Eva Gyllenberg

Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.

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Bad Urach – Thermal baths, castles and half-timbered houses

A visit to the small half-timbered town of Bad Urach is a perfect day trip from Stuttgart. Here you'll enjoy strengthening thermal baths, waterfalls and both castles and ruins.

Mont Saint-Michel on a cliff in the sea
14 unforgettable sights in Normandy – France

Normandy is a region rich in history, gastronomy and natural beauty. From the white limestone cliffs to the green apple orchards with grazing cows – here are my top 14 sights in Normandy!

Vineyards around Stuttgart in Württemberg – A visit to Schwarz Weingut

The Württemberg wine region's wine tradition stretches back over two thousand years. I visited Schwarz Weingut and learned about traditional winemaking and vineyards around Stuttgart.

3 Unique Hotels in Burgundy - From Castle to Post Office - France

Last summer we explored Burgundy, a region known for its gastronomy and wine production. It was a memorable trip where three accommodations stood out a little extra – two historic castles and an old post station.

Danish falls nature reserve - Vattenfall and the Scanian war - Halland

The Danska Falls nature reserve's greatest attraction is its wild waterfall that roars through the beech forest in Halland. An easily accessible place for a moment of relaxation.

Skiers in the Black Forest at sunset
Feldberg - On skis and snowshoes in the southern Black Forest - Germany

On Feldberg, the Black Forest's highest peak, you will find a snow-sure destination in a wild and mythical fairytale forest. Put on your skis, or maybe even your snowshoes?

Hospices de Beaune - Poverty, disease and wine - France

Discover the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy and wander through the historic corridors of this outstanding medieval hospital building – today also home to one of the world's finest wine auctions.

Train travel in Germany - 15 tips for a smooth journey

Are you planning to travel by train in Germany? Here is a beginner's guide for those of you who are going on the long-distance trains, with tips on everything from bicycle tickets to a practical dictionary.

The tower in Freiburg surrounded by beautiful houses
Freiburg – The green city at the foot of the Black Forest – Germany

In sunny Freiburg in southwestern Germany, it is close to both the Black Forest's nature and medieval history. But be careful where you walk - you don't want to fall in bächle!

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Jerash - The well-preserved Roman city - Jordan

At the junction of two of the Middle East's ancient trade routes lie the ruins of the ancient city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world.

3 fabulous Christmas markets in Baden-Württemberg – Germany

No country is as associated with beautiful Christmas markets as Germany. I have visited three popular Christmas markets in south-west Germany that offered an abundance of Christmas spirit, lights and good food.

Cinnamon sticks from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka – Homeland of the true cinnamon

Cinnamon has been a major export commodity from Sri Lanka ever since the 17th century. But what exactly is "real cinnamon" and is there really any difference between "cinnamon and cinnamon"?

Kullens lighthouse at sunset
Hike Kullaleden SL5 – Family hike along Kullaberg's steep cliffs

One of the most beautiful stretches along the Kullaleden can be experienced on a shorter round trip for the whole family, with plenty of stops for coffee, swimming, lunch and ice cream.

Wicker basket with bottles of cider
Route du Cidre - A journey along the cider route in Normandy - France

The Cider Route in Normandy offers a journey through apple orchards, cows, sweet villages and calvados.

Illuminated facades in Hansa-Park
Guide to Hansa-Park – Germany's northernmost amusement park

Just north of Lübeck is the large amusement park Hansa-Park. Here, among 125 attractions, there is something for all ages!

Clothing in Jordan - Packing tips for all seasons

Packing clothes for a tour of Jordan is not easy. Here are my best packing tips!

The beach, the sea and the cliff in Étretat
Étretat – The White Elephant Rock in Normandy – France

The cliffs of the Alabaster Coast invite you to views beyond the ordinary. It is a little extra beautiful in Étretat.

Hovs hallar - Bjärekusten nature reserve - Skåne
Hovs hallar - Cliffs and sea on the Bjäre Peninsula - Skåne

At Hovs hallar in the Bjärekusten nature reserve, high cliffs and cracked outcrops meet Laholmsbukten.

Paris - 19 Unknown Sights Beyond the Eiffel Tower - France

If you've already climbed the Eiffel Tower and seen the Mona Lisa, what should you see and do in Paris? Here are my 19 tips for Paris attractions that are a little more secret and unknown!

The Treasury - Al-Khazneh - The Treasury
The rose city of Petra - One of the modern wonders of the world - Jordan

Hidden in the Jordan's desert landscape, you'll find the ancient trading city of Petra. The big city's well-preserved tombs in sandstone and the unique desert landscape offer adventures for several days.

Lahibia Cave
Experience Kullaberg - 9 exciting activities for the whole family - Skåne

Wild and beautiful Kullaberg in northwestern Scania is a paradise for nature and animal experiences. Here are my nine best tips for activities for the whole family!

26 Christmas markets around Stockholm (2023)

In Stockholm you will find plenty of cozy Christmas markets that make the Christmas feeling increase by at least 100%. Here's the Christmas markets I have found for 2023. Have I missed any?

The town hall in Lubeck at sunset
Lübeck - Sights among small alleys and brick splendor - Germany

The old Hanseatic city of Lübeck is packed with beautiful old buildings, but it is the city's secret little alleyways that make the city unique. We discovered the city's sights on a warm summer evening and loved every bit of it.

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Frederiksborg Castle - Scandinavia's largest Renaissance castle - Denmark

Pompous towers, a large baroque garden and forbidding moats. Despite fires and wars, Frederiksborg Castle in Zealand is still Scandinavia's largest Renaissance castle today.

Stevns klint - Among white limestone cliffs and dinosaurs - Denmark

Zealand's steep white cliffs at Stevn's Klint are not only a beautiful natural experience, but also a unique world heritage that tells the story of how the dinosaurs died out.

Driving in Germany - 10 tips for your road trip

Are you going to drive in Germany? Here are my 10 best tips and tricks on the things I wish I had known the first time we went to Germany!

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Jordan - 10 must-see sights

Jordan offers experiences from Petra's magnificent rock architecture to the excruciatingly salty waters of the Dead Sea. Here you will find my top ten attractions that you must not miss!

Autumn holidays at the Medieval Museum
Autumn holidays in Stockholm 2023 – 15 exciting tips

Autumn holidays in Stockholm offer both scary and fun things for all ages. Here are 15 tips on everything from museums to restaurants.

Flying Royal Jordanian Airlines to Amman: How was it?

In just under 5 hours of flight, you reach the land of fairy tales, Jordan, with a direct flight from Stockholm with Royal Jordanian. But what is it really like to fly Royal Jordanian? Here is my full report!

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Gerberoy – Roses and hydrangeas in one of France's most beautiful villages

The small village of Gerberoy in Picardy is not only a beautiful village with an abundance of roses, but the village is officially classified as "plus beaux village de France" - one of France's most beautiful villages. And I'm ready to agree!

Pack smarter - 15 tips for perfect packing!

How do you become a real pro at packing? Here are my 15 best tips for perfect packing - everything from HOW you pack to WHAT you should pack!

Dyrehøj Vineyard
Dyrehøj Vingaard – A visit to Denmark's largest vineyard

Denmark's largest vineyard is located on the Røsnæs peninsula in Zealand. Here in the beautiful surroundings there is a well-stocked farm shop with the farm's wine and opportunities for both tours and wine tastings.

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The Citadel of Amman - Among Romans and Ruins - Jordan

A visit to the Citadel in Amman is not only a journey back to the impressive architecture and wealth of Roman times, but the area's history begins thousands of years earlier.

Traveling with a dog to France - How does it work?

How dog-friendly is France and what does it really take to be able to travel to France with your dog? Here are my best tips for a wonderful holiday in France with your four-legged friend!

Wadi Rum - Desert Adventure in an Otherworldly Landscape - Jordan

Wadi Rum's red dunes offer desert adventures in a unique space landscape. Stay in a glamping igloo under the stars and experience the unique ecosystem on dromedaries or on four wheels.

Café with cozy armchairs
Coffee in Plzen (Pilsen) - 4 lovely cafes - Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a long tradition of coffee drinking and even though Plzen is a beer city, there are plenty of good cafes here. Come along to four of the city's most beautiful cafés - a pink one, a mingling-friendly one, a healthy one and a petite one!

Deauville & Trouville-sur-Mer - Glamorous seaside towns of Normandy - France

On the Parisian Riviera in Normandy you'll find the two sister cities of Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer. Here, among luxury shops, beautiful beaches, seafood and half-timbered houses, you will find two of France's most elegant (and first) holiday resorts.

10 things you didn't know about Saint Martin

Do you know what a Lolo is? Or why the cars honk all the time on Saint Martin? I learned that and much more the other week when I met Saint Martin at a press event.

Plzen (Pilsen) – 10 sights in the beer capital – Czech Republic

Plzen is undoubtedly the capital of beer, but the city offers so much more than just beer. The 700-year-old city center is filled with beautiful buildings, underground adventures and plenty of restaurants and bars. An affordable and lovely weekend town - and with most everything within walking distance!

Waffle with shrimp salad and rum on a plate
Cozy cafes outside Stockholm – 9 favorites for a coffee (2023)

There are many cozy cafes to visit on a day trip from Stockholm, here are some of my favorites that we will be happy to return to.

Lillaro cafe Bjäre Peninsula
Bjäre peninsula - 6 tasty tips among cafes, wineries and farm shops - Skåne

The Bjäre peninsula is so much more than Båstad, tennis and fine golf courses. Here I recommend six of my tastiest favorites in Scania's northwesternmost corner - from cafes to farm shops and a unique winery.

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Vintage shopping in Paris - How to find the right one among flea markets and second hand - France

The capital of fashion, Paris offers a large number of vintage shops and the world's largest antique market. Here's my guide to the city's best vintage shopping!

Mosel Valley by car – At a leisurely pace among vineyards and beautiful views in Germany

Among the world's steepest vineyards and in a winding river valley, you will find Germany's most famous wine region, the Mosel. The Mosel Valley is dramatic, small-scale and eye-poppingly beautiful. Here, among castles, ruins, vineyards and half-timbered houses, we went on a road trip on one of Europe's most beautiful (and slowest) roads.

Velamsund nature reserve in winter - Nacka

A hazy January day offered a beautiful Sunday walk in the Velamsund nature reserve in Nacka. A place not only for hiking, but also for skating, skiing, swimming and horse riding.

Purkmist beer spa
Beer spa in the Czech Republic – A visit to the brewery Purkmistr in Plzen

Going to a spa usually means aromatic baths and plinking music. That doesn't usually mean bathing in beer. Welcome to the beer spa in the Czech Republic - a unique and truly relaxing experience!

Food and drink in Normandy - 11 gastronomic specialties to remember - France

Fertile Normandy is one of France's great food regions and many of the delicacies revolve around milk, apples and seafood. Here you have 11 gastronomic specialties from Normandy to try!

Christmas market in Plzen - A family celebration with tradition - Czech Republic

Christmas markets in the Czech Republic are the prelude to the Christmas celebration and a great opportunity to start shopping before Christmas. I have visited the Christmas market in Plzen and not only found a lot of goodies, but also an incredibly nice Christmas atmosphere.

Coffee in Kalmar - 5 lovely cafes for a winter weekend - Småland

When we visited Kalmar during the first Advent weekend of the year, we were greeted by a large number of lovely places to have coffee - both in and outside of town. Join my favorites!

Ivö klack nature reserve – 134 meters of primeval rock on Skåne's largest island

Ivö klack is a nature reserve on a 134-meter-high primeval mountain on Skåne's largest island - Ivö. Hike in the present in the beech forest or travel 60 million years back in time and look for fossils in one of Sweden's fossil-richest places.

Kalmar Castle
Kalmar - 9 tips for attractions among cobblestone alleys and castle spiers - Småland

Historic Kalmar offers many attractions in a well-preserved city centre. Here you will find my 9 best tips on things to see and do!

Ivögården
Ivögården - The small vineyard with the big experience - Skåne

Vineyard, restaurant and farm hotel all in one Ivögården if you think holistically and locally grown, even about the wine! Come along to Sweden's smallest commercial vineyard.

The facade of Åhus Seaside
Åhus Seaside – Resort feeling by the sea – Skåne

Newly opened Åhus Seaside offered a really cozy mini-weekend with both spa, great food and lots of fresh sea air.

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Honfleur - The medieval gem at the mouth of the Seine - Normandy - France

At the mouth of the Seine lies the small medieval town of Honfleur with its beautiful harbor and unique silhouette. The town that became our favorite in Normandy.

Helsingborg - 7 nice restaurants, cafes and bars - Skåne

Helsingborg is one of Sweden's most restaurant-dense cities and the city has plenty of really good places for the whole family! Here are my seven favorites for a nice hangout – everything from microbreweries to French bistros and coffee spots.

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Snälltåget to Berlin – Travel by train from Malmö to Germany

The whole Rucksack family (including the little dog) has travelled to Berlin with Snälltåget from Malmö. How did it work and what did we think of traveling by train to Germany?

Weekend in Paris - 10 practical tips for a great trip - France

What do you need to think about in order to really experience the best of Paris during a weekend? Here are my 10 best tips on everything from hotels to transfers and clothing!

4 castles (and some cabins) around Kristianstad - Skåne

Skåne is Sweden's most castle-dense landscape, and castle towers can be seen on the horizon almost as often as church towers. Around Kristianstad in eastern Scania, we have visited four castles and the occasional "hut".

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Flying with Vueling from Stockholm to Paris: How was it?

We have flown the Spanish low-cost company Vueling to Paris over a weekend. What are our thoughts on service, punctuality and baggage handling?

Kronborg Castle - Hamlet, Customs and Fires - Denmark

At Öresund's narrowest part of the strait lies the beautiful Renaissance castle Kronborg. Once upon a time, a place for the pomp and circumstance of royalty, but also for a prince named Hamlet.

6 Instagram-friendly places in Singapore for foodies

What has a 2D world in black and white, a forest with autumn leaves, an airline and a safari in Africa in common? These are the themes of some of Singapore's most Instagrammable cafes and restaurants!

How to pour a beer perfectly
Beer in the Czech Republic – A thousand year old love story

How did the Czech Republic become such a beer nation and how do I find the best beer places in Prague? Let me take you on a historical journey to the promised land of beer - via foam, Plato and a guided tour!

Åbjär nature reserve
9 wonderful nature experiences around Kristianstad - Skåne

Around Kristianstad there is plenty of nature and beautiful places for hiking, swimming and recreation. Here are my nine favorites – from scallion paradise to waterfalls!

Sunset over Arild
Arild - The steep little fishing village at Kullaberg - Skåne

There Skäldervikens waves roll in over Kullahalvöns northern coast is nature at its wildest and most beautiful. Here lies the small fishing village of Arild, named one of Europe's secret gems. And I can't help but agree.

The garden at Flickorna Lundgren at Skäret
Cozy cafes in Scania – 11 favorites (2022)

Among Skåne's rape fields and beech forests, you will find plenty of cozy cafes, ice cream kiosks and lunch spots. Here are 12 of my favourites, from all corners of Skåne.

Mina's chocolate studio
Eating and coffee around Kristianstad - My 5 favorites (2022) - Skåne

In Skåne's north-eastern corner near Kristianstad, it is absolutely bubbling with taste experiences! Here are five hot tips on everything from a fantastic dinner to an abundance of chocolate!

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Katong & Joo Chiat – A walking tour of Singapore's hot heritage district

Once a coconut plantation and resort for the rich and well-to-do. Since the beginning of the 20th century, Katong and Joo Chiat have developed into a vibrant residential area where the Peranakan heritage is cherished.

Fly Finnair Helsinki-Singapore t/ri A350 in economy class

What is it really like to fly with Finnair's A350 on a long-haul flight to Asia? How is the cabin? The service? And the food? Here comes my review!

Farm shops in Kullabygden - 11 favorites around Höganäs - Skåne

In Kullabygden in northwestern Scania, there are plenty of farm shops selling locally grown vegetables, fruit and their products. Here you will find my favorites among apple cider, sea buckthorn, asparagus and much, much more.

La Ragazza Restaurant in the Old Town
La Ragazza - Over-hedonistic tasting menu with a hint of hip-hop - Stockholm

When La Ragazza invites you to dance with the taste buds, all you have to do is follow along with all the twists and turns of the tasting menu! If this were the Let's dance of the food world, nothing short of the highest score would have been good enough. Because this is really good.

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Gilleleje - Fishing village at Zealand's northernmost point - Denmark

The fishing village of Gilleleje on Zealand's northernmost coast offers idyll and holiday feelings with its dramatic beaches, fish restaurants and charm. But behind the perfect surface hides a dramatic story.

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The Vault Hotel in Helsingborg - The banking palace that has become glamorous - Skåne

From the rose-soaked gate to the velvet-clad room with curtains fluttering in historical winds from the Core. The hotel experience at The Vault in Helsingborg is a real highlight!

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Travel to Denmark with a dog - How does it work?

What do you need to do to be able to holiday with your dog in Denmark? And what do you need to do to be able to bring the dog back to Sweden again? We have traveled with the pug Lilibet to Denmark and it was much easier than we thought!

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Trier – 8 World Heritage Sites and Riesling in Germany's oldest city

Trier is Germany's oldest city, with roots dating back to Roman times. Here you will not only find 8(!) unique world heritage sites, but also fantastic Riesling wines and Karl Marx's house.

Czech food, flavors and a cooking class

What kind of dishes do you think of when I say Czech Republic? With the help of two Czech chefs, I have been taken on a journey through the history of Czech cuisine.

Photo album from Venice - A dream of canals and burrata - Italy

Today I dream of going to Italy, more precisely to Venice.

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8 attractions in Gozo you should not miss - Malta

On Malta's second largest island, Gozo, the views are a little more magnificent, the nature a little greener, the beaches a little sandier and the sea a little more turquoise. Join us for 8 beautiful places and sights on Gozo!

Girl looks down into well in the square of Montepulciano
Montepulciano - Hills, lanes and Vino Nobile - Italy

In Tuscany's highest town, Montepulciano, one of Tuscany's best wines - "The noble wine" - Vino Nobile is produced. Here, among Renaissance palaces, cypress alleys and cobbled streets, it's easy to enjoy a little extra of Italy's beauty.

Coffee in Kullabygden - 8 cozy cafes you shouldn't miss - Skåne

Kullahalvön offers wonderfully classic bakeries and patisseries. Large raspberry caves, toscat cake and spit cake - you'll find that here in Kullabygden! Tune in to my 9 favorites!

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Traveling by train in the Czech Republic - That's how it works

The distances in the Czech Republic are not great and with a well-developed railway network and fresh trains it is a pleasure to travel around by train. I have tried traveling by train in the Czech Republic from Brno to Prague and can only say one thing – I would love to do it again!

Prague - 8 Hot Restaurants and Cafes - Czech Republic

Prague's restaurant scene has exploded in recent years and today Prague is a foodie destination full of trendy, trendsetting and traditional restaurants. Not only an absolutely wonderful historical fairytale town, but also a gastro town! What a winning combo!

Ales rocks on Österlen in Scania
Sights in Österlen - 14 favorites - Skåne

Österlen may be a tiny little part of south-eastern Skåne, but there are plenty of sights there! Everything from historic castles to national parks and tropical white beaches - there are plenty of things to see and do here for the whole family. Here are my 15 favorites!

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Beautiful Brno – Sights and history in the Czech Republic's second largest city

In the south-east of the Czech Republic lies the country's second largest city, Brno. Here you will find a youthful and exuberant university town, full of innovative ideas that at the same time preserve the Moravian region's rich heritage, culture and history. A really lovely city, which really gave me more taste!

Swan Valley - 6 Wineries, Macadamia Nuts and Coffee Favorites - Australia

About 30 minutes drive from Perth in Western Australia is the Swan Valley. Here, among the fertile soil of the green hills, hours of sunshine abound and many tasty sights are offered.

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Taste Brno – 6 restaurants and cafes in the Czech Republic's gastro city

The gastronomy scene in Brno is bubbling and thriving. Surprising and satisfying. Join us on a real food journey to some of the city's hottest restaurants, cafes and bars.

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Grandezza Palace – Nice hotel in Brno – Czech Republic

Looking for a hotel in Brno, Czech Republic? Grandezza Palace is a nice hotel that is both centrally located and has a nice atmosphere!

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Travel to the Czech Republic - How did it work in pandemic times?

Thinking of traveling to the Czech Republic? This is how it worked on my trip to Brno and Prague in mid-October 2021 - everything from mouth protection to vaccination passes.

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NYX Hotel in Prague – Czech Republic

Are you looking for a hotel in Prague with a fresh design and a central location? NYX Hotel has exactly what you need, without a lot of extra fluff.

The desert - Dubai - UAE
Photo album from Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Join us for a colorful photo album with pictures from our four trips to the city where everything is possible!

Saguaro National Park outside of Tucson, Arizona
Saguaro National Park - Giant cacti in the Arizona desert - USA

Outside of Tucson, Arizona is Saguaro National Park, the perfect place to see the queen of the desert – the giant saguaro cactus.

Sunset over Arild and Kullaberg
Skäret to Arild – Raukar at sunset along the Kullaleden – Skåne

On the Kullaleden in the scenic area between Skäret to Arild, you prefer to walk at sunset, in a light that has attracted artists to the area since the middle of the 19th century.

Dramatic views of the sea and cliffs at Skälderviken
Josefinelust - Discover Kullaberg's finest bay - Skåne

Kullaberg's northern coast is Kullahalvöns dramatic side. Here you are met by steep cliffs and hilly terrain that has met Skälder over the yearsvikens sculpting waves. Almost at the end of the Kullaberg nature reserve, you will find Josefinelust, an enchantingly beautiful pebble beach surrounded by turquoise sea and steep cliffs.

Arild's vineyard
Restaurants on Kullahalvön - My 10 favorites - Skåne

On Kullahalvön in northwestern Skåne are some of Sweden's hottest restaurants. Tune in to my ten favorites!

Shell beach white beach in Shark Bay
Western Australia - A little film - Australia

Time to sum up our road trip in Western Australia from Perth to Monkey Mia - this time in a little film.

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Visit Nimis on Kullaberg - The place that is not on the map - Skåne

Nimis on Kullaberg is something as strange as a controversial black building, a work of art in a nature reserve and a life-threatening climbing position - all at once. Visit at your own risk with good shoes and a big pinch of caution, but be prepared to be surprised and delighted!

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Thien Mu Pagoda – The imposing tower in Hue – Vietnam

Thien Mu Pagoda stands high on a hill overlooking the Perfume River. A landmark in the imperial city of Hue that is well worth a visit.

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Northvikens gardens in Båstad - The secret garden - Skåne

On the Bjäre Peninsula outside Båstad lies Norrvikens gardens. One man's dream that became an exotic and magical park with miles-wide views of Laholmsbukten.

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Sights in Åhus - My 10 favorites - Skåne

Åhus is full of sights, history, nature experiences and wonderful places to eat. Tune in to my ten favorites!

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The priest's bathtub - Sand volcano on Österlen - Skåne

Just outside the fishing village of Vik på Österlen, lies a unique natural phenomenon. The priest's bathtub. Remains of an ancient sand volcano. A volcano? In Scania? And did we really get it right?

The dune landscape at Äspet
Hike Äspet around Skåneleden SL6 – Åhus – Skåne

One of Skåneleden's newest hiking trails SL6 starts in Åhus and goes through the Äspet nature reserve. A stretch that offers both rugged sand dunes and enticing sea bathing.

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Sights in Vilnius - My 12 Favorites - Lithuania

Do you want to know what to do in Vilnius? Lithuania's capital Vilnius is a walkable city filled with sights and good food. In addition, the city is brilliantly beautiful during Christmas time. Here are my twelve favorites!