Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

Holidays to Germany 250If 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 Germany travel blog articles below offer some suggestions for some of the best places to visit in Germany.

Cities or countryside - wherever you decide to visit, a holiday in Germany is very rewarding.




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.


Garmisch–Partenkirchen, or GaPa as it’s known for short, is billed on its own website as “the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps.” To be fair, it does have a legitimate claim to this title as looking down on the town is Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. 

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.