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Neuschwanstein Castle provided the inspiration for Disney's Magic Kingdom

Great day trips from Munich

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.

Oktoberfest, Munich

Flights to Oktoberfest are 29 percent cheaper during the second week of the festival

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, shows that flight costs can decrease by as much as 29 percent during the second week of the festival.

Hamburg is a great weekend break destination

Enjoy a short summer break in Hamburg

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.

Cologne's cathedral is a must-visit

Top 3 German cities to visit on a short break

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.

Explore Munich on a themed tour

Explore Munich on a themed tour

Choosing a themed tour is a good way to see the sights that interest you most on a trip to Munich

Frankfurt Christmas market

Best Christmas market food

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.

Rothenburg Christmas Market

Visit Rothenburg – one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets

Since the 15th century, once a year the medieval town of Rothenburg in Germany has transformed itself into a magical winter wonderland.

Bran Castle, Transylvania

Best towns to visit for Halloween

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.

Chocolate Museum's

Europe’s best chocolate museums

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.

Enjoying a stein of beer at Oktoberfest in Germany.

Oktoberfest: The gradual descent into mayhem

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.

Guide to the Oktoberfest beer festival

Guide to the Oktoberfest beer festival

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.

Berlin loves tourism?

Berlin a city of 'good hosts', survey finds

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.

Walk the streets of...  Munich

Walk the streets of... Munich

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.

Easter celebrations around Europe

Easter celebrations around Europe

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.

Coffee with a local in Munich

Coffee with a local in Munich travels to the Bavarian city of Munich for a chat and a Weisswurst with local Pam Diane.

Coffee with a local in Berlin

Coffee with a local in Berlin goes to Berlin,to get the insider tips on the German capital, from resident Janita Doelken.

Europe’s most scenic drives

Europe’s most scenic drives

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.

Coffee with a local in Hamburg

Coffee with a local in Hamburg heads to Hamburg to chat with local Heike Bargmann and discover the secrets of the city.

Experience Hungary on a Danube cruise

River cruises perfect for a cultural short break from the moment you step onboard

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.

One of Berlin's Christmas markets

Europe’s top ten Christmas markets

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.

Enjoy a romantic cruise this Christmas

Enjoy a festive cruise to nearby destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean

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?

cycling in Munich

City cycling break in Munich, Germany

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!

Munich is a great foodie city

Feature: A gastronome’s delight in scenic Munich

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..

There are many unusual hotels in Europe

Feature: Europe’s most unusual hotels

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...

Berlin is a fantastic city all year round

Feature: Berlin’s cultural summer

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.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?