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Our world is so incredibly beautiful and versatile and we want to explore & experience as much of it together as possible. We are Sandra and Michael from Darmstadt – commuters between full-time jobs and 30 days of vacation per year. There is a lot of wanderlust in between. And that’s why we keep pulling out into the wide or near world. Since 2012, we have been on our smaller and larger holidays by 78 Countries On travelled to all 5 continents and blog with a lot of passion about our countless adventures and experiences in our travel blog – be it from dreamlike islands, in cities of millions, on mountain peaks, in the pure wilderness or even in the depths of the oceans. Travel is our great passion and we love to get to know and write about new countries, places and cultures.

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Kinderdijk – The 19 windmills of Kinderdijk in Holland (UNESCO)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are 10 UNESCO-recognized World Heritage Sites, such as the canals of Amsterdam, the Schokland, the Wadden Sea in the North Sea or the Wouda Pumping Station. We wanted to visit another World Heritage Site today: the historic windmills of Kinderdijk. Things to know about the windmills of Kinderdijk About 15 km southeast of Rotterdam are the 19 historic windmills of Kinderdijk, which are among the most famous sights in the Netherlands. They were built in the …

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Dordrecht – Sights & our walking tour in the city

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

On our fifth day on our VIVA Cruises on the Rhine, we headed for the port city of Dordrecht which is about 20 km southeast of Rotterdam. The city has about 120,000 inhabitants and is located in a very water-rich area on the rivers Merwede, Noord and Oude Maas. This “three-river corner” in the north of the city is one of the busiest waterways in the Netherlands. Things to know about Dordrecht Dordrecht was first mentioned in 1120 and received …

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Rotterdam – The most beautiful sights & photo spots

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

After we had left our stop in Amsterdam as part of our river cruise with VIVA Cruises, a stop in the modern port city of Rotterdam was on the agenda for the rest of the day. Rotterdam certainly doesn’t win a beauty award, but there are a few interesting corners that we found on our walk across the city. Things to know about Rotterdam The port city of Rotterdam is located at the mouth of the Rhine into the North …

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Sights of Haarlem – A day trip from Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

If you are in Amsterdam and looking for an interesting day trip, we can recommend a visit to the typically Dutch city of Haarlem, affectionately known as Amsterdam’s little sister. Haarlem is less than 20 kilometers away from the Dutch capital Amsterdam and can be reached very quickly by train in just 18 minutes. We spent a whole day strolling through the idyllic old town and show you the most famous sights. Things to know about Haarlem (Netherlands) Haarlem, a …

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Amsterdam – The most beautiful photo spots & sights

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Netherlands

On the third day of our river cruise with VIVA Cruises on the Rhine, we visited the Dutch capital Amsterdam, which has the highest density of historical monuments (8,500 listed buildings) in the country. Particularly impressive is the semi-circular canal ring ennobled by UNESCO. Things to know about Amsterdam Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, has around 870,000 inhabitants, making it the most populous city in the country. The port city is located at the mouth of two rivers into …

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Erfurt – Cathedral, Krämerbrücke & other sights (Top 10)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, Germany

In addition to our long-distance trips, we always try to explore beautiful regions in Germany. We have always been particularly interested in Thuringia. Erfurt, Gothar, Weimar, Eisenach, Bad Langensalza, Mühlhausen or the Harz Mountains… the federal state in the middle of Germany has so many cities worth seeing. First of all, we visited the capital Erfurt with all its sights and were really impressed by this beautiful city. Things to know about Erfurt (Thuringia) Erfurt is the state capital of …

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Alsace (France) – Beautiful Cities, Sights & Photo Spots

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

A visit to beautiful Alsace in France had been on our travel list for a very long time. And so, on a beautiful summer day, we headed to Alsace for a few days of exploring. The villages are mainly characterized by picturesque cobblestone streets & half-timbered houses and take you back to the time of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. That means at almost every corner awaited us dreamy postcard motifs 🙂 We show you in this post the …

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Neuf-Brisach (Alsace, France) – Town and Fortress (UNESCO)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

Located about 15 kilometers east of Colmar, the French commune of Neuf-Brisach is an architectural masterpiece. It is a fortified city and was once laid out geometrically as a planned city. Since 2008, the fortifications have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Fortifications of Vauban” along with other structures in France. Things to know about Neuf-Brisach (UNESCO World Heritage Site) A visit to Neuf-Brisach makes a good day trip from Colmar, as the town is only about 15 …

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Ribeauvillé, Alsace – Top Sights & Photo Spots (France)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

The charming town of Ribeauvillé is located on the Alsace Wine Route, about 18 kilometers northwest of Colmar. As part of a day trip, we explored Ribeauvillé and were very impressed by the medieval monuments and the numerous half-timbered houses. Things to know about Ribeauvillé in Alsace Ribeauvillé is a small French town with about 4,700 inhabitants, located about 25 minutes drive from Colmar in a scenic area – the eastern edge of the Vosges Mountains – at an altitude …

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Eguisheim in Alsace – Top sights of the medieval town (France)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

The picturesque village of Eguisheim is located in the middle of the Alsatian vineyards, about 15 minutes from Colmar. Eguisheim, like some other towns in the area, is a true picture-postcard idyll: cobbled streets, narrow alleys, colorful half-timbered houses and numerous flowers awaited and impressed us here. Eguisheim was voted one of the most beautiful villages in France and even the favorite village of the French in 2013. Things to know about Eguisheim in Alsace Eguisheim is located 6 kilometers …

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Riquewihr in Alsace – One of the most beautiful villages in France

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

The picturesque town of Riquewihr is a little jewel in Alsace and a popular tourist attraction in the region. With its narrow cobblestone streets, medieval half-timbered houses and unique ambience, Riquewihr is one of the most beautiful and most visited villages in France. During a relaxed walk through the car-free old town, our camera was again in constant use, because we could discover numerous worth seeing corners and photogenic motifs. Things to know about Riquewihr in Alsace The small medieval …

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Kaysersberg, Alsace – Sights, Old Town & Castle (France)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

Kaysersberg is located about ten kilometers northwest of Colmar and is one of the most visited towns in Alsace. The idyllic half-timbered town on the Alsace Wine Route enchants with its beautiful medieval old town with remains of the old town fortifications, numerous ornate half-timbered houses and the ruins of Kaysersberg Castle. We visited Kaysersberg as a day trip from Colmar and saw the main sights of the town in just over two hours on foot. Things to know about …

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Turckheim – A day trip from Colmar (Alsace, France)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

Just 6 kilometers west of Colmar, the small town of Turckheim lies at the foot of the Vosges Mountains, which here reach a maximum height of 840 meters. In contrast to Colmar, Turckheim is rather off the beaten tourist track – but is definitely worth a visit as well. Colorful half-timbered houses, historic city gates and walls, cobblestone streets and numerous vineyards characterize this city in Alsace. In our travel report, we take you on our tour of the charming …

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Colmar – Top 15 sights in the old town (Alsace, France)

Categories: Travel reports, Europe, France

A visit to the beautiful, romantic town of Colmar had been on our travel list for a very long time. And so, on a beautiful summer day, we set off for Alsace and spent a few days exploring the small town of Colmar and the surrounding region. The villages are mainly characterized by cobblestone streets & half-timbered houses and take you back to the time of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. That is at almost every corner awaited us …

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Sir Bani Yas Island – Beach, Safari & Island Tour (Abu Dhabi)

Categories: Travel reports, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi

The last stop on our cruise with Mein Schiff 6 was the small island of Sir Bani Yas about 170 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf. In addition to a beautiful beach exclusively for cruise guests, the island has, above all, the largest wildlife reserve in Arabia. The nature park is home to over 13,000 wild animals such as oryx antelopes, mountain gazelles, Barbary sheep, cheetahs and giraffes and can be visited on a guided safari. Things …

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