Dortmund Short Break – Two Botanic Gardens and a Football Stadium

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Dortmund does not immediately spring to mind as a short break destination. The largest city in the Ruhr industrial area lacks an attractive Altstadt (old town) and has no river passing through it, both major tourist features in many German cities like Frankfurt and Nurnberg. But when I tell …

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Berchtesgaden and the Eagle’s Nest – Off the Beaten Track

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Berchtesgaden is a small Alpine town hidden away in the south-east corner of Germany. It sits on the shores of Königssee below rocky peaks that rise to almost 9,000 ft. The earliest records of the town date back to 1102 and from 1517 onwards it amassed wealth from salt-mines. …

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Koblenz – Short Break

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The confluence of the Rhine with the Moselle gives the historic city of Koblenz its name. Its strategic position was recognised by the Romans, who established a military outpost in 8 BC on the rocky outcrop overlooking where the rivers …

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Heidelberg – Short Break

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I’d visited Heidelberg once before, almost exactly 50 years ago. I remember being very impressed by the panoramic view over the Old Town and the River Neckar from the Castle’s grey, granite parapets. Of course one’s memory can play tricks. …

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Munich in October – Short Break

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Think of Munich and October and you’ll probably get an image of thousands of people sitting at benches swilling down large quantities of beer, interspersed with roast pork, ham hock and pretzels. And that was the case a week or …

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Nuremberg – Short break

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Whenever I’m travelling in Bavaria I make a point of stopping off in its second largest city, Nuremberg (or Nürnberg as it is known in Germany). What I like about Nuremberg is the way that the medieval and modern co-exist, …

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