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Making a Trip to Madrid: The Basics

Madrid is often called the cultural and historical hub of Spain. With a thriving art scene, world-renowned museums, and dozens of impressive, monumental structures, Madrid lives up the that name. You can stroll through the touristy Plaza Mayor or be impressed by the grandeur of Palacia Real. Get lost among the funky and unique barrios (neighborhoods) or in the mass of red at a heated Real Madrid football match. There is a niche here for all types of travelers, so book your Madrid hotel in a great location and dive in.

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Hipmunk City Love: A Guide to Amsterdam’s Best Museums

Amsterdam has a fascinating history, made all the richer by its prominence in Europe during the Dutch Golden Age. As one of the most important ports in the world during the 17th century, it was home to the Dutch East India and West India companies. Ships were sent sailing to such far-off places as India, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Africa, returning with imports that would make Amsterdam the wealthiest city in the world for a time. 

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Enjoying Amsterdam on a Budget

Amsterdam is a romantic, intriguing, and historical place. Known for its winding canals and tiny houses, the city is a delight to explore. Setting out with your map and camera can produce hours of entertainment alone, but it’s always fun to partake in the local tourist activities. As its popularity in Europe increases, Amsterdam can be a bit pricey for budget travelers and backpackers. Those extra euros here and there start to make a big difference. Here, I’ve assembled a guide of budget tips for traveling on the cheap in Amsterdam. They are based mostly on my own mistakes and discoveries in Amsterdam.

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The Lesser Known Gems of Barcelona

As a thriving European metropolis, many people make their way to Barcelona each year to see the famous sights like Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, and Las Ramblas. Each of these offer something breathtaking and unique to their visitors, but for those who have been to Barcelona before or are spending more than a few days in the city, you may want to explore beyond the key sites. This list is therefore a compilation of the tourist activities in Barcelona that may not be on your radar just yet. So book your Barcelona hotel and add some of these activities to your trip’s itinerary.

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Hipmunk City Love: The Best Hotels in the Heart of Vienna

The splendorous, white-washed center nestled within Vienna’s Ring Road is home to the city’s oldest and most important sights. Here you can visit the Hofburg Palace, wander through the Spanish Riding School, or spend hours perusing the impressive works at the Museum of Fine Arts. But in my experience, the most interesting activities are hidden amongst the lesser-known streets in the Innere Stadt district.

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Beyond Berlin: Three German Cities that Deserve their Own Trip

When planning a trip to Germany, Berlin probably jumps to the top of most travelers’ destination list. And with good reason – Berlin is a huge city, sprawling across fantastic, eclectic neighborhoods that are home to some of the best museums in the world. However, Germany has so much more to offer beyond its bright capital city. This guide details three unique German cities that are well worth their own trip.

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December in Hamburg

There is something magical about spending time in Hamburg during December. Small Christmas markets pop up throughout the city, serving delicious favorites like gluhwein (red wine heated and spiced to perfection), tasty bratwurst sausages, and spicy gingerbread. Local vendors hawk their wares and enjoy chatting with travelers and inhabitants alike. Lights twinkle lazily while busy shoppers enjoy the hum of traditional Christmas music.

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