This Winter Sample Bavarian & Bohemian Christmas Markets

German Christmas markets have become almost a cliché, especially seeing the crowds at Munich, Nuernberg and Cologne. However, Bavarian Forest Holidays has come up with a different angle: a long weekend on any of the four advent weekends before Christmas, with accommodation in a five star village apartment, giving visitors the opportunity to see Christmas Markets in the big cities of Passau and Regensburg, as well as the smaller towns and villages of Bavaria and Bohemia.


Each weekend can be tailored to suit the preferences of a family or group and most of the markets can be visited by great value German public transport – so there are no restrictions on testing the Gluehwein! Accommodation is in the pretty Bavarian Forest village of Bayerisch Eisenstein, directly on the border with Czech Republic. Prices for three nights in five star accommodation (excluding travel and meals) range from €200 for a couple in a one bedroom apartment, up to €425 for 6 people in a 3 bedroom, all ensuite apartment. A welcoming glass of Gluehwein will help to get you in the mood. And, of course, award-winning Bavarian Forest Holidays can advise on travel by rail to and from the UK as well as to and from the Christmas Markets.

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Bavarian Forest National Park Celebrates 40th Birthday

The Bavarian Forest National Park, the oldest National Park in Germany, will celebrate its 40th birthday this year with a range of events and the active support of its National Park Partners. The 76 Partners – hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and self catering accommodation providers – work with the Bavarian Forest National Park to provide holidays in harmony with nature right through the year. One of these is ‘Bavarian Forest Holidays’ in Bayerisch Eisenstein, whose English owners came to the Bavarian Forest from England in 2004.

More and more English speaking international visitors are making their way to the Bavarian Forest – thanks to the marketing activities of Margaret Leach and Martin Holborow who have also designed their 9 holiday apartments
(8 with 5 stars and 1 with 4 stars, awarded by the German Tourism Association) to specifically meet the needs of international guests.

Bavarian Forest

The National Park, which includes the largest area of forested wilderness between the Atlantic and the Urals, offers opportunities for peaceful walking and cycling as well as seeing rare indigenous wildlife such as lynx, wolves, brown bears and capercaillie in vast enclosures in the forest. The National Park visitor centres also provide education and
entertainment related to the National Park. The Bavarian Forest National Park also directly borders the Sumava National Park in Czech Republic, providing access to nearly 100,000 hectares of protected nature.

The National Park Partners offer quality accommodation and comprehensive information on the area to their visitors. They make an important contribution to sustainable tourism and exceed the usual criteria for eco-friendliness and quality. All are passionate supporters of the motto of the National Park ‘Let nature be nature’. Once they have qualified to become
Partners they are obliged to attend regular briefing sessions and hikes in the National Park in order to keep their knowledge up to date.

This year the Bavarian Forest National park celebrates its 40th birthday with many events during the year and a major celebration on 9th-10th October in the Lusen National Park Centre.

For more information on Bavarian Forest Holidays visit Forest Holidays.

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Book Now for 200th Oktoberfest in Munich

Dertour LogoThis year Munich will celebrate its 200th Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world.  With Dertour, beer enthusiasts can head to Munich to take part in the events for just £419 per person.

The festival first took place in 1810 on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. And the next year, the royal court decided to repeat the festival to the great delight of Munich’s residents, and every year since it has grown to become the event that it is today.

This year, Oktoberfest runs from 18 September – 3 October, and specialist tour operator, Dertour, has a number of great value flight and accommodation packages to the event.  Packages includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the three star hotel Amba and return flights from Heathrow, plus access to English speaking Dertour representative based in Munich. The hotel is family-run and located in the centre of the city and within walking distance of its main sights. The price is based on two adults sharing.

Dertour is also able to pre-book seats in the beer tents for groups of ten people or more. For £40, you get two ‘steins’ of beer and a voucher for a Bavarian meal as well as guaranteed entry into the tent.

For bookings call Dertour on 0207 290 1111 or visit for further information.

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Experience Regensburg’s History a Very Modern Way

St. Emmeram Palace, Regensburg, Germany
St. Emmeram Palace, Regensburg, Germany

Why walk when you can hover?  Regensburg visitors can now explore the city’s historical treasures and modern shopping streets using a Segway.  The two-wheeled and computer-balanced electronic vehicles are used for guided city tours, taking visitors to the hidden corners and beautiful sights of the Bavarian city on the Danube such as the gothic cathedral, courtyards and private chapels of the medieval houses or princely palace of the Thurn & Taxis dynasty. English-language tours take place on weekends and public holidays (EUR 59 per person).

Regensburg is not only steeped in its medieval history but also a buzzing and modern city with a vibrant student community, contemporary restaurants, bars and stylish hotels to go with.  Just opened, the Hotel Central Regensburg features 70 light and spacious rooms in a newly constructed building.  The hotel is centrally situated, close to the Old Town, between the park of the Thurn und Taxis palace and the central train station.

Another new accommodation option in Regensburg is a boutique hotel in the best sense of the word – The Hotel L’Ostello is in the heart of the Old Town and features six individually furnished rooms in a listed building. Each room is dedicated to a historic Regensburg personality.

Tourist Information Regensburg
Tel: 0044 (0)941 507 4411

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