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Germany

Germany is the ideal destination for a fun-filled, action-packed holiday, thanks to its vibrant culture and friendly ethos. With centuries of history as a centre of art, science and culture, the country’s cities are as varied as they are numerous, with every one boasting its own distinctive styles and traditions. Soaring cathedrals, commanding castles and stunning palaces seem to adorn every street corner in Berlin and Munich, complemented by a huge assortment of pubs, bars, restaurants and bakeries preparing the gastronomic treats for which Germany is so famous.
 
If you want to experience the vibrant bustle of a city chock full of life, then Berlin is the place for you. From the iconic glass and steel towers around Potsdamerplatz to the elegant baroque finials and flourishes of Museum Island and Charlottenburg Palace, at every turn you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous conjunction of heritage and style. A particular treat is a visit to Platz der Republik, where the restored neo-Baroque Reichstag sits opposite the glamorous modernist Bundestag – the two main governmental buildings in Berlin.
 
For a more relaxed feast of culture, Munich is the ideal destination, boasting wide royal avenues and picturesque churches, as well as iconic nightclubs in the Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt and Schwabing districts. Having played host to composers from Mozart to Michael Jackson and Wagner to the Rolling Stones, it’s no surprise that the city remains a hub of the arts.
 
Every year, thousands of beer enthusiasts descend on Munich to sample the many many ales, lagers and stouts being showcased by Germany’s many breweries in the annual Oktoberfest. Taking place in the Theresienwiese Fairground, the festival is the apex of German gastronomic culture where you’ll find plenty of live music, street performers and food venders – it’s a spectacle not to be missed so book your tickets now to avoid losing out!

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There’s no limit to the treasures Germany has to offer, so make sure to bring your camera so you don’t forget a thing. You’ll certainly want to be coming back again and again to make the most of this iconic country.

 
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Currency: EUR
  • Instagram Opportunity: Schloss Neischwanstein

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  • Munich boasts one of the largest brick cathedrals in the world – the Frauenkirche. Its twin spires topped with domes are a unique icon of the city, and offer stunning views if you’re brave enough to climb the steps to the viewing gallery. Also in this emblematic cathedral is a footprint, said to be that of the devil, imprinted in one of the tiles by the entrance.
     
  • Germany is packed full of beautiful castles and palaces, built by wealthy kings and dukes during the 18th and 19th centuries. From Berlin’s elegant Schloss Charlottenburg to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles in Bavaria, every colour and architechtural style is present, making for some exceptional Instagram opportunities.
     
  • Both Munich and Berlin offer a ‘Museum Island’, where several academic institutions are packed into a small area. Whatever your interests there’ll be something that fascinates you, whether it’s modern art or ancient artifacts. They’re veritable feasts for your curiosity, and no doubt you’ll have a thorughly fulfilling day there whether you’re travelling alone, with family or with friends.
     
  • No visit to Germany would be complete without sampling some of the local beers in the many pubs, bars and restaurants that dot the city streets. Munich hosts the world’s largest beer festival – the iconic Oktoberfest – while the countryside is packed with smaller establishments full of character where you can relax in the sun with a beer stein. You definitely won’t want to miss out on one of the many brewery tours available; Munich’s Erdinger Brewery offers one of the best.

  • For a true treat for the little ones, head to Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde – the largest natural history museum in Germany. Amongst the hundreds of treasures on show here are a mounted Giraffatitan fossil – the largest dinosaur skeleton on display anywhere in the world, as well as a number of other significant specimens, including a stuffed dodo.
     
  • Southern Germany offers hundreds of opportunities for family adventures, with plenty of stunning scenery and nature to explore. Why not take a trip to the picturesque Ammersee Lake near Munich and take a ride on the historic paddlesteamers that operate a ferry service there?
     
  • Germany’s bombastic cuisine is an iconic part of the country’s culture, and perhaps none more so than the sausage, or wurst. From the world-beloved frankfurter to the rich flavour of a blutwurst, there’s seemingly no limit to the ways that Germans can make the humble sausage into a truly vibrant meal. In Munich, the gelbwurst sausage is a lucious spiced delicacy made with ginger which you absolutely have to try. Meanwhile in Berlin the bockwurst and currywurst can be bought from street venders – a tradition so prominent that every mayor of the city is photographed alongside a currywurst stall upon election.
     
  • The German pretzel, or Brezel is a staple of Bavarian cuisine, and can be prepared in a dazzling variety of ways both sweet and savoury. Make sure you visit a bakery during your trip and pick up some freshly baked pretzels; you simply have to try them topped with cheese and bacon – as a snack for on-the-go it can hardly be beaten.

     
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