As temperatures cool, thoughts naturally turn to Munich and their gala Oktoberfest celebration; this year the world’s most famous beer festival (starting on the 18th September and ending on 4th October) celebrates its 200 year birthday. If it’s too late to organize a trip for this year, then book some days off in 2014, because Oktoberfest is definitely one of those bucket-list events you’ll always be glad you experienced. Just remember to reserve hotels in Munich as early as possible, as they always get fully-booked for the festival.
In late September each year a dozen cavernous beer tents are erected in the Theresienwiese Park, which is located close to the city centre. Over six million beer-lovers attend this festival each year, filling the long tables and consuming more than 6.5 million litres of the specially brewed Oktoberfest Bier over the sixteen days – this is not a festival of moderation!
Berlin is one of the most popular cities in the world at the moment, and for good reason. With a vibrant population of young artists, musicians and trendsetters populating the area, the city is constantly evolving. While days in Berlin are exciting, the nights click things up a notch or two as a tidal wave of eclectic youth splashes through the streets and into the cities numerous clubs, bars and cafes. There is never a dull moment here, but sometimes you need to take a break from the turbulence, and that’s why Sunday morning brunches in Berlin are a must.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, local or international; there’s nothing like an extended brunch spent drinking coffee and fresh juices, filling your plate high with freshly cooked sausages and scrambled eggs, and soaking up the scene.
When my husband and I first moved to Germany we searched for that typical German town with ‘gingerbread houses’ and an old mystical feel to it. After realizing most of that was in Bavaria, hours away from our house in Rheinland Pfalz, we stumbled upon the Mosel River. A 30-minute ride from our house through [...]
There are plenty of great golf destinations in Europe, so it’s easy to plan a golfing holiday. OK, this isn’t easy. There are so many great golf destinations throughout Europe – it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. But I’ve got some great suggestions for where to head for an unbeatable golf holiday. From St. [...]
The Berlin Art Scene has been a revelation in recent years as the place to be to find the most ground-breaking artists and galleries exhibiting their work in many of the city’s districts. Things are changing slowly but surely however, with the once funkier, run-down districts being gentrified and forcing the galleries that made them [...]
Berlin has a lot to offer visitors, but the more famous attractions – the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, and TV tower – tend to get overrun with tourists. Here are five off-the-beaten path ideas, each speaking to different times from Berlin’s rich history. Charlottenburg Palace Built in the 17th Century, Charlottenburg Palace stands as a [...]
Winter sports are huge in Germany. If you’re a fan of German cuisine, beer and schnapps and want to book your ski chalet in Germany, there is much more to German skiing than the large Alpine resorts of the northernmost slopes of the Alps. Bavarian Chalet GermanyIf high-speed lifts and comfortable Apres-ski lounges are what you seek, then head to the Austro-German border in Bavaria. If you’d prefer smaller resorts with cheaper passes and less people, Germany has a lot to offer.
One of our favorite sites for finding cheap hotels in Europe (and in fact all over the world) Hostel Bookers.com, has just launched a summer sale featuring discounts of 20-40% off their already great rates. HostelBookers.com has an abundant list one and two star hotels as well as hostel accommodations across the globe. For the remainder of the summer they ave discounted their rates in 25 top destinations including Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, Rio and Sydney.
Caution: We’ve just read a report that Germany is in the grips of a large and dangerous E. coli outbreak that has already infected over 1,000 people and has resulted in at least 18 deaths. It is expected that E. coli infections will continue to spread throughout Europe and that more deaths are likely. Cucumbers [...]
As the European summer draws to a close, the tourist hordes head home. Berlin is the ultimate autumn destination with the city’s events calendar in full flow and a multitude of stylish new Berlin hotels and international restaurants dotted all over. The savvy traveler will wrap up cozily and stroll the leafy streets by day [...]