Munich Strong Beer Festival Starkbierzeit, 11 March – 3 April 2022


Munich Strong Beer Festival Starkbierzeit

11 March – 3 April 2022




munich strong beer festival

Most beer-loving travellers have Munich high on their must-do list for an autumn visit.

That’s when it’s Oktoberfest. Yes, it is probably the best-known beer event in Europe and worldwide.

But the spring festival Starkbierzeit has crowds half as large and beer twice as strong as the Oktoberfest.

If Oktoberfest seems a little too crazy for a first visit to the city, the Strong Beer Festival is a slightly more mellow introduction to Munich.

You can still dance on tables, sing rowdy drinking songs, admire the locals’ legs in “lederhosen”, and celebrate Bavarian culture.

And of course, you can drink a lot of lovely local beer.



Munich Strong Beer Festival is a bit of a local secret

For around three weeks in early spring, breweries across Munich set up their beer halls.

This beer festival might be the city’s best-kept secret. It’s even older than Oktoberfest, started in the mid-1600s by Munich’s Paulaner monks.

The crafty monks concocted a beer beverage to sustain them through the Lent fast and called their pick-me-up ‘blessed father’s beer’ or ‘the holy oil of St. Francis’. Finally, they settled on ‘Salvator’ – Latin for a saviour.

In Munich, they still brew Salvator. Some locals still call Starkbier “liquid bread”.



Where is the Starkbier festival?

The Paulaner Brewery at Nockherberg is the main venue for the festival.

There are also other smaller and bigger breweries celebrating the strong beer. Among them is the well known Löwenbräukeller.

Augustiner Keller is also a lovely one.

Tickets

Reserve a table by phone or online, and do it early, to be sure of getting seats with a good view of the entertainment.

Tickets at:

Löwenbraukeller – https://www.loewenbraeukeller.com/en/starkbierfest/

Paulaner Nockherberg – https://paulaner-nockherberg.com/strong-beer-festival/

Augustiner Keller – https://www.augustinerkeller.de



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Stay in the city or close to the Paulaner.

Lots of good hotels in the centre and you can easily reach anything and the festival venue at Nockherberg by local transport.

If you want to stay close to the Paulaner at Nockherberg, you can check out the 3-star Hotel am Nockherberg.

So what’s going on at the Strong Beer  Festival?

Each brewery opens a marquee for merrymakers, just as they do during Oktoberfest.

Unlike the autumn festival, it’s not an all-day affair – the tents open at around 6 pm, so there’s plenty of time for sightseeing before you start ordering your first strong beer.

Expect to leave before midnight – it’s a local celebration, not a wild party.

True Starkbier must be made within the Munich metropolitan area – the most popular brands come from four of the city’s leading breweries, Paulaner, Löwenbräu, Augustiner and Unions.

They brew small quantities, just enough for the short spring season.

Munich Strong Beer Festival celebrates all things Bavarian, not just a tribute to ale.

As with Oktoberfest, brash oompah bands fill the tents with the din of drinking songs, while waiters and waitresses put on a traditional costume and carry up to ten Steins each.

The taste of Starkbier.

Strong Beer is delicious.

The taste doesn’t hint at its potency.

Strong doesn’t mean the alcohol content – it’s a reference to its sweeter, full-bodied flavour, created by adding extra malt.

It has a nutty taste, with flavours of toffee, caramel and cloves, and an ample helping of sugar.

Guidelines for “Starkbier” guarantee an alcohol content of at least 7.5%. Some reach 9%, making a potent brew to ward off the last of the cold winter weather.

A creamy butterscotch head settles on glowing amber Beer. The colour, along with the maltiness, gives Starkbier the characteristics of what the Bavarians call ‘double bock’ Beer.

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Festival Of Lights Berlin

All major attractions are illuminated for nine days in Oktober and lighted up in beautiful colours.

You can take an extraordinary sight (light)-seeing, a bus or bike-taxi runs a tour to see the attractions.





Hotel tips at Alexanderplatz

To get rooms at the best hotels for big events like this is, as usual, to book well in advance.


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Central at Alexander Platz

Park Inn Hotel is very central to Alexanderplatz, and it´s a good idea to stay there, so you are close to the town centre and uplighted monuments at the same time.

Lovely views from the rooms and great service.

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16 – 17 July 2022



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Grand Fauconnier Medieval Festival, Cordes sur Ciel

There’s something so special in medieval festivals.

It’s that breath of old times and a unique time machine that gives you an insight into the way of life a couple of hundred years ago.

That is why every visit to this kind of festival is a lesson of history in practice, mixed with fun and experience that you certainly won’t forget.

So, let’s meet the most famous festival in Cordes sur Ciel medieval festival Grand Fauconnier.





Every July, people from all over France (and Europe) come to see the city Cordes’s transformation into a place from the Middle Ages.

Grand Fauconnier is a two days festival in July.

These two days, you can watch jugglers, street performers, knights and dancers; listen to the music of that time; participate in plays, banquets and costumed street parades throughout the city.

Interestingly, the whole city travels through time during the Grand Fauconnier festival.

Every segment is “coloured” with that unique Middle Age atmosphere.

Residents, artists and spectators are all dressed in medieval costumes.

Activities are different workshops, bookbinding, medieval games, men at arms, medieval builders, fire eaters and various parades.

You can buy exciting things at the medieval market square.

Check the festival’s official website for updated information and program closer to the festival.



Getting there

Cordes sur Ciel is:

  • 84 km far from Toulouse (it takes about an hour of driving)
  • 25 km far from Albi (25 minutes)
  • 70 km far from Montauban (it takes around an hour to get there)
  • 81 km from Rodez (approximately one hour and 20 minutes needed to get there).



Hotels


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A tips is La Maison Bakéa.

Here you live in a building from the 13th century with a medieval atmosphere and beautiful rooms.

Check it out here

For a perfect getaway to the medieval time and this beautiful and exciting city in France, take a look at the complete offer of hotels in Cordes sur Ciel.

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Craft Beer Helsinki Festival



About Craft Beer Helsinki Festival

Craft Beer Helsinki will be back for the fifth time in July 2022.

The event area is next to the Central Railway Station in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

You can taste some of the best Finnish and European craft beers straight from the breweries at this event.

Take a friend with you and come to enjoy the lovely sunny summer days in Helsinki city centre with the goodies the breweries offer to you.

The entrance fee is 6 euros, and that includes the event glass.

You can also buy a ticket for all three days of Craft Beer Helsinki for a price of 8 euros (also including the glass).

The beer will cost about 3-4 € / 1,5 dl. and 6-8 € / 3dl.

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Friday 1.7.
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Saturday 2.7.
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Food

There will be craft ciders and street food for those who also want something other than beer.



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Hotel close to the beer festival in Helsinki

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel is a good tip, only a 10 – 15 minutes walk (900 metres) from the train station and beer festival.

Great reviews, nice rooms and a good restaurant.

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Rigas Ritmi Festival

30 June – 2 July 2022



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About Rigas Ritmi Festival

“Every year in July… for 20 years!”

This phrase starts the story of the festival on the official website.

In 2020 they celebrated their 20th anniversary.

The most favoured festival in Latvia, Rigas Ritmi Festival, gathers thousands of guests from all over Europe to the festivity of jazz music and life.

World-famous musicians, as well as young talents, gather on one stage.

And it’s the stage of Rigas Ritmi!

During the last twenty years, 600 musicians have performed 1000 concerts, and over 200 thousand people watched them play.

The list of the most awarded artists, who participated in the festival, includes Richard Bona, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Jojo Mayer, Robert Glasper, “BBC Big Band” and Freddy Cole.

Apart from being an entertaining event, the festival has a noble educational mission.

The cornerstone of festival days is numerous master classes, seminars, and workshops for young musicians.

The speakers of these events are primarily world-famous jazz masters.

The most unforgettable were Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Vinx, Victor Wooten, and Alex Wilson Salsa Orchestra.

Over the years, the Rigas Ritmi Festival has become a turning point for many young musicians’ careers.





From the Lineup 2022

AYOM – CLARK BECKHAM – VERY COOL PEOPLE feat. PAULA SAIJA and more to come.

Four days of great music and fun – that’s what Riga Ritmi Festival is about!

Check the official website for the latest lineup updates and tickets:

https://www.rigasritmi.lv/



Where to stay


Radisson Blue Riga

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel
Offering panoramic views over the city, this modern and spacious hotel is only a short walk from Riga’s Old Town and has plenty of restaurants and shops nearby.

Read more about it here and see more pictures from Radisson Blue in Riga

Riga has something to offer every taste and budget, so take a moment and explore more options.

Accommodation in Riga


How to get there

Riga International Airport is situated 10 kilometres away from the city.

To the city centre, it usually takes around 15 minutes by taxi.

As for public transport, you can take bus #22, minibus #322, or minibus #241, and it will take you to the Old Town.

Lines #22 and #322 also stop near the central bus and railway station.

The trip takes around 30-40 minutes.

Several bus lines operate routes between Riga and major European cities.

Ferries connect the capital of Latvia to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

Trains from the central railway station run around Latvia and some other European countries, such as Estonia, Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

The public transport network of Riga is comprehensive and convenient.

However, most festival venues are situated within the Old Town or not far from it.

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Riga, Latvia

Riga is a gothic pearl of the Baltics.

Even if you come for the music, you should stay for the sights.

The must-see places of Riga are the Freedom Monument, Town Hall Square with House of Blackheads and the magnificent Riga Cathedral, Alberta Street with beautiful Art Nouveau houses and Riga Castle.

You can also find some fascinating museums, such as the National History Museum of Latvia, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, and the National Museum of Art.

There are guided tours so that you can explore it all with a local guide.

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Aarhus Food Festival

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Aarhus food festival in Denmark
Photo Copyright; Daniel Mois

Aarhus Food Festival

Set in the beautiful harbour of Denmark’s second-largest city, Aarhus, this is considered the largest food festival in Denmark and even the largest in Northern Europe.

You can find activities for all ages, so it is a great festival for the whole family.

More than 30,000 visitors are coming this weekend.

The gastronomic festival highlights Nordic culture’s flavours, innovations, and dishes.

Workshops include the finer points of sausage making or cool cabbage concoctions.

Leading chefs and producers from the Nordic region will tantalize you with their knowledge and their nosh.





Places to stay and Hotel Tips



Wakeup Arhus

This funky, modern hotel is just a few minutes walk to the city’s train station and 300 m from Aarhus City Hall.

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The famous ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is only 700 meters away.

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Aarhus can be reached by train, bus, car and plane.

Tangkrogen is only 1,5 kilometres from the Central Station, so it can easily be reached by foot in about 20 minutes from the centre.

Airports; Aarhus Airport – Aalborg Airport https://www.aal.dk/passenger  and  Billund Airport

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Sziget Festival – The Island of Freedom, Hungary, 10 – 15 August 2022


Sziget Festival, Budapest, Hungary

10 – 15 August 2022



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About Sziget Festival

A great pop & rock music and art festival.

It will be enjoyed by nearly half a million visitors from all over the world.

Words can’t really do justice to this experience that has been likened to Burning Man.


Art installations, performing arts, talks, and a fantastic array of activities from belly dancing to board games.

It’s an impressive range of offerings over the week of the festival.





From the Lineup 2022

Arctic Monkeys – Dua Lipa – Kings Of Leon – Lewis Capaldi – Stromae – Bastille – Alan Walker – Caribou – Jungle – Woodkid – FKJ – Jon Hopkins – Sigrid – slowthai – Ronnie Flex & The Fam – Rilès – Princess Nokia – Yung Lean – Beabadoobee – Clutch – Fontaines D.C. – Floating Points – BADBADNOTGOOD – Inhaler – Yves Tumor & Its Band – Sevdaliza – Bob Moses club set – Honey Dijon – NGHTMRE – Kensington – Alice Merton – Lola Marsh – Viagra Boys – Iceage – Jade Bird –
Black Honey – Giant Rooks – TOKiMONSTA – Apashe – TSHA – John Talabot – TAAHLIAH




How to get there

On Obuda island in the heart of Budapest.

Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD) is Budapest’s airport, and direct shuttle buses run between the airport and the festival.

If you’re arriving in Budapest by train, you’ll arrive at one of three major train stations.

For details, see the festival page https://szigetfestival.com/en-int/festival-info.

The nearest public transport station to Sziget Festival is the HÉV line (suburban railway – H5) called Filatorigát.

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Budapest Wine Festival, Hungary, 8 – 11 September 2022


Budapest Wine Festival

8 – 11 September 2022



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Budapest Wine Festival

– it takes place in September and is one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind in Hungary.

Tens of thousands of people annually visit it, all with the same aim, exploring the wine culture of Hungary and other countries.

Tastings usually take place in iconic city buildings such as the terraces of the Buda Castle, followed by a presentation of things to try and see in this beautiful city.

Presenters from up to 200 wine cellars from 15 countries and around 60 different cultural programs.





It’s worth mentioning that Hungary is famous for its wines, so choosing this country for the offer of wines is a real deal for all lovers of this ancient drink.

The venue – magnificent Buda Castle, situated on the western bank of the river Danube, with its stunning views – is a factor that makes this whole festival even more exciting and attractive for visitors.

We’ve mentioned a rich cultural program – and Budapest Wine Festival yearly includes many kinds of exhibitions, workshops and lectures, dancing shows and many more.

Organisers invite you to try tastes of Hungary – packed in around 140 grape varieties from more than 20 historic wine regions.

Their wine routes help all guests explore as many flavours as they can during the festival.



Hotel tips

Marriott Hotel Budapest Wine Festival

Budapest Marriott Hotel

– situated in the centre of Budapest by the river Donau.

From some of the rooms, you can see the Buda Castle where the Budapest Wine Festival is.

It is only 800 metres to walk from the hotel over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Castle.

Read more about it here

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Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark, 24 June – 10 July 2022


Copenhagen Jazz Festival

24 June – 10 July 2022



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The Copenhagen Jazz Festival transforms the Danish capital into the world’s largest jazz club in July each year.

This festival, showcasing Danish and international acts, have been running since 1979.



About Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Lots of venues in and around the city.

The streets of Copenhagen come alive to the sound of jazz in the streets, cafes, concert halls and open-air stages.

Some concerts have entry fees, but many are free.

Copenhagen Jazz attracts over a quarter of a million visitors throughout the festival.





Hotel tip


Hotel Skt Petri for Copenhagen Food Festival

Hotel Skt Petri has an excellent location in Copenhagen’s old Latin Quarter.

It’s a stylish hotel with free WiFi, designer rooms and an excellent gym.

Four minutes to walk to the main shopping street, Strøget.

Some rooms are with a balcony or a terrace.

Great restaurant and bar right in the hotel lobby, serving creative culinary food and fancy drinks.

Right outside the hotel, you’ll find lots of shops, restaurants and cafés.

Directly outside also a local bus is taking you to the famous Tivoli Gardens in 10 minutes.

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It is also home to the famous Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park globally.

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Festival Django Reinhardt in Fontainebleau, France. 23 – 26 June 2022


Festival Django Reinhardt in Fontainebleau, France.

23 – 26 June 2022



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Basic Information

When:  23 – 26 June 2022

Where: Fontainebleau, France

Map: Festival venue in Fontainebleau on Google Maps

Official website: festivaldjangoreinhardt.com

Hotels: Overview of hotels in Fontainebleau

Tickets

About Festival Django Reinhardt

In the exceptional setting of the Château de Fontainebleau Park (only one hour from Paris), four days of music pay tribute to the swing and modernity of the greatest jazz guitarist.

Young talents, symbolic figures of gipsy jazz, international artists communicate around the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt.

The area around Samois-Sur-Seine/Fontainebleau was the adopted home of the legendary father of gipsy jazz until he died in 1953.

In 1968, the Association of Friends Samois paid tribute to Reinhardt by playing his songs.

This was repeated every five years until 1978, when the Festival Django Reinhardt Association was born, and the event became an annual musical salute to the “guitar in a human voice.”

Major acts in the past have included jazz giants such as Chet Baker, Bill Colman and TS Monk.

A don’t miss for fans of the genre.







Fontainebleau Castle and Parc

This Jazz festival has a unique surrounding by Fontainebleau Castle and parc.

Make sure to visit this national museum and World UNESCO Heritage Site while you’re here.

It is one of the largest French royal castles and has been a residence for the French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III.

Check out priority tickets and tours here >>



Stay close to the Fontainebleau Castle and Festival Venue

Mercure Château de Fontainebleau
Nice rooms and good reviews. Only 500 metres from the castle and gardens.


La Demeure Du Parc
Popular with lovely rooms and a great restaurant. Also very close to Fontainebleau Castle.

For a lower budget, you can check out ibis Château de Fontainebleau, only 200 metres from the castle.

All those central hotels will sell out relatively quickly for this festival dates, so book early in advance.

You may look for other options some kilometres from the castle and centre when fully booked.

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