2014 is certain to be the year when our love affair with the bike notches up a gear. With the Tour de France Grand Départ starting in Yorkshire, the public’s renewed enthusiasm for cycling is set to continue.
Timing could not be better: On 29 November, Germania will launch a new flight connection from London Gatwick to Erfurt in Thuringia. Luck has it that the city's Christmas market opens on 26 November which means there is no excuse now not to pencil in a festive break in the Cultural Heart of Germany.
Cost savvy Brits wanting to book an eleventh hour trip to Munich for Oktoberfest don’t need to worry about the impact of airfares on their wallet as a price analysis, carried out by travel comparison website Kayak.co.uk, shows that flight costs can decrease by as much as 29 per cent during the second week of the festival.
Chelsea may be done and dusted in its centenary year, but Hamburg's igs 2013 is only half way through its six-month run. On a 250-acre island site in the River Elbe, this international garden show opened in April, but does not close until October 13.
If you are inspired by top celebrity chef Rick Stein then you’ll love his next adventure which explores the cuisine of Germany.
The increased popularity of cycling tours among the over 50s is bringing a tourism boost to Alpine areas traditionally popular as stay-put ‘Lakes & Mountains’ destinations a generation ago.
Forget dingy dorm rooms and communal showers, hostels now boast stylish interiors, Wi-Fi, central locations and cosy common rooms.
Hamburg is in the horticultural spotlight this year, when one of Germany's greenest cities hosts igs 2013, the "international garden show".
When it comes to parties, nowhere parties harder than the Port of Hamburg during the world's biggest harbour festival.
When it comes to having fun, nowhere is quite like Europa-Park. With more than 100 attractions and 11 thrilling roller-coaster rides, Germany's largest theme park is also rated as one of the world's best, with more than 4.5 million visitors every year.
London may have its 'Wagner 200' festival kicking off in May with a birthday concert at the Royal Festival Hall. However, in order to properly celebrate the composer's 200th anniversary, discerning travellers and music buffs should head to the Cultural Heart of Germany, where Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig on 22 May 1813.
"Apple Wine at the Romer" and the Apple Wine Festival are two particularly popular entries in this year's calendar of events.
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its second European luxury hotel opening in recent months - the highly-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Berlin.
The annual one-day phenomenon called Rose Monday falls on February 11, 2013. Rose Monday is the roaring conclusion of 3 months of carnival season in Dusseldorf, which kicked off on November 11 and is now in full swing with 300 carnival events and costume balls all over town.
Dusseldorf's Altstadt (Old Town) is known as the "Longest Bar in the World" - with more than 260 bars, pubs, and restaurants in under a square mile.
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