As the list grows of places that have become no-go zones due to tourists, we've come up with alternative destinations to visit in summer.
One of the best countries in the world for castle lovers to visit is Slovakia.
Follow in Andrew Harper's footsteps on his recent trip through Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest.
Like the Belvedere, this more sober baroque palace stands amid delightful gardens just outside Vienna's Ring. We booked one of the once-monthly public tours of the Gartenpalais, home to a private art and decorative object collection rivaling the Frick in New York.
Videos from my trips to Europe and the Atlantic coast.
When I planned this itinerary, I would never have guessed that it would be a relief to leave the Palais Coburg and head southeast to Bratislava. Just an hour from Vienna, the Slovakian capital languished for decades behind the Iron Curtain, and communist planners did not treat the city kindly.
The culinary scene in central Europe has come of age, and dining in Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest is a delight. We had no trouble finding soulful, traditional fare as well as sophisticated fine dining.
A video from my recent trip to Bratislava, Slovakia as reviewed in the August 2014 issue of the Hideaway Report.