Every year, cinephiles journey in their droves to film festivals across the globe. Although Hollywood is eternally popular as a producer of blockbusters, Europe may well be the true home of the art form. Attending a film festival gives you the chance to experience movies in their best possible iteration – on the big screen, surrounded by equally enthusiastic people. Whether you’re an expert on underground horror, a black comedy buff or a sucker for a political thriller, there’s an amazing film festival in Europe just for you.
While every continent in the world creates music that reflects their own culture and traditions, Europe strikes a chord with music-lovers across the globe for its incredible classical output. Many civilisations have a practised classical music over the course of history, but as a generic term, the phrase is attributed to the music movement that arose in Europe between the late 16th Century Baroque Period through to the Romantic Period of the early 20th Century.
Contemporary classical music also continues to be written today, and in the UK, the genre is celebrated every year in The Proms, an eight week summer season of live classical concerts. Now that The Proms has drawn to a close for another year, why not read our whistle stop tour of classical music in Europe? Indeed, some of the most famous arrangements were created in the walls of pokey Parisian apartments and unassuming Austrian cottages.
On a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre, over 7 million ardent beer fans will gather for the 210th birthday of one of the world’s largest folk festivals. The beloved Oktoberfest will be celebrating this milestone on the 16 September, kicking off with an almighty parade before the tapping of the first keg. The event lasts for just over two weeks – giving you plenty of time to discover all that Munich has to offer while you’re there. Here, we take a look at some of the city’s best things to do for even the most discerning beer fan – from learning about Munich’s brewing history to visiting the famous beer halls.
This summer’s festival season is well and truly upon us, and fields all across the country will soon be filled up with people wanting to camp, sing and dance to some of the world’s best music. If you’re looking for something different though, continental Europe could offer something totally unique. Celebrating the weird and the wonderful – from bathtub sailing in Belgium to onion festivals in Germany, read on for our guide to some of Europe’s most unusual events.
Quick enough to see the sights, and leisurely enough to not miss anything, there’s nothing quite like exploring a new place on two wheels. Whatever your cycling ability, there’s a fantastic destination just waiting to welcome you. Try casually coasting down city streets, getting your heart thumping on off-road routes or even packing up and taking a long tour right across the continent. So grab your bicycle and get ready for an adventure you won’t forget – here are some top cycling destinations in Europe.
What springs to mind when you think of a German getaway? Pulsating youth culture in Berlin? Steins of perfectly-frothed beer in Munich? Or maybe the fairytale backdrop of Bavaria? All these German jewels deserve the hype they’ve earned amongst wanderlusters, but if you’re a regular reader you’ll know that here at P&O, we’re on a mission to #rediscovertravel. Today we’ll be exploring the allures of Dusseldorf, a true hidden gem that has more than enough charm to rival the more famous German cities.
You may think of Bruges as your second home, walk like a local down Amsterdam’s winding back streets and have a cafe in Paris where the baristas know you by name. But have you ever felt your travels were starting to lack a little… je ne sais quoi? If you’re starting to find your favourite destination a little too familiar, maybe it’s time to shake up your holiday ritual. These fairytale European cities are sure to steal your heart – and don’t worry, we won’t tell.