When I opened my blog after ages, I imagined the page like this 😦
My last post was in July. Where have I been all this while!! Yeah, I have been away, busy in this thing called life, which has kept me on my toes ever since and I foresee it is only going to get busier.
It’s not that bad for I am entering the next phase in my life soon but it is also important that I keep myself alive through my likes and hobbies.
So, here is one more long overdue post from my travels this year – Our final stop for this year and some more time.
This year I traveled a lot. Business Trips, Vacations short and long. Overall it has been quite an adventurous year both with and without a pun. However, this last trip of ours will be a hard stop for a while now.
This has been our longest summer vacation so far. While it is still not up to the mark with European standards, it did what it does to others – Refreshed or body and minds!
This time we planned a road trip for the entire trip.
Started from home and with a night halt in Germany, we reached our first destination n Lofer, Austria.
A small village with a breathtaking view. Surrounded by greenery & the tall snow-clad mountains is enough to gaze at all day.
Lofer has been our station for the next couple of days and our start and end points for different tourist spots. First from the list was the Salt Mine at Hallstatt, Salzburg. This location is a package full of adventure and natural beauty. Clubbed together with good warm (rather hot) weather, the day spent has been absolutely memorable. Souvenirs from the salt mine shop are absolutely recommended.
The next most important stop was the Grossglockner. I can still close my eyes and go back in time among those wonderful snowclad mountains. It is to die for. I would let the pictures do the storytelling instead of my words.
We spend the last day in Lofer to explore the little village and the two beautiful peaks it offers mainly for skiing called Almenwelt , Lofer.
Did I tell you I am scared of heights? But the ropeway ride to the top was totally worth every second.
After a memorable stay in Lofer, we looked forward to our next destination to Vienna, Austria.
With scorching heat at 39 degrees Celsius, Vienna stood tall and beautiful in heavy traffic yet bursting with tourists. The next two days were as hot as this day but nothing stopped us from exploring it famous for art, music & literature.
You can do a HopOn-HopOff bus trip to go to places, take a Vienna Pass or just set on the local transport with your own itinerary.
Here is a 3-day itinerary we referred to.
Our first day started in the center of the city with Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace.It has a set of museums which you can explore if you like or just go around the place to explore the Library, Mozart statue, the Parliament & the St.Stephen’s Cathedral. the Cathedral was our last spot. This is situated on Stephansplatz which is a famous shopping region. It has great eating places as well and Open Faced Sandwiches are a must at Trzesniewski.
In day 2 of your stay in Vienna, you must visit the Schönbrunn Palace. You can easily spend a good day at this place exploring the palace museum and the amazing gardens well maintained. A toy train ride is available or you can hike on foot to explore every inch. There is also a zoo maintained by the palace. At the Gloriette, you can get a mesmerizing view of the city.
If you have an additional day that can be utilized in Vienna, you must visit the Naschmarkt, Vienna’s famous century-old open-air market. We missed it as our last day was on a Sunday :(. So we headed to the Prater Amusement park to see the Giant Ferris Wheel.
After a lot of discussions with my husband, I agreed to take the ride and I have had no regrets at all. This is a huge amusement park and if you have kids, they can be pampered and made happy very easily at this place.
After a pleasant stay in Vienna, it was time to bid adieu and head towards our final stop in Prague. The drive to Prague has been very pretty, amongst colorful small villages, bright greenery, and huge fields.
Prague is a very different city from Vienna, although bursting out with tourists, it is quieter and calmer than Vienna. The similarities range from the buildings and architecture.
The first day always starts from the center: the Prague Castle and Old town square. Almost all the tourist spots in Prague are in and around the Old Town Square, so it involves a lot of walking and convenience. We started with exploring the palace and walking around in the Golden Lane to the St Vitus Cathedral and then around the main entrance of the palace for an amazing view of both the palace and the city of Prague.
You can then walk down straight following the curves and it will lead to the famous Charles Bridge. A couple of rounds on the bridge is totally recommended. You can also get a caricature drawn from the local artists on the bridge or buy some junk jewelry from the vendors on the bridge side.
Head straight with the crowd to the town square where the center of attraction is the Astronomical Clock. It is an experience to watch the clock click every hour. It will take you at least 2 rounds or more to study the mechanism and match with the functionality.
Sit down at one of the cafe restaurants, relax with a drink, followed by a nice dinner.
We stayed a little away from the crazy city center at Vyšehrad, therefore, we started the next day by exploring the Vyšehrad Castle just next to our apartment hotel walking around the low hill and viewing the Vyšehrad Cemetery as well. The hill also provides picturesque views which budding photographers can find interesting to visit.
Here is an itinerary you can follow for Prague. But after Vyšehrad, we headed back to Town square and just enjoy a relaxing walk around. We revisited Charles Bridge and Old Town and also took a Boat trip on the Vltava river.
When in Prague, you must try Goulash, Dumplings, Buchty, the famous Trdelník and others.
With wonderful memories of the trip, we enjoyed the long drive back home with a night halt somewhere in Germany, silently wishing to come back again someday.