The per­fect week­end — a lot closer than you think


What are the cri­te­ria for a per­fect week­end? Ob­vi­ously it de­pends on who is taking the trip. Are you trav­el­ling as a fam­ily? Does your ideal jour­ney need to com­bine cul­ture and coun­try­side? Since no sin­gle so­lu­tion fits ev­ery­one, we visit three des­ti­na­tions in our travel story, “The per­fect week­end”. Torquay, on Eng­land’s south coast, is a charm­ing old-fash­ioned re­sort. Your guide is Colin Beaven, our Bri­tish colum­nist, who dis­cov­ers the beauty of Agatha Christie’s home, tours a manor house and takes a trip on a vin­tage cliff rail­way. The jour­ney be­gins on page 12.

Our week­end in the Scot­tish cap­i­tal, Ed­in­burgh, is a trip that of­fers en­ter­tain­ment for the whole fam­ily. From the Cam­era Ob­scura — a build­ing packed with in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences — to Ed­in­burgh’s his­toric dun­geon where the city’s grisly past is on dis­play, ev­ery­one in the fam­ily will find some­thing to en­joy. The ac­tion starts on page 20.

For those who pre­fer not to leave Ger­many, but would like an au­then­tic English-speak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, it seems that a good place to find this is in the back­wa­ters of Bavaria. A ho­tel that be­gan as the project of a bo­hemian Brit, a model farm that is home to an Amer­i­can artist and a mag­nif­i­cent English breed of horses — we visit th­ese places and more in our Bavar­ian week­end begin­ning on page 28.

While you’re in the mood for travel, re­mem­ber that Spot­light-reisen is of­fer­ing guided bilin­gual trips to Devon in Au­gust and Septem­ber, and one spe­cial high­light will be an af­ter­noon and evening in the de­light­ful com­pany of Colin. Find out all about the trips on pages 8–9.

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