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.
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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.
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.
Once famously divided, Berlin now stands as a symbol of unity and serves as one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
View the remains of the Berlin Wall, which once split the city in two during the Cold War but now boasts the East Side Gallery – a series of fascinating murals.
Gaze at the city's beautiful domed cathedral or wander further into Berlin’s past at the Reichstag Building. The impressive 19th-century edifice is the seat of Germany’s parliament.
Elsewhere, taste your way through the flavours of German gastronomy at the city’s markets and eateries, where spicy kebabs and hot pretzels are in plentiful supply.
Germany’s city parks are among the finest in the world and the perfect places to unwind.
Munich’s English Garden is a sprawling green space rich in lawns, walking paths and the beauty of the River Eisbach, where some even enjoy urban surfing in the summer.
The 17th-century Hofgarten boasts sculptures, gardens and fountains in palatial surroundings.
Over in the far west of Germany, Dusseldorf’s Nordpark offers amazing cultural delights, with its Japanese garden home to temples, Buddhist ceremonies and colourful blossoms.
Famed for its festive celebrations, the city of Munich is a wonderful destination – and an incredible introduction to the joys of Bavarian culture.
Wander through the Altstadt, or Old Town, and marvel at the looming church towers and quaint cobbled streets.
The twin spires of the Frauenkirche dominate the skyline, while the Neues Rathaus is an impressive example of Neo-Gothic architecture.
Be sure to sample a traditional schnitzel while catching the charming glockenspiel show at the Rathaus clock.
There’s nothing quite like a mountain retreat for calming the soul.
In Germany, there are plenty of different peaks and national parks to visit for soothing vistas, including Zugspitze in the Northern Limestone Alps.
With its charming Old Town, this epic mountain location is just over 50 miles (80 kilometres) from Munich and perfect for a day trip.
Germany is a great place to enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.
The summer months are the ideal time to try some mountain biking or explore a variety of hiking trails that will keep you entertained from dawn until dusk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National holidays in Germany include New Year’s Day (1 January), Labour Day (1 May) and German Unity Day (3 October).
Germany uses the Euro (EUR) as its currency. ATMs are widely available and card payments are accepted in many places.
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.
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.
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.
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