Great weekend outings in Germany

Between Christmas and New Year's, the kids are off from school, friends or family are visiting, and the gang’s itching to get out of the house. Where can everyone enjoy a good day out? Here are some ideas for those based in Germany.

• Garmisch-Partenkirchen: The favorite Alpine playground of many Americans hosts the International Jura City-Biathlon Friday, an event that takes the competitors through the middle of town, to the delight of the crowds that will gather to watch them pass. This free event kicks off at 5 p.m. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/l8r58ql.

Plan your tip with Rome2rio.com

Ever need to get from Point A to Point B on public transportation but have no idea whether a bus, train, plane, boat or a combination is the best option?
A multimodal travel search engine that’s generating a lot of buzz is www.rome2rio.com, which contains more than 3,200 transportation operators in its database and continues to grow steadily. It’s also available as a mobile app.
Rome2rio is easy to use. Simply plug in your starting point and destination, and it will supply potential itineraries involving a combination of air, rail, coach or ferry, along with a rough cost estimate for the travel options.
Suppose, for example, you are based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and want to visit Aviano, Italy. In just one click, you learn the cheapest option may be the train to Ludwigshafen, Germany; the 140 Hahn-Express bus to the Frankfurt Hahn Airport; a Ryanair flight to Venice Treviso; a bus to the Treviso Centrale train station; and bus 13 to Pordenone.
The site also provides the websites of all the transportation providers you would need to book a trip.

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