Culture

Salzstadel Regensburg and the Steinerne Brucke

Germany Holidays: imperial, liveable Regensburg

Holy home of historic Diets, traditional sausages, ancient bridges and modern Popes and Princesses

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Germany Holidays: Going for a Zoigl

So what’s a Zoigl, when it’s at home? Actually, ‘home’ is the key word here, because Zoigl is a particularly delicious home-made beer, and only made and served in private households in five Bavarian towns in the Oberpfalz region. Read on to find out where, why and how.

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Germany Holidays: Mannheim – where Rhine and Neckar meet

Mannheim might not be a beauty but it has plenty to offer. Go shopping in squares and be surprised by cool cafés and bars.

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City breaks in Germany: Stuttgart

Germany Holidays: Proudly Swabian Stuttgart

For a city break in the south off the beaten track, try Stuttgart and its triumvirate of culture, cars and wine.

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City breaks in Germany: Esslingen

Germany Holidays: Quality time in Esslingen

Cobble-stoned lanes, half-timbered houses and a fabulous Christmas market: Esslingen near Stuttgart is a medieval gem of a town and wine lovers will not be disappointed either …

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wood pile in Bavaria

Germany Holidays: Hintertupfingen, epitome of a rural backwater

Every nation has its Hintertupfingens, villages at the back end of beyond, where the wood piles are excessively neat and the clocks tick off the years.

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Black forest misty view

Germany Holidays: The Black Forest

The name may not make it sound very appealing, but the Black Forest is Germany’s biggest single tourism destination for holidaymaking Brits.

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Jakob Fugger does his accounts, painting, Augsburg

Germany Holidays: Meet the Fuggers

Meet the Fuggers: a family of medieval bankers who were famous for influencing elections and exploiting simple citizens. Sounds familiar?

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Food in Germany: coffee and cake

Germany Holidays: It’s time for coffee and cake

Germans love their cafés and you should try them as well. Have a piece cake with a cup of coffee. The choice is yours.

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Viehscheid Bavaria decorated cow

Germany Holidays: The Viehscheid, when the cows come home

In the Bavarian Alps, the expression ‘till the cows come home’ comes to pass once a year, and it’s cause for big celebration.

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