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.

 

 

 

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. Situated at the north end of the aptly named ‘Romantic Road’, a 410-kilometre 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. 

It’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.

Berlin 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.

When I'm visiting Europe, there's nothing I enjoy more than discovering a quaint village or town that's off the tourist trail. Whether you find them by luck or a tip off from a friend, visiting these towns offers a real insight into how the locals have been living for hundreds of years. Sadly, they don't always stay 'hidden secrets' as people uncover their charms.

Germany is a true all year round holiday destination. Warm summer weather showcases historic medieval villages and stunning castles at their best, whilst the delicious smells of gingerbread, roasting chestnuts and mulled wine will tempt your tastebuds at one of the many Christmas markets during winter.

Enjoy a great family day out at Legoland Germany. Located about an hour and a half from Munich near the city of Ulm, Legoland (Germany) is a great place for both adults and children. Whilst it is basically a theme park with the usual rollercoaster–type rides, the added bonus are the fascinating models of animals, buildings, cars and people, all made from thousands of Lego bricks. In fact, 50 million Lego blocks were used to create the park! 

Whilst backpackers and twenty-somethings flock to Munich for the city’s annual Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital is more than just a beer-swiller’s paradise. Germany’s third largest city is a modern, sophisticated city with a history steeped in tradition and a legacy of Baroque architecture and priceless artworks.

With blue skies, green meadows and majestic mountains, the Bavarian Alps make a delightful region in which to spend some time on your European holiday. Close to Munich and Innsbruck, the Bavarian Alps are a hikers paradise but there's something on offer for everyone. Here are three of our favourite places in the Bavarian Alps in which to spend some time.