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 […]

Bernkastel-Kues Christmas Market 2014

Bernkastel Weihnachtsmarkt

Bernkastel-Kues’ Weihnachtsmarkt and Highlight Events: The medieval Marktplatz (market square) of Bernkastel-Kues must be one of the prettiest settings for a Christmas market. The square is small and cozy and the forty or so market stalls are set up against the backdrop of Bernkastel’s charming timber-framed buildings. Bernkastel Weihnachtsmarkt Bernkastel’s Christmas market starts on the […]

Frankfurt Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) 2014

Frankfurt Christmas Market

Frankfurt Weihnachtsmarkt is one of the Oldest and Prettiest in Germany: The Frankfurt Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) is one of the oldest in Germany – it seems that there has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt since 1393. With its rich history and steeped in traditions, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge attraction for visitors […]

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt – Hamburg Christmas Market 2014

Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt

Hamburg – the Christmas Capital of the North – Hamburg Weihnachtsmarkt: Hamburg stakes its claim as the Christmas capital of the north.  This is because nowhere else in the north of Germany are there so many Christmas markets within such close proximity of each other. From the main train station to its neo-Renaissance town hall […]

Wine-tasting in Bernkastel

Dr Pauly Bergweiler Estate House

Wine-tasting in the Atmospheric Cellars of Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler in Bernkastel: The Moselle valley is Germany’s oldest wine region and Bernkastel-Kues is one of the many Moselle towns with a centuries-old wine-making tradition. Bernkastel-Kues has been producing wine for over 500 years and when you approach the town from the river, the steep vine-covered slopes of […]