Germany and Austria really know how to extend the joys of summer well into the autumn, with festivals and sporting events.

Most will have heard of the massively popular Oktoberfest running from 17th September to 4th October, but there are also some great sporting events being held in Austria's mountain capital Innsbruck, including the Road Cycling World Championships (22-30 September), IFSC Climbing world championships and the Innsbruck night run (29 September). So this month we take a look at these two great countries from a 'Cicerone' point of view. If you're someone who enjoys multiple mountain activities, Innsbruck may be your next holiday destination!

Then of course there's always the winter...

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