When people search for the best beach destinations in Europe, they often think Italy or anywhere along the Mediterranean Sea. And while a trip to the French Riviera in France or the Almafi Coast or Cinque Terre in Italy sounds idyllic, there are other places to consider for a beach holiday in Europe. For example, there are a plethora of more affordable beach holidays in the Balkan countries such as Croatia and Montenegro. So let me introduce you to a collection of gorgeous seaside towns along the Adriatic Sea at a fraction of the price you might pay anywhere else in Europe.

Nearly in the heart of Germany is one of Germany’s best kept secrets practically unheard of outside of the country. Often referred to as a “mini Black Forest”, the Harz Mountains, stretches 100 km long and 30 km wide over a distance of three German states, Saxony-Anhalt, Lower Saxony and Thuringia. Boasting of Medieval towns littered with timber-frame houses, historic steam trains, UNESCO World Heritage status, fairy tale castles and a lot of natural beauty in between, it’s a great place to explore lesser known parts of Germany.

Everyone is a newbie at something at some point or another. We all live and learn by our mistakes or the mistakes of others. Now, after nearly 10 years living in Europe and having spent most of my adolescent years traveling primarily to Europe,  I’ve learned from a lot of mistakes that will help you travel with ease in Europe!

If you’re an avid Caliglobetrotter reader, you’ve likely noticed by now that many of the places we visit are low-key destinations. Small towns and cities or hidden natural gems not always found between the pages of a travel guide. You might ask, well then how did you discover these hidden gems in Germany? I certainly like to think I have a special talent in sniffing out the diamond in the rough, the whimsical town that is better than any major city. It’s taken years of observation and note taking, but I’m here to share with you some of my favorite hidden sights to see in Germany!

Spring. The time of year where Germans prune back their bushes, plant some flowers and decorate their bare bushes with colorful Easter eggs to brighten up the warming days. They come in every shape and size and can be found on at least one bush or tree in the yard until Easter. But, it’s not just the trees they decorate with Easter eggs. There’s a tradition of even decorating water fountains in the center of small villages. Where and why can you find these ‘Osterbrunnen’? Let me enlighten you!

When it comes to traveling and picking out a new destination to visit, I take many things into consideration. From, location, hotels, city center, activities and restaurants. When traveling, I always stop to think about the things to do on every holiday we go on, from making sure we can do a city walking tour, to visiting a library and most importantly, starting any sightseeing at the local city hall. WHY you ask!? Because in Europe, the city hall is usually one of the most beautiful buildings in every city center, the heartbeat of every town. So I’m here to share with you some of the most beautiful city halls in Europe we have stumbled upon!

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you how I best explore a new city! With GPSMyCity, you’ll never have to worry about getting lost again when stepping foot into a new town or city! Simply let GPSMyCity be your guide, saving precious time not getting lost and seeing everything you want to see! Check, Check and Check!

As of writing this, there are 79 days and 7 hours to go until the opening of Dresden’s Christmas Market and I can hardly contain my excitement than Christmas is just around the corner! To say that Christmas in Germany is anything less than magical would be a complete understatement! So, when you’re looking for the best Christmas Markets in Germany, Dresden’s Striezelmarkt is right up at the top of the list! Why, well for one, it’s the oldest Christmas Market in Germany and two, because its über pretty!

So, you’ve discovered one of the most quintessential British traditions, afternoon tea. You’ve seen the Brits take tea on The Crown and Downton Abbey and now you want to experience a traditional afternoon tea the next time you’re in the United Kingdom, but you don’t know the first thing about taking tea. You want to own your afternoon tea experience more like a Duchess and less like a newbie. Have no fear, with these simple tips and tricks for afternoon tea, you’ll soon be a tea snob, adding an afternoon tea to every holiday and soon you’ll even host your own tea party!

If you’re planning a trip to Germany soon but wondering what you should do when you get here, look no further! There are a million things to do in Germany where one can stuff their face with the most delicious food in Germany to visiting the best festivals, celebrating the best holidays, visiting Germany’s most popular tourist attractions and lesser-known gems!

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