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

Guys, I’ve found Sleeping Beauty’s castle

Built by a mad king and copied by Walt Disney, Neuschwanstein castle is the world's most famous fairytale castle and a sight for sore eyes. More than 1.4 million people visit Neuschwanstein annually, and this year I was one of them. I joined a 12-hour organized tour from Munich. The tour took me to see Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles, which were both constructed by King [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Germany|14 Comments

A quick guide to Colmar – a French Fairytale

Colmar is the most charming little fairytale town in the world. Why, you ask? Well, first of all, it looks like it's taken straight out of "Beauty and the Beast". I mean, just look at those colorful homes and cobblestone streets. This could be Belle's hometown. Colmar is a medieval town from the 13th century. Once upon a time, the canals were [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, France|18 Comments

The ever so charming Petite France, Strasbourg

Petite France, Strasbourg is by far the cutest and most charming part of town. It's located on Grand Ile, which is a UNESCO site and historic area surrounded by water. My favorite part of Strasbourg was walking through Petite France and seeing the many historic half-timbered houses reflected in the water. It was gorgeous! I spent two days [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, France|4 Comments

Magical Lauterbrunnen and the 72 waterfalls

Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful places I've been in my life. What makes it out-of-this-world is the perfect combination of majestic water wonders, the towering steep rock walls and the Alps' magical charm. And I'm not the only one who's been smitten by this Swiss piece of heaven. Lauterbrunnen's thunderous waterfalls and dramatic cliffs have inspired [...]

Visiting Spiez and Oberhofen castles in the Swiss Alps

Spiez and Oberhofen castles are two medieval keeps by Lake Thun in Switzerland. I visited both castles on a day trip from Interlaken and learned a lot about the area's history and culture. VINEYARDS AND SPIEZ CASTLE Entrance fee: 10 CHF (US $10). Find more information on their website (in German). When I researched for things [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Switzerland|14 Comments

I’m going on a fairy tale quest through Europe

I have a long journey ahead; 5,000 km, 7 countries and one month to be exact. And I'm covering this distance by train. The countries I'm going to aren't typical destinations for me and I've been to most of them already. But this trip isn't about discovering new countries or traveling off-the-beaten track. It's about visiting places that makes me happy. [...]

By | April 1st, 2016|Adventures, Fairytales, Round-ups, Series|12 Comments

Tallinn is a Baltic fairy tale

Last summer was all about fairytale and medieval destinations. I went to the magical Lake Bled and the enchanted Lake Bohinj in Slovenia, to Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik and the historic town of Kotor in Montenegro. When I came to Tallinn, I wasn't at all prepared for the intense medieval atmosphere. Entering the Old Town was like entering a fairytale; a [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Destination, Estonia, Europe, Fairytales, UNESCO sites, Urban|22 Comments