A combination of striking natural beauty, historical treasures and thriving modern cities means there’s something for everyone on a holiday in Germany. The largest country in central Europe by size, Germany is a great launching point for a tour of Europe because it’s considered the gateway between east and west.
Once bitterly divided by the Berlin Wall, Germany’s capital, Berlin is now a mecca for art, culture and business. You can drink in Berlin’s edgy urban atmosphere by seeing a piece of experimental theatre and mixing with creative types at an art café or get an insight into the city’s rich historical past with a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, two of the most intriguing Berlin attractions.
The dynamic city of Cologne is a tangible reminder of German history as its mix of architecture spans the city’s almost 2000-years of civilisation. At the heart of the city, the UNESCO World heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral is the number one German tourist attraction with more than six million visitors a year.
Drinking beer in Germany is a serious pastime and there’s no better place to indulge than in Bavaria’s capital, Munich. And no Munich visit would be complete without a walk through the central square of Marienplatz to see the beautiful Town Hall and the Munich Glockenspiel clock. If your German tour coincides with the festive season, you’ll experience the Marienplatz in all its glory when it becomes the stage for the enchanting Munich Christmas Market.
In the country’s south is the area of Bavaria, Germany’s romantic heart. The lovely Bavarian town of Oberammergau gives visitors an insight into authentic German culture through its charming frescoed buildings and world-renowned woodworking skills.
Not far from Oberammergau is the magical fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein, by far the most famous of Bavaria’s attractions. And Bavaria’s Black Forest is an area of incredible natural beauty; its captivating hills and lakes is a visual feast at any time of the year.
While touring Bavaria, why not stop to take in the impressive Marienberg Fortress, towering over the town of Würzburg or the beautifully preserved medieval buildings of Regensburg and Rothenburg. Or for a bit of adventure, get sprayed by the largest waterfall in Europe, the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen.
A Rhine River cruise is the best way to get a feel for one of the longest rivers in Europe and one of the prettiest stretches of the river is between Boppard and St Goar. Passing picturesque medieval castles and terraced vineyards, a cruise down this part of the river takes you past the mysterious Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song.
With the third largest airport in Europe, Frankfurt is often a popular starting point for a tour of Germany but there are plenty of things to do in Frankfurt before departing. A visit to one of the city’s 30 museums or a picnic in the Frankfurter Grüngürtel Park is a great way to explore this exciting German destination.
The capital of Saxony is the second largest city in Germany and a highlight of any visit to Hamburg is wandering around the Alster Lake. Also worth seeing on your German holiday are some of the typical Saxon villages that dot the landscape. Made famous by the fairy tale of the Pied Piper, Hamelin is a pretty Saxon town at the foot of the Weserbergland Mountains and if you visit on Sundays in summer you’ll see actors performing the tale in the town centre.
Food in Germany varies from region to region but in every corner of the country a visit to the local German bakery is a must for bread lovers, with over 600 types to choose from! And there’s nothing better than mopping up the remaining sauce of a good traditional Gulasch of beef with a slice of Pumpernickel or crusty sourdough. Big doughy pretzels are a popular German snack food all over the country and every region has their own signature wurst or sausage, from Bratwurst to Weissewurst to Knackwurst.
With so many amazing things to eat, places to see and experiences to be had, the rewards of a German vacation are limitless.
Trafalgar can show you all of this and more with one of our in-depth guided holidays.