Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, a country bordered by Austria, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia. Prague is famous for its stunning bridges and gothic churches.
Prague is one of the best cities out there. Also, it is one of my favorite destinations to travel to. It’s just so picturesque no matter what season it is . I have visited it many times and I still get the same excitement as if it’s my first time visiting each time. Definitely a city I would always suggest whenever someone asks me where the best destination is.
In this article, I will be sharing some of my favorite photos which I took from my previous visits in this beautiful city. Hope these photos will make you wanna visit Prague.
One of my favorite scenes whenever I cross the famous Charles Bridge were the musicians busking on the bridge. They just simply add to the magical vibe of Prague, especially during sunsets.
Aside from Prague’s stunning bridges and gothic churches, the city is also famous for its swans which reside at the Vltava River. These swans are not only an attraction but they are also the symbol of LOVE in Prague. You can find them on the banks of Vltava by the right side of Charles Bridge when you are facing the direction towards Prague Castle.
One of the many things I admire about Prague is the interior of their subway stations. It’s just stunning! I took this shot inside Malostranská Station on Line A.
Prague is a very busy city, no matter what season it is. But its just beautiful to see all these people from different parts of the world enjoy the beauty of Prague.
I would definitely say that Prague has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the whole world. Just look at the next two photos below! If you are looking for the best sunset location in Prague with a stunning view of the old town, head over to Riegrovy Sady Park, aka Sunset Hill. You can also order some beer to accompany your sunset-watching from the beer gardens in the area.
One of my favorite Arches in Prague, the Arch of the Malá Strana Bridge Towers. It is a gateway at the other end of Charles Bridge to Prague’s Lesser Town but definitely a site to behold. The details on the arch are just superb!
The Vltava River is definitely a site to behold when in Prague. You can basically get a wonderful view of the river from almost all the different bridges which intersect it. But for a magical view, head to one of its bridges during sunrise or sunset.
I usually travel alone, hence I have my GoPro with me at all times to take some self portraits. And what is a more perfect backdrop than Prague’s beautiful streets. Almost all of Prague’s street in the old town are great locations for the perfect gram.
Prague’s Tram 22 is a must when in Prague. It is the most scenic tram route of em all. This line will take you to some of the major attractions in Prague.
The Old Town Square is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Prague, along with Charles Bridge andPrague Castle. Here you can find other attractions such as the Astronomical Clock, the gothic Church of our Lady Before Tyn, etc.
The ancient splendor and beauty of Prague, a city beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade –Richard Wagner
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Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital, a country bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest and the Czech Republic to the west. Bratislava is known for many things like its gorgeous old town, its castle in the city center, etc. But aside from these, Bratislava is also known for its beautiful people -those types which you see in pageants haha.
I visited Bratislava on the fall of 2018, I arrived from Vienna, Austria by bus. Bratislava is the fourth city I have visited on my first ever Eastern Europe tour. The bus ride took only two hours from Vienna, Yeah, they are pretty close. But often times, people skip Bratislava and often proceed to Bratislava’s more famous neighbors like Budapest or Prague. I have read online that Bratislava is virtually non-existent in the eyes of a typical western tourist. I’m not western, but I’m glad I was able to visit Bratislava, now it’s one of my favorite cities and it has become one of those cities in Eastern Europe that I always recommend when someone asks for the best places to visit in that area.
There are tons of things to love about Bratislava. First, it’s a very lovely town, second, it’s cheaper than most European Cities, third, its people are friendly and fourth, they serve really great food!I love the Cafe and pub atmosphere as well.
This city can be explored in a day as well, but in my case l was able to visit all the major attractions in less than a day.
Here are some of the Top Things I suggest worth doing when in Bratislava.
Visit Bratislava Castle
The castle’s view deck offers a spectacular 360 degree view of Bratislava. It’s pretty easy to get here as it is just located near the old town. You can just follow signs which are posted on most street corners if you are coming from the old town. If not, then you can always have your google map handy with you.
Explore Bratislava’s Old Town
I will mention it here again, Bratislava’s old town is simply gorgeous. You can find countless pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops here. Basically the best place to unwind when in Bratislava.
Go and See Michael’s Gate
This gate is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings. Definitely a place to take that winning influencer shot lol.
Visit Most SNP
Commonly referred to as Most Slovenského národného povstania or the UFO Bridge, and named Nový most from 1993 to 2012, is a road bridge over the Danube in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the world’s longest bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane.
Of course, there are other things to do aside from the ones I mentioned above. But for me, being able to see those is already enough for me to appreciate the beauty of Bratislava, especially that I only stayed in the city for 24 hours.
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Recently, I visited Skopje (pronounced as ‘skawp-ye’) in North Macedonia. Skopje is part of my Balkan Road-trip Itinerary and basically it was my first stop. I flew directly to Skopje from Dubai with Flydubai. Flydubai flies to Skopje every three days, the flight took approximately around five hours. So if you’re based in the United Arab Emirates, try to consider Skopje as your next destination!
Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia is located in the Balkan Peninsular. Some of the highlights of this capital are their countless giant statues, magnificent canyons, breathtaking mountains, deep caves and ancient towns with Ottoman and European architecture.
Filipino citizens and some other nationalities can visit North Macedonia without having to apply for a North Macedonian Tourist Visa if they are holding a valid unexpired multiple entry Schengen Visa, UK Visa, USA Visa, or Canadian Visa.
Going back, so I arrived in Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, Skopje’s main International Airport. It’s a pretty compact airport, so I managed to get to the passport-control desk immediately after disembarking. For some reasons, the immigration officers are ‘very very very’ strict with visitors who are possessing a third-world passport-unfortunately, that’s including me, so they held me on the side together with some other people while they let other people(obviously people with strong passports) pass with ease. How humiliating ey’?
So after they’ve finished letting everyone through, some officer went back to interrogate us furthermore individually. They just asked the basic questions like what is the purpose of visit, the next destination after, etc. Thank goodness I was traveling with my very good friend, Tom, who is a Scottish Expat based in Dubai. The officer might have noticed that we were traveling together so he just asked to confirm if we we’re traveling together, and we said ‘yes’ and there goes the funny part- the officer faced Tom and started asking questions about me, right in front of me as if I wasn’t there. And when I tried to interrupt to answer some of the questions, the officer just ‘sssshhh!’ me with a hand gesture to literally tell me to shut the F*** up haha. After Tom answered some of his questions, then the officer was convinced that our sole-purpose was just for tourism, so the officer gave my passport back to me with an entry stamp.
In my case, I used my valid Schengen Visa to gain entry, although I could’ve used my Canadian Visa, but still, despite having different visas from highly-industrialized countries, the decision will still be upon the immigration officer. Sometimes, I really cannot blame them for being so strict, especially with people who are holding a passport from countries with a very bad reputation of overstaying in another territory.
The key is to keep your cool whenever you are going through passport-control and facing immigration officials. As long as you are brutally honest with your intention of visiting a place, then I think there is nothing to worry about. They might held you for some reason, but that is just for their own security.
Well, That wasn’t a warm welcome, but that definitely didn’t stop me from discovering some of the great things that this City has to offer.
Well, in this article, I will be discussing some of the main highlights of Skopje. Places I’ve seen and activities which I have done in this beautiful city that I highly recommend.
Top Things to See and Do in Skopje
Canyon Matka is basically one of the main highlights of Skopje. It is one of those places which you shouldn’t miss when you are visiting Skopje and it’s pretty much easy to get there from town. From the city center, you can take a taxi directly to Canyon Matka for less than 10 euros, the same is with going back from the canyon to the city center. I highly suggest people who intend to visit Canyon Matka to spend at least three hours exploring this gem to actually admire its beauty from every angle.
When in Canyon Matka, consider taking a boat tour to Vrelo Cave. Vrelo Cave offers different rock structures like stalagmites and stalactites and is believed to be the the deepest underwater cave in the whole world. Definitely a must visit place when in Canyon Matka. Other option to get to this cave is through kayaking, so if you are feeling adventurous, rent a kayak and paddle your way to Vrelo Cave. The boat ride only costs around 400 Macedonian Denar (around 5 Euros) per person while the kayak rent is around 200 Denar, so quite affordable.
Macedonia Square is North Macedonia’s main square. It is one of the famous spots in Skopje. A giant statue of Alexander the Great on a horse can be seen here. The square also has fountains which is usually filled with joyful children playing with the water. The music played that is heard from this monument complements the whole atmosphere of beauty in Macedonia.
Located near Macedonia Square, this bridge can easily be reached by foot. This bridge connects the old and new part of the town. The bridge is also less frequently known as the Dušan Bridge after Stephen Dušan, Emperor of Serbia. Come and see it during dusk to admire its beauty with the colorful Macedonian sunset in the background.
Museum of Macedonia
Stunning piece of architecture! That’s how I describe the Museum of Macedonia. It is situated on the other side of the Vardar River and it can easily be reached from the main square. Definitely a place to go if you wanna see some artifacts and different historical collections being exhibited or simply if you wanna know the in-depth history of North Macedonia.
Vardar River is what separates the old and new part of Skopje. Along the banks are countless cafes and pubs that offers both local and international cuisines. Take a stroll at the Vardar River during sunset to admire its lively vibe and to appreciate its real beauty with the colorful sunset reflecting on its waters.
Explore Skopje’s Old Town
One of my favorite things to do when visiting a city is to explore its old town. Skopje’s old town didn’t disappoint, I pretty much just wandered around and admired its beauty. Here you can find countless souvenir shops, so a must-go place when you intend to take some souvenirs home. If you’re feeling hungry, the old town is home to several local restaurants where you can taste local cuisines.
Go on a day-trip to Pristina in Kosovo from Skopje
I will be discussing my experience in Kosovo in a different blogpost though I just wanna highlight it here that you can pretty much go on a day-trip to Kosovo’s capital Pristina from Skopje as they are pretty much located quite near each other. The travel time from Skopje to Pristina takes around 2 hours, including the time it takes to get through passport control at the border. Buses from each city departs every hour, and one way ticket costs around 6 Euros.
The currency they use in Kosovo is Euro. So if you are not going for a day-trip and you’re leaving North Macedonia to Kosovo and not coming back, then I highly suggest that you change your remaining Macedonian Denar to Euros as most exchange centers in Kosovo doesn’t accept Macedonian Denar for some reasons.
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Traveling can be tiring sometimes, especially when you need to endure long haul flights and long hour bus rides. Thank goodness with Europe, most countries are pretty much situated near each other, so you can pretty much visit several countries in a single trip. That’s what I did with my Eastern-Europe Itinerary, I visited Krakow in Poland, Budapest in Hungary, Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Prague in the Czech Republic in a single trip. But in this article, I will be discussing mainly about Budapest.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, a country landlocked by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west.
I arrived in Budapest from Krakow in Poland. It took roughly around seven hours to get here through bus. Quite long but it was all worth it when the site of Budapest has appeared from afar. And upon reaching the center, all I can say is that it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
Before, there were two cities in Budapest, mainly Buda and Pest, they are basically located on opposite sides of the Danube River. But then they decided to merge the two cities into one and then they decided to just join the name of the two cities together. Hence, it’s called Budapest.
There are lots of things which Budapest is famous for, but often times, people come here to experience Budapest’s public Baths. They have what they called ‘SPArty’ here, which basically means ‘Party in a Spa’. So you can pretty much go to a rave party in a Spa in Budapest. Well, you know what they say, only in Budapest!
Below are compilation of some of the best places which I visited when I was in Budapest.
Top Things to Do and See In Budapest
The Hungarian Parliament is Budapest’s famous landmark. It is one of the most iconic structures in the city. The parliament is situated in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city and on the banks of the Danube. Aside from being an icon, It is also one of the most picturesque landmarks in the city.
The view of the parliament from the other side of the Danube River is basically a view to die for, especially during sunset- it’s just freakin’ gorgeous, so if you’re in Budapest or if you’re planning to visit this beautiful city, make sure to include this in your to-do list.
Margaret Island is an island in the Danube River. It is a tranquil getaway within the city. Here you can see the ruins of a 13th-century Dominican convent, a musical fountain and a small zoo. Other attractions include jogging tracks, thermal spas and swimming pools. You can also experience a great view of the Hungarian Parliament from here. During the warm months, there are pop-up bars and restaurants, as well as live music to enjoy when visiting the island. Definitely one of the must-go places when in Budapest.
Margaret Bridge or Margit híd is a three-way bridge in Budapest, Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube and linking Margaret Island to the banks. It is the second-northernmost and second-oldest public bridge in Budapest. -reference: Wikipedia
One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Memorial Stone of Heroes, often erroneously referred as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Budapest’s city park is located just after the Heroes Square. It is basically a place where everyone can find something to do. For me, I kinda enjoyed sitting on one of the benches here and just watch the duck swim on the pond.
My favorite place in Budapest. The Budapest Zoo is the oldest zoo in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. It has over one-thousand animal species and is located within the city centre, which is unusual for a zoo. The zoo opened its doors on 9 August 1866.
Often referred to as the tourist street. The Vaci Street is one of the most famous street in Budapest. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market. The best place to go when you plan to buy a few items for souvenirs.
In my opinion, I think this is Budapest’s most beautiful bridge. Come here during the night to see what I’m talking about. For photographers, make sure to bring your tripod with you-this is basically one of the best spots to do some long-exposure photography in the city.
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