Why Salzburg Is An Awesome Destination

One of the main views of old town in Salzburg - AustriaWhile some might only know it as the home of The Sound of Music and the birthplace of Mozart, there is much more on offer when traveling to Salzburg. These are some of the best reasons that we recommend traveling to Salzburg.

The castles

While there are many European cities that have one beautiful castle, Salzburg has three of them. Amongst the most interesting is undoubtedly the Hohensalzburg, which dates back to the 11th century. This sparkling white palace is a stunning piece of Baroque architecture. This was once the most powerful castle in all of central Europe, and nowadays it entertains countless tourists with its elaborate Goldene Stube (golden chamber), ramparts, courtyards, towers, and torture chamber.

The great shopping experience

The sprawling, ornate squares of the Altstadt are great to discover, but the shopping might be even better. Even though we are seeing the introduction of some of the major chains, the long-standing independent confectioners and antique shops still dominate the scene in Salzburg. (more…)

Vienna Does Offer A Great Deal More Than Just Schnitzel

ViennaJust because eating out in Vienna is often equated to having schnitzel, it does not mean that you cannot go on some excellent culinary adventures here. Because we love good food and we know most people do too, we have narrowed down a list of must-try Vienna food and drinks that we believe you have to explore if you ever decide to visit.

Zwetschgenknödeln

A difficult word indeed! Ordering this means that you are getting a Viennese Mehlspeisen (warm dessert). These are sweet dumplings, not unlike the traditional American apple dumpling. The only difference is that instead of apple, there is a hot plum encased in dough. This is then rolled in breadcrumbs and given the briefest of fried treatments.

Wiener zuckerl

This might be our favorite hard candy, these are not too sour, not too sweet, and have a strip of tart fruit flavoring down their center. You can enjoy these, nursing the light sugar sweetness right before you come onto the surprise in the soft center. These are made in Vienna, so you not only get a tasty candy, but a great souvenir as well!

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Plenty of Whitewater Rafting Adventure in Europe

Inn River, AustriaIf you’re a whitewater aficionado, you’ve probably already struggled through some of the most spectacular river rapids in the U.S., perhaps elsewhere, too. Many of the best-known rivers for whitewater rafting are in the western portion of North America, like the Colorado, the Salmon, and the Magpie. But did you know that Europe is also a wonderful place to enjoy a whitewater rafting trip, offering a wealth of options in countries that include France, Switzerland, Austria, and the British Isles?

If you’d like whitewater adventure to be part of your next trip to Europe, check out the rivers we’ve listed here. The class of rapids vary from river to river so there’s sure to be a rafting journey that’s just right for you!

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First Time in Europe? Check Out these Cities First!

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-big-ben-london-photo-showing-aerial-view-city-image30368432So, you’ve decided to “go abroad”. Chances are you’ve thought about such an excursion for a really long time but perhaps you’re just not sure about what destinations are ideal for first-time visitors to Europe. There are so many choices and, no doubt, lots of places on your bucket list, but what’s best for someone who’s never traveled to Europe before.

Well, allow us to offer a few suggestions. We’ve compiled a list of the destinations that we consider among the best for newbie European travelers. You’ll find them below along with a list of reasons as to why we’ve selected these particular cities. Once you’ve read the suggestions and pondered about your travel desires, contact one of our travel agents and get started on designing your ideal European vacation. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to go back again and again, so maybe you can check off all the great cities listed below! (more…)

Got Olympic Fever? Check out these Former Olympic Cities

161063332It’s exciting to watch young people from around the world compete every two years in feats of athleticism that often simply blow the mind. The Olympics, for many of us, is one of those events that keeps us glued to the television, and some of us have even had the opportunity to travel to the games and secure seats to some of our favorite sports.

But what happens to those cities and all of those Olympic venues when the games are over. In some cases, not a lot. In others, these wonderful venues have been used over and over again for local events and for international competitions.

The Olympics – both summer and winter – have been held in Europe countless times in recent (and not-so-recent) years, and many of the cities that hosted the games are certainly worth visiting, if not for the sports taking place there then for the other things the cities have to offer. Here’s a list of a few of our favorites.  (more…)

Europe’s Best Springtime Gardens are a Treat for the Senses

462510421Spring hasn’t yet arrived, but in certain parts of the country we’re certainly anticipating the coming of warmer weather, sunshine, and brightly-colored flowers peeking through the snow-sodden dirt. We can’t wait to smell those first aromas of spring, when the white stuff is long gone and the leaves have begun appearing on the trees, seemingly one-by-one, until they’re full again.

Flowers, of course, are the quintessential sign of spring, and many of us – no matter where we live or where we’re traveling – hope to include a springtime visit to a spectacular garden on our itinerary. In Europe, there are a number of wonderful springtime gardens that are must-sees if you are visiting the areas in which they are located, so we’re taken a few minutes to list some of the best (and our favorites!) below, just in case you find yourself nearby during late March, April, or May.

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Europe’s Top 5 Late Season Skiing Spots

177706983Perhaps you didn’t get as much time on the slopes as you’d wished this year. Nasty weather may have hindered your travel plans or that four-letter word spelled w-o-r-k may have kept you from spending time honing your skiing skills. But take heart! It’s not too late to book travel to some of Europe’s top ski locations, where the snow is so good that you can ski straight into the late weeks of spring.

Skiing in the spring is a treat for a number of reasons. First of all, the crowds are generally lighter so that means shorter lift lines and more room to have fun on the slopes. Additionally, accommodations are priced lower, so even reservations at a 5-star luxury resort won’t set you back as much as it would during the thick of winter. Happily, however, the après ski scene is – in general – just as good, with plenty of visitors eager to enjoy a little night life after a long day on the slopes.

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Mozart Lovers will Adore Charming Salzburg

177827639If ever there was a city that was proud of its native son, it’s Salzburg. Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg continuously puts its best musical foot forward, with the quirky genius at the forefront of concerts and festivals offered throughout the city just about all year long. It was the backdrop for The Sound of Music too, and is home to a few of the most excellent musical venues in Europe.

Music aside, however, Salzburg offers plenty more as well. First of all, it’s just plain stunning. With the beautiful Salzach River running through it and dramatic mountains framing the cityscape, Salzburg is breathtaking, whether you visit in the winter when it’s dusted with snow, in the spring when the flowers are abloom, in the colorful autumn, or even in the summer, when it’s full of Mozart-loving, Sound-of-Music-singing tourists. It’s a city you can easily spend a week exploring and not be bored. Or combine your trip to Salzburg with a visit to Innsbruck, Munich, or even Vienna – the latter ideal for those who truly love music history.  (more…)

Our 5 Favorite European Ski Resorts for Families with Young Children

178432179If you’re an avid skier who totes their kids along whenever you go on a ski vacation, no doubt you’re always in search of a new spot where you can enjoy intermediate or expert runs while the kids enjoy quality ski programs designed just for them, whether they are strapping on their first pair of skis or already have a few notches on their ski poles. After all, you want them not only to learn from the best but also in an environment where they’re safe and well-tended.

In the Alpine countries, many children ski from a very young age. Hence, the resorts offer quality programs that allow them to get a good start and learn properly. Many of these same resorts include excellent beginner runs that allow children to test their skills at a proper pace, gradually making their way to something more difficult when the correct time arrives. These resorts also offer other fun perks for kids, like special non-skiing programs to keep them busy while mom and dad are on the slopes.

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Opera is Alive and Well at Europe’s Most Spectacular Opera Houses

177434221If the names Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Wagner thrill you to the core and if you’ve always wanted to hear Aida, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Das Rheingold, or other favorites performed by Europe’s great opera companies, now is the time. During the winter, opera is in full swing and you can enjoy unmatched productions at the world’s most magnificent opera houses if you’re visiting during the height of opera season. Most opera company rosters run from October or November until June, so winter visitors are treated to some of the best opportunities to hear Europe’s great opera artists. Ask your travel agent to purchase tickets (or check schedules) before you go so you’re not disappointed. In the meantime, here’s a list of great opera companies/houses you might want to include on your itinerary.

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