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Munich Citytrip

Before visiting Munich - Germany’s third largest city - I wasn’t sure what to expect. I certainly wasn’t prepared for its royal grandeur and beauty inherited from its long history as capital of Bavaria! Breathtaking palaces, lavish gardens and fabulous museums make it an absolute must for culture lovers and aesthetes alike. But let’s not forget its contemporary character. With the best German designers living and working in Munich, the city is Germany’s undisputed capital of design, shining through its modernity and creativity. Add the fact that it’s clean, safe and packed with shopping possibilities and you’ll easily understand why Munich is definite city trip material!

Vienna Citytrip

Vienna is known for being one of the cities with the best quality of living in the world and after spending three days in the Austrian capital I have no difficulty understanding why. But then again, Vienna has everything to please an aesthete like me: glorious architecture, historic palaces, elegant cafés… Vienna is pure beauty. Yet the city doesn’t feel sleepy and features also a fair amount of trendy places for hipsters to enjoy. In other words, Vienna is classic with just the right amount of modernity!

A day in Amsterdam • The essence

Amsterdam is one of the most photogenic cities in the world and that’s probably the main reason why I love it and keep coming back to it. With its historic canals and picturesque townhouses it feels like a living postcard… which also explains why it is so popular! I read somewhere that the city is flooded with tourists (much like Venice), so recently I preferred to keep a distance. But if you haven’t been yet or if you want to know my take on Amsterdam, here are the essentials according to Gerrit and the City.

Florence Citytrip

There aren't many places in the world as enchanting as the Italian Renaissance city Florence. Whether you're a romantic, an art lover or a true foodie, Florence will steal your heart. Which explains why the city is so popular! Think of a labyrinth of authentic, cobbled streets. Masterpieces by Michelangelo and Botticelli. The best pizza, pasta and gelato. Florence is a place you need to savor, like a good glass of wine. You could pack the activities and sights below in two days, but instead I recommend taking your time, getting lost and making it at least a three day trip. Ciao!

Hannover Citytrip

Inside and outside of Germany, Hannover isn't quite known for being the place to be. Which is unfortunate really, because it means most people miss out on the nice surprises the city has in store! Thanks to its big university, Hannover is a very lively place, with lots of festivals and events happening throughout the year. Fairy tale fans will be over the moon about the Royal Gardens and the nearby Marienburg Castle. And with a few strong female characters having left their mark on the city, Hannover could even be described as feminist. Lots to discover obviously and I'm happy to be your guide!

Krakow Citytrip

This trip to Krakow was my 1st acquaintance with Poland and I couldn't have imagined a better one! Poland's former capital is one of elegance: from the authentic charm of the Old City, to the peaceful escapism of the Vistula River, to the hipster vibes of the former Jewish district. Never have I witnessed such a religious place, from the countless churches to the priests and nuns everywhere, yet the city is the most approachable. Its relatively small size means you can do everything by foot and you'll never feel lost. Add a low cost of living to this and you got yourself the perfect - alternative - getaway!

A weekend in Zuid-Limburg

Another great thing about living in Belgium is that there is so much to discover just beyond the borders. Case in point: Zuid-Limburg. This Dutch region that's adjacent to Belgium in the East isn't quite like the rest of the Netherlands and holds many surprises. With its mix of nature, history and contemporary lifestyle, it has something in store for everyone. Let me guide you through Zuid-Limburg the 'Gerrit and the City' way, meaning a little street art, some design, fabulous food and a trip to the province's fashionable capital Maastricht!

Berlin Citytrip

David Bowie once said Berlin is the greatest cultural extravaganza one could imagine. And I couldn't agree more. Thanks to its relatively low cost of living, Berlin attracts countless artists and creatives. Combined with its tumultuous past, the city is a thrilling mix of history, art, music and graffiti. I've been here a few times but it's only during this trip that it dawned on me just how much Berlin is cool and laid-back, progressive and gay friendly, cosmopolitan and multi-dimensional.

London Citytrip

New York, Milan, Paris... Three out of four fashion capitals I've written about before. So it was about time I shared my thoughts on London with you! There's something about this city that I just love. Is it the architecture, the energy or simply the English culture? Either way, I feel very much drawn to this place. Unfortunately, it can be quite pricey. Which is why I worked on a guide that takes you along some of the city's main attractions without spending a single pound. That is, everywhere except in restaurants, which are truly amazing and worth the splurge.

South Tyrol

'Gerrit and the City' is all about escapism. Sometimes I take you to unexplored cities and sometimes I take you to more remote places. Consider this my first 'Gerrit and the Mountains' piece as I introduce you to South Tyrol, the region located in the Alps of Northern Italy. A region that's all about contrasts: Alpine and Mediterranean, German-Austrian and Italian, traditional and contemporary. There is nothing quite like finding yourself in this sumptuous mountain landscape to escape everything and refocus on yourself. And when you're feeling a cosmopolitan urge, the capital Bolzano is right there for you!

Prague Citytrip • Part two

With its cobbled streets and colorful architecture, Prague is a really pleasant city to wander in. The fact that it is relatively small (you can do most of your itineraries by foot) and pretty cheap, makes it very accessible. As for the Czech people, though they kind of keep to themselves, in the end most of them are actually sweet. To make the most of your journey, book a room in the historic center, or 'Prague 1'.

Prague Citytrip • Part one

I was told Prague was beautiful, but I was not prepared for this level of beauty. 'The city of 100 spires' is one of romance and history. As opposed to many other European cities, it has remained untouched for centuries, making it a breathtaking mix of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Everywhere you look there are historic buildings from revolved times of opulence and ornamentation. And to all you Art Nouveau and Art Deco lovers, this is your dream come true.

New York Citytrip • Part three

You've had a taste of iconic central Manhattan, you've experienced the 'small-scale' neighborhoods, so now it's time to discover the Southern end of the island and venture into the adjacent borough that is Brooklyn. Along the way you'll encounter many buildings that testify of the industrial past of these areas and you'll enjoy some major scenic views that are at their best when accompanied by clear blue skies!

New York Citytrip • Part two

After spending the first few days in central Manhattan looking for the major New York landmarks, you are ready to discover the 'alternative' part of the City. A little more to the South, you'll find the arty and fashionable neighborhoods which I loved even more. I guess this is where you'll experience real NY life: chilling in small parks, discovering trendy lunch spots, doing a little shopping and most importantly pretending to be Carrie Bradshaw in Perry Street!

New York Citytrip • Part one

Fifth Avenue, the Chrysler Building, the Brooklyn Bridge... Not only are these quintessential New York landmarks, they're also Sex and the City icons, the relationship narrative centered around Carrie Bradshaw (also known as my hero) that is responsible for my fascination of the City. For years I've been fantasizing about the Big Apple from my couch and now I finally got to experience it myself and it was exactly the way I imagined it! Let me take you on a fabulous 8-day journey, starting with Midtown and the Upper East Side.

A weekend in Rotterdam • Part two

The main reason why we picked citizenM to stay in Rotterdam was its convenient location in the city center. But it turned out that's not its only asset! You now know Rotterdam is all about modern architecture and citizenM fits perfectly into that. You can check-in by yourself and in your room you get to pilot everything with an iPad (from temperature, to lighting, to music). I advice you pick a room with view on the harbor on the upper level. You'll see the room is small but very cosy! And you get all of this for a decent price.

A weekend in Rotterdam • Part one

Rotterdam is best known for its characteristic skyline and innovative architecture which gave the city its nickname 'Manhattan aan de Maas'. The reason why the city has such a modern appearance is because it was largely bombed during World War II and it was decided to rebuild the city according to contemporary architecture standards afterwards. As a result, people either hate it or love it. Thanks to its many, many hotspots, I quickly became a Rotterdam fan and I gladly share my tips with you for a full weekend of discoveries!

Dublin Citytrip

Since I don't drink beer, I thought Dublin, the city famous for its pubs, had nothing to offer for me. But boy was I wrong! I quickly discovered the city has many spots to please hipsters, countless colorful facades and a surprisingly urban vibe. It is confusing to see people drive on the left, but other than that Dublin is very easy to approach: They have the euro, you don't need to worry about public transport since distances are short and the general atmosphere is laid-back. So grab your raincoat and off we go!

Milan Citytrip

Milan is very well known for its Fashion Week, as it is one of the fashion capitals next to New-York, London and Paris. But there's more to Milan than just fashion. Some say Milan doesn't offer the real Italian experience, but as a city person I had a blast during my 3-day trip in July. Through the food and the language, I enjoyed the Italian passion to the fullest. And above that, the city actually offers some very beautiful sights. I hope you enjoy this city guide punctuated by Prada, Gucci, etcetera!

A day in Paris • Along the Seine

For me, Paris has always been magical. Because the City of Light has been featured in countless movies I've seen, I've been dreaming about it for a long time. In the last five years, I've been going there regularly and I'm pleasantly surprised the magic still operates. With its beautiful architecture, countless terraces and monuments, and of course, the Seine. A walk around the city's river is almost mandatory when I'm there. It has something immensely romantic and you come accross some of the city's greatest landmarks. Follow me!