Germany – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 7 Great Day Trips from Munich http://travelandtea.com/7-great-day-trips-munich/ http://travelandtea.com/7-great-day-trips-munich/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 17:56:25 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41197 Munich is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in all of Europe for many good reasons. Oktoberfest is held there which is definitely quite a tourist attraction in itself. The beer culture is great! If not for that, then you will surely be attracted by the varied cultural. Besides, it is one of […]

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Munich Travel

Munich is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in all of Europe for many good reasons. Oktoberfest is held there which is definitely quite a tourist attraction in itself. The beer culture is great! If not for that, then you will surely be attracted by the varied cultural. Besides, it is one of the most beautiful cities, with all its glorious castles with ample parks and gardens that dot the area. It offers a lot of activities such as museum hopping, sightseeing, shopping, rafting, river surfing, hiking and beer drinking! If you got more than a couple of days to spend there, you might as well rent an Aston-Martin in Munich via online car rental agencies like PrimeRent so you can drive to some of the best daytrip spots near the city.

  1. Neuchswanstein Castle – Because of its fairytale-like design, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Munich. Yet, there’s more to it than its impressive exterior. With the alpine foothills in the background, the panorama creates a stunningly romantic impression on anyone. The interiors, though not completely finished, have rooms that are lavishly decorated. Visitors can also visit the beautiful bright orange castle, Hohenschwangau, conveniently located nearby.

  2. Nuremberg – For those interested in Nazi history, this is one place to see. You can visit the Party Rally Grounds. Or, when you go during the Christmas season, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to drop by Germany’s biggest and most famous Christmas market.

  3. Dachau Concentration Camp – Only around 40 minutes away, this once Nazi labor camp is a chilling reminder of the atrocities of the Nazi regime. Worth a visit, indeed, it is now a museum and a memorial for life.
  4. Rothenburg – Seemingly frozen in time, this picturesque village will give you an authentic taste of medieval times with the architecture very well-preserved. Visit the Imperial City Musem, the ruins of the 1142 Imperial castle, the Medieval Criminal Museum and drop by the shops along the streets. You can also view the village from above by taking a 90 minute hot air balloon ride!

  5. Nuremberg – Heavily bombed during WWII for being a Nazi stronghold, it was one of the most beautiful cities in the continent. With a lot of rebuilding of what remained, it is again a top tourist destination. There are a lot of things to see such as the Craftmen’s Courtyard, the Kaiserburg Castle, the Hangman’s Bridge and the Weinstadel. Check out the Original Nuremberg Rostbratwursts and the city’s beer!
  6. Bamberg – Known as Little Venice, one can rent a boat to row down the Regnitz River to see some of its attractions. Note the Old Town Hall that is located in the middle of the river and the murals painted on the sides of its walls. If you enjoy beer, you will be happy to know that the place is popular for its brews and is jam-packed with breweries and local taverns! Go in July during the International Magician and Street Performers’ Festival or in August for the Sandkirchweih Fair.

  7. Landshut – Some of the main attractions of this Bavarian town is Trausnitz Castle and the multi-coloured facades of the homes. Time your visit during the Royal Wedding Festival where it commemorates the royal wedding between Bavaria and Poland. You will see people in medieval clothing and watch the reenactment of the original affair. The next one is in 2017.

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Would You Like a Foreign Biscuit with That? http://travelandtea.com/like-foreign-biscuit/ http://travelandtea.com/like-foreign-biscuit/#respond Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:23:15 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=2261 No matter where in the world you drink a cup of tea you will want a biscuit with it. After all, a drink’s too wet without one. So what biscuits are you likely to come across on your travels?  Here are some of the best ones which are made and eaten in some of the […]

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No matter where in the world you drink a cup of tea you will want a biscuit with it. After all, a drink’s too wet without one. So what biscuits are you likely to come across on your travels?  Here are some of the best ones which are made and eaten in some of the countries you might be interested in visiting.

Springerle

This is a German biscuit which is made using a mold so that an intricate design is pressed into them. They are most common in the run up to Christmas and they are lovely. If you are planning on seeing one of the famous Christmas markets in Germany then you might want to take some of these home with you.

Alfajores

This is a type of sweet biscuit found across South America but the ones in Argentina are probably the best ones. There are two different types of alfajor commonly sold; homemade, light and crumbly ones and factory produced chocolate covered ones with firmer biscuits in the middle stuck together with dulce de leche. Both types are fantastic with the latter being a good deal sweeter.

Pierniczki

These Polish gingerbread cookies have been popular for centuries. These days they are often made in shapes such as hearts or stars. If you travel to Poland near Christmas time you should be sure to try them, while you can also find recipes online if you want to give baking yourself them a try at home. Your family will thank you for it.

Krumkakes

This is a type of waffle cookie which is traditionally eaten in Norway. It doesn’t look like the kind of biscuit Brits are used to eating with their tea but we can class it as a biscuit if we use our imagination a little. They are rolled up into cones and look a bit like crepes. While Norway is their spiritual home, you may also come across in Germany and even as far away as the USA. They are often filled with sweet stuff, so unless you have a very sweet tooth you are more likely to eat one as a dessert rather than with your tea.

Tcherek

These are Algerian biscuits which are formed in the shape of a crescent and filled with chopped up almonds. The North of Africa is a great place to eat some biscuits or sweets and you are almost certain to come across some things you have never eaten before. They also drink a lot of tea in this part of the world, although it may take you some time to get used to it.

Sablé

The food is sure to be one of the highlights of any trip you make to France. These biscuits are a round type of shortbread which are crumbly and really rather fine. There are different flavours of them made, with almond, orange and lemon among the most popular. They are traditionally eaten in the Normandy region, although you might get lucky and find some elsewhere.

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Which European Christmas Market Will You Choose? http://travelandtea.com/which-european-christmas-market-will-you-choose/ http://travelandtea.com/which-european-christmas-market-will-you-choose/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:31 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=1286 A fantastic tradition on mainland Europe is that of holding festive markets in the run up to Christmas. This offers you the chance to buy some gifts in a lovely setting while enjoying some mulled wine and typical foods. It is an increasingly popular type of trip for Brits but where will you go to? […]

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A fantastic tradition on mainland Europe is that of holding festive markets in the run up to Christmas. This offers you the chance to buy some gifts in a lovely setting while enjoying some mulled wine and typical foods. It is an increasingly popular type of trip for Brits but where will you go to?

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is one of the classic settings for some of the continent’s most magical Christmas markets. This is a fantastic city for exploring at any time of year but it is even better from the middle to November through to Christmas, as a number of seasonal markets are open for business. There are over 20 of these events across the city and perhaps the finest one is the classy market in front of the stunning City Hall building. The Austrian capital has been hosting festive shopping markets since the end of the 13th century and it is a tradition which doesn’t look like ending anytime soon.

Berlin, Germany

The German capital is incredibly trendy these days but did you know that it hosts around 60 markets in the run up to Christmas? These are among the best and most entertaining Christmas markets in Europe, with ice rinks and fairground attractions adding to a very special spirit. If the weather gets too nippy for you then a curry bratwurst and some warm glühwein will help keep the cold at bay while you see the vast array of items on sales.

Nuremberg, Germany

If we stay in Germany for the next option then perhaps the most picturesque of all of the Christmas markets across the continent is to be found in Nuremberg. This famous market has been going for centuries and covers close to 200 lovely wooden stalls selling fantastic stuff. The spiced gingerbread and decorations made out of prunes are the stuff of legend and you will really feel the spirit of Christmas is you do some shopping in this scenic Bavarian town.

Copenhagen, Denmark

While it is easy to think of Germany and Austria when we consider which festive markets to visit, it is also worth taking the Danish capital into account too. The famous Tivoli Gardens are turned into a Christmas wonderland filled with reindeer, rides and a staggering amount of Christmas lights. This market has a different feel from many of the others across Europe, with Inuits selling sealskin products and a fantastic miniature version of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow on display.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Another interesting option is Gothenburg, in Sweden. This is called Christmas City in Sweden and there are some wonderful attractions here. You might even get the see the Northern Lights on your trip but if you concentrate on the food then there will be plenty of fish to choose from, as well as meat and cheese products. If you have seen other Christmas markets across Europe and now crave something different then Gothenburg could be just what you are after in the run up to the big day.

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Top 5 Beaches in Europe http://travelandtea.com/top-5-beaches-in-europe/ http://travelandtea.com/top-5-beaches-in-europe/#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:16:08 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=732 Nothing can be quite as enjoyable as relaxing on a beautiful crisp white beach on a lovely summer day. A tourist can derive unimaginable pleasure from just gazing into the sparkling blue water of the sea. This is without mentioning a cocktail in hand to complement it all! A tourist can find five of the […]

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Nothing can be quite as enjoyable as relaxing on a beautiful crisp white beach on a lovely summer day. A tourist can derive unimaginable pleasure from just gazing into the sparkling blue water of the sea. This is without mentioning a cocktail in hand to complement it all! A tourist can find five of the most exotic and lovely beaches in Europe. They are undoubtedly the best travelling destinations for beach enthusiasts from all over the globe. Here is the Direct Insurance guide to the top beaches in Europe:

Egremni, Lefkada, Greece

Egremni, Lefkada in Greece is the first awesome beach that holiday goers can book in Europe. Greece and Spain are the first European holiday destinations that travellers consider when booking beach holidays. Egremni beach is a beautiful beach for people who do not desire to spend their holiday time in the company of other tourists. Unlike with other renowned beaches in Europe, it is less crowded with tourists. It is ideal for people who desire more tranquil atmospheres at the beach during their holidays. Set at the bottom of high cliffs, a tourist can enjoy the fine pebbly beach while gazing at the vast and picturesque Mediterranean ocean.

Warnemünde, Germany

Warnemünde, located in Germany, is the second awesome beach that holiday travellers acclaim highly. It is located at the periphery of the Baltic Sea. It has beautiful white sandy beaches excellent for relaxation purposes. The sea water is mildly calmed excellent for various sporting activities such as windsurfing and sailing. The water at the beach is normally a tad cold even at summers. Tourists can cool off heat from their bodies during the summer by diving into the cold water at the beach. There is a naturist area along the beach for those tourists who are adventurous.

Ile de Re, France

Ile de Re is an awesome beach in France which is set on an island. This region in France is lined with traditional quaint French Architecture. It is an awesome beach more suitable for people who would like to get away from commercial beaches full of tourists. They are numerous coves situated along the beaches in the island for tourists to explore. The beach borders dense pine forests which offer nice topography for hikers to explore. There is an abundance of aquatic life at Ile de Re for tourists to see.

Sesimbra, Portugal

Sunbathing and swimming are without a doubt the best beach holidays activities. Sesimbra has plentiful of these to offer. Its calm waters and white beaches are ideal for tourists who enjoy busking and swimming on the beach. If hungry, a tourist can purchase fresh fish from the local fishermen who sell their catch at the beach. Portugal offers a traditional setting and the Arrábida Mountain rises over Sesimbra beach making it more secluded. It is very close to Lisbon ideal for tourists with bookings at the city.

Cala d’en Serra, Ibiza

Lastly, there is the highly acclaimed destination of Ibiza. Ibiza holidays are mostly associated with travel packages of tourists planned by tours and travel agencies across the globe (Blogger, 2013). Tourists can enjoy the white beautiful beaches of Cala d’en Serra while visiting Ibiza. It is a very popular beach among numerous vacationers. For individuals who love tranquillity during their vacations, along the beach there are numerous coves that are more silent. The beach is located near Portinatx, behind rocky cliffs, a region where many families go vacationing. Vacationers can enjoy fresh fish served in various cafés located along the beach.

References Blogger, G. (2013, February 03). Top 5 Beaches in Europe. Retrieved March 06, 2013, from Go Backpacking ‘Round the World Travel Guide: Gobackpacking.com : Top 5 Beaches in Europe

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5 Must-Visit British Battlegrounds For The Traveling History Buff http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/ http://travelandtea.com/5-must-visit-british-battlegrounds-for-the-traveling-history-buff/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:28:28 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=395 England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its […]

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England is the largest nation of the four nations that make Great Britain. It is one of the most economically stable countries in the world. This is evident from the previous engagements that England under the banner Great Britain have taken part in the past and won. Britain has always taken the bull by its horns; this is evident from the battles and wars that it has fought.

The Battle of Waterloo

For historians who want to know more about the battle of Waterloo they can visit England. While in England, they will have a chance to visit some historic sites where they can find more about the brave English soldiers. The Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815. It took place in Belgium south of Brussels. The armies involved were from Britain, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands who were against the French army. The Generals of this army were The Prince of Orange, Marshal Blucher and the Duke of Wellington against Emperor Napoleon. The size of the armies involved were 23,000 British troops with 44,000 allied troops. The British had 160 guns who were against 74,000 French troops who had 250 guns. The winners of this war were the British and all their allied troops.

The Battle of Balaclava

People from Russia, France and Turkey can travel to England whenever they wish to learn about this battle. The war was called the Crimean war and started on the 25th October 1854. This army involved the British, French and Turkish troops who fought the Russian army.

The Battle of Colenso

England has a connection with Africa. Most countries in Africa were colonized by Great Britain hence speak the English language. Tourists from South Africa should visit England and get to know the details of this war. The Battle of Colenso started on the 15th of December 1899 at a place called the Colenso on the Tugela River in South Africa. It resulted in the Boer war. The people involved in this battle were the British who fought the Boers. The generals of these armies were General Botha and General Sir Redvers Bullers. The sizes of the armies were 12,000 Boers against 16,000 British.

The Jacobite Rebellion

This is the ideal place for the local tourists of Great Britain living in Scotland and England. This is one place the tourists from the two countries can visit when faced with a standoff. The Jacobite Rebellion took place between 1745 and 1746. These rebellions were aimed at James VII of Scotland and James II of England. The rebellion took the name Jacobus which means James in Latin.

The Battle of the Nile

Travelers from northern Africa can visit England so that they really understand the history of the Nile and how eventually it was named the Nile. The Battle of the Nile or the Aboukir Bay resulted in what is referred to as the Napoleonic war. The war commenced on the 1st August 1798. This battle took place in Egypt, east of Alexandria off Egypt coast. The combatants were the French navy against the British navy. The generals of this war were Admiral Brueys d’Aigalliers for the French fleet and Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson of the British army. The winners of this battle front were the British Fleet who won with resounding victory.

These are some of the rich historic happening that happened in Great Britain thus making English travel memorable.

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Substituting Tea for Beer at Oktoberfest http://travelandtea.com/substituting-tea-for-beer-at-oktoberfest/ http://travelandtea.com/substituting-tea-for-beer-at-oktoberfest/#respond Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:35:41 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=49 If Germany is known for anything, it’s for the annual 16-day Octoberfest in Munich, which is now mostly regarded as a big beer drinking celebration. We can’t think of a better reason to switch from tea … just for the duration of the festival, of course. Octoberfest, which is recognised as the world’s biggest fair, […]

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If Germany is known for anything, it’s for the annual 16-day Octoberfest in Munich, which is now mostly regarded as a big beer drinking celebration.

We can’t think of a better reason to switch from tea … just for the duration of the festival, of course.

Octoberfest, which is recognised as the world’s biggest fair, actually begins in September and concludes on the first Sunday in October. The 2012 Octoberfest begins on September 22.

You don’t have to be in Germany to celebrate Octoberfest. These days the festival is held all over the world, from Argentina to Vietnam.

But there is nothing like attending the authentic Octoberfest in Bavaria.

The first Octoberfest, in 1810, was actually a wedding for the Bavarian crown prince Ludwig to princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen. The following year an agricultural fair was held … and Bavarians decided to have a similar celebration every year.

The modern Octoberfest usually has music festivals and parades as well as the famous beer tents.

Beer is drunk by the litre in traditional German steins. Only regional breweries that use traditional beer recipes are allowed to participate in the Munich Octoberfest.

At present, the authorised beer makers are Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner-Bräu, Spatenbräu and Staatliches Hofbräu-München.

About six million people visit Munich’s Octoberfest every year – it’s a BIG event.

The beer tents usually open at 9am in the morning and close at 11pm at night. It’s possible to reserve tables in some beer tents through the brewery companies.

Without a reservation, be sure to arrive early (before 3pm) to ensure you get a seat. Families are advised to visit the Octoberfest at midday, the calmest and quietest time of the festival every day.

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