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Greek Travel Spotlight: Exploring Athens in 4 Days


With most of Athens constructed as a walkable, tourist friendly city, it is no surprise that millions of American tourists flee to the ancient ruins that have graced Greece’s landscape for centuries. See below for the most iconic Greek monuments to keep on your radar during your Athenian exploration.

The Acropolis

The religious center of Athens, this ancient structure is actually visible from any point within the capital. Sites at the Acropolis in Athens range from the Parthenon, Old Temple of Athena, and the Theatre of Dionysus, which are all located in the large complex containing around 21 areas dedicated to deities.


Dedicated to the goddess of Athena, the patron of the capital, this structure is arguably the most sacred temple or holy area in Athens. This marble temple was designed by architects Iktinos and Kallikrates and is entirely constructed from clean, white marble.

Marble statues, ancient pediments, and perfectly carved tiles are pointing to this temple pristine excellence, making it an almost must-see during your short trip in Athens. From this point, you actually have the most majestic views of Athens, where you can perfectly see the shimmering Mediterranean, the Plaka district, and the mountains in the distance.


Right below the Acropolis is the historic district of Plaka, where the most quaint bed and breakfasts are located on winding cobblestone roads leading to the most delicious spinach pies, sandal shops, and restaurants that allow you to view the Acropolis from your dinner table. There are also awesome coffee shops right under the Acropolis (where the locals usually go) that serve really refreshing iced treats.  

The most ideal time of year to explore the Plaka District is without a doubt the summer, where tourists and locals alike can enjoy the beautiful brightly colored vine-like flowers covering the restaurants and shops throughout the district.

5 Best Hidden Sights in Germany

Apart from Germany’s capital or the country’s financial center, Frankfurt, it can sometimes be challenging to find the right sights in this vast European nation. Below are some awe-inspiring landmarks that should definitely be on your bucket list the next time you visit Germany.

The oldest city in Germany

Trier is Germany’s oldest town which is beautifully decorated with Roman arches and medieval churches. Taking a walk down to Moselle river will lead you to a stunning Roman amphitheatre. Annually, the ancient Bread and Games festival takes place in September which is a local tradition consisting of music, dancing and different historic contests.

Near Dresden, Germans and tourists alike thoroughly enjoy the breathtaking views of the Saxony National Park in Switzerland. The stunning landscape has a range of natural beauty, ranging from white limestone peaks to thick woodland, in addition to vast, green meadows. You can also see the winding crystal blue water of the Elbe River flowing into the distance.

Traditional festivals
The Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart, which occurs from the end of September to October 9th, is one of the biggest fairs in Europe. With Germans, Europeans, and other intercontinental tourists gathering for this event, it is no surprise that this continues to be a main attraction. All in all a joyous, free-spirited festival, try to attend this event during the first Sunday, when the Volksfest parade with horse-drawn brewery wagons, bands wearing traditional German attire, and delicious food all make the experience even more worthwhile.

Magical castles in Bavaria
Both of King Ludwig the II’s castles (Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau) are so magical in nature that they have both inspired Walt Disney himself during the creation of “Disney World.” Visitors can tour the lavish interior and decorations of these two castles, and experience the gorgeous views of Lake Forggensee. Interestingly enough, Neuschwanstein was the setting for films Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Great Escape.

Exploring the Baltic Sea
A small peninsula on the northern coast of the Baltic sea, the Darß is a beautiful, remote area that is known for its wildlife. The wildlife in the area has rare breeds of geese, stunning beaches with clear water that are perfect for biking and exploring. If you happen to be near the Baltic sea for more than the day, be sure to rent bungalows that are close in proximity to the beach.