Forget history lessons and instead go back hundreds, even thousands of years and there's a wealth of weird and wonderful stories to be explored.
From haunted castles and singing sirens to werewolves and princesses, there's enough to crack open the imagination of even the coldest of cynics.
Who knows, in these troubled times it may even be a comfort to think that King Barbarossa is going to break out of his cave and come and save us any day now….
Just make sure you don't get distracted by the deadly singing from the broken-hearted Lorelei if you are travelling up the Rhine river.
So take a look, and let us know just how much truth you think lies in our favourite ten myths and legends.