Euro-Bound Air

After a successful launch last year, Lufthansa’s seasonal direct service to Munich via Toronto and Vancouver starts up again this month until mid-October. (Non-stop flights from Montreal go year-round.) If you’re an Aeroplan member, you’ll get points for flying Star Alliance. Here, why Munich now.

1 The Euro

The region’s currency has taken almost as hard a hit as the loonie, so you’re getting more for your buck.

2 Hotel

Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Luxury, energetic staff, bucket-list location within walking distance of world-famous Marienplatz, the opera house and, of course, beer gardens – and a spa that will make you want to stay all day. Book it, even for a one-night splurge.

3 The people

Munich is populated by laid-back Bavarians; salt-of-the earth, let’s-get-a-beer-at-the-local types.