Connoisseur

Immersing yourself in a destination – with all your senses and without any stress – is a must for you! For a leisurely city break that suits your taste, we recommend these three city matches that won’t leave anyone hungry for more: from the idyllic wine region of Graz to Belgian specialities such as fries, waffles and beer, to traditional ‘Grie Soss’ (green sauce) and ‘Ebbelwoi’ (apple wine) in Frankfurt – every city promises an enjoyable holiday. Here are our tips for four days in Brussels, Graz and Frankfurt!

Day 1:

Guided food tour: a slightly different city tour, showing the best places to eat in the city! Discover beautiful places in the city while sampling Belgian ‘frites’, waffles, chocolate and much more.

Europaviertel development: this is where Brussels shows off all its different sides. The buildings of varying styles alone make every walk an architectural tour of discovery. In addition to well-known EU institutions, which can be explored inside and out, you can embark on a food crawl of cafés and restaurants and stroll through green spaces such as Leopold Park. The city’s multicultural side is not only evident in the cuisine, but also at Librebook, a multilingual bookshop and cultural meeting point.

 

Day 2:

Foire du Midi fair: the fair takes place from 13 July to 18 August 2024 and offers a mix of traditional and modern attractions. After a ride on a Ferris wheel, the numerous food stalls invite you to linger.

Sablon district: a district for connoisseurs, known for its antique shops, art galleries and exclusive boutiques. Many of the most renowned chocolatiers have also set up shop here – let’s not forget Brussels is home to some of the best chocolate makers in the world!

Day 3:

Chocolate Museum: do you have a sweet tooth? Check out the two chocolate museums: the Choco-Story Brussels and the Belgian Chocolate Village museum.

Beer museum: and if that’s not enough for you, or if you’re not a big chocolate fan, take a tour of the Beer Museum. Cheers!

Dinner in a tram: spending the evening in a tram only sounds tempting when it becomes an experience. At the Tram Experience, you can take in not only delicious food but also your beautiful surroundings during the two-hour journey.

 

Day 4:

Vintage market (7 July and 4 August): extra space in your luggage? This vintage and second-hand market is sure to delight shoppers: fashion, jewellery, decoration, vinyls, food, drink – everything is up for grabs.

Grand Place: the central market square of Brussels, with its picture-book façades, is often described as one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

Wolf Food Market: a culinary world tour in 17 stages – various restaurants have set up their stalls in the large market hall, so there is something for every taste and you can enjoy the last day of your holiday to the max.

Free admission: calling all culture vultures! Many museums are free on the first Sunday of the month. Here is an overview.


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Day 1:

Kleinmarkthalle: the first stop for connoisseurs in Frankfurt is the Kleinmarkthalle. Specialities from all over the world are waiting to be sampled – and the Frankfurt classic ‘Grie Soss’ (green sauce) should be at the top of your list.

Old Town, Römer and Main: a short walk from the Kleinmarkthalle takes you to the centre of the beautiful Old Town and in front of the Römer, the town hall. From there, it’s a stone’s throw to the Main River and the famous ‘Eiserne Steg’ (Iron Footbridge). On the opposite bank of the river is the Museumsufer, home to numerous museums.

Our tip: Museumsuferfest: from 23 to 25 August 2024, you can experience a unique cultural festival with spectacular fireworks on the last evening.

 

Day 2:

Fressgass: another day of culinary delights awaits. Between Opernplatz and Börsenstrasse is the ‘Fressgass’ (lit. ‘grazing street’; the actual name is ‘Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse’). The nickname comes from the many cafés, restaurants and delis lining the street. Definitely not a bad place to be!

Sachsenhausen: cross the Main and arrive in Sachsenhausen, a district with great apple wine restaurants and other culinary highlights.

Tip: Apfelweinfest – if you can’t get enough of the apple wine, be sure to visit the apple wine festival, which takes place from 9 to 11 August 2024.

 

Day 3:

Palmengarten: this botanical paradise boasting myriad exotic plants is a must-visit on your trip to Frankfurt.

Oosten: the Oosten is a mix of restaurant, café and bar, with something for every taste. The special feature of this spot is its location on the Main with a fantastic view of the Frankfurt skyline.

Doner boat: kebab on a boat in Frankfurt on the Main? Sounds crazy? It is! You should definitely order a kebab from here.

 

Day 4:

Main Tower: still haven’t had enough of ‘Mainhattan’? From the Main Tower – one of Germany’s tallest buildings – you can look out over the city’s skyline from up high. If you would like to stay in the tower for longer, book a table at the popular Michelin-starred restaurant.

Mainfest: if you are not travelling during the period mentioned above and miss out on the Museumsuferfest, the Mainfest from 2 to 5 August 2024 is an attractive alternative. It is one of the oldest folk festivals in Frankfurt, and at the end, a large fireworks display is held on the banks of the Main.


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Day 1:

Eggenberg Palace: the largest and most important Baroque palace complex in Styria is located in Graz. Be sure to visit Eggenberg Palace’s 24 state rooms and spacious gardens.

Graz Food Festival: with this year’s motto #überdentellerrand (outside the box, lit. ‘beyond the edge of the plate’), this food festival in Graz is a unique experience. Taking place from 30 June to 7 July 2024, the event will give you an insight into the latest international wine, drinks and food trends – with tastings, of course.

 

Day 2:

Culinary city tour: explore Graz on a guided culinary tour and sample some of the city’s most delicious food and drinks.

Old Town: afterwards, we recommend strolling into the heart of the city. In addition to cafés, restaurants and bars, impressive buildings and monuments are all part of Graz’s character.

Schlossberg: fancy taking in the whole of the city? Then the ascent to the Schlossberg is worth it for its panoramic views over Graz and the Mur River. It’s also home to the city’s iconic Clock Tower.

Day 3:

Gourmet tour through Styria: fancy a trip to Tuscany? ‘Styrian Tuscany’, that is: it’s the wine region south of Graz. A glass of the region’s white pairs perfectly with dishes such as fried chicken, salad with pumpkin seed oil or a ‘Brettjause’ charcuterie board. During a small vineyard hike, you can taste wines straight from the vineyards at wine taverns and wineries.

Our tip: use the Leisure Ticket (Freizeit-Ticket) for your trip to the Styrian wine country! It’s available on weekends and public holidays as a day ticket and is perfect for trips to the wine region.

 

Day 4:

Coffee house culture: alongside wine, coffee plays an important role in Graz. Enjoy some downtime with a creamy coffee in one of the oldest coffee houses in the city, Café Fotter.

La Strada Festival: between 26 July and 4 August 2024, street artists and acrobats transform the city into a lively stage at the La Strada street art festival. Food, drink and a lot of joie de vivre are par for the course here.


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