Monthly Recap: June 2017

By June snow is already melted and trails are open in the high mountains. Alpine meadows are carpeted with millions of blooming wildflowers. Also, the flowerbeds in city parks and castle gardens are in their glory. And the temperature reaches that level what is already called beach weather. I mean ideally. (And I mean the Northern Hemisphere, of course.) This June was quite ideal from that aspect.

Moreover it started with a long weekend for us that we spent in Hallstatt, this charming small village in the Austrian Alps. There we also got our full day of rain for the month. Then June continued with clear blue skies and with having ice-cream on our balcony regularly.

Hallstatt, Austria

There were romantic walks in castle gardens and getting lost on the narrow country roads of the Czech Republic (no, we were not lost, actually the road was…). We were amazed by this country as we realized how little we saw from it on our first visit to Prague. And it became kind of our Loire Valley in Eastern Europe – it’s packed with astonishing castles of any kind!

Highlights of June

Hallstatt, Austria. This over-Instagrammed little village turned out to be truly lovely and it’s worth all the hype in our opinion. Not to mention the fascinating hikes we did in the Alps around Hallstatt and Gosau Valley.

Lednice Castle, Moravia, Czech Republic

Lednice Castle, Czech Republic. Lednice Castle is the kind we imagined when listening to fairy tales as kids. It’s the most beautiful castle we’ve seen in Eastern Europe so far – and if you read us for a while you know we are always on the hunt for pretty castles. 😀 We were amazed by its interior, too, especially by the unique carved woodworks in the Representative Rooms.

Bouzov Castle, Moravia, Czech Republic

Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic. Another wonderful Czech castle but a very different kind. It’s the perfect medieval castle that exists only in dreams and movies. Well, right, medieval castles are mostly all ruins today and so would have been Bouzov Castle. Only it was fully reconstructed by its previous owner at the end of the 19th century.

Milotice Castle, Moravia, Czech Republic

Moravian countryside. Moravia is one of the three historical regions of the Czech Republic and it was the main scene of our castle hunt this month. I mean, you could bump into castles everywhere in the countryside! Proper roads may not exist at certain places but Baroque castles stand proud. Or medieval castles. Or Renaissance.

Most popular post from June

17 Fairy Tale Scenes From Slovenia – a photo essay showcasing the beauties we found in Slovenia. Looks like our posts about Slovenia are getting quite popular and we could only agree: this tiny country really deserves the fame. 🙂

More of our latest posts

Zadar, We Can’t Help But Love You – let us show you one of the hidden gems of Croatia: the charming coastal town of Zadar. This post is all about what to see and do and love there.

10 Breathtaking Alpine Lakes In The High Tatras – if you want some strong temptation to visit the High Tatras of Slovakia, definitely check out this photo essay with the most beautiful and serene lake scenes we’ve found on our hikes.

Fulfilling A Dream: Our Visit To Glacier National Park – Glacier National Park is one of our favorites in the world. It took a while to write this detailed summary about it but finally we are sharing all the pratical and sentimental details along with our favorite pictures. Enjoy!

[Video post] Strolling Through Warsaw, Poland – the capital of Poland knocked us off our feet… We just loved the romantic atmosphere of the historical Old Town and the pretty parks and we are sharing a bit of it in this short video.

National Parks Of Hungary 1/10: Aggtelek – our challenge for the year is exploring all the national parks of our home country, Hungary. Here comes the first piece about them: get to know Aggtelek National Park and its wonderful karst caves.

Photo of the month: High Tatras, Slovakia

Coming up in July

We were so lost in wonderful castles in June that we entirely ignored our beloved national parks. But we miss them very much by now. So lots of hiking is planned for July. Tatras and Fatras of Slovakia, we are coming…

Plassen, Alps, Austria

And then the highlight of the year, the trip we are so excited about that we can’t even express it with words: Iceland! We are going to spend roughly two and a half weeks roadtripping through all the beauties Iceland has for us. It will be just nature and us. The waterfalls, the mighty ocean, the wind and the waves, the midnight sun, the glaciers and thermal springs… You’ll surely hear about everything in detail. 🙂

How was your June? What are your plans for the next month?

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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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