New York Weehawken, NJ

It is always enchanting to get a different view on things. With this trip you get to see the quiet side of the Hudson River in New Jersey. With only a short train and tram ride away you can enjoy a stroll along the river, discover a 9/11 memorial and varying views over to Manhattans skyline.

  • City: New York/Weehawken, NJ
  • How to get there: Get the PATH train from 33rd Street Station in Manhattan to Hoboken Station in New Jersey. From there take the Hudson Bergen Light Rail to Port Imperial Station. Walk across the street and follow the river walk back towards Hoboken.
  • Tip: If you don’t want to walk all the way back to Hoboken, take the tram back from Lincoln Harbor Station.
  • Ticket: You can use your MetroCard on the PATH train but need an extra ticket (available at stations) for the light rail service.
  • Transport information: NJ TransitMetropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Location: Weehawken
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Liepāja Soviet-era housing

With being the third biggest city in Latvia, Liepāja lies on the Baltic Sea coast and has some fine white sandy beaches. In contrast to its sunny coastline and green parks, you’ll also find some Soviet-era public housing areas which are well worth exploring if you are into architecture.

  • City: Liepāja, Latvia
  • How to get there: Take the only tram line service from Kurzeme Stop to Mirdzas Ķempes iela Stop (terminus). Then take a stroll through the borough and its concrete housing blocks.
  • Tip: After lots of concrete why not take a 4,5km walk back to the city centre along the coastline and/or the parkland alongside.
  • Ticket: Best option is to get a ticket on board the tram in cash Liepaja Tickets
  • Transport information: Liepājas tramvajs
  • Location: Mirdzas Ķempes iela

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San Francisco Golden Gate Park

One of San Franciscoˋs best and largest parks is the Golden Gate Park. Stretching over 5 km from the city towards the Pacific Ocean with superb views along the fine sandy beach. The park also holds a botanical garden that is definitely worth a visit. Overall you can spend at least half a day exploring all the sights in and around the park.

  • City: San Francisco, United States of America
  • How to get there: Take the Muni N-Line tram service from Embarcadero Station to Carl St & Stanyan St Stop. Then it is a short walk to the southeast corner of the park.
  • Tip: After a visit in the botanical garden take a trip on the Stow Lake in a pedal boat. If you fancy walking all the way to the west you will be rewarded with some Dutch windmills just before reaching the Pacific Ocean and its vast beach. To get back to the city centre take the N-Line tram from Judah St & La Playa St Station
  • Ticket: Best option is to get a Clipper Card
  • Transport information: Muni
  • Location: San Francisco Botanical Garden

Wellington Kapiti Coast

From New Zealand’s wonderful capital city Wellington you can easily explore the Kapiti Coast with local train services. The Queen Elizabeth Park for example, is a great destination with large areas of natural dunes along the coast. Perfect also for family picnics and if you fancy a tram ride, go and visit the Wellington Tramway Museum.

  • City: Wellington, New Zealand
  • How to get there: Take a Kapiti Line train service from Wellington Station to Paekakariki Station.  From the station it’s about a 15 minute walk until you reach the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Tip: Continue walking through the park towards Paraparaumu Station and take the Kapiti Line train back to Wellington Station. This walk will take around 2 hours.
  • Ticket: A Day Rover Ticket will give you unlimited travel on the Kapiti, Upper Hutt, and Johnsonville Metlink train services.
  • Transport information: Metlink
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Park

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Adelaide Seaside

The, at time of writing this post, only tram line in Adelaide brings you directly from the central business district to the white sandy beach of Glenelg. The benefit of this relocation from the urban centre is the fresh air combined with a laid back atmosphere.

  • City: Adelaide
  • How to get there: Take the tram from outside Adelaide Railway Station to Moseley Square Station the terminus in Glenelg. Then it’s a short walk to the beach and its pier.
  • Tip: Glenelg is more of a seaside resort, with many restaurants, shops, cafes and various types of accommodation. So, it’s well worth to spend some time there.
  • Ticket: Use a 3-day Metrocard for unlimited travel on busses, tram and rail services.
  • Transport information: Adelaide Metro

Melbourne Community Environment Park CERES

A good way to start your day could be by having a coffee at the ˋCentre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES)´. Of course there is more to discover about for example reusing water, urban farming and other sustainable ways of living.

  • City: Melbourne
  • How to get there: Take the Tram Line 96 from Parliament Station to Blyth Street/Nicholson Street Station. CERES is just a short walk from the tram stop.
  • Tip: You could step directly from CERES onto the Merri Creek Trail and follow it for just under two hours until you reach the Dights Falls and nearby Victoria Park Railway Station. Off road cycling is also possible along the trail.
  • Ticket: Best is to use a myki card in and around Melbourne.
  • Transport information: Public Transport Victoria
  • Location: CERES Community Environment Park Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East VIC 3057, Australia

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Melbourne Restaurant with a view

Quite an unique place for enjoying a cheeseburger in Melbourne is certainly Easeyˋs restaurant situated in three old train carriages on top of a building on the 4th floor.

  • City: Melbourne
  • How to get there: Take the Tram Line 86 from Parliament Station to Johnston Street/Smith Street Station. Easey‘s Restaurant is just a couple of steps from there directly on Easey Street.
  • Tip: There are some outlet shops along Smith Street if you need to spend your money.
  • Ticket: Best is to use a myki card in and around Melbourne.
  • Transport information: Public Transport Victoria
  • Location: Easey’s, 3/48 Easey St

Hannover Expo 2000

Hannover was the host city for the world’s fair Expo in the year 2000. Various transport and infrastructure projects were developed in and around the city as part of this major event. Visit the original exhibition site including some of the original country pavilions that have been more or less surviving all these years.

  • City: Hannover, Germany
  • How to get there: Take the Tram Line 6 from Kröpke Station to Messe/Ost (Expo Plaza) Station. You’ll find the (derelict) Expo Pavilions of the Netherlands and Latvia to the left of the station exit.
  • Tip: After exploring what is left of the Expo, you could also visit the nearby low-energy housing quarter Kronsberg to the north. These architecturally diverse buildings for more than 7.000 inhabitants have been entirely built to sustainable standards including innovative surface water draining and green roofing. For your return trip to Hannover city centre use Kronsberg Station. Walking time is around 30 minutes.
  • Ticket: You’ll need a ticket that is valid for the Ticketzone Hannover.
  • Transport information: Großraum Verkehr Hannover (also in English)