Crazy Days at the Cologne Carnival

Backpackers visiting Cologne, Germany, this February will experience a Germany you never thought existed. The Cologne Carnival is a flamboyant festival packed full of songs, dancing and jugs of beer. Any hint of Germany formality is forgotten during Carnival season. Even better for travellers there are some excellent accommodation deals this February. Book with us and […]

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, […]