If ever you feel that you are not doing well, look elsewhere. Here's why.
Nobody expects a 5-star service upon hearing "Holiday Inn Express, yet we felt like we were in one, when we stayed in Holiday Inn Express Munich City West!
People who know Hallstatt recognises it by the classic village views, which has to be seen from the edge or from the water. No one really wants to go there to walk the streets (hidden between the streets in between the building you see on postcards), or to eat over there.
Most importantly, it gets ridiculously expensive to stay there.
Where then, do we stay when visiting Hallstatt?
Hallstatt in winter provides a more intimate, although quiet, experience. Climb up the hill, cross the lake, explore little stores... Plan for more than a half-day trip for a fairy-tale-like trip!
When I planned for my year-end trip to tour Christmas markets, I was concerned about 2 things: Capturing the beauty of the Christmas markets in low light, and having a camera that would work in the cold.
My first instinct turned to the Olympus Tough series.