Larochette Castle rewards you with a King’s view

First thing you’ll notice is the backdrop of Larochette Castle which gives the town a fairy tale feel! To top it off the cobbled narrow streets definitely add to the magical feel. On our first venture out we explored some of the towns lovely little cafes surrounding the square with great views of the medieval castle.

via My Unexpected Luxembourg trip – Lost in the World

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Have a ‘Fika’ in Sigtuna, Sweden’s First City

I remember this day very vividly from last spring. It felt like I had literally spent my day in a hundred post cards – the kind of feeling you get when you are in a place too pretty to be true.

via K&K’s Visit to Sigtuna, Sweden’s First City – Kronicles of K80 & Krissy

Fika: A concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee”, often accompanied with pastries, cookies or pie. [source: Wikepedia]

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La Roche-en-Ardenne answers your wishes

Today we had our first real Belgian adventure! We set off on a two hour drive to the small town of La Roche-en-Ardenne. The drive was incredibly scenic with rolling hills, sheep grazing, lush forests and fields of golden harvest.

via Medieval Castles and WW2 Battles – … it’s on my list.

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More to Budva than beach

Later in the day, I took a walk back inside the Old Town, through the castle and around the stone walls that encircled this magical place. It felt like my hidden paradise, with the best views over the water. The rooftops were covered in kiwi fruit vines, providing much-needed shade to the inhabitants below.

via A few nights in Budva, Montenegro – Travel Adventure Discover

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The Sights and Sounds of Salzburg

Salzburg has the look of an enchanted folk story village whilst maintaining a buzzing city atmosphere. It is the combination of old and new which makes Salzburg truly special. Its Baroque styled domed buildings add to the city’s old world charm.

via The Sights of Salzburg: My day trip to Salzburg – nikkidiscovers

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Ljubljana is the perfect weekender

When you think of fantastic city break destinations in Europe, most people think of Barcelona or Venice or Paris. Ljubljana isn’t one of the first places that comes to mind.

It’s only 2 hours away from London by plane, is small enough to get around on foot and is a beautiful city full of really lovely people. And because it’s a small city, you can see it on a weekender. Perfect, right?

Not yet convinced?

via 11 Things To Do In Ljubljana, Slovenia – Heels In My Backpack

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Bouillon, rural pearl in The Ardennes

An oasis in the heavily forested area of rural Belgium, Bouillon sits proudly on the edge of the river Semois. You won’t have to drive far into the town before catching a glimpse of the magical Bouillon Castle, which has presided over the streets below since the Middle Ages.

via IT’S TIME TO EXPLORE! FAMILY ADVENTURES IN WALLONIA – P&O Ferries Blog

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Esch-sur-Sûre for sure

Another cute little fairytale town with a castle, although this one is in ruins (the castle, not the town). The original 8m tall tower still stands on a giant cliffside, and the town is almost completely encircled by the winding Sûre River.

via Out and About in Luxembourg – A Brummie Home and Abroad

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Český Krumlov, a Bohemian Rhapsody

Walking down the cobbled stone laneways of Český Krumlov early in the morning, it is easy to feel like you are stepping back in time. The streets of this South Bohemian town are lined with gothic, renaissance and baroque style houses, with large boulders on every corner, placed originally to avoid damage from the horse and carts cutting corners.

via Český Krumlov, Czech Republic – Travel Adventure Discover

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Lovely little Vianden

Vianden is lovely. I fell in love with this small town while I was still on the bus. It has a small river winding its way through the town, with steep hills either side, and the houses are old and quaint, the streets are cobbled and quiet. It’s probably busy at the height of summer, but at the beginning of October it was nice and peaceful.

via Vianden, Luxembourg

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