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, […]

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 […]

Schloss Hohenschwangau – Home to the Fairy-tale King

Schloss Hohenschwangau

SCHLOSS HOHENSCHWANGAU WAS THE CHILDHOOD RESIDENCE OF KING LUDWIG II: Most visitors come to Hohenschwangau to see Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II. However, set on top of a rugged hill overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau is another royal castle associated with Ludwig II. The bright yellow Schloss Hohenschwangau was where […]

A Stay at the Berlin Intercontinental Hotel

Berlin Intercontinental Hotel

HOTEL REVIEW: OUR CHRISTMAS STAY AT THE BERLIN INTERCONTINENTAL: For our Christmas visit to Berlin we stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel at Budapester Strasse 2, in the Tiergarten district of Berlin. The Intercontinental Hotel is not as central as I had hoped our hotel would be, but it is in an area noted for its […]

Christmas in Berlin – Christmas Concerts in Berlin 2014

Christmas in Berlin

Christmas in Berlin: Enjoy a Range of Christmas Concerts at Famous Venues in Berlin: Christmas is a special time in Berlin and music is very much a part of this city’s Christmas celebrations. If you’re spending Christmas in Berlin, you too can enjoy one of the many Christmas concerts in the city.  Whether it be […]

Christmas Concerts in Potsdam – Christmas 2014

St Nicholas Church

Enjoy Christmas Concerts in Potsdam, A City with a Strong Music Tradition: Potsdam is a city with a strong tradition of classical music and music has always played an essential part in the activities of Potsdamer churches. This Christmas, fans of classical music can enjoy a range of concerts at the Nikolaikirche Potsdam. Potsdam Concerts […]

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations 2014

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

SCHLOSSBELEUCHTUNGEN – HEIDELBERG CASTLE FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA: Everyone loves a good fireworks display and when the setting is as beautiful as Heidelberg Castle and the Neckar River, the show is even more magical. Heidelberg Castle Illuminations 2014 Each summer, on three Saturday nights, Heidelberg Castle goes up in flames, casting a blaze of red glow over […]