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Oktoberfest at Hofbräu Wirtshaus on Speersort, Hamburg
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Oktoberfest at Hofbräu Wirtshaus on Speersort, Hamburg

While the clink of beer steins and the sound of German folksongs at Oktoberfest in Munich may be over for another year, in the heart of Hamburg you can experience a taste of the Oktoberfest atmosphere every day at Hofbräu Wirtshaus on Speersort. The enormous German beer hall used to be a press house, and is the perfect setting for two floors of traditional Germ[...]

The most colourful spots in Cologne and Bonn, Germany
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The Most Colourful Spots in Cologne & Bonn, Germany

If there is one thing my camera roll and Instagram feed look after a visit to Cologne it's colourful. Even when it rained on my first visit a could of years ago the pastel colours of the buildings stood bright against the grey skies, and in the summer they look even better against the bright blue. Here's some of the most colourful spots in Cologne, and nearby Bonn and[...]

A Surprise Weekend Break with WowTrip
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A Surprise Weekend Break to Cologne with WowTrip

I'd previously heard of booking holidays where you don't know which hotel you're staying in until you get there, but before my recent experience with Wow Trip Travel (not to be confused with Wow Air - totally different) I wasn't aware that you could get entire trips planned for you, where everything is a surprise even the country, and the city within it. For someone[...]

Speicherstadt Warehouse District Hamburg
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Discovering the Speicherstadt Warehouse District in Hamburg

I've got to admit on my first visit to Hamburg, I wasn't really all that taken with it. I was there for a few days, but most of this time was spent working so I couldn't see much of the city. My first impressions were of how industrial it was, and how dated the architecture seemed in most areas. Of course in the small glimpse of the city that I got, there were pockets[...]

Bierhaus in der Salzgasse, Cologne
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A Traditional German Bierhaus in Cologne

Picture the scene, it's a cold, dark winter night and you're stood among the crowds that have all flocked to the Cologne Christmas market. The cathedral is lit up and looming above you, you've picked up some souvenirs and exhausted row upon row of festive stalls that line the Rudolfplatz. Where do you go next? Easy. A traditional German Bierhaus. read more[...]