Culture & Cuisine in Continental Europe

If there was ever a trip that could make you feel jealous, this would have to be one. Our member biba recently embarked on a six week tour of Europe that will take in the sights of Germany, Italy, Greece, France and Luxembourg!

The trip got off to a flying start with a visit to the Qantas First Class lounge, followed by an enjoyable journey to Frankfurt in the comfort of Cathay Pacific Business.

The first of many day-trips saw our member take advantage of one of the great value German regional train passes to get to Michelstadt, a small medieval town near Frankfurt. It was well worth a visit.

Michelstadt is just over an hour south of Frankfurt… Arriving at the small station, the historic town centre is an easy 800m stroll. The town is famous for its historic half-timbered buildings which are everywhere. Today was sunny which made a pleasant walk. Despite the good weather there were very few tourists around. I can imagine this would be a very popular tourist spot in the summer.

From Germany our member travelled south to Italy, utilising Europe’s high speed rail network. There is some spectacular scenery to be seen crossing the Swiss Alps by train!

Lake Como and Northern Italy put on a great show. Beautiful landscapes, great food and some fantastic experiences awaited. Our member managed to visit tourist hotspots including Milan and Cinque Terre, but a particular highlight was Perugia.

Next stop: Perugia. A series of local trains via Pisa and Firenze to arrive at the capital of Umbria. An amazing town. Perched on top of a hill with magnificent views across the Umbrian landscape. So much history here – crammed with museums and galleries. The Galleria Nazionale is the pick of the bunch.

Perugia isn’t only famous for its history. An abundance of authentic, delicious Italian cuisine can be found. As well as authentic pizza, this region of Italy is famous for its truffles.

It seems that October is a perfect time to visit Europe. The crowds of tourists that flock to Europe in summer between June and August have mostly dispersed. This means that attractions are not bursting with the seams, and prices also tend to be lower. Most importantly, the harsh winter weather that Europe is famous for has not yet arrived.

It is good time to visit Europe – end of summer and most of the crowds have gone home but the weather is still good (so far!)

Our member’s travels through Germany and Italy so far have been a feast for the eyes, but this is just the beginning! Over the coming weeks we can expect to be delighted as the journey through Europe continues to Greece and further afield.

Follow the trip report HERE.

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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