The Bavarian Alps, Germany

Saturday 23 September 2017 - lunch break in Heidelberg I had heard that Heidelberg was a really nice town so I decided to stop there for a few hours. Unfortunately, a gazillion other people had had the same idea and it took half an hour to find a parking garage which still had room. And …

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Höhr-Grenzhausen – cute German village

Fri 22 - Sat 23 September 2017 For my Italy road trip this was a convenient first stop near Koblenz. The apartment turned up in a wide Booking search and was really good value for money. Had a nice beer, did a short 45 minute walk in the hills, and had a typically German dinner. …

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Amsterdam tips: daytrips to other places

If you have 3 or more full days in Amsterdam you could consider visiting another place in the Netherlands. There are various beautiful historical towns and other sights within a 30 minute train/bus ride, even more within a 60 minutes radius. Zaanse Schans windmills & craft shops Okay, this was built for tourists, and yes …

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Amsterdam tips: facts and figures

Animation of Amsterdam's growth 1600-1700 Watch a beautiful animation of how central Amsterdam expanded and the canals were built from 1600 onwards. Credits: Stadsarchief / City Archives Amsterdam Amsterdam in numbers Source: Iamsterdam.com, August 2016 Inhabitants: 834,713 Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,388,318 Nationalities: 180 Visitors per year: 17.3 million Visitors per year (daytrippers): 10.6 …

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Amsterdam tips: links and other locals

Here are some links to other pages full of info about the city. I Amsterdam The city's website for visitors and expats with lots of info about events, museums, hotels, parking, etc. Your Little Black Book A fantastic website full of the latest new hotspots such as rooftop cinema nights, hip new coffee cafes, vegan lunch …

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Amsterdam tips: getting around

Walking Amsterdam is tiny compared to other capital cities. From one end of the center to the other is about 45 minutes on foot. If you are able-bodied you can walk between most of the sights. For example the walk from Anne Frank House to Rijksmuseum is around 25 minutes walk alongside pretty canals:   …

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Amsterdam tips: where to stay

This page is not so much about specific hotels or apartments, but about the city districts in general. Which districts are nice to stay in if you're visiting for more than a day? What is Amsterdam like? By comparison, Amsterdam is tiny, so do some 'Google Maps > Directions' test walks to see how far …

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