Sports & Special Interests - walking, wine, cookery and more... our interest is your interest

As outlined in the Ski Holidays and Winter sections of this website, there are many ways of enjoying a variety of winter sporting experiences as a spectator without taking to the slopes yourself. Likewise, in the summer months, when the snows have cleared, there are thousands of kilometres of walking trails around the mountain villages and through the verdant forests. There are wonderful cycling routes, whether up are in the mountains or on the flats, even a delightful route that follows the banks of the Rhine, with copious opportunities to stop off and sample the produce of the numerous vineyards as you ride from one village to the next. Of course, there are plenty of great golf courses that welcome visitors from relative-beginner right up to championship standard.
As British sportsmen and women, but especially footballers, know to their cost, Germany is a sports-mad country, with professional leagues for numerous sports including basketball, volleyball, and especially, handball. If you have an interest in a particular sport, including the Bundesliga for soccer, or Baden-Baden's world-famous festival of horse-racing, and would like tickets to go and see your favourite team playing, then we can help you with a range of ticket and accommodation packages covering most sports.
Your pleasures and interests don’t have to be strenuous ones. If your particular interests steer you in a more culinary direction, there are many cookery courses available – often focused on the regional specialities favoured by the different Länder . You'll soon discover that German cuisine is much more than sausages, sauerkraut and cakes – although you can always provoke an argument by starting a discussion about the best recipe for sauerkraut. The Baltic and North Sea coastal communities offer amazing seafood dishes, whereas in other areas love their river-fish, and in Autumn, you are bound to find Wild – locally shot deer, venison and particularly wild-boar – as the ‘special of the day’. And, then there is Spargelzeit – a mad few weeks where everyone enjoys the much sought-after white asparagus, and restaurants vie with each other to create the largest menu of different dishes based around this delicious vegetable.  
Germany, of course, is famed for its wonderful wine culture, but don’t think for a moment that a bottle of Liebfraumilch that you might find on the shelves in your local supermarket bears the slightest resemblance to proper German wine. This Zuckerwasser (literally ‘sugar water’) confection doesn’t even exist in Germany, where the wines – both red and white – are far more complex and delicious than the limited choice generally available in the UK would have you believe. If you are interested in a specific wine-tasting tour of Germany, then let us know, and we will be pleased to help you with planning a special itinerary.
For art lovers, most of the cities have wonderful galleries and museums, with the art coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The St Stephen’s Church in historic Mainz has stunning windows designed by Chagal, as well as a museum dedicated to the Gutenberg Bible – the start of ‘modern’ printing, whereas on the outskirts of Stuttgart in Waldenbuch, Frau Ritter, the wife of the chocolatier Alfred Ritter, producers of the famous square chocolate bars that carry their name, has assembled a collection of artworks in celebration of ‘the square’ – well-worth a visit, especially as it can be combined with a tour of the chocolate factory at the same time.
If your interests lie in the sphere of music and theatre, great concerts – indoors and out – abound, with the annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth leading the way, and Berlin’s glorious cabaret-scene providing incredible entertainment, and for real theatre-lovers a trip to the famous Brechttheater is an amazing experience, whatever your knowledge of German language and literature.
Whatever your passion or special interest – whether sporting, musical, artistic, culinary, cultural or simply enjoying the scenery – Germany has something for everyone.
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If you are a client travelling overseas, and need to contact us in an emergency situation, you can call our 24-hour Duty Officer Telephone Number: +44 (0)7766 406759 for information and advice.



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