DINING WITH THE STARS AT VENDÔME

Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg near Cologne, Germany, is part of the iNSIDE EUROPE sightsleeping collection. Versailles and Winchester Castle served as architectural models for this unique castle hotel with breathtaking view of the cathedral city of Cologne. In addition to experiencingfive star hospitality in this beautiful setting, we highly recommend a dining experience at the on site restaurant Vendôme, headed by 3-star chef Joachim Wissler.It is one of the best restaurants in Germany and an iNSIDE EUROPE favorite. Apart from being awarded three Michelin stars, Vendôme has 19.5 Gault Millau points as well as 5 Feinschmecker F’s, and is ranked Germany’s best restaurant in…

iNSIDE EUROPE’S TOP FIVE WINE REGIONS IN GERMANY

It may be Oktoberfest time in Germany, but don’t forget that great wines are made in Germany, too. We agree with Forbes Travel Guide that Mosel, Rheinhessen and Baden, are three must-experience destinations for wine lovers, yet, as true Europe Insiders, we have to add a few more to this top list of German wine regions.As huge fans of the Historic Highlights of Germany cities Freiburg, Mainz and Trier, we welcome the shout out from Forbes to Mosel, Rheinhessen and Baden, and yes, they produce some great wines and have lots to offer.But why end it here? Let’s make this…

SCARY HALLOWEEN BEER: GRINTA FROM TUSCANY

Think Tuscany is all about the Chianti and other grape products? Think again!Italy may not be the first craft beer destination coming to mind for unique brews, and while the title at our blog hints at “Scary Halloween Beer”, we are not talking about this beautiful country’s hoppy brews in general, but one unforgettable drink in particular: The “Grinta” Truffle Beer by Savini Tartufi. Served in the Tuscan countryside with glorious views of vineyards and medieval villages, we thought: How bad can it be? Oh it was bad, really bad, so bad that we took a few bottles home just to share…

iNSIDE EUROPE’S JOURNEY THROUGH FALL FESTS IN GERMANY

Join iNSIDE EUROPE’s quick journey through some of our favorite fall fests in Southern Germany taking place before, during and after the famous Oktoberfest in München.When you seek a translation for the German proverb “Man muss die Feste feiern, wie sie fallen”, the result is “Christmas comes but once a year”. However, this could not be further from the truth. There are thousands of events celebrated throughout the year, often upholding centuries old traditions. Fall is the perfect time, after the summer crowds are gone, to experience authentic celebrations, meet the locals and be merry! Fall is the season of German…