Bruchsal and its castle, Germany

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In the morning I started a trip around Karlsruhe with 2 off the beaten path places to visit: Bruchsal and Maulbronn, visited both on the 26th of July.

Bruchsal is just 30 km far from Karlsruhe and has a little city centre with pedestrian shopping area. However what is really worth of this city is the Castle of Bruchsal, built at the beginning of the 18th Century in Baroque Style, that I will insert for sure in the list of castle to visit. Once arrived at the gate the view was impressive.

Hotel reports: hotel Barbarossa, Karlsruhe

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Hotel Barbarossa is located in the district close to the central station of Karlsruhe. It's a nice quiet area with little roads with many shops that seems to be populated by people from all around the world.

This 3-stars hotel was choses because of a nice offer on and the stay was pleasant. I slept in a single room, plenty of tapestry and with enough space: perfect for a couple of comfortable nights. Well as it's located in an old house, sometimes in the toilet there were some little problems but nothing to say about.

The breakfast buffet was nice and they gave you also fresh fruit ( strawberries, pineapples, redberries) besides the classic breakfast offer.

In the end this is a recommended hotel to stay, especially if you pay 50 Euros per night for a single room in a 3-star hotel, central and cheaper than the Ibis Hotel of the central station.

Karlsruhe in one day, Germany

Sunday, August 26, 2012

After the night in Stuttgart, in the morning my off the beaten tracks travel went on and I got to Karlsruhe in the morning. The destination was the Hotel Barbarossa, booked thanks to an offer found on

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Hotel reports: Etap Hotel Stuttgart

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The funny thing was that due to a booking's misunderstanding I could not go to the Business Apartments in Karlsruhe so I decided to stop in Stuttgart and find an hostel or hotel...when I found via the Tom Tom the Ibis, I realized that the price was too 75 Euros so I decided to spend less as my budget was lower and lower.

So using the internet on my mobile phone I tried to find the Etap Hotel in Stuttgart located in a suburbian area. At the beginning I was trying to travel around the the city in order to find an hotel...well I had the opportunity to see the central area of the city and it did not impress me at all.

The price was 51 Euros per room and this was better than the Ibis, as the concept of the Etap is ideal for a couple plus a little kid as it has a double room plus a bunk beds. Then there's a shower, TV, washbasin and toilette: so it has everything you need to stay comfortable and spending not so much.

If you don't mind being sometimes far from a city centre this is the ideal place, especially if you have a car.

The Etap Hotel will be called Ibis Budget Hotel in the future and also it gives you the opportunity to have a breakfast for a variable amount. In my case it was around 7,95 Euros and the buffet was really great! :-)

This seems to be not a review but a sponsorship, but for my idea of travel this is a great concept, that I would love to have in Italy too.

Monastic Island of Reichenau, Germany

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

After the visit to St Gall in the first afternoon I drove to Reichenau, not far from St Gall, close to Germany and during the trip I could see some landscapes of the Lake Costance.

My destination was the Monastic Island of Reichenau, included in the list of Unesco sites. The reason why the site was appointed to the list was the following one: "The churches on the island of Reichenau retain remarkable elements of several stages of construction and thus offer outstanding examples of monastic architecture in Central Europe from the 9th to the 11th century".

The first place I reached was the church of St. Peter and Paul, located in the western side of this peninsula.

St Gall and its convent, Switzerland

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Because of the prices, I decided to stop in a Coop supermarket to buy something for lunch and then head to St Gall ( Sankt Gallen), located at the South-Eastern side of Bodensee, to visit the convent of St Gall, included in the list of Unesco sites, still travelling off the beaten tracks.

The reason why the convent of St Gall was included in the World Heritage List is the following one: "a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery, was, from the 8th century to its secularization in 1805, one of the most important in Europe. Its library is one of the richest and oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts such as the earliest-known architectural plan drawn on parchment.".

Arrived in the main square of St Gall, the first thing I noticed were Swiss houses, similar to the English ones, but decorated with different colours and with typical roofs of the Central Europe.
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Hotel reports: Youth Hostel Schaan Vaduz

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The first of the hotel reports involve the Youth Hostel Schaan Vaduz, good for spaces and services. The dorms have enough space to host more people and there's the possibility to put all your luggages in the lockers just outside the dorms.
As in many youth hostels and hotels, there's free wi-fi connection. The bedrooms and the showers were somehow clean, like the dorms. The breakfast buffet was good and at end of the breakfast you have to clean the place where you ate.
It is located in Schaan, at 20 minutes on walk far from the centre of Vaduz.

For being in Vaduz, the price is not that expensive, but quite expensive for the hostels if compared to the other European countries. Another penalizing thing is that if you don't have a smartphone, tablet or notebook, to access to the internet you have to spend 4 Euros/hour.

This is the cheapest place where to sleep in Vaduz: it's not properly suitable for lovers or business travels; but if you have a minimum of adaptation spirit and if you want to spare that's perfect. It's not recommended to those people who do not want to sleep in 6 beds dorms; perfect for group of friends, backpackers and indipendent travels.

PS: the idea to put some hammocks outside the hostels was great! :-)

Second stop: Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Monday, August 6, 2012

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After the visit to the beautiful natural arena, I got back to Flims to take my car and drive to Vaduz in Liechtenstein, always off the beaten tracks. 

In less than an hour I arrived to the hostel I booked, called Youth Hostel Schaan, where I would have slept that night. Once having done the check in and left my luggage, around 17 I decided to walk to the capital of this little state, that has just 30.000 of inhabitants.

30.000 of inhabitants??? yeah less than my hometown, Montebelluna, so I wondered to build the Principality of Montebelluna! :-)

Besides this, Schaan is a little town close to Vaduz: in just 20 minutes on walk you can reach the city centre, that has just 5.000 of inhabitants.

First stop: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 23rd of July in the morning I decided to start one of the best road trips ever made, head to Flims in Switzerland and then to take a cable ride in order to see the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, or at least a part of it, natural site included in the very long list of Unesco sites, as part of exploration of Europe.
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After having chosen Flims as good starting point to reach the top of the mountain, I left Milan around 10 o' clock and arrived to Flims around 12.30. After having got the wrong way because of few indications, finally I found the cable way that leads to the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.

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