Archive for August, 2011

Up, Up and Away!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on August 31st, 2011

Each year, Kirchberg in Tirol plays host to the International Libro Balloon Cup. This town, most noted for winter sports, is located in the western state of Tyrol’s Brixen Valley skiing region, Kitzb√ºhel. More than 30 teams from other European countries (Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom to name a few) flock to Austria to compete in this event.

This festival is fun for the whole family. Program highlights include public rides, paragliding championships and a children’s festival. On the final day is the competition of teams and that evening after sundown the most popular event at the Balloon Cup is held: Night Glow, a night flight. The breathtaking spectacle of all the hot air balloons illuminated in the night sky by the gas burners which keep them afloat is the perfect way to end the festival.

Don’t miss your chance to see the beauty of the Kitzbühel Alps from a bird’s eye view. This year, the International Balloon cup will be held from September 16th through the 24th. Book a cheap flight to Austria today to join the fun.

Belgian Beer Weekend 2012

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on August 22nd, 2011

Travel to Brussels during the first weekend of September and join the 13th annual Belgian Beer Weekend at Grand Place. The event is sponsored by the city of Brussels, the Belgian Brewers Association and the Mashstaff of the Knights.

There is a procession through the streets of Brussels, showcasing the historical brewery carts and beer wagons followed by a parade at the Grand Place. This event is sure to be fun for the entire family; activities just for kids will be provided, there will be live jazz and brass bands for entertainment and a celebration of St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewers.

Breweries from all over the country will be at the event offering visitors a taste of their finest brews. Hundreds of different beers will be served at the Belgian Beer Weekend. To name just a few that will be available: Stella Artois, Chimay, Framboise, Kriek and Oesterstout.

The fun begins on Friday, 2 September until Sunday, 4 September. Book a cheap flight to Brussels and get ready for a delicious time!

August in Switzlerland

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on August 11th, 2011

Any time is a good time to travel to Switzerland, but if you go during August, you can participate in a variety of events held throughout the country.

Alpine Beard Festival August 19-21, 2011 – Chur

My favorite of all the Swiss events is the Alpine Beard Festival which is held in the small mountainside town of Chur. Once a year, men who have been growing their facial hair out all winter compete for the title of Grand Master. There are three different categories: Mustaches, Chin and Whiskers and Beards. I actually wrote a blog about this festival last year, which you can read here.

The Buskers Bern Street Music Festival  August 11-13, 2011 РBern

The Buskers Bern Street Music Festival is one of the most exciting festivals in the city. It is held in Bern’s picturesque Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and is a great event for the whole family. From magicians and jugglers to musicians and dancers, these street performers love to share their talents with spectators and will keep you entertained for hours.

Zermatt Folklore Festival August 14, 2011 – Zermatt

Zermatt is an excellent destination for those who enjoy skiing and mountain climbing as it lies in the valley below the majestic Matterhorn. But in August, people descend upon the small alpine village Zermatt for reasons other than outdoor adventures; they have come to showcase their talents at the Zermatt Folklore Festival. The  entertainment will include dancing, music and my favorite: yodeling. Come to Zermatt for the Folklore Festival, sit back and enjoy the show.

There are many more happenings going on this month, so book a cheap flight to Switzerland today and get ready for a good time!

Oktoberfest 2011

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on August 2nd, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest is not held in October. This world famous festival actually begins in September and goes a few days into October, which is why now is a great time to book your cheap flight to Munich.

This year, the festivities begin on Saturday, September 17th and the fun doesn’t stop until October 3rd. What can you expect this year at the world’s most famous festival? Well, of course there is the Bavarian beer, the piping hot pretzels and throngs of people in traditional attire. There will be fun for the whole family, such as music, dancing and even rides (this includes the new “Monster Swing” which goes high into the air and rotates in one direction, giving a perfect view of the happenings at Oktoberfest)!

There will be a total of 14 beer tents, each offers their own reason on why you should visit and more tempting than the one before it. Among them are:

  • Hofbr√§u Festhalle- this tent resembles the city‚Äôs famous Hofbrauhaus and serves Bavarian specialties and Hofbr√§u M√ºnchen beer
  • Sch√ºtzen-Festzelt- ¬†where Lowenbrau beer is served along with a pork dish prepared in traditional Bavarian style, marinated in malt beer sauce and paired with potato salad
  • Schottenhamel – In business since 1867, when it was just a small booth with only a 50 seat capacity, Schottenhamel now has seating for 10,000! There will be live music by the Otto Scwarzfischer Blaskapelle band and beer from Spaten-Franziskaner Br√§u.
  • Br√§urosl ‚Äì Managed by the Heide family for 7 generations, Br√§urosl is one of the most entertaining tents at Oktoberfest. There will be a yodeler as well as music by S√ºdtiroler Spitzbuam and Ludwig Thoma-Musicians. Beer served is from the Hacker-Pschorr brewery.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in this world-famous event. Pack up your lederhosen and dirndls and book your cheap trip to Munich today! Combine your flight with hotel reservations and a car rental for additional savings.

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