Just about every London travel guide will tell you that there is nowhere else on earth quite like it. With so many unique London activities and incredible London sights, this city is all at once big and brash and bustling, cutting-edge yet traditional, historical yet modern — it is the quintessential international metropolis — a world city by all accounts. Continue reading
Amsterdam is one of the coolest cities in Europe
Beautiful, hip, and laid back, with lots to do, lots to see, food from all over the world and friendly people. A visit to this very beautiful city is like taking a walk into the 17th century, as the center of Amsterdam has a lot of charming architecture dating from this period. While it may boast a lot of 17th century architecture, that’s about all that’s old fashioned about Amsterdam.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves!
You’ll likely be arriving via the Schiphol (skip-hull) airport. The marvel of Schiphol is that its also a train station and a shopping center.
You have a choice to make: stay near the airport, or in an outlying area, or stay in the center of the city. If you’re staying near the airport, there are a number of hotels, varying in price from high-end to inexpensive. (On the inexpensive side is the Etap chain.) Even the inexpensive have shuttles to Schiphol, so you can catch the train to the Centraal Station in the heart of downtown. Hotels in the outlying areas will require a rental car, not a bad choice, though for travelling in the Netherlands. Continue reading
The old world is really quite old. Every other town in Europe is packed with monuments dating back several centuries. Little villages were once the capitals of a kingdom. The countries are small, but some of them were once the center of an empire that embraced the whole world.
Travelling in Europe seems to be underestimated, especially by the younger generation and budget travelers. To say it clearly: Europe offers more than most other regions in the world. There is hardly anything that cannot be found in one of the megacities, like London, Paris, Rome or Berlin.
Southern Europe offers great beaches and “Dolce Vita”: good food, good weather, beautiful people, charming towns and cities. It is hardly surprising that Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece and France are always top of the bill when it comes to most popular holiday destinations.
Since 1989 Central and Eastern Europe has become a very popular destination as well.
Magnificent cities such as Prague , Minsk, Budapest, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Moscow, Yerevan and St-Petersburg all attract many visitors.
In the heart of Europe you’ll find Germany , the most populated country of Western Europe. It has romantic castles, beautiful nature, fast paced life in big cities such as Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt and great highways.
South of Germany you find the Alps. Great for skiing, but Austria and Switzerland have a lot more to offer. Vienna, the capital of Austria, for example rates as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The North of Europe is not as cold as you might think. In summer cities like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki are among the most pleasant places to be. The people are easy going and very friendly and cultural life is rich.
The United Kingdom, Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have that special island mentality that keeps you coming back. The Celtic spirit is still very much part of life in Scotland, Ireland, The Isle of Man and in Cornwall whilst the spirit of the Druids is ever present in Wales. The Channel Islands reflect their proximity to and history with Normandy & Brittany although the culture and food tends to be very British.
Travel in Europe, especially in the rich North West, is not particularly rough or demanding, with the exception of the Belarus, Balkan, Russia and the Caucasus. In Western-Europe things are well taken care of, it is easy to get from A to B, but all this comfort has a drawback: you pay for it. However, despite the high price of Europe there are still many affordable ways of having a good time without breaking the bank. Take a train from Denmark to Switzerland for less then 25 Euro with the whole family for example. But at the same time hardly any region in the world is so easy to hitch-hike like Central Europe: with the help of Germany’s highways you can make with a bit of luck 1’000km per day!