Every two years, Germany's northernmost city of Flensburg hosts a unique steam festival which can be likened to a continental equivalent of the Great Dorset
And while some stationary steam equipment and steam rollers also feature along the quayside in Flensburg, the main difference is that the "Dampf Rundum" ("Steam All Around") fest showcases first and foremost Europe's greatest coastal steamers. Proud, original, tall-stacked steamers from the North Sea and Baltic Coast descend on Flensburg for a unique gathering that has all the hallmarks of a typical steam railway gala, except that the action takes place on the water. It's a scene and sight to behold and a spectacle that simply is a lot of fun to experience. Best of all, the massive machinery and fascinating operations with large volunteer crews can be witnessed first-hand and up-close. See some of the largest preserved and fully functional steam engines up close in the engine room, while watching the stoker hand-fire huge boilers with old coal shovels. It's a trip to yesteryear and all the more amazing in a 21st century context.
Starting at £1345 this unique summer holiday represents tremendous value for money and is bound to provide a memorable experience by land and water. Don't miss out.