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Next weekend — May 4-6Bremen, Germany: 50.91 pounds round tripFly Ryanair from London Stansted to Bremen.

Any exploration of Bremen should start in the market square, home to the Weser Renaissance Rathus (town hall) and Roland statue, both listed as U.N. Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization World Heritage Sites. Within the town hall is the Ratskeller restaurant, which claims to have Germany’s oldest wine cellar, storing some of the country’s most unusual wines.

On the western side of the town hall is Gerhard Marcks’ famous bronze statue depicting the “Bremen Town Musicians” from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

Visitors can stroll along winding lanes in the 15th-century Schnoor Quarter and browse the modest art, craft and specialty shops selling teas, jewelry and hand-painted crockery.

For more shopping, venture to Bottcherstrasse, a 360-foot-long lane built in the 1920s that houses shops, restaurants, museums and more.

Just a short distance from the city center is the Schlachte Promenade. Go there to watch ships on the Weser River pass while enjoying a cold draught at one of the many beer gardens or visit a restaurant serving authentic Bremen cuisine.

In the evening, visit the Theatre am Goetheplatz, offering a large program of dance, plays, opera, musicals and comedies.

No vacation in May would be complete without a visit to Bremen’s Rhododendron Park, with more than 450 species in bloom.

Next month — May 25-27Dubrovnik, Croatia: 178.49 pounds round tripFly Thomsonfly from London Luton to Dubrovnik.

The first thing visitors to Dubrovnik may notice is the intact walls encompassing the city. Three fortresses incorporated in the walls — Minceta Tower, Bokar and St. John’s Fortress — along with St. Lawrence Fortress and Fort Revelin, present an awe-inspiring view. Within the walls is the pedestrian-only Old Town, where you can find most of Dubrovnik’s sights.

Luza Square is a bustling meeting place where tourists are known to use water from Onofrio’s Little Fountain to cool off. On the square, explore exhibits of documents within the 15th-century Sponza Palace or the art exhibits in the courtyard.

Curious visitors can visit the 14th-century Franciscan monastery with a pharmacy inventory that dates to 1317. Explore the displays of ancient lab equipment, decorative pots, mortars and more, or visit the monastery museum housing ancient writings, art and other artifacts.

Outside the city walls, tourists can visit one of the rocky beaches where you can enjoy water sports, a relaxing seaside meal, or soar through the air with a ride behind a parachute boat.

Airfare prices include estimated taxes and are courtesy of the Web site Prices were verified as of Monday afternoon when Stripes UK went to press. Deals are not guaranteed to be available; restrictions may apply.


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