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Birmingham Offers17 September 2012

If you're coming to stay with us in Birmingham, we'd recommend checking out the offers page on the Visit Birmingham website.

Current offers include 2-for-1 on sightseeing buses and discounts at restaurants and bars such as The Vaults and Opus (both Staying Cool recommended).

Frankfurt Market14 September 2012

There's an autumnal chill in the air and our thoughts are turning to how we might amuse ouirselves during the winter months. VisitBirmingham have put together a guide to the Frankfurt Christmas market which takes place from 15 November-22 December - Staying Cool at the Rotunda is the perfect place to base yourself to make the most of the market.

Frankfurt Market

 

Here are VisitBirmingham's top tips for having a good time:

1. Eat a German Bratwurst & Brezel
German Bratwurst (white or red sausage) and Brezel are traditional German foods and are famous throughout the world. How the Bratwurst is served varies by region, but it is commonly served with a Brötchen (roll). The Brezel is type of bread and is particularly famous in South Germany and Austria. German speakers also call it "Laugenbrezel" (lyle pretzel).

2. Have a hot Glühwein (mulled wine)
Glühwein is a traditional and loved hot acoholic Christmas drink which is usually made of white and red wine and various spices such as cinnamon, cloves, lemon slices and aniseed. It is the perfect drink for a cold winter night.

3. Indulge yourself with chocolaty Crêpes
Although Crêpes are a traditional French dessert, they are one of the various food highlights of the German Christmas market. Topped with hot chocolate sauce or filled with banana, they are a must-do.

4. Sing along with the singing moose
For the last ten years Birmingham's singing Christmas moose has become a Christmas attraction in its own right. Located directly in front of the Council House entrance, the singing moose guarantees a Christmassy atmosphere and a lot of fun for young and old.

5. Get traditional Christmas decorations
The traditional Christmas Craft Fair offers Christmas decorations and handcrafts. A wide range of candles, jewellery, Christmas tree decorations, tea, Christmas cards and much more - make it easy to find the right Christmas present for the one you love.

6. Listen to traditional Carols & Christmas songs
Carols in the City as well as daily bands on the Christmas market stage will create a romantic Christmas atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mug of Glühwein while listening to traditional Christmas song or great Jazz music.

7. Drink a crisp German beer
Enjoy a crisp German Beer with your Bratwurst, but please drink responsibly!

8. Take a ride on the Carousel
Take a one horse ride through the German Market on the fantastic ornate carousel. Hopefully you'll be having so much fun you'll be laughing as you go - Ho Ho Ho.

9. Get a lovely wooly hat with bobbles
"If the weather outside is frightful" get your mits on a delightful wooly hat from the market stalls.

10. Buy a nice souvenir at the Visitor Centre stall
The friendly, informative and multilingual staff have the know-how to offer the kind of insight and inspired advice that no guidebook can touch. From souvenirs, brochures to maps - you will find it at the Visitor Centre Christmas stall.

 

Certificate of Excellence

June 2013

Staying Cool at the Rotunda

"The New York Times recently named our second city as one of the hottest destinations for 2012...Its favourite place to stay? Staying Cool's apartments atop the Rotunda..." The Sunday Times

""The Week's Best Deals: Birmingham's Staying Cool at the Rotunda is enticing 'time flexible' guests to its chic, 60s-inspired self-catering apartments with discounted stays on Monday and Sunday nights..." " The Observer Magazine

"There are no bellhops nor a gym...instead you get a Mac Mini, free Wi-Fi, an espresso machine and a juicer (oranges included)." The New York Times