Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The summer version of "Eating Out" in Europe

When traveling, most people try to pack a lot of sightseeing into a short vacation time. I know I do. On a warm, sunny summer day, eating outside at a restaurant, cafe, or biergarten is a great experience worth making some room for in your itinerary. This is a relaxing way to enjoy the scenery, try some local food, rest your feet, and people watch. I know this is one of my favorite ways to spend summer evenings in Germany.
Heidelberg Schloss
Find a seat next to the Heiliggeistkirche at the Marktplatz in Heidelberg, Germany or the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium, or any other spot that looks interesting, you never know what you might see. Sloooow down and take your time. Eating out, whether you are inside or out, in Europe is an experience and there is no need to rush.

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium.
 At the Müllner Braü in Salzburg, Austria you could relax in the biergarten under the shady trees with a liter of beer, a pretzel or salted radish, and make some new friends.

On the island of Rügen in northeast Germany, there is the lovely beach town of Binz where you can sit right on the beach with your snack.
The food was inexpensive outside of the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic.

These are just a sampling of your options for "eating out" while on your European vacation. I hope you have a chance to make room in your busy travel schedule to unwind at one of these great spots.

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