Graz and beyond

2017 in Review, and a Look Ahead to 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve decided to follow the example of fellow travel bloggers and look back at what was going on this year. Further below, I will also reveal what I have planned for 2018.  2017 in Travel I am really happy about how my year in travel has turned out. I managed to visit Cyprus, Belarus, Norway and Bulgaria for the first time – that’s another

The tripoint of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany

The tripoint of Austria, Czech Republic and Germany is located on the ridge of Plöckenstein mountain at an altitude of 1,331 meters above sea level. The two nearby peaks are called Bayerischer Plöckenstein or Trojmezná (on the German-Czech border 1 km west of the tripoint, at 1,364 meters) and Plöckenstein or Plechý (on the Austrian-Czech border 1.3 km east of the tripoint, at 1,379 meters). The area where the tripoint

Konavle: Escaping Dubrovnik to Croatia's southernmost tip

Dubrovnik is often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and it certainly lives up to its nickname. Without a doubt, it is the most gorgeous and magnificent city on the eastern Adriatic coast. However, there is a catch. Dubrovnik can get crowded, and if I say so, I mean packed like sardines in a can. The medieval city has always been a popular tourist destination, but with the arrival of

Varaždin and Čakovec: A day trip to Northern Croatia

When we think of Croatia, we tend to think of pristine beaches and charming small towns along the Adriatic Coast. Dubrovnik, Split or Plitvice Lakes are without doubt worth a visit, but if you want to get away from the crowds and inflated prices, they are best to be avoided during the summer months. Yet, Croatia has much more to offer and some of its attractions are closer than many

Day trip to the scenic hilltop village of Pöllauberg

The picturesque hilltop village of Pöllauberg is one of my favorite places in Styria and I have made day trips to the region ever since I was little. Many people come here for the scenic hike from Pöllau to Pöllauberg, which covers a difference in altitude of 300 meters and takes a little over two hours round-trip. I have done this hike in the past and can recommend it to

Uzhhorod: Ukraine's Laid-Back Gateway to the West

When I got off the train, I noticed that something was odd. Not even the Cyrillic signs on the platform could alter my first impression. Having visited a number of cities across Ukraine before, I felt that in Uzhhorod, the capital of Ukraine’s Transcarpathia province, I was greeted by a world much more familiar to me than in places like Kyiv, Odesa or even Ivano-Frankivsk. As I walked through the

Street art in Graz, Austria

Graz, Austria’s second largest city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, might not be explicitly known for its street art, but there are a couple of places in town where artists have transformed decaying and desolate walls into murals. While I personally dislike and condemn graffiti that vandalizes private property, there are some decent examples of street art that were mostly painted legally. Some of the art works are easy to

Abandoned U.S. Air Base at Frankfurt Hahn Airport, Germany

You may have heard of Frankfurt Hahn Airport, the low-cost airport mainly used by Ryanair and other low-cost carriers. Hahn Airport (HHN) has become a popular alternative to the main Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), despite the fact that it is located 100 km west of Frankfurt in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) in Hunsrück region, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. What many of the travelers do not

Minsk, Belarus: Where Soviet Communism meets Capitalism

  This VLOG is about my visit to the beautiful city of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, in April 2017. The video features the main sights, Soviet architecture, Belarusian churches, Communist monuments, Capitalist businesses, Minsk metro (subway) and much more (contents with time code see below). Minsk is a city with an interesting history. The city was destroyed and fought over many times. 80% of the city were destroyed in

Cyprus in Winter 2017 - Road Trip VLOG Part 5: Paphos, European Capital of Culture 2017

Follow me on my one-week road trip across the island of CYPRUS in February 2017 – visiting Larnaca, Cape Greko, Ayia Napa, Nissi Beach, Nicosia (Lefkosia/Lefkoşa), Troodos Mountains, Paphos, Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock), Kourion, Limassol and Governor’s Beach. In this part of my Cyprus road trip series, I’m in Paphos on the south-west coast of Cyprus. Paphos is this year’s European Capital of Culture and there are lots of