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Golfpanorama Lipperswil

 

Last weekend I was allowed to visit the Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama in Lipperswil. The Hotel Golf Panorama is situated in the canton of Thurgau between the foothills of the Alps and Lake Constance, in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The Hotel Golf Panorama offers 42 spacious double rooms, 8 junior suites, 2 suites and 2 apartments. It is also a member of Private Selection Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Today I would like to tell you more about my wonderful stay at the Hotel Golf Panorama.

 

The Hotel

 

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The Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama has a very special history, because in the past the agricultural property was used for a pig farm. On the site of the former stables, a luxurious superior design and wellness hotel with an 18-hole and a 9-hole golf course was opened in 2010. Thus the Golf Panorama is perfect for everyone who wants to combine culinary delights, relaxation and sport. The idyllic location is also particularly practical, yet can be reached within 1.5 hours from Lucerne or within around 1 hour from Zurich.

 

Our Room

 

 

We enjoyed our stay in one of the spacious junior suites with a freestanding bathtub. My personal highlight was the artificial starry sky directly above the bathtub. What could be nicer than a relaxing bath under the starry sky. Anyway I felt at home immediately in this very cozy and spacious room with a beautiful view too.

 

Restaurant Lion D’Or

 

 

I was able to enjoy culinary delights in the in-house restaurant Lion D’Or with 14 GaultMillau points. Chef Peter Vogel spoils his guests with exceptional creations with seasonal and regional products. On Friday evening, right after our arrival, I was able to enjoy the wonderful fish buffet. Every Saturday evening the Lion D’Or offers an extraordinary gourmet dinner. The gourmet dinner was simply excellent. Furthermore, I like to let the pictures speak and stimulate the appetite.

 

 

Before or after dinner, the bar Lion D’Or invites you to linger and enjoy delicious drinks with the soft sounds of a pianist. The perfect conclusion to a successful evening.

 

The wellness area

 

 

The wellness hotel Golf Panorama offers a wonderful wellness area as well as a fitness room. The wellness area “FLEUR DE POMME” covers 2000 m2 and offers an indoor pool of 30 degrees, an outdoor brine whirlpool of 37 degrees, a steam bath, a Finnish sauna, a Kneipp sauna and a recreation zone. In addition, body and beauty treatments are offered in eleven treatment rooms. For pregnant guests, there are even massage loungers for extra comfort.

I can warmly recommend the Wellnesshotel Golfpanorama, a wonderful holiday from everyday stress with relaxation and culinary delights. Many thanks also to the hosts Alexandre and Caroline Spatz for their hospitality.

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Wow, hard to believe, today I’m sitting cuddled up in a warm sweater and scarf on my couch and just two weeks ago I was lying on the beach and at the pool in beautiful Ibiza. We used a long weekend for a getaway and to relax in the sun. Today I would like to show you my favourite spots of Ibiza.

 

Cala Xarraca

 

 

After our arrival we drove with our rental car from Auto Isla Blanca to the beautiful Cala Xarraca. With its blue water it is certainly worth a visit. Although already November the locals bathed relaxed at this beautiful spot of the island.  From our villa we only needed 10 – 15 minutes drive, because everything in Ibiza is pretty close to each other.

 

Cala Tarida

 

 

We spent a lot of time at Cala Tarida afterwards, where you will find countless beautiful photo spots like a cute beach cottage, beautiful stairs and of course the beach itself.  Just enjoy the sunset at this beautiful sandy beach.

 

 

Hippie market in Las Dalias

 

 

Ibiza is known for its unique nightlife and beautiful beaches as well as for its hippie markets. Every day you will find at least one hippie market on the island. We chose the hippie market in Las Dalias and were surprised by its size. I enjoyed strolling through the many stalls and if you are looking for a gift for yourself or others, you will find it here for sure. From dream catchers, art, cosmetics to jewellery and clothes, you will find everything your heart desires.

 

Villa Morna Valley

 

 

We spent most of our evenings together in the villa “Morna Valley” of  One Villas Ibiza. In the spacious villa we were in the best company with other great bloggers from Germany and Austria. On our arrival we were stunned, because the villa is simply breathtakingly beautiful – inside as well as outside. It is located in the middle of the wild nature of Ibiza and offers an amazing view too. The interior is slightly oriental and perfectly matches to the whole design of the villa.

 

 

Of course I also enjoyed to lie in the sun and go for a swim in the Infinitypool. The pool was definitely my personal highlight in the villa. The villa itself was then also one of my favourite photo spots.

 

Villa Ibiza Infinity Pool

 

Ibiza City and Dalt Vila

 

 

The old town of Ibiza is a wonderful place to visit, the old centre is called Dalt Vila and belongs to the UNESCO world heritage. In addition to numerous alleyways in white, the climb to the fortified walls of Dalt Vila is worthwhile. There you can enjoy a wonderful view over Ibiza city and watch the numerous ships on the sea.

 

 

In Ibiza City you will also find many possibilities to enjoy delicious food and shopping. Also bigger shops like Zara and Co. are represented.

 

Ses Salines natural park

 

Ses Salines Naturpark Ibiza

 

A beautiful beach with impressive waves can also be found at the Ses Salines Nature Park.

 

I hope I could give you some  inspiration for your trip to Ibiza.

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Bali Swing

 

In October my Instagram was full of pictures from Bali. I have never been able to share so many wonderful pictures of a destination before. And today I want to take you with my Bali Travel Guide behind the scenes and tell you more about our trip. Bali was the destination for me, which was at the top of my Travelbucketlist. On the one hand, since I’ve never been to Asia and on the other hand because of the many wonderful pictures I saw on Instagram. The promised jungle feeling I simply could not resist and in my friend I have indeed found a partner in crime for my travels. So let’s dive into my Bali adventure.

 

The journey

 

The journey to Bali took me over Doha, after a 15 hour flight we arrived at the airport in Denpansar. The first evening after the long journey we spent in the hotel. Actually, there are no direct flights from Switzerland, so you can fly via Doha (Qatar) or Singapore. If you have enough time, maybe you can plan a stopover right away?

 

Hideout Bali

 

 

After a short visit to the beach on day 2 it was time to move into a very special place. In Selat is the Hideout Bali located. Hideout Bali offers a variety of beautiful and unique bamboo houses as accommodation. The absolutely perfect photo spot. At the same time, you can really treat yourself with a break from the everyday life and hectic. Therefore, we decided to spend the whole day and evening in the hideout and enjoy. Since the Hideout is quite a bit out of the way it is worth – in my opinion – also to enjoy a delicious dinner there. A specialty they offer is the palm wine, which unfortunately wasn’t our taste ^^ But the food was excellent and the feeling simply indescribable. Therefore I let the pictures speak now.

 

 

The next morning we were awakened by the sunrise. For breakfast we picked the traditional pancakes with an iced latte with coconut milk.

 

 

Waterpalace

 

 

Of course, we do not want to miss the beautiful water palaces in the region and we’re back on the road to discover them. At the top of my list of attractions was the water palace Tirta Gangga in Karangasem. Important Pro Tip: Buy fish food, in the pictures you can see why.

 

 

Also very impressive, especially because of its size, is the Taman Ujung Water Palace in Karangasem. The view over the huge palace is really breathtaking. The two water palaces each cost admission, but this is definitely worth it. If you like it a little quieter, I can really recommend the Taman Ujung Water Palace, because of the many Instagram photos of the Tirta Gangga Water Palace is really very well visited.

 

 

Ubud

 

Villa

 

 

Ubud is a popular city of Bali, which has some attractions to offer. We booked for two days a villa with pool and great view of a paddy field. You can easily book such villas via Airb’n’b. Since we booked relatively shortly before our stay, of course, the most popular villas were already booked out. Nevertheless, we have found a great villa to stay at. With my link you’ll get 15% discount on your first booking at Airbnb.

 

 

Aloha Swing

 

 

On our fourth day we spend the morning by the pool. I mean – when do you have a villa with infinity pool and fantastic views available for your own? During our trip, we have always hired guides and drivers as it is the easiest way to get around. Our driver took us to Aloha Swing, which is a park with many different swings, nests and Co. with a great view nevermind. In addition to typical swings, it also has a decorated bed on offer. In retrospect, I can not recommend you to go to Aloha Swing, because such swings are synonymous elsewhere available and this much cheaper and without all the safety devices. After 1 -2 hours we had enough of it anyway.

 

Tegalalang Rice Fields

 

Tegalalang Reisfeld

 

The Tegalalang rice fields should not be missed during a visit to Ubud. There you will find e.g. also great swings and Co. and this as stated before much cheaper then at Aloha Swing. If you like us strolling through the rice fields, you should pay a donation as a toll, which are in each case very small amounts. We were there in the late afternoon, but still had enough time to explore the rice fields and take some pretty pictures.

 

 

Tibumana Waterfall

 

 

Ubud offers a lot of different attractions for example the famous Monkey Forest and some beautiful temples, but we decided to take a trip to a waterfall nearby Ubud. I decided to go for the Tibumana waterfall, because this smaller waterfall is not as crowded as the larger waterfalls around Ubud. After a short drive and 10 minutes walk, I had reached my bathing place for today. Conveniently, there are lockers for cellphone and Co. safe to stow.

 

Nusa Penida

 

 

On day six we booked a private tour to the island of Nusa Penida. After breakfast at our hotel in Sanur, our chauffeur took us to the port of Sanur. With one of the numerous speedboats there you’ll reach Nusa Penida within a 30-40 minutes drive. The small island of Nusa Penida has gained massive popularity, especially through Instagram, and is therefore pretty crowded. However, to drive around by car in Nusa Penida is not for the faint of heart (and stomachs), because of the bumpy roads and the busy traffic.

 

 

We visited various viewpoints such as Broken Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Kelingking Beach (the kind of T-Rex looking coast) and enjoyed a short stay at Diamond Beach. At 17 o’clock the last speed boats are going back to Sanur, so the tour was a bit stressful overall.

 

Food

 

 

Anyone who travels to Bali must have heard of the infamous Bali Belly. But that does not have to be. I recommend you to refrain from street food. Guides and drivers often take you to the nearest tourist restaurant and most of the tourist attractions are located near the sights. The food there is also delicious but of course adapted to the guests. Basically, you should prefer local and traditional food before pizza, steak and Co. A dish that is always and everywhere offered and you should definitely taste is Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng. In Ubud I can recommend you the restaurant Uname, there you can find the most delicious organic food in the city. The food is simply excellent.

 

Hotels in Bali

 

 

If you want to spend some relaxed days in the hotel like us, you will definitely find a nice hotel at your destination. Overall, we were in two hotels and both times we’ve bee satisfied. In contrast to Europe, breakfast in Bali is usually a la carte and not in the form of a buffet. The rooms in both hotels in Sanur were very clean and spacious. We had opted for a four and a five star hotel. But of course there are cheaper options and if you are more of a backpacker then you should not have a problem finding cheap accommodations.

 

Tips for your trip to Bali

 

Bali is located in Indonesia and it’s a tropical island. Accordingly, you should increase your travel pharmacy before traveling. Very important are also of course the right sunscreen and a good mosquito repellent spray.

I recommend you for longer distances to hire a private driver. Usually your Airb’n’b accommodations or hotels can recommend drivers and guides they know. For shorter distances, download the Bluebird Taxi App. Many tourists go by scooter or motorcycle, but the traffic conditions are rather chaotic and there are often accidents with tourists. Even if the locals drive as a whole family to third on a scooter, you should think carefully whether you would like to take this risk. The ride with the private driver costs for a depending on the route on the day about 30.00 – 50.00 Swiss francs and you do not have to deal with Navi and Co. either.

The majority of the population in Bali are Hindus. Every day, the locals prepare offerings for their gods, which are usually decorated with flowers, food and incense sticks. The inhabitants make these offerings, e.g. on the street in front of their shop or in our jungle villa there was a statue with offerings too. Therefore, especially in the city, make sure that you do not step on the offerings.

Bali was definitely worth a visit. A very diverse holiday destination, multifaceted and unique, for a discovery vacation just the right place to go.

 

 

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Hamburg Alsterarkaden 2

 

Our summer road trip took us on the way back from Danmark to Hamburg. It was a far too short stay – we will definitely get back there. Because Hamburg is such a diverse city and also a true shopping paradise. Despite our short stay we did not miss to visit some nice spots and especially photo spots. Today I would like to bring you closer to my top 3 photo spots in Hamburg.

 

Speicherstadt Hamburg with the water castle

 

Hamburg Speicherstadt Wasserschloss

 

The Speicherstadt in Hamburg is the world’s largest historic warehouse complex, located at the Port of Hamburg. With the red brick houses and industrial charm, it is wonderful as a photo backdrop for fashion shoots & Co.

 

 

Unique is then the so-called water castle, it is one of the oldest buildings of the Speicherstadt and a landmark. The water castle lies on a peninsula between two canals at the confluence of Wandrahmsfleet and Holländischbrookfleet.

 

Alsterarkaden, Hamburg

 

Hamburg Alsterarkaden

 

The Alsterarkaden in Hamburg have a very special flair, with an Italian touch. They were built as well as the houses behind them until 1846. Today the Alsterarkaden are one of the oldest shopping miles of Hamburg and located at the beginning of the luxury shopping street. The most beautiful pictures you can get from the other side of the river. Nearby is also the town hall, the courtyard is so pretty too.

 

Hotel Tortue, Hamburg

 

 

I can also highly recommend our hotel we stayed in Hamburg, the Hotel Tortue was opened in 2018 and convinces with a unique concept and hospitality. The rooms are all beautifully designed and the restaurants and bar invite you to linger. By the way, you can find my review of the stay at Hotel Tortue in Hamburg here.

That was my favorite 3 spot on Instagram, but as mentioned earlier, Hamburg has a lot to offer, and the next time I visit I’ll be looking for more sights, restaurants, etc. Maybe someone from Hamburg can give me one more Give insider tip. A second visit is definitely worth it.

 

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Cityguide Kopenhagen

 

Our summer road trip this year took us to the north. Of course we did not miss a trip to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. Copenhagen has its own charme and is full of historic buildings. Today I want to tell you about my stay in Copenhagen and I also summarized the most beautiful Instagram photo spots for you.

 

About Copenhagen

 

Cityguide Kopenhagen

 

Copenhagen offers architecture and design, beautiful harbor scenes, the free city of Christiania and the seat of the world’s oldest monarchy. In addition, Copenhagen is called the “bike city”, because of its over one hundred bike paths. But there are many other attractions to discover too. Coincidentally during our stay, the fashion week took place in Copenhagen, so it is also a fashion and design city.

 

 

The sights in Copenhagen

 

In Copenhagen, there is much to discover. The city is offers some very different facets of itself. Unfortunately, on the day of our arrival, we had stormy weather, after being surprised by the storm at Rosenborg Castle, we fled to the hotel for the rest of the day. Nevertheless, we could discover a lot of Copenhagen.

 

The little mermaid

 

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Copenhagen is also known for the little mermaid statue near by the sea. I did not hesitate to catch a glimpse of it. We walked from Nyhavn along the promenade to the little mermaid. As expected, however, it was very crowded with tourists, most of them came directly by coaches. The Little Mermaid is located next to the historic Fort Kastellet.

 

Nyhavn

 

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Nyhavn is probably the most beautiful harbor in Denmark with its colorful houses and stylish boats. Clearly one of the Must-Visit Places in Copenhagen. We were there at about 9 o’clock in the morning, but this I can’t recommend, since at this time the goods delivery of the local restaurants & Co. takes place. The panorama is then disturbed by trucks and Co. But from about 11 o’clock it is the perfect photo spot. The many restaurants invite you to linger, but the food there is not cheap at all.

 

Christiansborg Palace

 

 

At Christiansborg Palace we were early in the morning too, but this was really worth it, because at that time the place in front of it was still empty. When we returned to our car at lunchtime, the changing of the guard took place, which of course was well attended. The Christiansborg Palace is a very impressive building and certainly worth a visit in my opinion.

 

Palmhouse, Botanical Garden and Butterfly House

 

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You should not miss a visit to the Botanical Garden. Especially the Palmhouse is also a very nice Instagramphotospot. The ticket can be bought together with the one for the butterfly house, so we also visited this one. It was really worth it.

 

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Rosenborg Castle

 

Cityguide Kopenhagen

 

As already briefly mentioned above, we were unfortunately on the run from the storm here. Nevertheless, you should not miss to visit the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen. I will get there again to have a closer look at on my next visit to Copenhagen. There is also a very nice park. Incidentally, Rosenborg Castle was opened in 1633 and is thus almost 400 years old.
 

Accommodation in Copenhagen

 

Let us get to the accommodations in Copenhagen. As expected, these are not very cheap, and on top of that, we complained that Copenhagen Fashion Week was taking place. Many hotels and accommodations were therefore fully booked, also on Airbnb. It is certainly worth choosing a central accommodation.

Incidentally, if you haven’t booked before via Airbnb , you will receive a discount of 15% off your booking with my link. If you prefer to book a hotel, you will receive a discount of 10% off your booking with my link.

 

Transportation and food in Copenhagen

 

As already mentioned, we were traveling by car; we parked accordingly and discovered the city on foot. Otherwise, as in any city, there are of course different public transport options as well as hop-on hop-off buses available. In addition, it is a good idea to discover Copenhagen by bike. Our culinary experiences in Copenhagen were rather limited due to the shortened stay caused by the storm. In Nyhaven, however, there are e.g. Brunch offers. Smörrebröd and fish are also very popular.

 

The most beautiful Instagram spots in Copenhagen

 

Now my personal Instagramspot highlights in Copenhagen, see above:

 

– Palmhouse

– Nyhavn

 

I hope you like my Copenhagen City Guide and I was able to give you some tips and ideas for your stay. Have you already been to Copenhagen? Maybe you also have great location tips & Co. to share with us?

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Oslo Cityguide

 

I want to visit Norway – this was my idea when we planned our road trip to Scandinavia. So we drove from Stockholm directly to Oslo. Admittedly, I had not heard much about Oslo so far, so I was all the more excited about discovering the city. Today I want to tell you about our highlights and show you my must-visit spots. Of course I will  also share the Most-Instagrammable Places in Oslo.

 

Oslo Cityguide

 

Norway’s capital, Oslo, is located on a fjord surrounded by wooded mountains. Due to the many parks Oslo is also called “The Green Capital”. The city center of Oslo is located around Karl Johans Gate Boulevard and the Royal Palace. Apart from the historic buildings, Oslo is a very modern, almost futuristic city with modern architecture.

 

Accommodation in Oslo

 

 

Towards evening we reached our hotel in Oslo, we checked in at Radisson Blue in Nydalen. The hotel rooms in Oslo are certainly more expensive than in Sweden, so it is not worth to stay right in the city center in my opinion. Our exploration started then the next morning. We took the subway to the city center and explored the city by foot.

 

The Norske Opera

 

 

First, we visited the Oslo Opera, as much of this city is very futuristic and a symbol of modern architecture. In addition, it is located directly on the sea. The glass facades and the very own, futuristic architecture make great photo opportunities.

 

Citywalk Oslo

 

Oslo Cityguide

 

Of course, I had picked out some nice places in advance and included in our walking tour. You can discover Oslo in a day on foot. We visited some things, e.g. the old fortress Akershus, but also on the way one encounters again and again on historical buildings next to modern architecture.

 

Oslo Cityguide

 

Very impressive buildings and therefore the perfect photo spots you will discover especially in the old town of Oslo on the way to the royal castle, which is located at the top of the street and there is also a park.

 

Karl Johans Gate & royal Castle

 

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The Royal Palace of Oslo is located at the end of Karl Johan Gate and is worth a visit. It was opened in 1849. In summer there is also a one-hour guided tour that you can book. In addition, the watch will be replaced at 13:30. Since we had not previously bought tickets and the queue was very long, we have waived the visit. The castle is also very impressive from the outside and of course also suitable as a photo location.

 

Damstredet, Oslo

 

 

You can admire the traditional streetscape of Oslo in the Damstredet street. The wooden houses and huts were built between 1810 and 1850. In addition, a visit to the Damstredet can be planned wonderfully on the way to the Mathallen.

 

Mathallen Oslo

 

 

At least now we were hungry too, for lunchtime I have planned a visit to the Mathallen in Oslo. There are all sorts of delicacies to discover. Whether traditional dishes such as fish or dishes from around the world such as pizza, sushi and Co. Also, the sweet tooth among you will not be neglected.

 

Restaurant Tipp: Rorbua Akerbyge

 

 

You would like to enjoy traditional dishes from Norway? Then you’re in the right place in the Rorbua restaurant, where you’ll find traditional wild stew with mashed potatoes and cranberries, as well as meat kebabs with exceptional meats like elk, reindeer or whale. For children it has its own small card with schnitzel and co. I recommend you to reserve a table in advance, because the restaurant is very well visited. It is a restaurant with several branches in Oslo, we visited those at the port Akerbyge.

 

I hope you liked my guide for 24 hours in Oslo and I wish you a lot of fun in this extraordinary city.

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Two weeks ago I was allowed to check in at a very special bijou – the Villa Kennedy. On our trip to the north, we passed Frankfurt on the way back, this was the perfect opportunity for a unique ending to our summer trip. Today I want to tell you more about my stay at Villa Kennedy.

 

The House

 

The Villa Kennedy exudes a very special charm. The hotel consists of the restored Villa Speyer and three newly built wings. In the middle of the complex there is a wonderful courtyard, which invites you to enjoy life. The holiday feeling it spreads could not be better for me. A total of 127 rooms and 36 suites as well as a presidential suite are offered by the Villa Kennedy.

 

 

Our room

 

We were able to spend the night in one of the beautiful and spacious Junior Suites of Villa Kennedy. Our junior suite included a large, comfortable bed. A comfortable seating area with sofa and TV, a desk and a bathroom. The decor is the perfect mix between modern and classic – simply a room in which I immediately felt at home. The room also had a balcony overlooking the courtyard.

 

 

Restaurant Gusto

 

The restaurant Gusto is located in the house itself with a stylish dining room and in the beautiful courtyard. It offers modern Italian cuisine. After our arrival, we enjoyed an excellent dinner in the restaurant Gusto. I chose delicious beef carpaccio with rocket and Parmigano. As a main course, I enjoyed a wonderfully roasted saddle of lamb with homemade mashed potatoes. Of course, I could not resist ordering a panna cotta with fresh berries as the crowning glory. The Villa Kennedy and the restaurant Gusto are very child friendly with a children’s menu, especially for families – even for those who live in Frankfurt – highly recommended for a dinner with your beloved ones.

 

 

JFK Bar

 

Another highlight in the Villa Kennedy is the JFK Bar, where over 120 cocktails and fine wines as well as mocktails and Co. are available. At least we did not miss the chance to enjoy a cocktail in the JFK bar before going to bed.

 

 

Breakfast

 

Already in the morning, the next highlight waited for us, a delicious breakfast with freshly prepared egg dishes in the restaurant Gusto. Again, the quality and the offer of the breakfast buffet more than convinced me. Whether delicious shrimp cocktail, salmon, meat specialties to cereals & Co. there was something for everyone. Since I only find the time for a hearty breakfast at the weekend and on vacation, I enjoyed it even more. A freshly prepared omelet and fluffy pancakes were the culinary finale to a perfect start into the day. Of course not without a cup of my beloved Latte Macchiato.

 

 

Villa Spa

 

After breakfast we enjoyed our time together at Villa Spa. Some lengths of swimming in the swimming pool followed by relaxing minutes in the jacuzzi. Sauna lovers will find a steam bath and a sauna for both. Naturally, relaxing in the relaxation room and in the garden of the Villa Spa is also a great way to enjoy the stay at Villa Kennedy.

 

 

I could not have imagined a better end to our summer trip than staying at Villa Kennedy. It was perfect for me. If you are planning a city ​​trip to Frankfurt, I highly recommend Villa Kennedy. The location is also ideal; the Villa Kennedy can be reached in only 5 minutes from Frankfurt Main Station and in just 10 minutes from Frankfurt Airport. Also, don’t miss a visit to the restaurant Gusto on your next trip to Frankfurt.

 

Hotel Villa Kennedy Frankfurt

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This year’s summer road trip took me to the north of Europe. After a short stay at the castle Neuschwanstein, we went directly to Sweden and thus to the beautiful metropolis Stockholm.

 

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Stockholm presents itself as a very versatile city and is therefore suitable for a city ​​trip. In addition to classic sights, museums, art and Co., there are many great shopping opportunities too.

 

Of course, prior to our stay, I informed myself extensively about Stockholm. Nice way, we were given two Stockholmpasses by Visitstockholm, with the help of which we could discover even more of the city, but more on that later.

 

About Stockholm

 

Stockolm is the capital of Sweden and the city consists of several parts, these districts are mainly Vasastan, Gamla Stan, Djurgarden, Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Norrmalm (City) and Östermalm. Each district has its own charm and offers.

 

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The sights in Stockholm

 

Stockholm has a lot to offer, especially with regard to sights. Those who can’t spend a week in the Swedish metropolis like us – will have to prioritize. The Stockholm Pass includes many museums, boat trips as well as hop-on-hop-off buses and much more. If you plan to do more than one of these activities, this is a great way to save money.

 

Gamla Stan

 

 

The Old Town district in Stockholm called Gamla Stan, especially the colorful houses and streets are well known. In 1252 Stockholm was founded in Gamla Stan. A trip to Gamla Stan is definitely worth it. However, it is also very touristy and accordingly expensive. Nevertheless, a nice district to shoot some nice photos.

 

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Royal Castle

 

 

Not to be missed is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe and the official residence of the Swedish King. The Royal Castle contains five museums and the daily changing of the guards can be watched there too. However, due to time constraints, we decided to just have a look at the outside of the Royal Castle.

 

Boat trip to Drottningholm Castle

 

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Because we wanted to take a closer look at another castle, the Drottningholm Palace is Sweden’s best-preserved royal palace from the 17th century. Thanks to the Stockholm Card, the one-hour boat trip to the castle and the entrance fee were included. Also included is the admission to the Chinese Castle.

 

 

The trip was really worth it. The interior of the castle reminded me of other royal castles such as Versailles (of course smaller, but not less remarkable) and the castle park lets one guess the life of bygone days. This is probably the reason why the Drottningholm Palace is actually one of the three World Heritage sites in Sweden. Located on the castle grounds is then a café and a restaurant. Even on the boat itself, there are catering facilities available. Since the trip takes at least half a day, you should consider lunchtime.

 

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Town Hall

 

The Stockholm Town Hall is also a popular destination for a Sightseeing Tour, located near the jetty for a boat trip to Drottningholm Castle, so it is worth visiting while waiting for the boat. It is one of the most famous landmarks of Stockholm, especially because of its tower, the top of which adorn three golden crowns.

 

Museums and Gröna Lund

 

City Guide Stockholm Travelguide Sweden

 

In Stockholm, there are many interesting museums to discover, especially on the Museum Island. We decided to visit the famous Vasa Museum as well as the Viking Museum, entrance fees to both museums are included in the Stockholm Card. Especially the Vasa Museum with the very well preserved Viking ship impressed me. The ship is huge and created with so much attention to detail. I highly recommend a visit. Then there is also Gröna Lund – an amusement park with 30 rides, food stalls, shows and games. The basic entry fee is also included in the Stockholm Card. To use the rides and Co. you have to buy extra tickets and / or a special bracelet. Since we did not have much time there and the queues on Saturday afternoon have been very long, we decided not to go on the rides.

 

Metro stations in Stockholm

 

City Guide Stockholm

 

The artfully designed subway stations are perfect for a nice photoshooting. If you want to visit more than two metro stations, it’s best to buy a metro day pass, as more than 90 of Stockholm’s 100 subway stations have been decorated with sculptures, paintings, mosaics, and cave-like constructs since the 1950s. We visited four of the most well-known subway stations: Solna, T- Centralen , Radhuset and Mörby Centrum.

 

 

Accommodation in Stockholm

 

Airbnb Stockholm

 

The hotels and accommodations in Stockholm are relatively expensive. Since we booked very short term, most of the accommodations were outside our budget. Additionally the Pride weekend took place in Stockholm and therefore everything was fully booked. Therefore, we decided to book an Air’bnb and were really lucky to find a great apartment. Incidentally, if you have never booked via Airbnb , you will receive a discount of 15% off your booking with my link. If you prefer to book a hotel, you will receive Airbnb , you will receive a discount of 15% off your booking with my link

 

Transport in Stockholm

 

Although we arrived by car, we used the hop-on-hop-off buses and walked a lot to discover the City. Because it was not worth driving to the center by car. Our accommodation was a bit out of the center, with the bus it took a good 40 minutes to get the city. Therefore, and due to the high prices and timesavings, it is really worth ordering an Uber instead of using public transport. Each Uber of us was funnily a “normal” taxi, but probably a lot cheaper booked via Uber.

 

Food in Stockholm

 

City Guide Stockholm Travelguide Sweden

 

Since we were walking around a lot, we searched locally for a suitable restaurant. In any case, you should not miss the traditional Köttbullar with mashed patatoes. And don’t forget to enjoy Fika – coffee and cake in Swedish.

 

 

The most beautiful Instagram spots

 

In my CityGuide you will also find the best photo locations for Stockholm, see above, my personal favorites are in any case:

 

– Drottningholm Castle

– Gamla Stan

– the promenade

– as well as the subway station Mörby Centrum

 

I hope you like my Stockholm City Guide and I could give you some inspiration for your stay as well. Do you may have a favorite spot in Stockholm?

 

 

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Hotel Tortue Hamburg

 

Our summer road trip took us to the unique city of Hamburg. When I was looking for a nice hotel, I discovered the beautiful boutique hotel TORTUE. Today I would like to tell you more about my stay at the Hotel TORTUE in Hamburg.

 

 

Do you know the “I want to stay here” feeling? Especially on such a long journey, I want to come home after an exciting day with many impressions. The feel-good factor is very important to me personally. Already when checking in at the TORTUE Hamburg I felt welcome and at home. The front desk was very friendly and also the hotel entrance and lobby are captivating with lovely details and a modern, but cozy design. The TORTUE offers 126 rooms and suites. It was opened in 2018. The TORTUE is located in a building, which was built around 1900.

 

Hotel Tortue Hamburg

 

The feeling of well-being is maintained in the room. I loved the stylishly furnished room. Once again, the love of detail convinces me. As a guest you are personally addressed in the TORTUE. Unique to me was the concept that the mini-bar is included. After a hard day, you can relax and enjoy a cool beer from the cooler or a cup of tea in your room, without any extra costs.

 

 

The room is very spacious and contains a cozy box spring bed, a desk and a wardrobe as well as lovely bathroom. As a Marble Lover, of course, I liked it a lot. We even had a balcony. By the way, the box spring bed is incredibly comfortable, I slept really well and would have preferred to stay a little longer in bed. But the next morning a delicious breakfast was already waiting for me …

 

 

To be honest, the breakfast was one of the best I have ever eaten in a hotel. In addition to a rich buffet from salty to sweet, the TORTUE offers in the additional menu all sorts of food. I opted for a delicious omelette and pancakes with berries and chocolate sauce. The breakfast then was my personal highlight of our stay at the Hotel TORTUE in Hamburg.

 

 

By the way, you will also find great bars and restaurants in the Hotel TORTUE. You can enjoy a glass of champagne or a cocktail in the bar bleu or bar noir. The breakfast took place in the restaurant Brasserie, also for lunch and dinner is recommended. Then the JIN GUI offers Asian-inspired cuisine of incomparable design.

 

 

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San Francisco Market

 

“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

 

Finally the time has come and I can tell you some details about my trip to the USA. We started in San Francisco, because there is so much to discover in this city and I would like to give you some travel tips, I have decided to write a separate post only about San Francisco. Furthermore also because our actual road trip through the US began afterwards. We flew from San Francisco to Las Vegas, where we received our rental car, but more about this I will tell you in my next blog post.

 

San Francisco City Guide Golden Gate Bridgte

 

Let’s start with the sightseeing attraction par excellence, the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is the symbol of San Francisco and should not be missed on the To-Do list. The building opened in 1937 and has since then connected San Francisco with Marin County and the less densely populated Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

 

Of course, you can look at the bridge from different view points. The Golden Gate Bridge is located a bit off the center. By means of a longer walk or bike ride along the coast to reach the Golden Gate Bridge. The fastest way is to use the bus or go by car. The crossing of the bridge takes another 15 minutes on foot – but you should not miss that experience as well. On the way along the coast there are always viewpoints, which are suitable as photo spots and at the outer end of the bridge you can walk underneath the bridge to get to the most popular vantage point with the most beautiful view over the bridge. But be sure to plan enough time, especially if you travel by bus and co. annd not by car.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39

 

Pier 39 is at least as famous in San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge. Usually because of the sea lions, who frolic there to chill and to be admired by the tourists. In addition, you will find all sorts of delicious restaurants, souvenir shops, and even more to discover. You should not miss a visit.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39 Clam Chowder

 

If you decide to have lunch or dinner at Pier 39, there is really only one dish that you must try. The traditional and famous Clam Chowder Soup can be found in most restaurants.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39

 

If you continue along the coast, you will reach Fishermans Wharf. There is a lot going on, there are many shopping opportunities, restaurants, great street musicians, delicious drinks or even a shop with the hottest chili sauces you can buy in the US can be found there. If you would like to eat in the trendy in-out burger, you will also find it there.

 

 

A stylish way to discover San Francisco is to take the famous cable cars. You should not miss this when visiting San Francisco. These are by the way a public transport, which is also used by residents. Inquire before driving, if a ride can be integrated into a sightseeing tour. You buy the tickets in the app.

 

 

San Francisco is also home to foodies. First of all, the famous food trucks not far from the Ferry Building. Then of course one of the most famous neon signs on Instagram can be found in Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. There you can buy and eat the so-called “Cruffins” – a delicious calorie bomb par excellence, which you should taste. The Farmers Market at Ferry Building is then also worth a visit.

 

San Francisco City Guide Park

 

You are looking for a recreational oasis during your stay? Then you should visit the Golden Gate Park. The Golden Gate Park is huge, so we could only see a part of it. But this one was already beautiful, we saw a lot of wildlife like ducks on Stow Lake, birds or squirrels (P.s my favorite animal). Especially unusual for me was the artificial waterfall. All in all a very idyllic place, especially this part of the park.

 

 

San Francisco is then known for its colorful side. For example, for the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps – a long staircase decorated with an elaborate, coherent mosaic. I have to admit, it was not easy to find, as it is in a residential area. Our Uber driver dropped us off at the wrong corner. However, the trip was really worth it, even if climbing the stairs was quite exhausting.

 

 

Now to the most colorful district of San Francisco “Haight Ashbury” is especially known for one reason: It’s Hippies. In the 1960s, artists such as Janis Joplin or bands such as Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane romped there. I really liked the colorful houses. However, for me it is not a shopping hotspot, but an interesting place anyway.

 

 

Not as colorful as Haight Ashbury, but all the more pastel are the Painted Ladies of San Francisco. The Painted Ladies are Victorian, multi-colored, traditional wooden houses built in the 19th century. They were especially well known in my generation through the family show Full House with the Olsen Twins.

 

 

As in many US cities, there is also a Chinatown in San Francisco. It extends west to Powell Street and up to Nob Hill, east to Kearny Street, north to North Beach. You will find souvenir shops and more. As well as many Chinese restaurants.

 

 

In Chinatown there is something special to discover. The Golden Gate Fortune fortune cookie factory is barely bigger than a normal store and gives an insight into the making of fortune cookies. The visit is free, of course we have then bought a bag fortune cookies. So far these have been the best fortune cookies I have ever eaten.

 

 

Finally, a curious sight that attracts many tourists: Lombard Street. The Lombard Street consists of eight corners at a distance of only 145 meters, counting the turns at the beginning and the end, even ten. Therefore, motorists can only cover them at walking pace. The many and tight-knit curves were built due to the high gradient of about 30%. Fame reached the Lombard Street for example in the movie Herbie.

 

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London City Guide Peggy Porschen

 

A few weeks ago we visited the English capital London. Today I want to show you my personal Must Visits of the city. We stayed for a weekend this time, so we focused on some hotspots. The city is diverse and has a lot to offer for every taste as you know for sure.

 

 

Tip # 1 of mine is a culinary one, which is also a wonderful place for a cool Instagramshot. In China Town, of course, you can find all sorts of Asian restaurants, where you can eat more or less expensive. But not only this, especially in the morning, the pretty entrance gate is a popular photo spot. However, we visited  China Town in the afternoon to eat a delicious bubble waffle. I can highly recommend this. In the evening we went to China Town for a delicious Chinese dinner, but I advise you to consult Tripadvisor before you decide on a restaurant.

 

 

London from above? No problem at The Shard London. The entrance is basically free, for a table in the restaurant or in the bar directly at the window, you have to book in advance. We just started up the lift and enjoyed the view. But beware, I also saw some people who are not being allowed to go into the shard. This was probably due to the casual clothes they worn, with my boyfriend in a suit and me in a blazer we had no problems to get in. There is also a safety check like the one at the airport before you can go up.

 

 

London offers great photo locations on every corner, whether in the middle of the street with the famous double-decker buses or in the classic white residential quarters. For pretty outfit pictures you will definitely find a great location.

 

Peggy Porschen London

 

The most instagrammable coffee house in London is probably Peggy Porschen. Admittedly not the cheapest cupcakes and goodies you can find there. The whole coffee is however a single Fotohotspot, therefore it is worthwhile to be there early enough. We were there on Sunday morning, shortly after the opening and could more or less choose our place to seat, take some pictures and enjoy our cupcakes and tea in peace.

 

 

You prefer Italian food? No problem, here again I have a great tip that convinces Cicchetti at Piccadilly Circus with an incredibly beautiful interior and delicious food. You can each order small portions of different dishes and then they come in the middle of the table.

 

 

Of course the top sights are not missing in my London City Guide, because the Big Ben is currently dressed in a scaffolding, we chose this time the Tower Bridge and the London Eye as photo spots. The shores are particularly suitable for this purpose.

 

Burger & Hummer London

 

The last evening we went to the trendy restaurant Burger & Lobster, of which you will find several restaurants in London. We went to that at Piccadilly Circus. The food was delicious and the price was fine. Finally, we went to The Alchemist to have a fancy cocktail.

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