1. Drinking beer in Munich, Germany
The southern German city of Munich will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, or Beer Purity Law in 2016. This law was established in Bavaria in 1516, and limited the ingredients allowed to be used in beer to water, barley and hops.
Bavaria will commemorate this event with the Festival 500 Jahre Bayerisches Reinheitsgebot 2016, or the 500 Years of the Bavarian Purity Law Festival, from July 22 to July 24. Naturally, the festival will involve plenty of beer-drinking, as well as music and dancing.
Munich is Germany’s third city, after Berlin and Hamburg, and has a rich and fascinating history. The city centre has many including the late Gothic Frauenkirche, which is the considered a symbol of the city. The beautiful mountainous Bavarian countryside is just a short journey away.
2. Having an Urban Adventure in the European Green Capital Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Welcome to Ljubljana, winner of the European Green Capital Award for the year 2016.
Each year the Green Capital title is awarded to a city, which is leads the way in environmentally friendly urban living and which can thus act as a role-model to inspire other cities. The coveted title comes with bragging rights simply put, “Green cities – fit for life”
Ljubljana is a green sanctuary in central and south eastern Europe. The city is small with beautiful Ljubljanica river flowing right through the city center. Ljubljana is the political, administrative, cultural and economic centre of Slovenia and is home to over 280,000 inhabitants. The river bank is filled with numerous cafes and quality restaurants. The quality of life and the Slovenian hospitality standards are some of the best in Europe.
Go on an urban adventure in this beautiful city by yourself or find a local that can be your tour guide for a day.
3. Watching soccer in Paris, France
On 10 July, 2016, Paris’s Stade de France will host the final of UEFA Euro 2016. Coming less than a year after the terrible events of November 13, 2015, the finals of this international soccer tournament will be both tense and poignant. Despite security concerns, the final is expected to be sold-out as a spirit of defiance overcomes fear.
The tournament is a great excuse to visit one of the world’s best-loved cities. Paris has world-class museums and art galleries, stunning architecture and excellent food.
4. Culture and beaches in San Sebastián, Spain
San Sebastián in Spain’s Basque region is one of the two cities chosen as the European Capital of Culture for 2016, along with Wrocław in Poland. San Sebastián, known as Donostia in Basque, will host several cultural events in 2016 including the Human Rights Film Festival in April, the Heineken Jazz Festival in July and the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival in November. During 2016, the city will see 132 cultural activities chosen by its own citizens, with over 500 artists participating.
In addition to culture, San Sebastián is a seaside city with some of Europe’s most stunning city beaches. If you visit San Sebastián in 2016 you can spend the morning on the beach, the afternoon visiting an arts festival, and the evening in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
5. Culture and history in Wrocław, Poland
The city of Wrocław in southern Poland is one of Europe’s most up-and-coming destinations. In 2016 the city will share the title of European Capital of Culture along with San Sebastian. The city will celebrate with 400 cultural projects including 1,000 events covering everything from music to literature, visual arts to opera.
Wrocław is Poland’s fourth largest city and has a rich and varied history. At different times it has been part of Bohemia, Hungary, Prussia, the Austrian Empire and Germany (when it was called Breslau). Its picturesque city center has lots of islands and bridges, as well as old churches and museums that tell the city’s story.