The Island of Flowers: Mainau Island Lake Constance

My train arrived in Lake Constance around midday and with only an afternoon to spare, I quickly scanned the list of options for places to visit. There were a myriad of things to do, including a spa called Bodensee-Therme; a boat trip on the lake...

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Baden-Baden: So Nice You Have to Name it Twice

On a visit to Baden-Baden for the Deutscher Medienpreis (German Media Awards), Bill Clinton said; “Baden-Baden is so nice you have to name it twice.” Indeed it is nice. It's MORE than nice; I don't think the word does it justice. Located in the Baden Wuttermburg area of...

Ziplining in the Black Forest, Germany

As our bus driver heads deeper into the Black Forest and we are dropped by the side of the road in what appears to be the middle of nowhere, I think to myself: “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!” I look around expecting to see some sort...

Move Over Oktoberfest: Drinking Beer at Cannstatter Wasen!

I’ve been to Oktoberfest twice; once in 2011 and the second time in 2012. I love, love, love Oktoberfest, but this year I found myself at a different German beer festival; the 168th Cannstatter Volksfest just outside of Stuttgart. The Cannstatter Wasen is a 35-hectare area...

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5 Reasons Why I Love Oktoberfest

Last year I experienced my first ever Oktoberfest in Munich, and I loved it so much that this year I went back for round 2. I just couldn't resist going back. When I went to Oktoberfest for the first time, I vaguely remember standing on a...

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Travel Guide: Berlin, Germany

Walking through the streets of Berlin stirs up mixed feelings- on the one hand the city is very modern and could compete with Amsterdam for the title of most liberal city, but on the other hand it has such a tumultuous past. Everywhere you turn,...

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How to Spend One Day in Berlin

Whilst 24 hours isn't enough time to get fully acquainted with a city, that's all I the time I had on my recent trip to Germany's capital city. I arrived in the morning at Circus Hostel and only had one day in Berlin to explore the major...

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Oktoberfest

When I first heard of Oktoberfest in Munich, I wondered what all the fuss was about. "Yes OK, so you drink beer at tables, but what's the big deal?!" Well, now I can honestly say that Oktoberfest is the best thing I have been to...