Yes, our 2017 brochure is nearly here and so we thought we would give you a sneak peek by sharing some fantastic gems that you’ll find within its pages. Just like last year, there will be plenty of inspiration for holidays all over Europe, with a particular focus on Germany but with plenty of other ideas in countries such as Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Hungary. As we offer tailor-made trips, you are free to piece together your own holiday, influenced by our expert choices, and we’ll do the hard work for you.
So, here are a few things you’ll find in this year’s brochure that you won’t have seen in our 2016 edition.
This sleepy German town lies amidst the beautiful Bavarian Alps and offers a range of active activities to do all year round. In the summer, visitors can rent a bike and cycle along the Ammer Amper trail, ride the alpine coaster and cable car, or relax at the WellenBerg Leisure Centre. In addition, the winter months create great opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
However, every ten years this quiet town receives an influx of tourists. The Passion Play has been performed at these intervals for more than 370 years and brings the whole community together to depict the story of Christ. This historic tradition attracts visitors from all over the world and involves more than 2000 actors from Oberammergau. Preparations have already begun for Passion Play 2020 and places in local hotels are already starting to fill up.
In contrast to the country’s climate, Iceland is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now. Travellers are realising the breathtaking natural wonders that can be found here and the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are waiting to be enjoyed – Northern Lights anyone? Whilst the rural areas abound with waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and geysers; the capital, Reykjavik, offers a mix of fascinating culture, unique culinary offerings and nostalgic street markets.
Another quiet Bavarian town, Inzell is a great destination for those who love to explore the great outdoors. When you’re not enjoying the breathtaking Alpine scenery, there are hiking trails to discover, lakes to cool off in and Germany’s biggest footgolf course on which lovers of this new sport can challenge themselves. During the winter months, a dusting of snow covers the hills, offering the perfect chance to go ski-trekking, downhill skiing or sledging. You don’t have to wait until the summer to enjoy the sporting action on the ice, though. The impressive Max Aicher Arena features speed skating and ice-speedway throughout the year.
Germany’s largest theme park offers something for all the family and is a great alternative to Disneyland Paris. Situated in the town of Rust, just outside the Black Forest, it is home to 14 different ‘lands’ which showcase the sights, sounds and tastes or different European countries. Whether you like fast thrills or relaxing rides, you won’t be disappointed either way. Highlights at Europa-Park include the Silver Star hyper coaster, pulling up to 4Gs over heights of 240ft; the Atlantis Supersplash, a hybrid of rollercoaster and log flume; and Arthur, a great introduction to coasters for the little ones. The park has even installed new VR headsets to give you a different experience on certain rides. Away from the loops and spins, there are plenty of shows for the whole family to enjoy and countless places to grab something delicious to eat.
Our 2017 brochure is available for pre-order now. If you’re looking for some holiday inspiration or you’re intrigued by the destinations mentioned here, grab your copy today. Alternatively, you can view an online version here.