Lohr am Main – The Snow White town

This is going to sound familiar…

Once upon a time, a kind and beautiful princess lived in a handsome castle in Germany. Her mother died when she was still a girl, and her father remarried shortly afterwards. But the stepmother was a vain and manipulative woman, favouring her own children over her adopted stepdaughter. Inevitably, the relationship snapped; the princess fled away from her family, over great hills and through deep forests. Eventually she settled and lived in exile in a community of dwarfs working in the local mines.

The princess (well, Baroness, technically…) was Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. Quite a mouthful, isn’t it? But you have almost certainly recognised her already as “Schneewittchen” from the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale: or, in English…

Snow White.

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Family camping in Norway

Finding an excellent family-friendly campsite in Norway isn’t easy… but we discovered a real gem.

Thundering waterfalls, pristine mountain wilderness, gargantuan glaciers, chocolate box villages and quite possibly the most celebrated coastline in the world: Norway has everything you could possibly want for the more adventurous family camping holiday.

Well, almost everything…

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One giant masterpiece – hiking from the Giant’s Causeway to Dunseverick Castle

Not many tourists know this, but access to the Giant’s Causeway is absolutely free of charge. Here’s how we skipped the crowds and enjoyed the very best of Northern Ireland’s natural masterpiece… for the price of a bus ticket.

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The rock labyrinths of Berdorf

The unusual geology of the “Mullerthal” region of Luxembourg has created a fantasy wonderland of rock labyrinths, perfect for little explorers with big imaginations.

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The Celtic Fort of Otzenhausen

A hilltop fortress in Germany has several different names, a mind-boggling number of stones… and has been around for almost 2,500 years.

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