view of berlin cathedral and museum island by river in germany

Holidays to Germany

Flights + Hotel

Germany – Europe’s historic heartland

From fairy-tale castles and buzzing cities to stunning natural wonders and mountain adventures – with Germany holidays you can truly have it all. 

The nation’s rich cultural heritage is evident in everything from its intricate buildings to its delicious cuisine. In magnificent Munich you’ll find both, with the dazzling New City Hall and Marienplatz among the architectural highlights.

Head to Berlin for a cosmopolitan break in Germany's energetic capital, taking in Museum Island and the East Side Gallery. In friendly Frankfurt, art and food are adored in equal measure among the traditional timber buildings of the Romerberg.

Even more quaint architecture can be admired in Dusseldorf’s delightful Altstadt, while Hamburg boasts serene parks and charming beaches along the River Elbe. 

Enjoy all this and more on a fun-filled holiday to Germany with Etihad.

marienpltaz square in munich with old city hall

Things to do in Germany

Rich in diverse landscapes and fascinating attractions, holidays in Germany have so much to offer – whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in culture or enjoy activity-filled breaks.

view of  heidelberg castle ruins in germany

Explore captivating castles

Germany’s rich history is definitely worth investigating, with countless landmarks built by the nation's former royal leaders and powerful nobles that can still be admired to this day. 

Much of the country’s scenic landscape is dotted with magnificent strongholds. Heidelberg Castle makes for a wonderful day trip from Frankfurt or Stuttgart and is one of the most famous, with some of its oldest fortifications dating back to the 13th century. 

Neuschwanstein Castle to the south of Munich is breathtaking to behold, with its intricate spires, awe-inspiring turrets and stunning setting.

The hilltop marvel, built by King Ludwig II, has served as the inspiration for many a fairy tale. Head to Marienbrücke (Marie’s Bridge) for the very best views of this stunning structure. 

Where to stay in Germany

city skyline of munich with alps in the background

Magnificent Munich

Stay a stone’s throw from historic sites, world-class attractions and mouth-watering food markets in one of Europe’s most dazzling destinations. 

Novotel München City is ideal for family holidays to Germany – positioned conveniently for the ‘Kid’s Kingdom’ at Deutsches Museum.

The Hilton Munich Park, meanwhile, is great for active breaks, with its fitness centre, indoor pool and proximity to the English Garden. 

Honeymooners can enjoy a romantic stay at The Charles Hotel – highly rated for couples with its stylish terrace and enviable location.  

Old Town charm

Many German cities are built around a traditional medieval centre and in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf you’ll find two of the most historic.

Wander cobblestone streets and admire timber-clad buildings, meander by market stalls and take your time over delicious treats in cosy cafes.

The Jumeirah Frankfurt is just a short walk from the city’s Old Town, making it a perfect base for seeing sights such as St Paul’s Church and Römerberg Square.

There’s also an on-site spa to relax in after a busy day of exploring.

 old architecture in the sltstadt frankfurt at night
aerial view of berlin skyline on a clear day

The vibrant capital

From magnificent monuments and an entire island of museums, to colourful street art and a thriving food scene, Berlin is the kind of place you’ll never tire of exploring. 

Enjoy a luxury German holiday with a stay at the Grand Hyatt Berlin - a truly enviable city centre base.

Spend your days visiting attractions such as the Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate, then unwind in the evenings with dinner on the hotel’s elegant terrace. 

Euros currency to use in germany

All you need to know about Germany  

Languages spoken

More than 95 per cent of the population have German as their first language. However, you will find that many people also speak English, especially in larger cities like Berlin.

Public holidays

National holidays in Germany include New Year’s Day (1 January), Labour Day (1 May) and German Unity Day (3 October). 

Local currency

Germany uses the Euro (EUR) as its currency. ATMs are widely available and card payments are accepted in many places. 

Getting around

Germany has an efficient public transport system, with many larger cities offering combination tickets for their bus, train and tram systems. Travelling between cities is especially convenient by train or car.

More about Germany


German cuisine is often characterised by hearty meat dishes and indulgent baked goods.

It’s well-known for its braised roast meat with sauerkraut and the classic dessert of a cream-topped Kirschtorte cake, better known as Black Forest gateau. 

In the cool mountains you’ll find a wealth of warming potato and bread-based dishes, while seafood is more readily available in the coastal towns close to Hamburg.

In larger cities, traditional German treats such as giant pretzels can be found alongside a variety of international favourites.

The strong Turkish community in Berlin make this city the ultimate destination for delicious kebabs. Try visiting a traditional farmers’ or festive market for a true taste of Germany. 

a basket of german pretzels
alte pinakothek art museum in munich germany

History and heritage

This nation has a long and rich history – something that is clearly showcased in its stately architecture and impressive landmarks. 

Immerse yourself in the local heritage during a holiday to Germany by visiting some of the country’s most notable sites and fascinating museums. 

Marvel at the magnificent pillars of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, take a trip from Dusseldorf to the Gothic interior of Cologne Cathedral or visit Alte Pinakothek in Munich – one of the world’s oldest art galleries.

You’ll also find numerous German ‘schloss’, or palaces, located in and around major cities, many of which have beautiful grounds to explore. The German countryside is liberally peppered with romantic castles to discover further afield.


The predominant religion in Germany is Christianity. First introduced here in the 4th century, Christianity is today followed by around 70 per cent of all Germans, though this varies regionally. Judaism and Islam are among other faiths widely practised around the nation. 

Main Christian denominations include Roman Catholic and Evangelical – with the heritage of the former seen in a host of magnificent cathedrals and quaint rural churches throughout the country. Traditional regional dress is sometimes worn to services and religious events in states such as Bavaria. 

Germany observes several Christian holidays and during these periods, some venues may be closed or observe shorter opening hours.

cologne cathedral and blue skies in germany 
girl holding pretzel at the victoria gate arch siegestor in munich germany

Why we love Germany

“Germany truly has everything you could want from a European holiday. Great food in Munich, stunning surroundings in Dusseldorf, fascinating museums in Frankfurt and Berlin – and countless activities to keep you entertained. Don’t leave without trying the famous pretzels!”

People who love Germany also enjoy…

italy square venice


Soul-stirring architecture and art await in this country of rich variety. Sample Italy's world-class cuisine and iconic landmarks in its famous cities.

view of abu dhabi skyline and beach in the sun

Abu Dhabi

The UAE’s capital offers a remarkable mix of attractions. Experience the edge-of-the-seat thrill of Yas Island’s Ferrari World, or gaze at art in the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

switzerland lake geneva


Germany’s sophisticated neighbour has charming chalets, snowy ski slopes and picturesque old towns of its own. Be sure to sample the delicious chocolate.