Sibiu, Romania. The city where houses have eyes

Sibiu was voted Cultural European Capital in 2007 and named by Forbes as “Europe’s 8th most idyllic place to live”. But that's not why I came to Sibiu. No, this city has something far more unique and interesting: first of all, it's based in Transylvania, the home of Count Dracula, and second of all: the houses have [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Romania, Urban|20 Comments

Bran castle. Finding Dracula’s castle in Transylvania

High above a valley in Transylvania, perched on a rock with a flowing river below lies the castle of Count Dracula. At least according to the bloodthirsty horror novel "Dracula" (1897) by Bram Stoker. The Gothic Bran Castle near Brasov has long been linked to the devilish vampire, although Dracula probably won't be there when you arrive. [...]

By | January 27th, 2017|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Romania|4 Comments

Vampire hunting in fang-tastic Brasov

I arrived in Brasov, Romania early in the morning on the night train from Budapest. As the train pulled into the sleepy station, I looked through the cold, drafty windows for fangs or lurking bats to emerge. It was my first stop in Transylvania and I was more than excited about visiting the playground of Count Dracula. [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Adventures, Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Romania, Urban|8 Comments

High Tatras. The place you’re overlooking but shouldn’t

For any of you readers considering visiting a cheap hiking destination with alpine views and shimmering clear lakes that basically no one knows about, I've been researching and testing and I have advice for you: Go to the High Tatras in Slovakia. The High Tatras Mountains (Vysoké Tatry) is like the Swiss Alps, only cheaper and much less [...]

By | January 20th, 2017|Destination, Europe, Hiking, Slovakia|8 Comments

Charming Košice is calling your name

Today, I'm introducing you to Košice (pronounced Ko-shi-tse), one of the most underrated cities and hidden gems in Europe. With a population of over 250,000, Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia, and in 2013 it was the European Capital of Culture. It's fairly small and easy to get around, especially if you're staying in Košice center [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Culture, Destination, Europe, Slovakia, Urban|6 Comments

Edinburgh – the real Jekyll and Hyde city

Edinburgh might just be the most haunted and atmospheric city I've been to. And you know, it has had its fair share of serial killers, ghost stories and plague outbreaks. In the Old Town, memories from the Middle Ages lurk around every corner, in the dark alleyways and the moldering graveyards. MORE SCOTLAND TRAVEL TIPS: GET MAPS, ITINERARIES AND SCOTTISH PHRASES [...]

By | October 2nd, 2016|Destination, Europe, Scotland, UNESCO sites, Urban|12 Comments

Go to Isle of Skye. Right now.

I giggled, when the guide mentioned the fairies on Isle of Skye: "You can't whistle. And you can't take anything away from the Fairy Glen, not even a petal." Those were the rules of engagement. 24 hours later, after my bracelet had vanished in the fairy pools, after my beloved iPhone had slipped out of my hands and been [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Destination, Europe, Roadtrip, Scotland|14 Comments