Germany holidays 2021
History, nature and modern culture converge to make holidays in Germany both memorable and educational. From charming medieval towns to metropolitan cities, the country abounds in architectural gems and diverse landscapes.
Located in Central and Western Europe, Germany has a rich, and often turbulent, past. The country has also been at the forefront of innovation and political action in the region. Add an abundance of natural wonders, fascinating museums, edgy culture and a dose of oompah music to make your holidays in Germany unforgettable.
Beer halls in Germany
No visit to Germany should be complete without a visit to one of Munich’s famous beer halls. Most of the venues brew their own beer, which is served in huge steins. Perhaps the most famous of the Bavarian capital’s beer halls is the Hofbräuhaus. Dating back to 1589, it first opened as the Royal Brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Today, the establishment prides itself on its traditional bands and waitresses adorned in traditional costumes called dirndls.
Why book Germany holidays
Top city attractions
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and Nymphenburg Palace in Munich
Cultural hotspot not to miss
The hilltop Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria is truly something out of a fairytale
Must-visit historical sites
The Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie shed light on the past and are a must-see for any visitor
Unmissable art scene
Berlin's street art is insta-worthy, make sure you check out East Side Gallery for your artsy dose
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Many of Germany's cities have lively nightlife, but it is the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich which catches our eye
The land of museums... check out Museum Island, a complex with 5 top museums
Top resorts in Germany
Holidays in Berlin are a history lesson, a wild party and an escape amid nature rolled into one. Admire the …From £188 per person
Munich is a popular city in Germany that is home to old buildings and an abundance of museums. In contrast, …From £234 per person
Hamburg in Germany, Other EuropeFrom £220 per person
Cologne in Germany, Other EuropeFrom £193 per person
Frankfurt City in Germany, Other EuropeFrom £178 per person
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Top 5 things to do in Germany
No matter your interests, holidays to Germany are bound to deliver a variety of attractions to both captivate and enlighten.
- Walk under Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a neoclassical monument built in 1791. The 26-meter high structure features six giant columns and the goddess of victory in a chariot.
- Once an industrial site, the 10-hectare grounds of the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei have been taken over by art galleries and restaurants. The chic area is also the precinct of choice for fashion design, printing, pottery and architecture studios.
- Surround yourself with thousands of fruit trees and a Baroque flower garden at the Sanssouci Park and Palace in Potsdam. Completed in 1756, the picturesque garden also features a gallery, Roman baths and a Chinese house.
- Visit the iconic glass dome of the Reichstag building in Berlin. The structure’s dome affords panoramic views of the city.
- Hike the hills of the beautiful Black Forest in southwest Germany. The highlights of the area include the Black Forest Railway, the country’s oldest ski area of Todtnau and the spa town of Baden Baden.
Nature in Germany
If you enjoy long walks amid lush vegetation and breathtaking scenery, holidays in Germany have you covered. The country is jam-packed with forests, mountains, lakes and wildlife.
- Also referred to as the Flower Island, Insel Mainau is nestled in the middle of Lake Constance. The verdant area features a butterfly house, a palm house and a dahlia garden.
- The 2,962-meter Zugspitze mountain straddles the border of Germany and Austria. Hop on a cable car or cog railway to reach the peak, which comes marked with a gilded cross.
- A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rhine Gorge features around 60 charming towns and over 40 castles. Don’t miss the Marksburg castle that has been towering over the town of Braubach since the 12th century.
- One of the most scenic German islands, Rugen features sandy beaches, green farmlands and wooded hills. Keen bird watchers should make a beeline for the Jasmund National Park to catch a glimpse of the elusive white-tailed eagle.
- Take one of the walking trails along Konigssee, or King’s Lake, in the Berchtesgadener Land near Salzburg. Why not take a boat trip to the south end of the lake to visit the Chapel of St. Bartholomew, which used to be a pilgrimage site in the 17th century.
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The best time to visit Germany is at the end of spring in May and early autumn in September and October. These months are characterised by sunshine and moderate temperatures.
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