Hamburg – On the river Elbe to attend a traditional event of Atp calendar

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 German Tennis Championships 2017

From 07/24 to 07/30

Surface: Clay outdoor

Prize money: $ 1,499,940

Tournament location: Am Rothenbaum – Hallerstraße 89, 20149 Hamburg, Germany

How to get: Tennis venue is very central in Hamburg. From Rathaus you can take U1 line and you will be on tennis courts in about 12 minutes. Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Intl. Airport is far just 8,2 km from Am Rothenbaum and 20 minutes driving.

Past champions: 2016 Martin Klizan – 2015/2008 Rafael Nadal – 2014 Leonardo Mayer – 2013 Fabio Fognini – 2012 Juan Monaco – 2011 Gilles Simon – 2010 Andrej Golubev – 2009 Nikolaj Davidenko – 2007/2005/2004/2002 Roger Federer

Klizan
Defending champion Martin Klizan

Entry list: Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Richard Gasquet (Fra) – Fernando Verdasco (Esp) – Gilles Simon (Fra) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Karen Khachanov (Rus) – Martin Klizan (Svk)

THE TOWN: Hamburg, officially the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is the second largest city of Germany, with a population of over 1.7 million people. Located on the river Elbe, Hamburg is a major port and a global service, media, logistics and industrial hub.

Lonely Planet about Hamburg: “Hamburg’s historic label, ‘The gateway to the world’, might be a bold claim, but Germany’s second-largest city and biggest port has never been shy. Hamburg has engaged in business with the world ever since it joined the Hanseatic League back in the Middle Ages. Its role as a centre of international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought it great wealth (and Unesco World Heritage recognition in 2015), a legacy that continues today: it’s one of Germany’s wealthiest cities.

Hamburg’s maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to the cry of gulls, you always know you’re near the water. The city has given rise to vibrant neighbourhoods awash with multicultural eateries, as well as the gloriously seedy Reeperbahn red-light district. Hamburg nurtured the early promise of the Beatles, and today its distinctive live- and electronic-music scene thrives in unique harbourside venues. The city’s attractions are only matched by its inherent tempting spirit. Come, Hamburg says, have a ball.”

TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:

  • Port of Hamburg

port of hamburg

  • Planten un Blomen Park

Planten_un_Blomen

  • Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur_Wunderland

BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Motel One Hamburg am MichelExcellent *** hotel rated 8.7 on Booking and located at 3 minutes walk from Michaeliskirche church. It features modern spacious rooms with flat screen tv, free wifi and elegan bathroom. Prize for a queen double room is 96€ per night.
  • The Madison Hotel HamburgThis hotel is located in central Hamburg, just 200 m from the St. Michaelis Church. It offers large studios, a stylish bar, and a restaurant serving international food. The 4-star studios and lofts at the Madison Hotel include a fully-equipped kitchenette, satellite TV and high-speed internet access. Daily rates start from 164€ per night with free wifi included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vier JahreszeitenThis 5-star hotel, rated 9.3 on Booking, is on Alster Lake in the heart of Hamburg. The Fairmont Hamburg offers gourmet cuisine, free Wi-Fi and a luxury spa and fitness club. The spacious rooms afeature rich décor. All rooms include an espresso machine, flat-screen TV, DVD player and free movies. It has a selection of bars, including a beautiful lakeside terrace along Alster Lake. A 35 mq2 deluxe double room costs 295€ per night.

,USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Travel in Hamburg Official

Your Hotel in Hamburg

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Buenos Aires – A beautiful tennis week in the land of the ‘Portenos’

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Argentina Open

From 02/13 to 02/19

Money prize: $ 624,340

Surface: Clay outdoor

Location: Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club – Olleros 1510, 1426 CABA, Argentina

How to get: BA Lawn TC is far about 9 km from Plaza de Mayo. You can use metro (C or D) and tram (Ferrocaril General Mitre) to get or by taxi with a 30 minutes ride. Pistarini Intl Airport is far about 44 km and 45 minutes driving.

Previous winners: 2016 Dominic Thiem – 2015 Rafa Nadal – 2014/2013/2012 David Ferrer – 2011 Nicolas Almagro – 2010 Juan Carlos Ferrero

David Ferrer is looking for his 4th Baires triumph

Main players: Kei Nishikori (Jpn) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Pablo Cuevas (Uru) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Federico Delbonis (Arg) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Fabio Fognini (Ita) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)

THE TOWN: Buenos Aires is the capital of the Argentine Republic. The name means fair winds in Spanish. The official name is Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (CABA). It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with many cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for traveling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, “people from the port”, because many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure. It combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Sexy and alive, this beautiful city gets under your skin. Asado, good wines, soccer, tango, nightlife…what are you going to do today in Baires?

Lonely Planet’s writer Isabel Albiston explains the reasons of her deep love for this town:“When I first arrived in Buenos Aires in 2010, Argentina was celebrating 200 years of independence and the city was a carnival. I fell hard and fast for this crazy place with its dogs in soccer shirts and passionately held opinions on everything from politics to how to prepare mate (the yerba tea infusion). For the next four years, my days were spent cycling between parks and timeless neighborhood cafes; nights began with asados (barbecues) and ended at sunrise. In spring, when the blossom of the jacaranda trees turns the city purple, there’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

TOP 5 ATTRACTIONS OF BUENOS AIRES:

  • Puerto Madero


  • La Boca


  • Avenida 9 de Julio


  • La Bombonera


  • Bosques de Palermo


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Mérit San Telmo. Excellent *** hotel located in trendy San Telmo neighborhood and rated 8.5 on Booking. At just 600 mt from Casa Rosada it features a snack bar and the free wifi in all areas. Prices for a cozy 22 mq2 twin room is 58$ per night with good breakfast included.
  • Eurobuilding Hotel Boutique Buenos Aires. Wonderful **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and located at 100 mt from Mayo Avenue. It features the free wifi, a delicious on site restaurant, fitness facilities and a terrace with a hydromassage bathtub. It offers 44 mq2 deluxe double room from 99$ to 114$ per night (it depends it breakfast is included or not).
  • Alvear Art Hotel. Exceptional ***** hotel located in B.Aires real heart at 150m from Avenida 9 de Julio, it features an indoor pool, a spa and a fitness center with city panoramic views, a restaurant and a bar, and provides free wifi connection. A magnificent 35 mq2 studio for two people costs $330 per night with breakfast included. Rated 9.3 on Booking.


USEFUL LINKS:

Tournament Official Site

Tourism in Buenos Aires Official

Accomodations 


Enjoy!!!

Auckland – From 1956 a classic tournament of Atp tour in a wonderful town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 ASB Classic

From 09/01 to 14/01

Money Prize: $ 508,360

Surface: Hard Outdoor 

Location: ASB Tennis Arena – 1 Tennis Ln, Parnell, Auckland 1010

How to Get: By train the nearest stations are the Britomart Transport Centre and Grafton stations, both around a 20-25 minute walk to the ASB Tennis Arena. Auckland Coop Taxi’s have a dedicated taxi rank for drop off and pick up located in Tennis Lane for your convenience. The Asb Arena enjoys however a very Central position in Auckland just 1 km from shopping district of Queen Street. Airport is far less than 20 km.

Recent past winners: 2016 Roberto Bautista Agut – 2015 Jiri Vesely – 2014 John Isner – 2013/2012/2011 David Ferrer – 2010 John Isner

Top seeded players: Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – David Ferrer (Esp) – Jack Sock (Usa) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Feliciano Lopez (Esp) – David Johnson (Usa) – Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Diego Schwartzman (Arg)

Defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut

 

THE TOWN: Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zeland. Auckland has a population of 1,495,000, which constitutes 32 percent of country’s population. In 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list. For Lonely Planet:”The greater Auckland region encompasses the city proper and the gorgeous surrounding towns and landscapes.

It’s rare that visitors restrict themselves solely to the city area. And why would you? There’s plenty to see and do right in the heart of the city, but travelling further afield opens the opportunities considerably. You can’t miss getting out onto the waters of the Haruki Gulf and exploring its many islands. One of the closest to the mainland is Waiheke Island, home to emerald waters and world-class wineries. Further north lies Goat Island Marine Reserve, a thriving and accessible aquatic ecosystem.

The natural delights on offer go beyond the area’s beautiful waters. Rainforests, thermal springs, sprawling parks and volcanic cones are just the start.

TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT:

  • Tiriri Matangi Island 


  • Sky Tower


  • Waiheke Island


BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Kiwi Heritage Homestay. Perfect *** b&b  rated 8.7 on Booking with high value for money . Good location at just 3 km from Tiriri Village. A family room with shared bathroom costs only 77$ per night with breakfast, wifi and parking included.

  • Crowne Plaza Auckland. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Auckland Central Business Distrisct, very close to shopping paradise of Queen St. Rated 8.8 on Booking and nr.1o accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb queen rooms of 30 mq2 at just 162$ per night or 179$ with breakfast included. Fitness center, a spa, a longer bar and a restaurant are available for customers.

  • Hotel DeBrett. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated at just some steps from Victoria Harbour and the Sky Tower. It offers free wifi and a fitness centre for customers. Onsite restaurant DeBretts KitChens is considered one of the best restaurant of whole New Zeland.  Price for an unique designed 40 mq2 O’Connell Suite each one decorated with art works is 400$ with breakfast. Rated 9.3 on Booking and nr.1 accomodation on TripAdvisor.


USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Auckland Tourists Info

Tournament Official Site 

Accomodations



ENJOY!!!

Wien – A classic ATP event in the most classic european town

THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 500 ERSTE BANK OPEN

Date: From 24/10 to 30/10

Money prize: $ 1,884,645

Surface: Hard Indoor

Tournament Location: Wiener Stadthalle – Roland Rainer Platz 1 A-1150 Wien

How to get: Public Transport U6 “Burggasse-Stadthalle” / “Urban Loritz-Platz” (Metro) -U3 “Schweglerstraße” (Metro) – Tram 6, 9, 18, 49 – Bus 48A

Recent Past Winners: 2015 – David Ferrer – 2014 Andy Murray – 2013 Tommy Haas – 2012 Juan Martin del Potro – 2011 – Jo Wilfred Tsonga – 2010/2009 Juergen Melzer

Top 10 Players: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Tomas Berdych (Cze) -Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Roberto Bautista Agut (Esp) – Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Lucas Pouille (Fra) – David Ferrer (Esp) – John Isner (Usa) – Bernard Tomic (Aus) – Gilles Simon (Fra)

ABOUT WIEN:

Wien is the capital of the Republic of Austria and by far the largest city in Austria with its population of more than 1.7 million. As you’d expect it’s Austria’s cultural, economic, and political centre. As the former home of the Habsburg court and its various empires, the city still has the trappings of the imperial capital it once was, and the historic city centre is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can not leave without having first tasted the two culinary specialties of the city: Sacher Torte (the original one at Sacher Hotel) and Wiener Schnitzel (the best is at Filgmüller).

Lonely Planet’s writer Catherine Le Nevez tells about Wien: “With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln (bistro pubs), Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it’s also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. What I love most about the city is that not only does it hold on to its traditions, it incorporates them in everything from high-fashion Dirndls with pop-art motifs or punk conical studs to handmade Sacher Torte–flavoured doughnuts and inspired neo-retro cafes. Vienna’s past is alive in its present, and, by extension, its future.

TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE:

  • Schönbrunn Palace


  • Old Town


  • Belvedere Palace Museum


  • Stephansdom


  • Hofburg



BEST PLACES TO STAY:

  • Hotel Kärntnerhof. Excellent *** accomodation, rated 8.8 on Booking and with an high value for money, this hotel enjoys a quiet location in central Wien at just 5 minutes walking from Stephansdom. A standard double room, decorated in a blend of Art Noveau and Italian style, costs 125€ per nigh with breakfast and free wifi included.
  • Hotel Capricorno. Wonderful **** hotel at just 8 minutes walking from Stephans Platz with many pubs and restaurants in the surroundings. Rated 9.1 on Booking, it offers 18 mq2 stylish double room at 170€ per night including breakfast and wifi.
  • Hotel Sans Souci Wien. Best Wien accomodation either for Tripadvisor or for Booking (rated 9.4), this luxurious ***** hotel located in the centre of town, just opposite the Museum Quarter, features an indoor pool, a spa and gourmet restaurant La Veranda. The price for a 25 mq2 elegant double room with breakfast and wifi is 296€ per night.

USEFUL LINKS:

WIEN TOURIST INFO OFFICIAL

SCHÖNBRUNN OFFICIAL

BELVEDERE MUSEUM SITE

TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL SITE

ALL WIEN ACCOMODATIONS



ENJOY!!!!