Western Europe 1: Rhine Falls & Black Forest Germany

Zurich to Rhine Falls Once we arrived in Zurich in the morning, we departed to Rhine Falls, one of the biggest waterfall in Europe. This lake is at north part of Switzerland and close to the German border.  On the way we saw beautiful village houses along the highway. The Rhine Falls were formed in …

Eastern Europe Day 11 – Kehlsteinhaus, Eagle Nest Germany

Holiday Home for Hilter We only have half a day to play with, so we decided to explore Eagle Nest in Obersalzberg near the town of Berchtesgaden in Germany.  It took roughly about 40 mins to 1 hour to reach Eagle Nest. Eagle Nest was built as a vacation home for Adolf Hitler for his 50th …

Eastern Europe Day 10 – Salzburg, Austria

Sound of Music – Salzburg, Austria Farewell to Schonbrunn Palace Vienna to Salzburg still within Austria took us about 3 hours drive.  When we were in the Vienna freeway to Salzburg, we could still see the Summer Palace -Schonbrunn from afar.  Goodbye Schonbrunn Palace! Alpine Surroundings Salzburg is renowned for its scenic Alpine surroundings.  We …

Eastern Europe Day 9 – Vienna, Austria

Fairty tale city of Vienna, Austria Budapest to Vienna took us about 2-3 hours drive. Schonbrunn Palace – Unesco Site Schonbrunn Palace is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets,  millions of visitors came to visit this place each year. The palace is a former imperial summer residence with 1441 rooms with  Baroque style, but …

Eastern Europe Day 8 – Budapest, Hungary

Amazing Budapest, Hungary Beside the breathtaking cruise ride in the evening, what else in Budapest? Budapest was an interesting city. Even though I felt like we saw a lot today, I still think we just scratched the surface of what Budapest has to offer. Hero Square  This is one of the major Square in Budapest.  It was …

Eastern Europe Day 7 – Budapest, Hungary

Amazing Budapest, Hungary From Krakow to Budapest took us about 6 hours by bus.  It was such an enjoyable ride just to sit back and relax, watching the beautiful houses built along the highway to Budapest. The houses built on the hill look so cozy and each houses has their uniqueness. Orava Castle in Slovakia …

Eastern Europe – Day 6 – Krakow Poland – Part 2 : Jewish Quarter & Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Poland : Krakow Part 2 : Jewish Quarter and Auschwitz Concentration Camp Part 2 of my day was more of a despairing one. Kasimierz in Krakow = Jewish Quarter Jewish Quarter is center of Jewish life in Krakow for over 500 years.  This place attracts many curious tourists including me to find out the city’s Jewish …

Eastern Europe – Day 6 – Krakow Poland – Part 1: Wawel Castle & Main Market Square

Day 6 – Krakow Poland Krakow is an ancient city in Poland, it used to be the capital of Poland but the capital was changed to Warsaw now.  This is one of the best city in Europe and not many people know about it as yet.  Compared to Prague and Berlin, the 2 previous cities …

Eastern Europe – Day 5 – Krakow Salt Mine, Poland

Day 5 – Krakow Salt Mine, Poland Today we headed to Poland.  I have a Mongolian friend living in Poland but she is living in Warsaw, the capital.  She is one of my best buddy in University in Japan.  It was ashamed not able to meet up with her since I was in Poland.   …

Eastern Europe – Day 4 – Prague, Czech Republic

Day 4 – Prague, Czech Republic Prague Hotel Prague is the largest city and also the capital in Czech Republic.  It is also the historical capital of Bohemia.  Prague is getting popular among Chinese these days after few famous Chinese movie shoot here.  Prague is considered one of the popular destination in Europe , it is …