10 Tips for Visiting Schönbrunn Palace

Located just outside of the main city, Schönbrunn Palace is a grand, golden complex—as you’d expect from the main summer palace of the Hapsburg Imperial family. The Rococo residence has 1,441 rooms and gardens that seem to unfold forever. Housed within the complex are a multitude of smaller museums and gardens—a literal trove of historical…

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A Tour of the Vienna Coffeehouses

Whether you’re a coffee drinker or not, a tour of the Vienna coffeehouses should definitely be integrated into your Vienna itinerary. The coffeehouses serve up so much more than a strong espresso: you can order wine, cake, sandwiches, and—most importantly—a heaping dose of history.  Vienna’s Coffeehouse Culture You might be tempted to stop at a…

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What to Eat in Vienna

“Austria,” said Johann, the instructor of our strudel-making class in Salzburg. “Austria is the only country in the world whose cuisine is named for its capital city.” Food there isn’t Austrian cuisine, or national cuisine—nope. The food we ate over the course of our 7-day Vienna itinerary was all “Viennese”.  I’ll confess I was a…

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Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary

Part of our 7-day Vienna itinerary took us not only out of Vienna, but out of Austria entirely. The Slovakian capital is located a mere 55 km from Vienna, making it easy to take the train from Vienna to Bratislava and back in a day.  Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary Despite being in a different country,…

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Salzburg Day Trip Itinerary

Salzburg is an easy day trip from Vienna. On my first Salzburg day trip, I adhered to my typical travel M.O.: wander and get lost. But this second time, I wanted to be more intentional with my time. For one thing, this trip featured a special guest: my mom, who came all the way in…

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Taking an Apple Strudel-Making Class in Salzburg

When I was researching things to do in Salzburg, one thing that kept popping up was to make sure we try apple strudel. Strudel, one of Austria’s most famous desserts, is a relatively simple dish. Paper thin dough wraps around a fruit and cinnamon mixture of your choice, and then baked to perfection and served…

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Six Things to Do in Salzburg

Located 2.5 hours from Vienna by train, Salzburg is famous for music. Music, as in, The Sound of Music, which was filmed here. Going even further back, Salzburg is also the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. But there’s far more things to do in this small Alpine city—whether you’re interested in music, beer, art, hiking,…

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7-Day Vienna Itinerary

If Vienna isn’t on your list of places to visit, it should be! While many visitors to Europe prioritize Amsterdam, Paris, or London, Vienna encapsulates the romance of the Old World, and represents a pivotal moment of European history. Here’s my 7-day Vienna itinerary, designed to help you experience the history, art, thinking, and food…

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg

Located a two-hour train ride from Berlin, Hamburg sits on the Elbe River, close to the North Sea. This beautiful northern German port city is running over with old-school charm and picturesque romance (with a few raunchy winks to boot!). And with the opening of its new philharmonic hall, Hamburg launched itself into the cultural consciousness,…

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The Best Beaches in Europe

We often think of Europe as ideal for city getaways. Trips to museums, culture, operas. If we think about nature we think of cliffs and mountains and fields of wildflowers. But Europe is chock-full of beautiful beaches, too—and sometimes in the most surprising places. I asked travel bloggers to send me their candidates for the…

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