Munich | A City Tour on Tracks – 1913 Style

Having still been infected by the train virus from our recent overnight rail ride to Budapest, it was pure luck that my partner stumbled over this extraordinary one hour excursion just this Easter Monday here in Munich. The Bavarian Localbahn Society, which I honestly had never heard of before, offered a round-trip around the city on tracks which are normally used for cargo transportation. But the speciality: Aboard an ancient train which dates back to 1913. No question that we were in for this short-term adventure. Continue reading

On the Midnight Train to Budapest | Why Traveling on Tracks is so much more fun

I had always had a quiet passion for train travels, particularly after seeing the remake of Agatha Christie´s “Murder on the Orient-Express” recently in the movie theatre. But once you check the prices for this exclusive two to four days short trip, you quickly begin to reconsider other possible alternatives. And while I mostly rely on the plane as first choice transportation mode, it was owed to my partner that for our recent weekend escape to Budapest, we found ourselves racing the tracks on the midnight train from Munich central station to Budapest Keleti. And what can I say? It turned out to be a comfortable, time-saving and refreshing way to travel! Sleeping in inclusive. Continue reading

One Night in Budapest | The Perfect Guide for an Overnight Stay

Mondays are truly awful for celebrating birthdays. Especially, when you actually have a romantic weekend planned and there is no chance to extend the stay over Sunday. But when two nights is all you have, there still is a chance of making the best out of it. Join me on this fast-forward weekend escape to beautiful Budapest and learn how 24 hours can sometimes be enough for a perfect stay. Continue reading

Budapest | Hotel Nemzeti – M Gallery Collection by Sofitel

Budapest, sparkling gemstone on the Danube River and one of the most popular destinations for a romantic weekend for two. March may not be the most perfect time of year, but even when it is raining and snowing, there is so much to do and to explore. The only thing missing then is just the perfect hideaway to retreat to: Hotel Nemzeti combines an elegant yet homely accommodation in a lordly ambiance with an excellent access to public transportation and a fantastic price performance. Continue reading

Kirkwall | A Scottish Taste of the Orkneys

Have you ever heard of the Orkney Islands? Sounds a bit intimidating at first once those ugly and frightening mythical creatures “Orcs” come to one´s mind that have sprung from the “Lord of the Rings” blockbuster saga. But luckily, this Scottish archipelago has nothing to do with murderous creatures. It rather is a well-kept secret in natural beauty and seclusion. A “Garden of Eden” at the Northern end of the British main isle. Continue reading

Fantastic Waterways – New York City

There is no such thing as a mid-day arrival after a Transatlantic passage into the harbor of New York City and therefore a bucket list item for everyone! I remember how disappointed we were upon check-in in Southampton, that our scheduled overnight stay on the Bermudas had to be cancelled due to heavy storms over the Atlantic Ocean. And that the ship had to evade towards Madeira instead. But what was a tremendous frustration at first sight, turned out to be a marvelous day-time experience that most cruisers do not get to see when crossing the Atlantic. Continue reading

Visby | Gotland´s Jewel

Another European jewel that I got to experience by chance is the gorgeous little medieval town of Visby on the Swedish island called Gotland. Making halt there during a re-positioning cruise from Oslo to Stockholm a few years ago, I instantly fell in love with Scandinavia´s best-preserved historic contemporary witness. Continue reading

Iceland | From Geysers and Tectonic Plates

Before it was time to fly back home, I took part in one last full-day excursion out of Iceland´s capital towards the geysers of Bláskógabyggð, about 1 1/2 hours west of Reykjavik. The forecasted storm was not as heavy at we had expected it to be, but it brought tons and tons of rain and heavy winds with it. And if you had not seen a geyser in real life like me before, there was nothing more exhilarating than seeing it blow while being soaked from the rain.  Continue reading

Iceland | Grundarfjörður – Gateway to the Center of the Earth

After having left Isafjördur the night before, the night at sea had been a little rougher then during the other nights. One of the reasons may have been, that we had reached the Western shores of Iceland and therefore were more exposed to the changing weather conditions. Strong winds and lows that had formed over the Atlantic Ocean had nothing better to do than hitting the West coast without mercy. Continue reading