With Christmas approaching it may seem mad to be planning a spring trip away. However, in the depths of short days and long winter nights, and with only a stressful festive period ahead of you, planning that weekend away really can make a huge difference; and with that extra bank holiday courtesy of the Queen’s jubilee, what better excuse? However, there’s that age old dilemma, he wants to kick back and drink beer, you want to experience some culture. You may think us suggesting a split-destination holiday weekend away is madness – how could you possibly fit it all in and wouldn’t it cost a fortune? We think you really can have it all.
So where is this magical destination I hear you cry… Germany, that’s where! Simply fly into Dusseldorf with airberlin for just £41 one way. Here you can take in the traditional brauhaus culture, with local dark beers, and feast on the dark, sticky treat that is sauerbraten – a beef casserole with dumplings. At Brauerei Zum Schlüssel you can even take a tour of the brewery. Düsseldorf has a great party atmosphere, with an abundance of bars and restaurants, perfect for a Friday night out to keep him quite content indeed.
Osnabrück Town Centre
Osnabrück Remarque Hotel
Osnabrück Famous Gardens
Düsseldorf Harbour at Night
Then, after a big Friday night of fun, simply hop on the Deutsche Bahn express train for a couple of hours to the medieval town of Osnabrück, renowned for its stunning gardens. Hire a bike from the Kalkriese Varusschlact Museum & Fortress and cycle from garden to garden (call ahead to arrange entrance). Stop off for cake on route, or indulge in a decadent Roman feast back at the Kalkriese Museum. Even he’ll love the museum which tells the story of how Germania successfully defeated the Romans and prevented further expansion of the empire into Germania in 9 AD. The idyllic countryside is a world away from the cosmopolitan city of Düsseldorf. After pedaling your way through the picturesque countryside and having worked up a substantial appetite, head back to the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque for a feast of tapas. Spend the morning enjoying brunch and strolling the historic streets of Osnabruck before heading back to the big smoke in London feeling relaxed, refreshed and reinvigorated from a whirlwind weekend away.
Two destinations – one city of fun, one delightful medieval town, plenty of beer and a selection of traditional and innovative dishes to boot. What more could you want from a weekend away?
Fly with airberlin from London-Stansted to Düsseldorf for £41 one way (Tel: 0871 500 0737). Take the train from Düsseldorf to Osnabrück from €19 one way (www.bahn.de). Book a trip for two at the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque in Osnabrück from €106 per room per night on the weekend (excluding VAT and including breakfast) (Tel: +49 541 6096-0).