Travel to Germany

Reichstag, the German Parliament in Berlin

Germany: a country that’s a lot more than Beer, Lederhosen and Cuckoo Clocks! Most people associate travel to Germany with either big modern cities and Mercedes thrashing down autobahns or quaint wood-beamed houses, men in lederhosen and buxom barmaids holding gigantic steins of beer in each hand while cuckoo clocks chime in the background. OK, […]

Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg – A Knighted Hotel

Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg

ZUM RITTER ST GEORG IS ONE OF THE FEW PATRICIAN MANSIONS TO SURVIVE THE THIRTY YEARS WAR: One of the more interesting and historic hotel buildings in Heidelberg Old Town is the Hotel Zum Ritter St Georg at Hauptstrasse 178. Built by the Huguenot cloth merchant Charles Bélier in 1592, this gabled house is a […]

Shopping in Heidelberg

Heidelberg Hauptstrasse

SHOPPING IN HEIDELBERG IS EASY AS MANY SHOPS ARE LOCATED IN THE OLD TOWN: Although Heidelberg is not known as a shopping destination, there are more than 400 shops in this town that will keep you busy. The Old Town (Altstadt) accounts for a third of all shops in Heidelberg, which makes it convenient for […]

Heidelberg Tun – The World’s Largest Wine Barrel

Heidelberg Tun

THE HEIDELBERG TUN WAS BUILT TO STORE WINE THAT WAS COLLECTED AS TAXES: Out of sheer curiosity as to what the world’s largest wine barrel looks like, we check out the Heidelberg Tun, during our visit to Heidelberg Castle. Built from the trunks of 130 oak trees, the Heidelberg Tun is an enormous wine barrel, […]

The Beer and Castle Route – A Beer-lover’s driving holiday

Beer and Castle Route

THE BEER AND CASTLE ROUTE IS 500 KMS of THIRST-QUENCHING ENJOYMENT: For beer-lovers and those who enjoy driving holidays, The Beer and Castle Route in Germany is a journey that’s enticing and exciting. This 500 km route promises plenty of amber fluid in cozy and sociable drinking towns, and it also lets you explore the […]

Oktoberfest 2015 – Traditional Oktoberfest Beer Tents

Schottenhamel Oktoberfest Tent

SOME TRADITIONAL BEER TENTS AT MUNICH OKTOBERFEST: There are fourteen large beer tents at Oktoberfest, each one offering visitors to the world’s most famous beer festival a particular experience, taste sensation, and of course beer. During our last Oktoberfest visit, we called into a few of the Oktoberfest tents below to check out the scene […]

A Wonderful Christmas Experience at Käthe Wohlfahrt

Käthe Wohlfahrt Weihnachtsdorf

KATHE WOHLFAHRT STORES ARE THEMSELVES A TOURIST ATTRACTION: Rothenburg ob der Tauber was one of the stops on our German Christmas Markets tour. We like this medieval walled city very much and so we were thrilled to be making a stop in this city. There are lots to see and do in Rothenburg, but the […]

Easter Concerts in Berlin 2015

Berlin Easter

EASTER IN BERLIN 2015 – MUSIC IS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF EASTER FESTIVITIES IN BERLIN: Easter is a popular holiday period in Germany and the Easter festivities are still celebrated in the traditional way by many Germans. Easter markets, Easter bonfires, Easter brunches and Easter services all form a part of the Easter celebrations in […]

Starkbierfest 2015 at Paulaner am Nockherberg

Nockherberg Starkbierfest 2012

STARKBIERFEST 2015: THE STRONG BEER FESTIVAL AT NOCKHERBERG: Lent 2015 begins on Wednesday, February 18 and ends on Thursday, April 2nd and the Nockherberg Starkbierfest 2015 will take place from February 27 to March 15, 2015. Starkbierfest is the Strong Beer Festival and drinkers who like stouts will enjoy the Salvator at Nockherberg, a bottom-fermented […]

German Wine and Beer Festivals 2015

Munich Oktoberfest

2015 FAMOUS WINE AND BEER FESTIVALS IN GERMANY: For connoisseurs of wine and beer, spring and summer are  fantastic times to be in Germany. From Berlin to the Rhineland, there is a great choice of festivals to attend, depending on whether you prefer to conduct your wine-tasting in one of the small towns along the […]

Getting Your VAT Refund Stamp on Road Travel

Stuhlingen Customs Office

GETTING YOUR VAT REFUND STAMP IS NOT SO EASY WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELLING BY ROAD: As most keen shoppers from non-EU countries would know, to be eligible for VAT refund on your purchases in the EU, you must firstly obtain Customs verification of your VAT refund forms. As the Tax Refund agencies will quickly point out […]