Oktoberfest 2017: What you need to know

Oktoberfest 2017 has just started. It’s the 184th edition of the world-famous beer festival in Munich, Germany. Despite the cold and rainy weather, people were waiting in line the whole morning, until the official opening of the first barrel of beer, and therefore of the event, by the Munich mayor at 12 p.m on Saturday,… Read More »

The castles of Bellinzona

Bellinzona is a small city in the Ticino region, in the south of Switzerland. It is known for its three castles, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The castles and the city itself are very beautiful, making Bellinzona an ideal day trip if you are close by. The courtyards of all three… Read More »

Verzasca Dam: From hiking to bungee jumping

A 20 minute drive from Locarno, Verzasca Dam is a very popular tourist attraction. The view of the Verzasca Valley, the lake and the dam itself is stunning. If you have more time and enjoy being in the nature, you can use this point to start on a hiking trail or to drive through the… Read More »

Malta: Which attraction pass is better?

Malta is very rich in tourist attractions. These include the impressive megalithic temples, several museums, a big aquarium and numerous others. Many of these are not exactly cheap to enter, so buying an attraction pass can save you a lot of entrance fees. But which attraction pass is better? There are two major attraction passes.… Read More »

Highway tolls in Italy: everything you need to know

Planning on driving in Italy? You will enjoy the highways connecting the big cities. While they get jammed during the summer months, you will still be able to have a pleasant drive most of the time. Highways in Italy are paid. The toll is calculated based on the distance and is paid at one of… Read More »

How to find cheap gas or diesel in Italy

First, let’s get rid of a myth: there is no such thing as cheap fuel in Italy. As of August 2017, average prices are €1.45 for gas and €1.25 for diesel, making Italy relatively expensive by comparison to its neighbouring countries. It is possible however to minimise the cost of filling up your tank if… Read More »

Partnachklamm in Winter

In the south of Germany, in the Bavarian Alps, the tourist can find stunning mountain landscapes. One of them is the Partnach Gorge, or Partnachklamm in German, situated very close to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen resort. It is one of the most visited gorges in the area, due to its ease of access and because it is open… Read More »

Karlovy Vary, the hidden gem of Czech Republic

Despite its amazing beauty, Karlovy Vary is very little known. What if I tell you that the James Bond movie Casino Royale was filmed there? Indeed, with its splendid setting in a nice valley, one of the hotels in this town was used to film some scenes in the movie. Karlovy Vary is also known… Read More »

Salzburg has one of the most beautiful Christmas markets

The month before Christmas brings the traditional markets in German and Austrian cities. One of the largest Christmas market takes place each year in Salzburg. Located in and around the Cathedral Square, it attracts visitors with traditional food, mulled wine and a lot of handcrafted products. There is no bad time to visit the market.… Read More »

Parking in Amsterdam for €20 a day

Amsterdam is well known for its huge parking fees in the city center. Parking on the street costs about €5 per hour and is complicated anyway because there are not so many places available. P1 Parking Amsterdam Center has a good offer however. You pay only €20 for 24 hours and your stay can range… Read More »