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American videographer Blaze Nowara took part in the age-old tradition of European train trips. In conjunction with Hotel Indigo and Matador Network, Nowara explored the less touristy sides of London, Paris, Berlin and Kraków. After London and Paris, Nowara continues his European train trip to Berlin and Kraków.
Train trips in Europe: part 2
Missed part 1? Check Blaze’s favourite places in London & Paris
3rd Stop: Berlin like an art lover
Berlin is a city for the active and the artsy, the eco-friendly and the friendly. As such, the best way to take in the city is to zip from one cool corner to the next. Markthalle Neun is the best place for foodies on-the-go—its delicious stalls satisfy every palette. Wash down your lunch with a good coffee. The Aeropress at The Barn is sure to impress, and the atmosphere rocks.
Aside from enjoying its urban attractions, Nowara also took time to commune with nature. Mauerpark is the city’s favourite outdoor space, especially when the flea market is out. After an action-packed day, Nowara wound down for the night at the Hotel Indigo Berlin – Alexanderplatz.
Pro Tip: For a multi-sensory experience, stop by the Urban Spree for an art exhibition, a pint at the bar, or a party. There’s always something going on at this cutting edge art space.
4th Stop: Kraków like a Culture Vulture
There are few cities in which the old and the new blend as seamlessly as they do in Kraków. From your starting point at the Hotel Indigo Krakow – Old Town, you will be fully immersed in both contemporary design and historic ambience.
Nowara started off at one of the best markets in the city: Tagowisko Nowy Kleparz. Here, organic is the norm, so eat your heart out guilt-free. You haven’t experienced Kraków like a local until you’ve had your caffeine fix. Bartek Kozina, owner of Kraków’s beloved Karma Coffee, once said, it’s a “lazy city where all people do is drink coffee.”
If you already had a cup of Karma in the morning, try one of Nowara’s favourites: the Massolit Book & Café, which offers one of the best coffee and book collections in the city.
Pro Tip: You are never too cool to play tourist at the MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków). Their first-rate curators always have something fresh and interesting to showcase, and all exhibitions are labelled in both Polish and English.