The countdown to Thanksgiving is upon us. For some it’s a time to stay at home and spend time with loved ones, for others an opportunity to take a trip to explore. If you like to travel then we have put together three trips that we think make an excellent Thanksgiving weekend!
It’s still a little early in the season to ski in the Alps but for the dedicated thankfully there are some glaciers resorts already open, which is perfect for the long Thanksgiving weekend.
One of our favorite spots in Stubai near Innsbruck in Austria.
As with most glacial resorts, the main town is a short bus ride from the mountain – we recommend Neustift. There are several hotels and guest houses, lots of restaurants, a few bars and even a couple of clubs. There is a free ski bus that will whisk you away to the glacier and deposit you back after your day on the slopes.
However, if you like to apres-ski then there is a fabulous bar at the bottom of the glacier called Mutterberg Stadl. The atmosphere is fabulous and it’s well worth missing the last bus back to Neustift to stay a little longer – there are plenty of taxis that will turn up to take you home.
There’s also the added attraction of the FIS Freeski World Cup taking in Stubai place over the same weekend.
Visit London, England
Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to visit the UK because it’s gearing up for Christmas but it’s not a holiday there so no nasty surcharges!
Have a listen to this Explore Europe podcast episode on how to do a weekend on London for little or no money. It’s packed full of insider tips from a Londoner to help you get the best out a fun-packed weekend in this super exciting capitol city without spending a fortune. All the links and details you need are in the show notes.
Alternatively, you can let someone else do ALL the work and book onto the forthcoming London Tours Thanksgiving Weekend trip to London, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Canterbury, Windsor Castle, Dover and Haunted England. This looks like a fantastic way to see some of the most famous and historic castles of Southern England.
The price is 395 Euros and leaves Ramstein at 0800 on Thursday 22 Nov, back on Sunday 25 November. Transport, accommodation and a tour guide are included. Bargain!
Travel Germany’s Castle Road
The Burg Strasse (as it’s known in Germany) includes more than 70 castles and palaces along a 770 KM route. The entire route is quite a lot to manage in one Thanksgiving weekend but you can pick one or two of six recommend tours and visit all of of the castles along each one!
>> Tour 1 – Between Mannheim and Mosbach
10 castles and palaces – 92 kilometres
>> Tour 2 – Between Mosbach and Heilbronn
13 castles and palaces – 100 kilometres
- Hotel Burg Hornberg
- Schloss Heinsheim
- Burg Guttenberg
- Bad Wimpfen
>> Tour 3 – Between Heilbronn and Rothenburg ob der Tauber
6 castles and palaces – 115 kilometres
- Schloss Neuenstein
- Schwäbisch Hall
- Kirchberg an der Jagst
>> Tour 4 – Between Rothenburg o.d.T. and Nuremberg
9 castles and palaces -160 kilometres
- Rothenburg o.d.Tauber
- Romantisches Franken
- Stein n. Nürnberg
>> Tour 5 – Between Nuremberg and Bamberg
15 castles and palaces- 152 kilometres
- Fränkische Schweiz
- Burg Rabenstein
>> Tour 6 – Between Bamberg and Bayreuth
13 castles and palaces- 161 kilometres
- Bad Colberg-Heldburg
We’ll be taking the Stubai skiing trip this Thanksgiving Weekend, so maybe we’ll see you there!