5 posts from month 10/2015

Hungary

The Setting Budapest is an exquisite city straddling the Danube River, with Pest, densely populated and with the magnificent Parliament building and St. Stephens Basilica on one side of the river, and Buda, with the medieval castle district on the other bank; several bridges traverse the Danube, with the magnificent Chain Bridge inviting  pedestrians with its lovely walkways. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue, ... Continue Reading

Slovakia

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube River. The feature image shows the back wall of a building housing a children's theatre program, ... Continue Reading

Poland

Poland Feature Photo: Zapiekanka, a toasted open-faced baguette topped with mushrooms and cheese (or any number of optional add-ons), is the most popular street food in Kraków, utterly scrumptious. The rotunda in the middle of Plac Nowy is packed with zapiekanka vendors, but the best of the bunch is Endzior (Plac Nowy; 48-12-429-3754; endzior.eu), description of zapiekanka adapted from New York Times, "36 Hours in Kraków," September 29, 2011. Kraków The historic center of Kraków, the ... Continue Reading

Austria

Austria Vienna Park Hyatt Hotel (our four-night stay at this exquisite, centrally located hotel was covered, except for breakfast, by our Hyatt points) An exquisite, luxurious hotel in a converted 100-year-old bank building overlooking Am Hof Square. Situated in Vienna’s new Goldenes Quartier, within the First District of the city, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also sits within the heart of the most exclusive shopping district in Vienna, near Prada, Louis Vuitton ... Continue Reading

Czech Republic

Czech Republic Prague Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock.     The historic center of Prague is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town ,and the New Town reflect the ... Continue Reading