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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Magic of Vienna’s Christmas Markets

Vienna-Christmas-Market

VIENNA CHRISTMAS MARKETS TO GET VISITORS INTO THE YULETIDE SPIRIT:The first Christmas markets in Vienna were held more than seven centuries ago when in 1296 Emperor Albrecht I granted Viennese traders and shopkeepers the privilege of holding a December market for the city's population.  … [Read more...]

An Overnight Stop at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

HOTEL REVIEW: MöVENPICK HOTEL AMSTERDAM CITY CENTRE IS NOT AS CENTRAL AS THE NAME IMPLIES:Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre is a 408-room 4-star hotel belonging to the Mövenpick hotel chain. Although the name of the hotel implies a city centre location, Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre … [Read more...]