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Germany city breaks

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.

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Best time to visit: June to September.

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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.

Weather and climate in Germany

Temperature: Averages low 20s (°C) in summer, 0-3 (°C) in winter.

Best time to visit: June to September.

Berlin has four distinct seasons, with weeks of snow in winter and hot and muggy temperatures in summer. It can rain year-round, but June and September are drier.

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Families: Marvel at Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model railway, in Hamburg. Nearly 900 trains pass through models of the Alps, America, Scandinavia and other locales.
 
Football fans: Watch FC Bayern München, one of Europe’s top football teams, play a home match in Munich’s Allianz Arena.
 
Festive Shoppers: Starting in November, explore Germany’s traditional Christmas markets for unique handmade gifts and mulled wine.

Fast facts for Germany

Language: The language spoken in Germany is German.

Currency: The currency used in Germany is the Euro (€).

Local time: Germany is one hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly: Tegel International Airport (TXL) is 8km northwest of Berlin. The Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel (HAM) airport is 8km north of the city. Munich Airport (MUC) is 40km from the city centre.

Flight time from UK: Under 2 hours.

Tourist information: Further Germany tourist information can be found at
www.germany.travel/en/index.html.

Visa / health: Before your holiday to Germany, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/germany for recommendations and advice on visas and health.

Getting around Germany

By train: The country has a sophisticated and affordable rail network that includes high-speed trains.
 
By public transport: All major cities have extensive light rail, underground metro and bus networks.
 
By bicycle: Most German cities have a traffic layout designed to be bicycle-friendly, and Cologne and Berlin have multiple cycle lanes.

Events in Germany

Munich Oktoberfest: The 17-day festival opens with a parade in late September. More than six million people arrive for the Oktoberfest beer, Bavarian delicacies and fairground amusements.
 
Gay pride: Cologne hosts one of Europe’s largest LGBT events each year. A week of festivals, parties and political forums ends with a Sunday parade across the city.
 
Cinema spectacular: The film industry’s elite gather every February for the Berlinale International Film Festival, the worlds largest, which shows more than 400 films and sells 300,000 tickets.

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