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Germany Travel Tip – WaWi In Munich

Munich in Bavaria has the reputation to be the city of beer and breweries. Combined with the unique Bavarian live style it comes to no surprise, that beer gardens for every ones taste can be found, with some of them looking back to a long history. South in Munich, in the district Grohesselohe, you will find the Waldwirtschaft, best translated with Forest-Inn, but commonly known by Munich’s citizens as WaWi. This is a truly original beer garden high above the valley of the river Isar and the most beautiful place for a typical Bavarian Brotzeit.

Live music is high on the agenda at WaWi with a rich program including traditional Jazz such as Dixieland, Blues and Swing with local- and international bands performing daily and nightly. On a sunny Sunday morning you will be surprised to meet so many like minded people here and great fun is guaranteed. Huge trees provide you with shade on a hot summer day and there is space to accommodate up to 2,200 guests, who will be primarily seated on wooden table sets. Additionally a tent covers the heart of the beer garden, in case the weather is not so great during the stay. Since the new owner started in 1981, WaWi became one of the all year round operating and best known beer gardens in Bavaria. So maybe that’s why you will find the rich and famous sitting right next to you.

Beer is a part of culture in Munich and already around 1600, Munich had reached its peak with 80 breweries! In the 19th century there were still 60, with small ones eventually closing their doors or taken over by bigger companies such as Lwenbru. Today there are 6 breweries left, also providing the beers for the worldwide unrivaled Oktoberfest. Todays breweries are Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, the state-run Hofbruhaus, Lwenbru, Paulaner and the Spaten-Brauerei.

Beer gardens started to exist already around the middle of the 16th century. In those days for security reasons, a fire could easily break out; it was only aloud to brew beer between the end of September and end of April each year. The so called Mrzenbier, a stronger March-beer, was brewed to last through the summer months. To cool the beer, special beer-cellars were constructed near the breweries. Because of the high underground water level in Munich deep cellars were out of question and that’s why many trees, especially robust and big leaved chestnut trees were planted to provide coolness and shade. Off course the breweries started to add tables and chairs and served customers who came in huge numbers. The beer gardens were born, but local restaurant owners did not fancy this competition and King Ludwig I finally forbid the sale of food in those beer-gardens. No obstacle for Munich’s beer garden lovers though, they responded by bringing their own food to the premises and the tradition of a Brotzeit was born, and is still sacred to real Bavarian.

In case you visit a real beer garden don’t be surprised to see people doing just that or much better, why don’t you join in this tradition? Here’s what you need to make it authentic: a table-cloth, best red and white checkered, not blue and white diamonds! Wooden boards, cutlery and napkins; Radi, a long white radish and a special sharp knife to cut the Radi in spirals; Leberkaas, a kind of meat loaf, regional cheese like Emmentaler, Romadur or Limburger, salt, pepper and mustard; fresh country butter, brown bread and fresh Brezn, or Pretzel. Other toppings for your bread could be tomatoes, chives, small red radish, lard, also mixed with greaves and Obatzda. This a savory cream of mashed Camembert cheese, butter, very fine chopped onions, spiced with salt, pepper, paprika, caraway and a bit of wheat beer! Now, don’t bring your Brotzeit in a plastic bag but in a natural wicker basket since by tradition, all materials used should be as natural as possible! Off course this is not a complete list off foods, add potato- or sausage salad, oh and maybe even candles for the time after sun down. Enjoy your food, the beers, the music and make it a beautiful day.

Rental Cars in New Zealand – Why You Should Choose an Independent Holiday

Travelling to New Zealand from abroad can be both exciting and daunting; how do you know where to go, what to see and how to get around? Isn’t it best to take a guided tour so that you don’t miss anything? Whilst guided tours are a great option for those restricted by time, with a little bit of planning and a great rental car company, you can have an independent self drive tour that is just as good – if not better!

If you are one of the many tourists arriving from Australia, you will be pleased to know that here in New Zealand we drive on the same side of the road as drivers do in Australia. Our roads and weather can be somewhat different though – but don’t let that be a factor to deter you from booking a rental car. A quality rental car company will provide you with details either on their website or when you pick up your vehicle on the basic New Zealand road rules, which will help to put your mind at ease if still aren’t sure on driving the country yourself.

Independent self drive tours of New Zealand allow you to choose where you will stop, what you want to see and who you travel with. Many of the guided tours often have set destinations which are unable to be customised to suit. Imagine driving along the road in your rental car of choice only to see a quaint little cafe on the side of the road in small township such as Temuka, you decide to pull over and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink only to find that the cafe also sells some great little souvenirs – you may not have found that out if you were on a guided tour!

Your options really are endless, many tourists you talk to will often tell you of all the famous New Zealand places to stop on your holiday; Waitomo Caves, Tongariro National Park, Kaikoura, Queenstown, Akaroa, the list goes on – and whilst these places are great, there are so many more small townships along your travels that are definitely worth a stop, even if it is just for some lunch or to stretch your legs. Below we give you some ideas:
- Cheviot – there is a great little community market on the weekends where you can find all sorts of knick knacks.
- Bannockburn – if you are staying in the Otago region (Cromwell, Queenstown) Bannockburn is a small township not far, that offers some great wineries.
- Greytown – in the North Island, this small town is like stepping into a different world with it’s historical buildings and great arts and crafts on offer, it’s worth the visit.
- Turangi – if fishing, mountain biking, bush walks and more sounds like something you are interested in, then Turangi is your place to stop.

Travelling by rental car around New Zealand allows you to enjoy these towns and many more, depending on your itinerary – something which many tourists miss out on.

Adventure Travel for the Free-Spirited Individual

Adventure tourism is now one of the fastest growing trends in travel business. It started with Leo Le Bon who co-founded the world’s first adventure travel company—Mountain Tours with other eight travel mates. Le Bon and others made the first commercial journey to the Annapurna region of Nepal. Since then, the travel business grew rapidly resulting to a plethora of travel companies that offer adventure vacations.

Classifying an adventure travel however pose a little difficulty in defining what exactly it means. Adventure travel depends on the level of strenuousness of activities involved. Adventure may involve leisure biking and hiking for some travelers or it may entail base jumping into an underground cave in Mexico.

Nevertheless, a travel involves some fundamental aspects to be classified as adventure. Adventure travel typically includes going to far-flung areas, intermingling with various cultures, and doing a physical activity.

Two categories of adventure travel are hard and soft adventures. Hard adventures fall under extreme and mostly dangerous sporting activity. Examples of hard adventures are rock climbing, surfing, paragliding, and scuba diving in remote locations. Soft adventures, on the other hand, are leisure activities that are often educational. It does not involve strenuous activity unlike hard adventures. Bird watching, religious pilgrimages and architectural tours fall under soft adventures.

But you might wonder who usually embark on an adventure travel? Travel Industry Association of America’s (TIA) study indicated an estimated 20 percent of adult travelers are adventure tourists. It is also parallel to The Wall Street Journal reporting in 2003 that revenues from adventure tourism has skyrocketed topping the adventure market with 5 million dollars.

While many studies say college-educated males in their 20s typically embark on hard adventures, it is harder to categorize people who go for soft adventures. They say baby boomers and seniors significantly affect the rise of number of soft travelers. However, adventure-seeking women have also substantially caused the continuous growing of the industry. For example, divorcees ages 40 and 60 usually turn to adventure travel as a shift into new lives.

In addition, adventure travels are physically and psychologically beneficial both men and women. Physical challenges like mountain climbing require both physical fitness and focus. It develops muscles as well as serves as an excellent mental workout. Achieving difficult tasks also help build self-esteem especially for people in midlife crisis.

There are several options to what kind of adventure travel fits a specific type of person. But you should determine first how adventurous you would like to be. A travel agency may actually help steer you through the multitude choices that you will face.

Sports-themed vacations are well-liked for athletes. Examples of these are baseball fantasy camps and NASCAR driving schools. Safari is one example of soft adventures popular to many of varying ages. This may involve driving and walking through the African plains and come into close contact with lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Longtime popular destinations are the Seven Wonders of World that include biking and hiking to these locales. Some of the world wonders include pyramids of Egypt, expedition to Antarctica, cultural tour in Japan and Ethiopia, the Great Wall of China, and Taj Mahal in India.

If you opt to have an adventure travel however, be sure to be safe as much as possible. Take note that adventure travel has inherent danger involved.