We are in color heaven! In love with Cinque Terre

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We are in Cinque Terre, Italy!

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We drove from Verona  and slept 1 night in La Spezia (Casa Margot).

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We took a hop on/off train (http://www.cinqueterre.eu.com/en/cinque-terre-timetable) and explored for whole day. Although there are 5 (cinque = five) cities to visit, we only had time to see 4:
1. Monterosso

We got very exited that we arrived in Cinque Terre and spent almost 3 hours in Monterosso. It was begining of February, so trains didn’t go as often and this is the main reason why we didn’t have time to see all 5 cities.

Don’t miss Fegina beach, Il Gigante and old town.
2. Vernazza

Lot of our friends put Vernazza as their favorite of all 5 cities. We expected more because of that. To get picture you see online, you will have to hike – so dress appropriately.

3. Manarola

When you come down to city, walk the clif promenade and have drink at the bar, from where you can see entire city.

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4. Riomaggiore

In Riomaggiore starts the famous Via dell’Amore, which is unfortunately closed for a while now, due to horrible accident that occurred there.

This was our favorite city of all 4 Cinque Terre we visited. Don’t miss Riomaggiore beach!

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Verona is so much more than “Romeo & Juliet” city

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We are in Verona, Italy!

We have to tell you right away, Verona is so much more than “Romeo & Juliet” city.

We summed up our Top 10 places to see:

  1. Teatro Romano & Arhological Museum
  2. Giardino Gusti
  3. Arena & Rathaus
  4. Castelvecchio
  5. Castel S. Pietro
  6. Ponte de la Pietra & Duomo
  7. Romeo and Juliet house & balcony
  8. Piazza delle Erbe
  9. Basilica of San Zeno
  10. Church Madonna di Campagna

IMG_1897-1If you have any questions on specific “Top 10” ask us in the comments, we would be happy to answer it. You can find our Verona video here: Verona.
Also note, we stayed in Airporthotel Verona Congress & Relax and would definitely recommend it, if you are traveling with car. They have parking, spa and breakfast included!

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To crowded to move in Prague

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If you follow our Instagram, YouTube or Facebook; you know we were in Prague this January!

We drove from Brno, Czech Republic; which I about 200 kilometer (125 miles) and 2 hours. This road (D1/E65) is the worst road we took so far! It has two lanes, yes, but right one is full of bumps. We were shaking constantly, like we were off roading. Our advice is drive in left lane. Oh, let’s not forget we paid Czech vignette 17 EUR (for 10 days) and road was terrible!

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Because we booked last minute, we stayed outside city center, everything we liked was booked. Hotel we stayed in was not something we want to advertise, therefore we won’t. However, we can tell you about our neighborhood. We stayed in Prague 4, close to metro station Pražskeho povstani. Metro ride to main city attractions is approx. 10-15 minute.


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First day we started with Prague Castle. You have metro (line A) & tram (22) which can take you directly at the Castle entrance. We waited approx. 30 minute to get inside Castle, just to realize that was no entrance, but security check. Best parts of Castle are free! You can walk around Castle, see exchanging of guards, go inside St. Vitus Cathedral and see the gardens for free. We climbed up St. Vitus Tower, from where you have breathtaking view of Prague city and Charles Bridge. Only thing that we wanted to see, but ticket was required, was Golden Lane. The tickets lines were so long, which meant more waiting, so we decided to skip it. If you have time to wait in line for tickets (or you were smart to buy online), you can also see inside Royal Palace and St. Georges Basilica.

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From there we took stroll up and down Mala Strana neighborhood. Wandering around we passed St. Nicolas church and ended up following Nerudova street all the way up to the Loreta church.

Close by you can find Strahov Monastery where monks make their own beer (worth of trying if you are beer lover). From Monastery we followed Hunger Wall all the way up to Petrin tower and gardens. You can take funicular downhill, but we decided to walk down to the city trough Petrin hill gardens.

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On our way to Metro station we passed Charles bridge and it was crazy busy with tourists and different vendors. You can see in our YouTube video how Maya is barely navigating GoPro stick.

Second day, we started our adventure in Prague Old Town, visiting all must see places by many bloggers: Old Town Square, Hall and Astronomical clock, State Opera, Old Jewish Cemetery, Spanish Synagogue, statue of Franz Kafka, National Theater, Dancing House. Yes, after this big walk we sat down for lunch!

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As Croatians, we had to go to “U Fleku” restaurant. It is famous, for us, because soccer club Hajduk was founded there in 1911. They have only few items on menu, but all local food very well prepared.

After well-deserved lunch we continued our walk on other side of Vltava River. We climbed up to Letna gardens, from where you can see entire city and have coffee in bar on top.

We took afternoon stroll on Vltava River, where people feed swans. This is unique experience you cannot miss and great Instagram location!

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Close by you can find Franz Kafka museum, John Lennon wall and beautiful Kampa Island.

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I see dead people in Brno :)

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We drove from Vienna, Austria; which I about 135 kilometer (85 miles) and 2 hours.
Don’t forget to buy Czech vignette, it costs 17 EUR and it is valid for 10 days.
* Important tip: Czech R. doesn’t accept EUR. Be careful when exchanging money in Czech Republic! Some exchange offices have up to 30% service charge!!! Always ask before you start any currency conversion! Better to change money in your home country.

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We started our Brno adventure in Spilberk Castle (Hrad Špilberk). The main Castle was closed, as most Castles in Czech Republic during the winter – make sure you check opening time online before you start your trip. Top Czech castles are closed till March or April. Luckily Tower and Prison museum in Spilberk were open for visitors (we visited in January).
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Spilberk Tower gives you amazing 360 city view. Entrance fee is 2 EUR per person.
Spilberk Prison was quite experience and we would recommend it if you are visiting Brno. Entrance fee is 4 EUR per person. Before you enter, guides (they have English guides) give you little insight into Prison history, which is very terrifying.
From Castle we strolled down to the center of the city, it is very picturesque walk. We passed Denis Gardens and Obelisk and got in front of Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. You can climb up the Cathedral tower, entrance fee is 4 EUR per person.
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Brno marked their attractions well, so from Cathedral, just follow the signs to Parnas fountain to get to this beautiful square. Close by, you will find Old Town Hall (Stara Radnice).
If you continue on Masarykova street you will end up at Liberty Square (Namesti Svobody) where you can find interesting Astronomical clock.
From Liberty Square take Rašinova street to St. James church. Under paved floor of St. James Church you will find Brno Ossuary (Kostnice sv. Jakuba). Entrance fee is 5 EUR per person. The second largest ossuary in Europe, wasn’t discovered until 2001 and contains 50,000 skeletons. It is very unique place, which shows high respect to dead.
FOOD & DRINKS
We wanted to see as much as we can, so we only had late lunch/dinner in Starobrno Brewery. Brewery 10-15 minute walk from Liberty Square, in Castle Spilberk direction, down Pekarska street. Diano had “Beer ribs” and Maya “Grilled Losos” which both tasted amazing! We each tried 2 different type of Starobrno beer and total cost was 30 EUR! We definitely recommend this place.
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Vienna is not exactly “winter friendly”

Hello world! We are in Vienna, Austria!
You can find video here: Did we see the Maze?
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We drove from Bohinj, Slovenia; which I about 430 kilometer (270 miles) and 4,30 hours. Don’t forget to buy Austrian vinjet, it costs 8,90 EUR and it is valid for 10 days! Additional cost is Karavanke tunnel, sort of border between Slovenia & Austria, which is 7,20 EUR.
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We had hard time finding accommodation within our budget, but that is because we booked last minute and were traveling in holiday season. So, we turned to old partner IBIS hotels. We stayed in their hotel in London and really liked it. Their hotels are pretty much the same all around the world; simple double bed with bathroom. For 3 nights we paid 200 EUR (double room & breakfast).

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We didn’t really prepared for Vienna, so first day we just went to Schonbrunn palace. It is easy and quick to get there, using metro. Just take U4 metro line and get out on Schonbrunn station.
Important note!!! Book your tickets for Palace online!! When we arrived at the Palace, waiting line for Palace tickets was 2,30 hours long. Yes, you read it right; 150 minutes long! Lucky for us, Schonbrunn gardens are public and there is no ticket, no waiting, and no problem.
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The gardens are stunning, but unfortunately for us who travel in winter times, not as attractive as in pictures you see online and many parts were closed (like Schonbrunn Maze which is closed till March and which we were eager to see).
Gloriette, big massive arch building at the top of the garden, is really impressive! The best thing about it, being on hill, you have great city view from there. Second best thing is they have coffee bar inside Gloriette. Espresso cost was 2 EUR, which is quite fair, if you can understand that you are drinking coffee in the place that was used as a dining hall, festival hall and breakfast room for Emperor Franz Joseph I. We found that mind blowing!
From Schonbrunn, we walked to Museum of Technology Wien. It is about 10 minute walk from Palace. Entrance fee per adult is 13 EUR. Museum is super adult and children friendly. I would say it is for everyone who are interested in how things work; from giant engines to hair blowers, music instruments to big boats, chairs to internet. It is place of science, astronomy, urban life, transport, electronic and there are so many things you can do yourself trough interactive experiments. Museum has 4 floors and it is impossible to see it all in one afternoon, like we tried. You can easily leave one day for this museum, if you are interested in learning how things around us, that we use every day, work. It is great place for people who are preparing for apocalypse and those who are learning what we need to do when machines rise against us
We ended our day in Kunsthauswien, museum designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Museum is 10 minute away from the Hundertwasser Haus, apartment block also designed by Hundertwasser. If you are artist or think of yourself as artistry person, if you are in search of unusual and different, this is a place to be. Completely different from rest of the city and refreshing. Entrance fee for Museum is 12 EUR per person, but you can see house block and market for free.
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Second day in Vienna, we decided to go to Stephens cathedral and follow the Ringsstrasse (circular street where most attractions are). First stop Stephens’s cathedral – all we can remember is people dressed in costumes stopping us all the time and asking if we want to see concert, mixed with horse poop smell. We are not quite sure what to think about carriage rides, but if you like it, it goes with barn smell. It was literally like you are in barn, somewhere, not in metropolis city center. As for concert vendors, our advice is avoid any eye contact, hide camera or/and map, act local and uninterested if you want to walk around cathedral like normal person.
Second stop Hofburg Imperial Palace and Albertina – big waiting line again. Important note!! Pre-book you tickets online or go outside holiday season. We had only 2 days in Vienna and didn’t wanted to wait in lines for 1 our 2 hours, so we thought the best solution was just walk around and souk up city vibes. Third stop Rathaus – where are you Rathaus? We got there and huge fence was around park & building. Apparently Rathaus was converted into Christmas ice skate Park, which is fine, but they closed up entire park for Ice Park and you couldn’t see the sculptures, or approach Rathaus from any side. Big disappointment.
At this point, we were thinking to go back to Hotel and chill all day, we weren’t feeling Vienna at all. Luckily, right next to Rathaus is Parliament building; massive big white and gold structure that emerged in front of us looking all powerful. Visitor Center is open for the public and free of charge Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 4.30 p.m.
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Next stop in Ringsstrasse was National History Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Museumsquartier. If you have time, visit all, if you don’t choose one that you think you’d like the most. Our advice is Kunsthistorisches, because entire building seemed like artwork to us.
On the one side of Museumsquartier passes Mariahilferstrasse, the most famous and longest Vienna shopping street. Just a few minute walk from Mariahilferstrasse you will come to area called Naschmarkt, big food and product market.
From Naschmarkt we continued onto Karlsplatz, which ended up being one more disappointment. Entire area was filled with wooden planks (probably dismantled Christmas market houses), iron fences down on the ground and pine trees „leftovers“. Such a sad image of the Karlsplatz.
We continued to Belvedere Museum & Park, which is 20 minute walk; or you can take a tram „Opernring/Steig D“ from Opera House. Opera House is 2 minute from Karlsplatz and gives you a chance to see Opera House too.
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To see Upper & Lower Belvedere you will pay 20 EUR per person. However, to see the gardens is free, like in Schonbrunn. Most of the garden was under maintenance and not as attractive, but the entire impression of Belvedere is magical. When you get there, you can really feel royal vibes and sense of 17 century luxury.
We finished our journey in Stadtpark. It is nice city park, family friendly. So close to city and again you have a feeling like you are not in a city at all. Seeing sunset while looking at ducks play in the pond really recharges your battery… well that and some food. Close by are some nice restaurants, so let me tell you about that now.
FOOD & DRINKS
Naschmarkt – here you can find nice finger food options, such as sandwiches, hotdogs, fruits, etc. It is good place to bring in some valuable nutrients to your body and continue your city walk. Total cost 25 EUR.
Bierreither – we found it on TripAdvisor offline app (which you can download before trip) and it seemed like nice welcoming local place. They had big beer choice and good menu. We ordered Frittaten soup, which is basically soup with pancakes. It sounded weird, but it was delicious! Diano went for famous Wiener snitzel and I took Chili noodles (which are more like gnocchi, but it was very tasty and spicy). Total cost with 4 beers, 46 EUR.
Junn Bar and Kitchen– sushi restaurant where we had the best sashimi!! Our recommendation is “Chef’s favorite lunch” and “Fishermen’s Lunch”, with which you get soup, main, salad and dessert. Total cost with 2 beers, 36 EUR
Mel’s Craft Beers & Dinner – Diano is beer lover, sooo we don’t have to tell you we loved this place the best. They have 300 beer options! You come there and you are star struck, unable to order just one beer. Maya went for Mel’s tasting plate; which is 6 shoots of beer. It costs 10 EUR and you get to try 6 beers of your choice. Maya’s favorite pick is Newcastle Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Bevog Rudeen Black Ipa. Diano liked Thornbridge Vienna Ipa and Collabs. Make sure you try at least one when you come there! They also offer various food options, as well as beer bread. Total cost approx. 50 EUR, but keep in mind we had 30 EUR drinks (4 bottles and Maya’s tasting plate) included in that cost LOL.
Beer Lovers shop – this is shop, shop for beer’s only, so if you are not a fan, maybe you should skip this part….unless you like cider, because they have that too. That place is like Beer wonderland. They offer 1.300 different type of beer: lagers, pale ale, porter, stout, pilsner, etc. Beer for all tastes and pockets! We bought most of our male souvenirs there and cost didn’t exceeded 30 EUR.
Hope this blog helps at least one person traveling to Vienna in near future. Let me know if you need any more information on anything in comment below. If you like it feel free to give it „thumbs up“ or share it.
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We want to go back to Bohinj!

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Hello world! We are in Bohinj, Slovenia!
We drove from Ljubljana to Bohinj, which I about 80 kilometer (50 miles) and 1 hour drive. Don’t forget to buy Slovenia vinjete, it costs 15 EUR and it is valid for 7 days!
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We booked lovely, family owned, Hostel Pr’ Pristavc. It is right on a side of the road, towards Vogel mountain top. As we were coming late, by dark, this was priority for us. We didn’t want to drive around woods in dark. Second best thing about this hostel is that it is also the restaurant, therefore we didn’t have to search around village for food! Our host Marko, recommended Slovenian specialty plate: Kranjska sausage, white cabbage & roasted potato. It came hot on pan and it was so delicious!
Our room was simple (bed, closet, toilet and balcony), but good money value (approx. 40 EUR per room/night with breakfast included). Make sure you bring toiletries, as they have only hand soap & towels in bathroom.
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We were recommended by friends to go to Waterfall Savica, but Marko (our host) advised us to skip it. It didn’t rain in a while, therefore there was almost no waterfall, just small drop. We immediately Instagram it and saw recent pictures of it – Marko was right, this wasn’t time to visit this waterfall! Ask your hosts to recommend you what to visit! Marko mentioned their high season is in spring, so that might be right time to visit Waterfall Savica.
Since we definitely wanted to see waterfall, Marko advised we should visit Waterfall Mostnica instead. This was right choice! The drop, the color, the river, the canyon – we loved it all!
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Directions: drive to Stara Fuzina village and turn left before bridge – follow Mostinca waterfall sign (Not Mostnice naselje). When you start climbing the mountain road follow “Voje restaurant” (or Voje slap) sings. When you reach that restaurant – park there (it is allowed), since from there only residents can drive onward. It is about 30-40 minute walk to the Mostnica Waterfall. Path is circuit, so you can come back to your car different way (we liked that path better). It is lovely 1,30 hour walk. River has such a beautiful clear emerald color. On the path you can find river cascades and stone & wood bridges. Little houses in woods look like you stepped into fairy tale book.
From waterfall you can follow the path to the top, unfortunately, we didn’t have time for it.
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In Stara Fužina, we stopped at the Bohinj lake. The peace and serenely is unbelievable. It was foggy, so it made it look magical. Apparently during spring/summer season you can swim, kayak & do rafting around Bohinj lake. We are thinking about trying that this year 🙂.
What you can do while in Bohinj, any time of the year, is go to Vogel mountain top with cable car. There are signs on the road, so you can easily find it and park right at the entrance (no fee). Return ticket per person costs 14 EUR. Triglav national park looks surreal from the top! It was foggy, so we saw fog levitating on the Bohinj lake. There wasn’t much snow (on DEC 27th), but there were 2 ski lanes open. We just walked around the top and goofed around, what you can see in VIDEO.
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We made 20 minute stop at Bled Lake and city. It is touristic place than Bohinj. You can rent a boat and row around the lake. We saw lot of people doing that and having so much fun. When in Bled, we were told to try Kremšnita and so we did. It is nice local desert you can enjoy.
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That is it from Slovenia, for now, our next stop is Vienna, Austria!
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How come we didn’t visit Ljubljana before?

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We took a car from Split, passed Zagreb in Croatia and now we are in Slovenia!
Video is already on our YouTube channel: Ljubljana video

 
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Since we drove approx. 460 kilometers (280 miles) and explored all day, we needed sleep. We booked hotel in Ljubljana city center. For double room, with NO breakfast, we paid 55 EUR. There are numerous hotels & hostels in Ljubljana for good money value, only problem we had was find hotel with their own parking. Most hotels, that were available, had public garage close by, so did ours. Parking Kozolec ended up being warm, clean & safe public underground garage. Price per day is 12 EUR.
No breakfast in hotel – no problem. In bakery on Prešeren square you get sandwich & juice for 1,85 EUR. Now we were ready for adventure!
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First stop Ljubljana castle. We usually walk everywhere, but we’ve chosen to take funicular this time. Entrance to Ljubljana funicular is at Krekov square. One way price per person is 2.5 EUR. Entrance fee for castle is 7,50 EUR. In that price you basically pay entrance to castle tower & medieval projection. If you are on budget, walking around castle is free and enough.
We went back down to the city trough the forest path – would definitely recommend it! It is such a nice stroll down. We took a path to Gornji trg (Upper Square). At the end of the forest you will find cute old houses and narrow streets, which will take you strait to the city.
We took a stroll in old town, along the Ljubljanica river. Must see are Ljubljana bridges: Čevljarski, Mesarski, Zmajski (Dragon) and Tromstovje (Triple bridge). Ljubljana city center is small, so you have time to soak it all in, really good. This entire area is buzzing with shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Still, we decided to try Open Market food, near St.Nicholas cathedral. We ordered Pljeskavica with Kajmak & Kranjska sausage with cabbage, what goes nice with local beer (total approx. 15 EUR).
We spent little time in Tivoli City Park. If you are nature lover, like Maya is, it is not enough. Park begins in city center, but don’t be fooled it is Ljubljana’s largest park, you can have a nice full day hike in Tivoli woods.
Little bit outside city center (approx. 10-15 min walk) you can find artistic block of buildings, called Metelkova. Streets are empty in the daylight, but during night it is apparently social center with many bars and art galleries. We loved vivid, colored, graffiti walls; rusty sculptures and concrete park. It is perfect Instagram place!
We finished our trip with quick sip of coffee at Neboticnik, bar on 12th floor. Prices are fair and you will most definitely enjoy the view!
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Holiday road trip begins in Zagreb

Every year we take a trip around winter holidays, this year was no different.
After a lot (a lot) consideration & budgeting we decided to take a road trip! We packed our bags in a day, took a car from Maya’s parents (thank you, by the way) and started our Europe trip from Split (Croatia).
First stop ZAGREB – We took quick walk around Zagreb city center.
You may have seen our Zagreb video already?
We started at Kamenita vrata and climbed our way to Klovićevi dvori. On plateau Gradec you can find the most amazing view of city and Cathedral.
Walking around we ended up in front of St.Marko church, famous for it’s coat of arms of Zagreb and Croatia, Dalmatia & Slavonia kingdom.
Very close to church is Mestrović museum, so we decided to visit it. Entrance fee is approx. 3 EUR, which is very acceptable. His work is really impressive and worth of checking out.
Stroll down trough StrossMarte will get you to Tunnel Grič, just recently opened. There is no entrance fee.
Crazy SciFi glasses & mirrors, you see in video, are from Illusion museum, which is fun break from all the walking. There was no entrance fee, which was nice surprise.
We were lucky that Zagreb has the Best Christmas market in Europe, so there was so much activity after dark. We had time to visit main square, Zrinjevac & Tomislavac square (which also has Ice Park), but there is so much more to it.
Our next stop is Ljubljana, Slovenia!

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Budapest or “Our first blog”

To tell you the truth, Budapest was always on our bucket list, but not ranked very high. In January 2016 we booked our flight to Dubai (via Wizz air) from Budapest and decided to spend some time there before our flight. Idea was just to quickly look around Budapest and jump on our flight, as Dubai was our goal and destination. But, when we got there, what a surprise Budapest was!! It is lovely European city with a lot of culture, amazing architecture & parks, but also rich art & club scene, for all age travelers. It felt like we saw a lot in 2 days, still we decided to stay 1 more day after visiting Dubai (Dubai Video), to scratch under the city surface. Al in all, we had great time in Budapest and you can see full video on our YouTube channel: Budapest video

If you’ve seen our channel and other videos, you know we usually do videos followed by cool music, at least we think is cool :). With this blog I want to give you more background on where we started, how much we’ve spent, what surprised us the most and generally share the story.

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START
Our home base is in Split, Croatia; from where is very difficult & expensive to fly anywhere during the winter, if you are on budget and we most definitely were. Our only option was a bus. We took a bus to Zagreb and then transferred to bus to Budapest. There are several low cost buses from Zagreb to Budapest, we decided on Orange Ways. One way ticket per person was 16 EUR.

ACCOMMODATION
We searched on Booking.com & Airbnb for the best options and decided to go with „12 Revay Hotel“. Hotel was recently opened and had very fair prices, which seemed good money value – and it certainly was! We got a standard double room for 60 EUR per night, with breakfast included. The Hotel was brand new with very helpful staff, rich breakfast and most importantly in city centre, right next to Stephen’s Bazilika & Opera house.

When we flew back to Budapest, we were on tighter budget, since adding 2 more nights wasn’t in our initial budget (you will find out soon, I am all about budgeting). We found a double room for discount price in „Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum” on Booking.com, for 37 EUR per night. They had 24/7 reception, which we needed (having 3 am arrival and 4 am departure from hotel). Unfortunately, we didn’t try breakfast, but it was included in price. Oh, I almost forgot, but you probably can find out from their name, hotel is in center, right next to the Opera house and several good bars (like Szimpla) & clubs (like Hello Baby).

* Keep in mind, when choosing accommodations, that Pest side, where we stayed, is close to many historic sites, restaurants, shopping areas and has a lot of nightlife. There are also more metro stops, making it easier to get around.

TRANSPORTATION
You can walk everywhere! Well, not everywhere, but you get the point. Budapest also has trams and metro’s, which are very good connected and worth of using, if you need to get to other part of city quickly. Tram number 2 is the most famous one, we didn’t realized why until we took a ride (it looks like most other trams in city). Tram 2 route is nice scenic ride around city’s top locations.

* We were ripped off by one taxi on our arrival, which was quite a bad experience. We advise not to take a taxi off the street’s, but ask hotel staff to order it for you.

ATTRACTIONS
Most attractions are in city core, making it easy to see if you have just a few days in Budapest.

Day 1
St. Stephen’s Bazilika This was our starting point, being close to our Hotel. It was a nice experience, don’t get me wrong, but not what we excepted. They charge separately entrance to church (plus you can leave donation, which is silly if you already paid them) and cupola (view of the city). Other beautiful attractions in Budapest are more affordable. Plus, the view is not as stunning as from Castle Hill or Buda Castle.

untitled-3363Chain Bridge
Next stop was Buda side of city, therefore we need to get to the other side of Danube River. What better way to do it than via historic and beautiful bridge, Chain Bridge. Downside is, everybody had that idea, so it was crowded with tourists. Do visit it by night also, when lighten up it looks beautiful.

Castle Hill, Matthias church, Buda Castle & Fisherman’s Bastion
These attractions are all bunched together on Buda hill. You can walk up or take Castle hill funicular. Price for funicular was 3,5 EUR per person, one way. We were amazed by amazing architecture and view. In our opinion you have the best view of Parliament building & city from there. There is a little bar in one of Fisherman’s bastion towers, where it is nice to relax and souk up the city vibe.

untitled-3390Labyrinth of Buda Castle
Labyrinth is on Castle Hill and we bumped into it while searching for something to eat. Entrance fee is approx. 7 EUR per person. It is large complex with caves and cellars, mostly in dark. Ask them to give you lanterns or take phone with good flashlight. We had so much fun there in complete dark or dim light, just wandering around, listening to weird sounds. We’ve shared pictures on DianoMaya Facebook page, so you can get better idea about it.

untitled-3442Parliament + Kossuth Lajos Square
On our way back to the hotel, we stopped to admire Parliament house, which is located on Kossuth Lajos Square. By night it looks magnificent! That is not even word strong enough to describe it. You can find picture on our Instagram page. You can also go inside we didn’t have time, unfortunately, but outside architecture is mind blowing enough.

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Take tram 2 or walk on Danube promenade towards Parliament building and you will find it. We were there by night and took some amazing pictures.

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Day 2
Gellert Hill + Liberty Statue + Citadel
Second day was exercise day 🙂 we decided to walk up to the Gellert Hill, because it is right there, you can see it from the city – it wasn’t. It is long way up, so if you are on short getaway, get some transportation at least half way there.
Still, it was nice to walk around hill, surrounded with amazing nature and many attractions on the way. When we got up there the Citadel was closed, no sign and nobody to tell us when will be reopen! Such a shame. At lease we got to see Liberty statue and have nice rest on view point benches. We were in winter season, so in front of Citadel was some kind of Christmas market with food (sausage’s of course) and hot drinks.

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Cave church + Liberty Bridge + Central Market Hall
We run into Cave church walking down from Gellert Hill and decided to go inside. There is small entrance fee to pay and you get headphones with it – which is very cool, because you get to hear the entire Cave church story. We have never been to cave church before and we really liked it. It is about 20-30 minute nice stop.

Central Market Hall is right across the river and closest crossing is Liberty Bridge. Liberty Bridge is different from other city bridges, being completely green.
We weren’t really impressed with Central Market Hall. It was too crowded and chaotic. It is local, but touristy, market with a lot of paprika and salami. Many overpriced souvenirs and food. We bought food there – be careful – price you see is not final price; every extra ingredient costs more and they keep offering you to add more ingredients. Be aware more ingredients means higher the price. We were sitting next to a couple who didn’t realized that and were shocked with their final price (almost double then they thought price was). You could smell bathroom “scent” around market, which was really disgusting.

Hungarian National Museum
Entrance fee is 5 EUR per person. We spent about 2 hours there, which we considered short (National Museums in big city should be at least 5-6 hour experience on several floors). There is only one floor where permanent exhibition is presented (Hungarian history is much richer than that). Plus, they are charging photo permission (you have to glue it to your shirt, otherwise you have problems with Museum security – they really look if you have it when they see you taking pictures). It is only 2 Eur, but we found that silly.

Heroes’ Square + Vajdahunyad Castle + Szechenyi Baths and Pool
We came to Heroes Square by Metro, exit is right next to square. It was amazing!! We saw it in sunset and by night. Such amazing pictures! There is so much history there and amazing architecture.

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Close by is ice ring (nice activity if you know how to ice skate) and Vajdahunyad Castle. Castle looks amazing by night. It is different from other Castle’s in Budapest. We had a felling we stepped into Dracula castle, because it is sort of imitation Transylvanian Castle.
Castle has Museum and nice Park area surrounding the Castle, where we bumped into Anonymous’ Statue. We got there by night, so it really looked scary, but cool scary. Worth to stop by for picture.

Szechenyi Baths and Pool, are in same Park, but we didn’t have enough time & wardrobe to actually use it. Big fail was not bringing swimwear & towels with us.

Day 3
Vaci Street
This is a long pedestrian street on the Pest side of the city. It is mostly shops, cafes and restaurants area. It’s nice to stroll down, but a bit of a tourist trap, I think. We were missing some clothes (because our trip got longer than expected), so we went for quick shopping. If you are in need for new clothes, you are in right place.

Margaret Bridge and Island
We decided to go to Margaret Island and best way to do it is over the Margaret bridge. Half way across the bridge, there is a smaller bridge to Margaret Island. This was ours first time crossing “3 exit bridge”, didn’t even know bridges like that exist.

Margaret Island is a nice place to walk around. There, you can find small zoo with local animals, old buildings, ruins and Water tower with Outdoor theater in center of park. Island also has Music Fountain, but we visited it in January and it was closed. Japaneses garden are at the far end of Park, but we could find only green European plants, being winter. It is big park, so we advise renting a bike. You can rent electric carts or pedal carts if you wish, also.

House of Terror Museum
We almost missed it, due to our travel schedule – DON’T MISS IT. They do not allow pictures inside, which is too bad, because there is too much to show! What they did inside is just amazing! History of this House is so deep and impressions we left with will stay with us forever. Thank you for this experience.

Central Synagogue
This is apparently the biggest synagogue in Europe, and it is a beautiful building inside and outside. We visited it after working hours, by night, but on our last day 12 EUR per person sounded too much either way. We took amazing night pictures and admired it from the outside 🙂

untitled-3480FOOD & DRINKS
Menza – It is decorated simple and very quiet, with good staff. Food was very very good! Try garlic soup, but keep in mind to take something very light for main course – it is very heavy!

New York Palace – We were amazed by it’s indoor and food serving. For one scoop of pistachio ganache you pay 8 EUR and juices are from 7 EUR. Mix of sweets on tray is 60 EUR. Too expensive, if you ask me, but being Michelin recommendation we wanted to see what the fuss is about.

Morrison’s Opera– There is entrance fee (approx. 2 EUR) you need to pay, but you get 1 free drink, which is ok. Bar is underground and very cool decorated, like bunker. Staff is amazing!! Girls really now their job. Sit at the bar if you can. Try Palinka (local spirit), it is very good!

Szimpla Kert – We were recommended this place by our friends who visited Budapest and they were right – it is a place “must see”! It looks old and ruin (as all ruin bars in Budapest), but it is very clean and spotless! Toilets are the best! There are 2 levels, many rooms and bars (has outside grill where you can smoke cigarettes). On several different bars you can order beer, wine, cocktails, food and even Shessha. There is souvenir shop inside with very cool items and nicest staff. Take picture on photo machine at the entrance – very very cool add on!

Spiler Original – The restaurant is very cool decorated, basement VIP area is very modern. Food is ok, but not great. Smaller portions than nearby restaurants. Tables are too crowded; you are almost connected to table next to you. Service fee is not included in the price (they stamp that notice with big letters on your invoice – in case you forget). We leave tip everywhere, everywhere, everywhere we go and we didn’t leave any to them! The service was so so bad. We waited 15 minute for them to take our order and when it arrived we were missing one drink (4 items were hard to remember, obviously). After we let them know about mistake, we waited additional 10 minutes and didn’t received it and had to ask them again for our drink. Now we were sitting for approx. 35 minutes without drink. After the dinner we waited for the invoice 15 minutes!!! I wanted to get up and leave without paying, but if they are bad I don’t have to be. We paid our bad dinner bill and result was no tip. Restaurant was mid busy, so that wasn’t a problem. They were to busy talking and gossiping with each other to give us our bill to pay! Only bad experience in our 3 day stay. Our advice, try other nearby places!

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