Germany Holidays 2019
Germany lies in Western Europe and is home to many tremendous landscapes. It’s a country full of buzzing cities, green forests, winding rivers and towering mountain ranges, as well as beaches on its northern coast. Germany of course has an incredible amount of history and there are traces of it left behind. These can be seen, especially throughout the country’s major cities. Berlin, Germany’s capital, is rich in WWII sites, but also boasts an exciting nightlife and art scene. Munich on the other hand, is known for its yearly Oktoberfest and beers halls, making it one of the most popular places for a city break in the country.
Things to do in Germany
Germany’s capital of Berlin has an abundance of sights and activities to keep its visitors busy. Most significantly, has to be the Berlin Wall. A trip to East Side Gallery puts you in for a treat, where you can scape the wall which used to split the capital into two. Now, it is an artist’s dream, with various pieces of art covering the long stretch of the wall. Next, Alexanderplatz is the heartbeat of Berlin. This pedestrianised square features restaurants, shops and bars, perfect for a day out around the city. Finally, reflect on Germany’s historical place in society with a trip to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This site features 2,711 columns each representing those who died in the Holocaust.
When in Munich, head to Marienplatz, the city’s main square with a buzzing atmosphere. The hub includes the stunning St. Peter’s Church which has a stunning exterior and interior. There are a couple town halls in Marienplatz too, showing the importance of this square as the central hub of Munich. Beer is a big part of the culture in Munich, so whilst there, check out Englischer Garten. This massive urban green space has jogging and cycling trails, but also features a beer garden near the lake.
Germany doesn’t leave the kids behind within its attractions, so family holidays to the country are always welcome. Take the kids to a true fairytale-like setting in Germany where they can get their imaginations running. A trip to Neuschwanstein Castle is absolutely amazing. The castle is located on a hill top and truly looks like something out of a fairytale. The lush green hills and trees that surround it make it a peaceful and tranquil setting, perfect for a day out with the family.
When in Munich, head to the Deutsches Museum. This is the world’s largest and one of the oldest museums dedicated to science and technology. The museum is full of interactivity, meaning the kids won’t lose interest during the rounds. Moreover, there is a section in the museum which is aimed at children called “Kids' Kingdom”. This section is loaded with fun activities for the kids to enjoy themselves.
One of the main attractions in Germany is the country’s Oktoberfest. This celebration is annually held in Munich around the end of September and beginning of October. In fact, it is the biggest beer festival in the world, and many countries have now created their own versions, taking inspiration from Munich. This folk festival sees over 6 million people from across the globe fly out to Munich every year during this time to enjoy the Oktoberfest experience. As well as food and drink, there are also parades, games, attractions and a lively, energetic atmosphere to envy.
Couples love Germany and for good reason. There is so much to keep you both occupied and Germany can be a very romantic place, maybe quite surprisingly so! Enjoy a couples' city break to the capital of Berlin, where you can enjoy romantic walks along the River Spree and around the city, ticking off the sights as you go. Our recommendation? Check out the Brandenburg Gate during the night when this huge monument will be lit up and is a beautiful sight to look at. If you and your partner decide on Munich, you might want to enjoy Oktoberfest together for some fun. If you’re looking for a more peaceful setting, take a trip down to Schwangau and visit the Neuschwanstein Castle. A breath-taking fairytale castle surrounded by wonderful mountainous terrain.
Food and Drink
As with many places around the world, Germany has a culinary scene that is suitable for everyone. There is a variety of local and international cuisine provided at restaurants around the country. There are a couple of food items which Germany has long been known for such as bratwurst and, of course, frankfurters. Try a spin on this in Berlin with the local favourite here being the currywurst, which is essentially a sausage cooked in a local curry sauce. On the other hand, doner kebabs are the best kind of fast food when in Berlin. A shish kebab stuffed in a pitta with salad is not only quick but it’s also simply delicious.
Germany’s culture and history runs strong throughout the country. The historical centre of Berlin puts many of Germany’s historical sites on display, which not only presents the country’s past but has helped shape its culture of today. The Berlin wall which is now covered in long stretches of artwork is not only a symbol of separation, but is now a symbol of unity and togetherness, encouraging artists from all over the world to share their art. In addition, traces of the Cold War are found all around the capital. Checkpoint Charlie being preserved as a boundary between East and West Berlin serves as yet another reminder of Germany’s past.
Germany is a well known European hotspot for its nightlife. Berlin is perhaps one of the best cities to visit if the German nightlife is something you’re out to experience. There are a wide range of bars, some of which you can find around Potsdamer Platz. In addition, Berlin has made a name for itself in the clubbing scene. Techno is huge in the city and Berghain & Panorama Bar has long been a famous club attracting techno lovers. The clubbing scene in Munich is a little more subdued than Berlin but not less fun in any shape or form. There are many alternative venues in the city and can provide a more grittier experience. On the other hand, bars in Munich can be found in hotspots like Odeonsplatz and even Leipzig for a more low-key night.
Action and Adventure
When in Germany, you may be looking to get that extra dose of adventure during your trip. There are various activities which you can do in order to get that thrilling experience. The River Spree twists and winds its way through Berlin and can be a really nice boat ride during the summer. Sit back and relax on a boat tour whilst enjoying a couple of drinks as you bask in Berlin’s summer sun. On the other hand, visit the Englischer Garten in Munich which features jogging and cycling trails. Perfect for getting out and about and soaking up the sights and fresh air.