germany | austria | hungary | slovakia | czech republic
hiya frens ~
my family and i went on an eastern europe trip in october. we went through a thai tour lol and it was about ~12 days. here are some pics/highlights from the trip!
my family and i arrived in germany 3 days earlier than the tour. during our time there, we stayed in munchen! in a hotel right next to the central station, or what they call "hauptbahnhoff"
my mom really wanted to go see the nueschwanstein castle - that's the castle in nuremburg that inspired WALT DISNEY himself to recreate it as sleeping beauty's castle. from munich it was about 3 hrs, and we got the chance to go up into the castle through a tour. the king, ludwig had such a creative mind. although people said he was crazy, i feel like he lived a full, beautiful and colorful life despite whatever chaos he was going through. besides, i think crazy people are just the most passionate ;) the castle was SO PRETTY, inside and out. going on the bridge to see this view is a must:
munich is a lively city - not as much as berlin or hamburg i would say, but still has a great city vibe to it. my favorite was probably marienplatz - the city center (i think), where all the stores and tourists are found. the church/clock tower is such a beautiful sight.
europe never ever fails to amaze me with all it's architecture. literally jaw-dropping. THAT, everyone, is genuine art and beauty.
onto the most beautiful and my favorite...
i seriously understand the austria hype. if there was a place i could go away and leave all my responsibilities and be alone or w someone i love, i would probably go to austria.
when i think back to austria, i think of hallstatt for sure. the small, cute little town by the prettiest lake. it's pretty secluded, but every corner, building, or view is mega heart eyes man. i wish we could've stayed there longer.
we also went to vienna in austria, more city vibe and shopping. i had the best pork leg of MAH LIFE in vienna - so good and a must when in east europe.
next country was hungary! but we only stayed a night in budapest lol
my hidden treasure chest ~ i think if there's one thing you have to do in budapest, it's definitely going out in the city at night, to see the lit up river.
with the tour we got to go on a river cruise - luckily we got the perfect timeslot, during sunset and right in time to see the city sparkle at sundown.
it was quite overwhelming, how beautiful that cruise was. it was one of those, "wow" moments that i really will never ever forget :') you just need to see it with your own eyes.
budapest is a breathtaking city. views on views.
we stopped by bratislava, slovakia when on the way to czech. although it was short (and almost unnecessary lol) i thought it was still really memorable and thankful for it, because it was another beautiful city and so picturesque. the trees in the city center area where we spent our time were gorgeous - so many colors and one of my favorite pictures/moments.
and last but not least..
we hit three cities in czech - prague, karlovy vary, and czesky krumlov.
when i think of czech, i think: red roofs and colors. it was my second fave country, because i have never seen a place so full of color and traditional beauty.
prague had a still and peaceful beauty about it. during the day it was quiet, leaving the architecture and the city to speak for itself. but as night fell, the city flooded with movement - whether it was people chatting over their wine or strolling through the city square.
karlovy vary - (say that 5x fast) is a really small secluded city. it was actually where the casino royale 007 movie was filmed! we stayed in that exact hotel where they had the poker match lol, and ate at the same place where the dinner in the movie was filmed too.
i liked this city because it reminded me of classic europe, a city with a beautiful river running through it - with bridges you can take aesthetically pleasing photos on.
czesky krumlov - i don't remember the facts but there was a historical, old town feel to this city. small stores and shops, walking paths, and there was a castle we went to as well. this was the gorgeous view of the city from above:
we ended our trip back in munich, where we had another couple nights before we made our way back to LAX.
there is really nothing more i can say besides the world never ceases to amaze me. every city i visit, i become more and more thankful of life and everything it has to offer. there is so much more than what we see, hear, and worry about in our daily lives - we tend to forget how large this planet is and how much we can take it for granted. there's a precious thing about traveling - it seems to make all the problems you have go away for a little while, and realize that in the end, things will turn out okay. but what we make of our lives until then, is what really matters.
i don't know, i'm rambling now. anyways, i'm once again so thankful for this opportunity & to be living and a part of this planet we call our world. the world is a dangerous place and life is hard, but i guess the cool thing about it is that the world is also a beautiful place, and it makes life worth living.
here's a video i made of our trip! hope you enjoy and thanks for listening to me blabber ~