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Destinations » German Holidays
From the vibrant cities of Berlin, Cologne and Munich to the medieval villages and majestic mountains of the country, Germany always proves a hit with tourists. Holidays in Germany have so much to offer with famous beer festivals, beautiful sandy beaches, twinkling Christmas markets, enchanting lowland plains and lakeside beach resorts waiting to be discovered from the Alps in the South to the Northern coast and Baltic Sea.
Our staff have travelled extensively to Germany and its regions. So if you're looking for the beaches in the North, the Moselle vineyards, the Bavarian Alps or the classic cities of Dresden and Leipzig or anything in between or beyond, please feel free to contact us for a quote.
Germany is a country of over 80 million people and English is widely spoken and understood. It is an easy country to travel around with a good road and rail network. The rail transport system is renowned for its punctuality, cleanliness and safety. All the large German cities have a network of fast connections by underground railway or by rail (U- and S-Bahn).
The German Cities
German cities offer a warm welcome, good food, great shopping and are steeped in history and tradition. Berlin is an edgy, vibrant city that is constantly reinventing itself. It still contains traces of the decadent 20's, the war, the wall and the subsequent reunion developments. Hamburg is a pulsating maritime city with great shopping, a historical harbour and the world famous 'Reeperbahn'. Munich offers Bavarian charm with an Italian feel - it is often called Italy's most northernly city. Dresden has returned to its former splendour and is a must for culture lovers. There are also many cities that are within easy reach of major airports, Heidelberg with its famous ruined castle offers the Philosophers' Walk with stunning views of the old town. Wiesbaden and Würzburg are lesser known cities but both are worth a visit for their classic buildings.
Lakes, Rivers & Mountains
From the deserted beaches of the North Sea and Baltic coastlines, Germany rises through regions of vast forests and woodlands, peaceful lakes, and on the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps. Dotted over the landscape are picturesque towns, each of them with their own unique traditions, identity and cuisine. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine scenery that forms the magnificent backdrop for fairy tale castles and beautiful churches. Garmisch Partenkirchen boasts tradition set amongst crystal clear lakes, Berchtesgaden offers the nearby Lake Königsee and also the Eagle's Nest.
The Oktoberfest in Munich is one of the most famous festivals in the world and a must see for party lovers. We can reserve tables for groups of 10 people or more which ensures that you are sitting together. With a massive funfair surrounding the festival a splendid time is guaranteed for all. For the strong beer lovers there is also the 'Starkbierzeit' usually held in March. The Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen is the second largest beer festival in Germany. Other beer festivals include the Hamburg Dom which offers good family entertainment and great rides.
There are various festivals that need to be experienced like the Rhine in Flames or the Cologne Carnival which offers chocolate and flowers to the good catchers in the crowd and the floats are brightly decorated. Add to this mix the great German theme parks, the many classical music events, operas in Berlin, Dresden, Munich and Bayreuth to name a few famous venues. The great art galleries, the magnificent museums, the many wine festivals, the famous roads such as the Romantic Road, the sandy beaches, the historical gardens, the informative car museums, the family parks, great rivers and mountains and you can see that Germany offers something for everybody.
Germany is also a country for families and we have a selection family parks that we can offer. These normally would require you to have a car as they are within the countryside and not usually reachable by public transport. These parks are normally found in the more picturesque regions of the country. The parks' accommodation is normally bungalows or apartments (self-contained) and the facilities on site usually include a swimming pool, tennis courts, walking etc. Please contact us and let us know the region you are interested in visiting.
We offer in the brochure hotels in Europa Park and Phantasialand but we can also organise trips to visit other similar attractions. If you want to visit the Tropical Island resort near Berlin or Legoland near Ulm we can organise tickets along with your booked holiday.
If there are 10 adults or more travelling then we can offer group travel in order to ensure that all your arrangements ensure that you travel together. We are happy to offer tailor made itineraries for groups and pre-book transfers. If you a group looking for the Oktoberfest or Stuttgart Beer Festival we can organise a table in the tent for you.
We are also a River Cruise specialist. Please contact us for a brochure or visit your local travel agent.
Historically, Germany is called 'Das Land der Dichter und Denker' which means 'The land of poets and thinkers'.
Culture is deep in the German soul. There are more than 91 million visits to museums every year, 20 million trips to the theatre and opera and 3.6 million people listen to the major orchestras. Some of the world's most famous composers were from Germany including Beethoven, Bach, Brahms and Wagner. German literature can be traced to the Middle Ages. 20th century authors include Berthold Brecht, Hermann Hesse, Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass.
Food and drink
German cuisine ranges from hearty country fare at simple inns to top-quality international cooking at Michelin starred restaurants. Each region has its own local specialties, such as the southern regions that share the cooking styles of Switzerland and Austria. Germany is world renowned for its high quality beer production governed by its own 'purity laws'. The German sausage is another culinary icon, with over 1,500 different types available.
Throughout history, until the end of the 18th century, the land we know as Germany consisted of hundreds of principalities, duchies, free cities and small states. Conflict was frequent and poverty levels high. Many areas had their own currency and enforced their own laws. The occupation of the region by Napoleon I from the mid-1790s until 1813 was a key factor in the move towards a more unified Germany. This eventually became a reality in 1871 when Emperor Wilhelm I, king of Prussia, transformed Germany into an empire.
Did you know?
The word 'Germany' derives from the Latin word 'Germania', which came into use when Julius Caesar adopted it from a Gallic word for the people that lived to the east of the Rhine. It is likely that 'Germania' meant 'neighbour'.
Facts and figures
|Time zone||Central European Time|
|Unification||18 January 1871|
|Federal Republic||23 May 1949|
|Reunification||3 October 1990|
|Accession to the EU||25 March 1957|
|Area||357,021 sq km / 137,847 sq miles|
- Allgau Region
- Bavaria Region
- Bingen am Rhein
- Chiemgau Region
- Cultural Heart of Germany
- Saxony Region
- Saxony-Anhalt Region
- Thuringia Region
- Timmendorfer Strand
- Zugspitz Region