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Hi guys, we just got back from a trip to a beautiful Capital of Denmark! In this post, I would like to share with you over 15 cool things to do in Copenhagen during your weekend. Maybe you’re staying longer than 2 days in Copenhagen, however, you should definitely do/try these alternative, hipster and millennial things to do in Copenhagen!

I wanted to say big thanks to Visit Copenhagen, who supported us in our visit to Copenhagen and provided us with Copenhagen VIP cards. With Copenhagen cards, you can save a lot of money on museums, transport (it’s free with the pass), excursions and even canal tours. Some of the attractions that we are featuring in this post, we paid using our Copenhagen cards, so it was very helpful. 

Before we start with the cool & alternative things to do in Copenhagen, let’s clarify a couple of questions first. 

alternative things to do in Copenhagen

How expensive is Copenhagen?

After I published photos from Copenhagen on Instagram, some of my followers DMed me and asked, whether Copenhagen is as expensive as everybody says. Well, I must confirm that everything people are talking about is true – Copenhagen is expensive even for Londoners. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune in Copenhagen to enjoy your stay in the city and there are ways to visit Copenhagen on a budget. Especially if you’re planning to visit some of the alternative things to do in Copenhagen, as alternative attractions are often free! I will write a separate post about prices in Copenhagen and will leave a link here (very soon). 

Even though the flights to Copenhagen are normally quite affordable (especially with Ryanair), hotels are really expensive. We stayed in a hotel called Moxy, which was just 8 minutes away (by train) from the central train station in Copenhagen. Getting there was very easy and also, the hotel was very modern, had a great breakfast and overall, left a wonderful impression. It wasn’t that expensive as well – in fact, it was one of the cheapest hotels in Copenhagen – we only paid about £100 per night (that’s cheap in Denmark). Prepare to spend at least 300DKK per person per day for meals in Copenhagen (that’s about 36 GBP). However, if you go to a nice restaurant, 1 dish will likely cost that much. That’s why so many people come to Copenhagen for a weekend and not any longer – even a weekend in Copenhagen is already pricey!

weekend in Copenhagen

Where to stay in Copenhagen?

If you’re wondering, where to stay in Copenhagen for a weekend, I would recommend Hotel Moxy, where we stayed for 1 night. It’s affordable and close to the city centre, however, you need to take public transport to get there (but it only takes 10 minutes by train to get to the hotel). If you’re looking for even more affordable options and hostels, consider staying in Steel House Copenhagen or Woodah Hostel.

Where to stay in Copenhagen

Some cool tours to take in Copenhagen:

If you’re interested in taking an alternative or cool tour in Copenhagen, you might want to consider these options:

2.5-hour Alternative tour of Copenhagen 

3-hour tour – Copenhagen by bike 

2.5-hour food tour of Copenhagen 

2-hour “Hidden Gems” canal tour 

alternative things to do in Copenhagen

What to pack for Copenhagen?

Wondering, what to pack for Copenhagen? Well, Copenhagen is not the warmest city in Europe, so make sure to bring many layers of clothes, even in summer. I also recommend bringing a waterproof parka and the shoes that don’t get wet easily. Summer can be very warm, but it can also be quite cold, so bring a couple of hoodies or sweaters even if you’re going in summer (unless you’re going for 2 days to Copenhagen and the weather forecast says hot and sunny).

Finally, without further ado, let’s get started with 15+ cool things to do in Copenhagen for a weekend!

What to pack for Copenhagen

15+ Cool and alternative things to do in Copenhagen

Hire an electric scooter 

One of the activities that you must do in Copenhagen is to hire an electric scooter. One of the biggest companies out there is Lime. We were familiar with Lime from London, that’s why we had the app installed before we even arrived in Copenhagen. If you don’t have the Lime app, you can download it from here

Hiring an electric scooter is not cheap (you pay per km and per minute), however, it’s very fun and Copenhagen is a city that is perfect for bikes and scooters with plenty of cycling lanes and overall a very chilled atmosphere. We drove all the way from the city centre to Reffen street food market and paid about 60 DKK per person. 

15+ Cool Things To Do in Copenhagen | Weekend in Copenhagen

​Visit a street food market 

Restaurants in Copenhagen are very expensive. And unfortunately, for that price, they aren’t even that good. That’s why I recommend you to visit one of Copenhagen’s street food markets. The biggest street food market in Copenhagen is Reffen – it has over 50 stalls of different foods, from Danish smorrebrod (smørrebrød) to Jamaican Jerk chicken. That’s where I also tried the best ceviche in my life – very unexpectedly!

15+ Cool Things To Do in Copenhagen | Weekend in Copenhagen

​Take a boat tour

We got a free boat tour with our Copenhagen city cards and we really enjoyed it! The tour lasted for 1 hour and it was great to see the city from the water as well as see different areas of Copenhagen, where we later returned on foot and by scooter. 

15+ Cool Things To Do in Copenhagen | Weekend in Copenhagen

​Visit some of the most Instagrammable streets

Copenhagen has plenty of amazing Instagrammable places and I should definitely write a post about the most Instagrammable spots in Copenhagen. If you wanted around the city centre, you will see a lot of beautiful streets with really photogenic and Instagrammable houses.

Instagrammable streets in Copenhagen

​Try the traditional smørrebrød – Danish open sandwiches

You can’t leave Copenhagen without trying the traditional smørrebrød – a variety of open sandwiches on rye bread with fishes (e.g. herring or salmon) or meat, eggs, butter and various spreads and veggies. You can try them in any traditional restaurant or even in a food court of a shopping mall.

​Enjoy a panorama of Copenhagen sipping Danish coffee

Coffee is a very popular drink in Copenhagen and you can find it basically everywhere. However, unlike London, not many places do decaf (I only drink decaf, so it was a problem for me, however, I suppose, it wouldn’t matter much for you). One of the best places to drink coffee and enjoy a stunning view is the department store Illum. On the top floor, there is a space with plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops. You can grab a coffee and go on a terrace overlooking the heart of Copenhagen.

millennial and cool things to do in Copenhagen. Weekend in Copenhagen

​Try a traditional Danish pastry in Lagkagehuset 

You also can’t leave Copenhagen without trying a traditional Danish pastry. Some of the best Danish pastries you can buy in a chain of bakeries called Lagkagehuset. However, if you’re living in London, you know that there is Lagkagehusen in London as well, where it goes by the name Ole & Steen. 

Danish pastry in Denmark

​Visit the Freetown Christiania

If you haven’t heard of it before, basically, there is an anarchist community in the middle of Copenhagen that has about 1000 residents. Christiania was started by the group of hippies, squatters and anarchists in 1971 when they occupied an empty military territory in the heart of Copenhagen. Since then, it was a sort of independent territory, where drugs are legal and sold on the streets. However, Christiania is not dangerous for visitors (at least during the day) – it has plenty of nice coffee places, shops and even restaurant, so people often go to the area to party. Moreover, Christiania is also very popular with tourists. You can’t, however, take photos in the Main Street, where the drug trade is happening. Visiting Christiania is one of the hipster and alternative things to do in Copenhagen.

Christiania in Copenhagen

​Enjoy the rides in Tivoli 

Tivoli is a theme park in the city centre of Copenhagen. You need to pay the entrance fee of about 140 DKK just to enter the park and then pay for the rides separately or you can buy an unlimited ticket that includes the entrance to the park and all the rides. If you have a Copenhagen Card, the entrance is free, so we went in and were very impressed how nicely decorated the park was. If it was a bit warmer, we would have definitely taken a couple of rides as well! Even if you’re only spending a weekend in Copenhagen, you have to visit Tivoli (you can do it after all the other attraction close, as Tivoli is often open until midnight).

Tivoli Copenhagen at night

​Watch the sunset in Nyhavn

Nyhavn is the most famous and also the prettiest area of Copenhagen. You must have seen it on all the magnets and postcards and it’s very photogenic! It’s usually very crowded during the day, however, we noticed way fewer people during the sunset and the views were also stunning!

millennial and cool things to do in Copenhagen. Weekend in Copenhagen

​Have a picnic in Kastellet

Kastellet or Citadel is a very famous fortress in Copenhagen. It’s located on a small island (very close to the Little Mermaid) and you can get there by crossing the bridge. Inside the fortress, there are plenty of buildings, however, the most remarkable one, in my opinion, is this windmill. On a warm and sunny day, you can just sit in the park and have a snack or even a picnic with a wonderful view. 

millennial and cool things to do in Copenhagen. Weekend in Copenhagen

​Have a shot of traditional Danish Akvavit 

One of the traditional Danish drinks is Akvavit – a drink very similar to vodka. It is distilled from grain and potatoes and has different flavours (depending on the herbs used). We tried it in a Danish restaurant and, well, it was an interesting experience!

​Climb to the top of Our Saviour Church 

If you climb to the top of Our Saviour Church, you will see a stunning 360 degrees panorama of the entire city. You need to climb over 400 steps and some of them are pretty tough (you need to climb), however, the view is insane and worth the climb!

millennial and cool things to do in Copenhagen. Weekend in Copenhagen

​Enjoy a walk around the area of Christianshavn

Christianshavn is one of the nicest areas of Copenhagen. You will see beautiful colourful houses, canals and lots of people kayaking. There are also plenty of cafes you can visit in the area and it’s a great destination for a walk. 

millennial and cool things to do in Copenhagen. Weekend in Copenhagen

​Go shopping to Strøget

If you want to buy some nice sustainable clothes from Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, head to Strøget – a shopping area of Copenhagen City Centre. 

​Try Liquorice Tea

Finally, the last of the cool things to do in Copenhagen, but not the least one is to try Liquorice tea and also some liquorice sweets (in case you haven’t tried them before). In my experience, people are divided into two categories – the ones that love liquorice and the ones that hate it. I really dislike liquorice, however, I fell in love with Liquorice tea. Maybe you will like it as well? You never know!

I hope you enjoyed this post about 15+ cool things to do in Copenhagen! Of course, there are more things to do including fabulous castles and interesting museums, however, this time, we only focused on millennial, cool and hipster things to do in Copenhagen. 

Have you ever been to Aarhus? We loved this Danish city as well! Check my post about the best things to do in Aarhus >>>

Interested in visiting other Scandinavian countries? I’ve got a post about the best things to do in Stockholm, Sweden and also a post about a Baltic sea cruise visiting Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm!

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Forget Munich: Visit Oktoberfest in Stuttgart! Cannstatter Wasen (Volksfest) https://tripsget.com/forget-munich-visit-oktoberfest-in-stuttgart-cannstatter-wasen-volksfest/ https://tripsget.com/forget-munich-visit-oktoberfest-in-stuttgart-cannstatter-wasen-volksfest/#respond Thu, 03 Oct 2019 20:29:28 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=7449 In this post, I will share with you my experience visiting Oktoberfest in Stuttgart – Cannstatter Volksfest or Cannstatter Wasen. If you’re looking for Oktoberfest alternatives or best beer festivals in…

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In this post, I will share with you my experience visiting Oktoberfest in Stuttgart – Cannstatter Volksfest or Cannstatter Wasen. If you’re looking for Oktoberfest alternatives or best beer festivals in Germany – Cannstatter Wasen is probably the best option, as it’s a very similar celebration, yet more authentic and less touristy.

In case you’ve been to Oktoberfest in Munich (or Wiesn) too many times or you think that it’s simply too expensive, well, I guess you’re looking for alternatives to Oktoberfest or other amazing beer festivals in Germany. With the rise of popularity of the Oktoberfests all around the world (hey, I even visited Oktoberfest in Hong Kong), of course, you can visit the beer festival in your home town. However, if you’re looking for a very authentic experience, tasty German beer, wearing dirndl or lederhosen, a proper fair and an amazing festival atmosphere and all that without having to pay £400 per night for a hotel and without queuing at the tents since 7 am, well, your best bet is Cannstatter Volksfest or Cannstatter Wasen!

Yes, there is a massive beer festival in Stuttgart as well and it’s actually very very similar to the Oktoberfest in Munich (believe me, I visited both). Even the names are similar – Wiesn in Munich versus Wasen in Stuttgart. Both originated in the same way – as an agricultural celebration or a harvest festival, however, Oktoberfest in Munich became very popular with tourists and Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart stayed more authentic and locally relevant.

Forget Munich: Visit Oktoberfest in Stuttgart! Cannstatter Wasen Experience

How to get to Stuttgart and where to stay there?

First, let’s see how to get to Stuttgart and where to stay there during Cannstatter Wasen – amazing beer festival in Germany. 

It’s very easy to fly to Stuttgart from pretty much anywhere in Europe. In case you’re planning to fly from London (just like us), there is a direct flight from London Heathrow to Stuttgart that departs early in the morning (at 7:40 am and departs late on any other day (around 7 pm), so you can even come to Stuttgart just for a weekend! There are also flights from Gatwick that depart in the morning and go back at night. You can see the prices and availability here.

We stayed at the hotel Jaz that is located just 15 minutes walking to the main train station of Stuttgart (Hauptbahnhof) (or 1 stop by metro). It was an amazing modern hotel with a beautiful terrace, a weekend brunch with a DJ and really nice and modern rooms. The breakfast was really good as well and overall, I think, Jaz was a perfect hotel to stay at in Stuttgart. You can check the prices and availability here.

Hotel Jaz - where to stay in Stuttgart

When is Cannstatter Wasen happening?

If you’re wondering, when is Cannstatter Wasen happening, it usually lasts for 3 weeks around the end of September – mid-October. This year, Cannstatter Wasen is happening between the 27th of September and 13th of October. Depending on when are you reading this post, you can still go and visit the Wasen!

Moreover, there is also a beer festival in Spring in Stuttgart called Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest. It usually happens between the 18th of April and 10th of May (or around these dates – the dates listed were the ones of this year). In case you are busy with work in Autumn and can’t take any holidays, attending Cannstatter Volksfest in Spring (or Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest).

Best alternatives to Oktoberbest in Munich

Cannstatter Volksfest – is it the main competitor of Oktoberfest in Munich?

Cannstatter Volksfest or Cannstatter Wasen is actually the second biggest beer festival in the world. It is not significantly smaller than Wiesn in Munich, however, as I already mentioned, it is more authentic and less manicured compared to Oktoberfest in München.

As I have been to both and only with a difference of 1 year, I can tell you my impressions from both and the differences I noticed. From what I have seen, Oktoberfest in Munich has slightly more photogenic stalls and attractions, there are also more tents and the tents are way bigger. I also noticed that there were way more tourists in Munich and more people were wearing a traditional costume outside the tents.

However, I noticed people in traditional Black Forest national outfits in Stuttgart on the Wasen and these outfits were incredible. Somehow, Canstatter Wasen felt more authentic, more relaxed and more fun. You don’t have to wake up at 6 am and queue to get a good spot at a tent (you have to do that at Oktoberfest, especially during the weekends), you can take your time and enjoy your time at Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart.

Forget Munich: Visit Oktoberfest in Stuttgart! Cannstatter Wasen Experience

Also, I have seen so many groups of girls around and it felt like a dirndl fashion show. If you are female and you’re thinking of visiting Oktoberfest with your group of friends, Wasen in Stuttgart is perfect for that.

If I were to pick one, Cannstatter Wasen or Oktoberfest in Munich, I would probably return to Cannstatter Wasen, as it’s more laid-back, less crowded and overall, is a more enjoyable and authentic experience.

Best alternatives to Oktoberbest in Munich

So here are some things you need to know before visiting Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart:

Please note that you don’t need to pay to enter the fair – it’s free! You can wander around, take photos and observe people at the fair free of charge. The entrance to the tents is normally free as well. However, in some popular tents, you need to pay to book a table. The tables are normally for 5, 6, 10 or 15+ people. However, in some tents, you can book a standing spot for 1,2,3 or more people. 

1.Try to visit the festival on a working day or Sunday (not on Saturday) as it won’t be so crowded and it will be easier to find a space in a tent

2. Buy a traditional outfit – Tracht in advance – you can’t buy it at the fair – one of the great spots to buy a Dirndl or Lederhosen is the luxury department store Breuninger in the heart of Stuttgart. Prices for dirndls usually start at 100-150 EUR and can go up to 500 or even more EUR.

If you can’t go to the department store and need to order your Dirndl or Lederhosen online, you can check these ones out.

3. Check the official page for the list of events like a Festival parade on the first Sunday or a Fireworks event. 

4. Food inside the tents is usually better than the food at the food stalls outside

5. Drink cautiously – beer at the Wasen is quite strong!

Cannstatter Wasen experience. Oktoberfest Stuttgart. Best beer festivals in Germany
one of the best beer festivals in Germany that is also probably the best alternative to Oktoberfest in Munich - incredible Cannstatter Wasen!

There are 9 tents at the Wasen: Sonja Merz, Klauss & Klauss, Fürstenberg Festzelt, Göckelesmaier, Schwabenwelt, Zum Wasenwirt, Grandls Hofbräu Zelt, Almhüttendorf and Cannstatter Oberamt. 

We went to Göckelesmaier – it was quite big, very festive and very fun inside. It’s a chicken-themed tent and their main speciality dish is also chicken. 

You can read more about the booking conditions here, however, the cheapest price for booking is about 30 EUR per person, that includes a budget for food or drinks. The smallest tables are for 6 people (make sure to assemble a group).

You don’t need to book to get in, however, the most popular tents could be very busy, so booking is advised. 

Forget Munich: Visit Oktoberfest in Stuttgart! Cannstatter Wasen Experience

How to get to Cannstatter Wasen?

You can get to Wasen using public transport (take a train to Bad Cannstatt and then walk for about 4 minutes) – that would take you around 10 minutes from the city centre or you can take a taxi. There is no Uber in Germany, but you can use the service called mytaxi that rebranded to FREE NOW.

one of the best beer festivals in Germany that is also probably the best alternative to Oktoberfest in Munich - incredible Cannstatter Wasen!

Our experience at the Wasen:

Overall, we really enjoyed Cannstatter Volksfest and Wasen experience. It was fun: delicious food, loads of beer, fun live music and amazing festive atmosphere.

This post was written in collaboration with Stuttgart Airport, Marketing Stuttgart, Breuninger, Jaz Hotel and Collab_ed! 

I hope you enjoyed reading about one of the best beer festivals in Germany that is also probably the best alternative to Oktoberfest in Munich – incredible Cannstatter Wasen!

one of the best beer festivals in Germany that is also probably the best alternative to Oktoberfest in Munich - incredible Cannstatter Wasen!

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Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike https://tripsget.com/day-hike-near-london-dorking-to-leith-hill-surrey-hills-aonb-hike/ https://tripsget.com/day-hike-near-london-dorking-to-leith-hill-surrey-hills-aonb-hike/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 21:47:46 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=7401 Looking for some day hikes close to London? Look no further, in this post, I would love to share our itinerary for an amazing day hike near London: from Dorking…

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Looking for some day hikes close to London? Look no further, in this post, I would love to share our itinerary for an amazing day hike near London: from Dorking to Leith Hill and back – discovering some of the best parts of Surrey Hills AONB and North Downs. This is a circular hike and also it’s one of the best Surrey Hills hikes, so I hope you find this post useful and interesting.

Some useful information about the hike:

Dorking to Leith Hill is a very long Surrey Hills hike. In total, we walked about 28 km or 16 miles and, according to my iPhone, climbed 57 floors. I guess there is no need to tell you to bring comfortable shoes, but it’s also worth mentioning that you need to have a decent condition to be able to walk a lot. Unfortunately, it’s hard to make this walk shorter, as there is little to no public transport from Leith Hill to Dorking, so you need to walk all the way back. So this is a circular hike.

If that didn’t scare you and you still want to do one of the best Surrey Hills hikes, then let me share out itinerary with you! Surrey Hills hikes are some of the best day hikes near London, so I definitely recommend you to try this hike out.

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

How to get to Surrey Hills AONB and North Downs: 

The easiest way to get to Surrey Hills AONB is probably to take a direct train from London Victoria to Dorking. I assume that you’re departing from London, but if you’re not departing from London, just check how to get to Dorking. We actually started our hike one station earlier – in Box Hill and Westhumble. Many hikers descended in this spot and went to explore different parts of Surrey Hills AONB. You can pre-book tickets online on Trainline or buy them directly at London Victoria. 

We departed London quite late, at noon, so we arrived at Box Hill and Westhumble station around 1 pm. I recommend starting the hike a bit earlier. It would be optimal to arrive at Surrey Hills AONB around 10 am.

During our hike, we used Google Maps to navigate and it worked pretty well, so no additional maps are needed.

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

Dorking to Leith Hill: the itinerary and the highlights | North Downs hike

Our Dorking to Leith Hill itinerary is as follows: we started our hike in Box Hill and West Humble and walked to Denbies Wine Estate – one of the biggest vineyards in the UK.

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

From there, we walked to Dorking and took a longer route to Leith Hill. On the way back, we took a shorter route back to Dorking. This is our Dorking to Leith Hill hike in a nutshell. Let me now tell you a bit more about the hike and share some of the highlights. 

By the way, if you like hiking, this long Seaford to Eastbourne hike through Seven Sisters is probably my favourite. Read more about it in the post that you can find in the link. 

We also had an amazing time hiking in Cornwall – one of my favourite hikes was to reach the waterfall near the Tintagel castle. Read more about it in my 3 days in Cornwall road trip itinerary. 

Dorking to Leith Hill: one of the best Surrey Hills & North Downs hikes

Visiting Denbies Wine Estate

The first stop and highlight of our Surrey Hills AONB hike was the Denbies Wine Estate. Denbies has the largest vineyard in the UK and it’s very photogenic. In the visitor centre, you can find a huge shop, where you can buy all the wines as well as some gifts, souvenirs, cutlery, toys and everything else, really. The store reminded me of a TK Maxx home section. 

You can also try the wines in the cafe of the Denbies Wine Estate. 

Denbies also has different tours and degustations throughout the day and you can find times and more information on their official website, however, as it wasn’t our main destination, we just tasted 1 wine in the cafe and continued our journey. We also bought all the groceries for our picnic / lunch in the farm shop at Denbies and started walking to Dorking. 

Denbies Wine Estate
Denbies Wine Estate

Denbies Wine Estate to Dorking

The walk from Denbies Wine Estate to Dorking town centre takes about 25 minutes and most of it is very pleasant as it goes through the vineyard and a little forest. Once you reach Dorking, you can stay there for a while and explore the town centre or you can start the hike and walk straight to Leith Hill. 

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

Dorking to the Leith Hill – going there – route 2 (slower route)

Google suggested us 2 different routes from Dorking to Leith Hill, the one through Westcott that takes two hours 20 minutes and a faster one through Coldharbour Lane – just 1 hour and 40 minutes. There was a third route through Wotton as well, however, it was around 2 hours 30 minutes, which was already a bit too long. 

The route through Westcott and then Logmore Lane was very photogenic. We had to walk on the road, however, there were almost no cars, but there were people riding horses, which was nice. Here are some of the photos from our walk. A part of the walk was through the forest and we managed to see 3 wild deer. It was nice to walk through a proper pine forest, I really miss these forests from my life in Saint Petersburg. 

Once you reach Coldharbour, there is a lovely Inn, where you can have lunch in case you didn’t bring anything with you. However, we didn’t stop and continues walking to Leith Hill. Leith Hill is a proper hill, so getting on top of it, was a bit of effort. Again, we followed our Google Maps route and didn’t get lost. 

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

Leith Hill – amazing viewpoint, see London from above

Once we climbed to Leith Hill, we were so happy. The views from the top of the hill were amazing. Moreover, on the top, there is a little cafe, where you can buy some sweets and tea / coffee. We did bring some food with us, but it was great to be able to buy a nice cake and some hot tea, as it was chilly on top of Leith Hill.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, but we actually were able to see Canary Wharf and the skyscrapers of the city of London from the hill!

If you want to spend more time at Leith Hill and also explore Leith Hill woodland walk, here’s an amazing route by National Trust! 

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike
Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

The walk back to Dorking

On the way back, we were already a bit tired, so we decided to take the fastest route. Again, we had to walk on a road, however, there were not many cars. The road is quite wide, so the cars were able to pass us without any problems. The walk back was also photogenic, however, not as impressive as the walk to Leith Hill.

It took us about 1 hour 50 minutes to get to Dorking station and hop on a train back to London. 

Amazing day hike near London: Dorking to Leith Hill | Surrey Hills AONB Hike

Dorking to Leith Hill: the summary (one of the best North Down hikes)

Overall, we enjoyed this hike a lot. It was a very long day hike near London and most of it laid through a road, however luckily, there were not many cars. According to My Viewranger, there was a route that went through the forest, however, we were not able to find it. We actually followed the beginning of the route, however, in the middle of the forest, the road was closed and it said “Private territory”, so we had to return to the main road. 

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Hi guys, in this post, I would love to share with you 15+ most Instagrammable castles in Europe that will ignite your wanderlust. These fairytale castles are quite easy to reach if you rent a car and I will share some tips on visiting thins castles and my own experience down below.

Some of these amazing European castles are located in the typical destinations famous for their castles like Scotland and Germany, however, you’ll be surprised, where you will find some of the most impressive castles in Europe.

First time in Europe?

If you are living in Europe, feel free to skip this section and scroll to the most Instagrammable castles in Europe. 

Travelling in Europe is easy! I have published a killer 16-day itinerary for Europe for Christmas, however, here are some tips you need to know if you’re coming to Europe for the first, second or third time.

Don’t be scared to fly with low-cost airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair, Volotea and more. Just keep in mind that you will have to pay for extra luggage. You can find cheap tickets on Skyscanner!

Booking.com is the best platform to book hotels and hostels in Europe. However, if you’re travelling with a group of friends, Airbnb could be the best option in terms of price. If you haven’t used it before, you can use my link to get an extra $25 towards your first booking! 

Finally, to avoid flying everywhere, you can just rent a car. Distances in Europe are not that huge, so you can easily drive from Germany to France and Switzerland, for2 example. You can fly to Spain and drive to Portugal from there, for example. You can rent a car through rentalcars.com

You can buy all the essentials for Europe on Amazon. You will need a couple of travel adaptors and if you like travel guides, then this one is amazing for Europe. You can also order a pre-paid SIM card for Europe.

I’m currently working on a huge post about spending summer in Europe and the best itinerary for 3 months in Europe and I’ll make sure to link to this post once I finish it.

Ready for the most Instagrammable castle in Europe? Let’s get started!

1. Burg Eltz or Eltz castle in Germany

Burg Eltz is a proper fairytale castle that you must have seen online. Instagrammers from all around the world head there to take a dreamy picnic photo in front of the castle. However, in my opinion, the best views of the castle you can find from the road to the castle, where the shuttles go. Don’t be lazy and don’t skip the shuttle (you can take it on the way back, which is more challenging). Walk for about 10 minutes and you’ll see a lot of spots, from where you can enjoy a fabulous view of one of the most impressive castles in Europe!

The most instagrammable castle in the world

Visit it on a tour: Day trip to Eltz Castle from Frankfurt

Read my post about my 3-day road trip itinerary for Germany and France visiting the Eltz castle and some of the most beautiful locations in Germany and Alsace (Colmar and more!) >>>

2. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is another castle in Germany that you must have seen all over the internet. It’s especially impressive in winter when the mountains around are covered by snow. I visited Neuschwanstein on a tour in 2009 and my dad took this amazing photo below.

15+ most Instagrammable Castles in Europe - The Fairytale Castles
My dad’s photo

Visit it on a tour: Day trip to Neuschwanstein from Munich, Germany

There are some amazing places to visit nearby, for example, Bad Reichenhall and Berchtesgaden. Read my posts about the best things to do there in the embedded links. 

3. Pena palace or Sintra Castle, Portugal 

One of my favourite fairytale castles in Europe is Pena Palace or Sintra Castle how it often referred to. Please keep in mind, that there are two castles in a Sintra, Pena Palace and Sintra castle, which we will also talk about later. 

Pena Palace is absolutely gorgeous and very Instagrammable. If you stay there until the closing time in summer, you can actually take a shot of the castle being empty. In the last years, the castle became increasingly popular, however, it is for a reason. 

Laid-back 2-week itinerary for Portugal | Tripsget
Instagrammable castles in Europe

Visit it on a tourSintra & Cascais small group tour from Lisbon

Read my post about the 2-week itinerary for Portugal visiting Pena Palace and some other amazing highlights >>>

4. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle shapes the entire landscape of Edinburgh and the beautiful Scottish Capital is unthinkable and unimaginable without its castle. Edinburgh might not be the most colourful and sunny city (quite the contrary to that, actually), but it’s a stunning city. I was lucky to call it home for over 1.5 years and I miss it a lot. 

There are so many amazing places to take a photo of Edinburgh castle, but one of my favourite ones is definitely from the terrace of the National Museum of Scotland!

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Most Instagrammable spots in Edinburgh, Scotland - tips from a local

Buy online: Skip-the-line ticket & Edinburgh castle tour

Edinburgh has a lot of amazing Instagrammable places apart from the Castle. You can see the list of the Instagram spots in Edinburgh here >>>

5. Segovia Castle, Spain

Segovia Castle is a very impressive castle in a small Spanish town 1 hour away from Madrid called Segovia. Segovia is one of the European hidden gems and one of the most underestimated cities in Europe. Segovia castle is often named as the inspiration for the Disneyland castles. Besides the castle, there are plenty of things to do in Segovia, so make sure to visit the city for a day or maybe even longer. 

15+ most Instagrammable Castles in Europe - The Fairytale Castles
The view from the castle <3

Visit it on a tour: Segovia & Toledo day tour from Madrid

Read my post about 16 days in Europe where I also visited the Segovia castle as part of the trip >>>

6. Cochem Castle

Cochem Castle is a gorgeous castle in the Moselle Valley in Germany. Moselle Valley is the famous wine region of Germany (yes, Germany produces a lot of wine, mostly white wine). The town of Cochem is also very beautiful and quite touristic as well. We spent about 3 hours in Cochem in total, but we should have stayed longer and taken one of the nice boat tours. Cochem is a very small town, so don’t expect to stay there for long, however, sitting in one of the cafes overlooking Moselle river and sipping German process sounds like a great plan. 

Cochem Castle

Read my post about our road trip around Rhine Valley and Alsace, where we also visited Cochem >>>

7. Mont St Michel France

Mont St Michel is the most famous castle in France and it’s also one of the most Instagrammable castles in Europe. Located in the North of France in the region of Normandy, this castle faces the UK and has its counterpart, a very similar castle called St. Michaels Mount in Cornwall. Mont St. Michel is, however, slightly more impressive, in my opinion. You can easily drive there from Rennes or Caen or even Paris (but you have to drive for 4 hours).

Most impressive castles in Europe
Photo by Gautier Salles on Unsplash

Visit it on a tour: day trip to Mont St Michel from Paris >>>

8. Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

If you didn’t know that before, Slovakia is full of amazing castles. One of the best castles in Slovakia could be considered one of the most photogenic castles in Europe, it’s Bojnice Castle. Slovakia is a relatively small country, so you can drive to Bojnice Castle from Bratislava in 2 hours or you can even drive there from Hungary in 3 hours. It’s also just 3 hours away from Vienna, Austria. 

The best castles in Europe
Image by katkaZV from Pixabay

Visit it on a tour: Full day tour of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia

9. Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland

Another of the most impressive castles in Europe is located in the north, very close to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The weather in Scotland is very rough and so is the architecture. Eilean Donan castle is not a typical fairytale castle from the pictures, but it is very photogenic in its way. In my opinion, the castle is stunning and the Scottish landscapes only make it better.

Most impressive castles in Europe
Photo by Mary-Anne Alejandro on Unsplash

We visited Eilean Donan castle on our 2-day road trip to the Isle of Skye, you can read this post here >>>

Visit it on a tour: Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan castle tour from Inverness

10. Aragon Castle in Ischia, Italy

Another very impressive and not widely known epic castle in Europe is Ischia Castle. Ischia is an amazing island in Italy, very close to Capri or Naples (if Capri doesn’t ring a bell). Ischia is a cheaper option compared to opulent Capri, but it’s also a bigger island with more things to do. The highlight of Ischia is the mountain with stunning views over the entire island and the Aragon castle. There is not that much to see inside the castle, but the views from the top of it are amazing!

Most Instagrammable castles in Europe

Visit it on a tour: Ischia day tour from Sorrento

Lorenzo Castagnone on Unsplash

Read my post about 10 day-road trip through Italy, San Marino, Austria, Germany and Switzerland >>>

12. Bran Castle Romania

Romania also has amazing castles! My absolute favourite castle in Romania is located in the famous region of Transylvania and it is called Peles castle. You can’t visit Peles without a tour, however, the tour was quite fast and also very interesting. Peles is located not so far from Bran – the famous Dracula Castle in Transylvania. I liked a lot both castles and you should definitely visit both of them and decide for yourself, which one do you like most.

Bran castle in Romania one of the most Instagrammable castles in Europe

Visit it on a tour: Peles and Brand castles in 1 day from Bucharest

Read my post about a 3-day road trip in Romania visiting Bucharest and Transylvania >>>

13. Predjama castle, Slovenia

Predjama is the famous cave-castle of Slovenia and it’s undoubtedly one of the most impressive and Instagrammable castles in Europe. It is very different from the traditional castles located on a top of the hill or in the city centre, however, it also makes it way more unique. The castle is also very old – it was first mentioned in the 13th century and it also has a hidden passageway. 

Most photogenic castles in Europe
Photo by Tomas Tuma on Unsplash

Visit it on a tour: Day trip to Predjama castle from Ljubljana

Slovenia has so many places worth visiting, so if you haven’t been to this beautiful country before, read my post about the best places to visit in Slovenia >>>

14. Chateau de Chambord, France

Another French castle of this list is Chateau de Chambord – the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. It is also one of the most famous castles in the world. It doesn’t have a typical defence of the castle and it looks more like a palace, but it is stunning. Chateau de Chambord can be reached from Paris in just 2 hours. 

Best castles to visit in Europe
Photo by Dorian Mongel on Unsplash

Visit it on a tour: Loire Valle castles day tour from Paris

15. Moorish Castle, Sintra – Portugal

As I mentioned before, there is more than one castle in Sintra. The first castle is the colourful Pena Palace, however, the second one if the impressive Moorish Castle or Castello dos Mouros. Unlike Pena palace, Moorish castle is very old – it was built in the 8-9th centuries. It is also located on the hill and the views from there are stunning. 

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16. Malbork Castle, Poland

Finally, there is Malbork Castle in Poland – a very impressive castle of a nice red/orange colour located in the North of Poland, close to Gdansk. You can reach Malbork Castle in just 45 minutes by car or in 55 minutes by bus. Malbork castle is very photogenic and also doesn’t look like any other castle features here – the architecture is pretty unique. It was originally built by German Teutonic Knights, however, at some point, it was sold to Poland, then got back to Prussia, and finally, when the territory was given to Poland after 1945, it found its home in Poland again. 

Instagram guide to castles
Image by Jan Nijman from Pixabay

Visit it on a tour: day tour from Gdansk visiting Malbork Castle

I hope you enjoyed this post about 15+ most Instagrammable castles in Europe. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions and please check out some of my other posts in the Instagrammable series.

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Free E-Visa to St. Peterburg, Russia – The Easiest Way to Visit Russia https://tripsget.com/free-e-visa-to-st-peterburg-russia-easiest-way-to-visit-russia/ https://tripsget.com/free-e-visa-to-st-peterburg-russia-easiest-way-to-visit-russia/#comments Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:35:44 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=7368 Hey guys, I’ve been waiting for this for ages and now it’s finally confirmed – you can visit St. Petersburg with an E-Visa. Since last year, citizens of circa 20…

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Hey guys, I’ve been waiting for this for ages and now it’s finally confirmed – you can visit St. Petersburg with an E-Visa. Since last year, citizens of circa 20 countries were able to visit Vladivostok and the Far East on an electronic visa to Russia and since the 1st of July this year, people can visit Kaliningrad the same way. However, since the 1st of October 2019, citizens of over 53 countries including the entire EU can get an e-visa to St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Honestly, it’s a game-changer. Let me explain why. 

So about 3 years ago, I wrote a post about getting a visa to Russia and also described how to visit Russia visa-free by entering Saint Petersburg via a ferry from Helsinki for 72 hours. It wasn’t an easy way and it meant that you had to go to Helsinki and you could also only stay 72 hours in the city. But it was better than nothing. 

To get a “normal” visa to Russia, you had to go to a visa centre or the embassy and also buy a weird travel agency voucher (that nobody ever used, but it was a rule). Now visiting Russia is easier than ever! The reason why I am so excited about the e-visa to Saint Petersburg is that St. Petersburg is my hometown and I lived there for the first 22 years of my life. I wrote a lot of posts about St. Petersburg, so if you’re interested, give them a read (I’ll appreciate). Also, people generally say that they are very useful, and it’s the best compliment for me.

Read my posts about St. Petersburg in the Russia category >>>

Moscow vs St. Petersburg - if you can only visit one city in Russia...

E-Visa to St. Petersburg, how does the electronic visa to Russia work? Who is eligible?

Let me explain to you how does the e-visa to Russia work, how much is the e-visa to Russia and who is eligible. Let’s start with the application process and processing times. The e-visa is definitely the easiest way to visit Russia.

How to apply for the e-visa to St. Petersburg, Russia?

To apply for the e-visa to St. Petersburg, you need to fill out the form on this website (https://evisa.kdmid.ru/) no earlier than 20 days before your trip and no later than 4 days before the trip. 4 days in nothing, so prepare for amazing last-minute trips to Russia from now. 

You need to choose your nationality and after that, you will see the list of regions you can apply to. Pick St. Petersburg.

Free E-Visa to St. Peterburg, Russia - The Easiest Way to Visit Russia

Please note that the website hasn’t been updated yet, as the news only came through 2 days ago (the list of the countries eligible for the e-visa to St. Petersburg was only announced 2 days ago), so it will take a couple of days or weeks to update the system.

After that, you will need to fill out the form, which is pretty straightforward and after the form, if you scroll down, you can see a lot of explanation regarding each question in the form.

Free E-Visa to St. Peterburg, Russia - The Easiest Way to Visit Russia

How long can you stay in St. Petersburg with an e-visa?

If you’re wondering, how long you can stay in St. Petersburg with an e-visa, you can stay up to 8 days, which is enough to see the city. If you’re wondering about the best things to do in St. Petersburg, you can read my post. 

The e-visa will, however, be valid for 30 days, so you can’t apply for the visa and go to Russia 2 months later, you will need to reapply. 

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How much is the e-visa to St. Petersburg?

I’ve got great news for you, the e-visa to St. Petersburg is free. You don’t need to pay the consular fee to get this visa, which is pretty incredible. However, a couple of months ago, St. Petersburg introduced a tourist tax that is 100 Rub per day, which is around 1.4 EUR per day (doesn’t break the bank for sure). 

Who is eligible for the e-visa to St. Petersburg?

2 days ago, Dmitry Medvedev signed a document that confirmed, that citizens of 53 countries will be eligible for the e-Visa to St. Petersburg. Among these nations is the entire EU (except for the UK). Other eligible countries include Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Turkey. 

If you’re not on a list, that’s unfortunate! However, perhaps you don’t need a visa to Russia at all? Most of the countries of SE Asia and South America don’t require a visa to Russia. 

It is really easy, isn’t it? Now there also great news that WizzAir is expanding its network and there will be more cheap flights to Saint Petersburg. Check the prices and availability on the website of WizzAir. Alternatively, there are a lot of flights with regular airlines and they are often cheaper than you think. You can find the best prices on Skyscanner.

Where to stay in St Petersburg Russia

What is there to do in St. Petersburg?

St. Petersburg is a gorgeous city. If you’re wondering about the best things to do and see in St. Petersburg, you can find them here. In this post, you can find the best areas to stay in St. Petersburg. Curious, how expensive is St. Petersburg and Russia in general? You can find all the information in this post about the prices in Russia. Here’s my ultimate guide to St. Petersburg as well. 

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Free E-Visa to St. Peterburg, Russia - The Easiest Way to Visit Russia

Some other posts that you might find useful:

Best bars in St. Petersburg according to a local

How to get to Peterhof palace – the gem of St. Petersburg

The best tours in St. Petersburg for any taste

How to get from St. Petersburg to Moscow easily

Where to watch ballet in St. Petersburg?

15 best museums in St. Petersburg 

Best cities to visit in Russia

10 best Russian dishes that you need to try

Tips for travelling to Russia for the first time

The most beautiful metro stations in St. Petersburg

Moscow in 2 days: what to see?

Where to eat in St. Petersburg on a budget

72 hours in St. Petersburg, what to see? The detailed itinerary

As you can see, I wrote a lot about Russia and if there’s something you would like to know, don’t hesitate to ask me on Instagram (you can find me as @lizatripsget). I hope you enjoyed this post about the easiest way to visit Russia with an e-visa to St. Petersburg!

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Road trip: Rhine Valley and Alsace in 3 days (Visit Germany & France) https://tripsget.com/road-trip-rhine-valley-and-alsace-in-3-days-germany-france/ https://tripsget.com/road-trip-rhine-valley-and-alsace-in-3-days-germany-france/#respond Sun, 08 Sep 2019 22:27:27 +0000 https://tripsget.com/?p=7327 Hi guys, in this post, I would like to share with you our road trip itinerary for 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace starting in Luxembourg and visiting the…

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Hi guys, in this post, I would like to share with you our road trip itinerary for 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace starting in Luxembourg and visiting the best of West Germany and East of France. We took this road trip at the end of May, for the late May bank holiday and it was the best decision ever.

Where to start the road trip around Germany and Alsace (France)?

If you’re thinking where to start the road trip around Germany and Alsace, you can do it at Cologne airport or you can do it as we did and start the road trip in Luxembourg. We rented a car through rentalcars.com (they have the cheapest full insurance option) and we also get 10% cashback through Quidco. If you haven’t used Quidco before, you can sign up here. Our car was with Avis and we got a brand new Ford Focus, which was great. 

We found some very cheap flights to Luxembourg (around £60 return per person) through Skyscanner and since our flight arrived late (after the car rental offices closed), we stayed the first night in the Hotel Campanile. Having stayed in Ibis Luxembourg Airport before, I must say, that hotel Campanile was way better and we had a decent sleep there. Also, it’s just 7 minutes walking from the airport (there is a footpath, so no walking on a highway). 

Road trip: Rhine Valley and Alsace in 3 days (Visit Germany & France)

Our road trip route: 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace (amazing parts of Germany and France in 3 days)

As I mentioned above, our trip lasted for 3 nights and 3 full days. We departed London on Friday after work and arrived back in London around 10 pm on Monday.

ACCOMMODATION: We stayed our first night at Hotel Campanile @ Luxembourg Airport, the second night at the hotel Römerhof in Bingen am Rhein and the last night at Colmar Hotel in Colmar. 

OUR ROUTE: BEST OF GERMANY AND ALSACE IN 3 DAYS:

Our Germany and France road trip itinerary:

Luxembourg Airport -> Trier -> Cochem Castle -> Eltz Castle -> Geierlay Suspension Bridge -> Bingen am Rhein -> Rüdesheim am Rhein -> Heidelberg -> Schiltach -> Colmar -> Strasbourg -> Luxembourg Airport

Our Germany & France road trip included a lot of castles, amazing villages and towns and it was also quite busy, so if you feel like it’s too much for you, you can stretch it over 4-5 days.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the itinerary for Germany and France in 3 days!

Our road trip route: 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace (amazing parts of Germany and France in 3 days)

Road trip: 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace (Germany & France)

Day 1: Luxembourg Airport, Trier and the best of Rhine Valley (Rhineland-Palatinate) in Germany

Getting started – Renting a car in Luxembourg

I won’t mention much about day 0 when we arrived in Luxembourg at 10 pm and headed to the Hotel Campanile to sleep. The hotel had a shuttle (although, it’s just 7 min walking on a sidewalk – so no need for the shuttle, unless you have a lot of heavy bags). We paid something like £55-60 for a night and it was a great deal.

On the next day, we headed to the airport in the morning to pick up our rental car. As I mentioned above, we rented a car with Avis via rentalcars.com and got a Ford Focus (and £10 cashback with Quidco, I’m not working with them or promoting them, but I got already £60 back 3 months after I signed up), which is quite good.

We decided to start our Germany and France road trip with a place that is very close to Luxembourg – beautiful Trier in Germany. We didn’t see anything in Luxembourg this time, but that’s because we visited Luxembourg before. You can read my post about the best things to see in Luxembourg in one day here.

Dreamy Luxembourg castle
Luxembourg in winter

Visiting Trier – an ancient German Roman city

We decided to start our Rhineland-Palatinate (or Rhineland-Pfaltz) road trip with Trier – an ancient German “Roman” city. Trier is a very touristic city and we’ve seen organised tours everywhere. These were mostly local tourists – and that’s for a reason. There’s a lot of German Heritage in Trier, e.g. Saint Peter Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in Germany.

THINGS TO DO IN TRIER: There are plenty of things to do in Trier and you can easily spend 5-6 hours there exploring Roman heritage in Trier, Oldest Churches and Porta Nigra, however, we didn’t have that much time, so we only spent about 2 hours in Trier. Trier is one of the cities that are very nice to walk around. However, if you want to learn more about the history of the city, you can sign up to one of the tours.

Read my post about the best European destinations for off-season travel >>>

Our road trip route: 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace (amazing parts of Germany and France in 3 days)
Our road trip route: 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace (amazing parts of Germany and France in 3 days)

Cochem – one of the most beautiful towns in the Moselle Valley and Rhine Gorge

One of the most beautiful towns in the Moselle Valley and Rhine Gorge if not in entire Germany is Cochem. Cochem is quite a famous town with a very beautiful castle overlooking the river Mosel (Moselle) and a very picturesque town centre. Just like Trier, Cochem was jam-packed with tourists, but in this case, they were a bit more international.

TIP: this region of Germany is known as the Wine Region of Germany, so don’t leave it without trying the famous German white vine and bubbly prosecco!

So make sure to pick one of the restaurants facing the river Moselle and enjoy the view with a glass of wine.

Moreover, in Cochem, you can take a river cruise. There is a range of cruises that you can purchase directly at the pier and you can get a short cruise for one hour or longer ones or even a long day cruise. You can also book one online here.

Read my post about the most underestimated cities in Europe >>>

Cochem Castle

Burg Eltz – the most Instagrammable castle in the world

Even if the name Burg Eltz doesn’t ring the bell, chances are, you will recognise it from the photo. Let’s try! Do you recognise the castle below?

Most instagrammable castle in the world

If you do, you have probably seen it all over Instagram, as Burg Eltz is one of the most Instagrammable castles in the world. I’ve seen it gaining popularity a couple of years ago, but it’s still circulating all over the Internet. What’s the reason? Well, this castle is really beautiful! I honestly didn’t think that it would look so great in real life, but it did.

TIP: don’t bring a drone to Burg Eltz, as it’s strictly prohibited to fly it there.

Once you park your car at the designated parking (you need to pay 2 euros for parking), you can either take a shuttle down (another 2 euros per person) or walk for about 15-25 minutes depending on your pace. There are really beautiful views of the castle along the way, so make sure to have your camera ready. I must admit, that Burg Eltz is really one of the most Instagrammable castles of the world.

If you’re interested, what gear do I use to take photos, I have Sony A7 III with Samyang 35 mm prime lens.

The most instagrammable castle in the world

Geierlay suspension bridge – the longest hanging bridge in Germany

Another bucket list destination in Germany was the Geierlay suspension bridge. The bridge has opened in 2015 and became very popular in an instant.

Geierlay suspension bridge

HOW TO GET TO GEIERLAY SUSPENSION BRIDGE: To get to Geierlay suspension bridge, you need to drive to Mörsdorf, park your car at the main parking area and walk for about 20 minutes. The bridge is open 24/7, so you don’t need to hurry up to visit it before X time, however, of course, it’s better and safer to visit it in the daylight.

We actually managed to fly our drone there and the views were stunning!

I’m also not afraid of heights, so I walked the bridge, but I saw people getting sick around me.

Also, on the way to the Geierlay bridge, there are some really beautiful yellow rape fields (the rape rapeseed is made from), so you can stop for a photo or two.

Geierlay suspension bridge
Geierlay suspension bridge

Staying overnight in Bingen am Rhein

After visiting the Geierlay hanging bridge, we drove to Bingen am Rhein that is located in the heart of the Rhine Valley. We decided to stay there, because there were affordable properties and because there were quite a few gorgeous castles nearby that we were planning to visit next morning.

We checked in at our hotel Römerhof and went for dinner to the restaurant called Gaggianer, which looked very pretty both inside and outside. After dinner, we went for a walk around Bingen am Rhein. There is not that much to do in the town, however, it’s pretty at night and there are a couple of really beautiful castles nearby.

Day 2 of our Rhine Valley & Alsace Road trip: The best of Rhine Valley, Heidelberg and Schiltach

The best Rhine Valley castles: Rheinstein Castle and Reichenstein Castle

Rhine Valley is full of castles. Honestly, some castles are located just 1km away from each other! We decided to visit the best Rhine Valley Castles (or at least two of them) during our 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace.

Initially, we just wanted to see the Rheinstein Castle, as it’s one of the most famous castles in the Rhine Valley and it had the highest rating in Google reviews, however, there was no decent parking lot, so we drove a bit further and discovered another castle, Reichenstein Castle that had a bigger parking lot.

We also decided to fly our drone there, as the views were incredible! There’s also camping for camper vans (caravan park) just steps away from the Reichenstein Castle, so if you’re thinking of doing a Rhine Valley tour in a caravan, you can stay there.

Reichenstein Castle

Rhine Valley is amazing for cycling. We’ve seen so many cyclists around and I can imagine how nice and refreshing it is to cycle along the Rhine, witnessing some of the most beautiful castles in Germany! For more information about the cycling routes, check this website.

Check my post about my ultimate bucket list – places I want to visit in a lifetime!

Visiting Heidelberg in a half a day

After seeing some of the most beautiful castles in the Rhine Valley, we headed to Heidelberg. Heidelberg is a very beautiful city that is also home to the oldest University of Germany. A couple of my classmates went to study at Heidelberg Uni and their photos of the city were always amazing. After visiting Heidelberg, I must admit, that this city is great for a weekend break and only 4 hours there felt like too little. However, if you’re short on time (just like us), you don’t have another choice.

THINGS TO DO IN HEIDELBERG: Besides a beautiful and very old university, Heidelberg has a gorgeous castle (another of the most beautiful castles in Germany) and a very famous pedestrian bridge over the river Neckar. Heidelberg has a lot of nice restaurants, coffee places and sightseeing spots, so make sure to add it to your itinerary.

We didn’t have a chance to take the funicular ride up to see the beautiful panoramic views of the city, not we had a chance to visit the Castle, but we will return one day to see it all.

beautiful Heidelberg - best of Germany and Alsace road trip
beautiful Heidelberg - best of Germany and Alsace road trip

Schiltach – one of the most beautiful timber-frame villages in Germany (and a hidden gem as well)

Our next destination was Schiltach – a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful villages in Germany. Schilach is not a touristy place and it’s located in the heart of Schwarzwald. It’s a bit off-route, so if you feel like skipping it and staying a bit longer in Heidelberg, go for it.

We, however, really wanted to see Schwarzwald with its idyllic cycling routes and gorgeous forests and hills. I must say that the route is nice and I couldn’t stop filming. However, once we got to Schiltach, it got even prettier. Schiltach is a very small village with a population of about 3,000 people or even less and it’s famous for it’s Market square that is composed of only Fachwerk or timber-frame houses. Along with famous Rotenberg ob der Tauber, Schiltach is one of the best places to see timber-frame villages and towns in Germany. In my opinion, Schiltach is also one of the most beautiful villages in Germany!

Schiltach also has a couple of places where you can try the famous “Black Forest” cake and it’s really good!

Schiltach from the drone
Black Forest Cake

Staying in Colmar, Alsace for a night

After visiting Schiltach, we headed to Colmar. The drive took around 2 hours and by 8 pm, we already were in Colmar. In Colmar, we stayed in a hotel called Colmar Hotel and it was great. It had a huge parking, a very nice breakfast and the location was just about 15-20 minutes walking from the city centre of Colmar. Moreover, it was very affordable (we paid something like £60 or even less).

Colmar impressed us a lot. I was sure that Bordeaux was the most beautiful city in France, but after visiting Colmar, I changed my mind and now think that it is Colmar (or Strasbourg). There isn’t that much to do in Colmar, that’s why people mainly come for a day from different cities in France, however, the city was charming at night, when the crowds already left.

The only thing I didn’t like that much in Colmar was the food – the traditional Alsatian cuisine involves a lot of potatoes, cheese and salted ham and after a couple of meals like this, I couldn’t look at cheese and ham anymore (for a while).

Read this post about 5 charming villages in France near Toulouse >>>

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The most beautiful city in France - Colmar
The most beautiful city in France - Colmar

Day 3: Strasbourg and getting back to Luxembourg

Initially, we had a lot planned for our third day of Germany – France road trip, however, once we saw Strasbourg, we decided to stay there for over 5 hours. The city is quite big and the city centre is large as well and very impressive.

We parked our car around the Opera (there’s big parking) and headed to the Notre Dame cathedral in the heart of Strasbourg. We were just walking around the city, discovering the best streets to visit and take photos of, however, my favourite part was, undoubtedly, Little France. It looked straight out of fairy tale.

If you have limited time in Strasbourg and you would like to learn more about the city, I recommend taking this tour.

Little France Strasbourg

We also had a traditional Alsatian lunch again, but this time is was tartee frambee (it looked like a thin pizza with no tomato) with ham and cheese. It was very delicious, so I would recommend Le Lohkäs (or just Lohkas) – the restaurant near Little France, where we ate it.

We continued walking around and walked the entire city centre in the end. Later on, we stopped in Patisserie Kautzmann for a coffee with cake (it was incredible).

best of Alsace

Our return drive to Luxembourg airport took about 3 hours, so we left Strasbourg around 4:30 pm to arrive on time for our plane back to London.

Overall, we enjoyed our road trip of 3 days in Rhine Valley and Alsace and would definitely recommend renting a car and driving there. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Hi guys, in this post, I would like to share our experience in an amazing and a bit scary escape room in London called Lady Chastity’s Reserve located in the Hope Pub just a couple of minutes away from Farrington. Would you like to find out more, why this escape the room experience was so unique and special? Keep reading!

I recently ran a survey on Instagram (you can follow me at @lizatripsget) and realised that only 50% of people knew what an escape room was. Just in case you also have some doubts, let’s clarify it first.

Amazing & A Bit Scary Escape Room in London: Lady Chastity's Reserve Review

What is “Escape the room” or “Escape Room” and how to play?

Escape the room or simply an escape room is usually a themed immersive experience, where you need to solve various puzzles in a team of 2 to 6 people to be able to “escape”. You are usually “locked” in a room or a place consisting of multiple rooms and you have around 1 hour to solve all the mysteries or puzzles. However, there is almost always someone supervising the experience and should you feel stuck and running out of time, you can usually ask for help for 1-3 times.

Escape the rooms are best played in a team of 4, however, there can be also just 2 of you or 6 of you for an especially complicated escape the room experience in London (or anywhere else).

The puzzles can either be solved in parallel or one after each other. If you’re wondering, which puzzles are these, well, they are all very different. It could be everything from solving clues and finding different objects to some general (or even expert) knowledge of some subject.

Amazing & A Bit Scary Escape Room in London: Lady Chastity's Reserve Review

Does everybody escape from an escape room?

If you’re thinking that escape rooms are easy, well, some of them are, but most are not. Lady Chastity’s Reserve in Farringdon certainly wasn’t easy and even though there were 3 of us, we didn’t solve all the puzzles. You might also think that if you visit many escape rooms in London, you will easily solve all the puzzles, that’s not true. I’ve been in more than 10 escape rooms in 4 cities and 2 countries and no puzzle was ever the same!

Okay, now it’s time to tell you why Lady Chastity’s Reserve Escape the Room in London made by Handmade Mysteries was so great. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Amazing & A Bit Scary Escape Room in London: Lady Chastity's Reserve Review

Lady Chastity’s Reserve in Farringdon Review – an amazing & a bit scary escape the room in London

Here’s the most important part of the post – the review of Lady Chastity’s Reserve by Handmade Mysteries – a reason why I wrote this post. As I already mentioned before, this escape room designed by Handmade Mysteries is located steps away from Farringdon. We walked there all the way from Soho in 35 minutes.

At the entrance of the pub, we met Gabriel. She was dressed in an 18th-century dress (I’m actually not that sure about the fashion of that era, so I might be mistaken, but all you need to know, that she looked like someone from a different era and there absolutely no way you could miss her or not spot here). Gabriel will be waiting for you at the entrance of the pub and don’t you dare to be late!

The actual escape the room is located on the last floor of the pub, but it’s not such a high climb, don’t worry, it’s just 2 floors up. The interior of the room was very unique and certainly well taken care of – I’ve never seen anything so well designed, it felt like we REALLY were in a room from a different era.

At the start of the quest, you’ll be given some torches to be able to explore the room properly, as sometimes the light goes off. That’s one of the reasons why I called this escape the room in London “slightly scary” – there will be a couple of moments that could leave you shiver, but it’s definitely not a horror escape the room experience.

I can’t give you more details about the quest, but I must say that most of the puzzles were fun and moreover, the escape the room experience required you to be very attentive to every single detail and make sure to listen to all the Lady Chastity’s announcements. We made a stupid mistake of not paying too much attention to them and… well, couldn’t escape! Such a pity.

In this escape the room, don’t hesitate to ask for clues if you feel very stuck – sometimes it’s just a matter of finding something and you need all the team effort to be able to find all the necessary objects.

Amazing & A Bit Scary Escape Room in London: Lady Chastity's Reserve Review

Lady Chastity’s Reserve Review: the summary

Overall, I must say that this was one of the best escape the room experiences I visited in London and I recommend it to everybody. Make sure to invite your smartest friends and check for yourself if you can escape from this amazing escape room in London. Find the prices and availability here.

Disclaimer: this was a gifted experience, but we enjoyed it and of course, as always, all the opinions are my own.

Read my post about an amazing cocktail masterclass in London or about the best bubble tea in London. Here’s a post about the best non-touristy things to do in London.

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Hi guys. In this post, I want to share with you some tips and advice on how to get your first credit card upon moving to the USA. Would you like to know what’s the best credit card for expats with no credit score and history? Keep reading, you will soon find out. I will also tell you why building a credit score is very important in the US, whether you plan to stay there for a while or even settle down. 

(Don’t want to read an entire blog post to get the answer? Okay then, spoiler alert: CreditStacks is that super rare thing, an expat-friendly credit card company. They make it possible to get a premium US credit card, even if you just arrived in the US with no local credit history. Keep reading, though…there’s lots of good stuff in this post!)

Best card for expats in the USA

It’s no secret that the United States is the land of opportunity. The US dollar has gotten stronger over the last few years, so, for professionals looking for well-paid jobs, moving to the US is even more attractive. The US is also a leader in technology and I hardly know anyone who wouldn’t want to work in a company from Silicon Valley, at least for a while. Moreover, the US is also a great country for travelling, especially for nature lovers. Some of its nature parks are high on my ultimate world travel bucket list. 

It’s no wonder work in the US is in high demand. Many fresh graduates and professionals look forward to moving to the US and working at some of the best companies in the world. 

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The importance of having a good credit score in the USA

Once professionals move to the US and start working, they realize that they need a credit card for pretty much anything. However, in order to get a good credit card, you need to have a good credit score. So what’s a credit score and why is it so important to have a good credit score in the US?

Well, your credit score is some sort of measure of your trustworthiness in the country. If you have an excellent credit score, you are eligible for a bigger mortgage or a loan compared to a person with just a “good” credit score. Moreover, you will have a better interest rate. Finally, you will be eligible for some financial products that you couldn’t have gotten without an excellent credit score. 

When you don’t have a credit history at all or your credit score in the US is low, it’s almost impossible to get a loan for a car, for example, or even rent a good apartment. That’s why it’s very important to start building up a credit score right away after moving to the US.

Moving to the US? Best credit card for expats with no US credit history

My example: a very similar situation (but in the UK)

Once I moved to the UK, I wasn’t able to open a credit card, as no bank knew anything about me at all. UK has a very similar credit score system as the US and they also measure your trustworthiness based on the system. Luckily, there are ways to build up a good credit score pretty fast and I will tell you how.

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How can you build a good credit score in the USA as an expat?

I guess one of the most important questions you will be asking as an expat is: How do you build a good credit score in the US? The answer is deceptively easy: you need to get a credit card and start using it right away. Just buy your groceries, regular purchases, holidays and trip and clothes with a credit card and make sure to pay it on time. The more you spend with a credit card (and pay it back promptly, of course), the better score you will have. 

Here’s the catch. It’s hard to get a credit card without a credit history, and many US credit card companies require you to provide an SSN to apply for a card. If you do manage to get a card a couple of months after moving to the US, you will most likely start with a low credit card limit. Only after some time will you be allowed to apply for a higher credit limit.

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So, what’s the best credit card for people with no credit history?

Three of our friends recently moved to the US and none of them got a credit card right away. I wish I had known about CreditStacks before, so I could have recommended this card to them! 

Basically, CreditStacks is your essential card in the US and it could / should be the first credit card in your wallet if you’re new to the US. You can even apply up to 60 days before you move to save money on unnecessary bank charges from abroad when you need to buy all the essentials for your new home.


Moving to the US? Best credit card for expats with no US credit history

Your CreditStacks Mastercard will be available and active from your first day in the US and you don’t need a Social Security Number to apply. (You do need to provide your SSN within 60 days after your card is activated.)

On top of that, there is no annual fee and no expensive foreign transaction fees.

Most importantly, as CreditStacks is a real credit card with a high credit limit. So, you can start building your credit score from day one, with every transaction. As I mentioned above, a good credit score is really important if you’re planning to stay in the US for a while.

All this makes CreditStacks a really amazing credit card for expats in the US or people with little or no credit history that just moved to the country.

You can apply for your CreditStacks credit card using this link.

Please note that this post is written in collaboration with CreditStacks, however, as always, all opinions are my own. I would definitely recommend CreditStacks as your first credit card in the US. 



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Hi guys, this is my last post about Manchester (for now) and in this post, I wanted to share with you our itinerary for 2 days in Manchester, England. Many thanks to Visit Manchester for organising this trip and helping us with the itinerary, however, we tweaked it a bit and added some things we wanted to see.

This itinerary won’t include any football-related activities, however, you can easily replace any of the activities and things to do in Manchester that we will mention in this post for a visit to the Football Museum, for example, or to Old Trafford. The reason why we didn’t visit any football hotspots this time is that each of us has been to Manchester before – and solely for football. So this time, it was all about everything but football.

However, I would recommend taking one of the stadium tours e.g. Old Trafford or Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) – I’ve seen both or/and visit the Football museum (I haven’t been, so can’t say much, however, Pepe visited it before and saw a lot of trophies and football jerseys).

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2 days in Manchester: the itinerary for a weekend in Manchester

Without further ado, let’s start with our itinerary for 2 days in Manchester.

Day 0: Heading to Manchester from London

If you’re travelling to Manchester from London, it’s a very nice and short journey of just 2 hours. You don’t need to arrive 1 night earlier to be able to see a lot of Manchester, so you can take a train on Saturday morning if it suits you. However, if you’re coming from further away, it makes sense to arrive a bit earlier and rest. You can check the train prices in advance via Trainline.

Visit Manchester kindly organised 2 nights in a hotel called The Lowry in the nice area of Salford. The hotel was 5* and had a really great breakfast, where you could order avocado on toast free of charge (how amazing is that) and the location couldn’t have better. The service was okay, but overall, it is a great hotel and I would definitely recommend it for a weekend in Manchester!

Manchester besides football

Day 1 of 2 days in Manchester: Northern Quarter and a bit of history (and much more)

John Rylands library

On the first morning in Manchester, we decided to start the day by visiting the John Rylands library. John Rylands Library is a working library of the University of Manchester, however, it isn’t a “normal” library. John Rylands library was opened in 1900, however, it looks way older than that. To me, it looked like a proper Hogwarts. There are multiple floors and a lot of small corridors and paths to explore.

John Rylands library was a filming spot for Harry Potter – it appeared in one of the scenes in one of the movies. However, as it’s a working library, you need to keep quiet, as there will be students preparing for the assignments. Also, the entrance is free, so there is no reason NOT to visit the gorgeous John Rylands library.

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Coffee break & the Northern Quarter in Manchester

After visiting the library, we were supposed to have a walking tour, but the weather decided otherwise, so we ended up in a lovely brunch/coffee spot called Hampton & Vouis. I really loved the decor and featured it in my guide to the Most Instagrammable spots in Manchester.

Instagrammable places in Manchester 2019

Later on, we walked past the Town Hall, which is closed for refurbishing since 2018 and will be closed for the next couple of years. Such a pity, because it’s a beautiful building and it would be definitely worth seeing it.

Our next destination was the Northern Quarter, where we spent the next couple of hours. Northern Quarter is, perhaps, the trendiest part of Manchester, however, years ago, it was a centre of the cotton industry. Northern Quarter is a place where the industrial revolution was happening and it was not a glamorous place. It got its name in the 1990s when gentrification of Manchester had begun and now it’s one of the best places to shop and go out in Manchester. It’s one of the best places to visit for millennials (you can read about other places in my millennial guide to Manchester here).

Northern Quarter has some impressive street art, plenty of bars, brunch spots, coffee places, unique stores and galleries, and, of course, the shopping Mecca of all the unique and perhaps a bit “weird” things – Affleck’s, which we visited as well and absolutely loved it.

2 days in Manchester our itinerary for a weekend in Manchester

We picked Evelyn’s for lunch and it was great! It’s worth mentioning that Manchester is the vegetarian capital of England, so Evelyn wasn’t an exception and it had a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes in addition to non-vegetarian option.

brunch in Manchester

Bubble tea and a bit of London in Manchester

After spending a couple of hours in Manchester and exploring the Northern Quarter, we decided to hide from rain (there are plenty of things to do in Manchester when it rains by the way) and grab a bubble tea from a newly opened Gong Cha – a newly opened Taiwanese boba tea. If you’re never heard of bubble tea before, here’s my review of Gong Cha in Manchester.

Instagrammable spots in Manchester

We also walked around the China Town in Manchester – it’s actually pretty big and nice, so definitely pay it a visit if you have some time.

After drinking a hot pearl tea from Gong Cha, we decided to check out the shopping area of Manchester – Manchester Exchange. It’s really huge will plenty of different shops, a shopping mall and Harvey Nichols as well as Selfridges around. The reason why I said a piece of London in Manchester is because of the Selfridges. Of course, Manchester Selfridges is way smaller, but it’s still nice to have one around and not have to travel all the way to London to buy something specific from there.

Going out in Manchester: dinner and drinks

In-between shopping and dinner, we had a bit of time to change and just relax in the hotel for 30 minutes. At 5 pm, we headed off to 20 stories – a trendy bar located on the top of a skyscraper in Manchester. 20 stories is the tallest rooftop bar in Manchester and it has a pretty unique view. Such a shame it was raining and the terrace was not the best spot to be – it actually didn’t have a roof, so you can get soaked. There are, of course, covered parts, but it gets really really crowded, so you need to book in advance.

Actually, if you want to go to the trendiest places in Manchester during a weekend, well, you need to book in advance and you also need to dress up a lot. Girls in Manchester dress very extra, so you need to put on some nice and fancy clothes not to feel severely underdressed.

Mackie Mayor – the best spot for eating in Manchester

For dinner, we went to Mackie Mayor with lovely Hannah from Visit Manchester and I tried one of the best pizzas I’ve tried in the entire UK. Mackie Mayor is a historical building, however, it was converted into a food market. There are a few stalls/restaurants, but all the dishes were amazing! Mackie Mayor is a must in every Manchester itinerary, so I strongly suggest you visit it for dinner or lunch (or both).

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

Getting around Manchester. Free buses?

Later on, we went for drinks to Jane Eyre – a nice and homey cocktail bar and also explored some amazing areas of Manchester on the way. I must say that Manchester is a pretty walkable city, however, if you get tired, you can either take an Uber (it’s very affordable in Manchester compared to London) or you can take a free bus. Yes, there are actually 2 free bus routes in Manchester and it’s absolutely amazing. Where else have you seen something like that?

best things to do in Manchester

After our drinks, we walked all the way back to our hotel, the Lowry and went to sleep, awaiting the second day of our weekend in Manchester.

Day 2 of 2 days in Manchester: Cathedral, the Mills and the University

On the second day in Manchester, we failed to wake up early, so we left our hotel around 10 am. Manchester at 10 am on Sunday looked like a ghost town. It seemed like all the city went out last night and didn’t want to wake up before noon. We took the free bus and headed to Manchester Cathedral. It was possibly the worst timing, as there was a mass, so of course, we couldn’t get in.

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

If you have a chance, visit the Manchester Cathedral on the other day, as there are a lot of masses on Sunday. The area around the Cathedral is very beautiful and it looks really historical as well. The architecture style is completely different. It reminded me of Canterbury or even York (a bit). However, this is just a tiny piece between a busy avenue and the Exchange square with all the shops.

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

Our second day in Manchester was even colder, so we had to go and buy some warmer clothes. To be honest with you, that week was completely crazy. It was the week of a crazy heatwave and it was 38 degrees on Thursday in London. On Saturday, it was 16 in Manchester and Sunday morning was even colder.

Burton Arcade and the Mills

Later on, we went to the Burton Arcade to explore a very beautiful and unique shopping arcade and had an early lunch with our fellow bloggers, who were also part of the press trip to Manchester. There are plenty of nice coffee spots around, so you can always stop for a coffee.

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

Pepe really wanted to see some of the remaining Manchester mills, so we went all the way to the north of the city to see some. Many of the mills were converted into luxury accommodation or co-working spaces and we managed to find a recently converted mill that even had a coffee spot inside.

The University of Manchester and Oxford Rd

At the end of our trip to Manchester, we decided to walk all the way from the mills (that were located steps away from Jane Eyre, where we had drinks last night) to Oxford road, there two universities of Manchester are located. It was quite a long walk (about 40 minutes), but we managed to see some amazing street art, shops, restaurants and a box park on the way.

best street art in Manchester, Instagrammable spots

The box park is a particular spot of interest for the 2-day itinerary for Manchester. It’s called Hatch and it has plenty of spots to eat and drink as well as some unique stores. If you have some free time, make sure to visit it.

After that, we just walked all the way to the University of Manchester. If you’re not that interested in the University and prefer football, I would recommend you to visit Old Trafford instead. We, however, wanted to take a look at the University and it was worth it. The university consists of multiple buildings, but all of them are beautiful and impressive. It reminded me of my year at the University of Edinburgh (it was a great experience) and I was quite close to applying to study in Manchester as well.

2 days in Manchester - the university

We also went for late lunch (very late lunch), more like an early dinner to a Chinese restaurant close to the University, but as I didn’t like it at all, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re planning to grab lunch nearby, I would recommend going to the Refuge instead.

After having a very late lunch, we picked up our bags from the hotel and headed to Manchester Piccadilly for a train back to London.

Summary of our itinerary for Manchester

I hope you found this itinerary for 2 days in Manchester useful and you can use some of the spots we visited. If you’re invested in our other posts about Manchester, check our Millennial Guide to Manchester and the best Instagram-worthy places in Manchester here.

Would like to learn more about the UK-travel? We’ve got a lot of posts about Scotland, Cornwall, Cotswolds, hiking in Seven Sisters, Bristol, Nottingham, Jersey and more!

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Hi, fellow bubble tea lovers! A couple of weeks ago, I returned from a press trip to Manchester, where I was on a mission to discover some unique and hip things to do as well as create a list of the most Instagrammable places. However, I also had a small personal mission – find out what’s the best bubble tea in Manchester and finally try Gong Cha!

I did my research and found out that there are many boba tea stores that exist also in London, where I live – e.g. Chatime, Bubbleology or Happy Lemon. Then there is ICFT – I Come From Taiwan, which is an independent bubble tea store unique to Manchester. And finally, there was Gong Cha – an international giant, that entered Manchester pearl milk tea market a couple of months ago.

Having visited most of the common bubble tea stores in London and having written a blog post about the best bubble tea in London – testing 10 different boba tea stores, I wasn’t interested in trying boba tea from the chains that are also present in London. This time, I wanted to try Gong Cha in Manchester and yes, it was worth it (spoiler alert).

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Is Gong Cha The Best Bubble Tea in Manchester? Let's Find Out

Gong Cha Manchester – The first Gong Cha store in Europe

Before opening a store in Manchester, Gong Cha didn’t have any stores in the UK, even though it existed in Taiwan since 2006. However, it did have bubble tea shops pretty much everywhere in Asia and North America. So Gong Cha opening its first store in Europe was a big thing. Since the bubble tea market is insanely competitive in London and new stores open every 3 months, I think, Gong Cha decided to go for perhaps a smaller, but still a very promising market of Manchester.

And it worked! On the opening week, the queues to Gong Cha were enormous (allegedly, people stayed in the queue for over an hour).

Is Gong Cha The Best Bubble Tea in Manchester? Let's Find Out

Gong Cha Manchester Menu

Now the interesting part – the menu of boba drinks in Gong Cha is quite extensive. There are a lot of speciality drinks featured on the TV screens, but I wish they had more explanation about the drink itself.

The regular menu includes different series of drinks, such as: Signature Series, Brewed Tea Series, Milk Tea Series, Fresh Milk Series, Creative Mix Series, Coffee Series and Smoothie Series.

So there’s literally everything you could wish for. Here’s the photo of the menu:

Is Gong Cha The Best Bubble Tea in Manchester? Let's Find Out

The most popular drink is the brown sugar milk tea called “Dirtea” and also the Fresh Milk Brown Sugar Pearl.

The cheapest tea on the menu is just £3.3, while the most expensive drink is £5 (a coffee), but potentially could go up higher with some extra toppings like milk foam, pearl, different jellies, red bean, oreo and basil seeds.

Gong Cha UK review

Gong Cha Manchester review – is it the best boba tea in Manchester?

To summarise, I really enjoyed Gong Cha Manchester and I really liked the long menu, even though it was quite confusing at first. Is Gong Cha the best bubble tea in Manchester? I would say yes. The restaurant is large and pretty, there’s room for sitting, the service was good and of, course, the bubble tea was good. I only tried one boba tea from Gong Cha, so I can’t say much about other teas apart from Dirtea that I liked. However, Dirtea was too sweet, as you can’t regulate the level of sugar in the speciality drinks. That, however, is normal in all the bubble tea spots.

Gong Cha UK review

Is Gong Cha now my favourite bubble tea store in the UK?

Unfortunately, no, Gong Cha didn’t make it to the top. My absolute favourite bubble tea is Coco Tea and Juice in London (check my review here) and Xing Fu Tang in London as well (check my review). On the place 3, there is this store from Nottingham (it’s mentioned in the middle of the post).

What about you? What’s your favourite bubble tea in Manchester? Share it with me in the comments!

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In this post, I would love to share with you some amazing Instagrammable places in Manchester as well as the best photo locations and spots in the city. I just came back from Manchester a couple of days and over the weekend, I made sure to visit some of the most recommended places and also walked around the city a lot (despite the rain) to be able to compose this guide. Many thanks to Visit Manchester, who brought us to Manchester for a weekend and created the best itinerary for us.

If you’re interested in the best things to do in Manchester for millennials, you’ve got to read this post that I just published here >>>

Before we start with the best photography spots in Manchester, I must tell you that you shouldn’t expect a polished, picture-perfect city. Manchester is an ex-industrial red brick city, but it has its unique atmosphere and it has a lot of amazing Instagrammable spots. Manchester could be compared to Shoreditch in London, so if you never visited Manchester before, expect something like Shoreditch. 

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (20+ photography spots)

Hampton and Vouis

31 Princess St, Manchester M2 4EW

The first Instagrammable place that we visited in Manchester was a trendy coffee and breakfast spot called Hampton and Vouis, which reminded me of a show home in a luxury property development. I really liked the pink colours and beautiful designs and if you’re looking for a perfect photo spot in Manchester that is not so busy in the morning, head there!

Gong Cha 

City Tower, Mosley St, Manchester M1 4AH

The international boba tea giant Gong Cha entered Manchester not so long ago, but It already won the hearts of the residents of the city. Unlike most of bubble tea spots in London, Gong Cha in Manchester has a decent space with a lot of seating and it looks very stylish and instagrammable inside. However, the bubble tea cup itself looks great, so you can take a nice photo with it.

Instagrammable spots in Manchester

Planning to travel to some other cities in the UK? Read this guide to the Instagrammable spots in London >>>

John Ryland’s Library

150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

John Ryland’s Library is my personal favourite photo location in Manchester. It’s a working library of the University of Manchester, so make sure to keep quiet and not disturb students that are preparing for their assignments.

Street art of Manchester

Mainly Northern Quarter

If you like street art, you will enjoy Manchester. There is so much amazing street art in the city and some of the works are really Instagrammable. Some of my favourite paintings were the one of Arya Stark and, of course, Eleven from the Stranger Things. Some other street art in Manchester that I loved included these works in the photos below.

Street art spots in Manchester are a really great location for a photoshoot, so keep in in mind, if you’re thinking of a place where to take photos in Manchester. 

Affleck’s

52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW

Affleck’s is a perfect spot for a stylish and unusual photo. It’s also a place, where you can buy a lot of unusual things for a photoshoot or just for yourself. There are some amazing dresses, jewellery and other items that I have never seen anywhere else! I even regret not buying a dress with a pattern of Alpacas. 

Manchester for a weekend

Albert Schloss

27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

One of the most traditional Instagrammable places in Manchester is Albert Schloss. Albert Schloss has a fabulous storefront decorated with Wisteria and I can guarantee you, that you won’t miss the restaurant, as there is always a group of people taking photos of this incredibly beautiful Instagrammable restaurant in Manchester. Albert Schloss is a German restaurant as you might guess from the name, so expect the German menu and some really great desserts.

Manchester besides football

Northern Flower

58 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG

Northern Flower is a picture-perfect flower shop in Manchester, where you can buy flowers as well as take some nice photos in front of the shop. Northern Flower is located in the Northern Quarter and it’s very close to some other Instagrammable places in Manchester, so you don’t have to walk for long. 

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Deadstock General Store

46 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN

Deadstock General Store is a unique store with a very beautiful pastel pink facade. However, don’t be fooled by the facade – what’s inside the shop is actually very serious – you can buy some unique things for your home. Deadstock is located steps away from the Northern Flower, so you can combine visiting it with walking around and exploring the Northern Quarter.

best things to do in Manchester for Millennials

Evelyn’s Cafe and Bar

44 Tib St, Manchester M4 1NB

Another Instagrammable spot in Manchester that is located in the heart of the Northern Quarter is Evelyn’s. Evelyn’s is a perfect place for brunch and it has a wide variety of dishes with a twist and a big plant-based section. I don’t know if I already told you in the previous posts, but Manchester is actually a vegetarian capital of the UK, so if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you will love going out in Manchester!

Mackie Mayor

1 Eagle St, Manchester M4 5BU

Mackie Mayor is an indoor food market and restaurant space located in a gorgeous historic building that was built in 1858. There is only a handful of restaurants and a lot of seating, however, all the restaurants/stalls are amazing. I’ve tried food from 3 of them and it was delicious! It’s best to head there around the opening time, so you can get it empty in the photo. 

Hatch 

Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED

Hatch is a hip and trendy box park located on Oxford Road, close to the University of Manchester. You can head there for drinks or food or shopping. Moreover, you can take some nice photos there. 

The University of Manchester

Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

The University of Manchester is not only one of the best universities in the UK, but it’s also a range of gorgeous buildings, where you can take some really good photos. I even saw some wedding photoshoot happening there at the same time I visited, such a pity it was raining. However, even during the rain, the university looks stunning. 

The Refuge

Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA

The Refuge is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the entire Manchester. The entrance is stunning and the overall environment is great. I also liked the menu – it seemed pretty unique with a lot of small plates from all around the world. If I were ever to open my own restaurant, I would open something similar to the Refuge. 

Barton Arcade

48 Barton Square, Manchester M3 2BH

Barton Arcade is a Victorian shopping arcade that has shops and restaurants on the ground floor and offices and administrative spaces on all the other floors. The architecture style is really beautiful and the stairs between floors are stunning as well. Barton Arcade is especially beautiful when it’s empty in the morning hours (just after opening), so you can capture it without the crowds. 

George Leigh Street

George Leigh Street is quite a unique street in Manchester that looks like something straight out of a different city (London, for example). Buildings like these are not common in the city centre of Manchester, so if you’re local, you must have noticed, how they pop out from the overall city landscape. I also liked the amazing statue in front of the houses – it makes George Leigh street even better spot for taking photos. 

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

Sunset Manchester by Australasia

1 The Avenue, Manchester M3 3AP

Sunset Manchester is probably the most Instagrammable place in Manchester with its pink sofas and decorations that reminded me of Mama Kelly in Amsterdam (read my guide to the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam). Sunset MCR also has some flower decoration and offers a nice selection of photogenic cocktails. All that makes Sunset bar the most Instagrammable restaurant in Manchester. Reservations are essential and people DO dress up a lot there! 

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

Cafe at Selfridges (San Carlo Gran Cafe)

1, Exchange Square Central, Corporation St, Manchester M3 1BD

You’ve heard me right – there’s Selfridges in Manchester as well. However, it’s not as big as it’s London store. Nonetheless, Selfridges in Manchester has a very beautiful and Instagrammable cafe on the lower ground floor, so you can head there for some photos. 

The Mitre & The Old Wellington

1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester M3 1SW

Another place for the Instagram guide to Manchester are two of the most beautiful pubs/bars in the city – the Mitre and the Old Wellington. Located in the city centre, close to main shopping amenities and very close to Manchester Cathedral, both are is a highlight of Manchester with their beautiful design using timber frames. The Mitre is also a hotel, however, hotel reviews are not great.

Manchester Cathedral

Victoria St, Manchester M3 1SX

As I mentioned just before, Manchester Cathedral is located in the city centre, so you don’t have to walk far. Actually, most of the photo locations in Manchester are located very close to each other, so at no point, you have to walk for more than 20-25 minutes. However, there are free buses in Manchester, so if it rains, you can definitely hop on one and head to Manchester Cathedral. Manchester Cathedral is really stunning, however, keep in mind, that it’s closed on Sunday morning for a mass (and during some other times too, you need to check the schedule).

Amazing Instagrammable Places in Manchester (19+ spots) + Exact locations

The red-brick streets of Manchester

All around Manchester

And the last and probably the most important photo location is what makes Manchester – Manchester, a modern ex-industrial city with a rich history – red brick houses. Manchester is full of streets with red brick houses and some of them are very photogenic, especially if you like urban photography.

Okay, that was the complete guide to the Instagrammable places in Manchester. I tried to list all the spots I visited and thought that they would be a great photo location. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for places that are not on the list, please let me know in the comments below! 

If you like travelling around the UK and exploring different Instagrammable places, check out my Instagram guides to London, Edinburgh, York, Bristol and Nottingham!

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Hi guys, we just came back from a weekend in Manchester and I can’t wait to share with you the top things to do in Manchester for millennials besides football. If you’re looking for fun, trendy, hip and alternative things to do in Manchester – you’re in the right place.

Of course, I’ll mention a couple of very touristy spots that will be on the list of most travellers, but I will mainly try to focus on things that you (as a millennial) might like because we liked it too!

Manchester is a very hip and a cool city and it has its atmosphere and vibe. Manchester is famous for its food and nightlife and it might not be the prettiest or the most polished city (don’t expect something like Belgravia in London), but it has a character! If you have never been to Manchester before and you want to compare it to London, compare it to Shoreditch. Also, don’t expect amazing weather and pack an umbrella or a rain poncho. It rains A LOT in Manchester, but there are plenty of things you can do indoors as well during your weekend in Manchester.

best things to do in Manchester

The best time to visit Manchester

If you’re wondering what’s the best time to visit Manchester, well… Summer is great, as it’s generally warm, about 18-20 degrees, sometimes even warmer, but Autumn is also nice. November, February and March might not be the greatest idea, as the city is generally gloomy and cold in this months, however, April and May and September and October could be wonderful. As I said before, it rains a lot in Manchester and it could rain all summer, so if you want to make sure that there is no rain at all, try to plan your trip last minute.

How far is Manchester from London?

Manchester is really not too far from pretty much anywhere in England unless you’re based in Penzance. If you’re wondering, how far is Manchester from London, well, just over 2 hours by train. That’s really almost nothing, so if you really want, you can even come for a day trip to Manchester. However, I would recommend visiting Manchester for a weekend (at least). If you’re travelling with your partner or friend and you travel by train together a lot, make sure to apply for a Two Together railcard – believe me, you’ll save a lot of money. 

Where to stay in Manchester?

Another question is where to stay in Manchester. If you want to splurge, stay in the King Street Townhouse – it was an amazing rooftop swimming pool. We stayed in the Lowry Hotel provided by Visit Manchester (huge thanks to Visit Manchester for organising my trip) and it was great! They even prepare you an avocado on toast in the morning, which is fabulous! Some other, more affordable, but still great options include AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays or Roomzzz Manchester.

If you’re up for a cool hostel, then check YHA Manchester out. 

Manchester besides football
The Lowry Hotel

Okay, enough information, let’s start with the main topic – the best things to see in Manchester for millennials (besides football). 

Top things to do in Manchester for millennials (2 days in Manchester)

Admire the beautiful John Rylands library

If you’re a millennial, chances are, you like Harry Potter (or at least you’ve read the books or watched the movies). While John Rylands library only had a tiny episode in Harry Potter movies, it definitely has a Harry Potter vibe. This gorgeous library was open to the public in 1900 and it’s free to visit. It’s actually a working library, so you have to keep quiet, as some students might be studying in there.

Nonetheless, John Rylands library is a great spot for photos and it’s such a pleasure to walk around and discover the hidden gems of the library. It’s also open 7 days a week, so you can visit it during your 2 days in Manchester.

best things to do in Manchester for Millennials

Explore the Northern Quarter

Northern Quarter used to be a very industrial part of the city, however, since all the industry closed in Manchester, the places stood empty for a while. Now Northern Quarter is one of the trendiest places in the entire Manchester – it’s home to numerous shops, stores, art spaces, co-working spots, coffee shops, bars, brunch places, restaurants and it also has some amazing street art.

Find the best street art in Manchester (with an exact location below) – Arya Stark and Eleven from Stranger Things & more

While Manchester is not the street art capital of the UK (it’s probably Bristol – you can read more about my experience looking for street art in Bristol in this post), it does have some impressive incredible street art. We haven’t followed any self-guided tour or organised a tour of street art spots in Manchester, but nonetheless, we spotted a lot of amazing street artworks and below are some of my favourite ones with an exact location.

So here’s an incredible street art of El or Eleven from the Stranger things located at the Copperas Street in the Northern Quarter.

best street art in Manchester, Eleven from Stranger Things

Or Arya Stark street art in Manchester – located right at the Stevenson Square.

best street art in Manchester - Arya Start from Game of Thrones

I also liked this bird located at the Dale street.

And this one at the Bridge Street.

And there are some more of the fine examples of street art in Manchester:

Hare street

Go on a tour in Manchester

If you like tours, I can recommend this great food tour in Manchester or if you want to learn more about the history of the city, then this tour could be a great option.

Manchester for a weekend

Have an authentic Taiwanese boba tea in Manchester

Another of the cool things to do in Manchester is trying an authentic Taiwanese bubble tea in Manchester. Manchester is a very international city and besides, it’s a student city, that’s why there are plenty of spots to try bubble tea (boba tea). My favourite is probably Gong Cha – an international chain that opened in Manchester a couple of months ago. Try their brown sugar pearl milk tea – if you never tried a boba tea before, you will definitely like it.

I’m somewhat crazy about bubble tea – you can even find my guide to the best bubble tea in London here.

Authentic Taiwanese boba tea in Manchester - Gong Cha

Go shopping to Affleck’s 

One of the most unique stores in Manchester is Affleck’s – located in the heart of the Northern Quarter, it’s home to over 60 different stores, ranging from local merchandise with a symbol of Manchester – the bee to tattoo studios and gothic everyday wear. 

You can literally spend hours in Affleck’s and it’s a great place to buy something unique that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. It’s also a nice place to hide from the rain, so make sure to check it out!

Manchester for a weekend

Have brunch at Evelyn’s

Manchester has a lot of amazing brunch spots and Evelyn’s one of them. Did you know that Manchester is a vegetarian capital of the UK? Well, now you know. If you’re a veggie or a vegan, you’ll be in paradise in Manchester – there are SO MANY places that serve delicious plant-based food. If you eat everything, you will also find a lot of places. Evelyn’s is a great choice because it has a lot of plant-based dishes as well as meat/fish dishes, so everyone can find whatever they like there. Plus the place is really pretty and not expensive. Enough reasons to visit Evelyn’s?

brunch in Manchester

Look for the most Instagrammable spots in Manchester

I’ll be writing a separate post about it, so once it’s finished, I’ll link it here. As I already mentioned, Manchester is not a picture-perfect polished pink city full of flowers, but there are many photogenic locations in the city. You just need to find them!

Manchester besides football

Have dinner at Mackie Mayor

One of the best and quite affordable dinner options in Manchester is heading to Mackie Mayor – a huge covered space with over 5 food stalls and 3 bars that served one of the best pizzas I’ve tried in my entire life. Actually, everything we tried there, was amazing, so I really recommend this place. As it’s a kind of street food market of Manchester (however covered), you can’t book a table and there are benches, rather than tables, so you have to be quick and grab a spot for you and your friends / partner. 

Manchester besides football

Visit the Lowry (not the hotel)

If you’re interested in art, you should definitely head to the Lowry – a very modern art complex that is a must in Manchester.

The only downside is that it’s a bit far, so I suggest you ask for an Uber. There are many more art galleries and museums in Manchester, so if it’s something you like a lot, you can also visit the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum or IWM North. If you only have 2 days in Manchester, you won’t be able to visit all of them, so you’ll have to pick the one that reflects your interests more than the others.

Visit a hip cocktail bar in Manchester

There are so many amazing bars in Manchester, that I just couldn’t recommend only one. Laundromat is probably the coolest bar, as it’s a secret hidden bar that looks like, well, a laundromat. You need to open the door of a massive washing machine to go in. How amazing is that?

The Alchemist in Manchester does some pretty unique cocktails, while Jane Eyre is a perhaps, a less busy, but a very nice and cosy bar.

Finally, you can head to Twenty Twenty, where you can see people, that dress up A LOT. Make sure not to show up in jeans and sneakers, as the bouncer might not let you in. The views from the top floor as absolutely fantastic though. 

2 days in Manchester in summer

Of course, you can also visit the Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium (the stadium of Manchester City), however, I promised to keep this post football-free. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and now you know about more things to do in Manchester! 

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Europe doesn’t normally strike people as a warm destination in winter. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find destinations in Europe, where you don’t need to wear an extra warm jacket and uggs. In this post, I wanted to share with you 7 amazing warm winter destinations in Europe for a nice Christmas break or just generally for a winter trip.

Let’s get some things straight first. Warm in Europe doesn’t mean tropical. Unfortunately, there are no tropical destinations in Europe, however, we do get some pretty hot summers around here. However, warm in Europe in winter would mean of 15+ degrees Celcius (that’s around 59 Fahrenheit), where you can still walk around wearing a light jacket or even a sweater.

Without further ado, let’s get started with the …

Top 7 destinations for a warm winter break in Europe!

Malta

One of the best warm winter destinations in Europe is undoubtedly Malta. This gorgeous island country is located close to Africa, so the temperatures aren’t that low and it’s generally very sunny in Malta in winter. We went to Malta for Christmas for about 5 days and did a great road trip visiting Gozo (another island of Malta) and the Blue Lagoon. You can read my post about our 5-day itinerary for Malta here

Bring a light jacket (I made a huge mistake and only brought a leather jacket and instantly regretted it in the evenings, so I had to buy a jacket in Malta), Timberland shoes and a warm scarf, however, don’t forget to bring some sweaters as well, as when the sun is out and there’s no wind, it can be pretty warm in Malta.

Trip to Malta from London in December
A day trip from Malta to Gozo: things to do in Gozo & itinerary

Seville and the South of Spain

Another amazing destination for a warm winter in Europe is Seville and overall, the South of Spain. I had a chance to experience winter in Seville myself and it was amazing! During my 2 days in Seville just after Christmas, it was about 19C and I was fine wearing just a dress with some tights. However, I did have a cardigan with me. 

Seville in winter is really nice and sunny! Don’t forget to read my post about 2 days in Seville and why you should visit Seville on Monday here >>>

Things to do in Seville in December
warm destinations in Europe in winter

The Canary Islands – Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote

The Canary Islands are technically in Africa, however, they are part of Spain and it’s really cheap to fly there as well, especially with Ryanair. I visited the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria) in the middle of November and it was around 22 degrees, I could even wear shorts.

In winter, the Canary Islands are colder, but still very warm compared to most of continental Europe. Prepare to bring a couple of dresses, jeans, but also swimsuits if you’re staying in one of the hotels with heated swimming pools.

Read my post about our 4-day trip to Grand Canaria >>>

The French Riviera

The French Riviera or the Cote D’Azur is always amazing. I visited Marseille in January (read more about my experience here) and Nice, Cannes and Monaco in April (okay, that’s not winter, but still not a high season) and it was nice, sunny and not too cold. On a cloudy day in Marseille in January, it was about 13C. However, the next day was sunny and warm – about 18C, so there was no need to wear a jacket.

Visiting French Riviera in winter is also an amazing opportunity to explore the region without many tourists. You can hire a car and explore some of the most beautiful places in Cote D’Azur. In case you’re looking for inspiration, you can read my post about our road trip in the French Riviera >>>

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Top 7 Warm Winter Destinations in Europe | Christmas in Europe

Portugal 

Another destination, that I visited in winter and absolutely loved was Portugal. Portugal is relatively warm in winter. Some days could be rainy and windy with the temperatures around 12C, but some days could be amazing – sunny, warm and reaching 20C.

Since I’ve spent 2 weeks in Portugal, I had plenty of warm days and plenty of colder days as well, but overall, I never needed anything warmer than a leather jacket with a scarf.

On some warm days, I was even wearing a T-shirt – which is somewhat rare for Europe in winter. I recommend visiting Lisbon, Sintra, Porto and a couple of beautiful towns and cities nearby. You can read more about my 2-week itinerary for Portugal here or check out this post about a weekend in Porto.

Sicily, Italy

Sicily is located in the South of Italy and it’s an island that is already close to Tunis in Africa. The temperatures in winter can fall below 12C, however, that’s still warm compared to most places in Europe. If you’re lucky, it could be as warm as 15-18 degrees in Sicily in winter, so you will have a proper warm winter break. Bring a couple of warm jackets, but also some sweaters and perhaps even a T-shirt.

warm winter breaks in Europe
Credit: luiz centenaro

Athens, Greece or Cyprus

Another place that you can visit in winter and it’s one of the warm winter destinations in Europe is Athens. The average temperatures in winter are around 13-15 degrees, but you can have warmer or colder days as well. Athens is a great city that has a lot of sightseeing spots and once you’re done with Athens, you can hop on a plane and fly to Cyprus, a separate country – a huge island, where the temperatures in winter are around 18-19 degrees and are perfect for exploring and sightseeing.

Travel Balkans on budget: Athens

I hope you enjoyed this post about the top 7 warm winter destinations in Europe and the best warm Christmas breaks in Europe. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Check my post about the best destinations for a White Christmas in Europe and the best Christmas Markets in Europe. 

If you’re open to warm places outside Europe, check my posts about Morocco, Oman, Miami, Mexico, Maldives and Seychelles

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