I love a lot of things…castles, cakes, shoes and don’t forget the Christmas Markets!  Over the years I’ve visited quite a few markets around Europe including Germany, France and now Austria so I thought I would create a little Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and the surrounding villages after my recent visit.

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Salzburg Old Town

The big draw in Salzburg is the Christmas Market in the Old Town around Dom Square…the market is spread out however it has a lovely flow to the market so you’ll be able to browse every market stall with ease and there is a great mixture between food and decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I was a bit disappointed not to see that many Nut Crackers or Smokers like you do in Christmas Markets in Germany (and yes I know this is Austria but had made a little assumption in my mind which was obviously wrong)...I did spot a few here and there however they weren’t that expensive which made me think they weren’t made locally.  If you want to buy traditional Christmas Decorations then pick up the item to see if you can spot a sticker or ask the shop keeper if they were made in Europe.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip:  Use your feet…most of the old town is a pedestrian area only and you will stumble upon numerous Christmas Shops and the Advent Markets which are dotted around the city…make sure you wander down all the little alleyways as you will find plenty of cosy cafes and little pop up shops selling Christmas decorations.

Gluten Free Tips: Head over across the bridge to Hotel Sacher for a piece of gluten free cake…on the day we visited they had two options.  If you follow a vegan diet there are plenty of options dotted around the Salzburg Christmas market.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Sternadvent mit Wintermarkt

As I said above you really need to pop down the little alleyways along 

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel tip – Highly recommend Mozartwinkel for a place to stop for a cuppa and just watch the crowds pass by – address is Universitätspl. 15; right by a cute little market stall.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Mirabell Palace and Gardens

There is a small Advent Market just beside the Mirabell Palace and Gardens (on the main road close by the Congress building); this is mainly a locals Advent Market and it’s where they pick up their gorgeous wreaths, chug back a few mulled wines and whatever is cooking…our concierge at the Crowne Plaza said that they offered the best Mulled Wine in Salzburg at the Mirabell Gardens Christmas Market.

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Schloss Hellbrunn

Now while the Palace isn’t open for a sticky beak, there is a rather beautiful Christmas Market in the grounds…you can visit the markets and tick off visiting the glass gazebo from the Sound of Music all in one go.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

I loved the surroundings of this markets…and I felt rather festive after visiting Schloss Hellbrunn…Schloss means Palace just so you know.  Personally I thought the quality and selection of goods were a lot better here than the main Christmas Market in Dom Square …and price wise it was cheaper than the main market.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Visit the Old Town market first then head to Schloss Hellbrunn…best way is to compare prices however if you see something at Schloss Hellbrunn then buy it when you see it as it’s a little way out of town.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: catch the Number 25 bus…buy tickets on the bus (2.60 euros each way…or it could be 2.80…my brain is pants) or they are cheaper again if you buy from a newsagent prior to boarding…buses run every 20 minutes during week days and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes .  The bus will show the stop on a tv screen so you will know when you’re approaching Schloss Hellbrunn.

Gluten Free Tip: I did spot one or two gluten free snacks…chocolate covered fruit and a slice.

Department Stores

I usually love to look at department stores especially if they are old school department stores as they normally stock lovely Christmas decorations however Salzburg didn’t seem to have any…or the concierge and I were not on the same wave length (more than likely…Lidl kept coming up when I was trying to describe I wanted more of a Liberty style department store than a Lidl supermarket!)…but I did find a couple of shops that may be of interest for you.

Depot Salzburg – Linzer Gasse 17-19

Depot had some rather cheap Christmas decorations upstairs…depending on your favourite colour scheme etc…I bought a couple of things including some funky ribbons.  The quality isn’t great so you definitely get what you are paying for here…choose wisely.

Gehmacher Salzburg – Alter Markt 2

Now I love love love this interiors and clothing shop…I could basically move in and I held myself back from buying a few things that I really really needed like a Reindeer Coat hook…he looked a bit evil holding his gun but my goodness I fancied the socks off him.  I did buy some of the most gorgeous large red glass baubles from this store…at 7 euros a pop they were pretty damn expensive however the quality was exquisite and I’ve never seen them anywhere else.  I tried to buy quality glass ornaments when I’m travelling as they become your family Christmas heirlooms.

Salzburg is a really compact city; you will stumble across every market if you’re visiting for a weekend…you will need to catch the bus or grab a taxi to Schloss Hellbrunn as it’s not walkable.

A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg’s Surrounding Villages

We (the royal we…G drove!) rented a car and drove down a section of Austria’s Romantic Road which is rather pretty…I didn’t have too much of a fixed plan bar one little town in particular which didn’t turn out to be the one I really loved the most.

St Gilgen Advent Market

This was a last minute stop that I added onto our itinerary as we were leaving the airport car park with the rental car and oh my goodness, it was my favourite…it resembled something out of a little fairytale.

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The village has designed these large candles made out of fibreglass and had them made in Austria…they are dotted all around the town, on street lamps and in window boxes and you can buy them from a few of the little stores dotted around the town…I loved them so much that I bought two to take home with me.

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Just need G to make me some shutters and window boxes now…G called me high maintenance…as if <coughs> I’m totally high maintenance but can get ready for a black tie event in less than 10 minutes!

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While there were a number of stores selling hats and socks, there were a number of cute stores selling Christmas decorations that were truly wonderful and which we hadn’t spotted in Salzburg (stalls can start to become repetitive…the same hats and socks etc).

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Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip: we had a hire car and there are a few car parks…park up on the main road and walk down, it’s totally worth a wander through St Gilgen.

Gluten Free Tip: We stumbled upon a little cake shop, Cafe Eissalon Dallmann (Mozartplatz 2a 5340, St Gilgen, Austria)…well I wanted a hot chocolate as I had lost feeling in my finger tips and a large meringue with cream jumped straight into my mouth…don’t you hate it when things like that happen when on holiday!

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St Wolfgang Advent Market

Now this was the place that I really wanted to visit as their Christmas Market is known as the best Advent Market in Austria and St Wolfgang is known as the most romantic spot in all of Austria…if you’re a foodie you will love this market a lot…there are a lot and I mean a lot of food stores compared to Christmas decorations.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

The star attraction are the buildings of course which are beautifully painted however I found the market to be a bit hit and miss…maybe I had hit one to many Christmas markets…who knows.

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Travel Tips: Park the car and walk to the length of the Christmas Market…you can enjoy a boat trip which runs between three villages on Lake Wolfgangsee or a festive trip on the Cog Railway for views over St Wolfgang (we were going to do this however temperatures had plummeted…try -11 degrees hence my chestnuts were frozen solid!)

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Gluten Free Tips: I didn’t spot anything in the markets themselves and we were full from our previous stop but there are many eating establishments here.

Hallstatt Advent Market

We hit Hallstatt really early on a Saturday morning; we were warned to arrive prior to 10am as it gets packed…it’s insta-famous you see.  Now we were told that the market was open for 10am however we didn’t see much life to it; I think we were a bit too early.

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It’s very pretty under a blanket of snow and there are a few shops selling festive decorations…just be wary that it is very touristy with signs on houses asking you not to take photos of their house…sad but very true.

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Austria Travel Inspiration - A Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg and Surrounding villages. Pop over to the blog to see Salzburg during winter, all dressed up in it's festive finest along with my travel and gluten free tips!

Travel Tip – Parking around Hallstatt is a bit of a nightmare, you basically need to park in one of the outer village car parks and they run shuttle buses into the village…get there early to avoid the crowds however this may impact on how many stores are actually open

Berchtesgaden Christmas Market

We crossed the border and headed to the Christmas Market in Berchtesgaden; it’s a area of natural beauty and favoured by walkers during the warmer months.  Berchtesgaden has a Christmas Market which is rather small to be honest…the stalls were very similar to what was on offer in Salzburg and the surrounding towns and villages.

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They do have some fantastic wooden displays in Berchtesgaden though which caught my eye and there is a lovely florist selling Christmas decorations…I left some reindeer behind in Germany…honestly reading personal finance books have curbed my spending a lot!

Travel Tip – there is an underground car park right by the Christmas Market…highly recommend staying at the Kempinski Berchtesgaden for the views and spa alone…while we didn’t stay on this visit we have stayed at this property when it was under the Intercontinental branding and loved it…they offer a spa day pass which is good value for money as it’s a bit pricey to stay now.

Let me know if this Christmas Market Guide to Salzburg has helped you out…and if you do visit and have any further tips why not drop them down in the comments box below for others to read…sharing is caring folks!

Travel Tips for Salzburg, Austria

  • The Old Town is almost a total pedestrian zone so make sure you have comfortable shoes; the city is small and very walkable
  • During the winter months, a number of the attractions are closed so if you are offered the Salzburg Visitors card be wary of what is actually open and if you’re going to get value out of the card…it does offer free transportation.
  • Most of the stall holders only accept cash so make sure you are carrying euros; you will find atm machines in most markets
  • We hired a rental car from the airport for a few days to visit some of the outlying villages and towns – this was as a good idea for us as it meant we had flexibility on to where we visited plus it was cheaper as there were three of us rather than booking tours
  • Viator is offering a Christmas Market tour to some of the villages close to Salzburg if you don’t fancy driving.
  • A taxi costs no more than 15 euros from the airport to the Salzburg Old Town area
  • Check out my packing tips on what to wear to the Christmas Markets in Europe…I’ve visited a few so I now know a few tricks not to freeze by bottom off
  • If you’re visiting a number of Christmas Markets across Europe then make sure you check out my handy travel tip post for the Christmas Markets.

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Europe is full of wonderful castles and Poland isn’t an exception to this rule…have your heard about Ksiaz Castle, well let me introduce you to a castle with more tales than all of the European Castles put together.

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On our way between Katowice and Wroclaw during our Road Trip through Poland we stopped off at Ksiaz Castle and you know I’m a huge sucker for a castle.

Now it’s hard to grasp how big this castle is until you see it from different angles and my goodness she knows how to work her angles better than a Victoria Angels supermodel…entering through the gates which are pretty…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…darn…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…gorgeous!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We had arrived during the hottest part of the day so unfortunately some of the photos aren’t that good…but hey ho…that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Purchasing tickets, we popped inside the castle for a self guided tour…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…I will be brutally honest and say the interiors aren’t that great…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…if you’re wanting to see antiques then you will be sorely disappointed.  The castle was emptied during WW2 and quite brutally remodelled.  I can imagine the interiors of Ksiaz Castle were truly magical once upon a time.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Don’t get me wrong, I did find a pretty door…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…or two to photograph…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…the castle also houses an antique shop weirdly…there are more antiques in the shop then in the rooms!

When you reach the top level of Ksiaz Castle make sure you admire the view from the windows over the grounds.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

There was a really interesting photo exhibition, the chef prior to WW2 was a keen photographer and he took photos not only of his family but also of the Princess and her children so it’s rather wonderful to see all the grandeur before it was all stripped away.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Now I promised a scandalous love affair…the Prince divorced and then remarried, the second wife divorced and then married her step son.  The Polish version of Downton Abbey…oh to be a fly on the castle wall while asking for a divorce to marry your husbands son from his first marriage!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We all popped out into the gardens…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…two…

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…then three…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…number four was taking the photos from above!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

The gardens were my favourite part of Ksiaz Castle and are definitely worth the ticket price…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…unfortunately they don’t seem to turn on the fountains in the gardens any more and as Dad pointed out, it’s been a while since they were last turned on.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

We sniffed a few roses in the aptly named Rose Garden…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…and may have dressed a certain lady friend…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…my “Go Big or Go Home” motto also covers hats!  The bigger the better…I picked up that beauty a few years ago in the sales for £3 at Accessorize!

There is a quote that I really love which is “Life is not measured by the numbers of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”…I had one of those moments as I arrived in the next garden so I’m going to spam you with photos…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…it truly took my breath away…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…I told you that Ksiaz Castle could work her angles…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…this lady has skills!

We continued to wander around the castle…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…poor Daddy may have had to push me up a hill as I was a bit worn out (castle hunting is exhausting!).

Grabbing a bite to eat and plenty of fluids, we went in search for the view point which is a good 10 minute walk away from the castle gates…wear comfortable shoes, pretty sandals get wrecked (I learnt this lesson the hard way…the ground is uneven and very dusty!)…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

…but when you get there, the view is pretty special.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

^^Lisa and Ksiaz Castle…if you don’t know, my little sister absolutely loves Poland.

So yes, I’ve let you into one of the stories of Ksiaz Castle but not to the other two…so the Hidden Treasure, there are a number of tunnels which you can enter for a fee and apparently they think there is hidden treasure that Hilter ordered to be hidden from the Soviets.  You may remember a few years ago when the media went crazy about the gold train, well it was around Ksiaz.

And the missing Princess…well the pretty social butterfly that was Princess Daisy died in Poland and buried however fearing that the Soviet’s would do something horrible with her remains due to her being buried with a famous pearl necklace, her body was exhumed and reburied…apparently only her family knows where.

I’m pretty sure Ksiaz Castle will pop up in the news in the future…I’m a firm believer, where there is a rumour then there is gold and just imagine what hidden treasure could be hiding in these tunnels!  You only have to read the story of the guy selling off stolen artworks from WW2 a few years ago to realise that you can never say never.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

Did I love Ksaiz Castle; she is absolutely glorious outside but a bit bland inside however that is due to the history of the property.  I’m still glad we visited.

Travel Tips for Ksiaz Castle

  • Looking for more visitor information on Ksiaz Castle then check out the official website here.
  • If arriving by car, there is a main car park however this is generally full by mid afternoon and you will have to walk up the long driveway as you will need to park at an alternative car park.
  • You need cash to pay for parking!
  • There are a couple of restaurants at the gate offering meals, ice creams and drinks and a hotel if you fancy staying the night at the castle 
  • The price of entrance is 34 zloty (around £7.50pp) – if paying by credit card they don’t accept American Express; to be honest most of Poland doesn’t accept American Express so make sure you have an alternative with you or pay by cash.
  • Day Tours from Wroclaw are available or you can catch the train and then a bus to Ksiaz Castle
  • Take comfortable walking shoes…you will cover a lot of ground especially if you are walking to / from the alternative car parks and there are a number of stairs to hike up as well inside the castle.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Ksiaz Castle, Poland: Hidden Treasure, A Missing Princess & A Scandalous Love Affair. Ksiaz Castle is one of Europe's most famous castles due to the tunnels running underneath the castle and the missing Gold Train. Definitely worth a visit while on a road trip through Poland or a day trip from Wroclaw. Click to see more photos and my travel tips

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Poland is a country I love and you might be surprised to learn that I’ve even met the President…all by accident of course but never the less it happened!  Now you also know I love castle hunting…well I’m going to add Dwarf Hunting to my cv…it will be a talking point in interviews.  The Dwarfs in Wroclaw have become a tourist attraction but there is a rather interesting tale about them.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Dwarfs or Gnomes, these cute little buggers are dotted all around the city and are adored by everyone who encounters them…young and old.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

There is something lovely when you see locals giving the random old dwarf a stroke as they go about their daily lives.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

^^Giving my cute little criminal a rub on the shoe in the old Wroclaw jail…the building is older than New Zealand.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Now if you are going to go Dwarf Hunting then you can pick up a Dwarf map that lists a large number of these cute little buggers for a few zloty from the Wroclaw Tourist Office…or just go walking and you will find them dotted all around the city going about their business…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…some sleeping outside of a hotel…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…the happy traveller called Arcik…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…chowing down on an ice cream or two in front of an ice cream parlour…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…Mr Money Bags…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…the rock star…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…the water bearer…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…a working from home dwarf…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…the book worms…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…making grub…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…delivering grub…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…stopping for a cup of tea…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…making some music…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

… or just hanging from lamp posts…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…they are everywhere so make sure you look down and up!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

The dwarves are matched up to local businesses or historic buildings in the old town so this shoefie was taken with my wasted little dwarf in front of Pizza Hut…I’m the person that undoes my trousers to let it all hang out after a huge dinner like this little fella…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…to these smooching dwarfs which you can find in front of the registry office…we may have used our ninja like skills to avoid getting in some wedding photos while taking a photo or ten of these smoochers!  See the rice!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Now if you thought I had Dwarf spammed you already…just you wait…here we go…Dwarf Porn…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…you know you love it!  I have a huge amount of dwarf photos that I haven’t shared in this post…I’ll save you from RSI.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

This guy is the original Wroclaw dwarf and as you can see…they’ve changed!  He is sporting the face of an IBS sufferer with trapped wind.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

If you’re looking for a city break destination for families then Wroclaw will certainly tick a number of boxes…the dwarfs, the numerous amount of parks and playgrounds to just the right amount of culture vulture activity that you don’t feel like you’ve missed out.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

A dwarf was the symbol of the Orange Alternative Movement; during the communist years the military would paint over any anti-establishment graffiti or public art and soon after a pesky little dwarf would appear over the military paint job.  The Dwarfs and the Orange Alternative Movement gained popularity due to their peaceful protests over the government’s censorship of free speech in Poland and soon became an icon of Wroclaw in the 1980’s.

After the fall of communism in Poland the dwarfs became the symbol of Wroclaw.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Apparently there are officially 165 dwarves and counting in Wroclaw however unofficially these dwarfs are randy little buggers and there could be up to 400 of them dotted around the city.

Now we take Dwarf Hunting seriously in our family…armed with a map we captured as many as we could on our cameras…Lisa could sniff out a dwarf or ten…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…and we didn’t let the rain stop us one bit…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…Mum and I may have elbowed each other out of the way a few times for a photo or two.

We’re firm believers that travel should be fun and we aren’t afraid to get down low for a photo…

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

…even when a large tour group walks by…if we can make a stranger or two smile then it’s all worth it and I think Mum and I make awesome dwarfs!

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Wroclaw was my favourite spot on our Polish Road trip and if you’re looking for a cheap city break weekend then I would highly recommend Wroclaw as a destination…fly in on a Friday night and fly out again on Sunday which will give you plenty of time to explore Wroclaw.

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

Travel Tips for Hunting out those Dwarfs in Wroclaw, Poland

Poland Travel Inspiration - Hunting for Dwarfs in Wroclaw. One of our favourite things to do in Wroclaw was to hunt out the dwarfs / gnomes which are dotted around the old town and further afield. Buy a map at the tourist office or download from the web (link in the blog post). I loved Wroclaw and it is one of Europe's lesser know city break destinations. Click to see more photos.

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Portugal is becoming the home of huge city break destinations and after finally finding photos from my Lisbon trip I thought it was time to do a post and what better than to compare Lisbon vs Porto!  Both cities are big hitters in the city break holiday market at the moment but which one is best and my favourite?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Tourist Attractions

Both cities are very different in what they offer and cost!

In Porto I found a great array of different tourist attractions including a river cruise, snooping inside a palace, shopping for antique tiles, sipping port and just admiring the beautiful city in the sunshine which was of course free.  Price wise I didn’t find entrance fees to be that expensive and thankfully my hotel in Porto provided free entry for a Port tasting at Graham’s.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

In Lisbon I was bored; travel is what you make it however I had visited Porto first and maybe that spoiled Lisbon for me as I loved Porto so much. I did visit a number tourist sites in the city and I thought they were rather overpriced for what was on offer…case in point was Lisbon Castle Castelo de Sao Jorge at 8.50 euros pp entrance…the view is gorgeous (great at sunset with a glass of wine) but if you don’t fancy a view or a glass of wine (additional cost of course!) then don’t waste your euros on the castle as it’s pretty pitiful.  If you want to visit a number of tourist sites then I would suggest buying The Lisboa Card to save a few of your hard earned buckeroos as it offers free access and discounts!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto: Winner Porto

Tiles

Portugal and Tiles…they go hand in hand with each other but which city offers the best tile viewing?

Porto has the iconic blue and white tiles that you see on instagram and tourist websites…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

…blue and white tiles in train stations…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

…blue and white tiled churches.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

In Lisbon, a number of the buildings have tiles however while photogenic, they weren’t as photogenic as the beautiful tiles in Porto.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto: Winner Porto

Safe for Women / Solo Travel

I travelled to both cities by myself and wandered round visiting tourist sites.

In Porto I felt safe from the moment I arrived until the moment I left the city.  I ate at a restaurant on the outskirts of town late at night and the restaurant staff made sure they took my taxi number in case that I had any issues when I was dropped off at my hotel.  I was warned not stray to far away from the main city centre as it could get a little seedy.  Overall I felt safe walking around as a solo female traveller.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

In Lisbon…well I was ripped off by a rouge taxi driver on arrival into the city and he made sure I was blocked in the taxi so I was forced to pay the additional cost.  It was the first time I have ever being in this kind of position and it was disappointing to learn that almost everyone at my work who had visited the city was either ripped off by a taxi driver or pickpocketed while visiting the city.  If you do visit Lisbon, be aware of your surroundings and organise a taxi with your hotel so that you don’t find yourself hating the city on arrival.   As a solo female traveller, nothing much fazes me especially after travelling through the Middle East however I disliked the men hissing and the lewd comments that I encountered while in Lisbon.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto: Winner is Porto…Lisbon needs to clean up it’s act!

Hotels

On both my city break weekends I stayed at the IHG branded Intercontinental Hotels and I can say that both were wonderful and I would happily return to both properties in the future…and just so you know, I pay for all my hotels!

In Porto, I stayed at the Intercontinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas which was a former palace but has since converted into a luxury hotel.  The rooms are very modern and I was lucky to have a lovely upgrade to a duplex suite on my visit.  The location was really good as I was right next to the famous train station and could easily navigate myself around the city.  Speak to the concierge and he may be able to offer you a free Port tasting tour at Graham’s.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

In Lisbon, The InterContinental is located a 20 minute walk away from the main tourist area of Lisbon or you could use public transport.  The hotel is very modern inside and out and I will be honest and say that it’s a tad boring in comparison to the Intercontinental in Porto however the staff are fabulous and friendly in Lisbon and went out of their way due to my IHG status. The views over the city are amazing.  Next door to the InterContinental is the Four Seasons Hotel so this area of the city is teaming with luxury hotels.  The folks at the hotel organised my return taxi so I didn’t get overcharged again which was a blessing and took the stress out of the journey…request the hotel to organise your taxis in both directions.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

^^My room view from the Hotel Intercontinental Lisbon.

While I love IHG properties I know they don’t float everyones boat so why not check out booking.com for more hotel options in both cities.

Lisbon vs Porto: Winner – Lisbon and Porto…both are wonderful but are very different properties!

Shopping

I like to shop while on holiday…sue me!  This includes visiting foreign supermarkets which I just find interesting especially when looking for gluten free options…you would be surprise the gluten free cake mixes I have picked up on my travels compared to the lack of choice in England.

In Porto, I was really taken with the shopping in city; I loved the independent colourful shops, sipping ports trying to find the perfect one to suit my taste buds and moving what felt like heaven and earth to find the perfect antique tile from Porto…I just loved it and it was all a bit fun!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

In Lisbon, it felt like I could have being shopping in any big European city and while I found a great shop selling a gorgeous Portuguese made wool cape (which I then lost about two weeks later in Seville…I think it’s safe to say Lisbon and I aren’t really friends!), I wasn’t really fussed with Lisbon for shopping.  The shop fronts in Lisbon were stunning and very photogenic though.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto:  Porto is the winner…I think my bank balance would agree!

Sore Feet

I love just waddling around exploring a city and my time in both cities I did amble…a lot!  You haven’t explored Lisbon or Porto if your body doesn’t ache…expect stairs, hills and what feels like mountains at times in both cities.  Wear sensible shoes and you’ll be okay but don’t expect flat cities as both aren’t flat.  If you do catch the trams in Lisbon make sure you watch out for pickpockets; hold onto your bags tightly!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto: Winner…both!!

Gluten Free Food

In Porto I had a numerous gluten free hits and misses in restaurants and ended up rather bloated on my trip…the simple but extremely tasty meal at O Gaveto is still one of my favourite resturants in Europe…simple dishes cooked well taste the best.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

And let’s not forget that Port is gluten free…

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

…okay a drink may be cheating but it’s still gluten free and very very yummy.

In Lisbon, the city is famous for it’s custard tarts and guess what, they’re not gluten free!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

I ended up eating at the hotel as it was just easier to explain my gluten free requirement than struggle and having to catch a taxi…which I wasn’t keen to after my first ride in the city.  But and this is a big BUT…Gluten free options at McDonalds…I went in for a cold drink and found this…a happy Gluten free Surprise!

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Lisbon vs Porto: Both…let’s call this one a tie!

Flights to Portugal

Thankfully there are now regular flights to Porto and Lisbon from all over the UK however there are more flights daily to Lisbon.  I flew to Lisbon with Easyjet and to Porto with British Airways however both airlines fly to Lisbon and Porto now.

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

Overall, everyone falls in love with different travel destinations for different reasons.  While I fell head over heels in love with Porto as it felt so authentic, rustic and had a lot of soul; that was missing for me in Lisbon and I thought Lisbon was rather overrated as a city break destination in my personal opinion…I’m sure people will disagree with that statement and that’s fine…opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one.

I’ve heard it being said that folks who didn’t enjoy Barcelona, weren’t fans of Lisbon and I’m not a fan of Barcelona either!

If you do head to Porto then why not check out my Porto Travel Guide here.

Either way…enjoy your city break and let me know which city you prefer – Lisbon or Porto?

xx

Portugal Travel Inspiration - Portugal City Break Destinations: Lisbon vs Porto! These two beautiful destinations are big city break hitters currently but which one is the best for things to do, food, tiles and safety for solo women travellers?

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Shhh don’t tell anyone but Athens is one of my favourite European cities…it’s authentic, charming and there is a dose of history around every corner.  We only had 48 hours in Athens on this occasion however we put it to good use by *cough* relaxing and eating.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

We arrived late afternoon in Athens and caught a taxi from the airport (beware of the taxi drivers; we were pretty firm with our driver after he tried it on…just the once!) and checked into the Intercontinental Athens (not my favourite hotel in Athens and will write a review one day; it felt a bit dated, soulless and the service was mixed).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The first night we had access to the Intercontinental Club lounge where we enjoyed a light supper via the nibbles in the lounge and a few drinks while appreciating the view over the city.

The next morning we had a full day…to be fair we’ve done a number of the touristy things in Athens that you really should tick off on a visit to the city so we decided to climb a hill to get another view over the city from the Hill of the Muses…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…it’s pretty wonderful up there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…with great views over the city…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…make sure you wear sensible shoes as it’s not stable ground.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After our stroll up a hill, we managed to end up in a middle of a religious procession that we had no idea about…thankfully a lovely old Greek lady grabbed me and explained that it was a particular saints day and we were close to her church (I have a funny feeling it was Catherine but I could be just making that up!) but it’s one of the reasons why I love Athens – the culture, history, religion and the friendly people that stop and chat to you…we held hands as she explained everything.  A truly lovely moment that I will cherish.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

G decided that he needed a ride on a segway and I wasn’t really feeling up for a segway tour so while he whizzed around seeing the city from different vantage points (he really loved this tour!)...I used my feet and just lost myself in the streets of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…photographing the hell out of it…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…the city felt a tad festive which surprised me (never thought of Christmas and Greece together before…doh!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens at times does remind me of Paris…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…pretty in pink to make the boys wink!

The city felt empty of tourists, it was November so it was nice to chat to shop keepers and one in particular stopped me when he saw that my camera was on manual mode not auto…he loved photography so we had a chat…the Greeks love to chat.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

I managed to photograph myself a few doors of course!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Unfortunately I had fibroid issues on this day (once you overheat, it’s game over!) and ended up having to change my entire bottom half in the smallest and smelliest toilet in all of Athens…the joys of not being able to flush paper down the toilet makes public toilets reek even more than usual!  I’m still pretty proud of myself balancing on one shoe while trying to pull off and chuck on jeans in what felt like a tiny cage.  I survived to tell the tale!

I did ponder about buying a pair of slippers…I haven’t succumbed yet but next time a pair of these bad boys are coming home with me…along with another 25 litres of olive oil.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

After a quick walk back to the hotel, a shower and a brisk walk to the Hotel Grande Bretagne as I was meeting G for afternoon tea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…G wanted to make sure that the Grande Bretagne in Athens still made the best scones in the whole world…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they were rigorously tested (don’t ask me why the napkin ended up there…the shirt desperately needed a iron and he needed a trim as well which I was nagging him about)…they still hold the number one spot so if you’re a gluten eating monster then you need to make sure you pop in and taste their scones and their gluten free afternoon tea is pretty good as well!

We decided to head up to the terrace bar at the hotel which offers fabulous views over Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and then watch the sunset…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I managed to get over my fear of flying rats (joking…still totally petrified of birds!  And I forgot to focus the darn thing on the bird…doh!)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…they make a rather tasty mocktail if you’re that way inclined which I am!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

The following morning I decided to head out again to discover some more beauty spots around the historical centre of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is famous for it’s street art…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…in between ducking inside a few art shops, Athens does some seriously good art if you like bright bold striking colours (which I do!)….and yes there is a lot of graffiti as well…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens is fabulous for people watching as it’s full of funny little characters like this gentleman who gave me a wink when I dropped in a few coins; traditional Greek music and possibly helping someone out is good for the soul (you never know a persons circumstances)…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I found all this just by walking around the touristy area of Athens…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…I love a colourful destination…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…Athens does make me smile and I thought to myself, hmmm 48 hours in Athens really isn’t enough even on my 4th visit to the city!  I stumbled on a few ancient ruins…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…another man entertaining the small crowd of only me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

…and just kept wandering around (I managed to find myself a few cushion covers and a load of olive oil…yes I’m officially old!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

Travel Tips for Athens, Greece

  • The historical centre of Athens is quite compact so you can walk around with slightly pretty shoes if you fancy (just don’t do heels!)
  • I’ve stayed at a few hotels in Athens and my favourite is the Hotel Grande Bretagne (great location, lovely service, iconic hotel which is part of the Starwood chain of hotels) or there is the Intercontinental Athens (IHG chain of hotels) which is more business focussed and takes approximately 10 minutes to walk into the historic centre.
  • A taxi will cost you 38 euros from the airport to downtown Athens and this is a fixed rate but could change so check the board at the taxi stand – some taxi drivers will try and play funny buggers so I suggest having two 20 euro notes available rather than a 50 euro note and don’t listen to their bollocks about riots closing roads in central Athens – they just don’t want to take you all the way into the city
  • You can catch the metro or buses from the airport which takes approximately an hour and is a cheaper alternative.
  • If you are looking for a day trip from Athens then I would suggest Nafplio, the Islands of the Saronic Gulf or the Poseidon Temple which are all worth while and I’ve visited them all.  Plus I have a load more Athens tips here including where to buy Greek Sandals and another great view point.
  • Athens is really quite hip and it’s slowly becoming a foodie hotspot – Greek food is on the rise; simple but tasty flavours and you can easily find gluten free options!
  • The Hotel Grande Bretagne offer a lovely afternoon tea in their Winter Garden which is definitely worth checking out.
  • Athens is often dubbed as boring and overlooked as an entry / exit point for the Greek Islands; I always suggest 48 hours in Athens to really discover an authentic European city where history, locals and tourists mingle making it a great alternative city break destination.  Athens won’t be for everyone but I love it!

Greece Travel Inspiration - 48 Hours in Athens, one of my favourite cities in Europe with so many things to do, great food and ancient sites with amazing history all over the city! Plaka is my favourite area and there are so many fabulous photography opportunities on these tiny streets. Winter is a great time to vacation in the city so pop on over to the blog and read my travel tips at the bottom from hotels, day trips and where to find the best afternoon tea in Athens.

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