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Budapest Travel Guide: Everything you need to know

You may call it Twin City, City of Bridges, or Waters, no matter the name you will choose Budapest is an extraordinary city for many different reasons. It’s ancient and modern at the same time. You will find many art nouveau buildings, but also a very active night life. Without forgetting its heritage, with buildings like the Parliament and Fisherman’s Bastion. Unlike other European cities, like Paris and Rome, prices are more affordable for eating and sleeping but without compromising the quality. Although less famous internationally, Hungarian food is absolutely delicious!

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When is the Best Time to Visit

The best months to enjoy Budapest are April/May and September/March. At this time of the year temperatures are more mitigate and there are less tourists around.

Music lovers will privilege Summer as it’s the time of the great music festivals, like Sziget or Kolorado, to mention two. And during Winter, the city becomes the stage of Christmas markets, that celebrates Hungarian craftsmanship and food.

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How to get to Budapest from the Airport

Besides taxies, which aren’t recommended as they are very expensive for tourists, you have two options:

  • the airport shuttle 100E, which connects the airport to the city center. This solution is more expensive but will let you go “strict to the point”. I especially recommend this solution if you are staying 1 or 2 days. Time to the city center: about 40 minutes.
  • the second transfer is made via airport shuttle 200E, that will drop you to the metro station on the blue line, from there you can easily get to the city center. This shuttle is included in the Budapest Card (only in the 72h formula), a pass which includes public transport and several attractions. Time to the city center: 1 hour.

How to Move Around

The public transport’s web in Budapest is pretty wide! Buses, metro, and trams you name them without forgetting the ferries on the blue Danube. The best way to move around? Getting the already above mentioned Budapest Card. After you buy it on getyourguide, you can claim it at one of the airport terminal (2A or 2B) after your arrival.

If you are staying for 2 days or less, consider the Travelcard instead as it’s cheaper (it doesn’t include the museum entrances) and the Budapest Card deals under the 72h card are less worth it.

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Hungarian Currency and how much should you carry?

Even though Hungary is part of the European Union, the local currency is the Hungarian Forint.

It’s highly recommended not to change your value at the airport, instead you can change once you are in the city center. Changers can have very different conversion rates between them, for this reason don’t forget to ask also the commission they take before changing your money.

Another good alternative is to withdraw the amount of money you want directly from an ATM. Of course in this case make sure you check the commission rates from your bank before to avoid salty bills!

If you already payed for your hotel, and the majority of your activities and tours you may also consider just paying with your credit card. Most restaurants accept it. Although I would still withdraw a small amount for the extra expenses which may not accept it.

What to see and do in Budapest (Top 6)

Cruise along the Danube

Going to Budapest without cruising on the blue Danube would be a pity, after all they call it the city of waters! And if you are up for it I recommend dinner cruises, the beauty of the Parliament and other buildings illuminated at night takes a magical allure when admired by the river.

The cruises start at a very reasonable price with several options included (like drinks and live music). Want a hint on which cruises is ideal for you? As I already mentioned, a cruise at night is magical. Wether you choose to have dinner or simply sip a cocktail it will be a lovely experience!

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Explore Buda Castle

Buda Castle is situated on a hill dominating the Danube and the city. When visiting you can attend the change of the guard, which is every hour, except for the last saturday of the month that takes place only at noon.

The castle is also home to two interesting museum, the first is the National Gallery for art lovers. While Budapest History Museum will walk you through the history of the city and its people.

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Visit the Parliament

One of the most famous Hungarian landmarks is Budapest Parliament. The iconic building is a must see when visiting Budapest. You can book a visit to its interiors to learn more about the fascinating building and its history.

At night the building gets under the spotlight of a thousand lights and is a sight not to be missed during a walk in the area. The above mentioned river cruises also pass by it as an highlight of the tour.

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Get Budapest at your feet on the Ferris Wheel

Located in a lovely park not far away from the Parliament, Budapest Ferris Wheel will let you see Budapest from new heights.

For a reasonable price you will get 4 tours on the wheel, with the last one stopping for a short time to let you get a 360° view of the city. You can check the wheel schedule and book the tickets on the official website.

Pro tip: Best time for this experience? Undoubtedly at sunset, when you can admire the city’s lights starting to appear and the sky changing colors.

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Admire Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most photographed spots in Budapest. That’s for two main reasons: the beauty of the city views from there, and also the beauty of the location itself, and that’s because the bastion was completed in the early 20th century as a viewing terrace with lookout towers.

If you want to take some undisturbed shots the advice is to go very early in the morning as Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most popular locations in the city (if not the most popular).

Do you wanna to know more about the schedule, events and tours? Check out the official website.

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Relax at the Thermal Baths

With over 100 springs, Budapest is very well known for its Thermal Baths. There are several of many different sizes all around the city. So which one should you visit?

Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Hosted in a magnificent Neo-Baroque complex, the spa has 15 indoor pools and 3 large outdoor basins where you will notice people playing chess. There are several different formulas you can check on Széchenyi Thermal Bath official website.

Smaller in size (but not less interesting!) Gellert Thermal Bath has some deliciously art nouveau designs that contribute to create a luxurious experience. You can buy tickets on Gellért Thermal Bath website.

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The interiors of Gellert Thermal Bath.

Where to Stay in Budapest

As any capital, Budapest has a large choice of hotels and accommodations.

Best Mid-Range Hotel (our pick!)

We personally went with a mid-range accommodation, the T62 Hotel. The hotel is hosted inside an ancient building that was completely renovated. The interiors are modern and very clean with a touch of modern.

One of the best things about T62 Hotel is its position close to Margaret Island and in front of Nyugati Train and Metro Station which makes it an ideal base to explore the city.

Best Luxury Hotel

One of the best rated hotels on booking, it also has a private spa, is Kozmo Hotel. 5 minutes away from the closest tram stop and 10 minutes from the closest metro station, Kozmo Hotel is in an ancient building.

As the guests who stayed there say, Kozmo Hotel guarantees an excellent stay in Budapest. The continental breakfast buffet is very abundant and delicious as well as the restaurant.

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The restaurant in T62 Hotel.

What to eat in Budapest, local delicacies

In Budapest food is delicious and not really expensive. There are several restaurants in the city center and you won’t have any difficulty finding a good one near you.

Hungarian cuisine is a mix of European, and Eastern cuisine. Most dishes includes meat and seasonal vegetables. Among the most delicious you should absolutely try:

  • Goulash, a hearty stew with beef, potatoes, onions and paprika. Goulash is also Hungary’s national dish.
  • Chicken Paprikash. Hungarians love paprika and use it a lot in all of their dishes. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most beloved dishes is chicken served with tomatoes, onions, and garlic, and abundantly covered with paprika which gives it a reddish color.
  • Fisherman soup. It may sound weird for a country that has no access to the sea that one of its main dishes is based on fish. Carp, catfish, or perch are commonly used to make this delicious red (of course there is paprika in it) soup.
  • Deep-Fried Flat Bread, for a vegetarian meal choose this delicious fried bread! Served with sour cream or with sprinkled cheese on its top, it can be a delicious street food to try on the go.
  • Chimney Cake, you will find this delicious pastry around the city under the name of kurtoskalacs. The pastry is one of the most ancient deserts in Hungary. Even though you can eat them empty as they have sugar on their surface, some street foods sell it with ice cream or nutella inside.
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How many days should you spend in Budapest?

Ideally 3 nights 4 days. There are many things to see and do, and 3-4 days are the perfect amount to explore the major highlights of the city.

Is Budapest expensive?

Compared to other European capitals, Budapest prices are very competitive. Hotels and food are excellent and not really expensive. And with good deals like Budapest Card or Budapest Travel Pass it won’t be an expensive trip.

One last word about visiting Budapest

Visiting Budapest is an exciting experience and Hungarian food is a must try. So book your tickets and take the leap! If you need more travel inspiration from Europe check out our guides. And stay tuned, more content about Budapest is coming soon 😉

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The 17 Best Photo Spots in Lofoten: the Most Instagrammable Places

Lofoten are by far one of the most mesmerizing places on our planet. The beauty of the sharp and irregular peaks surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Norwegian Sea, and the little red houses (by the way, did you know you can sleep inside one?) dotting the irregular surface of the islands, make it a bucket list location for many photographers. But with so many places to visit it’s easy to get lost. With this helpful guide, complete with a map, I’ll help you choose the best photo spots in Lofoten to visit all year long!

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Where to find the Best Photo Spots in Lofoten?

Lofoten are easy to explore. There is one main road, the E10, and a few narrow roads that will lead you to the most remote places. Even so a practical guide can help you to save time, and that’s why you made be interested in this road trip itinerary tailored on a 5-days journey.

Otherwise the map down below will help you locate all the points on our list. I choose to order them by geographical area starting from the North-East and saving the best part, Moskenesøya island, for the end.

1. Trollfjord (Svolvær)

How to get there: by boat on a cruise or on a sea eagle safari tour.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Situated between Vesteralen and Lofoten, Trollfjord became famous after a battle between fishermen in the late 19th century. Following the events, a painting illustrating the naval fight captured the attention because of the landscape.

Since then Trollfjord is an iconic location that can be reached only by boat, or during Summer after a long an difficult trek in the surrounding mountains.

Want two birds with a stone (or should I say eagles?!) ? RIB sea eagles safari will bring you there after showing you the majestic bird of prey in their natural habitat. Want to learn more about this experience? Check out our detailed guide.

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2. Svolværgeita (Svolvær)

How to get there: Northern Alpine Guides.
Best time to get there: Summer.

Climbing the Svolværgeita, literally Svolvaer’s Goat (because of the two spires that look like horns), is one of the best activities to do in Lofoten. And the view from up there is insane! The hike isn’t as difficult as it may look and with Northern Alpine Guides you will get on top in no time.

If you are not feeling confident enough to go up to the horns, Fløya trail head is an easy/moderate that will gift with some incredible views as well.

On top of Svolværgeita Photo credits to Tarjei Mo. License.

3. Henningsvaer Stadium

How to get there: Road 816 to Henningsvaer.
Best time to get there: Summer, when the field is clearly visible.

Henningsvaer Stadium is one of the most iconic soccer fields in the world! Since the use of drones became so accessible, Henningsvaer saw its popularity increase because of the particular location of its stadium.

The stadium is a few meters away from the small city center, to have the most non-aerial view of it climb to the rocks opposite to the entrance. You can also take on the right when arriving to the cod drying stacks for a panoramic view of the surrounding islets.

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Photo from Credits to op23.

4. The cemetery in front of Vik

How to get there: on Voieveien direction Hauklandstranda.
Best time to get there: Winter.

Cemeteries in Lofoten are the place where I can really imagine people “resting in peace”. There is something poetic about them, and when snow lays its veil on the island they become surreal.

When going to Hauklandstranda and Uttakleiv strand, Vik cemetery stands on the right backed by one of Lofoten typical mountains you can stop there and respectfully admire the view.

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5. Buskenes Kirche

How to get there: on the road 818 direction to Ballstad.
Best time to get there: all year long.

If you come to Lofoten with the idea of seing viking-like buildings and boats, you may be disappointed. Although we did see a drakkar staying at Solsiden Brygge.

On the building side, you can visit Lofotr Viking Museum, which is hosted inside the largest viking longhouse that survived the test of time. And of course you can admire the beautiful Buskenes Kirche.

Situated nearby Ballstad, Buskenes Church is built in dragestil, an architectural style very popular in the 19th and 20th century in Scandivia, that takes elements from the ancient viking constructions.

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6. Uttakleiv strand

How to get there: on Voieveien direction Hauklandstranda.
Best time to get there: all year long.

There are many incredible beaches in Lofoten and Uttakleiv stands proudly among the top to visit. During Summer you can enjoy the hike to the top of Mannen Mountain. While in Winter you can walk from Hauklanstranda to Uttakleiv along the coast.

The parking fee is cheaper in Hauklanstranda, but if you are not willing to walk skip directly to Uttakleiv. The area is also open to camping and there are toilets nearby that are often closed during Winter.

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7. Flakstad Kirche

How to get there: along the E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Flakstad Kirche is nearby the beautiful beach of Skagsanden. Popular during summer as a camping site and a good spot to enjoy the freezing arctic waters, in Winter it’s a very popular surfing spot.

The church is interesting because of its typical architecture. If you are staying nearby, camping in Flakstad or staying in Ramber consider coming there in the freezing winter nights to admire the Northern Lights.

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8. Nusfjord

How to get there: take the Fv807 before Flakstad to Nusfjord.
Best time to get there: all year long.

The most well preserved fishing village in Lofoten is also an open air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is absolutely worth visiting! Nusfjord preserved many historical buildings and original rorbuer (where you can spend an unforgettable stay!).

The open buildings features everyday objects and fishing tools. I highly recommend visiting the ancient general store, which is now a café but kept many of the original objects on display.

Learn more about Nusfjord in our travel guide.

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9. Ramberg Rorbu

How to get there: along the E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Ramberg Rorbu became famous thanks to socials and is probably after Eliassen Rorbuer, the most photographed rorbu in Lofoten. Easily accessible, it’s very close to a parking, photographers favorite spot to photograph it is from the bike path next to the road.

There is no best time to photograph Ramberg Rorbu, but let’s be honest when the red house is surrounded by snow the white/red/blue contrast is just perfect!

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10. Yttersand

How to get there: leave the E10 direction Fredvang, surpass the village, you will find the beach on your right.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Yttersand beach is a tranquil beach framed by large rocks with the incredible backdrop of Volandstind, the mountain you can admire coming back from the beach while crossing the curvy Fredvang bridges, and Ramberg mountains.

Just like many other beaches in Lofoten, Yttersand is very popular during Winter among the arctic surfers.

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11. Kvalvika Beach

How to get there: leave the E10 direction Fredvang, surpass the village, the parking to the hike is on your left.
Best time to get there: Summer.

One of the most beautiful locations in Lofoten is Kvalvika Beach, although to get there you will have to complete a moderate 1 hour and a half hike. The beach is a famous camping site, and it’s easy to see why!

If you are looking for the most beautiful spot to photograph Kvalvika, consider the trail to Ryten (the view below is from the trail). It’s a moderate hike that will take you 2 more hours to complete, once you’ll be up there you won’t regret it!

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Photo from Credits to Stein Egil Liland.

12. Hamnøy Bridge

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

The view from Hamnøy Bridge is probably the most famous view of Norway, and I’m sure as you are preparing your trip you’ve already come across it at least once.

This view is very representative of Lofoten: Festhelltinden peak towering over the red rorbuer on the waterfront. It describes the islands so perfectly!

To get the perfect photo park your car after the bridge and go back, there is a small sidewalk. Good to know: the bridge has alternating traffic, if you want to cross it entirely from the parking just wait that the last vehicle has passed before the green light goes on for the other side.

Did you know? You can sleep in one of the mythical rorbu you see from the bridge!

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13. Sakrisøya Yellow Rorbu

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Accidentally Wes Anderson Book made this location world famous by changing the yellow rorbu into a dog (wearing a yellow raincoat).

But of course even if you don’t have a Jack Russell with you you can still match the view of Olstind peak with the yellow rorbu in front of it.

In case you end up on Sakrisøya for lunch or dinner, you can stop at one of Lofoten’s most famous restaurants: Anita’s Seafood. Their menu is simply delicious, and the view is unmatched!

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14. Reine

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Reine is one of the most famous villages in Lofoten, and for a good reason: its bay which includes also Sakrisøy and Hamnøy is one of the most spectacular in the world.

There are several points to admire the beauty of this small village but one of the most famous and the one from this you can have the view you see below is from the bridge that connects E10 to the center.

If you are traveling during Winter it’s also an excellent point to get the Northern Lights.

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15. Reine lighthouse

How to get there: from the Reine center there is parking nearby where you can also camp.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Reine has a typical small Lofoten lighthouse, unlike Andenes 40 meters giant, nothing particularly photogenic. But the views you can admire along the lighthouse pier are amazing!

The bay of Reine is surrounded by dramatic peaks, below you can see Olstind, and wherever you will turn the view is magical. The spot is very good especially for photographing the Northern lights. In that case I strongly advise you to stay in Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway. These rorbuer are very close to the pier and they itself are a beautiful subject to photograph.

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16. Reinebringen

How to get there: from Reine there is a trail that brings you to the top.
Best time to get there: Summer.

The hike to Reinebringen is a must if you are traveling in the area during Summer, and sometimes even during Winter, although it’s way less safer.

Reinebringen is a moderate/expert level hike of 3 hours (round trip). On the top it will feel like you have the world to your feet with Reine bay just below. The view below is taken along the trail, there is a panoramic view on top that will let you see all the bay including Hamnøy.

Photo from Credits to Ertabbt.

17. Å

How to get there: reach the end of E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Å is the last village in Lofoten that you can reach on the road. Even if through the years the fishing village has evolved and has a modern look, there are some areas that have maintained an old times charm, such as the open air museum and the Southern part which is where the rorbuer are.

For taking some memorable pictures you can visit the above mentioned Å Open Air Museum, or the Stockfish Museum, displaying objects and explaining techniques from centuries of fishing history.

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When is the best time to visit the Lofoten islands?

Take it from my father, an award winning photographer, who has visited the Lofoten islands multiple times: nothing can beat the beauty of exploring the Lofoten islands during the Winter. Especially if you are a photographer!

There are two main reasons for that: the Northern Lights and snow. To be sure to have both plan you trip in February or March. December and January are the darkest months and you have almost no daylight, while in November you will see the Northern Lights but sometimes it doesn’t snow until the last days of the month.

In case you are planning to enjoy the hikes and outdoor activities Summer is of course the best period, with June and July being the most touristy months.

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It’s a wrap of the best photo spots in Lofoten

I have seen so many incredible places around the world, but I must admit that Lofoten are one of the most beautiful I have visited and I’m already considering to go back! So even though they are pricy, they are absolutely worth visiting. And you won’t regret any cent you invested. Before leaving check out our Norway page for more inspiration and guides to this incredible country.

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The 8 Best Rorbuer in Lofoten for an Authentic Experience

When I started planning my road trip to Lofoten I didn’t know much about the archipelago besides the outstanding natural landscapes and the lovely little red houses that you can see all along the road. As I learned later the little red houses aren’t only there for pure aesthetic (even if it highly contributes to the beauty and magic of the islands), but they are fishermen cabins also known as rorbuer. The best part you can sleep inside them! But of course you already knew all this since you are here. So which are the best rorbuer in Lofoten? Without further ado let’s see!

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Don’t have time to read the whole post? Here are our pick!

Unlike other accommodation posts I’ve written I can’t really sort a budget-friendly option as the starting prices are very similar. So I’ll go with two favorites that are personally the most worth to invest into:

Nusfjord Arctic Resort is the rorbu par excellence. The cabins are inside the UNESCO village and they have been perfectly preserved as they were in ancient times, of course without forgetting the modern touch which has been added to make them more comfortable.

Eliassen Rorbuer are probably the rorbuer that have the best location in our list (with Sakrisøy Rorbuer being a very close second). But the minimalist and bright wood interiors make them another must when planning your trip.

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Nusfjord Arctic Resort cabin.

The Best Rorbuer in Lofoten

This comparative table is sorted by location. Starting from the North East to the most Southern point (It’s inspired from our road trip) you can reach by following the E10, Lofoten National Road.

Rorbuer NameBooking scoreLocationSauna*Price range
Svinøya Rorbuer8,9Svolvær✔️(💸)150-600€
Henningsvær Rorbuer8,1Henningsvær✔️(💸)150-600€
Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer8,5Ballstad✔️150-500€
Nusfjord Arctic Resort9,3Nusfjord✔️200-600€
Eliassen Rorbuer8,6Hamnøy150-500€
Sakrisøy Rorbuer9,1Sakrisøy150-500€
Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway8,6Reine150-400€
Å Rorbuer by Classic Norway Hotels8,5Å200-600€
*Price range highly vary depending on the season.

Svinøya Rorbuer (Svolvær)

Situated in Svolvær, Svinøya Rorbuer offers many different accommodations options for its guests. Including modern appartements that are ideal if you are traveling with a larger group.

But the real deal are of course the rorbuer in the bay. The cabins maintained their rustic charm, the wooden walls and dark interiors will give you an idea of how living in those cabins in the past centuries was like. Of course unlike the past, Svinøya Rorbuer are equipped with all the amenities: a kitchen, a bath and comfortable beds.

Note: when booking at Svinøya Rorbuer during the high season (February to March and June to August) you won’t be able to book a one night stay only. In case you want to spend one night only in Svolvær you can either look into Lofoten Rorbuer, or consider visiting Svolvaer during the day and going to sleep into neighboring Henningsvær.

Check out prices/book your stay at Svinøya Rorbuer.

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Henningsvær Rorbuer (Henningsvær)

Henningsvær Rorbuer is situated, as you can guess by its name, in the iconic city of Henningsvær, Norway’s miniature Venice. The rorbuer are simpler compared to other rorbuer but that contribute to an authentic feeling.

The rorbuer are situated at the end of the main road that cross Henningsvær and even though on a map it may look very close to the iconic stadium, it will take you a 10 minutes walk to get there.

When booking I highly recommend paying a little more to take a rorbu with the view on the ocean. Waking up to the view makes a difference, especially if you have a view on the canal on the other side.

Check out prices/book your stay at Henningsvær Rorbuer.

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Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer (Ballstad)

Translated from Norwegian the Sunny Pier, Solsiden Brygge has some lovely and recently renewed rooms that are situated in one of the typical red fishing buildings.

Note: the accommodations in Solsiden Brygge aren’t the small cabins we have seen until now. The wooden buildings are more like giant size rorbuer with a beautiful view on the surrounding mountains. Another interesting solution are also the suites in the newly built wooden house in front of the reception.

The icing on the cake? The free sauna very close to the cabins!

Check out prices/book your stay at Solsiden Brygge Rorbuer.

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Nusfjord Arctic Resort (Nusfjord)

If I could book only one rorbu of this list, Nusfjord Arctic Resort would probably be my go to. Lofoten have in my opinion some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. And even if Nusfjord natural landscapes can’t compete with some other locations like Hamnøy and Reine (to mention two), the historical beauty of Nusfjord fishing village is undeniable and one of my personal highlights in Lofoten.

So why Nusfjord Arctic Resort? Because you become a villager yourself as the luxurious cabins of the resort are inside the ancient part. This is quite unique by the way, I don’t know many other resorts that are inside UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Back to our cabins: the interiors are well equipped, full kitchen, living room, etc… The suite isn’t inside a red rorbu, but it’s a larger wooden home, the interiors are still beautiful but if you want a traditional fisherman rorbu, book the cabins instead.

Check out prices/book your stay at Nusfjord Arctic Resort.

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Eliassen Rorbuer (Hamnøy)

Eliassen Rorbuer are probably among the most photographed “hotel rooms” in the world! In fact you’ve probably already seen them while preparing your Lofoten trip in one of the advertising photos.

These rorbuer are situated on the rocks in front of the Hamnøy bridge that connects the village to the small Sakrisøy island and Reine. The view is probably one of the most famous in Norway, photographers particularly loves it as you have an aerial view without the use of a drone.

Besides the breathtaking view that certainly contributes to the fame of Eliassen Rorbuer, the cabins are very cozy inside and super comfortable. The decor is minimalist but the light and clean wooden walls give a very nice and modern vibe.

The room views from the rorbuer are probably the best in Lofoten!

Check out prices/book your stay at Eliassen Rorbuer.

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Sakrisøy Rorbuer (Sakrisøy)

Rorbuer in Lofoten are mostly red. Except in Sakrisøy. You will instantly recognize the small islet, that is home to one of the most famous restaurant’s in Lofoten, Anita’s seafood, for it’s yellow rorbuer and houses.

Apart from being yellow, Sakrisøy Rorbuer are pretty much like the other robuer. Cozy, woody, and comfortable, the rorbuer are situated in a strategic position close to both Hamnøy and Reine. Besides Anita’s seafood you will find also a grocery store close nearby.

When staying in Sakrisøy Rorbuer or even if you are simply passing by, don’t forget to have a stop at the iconic yellow house that has inspired one of the locations of the Accidentally Wes Anderson book.

Check out prices/book your stay at Sakrisøy Rorbuer.

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Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway (Reine)

Reine is fairly considered one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. And if you are staying in one of Reine Rorbuer you will easily see why. Even though the fishing village has evolved with time, the modern houses have preserved their charm, and of course the natural scenery surrounding it is one of the most beautiful in the archipelago.

Reine Rorbuer are situated in a strategic position where you can benefit both of views over Festhelltinden (Hamnøy’s mountain), Reinebringen, and Olstind (the iconic peak in front of Sakrisøy). One of the loveliest things about Reine Rorbuer is the fact that you will feel like you are in a small village made of rorbuer only.

The interiors are comfortable and very welcoming, with a living space which is of a nice size, especially in 4 guests cabins.

The rorbuer are very close to Reine lighthouse, a must-see because of the amazing views of the bay and its peaks. It’s also an amazing spot to photograph the Northern Lights if you are visiting during Winter.

Check out prices/book your stay at Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway.

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Å Rorbuer by Classic Norway Hotels (Å)

Similarly to Nusfjord, Å is a fishing village that preserved many of its ancient houses and structures. The single room cabins are quite small but still comfortable.

I’d recommend Å Rorbuer especially if you are traveling with a larger group, their deluxe cabins is very spacious. The complex has an on site restaurant but if you are traveling in winter check their schedule as it may be closed.

When visiting Å don’t miss the opportunity to stroll among the buildings of the open air museum, which features typical objects and buildings.

Check out prices/book your stay at Å Rorbuer by Classic Norway Hotels.

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Pro and cons of staying in a Rorbuer, What’s it like?


Authenticity. If with one word I had to describe the small red houses that would be it. Of course ancient rorbuer weren’t equipped with all the amenities we have today. Several people lived inside the cabins without electricity and tap water. But staying inside the cabins that sometimes have narrow spaces will give you an idea of how the life of these fishermen looked like.

This isn’t true all the time, but usually rorbuer are equipped with a kitchen. And when traveling to the very expensive Lofoten, that’s a great money saving solution as you can comfortably cook from your cabin instead of going to a restaurant for every meal.

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Living room inside Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway.


If you are traveling during the Summer to enjoy the Midnight Sun, you may have some troubles finding your sleep because of the illumination. Despite being dark during Winter days, some rorbuer don’t have proper barriers against the external light during the Summer. An easy fix? Bring a sleep mask, you won’t be bothered by the light.

During Summer one of the thing which may surprise visitors is the smell of stock fish drying nearby the rorbuer. As they anciently served as cabins for fishermen, rorbuer are obviously built nearby harbors. And that’s also where the wooden racks to dry stockfish are.

This is common also to other types of accommodations in Lofoten: depending on the time of your check in you might have little to no reception. This can be uncomfortable especially if you would like to have more infos about activities to do and locations to visit. When booking or when you confirm your check in hour you should also be informed if the reception will be close at the time of your arrival. In that case contact them earlier for any special requests or information you will need.

Overall sleeping in a rorbuer is an amazing experience that you should try at least once!

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One of the narrowest cabins we stayed in.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Rorbu?

The etymology of rorbu is ror (row, fishing) and bu (small house).

A rorbu, the plural is rorbuer, is a fishermen cabin that was used by fishermen who went North to fish cod. In the 12th century King Øyvind had built several rorbuer in Lofoten for fishermen who went there fishing during the Winter (cod is a cold water fish).

Besides rorbuer being used as seasonal homes along all Northern Norway, nowadays they are mainly associated to Lofoten, also due to their wide presence on Instagram and other social platforms.

Which is the Best Village/Town to Stay in a Rorbu?

I’m repeating myself, but if you have the budget go for Nusfjord Arctic Resort or Lofoten Cottages if you are looking for a more budget-friendly solution. Otherwise I’d highly recommend also Hamnøy or Sakrisøy and Reine. Southern Lofoten are undoubtedly the most beautiful part to explore.

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Rorbuer of Nusfjord Arctic Resort.

Are Rorbuer Expensive?

Yes, rorbuer are expensive, but spoiler alert, Lofoten are expensive. Don’t deprive yourself of an amazing experience, if you decide to invest in a Lofoten trip, it should also include at least a one night stay in a rorbu.

One last word about the best rorbuer in Lofoten

By now I guess you will have an idea on which are the rorbuer you will be staying at! But in case you lack of inspiration don’t forget to check out our Lofoten itinerary adaptable for Summer and Winter, and our Norway page for more ideas and inspirations.

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Nusfjord Travel Guide: Lofoten’s Hidden Gem

Nestled in one of the most remote locations in the Lofoten, Nusfjord is a small fishing village that until the ’60s was accessible only by boat. Crowded by tourists during the Summer “hot” months, Nusfjord has become an unofficial open air museum, as one of the most well preserved traditional fishing villages in Norway. When visiting Lofoten the detour is a MUST! But what should you expect exactly from this charming village? Let’s see in our detailed travel guide.

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Note: to regulate over-tourism and help the village economy, Nusfjord has an entry ticket. You can pay it after you have parked your car before entering the ancient part of the village.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Nusfjord?

There are no doubts that Nusfjord is beautiful all year long, so when choosing the time to visit it will depend on the type of traveler you are. Trekkers and outdoor lovers may prefer Summer months as the temperatures are warmer, there is no snow and you will be able to enjoy the many trekkings in the area.

On the other hand, nothing beats the beauty of the Lofoten archipelago during Winter. Snow covers everything in a white candor, and even though you days are very cold and there isn’t much light the landscapes become even more magical. And of course there are the Northern Lights!

Nusfjord Arctic Resort reception.

How to get there?

Nusfjord was one of the most remote places in Lofoten until the road was built in the 60s. Today getting there is easy when you are on the E10 National Lofoten Road. If you are following our 5 days Lofoten Road Trip itinerary and coming from Svolvaer the detour is before Flakstad.

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Where to stay in Nusfjord?

Since it has become an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1975, Nusfjord is classified as one of the most well preserved fishing villages in the Nordics. For this reason the only accommodations you will find are the lovely ancient fishermen cabins locally known as rorbuer (if you like to know more about rorbuer in Lofoten, check out our blog post). There are two types rorbuer:

The living room of one of the Nusfjord Arctic Resort rorbuer.

Nusfjord Arctic Fjord

Make it ancient but luxurious: Nusfjord Arctic Fjord rorbuer are cozy cabins that have been reconverted to luxurious small homes. Equiped with a kitchen and all kind of comfort and amenities, these cabins are absolutely ideal if you are willing to treat yourself.

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Lofoten Cottages

Lofoten Cottages are private rorbuer that are rent by the same managers of Nusfjord Arctic Fjord. Less fancy than their neighbors but still cozy and including a kitchen and all the comfort, Lofoten Cottages are an excellent compromise if you don’t want to break the bank.

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Where to eat in Nusfjord?

Nusfjord is a very small village but it has all you need when it comes to food.

  • Considered as one of the best restaurants in Lofoten (and also priciest!) Karoline Restaurant is the place to go for having an excellent meal. Traditional cuisine made with local ingredients at its best. I’d recommend having a look at their menu to avoid bad bill surprises.
  • Are you looking to enjoy a good pizza? Oriana Kro (Oriana Tavern) has one of the best Italian pizza in Lofoten archipelago. Fresh and good quality ingredients and some very caring staff makes it a great place for having lunch.
  • Landhandleriet Café is one of the loveliest and coziest cafés I’ve ever been to! Anciently a general store, the interiors kept many of the ancient objects like the imposing cash register. It also has a small shop where you can buy traditional products. Their specialties are focaccia (similar to sandwiches) with salmon.
  • Hansines Bakeri Veronica Olaisen is a traditional bakery that serves some of the most famous cinnamon buns in Lofoten. Just like the surrounding buildings the bakery is inside an ancient wooden house so typical of Norway.
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What to do in Nusfjord?

Despite its rather small size Nusfjord there are several activities to do, you could easily occupy a full day especially in Summer when the trail to Nesland is easily accessible. During Winter I highly recommend spending the night there to observe the Northern Lights.

Learn more about Nusfjord Story and Traditions

As I already mentioned Nusfjord is a UNESCO site and one of the most well preserved fishing villages in Norway. The village is also a Museum and includes many traditional buildings that you can visit showcasing traditional objects. In this map from Nusfjord Arctic Resort, you can see the buildings of interest including those who are open to the public.

If you have time I recommend visiting them all and stopping at the cod liver refinery where a short movie with archive footage is presented. The village is very picturesque and simply walking among the rorbuers is lovely.

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Reach the Scenic Lighthouse

If you continue your walk from the village to the entry of the fjord you will end up at Nusfjord small lighthouse. The modern and small lighthouse is at the entry of the fjord and benefits from a stunning view on the surrounding mountains and Nusfjord.

The lighthouse is accessible all year long. Although during Winter the path is more difficult since the snow covers everything.

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The view from Nusfjord lighthouse on Nesheia peak.

Indulge at the Ancient General Store with a cup of Hot Chocolate or Tea

I already mentioned Landhandleriet Café as one of the places to eat in Nusfjord but it can be a lovely location also to relax and admire the amazing external landscape while eating a waffle and sipping a hot chocolate.

Especially if you are visiting during Winter Landhandleriet Café can be the ideal refuge before your nocturnal Northern Lights hunts. The interiors are the coziest!

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The trail to Nesland is a moderate 4 kilometers trail (about 3 and a half hours) that will bring you to Nesland. Just like any other trail in Lofoten, Nusfjord to Nesland is a scenic hike with some breathtaking landscapes.

The passage between the two ancient fishing villages has been used for a very long time by the villagers even before becoming a famous tourist hike. For more informations about this trail check out Outdooractive dedicated guide.

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From October to early April: go on a hunt for the Northern Lights

Are you too traveling to Norway to see the Northern Lights? December and January are the most active months. But December is also the month where the days are the shortest and you won’t enjoy much daylight. The ideal months are November, February, and March. In February the high season for Winter tourism begins so the prices are the highest.

Nusfjord is an ideal location to photograph the Northern Lights as it’s framed by the mountains. Of course framing the rorbuer in your long exposures will be more difficult than in Hamnoy, where you can simply go on top of the Hamnoy bridge. But Nusfjord still offers plenty of interesting observation points.

In case you are interested Nusfjord Arctic Resort also has guided excursions. You can check the availability on their site or simply ask at the reception when arriving for the check-in.

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Help Keep Nusfjord Safe from Over-tourism

As a small community of less than 50 inhabitants, Nusfjord is “taken by assault” during the months of June and July. The village was victim of its success and many buses of tourists come there every day. To be respectful of the locals lifestyle consider spending the night in one of the rorbuer cabins or at least eating at one of the village’s restaurants.

You will support the local economy and be an ethical traveler!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Nusfjord Expensive?

Nusfjord is VERY expensive. Karoline Restaurant is one of the most expensive and every extra activity you will do with Nusfjord Arctic Resort will be probably more expensive than in other places.

Also remember that Nusfjord is far from the larger cities and as a very small community the prices go up easily.

Interior of Landhandleriet Café.

Is Nusfjord Worth Visiting?

Nusfjord is without any doubt one of the most charming villages in Lofoten, and I’d dare say the most beautiful. Going to Lofoten without visiting it would be a REAL pity! If you don’t have much time and you are visiting only the village/museum, half a day will be enough.

Ideally I’d recommend coming in the afternoon, doing the trail during the Summer, or coming in the late afternoon to observe the Northern Lights in Winter, and saving the morning after to explore the village and go to the lighthouse.

One last word about our Nusfjord Travel Guide

If you are looking for dramatic landscapes, historical places, and outdoor activities Nusfjord is your go to but if you need more ideas of locations to visit in the Lofoten (including the best photo spots in Lofoten) check out also our 5 days itinerary. And keep an eye on our Norway page for more Lofoten and Vesteralen excursions!

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The 12 best things to do in Stockholm

Nicknamed the Venice of the north, Stockholm extends itself on fourteen islands that are connected by 57 bridges. The town extend from the central islands of Gamla Stan (the Old Town) and Djurgarden (King’s Garden) to Lovön where the Royals live, creating a web of incredible locations and iconic places. But which are the best things to do in Stockholm? In this travel guide all the answers you need to plan the perfect trip to Stockholm.

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Discover the longest art gallery in the world

Swedish creativity in arts (like architecture and design) is well known. For this reason it doesn’t come as a surprise if some of the best things to do in Stockholm involves art in all its forms.

But for sure the location of one of Stockholm’s most famous art installations, surprise the unaware tourists. Stockholm Metro Stations are a surprising and always changing art gallery that cost only the price of a metro ticket.

On the 100 stations 90 contain an art display or mural. It would be very difficult to see all of them if you are staying less than 2 weeks, but in this guide I’ve selected the best 16 that you should absolutely visit. And in my Stockholm in 3 days itinerary I’ve also included them in the itinerary so that it’s perfectly optimized (it’s the same we used to explore the city by the way!)

Wander in Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan means Old Town and its one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Stockholm. The most ancient buildings in Stockholm are there and they dates back to the Middle Ages.

Gamla Stan is without a doubt the most iconic neighborhood in Stockholm. If you are planning to visit it, you should absolutely check out my self guided tour in Gamla Stan (it has a map). It includes hidden gems and must-see landmarks.

Otherwise, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about some of the most brilliant minds of the last century at the Nobel Prize Museum, stroll in the iconic Stortorget (and look for the hidden cannonballs), and visit the beautiful Royal Palace.

Go back in time at the Hallwyl Museum

The Hallwyl Museum offers a glimpse into the life of the aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th century. The location is a marvelous palace which was built in the 1898 for Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl.

After the couple’s death the building and everything inside it (including the collections of pottery and paintings) was donated to the Swedish state.

Since then the building haven’t been modified providing an unique time capsule from that period. Without a doubt this is one of the most interesting museums in Stockholm absolutely worth the detour!

Climb on the largest hemispherical structure in the world: the Avicii Arena

Also known as Ericsson Globe, the Avicii Arena is the largest hemispherical structure in the world. Dedicated to late Avicii, the building regularly hosts concerts and events.

Unless you’ve planned to attend one of those events, the Avicii Arena can be interesting to visit as you can climb on top of it with Skyview. The view from up there is unique and on clear days you can see quite far away. To book your visit/check out prices go to SkyView – Stockholm Live.

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Embark on a sensory experience at Fotografiska

Fotografiska is a museum which displays, as you can guess by its name, temporary exhibitions of the greatest photographers.

What makes this museum really worth visiting, is the way it plays with spaces, the exposed art, and sounds. It’s a sensory experience that will feel like a dream the time of your visit. Of course you must be willing to open to this kind of experience.

Fotografiska has also an excellent restaurant that has a beautiful view over Stockholm. For more info about their exhibitions, to reserve a table at their restaurant, or simply check out their schedule, check out their website Welcome to Fotografiska Stockholm.

Funnily enough Fotografiska is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Stockholm, of course that highly depends on the exhibitions it is hosting, but the aesthetic of the exhibitions and the way they are presented is a guarantee of a great backdrop for your photos.

Marvel at the grandeur of Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. It has served as the private residence of the Swedish royal family for generations.

The Palace and its gardens are a delightful sight reminding the grandiosity of other European Baroque palaces (how not to think of Versailles). The interiors were created by one of Sweden’s most famous sculptors: Nikodemus Tessin the Elder.

Visiting the Palace is one of the best things to do in Stockholm, but mind the schedules! The palace is regularly closed for official events or celebrations. To avoid bad surprises check out Drottningholm Palace official website.

Admire the only fully conserved 17th century warship at the Vasa Museum

Being a travel and history lover, I’ve seen a thing or two in my life that truly impressed me. The Vasa was of course one of them! Nothing can prepare you to the magical feeling of finding yourself in front of this majestic giant.

Like the flying vessel of some sci-fiction movie, the Vasa floats in a semi-obscure room which highly contributes in giving the warship a ghostly appeal.

The museum is dedicated to the construction of the warship and the events that lead to its shipwreck on its inaugural journey. And last but not least, the titanic task of bringing it back from the abyss.

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Learn about Swedish folk history and traditions in Skansen

Skansen is a full immersion in the last centuries of Swedish folk history and traditions. Tracing the lifestyle of Sweden’s people, the open air museum (which is also the oldest in the world) will let you discover the evolution of buildings during time.

The museum is peopled by actors wearing period dresses who will interact with you to explain how they lived back at their time.

Skansen has also an aquarium and some enclosures where Nordic animals are kept. The surface is very large and you could easily spend a full day there, especially during Summer when all the stands in the alleys are open.

Check out schedules on Skansen official website.

Visit the imposing Stockholm City Hall

Stockholm City Hall is one of the most important landmarks in Stockholm. Inaugurated in 1923, even after a century the building hasn’t lost an ounce of its grandiosity.

Something which contributes to its myth are the celebrations for the attributions of the Nobel Prizes that take place every year in December. You can visit Stockholm City Hall only via a guided tour. To check schedules book your tour check out Stadshuset official website.

Note: the City Hall metro stop Stadshuset is also one of the most beautiful metro stations in Stockholm.

Sail onboard for an Archipelago Tour

Stockholm archipelago includes more than 30000 islands and rocks! Exploring them on a boat or kayak excursion is one of the best things to do in Stockholm.

Depending on the type of activity you are willing to do and of course your budget, there are several possibilities for every type of traveler.

If you bought the Stockholm City Pass, and I highly recommend doing so if you are staying three days or more, there are several boat tours hat will let you explore some of the islands that are closer to the city center.

Remember to check the schedules, especially if you are traveling during Winter there are far less excursions and you may disappointed.

Visit the futuristic Artipelag

There are many beautiful modern/visual art museums in Stockholm, but what makes Artipelag unique is it’s location on a remote island in the middle of nature.

The museum itself fully blend in the surroundings with many beautiful views of the exteriors. When visiting it don’t miss the walk in the forest onboard of the Baltic Sea.

Your visit inside Artipelag will last about 2 hours, but the museum is situated quite far from the city center (about 20 kilometers). Globally the complete visit with the boat tour to get there will take you half a day. That’s why I strongly advise you to prepare your itinerary before going, to avoid skipping other attractions you may be interested in.

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Snösätra Wall of Fame

Snösätra Wall of Fame is an hidden gem in Stockholm industrial neighborhood and one of Europe’s largest mural exhibitions. Street artists comes from all around the world to leave their mark on Snösätra walls.

As the space is limited some murals get covered by new ones, so each visit is an unique discovery. Snosatra is about 30-40 minutes away from Gamla Stan. I love this kind of places but just like for Artipelag thoroughly consider your itinerary before getting there.

On the bright side you can combine Snösätra with a visit to the metro stations of the green line.

One last word about the best things to do in Stockholm

Honestly, I left my heart in Stockholm. It’s one of Europe’s gems and probably one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. So ancient and modern at the same time, bustling but not chaotic, truly surprising and difficult to bring into words. So I’ll give you just one advice: by your tickets and go, you won’t regret it! And if you need further inspiration for your Stockholm itinerary check out our guides and travel tips for Sweden’s capital.

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Are You Looking for the Best Colosseum Photo Spot? I’ll give you 9!

The Eternal City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world! And capturing its beauty is one of the funniest things to do (that’s why I wrote this practical guide about the best photo spots in Rome). But are you looking for the best Colosseum photo spot? There are so many, all ideal to take the perfect photo! Let’s see them.

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Where are the best Colosseum spots?

To help you find easily the best Colosseum spots I’ve created a map that will help you locate them. The North-West area surrounding the Colosseum is currently under renovation works for the new metro station that will be opened in 2025. But do not despair: the views from Largo Gaetana Agnesi and Via Nicola Salvi aren’t impacted!

Largo Gaetana Agnesi

Largo Gaetana Agnesi is the most popular point to take pictures of the Colosseum. The square has a nice terrace on the Colosseum which is contained by very large walls where you can easily climb to take some memorable shots (of course be careful!)

The place is very well known and there are always many people taking photos there, but don’t worry there is enough place for everyone. The best hour to take this picture is early in the morning when the sun lights up the Eastern facade and you will have a nice golden/pink sky.

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Via Nicola Salvi

Just a few meters from Largo Gaetana Agnesi you can descend to the Colosseum level from via Nicola Salvi. The view can be more hidden by the overgrown trees but the view is still beautiful and absolutely worth it.

From via Nicola Salvi you arrive behind the entrance of the Colosseum which will be on your right. If you go down on the left you will get to the stairs on the East side, which are indeed another great spot to photograph the Colosseum!

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Stairs on the East side

The stairs on the East side of the Colosseum are above the public toilets, that’s how I’ve marked them on the map by the way. The view from there is unobstructed and ideal for your pictures in the morning when the sun hit the facade.

Note: the area is often crowded by unlicensed street vendors, mind your belongings when admiring the landscape and taking pictures.

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Terrazza Belvedere del Palatino

As its name says the Nice view Terrace (literally translated from Terrazza Belvedere) on the Palatine Hill has one of the best panoramic views in Rome.

On one side you have the Roman Forum, while on the other side you will see the sacred alley with the Colosseum on the background. In your photos it will look like you went back in time!

Always on the Palatine Hill you can get closer to the Colosseum, on the other side of the hill. But honestly I think the best view is on the point I marked on the map as you have the other ancient buildings framing the Colosseum.

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Piazza di Santa Francesca Romana

Inside the Palatine Hill and Colosseum Archaeological Park there is my personal favorite view: the terrace in front of the Temple of Venus which was once an ancient square called Santa Francesca Romana.

To get the access you will have to book a ticket to the Roman Forums, I recommend you these tickets that include the access to the Colosseum as well.

Once you are inside (from the Eastern access) you will have to go up to the Temple of Venus. There you will find the 2000 old structure waiting for you. If you have the choice the late afternoon light is perfect as the sun will be behind you.

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Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is situated South West the Colosseum. If you get up early enough in the morning you can have a nice all alone picture of the arch with the Colosseum behind.

But as you can imagine the area gets crowded in no time and it will be more difficult to get a nice portrait of you with the two monuments.

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Via Celio Vibenna

Via Celio Vibenna is a large road that contours the South area of the Colosseum. If you climb the stairs to get on it you will find a very nice view of the Colosseum.

To have the best light you should go in the morning. Don’t worry too much about the crowds as they are mainly on the pedestrian area.

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West Side of the Colosseum (close to the ticket control)

If you are visiting the Colosseum in the afternoon this is one of the best photo spots for you! The sun hits the facade and even if there are crowds around you should manage to get an all alone nice shot of the Colosseum.

What’s interesting about this view is that you will see the authentic facade without any restoration work. The only no-no is the fence which is more visible as you are close, but still this is a great postcard view of the Colosseum.

After getting your Insta-perfect photo you can directly go to the ticket control for the last memorable spot: the interiors of the Colosseum!

Inside the Colosseum

It won’t be a visit to Rome if you have visited the inside of the Colosseum! Learn more about the history of ancient Rome by visiting the interiors of Italy’s most famous landmark.

To enter the Colosseum you can choose a regular ticket (which includes the access to the Roman Forum) or check out more guided tour options. In this guide I help you choose which is the best for you comparing all the different guided tours.

Depending on the ticket you buy you can access different levels. The most expensive tickets include the arena and the underground. Even though these areas are very interesting to visit and the guide will give you many informations when visiting the underground, the best place inside the Colosseum to take the most beautiful photos are the elevated parts, like the first and second tier.

So which is your favorite Colosseum photo spot?

By now you know every single photo spot to take the perfect Colosseum picture! But if you are planning a trip to Rome you may find useful also these posts about: How to see Rome in a day the ultimate guide, A local’s guide: 13 unusual & non touristy things to do in Rome and last but not least if you love photography Rome’s Aquatic Treasures: The Most Beautiful Fountains to see in the Eternal City.

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Bernina Railway from Tirano to St Moritz: Everything you need to know

Are you ready to embark on an adventure to discover one of the most beautiful railways in Europe? Situated on the borders between Switzerland and Italy, the Bernina Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. Covering a distance of 60 kilometers, when visiting you will blown away by the beauty of the landscapes and the prowess of the engineering infrastructure. But do you know everything you need to prepare the perfect trip to the area? Let’s see!

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How to get to the Bernina Railway from Milan

There aren’t many solutions for getting to Saint Moritz or Tirano from Milan: the road is the fastest and most economic solution. In about 3 hours you will cross the 150+ panoramic kilometers that separates Milan from your chosen destination. Note: Tirano is the closest station from Milan, about 2 and a half hours.

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The different trains crossing the Bernina Railway

Before booking any activity or ticket remember this: there are two different types of trains passing by the Bernina Railway.

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The Bernina Red Train (regional trains)

For the regular (regional trains) you can book your ticket online. Or buy the ticket directly at the station when arriving. The ticket office normally closes at 7 PM at Tirano. You can choose between a daily ticket or a 2 days ticket if you are planning to come back the day after. During the summer some open wagons are added to let the passengers enjoy even more the landscapes.

There are two main vantages to book the regional trains: you can get off the train at the intermediate stops (although some stops are only “on call” and you will need to press the stop button). And secondly, unlike the Berlina Express you can open the windows and take better photos without the glass reflection (I know this may be relatively important, but photographers will appreciate the info).

There is a regional train every hour so you can stop whenever you want and take the next train. You can find the schedule for the Bernina Red Train in the same website where you can buy the tickets.

Another pro: the regional trains have special train cars dedicated to the transport of bicycles.

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The Bernina Express

The Bernina Express connects Tirano to St Moritz without any intermediate stop. The train cars are more elegant, with panoramic windows and roof. On the official website you will find the schedules and you’ll be able to book your tickets online.

You can check out the schedule here.

Don’t know which one to choose? Try both! You can always book a full day ticket on the Bernina regional train and come back on the same day or the day after on the Bernina Express.

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The Stations on the Bernina Railway

There are two main stations Tirano and St Moritz with many intermediate stops on the way. Remember to get down from the train book the Regional Train, on the Bernina Express you would lose your reservation.

Tirano – Starting station

Tirano is a the starting point of the Bernina railway and a small town with many restaurants and hotels where you can spend the night. The first Bernina Red Train start at 7.41 AM, for the early birds that’s a great solution to catch the first train.

When visiting Tirano don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Catholic shrine of the Madonna of Tirano. Its construction was connected to the appearance of the Madonna at the same time when a pestilence ended. Nowadays the place still has a n important religious significance and is pilgrimage destination.

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Brusio (stop on request)

Between Tirano and Brusio there is Campocologno where the border between Italy and Switzerland is situated.

In Brusio the railway, to overcome the high elevation gain, has an extremely suggestive helical viaduct. You can stop to take pictures of the trains passing by, from under the viaduct.

Miralago (stop on request)

Miralago is the first stop at the beginning of Lake Poschiavo. This lake is famous for its reflections and the color of its waters.

If you are up for a walk I highly recommend to take the lakeside walk, next to the railway, it will lead you to the station of Le Prese. The walk lasts about an hour and there aren’t ascents, it’s really easy even if you aren’t trained.

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Le Prese

As mentioned above Le Prese is the stop at the other side of the beautiful lake Poschiavo.


Poschiavo is a characteristic alpine village. Its historic center is interesting for the elegant typical houses. Every Wednesday during summer, from July to August, the village hosts a market where you can buy traditional products of the area.

In Poschiavo there is also one of the most excellent restaurant on the railway, Hostaria del Borgo, a must for those who want a taste of the excellent local food.

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Cavaglia is one of the most popular stops of the railway. That’s because less than a kilometer from the station there is the famous Garden of glaciers, a suggestive path among rocks shaped by the waters. Along the walk you may also admire the suggestive Marmitte dei Giganti, large potholes in the ground that were created by water erosion.

From Cavaglia there is also an easy trek to walk down to Poschiavo.

Alp Grum

Alp Grum has one of the best views in the Alps: the terrace overlooking the glacier and Piz Palù. Both the regional train and the Bernina Express stop there (remember if you get down from the Bernina Express you will need a new reservation to get onboard again).

The village has a an hotel restaurant just in front of the station called Albergo Ristorant Alp Grum. Many trekkers choose Alp Grum as a base to enjoy the different trails that start from there.

If you love trekking and are thinking of staying in Alp Grum too, I’ll tempt you with this cozy cabin, ideal to fully immerse in the Alpine spirit.

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Ospizio Bernina

Bernina Hospice is the highest stop on the railway line (2253 meters). We are in the magical valley of the White Lake and the Black Lake, in front of the Cambrena glacier.

The Bernina Hospice is a hotel that is a 10-minute walk from the station. There are many treks that start from there and you can also make the tour of the lake, it takes about three hours.

Or during the Summer you can descent to Alp Grum or Diavolezza. My personal favorite? Walking south (direction to Alp Grum), and relax on the rocks. If you are brave enough, you can also test the ice cold waters of the lake.

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Bernina Lagalb (stop on request)

Bernina Lagalb take the name from the Lagalb Mountain. You can take the cable car that leads up to the peak at 2959 meters.

Bernina Diavolezza (stop on request)

Diavolezza is the stop to the cable car that brings you closest to Bernina’s peak, the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. You can check the schedules on the local website.

Morteratsch (stop on request)

The busiest station during Summer is Morteratsch. The reason behind that is the homonymous Morteratsch glacier. You can reach it in less than a hour thanks to a large and easy dirt path. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Along the way, you will see panels that shows the regression of the ice from the 19th century to today, an unfortunate and unstoppable regression that never cease to impress visitors.

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Surovas (stop on request)

Situated in the idyllic Val Roseg, you can stop at Surovas and descent to Pontresina.


Pontresina is one of the larger villages and one of the most hyped locations on the railway. There are many resorts and luxurious hotels you can choose from to spend the night there.

Pontresina is ideal to make excursions in the beautiful Val Roseg. One of the best activities to do is a carriage ride, available both during Summer and Winter. There are different providers which offer similar services: Engadin Kutschen, Horse-drawn carriage rides into the Val Roseg, Horse Carriages, and more if your search on google. If you are interested in this activity just remember to reserve in advance as the carriages get fully booked fast.

St. Moritz

St. Moritz is a luxury Alpine resort on the shores of the lake of the same name. Between luxurious hotels and shops (Gucci, Hermes, and Luis Vuitton, to name a few) St. Moritz is definitely a great destination to treat yourself.

Art lovers will find their joy in one of the art galleries in town, or at the museum dedicated to the painter Giovanni Segantini.

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Useful tips

Remember your ID

You will cross the border between Italy and Switzerland. Remember to bring an ID document with you, your passport ideally.

Most of the railway runs along the road that cross the Alps. When getting off the train you can also take the bus from one stop to the other.

How should you dress?

Dress in layers! If you are lucky during Summer the temperatures are ideal, but a few clouds can drop the temperature of a few degrees in the blink of an eye. Remember a sweater or hoodie.

And don’t forget a raincoat as it rains frequently in the mountains!

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A Marmitta dei Giganti in Cavaglia.

Parking your car in Tirano

There are many free parkings in Tirano. I especially recommend you the one close to the bus station, which is connected by an underpass to the FS train station, a few meters from the Rhaetian railway station.

Guided Tours from Milan to the Bernina Railway

I already mentioned coming with your own car but there are many guided tours for those who wants to enjoy the Bernina Railway landscapes without worrying about renting a car.

This can also be an economical solution if you are traveling solo or with a small group. Although of course you won’t have the same autonomy as if you were traveling with your car. There are many different solutions on getyourguide but I especially recommend these two:

  • With this guided tour (about 12 hours) you will start from Milan and get to Tirano by bus. Once there, after a short guided tour of Tirano you will embark onboard of the Bernina Red Train (not the Bernina Express!) and enjoy a non-stop ride to St. Moritz. In St Moritz you will have two hours to explore the town. Since the schedule is pretty strict, I highly recommend bringing sandwiches that you can eat on the go, so that you can enjoy your free time exploring St. Moritz.
  • This tour includes a short boat cruise onboard of Lake Como before getting to St. Moritz. You will have a short free time before getting onboard of the Bernina Red Train (again not the Bernina Express!).
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One last word about Exploring the Bernina Railway and Region

The Bernina region is one of those places on Earth that showcases a stunning of natural scenery. If you love Mountain landscapes and idyllic places this is for you! Just remember you passport when preparing your bag for the Italian-Swiss border. Are you looking for more amazing locations to visit in Europe? Check out our guides and travel tips.

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The 17 Best Photo Spots in Rome

There is something absolutely magical about Rome that attracts every years millions and millions of tourists. It maybe be its romantic charm, rich history, or the incredible Italian food. But there is one thing for sure: Rome is undeniably one of the most photogenic destinations in the world! So wether you are a passionate photographer or just want to surprise your followers you will love these selection of the best photo spots in Rome!

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1. The Colosseum

The Colosseum is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. And there are literally millions of visitors entering inside it years every year. But there is no need to enter inside to catch the perfect shot for your socials!

In fact there are plenty of perfect spots to photograph the Colosseum even from the outside (in this guide I’ll give you 9). The best to mention? The glimpse from Largo Gaetana Agnesi, or the scenic view from the temple of Venus, inside the Roman Forum Archaeological Park.

Even though, going to Rome without visiting the Colosseum is like eating Italian pasta without Parmigiano (you know what I mean! 😉 ). Do you need help to find the perfect Colosseum tickets/guided tour? I’ve got the perfect guide to help you choose the best solution.

2. The Roman Forum

The pulsing heart of ancient Rome, the Roman Forum and its archaeological park are among the most incredible and well preserved ruins in the world. Again if you want to save some money you can take some very good photos just by walking along via dei Fori Imperiali.

But once you are inside you can get lost between columns and ancient buildings, the wow effect is granted! And you can save money by buying a combined ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forums.

3. Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is strategically located between the archaeological ruins of the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. Due to its location it gets very crowded. But early in the morning when the colors are still soft and reddish, you can take some beautiful photos of the Arch.

Depending on the orientation you can of course include the Colosseum in the frame as well. The arch is situated very close to the gates to enter the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum Archaeological Park.

My advice: Plan your visit to the Colosseum first, then pass by the Arch of Constantine and continue your visit to the Palatine.

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4. Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is often overlooked by tourists visiting the Archaeological Park. That’s probably because of its elevate position. Although the view it has on the Roman Forum and ancient ruins will make you believe you used a time machine to go back in time.

You have the complete view of Via Nova with all the ancient buildings including Titus Arch. Sure they have suffered the test of time, but their condition is remarkable and makes it perfect for some of the best photos of Ancient Rome.

Note: to access the Palatine Hill you will need the ticket which includes the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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5. Altare della Patria

Also known as Vittoriano, and Monument to Vittorio Emanuele (the first king of unified Italy), Altare della Patria is one of the most impressive monuments in Rome. On the inside you can visit an interesting museum about the late 19th century and the story of the Unification of Italy.

The perfect view of the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), is on the left side of Piazza Venezia, which faces the monument. There are many cars circulating but the avenue is very large and you can even step off from the sidewalk to take a better shot (please be careful to the cars!)

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6. Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Doria Pamphilj Gallery is an incredible art collection (and one of Rome’s hidden gems) that features some works of the most famous Renaissance and Baroque painters, like Caravaggio and Raphael.

Hosted in the family’s private palace, the interiors are worth visiting alone. The Baroque residence features some furniture that was preserved through the centuries. But the most surprising feature of the museum is the hall where many statues and paintings are, that strongly reminds the Hall of the Mirrors in Versailles.

Inside the museum you may sometimes spot artists at work to restore the paintings. Galleria Doria Pamphilj is indeed one of the most beautiful art collections in Rome!

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7. The Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of the oldest buildings in Rome. Built as a pagan temple it has been converted into a church since the 7th century.

If you are an early bird you can take some memorable pictures from the square in front of the Church. Fontana del Pantheon which is in the center of the square is one of the most beautiful fountains in Rome.

Since Summer ’23 you will need to pay a small fee to access the Pantheon. You can buy the tickets on getyourguide, they include an audioguide.

What to expect once you are on the inside? The circular structure is a triumph of different marbles and fine decorations. The aesthetic is mesmerizing, even if the light conditions may be less optimal for your photos.

8. Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is surrounded by magnificent Baroque architecture, including the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers at its center. But that’s not all! Piazza Navona is home to two other beautiful fountains, the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana del Nettuno. These fountains offer unique and picturesque subjects for photography.

One of the advantages of the square is that it’s so large that even in the most crowded summer months you can take some memorable pictures. Of course for some solo pictures you must privilege early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Piazza Navona is also packed with bars and restaurants. I won’t recommend them for eating as they are pretty expensive comparing to other areas, but why not enjoy a fresh drink, or take a good breakfast?!

9. Galleria Sciarra

Unless you’ve seen it in pictures (and even so it will still be beautiful!), Galleria Sciarra catch you by surprise. You enter the hall and are welcomed by the intricate decors on the walls.

The gallery which had a practical function to connect the commissioners properties, is one of the most important art nouveau expressions in Rome.

The light conditions are of course lower than in outdoor places, but nothing your phone or camera can’t manage.

Sciarra Gallery is open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6.30 PM.

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10. Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful fountains in the world and probably one of the most iconic landmarks in Italy. The beautiful details of its Baroque decorations are a joy for the eyes and the camera.

The only technical difficulty when taking a picture of it, are the hundreds of people waiting to take the perfect shot as well. There aren’t many solutions, if you want the Baroque marvel all to yourself you will need to set an early wake up call and get there as soon as the sun is up. I’m talking about 6 – 7 AM.

Once the golden hour is gone so your opportunities for solo pictures. You are wondering how did I got this picture at 9 AM? The sides can be less photographed than the front, but that’s also luck! And I couldn’t take any frontal crowd free photo for the record.

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11. Spanish Steps

Would you like to reproduce the iconic photo of Audrey Hepburn graciously walking down the Spanish Steps in Roman Holidays? Then you already know our next stop!

The Spanish Steps are among the most iconic spots in Rome. Just think about the fashion show that takes place there. Without forgetting Via Condotti, one of Rome most hyped shopping streets.

Just like the above mentioned locations the Spanish steps get overcrowded. If you want the “I’ve got Rome all by my self” shot, get up early.

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12. Villa Borghese Gardens

The gardens of Villa Borghese are an oasis of calm inside the chaotic center of Rome. The lush greenery that transforms the park during spring and summer makes it the perfect backdrop for some stunning pictures.

But of course that’s not the only reason. Facing the small lake of Aescolapius, the temple which names the lake was built at the end of the 18th century in neoclassic style. If you are up for some sport you can also rent a small boat and row into the lake.

Another point of interest is the Villa Borghese and its impressive collection. If you are interested in history and art don’t miss the opportunity of visiting it.

And before leaving don’t forget to take a photo of the panoramic view from il Pincio terrace. Towering over Piazza del Popolo you have one of the most beautiful views of Rome.

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13. St. Peter’s Square and Basilica

The Vatican is a feast of marble and gold accents, a joy for the eyes. To take the most memorable photos just head over St. Peter’s Square, outside particular religious events the square isn’t crowded except for the barriers.

Even more stunning than the external facade, the Basilica’ interiors hit you with its grandiosity. Take a moment to admire the beautiful altar sculpted by Gianlorenzo Bernini and the incredible works of art that decor the interiors.

Would you like to take the views to another level? Climb up to the Cupolone, St. Peter’s Dome and be rewarded with a stunning view of the eternal city.

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14. Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo initially was built as Hadrian’s Mausoleum. But at the beginning of the 14th century the pope changed its structure and function into a castle. Nowadays the fortress has become a museum that if you have the time to visit it’s well worth it!

Do you want to take the perfect picture of Castel Sant’Angelo? The spot you are looking for is the bridge that welcomes the visitors to the fortress. The glimpse of the bridge decorated with the statues of 10 angels, with the fortress on the background is one of Rome’s most famous pictures.

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Photo from Credits to Linh Bo.

15. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Square Colosseum)

Have you ever heard of the Colosseum? Of course. But did you know about its cousin the Square Colosseum? Situated in the scenic neighborhood of the EUR, il Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (Palace of Italian Heritage), attracts architects and photographers alike because of its unusual aesthetic.

The location has been the set of many movies including Titus and Zoolander 2. Nowadays it has become the headquarters of the Italian fashion house Fendi. To take the perfect shot place yourself in front of the building from the stairs.

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16. Trastevere

Cobblestone narrow alleys? Vintage cars? Enchanting corners? You just landed in Trastevere, one of the loveliest neighborhoods in Rome. Good food and lovely backdrops makes of it a great destinations if you are looking to take good photos and chill after an intense day of exploration.

Some adresses you shouldn’t miss? The most picturesque are Ponte Sisto and Villa Sciarra, and also the streets around Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere.

17. Marble Stadium

60 marble statues, each 4 meters high, name and decor the marble stadium. The complex which clearly reminds ancient Rome’s architecture, was built during Mussolini’s government and is part of the Foro Italico, a huge complex of sport centers.

You can enter inside the stadium, although just mind to not disturb the athletes training. The Marbles’ Stadium is open daily from 8.30 AM to 8 PM. On Saturday it closes its doors at 6 PM, while Sunday opening time is from 9.30 AM to 1 PM.

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One last word about the best photo spots in Rome

Rome ever ceases to amaze. It’s alive and eternal, and there is always something new to discover. I’m sure this list will evolve and grow with each new visit I’ll have in Rome. but for now I hope you liked my selection of locations! If you need more inspiration don’t forget to check out our Lazio and Rome itineraries and guides!

We have a practical guide on how to see Rome’s main landmarks in a day, which includes many of the iconic locations listed above. And if you need help to find the perfect caption for your Instagram posts, check out our collection of puns, quotes and captions about Rome.

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Andenes Travel Guide to Vesteralen’s Northernmost City

Welcome to Andenes, a picturesque coastal town nestled in the Vesterålen archipelago of Norway. Known for its stunning natural beauty and unique wildlife encounters, Andenes offers a blend of pristine landscapes and exciting outdoor adventures. If you love the outdoors, you will be spoilt of choice of things to do in Andenes. So if you are seeking breathtaking vistas, thrilling marine experiences, or a serene escape into nature be ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of this enchanting destination.

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Things to do in Andenes

Take part in Whale Watching Expeditions

Andenes is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Joining a whale safari to witness these gentle giants is one of the best things to do in Andenes! The different species you may see are sperm whales, orcas, and humpbacks, as they migrate through the Arctic waters.

Whale Safaris are an amazing experience, but before going take note of a few tips that will let you enjoy the tour:

  • Dress warmly and in layers. People traveling in Summer may think the weather will be temperate. Forget about that! Remember that you are out in the open and the winds may be strong and freezing. The tours are long so there may be moments where you will feel warmer, hence dress in layers.
  • Bring your seasick pills. Even if you don’t usually suffer from this, I strongly advise you to bring them. In many cases they will save your trip and let you enjoy the ride. Another option are seasickness bracelets also.
  • Be prepared to spend more time in the sea than you could wish for. Whale tours often have a 100% whale guarantee. That means that if you are unable to admire the cetaceans on your tour, you will either get a refund or the possibility to embark on another tour the following day. If you aren’t lucky and whales aren’t around, the “hunt” for whales could last long, sometimes even 6 hours or more. Just in case prepare a snack in the rare case the summer tour ends beyond restaurants and supermarket opening hours.

Climb on top of Andenes Lighthouse

Andenes Lighthouse is one of Andoya’s most famous landmarks. The 40 meters cast iron structure was completed in 1859 and until today it is one of the highest lighthouses in Norway and also one of the most visited.

To visit the lighthouse and benefit from an incredible view of Andenes and its surroundings, you will have to go to the neighboring Andøy Museum. The Museum features items from everyday life of the fishermen who live in Vesteralen and more generally in Arctic Norway, as well as historical objects. It also has a very nice shop where you can buy typical items, including reindeer, whale, and moose salami.

Note: the visit to the Andenes lighthouse is a must when in town, but if you suffer from vertigo you should consider not going because of the internal steps are quite steep.

Check out schedules and prices on their website.

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Discover the Andøya National Tourist Route

One of the most captivating experiences in Andenes is taking a scenic drive along the Andøya National Tourist Route. This breathtaking route spans approximately 58 kilometers (36 miles) and winds its way through some of the most stunning coastal landscapes in Norway.

One of the highlights of the Andøya National Tourist Route are the dramatic coastal cliffs that rise majestically from the sea, which are so typical in Northern Norway. Be sure to have your camera ready to capture the breathtaking views. You may take some awesome photos along the way, just remember to set your camera speed to at least 1/500. Keep an eye on the beautiful red fishermen cabins also known as rorbuers, and the panoramic points along the way.

The Andøya National Tourist Route runs all along the island and if you have the chance you might travel to both sides. Amazing beaches and dramatic cliffs are waiting along the way. Although there is a curios place to visit, one of the most expensive toilets in the world: Bukkekjerka.

This special toilet was very challenging to build as it’s on an irregular ground. The view is amazing and you can even walk around and join the small lighthouse a little further. Talking about a toilet with a view! If you are coming from Andenes it’s just a few minutes after Andøya Space Launchpad.

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Go Hiking in Måtind

Lace up your boots and embark on one of the most epic trails of your lifetime on Måtinden. The hike is considered one of the most beautiful in Vesteralen because of the panoramic view of the rugged coastline.

The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult, but wear adapted shoes as the ground is rocky. The distance is 3.6 kilometers and can be covered in a time lapse between 2 and a half and 4 hours.

Also wear warm clothes and bring a waterproof cloak as the weather changes rapidly and even in summer it can be windy on top. During summer the summit becomes a very popular campsite under the midnight sun.

Photo from Credits to Ente 68.

Relax at Bleik Beach

Bleik is a small fishing village in the North West of Andoya, nestled between the dramatic peaks of Bleik. What makes it stand out from the rest of the villages around is its pristine white sand beach.

Challenge yourself by taking a dip in the freezing waters (they are chill even in summer!) or simply enjoy a peaceful walk on the shore. Andoya island, and Vesteralen in general, are less touristy than Lofoten so you can enjoy some quiet time.

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Discover the Puffin Colony on Bleiksøya

If you are visiting Bleik in the right season (from mid-April to August) a puffin safari is a must activity! The area is full of sea birds including the magnificent sea eagles, that you can easily observe in Svolvaer, and of course puffins.

Rising about 500 meters from the coast, Bleiksøya Natural Reserve is a small island that welcomes many different species of sea birds. It’s also one of the best places in Norway to observe the puffin colonies and learn more about their habits. These cute little birds come on the coasts after spending the cold months into the open sea, to breed.

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Explore the Andøya Space Center

Embark on a journey of space exploration at Andøya Space Center in Andenes. The historic site has already launched several sounding rockets for scientific purposes and soon a new launchpad will welcome its first launch the provisional date is the end of 2023. When coming from Bleik you can see the new launchpad in construction.

If you are interested in learning more about Northern Lights and space exploration you can visit Spaceship Aurora their museum. With the different options for the tickets you can either visit the Northern Lights exhibit or embark on a Mars adventure (ideal especially for kids).

If you have the chance, the real game changer is attending a sounding rocket launch. To know about the upcoming events you can check out Andøya Space Twitter Page or contact them directly.

Personal note: Having worked 8 years at Guiana Space Center, I know a thing or two about Space Centers. So if you have visited other sites around the world you may be disappointed as Andøya is a small size launch base.

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Enjoy Local Cuisine

Norway is very expensive when it comes to food, but there are definitely some must-try when in Vesteralen. You don’t have to go to the restaurant every day but I’d definitely recommend to test the whale steak (it taste similarly to liver) and reindeer stew.

In Andenes there is a very good restaurant Dag Ivar Lund Lysthuset Sørvesten, although be prepared the owner isn’t very friendly! But the food is indeed delicious. If you have some space left after lunch try the S*x on the mountain dessert, it comes with a postcard that you have eaten it. It’s two balls of ice cream with a biscuit, quite explicit presentation also!

Another very good restaurant is Arrensten, the service is a bit slow but their Bacalao (stockfish) is excellent. Their desserts are also very good and there is a large choice.

When eating out, especially at dinner don’t forget to make a reservation before arriving. Restaurants gets packed pretty quickly and you may wait even several minutes before getting a table.

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The excellent whale steak.

When is the best time to visit?

The Andenes is a year-round destination, with each season offering its own unique charm. In the summer months, the route is bathed in the soft glow of the midnight sun, providing extended daylight hours to enjoy the scenic drive. In autumn, the landscape slightly change into red, orange, and gold nuances as the trees foliage changes.

Winter snow brings a magical atmosphere, with the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky. This is honestly my favorite season to visit.

While late spring awakens the countryside after the snow is melted and returning migratory birds (like the adorable puffins!), adding a touch of vibrancy to the journey. Although if you want to admire the mighty see eagles the best season is winter as they are more active.

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How to Get to Andenes

On Andoya there is only one small airport which is in Andenes. Getting there from Oslo is very easy, you will have to change plane in Tromso but normally when booking flights on Wideroe or SAS the itinerary is automatically prepared for you.

Where to Stay

There a few hotels to choose from in Andenes, all quite simple and clean. We stayed in Marena. The rooms are correct size and the service is efficient. And it’s close to the lighthouse and the whale safari tours. Another great option is Grønnbuene Rorbu Hotel that is situated in the harbor.

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Grønnbuene Rorbu Hotel

How to move around

Vesteralen and Lofoten are perfect for a road trip. Renting a car is quite essential to enjoy the adventure at your pace. We rented with Discovercars, prices aren’t cheap but unfortunately due to the remoteness of the place there isn’t much of a choice, unless you go with you own car.

When renting a car to select Andenes airport look for Andoya Airport (ANX). Remember to be precise about the timing of your arrival, the airport is very small and there are a few cars, if you don’t reserve in advance you may remain stranded.

Adventure is awaiting you in Vesterålen!

Andenes is a hidden gem in the Norwegian wilderness, offering a wealth of unforgettable experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Are you looking into planning a trip to Lofoten and Vesterålen? We have planned the perfect road trip to Lofoten. The best part? You can easily add a few more days on Andoya’s island, just like we did!

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Caorle Travel Guide, Venice Hidden Gem

Colorful houses, cute alleys, and nice beaches, Caorle is the sweet escape you didn’t know you need, just one hour away from Venice. This forgotten coastal town on the Adriatic Sea is a small jewel to discover away from the beaten path.

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Things to do in Caorle

Explore the Old Town

The old town has an enchanting and picturesque atmosphere. The narrow, winding streets are adorned with vibrant facades painted in pastel hues, creating a postcard-worthy backdrop at every turn. The town’s architecture reflects a mix of styles, ranging from Romanesque and Venetian Gothic to Renaissance influences, all blending harmoniously to create a unique aesthetic.

Caorle inhabitants are so careful to the aesthetic of their city that even the shop windows respect the harmony of colors. The result is a joy for the eyes! When exploring check out Rio Terra delle Botteghe (alley of the artisan shops), to find charming bars and restaurants.

things to do in caorle old town

Visit St. Stephen Cathedral

One of the most prominent architectural gems in Caorle Old Town is St. Stephen Cathedral. The imposing Romanesque Church was built in the 11th century, and perfectly preserves paintings and frescoes that were added through the years. While visiting don’t miss out the Last Supper by Gregorio Lazzarini.

St. Stephen Cathedral is absolutely worth visiting also for another reason: the bell tower. From the height of its 42 meters the tower has an amazing view on the town and the sea. You can go to the highest point for a small fee.

Fun fact: the bell tower is slightly leaning, reminding Pisa’s Tower.

things to do in caorle st stephen cathedral

Stroll to the Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel

Following the legend the statue of the Madonna was retrieved from the sea to decor the iconic church. Legend or not the small but charming Church is one of the most remarkable landmarks in Caorle.

Situated between the Old Town and the Eastern beaches, the bell tower was even used as a lighthouse in the past. Nowadays the Church welcome visitors and faithful alike.

santuario della madonna dell angelo caorle Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel

Admire the Creations of Scogliera Viva Festival

Every two years Caorle welcomes sculptors from all around the world to their Scogliera Viva Festival (translates as Live Reef). But why is this festival so special? Following the many editions through the years, the promenade has become an open air museum.

On the many rocks that protect the shore from the erosion and storms, the most famous sculptors from all around the world have left their marks to create beautiful works of art. The walk is very long and you can arrive to the Church of the Blessed Virgin of the Angel.

scogliera viva festival things to do in caorle

Sunbath on Riviera Adriatica’s Beaches

Since the beginning of the 20th century Caorle has been one of the most appreciated coastal cities nearby Venice for enjoying the beach and sunbathing. The town has two large beaches: Spiaggia Levante (Eastern) and Spiaggia Ponente (Western).

Their gold and fine sand makes it perfect for sunbathing, careful on the hottest hours though, the sand becomes very hot! The beach is ideal for kids as the sea slopes very gently, this is common for the Italian beaches on the Adriatic Sea.

You can either rent a sunbed and umbrella or go with your towel for free. No matter the option you will choose you are sure to spend a lovely moment!

spiaggia di caorle beaches

Enjoy Aquafollie Water Park

Are you up to some Aquafun? Then Aquafollie Water Park is perfect for you! The complex has 6 adult slides and all the entertainment you need also for smaller children.

The park has also a wave pool and aerobics and aqua gym sessions. It also has a mini club service from 12 AM to 2 PM and a kids area designed specifically for the little ones.

If you are interested in visiting Aquafollie, reserve your tickets online to have a reduction.

aquafollie water park things to do in caorle

When is the best time to visit?

You can visit at every time of the year, but if you want to enjoy some beach-sun-sea time, of course, Summer months are the best. Keep in mind that that’s also the period with the most tourists, but of course the town is still completely enjoyable.

Where to stay in Caorle?

The town isn’t very large. But yet if you are planning to spend some time relaxing on the beach, you should be choosing one of the many hotels along the shore, that have also their private beach. Note: the access to their umbrella and sunbeds is often sold separately from the rooms. Check out directly with the hotel to learn more about their renting price.

If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable stay, the Marco Polo Hotel is the right solution for you! Their rooftop pool is perfect for admiring the sunset and you can reserve for free the hotel’s bikes (upon availability).

A more budget friendly accommodation is the Erika Hotel, with your reservation you also have an umbrella and 2 sunbeds reserved. Their breakfast buffet is also excellent!

trattoria al mare restaurant in caorle
Trattoria al Mare one of the excellent restaurants in Caorle.

Day trips from Caorle

Caorle is very close to Venice, in less than two hours you can reach the Floating City with public transports or in one hour with a taxi/car.

For an immersive adventure in the surrounding lagoon, check out Valle Vecchia (Old Valley) reserve. The beach is wilder than the others and the lagoon landscape is very different. Interested in discovering the Natural Reserve? This guided bike tour will let you discover all the lagoon’s secrets.

Discover an hidden gem nearby Venice

Prepare to be captivated by the enchantment of this Adriatic coastal town, Caorle is an ideal escape to relax for a few days. Are you planning a trip to Italy soon? Check out our itineraries and travel guides for planning the perfect trip.

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