Where I’ve been: Geneva’s city center, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. This is the one about the city center:

Geneva is said to be Switzerland’s biggest historical city. I actually spend more time in the international quarter but I absolutely loved the old city, with its small backstreets, which is located on a hill. Here you find e.g. the Maison Tavel, Geneva’s oldest private residence still standing which is a unique testimony to medieval civil architecture. And on top of the hill is Peter’s Cathedral, the centre of the Reformation movement.

Geneva-looking-up-the-city-center-hillTo get an even better overview over Geneva for about 4CHF you can climb the 157 steps to the top of the tower for a stunning view of the town. Continue reading

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Where I’ve been: Geneva’s waterfront, 2008-2011

My dad worked and lived in Geneva from early 2008 till early 2012. This meant I visited him there about twice a year and had quite a bit of time to explore city and the region around the Lake Geneva. This is why I decided to do several posts on the city that has so much to offer. Here is the one on the lakeside, especially the right shore because I spend far more time here than on the left side.Geneva-the-Jet-D-eauThe city is known to be the city of the United Nations, a city of peace. It has two main highlights: its amazing buildings and even more the location on the Lake Geneva. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Freiburg, Germany, 2009

I went to Freiburg with my girls from home in 2009 when two of them lived there. We all met on a nice and warm late summer weekend and did a bit of sightseeing Freiburg-Historical-Merchants-Hall-2009before we ended up at chatting the day away.

Freiburg is one of those old cities in Germany (founded about 900 years ago) It is as well known for its old city center, its university but also for being quite a ecologocial town with special sustainable neighbourhoods like the Vauban. It is situated on th south western edge of Germany, very close to France and Switzerland.

And it is really beautiful there. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Warsaw, Poland, 2006

I visited Warsaw for the first time as part of a school exchange to Poland in 2000. Our exchange school was in Darmstadt’s partner city Płock and we did a day trip to Warsaw.Warsaw - Old Town Market Square - Rynek Starego Miasta I remember that, appart from the fun that we had all the time in Poland, I liked Warsaw for having a beautifully restored old town with the Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) with its colourful houses. Back then we also visited Warsaw Uprising Monument (Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego) as a reminder of war terror. Continue reading

Autumn rain in Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace, ViennaAs lovely as Saturday was, as rainy and cold was Sunday. We packed our stuff, check out at the hostel, stored our bags at the hostel’s luggage room and went for a long breakfast before we were ready to head out into the rain.

We went to Schloss Schönbrunn, the imperial summer palace by train. The site is easily reachable with the U4, getting of at the stop Schönbrunn. Here you have to queue for tickets that are than time stamped giving you time to explore the gardens first or in our case hiding under a balcony from the rain. Continue reading

Summer sun in Vienna

Eeva looking at our breakfast at Neni's at the Naschmarkt, ViennaSaturday was just so amazing. Not only did Vienna prove to be as beautiful as we had figured it would be on Friday, it was also t-shirt weather: just so warm!

We started with a lovely breakfast at Neni’s at the Naschmarkt. The Naschmarkt is a big market that streches for at least 500m between the streets “Linke Wienzeile” and “Rechte Wienzeile” and has not only market stands where you can get vegetables and fruits (from the normal stuff to very exotic fruits that other than in Thailand I have never seen before) but also many small restaurants. Our breakfast e.g. included not only nice views of the market but also scrambled eggs, fresh cream cheese and homemade bread and also some tea and (we thought we deserved this) a glass of champagne. Continue reading

Getting to know Vienna

I arrived in Vienna yesterday morning at 7.40 a.m. Somehow I hadn’t thought about what that meant for getting up though: my alarm rang at 3.45 a.m. Yet on the other hand I had the whole day in Vienna.

Vienna Museums Quartier

Arriving at the hostel, Wombats at the Naschmarkt, which by the way is really new, good and very centrally located, I couldn’t check-in yet but drop off my luggage so after a quick look in the map I made my way to the the Museums Quartier. The area with the signature seats all over the place was so nice and sunny, I decided to stop there for breakfast. Continue reading