With next summer still a way off, it's time to embrace cosy winter temperatures - and there’s no better place to do it than at one of Europe’s old towns. What could be more romantic than breathing in a healthy dose of fresh air while strolling aimlessly amongst chocolate box towns, stopping only to admire the fairytale views with a warming glass of gluhwein? If you want to avoid heaving crowds of tourists in Bruges and Prague, there are plenty of lesser-known options on the continent for the intrepid traveller. From hidden German gems to a the next big Insta-destination in Estonia, we’ve got your winter hit list sorted. Ghent, Belgium Medieval Ghent is Belgium’s best kept secret. While Brits abroad arrive fresh off the boat in Brussels and Bruges, this fairytale port city is still fairly under-the-radar with most people, making it the perfect escape for a low-key getaway. While you’ll easily fall in love with beautiful Patershol (the … [Read more...] about 7 secret charming old towns for a cosy winter break in Europe
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Quedlinburg. Photo: DPA Every year millions of tourists flock to big cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But for anyone seeking something a little more picturesque and authentic, here are 15 of the most romantic towns and small cities in Germany. 1. Bamberg (nearest city - Nuremberg) Like Rome, this small and enchanting city is built on seven hills and its historic architecture earned it a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from a huge number of medieval half-timbered houses, some of the most beautiful buildings include the late Romanesque/early gothic imperial cathedral, St Michael's Monastery and Altenburg Castle. But what Bamberg is most famous for is its unique old town hall, situated in the middle of a bridge. The Regnitz river splits in the centre of the city creating the 'Island District' which has a pedestrian zone full of boutique shops and restaurants. You can even take a romantic gondola ride along the waterways past the former fishing … [Read more...] about These are the 15 most romantic towns in Germany
Pictures have emerged appearing to show Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot in Las Vegas - but is everything as it seems. The couple announced their engagement yesterday, sparking a royal wedding frenzy not seen since brother William popped the question to Kate Middleton seven years ago. But photographs suggest the nuptials might be far more low key - a $300 wedding chapel in Sin City to be exact. Of course, this is not the future Duke and Duchess of Sussex but a spoof set up by photographer Alison Jackson. The British artist uses lookalikes to imagine how Harry and Meghan's big day might be. In one shot, 'Harry' is seen resting a cheeky hand on his bride's bum as she lifts her veil. Another, a very convincing 'Harry' is seen leaning in for his first kiss with his new 'wife'. The eyes of the world will be on Harry and Meghan when they tie the knot. There is no doubt it will be the wedding of the year - but there’s a lot the lovebirds need to decide. Who will be on the … [Read more...] about ‘Prince Harry’ secretly marries ‘Meghan Markle’ in Las Vegas – but is everything as it seems?
Torn between booking a last-minute city break or saving the pennies ahead of Christmas? TripAdvisor may just have found the perfect solution... The team of travel gurus looked into the cost of hotel stays in Europe's biggest cities - and found that prices dropped up to a jaw-dropping 50% in November! They searched over 200 booking sites for the lowest hotel prices and found that compared to October rates, there were six European hotspots where you can bag a serious travel bargain. Venice, Lisbon, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Rome and Prague topped the list as offering great hotel rates in November - and chances are at least one of these major cities is on your bucket list anyway! So even if you are saving the pennies, the cheap prices are the perfect excuse to make an exception and book in a pre-Christmas holiday abroad. To give you an extra helping hand, TripAdvisor revealed two great cheap hotels offering the best rates for each destination too - check out the full details below... Venice … [Read more...] about These European city breaks are up to 50% cheaper if you go in November – and here’s where to stay for a bargain break
A HONEYMOON couple were crushed when a 4am text from Monarch revealed their romantic getaway to Italy later that morning had been cancelled.Rebecca and Jake Farrell were due to fly out from Manchester on a 6.45am flight to Naples before the UK's fifth biggest airline went into administration - leaving 110,000 passengers stuck overseas.Newly married Rebecca, 29, told the Derby Telegraph: “We didn’t think that it was legitimate but we were already in Manchester so we thought we’d go and check it out.“There were a lot of tears around, with one woman who was distraught that she saved up so much to go on holidays with her children.”Jake, 26, added: “You go from being so happy and excited to something that is completely soul-crushing.”Rebecca and Jake have luckily managed to rebook on a flight to Naples tomorrow, setting them back around £300 including another night at a Manchester hotel.The airline is the largest ever to go into … [Read more...] about Honeymoon couple horrified after receiving 4am text from Monarch telling them romantic trip to Italy was cancelled
AH, the honeymoon. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get away with your new husband or wife and bask in wedded bliss in an overpriced, exotic location.But despite the modern day concept of intimacy and seclusion, post-wedding holidays haven’t always been quite so so enjoyable.In fact, honeymoons have a pretty horrible history.Here we take a look at some of the more shocking traditions.OK, so in principle, this sounds fantastic - but in truth it was pretty grim.The idea of a “honeymoon” dates back as far as the fifth century in a number of European cultures when time was measured in moon cycles.At their wedding, couples were presented with a “moon” (or roughly one month's) worth of mead, which was an alcoholic honey wine, to drink together.Mead was believed to be an aphrodisiac, so couples were expected to binge on wine for 30 days to get drunk enough to establish sexual intimacy.It was then hoped that the couple would conceive their first child … [Read more...] about Thought honeymoons were romantic? The dark history of the tradition will surprise you
Taking a holiday with the kids in tow can be daunting, especially for parents with young babies or tots. By the time you’ve packed up what feels like the entire contents of your house into three suitcases, belted the kids into the car, and made several inevitable toilet breaks on the way, you’re exhausted, and you’ve not even reached the airport yet… But let’s not get carried away, it’s not all bad! Once there, holidays with your children are the best holidays, allowing you to simultaneously overflow with pride and live like a kid yourself. The key to travelling with kiddies is to choose short flight times, with plenty of easy to access in-flight entertainment packed. The destination itself should have plenty to do, and if you’re going on a beach holiday, soft sandy beaches to play on, with gentle slopes into the sea for safe paddling. On top of all this, a family-friendly hotel is crucial.Browse our snapshot selection of fantastic … [Read more...] about Top family-friendly hotels in destinations across Europe
All of us have a little Romeo buried somewhere within us. In our survey into the holiday habits of Brits abroad, we delved into the romantic side to your getaways. Is there passion in Paris? Sensuality in Spain? Or is it all about the Rome-antics in Italy? The Results: Most of you get Provocative in ParisOur overall winner in the pinnacle of romance was Paris. Europe’s city of love came out on top with people between the ages of 25 and 44, while Venice was number one for those under 24 and 55+. When Brits reach their late 40s, the Maldives was chosen as the most magical for a sexy sojourn. Doubling up with the Italian entries, Rome also gets a mention, coming in 2nd with those in the youngest age category. The Countdown…. #5 CaribbeanNumber five of the most romantic destinations for Brits is the glorious Caribbean. From Barbados, the Cayman Islands, and the Bahamas, to Antigua, Cuba and Jamaica, the Caribbean offers beautiful island holidays. Renowned for its … [Read more...] about Je t’aime: Brits vote the most romantic destination in the world
THIS week’s glorious spring sunshine has got us yearning for a blissful beach getaway.And a cheeky weekend in the Mediterranean’s most chic beach hotels is a bit of a bargain at this time of year.Take advantage of the calm before the peak school-holiday rush to enjoy a grown-up bit of sun-drenched fun without the kids and killer prices. Here, our Sun travel expert rounds up her pick of the best beach breaks you can escape to in May and June. PORTUGAL’S capital is the perfect beach and city-break combination.Stroll past pastel-coloured buildings or jump aboard the wooden Tram 28 as it rumbles through the city’s most historic streets.Pink Street features Lisbon’s liveliest nightlife while Guincho Beach is just half an hour from the city centre.The 4 star Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel is a stunning 17th-century fortress overlooking the waves. There’s an outdoor pool and bar as well as free wifi to send those boasting selfies.Three nights’ B&B … [Read more...] about Top 10 weekend beach breaks in Europe and beyond
Germany’s National Tourist Board (DZT) wanted to know just that. So it again asked foreign visitors to vote for their favorites via its phone app and its web page. More than 40,000 people from 66 different countries answered the question, "What is your personal highlight for a trip to Germany in 2016?” The result can hardly be seen to be representative of all the foreign visitors who clocked up some 80 million overnight stays in Germany last year. But it is interesting all the same. Here are the most popular destinations according to the survey. Famous Buildings Cologne, with its famous cathedral and Rhine promenade, remains a top destination, attracting over six million visitors annually. Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is both a house of worship and a tourist highlight. In 2016 there are no fewer than 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany - the first being Aachen Cathedral, which was awarded World Heritage status in 1978. Viewing platforms are … [Read more...] about What do tourists want to see in Germany?