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My favorite places in Feldkirch for a night out

Today I want to contribute with some ideas of what to do in Feldkirch, my home city.

Feldkirch is a beautiful place to visit and its also a great place to go out, especially if you consider, that its a really small city with a population of about 31.000 people. All the bars and clubs I mention here are located in the centre of Feldkirch, you can find some more in the outskirts, but this are not places that I normally visit.

  • Dogana: The Dogana is my personal favorite in Feldkirch – during the day it is a very nice café, but in the evening it is one of the best bars in Feldkirch. Moreover it features a great restaurant upstairs, which I have to recommend. If you are inside the downstair bar, they have a menu, but you can also ask for the upstair menu. You can sit outside and have a great view towards the Schattenburg.
  • Rauch – Café, Bar and Restaurant: The Rauch has two locations, one is the Café, Bar, Restaurant, the other is nearby and is a Club, who should be considered if you do love alternative electronic music. The Rauch itself is a rather small bar, which is always very crowded. Its definitely a place to meet the hipsters of Feldkirch. The Restaurant is very good, but frequented from quite a different crowd. Great place to sit outside in Feldkirchs central “Marktgasse” in Spring and Summer.
  • Braugaststätte Rössle – the Rössle used to be a traditional tavern, but it now resides in a very modern building, beneath the landmark of Feldkirch, the Schattenburg. This is a great place to get traditional Austrian and Vorarlberg Cuisine, have some really great beer and a chat with your friends. They also show Champions League football on big screens, which always attracts a lot of people to visit this place. In summer its really nice to sit outside and have a beer there, especially as they have some for a rather long time.

This are great places to visit the whole day and in the evenings – if you want to go out and dance until early morning you should consider this two places in Feldkirch.

  • Rauch Club – partner of the Rauch Cafe, Bar, Restaurants. Very hip and very trendy with a lot of great DJs. Probably the best place in Feldkirch if you want to dance to Electronic Music.
  • Stone Club – this is a hidden gem: to find the entrance of this very small Club you might want to ask some locals, as it is really hidden. Once inside you find a really old school bar with a great alternative music line up. People go there after midnight and it is open as long as the owner, Klaus, likes the atmosphere 😉

 

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Abbey Library of Saint Gall

I discovered this picture and it reminded me of a guest post I wrote some weeks ago:
A tourist guide to St. Gallen
http://euhopping.com/a-tourist-guide-to-st-gallen-switzerland/

Happy Easter everyone …

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Staying in Zell am See for some days

Hi. I am writing this new blog post from Zell am See, where I am staying for a couple of days. My wife comes from the area and we visited her parents for the weekend. Tomorrow I will attend a conference on Tourism in Zell am See – the Tourismusforum Alpenregionen 2012.

Zell am See is still busy with ski tourists, but everything is turning green again and you can now sense what a great place it is in summer.

Panorama of Zell am See from the other end of ...

Panorama of Zell am See from the other end of Zeller See Deutsch: Zell am See (rechts), vom Nordende des Zeller Sees, links Halbinsel von Thumersbach Blick Richtung Süden über das Salzachtal Mitte Hoher Tenn (3368 m) mit Imbachhorn (2470 m) und Vorbergen, rechts Kitzsteinhorn (3203 m), links Schwarzkopf (2765 m), dazwischen ferne Brennkogel (3018 m) über dem Hochtor der Großglockner Hochalpenstraße. Ganz rechts Abhänge der Schmittenhöhe, links des Hundstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During winter Zell am See has a very international group of guests, and this is also true for the summer. What is especially interesting for me, is the huge amount of people from the Gulf States that visit Zell am See during Summer (especially July). This is due to immense work done by the Tourist board to establish the Alpes as a place to visit for people from the Arabian Peninsula. Zell offers their Arab guests all the things they do not have – an impressive green landscape, lots of Water (Zell am See means Zell at the Lake) and snow. There is a nearby glacier, with a summer skiing resort, so people from Arabia love to try some skiing without the coldness, that comes with winter.

But Zell is also a very great place to visit for people from all over the world, not just the Arabian Peninsula and I will come back to that the next time I visit Zell am See.

In my next forum post I will try to concentrate on the conference I visit tomorrow to give you some insights into the Alpine tourism professionals scene.

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Get to know Edinburgh like a local

I am happy to present another guest post today, it was written by Nicolas, an American who has a lot of European experience – he lived in Scotland recently and he gives us some insights into Edinburgh:

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is nestled in the central belt region of the country between a collection of gorgeous historical villages and medieval relics. It’s filled with an ancient heritage that really is as old as the hills, as well as new architecture that has sprung up from the cracks, and is packed with plenty of culture, activities and parties to keep the wandering traveller settled for a few months.

Enjoy the Edinburgh entertainment!

Edinburgh is renowned the world-over for its entertainment. Hogmanay is the biggest night of the year with street festivals, huge parties and on-going events but the rest of the year won’t disappoint. Expect to find cultural festivals and night-life parties that are scheduled throughout the year (come rain or snow) as well as many street performers that will entertain you during the day. Many restaurants and pubs come alive well before midday, and Edinburgh boasts a collection of fringe and mainstream clubs to satisfy any musical cravings. The party here doesn’t stop, and it’s worth sticking around to enjoy the family-friendly events as well.

Things you should see in Edinburgh

It goes without saying that you should visit the Royal Mile. It’s the stretch of roads that go from the Castle down to Holyrood House (both worth a visit, too) and it’s packed with charming little shops and houses as well as some big names like Starbucks. This is a great place to stay if you like being in the heart of the action and renting a flat is a great option for those who want to enjoy the sites of Edinburgh for a bit longer than a three-day weekend. The Royal Mile is typically geared towards tourists with shops toting tartan apparel and fudge but there are some lesser-known treasures as well. Pop into Mary King’s Close while you’re there and take part in a shriekingly disturbing ghost tour for famous Scottish scares and hauntings. Other important sights include the Rosslyn Chapel (of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ fame), Arthur’s Seat (excellent views on top of an extinct volcano) and the Camera Obscura (which affords a 360’ view of the city!).

Castlehill forming part of the Royal Mile. In ...

Castlehill forming part of the Royal Mile. In the center is The Hub, housing an information service for the Edinburgh International Festival. On the right is The Scotch Whisky Experience. On the left is the Camera Obscura and shops. Photo by Gregg M. Erickson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Things you should eat in Edinburgh

Scotland is famous for a number of things, but none less important than its black pudding, deep-friend desserts and ‘bangers & mash’. Monster Mash is a tiny little bistro restaurant that offers up a multitude of mash and banger combinations (swede mash is particularly good), and you can get deep-fried desserts at speciality restaurants in the centre of town. Keep a look-out for their popular vodka burgers, and be ready to drink everything down with a generous helping of Scottish Whisky.

Where to stay in Edinburgh

Renting a flat in Edinburgh doesn’t have to be a costly affair: flats and rental accommodation in New Town is affordable, if not cheap, and the closer you get to the bigger sites the more expensive things get. You might consider staying close to the action and renting a flat with friends as you’ll soak up more of the culture and nightlife, but it’s easy enough to walk the width or breadth of Edinburgh if you’re looking to save a few pennies.

Nicolas is a travel writer and all round globetrotter originally from New York but is now specialized specifically on the United Kingdom but also Europe and the Mediterranean in general. He has traveled extensively throughout the UK, Scotland being his most recent stop where he spent for 4 months last year.

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Lindau – a picture perfect city at Lake Constance

Lindau is one of the most beautiful places at Lake Constance. This city belongs to Bavaria and is located on the North-Eastern side of the lake. The medieval City Centre is located on a small island in Lake Constance which is connected to the mainland through a bridge.

English: View overlooking Lindau, Lake Constan...

Lindaus existence was first mentioned 882, in a document of a monk from nearby St. Gallen. Later first churches and a monastery was founded and 1274/75 Lindau became an Imperial Free City in the Holy Roman Empire. In 1804 it became part of the Austrian Empire (for one year) and since then it belongs to Bavaria.

Lindaus great location and its rich history make it a perfect place to visit. In summer you can reach it by boat service, as there are several regular boat lines that connect all the cities at Lake Constance. This is one of the first great places to take pictures, too. The entrance to the harbour is guarded by a light tower on one side and a statue of the Bavarian Lion on the other.

Harbor entrance with Bavarian Lion and New Lig...

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There are nice restaurants and you can enjoy the view from Lindau over the lake towards Bregenz (Austria).

But you should enter the medieval centre of the city, too, as there are lots of beautiful houses to be seen. Especially nice is the Maximillian-Strasse in the centre, it features colonnades and you will be amazed by the many details that can be found. The old city hall is also very impressive, its front side features a painting which tells the history of Lindau. There are still parts of the old city wall existing and the remaining towers will provide a great background for commemorative pictures.

As Lindau is part of Bavaria you should not miss out to taste some Bavarian “Weiss-Wurst” (sausage)  – it is traditionally accompanied by White Beer – and I strongly recommend you to follow this tradition. Vegetarians could swap the Sausage for a “Obatzter” (cheese-spread)

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5 great Places to grab a beer in Innsbruck

Recently I wrote about architectural travels to Innsbruck and gave some information about the places I love to visit when in Innsbruck.

Today is Saint Patricks Day and to celebrate this I am going to follow up with my favorite places in Innsbruck to have a beer.

1. Krahvogel:

This bar is near to the Town hall in the Anichstrasse. Krahvogel has a huge variety of different beers – bottled and on tap. You get some decent Austrian Beer, but you can also have some of the best from the rest of the world, with a strong focus on Europe. I also love their food offer …  This is the place I visit almost every time I am in Innsbruck.

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Sightseeing around the Brandenburger Tor

Saturday I managed to see some amazing places in Berlin. I got up rather late, as the days before were exhausting and I was disappointed to see, that it was raining. But anyways, there is nothing like bad weather for a traveller and I hit the road. First I got myself some breakfast to charge my batteries. Afterwards I walked a rather long distance through the streets of Berlin. First I walked towards the Spree-Insel, where the most famous museums of Berlin are located. They are located next to the Berlin Dom. Unfortunately they were rather busy, and as I had an appointment to visit the Reichstags-/Bundestag Building I decided to do something else. I took the Bus towards Brandenburger Tor.

Brandenburger Tor is the last gate remaining from the old city walls. It is probably the most famous landmark in Berlin and therefore was very busy. It was just on the Eastern Side of the Berlin Wall and the street towards East “Unter den Linden” got a major renovation after the German Unification. You can find the Hotel Adlon there, and there are also a lot of embassies located in this area: e.g. the French, the US or the Russian embassy. Continue reading

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Apres ITB – a relaxing evening in Berlin

After visiting a lot of Blogging and social media Events yesterday at the ITB I went to the networking restaurant of Austria Tourism to meet up with a friend. I was a little bit early and got into a very interesting discussion with the head of marketing at Vorarlberg Tourism, Brigitte.

After this ITB was officially over for me – Sepp, my appointment, and I decided to go to Potsdamer Platz. There we took a peek at some minor parts of the Berlin Wall that stand there and walked on towards Brandenburger Tor. We passed by the Holocaust memorial, but it was to dark, to really see something. I will visit this place today.

Brandenburger Tor was very nice and I thought it was a lot bigger, as I expected. On the other hand, the Bundestagsgebäude looks way smaller …

I had no camera with me, but I am going to visit the Bundestag today and make sure I will get some pictures from this great places.

After that we were done sightseeing, we treated ourselfes with a rather expensive drink at Hotel Adlon – but the great athmosphere and the very good live bar music, made it a worthwhile investment. To balance things out, we went to a “normal” bar afterwards – at FC Magnet Bar, we had a beer and watched a boring draw between Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern.

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Arrived in Berlin

Today I arrived in Berlin, where I will attend the ITB, which starts tomorrow.

I wrote a post about my decision, to take the train to Berlin some weeks ago and it was a long journey, but it was a pleasant one.

Some remarks about the Deutsche Bahn: the staff is very friendly and they know what they are doing. I especially liked the guy from the board restaurant, who invited the passengers to visit his restaurant at every stop, in a quite funny way.

What came as a surprise to me was, that the Wifi was not for free. Its rather difficult for people who are not customers of the German Telecom to use it.

I was especially impressed by the Frankfurt Skyline, which can be seen from the train rather well.

I have not seen to much of Berlin so far, as I only checked in at my Hotel and visited a sports bar to have some dinner and watch Arsenal vs Milan.

Tomorrow I will visit the first day of the ITB – so stay tuned …

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Paris Travel Tips and Apartments Guide

Paris, the City of Light, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The entire city is practically a landmark, but there are several key attractions which stand out and should be on every visitor’s must-see list.

Attractions

1.) The Eiffel Tower – Known as the Tour Eiffel by locals, the Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most iconic site in Paris. Trips to the top require a large amount of patience and come with a big price tag. For many tourists these points are not a deterrent, but if you’re on a budget or if you’re short on time, then you should consider experiencing the Eiffel Tower from the outside. There are several grassy areas available in which you can lay down and take in a stunning view of the majestic landmark.

2.) Paris Catacombs – If you enjoy learning about history in a slightly macabre context, then a trip to the Paris Catacombs is definitely recommended. You’ll descend down 130 steps to reach the Catacombs, where you’ll be greeted by an artistic display of the skeletal remains of millions of ancient Parisians. The Catacombs are great for a hot summer day, as the temperature is much cooler when you go that far below the surface.

Catacombs of Paris

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 The photo above shows a typical view from the Paris Catacombs.

Image Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Paris_catacombes.jpg

3.) Louvre Museum – The Louvre is an art museum which houses some of the most extraordinary works of art that the world has ever seen. Highlights include the enigmatic Mona Lisa and pieces from Raphael and Michelangelo. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, and after a day spent within its walls you’ll easily understand why.

English: Courtyard of the Louvre Museum, with ...

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The photo above shows the entrance to the Louvre Museum, Paris.

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Tips

1.) Getting Around Town – The Metro is an extremely efficient way to travel while you’re in Paris. If you’ll be using the Metro a lot, then you should consider purchasing a carnet, which is a bundle pack of ten tickets. Please note that the automatic Metro ticket machines in the main train stations sometimes have difficulty accepting American credit cards.

2.) Accommodations – Renting one of the many available holiday apartments in Paris is a fantastic way to save money while also experiencing the Paris lifestyle. If you’re looking for more space, there are also several French holiday homes to choose from. With a fully equipped kitchen you’ll be able to prepare your own meals, and you can take a picnic with you when you go to look at the Eiffel Tower. Having a picnic with the iconic landmark in front of you will be a memory that you’ll talk about for years to come; for a romantic twist, have a picnic dinner as the sun is setting.

3.) Free Museum Day – Most Paris museums offer free admission to visitors on the first Sunday of the month. Lines can be extremely long, especially at the Louvre, but if you’re on a budget and you’re able to get in line early in the day, then the savings can be well worth the wait.

4.) Take to the Streets – To truly experience Paris you should definitely spend some time walking through the city’s streets. Taking a stroll along the River Seine is particularly beautiful, and you’ll also encounter several of Paris’ talented street performers.

By following these tips you’re certain to have the vacation experience of a lifetime. Paris is truly unique, and the more time that you plan for your visit there the better, but even if you only have one day Paris is definitely worth visiting.

This article was written by Alan Horton. He is a regular author of travel and social media articles, to view more of Alan’s work click on his Google+ profile

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