When the leaves shine golden in autumn, it won’t be long until they fall. With the leaves also the temperatures drop down and the winter comes with all its side effects: peaks of glittering snow, smooth ice rinks, dripping noses and woollen caps on the head. The shortened days with their pale sunlight let the body be sensitive and prone to getting colds. But a time out in the South or a fast city tour can easily while away the winter blues.
We have therefore put together some tips for you on how you can balance the cloudy days and quickly get in a better mood.Pack your suitcases, breathe fresh mountain air in Austria or salty sea breeze in Italy. Then the world looks completely different. In this article we will present you our favorites for a colorful diversity from the gray everyday life!
The Italian city of Amalfi at the Gulf of Salerno, is worth a short vacation simply due to its magical, charming location on the rocky coast of the same name. It’s not surprising that the Amalfi Coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage as from which you enjoy an incomparable delightful view of the azure sparklingTyrrhenian Sea. Furthermore, the original port city with its picturesque colorful houses attracts with a historical shipyard, the paper museum, the citron museum and probably the most beautiful coastal road throughout Europe – the Strada Statale 163 Amalfitana. Not to forget the impressive three-aisled cathedral of Sant’Andrea, which contains cultural treasures from the 10th century and allows its visitors to partake in the religion and history of the city.
Bring back the summer, relax by the sea, test yourself through the Italian cuisine and refuel holiday feelings. If you want to combine your short trip in southern Italy with a lot of nature, culture and of course sun, beach and sea, where if not in Amalfi? And best of all: from Stuttgart, it is only about two flying hours before will you reach your destination. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go! It would be even better, of course, to plan so much time to also explore the no less beautiful neighboring towns of Amalfi on the coast of the same name as Pompeii and Naples.
A short trip to France is always a good idea! But with the wide variety of historically and culturally extraordinary cities, particularly the wine town of Bordeaux has caught our eye. Not only because of its many vineyards and impressive botanical gardens the university town in the south-west of France is said to be a top destination for walks and hikes and has long become a hotspot for landscape photography. To feel the sweet scent of growing grapes in the nose and the warming autumn sun in the neck while listening to the soft rustling of the trees and shrubs is simply priceless. So when to take a short trip to the city of Bordeaux, if not now? More informations about the development of the world’s largest wine-growing area and the popular Bordeaux wine you will get at the Wine & Trade Museum with following tasting – the museum is worth twice a visit!
In addition, the French city fascinates with its incredible number of sacral and profane buildings, which are built in the style of the Romantic, Gothic and Baroque, and can often be visited for free. Especially art and nature lovers will immediately fall in love with the city of Bordeaux, as it makes ones forget the everyday life, offers a picturesque setting for romantic walks along the river bank and is characterized by its colorful nightlife of trendy bars and restaurants. Therefore, Bordeaux is the perfect city to escape everyday life, to feel fresh oxygen in the lungs and to be enchanted by the cultural beauty of France.
Also the city of Salzburg is only a stone’s throw from Germany with a flight time of about one and a half hours and is therefore perfect for a short trip in autumn. Although the city is mainly known as the hometown of the world-famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the annual Salzburg festival in the summer months, but the dreamy art and cultural metropolis offers a fascinating and cozy destination throughout the year worth exploring. The lifeline of Salzburg is the river Salzach that divides the city into the left and right part of the old town and offers great attractions such as a boat tour or romantic walks along its shores.In Salzburg also hiking fans and nature lovers will find plenty of recreation spots and quiet places to relax, get fresh air and to gather new energy, for example at the Mönchsberg or the fortress mountain. Both apply to the left quarter, which ranks among the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1997 and offer a wonderful view of the city which is located in the Salzburg Basin.
But even if the weather does not play along, you don’t need to worry, because on rainy days (and, of course, on other days), a visit to one of the museums in Salzburg or to the beautiful castle Mirabell are also worth a visit. The castle regularly offers free guided tours and thus gives its visitors a comprehensive insight into the former life of Salome Alt, the life companion and lover of the Salzburg Royal Archbishop Wolf Dietrich.
Watch out, shopping lovers: The Belgian trend city Antwerp offers a real shopping paradise for every budget, from cheap ready-made clothes to individual pieces to exclusive designer clothing by world-famous fashion designers – believe it or not – distributed to seven city districts. But that was by far not all: Moreover, in the two shopping centers, the city ballroom with its monumental hall and an impressive glass ball with gold leaf as well as the Grand Bazar shopping center at the Groenplaats you’ll find everything your shopping heart desires. If this is not a good reason for a short trip to the harbor city! Our tip: Combine your shopping experience with a visit to the historical Ruben house and learn more about the artist who has chosen Antwerp as his working place.
Despite that, the Belgian city is best known as the world center of the diamond trade. To learn more about the more than 500 year old tradition, a visit to the world famous MAC is worthwhile. There, regular exhibitions show how important the diamond trade as an economic factor for Antwerp still is. The perfect balance after a successful shopping trip, which also delights the eye. Because let us be honest, who can resist the small, sparkling glittering objects that are a symbol of power and prestige? A highlight during a short trip to the port city – whose seaport is the second largest in Europe by the way – is an excursion to Antwerp’s underground. Once walking just below the busy streets, through the cold damp tunnels of old (sewer) channels and former canals and getting a feeling for how people were supplied with drinking water, this you’ll find only in Antwerp.