Visit Salzburg

Visit Salzburg

I’ve been to Salzburg several times in the past, but this time, this trip certainly felt more special. The invitation to spend four days in this beautiful city came from Salzburg Tourismus, the Official Tourism board. Under the motto “Salzburg. Neu entdeckt” I got invited to discover the city again, to see it with fresh new eyes, from a new perspective.

The promising program that the Tourism board sent me over via email and all the unwanted isolation I’ve been through the last few months due to Covid-19, were enough reasons for me to just pack my luggage, jump in that train from Vienna and set off on this adventure.

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few activities that were part of our program with the hope that they will help you to organize your trip to Salzburg.

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Restaurants in Salzburg

Begin your visit in Salzburg with a lunch or dinner at Stadt Alm restaurant.

Walter Grüll in Grödig, for seafood and oustanding caviar lovers.

Favourite lunch spot in Salzburg: The Steinterrasse rooftop bar and restaurant. Order the shrimp salad with avocado. 

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Cafés 

Kaffee Alchemie, a different coffee house.

Herr Leopold, a very nice place in the city center of Salzburg. 

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Activities / what to do 

Visit Grünmarkt, the vibrant open-air market that is set in a large plaza. Walk around and see the local venders. There are plenty of choices for local meat, cheese, flowers, and baked goods.

Visit the the Benedictine Nonnberg Convent and listen to the Gregorian chant. Here the nuns sing Gregorian Chorals every morning in the sanctuary. 

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Where to stay / Hotels in Salzburg 

I stayed two times at Schloss Leopoldkron and one time at the Sacher hotel. Both hotels are top notch. However, keep in mind that they are located in different parts of the city. Sacher hotel is located right in the heart of the city, while Schloss Leopoldskron is a little bit further, surrounded by 17 acres of manicured grounds and nestled by a small, idyllic lake. I love them both, so it’s hard for me to choose…

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Salzburg Austria best travel tips

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My personal favourite thing to do in Salzburg

Cycling in Salzburg! Being able to ride a bike through Salzburg and into the country side is amazing! 

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with the Official Tourism Board of Salzburg. 

Visit Eger

Visit EgerLast week I found myself in a quaint little town, Eger in Hungary, after receiving an invitation from the Official Tourism Board of Hungary. I’ve never been to this part of the world, therefore I perceived the invitation as a nice travel opportunity for me to go there and find out what this place has to offer.

If I’d like to be completely honest with you, lately I catch myself being more interested in visiting less touristic places and enjoying their quietness and quaintness, instead of visiting fully packed, well known big cities. With this in mind, I packed a few summer clothes in my small luggage and settled in for this new adventure.

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How to get to Eger: 

I guess the easiest way to reach Eger is by car. As I don’t own a car in Vienna, I had to find another way. I took the ÖBB train from Vienna HauptBahnhof to Budapest Kölenfeld. Here I have to admit, I was quite privileged as I had a driver who picked me up from the train station in Budapest and accompanied me during the entire journey, so I didn’t have to care about how to get from Point B to Point C.

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What we saw / where we’ve been: 
1st day : Eger castle / Basilica / Turkish minaret 

We reached Eger after an about 2 hours drive. The ride from Budapest was very nice because you can admire the scenic countryside covered in vineyards along the way. Once you arrive in Eger, there are several things to do here, such as:

  • visit the Basilica
  • enjoy the panoramic view from the castle
  • climb up to the top of the northernmost Turkish Minaret to get a beautiful view of the town
  • stroll around the pedestrian streets
  • admire the mix of architecture of the well preserved historical buildings
  • savor the renowned local specialties and wine

Visit Eger

Visit Eger

Visit Eger

2nd day: Miskolctapolca Cave Bath / Fúzió Wine Bar / Egerszalók salthill

Eger and it’s nearby area are also well known for its thermal baths. Therefore we chose to kick off the day with a visit at the Cave Bath, which is located in Miskolctapolca. The Cave Bath in Miskolctapolca is a very unique place because one can bathe in a cave created over hundreds and thousands of years by nature. We spent most of our time in the natural indoor pool and enjoyed a relaxing massage afterwards.

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Later on, we headed to our next stop which was a visit at the Fúzió Wine Bar for wine tasting. Let me tell you here that I have participated in many wine tastings in different press trips, and I am still not an expert haha…I like to smell the wine, before I taste it, and if I like the smell, then for sure I am going to like the taste as well…The lovely people at Fúzió Wine Bar gave me two types of wine to taste, a red and a white. They also said a few things about the history of their wine bar and showed me the wine cellar. It was a lovely experience!

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We ended the day with a visit at Egerszalók salthill. Egerszalók salthill is a limestone hill, created by water runoff, and over the years it has come to be known as “salt hill”. You will find the salt hill next to Saliris Resort. Many thanks to the management of the Saliris Resort, who allowed me to come closer to the Salt hill, so that I can take the photos that you see in this blog post. 

 Egerszalók salthill

 Egerszalók salthill

 Egerszalók salthill

3rd day: Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

My trip to Hungary couldn’t have ended any better. We rented a little boat and floated around in the lake of a cute small mountain town called Lillafüred. The scenery here is like in a fairy-tale because the lake is located in front of a palace hotel and is surrounded by beautiful nature. I guess during wintertime, you can do other activities in the lake, such as ice fishing, skating, or playing ice hockey.

 Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

 Lake Hámori in Lillafüred 

I’d like to end this little text of mine by saying that I’d highly recommend to Austrian travellers a visit to Eger as a nice and easy to reach weekend getaway destination. Eger makes for an ideal weekend trip.

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with the Official Tourism Board of Hungary.

One Day in Vienna with TVG

One Day in Vienna with TVG

Every morning I wake up, I have the same thoughts. I am thinking of how blessed I am for living in a city like Vienna, and for having my own business and working on it. We live in a difficult period of time, yet I tend to see it all with a positive mindset. I am convinced that these challenging times came to teach us something and I want to believe that we have all taken the time to reflect on life during quarantine.

Summer is here, cafes and restaurants are open again. The restrictions and measurements have been loosened. And on a more personal level, I have a few nice travel plans to look forward to…it’s been already 3 months in Vienna with zero travelling. After 2 months of self isolation at home, when I started going out again, I saw Vienna with new fresh eyes and consequently fell in love with her, as if I had just landed here for the first time.

Most of the days in Vienna are spent with these 2 activities: answering emails and editing photos. One day in Vienna looks like this:

09.00 You may know it already, and if not, let me tell you this: I am not a morning person. So my day starts a bit later than it does for others. I also work from home as a freelancer, so I can be quite flexible when it comes to timing. That is actually one of the pros of being self employed. I usually have breakfast around 09.00 and start working around 10.00. I start with checking my emails on my #GalaxyTabS6 which comes with a separate, portable BookCover Keyboard for a PC-like experience. I begin to prioritize my emails and I firstly answer the ones that are the most important. Working space is either my office desk or my couch. That always depends on the mood.

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12.00

Working alone at home office can get quite tedious sometimes. For that reason, I continue my work in a coffee place in the center of Vienna. My favourite cafe at the moment is Paremi. The #GalaxyTabS6 turns that current environment into my co-working space. It is portable and powerful. I love working and watching people passing by at the same time. They may don’t know it, but I often get inspired by them.

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15.00

Time for a photo walk. Like the ones I used to do during my first years in Vienna. During my photo walks, I am looking for photo motifs. That can be streets, buildings, or small details in the city. As I don’t like carrying around my heavy DSLR when I am not officially working for a project, my always to go device is my #GalaxyS20 Ultra. With 108 megapixels, three lenses, and up to 100x Space zoom, I have everything in one hand to make great photos while on the go.

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19.00-21.00

That is my favourite time during the day. I put on my fitness outfit and go running/walking in the Schönbrunn gardens, which is right next to my little apartment. The only thing that can stop me from doing this, is when the weather is rainy or very windy, or when I get an invitation from a very handsome man…The #GalaxyWatchActive2 is a great looking smart watch packed with lots of interesting features, and keeps me updated if anything important arrives during my sport time. It also tracks my activity, counts my steps and shows me my heart rate during the day.

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Disclosure: This blog post is in collaboration with Samsung Austria.

Paros island

Paros island
food in Paros
 

If you are thinking of visiting the Greek islands this summer, make sure to inculde Paros island in your travel plans. On this blog post, I put together a few tips, where stay, where to eat, what to do, along with a few photos to get you in the mood for the island life.

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Villages

Prodromos, Lefkes, Marpissa, Parikia, The picturesque fishing village of Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Alyki

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Beaches

Kolymbithres beach, Golden Beach, Santa Maria beach, Parasporos beach, Aliki Beach, Monastiri beach, Pounda beach, Livadia beach, Kalogeras beach, Tripiti beach, Lageri beach

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Restaurants in Paros island

Halaris Fish Tavern in Piso Livadi, Markakis Restaurant in Piso Livadi, Charoula’s Tavern in the center of old Marpissa, Barbarossa Restaurant in Naousa, Vanilla Gelateria in Parikia.

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3 Hotel suggestions

Design hotel PARĪLIO, Mr & Mrs White Paros, Albatross hotel

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Paros island
 
Rent a car in Paros island 

Athina Rent a car

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Paros island
Paros island
 

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The ultimate guide to Bali

The ultimate guide to Bali

The ultimate guide to Bali 

I guess my trip to Bali will always be in my memory as a trip connected (emotionally and chronologically) to COVID-19. When my flight tickets and hotels were booked, COVID-19 hit China but it hadn’t hit Europe yet (or at least as far as I knew). Obviously I didn’t imagine that things would evolve the way they did, that’s why I decided to make the trip nevertheless. I didn’t imagine that COVID-19 would extend to a point in which the World Health Organization would declare the outbreak of COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Who would have ever thought? 

We didn’t run into any complications caused by Coronavirus during my trip in Bali. Life on the island was still normal like before. All the shops and hotels were operating normally and people were out partying in the beach bars. Only during the last days of my stay, when Coronavirus hit hard Italy, the virus became the hot topic of discussion everywhere in Bali. And when I left the island, on the 17th of March, the virus started affecting life in Bali as well. It felt like COVID-19 was taking over the world between the 10th and the 20th of March. I felt insecure about being alone in the other side of the world and I said to myself  “Oh, Silia! Time for you to fly back!  

The ultimate guide to Bali
The ultimate guide to Bali
 

The preparation of the trip 

Ok, let’s stop talking about the Coronavirus and focus on the topic of this blog post: The ultimate guide to Bali! The title sounds promising, right? Before I fly to the island, I had zero idea about it. Like with all the places I visit for the very first time, I had to dig into the web and find informations about where to go, where to stay, what to do and finally create a list. A list with the things I wanted to do, the places I wanted to visit and the hotels I’d like to stay at. It took me days and nights to organize everything! So I will put together all this information for you on this blog post, so that I will hopefully save you from all the workload I’ve gone through myself. 

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How to get to Bali 

I flew from Vienna to Bali via Taipei Airport with Eva Air (EVA AIR on Instagram). Everything went fine, especially during my return flight and despite the weird circumstances. All the flights were on time, the cabin crew was very attentive and supportive and the Hello Kitty theme literally cheered me up. 

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How to get around Bali 

I think the best way to get around a specific area in Bali is by scooter. But if you’d like to drive big distances, then I think the best option is a car. So what do you do, if you don’t want to drive a scooter, nor a car? Have you heard of Gojek and Grab? These are two popular apps in Bali. They work like Uber, but you only pay with cash. However, keep in mind that Gojek or Grab don’t drive in all the areas of Bali. So, you may want to check that with your hotel first. What we did is this: we asked the hotel to arrange a personal driver for us, for either half of the day or for the whole day. That was very convenient, a safe way to get around Bali and very affordable, especially if you split the price.

Our Bali itinerary

I stayed 3 weeks in total in Bali. I spent one week alone and two weeks with Katharina. I’d say that my trip to Bali was divided into two phases: the sightseeing phase and the relaxation phase. I did all the sightseeing with Katharina, and when she left Bali, the relaxation phase began for me.

The starting point was Canggu. After two days, when Katharina came to Bali, we met in Seminyak because we wanted to explore that area too. During our stay in Seminyak, we drove to Uluwatu and spend one day there. After three days in Seminyak, we took the ferry to Nusa Penida. We stayed 3 days/2 nights in Nusa Penida. After that, we went back to Bali and drove to Mengwi because we were invited to stay at Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa. After that, we went to Ubud where we stayed 3 nights/4 days. Later on, we went to Nusa Dua where I stayed 2 nights/3 days and then to Sanur where I stayed again 2 nights/3 days at Kayumanis resort. After Sanur, I was contemplating whether to go to Nusa Lembongan or to stay in Bali. I decided to stay in Bali and I went back to Canggu again, where the whole trip started. 

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Money and safety 

We’ve heard about skimming ATM machines in Bali. If you don’t know what is this, please go to Youtube and watch some videos. As a result, we were quite scared and we decided to take precautions in order to protect our bank accounts and have peace of mind. 

What we did: First and foremost, we were using a credit card that had a limited amount of money available and we were checking it online quite often via web banking. Secondly, we never went to any Currency Exchange office. And thirdly, we only withdrew money from ATM machines that you could find inside a supermarket called Circle K. Because we followed these security steps, we didn’t have any problem.

Canggu

Where I stayed: Beyond Bungalows, Zin Berawa Villas & BnB, Dreamsea Canggu

Restaurants/cafes: Penny Lane, Peloton Supershop, Bali Buda, Crate Cafe, Copenhagen Canggu, Cafe Vida, Give Cafe, The Shady Shack, Betelnut, The Loft, Secret Spot, Lifescrate, Milk & Madu, Fat Mermaid, Lila Kozina. 

Beach bars/restaurants: Finns Beach Club, The Lawn Canggu, La Brisa 

Italian restaurants: La Baracca, Bottega Italiana Bali

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Seminyak

We didn’t really like this area. It’s full of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s full of everything and it feels like it’s all too much. We didn’t go to Bali for shopping, for the nightlife and for all the traffic that comes with it. If you like shopping and nightlife, then this area is good for you. We also didn’t like the hotel we stayed at, so I wouldn’t recommend it on The Viennese Girl blog. Remember, that is my personal taste. You may like Seminyak more than I did.  

If I had to go to Seminyak again, I would go for an afternoon stroll, do my shopping, visit a few cafes and then leave. 

There is one amazing vegan cafe restaurant in Seminyak that is not to miss: Kynd Community.

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Uluwatu 

We didn’t stay in Uluwatu. But there are some amazing resorts here like Alila Villas

My favourite restaurant in Uluwatu: La Baracca 

Other interesting eataries: Bukit Cafe, Nalu Bowls Bukit

Beaches in Uluwatu: Bingin, Balangan beach, Padang Padang, Thomas Beach Pecatu, Suluban Beach, Dreamland beach. 

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Nusa Penida 

Where we stayed: The Mesare resort 

Places to visit: Kelingking beach, Broken beach, Diamond beach, Atuh beach. Visit the “Tree House” Rumah Pohon. End the day at Crystal bay for sunset. 

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Ubud 

Where we stayed: 11 on Kajeng 

Places to visit: Aloha Ubud swing, Tegallalang rice terraces, Pura Gunung Kawi, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud monkey forest. 

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Excursion to the North of Bali 

Places to visit: Ulun Danu Temple, Handara Golf & Resort Bali and Wana Ayu Waterfall

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

My recommendations for beauty treatments salons

Ubud: Fresh Spa Bali 

Seminyak: Eco Bali Spa 

Canggu: Goldust Beauty lounge Bali 

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Back to Vienna

When I landed in Vienna, I took a taxi and went straight home. I stayed alone at home for about one month. Calm and patient, confused yet positive…I was working from home and at the same time, I was dreaming of my next trip and wondering when are we going to be able to travel again!? If anyone knows the answer, please let me know in the comment section below ; )

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Disclaimer: My flight tickets from Vienna to Bali and back were sponsored by Eva Air.

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