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Budget traveling is not so much on the comfort side of life, but more on the idea of discovery and adventure. From going up on air with a budget airline to the lucid possibility of sleeping in the floor of the airport, to the prospect of getting lost while exploring the city.

A budget/DIY traveler is one that plunges into the unknown, to uncertainties while basking in the thrill of discovery. It is sometimes risky but provides a unique experience, with plenty of anecdotes to share to the world. Budget and DIY travelers never usually book for a tour guide, it is more of exploring the place on their own, but the excitement of unearthing the unique frills of the destinations always awaits.

It makes the experience more fulfilling with plenty of unforgettable memories worthy of a book. Just take extra precautions to avoid plunging into danger. Learn to adjust with the local culture to avoid disappointment.

Depends on the timing of the travel, budget travelers usually prepare a travel itinerary three months before the trip. Budget plan should be draft ahead of time with more considerations on finances.

A budget plan should start on determining where to go to allow enough time to scout for an airfare promo. Most budget airlines offer a cheaper rate a year before the scheduled trip but there are instances that the promo rates are offered three months before the travel date. Budget traveling in a DIY plan is always wonderful and liberating, all you have to do is be prudent, smart, flexible and resourceful.

Plan ahead of time, scout for cheaper rates, do research with the places you are going to explore, the most practical way of getting around the city, the top attractions to be visited, activities and best things to do once there. You should also take note how to fit in with the locals, the do’s and don’ts and the most practical items to bring home.

Always take extra precautionary measures the moment you get there but don’t allow fear to dampen your spirit. Do not limit yourself of delving into the wonders and frills of that particular destination. Most of all, don’t forget to pray and pray. You can never go wrong with faith.

How to become a DIY traveler on a budget?

Traveling is always liberating and provides a different level of excitement, it pumps vitality and inspiration and offers a temporary sanctuary from personal troubles. When we travel we are able to whisk our minds away from concerns, angst and worries and even if it is only a passing escape, being in a different place, doing exciting activities, wandering around and just being there to relax is enough to give us motivation.

However, as much as we want to travel and experience life unfolds in another territory, the cost of travel is one hell of a concern, therefore, a lengthy planning to get on with the plans and fit everything is needed.

For people who have comfortable sources of income, traveling might not pose any problems but for folks who are struggling to accommodate daily expenses, travel causes a real distress. But if the latter is the hindrance, you can hone your creativity to explore all the available options how to fine tune your monthly spending.

As long as your burning desire to travel is alive, finding ways to make things happen is always probable. Try to become a budget traveler in a DIY plan  instead of contemplating to travel in comfort and luxury.

This means you should not seek a tour guide or scout travel packages but just on your own, planning everything, from creating a concise budget and itinerary to scouting for cheaper airfare and room accommodation rates.  It is more convenient, practical and exciting than wait for the stars to fall to realize your travel plans.

Here are tips how to become a DIY traveler on a budget:

Save for your travel

The most crucial part of traveling is the budget and how much to spend. If your income is just enough to cover your monthly expenses, try planning a year ahead and create a separate account for your trip. 

You can open a bank account for your travel and shred a specific amount from your monthly income for this account. However, if you find opening another bank account slightly uncomfortable and impractical, you can just put the amount in your existing bank account and just monitor your savings. Have a notebook to serve as your monitoring sheet for your travel plan savings. List the amount that you have set aside from each payday.

To make things easier and to prevent yourself from living like a monk just to save and cut back on expenses,  do the planning ahead of time, around five months before the scheduled trip. Spend time researching for the best attractions to be visited, the associated cost of getting there, the expenses on food and transportation, the hostels and guesthouses. Then check the net pay how much to set aside.

The most important reminder: DO NOT CHEAT. If the allotted amount on souvenir shopping is only $50.00 then stick with  it. Be serious and honest when creating your budget plan, list down everything you needed and assign a certain amount based on your research online.

Normally, I will make plenty of sacrifices before the scheduled trip just to save. I will limit my grocery shopping and refrain from dining outside or I’ll cut back on unnecessary expenses like weekend outing, movie trip or buying accessories. 

Determine where to go

The most crucial part in travel planning next to saving, is where to go and what to do once there. Your appetite in traveling and the choice of destinations depend on your lifestyle and preferences, the purpose why you travel and your expectations.

This will also depend on your preference in traveling. Are you a beach person who want to escape to a beautiful resort and relax? Are you a history fanatic who want to explore the cultural heritage, remnants, museums, historic landmarks and echoes from the past in another place? An adventure junkie looking for some adrenalin rush activities like trekking the mountain, discovering off-the-beaten track destinations and looking for some daredevil activities?

A nature lover looking for a laidback environment and just wander around the parks, lakes, ponds, beautiful trees and scenic countryside? Or a city life person who just want to be in a high-end surrounding with amusement parks, elegant shopping malls, fancy restaurants, luxurious boutiques and high-tech establishments.

Once you finish identifying your preference in traveling and the activities you want to engage, you can start looking for a specific destination to visit. And once you finish making a choice where to go, check the season and the timing of your travel.

Is it dry season, summer, winter, fall? Determining the timing of the season is always necessary so that you can prepare a prudent budget plan and a list of stuff to pack in your bags. Essentials, clothes, accessories, time of visit and moments of wandering vary depending on a particular season, thus, it is wise to check your destination’s climate. Once this element is put into considerations, you can move to the next step.

Scout for airfare

Other travelers will create first the budget plan and just insert the airfare cost. I have a different approach. To avoid too much stress in creating my budget list and to prevent sacrificing my basic needs, I will scout first for airfare promos before finalizing my budget plan to save my energy in editing and recreating and rearranging my budget list.

You can try this budget traveling approach. It works for me so I guess it will work for every budget traveler. Scout for airfare promos five months before your travel. Usually and based on my experience, airlines offer a lower rate five to three months before the scheduled departure. It is a tried-and-tested approach and lots of travelers are doing this technique. However, there are instances that airlines offer a lower rate a year before the scheduled departure of the travel. You may check your favorite budget airline from time to time for promo offerings.

Set a specific amount for the travel

When I started planning for my Hongkong and Macau trip in 2013, I was determined to just spend Php25,000.00 including accommodation, airfare, shopping, transportation around Hongkong, dining, entrance fees to amusement parks and ferry ticket for Macau.

So I created a budget plan  around this amount and chose an affordable transient inn. In Hongkong, affordable transient inns are everywhere so planning a DIY travel on a tight budget is not so much of a concern. I was able to achieve my goals.

Do research on your destination

Whether you are traveling to Hongkong on a budget or embarking into a luxurious cruise to the Caribbean, it is important to do your homework before making decisions. Read guide books, magazines, travel blogs related to your destination.

Doing research is very crucial. It is where you can get valuable tips from other travelers. Even if you seek a tour guide or avail a package from a travel agency, researching for practical guide related to your travel is always useful.

List down the best attractions in your destination

To avoid missing the point and to have a comprehensive itinerary plan, check the best attractions in your destination and what it offers to travelers. List down these attractions and decide which one you would like to visit.

Check the admission fees, guide how to get there and how far each spot from your hotel so that you can make enough room for the transportation budget.

Before the scheduled departure, revisit the information you got if there are changes in route or admission fees and if there are things needed to be remembered during the visit. Edit your itinerary plan if necessary.

Read reviews about the place and attractions

Learning from others’ experiences helps a lot. It will give you an idea what to expect and if there’s a need to reconsider. It will also provide you useful ideas how to make the most of your time exploring that place.

Check and compare room accommodation rates

If you are traveling in a country that has a higher cost of living, it is wise to just choose a transient inn, hostel or a decent guesthouse than a three star hotel. After all, you are traveling there to see the place and not to sleep whole day in the hotel. Transient inns, guesthouses and hostels are ideal for budget travelers and backpackers.

Before finalizing your accommodation bookings, compare prices with other hotels and guesthouses in the area if there’s a need to switch. Always consider the safety of the surroundings.

It is also wise to check the amenities and perks of the guesthouse so that you can prepare your things smartly. If the accommodation includes bath towel and shampoo then do not bring your own towel and shampoo so that you can save space in your bag.

Choose the ideal location of your hotel/transient inn

When you choose a hotel, make sure it is closer to the top attractions in the city and accessible by any public transportation. This is to avoid getting lost and minimize expenses on transportation.

If you are up for shopping, choose a hotel within the vicinity of shopping markets. If you want to explore the city by foot, book a hotel closer to top attractions. This way you can create a concise and prudent budget plan.

Create and set a budget plan wisely

The most difficult part of creating a travel itinerary plan is always the budget. It poses so many troubles. And tension. Remember that you still have a life to live, you still need to eat three times a day, still have to pay your monthly bills and make grocery and buy basic stuff, thus, setting an amount for the travel is very challenging.

However, creating a budget plan prudently can save you a lot from stress, just be honest and practical in creating your list. Whatever amount you have set aside and assign in the list restrain yourself from modifying the budget plan and avoid, as much as you can, to cheat, by overshooting your expenses or by overspending on unnecessary items.

Create your DIY Travel Itinerary Plan

For budget travelers, creating a concise DIY travel plan is always an ideal thing to do because you are going out there without someone to assist you. But trust me, creating this stuff is very fulfilling.

I always find joy in creating a travel itinerary plan. My excitement often relies in travel planning and listing down the details of my expenses and destination. It offers a different level of excitement. It motivates me to work hard.

Creating a concise do-it-yourself budget travel itinerary is very simple. In your notebook or if you are using your personal computer, just open the MS Excel and put the necessary items:

1. Time/Place of Departure
2. Time/Place of Arrival
3. Destination/Address
4. Transportation
5. Attractions to visit
6. Estimated Budget
7. Actual Budget

Print your Itinerary

This is very crucial for DIY travelers. This serves as your guide while on the road. You are going there without someone to assist you, therefore, a hard copy of your itinerary should be printed.

In case you are lost or no idea where to go next and what to do, you can always refer to the list. Create a separate portion of the attractions you want to visit including each address so that you can show it to the locals.

Create a list what to bring

When creating a list what to bring, consider the season of your destination and the spots you will going to visit. Season says a lot when preparing what type of clothes to wear and the accessories to include in the list.

Make sure you only bring enough outfit that can be worn during the trip to avoid stuffing your bag with unnecessary things. Personally, I always prepare outfit based on the number of days of my travel.

Here are the basic things usually pack by budget travelers:

1. Passport and other travel documents
2. Clothes
3. Face towel
4. Comfortable footwear
5. Sling bag
6. Candies and biscuits
7. Light night outfit
8. Sunscreen lotion, hair conditioner, body lotion
9. Sunglass
10. Shawl or long scarf
11. Swimwear if going to the beach
12. Digital camera
13. Battery charger and extra memory card
14. Toothbrush kit
15. Medicine kit (for fever, headache, stomach upset)
16. Something to cover your head in case of hot weather

Pack Light and Smart

If you are traveling for less than 15 days, avoid stuffing your bag with excessive accessories and unnecessary gadgets to avoid having a check-in bag. Budget travelers don’t actually have check-in bags, so pack light and carry up to two bags only.

Bring light clothes such as cotton-based shirts, sleeveless, leggings, shorts, scarf instead of sweatshirt. Secure valuables in a separate pouch, separate toiletries in a cellophane, transparent-based pouch. Prepare a separate cellophane to secure undies. This way you could maximize the space in the bags.

How to pack light and smart:

1. Count the number of days of your travel.
2. Each day assign a pair of clothes to wear
3. If you can mix and match your clothes, the better.
4. Avoid bringing thick and heavy clothes such as jeans and denims, boots, unless you are taking a hiking adventure, and heavy jacket, unless your backpack can still accommodate it.
5. Choose a transparent and light pouch for your toiletries that can be put only in the bag’s pocket.
6. Unless you are not on a business trip, avoid bringing laptop, this will consume a large space in your bag. You can choose to bring your tablet instead.
7. If you are bringing toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner, do not bring the whole bottle, squeeze a few amount on a separate, individual container with a cap, or just bring the sachet version to avoid overcrowding your bag with unnecessary things.
8. If you want to bring a pair of slippers, choose the lighter varieties. There are slippers that can be put only in a very small space inside the bag.
9. Bring flat shoes instead of wedges and heels.
10. Check the accommodation of your hotel or guesthouse if it has a bath towel for visitors, if there is, then avoid bringing an extra towel to save space in your bag. In case the guesthouse does not offer a bath towel, just bring a small towel.
10. Arrange your things properly in your bag, important documents like passport, tickets, booking details and identification cards should be put separately in a sling bag together with your wallet.

Choose the right luggage

Not unless you are traveling for a business trip or taking into a one month adventure, carrying an over-sized luggage is very impractical.

It will not only drain your energy from walking or moving around but also poses an added cost to your expenses for a check-in baggage. To be more practical, choose a light bag that can be hand carried in the plane.

Budget travelers usually carry backpacks, duffel bags or anything light. Backpacks and duffel bags are easier to carry and move around than the rolling bags. Maximize the space in your bag. Roll up pants, shirts, shorts cargo and square pants and place it at the bottom.

Fill small spaces with light things like undies, shawl, towelette, pack of candies. Put toiletries in the pocket of backpack and biscuits in another pocket. Secure your valuables like wallet, passport, cellphone, camera in the sling bag.

Edit and Check your list

Four days before your departure, start packing things to allow adjustment on your list what to bring and whether everything can just be put in one medium-sized backpack or you will need another bag. This is the best time also to buy necessities such as toiletries and other needs.  A day before your departure, check the list to ensure nothing would be missed. You may edit the list to fit other necessary stuff based on your itinerary. Make last minute shopping.

Do not Cheat with your budget plan
To avoid cheating your budget plan, bring a copy of your budget list and check the amount allotted for each item and activity from time to time.
As a budget traveler in a DIY plan, you are exploring the place on your own, therefore, you will be checking every attraction in the area alone or with your friends.
You will find fabulous things, tempting souvenir items, nice clothes, attractive accessories and want to eat and drink and visit as many spots as you can and the danger of overshooting your budget plan becomes probable. But don’t cheat.
Don’t get overwhelmed with your adventure. Despite being there to relax and experience the thrill of a liberating escape, be conscious with your budget plan and check the amount you have set for each activity.
During the actual trip, if in case you have overshoot the target of your expenses due to unforeseen events: you cannot resist the scrummy taste of the local cuisine or the admission fee has a slight changes, make adjustment with your expenses on other items to stick with the budget.
You can cut back on your spending the next day, choose attractions that have cheaper admission fees. If you are visiting attractions on short distances, choose to walk around instead of taking a taxi.
Or you may cut back on your shopping activities. Check high quality local items to be bought and refrain from buying souvenirs or accessories that can be found in your home country, these can be put off.
During my Saigon trip, I suppressed my desire to buy a nice Kipling backpack even if the price was really tempting. I had a budget list prepared ahead of time and Kipling bag was not included. The key to everything: Do not Cheat.
You can avoid cheating on your budget plan by putting a limit on each item. During your travel, always check your list and see if you are still within the parameter of your budget or already overspending, make necessary adjustment in  case of overspending.

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Timeless Charm of Saigon and Angkor is an evocative traveler's tale, sharing stories on the road, including humor and discoveries, while exploring two of Southeast Asia's historic destinations.

Saigon and Angkor are Southeast Asia's most beautiful and relaxing travel destinations. However, despite its hidden charm and timeless beauty, Saigon and Angkor are largely misjudged due to its war-torn history. 

People have reservations about these places and not often included in the travel bucket list of comfort-seeking tourists. But folks you are missing the biggest picture of loveliness. 

Here are the cities that exude charm and tranquility were the scenic atmosphere is timeless. They still resonate memories of an old world with surroundings that are not yet entirely consumed by modernity. Saigon and Angkor are remarkably relaxing with no worries of being squashed in the horde of people in the street, waiting for bus or taxi.

Perfect destinations indeed for people who are not only soul searching but also looking for unique nature tripping destinations abroad. Saigon has been dubbed as the Paris of the Orient while Angkor is one of the world's most astounding cultural landmarks. 

Spending the first week of another year at these places provided me with the kind of peace of mind I needed. For five days, I was drifting far away from the torment in the workplace and was able to sort out things. I came home with a rejuvenated self-esteem. 

This travel memoir will tell you why you should visit Saigon and Angkor even once in your lifetime. If you like travel stories and adventurous pursuit tales, this book will surely charm you. It has a bonus chapter for budget traveling ideas. 

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The Paris Beach Club, also known as the Paris Hilton Beach Club, is one of the gorgeous amenities of Azure Urban Resort residential property, touted to be partly owned by American Heiress and Hollywood celebrity, Paris Hilton. The elegant architectural design and furnishing of this beach club were conceptualized by Paris Hilton, integrating her personal touches. 

The velvet pink upholstered couch in the indoor cafe area is very much a Paris Hilton personality - stylish, chic, at the same time fun and playful. The illuminated hallway has an earthly tone with dark cushioned chairs and classic chandeliers. This amenity features a spacious infinity pool, a sun bathing lap pool and a stunning man-made beach complete with ivory sand and palm trees. It integrates a relaxing tropical setting with a Caribbean beach-feel atmosphere.

However, as of this writing, the beach club is exclusive to Azures occupants only and not yet open to the public, my friends and I were just lucky last weekend to spend one night at one 
of its residential units. 

Illuminated hallway of the Paris beach club with an earth tone furnishing
Gorgeous velvet pink upholstered couch

Azures residential property is located between the intersection of Paranaque and Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines, and just a walking distance from SM Bicutan shopping mall. It is less than an hour away from Ninoy Aquino International Airport and approximately forty minutes away from Metro Manila’s major financial districts, Makati City and Bonifacio Global City.
It’s been a while since my last travel blog entry. I could not think of anything good to write, even travel features. There’s nothing awful had befell in my life for the past 100 days, but it came to a point where I looked at myself totally in a mess. The feeling of inadequacies and desolation exacerbated the despair I felt which thoroughly affected my appetite in blogging. But I am finding ways to bounce from this dark ordeal and thinking life on the road seems to be the easiest recourse.

Exploring the wonders of the universe even by just scanning the colorful pages of a travel book or magazine is a great diversion from anxiety and torment. So I scanned several pages of my old books and magazines to divert my focus and ease the feeling of failure and undesirability that warped my whole system for the past months.

Until I stumbled on the section of a travel magazine called “Travel your way to healing”. For a passionate travel blogger like me this is completely stupid because I don’t usually need gooey articles to revive my keenness in writing and definitely, slushy sentiments don’t normally drive me to escape somewhere. But at this trying time of my life, I know this is all what I needed to restore my self-confidence. 

Travel your way to healing reminded me of Kris Aquino's trip to Boston, Massachusetts in 2010 where she brought her two sons to visit her childhood home at a time when her soul needed a boost. I read the magazine pensively and felt delighted seeing old family pictures of Kris.

Boston, Massachusetts during Autumn

Lakeside in Vermont during Autumn

I am not doing the same moment of contemplation because my childhood home is in Surigao del sur, hundreds of miles away from Manila, but I found satisfaction in Kris's journey to her childhood home in Boston, such a beautiful place. Then I saw her picture with her sisters and parents taken in Maine one Autumn season. 

Oh I love Autumn, although I have not experience it yet, I dreamed to be in a place where Fall season is possible and where the most romantic foliage can be seen, where else but in the New England region in the United States!

Breathtaking autumn foliage in Stratton, Maine

New England, which is composed of Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island, is famous for having the most amazing landscape during Autumn and since August is already here, Fall in many parts of the globe is just around the corner. 

Someday, I hope I can make things happen and can fulfill this travel dream.

The old imperial state of Baden-Württemberg in Southwestern Germany is a dreamy destination for every traveler, aside from its cultural attractions and ancient ruins, the state's landscape is mostly covered with valleys, lakes, meadows and vineyards. It has the best rated restaurants in the country according to online sources. Truly a traveler's perfect escape worthy to be added in your travel bucket list. 

PART II: STUTTGART and Nearby Areas

Stuttgart is the capital city of Baden-Württemberg, despite its urban status, the city is still surrounded with orchards, river, hills, valleys and forest along with its historic buildings, palaces and beautiful towns. It is the only German city that has vineyards in its urban territory. It borders France in the west and Switzerland in the south with Lake Constance streams on the boundary. Stuttgart is called the cradle of Germany’s automobile industry due to numerous luxury car brands headquartered in the city, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche and Daimler AG are just some.
For travel enthusiasts, Stuttgart is more than just a city of classical architecture, cultural flares and luxurious cars. It has festivals and fun activities celebrated whole year round. During summer, the Palace Square offers awesome fun summer fest, the Hamburg fish market at Karl’s Square with food and beer. During autumn, Stuttgart Beer Festival is also organized with unlimited entertainment and great food.

Top Attractions in Stuttgart and Nearby Areas Recommended by Travel Experts :

1. Black Forest

Black Forest remains to be the primary reason why travelers are enthralled to visit Baden-Württemberg, its breathtaking beauty of nature, stunning landscape, meadows, ravines and scenic atmosphere are perfect elements of a travel experience in fantasy. Located in  Southwestern part of Germany, the densely-wooded hills Black Forrest is one of the most visited upland regions in Europe. 

The German writers, Grimm brothers (Jacob and Wilhelm) who wrote the immortal classic fairy tale stories: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince and Rapunzel, mainly used Black Forest as the setting and backdrop of the stories. 

It lies on the extended topography starting from Pforzheim in the north, Waldshut in the south and Upper Neckar and Danube valleys in the east. Black Forest offers diverse travel indulgences in the area. Hiking, strolling, horseback riding, biking are just some. Honeymooners will probably fall in love more when they choose it as their main destination. I has some of the best restaurants in the country, wineries and spas. Choices of scenic and cozy hotels and tourist inns are also located in the region, it offers a perfect view of the valley, foothills, Alps and meadows. It is home to the most authentic Black Forest cake in the world, Black Forest ham and cuckoo clock. How to get there? If you are coming from Ulm, travel time is 2 hours and 40 minutes via A8 and A81. From Stuttgart it's 1 hour and 50 minutes via A81.

2. Europa Park (outside Stuttgart)
Rated as one of the best theme parks in the world, Europa Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most visited theme park in Europe next to Disneyland France. 
Europa Park offers a sizzling blend of amusement for high adrenaline rides, unique themed areas by country names and other amusement elements. It has restaurants, cafes and hotels inside the park. Its exact location is in the town of Rust, district of Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, closer to Freiburg. 2015 is the best time to visit because the park celebrates its 40th year anniversary. Celebration runs from March 28, 2015 to November 8, 2015. Exciting shows await travelers. 
Travel time from Stuttgart to Europa Park is 2 hours. Admission for adult €42.00; Senior citizen and Children 4 years old up €37.00. Opening hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Address: 77977 Rust, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Visit website for more information EUROPA PARK
Themed areas inside the park:
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Kingdom of the Invisibles
  • Children's world or Vikings Land
  • Land by country themes
Other attractions:
  • Themed roller coasters, visit HERE

3. Mercedes-Benz Museum
One of the highly anticipated activities when coming to Stuttgart is a visit to Mercedes-Benz Museum, it showcases the development of the automobile industry and the birth of Mercedes-Benz. 
One of its founding father, Karl Benz, produced the very first modern car in the late 19th century which would become the Benz wagon, later it merged with Daimler AG and renamed Mercedes-Benz (interestingly, Mercedes was the named after the daughter of the top executive of Daimler and proposed it when they were searching for a name of the merger. This information is included in my book The Quiz Master II). Address: Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart. Admission: Day €8.00 adult, night (4:30-6:00pm) €4.00. People who will visit the museum on their birthday are free of charge just present your ID bearing your birth date. More information HERE

4. Schlossplatz or the Palace Square
Its main attractions are the gardens and jubilee column constructed to celebrate King William I’s silver anniversary on the throne. Schlossplatz is the eternal symbol of Stuttgart’s glorious royal days, it is surrounded with elegant buildings that symbolized the ducal past of the city. It has a cast-iron bandstand, sculptures and fountain. On the northwest side of the square stands Königsbau which has a colonnade and a shopping arcade, and Kleiner on the southwest side with its famous boutiques, shops and restaurants. Address: Schloßpl., 70173 Stuttgart. Admission is free.

5. Sepulchral Chapel or Grapkapelle 
Perched above the Wurttemberg hill and overlooking Stuttgart and the Neckar valley is the beautiful work of art and a symbol of eternal love, much like Taj Mahal in India. On the entrance door, an inscription can be read "Love Never Ends". 
This shrine was constructed between 1820 and 1824 on the order of King Wilhelm I of Wurttemberg for his wife, Queen Katharina, who died unexpectedly at age 30. The King ordered the removal of the former castle to erect this monument of love. It has a domed rotunda in Neoclassical architecture patterned after the Pantheon in Rome, it is known locally as Grapkapelle. The King and his daughter, Princess Marie, were also buried there. A visit to Grapkapelle can also be accompanied with a leisure walk through the vineyards around the area. Address: Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart. Admission to the chapel: €2.50

6. Ludwigsburg Palace (12 km north of Stuttgart)

This palace, reportedly one of Europe’s largest baroque buildings to have survived in the modern world with its original form remained intact, has an impressive designs and interiors. Its layout has a rare blend of three architectural designs in the classical era: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical.

It is a former royal palace of the Kings of Wurttemberg until 1918 when all German princely states and kingdoms were abolished. It has 18 buildings, 450 rooms and beautiful gardens. It houses Baroque gallery, fashion and ceramics museums. The private apartment of Duke Carl Eugen is also featured in the gallery containing his valuable furniture and accessories. The palace is open to the public daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, however the residential palace is only accessible through a guided tour arrangement. Travel from Stuttgart is less than one hour via Heilbronner street B27. Address: Schloss street 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg, Germany. Admission Fees (See below):
Residential Palace: 6.5 € for adults and 3.3 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors. It is free for children under 6 years old.
Museums: 3.5 € for adults and 1.8 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors. Museums with audio guide, 6.5 € for adults and 3.3 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors and free for children under 6 years old.
Favorite Palace: 3.5 € for adults and 1.8 € for children aged 6 to 15 years old, students and disabled visitors and free for children under 6 years old.

7. Lake Constance

The picturesque Lake Constance divides the border of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg from Switzerland, France and Austria, it runs on the northern foot of the Alps and the Rhine. It is known as Bodensee in Germany. 

According to Lonely Planet, Lake Constance is the only place in the world where you can spend the night in Germany, cross Switzerland in the morning and arrive in Austria at tea time in the afternoon. Enjoying the breathtaking Alps in-between trips.

Lake Constance landscape is a scenery in fantasy. Surrounded by meadows, vineyards, orchards, Alpine hills and beaches, indeed a dreamy destination for nature lovers. The Constance town nearby also boasts, stone age homes and medieval castles. Perfect elements for cultural fanatics. How to get there? If traveling by car from Stuttgart-Singen: Take A81 and B33 towards Constance. From Ulm-Ravensburg: Take B30 from Meersburg car and passenger ferry towards Constance. Admission is free.

8. Killesberg Park
Killesberg Park is an urban public park located half a square kilometer in Stuttgart. Visitors may indulge in nature hopping at this park with its beautiful landscape of plants and flower beds combined with architectural elements.
The park is said to be at its amazing beauty during summer due to its diversified shapes and sizes and flowers are in perfect bloom. There's a small steam engine train to take visitors around the park. Every July, the famous Lichterfest  is organized inside the park with thousands of lanterns scattered around the area. Fun activities are held for visitors to enjoy. A firework display follows at night time. Address: Stresemann street, 70192 Stuttgart. How to get there? Through a subway-U7, stop-Killersberg Messe. Admission is free.
9. Weikersheim Palace

Weikersheim is a small town located in the beautiful landscape of Tauber valley, it is home to Weikersheim Palace widely regarded as the most beautiful palace in the Hohenloe region. Its best attraction is the baroque garden with striking cast of statues. It exemplifies the Renaissance concept of a country estate.The palace was believed to have constructed in 1586 when Count Wolfgang of Hohenloe took up residence in the castle and ordered to erect a new home which would become the Weikersheim Palace.

As with most construction of ROYAL HOMES in aristocratic Europe, the palace was built in splendor and style with heavy emphasis in art and culture. It is famous for its rich details on paneled ceiling and spectacular garden that houses several baroque statues. It has an orangery that charms visitors due to its eye catching backdrop. It contains sculptures of classical and mythological figures like Apollo and Diana and representations of earth elements and seasons. Travel time from Stuttgart: 1 hour and 30 minutes. Address Marktplatz. 11, 97990 Weikersheim, Germany. Admission to the palace and gardens € 6.50 for adult,€ 3.30 for children and senior citizens. Operating hours 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

10. Schwetzingen Palace

Noted for its ornate and magnificent gardens, Schwetzingen Palace is one of the most visited classical palaces in Baden-Wurttemberg. A former home of the Prince Electors from the House of Wittelsbach, its grand refurbishment was ordered by Prince Johann Wilhelm in 1697. 

Many would claim that Schwetzingen Palace is a work of a genius due to its splendid restoration which was initiated by Prince Carl Theodor in the middle ages. He commissioned architects to design the gardens in an elaborate layout and eventually created a masterpiece of spectacular beauty and rich variety. The architects added a landscape park which was one of its kind in Germany during that period.

The palace gardens are rich in creative designs with unique ornamental elements that represent the cultural heritage of Europe. It comprises sculptures and dreamy buildings of all assortments. There’s a small round building dedicated to Apollo, a bath house with its own garden modelled after an Italian villa, and Turkish gardens full with oriental details. Cultural highlights of the palace rooms include furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Rococo theater with galleries in the north wing. Address: Schloß Mittelbau, 68723 Schwetzingen. Admission € 9.00 for adult,  € 4.00 for children and senior citizens. If you want to visit the palace gardens only, admission is  € 5.00 and € 2.00 for children and senior citizens. Operating Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Phone +49 6221 658880

11. Heidelberg City

Due to its romantic and picturesque landscape, Heidelberg is voted by travelers as one of the most exciting travel destinations in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. Its top attractions include Heidelberg Castle, the Philosopher's Walk, Heidelberg Tun, Museums, the River Banks, Heidelberg University, the Neuburg Abbey, Botanical Garden, and the Baroque style Old Town located on the south bank of the Neckar river. 

Top things to do in Heidelberg include a leisure walk through vineyards along the Neckar river, hike to Heidelberg Castle. The castle, cloaked on a rugged hill top above the Old Town, is one of the most historical and impressive castles in Germany. A scenic stroll along the beautiful Philosopher's Walk and enjoy its gorgeous blooms and exotic plants like Japanese cherries, bamboo and Cypresses. This area also provides a breathtaking view of the river valley and Heidelberg Castle. Travel time from Stuttgart: 1 hour and 45 minutes via A81. Stuttgart hbf train ticket price  19.00 for time departure before 8:13am, however if you choose the departure time from 8:13am ticket price ranges from  €23.00 to  €27.00


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