Swinghill Ski Area, Nuuksio National Park, Finland

Day trip from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. Within easy reach of the Finnish capital lies Nuuksio National Park, an area of crystal clear lakes, forests and rugged crags. Getting there by public transport from Helsinki city centre takes just over an hour with a car journey taking around 40 minutes. We bought Helsinki Day Cards €12 (£10.45) allowing …

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Tapiola Central Pool, Espoo

Day trip from Helsinki: Tapiola, Espoo

Advertisement with Visit Espoo. There are so many lovely places to visit in Helsinki and the surrounding area and one of my favourites is to spend a day in neighbouring Tapiola. With the opening of the western extension of the metro it's now possible to reach Tapiola from the city centre in only 15 minutes. …

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Tallink Megastar

Tallink Megastar: Helsinki – Tallinn

Spending time in the Finnish capital of Helsinki is absolutely lovely and one of my favourite places to visit.   As well as enjoying the city and surrounding area taking a ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia for a day is a very popular excursion as the journey time is only two hours. On our …

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St Martin Caves, Luxembourg

Day 5. Luxembourg’s Moselle Valley

Our final day in beautiful Luxembourg had come around all too quickly but with a late afternoon flight back to the UK we still had ample time to explore.  Our plan for the day was to drive to Luxembourg's wine growing region in the Moselle Valley just 40 minutes from the city centre. We made …

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Beaufort Renaissance Castle, Luxembourg

Day 4. Luxembourg’s Müllerthal region

From our base in Luxembourg's city centre it was just a 40 minute drive to the Müllerthal region which is often referred to as Little Switzerland due to its hilly landscape and beautiful hiking trails. Our first stop was at the Scheissendempel Cascade located on road 121 close to Müllerthal.  We parked in a small …

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Vianden Castle, Luxembourg

Day 3. Exploring Luxembourg’s castles

After spending the previous day exploring Luxembourg's industrial heritage we turned our attention to its beautiful Ardennes region.  This is located in the north eastern part of the country and home to several magnificent castles.  We drove along some winding roads and made our first stop at Bourscheid Castle, a 40 minute journey from the …

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Esch Sign, Luxembourg

Day 2. Luxembourg’s industrial heritage

After exploring the sights of Luxembourg City centre the previous day, we turned our attention to the country as a whole with a plan to spend the following days touring Luxembourg's four distinct regions starting with the industrial heritage of the south west. As public transport is totally free throughout the entire country we did …

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Luxembourg

Day 1. Exploring Luxembourg

Luxembourg is one of the world's smallest countries, similar in size to the county of Dorset in south west England.  It's located in north western Europe and bordered by Belgium, France and Germany.  It may only be small but it certainly packs a punch as we found out during our recent visit. The previous afternoon …

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Prague bridges

Day 4. A walk around Prague

Our final day in Prague had come around all too quickly but as we were booked home on an evening flight we still had plenty of time to enjoy the city.  After checking out of the lovely Mama Shelter hotel we took a short tram ride to Letna Park, located in an elevated position in the …

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Klaus Synagogue, Prague

Day 3. Beyond Prague centre

Our day started with a visit to Prague Planetarium located close to the hotel in Stromovka Park.  It's dome is one of the largest in the world and measures 23.5 metres in diameter. It's free to view the permanent exhibition of optics and to explore the numerous interactive astronomy displays.  For those interested in star gazing, tickets …

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