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 2015

Heidelberg Castle Illuminations

SCHLOSSBELEUCHTUNGEN – HEIDELBERG CASTLE FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA: Everyone loves a good fireworks display and when the setting is as romantic as Heidelberg Castle and the Neckar River, the show is even more magical. Heidelberg Castle Illuminations 2015 Each summer, on three Saturday nights, Heidelberg Castle goes up in flames, casting a blaze of red glow over […]

Lübeck Weihnachtsmarkt – 2014 Lübeck Christmas Markets

Lübeck Christmas Market

Within the Historic Old Town of Lübeck are Nine Christmas Markets: With its historical attractions and medieval atmosphere, Lübeck exudes charm at any time of the year. But at Christmas time, this “Queen of the Hanseatic League” is more than charming. Decked out in Christmas lights, stars and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, Lübeck has some nine […]

Nürnberg Christkindlesmarkt – Nuremberg Christmas Market 2014

Nuremberg Christmas Market

The Nuremberg Christmas Market is Known as the “Little Town from Wood and Cloth”: With over two million visitors every year, the Nürnberger Christkindlesmarkt can easily claim to be one of the more popular Christmas markets in Germany.  In the medieval setting of the old town of Nuremberg, visitors can shop for all kinds of Christmas […]

The Magic of Cologne’s Weihnachtsmarkt – Christmas Market 2014

Cologne Christmas market

There’s something magical about Christmas markets and when it comes to Christmas markets, the city of Cologne puts on quite a show. In this city there are actually seven Christmas markets, including the famous Cologne Cathedral Weihnachtsmarkt.