48 hours in Nuremberg: best tour guide for an amazing visit

Nuremberg is the second largest city in Bavaria, which has a lot to offer, but often is outshined by Munich.

I have visited Nuremberg many times because one of my best friends live there, and since I had the chance to get to know the city better, I would like to share with you my tips to enjoy this part of Germany the best way possible.

1. Felsenkeller labyrinth

You will get to know Nuremberg from a whole different perspective. The labyrinth of caves will take you down, underneath the city center and you will see places that have been there for centuries, but are hidden beneath the streets of Nuremberg. Some of the cellars you will see are four stories deep but very stable.

Originally these rock-cut cellars were used to store beer but later on as a safe spot while bombs were dropped at Nuremberg at the WWII.

In the tour through the stone labyrinth, you will see the very first organic brewery in Germany and the first whiskey distillery of Nuremberg.

2. St. Lorenz church

This is surely iconic monument for Nuremberg, situated in the center of the old city. The size, the amount of details and historical value makes this place a must see.

The construction of the church started in the 1400s, but after extensive damage during the WW II was restored. There are many splendid altars, the architecture is amazing and if you have traveled around Germany you will see how this church differentiates from the rest. There are beautiful stained-glass windows as well and a lot of candles where you can leave you wish in writing.

3. Wöhrder See

This is an amazing place for a 30-min walk, with beautiful lake, pictures places and great restaurants with a nice view. We had cake and coffee after our walk around the lake and took some amazing pictures. It is peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. You can take a pedal boat and go around the lake, or you can simply walk around the whole lake (however it will be a long walk). In the summer, people come here for the beach and it is much more crowded.

4. Christmas market

Nuremberg is famous for its Christmas markets and that`s why I feel the need to include it as a 4th point, even though the holiday season already passed.

The Christmas market has just ended but their web page is already updated for the next one. The Christmas market in Nuremberg is quoted as the best one in whole Germany on many websites. I visited it, and I can say it is totally worth it. It is definitely beautiful and cozy and there are many things to try and do there.

5. Zeppelinfield

History has been written here. To be honest with you it is not entertaining, neither amusing to see it. However, the darkest history of Germany left a mark here and can be not only seen but also felt once you step in Zippelinfeld. Visiting this place brings so many thoughts of the power of brainwashing thousands and millions of people in the name of a cause that back in time seemed perfectly right.

6. Shopping in Nuremberg

Shopping in Nuremberg is surely enjoyable They have a long street full of the most famous brands but also some others that are not that familiar and offer different fashion and affordable prices.

Follow all these tips, and you will have a great time there, get a touch of Bavaria and have an amazing memorable trip from Nuremberg.

Let me know if any of you visited Nuremberg, did you like it and what else you saw there.

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Why do you need to visit Halkidiki Sithonia, Greece instead of the Greek islands

Who did not dream of vacation in Greece so far? Well if you haven`t, then you should check the pictures below first 😉

The good news are that you can actually organize it on a budget, and you do not need to travel necessarily to one of their thousands of islands. You do not need to spend a fortune for a fly ticket (like 250 EUR) as well. You can actually make your trips in Greece on a budget with amazing quality where you will not need to compromise a thing.

Here I am with the promised article for Sithonia, Halkidki, Greece, after your voted on my Instagram @lostinpollyland to have 2 different artickles for the places I visited in Greece this summer. Let`s start with how you can reach Halkidiki.

Where is Sithonia and how can you go there?

Sithonia is in the middle of the Halkidiki peninsula and described as the most beautiful sleeve of the three.

All the Bulgarians go there by car, which takes approximately around 4 hours from Sofia. The roads in Greece are really good, and with a GPS it is pretty easy to find your way around.

If you are flying to Greece and for everyone who is not traveling from Bulgaria –
my flights to Greece were… 80 EUR! You have to fly to the nearest airport which is Thessaloniki. The airport is small and all the low coast companies fly to Thessaloniki. I used Ryanair from Eindhoven, Holland, and I was very happy with the price because it was July, in the beginning of the peak summer season. However at this moment, I would not recommend you to use Ryanair anymore, due to their numerous strikes, and flight issues. In any case, you can find much cheaper tickets to Thesaloniki than to the island for example. As usual, use skyscanner.

You will definitely need a car in Greece, or you will be stuck to only 1 place for the whole vacation. I recommend you to rent a car from here: link

However always check what your flight company offers you for car rentals.

Why Sithonia?

I visit two of the sleeves in Halkidiki, and I can say that they are both absolutely beautiful, but Sithonia was less crowded and showed many small, sheltered emerald beaches than Kassandra did. It has 92 beaches, which is pretty impressing. If you drive 2-3 km you will find a new beach and a new one and the next one. There is always a choice.

Beaches I visited in Sithonia and I recommend you to visit:

Lagomandra Beach

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Coviou beach

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Kalogria Beach

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These 3 are enough for 5 days staying there, because I am sure you will fall in love with them and you would like to visit them second and third time.

More Beaches in case you still would like to visit different places every day.

Orange beach;
Sarti beach;
Kriaritsi beach.

Here is a really good map of the beaches with great pictures and videos of all of them: Link

Which village shell I choose to book my hotel?

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Once you see the beaches, you can decide where do you want to stay, so you can be close to them. I staid in Neos Marmaras. It is amazing village with nightlife, restaurants, shops but also really close to all the beautiful beaches (by car).
I certainly recommend you the village and I can share with you which property I choose to stay in: Aria’s House Studios & Apartments.

What can you eat in Sithonia?

I would advice you to focus on the fish and vegetables when visiting Greece. If you live in Bulgaria, than the difference in the taste of veggies will not be that big, but if you live abroad, and go to Greece, even the tomatoes would seem that are “sprinkled with sugar” as we say it. 😀

The fish is fresh and absolutely amazing. Since I am a foodie person, and a I love grilled fish, I can conclude that in Halkidiki they prepaired the fish the best way with amazing spices.

Food I would suggest to try there:

Try octopous, since this is really a specialty in Sithonia. I am not that big fan of octopus, but worth to order it once.

Dorada, because it is amazing.


Eggplant salad

Squids
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Restaurants I reccomend: Fish Tavern o Harris
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A stunning view, and absoutely great fresh fish, I went there 2 times and I fully reccomend you to tat at least once. In this place, focus on the fish and not on pasta (with sea food etc).

The desserts are for free, usually are fruits or chocolate pancake.
For breakfast, I almost always took yogurt with fruits, so I can`t suggest too many things, but they have a pastry with cheese which remains me of Banica, so you can certainly take that.
Try their cookies shops. They have cookies per grams, so if you see such a place, stop and take some. They are amazing.

The service

I live in Holland, and customer service is not really a thing here, so when I went to Greece, I felt like I am in a 5 star resort all the time. They are really nice, positive people with an eye to details, taking care of you having the greatest possible holiday.

The weather

Halkidiki is sunny, and if you are like me and you like booking half an year/an year in advance, then you can pretty much be safe if you book in July, August and September.

If you like to check the weather, you can do it from here.

What to buy from Sithonia:

Of course, you can not miss the famous olive oil. Take o.3% extra vergin. If you are flying with Ryianair, then you do not have a lot of luggage and you can buy small bottles, specifically for taking on the plane for you or for a present.
Uzo, which I am not a fan of, however, I bought it for a present.
There many shops for beach wear, that are pretty amazing.

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Breathtaking Balkans: 6 reasons why you need to visit Pirin mountain

My last holiday started with flying to Sofia and going up the Bulgarian mountain to find one amazing hidden village in between the breathtaking Pirin mountain. I had a great experience there, and I would like to share it with you so you can plan a budget trip to Leshten, in Pirin mountain.

For everyone who is NOT Bulgarian: the prices there are really low + the flights are incredibly cheap, so it is definitely a budget saving destination.

I decided to go to Leshten, because I saw this amazing village in one Bulgarian movie a few years ago (The Foreigner). Since then I always wanted to go and visit it.

Where is Leshten located?

Leshten is not that easy to reach, but on the other hand, it is a very beautiful trip. You will be crossing Struma river, the famous ski resort Bansko and driving around beautiful mountains.

Why you definitely need to visit Pirin mountain, Leshten?

See for yourself how Leshten looks like, and then I will list my top reasons why you need to visit it 🙂

1st. Amazing panoramic view
If you are a mountain lover, which I believe you are since you are reading this post, then Leshten will give you an amazing panoramic view and true satisfaction of your soul. The mountains are breathtaking and Leshten is right in the middle of it.

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2nd. Total relaxation
Leshten is a very calm village, small and quiet. You will go there if you need to relax and start your holiday with total relaxation. You will enjoy the beautiful views and nature while hearing only the sound of birds, bugs or animals. In the evening you can visit the restaurants, and there you will probably hear some music, but again it is all about focusing on yourself and the company you are with.

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3rd. Delicious food
The food in Bulgaria is in general great, especially for the meat lovers. However in Leshten, is pretty amazing, because all the vegetables are BIO, grown in someone`s garden ;). I would recommend trying something meaty (around 2-3 EUR), definitely aubergine, or any other salad you would like (they are around 1,70 EUR) and for a dessert yoghurt with jam (1,10 EUR). Please visit the place after the bridge at Leshten, across their only shop.

4th. Mineral healing water
If you go to Leshten, you can take advantage of the famous mineral water in the bacteriological resort nearby – Ogniyanovo. If you only would like to swim, you can do that at Leshten, but if you want to stay still in the water and let it heal your body, then you can take a short ride of few kilometers and go to Ognyanovo.

5th. Scenery village very pleasant for a walk.
The cobblestone streets of the village, together with the cosy small houses surrounded by green and mountains, makes it very scenic and lovely for a walk. Leshten will offer you a mountain hike, picking mushrooms and herbs in the mountain, and fishing. I would say that 2, maximum 3 days here are enough for you to feel recharged and energized.

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6th. The Bulgarian mountains are perfect for your trip on a budget!
Since we are focused on minimizing our budget and maximizing the quality of our trips, then Leshten and in general the Bulgarian mountains would be a great choice. First of all, as I already mentioned couple of times, the flights should be around 50-60 EUR with a low cost company as RyianAir, WizzAir and Transavia from Central Europe to Sofia. Furthermore, a night in a very nice hotel would be between 40-50 EUR for two people with Spa, and swimming pool and breakfast included.
The food is around 20 Eur for two people, which will include a main dish, veggies, and rakija.

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Why do you need to go boating outside of Amsterdam! Boat trip in Vinkeveen

Amsterdam is stunning and one of the most vibrant cities I have ever visited (and lived in) and its scenery canals make it very attractive for boat trips. However, if you are not visiting it for first time, and you do not want to do that the touristic way, think twice before wasting a sunny, warm weekend on a boat in Amsterdam AGAIN.

Our tip: rent a boat in Vinkeveen 😉

Where is Vinkeveen?

Vinkeveen is only half an hour away of Amsterdam, 25 km distance.

Why Vinkeveen?

Here is why you will have great experience there:

1. A boat trip in the nature

As much as I love Amsterdam, there is nothing like a relaxing boat ride in the nature. You will not hear crowd talking around you, and your eyes will be relaxed of the city view when instead you will be seeing lakes, a lot of water, peaceful beach houses, listening your own music (which you bring with you).

2. Prices in Amsterdam vs outside of Amsterdam

We all know that Amsterdam can be a bit pricey. The prices for a boat are not an exception. If you decide to rent a boat in Amsterdam, the prices are between 40 and 60 EUR per hour (deposit of 150 Eur as well) and the prices we found in Vinkeveen 18 Eur per hour for a boat suitable for 6 people, but we rented it for 4.

3. Busy water roads

You definitely need to be careful in Amsterdam! It is busy all year around, but when it comes to a sunny day… oh guys! Do not look right, left, up, or down. Look only straight and focus on avoiding crashes in another boat.

In Vinkeveen, you have lakes like a labyrinth, and you have plenty of space not to crash in anything 😉 At the beginning of the ride, they will give you a map with all the lakes, so you can choose the road you like. And trust me there is enough space for everyone.

4. Picnic in the nature

When we went in Vinkeveen, we could stop on every small green island, and pull out the picnic blankets.

5. Much more privacy

If it is a sunny and warm day, then you would probably want to try to get some tan. And if you try boating in Amsterdam, you probably know that between you in the boat and the people sitting in cafeterias and restaurant, or simply walking around the city, there are just few meters distance. You would not feel that comfortable when putting your sun cream and laying in bikini, while nearly everyone around you is eating and drinking on the canals, fully dressed up.

Well in Vinkeveen, the whole vibe is as of a beach place, everyone around you is doing the same or (windsurfing). And you simply feel like you are on a beach vacation.

It is entirely different type of experience than in Amsterdam. You can ride in much more peaceful, green, full of islands and lakes place, surrounded by beach houses. You choose your music, uninterrupted of the music of the boats near you, celebrating bachelorette parties. You can lay down, get your white wine and food, make picnic on the boat or on the islands.

For everyone who would love to have fully relaxing day, and everyone who already tried boating in Amsterdam, and does not want to do it the touristic way, go to Vinkeveen, you can book it via: Jachthaven Motel Borger (this is not sponsored post) spend half day there and let me know if you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thanks for visiting,

xxx

Extensive tourist guide to visit Barcelona

Hello everyone, I am back after taking some long break from my blog due to Dutch exams and preparing for another step in my 9 to 5 career. I am back with some new articles to share after checking all of the questions you sent me.

So let`s talk about one of my favorite destinations in Europe – Barcelona! I will share with you my Barcelona tourist guide so you do not miss anything there and I will list 7 reasons why you need most certainly to visit Barcelona!

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What is the best time to visit?

The weather will be nice any time of the year, but mostly from March to November. I would advise visiting in June, September, October. Barcelona is more of a city trip and exploring sights-seeings than an all day long beach vacation. Save your summer holidays for a place where you go with the only purpose – beach time, and use Barcelona as a start or an end of your summer.

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Cheap flights to Barcelona?

Barcelona is among the cheap European destinations to fly to, but according to the trends this year, the flight tickets to Barcelona are evidently more expensive. You can use Transavia, EasyJet, Vueling or just use Skyscanner to compare the prices. Bear in mind that normal flight tickets would be 130-150 EUR from central Europe.
Moving from the Airport to the city is relatively easy. You have to take a bus – tickets you can take next to the bus or on the bus and then transfer to the metro which will take you straight to the heart of Barcelona.

Here are my top 7 reasons why you have to visit Barcelona.

1. Charming big city

Barcelona is a big city, but it gives you the vibe of a very charming and lively city with tiny streets and cute squares, with different neighborhoods soaking in very cozy, holiday atmosphere.

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A must visit place is Rambla, where you will find never-ending buzz of walking, dining, shopping, laughing and talking visitors.

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El Raval is another neighborhood where you will feel this chill vibe, filled in lade-back coffees, a lot of artists and hip design shops. There are many things to visit and see, as you can see from the link I gave you.

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Gothic quarter is my favorite neighborhood. You can spend hours here just walking around, taking pictures and chilling in the coffees. It seems like a labyrinth with tiny, narrow streets and many street artists.

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In Plaça de Sant Josep Oriol where you can find street musicians, who gives incredible atmosphere and art exhibitions every week.

2. Best restaurants in Barcelona

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Sangria all day, long lunches and late dinners…in Barcelona, the foodie people will glow and find their heaven.

Barcelona is famous for their seafood. Here are some amazing places where you will fall into seafood coma:

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La Cova Fumada has great authentic eating experience. They have absolutely great food!

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Dos Palillos I suggest you take the seats in the food preparation area. We had the 45 € lunch menu, water 50 cl (3 €), Sencha (3,90 €), café (2,40 €). All the courses in Dos Palillos are interesting, however, they are more of an “out of the box” taste and going closer to the Asian cuisine.

If you want to eat GREAT seafood in a nonpretentious environment please do go to “El Rey de la Gamba” at the end of La Barceloneta. The food is amazing, the prices are good and the speed of the service is great.

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For the typical Spanish tapas for lunch or dinner, head to the Borne neighborhood.

Do you want a break from the seafood and tapas? If you want to jump to a place with great meat, please visit La Malandrina you would never guess how amazing this restaurant is from the outside look. This is NOT a touristic place with very good (low) prices and really focused on serving amazing meat. I suggest that you spent one lunch here.

If you like to try some other taste: Niño Viejo (Mexican restaurant). I recommend you the: the guacamole, cheese fondue, and tuna tostadas.

Bar Cañete – great service, food and wine. Keep in mind the prices are a bit higher, however, it is totally worth it. I received many many recommendations for this place.

Markets:

La boqueria market yes, yes and yes! you need to visit, just be careful with the pickpockets. It is very crowded, but please visit and try different stands. The food is freshly cooked in front of you and it is a celebration for the eye.

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You can visit also the less crowded but also amazing: Santa Caterina Market in the Barri Gothic area. They have an great collection of seafood vendors, meat purveyors, various candy and vegetable. It is easier to move around and talk to people.


3. City beach holiday

In Barcelona, you have city experience and then go to the beach within 15 min walking. The beachside looks like a vacation town and city part is like a European capital. It is absolutely awesome how you can decide one day to lay on the beach and the other explores sigh-seeings, without the need of a car and the hassle of a big European capital.

Try: Barceloneta beach. It is very crowded, very touristic, however the most entertaining one, with sand artists, drums, and music all over the beach.

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Nova Icaria beach: it is close to the Icaria shopping center, so there will be something to do after beach time for sure. This beach is good for water-sports and it is less crowded.

4. Barcelona Nightlife

Everyone knows that in Barcelona, there is an amazing nightlife. You can go out all night, chilling in a beach bar, going to clubs, or just having sangria and dancing.

Razmataz club. In case you want to go big, this is the place. There are 5 rooms of different genre music and it is pretty impressive place.

Very chill and fun place is: Placa Reial – a hidden gem in the middle of the city, where you can see live music shows and enjoy few drinks.

In case you would appreciate some jazz music, which Barcelona is great with, you can find jazz showtimes here.

Flamenco shows you can book via this link, the tickets are 15 Eur and it is great for starting the night with.

5. Barcelona weather

I started appreciating the weather on my holidays, since I had few beach vacations, planned to be sunny, but then arrived and spent many days in rain and stormy weather. However, Barcelona is one of the cities having great weather all year long. Here is some information for their annual temperature, based on www.holiday-weather.com:

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6. Barcelona attractions

The Olympic port is an amazing pictures place for dinner or walk.

Sagrada familia even that is not yet finished, the details are amazing and you can sit there and enjoy the lights. This is a must see attraction, the most iconic sight of Barcelona. You can check tickets here.

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Park Guel. Same goes for Park Guel, it is a must see attraction if you want to get taste of Barcelona. There is amazing view, and if you go before sunset you will have great photos and videos.

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Bunker del Carmel. Another pictorous place, which will give a lot to the soul and your insta feed 😉

Barcelona is compact enough that you can do a bike tour and get a great impression of the land. However if you choose hop on hop off Barcelona, do it on the first day, then you get an overview of what you would like to go back and see. It has a fixed price and you can use it as many times as you would like for the whole day. Check tickets here.

For a walking tour, I highly recommend Runner Bean tours. Humour, energy, charisma, educational all in one. The tour guides are guides with years of experience under their belt. It’s free (i.e. tip based) like all of the others, but the quality difference of every other free city tour I have visited is huge.

In case you want to do something a little bit more challenging and less tourist – Tibidabo it`s a long climb but so worth it. It is beautiful and you have an amazing view.

Monserrat. You will spend some time climbing, but it will really give you an overview of the beautiful nature of the region, outside of Barcelona.

I would also suggest you see the lights show at Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuï. It is beautiful, but check the times/days as it is not on a daily basis.

7. Shopping in Barcelona

Barcelona has awesome shops in the city center which are not too pricey. I got a suitcase for 30 EUR, which normally would be 60 Eur, Ray Ban sunglasses on huge discount, and a lot of makeup and clothes. Every time I go to Barcelona, I prepare an extra budget for shopping and extra space in my new suitcase 😉

Avinguda Diagonal if you are up to fancy shopping and big designer names.

Les Glòries is a shopping center with more than 200 known shops, cinema and bars.

The Centre Comercial Maremàgnumis is a mall, and in case you need a shopping place on sunday, it is the only mall open on Sundays.

El Bulevard Rosa-is a place with more than 100 boutique shops for clothing and it is located in the center of Barri Gotic area.

El Corte Inglés-situated at plaza de Catalunia, with its 9 floors will give you the most famous chains in Europe.

Attention: I received many suggestions to watch for the pick pockets. Nothing bad happened to me, however all my collegues are stressing to be very careful in crowded places and to minimize yourself as a target for thieves. Bring a fake wallet to carry in your bag and instead keep your money somewhere else. Wear your backpack or bag in front of your body, especially on the metro, beach areas, plazas, monuments, terraces. Don’t trust those trying to reach for your attention in touristic areas, it might be just a distraction.

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9 of the best places to eat and have drinks in Sofia

As you all know I appreciate good food and in Bulgaria I can guarantee you will enjoy delicious vegetarian or meat dishes. Our kitchen includes a lot of meat, variety of vegetables and herbs and various desserts. We have many different salads and appetizers, that go well with rakija (the traditional Bulgarian drink). In Sofia you will find classy or traditional type of restaurants, and you will be impressed of their prices, quality and fabulous look. The restaurants in Bulgaria differ a lot in the outlook than the Dutch ones. Visit them and you will directly see it.

1. Shastlivetsa

This place has absolutely great atmosphere and perfect location. You will find it in the city center, at the main boulevard – Vitosha. They have a lot of choices and the prices are reasonable. Shastlivetsa will offer you variety of great meat dishes, representative for the Eastern European kitchen. If you are searching for a place with good location, nice atmosphere, warm employees and delicious food, Shtastlivetsa will definitely give you all that.

Prices per dish: 7-10 E

2. Laguna

The restaurant offers one of the best cakes in Sofia. I brought my colleagues from the Netherlands to try the cakes there, and they loved it. You can have great lunch or dinner as well. The cosine is European/Eastern European and you will not be disappointed with the quality of whatever you choose to order. There is a beautiful garden, where you can enjoy the sun, even in the winter days.

Price of one cake: around 1,50 – 2 EUR (3,60 BGN)

3. Esterhasi bar

This place is great for cocktails, drinks, pre-drinks and delicious cakes. In case you want to have lunch or dinner here, bear in mind the quantity of food is not huge, but the quality is really good. My advice is to take some snack and to focus on the impressive cocktails. The locations is very convenient, and you will have a beautiful view of Sofia University.

You have a lunch menu with traditional Bulgarian dishes (again – the quantity is not big!) and a menu with excellent international food.

Price of lunch menu: around 3-4 EUR per dish

The international food: 5-10 EUR

4. Sense

The bar will offer you an amazing view of the heart of Sofia. You can try there cocktails and some snacks. The atmosphere is great and it requires more classy dress code. The cocktails are fabulous, and my friends say the food is well prepared as well.

Fun fact: Just couple of months ago Gerard Butler visited the place.

Cocktail prices: around 3-4 EUR

Picture taken with my friend, who gave me extra tips for these places @sofiaradulova

5. Grande

This is very cozy and cute places for having coffee and cake. Bulgaria is a country that values good quality cakes and in Grande you can try variety of that.

6. Chrystal steak House

I put this place for the steak lovers. Crystal stake house offers great variety of meat, and you can choose your own cut. The location is city center again, and the stuff are really helpful. You will find great wine there as well. I can recommend you to try the Bulgarian rib eye steak, which is dried for 40 days. They will show you the steak and you can tell the waiter how much do you want from the steak exactly. The time between offering the steak to having it done in your plate, is relatively short. You can also try the mushrooms in olive oil and for a dessert please try the green pear cake with mascarpone, blue cheese (however that is not a traditional Bulgarian dessert!)

The prices per dish vary between 7-10 EUR.

The dessert vary between 3-5 EUR.

7. Happy Bar & Grill (Lozenec)

Happy restaurants are everywhere in Sofia, but the one I recommend you is in Lozenec. Of course if you choose another Happy, you will not make a mistake, although, there is difference in the food preparation. In Happy (Lozenec), you will find great view, service and very well prepared food and I can recommend you to try the Sushi salad. The prices are good, they vary between 7-15 EUR, including a drink.

9. The view

I already mention the view in my previous article and together with Tavan. They both are great if you want to see Sofia from better angle. The view is closer to the city center and had an open balcony where you can sit and have great coffee and food with amazing view. Mountain Vitosha looks incredibly close, so does the city center of Sofia.

10. Tavan

Tavan offers great view as well, closer to the mountain, however the balcony is not always open, which means in a cold but sunny day you will need to sit inside. The prices are a bit higher for Bulgaria, however it is still not expensive compare to Central Europe. Tavan has more classy style and requires a bit more classy dress code.

if you would like to check more places in Sofia, besides TripAdvisor, you can use – rezzo.bg. I hope you like these places, like I do 🙂 If you have any comments, please share and also if you have any other places that you tried and liked in Sofia, leave it in the comments or txt me directly.

Thank you for visiting

Till the next time

XXX

Extensive guide for visiting Budapest – 29 things to do in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of the greatest cities I visited so far. I am still here, blogging from Budapest and I am so excited I had the chance to see the most of the city`s hotspots.

If you ever doubt visiting Budapest, leave all your doubts and go check the first flights for there right now! This city has breathtaking views and enough sightseeings and bars to keep you busy for a week. Very few people would spend a week just in one city and that is why I will share my tips, which will definitely make you feel like you saw everything in Budapest.

Flights to Budapest:
I got my flight from Eindhoven to Budapest for only 17 EUR via WizzAir, however, I booked it almost 2 months in advance. I usually book flights 4-5 weeks in advance but this time it worked even better for my budget. Check Skyscanner and WizzAir separately.

From the airport in Budapest you can reach the city center via bus and metro – the combo ticket is 540 Hungarian Forint (HUF) around 1,80 EUR.

Museums and monuments:

1. Visit the parliament building
The parliament building is the third biggest in the world after the parliament in Brazil and Bucharest. It is located on Danube River and it is absolutely spectacular building. You definitely need to see it.

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2. Danube Promenade
The Daube Promenade provides short walk between the bridges Elizabeth and Chain and you will have an amazing view towards Buda, Gellért Hill, Liberty statue on the top of the hill and many small restaurants. If you want an even better view, have a walk there during the night and you will capture the beautiful lights on the bridges.

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3. Hungarian National Museum
The museum itself is an astonishing building, that you have to see even if you are not planning to visit the museum. The Hungarian National Museum is a home of thousands of exponents and you will be able to see the development of the country within thousands of years. It is definitely worth to visit. 1500 HUF ticket.

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4. Saint Stephens Basilica
That is one of the most famous and important religious building in Hungary. The basilica has equal hight as the parliament (on purpose) and has an amazing outlook mastered by 3 different architects. That is why the basilica has 3 different styles. In order to tour inside, you have to pay a fee of 200 HUF. In the basilica, you will find the holy right hand of Stephen, First king of Hungary and for the people who love heights, you can take the elevator for another fee and go to the balcony where you will have pictures view from the heart of the city.

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5. Castle district
There are many spots you can visit in the castle district. The castle itself is very beautiful but the outlook has been changed from the Russians when they came to liberate the county and much simplified. To get there first you can hoop on to the second oldest funicular in the world – opened in 1870. The funicular works based on the principle weight and contra weight, which means when one carriage is going up, the other is going down. The whole ride is exactly 30 seconds, but totally worth it, because it provides a spectacular view of Danube. The ticket costs 6 EUR. If you do not want to pay it, you can simply take the stairs 😉

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6. Dohany Street Synagogue
This is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. It is worth to see, however, I think the ticket is overpriced. Just prioritize your sightseeings and see whether you can spend 3000 HUF (9,80 EUR) for you to see the Synagogue.

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7. Opera house
Neo-Renaissance amazing building. It is worth to see it while walking on Andreas Ave.

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8. House of horror
It is very informative and well organized. If you are interested in history – this museum is absolutely jaw-dropping.

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9. Fisherman`s Bastion
That is not an ancient building, on the contrary – it is built in 20th century with the purpose of providing a panoramic view of Danube. The 7 towers represent the 7 Magyar tribes that helped Magyar people to settle in the city. It is a great viewpoint and a place for taking pictures.

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Sightseeings and experiences:

10. Margaret Island
Margaret island is great for a romantic walking on a sunny day. It has a beautiful park and awesome view of Buda and Pest. It is not a must, but it is definitely nice to have a short walk there.

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11. Ride the old metro (the yellow line)
I was walking on Andrassy avenue towards the Szechenyi Thermal Bath and I got tired after I have been walking around 10 km that day, so I decided to hop on the metro. I found out that line was the old metro and on the way back I got off at the oldest metro station on the continent. It is tiny and has a special spirit. Please give it a try.


12. Vörösmarty square, the oldest metro station in Europe

This square is the end of the fashion street and a meetup point for the greatest free city tours I have ever been. You can find more information here. So on that square, you will find the oldest metro station in the continent, and next to the lion fountain is the meeting point of the free tour guide. I highly recommend it to you. You will see so much of the city for 4 hrs walk and learn a lot about the history and the architecture of the capital.

13. Fashion street Vaci
There you will find all the clothing shops, the brands such as Zara, Pull and bear, H&M are there as well, however, this street is in general pricey and I was advised to avoid it.

14. Chain Bridge at night
Chain Bridge is the first bridge on the Danube, which was entirely destroyed during the war and re-built later on. It is fascinated during night due to its location and the thousands of lights which covers it.

15. Citadel
Although I had to climb like 30 minutes, and it will break the sweat off you, I definitely recommend you this absolutely amazing viewpoint. It is totally worth the sweat and after you concur the hill, you will see the Statue of Liberty and enjoy the spectacular view of One of the highest points in the city.

16. Szechenyi Thermal Bath
The baths are a great add-on for your holiday. They are the biggest and most famous baths in Budapest. They are mixed and has indoors and outdoors swimming pools. The outside pools are very warm and it feels great on a cold winter day to swim in the warm thermal water

Tip: bring flip-flops and a towel, otherwise you have to pay extra.

Best way to use the baths: 1, shower. 2. Relax in a warm pool. 3. Cold pool. 4. Sauna. 5. Cold shower. 6. Steam bath. 7. Cold shower. Pools with different temperature. 8. Outside pools. 9. Shower.

17. Gellért baths
They are less crowded, more expensive, but with a better view towards the Danube and the city. They are split between sexes, and therefore there you can go without swimming suit. I would recommend it because the other baths are really crowded.

18. Shoes on the Danube
It represents those who were killed during WWII by a fascist party. It is a great place to make pictures next to the Danube and it is close to the parliament. I would just recommend you to read a little bit before visiting so you do not miss it or just give it too little attention.

19. Boat trip
I love to take boats wherever I go, so this is what I did in Budapest as well. I choose to take the company “Koshuta” that has 3 options. You can take the boat trip with two drinks (around 20 EUR), you can take the boat with all you can eat lunch, traditional Hungarian food (nearly 30 EUR), or just the boat trip, which I chose – 12 EUR, 3500 HUF. I do not trust the food on such a touristic place, and I would not recommend you to take the food option. The trip is 1,5 hours and it starts twice a day – at 14:00 and 19:00 o’clock.

20. Andreas’s ave
Warning! There you will find the most, expensive, amazing, designer shops. In the same time, the Avenue will give you a great overview of the architecture of Budapest. The Opera house and the House of Terror are also located there. At the end of the road is the park, the zoo and the Szechenyi Thermal Bath.

Food and drinks:

21. 360 bar
This bar will give you an absolutely fabulous view of Budapest! It is located on the rooftop and you will have the chance to sit in an actual warm igloo on a cold winter nigh

22. Szimpla Kert
The famous ruin bars are part of the unique Hungarian culture and give a special touch to the nightlife in Budapest. You definitely have to visit one of the most famous ruin bars – Szimpa Kert which is a strange mixture of chemistry laboratory, jungle, bath and many other things. It is very artistic and you will have the chance to taste great beer and meanwhile to write whatever you want on the tables and walls.

23. Cake tasting in the oldest coffee shop

You will find the cake shop on Buda side, right axross the Fisherman Bastion.

24. Artizan
This place is absolutely amazing for breakfast while planning the program of the day. Sit on the second floor for where you will have a better view and setting. Try the rolls with dry tomatoes and the cake in the pic. Their coffee is really good as well. The location is perfect to visit the parliament building afterwards.

25. Vakvariju restaurant
If you like to taste traditional Hungarian food, goulash soup – this place is great. The live piano music creates a great atmosphere.

Tip: try the duck with cabbage pasta. It is one of the best ducks I have ever tasted.

26. Vinyl & Wood – get lost in wonderland
This place is great for a coffee, tea, and a panini sandwich. It is urban and has a unique atmosphere. If you are nearby, definitely stop by to have a cup of coffee and get cozy.

27. Spoon – boat restaurant.
In case you would like to spoil yourself or to go on a romantic date, that place offers an amazing view in the evening since it is right next to Chain bridge on the Danube. It is pricey so check the menus up front, however, it is very cozy.

28. János Hill
I did not manage to get there due to the weather, however, that is one thing that I really wanted to see and I definitely recommend to you. János Hill will show you the nature of the city, it is not one of the crowded touristic places and it will give you the best view towards Budapest and Danube. That is the highest point in the city, and you can go there by bus 291, taking it from “Nyugati Pu” to the last stop and from there taking the Chairlift or Cogwheel railway. Then you will be able to go to Elizabeth look-out tower and on a clear day to enjoy the stunning view and take many photos.

29. Freeway to explore the city – trams 2, 19 and 41
That is a cheap way to explore the city, sitting in a warm place. Hop on tram 2 and you will see the Danube from Pest side. Tram 19 and 41 go along the west side of Danube.

Budget:
Public transport: combo ticket bus and metro 540 HUF (1,75 EUR)
Single ticket for metro – 350 HUF
Visiting the National Museum 1500 HUF ticket + 500 HUF for taking pictures (6.50 EUR)
Dinner at VakVarju: 4500 dinner, 2 dishes and a glass of wine (around 15 EUR)
Drinks: tea and vegan cake 2250 HUF (7,30 EUR)
Lunch at Parisi 6: 1800 HUF for Gullahs soup and a tea (around 5.80 EUR)
Entrance to the Szechenyi Thermal Bath: 5200 HUF ticket + 1000 HUF towel
You can book the free guide tour here.

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