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Oktoberfest Reservations: Tables, Tents & Tickets [+ Expert Tips]
Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival held annually in Munich, and with several million visitors annually, Oktoberfest Reservations for some, are necessary, and are consequently highly sought after. The purpose of this guide is to ensure that if you're travelling with large groups and do require seating together (especially on busier evenings), that we give you the tools, and know how, to be able to do exactly that.
Posted: 04 April 2024 02:32:04 GMT by Shane
Why Is Rosemary Worn on Anzac Day? Symbolism Revealed!
Come with us whilst we delve into the profound symbolism and historical significance to hopefully answer the question of .. Why Is Rosemary Worn on Anzac Day?
Posted: 05 August 2023 10:47:33 GMT by Shane
Taking Kids to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day: A Memorable & Meaningful Journey
Discover the importance of taking Kids to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day, learn practical tips, and create lasting memories while honouring the fallen.
Posted: 11 June 2023 10:58:39 GMT by Shane
Where is Gallipoli
Gallipoli is in the western part of Turkey, near the Dardanelles Strait about 280kms south-west of Istanbul. Asking yourself the question of just where Gallipoli is, and understanding the location of Gallipoli is crucial to appreciating the regions significance.
Posted: 06 March 2023 03:22:21 GMT by Shane
Volksfest: From Carnival Rides to Beer [Bavarian FUN guide]
A Volksfest is a traditional German festival that celebrates community, music, friendship and culture. It's a time to come together with family and friends, enjoy traditional food and drink, and participate in lively entertainment. Volksfests are carnivals through and through, but they're the best types of carnivals, and certainly the most fun types of carnivals that you'll find anywhere on the planet.
Posted: 04 March 2023 00:45:36 GMT by Shane
Best Cities to Visit in Germany
When heading to Germany make sure to visit the great cities of Berlin, Munich (home of the famous Oktoberfest) and Hamburg to see cross section of the distinct culture and style that Germany has to offer.
Posted: 05 May 2020 12:41:10 GMT by Shane
Best Cities to Visit in Spain
Checkout our list of the five most fun cities to visit in Spain where there is loads more to enjoy than just sun, sea and sangria!
Posted: 10 March 2020 18:08:11 GMT by Mark
Gallipoli - The French and the ANZACS - A Shared Memory
Whilst the ANZAC legend was born out of the campaign the French involvement has been sadly all but neglected from their entire national memory and certainly one could be forgiven in thinking France played no part in the ill-fated campaign.
Posted: 12 January 2020 12:28:18 GMT by Mark
ANZACS at Gallipoli - A Hero and his Watch
Every soldier involved in the Gallipoli Campaign was a gallant hero and here we regale the story of Major George 'Eric' Hamilton Beamish OBE VD, of the 9th Company, Wellington Mounted Rifles.
Posted: 29 December 2019 16:17:23 GMT by Mark
Travel Insurance is a MUST for any Holiday/Vacation!
You've BOOKED your trip! But have you booked your Travel Insurance? So many people make the mistake of not taking travel insurance and here we point our why we believe it's a must and should be the first thing you do when booking any vacation time.
Posted: 18 December 2019 11:15:36 GMT by Mark
10 ANZAC Day Gallipoli Facts You Probably Never Knew!
For well over a century the Gallipoli Campaign has long been dramatised as one of the most fascinating military campaigns of either World War and the facts speak for themselves. Here we attempt to brong you some lesser known facts and information about the Allies ill fated Battle for Gallipoli.
Posted: 22 November 2019 17:26:34 GMT by Mark
8 Epsom Derby Facts of Interest!
Britains richest horse race has bought pageantry, celebrity and horse racing class to Britain for over 230 years and here are 8 interesting facts about the event.
Posted: 11 October 2019 15:04:01 GMT by Mark
A Brief History of Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
An amazing city in spectacular surrounds. As the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire the city rivalled the might of Rome in antiquity and remains a destination of envy for many. Istanbul is truly the jewel in the East (and the West).
Posted: 08 October 2019 22:34:20 GMT by Mark
Six Unmissable Things about Valencia!
Valencia is a vibrant multi-cultural city with an ancient heart and here we bring you the best the city has to offer in terms of touristic sights and natural wonders.
Posted: 03 October 2019 08:52:28 GMT by Mark
Oktoberfest With Kids: Safety Tips and Reminders!
Oktoberfest is an event for the people with plenty of kids in attendance. Here, we outline a few key tips to ensure you enjoy your family time at the world's biggest Volkfest!
Posted: 12 September 2019 14:15:12 GMT by Mark
Anzacs at Gallipoli - Aussies, Kiwis and MORE?
The Anzac legend began at Gallipoli as the feats of Australian and New Zealand soldiers were reveled. But the ANZAC corps itself was never just made up of Aussie and Kiwi troops. This is the story of the Multiculturla ANZACS of Gallipoli.
Posted: 06 September 2019 11:40:22 GMT by Mark
10 Must-Knows about Oktoberfest in Munich!
Before visiting the amazing Oktoberfest here are few facts, tips and secrets that could really assist in your enjoyment of the event! PROST!
Posted: 25 July 2019 22:11:17 GMT by Mark
La Tomatina - Food Fun or Food Wastage?
As the world becomes more concerned about over consumerism, resource and food wastage and corporate social responsibility we address the topic of the La Tomatina Tomato fight in Spain and ask "Is it really a waste of food?"
Posted: 22 July 2019 16:05:29 GMT by Mark
Royal Ascot Guide - Put the ODDS in Your Favour!
With unbeatable fashion, races and atmosphere, Royal Ascot is a spectacle to enjoy. No matter what your betting style is, this simple guide should get you on track for a great day out.
Posted: 05 June 2019 13:27:38 GMT by Mark
7 Reasons to Attend the Royal Ascot Race Meeting
7 great resaons to attend the Royal Ascot race meeting this coming summer - Royal Ascot has become synonomous with fashion, pageantry and style and is one of the biggest events on the British social calendar.
Posted: 14 May 2019 16:15:53 GMT by Mark
6 Top Tips to Survive Your Day at Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot is such a huge event and usually an awesome fun social day out for many people. To help you plan your day we've compiled out 6 top tips for ensuring you get through the day with style.
Posted: 18 February 2019 19:13:25 GMT by Mark
Oktoberfest and Rugby 7's
Its the fans in the stands make the Oktoberfest 7s an awesome experience. Dress up, sing, dance, and celebrate life! This is German Rugby Union's biggest date on their sporting calendar, and what better time of the year to hold the event than over OKTOBERFEST. Prost!!
Posted: 05 February 2019 11:32:24 GMT by Mark
Generations End - Gallipoli
As we remember ANZAC Day each year with reverence, so should we give much thought for the nation of Turkey who suffered more than most realise from the Battle of Gallipoli.
Posted: 30 January 2019 11:35:50 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli Legends - A Kiwi and His Donkey
Of all the ANZAC legends that originated from the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in Turkey, the deeds attributed to the actions of John Simpson and his donkeys are among the most renowned. But do we know the FULL background story of this ANZAC Legend.
Posted: 09 January 2019 13:32:10 GMT by Mark
Royal Ascot Attire: A Fashionistas Guide
For over 300,000 people attending the Royal Ascot Carnival over five glorious days in June, fashion is on the top of almost everyone's agenda. Our guide has you well covered. No pun intended!
Posted: 08 March 2018 23:12:55 GMT by Mark
Will We See Australian Super Horse Winx in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot
After her unstoppable win in the 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes at Sydney's Randwick Racecourse will we see Australian super horse at Royal Ascot 2018 in the Queen Anne Stakes?
Posted: 03 March 2018 09:39:28 GMT by Shane
Royal Ascots record Racing Purse
Royal Ascot is the world's most glamorous race meeting and in 2018 prize money will be at record levels for the event. The pageantry, pomp and pizzazz will be front and centre and the show that Royal Ascot will put on will, as always, be #likenowhereelse
Posted: 08 February 2018 00:54:35 GMT by Mark
How to Enjoy Munich Oktoberfest ... without Beer
There is a fairly general misconception that Oktoberfest can be pretty lame or fairly boring if you are a non-drinker or don't actually like beer, but seriously, nothing could be further from the truth. Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volkfest (Meaning People's Fair or festival) so it goes without saying that if it's for the people, then it can't just be about drinking right? Well .... that is actually right. The famous German beer festival to end all beer festivals is gargantuan in size, over 40 hectares in fact, and only about half of it is covered in beer halls and beer tents so there is much to do besides guzzling beer.
Posted: 02 November 2017 12:36:42 GMT by Mark
Munich Oktoberfest - The Veteran and the First Timer
When Mayor Dieter Reiter tapped the first barrel in Munich and passed a stein to the President of the State of Bavaria last weekend he was kicking off something that is seriously BIG. Not only was the size of the beer in his hand extremely large, he was beginning an event that is so enormous in scale that it really must be seen to be believed. Europe's biggest festival - and it's all about beer, or bier as the Germans spell and drink it.
Posted: 27 September 2017 06:35:30 GMT by Bomber
La Tomatina - My Day With The Tomatoes
Being in the thick of the action is just part of the job. PP Travel's Colin "Bomber" Dale discovered all of this and more, venturing to Spain this week for the "sport" of tomato throwing at Bunol's annual La Tomatina - the world's biggest food fight.
Posted: 01 September 2017 13:00:27 GMT by Bomber
Why Royal Ascot makes for the perfect trip with friends
Royal Ascot is the world's most glamorous race. One of the highlights of the UK's sporting and social calendars, it is one of those events that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime - and it is an absolutely unbeatable choice for a memorable day out with friends. Here are just a few of the reasons why.
Posted: 05 June 2017 15:51:37 GMT by Shane
4 reasons why Royal Ascot will be a great day out this summer
With the likes of the Cheltenham Festival, Epsom Derby Festival and others around there is no shortage of great racing events in the UK. But the one that is without doubt one of the most glamorous race meeting in the world is Royal Ascot. The Royal event is definitely the one of the most social and colourful extravaganzas on the British calendar.
Posted: 05 June 2017 15:20:01 GMT by Shane
Red Wine and Coke - Are you Serious?
Commonly served in the hot months of the Spanish summer in one litre drinking glasses made of plastic, Kalimotxo, is a well-known drink in the North of the country composed of equal parts of red wine and cola.
Posted: 06 May 2017 09:06:17 GMT by Shane
Why is Bavarian Beer So Good
Throughout Germany, beer is extremely popular, so much so that it is now an interwoven and intricate part of German daily life and culture. Maintaining over 1,300 breweries, Germany has more breweries than any other country (except for the United States) and the highest density of those breweries can be found in the Bavaria Region, in the South East of the country.
Posted: 06 May 2017 08:11:54 GMT by Mark
Munich Oktoberfest Beer Price Freeze
Recently, in a few differing circles, there has been a debate as to whether the price of beer at the Oktoberfest has been a contributing factor in the declining crowd numbers at the world's biggest beer festival in Munich.
Posted: 06 May 2017 07:35:39 GMT by Shane
Haro Wine Fight - How Do I Get There?
Find out how to get yourself to Haro for the Batalla del Vino, the Haro Wine Fight.
Posted: 06 May 2017 07:21:09 GMT by Mark
6 Unusual Facts about La Tomatina
Here are some unusual facts about La Tomatina, the great tomato fight that is held in August each year in the Spanish town of Bunol.
Posted: 06 May 2017 07:04:15 GMT by Mark
Royal Ascots Royal Procession
In an age before television and photographs it was King George the 4th, a great lover of pomp and pageantry, that in 1825, decided to display his royal grandeur and travel to Ascot from Windsor amidst a magnificent and glorious royal procession.
Posted: 06 May 2017 06:11:07 GMT by Mark
The Official 2012 Munich Oktoberfest Poster
Every year since 1952 the Munich Oktoberfest has had a unique official poster. Each year invited candidates submit their works from with one poster is selected to represent the Oktoberfest for the year.
Posted: 04 August 2012 15:42:46 GMT by Shane
Oktoberfest - New Initiative Aims to Keep Young Women Safe
ABC News International reports that this year, female visitors at Oktoberfest will be offered green armbands on which to put their contact information and names. Organizers of the initiative hope it will help young women to find their way back to where they are staying .....
Posted: 06 August 2011 13:39:52 GMT by Shane
PP Travel on Twitter - Change of Name
Until today PP Travel's place on Twitter was pptraveluk but today we have lost the uk to simpy be pptravel.
Posted: 03 March 2011 14:45:36 GMT by Shane
Hogmanay 2010/11 Another Huge Year for Revellers
Every year Edinburgh puts on a huge program of entertainment and activities to help celebrate the coming of the new year and the move from 2010 to 2011 is as past years being bigger and better than the last.
Posted: 21 November 2010 04:21:44 GMT by Shane
Oktoberfest in Munich - A Brief History
Whilst this is the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest and whilst it is officially the worlds largest party, how much do you actually know of it's origins?
Posted: 23 August 2010 12:03:31 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli - Band of Brothers
The nine Australian Gallipoli VCs arrive in Melbourne for public display at the Shrine of Remembrance. This is the real Band of Brothers
Posted: 19 August 2010 07:22:57 GMT by Mark
Pamplonas Bull Run - Insurance and Australian Government Information
Hundreds of thousands of people will converge on the sleepy city of Pamplona from the 6th to the 14th July this year for the annual Festival of San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls. But what does this mean for international travellers in terms of insurance coverage. In this blog we divulge information on travel in surance plus contact informatiion for Australian travellers.
Posted: 22 June 2010 01:39:20 GMT by Mark
La Tomatina 2010 Travel Advice
La Tomatina in Bunol is one of the premier festivals attended in Europe by tourist. But how do you get there? Well this blog entry aims to assist you with your travelling choices to Valencia and Bunol.
Posted: 15 June 2010 11:13:20 GMT by Mark
Hogmanay in Edinburgh Safety Information
Edinburghs Hogmanay events are always enormously popular and always attract massive crowds. Its also remarkably safe as the council employs loads of stewards and medical officers at all the Hogmanay events, but remember, you can also do your bit to make sure we all have a happy and safe New Year.
Posted: 13 June 2010 01:09:52 GMT by Mark
San Fermin festival and the running of the bulls historical photo exhibition
Having already toured Europe the eagerly awaited exibition entiteld FIESTA has just made it to Pamplona for the first time for its residence there.
Posted: 05 June 2010 13:17:25 GMT by Mark
Edinburghs Hogmanay presents the most memorable midnight moment imaginable.
As the clock strikes Midnight the skies of Edinburgh are lit up with fireworks and the air resounds with cheers and song. Unforgettable.
Posted: 20 May 2010 16:15:50 GMT by Mark
Pamplona - San Fermin Poster Competition 2010
The eight finalists for the 2010 San Femin Poster Competition have been announced. It will probably be around mid May when voting by the people of Pamplona is complete and a winner from the following posters is announced.
Posted: 10 May 2010 04:23:16 GMT by Shane
How to dress for Oktoberfest 2010 in Munich
We reveal the best Munich stores to get your Oktoberfest outfit so you fit right in with the locals.
Posted: 15 April 2010 22:31:13 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli special for 2010 Part 6 - Alfred John SHOUT - Australia
Finishing off our special lead up to ANZAC Day 2010 is another of our special blogs on Australian and New Zealand servicemen. This blog is in regards to Australias most decorated serviceman during the Gallipoli campaign, ALfred John Shout and describes his heroics in the trench warfare at Lone Pine in August of 1915.
Posted: 09 April 2010 22:28:22 GMT by Mark
Anzac Day 2010 pilgrims registry site launched
A new service is being trialled this year to help travellers better prepare for Anzac Day at Gallipoli. Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs and Veterans' Affairs New Zealand are asking people to register online to help them gauge the numbers planning to attend the Gallipoli services for 2010.
Posted: 02 April 2010 23:31:59 GMT by Bomber
Munich Oktoberfest 2010 - Extra Day Added
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Munich Oktoberfest the fest will run for one day extra than normal until the 4th October 2010.
Posted: 29 March 2010 03:14:37 GMT by Bomber
ANZAC Gallipoli Special Part 5 - Henare Wepiha Te Wainohu, New Zealand
Continuing in the lead up to ANZAC DAY 2010 is our series of special Blog entries on New Zealand troops in battle.
Posted: 27 March 2010 19:40:16 GMT by Mark
Tomatina 2010 Dress and Accessories Guide
La Tomatina is without doubt the worlds messiest festival. Here we try and advise the best way to get through the festival with your clothes and dignity intact.
Posted: 16 March 2010 09:25:51 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli Special Part 4 - Tubb, Dunstan and Burton - Australia
Continuing our lead up to ANZAC Day 2010 is another of our special blogs on Australian and New Zealand servicemen. This blog concentrates on a single action at Lone Pine at Gallipoli where 3 men working side by side were all awarded the Victoria Cross. These were the actions of Frederick Harold TUBB VC Lieutenant 7th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division - Alexander Stewart BURTON VC Corporal 7th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division and William DUNSTAN VC Corporal 7th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division.
Posted: 14 March 2010 09:46:35 GMT by Mark
Munich Oktoberfest 2010 General Information Release
Oktoberfest 2010 is just 6 months away and at PP Travel, we can't wait. The full Oktoberfest general information has just been released so update yourself and get ready for the 200th anniversary of this magnificent event. It's going to be another cracker.
Posted: 10 March 2010 10:27:47 GMT by Mark
Love Pamplona. Then Run with the bulls online in this fantastic free game.
Pamplonas Festival of San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls may still be 4 months away but you can run with the bulls online now in the digital world. This simple, free and fun game is a laugh a minute where the bulls always have the last laugh.
Posted: 04 March 2010 21:15:26 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli Special Part 3 - Charles Begg, New Zealand
Continuing in the lead up to ANZAC DAY 2010 is our series of special Blog entries on New Zealand and Australian VC medal winners and also various heart warming stories from the battlefield between ANZAC and Turkish troops.
Posted: 22 February 2010 14:23:39 GMT by Mark
Anzac Day Reflections
PP Travels very own specialist war historian Nigel Astridge has graciously agreed to assist myself in writing a series of Blogs highlighting the military service of Australians and New Zealanders on the Gallipoli peninsular in 1915.
Posted: 25 November 2009 16:40:02 GMT by Mark
Hogmanay 2009/10 offers loads of free music options for revellers.
Aside from the Concert in the Park which is a paid event for visitors to Edinburgh for Hogmanay there are a number of free music performances for all revellers to enjoy on a number of separate stages in differring locations about the city.
Posted: 23 November 2009 12:54:57 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli Special Part 2 - Albert Jacka, Australia
In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2010 we are going to run a number of special Blog entries on New Zealand and Australian VC medal winners and also various heartwarming stories from the battlefield between ANZAC and Turkish troops.
Posted: 20 November 2009 12:58:09 GMT by Mark
Edinburghs Hogmanay 2009/2010 Fire and Light Spectacle
Organisers of the world famous EDINBURGHS HOGMANAY have just announced that on the evening of the 30th December they will be staging a number of free and paid for events that will encompass LIGHT NIGHT on the famous Royal MIle leading up to Edinburgh Castle.
Posted: 18 November 2009 12:25:30 GMT by Mark
ANZAC Gallipoli Special Part 1 - Cyril Bassett, New Zealand
In the lead up to ANZAC Day 2010 we are going to run a number of special Blog entries on New Zealand and Australian VC medal winners and also various heartwarming stories from the battlefield between ANZAC and Turkish troops.
Posted: 17 November 2009 11:24:49 GMT by Mark
Edinburghs Hogmanay 2009/10 announces Concert in the Gardens lineup now completed
It may have been left a little later this year but there is no doubt that once again Edinburgh's Hogmanay has secured a top class lineup for this year Concert in the Gardens.
Posted: 04 November 2009 13:45:10 GMT by Mark
The 2009 Oktoberfest in Munich has an organised schedule of free events.
Every year, an array of special events take place during Oktoberfest that you don't want to miss; from colorful parades to open-air concerts, these Oktoberfest events give you a great taste of Bavarian culture and tradition. Here is a list of the four biggest events for the 2009 Oktoberfest program.
Posted: 19 August 2009 18:02:21 GMT by Mark
La Tomatina 2009 has an official set of rules! Who knew?
The Bunol City Hall has released a set of rules (more like guidelines I would say) for the 2009 La Tomatina tomato battle to ensure civic responsibility.
Posted: 05 August 2009 14:47:33 GMT by Bomber
Oktoberfest 2009 beer prices confirmed.
Oktoberfest 2009 beer pricing has now been released with prices rises confirmed by all local breweries in Munich.
Posted: 31 July 2009 13:38:14 GMT by Mark
One month to go to Tomato mayhem in Bunol, Spain
The La Tomatina festival in Spain is almost upon us and you can still find some great rates on flights from London and other departure desitnations around Europe.
Posted: 23 July 2009 13:03:00 GMT by Mark
Oktoberfest 2009 Just Over 100 Days To Go
Oktoberfest 2009 is now just over 100 days away. Flights to Munich are getting steadily more expensive by the day so now is the time to source your flights to Oktoberfets.
Posted: 08 June 2009 11:00:23 GMT by Mark
2009 Oktoberfest Official Motif Release
Oktoberfest 2009 official motif released after world wide competition finds winner.
Posted: 11 May 2009 13:07:05 GMT by Mark
Pamplona, The Festival of San Fermin and Ernest Hemingway
Pamplona hosts one of the most well known encierros (Running of the Bulls) in the world thanks to Ernest Hemingway. Here we find out a bit more about why.
Posted: 01 April 2009 14:16:30 GMT by Mark
PP Travel Success At The 2009 TNT Travel Show
PP Travel rides the travel wave created from the more than 7,000 enthusiasts that attended the TNT travel show this past weekend.
Posted: 09 March 2009 21:36:00 GMT by Mark
Running of the Bulls and Festival of San Fermin 2009 Hints and Tips
Running of the Bulls and the brilliant Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain are just around the corner. Here are few hints and tips that will help assist you in being a little more prepared for the party of the century and the bull run.
Posted: 19 February 2009 14:02:36 GMT by Mark
What will ANZAC Day 2009 mean to you?
The Meaning of ANZAC Day in 2009? A brief study of the differing ways in which we can remember those ANZAC hero's from long ago. Lest we forget.
Posted: 28 January 2009 17:14:18 GMT by Mark
How Big Will the St Patricks Day Crowd in Dublin be at the 2009 Parade
The St Patricks' Day parade crowd for the parade in Dublin has been growing steadily over the past ten years. How big will it be in 2009?
Posted: 13 January 2009 22:07:58 GMT by Mark
PP Travel Festival Party Tour Calendar for 2009
Happy New Year from all of us at PP travel. With a New Years Eve hang-over probably still an all too-vivid memory, you could be forgiven for not wanting to plan your next party. But there is no rest for the wicked here at PP Travel as we spring into what promises to be a huge year of festive tours. Here is a calendar of events to put into the diary.
Posted: 01 January 2009 22:50:37 GMT by Shane
Edinburghs Hogmanay Program Release
Comprehensive Edinburgh Hogmanay Program Released November 6th 2008.
Posted: 13 November 2008 21:03:37 GMT by Mark
2008 Oktoberfest Official Motif and Stein Release
With the 175th Oktoberfest due to open in just over a week, the official collectors Stein has been released.
Posted: 10 September 2008 13:19:46 GMT by Mark
La Tomatina turns sleepy BUNOL red in late August
With a normal population of just 9,000 inhabitants you can just imagine the party atmosphere as 25,000 or more revellers descend on sleepy Bunol for the traditional tomato battle of La Tomatina which is held on the last Wednesday in August each year.
Posted: 01 July 2008 00:00:01 GMT by Mark