Graz in Austria: 20 wonderful places to visit!

The unbelievable variety of impressive things to do in Graz makes this destination just perfect for a city trip. Especially the extremely charming historical old town, with the famous Clock Tower as its landmark, inspires visitors from all over the world. However, this city has much more attractions to offer. Countless interesting museums, beautiful castles, palaces and churches and also modern architectural buildings can be explored on a trip to Graz. In addition, there is a huge selection of hip pubs, cool scene bars and top restaurants, which see to culinary well-being, and the legendary nightlife of Graz. No matter if you visit the city on a day trip or for a couple of days – Graz is always worth your time!

In this travel guide we will give you all the important information and tips for a perfect visit to Graz in Austria. We also show you the most beautiful things to do in Graz, great pictures and the best places to stay in the city.

Good to know!

To explore the Graz museums in more detail, we recommend buying a Joanneums-24h or 48h ticket. For a budget price, this ticket includes about 20 museums, including famous attractions such as the Kunsthaus (Art Museum), Landeszeughaus and the museums in the Joanneum Quarter!

The best time to travel to Graz is in spring and summer. Especially in the summer months, many cool events take place in the city. But Graz is also worth seeing in winter, when the many Christmas markets open.

The wide range of fantastic accommodations makes a visit to Graz perfect. From budget-friendly B&Bs to the extra chic boutique hotels, everything is available here!


Best Places to Visit in Graz

Since 1999, the old town of Graz has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to its many fascinating attractions, in addition to Vienna and Salzburg it is one of the most beautiful cities for a sightseeing tour in Austria. During a city walk, a new highlight is waiting for you almost at every corner. Also fantastic is that most of the attractions can be explored comfortably by foot during a city walk.

Schlossberg Graz

The Graz Schlossberg, where the Clock Tower is located, is the absolute heart of the city and certainly the most important place to visit in Graz. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the old town’s center to the top of the hill, whereby the walk along the Kriegersteig probably is the most beautiful ascent. Many also like to take the famous Schlossberg cable car or the elevator to enjoy the probably most spectacular view of Graz.

But not only the view from the top is unique, wonderful attractions like the Clock Tower of Graz with its beautiful park, the 34-meter-high bell tower, the casemates in the exposed cellars of the former Schlosshauptmannhaus and the Chinese Pavilion are just a few of the places to visit here. In addition, several cafés and restaurants as well as a beer garden offer refreshments with a panoramic view of Graz.

Tip: In only 40 seconds the Schlossberg Slide, the longest indoor slide in Europe, takes you back down to the historic center of the city.

Clock Tower

The absolute highlight on the Schlossberg is the 28-meter-high clock tower, the landmark of Graz. It is enthroned above the city and can be seen from many places in the city center. Built in the 13th century, it has had its present appearance since the new fortification in the 16th century. A special feature of this attraction is the clock face: the minute and hour hands are reversed!

Amazingly beautiful is also the park with its pretty flowerbeds, which is located directly beneath the tower.

Fairytale Train & Schlossberg Slide

Not only on the Schlossberg, but also inside the mountain there are exciting things to experience! Really unique here is a slide with the Schlossberg slide, an amusing way to get from the Schlossberg back down to the city in about 40 seconds.

The Märchenbahn (fairy-tale train) is especially interesting for small children. During a half-hour ride, visitors go deep into the Schlossberg and discover a fairy-tale world with a witch kingdom, fairy-tale forest, and a cave of robbers and treasures.

Grazer Burg

The Grazer Burg (Graz Castle) is located directly in the city center and was built as early as 1438. Badly damaged in the Second World War, it was rebuilt in 1947. In the process, various new buildings were constructed, which are known today as the “New Castle”. Many areas of the castle area are open to the public and many attractions there, such as the castle courtyards, the double spiral staircase, the Styrian Gallery of Honor and the “city center” can be visited free of charge.

Beautiful and really worth seeing is also the Burggarten, a lovely park with its picturesque rose gardens. It is a true oasis in the city and the perfect place for a relaxing sightseeing break.

Double Spiral Staircase

An insider tip among the attractions in Graz is the double spiral staircase. Built in 1499 it is located in the castle courtyard and is accessible free of charge. The so-called “reconciliation staircase” depicts the separation and reconciliation. It consists of two symmetrical stone stairs running in opposite directions, which converge spirally on each floor, and at the same time separate again. For architecture fans and photographers it’s a must see in Graz!

Graz Hauptplatz (Main Square)

Graz Hauptplatz is the center of the old town and certainly the most beautiful square in the state capital. Already laid out in 1160, this historic place still enchants with an extra portion of charm and the many beautiful attractions, such as the Archduke Johann Fountain Monument and the magnificent City Hall. Really cool are also the traditional Graz market stalls, where hearty sausages and delicious organic juices are offered.

Rathaus (City Hall)

Another important sight in Graz is the Rathaus (City Hall) on the main square of the city. This building was erected at the beginning of the 19th century and its impressive facade was decorated according to the late Gothic style. In every season, countless events take place here directly in front of the building.

The Christmas market in winter with oversized Advent calendar lighting, the Sound Light Festival in spring, sand sculptures, as well as the Long Table of the Capital of Enjoyment in summer are just a few of the highlights.

Joanneum Quarter

The Joanneum Quarter is home to many interesting museums and so a visit should really be on the “to do list”. The Neue Galerie Graz with modern and contemporary art and the Museum of Natural History with a huge variety of interesting exhibits are especially worth seeing. The CoSA – Center of Science Activities, where technology and natural sciences are made easy to understand through play and experiments, is really cool and a real highlight also for children.


The Landhaushof is the picturesque courtyard of the Grazer Landhaus and another visitor tip on our list of the best things to do in Graz. Especially impressive is the architecture with the magnificent arcades of the Renaissance building. The historic fountain and the faun statue are also worth seeing. Really pretty and a small highlight is the green wooden gate with the Styrian Panther, which has become a popular photo motif.

Tip: In winter, when the famous ice sculptures of the Graz nativity scene are illuminated, a particularly beautiful backdrop awaits you.


The Landeszeughaus, one of the main attractions of Graz, is definitely worth a visit. It was built during 1642 to 1647 and was once the central arsenal of Styria. Today a museum, you can admire the world’s largest historical armory with 32,000 objects. To learn more about it, the very interesting guided tours through the museum are really recommendable. These take place daily at 11:00 and 14:00 (German) and at 12:30 (English).

Herrengasse & Painted House

Herrengasse is the most important shopping mile and enchants with its many stores and boutiques and countless magnificent buildings. Very centrally located, it runs between the main square and the Jakominiplatz, and offers shopaholics everything their hearts desire. But also for sightseeing in Graz this street should not be missed: Here you will discover beautiful baroque buildings, countless buildings from the founder times where the nobility once lived, and the Landeszeughaus is also located in this street.

One of the most interesting houses in Herrengasse is the Painted House. It is hard to miss, because the entire facade with over 220 m² was artistically painted here. A historical wall tattoo that you should not miss on any trip to Graz.


The Kunsthaus (Art House) is one of the city’s landmarks. This futuristic building was erected in 2003, the year of the Capital of Culture, and has been a popular tourist attraction in Graz ever since. Many visitors compare it to a human heart, others recognize it as a spaceship and its creators lovingly refer to it as “friendly alien”. The museum hosts various art exhibitions. Also the viewing platform on the top floor is really cool, from where you can enjoy a nice view of the old town of Graz and over to the Schlossberg.

Tip: On the first floor you will find the very hip Kunsthaus-Café, which serves really tasty breakfast and mega good burgers!

Museum of History

A very interesting attraction of Graz is the Museum of History. The museum is located in a beautiful palace in the old town and, above all, history lovers will enjoy the well-chosen exhibits. By no means should you miss the magnificent Hall of Mirrors, which is located in the right wing of the town house. Very few people know that this museum is also included in the Joanneums-24-hour ticket.


The Murinsel (Mur Island) was built as part of the 2003 Capital of Culture and is now a popular place to visit in Graz, which has actually become a landmark of the city. It is a floating island, which can be accessed from both sides of the river Mur via a bridge. The really cool, futuristic design in the form of a half-open shell is particularly captivating. Inside, there is a cozy café that invites you to take a sightseeing break with a view of the rushing Mur.

Tip: Thanks to the beautiful lighting, this attraction is a real highlight at night!


Especially worth seeing is the Mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, an impressive building which was built in the early 17th century. This imperial resting place lies somewhat hidden behind the cathedral of Graz. With its turquoise roof domes, this attraction is a real eye-catcher and a very popular photo motif. But you should also have a look at the interior of the mausoleum, where, among other things, the resting place of Ferdinand’s mother, Maria of Bavaria, is located.

Tip: The entrance to the mausoleum is free of charge.

Graz Cathedral

The Graz Cathedral is considered one of the most culturally significant attractions in Graz and should therefore not be missed on any sightseeing tour though the city. Together with the mausoleum, the old university and the castle, this sacred site forms the so-called Graz City Crown. This church is not only interesting from the outside, but also the interior with its magnificent high age and the beautiful fresco paintings is amazing.

Tip: Very interesting is also the God plague picture, a remnant from the Gothic period. This fresco is somewhat hidden on the southern outer wall of the cathedral in Graz.


A real insider tip in Graz is a visit to the Glockenspielplatz, because here a very special spectacle awaits you. Every day, punctually at 11:00, 15:00 and 18:00 a.m., a cute couple of traditional costumed figures appear at the gable of the house and dance to the local carillon. A small highlight that is best enjoyed in one of the cozy cafés on the square.

Eggenberg Palace

Eggenberg Palace is one of the most beautiful castle complexes in Styria. In addition, this important building is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is therefore a real must see on every city trip to Graz. Here you can marvel at the unbelievably beautiful state rooms, the castle church “Maria Schnee” and the Planetary Hall, completed in 1685. Picturesque are also the historical rose gardens, which bloom in full splendor from the end of May to June. With a bit of luck you will also discover the castle’s peacocks during your visit, which regularly stroll through the extensive landscape garden.

Tip: Eggenberg Palace is located just outside the old town and can be easily reached by tram.

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Hallstatt, Austria: Best Attractions & Places to Visit

Hallstatt in Austria is a breathtaking beautiful village in the Dachstein Salzkammergut region and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Austria. Located next to the idyllic Lake Hallstatt, this small town with only 750 inhabitants enchants visitors from all over the world. Above all, Hallstatt is known for the incredibly spectacular location between high mountains and the mystical lake. Together with the Dachstein Mountain and the inner Salzkammergut, Hallstatt is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Therefore, there are amazing attractions and places to visit on a holiday and also the area around Hallstatt has countless memorable activities and highlights to offer.

This blog post is a comprehensive travel guide for people visiting Hallstatt in Austria. Here we show you the best things to do in Hallstatt and around. What are the best activities, best Viewpoints and ultimate photo spots?

Best Attractions in Hallstatt, Austria

In Hallstatt there are really wonderful attractions to discover. Here you can stroll through a picturesque old town, admire the old wooden houses, a beautiful market square and enjoy an unbelievable view from the Hallstatt Skywalk. But also the salt mines are worth seeing. Here are the best things to do in Hallstatt, which shouldn´t be missed on any trip to Salzkammergut.

Explore the Old Town

The special thing about Hallstatt in Austria is definitely the exceptionally beautiful old town, which owes its existence to the rich salt deposits of the region. In the past, until the end of the 19th century, due to its extraordinary location this place could only be reached by boat or by foot. The pretty old wooden houses built close to each other are densely embedded between the high mountains and the beautiful Lake Hallstatt, which is regarded as one of the prettiest lakes in Austria! A panorama like the one you know from postcards – no wonder that Hallstatt is probably the most photographed in Austria.

Tip: On a guided photo tour you have the opportunity to explore the historic centre off the beaten track and, at the same time, you can take professional pictures of Hallstatt!

During a visit to Hallstatt you should not miss out on a walk through the centre. In addition to that explore the small side streets of the old town, there are many attractions to discover. The best thing to do is just to stroll around and see the secret corners of the old town. In small shops you can buy all sorts of gifts and souvenirs but also art works and crafts, natural products and sweets, such as gingerbread are offered in Hallstatt.

Tip: If you fancy something different, you can rent a pretty dirndl in Hallstatt and then explore the lovely town in the traditional Austrian costume.

Hallstatt Market Square

One of the most famous attractions in Hallstatt and a popular motif of many travel pictures is the historic market square with the beautiful Trinity Column. Especially lovely are the many colourful houses, which are decorated with magnificent flowers in summer. There is always something going on at Hallstatt’s marketplace and whether in summer or in winter, plenty of events are taking place. For example, every year in December there is the Hallstatt Christmas market. In spring, the Corpus Christi procession takes place on the market square.

Tip: For a very special holiday in Hallstatt we recommend the Seehotel Grüner Baum – one of the best hotels on Lake Hallstatt. It is located in the centre, right on the market square and at the same time it is situated directly on the beautiful lake.

Cemetery and the “Bone House”

One of the most interesting places to visit in Hallstatt is definitely the “Beinhaus” – translated the bone house – next to the cemetery. Located on a hill, from the parish church of the Assumption (Maria am Berg) you will enjoy a fabulous view of Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt. Right next to it is the idyllic cemetery of Hallstatt and the Bone House of the small Michaelskapelle.

The special feature of Hallstatt’s Beinhaus are the many colourful painted skull bones. Around 600 of these ornate and labelled bones were picked up in the Ossuary. Some are from the 8th century and some even date back to the 20th century. The reason: The cemetery in Hallstatt is quite small and so graves had to be reused for new funerals. Bones that were found were brought to the Bone House there they got some kind of a second funeral. For reasons of piety we do not show you any photos here.

Taking photos from Hallstatt Viewpoint

Who does not know the world-famous photos of Hallstatt: The magnificent view of the idyllic village with the beautiful church, the wonderful Lake Hallstatt and the mountains as a backdrop? Nowadays, it is the most photographed attraction in Austria. No matter what time of year, be it spring, summer, autumn or winter – this view will not only delight photographers and instagramers.

Tip: Here at the Hallstatt Viewpoint there is always a hustle and bustle. But if you come when the sun starts to rise, you can enjoy this beautiful scenery with much more peace.

World Heritage Skywalk & Salt Mines

A visit of the Hallstatt Skywalk, the so called “World Heritage Skywalk“, is really impressive and absolutely recommended. This attraction is located on the Salzberg, about 360 meters above the roofs of Hallstatt. From this vantage point you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Hallstatt, the old town and the spectacular mountains of the Salzkammergut. The Skywalk can either be reached comfortably by the funicular railway or active people hike up 1 hour to reach the World Heritage Skywalk.

On the Salzberg, in addition to the excellent view, there is another important attraction of Hallstatt waiting for you: the salt mines. Already around 7.000 years ago, the white gold was mined here in the region. Guided tours through the salt mines are offered here every day. A great experience for old and young.


Attractions in the area near ​​Hallstatt

The Hallstatt – Dachstein Salzkammergut region has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997 and offers some wonderful places to visit; enough to spend several days in Hallstatt. Especially nature lovers, sports and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Salzkammergut. Here are the best attractions that make the area around Hallstatt so unique:

Dachstein Krippenstein & 5-Fingers Skywalk

The mountains around Hallstatt are really beautiful. A real highlight is definitely a visit to the Dachstein Krippenstein. For that, it is best you take the cable car up to the mountain station at 2,100 meters above sea level. Up there are beautiful panoramic walks where you can enjoy a heavenly view of the Dachstein montain down to Lake Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. The mountain landscape is just amazing and very idyllic, and with a bit of luck, even a peaceful herd of sheep is running towards you.

However, the most important attraction is the 5-Fingers Skywalk with its gigantic view down to the valley. This spectacular skywalk has the shape of a hand and was built incredible 500 meters above a rocky slope. From this vantage point you truly have the most exciting and fascinating view over the Salzkammergut and down to Hallstatt. To get to this 5 fingers platform, you should start at Krippenstein mountain station and take the fairly easy but still beautiful hike towards this viewpoint. The hike takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on how many photo stops you want to take.

Discover the Dachstein Ice Caves

Another fantastic place to visit near Hallstatt is the ice cave. The so-called Dachstein Giant Ice Cave is located in Obertraun below the Krippenstein. During a guided tour visitors admire the underground ice landscapes, walk past huge ice formations and mighty ice chapels. In summer, this tourist attraction offers pleasant refreshment and even when it rains in Hallstatt a visit to the caves is the perfect excursion program.

Tip: The Dachstein Giant Ice Cave is closed in winter. It usually opens from the end of April to the end of October.

Hiking at Löckermoos

A hike to the Löckermoos and the Loecker Lake Gosau is an unforgettable nature experience and an absolute insider tip for the Lake Hallstatt region! This beautiful high moor is located near Gosau, about 15 kilometres from Hallstatt. On a circular hike you marvel at an intact nature system at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level and enjoy a brilliant view of the tines of the Gosaukamm.

Tip: The Löckermoos is really beautiful during sunrise, when the rising sun colours the mountain panorama in amazing pink variations.

If you want to take a break during your hike, the best place for a stopover is the Badstubnhütte. The dear hostess Linde takes special care of her guests!

Lake Gosausee

In addition to Lake Hallstatt, the Lake Gosausee is another important natural attraction in Salzkammergut. This beautiful mountain lake enchants with a unique panorama. The view of the crystal-clear lake, the Dachstein and the surrounding mountains are simply breathtaking and beautiful. When the weather is good, Gosausee glows in the most beautiful blues and greens. In summer you can enjoy really great hikes here. The Gosaukammbahn takes you up to the Zwieselalm. In winter Gosau is a popular ski resort.

Tip: Due to its proximity to Hallstatt and the beautiful nature, Gosau is a popular holiday area. Very nice and located directly on the lake is the Gasthof Gosausee.

How do I get to Hallstatt

In order to get to Hallstatt you have several options. The easiest way is to drive your own car or rent a car. With the car you have the advantage to reach the most beautiful places around Hallstatt quickly.

But also a journey by bus or train is possible. The quickest way to reach Hallstatt is by bus from Salzburg. If you want to come by train then the Salzkammergutbahn takes you to Bad Goisern, Hallstatt and Obertraun.

If you want to take the plane then Salzburg would be the nearest airport to Hallstatt. A larger offer of flights might be found at Vienna airport or Munich airport. Cheap flights can be found on websites, such as Skyscanner.


Day Tours to Hallstatt

Certainly, you can also visit Hallstatt as part of a day trip. If you want to join a guided tour then there are some nice trips that you can go on from Salzburg. Also Austria’s capital, Vienna, offers various tours. Fantastic excursions can be found online, for example on GetyourGuide – there are helpful reviews and you can book your favourite tour very easily. Many of the excursions can be cancelled for free until 24 hours before the start.


Where to stay at Lake Hallstatt & Surrounding Areas

Getting an accommodation in the old town is very popular and therefore more expensive. Cheap and good hotels can be found in the region around the lake, such as in Gosau or Bad Goisern. If you are looking for a great accommodation in the Hallstatt region, we can recommend the following hotels and apartments:

  • Haus am See: The Haus am See is situated on the northern shore of Lake Hallstatt. Here you can enjoy a wonderful ambience and it is only a 10 minutes’ drive to the old town.
  • Rustic-comfortable double rooms: The Welterbe-Wirtshaus Steegwirt near Bad Goisern offers really cosy and quaint rooms; a really great place to explore the wonderful Lake Hallstatt and its surroundings.
  • Great Hotel in Hallstatt: The Seehotel Grüner Baum is one of the best hotels in Hallstatt. An ingenious accommodation for a very special holiday at Lake Hallstatt!
  • Pension in Gosau: The Landhaus Koller in Gosau spoils its guests with a wonderful and idyllic location, a beautiful pool area and a delicious breakfast.


Conclusion: Hallstatt is one of the most amazing places to visit in Austria. Due to its wonderful attractions, the Hallstatt lake and the great opportunities for excursions in Salzkammergut, you can spend a few unforgettable days in the holiday region.

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Montenegro Travel Guide: A Road Trip Itinerary!

Montenegro is a fantastic country to travel and especially for road trips! Therefore, in the last few years it became more and more interesting for travelers from all over the world. With an outstanding coast, picturesque old towns, stunning canyons, huge lakes and beautiful mountains, there are so many things to do in Montenegro and incredible beautiful places to explore. The prices are still moderate and the country is very safe. It’s the best to visit Montenegro by a road trip: Especially driving in Montenegro is safe, the streets are good and you are independent when you are traveling around by car.

At the end of this Montenegro itinerary, you will find some helpful insider tips! So let’s explore Montenegro by car! Here is our itinerary for a perfect road trip to the best attractions and beaches in Montenegro:


 Montenegro Road Trip Itinerary – Coastal Region


Herceg Novi

Herceg Novi was our first stop of our Montenegro road trip. It’s a lovely and picturesque little coastal town located near Dubrovnik. After a long drive through Croatia, we spent a few hours there to relax and get some first impressions of Montenegro. We had a delicious coffee at the old main square and after we took some time to explore the old town with its stunning old city walls.

More about visiting this lovely town: Things to do in Herceg Novi


For the night we went further to Perast. Perast is a cute old coastal town – with a lot of charm, some nice seaside restaurants and the wonderful view to the two famous islets, the Gospa od Škrpjela – Our Lady of the Rock and the island St. Georges. The picturesque island Gospa od Škrpjela is accessible by taxi boat from Perast, and definately worth a visit! If you are looking for an amazing place to stay, you should definately check out the Monte Bay Retreat Hotel. It is situated in the hills above Perast and offers absolutely incredible views of Perast!

Peninsula Lustica

Our next stopp was the beautiful peninsula Lustica. Lustica has some nice sandy beaches and it is furthermore a fantastic starting point for excursions. From there we went to Kotor, Tivat, Cetinje and the Lovcen National Park. At Lustica you will find some great apartments for rent – we decided on a typical stone house for the next days.

Kotor & Kotor Bay

Kotor in Montenegro is a must see – There are a lot of hidden gems to discover. You can wander around for hours and soak in the amazing atmosphere. Kotor is an UNESCO World Heritage site – and a very popular place in Montenegro – there a lots of tourists around in summertime. Best you explore the city in the early morning or in the evening, when the cruise ship tourists are back to their boats! The best viewpoint on Kotor Bay we found while driving by car on the road to Cetinje (road P1) – the scenery was just breath-taking. Actually, staying in Kotor for one or two nights is a great idea to get to know this lovely town.


Cetinje & Lovcen National Park

Cetinje is the old royal capital – it’s perfect to escape the tourist crowds and to get a more authentic Montenegro impression. The monastry is definately lovely! We also highly recommend the Lovcen National Park with the stunning Njegos Mausoleum – which gives a fantastic photo spot!

“The most beautiful contact between the earth and sea took place at the Montenegrin littoral” (Lord Byron)


Near Kotor there is another top place you shouldn’t miss – Tivat with its Porto Montenegro. It’s a new and modern marina for luxury yachts – and now one of the hottest tourist spots in Montenegro. Cool place for a quick stop over!

Sveti Stefan

After some exciting days we left Lustica and drove in direction Buljarica Beach, there we stayed for the next week to do some sunbathing and explore the sourrounded area. Buljarica is not far from Budva, Sveti Stefan, Bar and Skadar Lake – so a great option to stay. For the evening you should go to Petrovac, there you will find plenty restaurants, ice cream shops and bars.

Sveti Stefan, which is also located next to the coastal road, probably gives one of the most famous photo motifes of Montenegro. Today, the island is home of a luxury resort – but there is a posibility to visit the beach. You have to know that the beach on the left side is for free – the beach on the right side is private and you pay 50 Euros per person. One of the best views of Sveti Stefan offers the Hotel Adrovic!

Queens Beach and Sveti Stefan beach: This awesome places definitely belongs to the most beautiful beaches in Montenegro.


Budva is absolutely a hot spot for Russian Tourists – there are lots of luxury locations! The old town is more than charming and lots of beautiful beaches are in walking distance. If you take the coastal road you will get an incredible view down to the city. Here, is more about the best things to do in Budva!

Stari Bar

If you have some time left you should defineatly visit Stari Bar – a picturesqe ruin city. Take some time to strawl around, the location is amazing calm and beautiful. Cheap and convenient parking is available if you come by car.

Montenegro Road Trip – Northern Mountainous Region


Lake Skadar

The last day in Buljarica we decided to visit Lake Skadar. It’s the largest lake in Southern Europe and if you are lucky you even can see pelicans there. The most beautiful postcard view you will get at the Pavlova Strana viewpoint – a mindblowing place! You have to go to this beautiful place by car or by boat from Virpazar to Rijeka Crnojevica – from there it is 3,5km to the viewpoint.

Driving by car is definitely the best possibility to explore this wonderful part of the lake. Than you will have the chance to stop at all the awesome viewpoints and nature places. Visiting Lake Skadar and enjoying the incredible beautiful landscapes is definitely one of the top highlights when you are on a road trip through Montenegro.

Moraca River Canyon

After two exciting weeks of exploring the coast, we headed off to the north, to Biogradska Gora and to the Durmitor National Park. The road is just amazingly beautiful. On the way, we passed the breathtaking Moraca Canyon and had a short stop visiting the Moraca Monastery. After 2,5 hours of driving by car we arrived in Kolasin, where we stayed one night in a really comfortable and lovely apartment.

Biogradska Gora National Park – Kolasin

The next day we did a fantastic hiking tour inside the Biogradska Gora National Park. There is a wonderful hiking trail – 3 hours, starting at the Biogradska Lake  (Biogradsko Jezero). On the top you will have a fantastic view to the black lake and the strudl at the mountain hut was just amazing. The Biogradska Gora National Park is one of the oldest virgin forests in Europe – and home to a huge diversity of fauna and flora.

The best place to stay for the night is Kolasin.

Tara River Canyon

The next day we went to Zabljak  and next to the road you are going to find one of the world deepest canyons – the Tara Canyon – sure you can’t miss it. Rafting tours along the Tara River is one of the country’s most popular tourist activities. There are lots of nice places along the picturesque turquoise Tara River to take some break and to do great pics. Also beautiful is The Monastery of the Holy Trinity of Pljevlja – which is about 37 km from the Tara Canyon Bridge.

Durmitor National Park  – Zabljak

Durmitor National Park has fantastic mountains for hiking and in the winter, it’s a popular ski area! It’s a real paradise for mountain-lovers and the nature has an incredible diversity. We loved the incredible  Crno Jezero (Black Lake), it’s the largest and most visited part of the Durmitor National Park. We wished we had more time to explore this area – Durmitor National Park is a highlight of any road trip in Montenegro! If you would love staying longer in this area just check out the Hotel Soa, which is located very central.

Ostrog Monastery

Visiting the monastery was our last stop on our Montenegro road trip . The Ostrog Monastery is the most popular pilgrim site of Montenegro. It’s built into rocky mountain cliffs, which gives an unforgettable impression. This place is really worth a visit and for sure one of the best things to see in Montenegro!

Driving in Montenego

If you are planning a holiday in Montenegro and you would like to do lots of sightseeing we recommend to explore the country by car. However, if you go by your own car or if you hire one in any case you will be much more flexible. The streets are well maintained and the traffic isn`t that busy. At least one week or better more should be planned for visiting all the wonderful places and sights. Our tip: Rent your car in advanced and compare the prices! To be on the safe side, Don`t forget to book a car insurance! Check out “Montenegro driving tips” for more informations and don`t miss to read this inspiring travel quotes for your next trip!

Tip: Flight tickets to Montenegro or Dubrovnik (Croatia) can be easily found at Skyscanner or Kiwi.

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Road trip itinerary Montenegro –  Insider Tips

  • Driving in Montenegro: If you are planning a journey, you should hire a car, you will be much more flexible. The streets are well maintained and the traffic isn`t that bussy.
  • Where to stay: Montenegro has a wide range of apartments for rent – so that’s a fantastic budget option. Also you will find lots of luxury hotels!
  • Skadar Lake: If you are looking for the famous instagram motif of Skadar Lake – don`t do the boat trip at Hotel Pelikan (Virpazar) – you have to go there by car. Arriving in Virpazar you have to turn left, take the road to Rijeka Crnojevića – boat trips are also offered there and it’s much more beautiful. (24 km – 50 min). The road is really impressive and there are lots of fantastic viewpoints.
  • What to wear: Note that in the North it’s much colder than in the South, even in June we found some snow on the mountains. So don`t forget to take some warm clothes with you.
  • Beware of: There are lots of unwanted cats and dogs in Montenegro!
  • Balkan: You want to see more around Montenegro? Check out the Road Trip Guide to Balkan

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Ait-Ben-Haddou: Guide for Morocco’s famous Ksar

Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco is a beautiful mudbrick ksar located in the southeast of the country and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The small village was built around 1000 years ago and was then an important point along the caravan route. Today, Ait-Ben-Haddou is one of the most interesting places to visit in Morocco and the most attractive stop for round trips across the country. Due to its unique architecture and incredibly magical ambience, the Kasbah Ait-Ben-Haddou has become a film set for many famous movies. For example, Game of Thrones, Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here. Yes, this pretty place is really impressive and so every Morocco traveler should have seen the country’s biggest Kasbah. But what to do in Ait-Ben-Haddou, what are the highlights and the best attractions?

This blog post is a complete guide for Ait-Ben-Haddou in Morocco. Here, we show you the most beautiful impressions and pictures of the Kasbah. In addition, there is plenty information and tips about getting there, best accommodation and the most beautiful viewpoints on the mud city.

How to get to Ait-Ben-Haddou from Marrakech

Ait-Ben-Haddou is about 180 kilometers southeast of Marrakech and can be reached either by rental car or on a guided tour. Actually, the journey from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou is fantastically beautiful. Your trip will lead over the High Atlas and past the Tizi n Tichka Pass. You will enjoy grandiose landscapes, a unique mountain world and finally reach the beautiful south of Morocco. If you love taking pictures, then you should allow yourself enough time to drive over this panoramic mountain road.

Passing the High Atlas Mountain

Starting from Marrakech you go to the direction of Ouarzazate and then to Ait-Ben-Haddou. Here is the way the goal, cause this road is just amazingly beautiful. After Marrakech the landscapes begin to change quickly, and you will be surprised by the rich green colors. After some time, the road begins to rise and you pass the first quaint mountain villages of the Atlas Mountains.

Tip: Make sure you take a break in the café at Tiz Imguer! From there you have a great view of the red rocky mountains and the wide valley. With a little luck you can see some meerkats here.

Further, the road will take you up to the Atlas mountains and finally you will get to the Tizi n Tichka Pass. Many amazing photo opportunities and viewpoints can be found right next to the road. One more reason why we loved to travel on our own with the car through Morocco. Once at the top you can admire the High Atlas with its breathtaking white peaks. This zigzag road goes up to 2260 meters. If you’re interested in minerals, then you’re definitely at the right place. Because the Atlas Street is known for its stone sellers.

After Tizi n Tichka Pass, as the mountain descends, the landscape changes dramatically again. Dry hills, rocky rock formations and ancient kasbahs are the heralds of the Sahara. The area around Ait-Ben-Haddou is already very dry and suddenly, as if from nowhere you can already spot the first camels.

What to do in Ait-Ben-Haddou

Taking A walk is the perfect thing to do for exploring the beautiful mud city Ait-Ben-Haddou. As you cross the river, you’ll get an idea of ​​this spectacular city. Walking inside the huge Kasbah, you have the opportunity to explore some of the old houses from the inside. The entrance fee of these small museums often costs only 1 Euro and gives an exclusive insight into the life of earlier times.

On the way to the top of the village Ait-Ben-Haddou you will find plenty of souvenir shops, some restaurants and really lovely cafes. Some of these are really popular spots for Instagram shots. In former days, this fortified town was huge, and it’s hard to believe that 2,500 people lived here until 50 years ago. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with an incredible view over the barren desert landscape. This is in our opinion the best part of the tour. You can see all over the valley along the village, the many beautiful clay buildings, rocky lunar landscapes to the white peaks of the Atlas Mountains. One can imagine the Berber life 1000 years ago.

Famous movies

No wonder this magical place has become that famous. Because Ait-Ben-Haddou served as a movie set of many Hollywood strips. Here are a few of the films filmed there: Gladiator, Game of Thrones, Asterix and Obelix, Aladdin, Prince of Persia, The Mummie, The Hills Have Eyes II, Babel, Alexander, Laurence of Arabia and many more.

Best views of Ait-Ben-Haddou

The entire panorama of this village is just amazingly beautiful and the colors of the city change depending on the time of day. Ait-Ben-Haddou offers wonderful photo opportunities at morning-lights and not only professional photographers can look forward to taking unique pictures here.

Tip: The best views of Ait-Ben-Haddou are from one of the many rooftop hotels and accommodations around the desert city.

Admission and Opening hours

The entrance to Ait-Ben-Haddou is completely free. A small admission fee is only for visiting certain private museums. There are no official opening times, so you can visit the town on any time. But especially nice are exploration tours in the late afternoon or early morning, when most of the tourists are gone.

How long should I stay in Ait-Ben-Haddou?

If you have enough time, we recommend staying one or two nights in Ait-Ben-Haddou. When the day’s guests leave, you can experience the desert city almost all to yourself. Otherwise you will also have the possibility to explore Ait-Ban-Haddou on a daytrip from Marrakech.


Trips from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou

Certainly, there is the possibility to join a guided tour from Marrakech to visit the mud town of Ait-Ben-Haddou. There are either day trips, but also multi-day tours with subsequent desert visit offered. Here are the most popular trips from Marrakech:


Hotels and Accommodations

There are really lovely places to stay at Ait-Ben-Haddou! We recommend that you choose a hotel directly in the mud city or an accommodation with a view of the beautiful Kasbah. Having breakfast in such an ambience is unbeatably beautiful. Here are our best hotel tips:

  • Guest House Bagdad Café: The Guest House Bagdad Café is a great deal with a lovely pool and nice rooms. Located near the old town center of Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Paradise of Silence: The beautiful Paradise of Silence delights its guests with lovely rooms, a pool and really delicious cuisine!
  • Chez Brahim: As a cheap alternative we can recommend the Chez Brahim to you. The view from the roof terrace is incredible and surely one of the best in town.


Conclusion: Ait Ben Haddou is definitely worth a visit and should not be missed on any Morocco round trip. Not only is the place breathtakingly beautiful, also the drive from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou is spectacular and a true experience.

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20 Best Things To Do in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg in Austria is definitely one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in Europe! This city has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1977 and without a doubt, there are some amazing things to do in Salzburg: It is home to some of the most gorgeous architecture, historic buildings, attractions and beautiful views. The city of Salzburg is mostly famous because it’s the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and it was the setting for the popular film “The Sound of Music”. Honestly, no trip to Austria is complete without checking out Salzburg! But what are the best places to visit in Salzburg, what are the most amazing attractions and must-dos for a perfect Salzburg itinerary?

In this blog article is a complete travel guide for visiting Salzburg in Austria. We present you the ultimate best thing to do, the most amazing places and attraction in town. Additionally, you will get plenty of travel info’s about unforgettable excursions, about getting there and best accommodations.


Best Things to do in Salzburg

There are lots of great things to do in Salzburg. Surely enough to spend 2 or better better more days in this awesome city. Impressive palaces and old churches, beautiful parks, interesting museums, breath-taking viewpoints, delicious restaurants and classical music are just a few of the city’s main attractions. Here is a selection of the best places to visit on a trip to Salzburg in Austria.

Salzburger Dom & DomQuartier

The Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Catherdral) is the absolute jaw-tropper of the historic townscape and one of the best attractions in Salzburg.  Without a doubt, the cathedral is Salzburg’s most important sacred building in the old town and the inside, as well as the outside, is worth a visit! On the cathedral square, the annual Christmas Market takes place in wintertime and in summer you will enjoy the famous Salzburg Festival.

Tip: Next to the cathedral is the DomQuartier, a complex of five museums. From the terrace you have a magnificent view of the baroque Salzburg and the cathedral square.


The Getreidegasse is Salzburg most famous shopping street and the bustling heart of the city. The beautiful old-fashioned iron guild signs above the pedestrian’s heads are especially eye-catching. Stop at Getreidegasse No. 9: It’s the place where Mozart was born 1756. Mozart Birthplace is nowadays a museum and a really popular place to visit in Salzburg.

Tip: During the daytime the Getreidegasse is quite busy and crowdy. Those who prefer quiet, should visit this marvelous street better in the early morning.

Mozart House (Mozart Birthplace)

Visiting the Mozart Birthplaces surely is the absolute highlight for all Mozart fans around the world. The museum is spread out over three floors and gives a great convey of Mozart’s past and childhood. Historic instruments such as the children’s violin, certificates, photos and letters can be admired on a tour through Mozart Birthplace Museum. Plan at least an hour for your visit, because there are many interesting things to discover!

Tip: Really brilliant and a real insider tip is the Next2Mozart Apartment. It is located right inside the famous Getreidegasse, just a few steps from Mozart’s birthplace and close to all the major attractions of Salzburg.


The Kapuzinerberg with its 640 meters offers some of the top views of Salzburg. The steep climp is a bit exhausting but at the end the panorama of Salzburgs old town and the fortress Hohensalzburg will reward you. For getting there you will have several possibilities: Ether you take the beautiful Imbergstiege stairway from Steingasse or another possibility is to start the walk to Kapuzinerberg from the Franziskustor Gate in Linzergasse. Visiting the Kapuzinerberg an marvel at the most amazing view is one of the best things to do in Salzburg.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

The Hohensalzburg Fortress is Salzburg landmark and a visit of this 900-year-old cliff-top fortress is one of the top tourist attractions in Salzburg and a must-visit! Located on top of the Mönchsberg, you can reach the fortress by a 20-minute walk or via the funicular railway starting from Festungsgasse (near Stieglkeller). The far-reaching views from the top are really amazing and also exploring the castle and visiting the castle museums is interesting tooFurthermore, Hohensalzburg Fortress is a popular venue for classical concerts in Salzburg.

Recommendation: Tickets for dinner experience at Salzburg Fortress with Mozart concert can be booked.

Alter Markt & Cafe Tomaselli

The Alter Markt in Salzburg is the old market of the town an. The square is really picturesque and nowadays this place thrills with an incredible ambience, with the pretty Florian fountain and the old town houses. If you visit Alter Markt, stop by the traditional coffeehouse Café Tomaselli which has been run for 150 years and enjoy your coffee from the rooftop terrace.

Tip: Looking for the original Mozartkugeln? Then you have to visit the Café-Konditorei Fürst (opposite to Tomaselli Café) to try the “Original Salzburg Mozartkugels”.

Mirabell Gardens & Palace

The Mirabell Gardens are wonderful to visit in spring and summertime when the colorful flowers are blooming. Additionally, it’s one of the famous shooting locations from the movie “The Sound of Music”. Built in 1606 the Mirabelle Palace is one of the most romantic locations in Salzburg. Maybe that’s why the Marble Hall does not only host concerts but is also used as a wedding location! This place is an highlight in town and should be high up on any itinerary to Salzburg!

Mozartplatz & Residence Square

The Residence Square with its unique fountain, the Residenzbrunnen, is located in the heart of Salzburg´s old town. This place is a particularly splendid forecourt between the prince-archbishop residences and can hardly be missed due to its central location. Just around the corner you are going to find the Mozartplatz with the impressive bronze Mozart statue, another important attraction of Salzburg

Mönchsberg & Museum of Modern Art

Like the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Museum of Modern Art in Salzburg is situated at the Mönchsberg. Up here, take in the far-reaching views across Salzburg old town’s roof-tops and the castle – Probably the most impressive photo motif of Salzburg. You can access the restaurant/cafe M32 as well as the viewpoint without paying an entrance fee. But also the Museum of Modern Art is very interesting: Here you can admire international art treasures from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Tip: For getting there take the lift from Salzburg’s old town straight to the entrance. Sportive ones take one of the walkways up the hill or another option would be the walkway from the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Salzburg’s Cemeteries & Catacombs

Salzburg has a few beautiful and old cemeteries. The St. Peters cemetery has a unique setting just next to the cliffs of the Mönchsberg. Absolutely you should also visit the catacombs, which are hewn out of the rocks. Above all, the view over the cemetery and the historic buildings is worth the cheap entrance!

Also very interesting is the St. Sebastian cemetery, a real gem of the historic center. The old cemetery is the final resting place of some well-known personalities, such as Mozart’s father Leopold and his wife Constanze. The ancient tombs are exceedingly mystical and impressive.

Haus der Natur

Roaming through the museum “House of Nature”, visitors have the chance to discover the most fascinating aspects of Mother Nature. The exhibitions are interactive and there is so much fun connected with science for adults and children. With more than 7000 m² you should take enough time to visit the Haus der Natur.  Explore the underwater worlds in the aquarium, the outer space hallcolossal dinosaurs, take a journey into the human body and the interactive science center. Visiting The Haus der Natur is one of the best things to do in Salzburg and you should definitely put on your travel list.

Bridges of Salzburg

If you have some time left, you should definitely take a walk along the Salzach River. It is especially nice to stroll over the Mozart Bridge and across the Markatsteg, which is covered with countless colorful locks, and to enjoy the wonderful panorama on the river. Another beautiful bridge with a gorgeous view is the Müllnersteg. From there you can admire the city panorama including river and fortress.

Stieglkeller Brewery 

If you are up to visit a brewery topped with a marvelous view, then you have to go to Stieglkeller for a beer. The location is really cool, located below the Fortress of Hohensalzburg, you are going to have one of the best views of Salzburg. From the open seating gardens of the traditional brewery you will enjoy in addition to the beer and nice food a magnificent view of the old town of Salzburg.

Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains

The Hellbrunn Palace is a palace like no other and for sure a top highlight of a Salzburg city trip. The palace with its yellow colors is amazingly beautiful and also its romantic park attracts visitors from all over the world. Unmissable is a visit of the nearby Trick fountains: mysterious grottos, water-powered figures and hidden water jets waiting to surprise you! Especially in summer, the “wet” surprises provide a welcome respite. Visiting Hellbrunn is a real insider tip for an unforgettable trip to Salzburg.

Salzburg Zoo

The Salzburg Zoo is one of the most beautiful zoos in Austria. Located in a really unique and beautiful landscape, the zoo hosts a wide range of interesting animals. The zoo entrance is just a short walk from the Hellbrunn Palace and another top place to visit in Salzburg!

Leopoldskron Palace

The Leopoldskron Palace is situated just a short walk from the historic center of Salzburg. This fairytale castle is picturesque located next to an idyllic small lake.Built in 1736, the castle of its time was a meeting place for the cultural and art scene and is nowadays one of the most important attractions in Salzburg. It also served as the location for the world-famous movie “Sound of Music”. Today Schloss Leopoldskron is one of the most exclusive hotels in town and the ultimate place to stay for a very special trip to Salzburg.

Recommendation: 2 or 3 nights staying  at Schloss Leopoldskron including the Sound of Music tour can be booked here.

Salzburg Card (Salzburg Pass)

Getting yourself the Salzburg Card is a great way if you are planning to discover the attractions of Salzburg. Compared to other city-passes the Salzburg card is it really worth it: Free admission to the best tourist attractions, museums and to public transport makes it easy, cheap and convenient to explore the city. The Salzburg Card can be organized in advanced and is a great deal if you want to save money!

Tours in Salzburg

As you can see, the beautiful city of Salzburg offers a wide range of amazing sights and activities. If you are looking for a guided city tour, a boat trip, a typical Austrian cooking class, a Sound of Music Tour or concert tickets, you will find on getyourguide an amazing choice of unforgettable activities. Click here for the best tours:


Things to do around Salzburg

As you can see, there are many wonderful attractions to admire in the old town. But also around Salzburg some lovely places and attractions await you. Here are our top tips for unique things to do around Salzburg:

  • Zell am See: Beautiful Zell am See is located in the south of Salzburg. It delights with a wonderful idyll of high mountains, glaciers, gorges and crystal-clear lakes. A great area for nature lovers and for active vacationers.
  • Krimml Waterfalls: The Krimml Waterfalls are another highlight in the area around Salzburg. The huge waterfalls are the largest in Europe and an excursion to it is highly recommended.
  • Wolfgangsee: The Wolfgangsee is probably one of the most beautiful places to visit around Salzburg. Especially recommended is a ride with the Schafbergbahn, a visit to the famous Weißen Rössl and a hike on the Postalm.
  • Hallstatt: The famous Hallstatt in Austria probably belongs to one of the most popular excursions from Salzburg. This place is one of the most beautiful in Austria and is a must on every trip.
  • Vienna: If you like combine your holiday in Salzburg with a trip to the Austrian capital Vienna. It takes about 3 hours from Salzburg to Vienna, and also there are many exciting things to discover.

How to get to Salzburg?

Good public connections make the journey to Salzburg uncomplicated. The city is ideally located between Vienna and Munich and can be easily reached by train or bus and long- distance buses. Salzburg also has its own airport, the second largest airport in Austria. But even from the larger airports such as Vienna or Munich, the city of Salzburg can be reached in 2 to 3 hours.

  • From Munich to Salzburg 1:30 hour by car or train
  • From Vienna to Salzburg 2:30 hour by car or train
  • From Grazto Salzburg 3 hours by car and 4 hours by train
  • From Hallstatt to Salzburg 1 hour by car and 2:30 hours by train

Tip: Cheap flights to Salzburg can be found online, for example on Skyscanner.


Where to stay in Salzburg

Salzburg offers a wide range of hotels. We stayed at the beautiful and stylish Berglandhotel situated in walking distance to Salzburg Old Town. The staff was amazing, providing us some of the best travel tips of Salzburg, best places for local food etc. Parking is also available!

Best accommodations in Salzburg:
  • Mönchsbergapartment: The apartment inside the Altstadt is a great choice for travelers interested in culture, history and atmosphere.
  • Hotel & Villa Auersperg: The small and elegant boutique Hotel & Villa Auersperg enjoys a quiet location in the heart of Salzburg and features a charming garden terrace, a spa area with a roof terrace
  • Hotel Stein: The lifestyle and design hotel offers guests a panoramic rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

Conclusion: As you can see, we really loved our  city trip to Salzburg and we spent some wonderful days exploring the historic center. Two days in Salzburg is the perfect amount of time to hit the towns best places and tourist attractions. We were most impressed by the breath-taking views and the fact, that for the small size there are so many amazing things to do.

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10 Unique Things to do in Lake Bled, Slovenia

The stunningly beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the most beautiful and iconic landmarks of the country. We loved our holiday at this magical place: This outstanding natural scenery, the little Bled Island with its lovely church, the Bled Castle, the colorful boats and the breath-taking views. Because the Lake is so special, landscape photographers from all over the world flock to Lake Bled. No matter if summer or winter, a visit to Bled is just just like out of a fairy tale.

This travel guide is a travel guide for the ultimate best things to do in Lake Bled. Certainly, we are going to tell you where are the best activities and excursionsaround Bled – inclusive insider travel tips, how to get there and the best places to stay.


Things to do in Lake Bled

The whole scenery of Lake Bled in Slovenia is unbelievably beautiful and so there are some great spots to discover. A boat trip on the lake, visiting the castle on the steep cliff or hiking to the many breathtaking viewpoints are just a few of the amazing things to do in Bled. Here are the most beautiful attractions and places to visit in and around Lake Bled:

Visiting the Bled Castle

The Bled Castle is located on a cliff, 130 meters above the Lake Bled. Hike up the castle hill and get rewarded by one of the most beautiful views of the lake and the tiny Bled Island. We really loved that place, best you take a coffee and enjoy the scenery from the castle terrace. Hiking up to the picturesque castle end enjoying the marvelous views are for sure one of the absolute best things to do in Bled and shouldn`t be missed on any trip to Lake Bled.

Entrance fee: Euro 9,- p.p. | Opening Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Taking a walk or cycling around Lake Bled

The best thing to do in Lake Bled: Relax and enjoy the splendid views. There is a circular trail around the lake, with lots of nice places to take a break and watch the colorful traditional Pletna boats driving towards the picturesque island. If you love hiking, you should also walk to the viewpoints Ojstrica and Mala Osojnica, but more about later. Along the lake there are always cozy benches, nice cafes to stop and of course to enjoy a unique atmosphere. The distance around the lake is 6 kilometres.

Tip: Combine the walk on Lake Bled with a leisurely coffee break and treat yourself to an original Bled cream cake, a must eat in Slovenia and of course when visiting Bled!

Visiting Bled Island & the Church

The landmark of Bled is the pretty church island called Blejski Otok, or mostly just named as Bled Island. There you will find the Church of the Assumption, a baroque church from the 17th century. But before you have to climb 99 stone steps. The Bleder tradition is that the groom carries the bride up all these steps! If you feel like getting higher then you should also visit the bell tower and enjoys a scenic view of Lake Bled. In any case, don`t forget to ring the bell, the wish bell of Bled. According to a legend it’s said that ringing this bell and will makes a wish come true.

Tip: In the restaurant “Poticnica” on the island you can taste Potica, a traditional Slovenian cake!

Boat tour and boat rental at Lake Bled 

A boat trip on Lake Bled is a real holiday highlight and therefore you should not miss this beautiful experience. On a trip with the traditional wooden boats, the so called Plentna boats, you have the opportunity to visit the island and the lovely church. The price for the boat trip is 14, – Euro for the ride and 6, – Euro for the entrance to the island.

Tip: What we even loved more: Another possibility for getting around on the lake Bled is by rowboat. We recommend to rent the rowboat at the Pension Pletna boat rental (15,- per hour) . Rowing the Lake Bled can be really romantic and it is one of the best things to do in Bled.

Best viewpoints and views of Lake Bled

Around the lake there are a variety of magnificent viewpoints. In addition to the already described overlook at the Bled Castle, you will find some other good views to Lake Bled. One of the best is the viewpoint at Café Belvedere. This place is definitely worth a visit, because here you can enjoy the views with a delicious traditional Bled cream cake.

If you love hiking, you should head to the Ojstrica Viewpoint and Mala Osojnica Viewpoint (on the circular route no. 6). From here you have a fantastic view and probably the most famous view of Lake Bled.

Hike to Mala Osojnica Viewpoint

The most beautiful view of Lake Bled is definitely from the Mala Osojnica Viewpoint. The panorama of the lake, the church and the mountain views here are really overwhelming. For the hike to the popular vantage point, you should plan around 30 – 40 minutes walking time. We recommend good shoes, because the way is quite steep, and you have to climb at the end 80 metal steps. Who has a certain basic fitness, should not miss this highlight in Bled!

Tip: The hike to the Ojstrica is a bit shorter. You will reach this lookout in about 20 minutes walk.

No matter what time of the year, whether in spring, in summer, Bled in autumn or in winter – the lake views are always breathtakingly beautiful.


Things to do around Lake Bled

The range of activities and excursions around Lake Bled is overwhelming. Not far from Lake Bled is another natural jewel of the region, the beautiful Lake Bohinj. Especially scenic is the old church, which is idyllically situated on the edge of the lake. Those who would like to visit a gorge during their visit to Bled, should take a hike through the Vintgar gorge. Another recommended excursion is to the Pericnik waterfall inside the Triglav National Park.

Bohinj & Savica Waterfall

If you are already on holiday at Lake Bled, we recommend a trip to Lake Bohinj 27 km away. If you like, take the gondola up to the bird (the local mountain), or take a hike to the Savica waterfall.

Vintgar Gorge

If you are staying more days in Bled you shouldn’t miss to visit the Vintgar Gorge, which is just about 4 km north-west of Bled. Nevertheless, the rapid river beneath, the vertical cliff walls and the waterfalls, the gorge with its only 1,6 km is easy to walk. At the furthest end of the gorge is the spectacular Sum Waterfall, the largest river waterfall in Slovenia, which has a 13 meter trop. In summer time this tourist attraction can be quite busy, try to be there in the morning. Visiting the Vintgar Gorge is a lovely refreshment in summertime and also on rainy days the gorge is worth a visit.

Pericnik waterfall

If you love visiting waterfalls – The Pericnik waterfall in the Triglav National Park is a must! It’s amazing to feel this immense power when you walk underneath the falls.  With its 52 m it’s the highest waterfall in Slovenia and surely one of the most photogenic! From the parking it’s just a short walk up to the Pericnik waterfall – it takes just around 10 minute walk.

Swimming in Lake Bled

Some of you might ask yourself, if you can swim in Lake Bled. Definitaly yes, you will find a few places for swimming around the lake! The Castle beach area is the only designated outdoor bathing area by lake Bled. The location is just amazing: Situated just next to the magnificent castle rock.  Another area for swimming is the Velika Zaka Bathing area, which is also a populare place for bathing and swimming in Lake Bled.


Where to stay in Lake Bled

Around and in Bled are a variety of hotels, apartments and other accommodation to stay. We have put together here our top recommendations for amazing accommodations. Perfect for a wonderful holiday:

  • Prestige Hotel with Lake View: For a very special stay in Bled we can highly recommend the Grand Hotel Toplice, one of the best hotels right on Lake Bled. This old prestige hotel amazes with a beautiful view of Lake Bled, a wonderful pool and the sauna area. At good weather, the hotel’s own beach has open!
  • B&B: Guesthouse Marko is perfectly located just 600 meters from Lake Bled. The rooms are very clean and the communal lounge is really coazy.
  • Apartments: The apartment house Bernard is recommended right next to Lake Bled. These apartments offer top facilities and are perfect for families with children.

Conclusion: Bled is one of the best holiday destinations in Slovenia which we highly recommend to anyone who is visiting this awesome travel country. Now you have the perfect overview about the best things to do at Lake Bled and you are ready to go. Enjoy your visit to Bled!

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Thailand Island Hopping: Krabi to Koh Lipe (Route & Tips)

Hauntingly beautiful islands, crystal clear turquoise waters and world class white powder sandy beaches: The West Coast of Thailand is an amazing travel destination and travellers and backpackers from all over the world flock to see the world’s best beaches. There are more than 300 islands waiting for you to be explored and so it makes sense to visit some of the most beautiful ones by island hopping. No matter if you are up for luxury travel or if you prefer to travel the islands on a budget – your trip will be an amazing und unforgettable experience. This article is all about an epic Thailand Island Hopping Tour from Krabi to Koh Lipe, an ultimate travel guide about visiting some of the best islands of South Thailand.

Further, at the end of the travel blog, there you will find useful tips about the best travel time, prices and how to get from one island to another.

You want to do explore the Andaman Sea but you are not sure where to go? Looking for a perfect Route in South Thailand? Here is our Thailand Island Hopping itinerary starting from Krabi to Koh Lipe:

Best Thailand Island Hopping Route



For our first stop of our itinerary we chose Krabi, one of the most beautiful provinces in Thailand. Krabi Town does not have beaches, but the night market, the nearby Tiger Cave Temple and the Emerald Pool are definitely worth a visit. Additionally, the town is a famous starting point for island hopping tours to the stunning Islands in South Thailand. If you also plan to spend a night or more in Krabi town, then you should check out the Hello House. This guest house is a small, very centrally located property just near the night market. Here you can expect simple and clean rooms for a great value. More about Krabi: 20 Best things to do in Krabi.


Railay Beach

Although Railay Beach is not an island, but the peninsula is separated from the mainland by a deep jungle and can only be reached by long-tail boat from Krabi. So this might be the first place for you to get a real island feeling. With its limestone cliffs, the turquoise clear water and the famous Phra Nang Cave, Railay Beach is a real tropical paradise, not just for sun lovers but also for climbers. And if you walk around the peninsula. you will definitely see some monkeys too! In addition, there are many small offshore islands to explore, which you can reach by a short trip on the longtail boat (the 4 Island Tour). Resorts and bungalows are available in every price range, but due to its popularity they are quickly sold out!

Tip: The Bhu Nga Thani Resort and Spa is a really good hotel recommendation for Railay. It is located very romantic right by the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute highlight.

Koh Jum (Koh Pu)

This lovely island Koh Jum is still one of the absolute insider tips for backpacking and individual travellers. This island is located on the west coast of Thailand and it is still really tranquil, the locals are extremely hospitable, and the beaches are wonderful for swimming. If you like it very quiet and you enjoy being part of local life, then you should definitely put Koh Jum on your Thailand Island Hopping list. Here you will find still the typical beach huts and bungalows right on the sea! Quite lovely here are for example the Cocobar & Bungalow directly at the best beach location.

Here more about this beautiful island, the most beautiful beaches and the best places to stay: Koh Jum (Koh Pu): A Paradise Island Guide

Koh Lanta

The island of Koh Lanta has always been inspiring and is definitely a place we could imagine staying longer. Ko Lanta is best explored with a scooter that you can borrow at every corner of the island. Just hire a scooter and explore the island! You will find plenty of relaxing beaches in Koh Lanta to stay and enjoy some fresh coconut. Beautiful quiet beaches are everywhere along the island until reaching the end of the national park. If you are looking for a really nice resort, we recommend taking a look at the lovely and reasonably priced Lanta Casa Blanca!

Koh Ngai (Ko Hai)

Koh Ngai is an island where you just want to get lost. The white sandy beach is just beautiful, and the island is so relaxing – there are just a handful of resorts on it – no streets, no tuk tuks, no shops – nothing to do, just relax and enjoy! Backpackers can stay in a fantastic budget tent village located directly at the beach. Also you will find on this island some luxury hotels with pool. Really recommended here is the Thanya Beach Resort, which amazes with gorgeous bungalows, pool and excellent location at the most beautiful beach on the island. This dreamy island was definitely one of our top highlights while island-hopping from Krabi to Koh Lipe!

More about the island of Koh Ngai can be found here: Koh Ngai – The Paradise Island Travel Guide

Koh Mook

Koh Mook is an island that shouldn`t be missed on any island route through South Thailand. First of all, the island offers the most famous attraction in the region, the Emerald Cave. On the other hand, the Island has two incredibly beautiful beaches, the Sivalai Beach and Charlie Beach. If you are up for traveling luxury, you can spoil yourself at the Sivalai Beach Resort, a dream hotel at the tip of the Sivalai Beach. For Backpackers we can recommend the Mook Montra, which have a really lovely bungalows on the beach.

More about this Island: Koh Mook (Koh Muk) – A Guide to Paradise

Koh Kradan

What an amazing islet! Turquoise blue waters and fine white beach – for sure one of the best islands to relax on. Also those who like to snorkel will be more than happy on Koh Kradan. At the offshore reef you have the opportunity to explore a colourful underwater world. Koh Kradan has only a handful accommodations, which are recommended to be reserved in advance. Especially recommended is the fantastic The Reef Resort, which has a house reef for snorkeling! If you do not that have much time, you can visit Koh Kradan with a trip by longtail boat from the neighbouring islands of Koh Mook or Koh Ngai.

More about this beautiful island can be found here:  Koh Kradan – A Travel Guide to Paradise!

Koh Bulon

With a postcard idyll at its best, Koh Bulon is probably one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand and was also an absolute highlight on our island-hopping route. This island is an absolute insider tip! Many miss this paradise on their way to Koh Lipe. Too bad, they have missed something special. It’s such a paradise for beach lovers- the water is so clear, you can see fish swarms swimming around you. And on the land, there are even lizard’s strolling around! Koh Bulon quickly became our favourite island in South Thailand and we highly recommend staying on this awesome island. If you want to read more about the heavenly beautiful island Koh Bulon, check out the article: Koh Bulon Lae travel guide: Thailand`s island paradise

Koh Lipe

Last stop on our island-hopping route is the famous island of Koh Lipe. The island has beautiful white sandy beaches and intact coral reefs, which attracts tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. Despite the tourist crowds, you should definitely see this island gem once. Especially if you love diving and snorkelling you get your money’s worth! From there you can amazing snorkelling trips to visit colourful coral reefs, clown fish und huge morays. Koh Lipe was our last stop of our Thailand Island hopping trip – from there you can continue your journey to Malaysia – Langkawi. But it’s also possible to return by speedboat to Pak Bara Pier (Satun) on the mainland and then by minibus to Krabi.

More about Koh Lipe you will find here: Koh Lipe – Ultimate Thailand Island Experience

Tip: A unique stay guarantees the Ten Moons Lipe Resort, which is a really popular place to stay and therefore often fully booked.

Best travel time for Island Hopping in Thailand

The best travel time for island hopping at the west coast of southern Thailand is from November to mid-April. During this time, the rainy season should be over, but it can rain occasionally from time to time. In the rainy season, like in Mai, July, August and September you have to expect limited ferry connections and lots of hotels and restaurants will be closed! On the other hand, you will find some amazingly cheap hotel deals.

Tip: More  about the best travel times in SEA check out here – best time to travel to Southeast Asia.

How to get from one island to the other

On each of the island described above you will find hotels and agencies that will be more than happy to organize your onward transport. If you want to organize your transport ticket in advanced you should use 12go.asia. You usually travel between the islands by speed boat, ferry or longtail boat. Comparing the prices before booking is always a good idea, because there are a variety of providers and variants.

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Thailand Island Hopping Tips:

Duration: For a complete tour we suggested to plan at least 3 weeks, better even 4 weeks’ time. If you only have 2 weeks for island hopping, then just think about which island in the south of Thailand you really want to see and skip some other islands. For one week of island hopping we would suggest visiting the islands Koh Mook, Koh Ngai and Koh Kradan.

Cost: Prices for Island Hopping can be very various depending if you are traveling on a budget or if you prefer luxury travel. Plan for your trip as a backpacker a budget with a minimum of 30 euros per day. Of course, for luxury also in Thailand there are no price limits. Generally, the food in Thailand is quite cheap. For local dishes such as Phat Thai, Green Curry or Fried Rice you can count on about 1.00-3.00 Euro per dish. Simple beach huts are available from around 500 baht.

Where to stay: Generally, you will find on each island mentioned above a selection of different accommodation in every price range. The prices vary depending on the season and you often get cheap bargains in the low season. Higher prices will be charged around Christmas time and holidays. Best to compare the hotel ratings and rates on booking.com.

Rent scooters : Exploring an island by scooter is an fantastic way to see all of the amazing beaches and small villages. We did that on Koh Lanta and Koh Jum and it was a great adventure.

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2 Weeks in Morocco: A perfect Road Trip Itinerary

Morocco – a really varied land with incredible things to see and lots of fantastic experience to make. This country impressed us a lot and still after 10 years of traveling together, it was an intense adventure there. Take some time for this country to see it and to feel it. “In Europe you have the watches, in Africa we have time” – make sure that you know: The clocks tick differently there! 2 weeks in Morocco is the perfect amount of time to hit the country’s best places like Morocco’s desert, the huge Oasis, the impressive mountainous region, oriental towns and the Atlantic Ocean. Certainly, we recommend to visit Morocco on a road trip – the people are always very helpful and the country is still very safe.

All in all, this self-drive road trip itinerary will help you planning a road trip to Morocco and to make sure that you make the best of your 2 weeks in Morocco. Additionally, you will get much useful information about how to travel on a budget, the best trip route and what are the best things to do in Morocco.

Road Trip in Morocco Itinerary: Self-drive and self-organized – let’s check out the 2 Weeks in Morocco itinerary:



Day 1-2 First stop at our road trip through Morocco! We checked into our beautiful riad and enjoyed the first traditional moroccan mint tea – really delicious. From the first minute we felt welcome and comfortable. We had 2 days to explore the city, perfect to see all the interesting places like the most famous Djemaa el Fna, the Medina and the Medersa Ben Youssef. Read more about Marrakech:  Sightseeing Marrakesh & our top travel tips

The Riad Irene is an amazing choice if you want to stay in a beautiful Riad in the middle of the old town.

Ait Ben Haddou & High Atlas Mountain Road

Day 3  Crossing the High Atlas mountain was one of the most beautiful road trip adventures we have ever been. We took the road through the Tizi n’Tichka, a mountain pass with 2.260 m. The route from Marrakesh to Ait Ben Haddou is stunning, you will find plenty of photo spots on your way. Bye the way, if you’re planning to go trekking in Morocco, the Atlas Mountain will be a fantastic choice for you!

After 185 km drive, we had arrived at Ait Ben Haddou – a must see in Morocco by the way. Ait Ben Haddou is a traditional mud brick city and it is on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE List.  The most wonderful view for sunset and early morning lights you are going to have from the Riad Chez Brahim.

Ait-Ben-Haddou is an ultimate highlight of this country and should not be missed on any Morocco itinerary!

Road of a Thousand Kasbahs & Rose Valley

Day 4 We left Ait Ben Haddou early in the morning and we took the road of a thousand Kasbahs – What a gorgeous landscape! Fresh oasis all over and this picturesque old Kasbahs – totally you should visit the Kasbah Taourit and the Kasbah Amridil! In the late afternoon we arrived at the Rose Valley (125 km) – a place where we could imagine to stay even longer next time!

Our little hotel Dar Timitar was just wonderful – with an outstanding view high above the Rose Valley. The sunset with view all over the huge oasis was one of our travel highlights in Morocco.