Six Great Places for Spring Travel in Europe

Paris a great spot for Spring Travel in Europe

It’s always a stunning time in Europe when the sleet and snow of winter makes way for the glowing renewal of spring. Parks and gardens blossom and bloom, cities return life again. Ahead of the summer throngs, it’s also a fabulous time to baulk the European crowds, while keeping the back pocket in tact with friendly shoulder-season rates. From the Italian Lakes to Vienna, Budapest to Seville, we ... Read Full Article

Top Museums in Vienna

painting by Egon Schiele

Vienna is an extraordinary city of art. With fine architecture, music venues and many museums and galleries from which to choose, you will never run out of options. We encourage first time visitors to begin by visiting these top museums in Vienna. And, after your tour of Vienna's top museums, you may be ready for exploring Vienna through coffee, another favorite pass-time while in this art-filled ... Read Full Article

A Christmas Market River Cruise on the Viking Baldur

The We saw Vienna on out Christmas Market river cruise

My husband Bill and I were invited to take a cruise with Viking River Cruises and decided that a Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube could be a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. Our 7 day river cruise started in Passau, Germany and ended in Budapest, Hungary. This was our first river cruise on Viking. A few weeks before the trip, our documents arrived along with our full itinerary, ... Read Full Article

Five Movies to Watch before your Next European Vacation

If you’re planning your next holiday in Europe but don’t know how you’ll get through the time before you leave, it’s a good idea to get settled on the couch with a travel-based film. Make some popcorn, put your comfy pants on, and indulge in a weekend movie marathon — only those shot in Europe though, of course! There have been dozens of great films set in European countries over the years, so it ... Read Full Article

The Darker Side of Vienna

 Vienna is one of the world’s great cities, even though today she has somewhat the air of a vast museum. But these tourist treasures have stories, some very dark, bitter, and complex. Listen to a native son, Sigmund Freud. “Like you, I have an indomitable affection for Vienna and Austria,” the doctor wrote to a friend. “But unlike you, I know her abyss.” The more you know about ... Read Full Article

A Fashion Road Trip through Eastern Europe

Beautiful fashions at 7tm

Americans love road trips. Americans love shopping. So, it seemed only natural that we fashionistas would combine our two favorite pastimes and plan a mini road trip through Eastern Europe, all in the name of shopping. The plan was to start in Prague, travel through the Czech Republic into Austria, then Slovakia and end up in Budapest. As usual, we wanted first class accommodations ... Read Full Article

An Expat Returns to Vienna


Vienna is one of the world’s great tourist destinations, and the more than five million visitors expected this year prove the point. But locals and resident expats know a few secrets these tourist hordes do not. I once worked at the American International School (AIS) for two years, and on a return trip two decades later, discovered that some tourist tricks I’d learned still hold true. These ... Read Full Article

Visit Vienna, Austria’s Treasure

St Stephans Cathedral

Vienna is Austria's treasure, filled with historical sights and modern masterpieces; it is a perfect blend of old and new, offering visitors a full cultural, historical and visual experience. The old quarter of Vienna is a wonderfully walkable area, but you can also take a streetcar ride (Line 1 or 2) on the Ringstrasse that circles the city; you will see beautiful architectural treasures and a ... Read Full Article

Waltz Your Way into the New Year in Vienna, Austria

Vienna Philharmonic

  There are plenty of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vienna, Austria and its never to early to start planning next years extravaganza. If you’re lucky enough to be in the land of the Blue Danube next  New Year’s Eve and Day, here are some tempting options for ringing it in right. Celebrate in the Old City Vienna’s old city is where you’ll find the party on New Year’s ... Read Full Article

Tracing Vienna’s Musical Heritage

  Every city has its own personality: New York - the stiletto socialite, flitting easily between groups; Berlin - the punk clutching her beer and talking philosophy; Florence - the museum board member with a big hat and a glass of good Chianti. Hand in hand with these characters come the strengths that define them: Berlin has dance clubs and design, Florence its visual art. Vienna has ... Read Full Article