A Mini-Break with Friends: The Perfect Destinations

By NH | 13:26

Who doesn’t like a mini break with friends? And nothing’s better than discovering somewhere new together. There are destinations that are renown for family holidays, others for romantic weekends, and then there are those that are perfect to share with friends. And, no, we’re not talking about those famed party destinations. So, where are we going to be sending you?

 

Budapest

In the Eastern part of Europe, the beautiful capital of Hungary awaits you, resting upon the Danube, the second longest river in Europe. Of course, we are talking about Budapest, great for travelling on a budget, and the locals are known for their openness and kindness, making you and your friends feel more than at home.

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So, what to do? Well, between Buda and Pest (yes, the city is split in two), there are numerous activities to be enjoyed. Even just walking around its beautiful historic center is a joy in itself, as well as trying to cross all of its 8 bridges in one day, from one side of the city to the other. You can’t miss the Hungarian Parliament Building, sat on the Danube river or Liberty Square, both just 10-minutes away of our NH Budapest City. There’s also the incredible Central Market Hall with its Neogothic-esque look, and, of course, take advantage of the opportunity to experience the Opera at the Budapest Opera House. After all, cultural leisure spent with friends is always a nice change.

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And how about the thermal baths? Yes, Budapest is the only capital in the world that has thermal springs, some of which have medicinal effects. They are one of the biggest attractions the city has, understandably so, especially when it’s bitingly cold outside and the waters are warm. What’s more, is that these baths are not just for relaxing… some are also for partying. What do you think about that? Check out the Szechenyi Baths and see what’s on. If you’re not in the mood to take a dip, you will find the famed ruin pubs all over the city, built inside abandoned buildings where you can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks together after a long day of sightseeing. You also have to try the delicious Hungarian dishes, like Goulash and Langos, and the much loved wines from the Eger region.

 

Madrid

One of the best things about Madrid is the fact that it’s so easy to walk, plus it has an extensive metro network that connects all the major sights within the city centre and its surroundings. If you and your friends fancy a touch of culture within an urban environment, then Madrid is your city. There are numerous places to flex you cultural prowess; galleries, quirky bookstores, boutique shops with creative twists, and the big hits like Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.

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Once overloaded with cultural, you’ll find that Madrid is also the perfect place to simply sit back and relax, with locations around its historic center being top picks for people watching as well enjoying a drink or two; Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Sol or beautiful Retiro park. Of course, you’ll have investigate traditional bars in which to enjoy tapas with a glass of sangria, vermouth or a ‘tercio’ (bottle of beer), something that you’ll find locals doing.

Football fans? Go chant as part of the crowds of a match at Real Madrid or Atlético de Madrid (depending on your allegiances), and even take a tour at their outstanding stadiums. A great experience!

All of you will love this cosmopolitan city, full of sky high rooftops bars, like the one at NH Collection Madrid Suecia, and especially the nightlife that never stops. You’ll find yourself coming back for more before you know it. 

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Are you visiting Madrid on a budget? Don’t worry, here are some affordable NH options for your stay.

 

Brussels

Here it comes, one of the most emblematic capitals of Europe: Brussels. It is undeniable that this city has a special charm; The Grand Place, the famous Manneken Pis sculpture, Mini-Europe, Atomium, Cinquantenaire, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Comic Book Tour… just few of the many amazing things you can’t miss. They are all well connected, easily accessible by foot, and perfect to while away a long day together.

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Brussels is loved for its young spirit, which will make you and your friends feel closer to the city. Good beer, delicious waffles, tasty moules-frites, great pubs and the best possible accessibility with two airports near the city center are reason enough to love Brussels. But this is not the only city.

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If your type of mini-break involves getting to know a place’s personality by foot, you can also consider short trips to some of the most beautiful towns not too far from Brussels, like Ghent or Bruges. Already looking for a place to stay? Check our NH Hotel Group hotels in Brussels. There’s a special one for everyone!

 

Bologna

Ahh Italy, beautiful Italy. How can you not have love for la bella italia? Are you familiar with Bologna? The historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, bringing together all of the best bits of Italy; good weather, great Mediterranean gastronomy, beautiful architecture, grand squares, museums and creative people. This city is well-known for its antique University: Archiginnasio, built in 1088, and is considered the oldest University in the whole Western World.

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Plan your day whilst sat in a bar on la Piazza Maggiore, enjoying un café e una brioche. Then visit the Basilica de San Petronio and start your session of cultural sightseeing around Bologna. One place you will all be amazed by is the Torre Asinelli, the famous symbol of Bologna. Climb to its top and admire the views of the red rooftops of the city that contrast with the surrounding green hills.

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Afterwards, who’s in for a typical aperitivo with a Spritz? No one will be able to say no to your proposal, the best way to start an evening of fun! After the night has drawn to a close, your room at the NH Bologna de la Gare will be waiting to give you the best rest.

 

Buenos Aires

Last, but not least at all, the capital city of amazing Argentina invites you and your friends to experience a wonderful mash of traditions, old and new, set against an eclectic, enigmatic backdrop. Buenos Aires is perfect if big cities with intriguing corners to discover are what are you’re in to. One of the things that distinguishes this city from others is the variety of neighbourhoods to be visited, from which you can’t skip the coastal Palermo, or the colorful La Boca, La Recoleta or San Telmo.

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Moreover, you should make time to make the best of its gardens and green parks. What about drinking mate and enjoying an authentic tango performance in the street? A great side plan for chilling together whilst discovering the special charm of this city. Where in the city do you want to stay? In the historic centre? Right on the Plaza de la República? We’ve got all the options covered.

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So, where do you think you and your friends will spend your mini-break? Which of our ideas tickle your fancy?

Top Autumn Cities for 2017

By NH | 12:12

The weather is getting cooler, ochre colours are breaking out all over, and urban landscapes are changing. Autumn is most definitely here! Even if summer is over, why put travel on hold? If anything, it’s the perfect time to explore cultural capitals, warm islands, historic landmarks and beyond, and we’ve selected some of the best places to enjoy the season of change. These destinations will help you disconnect, break away from the daily routine, and make that perfect last-minute getaway.

Lisbon

A combination of lower temperatures and fewer tourists make autumn the perfect season to visit the capital of Portugal. The weather is idyllic for walking around its historic centre and to take in its numerous must-sees: iconic trams, the bohemian neighbourhood of Alfama, the enchanting narrow streets… the list goes on. It’s also an opportune moment to make your way to Belem and Sintra, two of the most famous, and perhaps loveliest, spots in the city.

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Lisbon is one of oldest European cities, and it brims with ochre tones that strikes a beautiful contrast with the blues of the river and the ocean. Who wouldn’t like to enjoy this inspiring scenery from Miradouro and take amazing panoramic pictures?

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Its terraces are still great for relaxing and whiling the day away, and Lisbon is a cheap destination perfect for spending a long weekend. Moreover, you will fall in love with its local dishes, ideal to take on the season: wine, cod, pasteis de Belem… Now just to decide which of our hotels in Lisbon you’ll pick.

Prague

Up next is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. It is an absolutely dream city with a mixture of Gothic and Czech baroque architecture and its parks are everything but disappointing. Also, have you ever heard of Kampa Island? It is one of the spots that you can’t miss when visiting the city. Its beautiful views of the city, with its charming buildings, the Vlatava River, and the Lennon Wall, make it the perfect place to get a feel for the city. Also, there you can find the shortest street in the city: X9 Jiřího Červeného Street X9. It’s only 27 metres long!

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The beauty of Prague truly comes through during the months of Autumn due to the golden light and the fresh temperatures that breeze through its streets. For those days when temperatures are just a bit cooler than you’d like, treat yourself to Kulajda, a delicious traditional hot soup. And, as a last thought, have you ever considered Prague as a great choice for a romantic getaway? Beautiful narrow streets full of magic, history and petite restaurants perfect for a date with a special someone. Oh, and as an extra little curiosity, Prague is the only city that has a special day for lovers. So, what are you waiting for? Your hotel in Prague: NH Prague City.

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Fuerteventura

Are you still craving Summer vibes even when Autumn is in full swing?? Don’t worry, there’s a destination for you to make the sun last that little bit longer, and one with fewer tourists around. Where? the Spanish island of Fuerteventura. A little local fact for you: it is considered to have some of the best beaches of the Canary Islands, as well as some of the most beautiful protected areas of Spain. Its volcanic landscapes turn this island into an authentic geographic paradise.

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It’s warm but easy-going temperatures will make you feel like you’re walking through an endless late spring, surrounded by calm and tranquility. Fuerteventura is just what you need if you want an escape that brings back those early Summer sensations. The Canary Islands are always a good choice! One of our Hesperia hotels is there waiting for you to spend a wonderful getaway.

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Montevideo

Let’s go to the other side of the world and visit the little, yet fascinating capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo. With subtropical weather that’s warmer during the European Autumn season, it is an exotic and different choice that’s waiting to be explored.

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Eating an asado at the maritime port market is a must when in Montevideo, as well as visiting the Pittlamiglio castle, an emblematic medieval-renaissance mansion where you can visit the Alchemy Museum and enjoy different cultural activities such as a theatre play or magic shows. You will also have time to enjoy the beauty of the little towns around like Minas, Colonia or Carmelo, quiet places with no tourists and to discover more of this amazing country. Such a complete trip in which you will, for sure, fall in love with its friendly people! Check out our NH Montevideo Columbia and start planning your trip!

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Palermo

Of course, Italy had to be included in our selection. Perfect for a 3 days getaway, we’re taking you to Palermo, the wonderful capital city of the island of Sicily. Why is Autumn worth your time to visit it? Firstly, everyone would rather avoid the extreme hot temperatures that Palermo flares up with in summer. During the months of October and November, they cool down and mild temperatures grace those that visit. In addition, it is the perfect destination to enjoy and discover the Italian charm on the Mediterranean sea.

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You’ll be delighted by the beauty of Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, the clash architectural styles that range from Norman to neoclassical, the haphazard squares and winding streets, and the charm of its genuine traditional Italian markets. Autumn is of course the perfect time to visit Palermo’s main attractions, such as the International Museum of Puppetry, the Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio church in Piazza Bellini or gold laden Cappella Palatina, without having to wait on a long queue! Moreover, who doesn’t like delicious flavours of the Italian cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean gastronomy? Seafood and good wine for everyone! Do you know our hotel in the city, NH Palermo? Perfect for a weekend stay!

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So, where are you going this Autumn?

10 Reasons why we are Perfect for your Vacations

By NH | 17:28

Travelling with NH Hotel Group is more than just a stay. It is about living a 360º experience: different brands, sustainable, awesome locations, great services… Still in doubt? Here are 10 reasons that will definitely convince you.

  • Location

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Let’s be honest, one of the most valued factors when choosing your hotel is its location. Luckily, all of our hotels are placed in exceptional spots, with most of them located right in the heart of the city. They are close to the main cultural attractions, as well as within popular neighbourhoods, alongside major sport stadiums, and business travellers will find us nestled in important business districts and next to strategic airports. Easy access and well connected hotels, a good start, no?

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  • Different Brands

Are you aware of all four NH Hotel Group brands? Depending on what kind of hotel is required and what type of stay you’re after, we have the perfect place for you.

NH Hotels. Our upscale urban brand. One of its main attributes is the perfect locations you’ll find them in, making NH Hotels the ideal selection for both leisure and business, with a price-quality ratio that is just idyllic.

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NH Collection One of our newest brands that populates upper-upscale hotels, famous for their exceptional architecture and history. They are located in beautiful strategic buildings that combine a distinguished elegance with a local touch that holiday makers crave when on the move. Step inside and Feel the Extraordinary.

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nhow This fresh brand is the lively sibling to our other concepts and takes cosmopolitan hotels to a new level, on which modernity, quality and design are integral to its attitude. Though only a handful exist, each one has its very own style and creative concept, bursting with personality that enchant all guests

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Hesperia. Are you looking for a relaxing experience but one that continues to surprise? Then, you’ll fall in love with our resorts, found in some of the most beautifully vibrant and uplifting locations around the world. From bed to beach, and from sun lounger to sea, they are everything a resort needs to be.

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  • Sustainable Eco Hotels

NH Hotel Group is fully aware of the importance and concerned about taking the right steps to care for the environment, offering “sustainable vacations” in a number of our hotels. Many of our hotels are eco-efficient.  using renewable resources and and reducing electricity consumption. Our guests can take part in the initiative by using the bikes provided by some of our hotels to navigate the city, and those using electric cars can charge them at specific points at the hotel, like at NH Collection Barcelona Constanza or NH Zurich Airport.

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What’s more, hotels like our NH Danube City, NH Collection Frankfurt City or the NH La Spezia (as well as over 80 others) have already received recognition for their efforts and have been awarded the energy sustainability certificate (ISO). In addition, we have also developed a sustainable way of hosting your meetings and events: if you request so, we will calculate the carbon footprint of your event so that it can be offset through environmental projects all over the world. There’s always a sustainable way for everything!

  • Families

Our hotels are family friendly because we know the importance of spending time with the those you love most, especially when with younger ones. To make a parent’s stay easier and the children’s even more enjoyable, we offer a range of services; such as special, healthy meals and timetables, different entertainment areas and kids corners to play, as well as the possibility of adding extra beds to the rooms.

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We have two fun and colourful protagonists called Nico & Hanna that join younger children during their time with us, and are found on special bathroom amenities and activity books.  In addition, we create family-thinking promos for which kids stay free, so you can enjoy your vacations with us and your family with less hassle. 

  • Breakfasts

Who doesn’t love breakfast? If you don’t, then you’ll become one as soon as you try our morning services, combining quality, variety and healthy products each and every day. At NH Hotel Group, we know that a good breakfast builds a better experience.

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Local flavours are added to our offer, so depending on where you are, you’ll have the chance of having tasting local products: what about churros and chocolate while in Spain? Or sausages in Germany? Maybe you are in the mood for an English breakfast? For those staying at NH Collection hotels, ask the chef for a personalised breakfast, exactly as you want it! If you were looking for a business breakfast event, we also have what you need. After all, it’s important to start the day with a happy, full stomach?

  • Facilities

Our hotels are more than just a place to sleep and spend the night. That’s why we offer a  wide variety of facilities to complement and enhance your stay. Pools, spas, gyms… everything you could want. In fact, did you know that we use Technogym Equipment in workout spaces? A range of top machines and apparatus to help you keep up your healthy lifestyle when on the move.

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We also understand the need to be connected when and where you want, which is why we offer a 24/7 WiFi service, perfect for leisure and business guests alike. Also, there is the option to upgrade the wifi service, just ask a member of our staff. And these are just a couple of the facilities that we have to offer… Did you know that our nhow Berlin has a special musical instrument room service? A great idea, no? There’s so much to enjoy when staying with us, so why not come and discover the rest for yourself!

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  • Rooms

We want you to feel as good as possible when you are with us. To commit to this desire, we opt for modern decorated and spacious rooms, in where comfort and quality are a must. Our beds are the best for when you need the perfect rest: mattresses with multielástic system, hypoallergenic filters and Dreamprotect Technology. Because we know that comfort means less to worry about and more to enjoy.

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  • Restaurants

Trying local cuisines is a must when travelling, and that’s why we want you to feel and taste the cities through our restaurants. Their gastronomic offer are all part of your experience. Did you know that our restaurants are one of the most valued services by our guests? High quality products, tasty dishes decorated with those all  touches and the best local products that will make those flavours even more memorable.

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Furthermore, some of our NH Collection restaurants  include recognised chefs at the head of their kitchens, such as well known Paco Roncero (2* Michelin starred – La Terraza del Casino restaurant), Óscar Velasco ( 2* Michelin starred – Santceloni restaurant) or Christopher Naylor at the 1* Michelin starred Vermeer restaurant in the NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace. And that’s just two examples. Again, when just visit a city when you can taste it.

  • Views / Rooftops

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Many of our inviting terraces and rooftops offer amazing views day or night,  complete with forward thinking bars and cosy atmospheres that complement the experience. From our rootps, you’ll get a feel for your city of stay thanks to the amazing cityscapes: the famous Gran Via of Madrid and more from the NH Collection Madrid Suecia, the wonderful coast of Lisbon from NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade, or the beautiful city center of México City at the NH Mexico City Centro Histórico.. Such an unforgettable experience!

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  • Inspired by local

We’ve got around 400 hotels in 31 different countries. Thanks to this, guests discover the world with NH Hotel Group. Our NH Collection hotels are located in main capital cities and historical places. We invite all of our guests to be a part of the destination even when stepping into the lobby. Wherever you are, you’ll find the same high quality of stay and service with us. What’s more is that many of our hotels have a story to tell, another reason to experience the world with us.

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For example, the NH Collection Firenze Porta Rossa dates back to the 16th Century, when it belonged to the Torrigiani family, and it was not until the 19th Century that some hoteliers rented it. Another example is the NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, in Amsterdam, which has a 150-year history that started when it first opened as a coffee house. Under our charge, the essence of its past is immediately evident through its copperplate doors, the perfect doorway to local history. All of these hotels, with their buildings, their decoration and their gastronomy keep that authentic local character of the places they’re in, the essence to which you will be transported.

So, what are you waiting for, come and enjoy a wonderful stay with NH Hotel Group.  

The Most Overlooked Sights in Europe

By NH | 18:35

Last year, Europe was the world’s most-visited continent by tourists. Fan favourites of France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the UK continue to please travellers year after year. Although these destinations are truly worthy of their popularity, many tourists wishing to avoid the crowds, get off the beaten path, or simply experience something new may find these lesser known sights more to their liking.

Ghent, Belgium

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Ghent, the fourth largest city in Belgium, and is located in the country’s Flemish region. It is a beautiful port city, resting at the intersection of the Scheldt and Lys rivers. During the Middle Ages, Ghent’s location was a pivotal factor (along with its abundance of sheep) in its prosperous wool industry and merchant trade.  

In Ghent, you can experience “typical” Belgian culture with its bicycles and famous Belgian chocolate. You’ll also discover the city’s three famous towers (of St. Nicholas Church, the Belfort, and St. Bavo’s Cathedral) that are always peeking at you, no matter where you go. A must-do in Ghent is the Gravenstreen castle, which features a partial mote and medieval torture museum.

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Poznan, Poland

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Poznan is one of Poland’s oldest, most historical cities, serving as a key trade route between neighbouring countries in medieval times. Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, it has undergone intense reconstruction, especially in its old town. One of Poznan’s most iconic spots is Stary Rynek, its immense main square that is encircled by pastel-coloured homes.

The former Polish capital features Poland’s oldest cathedral, the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, which has been reconstructed over the centuries in the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Neo-Classical styles. The city also attracts a large student population (due to its many universities) as well as business travellers (due to its renowned International Trade Fairs).

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Oporto, Portugal

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Portugal is quite well-known among tourists for the stunning beaches in the Algarve region and its bohemian capital, Lisbon. Fewer people venture north to Oporto, Portugal’s second-biggest city, making it the perfect place to escape large crowds. Oporto is a former industrial port, whose growth rested on its trade of Port wine and other goods with Britain.

These days, it is ideal for a romantic getaway. Tourists can tackle the city’s hills in one of its antique trams or relax with a gondola ride down the Douro river. You’ll also want to soak in Oporto’s history by attending a Port distillery tour and tasting. In the evening, there is nothing better than to stroll past the intricate tiled buildings along the riverfront and dine on fresh fish and, of course, more Port wine.

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Andorra

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Andorra is a tiny country between France and Spain, with a total population of less than 100,000. It’s strategic location high in the Pyrenees mountains is what has protected it from war for nearly 1,000 years! Although it’s not part of the EU, they do use the Euro as currency, which makes travelling there on your holiday much easier is if it’s a stop off during a Euro tour.

Andorra’s mountain location provides tourists with some of the best skiing, hiking, and mountain-climbing opportunities in existence! But if you’re looking for beaches, you won’t find them in Andorra…Put this country on your list if you enjoy quaint villages, tiny churches, snowy peaks, astounding vistas, and nature of all kinds.  

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Bucharest, Romania

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To foreigners, Romania is mainly known as the land of castles and vampires. But it’s capital city, Bucharest, actually used to be known as “Little Paris”, due to its Parisian-style buildings and cosmopolitan feel. Bucharest is a charming Eastern European city, and surprisingly has one of the largest populations (within city limits) in Europe.

Tourists here will be amazed at the city’s wide boulevards, sprawling parks, and strange mix of utilitarian, art nouveau, and modern architecture. Budapest’s oldest, most iconic street, called Victory Way, ends at their very own Arc de Triomphe (like in Paris!) And the city features the world’s largest Parliament building, constructed under their Communist ruler in the 1980s.

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It’s obvious that there is so much more to see in Europe besides London and Paris! If you’re seeking a spot with less tourists, majestic monuments, and tons of culture, try some of the sights we’ve suggested above. And luckily, one of our outstanding NH Hotels will be able to accommodate you in each of these wonderful cities. It’s never too early to start planning your next city break with NH!

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?

Your NH Hotel hotel.

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.

nhow Berlin

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