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Vienna off the path from the tourist traps: 10 spots you have to see

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This article has been translated form the German version.

 

Who makes the best ice cream in town? Where can you really let your soul free? Which areas are popular, and where do you find the perfect souvenir for friends or family? Today we’ll introduce you to 10 highlights off the beaten path from the Eurovision song contest that will bring you closer to the most beautiful corners of Vienna. And just to make sure you’re fully equipped for your stay, you can download the Vienna travel guide free until the end of May!

 

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Lainzer Zoo: Wild boars in the big city

Untouched nature in doesn’t exist in the big city? Far from it! Deer, stags and other animals cavort on the Lainzer Zoo‘s 2,450 acres. In the 45-minute hike to the Rohrhaus, it’s not uncommon to cross paths with a pack of wild boars. For guests in a hurry, we recommend at least a short stroll to the Hermes Villa. Anyone who wants to recharge their batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the city center is in the right place. Read More »

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From door to door with Uber. € 20 voucher for your first trip in Vienna!

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It’s your first time in Vienna? During your stay, you can get from point A to B during without all the worry with Uber – get to the airport or be chauffeured in comfort to the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

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We’ve teamed up with Uber to give our travelers in Austria a voucher for €20 off their first Uber ride!

It’s this easy:

1) Download the Uber app (it’s free for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone)
2) Register
3) Before your first trip, enter the code “tripwolfAT” under “Promotion”. Read More »

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Stay connected with FLINK – 1 day of free wifi in Vienna!

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Roaming charges were yesterday! Share your experiences with family and friends and stay connected during your stay in Vienna with mobile internet – and with promo code “TRIPWOLFFLINK” you’ll get one day free when you purchase 3 days or more!

With FLINK, you won’t need to hop from one wireless hotspot to the next when you’re out and about in Vienna: with Austria’s first rentable wifi hotspot, you’ll always have the internet with you in your pocket. Hotspots can be delivered to any address in Vienna, they’re convenient to take along and easy to return.

 

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Here’s how it works:

 

1. Rent a FLINK hotspot and have it delivered to any hotel or private address in Vienna. With promo code “TRIPWOLFFLINK” you’ll get one day free when you book 3 days or more! Read More »

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5 thrilling amusement parks that will take you for a spin

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The adrenaline makes butterflies flutter in your stomach, but afterwards a pretzel will calm them down again as you pose for a selfie with Obelix. You’re never too old to let out your inner child at an amusement park and to immersed yourself in fantastic glowing fantasy worlds. We’ll introduce you to a small selection of well- and less-known parks that will take you along for a thrilling ride!

 
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Photo: iStock.

 

Dyrehavsbakken (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Dyrehavsbakken, “Bakken” for short, is situated just outside of Copenhagen, and is the oldest amusement park in the world, with more than 400 years under its belt – even if it is less well-known than the city-central Tivoli. Just the same, Bakken exudes a unique nostalgia and is situated in the most beautiful natural surroundings – and beyond that, the entrance is free!

Where? Dyrehavevej 62, 2930 Klampenborg, Dänemark

 

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From spicy curries to sweet sticky rice: this is how good Thailand tastes

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We love to eat. And let’s be honest: We love eating even more in foreign countries. We feast our way through the cuisines of the world, we try a little of this and a little of that, and don’t leave anything out – after all, you only live once. Show of hands: who has chosen a vacation destination because it’s known for its excellent cuisine? Yep – that’s what we thought. And in our opinion: There’s no better place to indulge than in Thailand. From curries to sweet sticky rice: Today we’ll give you five unbeatable reasons that will have you ready to book the next flight to Bangkok.

 

Curries

Whether red, green or yellow, with or without coconut milk, soupy or creamy, mild or hot: We love Thai curry in all its variations. You could eat a different curry every day for three weeks and still not have had enough. Even vegetarians can join in the curry-frenzy, since every restaurant has at least one meatless curry on the menu.

 

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Pad thai

Paradox: Thais don’t eat pad thai. The most famous noodle dish in Southeast Asia made its way onto the menu in quite a roundabout way. No problem, we love it anyway. By the way, the very best pad thai comes from street vendors. Whether in Bangkok or Chiang Mai – for the equivalent of less than a euro, this delicious dish is conjured up right before your eyes.
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Here’s how to find the cheapest flights

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This article has been translated form the German version.

 

One of the most wonderful feelings in life is and always will be the moment when you book a flight. The trip is finally on the books, anticipation is limitless, and thoughts are doing somersaults in your head. For many, this moment is drawing closer and closer, as summer isn’t far away. Today we’ll give you tips to help guarantee that you’ll also find the cheapest flight.

 

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Don’t rely on flight search engines

Flight search engines are great – really. But they’re not the last word. They don’t always spit out the cheapest flight. Period. This is because many small airlines are not listed on the major platforms and are therefore not included in the search results. A good example is Nok Air in Thailand: You won’t find Nok Air flights on some search engines – you have to go directly to the website for the airline. Look up all the airlines that operate in the country you plan to visit, and search for flights directly on their websites. Read More »

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Springtime is bike time: These cities are best explored from the saddle

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This article has been translated form the German version.

Out with the humdrum, in with the sunshine. It’s spring, and our hearts are dancing. When the trees start to bud, you can finally sit outside again in short sleeves, and the sun’s rays start tickling your nose, then we all know: The most beautiful of all the seasons has arrived. And what better way to welcome the spring than a trip to a new city? Today we’ll introduce you to five cities that are perfect for exploring by bike. After all, what could be better than mixing in with the locals, feeling the wind on your face, and relaxing as you discover a city on two wheels?

 
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Photo: Shutterstock.

 

Amsterdam

Young and old, business suits and flip flops: Absolutely everyone bicycles here. Bicycles are practically sacred to the Dutch: Hip Hollanders decorate their bikes with flowers and garlands, and chauffeur their kids around in so-called “bakfiets.” Amsterdam is the ideal city to discover from the saddle, thanks to its flat topography and extensive network of bicycle lanes. From the Central Station it’s off to Haarlemmerstraat, bursting with charming cafes and thrift shops. You’ll cycle through the neighborhood of Jordaan onward to the 9 Straatjes, the 9 streets: each one more magical than the last. After you’ve replenished your reserves, a trip through the Vondelpark beckons, where you can let the sun caress your face. Finally we’ll visit the Museumplein and the Albert Cuyp market.

Where to borrow? Bicycle rentals in Amsterdam are a dime a dozen. “Yellow Bike” is a proven option.

 
Photo: Katharina Werni.

Photo: Katharina Werni.

 

Barcelona

Would you believe that Barcelona is ideal for exploring by bike? In the most bike-friendly city in Spain, more and more bike lanes are gradually appearing, many of which are even separated from the road traffic. Anyone who truly wants to experience the Catalan way of life should cycle the 4 km long beach promenade, enjoying a cocktail at the end with ocean views.

Where to borrow? The friendly bike-lover Ramiro Sobral has opened the extraordinary rental shop “El Ciclo” in the heart of the city. Read More »

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5 exciting open air and living museums

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This article was translated from the German version.

 

“Spring lets its blue ribbon again flutter through the air” (Eduard Mörike) – stated otherwise: Hooray, spring is here! When the days finally start getting longer, everyone wants to spend as much time as possible outdoors. An idea for those who nevertheless don’t want to miss out on culture and museums: Open-air museums! We have five suggestions.

1) Skansen (Stockholm, Sweden)

Houses like those from an Astrid Lindgren fairytale, waving people in traditional northern dress, and reindeer: The open air museum Skansen in Stockholm offers visitors a version of Sweden straight out of a picture book. In some of the 150 old buildings from different parts of Sweden, traditional crafts are demonstrated – by people in traditional dress, of course. If a horse-drawn carriage carrying blond children suddenly came around the corner, no one would think twice. Incidentally, when Skansen was opened in 1891, it was the first open-air museum in the world.

 

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Photo: Shutterstock.

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NEW: tripwolf for Windows and Android Tablet!

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For months we’ve been working non-stop, pouring in our heart and soul. For anyone who knows our tripwolf app for iOS and Android, there’s plenty you’ll recognize – but still, many things are different. Finally we can present to you our new project, fresh from the skilled hands and creative minds of our development team: the new tripwolf Windows app!

 

        

 
 

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After countless requests, we are pleased that from now on all users of Microsoft devices can also use the tripwolf app. Yes, really ALL. The Windows app runs on any device equipped with Windows Phone 8.1. or Windows 8.1 – and not only on smartphones and tablets, but now also on Windows PCs.

During development, Microsoft themselves provided us with their technical know-how, allowing us to install some handy tricks. For example, with the “Pin-to-start” function in the Windows app, you’ll have the ability to access a travel guide or other app area directly from the home screen. Also, the split-screen function allows you to use a second app parallel to tripwolf. The tripwolf Windows app is available both in the Windows Phone Store and the Windows Store. Read More »

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The 8 strangest Easter traditions in the world that really made us scratch our heads

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This article was translated from the Spanish version.

 

Just like every year around this time, we’re preparing for Easter – and although some people take off on vacation, others use this time to keep up ancestral traditions. They take part in rituals already well-know from childhood, marveling at religious processions and tucking in to plentiful Easter feasts. Unlike the familiar Easter Bunny and his eggs, some of these customs from different cultures are far less known, but no less remarkable!

 

1. Easter eggs behind every bush

In this case, the custom shouldn’t be a particular surprise – considering that all Christians celebrate Easter with painted eggs and/or the delicious chocolate variety thereof. But do you also know the origin of this custom? According to legend, Mary Magdalene announced to the Emperor Tiberius that Christ had been resurrected. The Emperor simply laughed, saying that this was about as likely as if an egg suddenly turned red. The sentence had barely been spoken aloud, and already a wonderful tradition was born.

 
Decorated Easter Eggs. Photo: Wikipedia.

Decorated Easter Eggs. Photo: Wikipedia.

 

2. The Dance of the Dead

In Verges in the province of Girona, you can attend one of the oldest (and most unusual) processions in Spain, which takes place on the night of Maundy Thursday, when the residents of the town gather together to dance in clothing painted with skeletons. Read More »

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