With fairy-tale castles, Bavarian beer gardens, lush countryside and Berlin’s world-famous historical attractions, the Germany of today is diverse, progressive and welcoming. Its residents know how to perfectly blend history with modern innovation and creativity. City breaks in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne offer world-famous museums, majestic cathedrals and historical landmarks, along with warm hospitality and no shortage of local beer.
Visitors to the major cities will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to see and do in Germany. Annual funfairs await you nation-wide, tempting you with fairground rides, fireworks and live shows for the whole family. Meanwhile Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest offers the perfect chance to taste the local food and beer. In Hamburg, the international Maritime Museum takes you on a fascinating journey through 3,000 years of history, while Berlin is the place to be in December, for some of the most famous Christmas markets. Don’t leave your city break in Germany without sampling a weisswurst (white sausage) at one of the traditional beer gardens.
Best time to visit: June to September.
Tegel International Airport (TXL), 8 km northwest of the city centre. Schönefeld (SXF) is situated 20 km southeast of Berlin. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is scheduled to open in 2016.