Sex toy wielding bar maids and high-tech toilets are just the beginning…
Vienna is Austria’s most populous and intriguing city, located in central Europe. Rated number 19 in the Human Development Index, the bustling city is best known for it’s amazing natural scenery and rich culture dating back to the pre-Roman empire.
Don’t miss a few of these magical destinations the next time you find yourself in Vienna, or are planning a trip to Austria.
Stay: Hollmann Beletage Design and Boutique Hotel
Kollnerhofgasse 6, 1010 Vienna
A short train ride from the city centre is one of Vienna’s up-and-coming hotels. The Hollman Beletage features modern sophistication for a fraction of the cost, and is perfect for anyone who loves a quirky place to stay while they’re enjoying their holiday. Rooms are extremely spacious, which are perfect if you’re planning to entertain before heading out to one of the many bars around town.
Feeling Peckish: Café Central
Strauchgasse/Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna
A traditional Viennese coffee house which boasts a charming interior and 19th century architecture to match. The entertainment starts at 5pm sharp where a grand piano is played for all to enjoy and dance the night away.
Shop: Wilhelm Jungmann and Neffe
Albertinaplatz 3, 1010 Vienna
This quaint store is home to classic mens and women’s fashion which has been supplying clothes to the public for over 125 years. Their specialty is menswear, especially crisp button-down shirts which are tailor-made on site.
Visit: Hofburg Palace
Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna
Home to some of the most powerful Austrian ancestry including teen-queen Marie Antoinette, Hofburg has been completely restored in the vision of it’s former glory. There are more than 10 wings of the palace, all of which can be visited under strict supervision.
Drink: Do & Co (Onyx Bar)
Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna
Enjoy exquisite cocktails and world-class views of the city from Onyx Bar in Vienna’s city centre. The exclusive bar is a hotspot for politicians and locals of interest, so remember to dress smart and stay on your best behaviour.
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Enduring a rough historical period over the last century, Poland has reshaped itself and has become one of the main destinations for anyone travelling through Europe.
Between the white-winters which are amazing during the Christmas period, through to the scorching hot European summer, we’ll show you why there’s no place quite like Poland.
CK Browar, Address: 7 Podwale Street, Krakow
There is no denying that that Polish are famous for their delicious pierogi and cold-meat dishes which form the basis of their traditional meals. For genuine Polish food, you can’t go past a tasty Borscht soup which is hearty and healthy and the same time!
Visit C.K Browar for a traditional Polish pub-meal, with their world famous beer to wash down your food.
Krzywy Domek, ul. Haffnera 6, 81-717 Sopot
Influenced by the heavy Gothic influence at the time, Polish Architecture is among one of the oldest styles in the world. Houses are still very much influenced by the Gothic themes of the 13-14th century, and are easily characterised by their high upper reaches and timber-framing on doors and walls alike.
For a little modern architecture instead, visit the world-famous crooked house in Sopot. It’s bound to give you an interesting Insta-snap!
Czersk Castle, 05-530 Gora Kalwaria, ul. Ks. Sajny
Escape to the Polish countryside if you want a real slice of paradise! Life in the country has remained the same as it was hundreds of years ago, and many families are looking towards this for their ideal rural vacation.
There’s plenty to do here without succumbing to your phone or computer – horseback riding, mountain-climbing and canoeing are all great options if you love the great outdoors.
If you find yourself travelling to Poland during the summer seasons of June through to early September, then you definitely don’t want to miss the white sand beaches of Sopot. Bathe in the Baltic sea, or simply catch some rays and enjoy the warm weather at a nearby café.
This county is easily accessible by private car or taxi, and railway line if you prefer to save a bit of shrapnel.
Chimera, UL. Podwale 29, Warsaw
Known as the birthplace of vodka, the Polish definitely know how to whip-up a drink (or two!). Grab a delicious cocktail at Chimera in Warsaw, (ask for the vodka-orange), and dance the night away to jazz tunes played by the local DJ’s.
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Each year Conde Nast reveal the 33 best new hotels in the world. With Australia’s gorgeous coastline and booming tourism industry, it was sad to see that none of our fine resorts or hotels made the list. About 510 hotels were evaluated in the categories of Beach, Design, Food, Family, Bargain, Over-the-Top, and Way-Out-There hotels.
The best beach hotels were:
Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket
Salt House Inn, Provincetown
Traveler magazine describes the lists criteria as:
“A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world. A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee.
“A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are.
“The result is a list that takes you around the world – from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket – and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.”
An ATM that dispenses freshly-baked cupcakes? Sounds like a dream come true!
LA’s much-loved Sprinkles bakery has launched the first of its 24-Hour Sprinkles ATMs that are soon to pop up all over the country. Simply scroll through all the flavours (Red Velvet? Chocolate Marshmallow?) then swipe your credit card and watch as a mechanical arm selects your cupcake, which is dispensed in a pretty pink box at the bottom of the ATM, just like cash!
Watch a video of how it works here!
Lonely Planet said: “South America seems to be on every twenty-something’s wish-list. I’ve heard great reports about Peru and also less-visited destinations like Bolivia.”
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Volcanoes of Guatamala
The coast of Croatia
Lonely Planet said: “Islands and beaches to rival Greece, great scuba diving, medieval towns, delicious food, decent wines, lots of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, yachting. The place is bulging with beautiful churches, castles and museums, and there’s probably a festival or carnival every day. It has that ‘something different’ feel which people are often searching for, and it’s safe to travel around. It’s got everything!”
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Lonely Planet said: “The history, the beaches, the diving and the not-too-touristy cities”, plus the forests of eastern Cuba recently received World Heritage listing. Meanwhile Barcelona’s appeal lies in its vibrancy, beaches, culture, style, good food and great clubs.
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Lonely Planet said: “This could be the city of the new millennium… beautiful, cosmopolitan Shanghai. A stroll along the Bund and you could be in any European city. Head down an alley and you’re smack in the middle of the Middle Kingdom.”
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We look at one the America’s favourite travel spots.
San Francisco has always been one of America’s most enticing destinations. This former goldrush town may not always bask in the sunny weather of its Southern California sisters, but where else can you sample a touch of Asia, a bit of Parisian joie de vivre, a taste of Central America, a hint of Italy and a good dollop of West Coast style and eccentricity in a single day?
San Francisco’s secret weapon is its winning combination of big-city sophistication and small town accessibility. You can always discover something new in this walking town of distinct neighbourhoods from restored Victorians to funky shops to some of the most delicious restaurants in the country.
San Francisco is currently in the throes of a building boom, and formerly decrepit corners of the city are undergoing a metamorphosis. The city is also home to one of America’s most popular icons; The Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll also find the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, the city’s famous cable cars and Chinatown district.
San Francisco’s Neighbourhoods:
The centre of tourist activity, Union Square is tucked inside Sutter, Grant, Market, and Mason streets. Big department stores, expensive boutiques, theatres, many exceptional restaurants and the greatest concentration of hotels in San Fran surround the actual square. If you stay here, Chinatown, Nob Hill, the Tenderloin, the Financial District and SoMa are all within walking distance.
This densely packed area is as colourful and exotic as advertised. The Dragon Gate entrance on Grant Ave leads to touristy shops but after you wander up and around Stockton Street you’ll feel as if you’re in another world.
North Beach isn’t actually a beach, it’s the former Italian enclave that Chinatown is encroaching upon. This is the place to hop from one cafe to another, to browse for books and Italian poetry and to sample the delectable treats on offer from the various Italian delis and pastry shops. Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare and family style restaurants and crowed bars line the streets from Washington to Grant.
Sixteen million tourists per year can’t all be wrong, but this most touristy section of town is all a matter of taste. Located on Bay Street, the former working class piers have been stripped of their glory and turned into a gaudy ode to commercialism.
Thinking of taking a trip? Why not chillax in one of the most beautiful places on earth?
Even if you’ve never been on a boat in your life, the Caribbean’s Virgin Islands will make you want to hoist your sail and take a swill of rum. These sleepy little islands – like giant stepping stones scattered across the sea – are a sailor’s and water lover’s delight. Put simply, the exquisite, emerald green islands will take your breath away.
Okay, okay, so getting to the Virgin Islands may prove to be a royal pain, but the extra effort is worth it. You can fly into Tortola but you’ll probably need to ply the sapphire-blue Caribbean waters by water taxi or ferry to reach your hotel, villa or guesthouse. Thankfully you won’t find any monolithic, high rise hotels straddling the beaches here. You also won’t find any rah rah all-inclusive resorts.
Still a British colony; the BVIs (British Virgin Islands) have more than 50 islands in the chain, though only a handful are inhabited. They are remarkably underdeveloped and sparsely populated, with only 18,000 local inhabitants. If you can’t give up your MTV, shopping, golf or a flutter at the casino, skip the BVIs. But if you want to chill out and spend your afternoons doing nothing more stressful than napping in a hammock by the sea, the BVIs are a perfect choice.
Although you’ll still find a touch of British formality, the vibe here is casual and fun. When you’re at the beach bar, you’ll be sitting alongside captains of industry, rock stars, famous actors, and colourful local characters, all gathered to sip Painkillers – a rum concoction – with their new best friends.
About the only place you’ll see much evidence of tourism is at the most famous spot on Virgin Gorda, called the Baths. Their grand granite boulders frame the most perfect blue Caribbean you could desire.
The best things about the Virgin Islands are picnics on deserted beaches, sunset sails in tiny boats and morning walks where you won’t run into another soul.
The British Virgin Islands you must visit
Tortola: The largest of the BVIs, Tortola is only 21 miles long. It’s name means ‘turtledove’ in Spanish. The BVI capital, Road Town is here, as well as a huge marina filled with hundreds of yachts that account for half of the BVIs ‘tourist beds.’
Virgin Gorda: Home to some of the most spectacular resorts in the BVIs, Virgin Gorda packs a world of beauty into a mere 8 miles. It has two national parks, both great for hiking.
Anegada: Although this stretch of land is within sight of the other islands, you can easily overlook the flat, sandy island that looks like a giant beach and feels like the end of the earth.
The best bits
Sailing, sailing: Free spirits just love drifting from one island to the next through the Sir Francis Drake Channel.
Eye popping gorgeous setting: The Caribbean doesn’t get any better than this. You can truly find that island getaway and snag your own private strand of beach.
Unexpected fun: When you’re at Foxy’s or Bomba’s beach bar, you may encounter Jack Nicholson sipping on a cocktail or Eric Clapton jamming the night away with a few mates. Honestly.