Top 6 autumn festivals in Prague

Things to do in Prague in Fall

During Autumn, the beauty of Prague is unending, as its cultural agenda! The city hosts an impressive calendar of festivals and events dedicated to history, arts, fashion, music and gastronomy… The ideal opportunity to fall in love with the very essence of Czech Republic.

Prague in autumn

View of the Old Town Square of Prague during Autumn

What can we do this autumn in Prague?

Designblok in Prague

26th – 30th October 2017

The Prague International Design Festival is one of the largest design events of Czech Republic, also called Designblok. For 4 days, the best Czech design and fashion talents exhibit their creations to the public.

This event is perfect for all those visitors looking for the latest fashion trends! Original clothing, furniture and furnishing to fill your suitcase back home.

Designblok 2014 Prague

Jan Planchac & Henry Wieglas lights and molds at Open Studios during the Designblok of Prague in 2014. Copyright Designmilk via Flickr (CC License)

Dvořák Prague International Music Festival

3rd – 23rd September 2017

The Dvořák Prague International Music Festival is a must visit if you want to live Prague’s music history.

The Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was one of the most influential figures of all times. During this festival, Prague celebrates the contribution of this composer with several concerts performed in different venues across the city.

Classical music fans can not miss this event! An annual highlight with an extensive programme.

Undoubtedly, Prague is a city with an immense music culture. You can be delighted by its music in every single corner. We show you here a selection of places for your upcoming visit to “The City of Music”.

The Rudolfinum Prague

The Rudolfinum is one of the music auditoriums where the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival is held. Copyright Jorge Lascar via Flickr (CC License)

Festival Prague Crossroads

2nd – 8th October 2017

In 2016, the zero edition of the Festival Prague Crossroads took place with the objective to mark what would have been the 80th birthday of former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel.

This 2017, the festival continues in the same direction. A cultural event with a rescindable program here available that follows the activist legacy of Václav Havel of reflecting the reality of our current situation. Theater lovers will enjoy dramatic themes that move today’s Europe.

Dancing House Prague

Dancing House Prague building built in 1997 by Frank Gehry and V. Milunic. Copyright Carl Mikoy via Flickr (CC License)

Signal Festival in Prague

12th – 15th October 2017

The SIGNAL Festival is considered the largest cultural event in the Czech Republic. This exciting event integrates light, art and urban space across extraordinary Prague venues, such as the Dancing House, the Old Town Square, the Church of St. Ludmila, Charles Bridge, Museum Kampa, Petřín Lookout Tower or the Metronome, Střelecký Island, Klementinum and Náměstí Míru Square.

Four evenings full of visual arts and technologies to transform the public space of Prague into a gleaming gallery at night.

Rezonator Jan-hladil. Photocredit Jan Tichy

Installation Rezonator by Jan Hladil on SIGNAL Festival Prague. Copyright Jan Tichy

Unique Fashion Week in Prague

2017 program in progress

Unique Fashion Week (UFW) in Prague has been one of the most successful events of fashion in Central Europe. The show highlights the latest fashion trends! Both local designers and international brands showcase their newest collections.

This 2017 visitors will find brands such as Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, French Connection, Christian Louboutin, La Perla, Swarovski, Barbora Kubickova, Denisa Dovalova, Jana Jurcenko or Karolina Otevrelova.

Unique Fashion Week Prague 2016

Karen Milen collection at the Unique Fashion Week in Prague, 2016. Copyright Unique Fashion Week via Official Facebook

Whisky Life! Prague

3rd 4th November 2017

The Whisky Life! Prague festival offers a unique experience for all its visitors.

“Over 150 different whiskies to choose from. Masterclasses, where whisky experts will guide you through a tasting of their handpicked whiskies. Live music, bag pipes, kilts, cigars, food… Boredom will not be an option here!”

An advanced reservation is needed to attend all the masterclasses, even if they are free of charge.

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6 Budapest’s best places for hanging out

Budapest nightlife zones perfect for indoor and outdoor partying

Budapest is one of those European cities that stays awake all night long! It does not matter what kind of party you like. The Hungarian capital has it all! Rooftop partying, indoor nightlife zones, live music bars, cultural pubs… Are you ready to discover the best Budapest hangout places?

Budapest Parliament at night

Budapest Parliament at night

Rooftop terraces and sky bars in Budapest

Rooftop bars have recently become very popular all over Budapest. We have selected the most exclusive hangouts where the beauty of this European city can be admired.

360 bar in Budapest

Considered as the most popular rooftop of Budapest, 360 Bar offers the best 360° view of the city. To enter this terrace, you must take the lift all the way up to the former Paris Department Store. Take a moment to delight the eye and take pictures of the incredible skyline of Budapest.

We recommend you take a jacket with you, since this amazing spot is a little too breezy. Daytime parties are the best option, but do not miss the panorama when the sun goes down.

360 Bar Budapest

Sunset at the rooftop of 360 Bar in Budapest

High Note SkyBar in Budapest

This exclusive sky bar is located at the rooftop of the 5-star Aria Hotel, winner of the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice.

The High Note SkyBar is the best place to chill after exploring the city. Facing the gorgeous St. Stephen’s Basilica, its prestigious centered location makes it perfect to enjoy unique views of the Basilica’s dome and the city. Our recommendation is to make a reservation, especially if you want to get the best seats!

High Note SkyBar

Bird’s eye view of the rooftop of Note SkyBar, at the top of Aria Hotel in Budapest. Copyright: Official website picture

St. Andrea wine & sky bar in Budapest

Perfect for outdoor and indoor partying, St. Andrea wine & sky bar offers a breathtaking panorama of Budapest from different angles. Located in a prime location in District V, above Vörösmarty Square, this luxurious sky bar provides views to the St. Stephen’s Basilica on one side, and to the Citadel and Gellért Hill to the other.

This hangout stays open during winter too. Guests can admire the view of Budapest covered in snow from behind a glass wall.

St Andrea SkyBar

Open-air terrace of St. Andrea wine & skybar, in Budapest. Copyright: Official facebook picture

Live music bars in Budapest

Even on weekdays, Budapest has a wide offer of open-air bars with musicians playing alive. There is nothing better than sitting comfortably under the open sky while enjoying a good drink accompanied by live music.

Mazel Tov in Budapest

Mazel Tov is constantly buzzing with life! Full-time cultural events and programs define this club as one of the most popular of the Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. Every night at 8 pm a live musical performance begins. It is impossible to get bored with musicians and DJs such as Dóri Hegyi, Juli Horányi, Gabi Knoll, the InFusion Trio, Andris Jász, Jutasi and Benski.

Infusion Trio concert

Concert of Infusion Trio at Mazel Tol, Budapest (03.08.16) Copyright: Official Facebook picture

PONTOON club in Budapest

The Pontoon cultural nightclub, at the right side of the Pest-side of the Chain Bridge, offers a strong musical program every week. From the jazzy Monday Sessions, to live concerts and events including Tilos Night, Random Trip, and SoulClap gigs. A mini-festival right next to the Danube.

Akvárium Klub

Akvárium Klub is perhaps the best-known meeting point of downtown Budapest. This bar is a cultural center with a wide musical repertoire. Besides cool concerts inside the club, open-air musical programs are performed almost every week. One of the best spots to start the night in Budapest, since every other nightclub in Budapest is a ten-minute walk away.

Akvárium Klub (UserChristo~commonswiki)

Concert at the Akvárium Klub in Budapest. Copyright – User:Christo~commonswiki

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Best 2017 ranking restaurants in France

The Best Restaurants in France according to the Michelin Guide 2017

The Michelin Guide France 2017 was released on February, announcing one new three-Michelin-starred restaurant, 12 new two-starred restaurants and 57 new one-starred restaurants. We have prepared a full list of the best dining spots for your upcoming travel to France, with some recommendations and useful information.

Le Chef Christian Le Squer

Le Chef Christian Le Squer at the Hôtel Four Seasons George V. Photography by: Eddy Brière.

New Three Star

The already famous Chef Yannick Alléno was the only chef this 2017 to be awarded a third star. His restaurant “Le 1947” joins the 26 other restaurants that already hold three Michelin star awards. Among them his other restaurants maintain their three star: “Alléno Paris” au Pavillon Ledoyen (check our post), “Alain Passard’s Arpège” and “Alain Ducasse” at the Plaza Athénée Hotel.

Conquering the upper echelons of French dining is not easy, as the restaurant is obliged to perform an exceptional service and cuisine. Chef Yannick Alléno has already proven its value before, but this reward finally places him in the esteemed group of “Six Star Chefs”; a group that now includes French gastronomic heavyweights like Alain Ducasse and Eugenie Brazier.

Yannick Alléno

Chef Yannick Alléno at restaurant Alléno Paris. Author: Clémence Broustine

Le 1947, in the French Alps

“Le 1947” at Le Cheval Blanc Hotel is a contemporary restaurant offering an unforgettable gastronomic experience in complete intimacy, since it only hosts a limited number of guests per night.

The average price to have dinner in this spectacular French restaurant ranges between 127 and 450 euros before wine. Decoration is modern and romantic at the same time, and probabilities to be welcomed by the chef are high. Our recommendation is to make an advanced reservation due to the limited capacity of the dining room. It only opens for dinner and it is wheelchair accessible.

Le Meurice dessert

Dessert at restaurant Le Meurice, by chef Yannick Alléno. Photography by: sunday_driver (Flickr account)

New Two Star

There are 12 new restaurants who received the upgrade to the two star category. Among them we wanted to highlight the restaurant of the Chef Gordon Ramsay “Le Pressoir d’Argent”, and three other Paris restaurants: “Kei”, “La Table de l’Espadon” and “Le Clarence”.

Le Pressoir d’Argent, in Bordeaux

“Le Pressoir d’Argent” is situated on the first floor of the InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand Hôtel. “Le Pressoir d’Argent” is Gordon Ramsay Group’s second restaurant in France. It offers creative cooking and attention to detail, all along with local products and exceptional international cuisine. There are vegan and vegetarian options including à la carte, and it is wheelchair accessible.

Kei, in Paris

“Kei” is a restaurant holding the name of its young chef Kei, who after seven years working with the chef Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athenee restaurant, decided to take over Gerard Besson’s restaurant. Perfect cooking time, impeccable finishing, beautiful and highly skilled gestures are his signature. His restaurant offers vegetarian options and gluten-free menus.

La Table de l’Espadon, in Paris

“La Table de l’Espadon” welcomes you to enjoy the most creative and elegant dishes. Located in Ritz Hotel in Paris and leaded by the chef Nicolas Sale, this restaurant will serve you from a gentle morning breakfast to an experimental garden for lunch or an unforgettable dinner. Dishes like wild seabass, duck foie gras or milk-fed lamb can be tasted along with an extensive wine list. If you are looking for vegetarian or gluten free options, they do have a la carte specialties.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower view in the early morning. Paris

Le Clarence, in Paris

At “Le Clarence” restaurant, Chef Christophe Pelé revisits the great classics of French traditional cuisine in an audacious, modern, and devilishly seductive way. Every detail of the decoration of the restaurant will take you back to the Age of Enlightenment. Average prices range from a lunch menu of 65 euros (tasting menu in 3 steps for all guests) to an inspiration menu of 320 euros (tasting menu in 7 steps for all guests). It has an open-air terrace and its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

New One Star

According to this year Michelin Guide there are now 57 one star restaurants. 12 restaurants in the French capital received their first star, including: “Les Jardins de l’Espadon” at the Ritz, the “Palais-Royal”, “Sushi B”, “Restaurant H”, “Alliance”, “Divellec”, the “George” and “l’Orangerie” both at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, “l’Archeste”, “la Scène Thélème”, “Akrame” and “l’Escargot 1903”.

Unfortunately, restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” went down from two to one star, while other Parisian restaurants such as “Goust” at Elephant Paname, the “Céladon”, the “Truffière”, “Okuda”, the “Diane at the Fouquet’s”, “Hiramatsu” and “Jacques Faussat” lost their one star.

Ritz hotel in Paris

Entrace of the hotel Ritz in Paris. Author: wolfgangjung (Flickr account)

Highlights of this Michelin Guide France 2017

  • In a nutshell: the guide counts 616 Michelin starred new restaurants in total. There are 16 restaurants more than last year. 70 establishments were awarded new stars while a surprising 52 lost one or more stars.
  • There is just one woman awarded by the Michelin list this year. The Chef Fanny Rey, whose restaurant “Auberge la Reine Jeanne” earned one star.
  • Michelin also released its 2017 Bib Gourmand distinctions for France. It is a list which unveils 17 new wallet-friendly and casual eateries in Paris Each Bib Gourmand restaurant must provide a prix-fixe lunch menu with a starter, entree, and dessert for 32 euros or less (36 euros in Paris). Best budget you can find for tasting real French cooking.

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Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix 2017

The best Formula 1 race in Italy

If you are a true Formula 1 racing enthusiast keep reading, because we bring you some good news. The Italian Grand Prix starts the first day of September in Monza, on the outskirts of Milan. This Grand Prix invites you to travel to Italy with style. Are you going to miss it?

2012 Italian GP

Overview of Ferrari while technicians prepare the car on boxes. 9 September 2012. Copyright: Francesco Crippa

The Italian GP has a duration of three days. September 1st (Friday) will be hosting the practice; the qualifying will be done during the 2nd September (Saturday); and the last day, 3rd September (Sunday) the race will take place! The event program is already scheduled and available at the official webpage of F1.

Why go to Italian Grand Prix 2017?

The sporting event will be hold at the fantastic Monza National Racetrack, approximately 30 minutes away from the Italian fashion capital, Milan, and near to the glacial Lake Como.

This racetrack is the fastest Formula One circuit of the calendar and one of the most evocative for the F1 fans. The perfect combination of speed and skill, which usually results in the most spectacular races of all times. Races full of adrenaline surrounded with the unique sound of the car engines are waiting for you.

2010 Italian GP Fdo Alonso

Fernando Alonso celebrating his victory at the podium while he sprays champagne. 12th September 2010. Copyright: Andrew Ferraro for LAT Photographic

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Europe, the best natural set for Game of Thrones

Discover the European Destinations where Game of Thrones was filmed!

HBO’s most successful television series has been shot for the most part in European destinations. We have compiled some of the best scenarios of this famous saga so that you plan your next trip to Europe through the real scenarios of “Game of Thrones”

Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland

The Kingdom of the North is almost entirely filmed in Northern Ireland. Its green landscapes and climate are the perfect context to be the residence of the Starks.

Castle Ward, Winterfell

This castle of gothic and classic architecture was used during the first season, as the courtyard of Winterfell, capital of the north. The property includes exotic gardens, natural paths and quiet woods, which are seen when Robert Baratheon and his royal court arrive at this place, settlement of the Stark house.

Castle Ward, Northern Ireland

Courtyard of Castle Ward, Northern Ireland. Author Ardfern (wikicommons account)

Tollymore Forest Park, the woods in the North

The National Park of Tollymore is the perfect destination to practice outdoor activities. It offers spectacular views of the sea, even though Game of Thrones scenes are more focus on the woods.

In this scenario takes place the horse chase of Theon Greyjoy by Ramsay Bolton.

Mussenden Temple and Downhill beach, Dragonstone

This beautiful beach is known for hosting the Mussenden Temple on its cliff, a classic circular temple built as a summer library. Both were used as the outdoor location of Dragonstone.

Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

View of Mussenden Temple and the beach, Northern Ireland. Author Überraschungsbilder

Ballintoy harbor, Lordsport

Ballintoy harbor represents Lordport of Game of Thrones, the seat of House Botley on Pyke (largest town in the Iron Islands). This place was used for the first time when Theon Greyjoy lands in the Iron Island.

The Dark Hedges, road from King’s landing

The Dark Edges are probably the most beautiful avenue you have never seen. It is one of the most photographed place of Northern Ireland. The Stuart family, the original owner, ordered the dark hedges to be planted with their long branches over the sky as a tunnel at the entrance to their Gregorian mansion during the eighteenth century.

Back to Game of Thrones, this avenue was used to roll the road from King’s Landing.

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

Spring at the Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland. Author horslips5 (Flickr account)

Caves of Cushendun, Stormlands

It took 400 million years and the extreme weather conditions of Northern Ireland to create the amazing Caves of Cushendun. Here is where Davos Seaworth lands with Melisandre and sees how she gives birth to the strange creature.

Caves of Cushendun, Northern Ireland

Cloudy day at the caves of Cushendun, Northern Ireland. Author: Ardfern (wikicommons account)

Murlough bay, the Iron Islands

Murlough bay is a remote place of the coast of Northern Ireland with cliffs and beaches that will leave you speechless. In this place Theon Greyjoy rides with his sister on his way back home.

Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland

Fog in Murlough Bay, Northern Ireland. Author Andreas F. Borchert

Game of Thrones in Scotland

Castle Doune was the first location chosen to recreate Winterfell during the pilot episode.

Doune Castle, Scotland

Outside view of the Doune Castle, Scotland. Author: Wikifan75 (wikicommons account)

Game of Thrones in Spain

From the fifth season, Spain has become a regular location for shooting Game of Thrones. Many of the places that appear to be fictional exist in the real world.

Sevilla: The Water Gardens of Dorne, Dragonpit and Meereen Arena

The marvelous Alcazar of Seville was the perfect scenery to recreate the Water Gardens of Dorne. Any person that has been there knows this is a very warm place as well, so it represents Sunspear perfectly. HBO recorded beautiful scenes inside the rooms and outdoors on the gardens and fountains.

Real Alcázar de Sevilla, Spain

Yard overview of the Real Citadel of Seville, Spain. Author: Eric Titcombe

Itálica Ruins, before being ruins were the first city created by the Romans in Spain. Its amphitheater, Cardo Máximo and surroundings were filmed for sixth season.

Roman Ruins of Itálica, Seville, Spain

Amphitheater overview of Itálica, Seville, Spain. Author: Diego Delso

Córdoba: Long Bridge of Volantis and Casterly Rock

The roman bridge of Córdoba transforms into the Long Bridge of Volantis. It is a worth visit to see by yourself the length of this bridge built up by the Romans in the year I BC.

Roman bridge of Cordoba, Spain

Side view of the Roman bridge of Cordoba, Spain. Author: Rafesmar (wikicommons account)

Do you recognize the castle of Amodóvar del Río? Sure you do, since it represented the Casterly Rock.

Navarra: Dothraki sea

The Real Bardenas of Navarra are by far one of the most charming and curious sceneries of this serie. Its rare beauty and rock formations make this place perfect to represent the Dothraki sea.

Real Bardenas of Navarra, Spain

Real Bardenas of Navarra, Spain

Castellón: Meereen

The stunning city of Peñíscola, in Castellón represents the free city of Meereen. Where also you will find the Artillería Park, a botanic garden that you must not miss it!

Weapons square of Peñíscola Castle Palace, Castellon, Spain

Overview of the weapons square of Peñiscola Castle Palace, Castellon, Spain. Author: Luis Vinuesa

Almería: Dorne, Dothraki sea and Vaes Dothrak

The exotic Kingdom of Dorne is partly represented by the arid landscape of Almería. The walls of the Alcazaba, a spectacular medieval fortress, were one of the filmed spots, together with Sierra Alhamila.

Citadel of Almeria, Spain

Citadel of Almeria seen from below, Spain. Author Calapito (wikicommons user)

Guadalajara: Tower of Joy

Castle of Zafra is a fortress surrounded by an outstanding beauty used to represent the Tower of Joy. Do you remember the flashback of Lyanna Stark in the Tower of Joy? Maybe in this new season we get some news of the father of Jon Snow…

Zafra Castle, Guadalajara, Spain

Zafra Castle and surroundings, Guadalajara, Spain. Author: Borjaanimal (wikicommons user)

País Vasco: Dragonstone

This new season comes along with several destinations of the Vasque Country! The small peninsula crowned with the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe has already been shown as Dragonstone. Quick advice: if you are planning a trip here, do not forget a bottle of water, comfortable shoes and full battery camera. The peninsula belongs to the munipality of Bermeo, one hour away from Bilbao by car.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Bilbao, Spain

Bird view of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, Bilbao, Spain. Author: Ainhize Mesanza

If you keep up with this season, you probably recognized the 241 stairs that Jon Snow, Ser Davos and some dothraki soldiers climbed to meet Daenerys Targaryen.

Cáceres: Highgarden

Barruecos Natural Park was used to shoot the battle of this 07×03 episode of Game of Thrones, together with Trujillo Castle, to represent Highgarden, home of House Tyrell.

Trujillo Castle, Caceres, Spain

Trujillo Castle, Caceres, Spain. Author: Julian Blasco

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Oktoberfest 2017 Munich, more than a beer festival

The world´s largest beer festival

And the most imitated one! The Munich Oktoberfest is approaching and sooner than you think it will be taking place. Fortunately, this is the best time to start preparing your trip to Germany. We bring you the latest and most curious information so you do not miss anything during your visit to Munich, the mecca of this festival par excellence!

Oktoberfest munich 2017

What was the origin of Oktoberfest?

The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 during the marriage festivities of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s with the Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The following years festivities were repeated until the festival became a tradition in Bavaria and this 2017 it is the 207th anniversary.

Later, with the prolongation of this festivity, Oktoberfest was moved forward into September. By moving the festival, better weather conditions arrived, meaning warmer nights that enable visitors to enjoy the gardens of the tents outdoors, for longer time.

Oktoberfest 2017 Calendar. September 16th to October 3rd

This year the Bavarian festival will start on Saturday, September 16th. The official calendar starts with the arrival of the tents hosts at 11 am. A parade will be performed through the beautiful city of Munich, which is included in our european destinations. We recommend you to be at 12 pm at the Schottenhamel tent to be able to witness the official opening ceremonies, which is celebrated here, with the symbolic opening of the first beer barrel by the Mayor of Munich.

Schottenhamel tent Oktoberfest 2008 (Author AbhijeetRane - Flickr)

Schottenhamel tent, where Oktoberfest begins every year. Author: AbhijeetRane (Flickr account)

On Sunday 17th at 10 am one of the most followed events goes through, the traditional costume parade of Munich. A display of Bavarian traditions and different German regions with a duration of 2 hours and more than 9000 participants.

Costume Parade of the Oktoberfest

Dancers of the costume parade, Oktoberfest. Author: Jackmac34 (pixabay account)

On September 19th and 26th all rides and performances cost less until 7 pm., since they are considered Family Day. It may surprise you, but in fact Oktoberfest is very well prepared to host families with children, we could call it kid-friendly.

On Sunday 24th hosts at 11 am. a traditional concert of the Oktoberfest brass-bands will be held at the feet of the Bavarian monument.

Oktoberfest Parade

Musicians of the Oktoberfest parade. Author: inspirator (pixabay account)

Closing the festivities on October 3rd, the traditional military gun-salute at the foot of the Bavaria monument will take place.

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Oktoberfest beer

Over 6 million litres of the “liquid gold” will be drunk during the festival. Quite impressive! According to the tradition, beer tents can only sell original Munich beer, characterized by one of the longest traditions and a lot of experience in brewing.

Bavaria has the best beer in the world and this is not pure coincide. Duke William IV created a regulation called “The Bavarian Purity Requirements” in 1516 which says that “only water, hops and barley should be used to brew Bavarian beer”. Nowadays, this strong regulation about brewing and quality control has resulted in the best breweries and beers many people sympathize.

Oktoberfest Beer Tent Schedule

During the Oktoberfest beer will be sold in the tents from 10 am. to 10.30 pm. on Wednesdays and from 9 am. to 10.30 pm. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Oktoberfest beer prices

A Maß “Mass” is a huge mug that contains 1 beer litre. Prices range between 9,70 and 10,10 euros this 2017 year. Be careful with taking the beer mugs as a souvenir. They belong to the breweries that serve you and if you try to take them it may bring you trouble. In 2010, 130,000 beer mugs were confiscated and taken back to their tent owners. We recommend you purchase them in the souvenir shop.

Beer mugs, Oktoberfest

Two Oktoberfest mugs full of beer. Author: Jackmac34 (pixabay account)

On the list below you will find some of the tents where to order your favorite beer:

Augustiner: Augustiner-Festhalle, Fischer-Vroni

Paulaner: Armbrustschützenzelt, Winzerer Fähndl, Käfer’s Wies’n Schänke

Paulaner tent, Oktoberfest

Paulaner tent, Oktoberfest. Author: RitaE (pixabay account)

Spaten-Franziskaner: Marstall, Schottenhamel, Ochsenbraterei/Spatenbräu-Festhalle

Löwenbräu: Schützen-Festzelt, Löwenbräu-Festhalle

Hacker-Pschorr: Hacker-Festzelt, Pschorr-Bräurosl

Hofbräu: Hofbräu Festzelt

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Seven secrets of Wales

Wales is one of the most beautiful coasts of Europe

What to see when you travel to Wales? Majestic castles, small charming villages, cosmopolitan cities, stunning inland National Natural Parks and of course one of the most beautiful coasts of Europe. We are going to give you some practical information of this fabulous and unique destination! Did you know these seven secrets of Wales?

Gower beach, South Wales

Overview of Gower beach, South Wales, UK. Author: Andrew Bennet (Flickr account: brianfagan)

Wales, a country full of castles

Okay, this may not be very surprising at a glance, since you have probably watched tons of videos of this country showing at least one castle. But how not to do it if the destination of Wales has nothing less than 641 castles?

Caerphilly castle, Wales, UK

Caerphilly castle, Wales, UK. Author: Peter (Flickr account)

Yes, you have read it correctly. In fact, Wales is the European destination with more castles per square mile! And more interesting, each of them has its own hidden secret. We will reveal to you the first ones: did you know that the tower of the Caerphilly castle is more tilted than the Tower of Pisa in Italy? Maybe not, but you probably did know United Kingdom still has a Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. His investing ceremony was celebrated in the Caernarfon castle in 1969. We will let you discover yourself the Cardiff castle secret, they have very complete guided visits.

Wales and the most beautiful beaches

Amazed? Wales has indeed more than 1.200 km of stunning coast. Besides, in 2017 they broke his own record with 50 sites achieving blue flag status, including 45 beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators. In this link, you may find any award-winning beach or marina of Wales.

Rhossili beach, Wales, UK

Rhossili beach, Wales, UK. Author: Andrew Bennet (Flickr account: brianfagan)

If you like walking and day trips, we recommend to you the Pembrokeshire coast path, in the South of Wales. It is the most famous trekking route of all Great Britain!

What is the spoken language?

Aside from English, in this country Welsh is spoken. The Welsh language is a fundamental aspect of Welsh culture and is taught in all schools across Wales. It is Europe’s oldest spoken language and the language of Celtic origin with more speakers.

The Green Bridge of Wales, Wales, UK

The Green Bridge of Wales, Wales, UK. Author: David Evans

As a curious factor, Welsh is a language that uses relatively little vowels. In addition, it does not have all the consonants, reason you will miss the following letters: K, C, Z and V.

Wales is a very touristic country

It may seem that Wales is not a very popular destination, but the country has 9 million visitors each year. This number exceeds three times the population of the country, of 3 million people in Wales, but still has nothing to do to beat the number of sheep living in its most beautiful villages.

Do you believe it? There are still less Wales tourists than sheep. The country hosts nothing less than 11 million sheep!

Sheep in Bethesda, North Wales, UK

Two sheep in Bethesda, North Wales, UK. Author: Hefin Owen

Wales has got the largest glass ceilings

Weather in Wales is not always as cloudless as we would like. It may be the reason why they master the use of enormous glass ceilings.

The glass ceiling of its famous Great Glass House,located in the National Botanic Garden, is the largest in the world. It was designed by the famous architect Norman Foster. Besides, Millenium Stadium of Cardiff is the second largest in the world, with a retractable glass ceiling.

Great Glass House, Wales, UK

Great Glass House, Wales, UK. Author: col&tasha (Flickr account)

Wales is a privileged nature destination

Apart from the coast, Wales stands out for its mountain landscapes. You will not get tired of its incredible and well-preserved forests, meadows, lakes and hills.

Wales treats its nature with respect and attention. 25% of the country is officially considered as National Park or at least is formally recognized as landscape of outstanding natural beauty. If you are going to rent a car there, our advice is to take advantage of it and drive to one of the best places: Brecon Beacons. From Cardiff, you will be there approximately in an hour and a half.

Tal-y-Llyn Snowdonia, Wales, UK

Tal-y-Llyn Snowdonia, Wales, UK. Author: Robert J Heath (Flicker account)

Wales is a fairy tale destination

You already knew that Wales was a stunning destination of Great Britain, right? But here you have the last surprise: Wales is the perfect destination to remember all your favorite fairy tales. In this lovely country, many films have been shoot, as for example: Harry Potter, Robbin Hood or Snow White. Besides, this marvelous country inspired Lewis Carrol to write “Alice in Wonderland”.

At Premium Incoming we have a lot of recommendations and advices to visit this European destination. Our professionals cannot wait to organize you a travel to Wales according to your preferences. They will help you with your accommodation search, booking for you the best hotels of Wales and the most beautiful routes. Are you looking for a themed tour around the castles? Are you more into nature? Do you want to revive all these magical fairy tales? Do not hesitate to contact us for more information, and let Wales surprise you!

Luxury shopping tour in Europe

Europe is the perfect destination for luxury shopping so… Why not experience a taylor-made themed tour? Spend your holidays doing what most of us love… Renewing our wardrove! Let yourself be guided by a personal shopper who will take you through the latest trends in fashion, brands, as well as to the most renowned designers stores.

Luxury shopping tour

Smiling woman holding her shopping bags

Paris fashion

Exclusivity defines Paris, world’s top fashion capital. One of the best European destinations for luxury brands and designer boutiques. It is not surprising since this city is home of many of the top fashion schools of the world and fashion designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Coco Chanel, Rene Lacoste, and Christian Louboutin.

Clearly shopping in Paris is all about haute couture (high fashion). Do not miss a 5 star experience through the golden triangle! From Porte Maillot to George-V, avenue Montaigne and the roundabout des Champs-Élysées. Dedicated exclusively to luxury fashion design houses, such as: Hermes, Lanvin, Gucci, YSL and Michael Kors.

If you prefer shopping centers while hunting fashion, Galleries Lafayette is your place! In any case, do not hesitate to contact our professionals. They are ready to make you live the best shopping experience ever in our destinations.

Louis Vuitton store in Paris

Louis Vuitton store windows. Author: zoetnet (Flickr account)

London fashion

Innovation defines London when talking about fashion. Many reasons support this, after all Mod movement was born here, and UK has produced some of the most extraordinary fashion designers: Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant, John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Hussein Chalayan, and Christopher Kane at the top.

Here we recommend you where to shop in London! Bond Street is the quintessential fashion street when looking for exclusivity. Distributed between Old Bond and New Bond, both streets are famous for its exclusive brands, designer fashion, fine jewels, art and antiques.

Isn´t it wonderful to have some of the world’s most prestigious retailers together? Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. are just a few. And do not forget to visit Harrods galleries!

Bond street in London

Store flags in Bond street, London. Author: Garry Knight (Flickr account)

Exclusive shopping in Milan

Extravagance comes from Milan, home of so many famous fashion designers that it is impossible to name them all! Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Gianni Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (Dolce & Gabbana), Miuccia Prada, Franco Moschino, Gimmo Etro and Donatella Versace are some of them.

Just like Paris, luxury fashion in Milan owns his place, the Golden Quadrilateral, located between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. This is one of the most expensive and exclusive shopping streets. Leading national and international brands, boutiques and showrooms are waiting for you here. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfrano Ferré, Versace, Moschino, and Prada are just some examples.

Neverthelless, if you are not that interested in outdoor shopping, and prefer shopping malls, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II will suit perfectly.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

Inside of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Author: Matthias Rhomberg (Flickr account)

For those interested in fashion shows, we already know the Fashion Week final dates on 2017!

London Fashion Week: 15th September to 19th September.

Milan Fashion Week: 20th September to 27th September.

Paris Fashion Week: 28th September to 8th March.

At Premium Incoming we plan unique luxury shopping experiences, including a personal assistant and the entrance to fashion shows and events, according to your preferences.

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Top 10 Italian cities you must visit!

Italy is one of the most magical countries in the world but… What are the best Italian cities to visit?

Home of cities full history, outstanding landscapes and magnificent cuisine, considered as one of the World’s best. Italy hosts one of the most romantic cities “Venice”, and one of the world’s most famous capitals of fashion and design “Milan”. Do not miss this top 10 cities on your next trip to Italy!…

Rome, the city of the best public squares and churches. Visit Rome with us

Let’s get started with the capital, a city that conquers you day and night. Called the Eternal City, visiting Rome is getting into the most exciting stories imaginable. Full of Renaissance churches that will make you travel back to the times of Michelangelo, and spectacular public squares that will impress you.

You cannot leave Rome before throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, before imagining a gladiator battle in the Colosseum, or before walking down the Roman Forum, an authentic open-air museum that will make you dive into the history of the city.

Fontana Di Trevi, ROMEVerona, the city of Romeo and Juliet

Verona is known as the city of love, and there we find the balcony of Juliet! We owe this to the famous writer Shakespeare, since exactly there the immortal love story between Romeo and Juliet took place.

It is not the only attraction this city hides. In Verona, you can explore the Roman theater dating from year 30 BC, one of the best preserved of its era. It is a must if you love the Opera, because inside it holds some of the successes of the season.

The Basilica of San Zenon, on the way to Castlevecchio, and the magnificent restoration of Carlo Scarpa, as well as the Scaligero Bridge, are other must-see places. Such a beautiful city that will make you sigh with love.

VERONAThe Tuscany

It is one of the most beautiful and unique areas of Italy, and perhaps the best one to enjoy Italian gastronomy, although every place in Italy has an exceptional cuisine.

Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Volterra, Luca or Montepulciano are just some of the places in Tuscany that will make you fall in love.

TUSCANYPisa city

Pisa is a fascinating city. On the Banks of the Arno, it is full of Romanesque buildings, Gothic churches, Renaissance palazzos, piazzas and lively streets that make up a complex difficult to forget.

The Tower of Pisa is the monument that attracts more tourists, but Pisa does not only consist of its Piazza dei Miracoli, where the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Campo Santo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa are located, but also, we can find more touristic places such as the Piazza dei Cavalieri, the Church of Santa Maria della Spina, or the old church of San Pietro in Vinculis.

PISAMilan, Italian capital of fashion

Just to know the culture of fashion makes it worthy to visit the heart of the ‘made in Italy‘. It turns out that the financial capital of Italy beyond its cathedral, one of the largest Gothic churches in the world, is a trend market that has its best letter of introduction in the Quadrilatero d’Oro.

Well-known fashion center, its nightlife presumes to be one of the best in the country, and within its artistic legacy reigns the fresco of `The Last Supper´ that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ gave an important relevance.


Sardinia is the ideal place to spend your summer holidays, (if interested, you can check our themed tours clicking the following link: our themed tours) and why not, those of any other time of the year.

Cities like Alghero, where time seems to have stopped; Stintino, with its famous beach of Pelosa; the incredible town of Castelsardo, ideal place to make a stop for a few days to rest; La Madalena, an indispensable place where we can find spots that seem to be taken from the Caribbean; or the chicest part of the island, like Porto Cervo, are just some of the places you can visit if you come to Sardinia.

SARDINIAFlorence city

The magnificent works of the Medici town makes it a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. A city that makes you fall in love wherever you look! With a centre small enough to reach all the most important places on foot, Florence is one of those cities that you want to return to before you leave.

You cannot miss its emblematic Ponte Vecchio or its impressive Duomo, one of the most beautiful in Italy. As well Piazza della Signoria is a meeting place impossible not to visit during your stay. Piazza Michelangelo is our last recommendation to have the best views of the city, but of course, these are just some examples of the essentials waiting for you in Florence.

FLORENCEThe villa of Siena

The villa of Siena is the medieval treasure of Tuscany. A historic city that retains the grandeur of its best period. Guarded by the Mangia Tower, the second highest medieval tower in Italy. Home of beautiful monuments such as the elegant Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic building of the Town Hall, and the dazzling Duomo.

In the center of its labyrinth of medieval streets the Piazza del Campo is found, where every July 2 and August 16 El Palio is celebrated, the most famous horse race in the world.

SIENARavello town

Ravello is one of those towns on the Amalfi Coast that leaves you breathless.

One of the most beautiful sea views you can see, city full of alleyways and a public square to stroll and get lost. It also has a lively cultural scene, thanks to the classical music festival in summer and a short distance to a fantastic beach where you can rest and enjoy the sea.

RAVELLO townVenice city

Venice is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, where more couples have already declared their love.

It is a unique city, where we can find its famous St Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs or the neighboring islands of Burano and Murano. But really, the maxim of Venice is to enjoy its streets and canals, with no fixed destination and of course no map in hand! Anyway, that map would not have served us much, since Venice is a city in which getting lost is very easy, almost forced. Crossing some of its hundred bridges can disorient even the experts.


In addition, there is the Carnival, the Film Festival, the Dance Festival and all its cultural heritage flooded by palaces, churches and canals.

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Arena di Verona, best opera festival in Italy

Verona hosts the best Opera Festival in Italy! It celebrates its 95th edition with a program full of events. Dates for this summer season are set till August 27. Good news is that tickets are still available!

Be delighted by the authentic italian opera you can dream of
in the romantic city of Romeo and Juliet!

Author: Paul Arps (Flickr account)

The Verona Opera Festival

This 2017 Arena di Verona celebrates the Opera Festival with five different tittles: a new production of Nabucco; two versions of Aida, one of La Fura dels Baus, and the classic of Gianfranco de Bosio; Riggoletto; Madama Butterfly with the scene of Zeffirelli; and Tosca.

First three tittles belong to Giuseppe Verdi, and the last two tittles to Giacomo Puccini. These two Italian compositors are well-known by its immense dominance of the Opera. They clearly master the communication of emotions and passion through their characters. Imagine yourself surrounded by such a special environment!Author: Alex Watkins (Flickr account)

We know it is very difficult to decide between the tittles, so if you want to see all the performances remember that there is a Season Ticket staged during the Arena Opera Festival.

Here you can check the official calendar and information of the Gala.

Things you must visit in Verona

Verona is steeped in history, thankfully you won´t miss a thing with our advices! To enrich your travel to the Verona Opera Festival we can also offer you our themed tours. Let us give you a walked along the art of the city and the most special spots.

This Italian gem is mostly known by the impressive Roman Arena, built in 1 BC and considered one of the most important and well preserved Roman amphitheatres. Visiting it while the Opera Festival takes place would be the best!

Palazzo Barbieri and Palazzo della Gran Guardia are also worth a look! The Palazzo Barbieri has a neoclassical architecture. It was built in the 17th century meant for military purposes, but currently it hosts the headquarters of the Municipality. The Palazzo della Gran Guardia is now home for important exhibitions and events.

Author: David Schiersner (Flickr account)

Located in the city centre we found the Piazza Bra, a very joyful public square considered the biggest Piazza of Verona. From there we can take a walk along Via Mazzini, one of the best streets for shopping, and turning right into Via Cappello, at number 23 at your left side you can visit the courtyard of Juliet’s house! Do you recognize that balcony?

Full of charm this city can also be very local. It is very common to see Verona people go for a walk to the Liston pavement or to go shopping to Piazza delle Erbe, an ancient Roman Forum that currently hosts a daily fruit and vegetable market.

Other things you should not miss in Verona

And now one home-made hint to reach the most beautiful views over the city! From Piazza dei Signori it is possible to see the Arche Scaligere and get into the Cortile del Mercato Vecchio, from which Torre dei Lamberti can be visited. From there you will be able to admire incredible views.Author: Pedro Nuno Caetano (Flickr account)

For Opera lovers, we recommend visiting the Amo Arena MuseOpera, full of exhibitions and temporary events that will complete you experience in Verona. Another pleasant visit is Teatro Romano, which hosts important theatre and ballets performances during the summer. And finally, the famous Castelvecchio with its Scaligero Bridge, a must-see before leaving Verona.

Author: Pedro Nuno Caetano (Flickr account)

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