Almost twenty years after my first visit to Venice, I come back to the city, nicknamed "La Serenissima" (the Most Serene / Sublime). This time, Carina accompanies me - so it’s a girls weekend. We stay outside in Mestre, but this is no problem because you get fast and uncomplicated to Venice by bus or train.

On the first day, we walk through the narrow streets, cross smaller and larger bridges (there are 444 of them) and enjoy the colourful hustle and bustle. Soon we have strayed hopelessly and need some time to orient again. For this, we discover beautiful courtyards and small cafes and restaurants away from the tourist routes. The stomach full of wonderful pasta, the head full of impressions and the feet full of blisters, we fall tired into bed this evening.

The next day, we explore the city by vaporetto, which is a water bus that takes us to the most important sights. San Marco with the majestic cathedral and the elegant Doge Palace is one of the places that attracts most tourists and here is also the most expensive area of the city. We try to find Harry's Bar, where the famous Bellini was invented, but are not lucky. Instead, we have some drinks at St. Mark's Square, listening to the orchestra and watching the pigeons chased and frightened by the children. For a long time the Rialto Bridge was the only bridge over the Canal Grande and together with the Bridge of Sighs, it is one of the best known.

Last but not least, we take one of the many gondolas. We admire how skillfully the gondoliers in the narrow canals move past each other and forget quickly that this is a rather expensive pleasure.

Next day a trip to Murano is on our schedule. Here we watch the glassblowers at work and buy beautiful souvenirs in the shops. Just off the main routes, you can also find quieter streets, where you can enjoy a good glass of wine. Although Murano is so close to Venice, it is a bit more idyllic here.

The last day we want to spend lazy on the Lido beach, but the Vaporetti are on strike and we just stroll through the streets and are captured by the morbid charm of Venice.