Germany Holidays 2019 / 2020
Holidays to Germany are always full of history, culture and loads of fun! This Western European country has a variety of different landscapes for you to visit. From cities and the countryside to rivers and mountain ranges, there are various sides to Germany that you can explore. One of the highlights of a Germany holiday has to be a trip to its capital, Berlin. There is so much to explore in Berlin, a lot of which takes you back to its past and history. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love a Berlin city break, thanks to its wealth of WWII sites. On the other hand, Munich is yet another fantastic city in Germany, perhaps best known for its annual beer celebrations, Oktoberfest.
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- Time Zone: GMT +
- Average flight time: 2h 30m
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Things to do in Germany
If you’re looking for things to do in Germany, there’s no better place to head to than Berlin. The capital has plenty of sites to see, especially relating to its history. The Cold War and WWII heavily influence Germany’s capital and some of the iconic symbols found around the city help to remind us of the significance of past events. Head to Brandenburg Gate, a huge classical archway which stands as a representation of unity between Europe and Germany. It’s a great sight to see during the night time as the landmark lights up. Of course, the Berlin Wall is another remarkable remnant of the capital’s past. What once split the capital into two has now become a statement of expression and art.
When in Munich, make your way to Marienplatz, the main city square. Here, you can witness the typical architecture that is found around Munich as well as the beautiful St. Peter’s Church. Famously known as the oldest church in the city, it houses a wonderful interior as well as a jewelled skeleton of St. Mundita. St. Peter’s Church also has a tower which provides panoramic views of Munich. Finally, head over to Hofbrauhaus for a beer or two. The world-renowned beer hall has 3 floors and has a lively atmosphere.
The kids will surely have a great time during a Germany holiday as there are plenty of fun activities to keep them preoccupied. Berlin is loaded with sites and bus tours might be a fun way of introducing the children to these marvels. On the other hand, Munich is a great city to take the kids away. The Deutsches Museum is a fun science and technology haven which has interactivity at its core. Also, the largest museum in the world and one of the oldest, it is worth discovering this during a family holiday.
If you get the chance, head to the Neuschwanstein Castle which is truly something out of a fairytale. Situated on top of a hill and surrounded by a lush environment, the kids will love exploring this castle as its enough to get their imaginations going. Or why not enjoy a lovely family picnic together? The Neuschwanstein Castle is a beautiful backdrop to enjoy some quality time together.
The annual Oktoberfest celebrations attract a huge 6 million people from around the world to Munich. Taking place around the end of September and the beginning of October, Oktoberfest is the biggest beer festival in the world. This folk festival brings a lot of eyes and attention to Germany, highlighting its lively spirit and of course, their love for beer!
Germany holidays are a fantastic choice when it comes to searching for your next couples destination. A Berlin city break will do the job! Alexanderplatz is great for a day out, exploring the main centre of the capital, you can also enjoy a lovely romantic meal here too, as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. The River Spree is a great place to go for a stroll, especially during the summer months, when the weather is lovely and warm. If you choose a Munich city break for your couples holiday, you can explore Marienplatz together and admire the stunning buildings and great atmosphere. Or visit the city during Oktoberfest for a fun holiday with one another.
Food and Drink
There are a couple of foods which Germany is most well-known for and they are tasty dishes which also make for quick and easy bites for on the go. In Germany there are a variety of sausages from bratwurst to frankfurters. A twist on the bratwurst sausage is known as currywurst, where the bratwurst is served up in a curry sauce. On the other hand, another favourite has to be the doner kebab. Fast food at its finest, doner kebabs are a popular choice after a night out. A pita filled with kebab and salad is a delicious meal to have which is fast and easy. Not forgetting to mention, beer will be the drink of choice here, visit a beer hall or traditional pubs to have a pint or two.
Germany’s history and culture are prevalent throughout the country and most notably in its capital. A Berlin city break truly is an eye-opening experience as you make your way to and from each historical site. The Berlin Wall which used to separate the capital into East and West is now used as a canvas for artwork and freedom of expression. Now, it’s clear to see that the wall brings people and cultures together rather than the tactics of divide that it was once used for. Furthermore, in Berlin you can witness the chilling Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, highlighting 2,711 columns which represent those who died during the Holocaust.
Looking for a fun European nightlife destination? Germany have to be your pick! Visit the capital, Berlin, for a wide range of bars and clubs. Potsdamer Platz is a good location for a choice of bars in order to warm up for the night. Once you’ve had a couple of drinks there, make your way over to one of Berlin’s major clubs, in particular Berghain & Panorama Bar – known for blaring music catering to Techno lovers. In comparison, Munich nightlife can be slightly more relaxed, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Head to Odeonsplatz and Leipzig for an enjoyable night out in Munich.
Action and Adventure
Germany holidays offer a sense of adventure by exploring the cities and discovering its famous landmarks. If you continue to walk around Germany’s cities aimlessly, you’re bound to stumble across hidden gems. Take a ride down the River Spree which is pure bliss, particularly during the phases of warm weather. When in Munich, the Englischer Garten is perfect for following cycling trails and going for jogs.