7/13/12

Recommendations for Western Europe

Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria

Continuing my trip recap, here is a noninclusive list of a few of the places I saw in Western Europe* that I really loved. This list is shorter than the others as, even in winter, I found the charm of most of these places was in wandering through the narrow streets or along the canals and dropping whenever I needed a cup of coffee or something stronger. The list also doesn't include all of the places I was recommended but didn't have a chance to see, or the ones I saw and wouldn't recommend someone else to go to. These are places that I visited personally and would suggest to anyone else to visit as well.

*There is conflicting information out there about what exactly "Western Europe" means but, in trying my best to split it all up, this will do! I debated including Germany in this post but, having spent my time in Berlin and Dresden, I felt it would fit best with the Central Europe countries.

Where to sleep
Riders Palace, Laax Switzerland
Room with a view at Riders Palace, Laax

Bauhaus Hostel Bruges (Old Centre)
Hotel V Amsterdam (Frederiksplein)
Riders Palace Swiss Alps (Laax Ski Resort)
Wombats Hostel Vienna (Naschmarkt)


Where to eat & drink
Different glassware for every beer at Het Waterhuis, Ghent

Ghent
Het Waterhuis aan de Bierkant
De Fabriek

Bruges
De Bretoen Pannenkoeken
Gelateria Da Vinci
Café Vlissinghe
Ganzespel

Amsterdam
Two for Joy Café
Pancakes!
Soenda Kelapa

Switzerland
Restaurant Rathaus Brauerei Lucerne
Clavau Vegl Flims

Vienna
Café Leopold Hawelka
Cafe Sperl
Espresso
7 Stern Bräu
Pizzeria Mafiosi
Figlmüller

What to see
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

Belgium
Lake Genval Brussels
Sint-Baafskathedraal Ghent
Het Groot Vleeshuis Ghent
Basilica of the Holy Blood Bruges

Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
The Nine Streets
Lomography Store & Gallery

Zürich
Üetliberg look out tower
Grossmünster
Helmhaus Gallery
Thermalbad & Spa
Affoltern am Albis

Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace
Naschmarkt
St. Stephen's Cathedral

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