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Bei einem Kurzurlaub Kraft in der Natur sammeln, Bild: Aleksandra Suzi / shutterstock

Short breaks are all the rage

Escaping the stress of everyday life for a few days is totally trendy. The short trip offers range from a wellness weekend at the North Sea to hiking tours in the Harz Mountains to a shopping tour to Paris. Families with children or dogs and masters also rely on relaxation on a short trip.

Short breaks for all tastes and budgets

If you want to book a short break today, you can fall back on numerous offers. Luxurious hotels entice you with a champagne breakfast in the suite and an exclusive candlelight dinner in the evening. During the day you can book numerous wellness treatments. Pure wellness hotels score with all-inclusive offers such as massages, heat treatments and water aerobics. A camping weekend on the Baltic Sea offers a high level of comfort at a low price. Families with children are drawn to a nearby holiday park. While the little ones are looked after in the kids’ club, mum and dad can go on tour on their own. City trips are also in vogue.

Here, the offer ranges from middle-class hotels with breakfast, to exclusive apartments with roof gardens, to simple Pension Garni. Holidaymakers can determine the type of journey themselves. The most convenient way to get there is by car. However, some hotels also offer cheap train packages and pick up guests at the train station. If you decide on a city trip, you can book cheap flight packages or take advantage of a package deal. In the cities, you can get around by bus and train and use discounted day tickets. Guests who also want to get to know the surrounding area can simply rent a car.

Short break on your own doorstep

Hamburg Speicherstadt
The Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Image: foto-select / shutterstock

When it comes to short vacations, Germany has a lot to offer. The north scores with beautiful islands, miles of sandy beaches and an inexhaustible range of active holidays. The low mountain ranges attract visitors with idyllic small towns steeped in history and offer ideal conditions for hiking and cycling tours. The Alps are a popular short travel destination in summer and winter. In the cold season, holidaymakers are drawn to the ski resorts with numerous downhill runs and groomed cross-country ski trails. In summer, hikers and mountaineers usually come here and families with children enjoy carefree hours in nature.

German cities also attract holidaymakers from distant countries. This is not surprising, because centuries-old cultural monuments and interesting museums await you everywhere. The cultural offerings are also first-class. Musical performances, concerts and readings are on the programme as well as folk festivals and traditional events. If you like it sporty, you can combine a city trip with a Bundesliga match or take part in a stadium tour. Short trips by bike are also inspiring more and more people. In rural areas, you can spend the night in special bicycle hotels or individually in hay. Germany has thousands of kilometres of well-developed cycle paths. A visit to tropical bathing areas can be wonderfully combined with a short holiday at a holiday park.

European Metropolises and Holiday Areas

Copenhagen, Nyhavn
Nyhavn, the “New Harbour” in Copenhagen, Image: Nattee Chalermtiragool / shutterstoc

Europe’s metropolises are among the most visited cities in the world. This is no wonder, because superlative tourist attractions await you everywhere. Scandinavian cities are a guarantee of cosiness and free of any hustle and bustle. Copenhagen is Europe’s number one cycling city and Helsinki can be easily discovered by tram. The cottages along the fjords and skerries are ideal for a few days to escape the noise. The Netherlands and Belgium have great offers for camping enthusiasts. Here you can rent a caravan or a mobile home for the weekend and let the rough wind of the North Sea blow around your nose.

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France is very much in vogue with German holidaymakers. Normandy and Brittany can also be discovered in parts in a short time. Even more popular are stays in the wineries in Provence or Burgundy. These can be ideally combined with a wine seminar or wine tasting. The beaches of the Mediterranean can be easily reached in no time by plane. A weekend trip to Mallorca or Sicily is also worthwhile. If you want to go on a shopping tour, you can travel to Milan or Paris. In Barcelona, Nice and Genoa, you can not only go on a shopping tour, but also relax on beautiful beaches. Europe is the epitome of historic buildings and is also home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On a short trip, you can experience the historical sites very intensively. Tuscany and Provence combine history and modernity and also entice with culinary highlights. Culinary short trips can be booked to many European destinations and take part in a cooking class or learn how to brew beer or make cheese.

A short trip to the most beautiful cities in Europe

Europe is packed with fascinating cities and glittering metropolises. The choice of accommodation options is also almost inexhaustible and almost every city can be reached quickly by train, car and plane. If you want to experience a metropolis of millions for a few days, you can travel to London or Rome.

The English capital is packed with world-renowned sights and has an exciting nightlife. Rome , on the other hand, attracts with historical monuments and southern flair. Barcelona is shaped by Gaudi’s architecture and Odense is all about Hans Christian Andersen. Not only the big metropolises are an attraction for short trips, but also the small towns are fascinating in their own way. Manchester is Europe’s number one football capital and the Beatles are still omnipresent in Liverpool. Aachen is the cultural city in the border triangle and the cathedral is the tourist attraction of an entire region.

The Ruhr area is a guarantee for evening entertainment and the old colliery buildings are now cultural palaces. The Rhine cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf are scheduled for 11.11. to Ash Wednesday is all about carnival and the Munich Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. The Roman cities of Trier and Speyer are just as steeped in history as the papal city of Avignon and Roskilde with its beautiful fjord, which is besieged by Vikings.

Spend the weekend actively

Short trips over the weekend are not always about rest and relaxation, but also about a variety of activities. At the top of the wish program are guided bike tours, either along rivers or through fascinating nature areas. Short hiking tours from city to city or around a tourist destination are also very much in vogue. Recently, unusual activity offers are also attracting short vacationers. At the North Sea, you can experience a tea weekend and mix your own tea blends from self-collected herbs.

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If you want to experience something very unusual, you can book a tour with a hot air balloon or get into a glider. Men who sit at their desks all week can drive an excavator or have fun with a jackhammer on a weekend vacation. Classic Nordic walking tours are also still very popular. If you want to combine sporting activities with wellness, choose a detoxification weekend with massages and drinking cures. Taster sports offers are the right thing for people who want to get to know different sports offers. These range from Zumba to spinning to yoga. Families with children can also book active weekends and experience adventure trips into nature or enjoy social sports such as volleyball or football. All activity offers are coupled with the appropriate overnight stays and travel packages.

A child-friendly and exciting getaway

Alpsee, Allgäu
The Alpsee in the Allgäu Alps, Image: Umomos / shutterstock

Even families with children are increasingly opting for a short trip. The travel industry has long since reacted to this and even lures with special children’s hotels. Here, the little ones are looked after throughout the day and can take part in numerous activities. A separate wellness and sports programme awaits parents. Parents who prefer to experience a short holiday together with their children will find excellent offers in the holiday hotels on the North Sea and Baltic Sea and in the Allgäu. Here, families can go on the slopes together or go on a mudflat hike.

The accommodation options are completely tailored to the needs of families. Many rooms have a connecting door or a folding sofa that can be converted into a cot in the evening. Some hotels even provide baby cots free of charge and it is not uncommon for children to stay in their parents’ rooms for free. If parents book breakfast, there is often a free breakfast for the children. In city hotels, you can often rent a buggy or a child seat for tours. Holiday parks and camping parks offer a great programme of fun and games for children during the holidays and at weekends. Families can also make a bargain on arrival. Babies usually fly free of charge and airlines offer cheap packages for children. The railway also has bargains for families on offer. In the cities, local transport offers discounted day tickets for families.

Short trips for dog and owner

Winter Holidays Animals
Winter holiday with animals, Image: Soloviova Liudmyla / shutterstock

Pets are part of the family and are now taken on holiday as a matter of course. Short trips especially for dogs and their owners are also becoming increasingly popular. There is nothing better than playing and romping with your dog on the beach. Fantastic dog beaches can be found, for example, on Sylt or in Brittany. Here, the accommodations are also adapted to the transport of pets. In England, you can even take the dog with you to the beach everywhere and he is even allowed to go to the restaurant in the evening.

Denmark also attracts with pet-friendly holiday apartments. Here you will also find short trip accommodations for cats or birds. Some apartments also allow you to take several pets with you. If you want to go on a weekend hike with your dog, you are in good hands at the North Sea or in the low mountain ranges. Rooms on farms are ideal for an overnight stay, as the landlords are used to dealing with animals. In Scandinavia, many holiday homes are located in the immediate vicinity of fenced-off dog forests. Even city trips are no obstacle for master and dog. In many cities, the parks have special exercise areas for dogs and the local recreation areas are also adapted to the visit of pets.