Alster Plaza, Hamburg

Day 1. A culinary tour of Hamburg

With three days to explore a world of culinary delights and top sightseeing spots in Hamburg I couldn't wait to get off the plane!  I'd travelled with KLM from Leeds/Bradford connecting via Amsterdam and with direct flights available from both London and Manchester, the city is easy to reach for a short break from all …

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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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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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Old Town Square, Prague

Day 1. A weekend in Prague

The previous afternoon we'd taken an EasyJet flight from Manchester over to Václav Havel airport in Prague to enjoy a short break in the Czech capital.  Getting into the centre was inexpensive as 90 minute transport tickets cost only 40czk (£1.38).  For visitors aged 65+ travel on public transport is free of charge and no …

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Entrance to Gdansk Shipyard sign

Day 4. Gdansk Shipyards and Amber Museum

We started off the final day of our weekend in Gdansk with a short tram ride to the European Solidarity Centre which was constructed alongside the historic shipyards.  It is free to enter the building but tickets are required for the permanent exhibition 30zl (£5.55). The exhibition begins with the widespread strikes of August 1980 following …

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Sopot, Poland

Day 3. Oliwa, Sopot & Gdynia – Poland

It was a bright, sunny morning just perfect for our planned trip to the neighbouring towns of Oliwa, Sopot and Gdynia.  As they are located close together it's very easy to combine a visit to all three by taking the SKM train from Gdansk Glowny station.  Our Gdansk Cards included the use of transport in the …

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National Maritime Museum, Gdansk

Day 2. Exploring Gdansk

Our day began with a visit to the National Maritime Museum along the historic riverside.  A combined entrance ticket 35zl (£6.50) can be purchased to include the museum ship Soldek moored alongside. Entrance is also included in the Gdańsk Card. The museum located in three restored old granaries is devoted to Gdańsk's role as a Baltic seaport …

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Long Market, Gdańsk

Day 1. Gdansk City Break

It was another early morning start for our journey to London Stansted airport for our 8.25 a.m. Ryanair flight to the Polish city of Gdansk.  We managed to catch up on some sleep during the flight and it seemed no time at all until we were touching down into Lech Walęsa airport at 11.30 a.m. …

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Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

Day 4. A walk around Bratislava city centre

Our Bratislava city break was drawing to a close but with a late evening flight back to the U.K. we still had a full day of sightseeing to look forward to.  We started off by visiting the Blue Church located quite close to our hotel in the eastern part of the old town. It's known …

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Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Day 3. A walk around Vienna

Whilst staying in Bratislava we seized the opportunity of spending a day in Vienna as the two capitals are located close together.  To get there we took a CityLink train from Bratislava central station (standard tickets €14 return).  Surprisingly there were no ticket machines on the station concourse resulting in a lengthy queue at the …

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