Although we like to pretend we don’t, Britons secretly love Germany and its fantastic holiday destinations. In fact, our enamour of the country seems to be growing more and more as every year passes, with figures from 2015 pointing to 5.5 million overnight stays from the Black Forest to Hamburg and the Baltic coast. And one of the reasons why we continue to take the short trip to Germany could well be the ease in which that trip can be carried out and the efficiency of travel whilst there.
Here’s how simple it is when you choose a variety of different forms of transport.
Flying is definitely the quickest way to reach Germany and with so many direct flights offered by a number of different airlines, it’s usually pretty inexpensive too. BA alone fly to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart and that’s without mentioning the smaller hubs that Lufthansa can take you to. The longest you’ll be in the air for on a direct flight is just under two hours (when flying to Berlin), giving you barely enough time to watch an episode of your favourite TV series in between take-off and landing.
Connections are increasing all the time too. BA have recently added new routes to Hamburg from and Berlin from London City airport and to Hamburg from Stansted.
For those who don’t like to fly or would rather do without the hassle, travelling to Germany by train is just as effortless. Once you arrive in Brussels, having taken the Eurostar, there is a wide range of high-speed trains that allow you to continue your journey to destinations all over the country. Granted, it may take longer to reach your final stop, but the route will be a lot more scenic.
The super-efficient ICE and regional trains are also great at helping you navigate between cities during your holiday. With the former rushing along at up to 190 mph, you can explore the area surrounding your chosen holiday destination without wasting too much time in transit. Train travel is not just fast but comfortable too, with plush seats, private booths and a well-stocked catering cart on most services.
Renting a car during your trip is another great way to discover more of this fantastic country. Whether you take daily excursions from your chosen base or choose a multi-centre trip, there are plenty of car rental companies based at the major airports and in the cities.
Not only will the efficiency of your German car make the ride smooth and effortless, the fact that there are no speed restrictions on the autobahns means you can make significant haste if you wish to. Another positive is that, although there has been talk about implementing them, there are currently no toll charges for passenger cars on German highways.
Germany has worked hard to develop its bus network over the last few years and, ever since the market opened up in 2013, it has come on in leaps and bounds. A variety of operators such as MeinFernBus and FlixBus offer services to many different towns and cities, giving tourists and business travellers another option.
Whilst the beautiful scenery glides past your window, you can sit back in comfort and enjoy extras like free Wi-Fi and electronic charge points right next to your seat.
As you can see, travelling to and in Germany couldn’t be simpler. Talk to us today about planning your single or multi-centre trip and we will tailor-make your perfect holiday.