If you’re visiting Prague soon, you probably have your days covered with Charles Bridge touring and Old Town Square people-watching, but what is there to do at night? Not to worry! Prague’s nightlife is diverse and widespread - from pubs, dance clubs, and brunch spots turned karaoke bar, you will never be bored in Prague!
With almost 200 museums housing everything from historical marvels to video game collections, Berlin won’t disappoint even the brainiest visitor. And while some museums are well-known and have been around for over a century, others are more obscure and offer a chance to see a completely different side of the city’s history.
The Czech Republic is a small country in central Europe, most known for housing the fairytale city of Prague. While visiting, it is essential to bring a checklist with you of must-try foods that are traditional to the country. To make your life easy, we made that checklist for you! Here are ten foods that we think you must try while paying a visit to the Czech Republic.
From amazing archeological ruins to pristine beaches to non-stop shopping, magical, beautiful Italy has much to offer to visitors. Even if you’re a regular tourist, though, chances are you’ve missed some of Italy’s best-kept secrets. Here are 11 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Italy.
Tuscany is a place that is rich in culture. The region has an incredible wine and dining culture, as you’ve read about in the previous two parts of this series. On top of that, their love of hospitality and true conversation is unbeatable.
When it comes to wine, Italy is world-renowned for its tasty, homemade vinos; and if Italy is the most known country in the world for its wines, we can reasonably argue that the wine-famous Italian region of Tuscany has the best wines in the world.
Munich is the capital city of the German state of Bavaria and therefore flooded with interesting history and a diverse culture. When visiting the beautiful city, it’s important to know exactly where to get good eats – as big cities can occasionally be overwhelming. In this post, we put together seven of our favorite Munich-based restaurants we think you should check out on your next trip.
Most people know that Germany specializes in sausage, but would you believe it if I said that isn’t it? You can find German mac & cheese, German pizza, and so much more. Find the ten foods that you must try on your next visit to Germany here!
Italy is always a dream destination, so there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit. There are, however, slightly more beneficial times to get to the land of La Dolce Vita, especially if you have plans in mind that include saving money, seeing a particular festival or avoiding masses of tourists.
If you are visiting Italy from the U.S., prepare yourself for a large variance in coffee order than what you are accustomed to at home. Most cafes in Italy do not offer frappuccinos, sugary syrups, or anything ‘venti’ sized.
As one of the most visited cities in Europe, Venice is not surprisingly also one of its priciest. The merchants of Venice are notorious for extracting a metaphorical pound of flesh from your wallet each time you fetch it out of your back pocket.
Florence, Italy is the largest city in Tuscany, and with that comes all of the best culture and food the region has to offer. If you’re considering a trip to Florence, look no further than these top 10 reasons we think you should book that trip today.
If you’ve never been to the eclectic, diverse city of Berlin - you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Germany in itself is a very welcoming and open country, and Berlin embodies all of that through its funky and inclusive culture. Here’s where to hang out if you’re looking to channel your most hipster self while visiting Berlin.
Europe is home to a number of crypts and chapels that have become the last resting place of human remains. Rather than being set away in coffins or urns, these skeletal remains are arranged and displayed as decorative motifs on walls and ceilings. A mix of macabre and artistic, bone churches (officially known as ossuaries) are a fascinating look into our own mortality.
The city of Prague in the Czech Republic has become a recent top destination for tourists - and for good reason. Prague is a romantic city located in Central Europe with a unique, fairytale-like charm. Below are ten excellent reasons Prague deserves a spot on your European travel bucket list.
We are sure you want to make as much of your European adventure as possible. You want to see it all, taste it all, and most importantly, remember it all.
The Christmas markets in Austria have deservedly earned their reputation as being some of the most beautiful in Central Europe. Baroque and Gothic architecture glow cheerfully in the festive lights, while homemade Christmas decorations and other arts and crafts are on display in quaint wooden stalls.
Munich is one of the largest cities in central Europe, and within it there is so much to see and do. From festivals to markets to incredible restaurants, Munich has it all. Read on to find the top 10 reasons we think Munich is one Europe’s must-see cities.
When it comes to drinking beer in Bavaria, Germany, it’s important to note that the region is very passionate about their specific brewing processes. Far away from the craft beer scene that has overtaken other countries, in Bavaria you will find the brews that have been making locals and visitors alike feel satisfied and comforted for centuries.
Here we’ve listed a few tips for flying to Central Europe from New Zealand and Australia to help facilitate the decision-making process.
There are many festivals and other celebrations happening throughout the year in Central Europe. You can basically experience multiple events in each country every weekend ranging from music festivals to traditional events with a long history.
To visit Prague is every traveler´s dream come true. Grand architecture, cheap beer and a laid back culture attracts millions of visitors annually. No wonder that one would fall into many tourists´ traps along the way. Buying great souvenirs to bring back home to your family members, friends or even a nice gift for yourself can turn out to be quite a challenge.
Obscured for centuries under the shadow of Hungarian and Austrian overlords and given second billing during Slovakia’s 70-year marriage to its Czech cousins next door, the Slovak capital city of Bratislava is only now catching on as a tourist destination in its own right 25 years after the break-up of Czechoslovakia.
If you want to get away from the usual, more touristy parts of Prague, Žižkov (pronounced as zheezhkoff) is your district. This is where many locals and expats frequently eat, drink, play, and have fun throughout the week and into the weekend’s late nights. With so many noteworthy places in Žižkov, we’ve put together this list of restaurants, pubs, cocktail bars, and nightlife options to check out when visiting.
Europe contains the oldest railroads in the world and Central Europe is where the art of alpine rail engineering was perfected, opening up some of the most astonishing landscape on the continent to public view. Here we list 4 of the best rail journeys in Central Europe to make your travel from city to city that much more interesting.
If you’ve already been to Slovenia or have heard anything about it all, you’ll already be familiar with the famous picture-postcard perfection of Lake Bled and the pedestrian-friendly capital city Ljubljana. Postojna Cave and the coastal city of Piran are high on the list of must-see sights as well, but for such a small country (it’s less than half the size of Switzerland or slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey) there are countless other locations in Slovenia that are worthy of similar attention, yet rarely attract visitors in significant numbers. Here we list 6 off the beaten path localities in Slovenia.
When Christmas markets close up, preparations for Easter markets begin. Easter bunny, eggs, lamb, lilies - each European country has its own traditions which they introduce to the world in the most exciting way each Spring. See our list of the best Easter markets in Central Europe and Croatia you can experience in 2018 below!
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic (or Czechia if you will) is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and the place I call home. Despite traveling the world, I always return here and appreciate its timeless beauty as well as culture, food and other interesting things you can not find elsewhere. Let me share some of those with you.
We, at Go Real Europe have just launched an updated version of our trip planner making it arguably the best online trip planner on the market! Compared to the older version of the planner, the current one is easier, faster, and creates customized trip plans in seconds!
There can be few other cities as closely associated with one film as Salzburg is with The Sound of Music based on the life of the Von Trapp family. The film uses the memoirs of family matriarch Maria Von Trapp as its source material but is severely condensed for dramatic effect.
Since its recovery from the ‘big bang’ economic chaos of the early post-Communist years in the 1990s and then its entry into the European Union, Poland has found the time and the means to begin revising and updating the account of its post-war history. That history had often been skewed and misrepresented under the former Communist regime, largely in deference to its Soviet overlord, but now a series of sparkling new interactive museums has a begun to retell Poland’s recent history in a way that’s been a huge box office draw for both Poles and foreigners alike, albeit not without a lot of controversy.
Considering when to visit Cesky Krumlov? We’ve put together this guide of recommendations and tips to the different seasons to help you plan your trip.
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As one of the more densely populated continents on the planet, there are relatively few places in Europe where you can view nature in all its raw unadulterated beauty, but we’ve selected 5 top national parks in Central and Southern Europe that are among the best on offer in the ‘old’ continent.
Geography has always featured in the work of musicians both classical and contemporary. There is also a long list of great songs or albums inspired by Central European cities, a handful of which we write about here.
In this age of mass tourism it can sometimes be difficult to avoid the tourist crush. And let’s not be coy about the fact that Dubrovnik in Croatia is one of the main hot spots in coastal Europe during the northern hemisphere summer.
Prague is one of the best places to be in Central Europe for New Year celebrations. Never one to do things low key, the capital pulls out all the stops with hundreds of New Year's Eve parties and events that ensure an unforgettable night. Spend New Year's Day working off your hangover, or taking a refreshing stroll around Prague's many historical sights before the fun continues at 6 pm with the city's fantastic NYE firework display on January 1st!
You haven’t experienced Christmas until you’ve swopped your annual slog down the commercial mall for a magical and enchanting trip to one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets. Winter in Europe is a wonderful time to visit, and there are many Christmas markets in Europe to choose from.
The Biggest Little Country in Europe
Like a Tardis machine that looks small on the outside, but overwhelms you with its capaciousness on the inside, Slovenia is also dimensionally transcendental. Slightly smaller in area size than the state of New Jersey, or less than half the size of Switzerland, Slovenia nevertheless packs a lot of punch into its tourism market; you could spend the best part of a month there and still not see and do everything on offer.
Go Real Europe is proud to add the Polish capital of Warsaw to the growing list of city destinations that can be included in its exclusive, personalized travel itineraries. Now it is possible to get to know Poland even more intimately by arriving directly at Warsaw Chopin Airport from abroad or traveling there by train or private shuttle from Krakow, Prague or Berlin.
Traveling to Europe for the first time can be a major cultural shock. Aside from the differences in cuisine, architecture, climate, and language, you may be surprised to know that European hotel rooms differ greatly from the hotel rooms you may be accustomed to back home.
As children, we were often told bedtime stories of distant lands, Princesses with long golden hair, fire-breathing dragons and mighty castles with drawbridges. Thankfully, as adults, we are able to relive those nostalgic fairy tales for real in Central Europe, home to thousands of historic castles. While many of the castles were never homes to Princesses and were never protected by dragons, the carefully preserved castles are fantastic reminders of Europe's diverse and historic past.
Central Europe is a beautiful part of the world, and no matter what season you visit, we are confident you'll have a great time. There is no doubt, that with each season there are Pros and Cons. So what is the best time of year to visit Central Europe? Our useful guide will help you plan what season to plan your next European adventure in!
The Czech Republic's brewing pilsner style is imitated the world over, from Budweiser to Stella Artois, but imitators have failed to capture the true essence of this distinct brew. It can only truly be appreciated in the Czech Republic. When avid beer drinkers think of Czech beer, the first thing that comes to mind is the Pilsner Urquell lager and pilsner style.
Packing for any vacation can be tiresome and stressful, especially if you’re planning on visiting multiple countries. Packing for the appropriate weather conditions (especially when they are so unpredictable) and not over packing so you don’t have to lug around a ton of luggage is the eternal traveller’s conundrum.
While Prague's most popular beverage is beer, it goes without saying that coffee is second on that list! Prague's cafe culture has come a long way over the past decade, with a host of cool, hip and cozy cafes popping up all over the city. Skip the Starbucks and Costa Coffee and seek out one of the city's authentic coffee shops on your next trip to Prague.
Go Real Europe itineraries no longer include rental cars, as it became clear to us that in the large majority of cases, renting a car in did not make sense. It also resulted in stressed-out clients and was unnecessarily putting them in danger.
One thing few people notice when visiting Prague is the mass array of weird and wonderful and sometimes controversial sculptures that have been placed around this very compacted city.
A trip to Central Europe is just as much as a vacation for your taste buds as it is for you. Europe is famous for its diverse cuisine, from Italian and French to Hungarian and Czech to name a few, each country has its own delicacies and speciality dishes. It's a foodie paradise and we highly recommend taking a food tour or trying as many local dishes as possible on your trips to Europe.
Like capital cities everywhere, Bohemia’s main city has attracted its fair share of great artists, whether they’ve been born there or have been drawn to an environment with the infrastructure to support and nurture exceptional talent.
When the average traveler imagines Prague they tend to first think of its twisting medieval lanes and awe-inspiring historic architecture such as the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and the Old Town Hall. But for locals, the city’s best feature may actually be its abundant supply of parks and green spaces.
Although it is fairly rare, there are those who attempt to scam tourists, especially in Budapest. For instance, one variation which occurs on Vaci street in Budapest is for a couple of attractive girls to approach a male traveler or small group of male travelers asking for directions to a bar.
You might think that the Euro would be widely used in the whole Europe by now but the truth is that many countries have not switched to yet and have different currencies.
A tuxedo or jeans? A ballroom gown or mini-skirt? Hard to decide, when you are abroad? Let us guide you through contemporary concerts, operas, and ballets fashion rules in Europe.
Witness incredible acoustics and mind blowing architecture in some of Central Europe's most famous and best classical music concert halls, that draws in crowds from all over the world.
It’s Christmas! (Cue Slades, Merry Christmas Everybody!). It’s the season for gift giving, twinkling fairy lights, tons of chocolate, family time and recharging our batteries. Every country around the world celebrates this magical time with their own traditions and here in the Czech Republic, we have a few Christmas traditions of our own, including some rather weird ones!
Recent events raise the very valid question: Is it safe to travel to Europe? The short answer is yes.
During the past year France and Belgium have fallen victim to tragic acts of terrorism that have generated a great deal of fear among potential travellers to Europe. Following last month’s attack in Brussels, the U.S State Department issued a European Travel Alert.
Central Europe is one of the best places in the world for beer lovers. Almost every country in Europe has its own style of beer, however, only a select few destinations have a long history of brewing beer. Go Real Europe have happily trapsed around Central Europe to find some of the best places to grab a pint (or litre) and enjoy the heavenly nectar that is beer!
When I moved to Germany in 1998, the mere mention of Prague still evoked a sense of the exotic. In some ways, it was still a part of the “wild, wild East”, and to visit was a little adventurous. So naturally, I traveled there within a month of arriving in Europe.
For many American’s, the thought of taking a trip to Europe and traveling around using public transport can seem very daunting. In a country where public transport is sparse and everyone travels by car, the idea of using buses, trams, subways, and trains in Europe seems too intimating, scary and confusing.
Even though Mom and Dad may be dying for a visit to Europe, too many parents give up on the idea because they think their children won't be happy on the trip. Among other things, they worry that kids won't be interested in the history or the tours, and that they won't be impressed by the architecture and scenery. Forgotten in all this is the fact that there are over 100 million children in Europe, and parents there are just as interested in keeping their kids entertained as American, Canadian, and Australian parents.