Have you always wanted to travel to Nuremberg in Germany? The location of the infamous trials after the Second World War and where Adolf Hitler staged some of his rallies? No…and neither had we. Yet last summer that is exactly where we decided to spend a long weekend celebrating Vicky’s birthday. Why?


We love to get away for our birthdays. We are not particularly keen on large parties so jetting off for a couple of days to visit somewhere new is the ideal way for us to celebrate. Over the past couple of years we have been to Budapest and Mexico for my birthday and Brighton and Nuremberg for Vicky’s. We are going to the Dominican Republic for Vicky’s birthday this year and we can’t wait.

But how did we end up in Nuremberg last year? Well it all stems from my love of researching our next holiday. We had originally planned to stay in the UK as we were a bit short of cash following our week long trip to the South of France. I priced up a lot of different options but the UK was just so expensive. Two nights in York or Durham including our train travel was going to cost upwards of £180 each. We were also hampered by the fact that we don’t have a car so would have to stick to public transport.

Nuremberg was unexpectedly beautiful...

...where have you been that has surprised you?


What did I do in this situation? I headed to Skyscanner. For the uninitiated, Skyscanner is a flight comparison website like Kayak or Momondo. It is great for finding cheap flights anywhere in the world on your chosen dates. Just search for Everywhere and the cheapest options will pop up. Flights to Nuremberg came up for less than £40 each. After finding a three star hotel on Trivago, our 3 night trip to Germany cost us less than £120 each, significantly cheaper and longer than our planned trips in the UK.

Was it worth it? Definitely. We will be sharing our itinerary soon but we had an unexpectedly fantastic time. The weather was incredible, Nuremberg was beautiful and we had so much nice food. Would we go back? Not necessarily as we might find cheaper flights elsewhere next time. I have heard great things about the Christmas markets though so who knows!

Have you taken an unplanned trip recently? Let us know in the comments below.

Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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