Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Bordeaux
Bordeaux is a French city located in the south west of France and is often nicknamed “La perle d’Aquitaine” which means the Pearl of Aquitaine, or “La Belle Endormie” which is translated as Sleeping Beauty and is the 9th largest city in France with a population of 239,157 as of 2010. So, here are Sixt’s guide of the best things to do while in Bordeaux.
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Lauterbrunnen
Located in the Swiss Alps, Lauterbrunnen directly translated means ‘many fountains’ and the valley itself is one the biggest nature conservation sites in Switzerland. This is the smallest municipality on our list with a population of just 2,470!
For appreciators of natural beauty, Lauterbrunnen is the place for you, with over 70 waterfalls and Switzerland’s highest mountains, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau as well as beautiful lakes and meadows to keep you busy. The most famous of its 72 waterfalls is the Staubbach Falls which has one the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe, falling from almost 300m. In the winter, Lauterbrunnen is also great for ski enthusiasts as it is home to numerous cross country ski trails as well as hiking routes. And with Switzerland being the birthplace of skiing, you will not be disappointed by the exemplar slopes.
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Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Bucharest
First mentioned in documents in 1459, makes this Romanian capital a relatively new city. It is now considered the center of art, culture and media in Romania and is often referred to as ‘little Paris‘ due to the sophisticated architecture developed between the two world wars.
Bucharest is a great city for wandering around, whether this be with the free, informative walking tours in which you can get insiders information and a comprehensive history about this fantastic city from the locals where you can join and leave at your discretion. The tours range from topics such as “Discover little Paris” and “Communism to democracy“.
The government of Sri Lanka has decided to ease the driver’s license registration process for tourists traveling from abroad. From August 2014, travelers will be able to register their driver’s licenses directly at the airport when entering the country. The process of registration will take approximately only ten minutes and the license acquired will be valid for three months. The tourists who wish to travel within the island without being dependent on taxi or public transportation are able to rent their premium car from Sixt directly after arrival.
In Sri Lanka Sixt offers the customer to choose from two services, the self-driven car rental as well as the rental of its premium car fleet (such as from BMW and Hyundai) that includes an English-speaking driver at affordable rates. The driver service is very suitable for business travelers who travel to Colombo downtown only for their business as well as other travelers who prefer not to have the hassle of driving themselves while traveling to many beautiful sights in Sri Lanka. Customers are able to book both of the services online.
Sixt at Singapore Changi Airport has extended the opening hours of the branch. Customers can now rent and return their vehicles from Monday to Friday as well as on bank holidays between 7:00am and 11:00pm. Furthermore we reduced our out-of-hours fee for return during the time from 11:00pm to 7:00am.
More Information about the branch
- Address- 75 Airport BLVD 819664 Singapore
- Phone Number – 65-6423-9566
- Website – http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/singapore/singapore/singapore-changi-airport
- Meet and Greet Station- Sixt rent a car will meet you in the arrival hall with the keys to your car rental.
With Sixt rent a car in Singapore you know that you will be getting a great car and great service in Singapore.
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Dublin
We now head to the capital of Ireland, a nation that is synonymous with drinking, more specifically Guinness and whiskey. However, there is much more to this jolly city than drinking alone, so here are Sixt’s recommendations for your stay in Dublin, and these ones you will actually remember!
Having said that, a visit to Temple bar, an area notorious for its excessive drinking, is mandatory during your stay in Dublin. Even just for the atheistic appeal, it one of the only areas in the city that managed to preserve its medieval street pattern with narrow cobbles streets filled with art galleries, cafes and bars underpinned by eco-friendly schemes. The areas boasts the only art house cinema in Dublin as well as the Gallery of Photography and Projects Art Center. For a slightly more traditional cosmopolitan experience, head to Grafton street, which is the principle area of the south side of the city. There you will find a plethora of shops and restaurants as well as the Statue of Molly Malone, the protagonist in the song “In Dublin’s Fair City” (where the girls are all pretty) which some consider to be the unofficial anthem for Dublin.
Read all about: Europe Travel Month – Day 26: Dublin
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Dubrovnik
This Croatian city located on the coast of the Adriatic Sea is one the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean and is one of the smallest cities on our list with a population of just over 42,000. However, don’t let size fool you as there is a great deal to see and do in this Port city.
The attraction leading the way in this stunning the city is a walk around the city walls, which were initially put in place in the 13th century and where strengthened in the 15th to ward off the threat of the invading Turks. A leisurely walk around 2km parameters is a great way to turn back the clock and reflect, it is also the best way to see everything the city has to offer in terms of stunning sea views. I would advise that you walk either early in the morning or early evening as in the peak of the day time it can get unbearably busy. While you are around the area you will notice people jumping into the sea off the walls, or those less adrenaline conscious can slide in from the surrounding rocks, this is best way to finish off walking the walls with a refreshing dip into the Mediterranean Sea.
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Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Munich
Europe month now takes us back to where it all started, to the home of Martin Sixt, where in 1912, he founded Sixt in Munich. Munich is the largest city and capital of the southern region of Germany, Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg.
One of the best attractions Munich has to offer is, Oktoberfest. So, if you find yourself in Munich around the last week of September to the first week of October you are in for a whole host of treats. Oktoberfest is the largest annually held funfair in the world. Although Munich is not alone in hosting Oktoberfest celebrations, they are all modelled after this, the original which started in 1810. Although Oktoberfest is characterized by excessive consumption of beer, there are also lots of non-alcoholic activities to be enjoyed such as, funfair rides, games and side stalls as well as a great variety of street food from around the world.
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Reykjavik
Since the crash of their economy in 2008, Iceland has since gone from strength to strength, and is now considered to be one of the most progressive countries in the world. And its capital city of Reykjavik is regarded as being the heart of the country’s cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is therefore an extremely exciting place to be currently.
Reykjavik is a cosmopolitan capital city like any other, and is therefore home to a whole host of retail shops and eateries. However, what makes the Reykjavik shopping experience so distinctive is all the local crafts and designer shops where you can purchase unique and authentic Icelandic souvenirs that will be constant reminder of your time in Reykjavik. Make sure you visit the Kringlan Shopping Mall to grab a Lopaleysa, an Icelandic jumper, and immerse yourself in the social hub of Iceland.
Read all about: Europe Travel Month – Day 23: Reykjavik
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Krakow
Poland has a rich and fruitful history and culture and nowhere represents this better than Krakow, or Cracow, still reeling off the momentum of being named European capital of culture for the year 2000, there is much to see and do in this exciting city! Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and can be dated back to the 7th century.
Krakow is home to host of museums, and one novel aspect about the museums is they all offer one day a week that has free admission. Be sure to check out the website of the museums you wish to visit to find out the exact day of the week. Some of the best in the city include the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which is just a 20 minute drive in your car rental. This salt mine has been in continuous operation for the past 700 years. Read all about: Europe Travel Month – Day 22: Krakow
Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Seville
Sixt will now give you a low down on the best places to visit during your stay in Seville. This stunning city, located in the south of Spain, is the capital and largest city of Andalusia, making it the 4th largest city in Spain. It is also home to the Seville harbor, the only river port in the whole of Spain.
First on anyone’s list when they visit the picturesque city of Seville is the Alcazar of Seville, originally built in the 1300’s, the Alcazar is the oldest royal palace still in use today. Often regarded as an architectural highlight in Spain, this beautiful palace was built in the so-called “dark ages”, however when presented with this magnificent palace, you will feel anything but dark. And it seems we are not only the ones who think so as it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
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Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Athens
The Greek capital of Athens is today’s instalment of Europe month, probably the most historically significant city on our list as the birthplace of civilization and democracy, producing such great philosophical minds as Plato and Nietzsche. Athens is also one of the oldest cities in the world, with a recorded history of about 3,400 years.
With that in mind, the absolute highlight of your trip to Athens will be to revel in the Acropolis, which sits arched above the city, visible from most points of the center. Of particular note in the Acropolis is the Parthenon, built in 432BC, in the height of the Athenian empire, as a tribute to the goddess Athena, it is the most important and well maintained building from Ancient Greece. And, aside from being a must see attraction in Athens, the Acropolis is regarded as one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It is therefore, mandatory on any cultural enthusiast bucket list.
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Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Venice
Upon a friend of mines first glance at Venice, she said “it’s like Narnia”, and, while I’m not sure she meant literally, figuratively, in a sense that it’s like another world, I can only agree. Venice is magical. The entire city itself is listed as a world heritage site and is located in the north east of Italy. SO, here are Sixt’s top picks of what to do while in the city.
Since the beginning the compilation of this list, there have been many churches and cathedrals mentioned, particularly in Italy, and Venice is no exception. With the Pièce de résistance being St Mark’s Basilica. It is the most famous of all the churches in Venice, not least because of its Italo-Byzantine architecture and the beautiful mosaic interior. While admiring the church, you will come across St Mark’s Square, often overwrought with people, to truly appreciate this Piazza it is advisable to head there as late as possible.
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Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Tuscany
Today’s instalment bring us to the Italian region, Tuscany. The region that birthed in the renaissance, where lovers of art, history and literature will find remnants of this beloved era dotted around the district. The largest city is the region is Florence and has already been touched upon in a previous blog entry, therefore, if you’d like to have more information on the beautiful city, visit Florence blog. However, this north westerly, rural region of Italy has much more to offer than merely its largest city.
A car will be indispensable while you travel around the beautiful Tuscan valleys, as public transport is few and far between. And aside from the roads linking Siena with Florence, they are mostly empty. Siena is, arguably, home to one of Italy’s most interesting cathedral, Duomo. This architectural feat was originally intended to be the largest cathedral in the world, however money ran our half way through construction and it was abandoned, resulting in its unique structure. If possible, ensure you visit Siena either around the 2nd of July or the 16th of August as this is when The Palio takes place, a traditional medieval bi-annual horserace where local neighborhoods race for the trophy and pride for their ‘Contrade’. Here, you will bear witness to authentic Italian passion and competition.
Read all about: Europe Travel Month – Day 18: Tuscany