Kosice – Europe’s Capital of Culture 2013

City Breaks to the beautiful city of Kosice

If you are bored with the humdrum of everyday life and are looking for somewhere different, exciting and just ripe for discovery, then we have some great news for you.

From September 17 2013 you will be able to fly from London Luton to the beautiful and historic city of Kosice (twice-weekly with low-cost carrier Wizz Air); this year’s European Capital of Culture and Slovakia’s second biggest city.

Holidays to KosiceWith some great fares on offer (with or without a suitcase allowance), Slovakia has never been more accessible. We can also offer some great accommodation-inclusive packages too (using our accommodation-specialist partner, Innstant Travel), so be sure to ask us for details.

Recommended as one of the top travel destinations for 2013 by CNN there is no better time to visit Kosice this hidden gem in Eastern Slovakia; known by some as the Jewel of the East.

With its rich history dating back to the Middle Ages and the pivotal role it has played as an Kosice City Breaks important trading crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe; Kosice is a city saturated in both history and the arts. In fact, the stunning Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Nouveau architecture on display all play a part in telling the story of this unique and beautiful city.

Charming and inspiring, Kosice has been home to some important cultural figures throughout history. Wax models of some of the regions celebrated figures can be found at Kosice’s Wax Museum, and include one of Slovakia’s most famous progenies, Andy Warhol. There are also plenty of other museums, art galleries, palaces, and theatres to visit.

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With attractions and events on all year round from festivals celebrating everything from art, music, theatre, and even beer – to hosting sporting events; Kosice has something for everyone.

Must see things to do, include the beautiful St. Elizabeth Cathedral, the famous singing fountain that dances in time to music, the gold treasure in the East Slovak Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. In addition to the many shops, eateries, and museums for you to enjoy and explore, don’t forget to taste some of the famous beers and wines local to the region.

Come and soak up the atmosphere, take a stroll around the old town, chill in the many cafes and green spaces, or join in the lively party scene. Whatever you do, you are sure to be inspired by the little city that packs a big cultural punch.

Remember, just get there before the crowds; you won’t be disappointed.

Wizz Air Scheduled Service:         Luton LTN to Kosice KSC to Luton LTN (Effective September 17 2013)

W6 7674                               Luton to Kosice                 1235 – 1605

W6 7673                               Kosice to Luton                 1635 – 1815

For more information on short breaks to Kosice please contact the team at World of Transport Travel Twickenham’s premier independent travel agent.

Wottravel QuoteUseful Slovak phrases

Herewith a  collection of some useful phrases in Slovak.

Key to abbreviations: sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person), inf = informal, frm = formal.

 

English

slovenčina (Slovak)

Welcome

Vitaj (sg/inf) Vitajte (pl/frm)

Hello

Ahoj (sg/inf) Ahojte (pl/frm)

How are you?

I’m fine, thanks. And you?

Ako sa máte? (frm)

Ďakujem, dobre. A Vy? (frm)

What’s your name?
My name is …

Ako sa voláte? (frm)

Volám sa …

Where are you from?
I’m from …

Odkialʼ ste? (frm)

Som z …

Pleased to meet you

Teší ma

Good morning

Dobré ráno (used until 8am)
Dobrý deň (used from 8am until dark)

Good afternoon

Dobré popoludnie (rarely used)

Good evening

Dobrý večer

Good night

Dobrú noc

Goodbye

Dovidenia (frm) Zbohom (frm) Čau (inf) Ahoj (inf)

Good luck

Veľa šťastia!

Cheers/Good health!

Na zdravie!

Have a nice day

Pekný deň! Pekný deň prajem!

Bon appetit

Dobrú chuť!

Bon voyage

Šťastnú cestu!

I understand

Rozumiem

I don’t understand

Nerozumiem

Please speak more slowly

Hovorte prosím pomalšie

Please say that again

Môžete to zopakovať? (frm)

Please write it down

Napíšte mi to prosím

Do you speak English?

Vieš anglicky? (inf)
Hovoríte po anglicky? (frm)

Do you speak Slovak?

Yes, a little

Hovoríte po slovensky? (frm)

Áno, trochu

How do you say … in Slovak?

Ako sa po slovensky povie …?

Excuse me

Prepáčte!

How much is this?

Koľko to stojí?

Sorry

Pardón!

Please

Prosím

Thank you

Response

Ďakujem

Prosím
Niet za čo

Where’s the toilet?

Kde je záchod?
Kde je WC?

Help!

Pomoc!

Call the police!

Zavolajte políciu!

Classical Tour of Greece

Have you ever dreamt of visiting Greece, and experiencing the beauty and culture of this amazing country?

Greece has so much to offer in terms of culture and ancient history, so what better way to get a cultural experience, than to take an organised classic tour? You’ll get to visit places on the mainland that are steeped in history.

Tours of Greece - AcropolisWorld of Transport Travel uses Cyplon Holidays, an esteemed tour operator of many years’ standing, to offer you this Classical Tour of Greece. Available in five, seven and eight day durations, you will be taken around the ancient sites and be immersed in everything that is quintessentially Greek.

Each of these tour operates with just a minimum of two people (we can offer prices for just one person travelling), and we can adapt the itineraries to suit your exact needs, including adding days here and there, and pre- or post-stay days. Or even offer a twin or multi-centre holiday to include one or more of the islands.

So, let us unlock your imagination with the following information, and let us work with you once you have decided that you would like to travel.

5 Days Classical Tour of Greece

Day 1

Depart from your local UK airport to Athens. On arrival, receive a private transfer to the Athenian Callirhoe Hotel (Athens City), where you will receive dinner and breakfast.

Day 2

Depart by coastal road to the Corinth Canal and visit The Theatre of Epidavros. Travel to the town of Nauplion and then to Mycenae to visit the archaeological site and tomb of Aganemnon. Depart for Olympia through Tripolis and Megalopolis, overnight stay in Olympia (cradle of Olympic Games) at the Amalia Hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 3

Visit the archaeological site, the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the ancient Olympic stadium. Drive through the plains of Eliad and Archala then cross the magnificent Corinthian bay to Delphi. Overnight stay in Delphi. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 4

Free time in Delphi, visit the archaeological site and the museum, drive through the village of Arachova renowned for its colourful rugs and carpets. Return to Athens via Levadia and Thebes arriving early evening. Overnight stay in The Athenian Callirhoe Hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 5

After breakfast, receive a private transfer to Athens Airport, for your flight home. Or, if you prefer, extend your holiday to either stay in Athens and/or visit another island(s).

Tours of Greece - Delphi7 Days Classical Tour of Greece

Day 1

Depart from your local UK airport to Athens. On arrival, receive a private transfer to the Athenian Callirhoe Hotel (Athens City), where you will receive dinner and breakfast for the next two nights.

Day 2

After breakfast, enjoy an Athens sightseeing tour, plus a tour of The Acropolis and its museum.

Day 3

Depart by coastal road to the Corinth Canal and visit The Theatre of Epidavros. Travel to the town of Nauplion and then to Mycenae to visit the archaeological site and tomb of Aganemnon. Depart for Olympia through Tripolis and Megalopolis, overnight stay in Olympia (cradle of Olympic Games) at the Amalia Hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 4

Visit the archaeological site, the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the ancient Olympic stadium. Drive through the plains of Eliad and Archala then cross the magnificent Corinthian bay to Delphi. Overnight stay in Delphi. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 5

Free time in Delphi, visit the archaeological site and the museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the amazing rocks of Meteora. Overnight stay at the Amalia Hotel or similar. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 6

Visit the ageless Monasteries perched high on the top of huge rocks, which house exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens, via Trikala, Larnia and Thermopylae visiting Leonidas of Sparta’s monument. Arrive in Athens early evening for dinner and an overnight stay at The Athenian Callirhoe hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 7

After breakfast, receive a private transfer to Athens Airport, for your flight home. Or, if you prefer, extend your holiday to either stay in Athens and/or visit another island(s).

Tours of Greece - Thermopylae8 Days Classical Tour of Greece

Day 1

Depart from your local UK airport to Athens. On arrival, receive a private transfer to the Athenian Callirhoe Hotel (Athens City), where you will receive dinner and breakfast for the next two nights.

Day 2

After breakfast, enjoy an Athens sightseeing tour, plus a tour of The Acropolis and its museum.

Day 3

Depart by coastal road to the Corinth Canal and visit The Theatre of Epidavros. Travel to the town of Nauplion and then to Mycenae to visit the archaeological site and tomb of Aganemnon. Depart for Olympia through Tripolis and Megalopolis, overnight stay in Olympia (cradle of Olympic Games) at the Amalia Hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 4

Visit the archaeological site, the sanctuary of Olympian Zeus and the ancient Olympic stadium. Drive through the plains of Eliad and Archala then cross the magnificent Corinthian bay to Delphi. Overnight stay in Delphi. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 5

Free time in Delphi, visit the archaeological site and the museum. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town at the foot of the amazing rocks of Meteora. Overnight stay at the Amalia Hotel or similar. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 6

Visit the ageless Monasteries perched high on the top of huge rocks, which house exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. Return to Athens, via Trikala, Larnia and Thermopylae visiting Leonidas of Sparta’s monument. Arrive in Athens early evening for dinner and an overnight stay at The Athenian Callirhoe hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 7

Depart for the port of Piraeus for your one day Saronic Island Cruise, visiting the islands of Poros, Hydra and Aegina, lunch is included. Return to Athens during the early evening. Overnight stay in The Athenian Callirhoe Hotel. Dinner and breakfast are included.

Day 8

After breakfast, receive a private transfer to Athens Airport, for your flight home. Or, if you prefer, extend your holiday to either stay in Athens and/or visit another island(s).

Tours of Greece - Saronic Island CruiseWe hope that these tour ideas will be of interest to you, and that they will enable to you get some ideas of what Greece has to offer. We are not showing prices, simply because flights change all the time, and everyone has different requirements.

In order to enquire about making a booking for one of these itineraries, either in its basic form, or which amendments, please contact us with your requirements. We will be able to offer flights in both Economy and Business Class, depending on your needs.

Should you want us to look at other hotels, or you have something specific in mind, please ask. If there are a group of you traveling, we need to know numbers, as some of the hotels used in the itinerary may not always be large enough. We will find a workaround solution though.

Wottravel QuoteWe use Cyplon Holidays for these tours. The company is a member of ABTA and is fully-protected with ATOL cover (ATOL #: 891). World of Transport Travel is a retail agent for fully-bonded ATOL holders.

Belfast – Birthplace of RMS Titanic and Gateway To Northern Ireland

Voted as one of the world’s top destinations for 2012, Belfast is truly a city reborn. So why not go and experience the energy of this Titanic City and the delights of the surrounding Greater Belfast area.

Belfast City BreaksExperience Belfast city’s many quarters, each with their own stories to tell.

One ship synonymous with Belfast is RMS Titanic (and it would wrong not to mention its sister ship, RMS Olympic). There is no better place to experience the story of its origins, construction, launch and legacy – and delve into Belfast’s rich industrial and maritime heritage.

Belfast AttractionsA selection of specialist Titanic and maritime tours make the Titanic Quarter a must-see on any visitors itinerary. From the cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, Drawing Offices where Titanic and her sister ships were designed, the shipways from which they were launched and Titanic’s Dock and Pump-House where they were fitted out

The cultural heart of the city, the Cathedral Quarter is the oldest quarter and centers around Saint Anne’s Cathedral, an area packed with cobbled streets, superb restaurants which cater for every taste (including local specialties of champ, Irish Stew and breads) and great pubs. Chat with locals over a pint at McHugh’s, one of the oldest pubs in Belfast dating back to 1711 and gaze across to the Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast’s answer to Pisa’s Leaning Tower. It was featured in the 1947 film, “Odd Man Out”. The history of the city is everywhere to be seen, from the architecture of magnificent buildings such as the sumptuous City Hall (home to the Titanic Memorial Garden), built on profits from the gasworks, to other civic gems such as the Grand Opera House, Ulster Hall and the Crown Bar.

City Breaks to BelfastThe Gaeltacht Quarter is home to some of the city’s descriptive walls murals and is an area where Irish heritage and culture has flourished since the 1960s.

The Queens Quarter, with the historical Queen’s University and the Ulster Museum, and the Lisburn Road area boast many information cafés which provide the perfect next stop.

Take a fascinating tour of the Parliament Buildings and then enjoy a stroll around its grounds. Cave Hill (North Belfast), offers a natural-viewing gallery over the city. Did you know that the giant’s face on the hill (a basaltic outcrop known by locals as “Napoleon’s Nose”) inspired literary great, Jonathan Swift, to write Gulliver’s Travels?

A short journey from Belfast City and visitors can uncover the delights of the Greater Belfast area – Lisburn, North Down, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh and Newtownabbey. Set in the beautiful Lagan Valley, the Lisburn area covers 174 square miles of contrasting scenery from the gentle drumlins of the open countryside to many picturesque towns and villages such as Ballinderry, Lambeg and Hillsborough. A not to be missed experience is the Hidden Brewery, Ireland’s oldest Independent Brewery.

For those who like to be besides the sea, North Down offers fabulous coastline, stunning scenery, layers of history, plenty of activities, fascinating museums and delicious dining. From sailing at Bangor Marina and a variety of other water sports, a host of summer family events to the stunning North Down Coastal Path and the breathtaking inland sections of the Ulster Way – there’s something for everyone.

Castlereagh has a wide-range of quality sports, leisure and recreational facilities such as Dundonald International Ice Bowl., Castlereagh Hill Golf Course and Streamvale Open Farm. Why not take a walk around the intriguing range of landscapes from the woods and waterfall of Cregagh Glen, to the grounds of Lisnabreeny House, and see the spectacular views of the city.

Sporting activities and outdoor pursuits can also be enjoyed in Newtownabbey, the gateway to one of the world’s greatest road journeys, the Causeway Coastal Route.

Then there is Carrickfergus, steeped in a past of over eight hundred eventful years, this historic walled town has much to offer the visitor. As the words to the well-known and haunting Irish folk song goes – “I wish I was in Carrickfergus…”

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Facts about Belfast – Did You Know?…….

  • The Birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic, Belfast’s skyline is still dominated by the huge cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard (affectionately known by locals as “Sampson and Goliath”), each of which is taller than Big Ben, in London.
  • Belfast’s St George’s Market was one of the top ten markets in the UK.
  • The eight sculptured Maritime Masts lining the east side of Donegal Place each commemorate one of the White Star Line Ships. Other maritime-related sculptures include “The Kit” (containing scale replicas of Titanic’s component parts) and the popular Salmon of Knowledge or “The Big Fish”.
  • Belfast is the best value UK city for tourists, according to a major price comparison study carried out by TripAdvisor in 2011
  • The Crown Bar is perhaps the finest Victorian ‘Gin Palace’ in the UK. Owned by the National Trust, the ornate interior has been enjoyed by travellers since 1885. Look out for the cosy snugs, elaborate stained glass and antique bell system. It is located right opposite the Europa Hotel and Europa Bus; Train Station.
  • The first Scottish settlers to Ireland arrived in North Down in 1606. Bangor also had an Abbey for over 1500 years, founded in 558 AD. You can find out more at The North Down Museum.
  • Groomsport celebrates its links with America and Independence day every July. Pay a visit to Cockle Row Cottages, which stages regular weekend events during the summer. Interested in this? Why not also visit Grey Point Fort in Helen’s Bay or Andrew Jackson Cottage, Carrickfergus (check opening times in advance).
  • The Queen bestowed the title “Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus” to Prince William and Catherine Middleton on their wedding day.
  • Harry Ferguson, the first Irishman to build and fly his own aeroplane was born in Hillsborough. Visit the memorial gardens opposite his birthplace.

Belfast Experiences……

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1.       Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast, an unbelievable, unmissable experience. Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction. Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building, this state-of-the-art visitor experience will tell you the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history – only in Belfast!

Whilst in The Area Visit: Titanic’s Docks and Pump House, Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices, SS Nomadic, T13, Belfast Barge.
Editorial Note: When we paid a visit to Belfast in June 2013, we did the “Titanic Experience” as part of our weekend in the city. For those interested in the White Star Line and everything about it, it is a must see. Even if you are not, you’ll leave very much more informed. As a guideline the Titanic Belfast takes around two and half hours to do it justice, in its own right. The SS Nomadic is another must see, as it has been restored to its original interior, showing how people were transferred from Cherbourg to the ship. Take a visit to the Docks & Pump House, and walk in and around the actual dry dock where the Titanic was fitted out. The Belfast Barge was actually built in the Netherlands, and is now a museum. A visit is well worth it whilst in the city.

2.       Ulster Museum
Come face to face with dinosaurs, meet an Ancient Egyptian mummy and see modern masterpieces with a visit to the Ulster Museum. As Northern Ireland’s treasure house of the past and present, the museum is home to a rich collection of art, history and natural sciences and free to all visitors. From Ireland to the South Pacific, ancient relics to hands-on-activities, the museum offers something for everyone from the simply curious to the enthusiast. NB This experience is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

3.       Ulster Folk; Transport Museum
Step back in time and uncover a way of life from one hundred years ago. Discover town and countryside with cottages, farms, schools and shops to explore as you wander through the beautiful parkland of the Folk Museum. Chat to costumed visitor guides as they demonstrate traditional crafts. Climb on and off majestic steam locomotives or experience the sensation of flight in the Transport Museum bursting with horse-drawn carriages, electric trams, boats, motorbikes, fire-engines and vintage cars. At TITANICa: The Exhibition, discover more than five hundred original artefacts including loan objects from RMS Titanic that were recovered from the bottom of the icy Atlantic, then walk the historic streets and meet the people who lived in her time with “The People’s Story” exhibition. NB This experience is closed on Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

4.       Saint Anne’s Cathedral
The cathedral was consecrated in 1904, its foundation stone having been laid in 1899. The transepts were added in the 1970s and the “Spire of Hope” as recently as 2007. It has many beautiful stained glass windows, some stunning mosaics, and an interesting labyrinth marked out on the floor at the entrance, leading the visitor from the door towards the sanctuary. There is a funeral pall commemorating those who lost their lives in the sinking of the Titanic. Nearly four metres by two and a half metres in indigo, it represents the midnight sea, with crosses of different sizes and shapes to symbolise the loss of lives sinking into the dark ocean. Services daily.

5.       Belfast City; Greater Belfast Tours
Uncover the remarkable story of the Titanic, the world’s most famous ship; built with passion, determination and pride – right here in Belfast. Experience the Titanic story by boat, luxury car and bus tour or a guided walk around the historic Titanic Quarter. Or see a different view of Belfast from an open-top bus, black taxi or bike tour. Enjoy some of the city’s most impressive and evocative sights, including its open air gallery of passionate and provocative wall murals. Themed tours include C.S. Lewis Tour, Titanic Trail and Belfast Music Tour. Beyond Belfast don’t miss the Hilden Brewery and Hillsborough Castle Tours, Carrickfergus Walking Tours and Bangor Fishing Trips and short sea cruises. All of these excursions can be booked through World of Transport Travel, so please provide us with your requirements.

6.       Belfast Castle and Carrickfergus Castle
The magnificent sandstone building of Belfast Castle is a familiar landmark, overlooking the city from a prominent site four hundred feet above sea level on the slopes of Cave Hill. Also experience the sights and sounds of Cave Hill Country Park, a Green Flag awarded park. Approximately eleven miles away from Belfast stands Carrickfergus Castle, one of Northern Ireland’s most striking monuments and the first building of its kind in Northern Ireland. Today, this eight hundred year old castle is open to the public for fun days out and for those wishing to learn more about its history.

7.       Patterson’s Spade Mill
Watch as billets of red hot steel are hammered into perfectly balanced spades at the last water-driven spade mill in the British Isles. The Patterson Family made spades at this site at Templepatrick for generations using tools and techniques little changed from the Industrial Revolution. Take a step back in time and see firsthand how the common garden spade is created using age old methods. Bespoke hand crafted spades can be made to order.

8.       Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Based in Lisburn’s oldest building, the seventeenth century Market House, the Irish Linen Centre/Lisburn Museum brings to life the story of the Irish linen industry and showcases one of Ireland’s best known industries and its importance to Lisburn. Take can audio-visual tour and see the weaving centre and hand looms. The centre also showcases events and exhibitions which recreate and honour Lisburn’s rich, local history. While In The Area Visit: Coca Cola Visitor Experience.

9.       North Down Museum
Learn the fascinating saga of the area in Northern Ireland’s most visited small museum, located around a covered courtyard at the rear of Bangor Castle. The story of the region’s history, archaeology and wildlife unfolds before you through a series of exciting audio-visual displays and intriguing exhibits. Key artefacts on display include the Bronze Age Ballycrochan Swords, the Bangor Bell and the Raven Maps, the only complete folio of Plantation era maps in Ireland. While In The Area Visit: Bangor Walled Garden and Bangor Abbey.

10.   Belfast Zoological Gardens
The zoo is a safe haven for over one thousand two hundred animals. It emphasises conservation, education and focuses on breeding rare species. Among rare animals housed here are red pandas and Barbary lions. Adjacent to Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast Zoo extends up Cave Hill, so be prepared for panoramic views over Belfast Lough and County Antrim. Like This? Also Try: W5, Pickie Family Fun Park, lagan Valley Leisureplex, Streamvale Open Farm, aunt Sandra’s Candy Factory, Dundonald International Ice Bowl and the Urban Sports Skate Park.

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Belfast Nightlife – After Dark……

·         Enjoy the cultural experience beyond Belfast at Theatre at The Mill (Newtownabbey) and Island Arts Centre (Lisburn).

·         Get spooked with a Ghost Walk in Belfast or a seasonal Graveyard Walk in Bangor.

·         Enjoy the music at one of the many iconic music venues in Belfast – try the Empire, Laverys, Duke of York, Black Box, Oh Yeah Centre and An Culturlann. Sessions are also held in the Greater Belfast area.

·         Take in a Belfast Giants ice hockey match at the Odyssey or go to the dogs at Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium, Lisburn.

Find a Place to Stay in Belfast…..

Northern Ireland isn’t just awash with picturesque panoramas, exciting happenings and delectable places to eat – there are endless wonderful places to sleep over too. Countless venues, lodgings, rooms and crash-pads.

With spectacular views , charming owners and a real sense of Northern Irish hospitality.

The range is varied from dormitories and campus accommodation to hotels, bed ad breakfasts and self-catering.

Belfast and the surrounding areas have a plethora of different places to stay, and there is sure to be somewhere that will suit your budget. In addition to the renowned Europa Hotel in Belfast there are plenty of excellent three, four and five star hotels, there is a range of apartments to rent, all of which can be found within the city centre, or certainly within easy reach of the city centre.

Getting There……

There are regular flights to Belfast, from most parts of the UK, with Aer Lingus, British Airways, EasyJet & FlyBE, depending upon your departure point. United Air Lines operates a service from Newark to Belfast International, enabling most parts of the USA; Canada to be reached with just one or two connections.

World of Transport Travel can help you plan your holiday to Northern Island, from a short weekend break to a longer vacation we can assist you in creating the perfect getaway  to suit your budget. So please contact the friendly team either by phone or email and let us quote you today!

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48 Hours In Munich – A City of Two Halves

In case you hadn’t realised, there are two Munich’s. On the one hand there’s the beer-sloshing heartland of traditional Bavaria, where dirndls (traditional dress, to you and me) and sausages fill the postcards and fairy tale spires ornament the skyline. On the  other there’s Munich the economic powerhouse, a thrusting city full of gleaming towers and glittering car showrooms.

Visit Munich OktoberfestThe locals call this dual identity “laptops and lederhosen”, and witnessing how the city’s different personalities coexist can be richly enjoyable for visitors. Its history delights at times and disturbs at others – the wealthy Wittelsbach dynasty spared little architectural expense when shaping their capital, while on a more inglorious level the city was the birthplace of the Nazi movement – but Munich itself is never less than fascinating.

Crucially, you don’t need to visit during Munich Oktoberfest or the Christmas Market to get a sense of being somewhere special. So, without further ado, let’s discover a 48-hour sample itinerary to enable visitors to get the best of this city.

Day One

11:00 Begin the day with a view from on high. Climb to the top of the tower of Munich’s oldest church, the 14th-century St Peter’s, from where the city’s grandest buildings and, on a clear day, its outlying mountains spread out in a picturesque formation. Take a look at the gothic drama of the Neus Rathaus (New Town Hall), a building that took more than forty years to construct. On descending, take a wander around the adjacent Viktualienmarkt, an open-air food market complete with bratwurst stalls, decadent cheeses and a seemingly limitless supply of peckish locals.

14:00 After lunch, head to the eye-opening Munchner Stadtmuseum to learn something of the city’s multi-layered history. The museum’s various buildings take you through the legacy of the medieval age and the forming of Napoleon’s Kingdom of Bavaria to the effects of Hitler’s Third Reich and the trials of the Cold War (Munich was the “secret capital” of West Germany when the Berlin Wall was in place). Take some time to visit two notable attractions: the strikingly designed Hauptsynagogue, a poignant replacement for the synagogue destroyed here in 1938; and the unmistakable brick-encased bulk of Frauenkirche, the 500-year old church whose twin-towers are something of an unofficial city emblem.

16:00 Bavaria’s famous Wittelsbach dynasty held sway over the region from Munich for well over seven hundred years. The sprawling, magnificent Rezidenz in the city centre acted as their royal palace for much of that time, and has been well preserved despite sustaining damage during World War Two. Highlights include a beautifully ornate theatre, a near-priceless art collection and a decidedly bling Palace Treasury.

20:00 Munich remains synonymous with its bierkeller culture. The Hofbrauhaus might be the most famous of the beer halls, but there’s just as much in the way of atmosphere (and arguably a nicer tipple) offered by the Augustiner Brewery’s outlets. Tuck into a hearty Bavarian meal at the Augustiner am Dom restaurant – roasted pig’s trotter, anyone? – before walking a short distance up Neuhauser Street to the cavernous Augustiner Grossgaststatten, where litre-tankards, pigtailed waitresses and wood panelling are the order of the day.

Visit MunichDay Two

11:00 BMW is one of the key brands behind Munich’s corporate success story, and you can see for yourself precisely how much the car-maker has embraced technology with a visit to the remarkable BMW Welt.

Part-museum, part-showroom, the uber-modern complex displays vehicles through the ages, and even gives the chance to take a tour, in English, of the construction plant (Mondays to Fridays only).

On the doorstep of BMW Welt, meanwhile, join a guided walk of the Olympiapark, venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. As well as the legendary exploits of competitors such as Mark Spitz and Olga Korbut, the Games are remembered for the tragic deaths of eleven Israeli athletes – the Olympic Village apartment where they were held hostage still stands nearby.

14:00 Back towards town, visit the excellent Pinakothek der Moderne, a vast contemporary art gallery as notable for its sweeping, elevated design as for its eyebrow-raising collection, which includes works by Kandinsky, Picasso and Any Warhol. If you are feeling particularly culture-hungry, located just a stroll away are Munich’s two other major galleries – the Alte Pinakothek, home of some great Old Masters, and the Neue Pinakothek, good for 19th-century European art.

16:00 Close by, the Englischer Garten is one of the largest urban parks on the continent and offers a pleasant diversion from the city proper – keep a look out for the landmark Chinese Tower, modelled on a pagoda in Kew Gardens (West London, in the UK). After a walk, galvanise yourself with coffee and cake at the Café Luitpold near Odeonsplatz, a hangout for artists and writers since 1988.

19:00 Music and Munich go hand in hand, with orchestras, opera houses and ballets to woo visitors year-round. The colonnaded National Theatre is home to both the state opera and the state ballet, making it a great option for evening events.

City breaks to MunichHow To Get There…..

From London Heathrow there are numerous daily services from both British Airways and Lufthansa, whilst EastyJet and Lufthansa offer services from other UK departure points. BMI Regional has launched a service from Bristol to Munich, flying six times a week. The German city can be reached from all over the world, and we are only too pleased to offer a quotation for your closest departure airport, regardless of where you live in the world.

If you prefer to travel by train, then Deutsche Bahn will get you to Munich, with connections from all over Europe (the UK will have to wait until 2016 at the earliest before the rail operator commences its own services from parts of Germany to London St Pancras – watch this space for future announcements).

Where To Stay…….

Luxury: Five-star amenities and a prime location near Maximilianstrasse make the Mandarin Oriental a reliable high-end option, while Rocco Forte’s Charles Hotel – complete with spa – is another that’s popular with guests. The privately-owned Hotel Torbrau, which first opened its door as long ago as 1450, is a great place to stay, with excellent service to match.

Mid-Range: The three-star Kings Hotel Centre, offers ninety rooms close to the central railway station. Elsewhere, Hotel Lux is a classy option for those looking for sharp design and quirky décor without breaking the bank.

Budget: The no-frills Hotel Monaco has affordable rooms in the city centre, whilst the smart new Hotel Angelo Munich Westpark, which opened in January 2013, has prices reflecting its location away from the heart of town.

The Charles Hotel MunichTours and Excursions…….

A range of tours and excursions are available through World of Transport Travel. These include a hop-on-hop-off bus tour (a great way to get your bearings on your first full day in the city), Dachau Memorial Tour, and for football lovers a trip to the FC Beyern Soccer Stadium.  Group rates can also be offered, so please ask for details.

The above hotels are something a little different from the “chain” hotels, that Munich has on offer. Whilst these most definitely serve their purpose, and we will gladly offer them to you, we decided to offer something that was a little more in keeping with the locale. We can offer a wide range of accommodation for those wanting choice.

World of Transport Travel is pleased to offer packages either by air or rail to Munich, with accommodation included. If you only require accommodation, then we are only too pleased to help you. Any tours and excursions you may wish to do, can be arranged through us as well. Don’t forget, we can book your car parking at most UK airports, for the time you are away.

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