mini guide to MILAN

Milan is probably Italy's most important economic and transport hub with two internationally operating airport in the outskirts.

Chances are that you have a connection in Milan - either between two flights or because you take a train from here to your final destination in Italy.

View of the cathedral from the museo del novecento
Here you can kill two birds with one stone (actually that's a quite disturbing idiom): Best view at the Duomo, Milan's cathedral, from the Museo Novecento (the spiral on the ceiling is by Lucio Fontana, just so you know)

I had various stopovers in this North Italian metropolis - for instance when visiting the biennials or when going to Lake Como - and can therefore easily share my best bits of advice in this "24 hours in..."-post.

Of course, you won't be able to see all there is to admire in Milan in only 24 hours. Look at it as an aperitivo, Italy's famous equivalent to a happy hour, an amuse-gueule - a yummy snack that will make you come back for more.

But first, let's explore this very diverse metropolis following this mini guide.

GLASSTRESS 2019 at MURANO: it's a crystalline world

Most visitors to Venice stay and explore only the Centro Storico, the historic center, divided into six districts called Sestieri, seeming to form one large island. Albeit, there are said to be a total of 120 islands in the lagoon whereas only 11 are permanently inhabited.


Italy - Murano Island - Vetreria Ducale
Some of the best places to shop for glass on Murano island: The Vetreria Ducale, adorned by a sign of Guerrieri pottery, and to the left the Ferro & Lazzarini glass factory.

The island of Murano is the third largest one - after the Centro Storico and the Lido - and actually consists of seven small islands divided by eight channels and connected by bridges.

World-famous for glass and crystal, Murano is definitely worth the short boat trip from the Fondamente Nove stop; and, while the exhibition Glasstress is on, visiting Murano's crystalline world is indisputably a must.

VENICE on a budget - when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and much more

Visiting Venice can be pretty pricey: You find yourself at one of world's most unique places - and it comes with a price tag.


Italy Venice Canale Grande
Every visitor to Venice will know this sight: The Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo across from the main train station Venezia Santa Lucia, photographed from the Ponte degli Scalzi.

I've been coming to Venice for years - at least every other year to visit the Biennale di Arte. Consequently, I'm not going there for these overpriced touristy places and services. I enjoy Venice on a budget - and believe me, I enjoy it to the max. Therefore, in this post, I'm sharing my best tips on when to go, where to stay, what to eat, and much more.

Biennale di Arte 2019: Tips on How to Visit World's Most Important Art Event in Venice

Venice is certainly a place worth visiting even when nothing special is on. Venice as such is special enough.


Ponte dell'Accademia Venice Italy
Ponte dell'Accademia, one of only four opportunities to cross the Canale Grande walking, advertising for this year's mega-event.

However, the Biennials are adding some contemporary suspense and glamour to all the shiny renaissance the Doges left behind, and this summer, the 58th Biennale di Arte is on.

A VAN-TASTIC TRIP to the ISLAND of FEHMARN

Spending a weekend or vacation on the island of Fehmarn in a camper van gives you a totally different perspective of the island's cool activities and beautiful sceneries.


Surfer and kiters at the Fehmarnsundbrücke
While the strong wind is the cyclist's enemy, it's definitely the surfer's and kiter's best friend. One of the hotspots is at Fehmarn's southern strait next to the legendary Fehmarnsundbrücke, the Fehmarnsoundbridge

After I had spent a weekend on this Baltic island in May - when it still was a bit nippy - I thought, in Summer, this place must be paradise.

All you need to know before going to GERMANY

Whether it's the legal and formal stuff or the fun and quirky things - everyone should read this compilation before setting foot in Germany.



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I'm listing relevant figures and important rules and regulations as well as sometimes unpredicted peculiarities and fun facts to know before you go so that no unexpected surprise will impair your experience.


LÜBECK - a guide to one of Germany's most ravishing cities

Somehow the city of Lübeck has always reminded me of Venice: An innocently cute and relatively small city that used to possess such a political influence and economic power - reaching all over Europe and beyond.


Holstentor at Lübeck
There are quite a few lions in Lübeck - honoring Henry the Lion, the Bavarian King who after Munich founded also Lübeck in 1159. In the Backdrop the iconic Holstentor and right next to it the ancient salt warehouses.

Although Lübeck has incredibly beautiful buildings and alleys, seven church towers, three Nobel prize winners and world-famous marzipan, it does not suffer from destructive over-tourism. I don’t want to change that, however, I’d like to show you around one of Germany's most ravishing cities.