Cardiff’s more than just a match - be a Champion with Nina’s insider tips

Read this guide in German

Shw’mae? That’s Welsh for ‘hello’.  I’m Nina Amthor and I’m an accidental Cardiffian.  I’m originally from Würzburg in Northern Bavaria but I came to Cardiff in 2009 for university and forgot to leave.


Now I’m not a football fan- although I try and keep up with Bayern to make small-talk with my little brother- but Cardiff on a match-day is an experience like no other.  But the city is full of interesting things to do all year round.  I’ve learned the very best that Cardiff has to offer; from castles and culture to dining and dancing. Here’s a guide to my favourite Cardiff highlights…

Why I Love Cardiff

Because of the people, the way of life and the closeness of everything.  We have a word in German- Gemütlichkeit- which is one of those difficult to translate words but describes how I feel about Cardiff.  It basically means cosiness, belonging and social acceptance.

My perfect day

My perfect day in Cardiff would start at the Early Bird Bakery in Cathays for coffee and avocado on toast (their smoky Chipotle sauce makes all the difference).  A post-brunch power walk around the lake

at Roath Park or the beautiful gardens in Bute Park would be followed by a date with a Renoir at Cardiff Museum.  A quirky shop in the old Victorian Arcades, followed by a caffeine stop and people watch in Barker Tea Room or The Plan, with a sunset stroll over the Cardiff Bay Barrage.  A night on the town would end up with cocktails at Ten Mill Lane, until 6am (if I’ve got the energy left!).

Make it your next city break.  Like me, you might never leave!