The Best NH-Owned Restaurants

By NH | 16:56

Souvlaki in Greece, Pad Thai noodles in Thailand, tacos in Mexico… There are so many amazing cities around the world, with amazing cuisines! You can’t truly feel a city until you’ve tried its signature dishes. At NH hotels around the world, we combine the best local foods with top chefs and unique recipes for an unforgettable dining experience. This list of destinations and NH restaurants below will make sure you #feeltheplace no matter where you go!

 

Madrid, Spain – DOMO Restaurant

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Madrid, Spain’s culture capital, is chock full of world-class museums, spectacular parks, and delicious Spanish cuisine. See the greatest works of Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Rafael, and others at Spain’s most famous museum, The Prado. Just a short walk away is Retiro Park where you’ll want to meander through the rose garden, lounge under the tall trees, and row a boat on the lake. For a quick bite, pick up the local favourite, bocadillo de calamares, or squid sandwich.

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Madrid’s NH Collection Abascal is located in the Chamberi neighbourhood of the city, which is well known for its restaurants and tapas bars. However, you won’t need to travel far for amazing food choices. The hotel’s restaurant, DOMO, creates typical Spanish dishes with a modern twist, their best dishes being fresh fish, ceviche, and mushroom risotto. Their greatest wonder, The Box, is a unique plate of 10 gourmet delicacies.

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Guests can enjoy cocktails and bar treats on the stunning outdoor terrace, right in the heart of the city. Our cocktails are the creation of prestigious Spanish mixologist, Diego Cabrera. If you’re not an early riser, not to worry…NH Collection Abascal features an amazing brunch by 2-Michelin-star chef, Paco Roncero. For brunch, you’ll enjoy 13 different dished paired with 3 beverages (created by cocktail master Cabrera, of course!)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands – The White Room

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Amsterdam is the land of canals, bridges, bicycles, and colourful row houses. Just walking, biking, or boating around is a great way to get to know the city. Tourists in Amsterdam should not miss the Van Gogh museum or the Anne Frank house, which offers a very touching, solemn glimpse into history. For brave travellers (without children), venture into the raunchy Red Light District for some sights that you’ll never forget. And don’t forget to try the fragrant local dish, raw herring.  

At NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on Amsterdam’s central Dam Square, you’ll enjoy the creations of 3-Michelin-star chef, Jacob Jan Boerma. His NHThis restaurant, called The White Room (due to its white colour with gold accents), seeks to delight your taste buds with a mix of “every possible flavour”. Each menu is different, but some offerings include steak tartar, fowl, and peppers with citrus vinaigrette.

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Jan Boerma also lends his expertise to the lunch and dinner menus of NH’s Grand Café Krasnapolsky, which offers coffees, speciality teas, homemade pastries, and more. The best part? The Grand Café overlooks the bustling Dam Square, making it easy to people-watch. For a drink, there is no better place than The Tailor Bar, which always pleases guests with cocktails crafted by Tess Posthumus, the World’s Best Female Bartender (2015, 2016).

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Prague, Czech Republic – Il Giardino

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Prague is the star city of Eastern Europe, being one of the first spots in this region to gain huge international popularity. Visitors come to see many spectacular sights: the beautiful Prague Castle overlooking the city from its hilltop; the ornate astronomical clock in the Old Town square; the Charles bridge with its jewellery and art vendors. Plus, there is a plethora of Czech tastes to discover, like palačinky, a type of thin pancake served with jam, fruit, or nuts.

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When travelling to the Czech capital, tourists can stay at NH Prague City, located in the Smichov neighbourhood on the west bank of the Vitava river. A unique feature of this hotel is its split buildings, one of which is located atop Mrazovka Hill (meaning fantastic city views) and accessed by cable car. And NH Hotel Prague City features two restaurants…and two bars!

The Costa Praga restaurant features traditional Czech food as well as international dishes. Located in the hilltop building, our Il Giardino restaurant serves fine Italian food and wine, giving guests a taste of Italy while they’re in Prague. The Tower Lounge Bar can also be found here, its terrace the perfect place to enjoy drinks late into the night. And your stay wouldn’t be complete with a traditional brunch on the terrace, served every Sunday.

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No matter where you travel with NH, you’re guaranteed great rooms, service, and fine dining. Our restaurants always offer the best of what locals have to offer, combined with international favourites…and sometimes a Michelin-star chef! Get ready to #feeltheplace you’re headed next with NH hotels and restaurants.

The 20 Best Travel Tips

By NH | 13:41

Travel is by far one of the best things you can experience in life. It tempts the senses with new sights, cultures, tastes, friends, activities, and so much more… Whether you’re about to embark on your very first trip or you’ve voyaged around the world, there is always a new travel hack that will no doubt improve your experience. Even the most seasoned tourists, who no doubt have their own tips and tricks up their sleeve, can learn something from this list of the 20 Best Travel Tips.

  • Organize your carry on. 

There’s nothing worse than being at the boarding gate and frantically searching for your plane ticket. Keep items like your ticket and passport easily accessible.top 20 travel tips 2017-organization

  • Don’t over-pack.

 You’re going on holiday, so you’re bound to pick up new clothes, souvenirs, and gifts. You don’t want to risk not having enough space – so only pack what’s really necessary for your trip.top 20 travel tips 2017-overpacking

  • Mix and match clothes. 

Let’s face it – you don’t need a completely different outfit for each day of your trip. Pair neutral staples (trousers, jackets, shoes) with flashier accessories (scarves, graphic tees, jewellery) to create different looks.top 20 travel tips 2017-clothes

  • Know where your passport is.

Have a go-to spot for your passport so you always know where to find it. There is no panic like “can’t-find-my-passport” panic.top 20 travel tips 2017-passport

  • Zip/tie/lock your bags…seriously.

Tourists inevitably attract the attention of pickpockets and thieves. To avoid any mishaps, make sure your purse or bag is always fully closed. You don’t want someone’s hand slipping in and stealing your phone – or worse, give yourself reason to experience the aforementioned “can’t-find-my-passport” panic!top 20 travel tips 2017-bag

  • Book in-demand attractions in advance… 

Imagine you’re going to Paris. Obviously you’ll want to go up the Eiffel Tower. Having to stand in a long line for hours is completely unappealing and may force you to skip a “must-see” attraction. Booking in advance always pays off.top 20 travel tips 2017-attractions-eiffel tower

  • But leave room for flexibility! 

 You should always have an idea of what you want to see. But having a bit of flexibility in your schedule will allow you to relax, take your time, and take part in more authentic experiences that can’t be pre-planned.top 20 travel tips 2017-flexibility

  • Be flexible when booking, too. 

Having a flexible date/destination can open up your travel to a lot of interesting destinations. And the earlier you book, the greater your chance of having a hotel in a prime location!top 20 travel tips 2017-booking tickets

  • Give someone your contact/travel info. 

For anyone who’s seen the movie 127 Hours, you should know not to travel without telling someone where you’re going.top 20 travel tips 2017-contact info

  • Get a history lesson while you fly with this app. 

The app tracks your location using GPS (even in flight mode) and feeds you fun facts and interesting info about what you’re flying over.top 20 travel tips 2017-flying app

  • Take advantage of airport wifi. 

While some airports offer free wifi, others don’t. Consult this list of wifi passwords at airports worldwide.top 20 travel tips 2017-airport wifi

  • Don’t fly… drive! 

Depending on how close your destination is, car-sharing schemes like BlaBlaCar can be more economical than flying. Train travel is also an option, but its prices often rival that of air travel.top 20 travel tips 2017-driving

  • Check if you need a visa or vaccine. 

You may require a visa to travel to certain countries, so check this in advance to avoid getting denied entry. Also make sure to consult your doctor about what vaccinations to take before travelling – you don’t want to risk getting sick!top 20 travel tips 2017-vaccines

  • Wake up early. 

For an unforgettable view of the sunrise over a new city or to simply avoid long lines, rising early has its benefits. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on your NH hotel’s great buffet breakfast served up at NH.top 20 travel tips 2017-sunrise

  • Don’t rely solely on your credit card. 

Using a credit card can make you lose tracking of spending easily, and some stores and restaurants may not even accept credit. So make sure you always have cash at hand.top 20 travel tips 2017-cash

  • Eat local. 

Sure, nearly every place on Earth has a recognisable fast food chain on the high street, but who wants to eat food you can get at home? Try the local dishes and you might end up discovering a new favourite. At NH Hotels, local dishes are served and some proudly feature Michelin-star chefs.top 20 travel tips 2017-local food

  • Invest in travel insurance. 

Travel insurance isn’t really that much of an investment, but it’s an extra cost that’s totally worth it. No matter if you get sick or injured, have your phone stolen, or the airline loses your luggage, this insurance provides huge peace of mind.top 20 travel tips 2017-travel insurance

  • Learn a little of the local language. 

Locals really appreciate it when tourists at least try to communicate in their language. Even just learning “hello” and “thank you”, along with a few other basics can go a long way.top 20 travel tips 2017-languages

  • Bring an external charger. 

You’re going to take a TON of photos and at some point, the battery of your phone or camera WILL die. Having a portable charger means you won’t miss out on documenting important travel moments.top 20 travel tips 2017-charger

  • Carry copies of important documents. 

Getting your passport or credit card stolen can bring your entire trip to a standstill. Make sure you always have copies of key documents, so that you can more easily navigate the recuperation/cancellation process.top 20 travel tips 2017-documents

Lisbon VS Oporto. Which is better?

By NH Hotels | 17:07

New York City vs. Los Angeles. Madrid vs. Barcelona. Shanghai vs. Beijing. Throughout the world, there are countless famous rivalries between the most popular cities of a country, and Portugal is no different. Lisbon and Oporto are both vying for the title of Portugal’s best city – so which is better?

Lisbon

Look and feel: Portugal’s capital city is the country’s cultural and cosmopolitan heart. Among it’s cobblestone streets and beautifully graffitied walls, you’ll find some of the best museums, restaurants, and shops in all of Europe. Lisbon is a city built upon seven hills, meaning there are endless cool neighbourhoods to explore, like the Alfama old town and bohemian Barrio Alto. As you wander, you’ll also notice the city’s famed tiled buildings, a signature of Portuguese design. All in all, Lisbon is a city of contrasts: it is nostalgic yet modern, grungy yet polished, calm yet full of movement.

The people: Being the capital, Lisbon is definitely the country’s most diverse city. Portugal’s former empire spanned 5 continents in its time, a history that the blend of cultures and ethnicities in Lisbon bears witness to. People here generally speak English and are very welcoming to foreigners and tourists. In the past few years, Lisbon has transformed into a start-up hub, so many entrepreneurs have been enticed by the city.

To see/do:  In downtown Lisbon, you can enjoy world-class museums like the Azulejo Museum (tile & ceramics) and the Museum of Ancient Art (Portuguese art and national treasures). Just a short tram ride away, you’ll find Belém Tower, a 16th century defence tower built to guard the Tajo river. Great food and drink can be found everywhere in the city, and if it’s a night out you’re looking for the best places are to be found in Barrio Alto, the riverfront, and on the docks. In mid-June, Lisbon celebrates the patron saint, St. Anthony, with a sardine festival that puts the entire city on hold for days. And, of course, a trip to the capital isn’t complete without the hike up to St. George’s castle.

City connections: Sintra’s red and yellow castle, with its sprawling woods and gardens, is a great escape for nature lovers. Travel as far west as you can go and you’ll discover Cabo da Roca, the western-most point of Portugal (and thus, Europe). Of course, who can forget about the beaches? The region of Cascais has a number of world-class beaches and surfers flock to the Caparica coast, which hosts numerous surfing competitions throughout the year. In Cascais, you’ll also find Estoril and its famed casino, said to have inspired the James Bond novel, Casino Royale.

Oporto

Look and feel: In the past, Oporto was known solely as an industrial port bolstered by British trade. These days, its cafés, trams, and colourful facades mark it as a modern, romantic city. It has a more provincial feel than Lisbon, and you’ll encounter less tourists, more quiet but perhaps more quirk. It’s been steadily growing in visibility since 2001, when it was honoured with the title of European Culture Capital. Oporto also boasts two bridges built by Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame). And of course, the sweet, red wine Port originates from this city, making it a staple in the city’s bars and restaurants.

The people: The people of Oporto consider themselves to embody the true sense of Portugal. They are known as the warm and simple counterparts to the more sophisticated, “elite” Lisboans. Their nickname is “Tripeiros,” which means animal guts and has an interesting tale to its origins. It is said that during the 15th century, the city of Oporto gave all of their supplies to famous explorer, Henry the Navigator, leaving them with nothing but animal guts to eat.

To see/do: With the much loved tipple Port hailing from this city, there are more wine cellar tours than you’ll ever have time for. Down by the Douro river, hop on a river cruise or gondola for a picturesque ride. While there, stroll through Ribera neighbourhood and dine at one of its many cafés and restaurants. For panoramic views of the city, climb the Tower of Clerics, the highest tower in Portugal and one of the symbols of Oporto. You can also take in a bit of pop culture while in the city – its ornate Lello Bookstore is said to be the inspiration for Flourish and Blotts bookstore in the Harry Potter series. And if you go in late June, you’ll catch Oporto’s festival of St. John, where the city takes part in a variety of strange nightly traditions.

City Connections: If you haven’t had enough wine in Oporto itself, explore the terraced vineyards and rolling hills of the Douro valley. Head to Braga to see the Bom Jesus do Monte church and its baroque white staircase, the Raio palace, and Portugal’s oldest cathedral. Experience the “Venice of Portugal” with Aveiro, a fishing town full of gondola-riddled canals and Art Nouveau buildings. And since it’s Portugal, there’s always a beach nearby. Popular spots include Espinho beach and Esposende beach and dunes.

So which is better: Lisbon or Oporto? Depending on your preferences you may love one and hate the other. For first-timers, Lisbon is the obvious choice. But for people on a second or third trip to Portugal, Oporto cannot be missed.

 

 

 

6 Reasons Why We Travel

By NH | 12:34

You’re probably familiar with the term “wanderlust”, and with that tickling feeling, you get in your stomach before that long awaited trip to one of your dream destinations. It is true, traveling gives us an adrenaline rush to which some become addicted and no wonder! Travelling allows us to experience emotions like nothing else in life can.

Here are some of the reasons many of us pack our bags and hit the road…

  • In the quest for out of this world sights

There are 196 countries in the world today, and over 1.692 cities to be discovered. Each one of them more interesting than the other, with ancient secrets, breathtaking landscapes, and impressive monuments to be beheld by passionate travelers just like you. Which of these have you seen?

Chichen Itza, Mexico

Salinas Grandes, Córdoba

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Parque Nacional Tayrona

  • For the spectacle

Another popular “excuse” to pack your bags and travel far, far away (or maybe not so far), are local, popular celebrations, music festivals, carnivals… Why relax when you could be living large just like the locals. Here are some of our favorites:

Carnaval of Barranquilla
If we asked you to name a big Carnival celebration in South-America, we’re sure your mind would immediately fly away to Brazil, right? But the truth is that Barranquilla, in Colombia, hosts one of the biggest street parties in the world. It takes place each February and lasts 4 days.

Oktoberfest
One of the most amazing times of the year to visit Germany, besides Christmas and it’s lovely markets, is the period between September 16th and October 3rd, when the notorious Oktoberfest takes place. Many German cities have celebrated this historical festival since the Middle Ages, but the original, often called Wiesn, takes place in Munich. Here’s Oktoberfest in numbers: more than 6 million people around the world join the party every year, over 7.7 million liters are consumed during the two-week festival, plus an impressive total of 140.225 pork sausages!

Amsterdam Gay Pride
Every year, the end of August marks the beginning of a fun and colorful party in Amsterdam. The Gay Pride is a huge celebration where more than a thousand boats and hundreds of thousands people from all over the world, band together to support lesbian, gay, and LGBT rights.

  • To relax and rejuvenate

The benefits of going on vacation are obvious; during a break and as our bodies shut down the stress systems, we feel healthier, happier, and studies show that holidays have a very positive effect on productivity. But where to disconnect? These places are perfect to unwind. One almost feels 4 years younger just by looking at the pictures!

Corales del Rosario Natural Park, Colombia

Mallorca, Spain

Amalfi Coast, Italy

  • Love for adventure

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then you’ve most likely joined the club of those that plan their travels around adrenaline-charged adventures; from scuba-diving or kayaking at the Guatapé Reservoir (also known as “The Hamptons of Medellin”) to paragliding the spectacular skies of Medellin and its surroundings, or trekking the Andes Mountains.

Potrerillos Dam, near Mendoza, Argentina

Guatapé Reservoir, Colombia

Iztaccihuatl Volcano, Mexico

  • The joy of quick getaways

Sometimes we don’t have time to take a long break, or maybe it’s just that we need a short weekend in a new city to get away for a bit, and cross another destination off the “To-Do List”. We love the fact that short getaways are easier to plan, it’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion, and they are kinder on our pockets! These are some of our favorite cities for a weekend mini vacation, Summer or Winter.

London, United Kingdom

Prague, Czech Republic

Rome, Italy

  • Following your Stomach

Have you ever heard of gastronomic wanderlust? Yes, it is a real thing. One of the amazing things we get from traveling is the endless possibilities of discovering and trying new dishes, new ingredients, and new flavor combinations. Gastronomy is, in fact, another great way to travel across centuries of tradition and history in different regions!

Chocolate from Turin, Italy
This Italian city is considered the home of Europe’s best chocolate since the 17th century. Surely you’ve heard of Gianduiotti. No? Time to change that.

Ratatouille from Nice, France
Did you know that this famous dish was born in Nice? If you’ve never tried it, you will absolutely love it after you have a taste of a real and savory Niçois Ratatouille… even those who are not a big fan of Ratatouille end up being the biggest fans.

Pasteis de Nata from Lisbon, Portugal
There are several “must-try” delicacies for you to try when traveling to Lisbon, and one of them is the Pasteis de Nata. This sweet pastry dates back to the 18th Century. The best place to buy them is a very special bakery, the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem. And why is it so special? Their very secret recipe dates back to 200 years!

Now it’s your turn.So tell us, why do you travel?

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The Best Travel Apps You Need In 2017

By NH | 11:43

Some say that the App market is saturated, so, it is very normal to go through two or three apps before you find the one that meets your needs. In this blog post, we’ve done a thorough run-down of the best travel Apps on the market this year, and apps that can be useful during your next adventure. If you’ve got a trip coming up, make sure to update your smartphone with these little gems!

PackPoint

Packing before a trip is, for many of us, one of our least favorite things to do. Well, if that’s the case, or even if you’re a meticulous packing machine, this App will prove itself extremely useful and easy to use. Input the reason for your trip (business or pleasure), the destination, and trip length, and PackPoint will create a customized packing list for you. Say bye to forgetting crucial items!

Circa – World Time and Meeting Planner

Travel so much you don’t know which timezone you’re in anymore? Well designed and very intuitive, Circa is great for anyone working with teams across multiple time zones… for example:

Circa App – Find times that work for everyone! from carbon12 on Vimeo.

Guides by Lonely Planet

Another perfect travel buddy for future trips. Lonely Planet’s app is very easy to use, with great offline maps and offers comprehensive guides of everything you need to do or see in over 38 cities worldwide. Some of its basic features are downloadable guides with maps, bookmarks to save the places you want to see, filter options by price, and notifications for news and updates. Not traveling? This app is great for daydreaming too. Here’s a preview:

Audible

This addictive App by Amazon has changed the way we digest books. How? It’s all in the title… you listen to your favorite books whilst on the move; on the plane, in the car, while you’re getting ready for work, doing your grocery shopping… Audible books can be listened to without data or WiFi once you’ve downloaded them, and the App keeps you updated on new releases that might interest you.

FindPenguins

Here’s one for travelaholics or those of you embarking on a journey that takes you across the world. This App offers the perfect way to record your journey across the world and makes storing your most treasured memories a breeze. It’s easy to set up and add posts, it includes a travel map, and it works offline. Family and friends won’t miss a single thing of your adventures… but perhaps might make them envious.

Waze

Do you rent a car when traveling? Then you’ll be happy to learn about Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation App. It’s maps, voice guide, and GPS are some of its great features, and it is extremely simple to use. We are sure it will become your best friend not only during your travels but also when you get back home!

Skyscanner

Not new but still one of the best cheap flights apps out there, this is ideal for planning trips ahead of time, especially thanks to the price breakdown issued on a monthly basis. Skyscanner’s app is free to download and use, and unlike other travel apps, it not only allows you to look for flights, it also provides the traveler with a complete and interesting collection of travel guides, suggestions, and local tips.

Duolingo

Without a doubt, Duolingo is one of the most loved language Apps on the market. Why do we think you should have it? Because it always helps to know some of the basics in the local language of your next travel destination, capisce? Lessons in Duolingo follow a logical order, doing an excellent job of guiding the user through a language, and includes interactive activities that make the learning process even more fun… even for kids.

Sidekix

Available in hundreds of cities worldwide, Sidekix is a personalized travel guide based on your personal interests. Are you interested in art or do you prefer to go shopping? Are you looking for the best cafes and restaurants, or the best nightclubs? This app allows you to discover cities by foot, making sure you visit the coolest places in your chosen destination.

SoloTraveller

The name pretty much says it all. This is an App for those of us who travel solo and wish to connect with other fellow travelers. SoloTraveller allows you to meet local people, search for nearby popular locations, share your traveling experiences and get in touch with like-minded people in real time.

And just because we love it… Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

One for the kids here. Though not travel orientated, this is too good not to mention. There is an infinite number of engaging, intricate apps specially designed for children but it’s this one that we love most. When on holiday there’s nothing better than taking a moment to stargaze, and what better than with your children. Perfect to get the little ones thinking, Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System is one of the most recently-released apps in the astronomy category. The app is great for teaching kids about science, space and the Solar System, and can add an extra twist. Here’s a preview:

German Travel Tips: Do’s & Dont’s

By NH | 16:09

 

When we travel somewhere new, it is important as well as useful, to learn about our destination’s cultural and social norms. This is one of the most basic tips we can give for responsible travel! Lapses in etiquette cannot only be uncomfortable but depending on the situation, they can generate unwanted “trouble”.

So, in order to make your next trip to Germany less bumpy, here are 12 simple rules, plus some extra and curious travel tips, that will ensure a culturally immersive trip to the country of poets and thinkers.

1. Address people with the formal “you”, Sie.

When you talk to strangers, a work colleague ranked in a higher position, the waiter or people you don’t know very well, make sure to address them as Sie. “Du” is only used when speaking to family, friends, or a child.

2. Many establishments don’t accept credit cards.

Make sure you visit the ATM before you start your sightseeing tour!

3. The handshake is the established greeting.

The way people greet each other can change a lot depending on where you are. In France for example, it is customary to kiss cheeks while Tibetan monks stick their tongue outs to great each other. German etiquette is not as innovative; brief and firm handshakes are the way to go for greeting someone in Germany, and as a goodbye, once you leave.

4. Respect the bike lane.

Last year, Germany opened the first stretch of its “bike highway”, a cycle route that will cover, once it’s finished, 100 kilometers between the cities of Duisburg and Hamm. As in any cycle-friendly city, Germans treat bicycles with respect and have designated cycle paths for them to circulate on, and pedestrians may not occupy, walk or remain in them!

5. No jaywalking.

One thing Germans are world-renowned is their devotion to following rules. If you want to avoid stern looks, yelling grannies and even a fine, make sure you cross the street when the little man in the “Ampel” is green.

6.Remove shoes before entering German house.

There are some countries, like Sweden, Finland or Indonesia, where it is common courtesy to take off your shoes when entering someone’s home. The same thing happens in Germany, when visiting someone it is polite to take your shoes off and leave them by the door. Make sure you wear nice socks!

7.The German Spa Experience is different.

Indeed, it might be a little bit different than what you’re used to. If you’re a newbie, know that swimming suits are not allowed for hygienic reasons. Yeap, everyone enters the sauna nude. The idea is to relax and unwind, and Germans are much more comfortable showing skin than other nations but if you’re not so comfortable with the idea, try to go off-peak hours.

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8. Lost & Found.

People in Deutschland really do look out for one another. Although they don’t brag about it, and that is why, when finding an item that someone could have lost, they hang the item on a tree branch. Curious, isn’t it?

9. No pillow-fights.

According to German law, a pillow can be considered a passive weapon. So think twice before getting into a pillow fight with a German! FYI, Berlin and other German cities celebrate the International Pillow Fight Day every year, an interesting and fun opportunity to make those feathers fly.

10. Play the piano during the day!

If you’re close to a piano at night, make sure you don’t tune it after midnight. Inspiration can wait till the morning, 08:00 am to be more specific. Germans love their silence and the Federal High Court of Justice will be after you if you don’t respect it!

11. Maintain eye contact when toasting.

When drinking beer, schnapps or wine you’ll see people toasting with Prost! or Zum Wohl!. Germans believe that if you don’t look your companions in the eyes when clinking glasses, you’ll be punished with seven years of bad luck. Plus your politeness will be questioned.

12.Don’t point your finger at your head.

This might seem a bit of a weird advice but the fact is that by gesturing that way, you’re basically telling someone they’re crazy.

And last but not least, here’s a small sample of basic German vocabulary and phrases you’ll need to during your trip. Gutte Reise!

Thank you → Danke (pronounced DAHN-kuh)
Please → Bitte (pronounced BIT-tuh)
You’re welcome → Bitte (pronounced BIT-tuh)
Yes → Ja (pronounced yah)
No → Nein (pronounced nine)
Excuse me→ Entschuldigen Sie (pronounced ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)
Good day! → Guten Tag (pronounced GOO-ten tahk)
Goodbye → Auf Wiedersehen (pronounced owf VEE-der-zeen)
My name is → Ich heisse… (pronounced ich HYE-suh)
Do you have…? → Haben Sie (pronounced HAH-ben zee)
A room → Ein Zimmer (eye-n TSIM-air)
A rental car → ein Mietwagen (eye-m MEET-vahgen)

Your hotel in Germany

20 Reasons To Visit Amsterdam This Summer

By NH | 13:10

 

During the summer, the most popular vacations spots are usually those near a beautiful beach bathed by turquoise waters. Places like Cape Verde, Mexico, or Spain have long been among the most popular choices for a summer retreat, but if you’re looking for different type of vacation this year and are wondering on where to go, we have one idea: the artsy and great city of Amsterdam.

Here are 20 reasons of why you should visit Netherland’s capital this summer:

1. Begijnhof Chapel

Far away from traffic and pollution, you’ll find the beautiful Begijnhof Chapel. Hidden in the famous courtyard that goes by the same name, this century old treasure faces a magnificent garden and can be visited from 8 am to 5 pm. The perfect spot to rest a bit before continuing your sightseeing tour.

2. Hortus Botanicus

Another great place to get away from the hustle and bustle, and a Must-Do in your Amsterdam list, is the small but beautiful Botanical Garden, located nearby the Artis Zoo and Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum. The Hortus heritage goes back over 350 years when it was founded as a place for education and research concerning the world of plants, in order to battle the Black Death.

3. The Cat Cabinet

Meow. Do you like cats? Join the club! This will be an interesting visit for any cat lover, a museum where you can admire different works of art and the main protagonist is, of course, the cat. You’ll even see a few of them wandering around! One of our favorite things of this museum is its relaxed atmosphere and the fact that it is perfect for a family visit.

4. Heineken Experience

Probably one of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam, the Heineken Experience is the perfect activity to enjoy by yourself or with friends alike. Interesting and informative, the tour will take you through Heineken’s old brewery, it includes a beer tasting session and numerous interactive games. Ready to taste Heineken beer like you never did before?

5. Amsterdam Canal Cruise

One of the most memorable ways to discover beautiful Amsterdam is by exploring the city and enjoying the unique views on a boat cruise. It is especially beautiful during the evening! You can book an hour and half candlelit cruise through Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals that will allow you to enjoy the city while is still light, at dusk and then at night. Some of the main sights you’ll pass by include Amsterdam’s Dancing Houses, the Red Light District, and Anne Frank House.

6. Amsterdam Bike Tour

And once you’re already in Amsterdam, you can’t leave without doing as locals do, and pedal through the city’s most beautiful streets. Joining a guided bike tour is an interesting option, but so it is to create a personalized route through Amsterdam’s highlights. If you’ve got two hours, you have plenty of time to take the best views of the old town!

7. Vondelpark Open Air Theatre

Every summer, the largest park in Amsterdam, Vondelpark, hosts concerts, performances and movie screenings every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a beautiful scenery as a backdrop. The summerlong event is called Amsterdam Vondelpark Festival and performances start between 12.00pm and 14.00h until 16.00h or 17.00h.

8. Eating Amsterdam Tours

As one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Amsterdam offers a great food experience. How does a 4-hour tour, hopping from one restaurant to other, sound? Not only will you enjoy fish, sweets, coffee, beer and probably the best apple pie there is, you’ll also get do something out of the tourist beaten path. Just note that the most recommended tours are the Jordaan Food and Canals Tour, Jordaan Food Tour and the Twilight De Pijp Food Tour.

9. Amsterdam Gay Pride

This summer, from July 28th to August 6th, a huge celebration will take place in Amsterdam. Know what we are talking about? Yes, it is the Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017, a celebration of lesbian, gay and LGBT rights. More than a thousand boats join the colorful and music-filled party, with people from all over the world. Out tip: Go early if you want a good seat along the canals, otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy the boat parade!

10. Electric Ladyland

Amsterdam is proud of hosting the only museum in the world dedicated to the wonders of fluorescent art. Great to go with kids as well! Marvel the large collections of phosphoric minerals from different parts of the planet. For only 5€, enjoy a fun, informative and relaxed tour!

Photo: Nick Paladino

11. Micropia

We already know that one reason to visit Amsterdam this summer is its museums, like the one mentioned earlier in the article. Other well-known, and definitely worth the visit exhibitions, are the famous Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Anne Frank House. But why not try something a little bit riskier? Our proposal is a visit to Micropia, the world’s first museums to collect the horrible and wonderful microbes living on and around us.

12. The Hash

No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without learning about the history and future of cannabis. And for that, The Hash museum is just the perfect place to go. The visit is very insightful on the plant and its multiple uses, recreational or medical, or even to make clothes! The ticket allows you the entrance to both parts of the museum.

13. Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses

Another museum in our list. This is the largest collection of handbags in the world, with more than 5.000 items and counting. The oldest one dates back to the 16th century and was used to carry mostly Bibles, alms, etc.. The origins of bags and purses, and their evolution is well explained throughout the exhibit, this place is a hidden gem! An unexpected delight settled in a beautiful Herengracht canal house, close to Rembrandtplein.

14. Ets Haim Library

Don’t miss the chance to explore the world’s oldest Jewish Library, founded in the 17th century when Sephardic Jews were establishing its community in Amsterdam. Ets Haim, meaning “Tree of Life”, holds nearly 30.000 printed works dating back to 1484, beautiful chandeliers, and a unique ambiance. No wonder it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list!

15. Pijp

Our favorite hipster neighborhood in Amsterdam, located in its southeastern part, is filled with underground bars, restaurants, cute cafés and cool shops to spend hours at. Some would say this area is the city’s heartbeat. Its diversity makes Pijp one of the best places to buy snacking treats that take you to Morocco, Thailand, Pakistan, China or Spain, it’s special vibe won’t leave you indifferent.

16. Ctaste

We’ve mentioned this restaurant in a previous article but we think it’s worth to insist on it since it offers such a unique dining experience. If you’re bored of traditional restaurants (and we’re not talking about the food), it’s time to try a dinner in the dark… An extraordinary journey of senses!

17. Corpus

Ever imagined a journey through the whole of the human body? Well, it is possible in Amsterdam. Science geeks will love this amazing exhibition, but so will the rest of us! At the museum, you are provided with audio guides in different languages that lead you on an exploring tour of the human body from the inside. You’ll never forget about it!

18. Flirting Workshops

Holidays are always a good moment to enhance existing skills, or learn new ones! Therefore, why note use your vacation to learn the very noble art of flirting? You can choose between different settings: casual, business… Everything is organized and ready for you to discover the fun world or courting.

19. Keukenhof Flower Tour

Amsterdam’s countryside is known for its beauty, with colorful flowers and picturesque windmills everywhere you look. And what makes this activity so special? The fact that you can do the tour on a sidecar motorcycle. That’s an experience of a lifetime!

20. Participate in a Friday Night Skate

A great night out doesn’t necessarily involve going out to the trendiest club. So, what’s an alternative? Every Friday evening, a mass of wheeled Amsterdammers (visitors are welcome) skate their way through the city, leaving from Vondelpark. Got your wheels ready?

As you can see, there is plenty to do in Amsterdam and you should be ashamed if you leave the city without trying at least one of these experiences. So tell us, which one would you choose?

9 jobs that allow you to travel the world

By NH | 13:51

 

Wouldn’t it be great to combine what we love the most (traveling) with a professional passion? A dream for many, and a reality for others. Many web designers, writers, artists, photographers, and consultants live incredible adventures, jumping from one country to the next and seeing the world. Looking for your next career break? Well, here are some of the jobs that make traveling to infinity and beyond possible.

1. Archeologist

Yeap, that’s right, we’re talking Indiana Jones style living. Whilst many archaeologists are employed at jobs that do not require much travel (museums, historic sites, state government), others who have chosen this career path to enjoy a life that runs close to that of the world’s favorite Archeology professor and adventurer. Ever dreamed of discovering the remains and treasures of Trojan wars? South America, Europe, and the Middle East are full of significant and mysterious dig sites. Unlike Indiana Jones, though, we doubt you’ll have many run-ins with snakes!

Giza Pyramids, Egipt

Stonehenge, England

Chichen Itza, Mexico

2. Wedding Planner

Few jobs are as romantic as that of a Destination Wedding Planner; helping loved up couples prepare their special day, whilst traveling to some of the world’s most unique sites! Picture yourself in Cancun, or Venice… As a destination wedding planner, you’ll need time to wander and scout out the locations, the locals, and their traditions, and live a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. These are some Instagram accounts you can follow for inspiration. Whether they inspire your career or give you cravings for an epic wedding, we don’t know.

3. Pilot

Live the dream! Being a pilot is one of the top jobs for people who like to travel. Why? The benefits are obvious: the expense of traveling is already covered, it is an opportunity to see many different parts of the world, and you get time off to explore them. Plus, everyone knows the glamor associated with this profession! Who wouldn’t love it?

4. Bartender

Remember Tom Cruise in “Cocktail”? Being a bartender is known as one of the most sociable professions, and a different way to get work overseas. Cocktail bartenders, or rather mixologists, are often in high demand: Bali, Australia, San Francisco… Where to? If you’re capable of creating beautiful drinks like these below… Start packing your bags!

5. Freelance Translator

Combining work and travel is also possible as a freelance translator. All you need is a computer, the Internet, and beautiful scenery as your backdrop. Inspiration is practically a given! If you can speak at least two languages, this might be just the perfect career for you. An easy start can be teaching it as a foreign language and working your way up from there.

6. Travelling Fitness Instructor

Resorts all over the world are constantly in search for the best fitness instructors the world (and Instagram) has to offer. Got your ACE Certification? Then you are ready to embark on a new adventure, laced in sweat, red faces, toning tummies and willing people. Whether it is a magnificent cruise ship bound for the French Polynesia or an exclusive resort in the Caribbean.

7. Foreign Services (Diplomat)

Ever thought about becoming a Foreign Service officer? Like any other profession, it has its perks and its drawbacks, but looking at the big picture, you get to work with people from all over the world and the travel opportunities are plenty. Each country has diplomatic representation in a different number of countries, the UK, for example, has over 150. Just be aware that the job won’t be all about Champagne receptions, some work will be required too!

Beijing

Rome

8. Photographer

Nothing better to give you the travel bug than a photographer traveling the world to capture it in all its diverse beauty. The competition is tough, but for those that make it, are guaranteed the perfect nomad life. And who needs travel photographers? Magazines, newspapers, image stock sites such as Shutterstock, Youtube, private clients… As said above, competition is high, but you don’t have to be the best. Take pictures, love every minute of it, be brave and work hard!

9. Vlogging+ Blogging

Another weirdly awesome job is that of a blogger and, the video counterpart, a Vlogger. Sometimes payment will come in the form of money, but often also free hotel stays, free flights, etc… Many people take on blogging as a hobby, but it is a perfectly plausible way make it your only source of income and reach a 6 figure salary.This is one of our favorite (and envied at the same time) blogger this year:

So, as you can see, it is possible to live doing what one loves, to enjoy a life of travel! Remove the barriers of limitations and look through the lens of possibilities instead. Which career is calling you?

3 Trips in South America That Will Change Your Life

By NH | 12:07

 

When planning a trip to South America, you might find that there are so many wonderful and unique places to see, that it is difficult to reduce the list to just a few options. To help you out, and in order to avoid the typical itinerary, we’ve created an exciting tour through Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, highlighting some of its most important and impressive sites. We start with a journey through The land of Silver.

Argentina

Argentina is one of the biggest countries in the world, where all manner of climates, wildlife and geography can be found. We’ll explore the country from East to West, covering some of Argentina’s major attractions. Get ready for its amazing culture, unforgettable beaches, exotic rivers, picturesque mountain ranges, the sunshine and good wine!

Stop One: Buenos Aires

The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires will remind you, with its ornate architecture, of Europe’s most popular capitals, plus, if you love music, food, dancing and shopping, you’ll find plenty of options to spend your free time after the all important sightseeing. Don’t miss the San Telmo Market, the Zoological Gardens, Museo Evita, the National History Museum, Casa Rosada, and La Feria Mataderos.

After visiting the city, it is worth to make time to visit the interesting areas surrounding Buenos Aires. We’ve listed the ones that should definitely be on the bucket list!

Your hotel in Buenos Aires

What to see near Buenos Aires:

The Paraná Delta

After the Amazon, the Paraná is the largest river system in South America. In fact, its name means “as big as the sea” in Tupi Indian language! The Tigre region, a part of the Paraná Delta formed by thousands of little islands, is very close to Buenos Aires, making it popular among locals and tourists alike. It is a great chance to spend a pleasant day by the water in a tropical setting.

The Humid Pampas

This is Argentina’s most fertile land and covers most of the Buenos Aires province. Picture a green horizon, sometimes interrupted by clusters of trees, grazing cows, windmills, and picturesque villages with beautiful squares. Get the idea? Luján, Mercedes, Lobos, San Antonio de Areco, and Tandil stand out as the must-see towns to explore and are conveniently located close to the city.

Sierra de la Ventana

The Sierra de la Ventana is located in Argentina’s Western Pampas, southwest of Buenos Aires. The best starting point to explore the area, known as the Parque Nacional Ernesto Tornquist, is the village of Sierra de la Ventana. From here, you can choose among many of the indicated hikes and enjoy a day discovering the local fauna and flora. Greet the guanacos on our behalf!

Stop Two: Córdoba

The vibrant and thriving city of Córdoba is the capital of the Argentinian province that goes by the same name. It’s located in the Central Sierras, Argentina’s largest cordillera after The Andes. Córdoba’s main highlights are the beautifully decorated, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jesuit Block church, the San Martin Square, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, the massive Parque Sarmiento and the neo-gothic style Sagrado Corazón church.

Your hotel in Córdoba

What to see near Córdoba:

After visiting the city, our journey takes us to Córdoba’s endless green areas. Dreamy woodlands and unique natural scenes adorn the landscape in Sierras Chicas, Sierras Grandes, Traslasierra and Camino de las Altas Cumbres. The most scenic towns are Villa Carlos Paz, Cosquín, La Cumbre, and La falda, in the Calamuchita and Punilla valleys. Yes, we want to move there, too!

Salinas Grandes

Want to travel a bit off the beaten track? Then head to an area a little bit further away from Córdoba, but well worth the visit: the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats. This spectacular white desert is a beautiful and less concurred place than Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses!

Stop 3: Mendoza

Our last stop in Argentina takes us to Mendoza, a city located in the southern half of El Nuevo Cuyo, western Argentina, with the Andes as a backdrop. And what to see here? First, we’ll start with a brief but intense tour of Mendoza city. We recommend hopping on the Mendoza City Tour sightseeing bus for a first impression of the city, and then grabbing a delicious ice-cream, or trying a yerba mate drink at Plaza de la Independencia.

After this little break, head to the Plaza San Martín and stroll around the city’s historical streets, towards the Plaza Chile and Plaza España squares. Other Mendoza must-sees are the beautiful oasis Parque General San Martin, Mendoza’s Museo Fundacional, San Francisco Church, and the great Anna Bistro Restaurant. At night, opt for one of the many bodegas for a fantastic wine-tasting experience and enjoy an evening wandering the warm, vibrant streets!

Your hotel in Mendoza

What to see near Mendoza:

The Andes

The stunning mountain range of Los Andes is conveniently close to Mendoza city, making it a popular one-day excursion among tourists visiting the area. You cannot leave Mendoza without marveling at the magnificent scenery of Aconcagua, the Christ Redeemer of the Andes, the Inca Bridge, and Uspallata. Just spectacular! But be warned, it is much colder than in Mendoza so make sure to pack appropriate clothing.

Potrerillos Dam

This beautiful place is hidden in the middle of the Andes Mountains and is perfect for adventure seekers, as well as for those who look for a place to relax and breathe clean and pure air. On the way to the dam, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view of Aconcagua! The best time to visit is probably the weekend when most bodegas in Mendoza are closed.

As for activities to do in the area, visitors of Potrerillos Dam can choose between Mountain Bike adventures, trekking, kayaking, rafting or… just sit back and relax.

Valle de Uco

Any visit to Mendoza should include a visit to one of Argentina’s top wine regions. If you’re a lover of good wine, this is the place to be! Let the aroma of the vineyards guide you to renowned wineries like Tupungato or San Carlos. See, swirl, sniff, sip and savor!

Colombia

From tropical beaches to dreamy coffee farms in the mountains, Colombia is one of those countries you might not think of visiting at first, but you should definitely consider it for a once in a lifetime experience, you’ll be surprised at how inviting it is! The country has gone through an impressive transformation over time, and more and more visitors are discovering its diversity and the welcoming atmosphere with each passing year.

Stop 1: Cartagena

This colorful port town is your first stop in Colombia. Located by the sea, and with a tropical climate, Cartagena welcomes you to a world of worn out cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and beautiful palm tree lined beaches. Although it is very easy to walk around the city, you might spice up your visit by renting a bicycle and discovering Cartagena’s cultural and architectural heritage on a bike tour. One of the places you can’t miss is the sweet Portal de Los Dulces, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of trying a homemade sugary treat made of papaya or pineapple!

Other highlights in Cartagena include Monumento Pedro de Heredia, Museum of Modern Art, the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver, the beautiful St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, a tour through Rosario Islands and Centenario Park.

Your hotel in Cartagena

What to see near Cartagena:

Corales del Rosario Natural Park

This national park is the perfect place to enjoy nature and unwind after a few days of sightseeing in Cartagena. Located only 45 km away from the historical city, this idyllic protected area includes the four islands of Islas del Rosario Archipelago and is one of the three parks in Colombia with coral reefs in its territory. Feel like getting lost in the Caribbean for a while?

Stop 2: Barranquilla

After a soothing time soaking in crystal clear waters, we move on to Barranquilla, also located by the Caribbean Sea. The city and a perfect base to discover the surrounding areas as well. But before we move on to nearby treasures, we’ll make sure to visit Barranquilla’s hot spots such as the Catedral Metropolitana, San Nicolás Church, and Museo Romántico. A great time to visit Barranquilla is, without a doubt, the month of February. During four days, the city hosts one of the biggest street parties in South America: the great Carnaval of Barranquilla!
Your hotel in Barranquilla

Your hotel in Barranquilla

What to see near Barranquilla:

The Lost City

Only 2 hours and a half away from Barranquilla, and surrounded by Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains and tropical forest, an ancient city awaits you, lost in the leafy jungle, offering visitors an unbelievable sight. The enigmatic Lost City, also known as Teyuna, is older than Machu Picchu and the hike to get there, through the land of the Kogi, is considered by many as one of the bests in South America. Amazing yet challenging!

Parque Nacional Tayrona

One of Colombia’s most popular national parks makes another unique discovery near the city of Barranquilla. Bathed by the Caribbean Sea, this protected area covers about 12.000 hectares of land and 3.000 of the sea. Picture rainforest steep hills plunging into isolated and pristine beaches… Can you hear the sound of the waves calling your name? It will surely amaze nature lovers!

Our advice: the best time to visit is during low season (February to November), and make sure you make a reservation to enter the park in advance, otherwise you may being rejected the entrance.

A very popular activity among the park’s visitors is a hike to 9 Piedras, horseback riding, and snorkeling.

Stop 3: Medellín

Our journey in Colombia will be complete after visiting vibrant Medellin and its surroundings. The city is the capital of the Antioquia department, located in the beautiful and colorful Aburrá Valley. And did you know Medellin is also known as “The City of Eternal Spring”? Mainly thanks to its kind climate throughout the year.

One of the highlights in Medellín is Parque Berrio and its Fernando Botero’s sculptures, in the city center. Parque de las Luces, Veracruz church, and the Antioquia Museum should also be included on your list, and don’t forget to stroll around in Bolivar Park! As for what to do in Medellín, it is very popular among visitors to take the Medellín Metrocable up to Parque Arvi and enjoy an excellent overview of the entire city… Postcard-like pictures guaranteed!

If you’re looking for an adrenaline shot, in Medellín you’ll have the chance to join a paragliding group and surf the sky. Ready to enjoy the spectacular views of Medellin’s surrounding mountains? Mountain biking and ATV tours are other sought-after options among the adventure sports offered to tourists. And last but not least, if you want to watch a real spectacle, join local soccer fans during a match between Atlético Nacional and Independiente Medellín!

Your hotel in Medellin

What to see around Medellín:

Guatapé Reservoir

If you’re looking for a view that can’t be found anywhere else, then you definitely need to head east of Medellín and drive the short distance that separates the city from Guatapé, a paradise filled with artificial freshwater lakes, also known as “The Hamptons of Medellín”. Popular activities offered in this memorable oasis are waterskiing, scuba diving, jet skis, kayaking and fishing, and the most exciting one… A canopy zip line that crosses the lake!

Piedra del Peñol

Located in the Guatapé Reservoir, El Peñol is a huge must-see in Colombia. To be more specific, a 10 million-ton monolith worshiped by the Tahamies Indians in the past. To climb up The Peñol, first, you have to overcome the 650 steps that will most likely make your legs burn and quake. But don’t worry, the incredible views from the top are well worth the effort! Hint: go early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Pueblo de Zócalos

The reservoirs town, Guatapé or “Pueblo de Zócalos”, opens the door to a world of color and narrow streets. The town is famous, among other things, for its bright plinth decorated houses that narrate everyday scenes and the history of the place.

La Manuela

No visit to Colombia would be complete without getting to the legacy left behind by the notorious cartel boss Pablo Escobar. Among the many mansions he owned, one of the fincas was named after his daughter, Manuela, and can be visited by tourists joining one of the many tours offered by local companies.

Mexico

Coast, jungles, volcanoes, charismatic cities, and chili-spiced cuisine, Mexico has it all! The country offers something for every type of traveler, from pampering resorts to wildlife-rich lagoons, perfect to get away from everyday stress. Our journey begins in Mexico’s third-largest city, Monterrey, before arriving in Ciudad de Mexico.

Stop 1: Monterrey

The capital of Nuevo León is set in a bowl of mountains, surrounded by stunning peaks and national parks on every side, except for the North. The city was founded in 1596 by Diego de Montemayor, and part of its colonial legacy is still palpable in the city’s older areas. Some of Monterrey’s highlights are the Gran Plaza, the great and beautiful church of La Virgen de Guadalupe, and the small Metropolitan Cathedral Nuestra Señora de Monterrey. After a long day of sightseeing, a good place to relax at is the stunning promenade of Paseo Santa Lucia or Parque la Fundidora. On Sundays, don’t miss the Corredor del Arte market!

Your hotel in Monterrey

What to see around Monterrey:

Cumbres de Monterrey National Park

The park covers the northern area of the Sierra Madre Oriental and offers the visitor various climbing, rappel, swimming, and hiking adventures. The highlight of the park is the iconic Cerro de la Silla, one if its highest peaks and easily recognizable for its “u” shape. Another popular sight within Cumbres de Monterrey National Park are the spectacular “Cola de Caballo” waterfalls.

Stop 2: Ciudad de México

Ciudad de Mexico is a beautiful city that is becoming increasingly popular, whether it is for a weekend visit or a longer trip. The best time to visit Mexico City is the month of April! And what to do here? From museums and galleries for the artsy travelers to the floating Gardens of Xochimilco, its Centro Histórico, or the most delicious Mexican Culinary Tours, the city offers many activities for a vacation to remember.

For food, don’t miss out on La Fonda Margarita and its chicharrón, El Parnita for excellent tacos, and the cozy and welcoming Cirene for the best ceviche and seafood.

For colorful and Instagram-perfect pictures, visit Casa Luis Barragán, the amazing Museo Soumaya, and the National Fund for the Development of Artisans (Fonart). The Frida Kahlo Museum is also a must in this list!

Your hotel in Ciudad de México

What to see around Ciudad de Mexico:

Puebla and Cholula

Close to Ciudad de Mexico, our wandering shoes take us to Cholula, a UNESCO-listed city that is home to the world’s largest pyramid, the Pirámide Tepanapa. On the way there, marvel at the picturesque countryside, Cholula’s and Puebla’s beautiful cathedrals, and the local markets.

Iztaccihuatl Volcano

Outdoor enthusiasts should not skip the hike that starts at the base of the Iztaccihuatl Volcano, walks through the Valley of Mexico and, before getting to La Joya, leads the explorer across the mountain pass Paso de Cortés and the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Get your camera ready for some amazing views!

Teotihuacan

This UNESCO-listed zone, also known as the City of Gods, is one Latin America’s most popular religious sites. The Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe are well worth the visit, and the pyramids of Teotihuacan will leave you without words to describe them. While in the area, you’ll also have the chance to learn about the Aztec history and customs, and visit the Avenue of the Dead, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and Temple of the Feathered Serpent.

So tell us, which of these new destinations would you pick for your next trip?

NH Hotel Group joins millions of people around the world during Earth Hour 2017

By NH | 15:01

Nobody likes to be left in the dark, but sometimes, it can be good! Really? Yes, if it’s done for a good cause. As you probably noticed, on March 25th, millions of people and businesses around the world turned off the lights in their homes and workplaces for an hour. But why, you ask? It’s all in support of Earth Hour, the world’s largest demonstration for action on climate change, held annually since 2007.

Here’s a video by WWF that commemorates Ten Years of Impact:

NH Hotel Group took part of the campaign by switching off the façade lights of nearly 400 hotels in different countries. In addition, hotels also turned off the lights in some of its interior spaces:

NH Collection Porto Batalha, in Portugal.

NH Frankfurt Airport West, in Germany


NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, in The Netherlands

NH Curitiba The Five, in Brazil


NH Collection Brussels Centre, in Brussels

NH Hotel Group has taken part in Earth Hour for 9 years running, playing an active role in raising awareness of the need to protect the environment, and encouraging guests to do the same.

The company’s commitment to Earth Hour is one of the many ways it shows its dedication to sustainable development. For example, did you know that NH Hotel Group is the first global hotel chain to obtain the ISO 50001 certification? This standard is awarded to organizations who are able to demonstrate their continual improvement in their energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. Further certifications held by NH Hotel Group’s hotels, 130 to be precise, are certified by standards such as BREEAM, LEED, with Green Key or Hoteles+Verdes. For more information click here.

It is also the world’s only hotel brand with a Hotel Ecoefficient Guide, a manual that is applied in the conception, design, construction and renovations of its hotels, and that includes the necessary steps and practices that promote water and energy saving.

Another area in which NH Hotel Group has challenged itself in order to develop eco-efficient solutions is the reduction of carbon footprint produced by guests and how to minimize them. Since 2008, the emission of CO2 has been reduced by over 70%! To see a snapshot of results from 2016, click here.

Still looking towards the future, since 2010 NH Hotel Group has implemented an additional solution to fight against climate change: electric car charging stations, electric motorcycles rental service at 41  of its hotels and a Green mobility launch, and sharing services which reduces an average of 9.25 tons of CO2 per year.

But this isn’t everything! NH Hotel Group takes pride in providing guests with eco-compatible amenities that respect the environment and consume fewer resources, and least but not last, that satisfy their needs.

If you want to access more information on Earth Hour and on how to participate in upcoming years, get the details over on Earth Hour’s official website. While we’re at it, here are a few numbers that give a global overview of this year’s activity.