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Wochenende im Schloss Gabelhofen
Nach einer Anreise aus Wien ist man in etwa zwei Stunden beim Schloss Gabelhofen angekommen. Dieses Vier-Sterne-Schlosshotel setzt dabei auf einen gelungenen Mix aus Moderne und historischem Altbau. In wenigen Minuten erreicht man zu Fuß die neue AquaLux Therme. Wir haben dabei ein Kombinationsangebot bestehend aus zwei Übernachtungen mit Sektfrühstück, einem Candlelight-Dinner und einem Tageseintritt in die Therme entschieden.
Ancient & Modern Rome, Italy
There was once, long time ago, a great empire: the Roman Empire. A great civilization that created a modern city that was looking for her equal. The name of the city: Rome. About 2000 years later, Vivi and I made a visit to the city, they say, all roads lead to. Read more about our trip with a tourist testimonial, pictures and a video.
My first trip to Asia led me to China. I went there with my friend Iwona for 16 adventurous days. We flew over 6000km within this huge country and over 30.000km in total! We saw the cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hong Kong and Macau and many beautiful places such as the Great Wall or the valley next to the Li-river.
Back from Girona
The last weekend I've spent in Girona, Spain. It's almost exactly five years ago since I've been there the last time, but last weekend I had the chance simply to hang out. I went there with Vivi to meet some of her old friends, went hiking in Torella de Montgri and for a trip to Cadaqués. Very nice weekend :)
Time passes by and it's been a year now, that I've been to Japan. Almost exactly a year later, one of the biggest earthquakes in Japans history ever hit the country, destroyed buildings and killed thousands of people and even caused a nuclear meltdown. It's sad to write this article under such circumstances, but I would like to share the great experiences I had, while travelling in this amazing country
Japan - Day 16
The last four days in Japan I used to see some more sights in Tokyo, going to Nikko and Yokohama and meet with local couchsurfers in Tokyo to celebrate the cherry blossom and experience the night life of Tokyo.
Japan - Day 12
Although there is only one day in between from my last posting, a lot of stuff happend and I had time to write it down. I was at mount Fuji which was totally awesome! Afterwards I had a bath in an Onsen. Hit by the article for details
Japan - Day 11
Right now I am riding the Shinkansen (Japanese high speed bullet train with 270km/h average (!!) speed) from Kyoto to Mishima on my way to mount Fuji. I spent the last couple of days in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka and Nara. I did a lot the last few days and I am a bit tiered now, looking forward for a relaxing hike tomorrow. See details for the whole article.
Japan - Day 4
This is a short brief article from my first three days in Tokyo and what I did so far. Currently I am sitting in the Shingansen to Kyoto. Click on the article to find out more!
Hälsningar fran Stockholm
Hello, this time I say "Hello" from the North of Europe. I am currently in Stockholm, Sweden. I've even been to a town called "Uppsala". It's a nice fall season over here - As you can imagine, it's a bit colder over here and fresh, but still the sun is shining and it's nice weather. So far, from Stockholm, Sweden, Dominik
This story is about three Americans and one Austrian and his car heading south. The ambassadors of Croatia organized the fifth Balkan meeting in Zadar. Of course, I and some friends attended it. In fact, there were more than 200 people from countries all overof the world! We had a great time by roadtrippin' and partying all night long :-) - Sorry for posting this story so late, this all happend in May 2009 :-D
Pozdrowienia z Warszawy
Hey! I spontaneously deceided to go to Warsaw this weekend and so I did. I went there with my friend Iwona. This time I send my greetings from Polands capital city. From Warsaw, Poland, Dominik
Together with my friend Iwona, I flew to Cyprus. We arrived there very early in the morning. The first two days we stayed in the North, which is the Turkish part of the island and the other three days in the Greek part. Because we rented a car we could explore the whole lovely island. (By the way they drive on the left!) We saw the coastline and the mountains!
Istanbul, Turkey - Part 1 of 2
Napoléon Bonaparte once said: "If the whole world was a state, Istanbul would be the capital of it". Well he actually used Constantinople istead of Istanbul :-) So I actually had to visit the capitol of the world and I really liked it! I took about 900 pictures, but don't worry, I already selected the best ones. I couchsurfed again and I had a very nice hostess: Esra. She made my stay even better. This ist part 1 of 2 pages.
Istanbul, Turkey - Part 2 of 2
This is part two of my article about Istanbul. In this part you will find more about the Galata Tower, the Galata brdige, and my experiences in Kadiköy on the Asian part. You will also find pictures about the Grand Bazaar and the Sultans Palace Topkapi. Last but not least, my overall conclution about my stay in Istanbul. This is part 2 of 2
Edinburgh & Scotland
In February I spontaneously booked a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. I didn't have an idea at all of the city until I was visiting it. As usual I was couchsurfing there again and it was great :-) The weather was actually better than it was in Vienna, even it was cloudy sometime, it was at least warmer :-) I also went out of the city to see the Scotish Highlands and Loch Ness
Istanbul dan merhaba!
Hi my friends and fellows! Today I arrived in Istanbul! It is a very livelily city and people are so far very friendly! Of course I took already millions of pictures! I visited the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and the Spice Market! Again I couchsurf and I stay at two Turkish girls who are really nice! So far, from Istanbul, Turkey - Dominik
Hamburg in depth
Two weeks ago, I was visiting Hamburg. One of the last big cities missing on my "Cities to see in Germany"-list :-) As I was always curious of Hamburgs harbor, I was really looking forward to see it as well! And it was worth it. As Hamburg is also famous for the Reeperbahn, I also went there. Like the last trips, I was again couchsurfing there with Tim and his girlfriend together with my collegue Iwona.
Moin moin aus Hamburg
Gestern nach der Arbeit habe ich mich ins Flugzeug gesetzt und bin nach Hamburg geflogen. Wieder über Couchsurfing bin ich diesmal recht zentrumsnahe bei Tim - wie könnte es anders sein - einem Programmierer untergekommen. Heute möchte ich mir das Hafengebiet ansehen und ein wenig die Altstadt. Abends bin ich bei meinem Gastgeber zum Essen eingeladen. Soweit aus Hamburg, Deutschland, Dominik
Bratislava & Devín
Wie auch im Jahr zuvor, bin ich auch heuer auf den Weihnachtsmarkt nach Bratislava gefahren, gemeinsam mit Steffi. Waren zuvor noch in Devín, einem kleinen Ort unweit der slowakischen Hauptstadt an der March/Donaumündung. Am Christkindlmarkt war sehr viel los! Waren danach noch "üppig" Essen und auch in meinem Lieblings-Teehaus :-) Am späten Abend gings dann wieder zurück nach Wien.
On my "NikOnTour" mission to discover each country, which is member of the European Union, I was visiting Romania the last weekend. Again I couchsurfed and again it was great :-) I was guided through Bucuresti and I didn't had to care much. I was even in some small villages and hiking in the mountains. I took tons of pictures.
Tofino & Nanaimo
As nearly every Canadian recommeded me to visit Tofino, I did. To get there you have to pass the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Tofino is a small town with only 1600 inhabitants and it's famous for it's beautiful beaches and I guess also for it's sunsets. I was hitchhiking from Victoria with a German as it was really difficult by public transport. On the way back I stopped in Nanaimo.
Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia with a population of about 80.000 people. It's much smaller than Vancouver city, but also somehow charming and relaxed. To get there, I took the bus and the ferry to Vancouver island from Vancouver city. I had a good impression of this lovly city, but to be honest, for "summer", it was very cold. You might discover this matter of fact on some of my pictures :-)
Squamish, a small town with almost 15.000 inhabitants is about an hour to drive in the north of Vancouver city. My host from Vancouver, Marika, invited me to join her and her friends to a festival and a hiking trip. We spent a nice time on a kind of reggae festival surrounded by beautiful mountains and a big calm lake. We stayed in a tent and on the next day, we went on a hiking trip. It took nearly a hole day, but it was great!
Bulgaria: Sofia & Plovdiv
The past weekend, my friend Iwona and I flew to Bulgaria. We were couchsurfing in Sofia and a great hostess: Gergana. She was showing us around and even cooked for us. She also recommeded us to visit the city Plovdiv the second largest city in Bulgaria, which I didn't know before. It was worth going! I kept a good impression about the country or especially about the Bulgarian people
Vancouver is one of the nicest cities I visited on my trip through Canada. It is Canada's third largest city anyway. I spent plenty much time in Vancouver and the region, as my cs-hostess and her friends organized many parties :-) I actually had two hosts there, because I didn't excpect that I get two postive answers from two requests I wrote. It was really nice to be there!
Not very far from Toronto - just a few hours - you can find the Niagara Falls: Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. Those world-famous falls are in fact not very tall (58 meters), but edge length is long: 792m and 363m. The name "Niagara" pronunciation is said to originate from an Iroquoian word Onguiaahra meaning "Thunder of Waters"
Toronto, the financial capital of Canada - The city center has almost an American look and feel. Most of the big and tall skyscrapers are new and impressive. Watching Toronto's skyline, especially at night is just awesome. People in Canada mentioned, that this city is a boring one - I can't approve that. First of all, I had a cool host (but he is actually from Australia). We discovered the citys night life and we were invited to a pancake party - of course with maple sirup :-)
Montreal, my first stop on my tour through Canada. I flew there directly from Vienna and after eight hours sitting in the plane and six hours in a different time zone I reached my goal: Canada. I started in the "cultural" capital city in the province Quebec, the frensh part of Canada. Montreal itself is almost balanced with english and frensh speaking people, so it's not a problem to not speak frensh. The first day there was like my hole trip: Sunny, hot and beautiful.
Canada: A Mari Usque Ad Mare
From the middle of June until the 7th of July I spent a cool time in one of the biggest countries on earth: Canada. A country full of undisturbed nature, nice and helpful people and big cities. With only 33 million people living there for a country of the size of almost 10.000.000 km2, you can easily explore wildlife. I met so many cool people, discovered so many new things, I experienced adventures - Overall: It was awesome!
The past weekend, Iwona and me were Couchsurfing in Brussels. We were visiting all the famous sights like the Atomium in Belgiums capital city and the "Center of Europe's Power": EU Parliament and the Commission. UPDATE 11.06.2008: Hole story including Impression, Sights, Center Of Power, Conclution and of course pictures online!
As I retured home today from Dublin, I feel a bit exhausted. To be honest, I didn't expect to sleep so well in a 16 bed dormitory room: All of my roommates were very careful and silent - I just came home late :-) Anyway I already uploaded my pictures from Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. UPDATE: Story of Dublin completed, check it out now! :-)
Lernen, Quizzen, Treffen und Reisen
Diesmal nur kurz: Montag Slowakisch Kurs - Hier haben wir den Imperativ geübt. Beim Quizabend (19 von 20 Fragen richtig!) haben wir weitere Amerikaner an Board gehabt und auch Paul. Habe mich mit einer Freundin im ersten Bezirk am Badeschiff getroffen und am Mittwoch gabs einen Betriebsausflug mit der MS Stadt Wien nach Tulln - Fotos folgen
Spring Break Europe 2008
About two weeks ago, Iwona, Petra, Stefan an me went to Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy). On schedule: Spring Break Europe 2008. I went there "directly" from Portugal. Anyway it was a nice weekend, but I was terrible exhausted from traveling (I am getting old :-)). Well the first night was really quite for me *gg*. The next day we enjoyed the sun and the sea. The second night was more active: We went to "Disco Italia" were we also met Tomas.
Very close to Lisboa, about 25 minutes to go by train, is the charming town of Cascais. The beach to the Atlantic Ocean is realy beautiful! As the temperature of the water was a bit to cold at the beginning of May I didn't swim. Anyway, I spent only a few hours there, I think it's worth to visit it again!
In May I visited Portugal's capital city Lisbon. It's a lovely little city with a charming spirit. I think you can spent many days there without getting bored: The city center, the Belém Tower, the Expo area and places close to Lisboa. As I was couchsurfing there, may friend Mike was already waiting at the trainstation :-)
At the beginning of May, I visited Spains capital city: Madrid. With about five million people living there, it is one of Europe largest cities. Madrid was partially built by Austrian Habsburger and it's not possible to miss that fact. Anyway, to be honest for me a day in Madrid was enough, as I did not find it so charming
In the end of April to Wednesday the 7th, I went to Barcelona. It was longer than planed, but to be honest, I enjoyed every single day. My hostess, Aurora, was nearly perfect and very nice! We were also visiting the Costa Brava close to Barcelona (seperat story). In those days, I saw a very young, active and dynamic city and it is a must-be place to visit. I took hundreds of pictures, it was hard to pick out only some of them for the galleries and the blog.
Nik's tour: An Austrian Announces
This is my frequently updated blog entry in which I report about my journies all over the world. You can also access this article directly by entering the URL http://tour.amon.cc/ or hitting the "nik's tour" button in the "Aktionen" area. At the moment, I just assembled a list of places I have already been to, so check this article out more often for updates ;-)
Discrimination of Youth - Seminar in Brno (CZ)
Marc and I attended the international seminar "Discrimination of Youth" as delegates of Austria for the JVP. We were there from Tuesday till now, in Brno, Czech Republic. Many people from all over Europe (like Cyprus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, ...) also joined this event. It was my first experience working together with so many people from different nations. We did also some sightseeing trips in Brno and in the neighborhood. UPDATE: Story & pictures online
61. Národný Beh Devín - Bratislava
Christoph, Silvia and I were running at the 61st Národný Beh (a Slovak National run). The day began very early: 5:45. I slept only approximate three hours! The competition over 11.625m from Devín to Bratislava was a nice one, also the weather was quite good! Surprisingly, I was better than I thought, because I had a cold and wasn't able practice a lot. It took me 64 minutes to finish the race. After the run, we were having lunch and a walk in the park! In the evening we were invited for dinner
Friday afternoon: Andy B and I went to Hungary. It wasn't the first time for us, but we wanted to visit my guests I hosted in Vienna a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, either Budapest changed since 2005 or I visited a different city last time, because I don't remember it being this nice! This time I wasn't going to do a big sightseeing tour like I usually do. We were in a Turkish bath, relaxing in the city, lots of talking, and partying until...
Do you know Copenhagen?
At the beginning Copenhagen wasn't on my list "Places I'd like to visit soon". The main reason going there was in fact of the cheap flight to Denmark. But soon, Copenhagen turned out to be a really cool place! As Denkmark was my first state of Scandinavia I was looking forward to it how live is up in the north...
Visiting Malmö (Sweden)
When I realized in Copenhagen, that Malmö is just 40 minutes away by train, I spontaneously decided also go to Sweden and so I did. The train was crossing the sea by "Oeresundsbron"-bridge, it's the worlds longest combined car/train cable-stayed bridge. Malmö, Swedens 3rd largest city, is a lovely city by the sea. It's very old and historical and nice to visit!
Athens - A place to be
I've been to Athens, Greece, from 22th to 24th february for a small trip. I stayed at my couchsurfing host Elfi, a student from Crete. She really took care of me and showed me her beautiful historical city from a greek point of view :-). I've already uploaded the pictures to my photoblog (separated into 3 parts) and I have picked some photos out of them to this blog. UPDATE: Story about my weekend in Athens is online
Trip to Kraków
Because of a special offer of an aircraft company, a former collogue from work, Iwona, and myself booked a flight to Kraków. Not for nothing Kraków is known as the culture-capitol-city of Poland. There are many nice places, the famoust and europe biggest market square "Rynek", the Wawel-castle or Juliusz-Slowacki theater or just some of them. We spent three days in this beautifull city and met some people from couchsurfing at a local CS-event.
Travel through Slovakia
My journey started in the Slovak Republic in Bratislava by heading east to Poprad. I spent two nights in Poprad and visited the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatras), the highest montains of Slovakia. Afterwards I was going to the city of Levoca, a gothic village with 14.300 inhabitants. Followed by the small town of Spišské Podhradie, where the stronghold "Spišsky hrad" is close by. Continued by Košice for two days and Velky Krtiš. I went home by bus, which took a while...
Dobry Noc Bratislava
Bin im Anschluss an Klagenfurt gleich weiter nach Bratislava gereist. Diesmal allerdings alleine, weil ich mich mit einer Freundin, die ich letztes Wochenende kennengelernt habe getroffen habe. War ein netter Abend :-)) Waren wieder zuerst im Slovak Pub und danach im Dopler an dem diemal "Disco Fever" war. UPDATE 9.9.2007 22:00: Weitere Fotos online!
Bin nach der Arbeit gleich zum Südbahnhof und ab nach Klagenfurt zu Christoph. Während er bereits früher angereist war um sich das Fußballspiel Japan gegen Österreich anzusehen, kam ich allerdings erst in der Nacht am Klagenfurt Hauptbahnhof an. Waren in der Kärtner Landeshauptstadt bis circa zwei Uhr in den Lokalen unterwegs ehe um diese Zeitpunkt in fast allen Lokalen gesetzlich angeordnete Sperrstunde ist und fast alle nach Hause fahren (!!!). Haben in einer Jugendherrberge übernachtet.
Bratislava bei Nacht
Bin am Samstagabend mit Christoph nach Bratislava gefahren. Haben das dortige Nachtleben voll genossen :-) Waren wie bei meinem letzten Abendbesuch auch schon im Slovak Pub und in der Disco Dopler. Haben einige sehr nette Mädls kennengelernt :-) Übernachtet haben wir dort nicht, da wir bis 4:30 in der Disco waren und dann mit dem ersten Zug wieder nach Wien gefahren sind. Obwohl es in Bratislava günstiger ist fortzugehen, haben wir ordentlich Geld dort liegen lassen *schluchz*. Aber cool wars!!!
Brno & Olomouc
Am Mittwoch sind Marlene R und ich von Wien-Südbahnhof in den Norden gefahren: Nach Tschechien. Wir haben uns die zweitgrößte Stadt des Landes angesehen: Brno (Brünn). Sie ist mit über 360.000 größer und als Graz und auch näher. Danach gings weiter (um umgerechnet zwei Euro!) nach Olomouc (Olmütz). Die Studentenstadt bietet sehr interessante Bauten ist aber touristisch noch kaum erschlossen...
Nik On Rails
UPDATE: Bericht von meiner "kleinen" Österreichrunde nun online. Kurz: Sa 18.8, So in Kärnten bei "Kärnten Läuft 2007", bei Heimreise in Judenburg halt gemacht. Mo, Di: Besuch von Zuzana in der Slowakei, Besichtung von Trnava und Dolné Dubové. Dienstagabend weiter nach Salzburg zu Alex und Walter. Am Mittwoch weiter zu Bernhard B nach Wörgl, Donnerstag nach Graz zu Gernot. Am Freitag nach Wien, Samstag Wachauer Volksfest...
Nik on Rails - Montag-Dienstag (Slowakei)
Teil 2 - Besuch von Zuzana in der Slowakei und Besichtigung von Trnava
Gruesse aus Olomouc
Bin gerade in Tschechien mit Marlene auf einer Stadtbesichtigung...
Gruesse aus Dolné Dubové
Bin gerade in Dolné Dubové bei Trnava - Slowakei. Besuche Zuzana zu Hause. Leider regnet es hier gerade sehr stark, ein Ausflug ist daher nur begrenzt moeglich. Haben trotzdem das Beste daraus gemacht... Melde mich spaeter, morgen gehts dann zu Mittag wieder zurueck nach Oesterreich und dann gleich weiter nach Salzburg. Fotos und co, folgen natuerlich
Diese unvergessliche Stadt ist auf jeden Fall eine Reise wert! Hier kann man viel erleben, vieles sehen und schnell Leute kennenlernen! Im Bericht kann man einige der vielen Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die typischen Grachten, die Windmühlen, den Vondel-Park oder den berühmt berüchtigten Rotlichtbezirk Walletjes bestaunen!
Andy, Tommy und ich haben gestern Abend in einer Telefonkonferenz ein Hotel in Amsterdam gebucht. Wenn es war ist, ist es im Zentrum und für 30EUR/Person&Nacht ziemlich günstig :-) Die Tage bis zum Abflug werden immer weniger und ich freu mich schon.
Sonntagfrüh gings mit Zuzana ab zum Wiener Südbahnhof mit dem Ziel: Slowakei/Bratislava. Dort fand der Bratislava Tatra Banka City Marathon statt. Habe mich gemeinsam mit einem Arbeitskollegen für die HM-Disziplin angemeldet. Zu meiner Freude und gleichzeitigem Erstaunen kamen auch Stefan und Petra nach! Haben uns danach Bratislava angesehen und waren sogar auf einen Kurzbesuch in meiner alten Heimatstadt Krems. UPDATE 8. April 2007
Frankreich - Paris
Hab heute einen zweiten Flug gebucht! Ich komme am in der Nacht auf den 6. August heim und fliege ein paar Stunden später, gegen 19:20 nach Paris :-) Heimkommen werde ich drei Tage später, am Dienstag am späten Abend. Nähere Infos später...
Gerade nicht ausgegangen
Heute wollte ich mit dem Zug um 7:38 von Hadersdorf nach Wien fahren - War zwar relativ spät an, aber es sollte sich noch ausgehen - Vom Parkplatz lief ich noch zum Zug, er stand noch da - Doch die TürLeds gingen aus und die Tür blieb mir verschlossen und der Zug fuhr weg - ARGH!!!!
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