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Munich Oktoberfest

Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013

Every one must have heard of Oktoberfest, which is Munich’s Bavarian beer festival and fair.  Oktoberfest is so famous that communities in the U.S, Europe and even Asia have created their on version of this historic annual event.  However we think most know about it and really want to go… but do not know what to expect.   So WhichHoliday,tv has visited this festival, to research, so that our viewers have a greater understanding of what all the fuss is about.  It was the best research we have ever undertaken, thank you for the opportunity. So here are a few pointers; Firstly, are you planning a trip for October?  Well if so you're going to miss it, or most of it.  It starts the third Saturday in September and is over by early October. In addition the festival only...

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Munich Beer Halls

Posted on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Why not get into the "spirit" in Munich?  For both beer and food, try Munich beer halls, they are definitely not for tourists as local families hang out in these traditional venues. And they give you a taste of Oktoberfest all year round. If you try to sit at a table with a sign in the middle that says "Stammish", you will be moved as they have been reserved for ‘regulars’.  The rest of the tables are often "family style", and you're expected to share the table.  If you see a free space, ask if the seats are taken and squeeze in.  (Ask if they're "Frei" – just like in zimmer frei for rooms available).  However do not do this at a table with that "Stammish" sign, as locals are very protective of their table.  They come to the...

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The Delight Of German Beers

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trying German beers, even if you are not attending the Oktoberfest is part of the fun of travelling in Germany.  Germans and Belgians would probably argue about who has the best beer… and the Czechs, at least those from Pilsner, might join in the squabble.  But we're not going to argue with anyone, we'll just enjoy it where ever we are.  And if you're enjoying a trip to Germany you might as well enjoy a German brew.  Making beer in Germany is highly regulated.  The brewers must adhere to something called "Reinheitsgebot".  This is a "purity order" that dates from 1516.  They must use only water, hops and barley malt when they are making their beer.  The law has been updated and Yeast now can be used… it hadn't been discovered in 1516!  Sometimes sugar can be used too....

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Tower Bridge Exhibition

Posted on Sunday, February 17, 2013

One of London’s most well-known attractions and a must visit for all tourists is the Tower Bridge Exhibition.  Not only does this landmark play an important role in history, but it provides a great view of the city. In this feature we explore in more detail about the Tower Bridge Exhibition and we would encourage you to read the Tower Bridge feature in conjuction with this one. Sir Horace Jones designed Tower Bridge which was completed in 1894.  Right away, it was determined this bridge would be a source of attraction for those visiting the city.  For the time it was built, the architecture and engineering was pushing construction boundaries to its limit and this has resulted in this magnificent icon.  Above the bridge, are two elevated walkways, which at the time this was unique, in that visitors where...

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Annual Events and Festivals in London

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013

We all know there is so much to see in London, from the historic such as The Tower of London to the more up to date attractions like the Tate Modern.  There are fantastic museums including the Natural History Museum and there is also some unique Hidden Treasures   In addition to these London attractions you will find lively festivals and other events throughout the year.  If you have flexibility in determining your travel dates, please review a sample list of events below. In January London holds the Ice Sculpture Festival, This annual Festival is FREE and visitors have the chance to see highly talented sculptors from around the world as they compete to be crowned  Champion. Canary Wharf is hosting one of London’s favourite winter events for the fourth year running. Find out more at   In February, you can join...

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The Imperial War Museum

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013

Over the next decade, The Imperial War Museum will be creating new gallery spaces and new ways for you to explore our unique collections. The transformation has already begun with the closure of the museum until July 2013. This is a partial reopening as redevelopment continues through to 2014 – the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War. So we at thought we would give you a quick glimpse into the new look Imperial War Museum. Using the latest historical research and its exceptional collections the Imperial War Museum will open the new world-class First World War Galleries which will offer new stories, new perspectives and new ways of looking at the ‘Great War’. The redesigned atrium will stretch over six floors The Imperial War Museum is on Lambeth Road, and within walking distance of...

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