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Top 3 things you should see in Vienna, Austria

  1. Naschmarkt. A huge outdoor market filled with vintage clothing, crafts, international food stalls etc. It’s been going since the 16th century! It took me about 45 minutes from beginning to end to see everything…I was walking pretty slowly just admiring everything! The whole market is about 1.5 km. The craft stalls in particular are perfect for souvenirs.
Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt

2. The Hofburg. The former imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers. Now, it’s the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. The palace was absolutely stunning. I only admired the exterior, I saw you could do a guided tour of a small section of the palace but at quite a high cost. Depending on what kind of budget you’re on, I’m sure the guided tour would be worth doing. I learned that the oldest part of the palace is the Swiss Wing, dating back to the 13th century.

The Hofburg
The Hofburg
The Hofburg

3. Hotel Sacher. Home to the famous Sacher-Torte! If you’re a ‘foodie’ then this one’s for you. Indulge in a slice of ‘The Original Sacher-Torte’ in the hotel’s luxury café and gift shop. For those of you who have never heard of the Sacher-Torte, it was invented in the early 1800s and they are still using the original recipe. A decadent chocolate cake sandwiched together with apricot jam and topped with chocolate frosting.

The Sacher-Torte!
Hotel Sacher

Berlin, Germany

Second stop on my ‘Europe Summer Trip’…Berlin! So far, I’m loving the city. I arrived yesterday (late morning) and after dropping my bags off at my hotel, I headed out to find something to eat. I stopped by this quaint looking German bistro named ‘Zur Rose’ and decided to eat there. The décor was vintage and cosy. I ordered the ‘Spätzle’. Which I later learned was a pasta variation (with the texture being more like a dumpling) served with lots of cheese and a side salad! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any of you who are planning a trip to Berlin soon!

Trying the ‘Spätzle’ in Zur Rose.
Zur Rose

Some of the sights I saw that I would recommend as ‘must-sees’ would be the Reichstag Building which was built in the 1800s, the Brandenburg Gate – a stunning sight and an 18th century monument, the ‘Berliner Dom’ which is located on Museum Island in the Mitte district and then the ‘Berliner Fernsehturm’ (Berlin TV Tower) – 368 metres tall, it’s the cities most visible landmark and gives you 360° views.

Reichstag Building

3 Days in Auckland on a Tailor-Made Itinerary

So for those of you that don’t know, Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and is based around two large harbours. I had read recently, that it’s often been listed as one of the most liveable cities in the world!

So depending on your travel plans/tailor-made itinerary, you may find that sometimes you only have a limited amount of time in a particular city. I’ve found it’s so important to plan your time well and be super organised! Here are a few tips on really utilising your time when exploring a new city!

  • Have a rough time plan. For example, write time notes on your itinerary: ‘9:30am: finish breakfast and head to the nearest subway station’. I understand that some of you may prefer to be a little more spontaneous but bare with me…this is all about being organised and really utilising your time!
  • Plan meal times in advance. I find it’s important to do this as otherwise it’s easy to spend ages wandering around a city looking for somewhere to eat (we’ve all been there). So have a plan! If you’re on a budget, you may decide to pack a sarnie for lunch and eat ‘on-the-go’. Or if you plan to eat out, have a rough idea of where you’ll be around lunchtime (for example, you may be touring the ‘green district’ at that time) and have a list of a few cafés/restaurants nearby you think you’d like to dine in. Based on my past experiences, it saves a lot of time! And with the Google Maps App etc. it’s so easy to do! For those of you who haven’t already downloaded the Google Maps App (or something similar)…do it! Whether you’re trying to find a particular restaurant or hotel etc. it’s a real life-saver.
  • Don’t go back on yourself. Be sure when planning what you want to do that you take a circular route. Again, Google Maps is really useful for planning your route. First, have your list of destinations that you want to visit ready. Then, when you type them into Google Maps, (for this, I actually prefer to use my laptop as it’s easier to see on a bigger screen!) you’ll be able to see where they are in relation to your accommodation. This is when you can start typing your chosen destinations into Google Maps, and it’ll plan a circular route. It may be that some of the route you have planned is ‘walkable’ and some is based on public transport. So depending on how active you are, you’ll have to plan this accordingly!

Now, for what I got up to in Auckland…

I visited Albert Park (that was laid out in the 1800’s!). You walk (a steep climb!) along the footpaths lined with native trees until you reach a large flat area scattered with neat flower beds and a water foundation in the centre…pretty and peaceful!

I spent a few hours at the ‘Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’. I love art so I could always spend hours in pretty much any art gallery/museum! Most of the art was from New Zealand and Pacific artists but also a fair amount of work from international artists (quite a bit being from Europe).

After touring the art gallery, I had lunch at the ‘Scarecrow’ (right by Albert Park). An urban farmers market and neighbourhood café. I sat outside. Of course, it was a hot, sunny day! I ordered the ‘Shakshuka’. Known as a North African dish, it consists of soft eggs baked on top of spiced tomato and served with pide. Absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommended this quaint café if you’re ever in Auckland!

I also spent some time exploring the waterfront area as well as, walking along the long stretch of promenade that leads to Auckland Harbour Bridge. I learned whilst exploring, there’s the ‘Viaduct Harbour/Basin’ (mostly upscale apartments, offices and restaurants) which is on the waterfront. Then, there’s the Wynyard Quarter on the Waitematā Harbour (the western edge of the waterfront) that is a base for fishing and ship building.

At the waterfront, I found a nice outdoor seafood restaurant to sample their fish and chips. The fish tasted so fresh and the batter was crispy and seasoned well. Another delicious meal!

I would definitely recommend visiting the ‘Sky Tower’ in Auckland. The entrance fee allows you access to two observation floors, the other floors are mostly restaurants etc. With 360-degree views of the city, you can take some great photos and just admire the view!

Disclosure: Just a friendly reminder that this article is based on my own experiences. I have not been paid to write this post.

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