Munich’s Historic Center

Munich is, comparatively speaking, a modern city. While some cities trace back to Roman times, Munich itself is only mentioned as a city with a bridge over the river Isar from the year 1158. However, over the centuries, it went from a tiny settlement of Benedictine monks to the capital of a Germanic kingdom. Any…

A Day in Liechtenstein

A crisp October morning feels a bit colder in the shadows. While it is already almost 10am, the sun has yet to peek above the mountains marking the border between Liechtenstein and Austria, mountains towering over 8,000 feet, rising steeply from the Rhine Valley below. I crossed the Rhine this morning from my hotel in…

The Ultimate Guide to Vienna!

Vienna is my favorite city in Europe. That was only reinforced after my most recent visit, my third time in the Austrian capital. It is a city of culture, of history, of food, and of beauty. It is a place that should be at the top of every traveler’s wish list. Magnificent buildings like this…

The Habsburg Palaces of Vienna

It’s good to be the king. Well, in this case, it’s good to be the emperor. Or empress. Vienna served as the imperial capital of the Austrian Empire (later the Austro-Hungarian Empire), and was the seat of the Habsburg dynasty. This family had titles ranging from Duke/Duchess to Holy Roman Emperor, and everything between, from…

Vienna and Cake

If you visit Vienna, you’ll be faced with world-class tourist sights: grand palaces, vast parks, lovely museums covering impressive history. So what is the top thing, the single most important item any visitor to the Austrian capital just has to do? The answer is simple: eat cake. Vienna is known for its cafe culture, and…

Bratislava is Worth a Visit

I love this town, I think for about the hundredth time in the past few days. Whether I’m looking at a cool old - or brand new - building, enjoying a food I’ve never tried before, marveling at a tree lined square with a burbling fountain, or even just pleasantly surprised at a free public…