7 Reasons for Spending Christmas in Vienna (& The Best Things to Do)

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Updated post: 12/09/2020 | September 2020 Christmas in Vienna is magical. With its imperial architecture, magnificent museums, classical music scene and cafes galore, Vienna is a superb destination at any time of year. But at Christmas, it is transformed into a sparkling, festive wonderland, and one that is well and truly open for business. Are […]

One Day in Rostock & Warnemünde, Germany: A Perfect DIY Cruise Excursion

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Updated post: 20/10/20 | October 2020 Rostock and Warnemünde, Germany are probably two of the most delightful places in northern Europe that you have never heard of. Situated in northeast Germany, Rostock is one of the country’s loveliest former Hanseatic cities. Warnemünde, on the estuary of the Warnow River, is the seaside resort of Rostock […]

One Day in Stockholm, Sweden: Itinerary From A Cruise Ship

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I loved my day in Stockholm and was utterly seduced by its setting and its medieval old town. With its Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm boasts the most spectacular approach of any port that I have visited on a cruise.

If like me, you are visiting Sweden’s capital as part of a cruise and have only 24 hours or less to seek out the best bits, you will need to make some tough choices. To help you make the most of your day in Stockholm, here are some essential practical tips, including how to get from the cruise terminal, and my pick of what to see and do.

One Day in Tallinn, Estonia: The Perfect Cruise Destination

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This is a tale of two cities.

Visitors justifiably swoon over Tallinn for its perfectly intact medieval centre. Founded in 1154, it lies on the northern coast of Estonia and is the country’s hub for culture and tourism, as well as its capital.

But there is more to Tallinn’s charms than its UNESCO-listed Old Town. Cross its railway tracks and you will discover a very different side of the city. Telliskivi Creative City with its street art, craft beer and designer studios, and the iconic wooden buildings of Kalamaja offer a refreshing alternative to the cutesy appeal of Tallinn’s medieval centre.