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Germany

Europe's cultural heartbeat

Germany tailor-made holidays

Introduction

With its culture-rich cities, vast forests and picture-perfect rivers, Germany is a country packed full of intrigue and beauty, best explored on everything from weekend city breaks to self-drives and luxurious river cruises. 

The country's turbulent history has left its mark on the capital, Berlin. The knocking down of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West transformed the city and it is now a vibrant, atmospheric place, although bleak reminders of the past, such as sections of the Wall and a watchtower remain as testament to the past. Look out too for the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the Jewish Museum, as well as countless markets, bars, restaurants and places that pulse with life.

Holidays in Germany outside the major cities tend to focus on the castles of the Rhine Valley, which overlook the scenic River Rhine and the charming towns and vineyards that line its banks; Cologne, home to Germany's largest cathedral, a number of mainly Romanesque churches and a thriving arts and culture scene is the main centre here. Elsewhere, the lakes and peaks of the Black Forest, especially the historic towns around Lake Constance, are popular with walkers, skiers and wild swimmers.

Culturally unique, Bavaria, with the city of Munich at its centre, is known for its beautiful forest and charming walled towns; the picturesque Romantic Road, from Wurzberg to Fussen, takes in the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein and many of the main attractions in the region. The world-famous Oktoberfest, which happens in September, fulfils all the stereotypes with beer-quaffing, sausage-eating, oompah bands and men in lederhosen.

The North Sea and Baltic coasts are littered with sand dunes that support lots of birdlife. The island of Sylt, in the Frisian Islands, is particularly charming and characterised by its striped blue and white beach baskets.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
1 hour

Time zone
GMT +1 (+2 in summer)

Currency
Euro (€) = 100 cents

Language
German

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & travel advice

Special offers in Germany

Nuremberg, Germany

Magnificent Europe: The Rhine & Danube with APT

15-day river cruise from £2,295 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save up to 60% off selected departure dates
Book by: 30 June 2024

This fully inclusive luxury cruise showcases the best of the Rhine and Danube, calling at quiet riverside villages and city greats alike between Holland, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

AmaMagna

Magna on the Danube

8-day luxury river cruise from £3,210 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save up to £750 pp & free upgrade selected 2025 dates
Book by: 30 June 2024

See the wonders of one of the world's great waterways in utter luxury onboard the innovative AmaMagna, enjoying included touring and drinks-paired dining throughout. Along the way, you'll take in both city greats and off-the-beaten-track gems.

Heidelberg, the Rhine, Germany

Enchanting Rhine with AmaWaterways

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,545 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

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Discover the wonders of the Rhine as you sail in style between Basel and Amsterdam, exploring everything from medieval castles to riverside wineries.

Budapest, Hungary

Delightful Danube with APT Travelmarvel

9-day luxury river cruise from £1,595 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

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Book by: 30 June 2024

Sail with APT Travelmarvel as you bring the highlights of the Danube to life, showcased via all-inclusive shore excursions, from tasting tours to a cocktail reception in a Viennese palace.

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Top itineraries in Germany

Durnstein, Austria

Bavaria to Budapest on the Danube with Tauck

8-day luxury river cruise from £4,440 pp incl. flights

Discover gems from Bavaria to Budapest on an all-inclusive luxury Danube river cruise. Tauck Exclusives give you experiences others cannot access.

Heidelberg, Germany

The Rhine and Moselle

15-day river cruise from £6,990 pp incl. flights

Enjoy a host of unique experiences on this Tauck cruise, from exclusive dinners in historic castles to wine tastings at family-owned estates, as you sail between Basel and Amsterdam on two of Europe's great rivers.

Travelmarvel Polaris European Gems River Cruise

European Gems with APT Travelmarvel

15-day river cruise from £1,995 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

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Book by: 30 June 2024

Join APT Travelmarvel onboard one of their new Contemporary River Ships, enjoying an exceptional-value, in-depth river cruise along the Danube and Rhine from Budapest to Amsterdam.

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What our clients say about our Germany holidays

  • What I like is the total reliability. It is simply not worth taking a chance by doing it all yourself on the internet - what happens if something goes wrong? You're on your own - and it probably wasn't cheaper anyway - than having the confidence that Wexas is looking after you. A lot of people found this out the hard way during the Iceland Volcanic Ash episode when people were stranded all over the world

    M B M

  • We have had another wonderful holiday - all the hotels were excellent and perfectly placed, in easy walking distance of the town centres, as were the two apartments. We were especially taken with your suggestion of staying in Monschau which turned out to be a beautiful old town - the apartment there is in a wonderful old building, with a terrace over the river.

    Richard R

  • Everything went smoothly, suggested hotel was fabulous, we even got an upgraded room.

    Graham G

  • The high level of excellency from Wexas never drops; well done.

    Stephen Conrad S

Top places to stay in Germany

Davvero Restaurant, The Charles Hotel, Munich

The Charles Hotel, Munich

Accommodation

Far from being another beige business hotel, The Charles looks crisp and contemporary and is ideally set in the centre of the city, with views across the Old Botanical Gardens. Rooms are spacious and open and come with all the mod cons and the kind of indulgent bathrooms that luxury travellers have…

The Bristol Bar

Hotel Bristol, Berlin

Accommodation

Affectionately known as the "grand dame" of the Berlin hotels the Hotel Bristol is ideally located on the famous Kurfuerstendamn Boulevard.

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