As I said, my wife and I recently realized we are kinda over city trips. We’d rather go to more remote areas in the woods or near the sea. Despite that, I visit approximately 15-20 capitals per year. I personally try to see as much as I can from an area’s daily life by hiking through parts of the area. When I travel to larger cities, I usually plan upfront (read also why).
As a kid, my partners would not take us on city trips too much. I can vividly remember the first trips to Berlin and London we made as a family, but that was only in my teenage years. So I guess I had some catching up to do when I got older 🙂
Here are my favorites.
If you would have to spend your whole city trip in your hotel ...
Sometimes hotels are a necessary evil (like with my sad birthday experiment, with dirty hotels rooms or the annoying habit to turn on all the lights). Sometimes, they are so good, you don’t want to leave your hotel room. One of my favorite hotels ever is the Kimpton DeWitt in Amsterdam, closely followed by the Hotel 1898 The Post in Gent. Here are my favorite hotels for your city trips. Ah, and while you’re at it – don’t forget to take a picture of your room number 😉
My favorite cities
to go out for a run.
Running is a great way to explore a city. Probably one of my favorite run cities ever, is Utrecht in The Netherlands, which offers a wide range of possibilities, ranging from running through the historic center to running along the river. Amsterdam has some amazing areas in the Western part of the city. Helsinki is magical with its different lakes. Prague and Bratislava both have amazing runs along the river and have a green backcountry just outside of the city. And although I wouldn’t recommend the cities as running cities per se, New York and Athens have marathons that make a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Some of my favorite city trips:
- Father-daughter-day to Antwerp, especially in my favorite hotel there, the Indigo Antwerp.
- The surprise city trips I made with my wife to Madrid and Gothenburg,
- Probably the European capital I visited the most, after Amsterdam and Brussels, the city of Prague.
- My home city and one of my favorite cities in the world, Gent.
- Running the iconic Athens Marathon and visiting the insanely creative city of Athens