Coffee place Zurich: Sprüngli

A favorite spot for locals head up to the first floor of Confiserie Sprüngli on Paradeplatz to soak in the nostaligic coffee-house atmosphere. Opens early for breakfast, enjoy lunch with delicious quiche and make sure to take home a selection of Luxemburgerli - like a French macaron filled with cream.

Between Elbe and Alster rivers

The opening of the much-anticipated Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie in November 2016 provides reason enough to (re-)visit Hamburg. Part of HafenCity, a development project that is increasing the city center by 40 percent in size, the 360-foot-tall glass structure  on top of an old warehouse with a roof resembling sails and this northern city's maritime past.

Not only architecture, also hotel openings are adding to the excitement of the city. The Fontenay will open later this year, the first five-star hotel in Hamburg in 18 years.