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.

 

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 the pretty town of Passau.

More often than not there’s just not time on your European holiday to visit everywhere you want to. A whistlestop 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? With its close proximity to the gorgeous Bavarian countryside, romantic villages and famous cities, Munich is the perfect city to use as your base.

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.

In the centre of the fairyale German town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Christmas comes 365 days a year. The town is the home of the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Village and the German Christmas Museum.  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Käthe Wohlfahrt brand has grown to now include numerous other shops in Rothenburg and various locations in Germany, France and Belgium. 

SmallNeuschwansteinIt’s no wonder Walt Disney styled his Fantasyland Castle on Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavarian King Ludwig II was fascinated by all things Wagner, and back in 1867 he commissioned the building of the impressive Neuschwanstein Schloss (Castle), not far from the Hohenschwangau Schloss where he grew up in picturesque Bavaria. The castle was to be a place of retreat for Ludwig II where he could immerse himself in a dream world – the Middle Ages, a period which fascinated him. (Updated 1 July, 2014)

 

 

 

Insider guide to BerlinBerlin is one of the most-visited cities in Europe but unfortunately I'm yet to get there myself.  To find out some of the secrets to get the most out of a visit to Berlin, I asked Svetlana Monastyrsk from Germany Tourism to help.  Svet lived in Berlin for a year during her student days and now returns to the city she loves as often as possible. She agreed to share some of her 'insider' tips to Berlin with us.