Budget Guide to the Munich Starkbierzeit

Munich Starkierzeit is the dream spring festival for beer loving travellers. Taking place from 27th February and peaking around St Joseph’s Day 19th March, the Munich Strong Beer Festival has beverages twice as strong and half the crowds of Oktoberfest. Bavarians call Starkbierzeit (Strong Beer Time) the “fifth season”, a three-week German drinking frenzy in beer halls […]

How to survive the Cologne Carnival on a Budget

The Cologne Carnival is Germany’s answer to the Mardi Gras. It’s perfect for budget travellers wanting to go local on holiday and has plenty of boutique hostels and low cost hotels available. Rivalling the flamboyant carnivals of Venice and Rio, the Germans love to celebrate Ash Wednesday in their own inimitable style. Famous for its glorious twin-spired cathedral, […]

Traditional Christmas Markets in Europe

Christmas market season is fast approaching and whether you like Glühwein or glögg, there are food festivals taking place across Europe. Traditional markets capture the joviality of Christmas and there is nowhere better to enjoy mulled wine with friends. Edinburgh European Christmas Market Where: Edinburgh, Scotland When: 21 November 2014 to 4th January 2015 Why: Stretching out […]