May
21
2019

London calling – 5 must-see landmarks for music lovers

By London /

Some of the world’s best in music were born and bred in the United Kingdom. The London music scene has delivered icons such as The Beatles, Oasis, The Spice Girls and Elton John. But just because you may never meet the stars in person doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to them by visiting music landmarks, which can be found all across London. When you arrive in the UK, make sure you hire a car from London Airport and check out these top music landmarks. Abbey Road Crossing No trip to London is complete without visiting Abbey Road Crossing. If you’re a Beatles fan then this is one of the music landmarks you can’t miss. All you need is three friends and a photographer to re-create the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. Talk a walk to the Abbey Road Studios nearby to check out where the Fab Four recorded many of their hits. Queen ‘We Will Rock You’…

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Apr
23
2019

Have an unforgettable stay at these 5 great Madrid hotels

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Madrid is full of elegant boulevards, old world charm and a rich culture. Deciding where to stay in Spain’s capital city can be overwhelming because there are hundreds of Madrid hotels to choose from. We’ve put together a list of the top five Madrid hotels based on location, service and comfort. Each of these Madrid hotels have parking available for your DriveNow hire car from Madrid Airport. VP Jardin de Recoletos VP Jardin de Recoletos is so close to famous sites like the National Archaeological Museum, the National Library and the Retiro Park. It’s in Madrid’s elegant Salamanca district, which is ideal for people who love shopping, food and culture. But if the fantastic location isn’t enough to sell you on this hotel, then perhaps the spacious rooms with a kitchenette and terrace will do the job. Vinnci the Mint Vinnci the Mint is the type of hotel that is so fun and fashionable. You wouldn’t mind spending your entire…

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Mar
22
2019

Road trip adventures in Munich and beyond

By Germany /

Are you visiting the beautiful city of Munich in Germany? There are so many incredible things to see and do in Munich. But you should also think about hiring a car from hiring a car from Munich Airport and visiting attractions outside the city. Here’s our list of the top five things to see during a short road trip from Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured) This fairy-tale like castle on a Bavarian mountaintop was built by the famous King Ludwig II. Although incomplete, the architecture is stunning and even went on to castles you see in Disney movies. To get the best view of the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, make sure you walk to Marienbruck (Mary’s Bridge). You’ll just above the castle. To avoid the crowd taking photos, continue after the bridge and hike a little higher up the hill. You’ll have a postcard view all to yourself. you’re in town. Also hire a row boat on the lake in town for another romantic and picturesque experience. Where to stay: Camping…

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Feb
18
2019

Summer lovin’ in London – 5 awesome English summer events

By London /

There’s no better time of year to visit the UK than summer. From June to August the countryside is green, flowers are blooming and it’s the time of year that you’ll enjoy the best English summer events. A good way to get around is to hire a car from London Airport, which helps you get around the countryside. Here are five hot English summer events you won’t want to miss. Glastonbury Festival 26 – 30 June, 2019 The beautiful, historic village of Pilton is the home of the world-famous Glastonbury Festival. The Pyramid Stage has historically offered the most high-profile attractions (including Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Radiohead and Katy Perry). But some of the best experiences are on the outskirts. Each area has its own character with special attractions – from Dance Village to the Shangri-La night time district and the Circus and Theatre fields. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 30 May – 14 July, 2019 A warning for…

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Nov
28
2018

The most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year

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A European Christmas is very different to an Aussie one. There’s no scorching heatwaves, sizzling BBQs or Christmas Day at the beach. But, there are the twinkling Christmas lights, warming up by a fire with a mulled wine, and our favourite, the magical Christmas markets that pop up around European cities. If you’re heading to France this festive period, you’re in for a treat. There are plenty to choose from, from the grand to the cute and quaint, it can be a difficult task on deciding which ones to visit. DriveNow has rounded up the most magical Christmas markets to visit in France this year. Enjoy. Strasbourg For a true festive French experience, head to France’s oldest Christmas market. Strasbourg Christmas market dates all the way back to 1577. Today, over two million tourists visit here every year to take in the beauty of the hundreds of miles of twinkling lights, a living nativity and live Advent concerts. Sample the…

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Aug
17
2018

5 ways to play in Madrid when you have your own set of wheels

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The bustling city of Madrid is a city of elegant boulevards, historic palaces and plazas and rich European art. Spain is also home to many other historic regional cities, towns and scenic countryside. Lock in a cheap price to hire a car at Madrid Airport with DriveNow and get ready to explore one of Europe’s most popular destinations outside the capital. Here are five places to visit after you’ve explored Madrid.  El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gata Five and a half hours south of Madrid. When people think of Spain’s beaches, most imagine the Mediterranean’s crowded seaside resorts. However, El Parque Natural del Cabo de Gato is a stunning stretch of coastline where you can discover flawless, tranquil beaches without the crowds. This area in sunny Almeria comprises of quaint villages, green mountains, rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and stunning blue waters. Ubeda  Three hours south of Madrid. Travel south to the beautiful province of Jaen to witness one of…

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May
02
2018

Spring into action with these great Berlin attractions

By Europe / Germany /

Berlin attractions are at their peak in spring. The sun is shining, the parks are green and the streets are alive with smiling locals as the weather warms up. Are you planning a trip to Germany’s capital this spring? Find a cheap deal to hire a car from Berlin Airport and check out these Berlin attractions. Berlin Wall You can’t visit Germany without exploring the world’s most famous wall. For nearly 30 years it was a symbol of the Cold War, dividing Berlin and the world. The destruction of the wall was one of history’s most celebrated moments. As a result, there’s little left of it. There’s a section of the wall that’s about 1km long with more than 100 paintings. They document the city’s history and pay tribute to the lives lost while trying to escape to freedom. Beer Gardens One of the most popular Berlin attractions is the beer gardens. With spring beginning and as more people take…

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Apr
26
2018

London calling with 5 hot restaurants for foodies

By London /

London’s food scene is alive and kicking with flavours from every corner of the globe. Tuck into a nicely done steak and chips, or lap up a delicious Asian soup dish with dumplings. London and it’s seemingly endless number of top restaurants are calling. When you touch down at Heathrow Airport, pick up a hire car from DriveNow. Then you’ll be set as you race from one place to another, enjoying all the goodies that London’s food scene has to offer. Stop by some of these great London restaurants. Royal China This is a great place to take yourself when you’re craving dumplings and special dim sums. Royal China (check out this tempting dish above) is sure to tempt your taste buds with aromatic rice, honey roast pork and other meat creations. Even when you’re about to burst you won’t be able to resist some black sesame dumplings covered in peanut crumbs to top it off. The Harwood Arms The…

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Feb
08
2018

Top London spring attractions and things to do

By London / UK /

If you’re planning a London spring holiday then a self-drive itinerary is the way to go. Between March and May, the dreary winter comes to an end, leaving the city’s parks and sidewalks blooming in a sensational London spring. Browse DriveNow’s cheap car hire deals from Heathrow Airport to begin your self-drive holiday. With a hire car you’ll have the freedom to embark on day trips outside the city and admire the beautiful countryside. Here are some of London’s best attractions and things to do in the springtime. Get inspired by London’s exquisite parks Spring is the best time of year to visit London’s famous parks, where you can admire a variety of colourful flowers in full bloom. Make sure you take a walk through the tranquil Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. Incredibly, you’ll discover more than 30,000 types of plants in the one place, with a 250-year history to go with it! Rent a rowing boat at Hyde Park From Easter until late October, members of…

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Sep
28
2017

Top five things to see or do in England this autumn

By UK /

As England leaves behind a lovely summer, many people are more inclined to spend the days indoors. The days may be shorter and the evenings cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel around England to explore some of its best attractions. There are still plenty of great festivals and sights to see around England in autumn. You just need to book one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals from Heathrow Airport and be prepared to get up a little earlier in the morning. Here are our top picks for things to see or do in England this autumn. See the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace It doesn’t matter what month you visit, there’s the iconic Changing of the Guard outside the Queen’s palace every morning at 11.30. This colourful display of marching and music is always popular with tourists. You can also join a tour of Buckingham Palace, which includes a walk through the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms and afternoon tea….

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Jul
24
2017

The best of Birmingham in the English summer

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English summer in Birmingham is absolutely glorious. The city in West Midlands is one of the greenest in all of England, with more than 3,000 hectares of green park spaces. It also has more kilometres of canals than Venice! There’s also plenty of activities to keep you busy in Birmingham during the summer months. Snap up one of DriveNow’s great car hire deals at Birmingham Airport and add these ideas to your bucket list. Aston Hall Aston Hall is one of the last great architectural masterpieces from the Jacobean era. This seventeenth century red-brick mansion overlooks a gorgeous public park. Step back in time by joining a guided tour, who explains Aston Hall’s history as you walk through the detailed interiors. Learn about those who lived here and the 1637 government attack on these walls. If you want to relax and admire the site’s beauty in peace, take a stroll in Lady Holte’s Garden. Kingsbury Water Park Drive half an…

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