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jun 04 2015

New 'Mini Fashion Bar' Lets You Buy High-Style Clothes in Your Hotel Room—Affordably!

Hotel Fashion Bar

Need a jacket for sightseeing? A new European service offers clothing and accessories for purchase right from your hotel room's closet.

(Courtesy Pimkie)

The very concept of a hotel room closet filled with new, fashionable clothing you can buy on the spot—just like you would a can of soda from the mini bar—sounds like something only the one percent could afford, right? Wrong!

The Mini Fashion Bar, just launched at the Banks Boutique Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium (rates from about $112 per night), by French fashion brand Pimkie, stocks boutique hotel rooms with stylish women's duds like bomber jackets, statement necklaces, cool jeans, and little black dresses, all hand-picked by fashion bloggers and stylists—and tailored to the weather and your location. The best part: Prices start at less than $6, with clothing averaging about $28 per piece.

may 05 2015

16 Picture-Perfect Small European Towns

this picture was taken early in the morning at hallstatt, austria on november 12th, 2008.

A beautiful morning in Hallstatt, Austria.

(Courtesy tgreuter/myBudgetTravel)

This article was written by Zeneba Bowers and Matt Walker and originally appeared on their blog, littleroadseurope.com.

Europe is full of small towns that look like they're lifted right from a postcard rack: Sweeping vistas; cobblestone streets; thatched-roof cottages or terracotta-roofed villas; idyllic parks; quaint storefronts selling meats, cheeses, flowers, and crafts; restaurants and pubs full of local flavor, in their cuisine and in their people. Some of these, like the villages that surround Italy's Lake Como or dot the landscape in England's Cotswolds, are dauntingly pricey and crushed with tourists during high season. However, there are many places, if you know where and when to look, that offer dining, shopping, and admissions to sights for very reasonable costs; lodging, too, is significantly less than you'd expect, especially in the off-season. Here are 16 picture-perfect European towns that we've discovered over the years.

Hallstatt, Austria

apr 22 2015

Disney Launches European River Cruises

Hohenwerfen Castle

A falconry show at Hohenwerfen Castle in Austria is one of the family-oriented activities offered on the new Disney river cruises.

(Courtesy cklohm/myBudgetTravel)

This article originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

Luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways Monday announced a partnership with Adventures by Disney, the tour arm of the mouse's family travel empire, for a series of five family-focused European river cruises. 

mar 19 2015

10 Cheap Eats You MUST Try In Berlin

German cuisine may not garner the recognition that French and Italian do, but a visit to Berlin will show you why this city is a magnet for up-to-date epicureans. You can feast on hearty Teutonic classics like and Schnitzel and Schweinshaxe (roasted pork knuckle), but Berlin really shines when it comes to casual, eclectic eats. The current food scene goes way beyond bratwurst yet doesn't eschew traditional flavors. Get ready for a mouth-watering adventure that's heavy on flavor and light on the wallet.

Doner Kebab (also known as Döner Kebap)

Best place to try it: All in One, Rosenthaler Str. 43

jun 12 2014

5 Outdoor Wonders Just Beyond Berlin

Saxon Switzerland in Germany

Don't miss the Saxon Switzerland rock formation, one of Germany's natural hidden gems.

(Courtesy Ofer Valencio Akerman)

This article was written by Ofer Valencio Akerman, a turnaround expert and lifetime entrepreneur. He is the founder of hivino.travel, a travel site dedicated to helping people discover amazing places in Germany.

Not sure where to spend your next weekend adventure? Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Berlin, and broaden your horizons at one of the national parks just a stone's throw from the city. Discovered by HiVino, these five spots offer all manner of flora, fauna, and fun-filled activities with nary a U-Bahn station in sight.

jun 14 2013

Do You Need Travel Insurance?

The Danube has overflowed its banks due to heavy spring rains, causing the cancellation of some cruises out of Budapest, Hungary.

(Courtesy cspaid/myBudgetTravel)

As heavy spring rains caused major European rivers like the Elbe and the Danube to overflow their banks, serious flooding has hit parts of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. With more than 20 deaths and extensive damage to structures, the floods also caused the cancellation of several river cruises, including cruises from Budapest, Hungary, and those that call on the popular German port Passau.

nov 21 2012

Airbnb Wants to Show You Around the World’s Top Cities

Downtown London

Explore different areas of London with Airbnb's new Neighborhoods feature.

(Courtesy xiquinhosilva/Flickr)

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a city is exploring its different neighborhoods—it's fascinating that you can feel worlds away in a matter of a few short blocks. Venturing out can be tough, however, when you have limited time but varied interests, and when you're unfamiliar with the layout of a city. Many travelers use guidebooks; some rely on recommendations. Personally, if I'm comfortable enough with the transportation system in question, I like to see where a few random left or right turns will take me. Popular vacation rental website Airbnb has combined all three methods with their new "Neighborhoods" feature, which launched this week.

dec 14 2011

3 Affordable New Ways to See Europe's Quaintest Cities

Genevieve Shaw Brown (Courtesy Jakob Montrasio/Flickr)

Remember your brave, virgin trip to Europe? When you wore a backpack and lived on cheese, hot baguettes, and red wine? You were such a natural at loose-and-easy travel. You instinctively knew that the best budget travel tip of all is to take advantage of the Continent's affordable train and coach bus options, hopscotching around instead of staying put.

oct 05 2011

A Few Appetizing Food Museums

Food and travel are two great concepts that go together. But have you ever checked out a museum that specializes in cuisine? Here are a few worth a taste.

The Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium, is only a few years old and is devoted to the history of the fried potato (friet in Dutch and frites in French). The tour of galleries ends with a visit to a kitchen where you can see friet cooked—and judge yourself by sampling some. €6 (or $8), frietmuseum.be.

nov 10 2010

Controversy: Hitler exhibit now open in Berlin

Women working on small busts of Hitler, 1937 (Courtesy Suddeutsche Zeitung Photo/Scheri)
The Third Reich, Berlin, 1935, by Georg Netzband (Courtesy Indra Desnica/German Historical Museum)

Last month, the German Historical Museum in Berlin opened an exhibit titled "Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime." The show focuses on the relationship between the Fuhrer, an undistinguished young man who even spent time in a homeless shelter, and the ordinary people of Germany who accepted him as their leader. The artifacts on display represent the everyday and even the mundane in the 1930s and early '40s, including a lantern with a Nazi symbol, playing cards with Hitler's image, and an advertisement for cigarettes featuring a Nazi soldier. But the exhibit has drawn big crowds (10,000 on opening weekend)—and some controversy.

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