|Continuing on the topic of European hotel customs, I wanted to address some of the differences in relation to bedding and windows. European bed linens often consist of a duvet, or down-filled comforter encased by a removable cover, which is folded and placed on top of your bed. The duvet is intended to be sufficient on its own, and you won’t find an additional top sheet to use under the duvet. Some travelers find this uncomfortable in warmer weather, but it is easy to pack light sheet in your suitcase to remedy the problem.
In double rooms, the European ‘twin’ bed is often two beds made up separately, placed side by side and sharing the same headboard. In some of the hotels, it may not be possible to request separate twin beds. Both of these customs can easily be seen in the corresponding picture. If I had been traveling with someone, the other side of the bed would have also been prepped with a duvet.
Another difference in European hotel rooms that routinely comes up is that of climate control. Air conditioning and window screens are not as common as they are in the United States – in fact, I would suggest that you not expect air conditioning in the German or Austrian hotels. Even if a/c is available, many Europeans follow a calendar of when they turn on or turn off their units according to the ‘typical’ warm season. This means that it is possible that even if a hotel is equipped with a/c, it may not be available in guest rooms during a spring or autumn heat-wave.
I hope you enjoyed learning about the intricacies and excitement surrounding the Passion Play 2010. Although there may be many differences in customs between American and European countries, this definitely does not detract from the wonderful experience of the Passion Play. If you would like to learn more about the Passion Play or receive additional European travel information, follow this link to receive a FREE brochure and further travel information by mail.