European road trip – Nurnberg, Vienna, Budapest, Castelul de Lut in Valea Zanelor

I haven’t updated my blog for two weeks, but for a reason – we decided to move back to Bulgaria and we were busy selling stuff, packing stuff and moving stuff back to our place in Bulgaria. As we had to take our car with us, we decided to make a little European tour through Nurnberg, Vienna, Budapest, and Castelul de Lut in Valea Zanelor in Romania.

Our tour began in Utrecht and finished in Silistra at the Danube river.

Winkel van Sinkel Utrecht

Before leaving Utrecht, I made a last ”tour” of the city through all my favorite places and would like to share them in case Utrecht is on your traveling radar. Amsterdam is a must-see for sure, but Utrecht is worth visiting as well. My full review on Utrecht is on the blog already, but I would like to add a few more tips.

If you have half a day or one day only, I would advise you to have a walk on the Oudegracht – the main street over the canals or embark on a historic boat trip. If you go for a walk, continue in the direction of the Dom Tower and Louis Harlooper Complex cinema theatre to get more of the feeling of the city. Once you pass the Dom Tower, you’ll see a cozy square with a lot of cafes and shops. If you want to buy presents and souvenirs for yourself, your family and friends, have a look at Dille and Camille store and ‘T oortje Sleraden” (women only!!!) as it’s a handmade jewelry store. If you are an art addict, I would recommend you yo visit Schoonheim De Vink Gallery – the paintings they sell are amazing! After this tour around the city, it’s time for some food! The Netherlands is not a gourmet destination, but in Utrecht, you can have the best fast food ever! Here are my best fast food recommendations of all times: the first place is for the Frietwinkel – the best French fries ever! The second place is for Mario pizza or brootjes – best Italian pizza with homemade dough, cheese and basil or signature Mario’s brootjes. Buon appetito!All Burgers’ Lovers should not miss out Meneer Smakers Burgerbar – best burgers in the whole universe!

That was just the beginning of our European tour! Let’s go!

First stop: Nürnberg

Nürnberg historic city centre

Nürnberg is an amazing city with a very beautiful historic city center. It was exactly what I expected: medieval buildings, fort walls, little craftsmen shops, and fairy tale atmosphere! Lovely! I will definitely come back in the summer or in 2025 when Nürnberg will be European Capital of Culture ):

Second stop: Vienna

Ankor Clock Vienna

A lot to say here: where should I start? My must-do experiences in Vienna include: admire Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” in Belvedere; go on a historic walk tour and learn more about the architecture of the city; have a morning Viennese coffee; make a break and enjoy Apfelstrudel at Sluka in the afternoon; listen to classical music in Mozart’s city; explore the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Vienna is magnificent and offers so many things to see, explore and remember! One of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Budapest Parliament

As Budapest is not far away from Vienna, that was our next stop. Unfortunately, the weather was bad and we had to ”visit” the city from indoors. We had a traditional Hungarian lunch at Firkasz and had a steak from Mangalica – a Hungarian breed of domestic pig, goulash soup and veel. Afterward, we walked along the Danube river and made photos around the Parliament, the symbol of the city. As we were wet from the rain, we embarked on a boat trip on the Danube and could see the Buda Castle, the Fishermen’s Bastion, the Citadel, and other important sights. I regret that we couldn’t make it to the Gellert Baths and Spa Budapest, but let’s have a reason to come back one day!

Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor

Our final stop was in Porumbacu de Sus – a Romanian village nearby Sibiu. We stayed at Pensiunea Negoiu guesthouse and I have to say that this was the best accommodation we’ve ever stayed! We had such a great time there – we spent the night in a remote, quiet area in the middle of the snowy Carpathian mountains, we went for a walk to see Castelul de Lut and we saw deer roe hinds jumping in the snow on our way, we had a homemade dinner with Papanasi for dessert, we slept in a king size bed and all this for a very affordable price and great attitude from the owners of the house. I highly recommend you to visit the place, you won’t regret it!

Our journey finished in Silistra – our hometown! The weather was warm and the sun was shining. It’s so good to be at home!

Danube river Silistra

What are your traveling plans this year?

Thanks for reading!


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