Staying in a holiday villa in Bamberg, a small but significant city in the Franconia region of Bavaria, is like stepping into a time machine; as you walk through "Little Venice" and see the 900 year old Altenburg, the Altes Rathaus, and the pedestrianised zone in the centre, you will feel as though you've escaped the 21st century. Rent a holiday apartment in Bamberg during Sandkerwa, a five day traditional festival in August, the highlights of which include water jousting in the waters of Little Venice, the naming of the "Sandschutzenkönig" for the coming the year, and drinking plenty of Rauchbier. Bamberg is also beautiful at Christmas, with a wonderfully romantic Christmas market. Nearby is the student city of Erlangen as well as Nuremberg, home to the Christkindlesmarkt, one of Germany's most famous Christmas markets.
Sample the over 200 different beers during your stay in a villa in Bamberg
Beer fans will love staying in an apartment in Bamberg as the town brews its own signature Rauchbier, or "smoke beer", which is produced using smoked malt. In fact, Franconia is a beer enthusiast's paradise; in Upper Franconia alone you can find 201 breweries, the highest density of breweries in the entire world. Head to the Franconian Brewery Museum, an extensive exhibition on old machines and brewing methods, situated in an ex-brewery. Franconia is also well-known for being home to a number of different bratwurst, which are usually eaten with mustard or sauerkraut, and many other delicious pork and beef dishes, accompanied by potato dumplings, and more sauerkraut. For a great day out, why not rent a bike and follow one of Bamberg's many pub and brewery trails?