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Taking public transport in Albania takes time. Our bus didn’t leave on time, so we arrived in the late afternoon at the bus station, just outside of the city. However, the ride from Tirana to Berat was pretty smooth. Minutes after arriving a local bus arrived. My friend and I hopped on, hoping it would take us towards Berat’s old town. Although we weren’t 100% sure, all the other tourists followed. We were staying in the Gorica part of town, across the river. It is one half of the Unesco protected part of the city. Our hostel was in one of the typical local houses that Berat is known for. They spread out from the river all the way up the hill and create the most picturesque cityscape. When we saw the river we hit the stop button. It was only a short walk to the hostel. I was eager…

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Rhodes’ medieval citadel is one of the best preserved ones in Europe and earned its place on the Unesco heritage list. We can thank the Knights Hospitallers for much of what Rhodes looks like now. They moved to the island in the 14th century and left their mark in the approximately 200 years that they were there. After some Ottoman attacks the knights decided to build heavy fortifications, which you can still see today. However in the the 16th century the Ottomans won after all and added some oriental flavor to the town. Visiting Rhodes Town now, you can see elements from different times in the small streets within the city wall. If you enter the old town from the coast, you walk through the impressive Knight’s street towards the even more impressive palace of the grand master. At the hottest time of the day, tourists were using the small…

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Prague’s a beautiful city, but after several visits, I felt the need to explore somewhere further out. I found a castle in the small town of Karlštejn, South West of Prague, that looked like an interesting place for a day trip. After an enjoyable train ride of just under an hour, our train rolled into the small station of Karlštejn. We seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, but we weren’t the only tourists alighting here. It was easy enough to follow the group in the right direction, across the river and up the hill, past souvenir shops and little cafés. In the distance we already saw the solid walls of Karlštejn Castle. On this beautiful summer day the castle was a popular attraction. You had to book a timed ticket for your visit. Perhaps that was why it didn’t feel so busy at all. I enjoyed the peaceful…

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Once upon a time Andrea found herself looking for a hike around Düsseldorf. Via the Komoot App she found a 17 km loop not too far from the city. As she looked into it more, she found out the walk passed a medieval castle. “Oooo”, Andrea thought. And that’s where the story begins. My first day in Düsseldorf I spent outside of the city. After some train delays I finally arrive in Solingen Schaberg, 2 S-bahn rides away. Only one other girl leaves the train here. It seems I’m not really in a town anymore. I am in the hills. I had no idea this area was so hilly! First I walk all the way to the bottom, where the Wupper river flows through a forested valley. There is beautiful park at the bottom, all in honor of the Müngstener bridge: the highest railroad bridge in Germany. It’s a pretty…

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We all know Dracula as the bloodsucking, evil creature made up by Bram Stoker. He’s got long corner teeth, or fangs, a cape, slick black hair and preferably some blood running from the corner of his mouth. And somehow he’s usually portrayed with his hands out like claws. Long story short: he’s out to get you. But once upon a time there was a real Dracula. Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the impaler, wasn’t the nicest of boys either, but he wasn’t known for sucking people’s blood. This man was a prince of Wallachia, a region that is now part of Romania. For the longest time Wallachia paid off the Turks so they wouldn’t invade, but take care of the small country. But Vlad was fed up with this and wanted freedom for his country. He stopped the payments and had to defend his country somehow. Cruel as he was he…

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Cesky Krumlov. Never in my life had I heard about this town… until I started working for G. When I first saw the trip I was going to run, I was a bit confused. Why would they put me in an area I barely know and do not speak the language of. But I guess anyone can learn and make a place their own. So I found out why this is the perfect trip for me: it is filled with castles! Cesky Krumlov is the smallest town we visit, but has the 2nd largest castle complex in central Europe! It’s truly amazing and looks stunning, especially in the sunshine. The next day it was a bit dreary and cloudy, so I decided to do one of the tours going through the castle. The tour focused on the original interiors of the Baroque and Renaissance. Unfortunately you were not allowed to…

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For years I’ve been admiring the beautiful dresses of empress Sisi and finally the day had come that I would visit her palace. For one day I got to be a princess. For the occasion I was wearing a dress. Ok, it didn’t have any diamonds on it, but it was covered in green dots. Instead of a carriage with horses, line 4 of the U-bahn took us to the castle. Together with my grandmother I made my way through the masses until I saw the yellow castle in its full glory. The sun reflected in the white statues on the roof in a warm welcome. Inside it wasn’t that warm. Schloss Schönbrunn doesn’t exactly have central heating, so the rooms were at a chilly 12 degrees. It wasn’t any less impressive. An audio tour pressed to my ear I wandered through the rooms of the imperial family. As a 15…

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