Why Prague is a good place to be in June

Do you really need another reason to visit the ever-beautiful Prague? If so, there's plenty going on there over the next few weekends:

You still have a couple more days to enjoy The Czech Beer Festival now taking place at the Exhibition Centre Prague Holesovice. Through June 2, work your way through 70 brands of Czech beer in a tent large enough to accommodate 10,000 revelers. Top chefs from the city’s best restaurants will see to it that you don’t leave hungry.

An Alpine playground for adults

Have you ever watched kids at play and thought how wonderful it would be if playgrounds were made for adults, too? In Austria’s Tyrolian Alps, they’ve come up with something very close to that. Area 47 is a slice of semi-harnessed wilderness where adventure-lovers can take part in an almost unlimited number of adrenalin-charged activities, from a high ropes course to white-water rafting to caving. The park is just now entering its third season.

Area 47 is divided into four major zones: outdoor, water, climbing and events.  In the outdoor zone, in addition to the high ropes course, you’ll find a high swing dangling from a bridge and a nearly quarter-mile long zip line. You can also enjoy rafting and canyoning through the Ötztal Mountains. The water zone offers a lake for swimming, five water slides, a diving platform, and a water ramp that you can ride down on an inner tube, skis or a snowboard. The climbing zone offers a massive climbing wall with 28 routes and a boulder cave. In the events zone, come Saturday evening, you’ll find a DJ or perhaps a team of adrenalin junkies demonstrating whatever hair-raising sport they master.  

Make this weekend all about your mother

Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! If you’re in Germany, you’re in luck, because May 13 is Muttertag there as well. Lots of restaurants will be featuring special menus. Other venues, from wineries to pleasure ships plying the rivers, roll out a special welcome. Looking for a trip somewhere this weekend? Here are a few ideas: 

In Zweibrücken, a Street Theater Spectacle will take over the streets of the Rose City on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy street theater, markets and music in the area around Herzogplatz. Each year has a theme; this year’s is “God and the World.”  Hours are 3-10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

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