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Travel Notes and Things to Do for the Rest of the World

Travel notes by Slow Travelers for Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and more. Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and North America all have their own sections on the Slow Travel site. For shorter, vignettes, about travel, don't forget to visit our Postcards for Other Countries, or all of our Travel Postcards. You may also submit your own articles or postcards here: Submit Travel Notes or Postcards.

Germany

The Bavarian Forest: The Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest make up the largest range of forested mountains in Central Europe. The region also contains the largest area of protected landscape in Europe. It is beautiful, is an exceptional good value for the money, and provides the opportunity to holiday in an area unspoiled by mass tourism.

Munich Travel Notes: Several pages of notes: beer gardens, vegetarian restaurants, grocery shopping, things to do, when to visit, cemeteries, dressing like a Bavarian, English language books and magazines.

Saxon Switzerland: Nature provides a playground for adventurers in a land of castles, caves, gorges and forests.

Austria

Hiking Hut-to-Hut in the Alps: Hiking in the Alps of Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy.

Hiking Austria's Virgental: Hiking hut-to-hut in the Austrian Tirol.

Salzburg, Austria: Things to do and see in Salzburg, Austria.

Scandinavia

Helsingborg, The Winter of a Bon Vivant: Travel guide for this southern Sweden seaside city.

Kullabygden District, a Rarified Escape to the Land of Kullen: Travel guide for this coastal area in southern Sweden.

Norway Coastal Voyage: Norwegian Coastal Voyage and some places on the "Norway in a Nutshell" Tour.

Google Maps

Norway, Coastal Areas: Detailed map of towns and sights on Norway's coast.

Western Europe

Belgium, A Winter Weekend in Antwerp: Travel guide for this charming historic city.

Bruges, Belgium - a delightful journey awaits you: Known as the Venice of Northern Europe, one must take a few days to enjoy this charming and well-preserved medieval city.

Greece, Ten Good Reasons Not to Skip Athens: What there is to love about Athens, dealing with the summer heat.

Greece, the Island of Folegandros: A trip to the town of Hora on this island.

Netherlands, Amsterdam: Notes from my trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Luxembourg is for Lovers: Some notes about Luxembourg.

Ten Things to Do in Turkey: Tips for things to do and places to see while visiting Turkey.

Eastern Europe

The Fairytale City, Prague: Things to do and see in Prague, Czech Republic.

Slovenia: Things to do and see in Slovenia.

Croatia (Hrvatska): All about Croatia, where to go, how to get there, resources.

Discover Croatia: Much information about Croatia, with a number of resources links.

Feasting on the Layer Cake of Krakow, Poland: Looking at Krakow through the ages. Things to do, attractions, restaurants for Krakow.

My Krakow Top Ten Things to Do: 10 fun things to do in Krakow, Poland.

A Quick Guide to Polish Pottery: Where to find and purchase pottery in Poland.

Discover Medieval Vilnius Old Town: The capital of Lithuania offers ones of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Eastern Europe.

Budapest, Hungary: Useful info about Budapest, its characteristics and some curiosities.

A Long Weekend in Budapest: Suggestions for activities in Budapest along with transportation and lodging information for a long weekend in this city.

Africa

Slow Travel in Zambia, Africa: Travel notes for Zambia in central Africa, safaris, how to arrange your trip, prices.

Middle East

Israeli Café Culture: coffee and cafés have a newly major role in the street life of Israelis.

South America

South America Travel Notes: Several pages on Argentina: planning a slow trip, food and restaurants, skiing. How to plan your trip to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Australia

Spending Time in Sydney: Leslie's Top Ten for Sydney, Australia, plus resources.

Getaway to Batemans Bay: What to see and do in this port town in New South Wales, Australia.

Stanthorpe is Queenland's Wine Capital: Picturesque town, close to the New South Wales border, known for its national parks, historical buildings and wineries.

Bohemian Byron Bay: A quaint, rustic town that's rich with diversity and a true Bohemian feel.

Phillip Island: Only two hours from Melbourne, this popular tourist area is a haven for wildlife (penguins, koalas, seals) and is rich in culture and history.

Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770: These two towns share a heavenly stretch of coast that is known as the first landing place of Captain James Cook, with all the necessary services and amenities within a quiet and serene village atmosphere.

The Sunshine Coast of Queensland: Some of Australia's best beaches and rivers, tropical rainforests and camping sites make Queensland's Sunshine Coast one of Australia's most popular destinations.

Driving the Coast of Queensland: Take a week or even a month to enjoy the diversity of each region up and down the famous Queensland coastline, starting at Brisbane and arriving in paradise, right on the doorstep of the famous Great Barrier Reef.

Small Town Tasmania: Visit the small towns in Tasmania, enjoy the open spaces of the lush green countryside and the quiet serenity of the wide Tasmanian skies, and discover an altogether quieter, serene and more beautiful insight into the history of Tassy.

West Coast Tasmania: Tasmania's countryside gives you the feeling of isolation as you gaze out over mountains, forests and lakes - and this is the beaurty of Tassy. The rocky coastline, the ocean, mountains and valleys, and the rainforest - they all transport you far, far away.

North East Victoria: The Alpine High Country of Victoria lies in the North Eastern part of the state, with one town that really shines as a vacation destination - Bright, ideally situated between the snowfields of the Australian Alps and the lush banks of the Murray River.

Adelaide Hills: With natural beauty, wildlife parks, and a strong sense of history and culture in the towns, this area near Adelaide offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere, creating the perfect balance from the more hectic city life.

East MacDonnell Ranges: The East MacDonnell Ranges are the ultimate oasis in the desert, with less tourists, rugged and magnificent scenery, offering incredible walks, magnificent views and a diversity that is hard to match.

Recommended Movies that were Filmed in Australia: Leslie's list of Australia movies.

Google Maps

Australia, Canberra: Sights and things to do in Canberra, Australia.

Australia, Batemans Bay: Sights and things to do in Batemans Bay, Australia.

Australia, Sydney: My Top Ten things to do and see for Sydney, Australia.

New Zealand

Introduction to New Zealand: Basics about New Zealand and traveling there.

A Unique Island Bird Sanctuary: A Visit to New Zealand's Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird Sanctuary.

New Zealand Wine: The rising stars of the South Island.

10 Adventures in New Zealand's Glacier country: Different adventures to enjoy when visiting Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

South Pacific

Islands of Fiji in the South Pacific: Travel notes for Fiji.

Asia

Advice for Visitors to Chiang Mai Thailand: Travel Notes.

Highlights of Shanghai, China: Travel tips and things to see and see.

Shanghai Neighborhood Guide: Walking tour of historic neighborhoods.

Tokyo Things to Do: Essential travel information and things to do for Tokyo, Japan.

Things to do in Singapore: Travel Notes.

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