The turn of the year is the time to look back on the prior year. I realised that I travelled quite a lot in 2017, which was very much in my interest. The focus was on city trips. I revisited some and went to a handful for the first time. In the following, I will present you one picture each of most of the cities I went to last year.
I stopped counting how many times I have visited London. There is always so much to do and see, I don't feel the need to write anything about this city here.
This was my first trip to the Polish capital. I was most impressed while walking along Krakowskie Przedmieście street, which runs parallel to and not far from the Vistula river. From the southern end, where you will find the university, you pass a variety of beautiful buildings, including the presidential palace until you reach Castle Square at its northern end. On the right, you can see the Royal Castle, and on the left the Old Town, which was actually rebuilt after complete destruction in WWII and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
This beautiful castle is also listed on the above mentioned directory. Also worth visiting in Kraków are the main square (largest medival town square in Europe) and the Jewish Quarter with the Schindler's Enamel Factory. Very unique is that the medival city walls were torn down and replaced by a park. It is very enjoyable to walk or run around the city centre in it.
On my second visit to the Hungarian capital, I was very lucky with the weather, which made it most enjoyable to walk along the grand boulevards and Danube river. From the latter, you can look at the hilly Buda side with its castle. Worth seeing is of course the gigantic parliament building, also located by the river, but on the Pest side, which is the city centre.
I found Bratislava to be surprisingly pretty. The Slovac capital is not big, but has a nice castle up on a hill right in the city centre and a lot of nice narrow streets in the Old Town that are fun to walk along. Besides, there are some beautiful great buildings and squares.
Prague has become one of my favourite cities. You have to stay away from the tourists magnets such as the Old Town, though. Districts like Zizkov or Vinohrady have this Bohemian atmosphere that makes the city so interesting in my opinion.
I have never been to Ireland before and was impressed by the friendliness of the people and the vast variety of pubs with very good live music in the capital city. Everything is nicely set around the Liffey river so that you never lose orientation.
This city is truly the gem of the north in the UK. Vibrant, ever-changing and with a fantastic pub and club scene, which blends perfectly into the large quantity of old (warehouse) buildings. Go to Northern Quarter and Castlefield!
The Docks are definitely the place to visit if you come to Liverpool. Close to the Mersey river you'll find a large scale of shops, bars and restaurants and of course, the Beatles Museum. From there, you can embark on a guided bus tour around the city which also takes you to the place you can see in the picture.
The often underestimated northern German city has a nice Old Town which extends behind the buildings in the picture. The most famous sight is the New Town Hall (go inside to see models of the city in different centuries). Behind it, there is a nice park and the Maschsee, an artificial inner city lake. One lap around it is almost 6km (3,7mi) long, so it is perfect for runners.