Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Germany travel informationThanks for visiting! If you're considering including Germany on your European holiday itinerary, I say 'do it!' This vast country offers so much to see and do that one visit is never enough. The articles below offer some suggestions to help you kick-start your German holiday planning.


Although it is most widely known for its once-every-decade Passion Play that is staged in town, there are plenty of other reasons that make a visit to Oberammergau worthwhile.  Outdoor pursuits like hiking and skiing are just two of the things to do in Oberammergau, a pretty Bavarian town which is also home to plenty of history and some unique - and beautiful – handcraft traditions.


With its steep sided banks lined with pretty half-timbered buildings and topped with medieval castles, it’s no wonder that UNESCO declared the 65 kilometre stretch of the Rhine River from Koblenz to Bingen/Rudesheim a World Heritage Site.

Ask anyone who’s going to Germany for a pre-Christmas visit what they plan to do, they’re bound to tell you that they’ll visit a Christmas market.  With over 150 Christmas markets in Germany they’ll be spoilt for choice, but there are many other unique and fun things to enjoy in Germany at Christmas time. 

My visit to Passau came about by chance.  My husband and I were staying at the small village of Niederranna on the Danube about 35 kilometres upstream from Passau and although I’d heard and read a lot about the town, it wasn’t one I intended to visit on that particular trip.  I'm really glad, though, that circumstances meant I was able to spend a day in Passau.

More often than not there’s just not time on your European holiday to visit everywhere you want to. A whistle-stop tour of multiple cities, towns and villages is downright tiring so why not base yourself in a central location for a few days and head out for a day trip or two?

Munich is the perfect city to use as your base as it is close to the gorgeous Bavarian countryside, romantic villages and famous cities – and there are plenty of day trips from Munich to enjoy.

Many travellers overlook Fussen as they pass by on their way to the region's most popular tourist attraction, Neuschwanstein Castle, but it offers plenty of things for the visitor to see and do.  After spending a few days in Fussen, I've found at least six fabulous reasons why you should visit this charming Bavarian town.

One of ‘Mad’ King Ludwig II’s Bavarian castles, Linderhof Palace is the smallest of the three and although it doesn't have any dramatic turreted towers, it does feature a grand staircase leading to the entrance and sumptuous formal gardens and fountains. King Ludwig used the palace as his own personal hideaway and hardly ever received visitors here but that didn’t stop him decorating it on a grand scale.

One of the prettiest towns I’ve visited in Europe has to be Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Southern Germany, and whilst it’s a hugely popular destination year round, perhaps the best time to visit Rothenburg is at Christmas time.

Postcard-worthy villages tend to feature heavily on my European itineraries so it was with great anticipation that I headed to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany recently. Situated at the north end of the aptly named ‘Romantic Road’, a 410 km tourist drive which passes through irresistibly pretty villages, Rothenburg more than lived up to its reputation as a charming fairytale town.