The centre of either ideal is finding a way to retain the innocence and playfulness that we enter the world with, even as we grow through it. It’s no small task. Sometimes we need help to re-find it, and at moments like these, we can be thankful for oases like Salzburg’s Spielzeugmuseum, or Toy Museum - a monument to those wondrous little objects that once helped us discover ourselves and the world around us: TOYS.
Whether you are there escorted by a little artist or by your own inner child, The Toy Museum has plenty to offer in terms of culture, historical toys and finding the inner you. Even with all these historical bits and bobs, the museum is anything but stuffy, and is fully dedicated to one thing and one thing only, and it’s not toys. Well, not in the strictest sense. It is rather the act of playing, and that’s something we all need to be reminded to do more of.
After 3 full floors dedicated, respectively, to “Play”, “Experience”, and “Astonishment”, no matter your age you’ll either be all tuckered out or on an over-stimulated, hyperactive high.
In either case, it’s good to know that Arthotel Blaue Gans is literally across the street. Check out their amazing art collection with new eyes… or just hit your room for nap time at this designer hotel of creative cool - a grown up child's play den.
For more cultural wonderments have a peek in our travel journal at artist Joan Miró's Mallorcan workshop, Salkammergut's bold Austrian nature and neighbouring Vienna's style guide to design. A cultural menagerie if ever there was one.
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Porto for culture seekers - we explore the Serralves Foundation comprising of a dusty pink 1930-40s’s Art Deco villa designed by Porto architect José Marques da Silva, a landscape-specific contemporary museum designed by Álvaro Siza, and a surrounding park of 18 hectares that’s visited for its sculptures as well as for its biodiversity.
Browse our unique Vienna Art Guide below for all there is to know about Austria’s art and culture capital. Once the epicentre of the longstanding Habsburg empire, Vienna is awash with galleries, artists, museums and odes to moments of age-defining culture, as well a new generation of creatives call this city home, once again.read more
Catch the works of British sculptor Anish Kapoor this summer at the Serralves Park, the first solo exhibition in Portugal will comprise both sculptures out in the open – some of them new – as well as architectural models conceived over the past 40 years.read more
Fabulous art exhibition ‘The Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the last Monet’, at Musée de l'Orangerie Paris, France.read more
We have to admit, we're a bit art obsessed. We recently found ourselves rushing into a city on a 2-hour layover just to scurry through their contemporary art museum before breathlessly re-presenting ourselves at the airport.read more
While endless innovative projects continue to pour out of Denmark and Sweden, oftentimes their smaller but no less creative Scandinavian sister, Norway, is overlooked. Introducing Artscape Nordland, a permanent exhibition of 33 spectacular sculptures adorning 32 Norwegian municipalities.read more
Belgium’s art scene is a bit more rock n’ roll than you might first think, amigos. Take Gistel’s PAK gallery, for example: a non-profit art space that commands a 2-hectare natural landscape between fairy-tale medieval Bruges and sunny, coastal Ostend, spinning its own socialist tale of what art could, and should be.read more
Paestum Temples in Southern Italy is one of those ancient antiquities that you have to visit – this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cilento Campania is a treasure trove of ancient Greece including three of the world’s best-preserved temples.read more
Casa Vicens by icon Antoni Gaudí, is Barcelona's newest architectural attraction to open its doors - just opened to the public for the first time, Casa Vicens is the perfect reason to visit this Catalan city of stunning architecture.read more
100 years after his death, Egon Schiele’s nude drawings still ruffle feathers. The Austrian fin-de-siècle artist, who lived in Vienna for most of his life, is being celebrated together with his mentor Gustav Klimt, for his pivotal role in Viennese modernism, with exhibitions and events staged all over the city.read more
When dealing with one of the oldest buildings in Salzburg, it takes the architect’s clever manipulation of architecture and design to create an exciting, inspiring atmosphere that coverts the old and the new to extreme yet complimentary dimensions.read more