Munich is the capital of Bavaria and here you can experience both the big city atmosphere and also rural charm. It is the beer capital of the World and probably best known for the Oktoberfest which attracts almost 7 million people a year. There is plenty to do throughout the year with festivals and events almost every weekend; you can be as busy, or not, as you like.

Berlin is the capital of Germany and a city that has seen great change over the years. Modern sits alongside historic, festivals and events and a great selection of shops makes it a city that appeals to everyone.

Berchtesgaden nestles at the foot of the Bavarian Alps just a short journey from Munich. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with beautiful walks, sports for all seasons but it is in winter that the area really comes into it's own.

The city that never sleeps, New York. It is vibrant, colourful and buzzing; fantastic restaurants, shops and sights abound. There is so much to do and see, it is a city you will come back to again.

Just over the Austrian border from Bavaria is the historic city of Salzburg. The city is divided into two by the river Salzach with modern Salzburg on one side and the old town which is dominated by it's castle on the other. Probably most famous for Mozart and the Sound of Music this city has a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

Twelve thunderous guns salute the beginning of the Oktoberfest and the Mayor taps the first barrel to the cry "O'Zapft ist". The waiters bring the first steins of beer, the bands start the music and the mighty Ferris Wheel begins to turn. Finally, the world's biggest festival has begun.

For 16 days everything in Munich revolves around the Oktoberfest.