So the last half-term before summer is finally here! Whether you and your family are sunning it up in Spain or having to endure a cold week in Dorset, at least you got to spend a bit of time away with your loved ones.
Short breaks are a great way to experience a long lazy weekend abroad, and with the next bank holiday just around the corner many people are planning their next break already. While trips to fantastic European cities are a great way to spend a few days together with friends or lovers, seeing sights and dining at fine restaurants
A hop to the continent for a city break with an emphasis on shopping could provide the perfect way to let off some steam. Hyatt hotels have launched a new package of breaks to enable people to explore the German shopping capitals from a luxurious base.
There aren't many five-star hotels that welcome dogs, but Brenner's Park Hotel & Spa in Baden Baden is unlike most five-star hotels. As well as being canine-friendly, this luxury German resort boasts two Michelin stars for its cuisine.
If you're unsure where to spend your next city break, then German airline Lufthansa may be able to help, with its new online ratings system, which allows travellers to rate their destination in ten different categories.
Food lovers visiting Germany this spring will be glad to learn that Mandarin Oriental, Munich is hosting master chef Nobu Matsushisa, who will be cooking at the hotel's Michelin starred restaurant for nine days in March.
Those planning to head off to Munich before the end of May next year can take advantage of a new car package launched by Mandarin Oriental, Munich.The hotel brand is giving guests the chance to hire luxury cars.
Winter may be drawing in, but there's plenty to look forward to in the spring, with a wide range of European tours available from Treyn, the rail holidays specialist, including trips to Belgium, Germany, France and Holland.
The average Brit still has 4.7 days of unused annual holiday allowance from their employer; with many days-off expected to go unclaimed before the end of the year, according to a new survey by travelsupermarket.com
Reward your body with a holistic spa retreat from ITC Classics, with a range of new wellness breaks available in 2011, designed to revitalise mind, body and soul.
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels has launched a new range of winter breaks across the UK and Europe, with breakfast and dinner included as well as opportunities for Christmas shopping excursions.
Tired of the same old New Year's traditions of Auld Lang Syne and Jools Holland? Then try an exciting continental break with Dertour and see how the Europeans celebrate New Year, with fireworks and champagne in Zurich, Berlin or Prague.
No-one does Christmas quite like the Germans, with gluhwein, stolen and lebkuchen all festive favourites. Treat yourself to a seasonal getaway in Munich this year with high-quality hotels, markets and a masquerade ball to look forward to.
The German capital comes alive in winter and there is plenty to explore besides from the traditional Christmas markets and hot glühwein.
The Lower Rhine region includes some of the best Christmas markets in Holland and Germany and coolbreaks.com has picked out the best festive events for the winter season.