When most people think of Germany they tend to imagine Bavaria, with this region of the country being famous for its beerhalls, castles and sporting prowess. However, the truth is that Bavaria is in fact atypical of Germany and has more in common with its alpine neighbours Austria and Switzerland (with the exception of the sporting success!). To really get the most out of your time here, it's a good idea to get out of Munich and enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery.
Cost savvy Brits looking to book a last minute trip to Munich for Oktoberfest needn't to worry about the impact of airfares on their wallet as a price analysis, carried out by travel comparison website KAYAK.co.uk, shows that flight costs can decrease by as much as 29 percent during the second week of the festival.
If you're keen to go on an action-packed break this summer, but don't have too much time to devote to a holiday, it is a good idea to select a destination that you can get to quite quickly. One such location is Hamburg, with the German city a fantastic place to take in some culture while enjoying the sun on your bones.
Germany is the perfect destination to choose for a short break, as its major cities are all within an easy flight of the UK. With so many fantastic places to visit, though, it can be hard to narrow down your options. So, here are three of its top cities to explore.
Choosing a themed tour is a good way to see the sights that interest you most on a trip to Munich
A big part of the Christmas market experience is not only buying presents for all your friends and family, but trying all the tasty Christmas treats. From traditional mulled wine and gingerbread, to stolen and bratwurst here is some of the best Christmas market food try to on your short winter break.
Since the 15th century, once a year the medieval town of Rothenburg in Germany has transformed itself into a magical winter wonderland.
If you’re after a short break this Halloween, then why not go to some of these places that inspired some the world’s greatest classic horror novels? From Bran Castle in Romania, to Frankenstein’s Castle in Germany, here are the best Halloween towns.
Mention the words chocolate museum and suddenly we all revert back to being kids again imagining Willy Wonka worlds where everything is made out of chocolate and everything is free for the tasting. So, to celebrate Chocolate Week we’ve found you some of Europe’s best chocolate museums.
PHOTO GALLERY: Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany, is all about frivolity - there are beautiful outfits, music, food, beer and a host of venues to choose from. Australian expat – Jessica Brown who lets us take a sneak peek into her diary account of the day.
Seven million litres of beer is consumed at the Oktoberfest celebration in Germany every year. More than six million people visit the 16 day celebration in Munich and together they eat an amazing half a million chickens, more than 100, 000 German sausages and a whopping 60,000 pork knuckles.
86 per cent of Berliners believe their city is welcoming to tourists and that the locals are good hosts, according to a new survey by VisitBerlin.
If you’re heading to the southern German city of Munich, then follow our handy 48 hour guide and walking tour, guiding you around the top sights and giving you some great ideas and tips along the way - so that you can get the most out of your short break in the city.
While we’ll all be decorating Easter bonnets, dyeing eggs, hunting for chocolate eggs and making hot cross buns come Easter time, we look at what people will be doing all over Europe during the holy week. From religious processions, to eating chocolate fish and decorating Easter trees, here are a few different ways different people celebrate Easter abroad.
IdealShortBreaks.co.uk travels to the Bavarian city of Munich for a chat and a Weisswurst with local Pam Diane.
IdealShortBreaks.co.uk goes to Berlin,to get the insider tips on the German capital, from resident Janita Doelken.
Sometimes it’s not always about the destination, but it’s about the journey. Europe is full of spectacular scenic drives that are ideal for short countryside breaks, passing historic towns, charming villages, rolling meadows and soaring mountains. Some of these journeys can be done in a day, while others are best done over a few days, stopping to take in the beautiful sights along the way. These are Europe’s most scenic drives.
IdealShortBreaks.co.uk heads to Hamburg to chat with local Heike Bargmann and discover the secrets of the city.
One of the best ways to pack visiting a number of great locations into a single holiday is to book a river cruise. Choose a major European waterway and you can enjoy trips to some fascinating destinations and relax in luxury while you travel between them.
The Christmas season is officially upon us and it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. What better way to get into that festive feeling, than organising a short break to one of Europe’s best Christmas markets? Here’s a list of our top ten favourites to get you started.
Christmas should be a time to unwind and relax with your loved ones, so if you want to get away with your partner for some time alone on a short break, why not consider heading off on romantic cruises to some of Europe's top destinations?
Munich is one of the most cycle friendly cities in Europe and there’s no better way to experience this quaint and beautiful city than by peddle power. Cycling makes for an excellent environmentally friendly short break, where you can fit exercise in too!
The capital of Bavaria, Munich, is a delightful city full of historic buildings, hearty food and some of the best beer in the world. More of a living museum than a city, residents of this fairy tale land consider their home to be more of a village..
Due to Europe’s prominence as an upmarket and well trodden tourist destination, holidays to the continent are easy, breezy and relaxed. And while traditional package holiday hotels line the Med, boutique pads have sprung up in cultural enclaves...
Germany’s incredible capital is a melting pot of culture, vibrancy, and nightlife to match any major city in the world. Highly liberal and creative, it is now a centre for art, music and fashion, with a thumping nightlife to match.