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  • The 87 mile long Wall divided Berlin and Germany from 1961 to 1989

    The 87 mile long Wall divided Berlin and Germany from 1961 to 1989

  • Oberstdorf is also well-known as a

    Oberstdorf is also well-known as a "Kur" resort in the summer

  • Enjoy peace in Düsseldorf’s Japanese garden at Oberkassel

    Enjoy peace in Düsseldorf’s Japanese garden at Oberkassel

  • The picturesque town of Rothenburg

    The picturesque town of Rothenburg

  • The magnificent Semperoper in Dresden is a must for opera lovers

    The magnificent Semperoper in Dresden is a must for opera lovers

  • The exciting Blue Fire rollercoaster

    The exciting Blue Fire rollercoaster


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

 
Hamburg

German cities offer a warm welcome, good food, great shopping and are steeped in history and tradition. 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 northerly city. Heidelberg with its famous ruined castle offers the Philosophers' Walk with stunning views of the old town. The capital Berlin is edgy, vibrant and constantly reinvents itself.

Traces of the decadent twenties, the war, the wall and the subsequent 25 years of reunification remain, yet the city has reinvented and rediscovered itself to become one of the main influences of European culture. Potsdam, on the outskirts of Berlin, offers the Baroque beauty of Sans Sanssouci and the New Gardens along with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Wiesbaden and Würzburg are lesser known cities but both are worth a visit, not least for their classic buildings, while the picturesque Thuringian city of Erfurt features half-timbered houses on the Krämerbrücke.

Lakes & Mountains

 
Garmisch-Partenkirchen

From the deserted beaches of the North Sea and Baltic coastlines, Germany rises majestically through regions of vast forests and woodlands, peaceful lakes and onto the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps. The landscape is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, 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. Neuschwanstein castle is the most recognisable castle in the country; Garmisch-Partenkirchen can boast tradition set amongst the highest mountains in the country; and Berchtesgaden offers the nearby Lake Königsee and the infamous Eagle's Nest. Closer to the capital, Grünewald Forest situated within Berlin's city boundaries, is a great verdant area with several lakes.

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We have packages to all the best German Christmas Markets. Please contact us for a brochure.

 

Festivals & Themed holidays

 
Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest is one of the most famous festivals in the world. With a massive funfair surrounding the festival a splendid time is guaranteed for all. For lovers of strong beer there is also the 'Starkbierzeit' (Strong Beer Festival) usually held in March. The Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen is the second largest beer festival in Germany. Other festivals like the Hamburg Dom offer good family entertainment and great rides.

There are various other festivals that simply must be experienced while in Germany, such as the 'Rhine in Flames' or the Cologne Carnival which offers chocolate and flowers to the good catchers in the crowd. The floats are particularly striking and range from political comment to decorative. 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 of the most famous venues, the great art galleries, the magnificent museums, the many wine festivals and even onion festivals!

That's without mentioning the many themed roads to you can visit such as the Romantic Road, the sandy beaches, the historical gardens, the family parks, the car museums, the many sporting facilities and the many UNESCO sites - all this demonstrates that in Germany, there really is something for everyone!

Family-friendly holidays

 
Theme Parks

Germany is the perfect destination for families and we have a selection of family parks on offer in this brochure. These parks are normally found in the more picturesque regions of the country, and usually require the use of a car.

Accommodation at these parks are generally in the form of bungalows or self-contained apartments, with facilities on site usually including a swimming pool, tennis courts, walking tracks and more. Please contact us for more details on the range of parks on offer in Germany and let us know the region you are interested in visiting.

We can also offer hotels at theme parks such as Europa Park and Phantasialand as well as organise trips to other similar attractions. For example, if you wish to visit the Tropical Island resort near Berlin or Legoland near Ulm, we can organise tickets along with your booked holiday.

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We are also a River Cruise specialist. Please contact us for a brochure or visit your local travel agent.

 

Groups

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.

Culture

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.

History

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

Capital Berlin
Official language German
Currency Euro
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
Population 81.7 million