Top Ideas For a Holiday in Germany

Seeking a holiday destination where you could be enjoying fresh mountain air one day, and dining at a glitzy inner city restaurant the next? Germany has it all.

Potential Destinations

A good place to arrive is Munich, Germany's third largest city, located on the river Isar in Bavaria. Liked by both locals and tourists, it doesn't come as a surprise to find out Munich ranks highly in the world's city liveability indexes. But it is arguably most-known for its annual Oktoberfest beer festival.

Within the city visit Nymphenburg Palace, Alte Pinakothek museum, and the site of the 1972 Olympics.

If you fancy a brief escape into the wild, visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, or simply hike along the Bavarian Alps.

In the north of the country is Hamburg, Germany's second largest city. It boasts a fair few inner city attractions worth seeing such as the Reeperbahn nightlife district, Fish Market and Town Hall building. You can also take a boat trip in the city's Alster river. Outside the city, take day trips to the Baltic seaside stopping off in the darling city of Lubeck, the Frisian Islands, and Wilhelmshaven with its impressive naval museum.

You could also arrive in Dusseldorf or Cologne. Spend a few days discovering the cities and nearby Bonn that are all conveniently linked by Germany's efficient railway system.

In the three cities you'll find sights like Cologne Dome, the contemporary Museum Ludwig, Pleasure Palace and Gardens, Rheinuferpromenade, and Schloss Drachenburg residential quarter.

From there it's just a short trip to the Rhine Valley where you can experience river cruises taking in the stunning scenery, and go on tours of the local vineyards and wineries.

Be Organised

If you're going to Germany, you should aspire to be as organised as the country's nationals are reputed to be. Try not to leave everything until the last minute.

While it's easy to book flights and hotels online, it can be difficult to get more detailed information on facilities, attractions and local transport over the internet. Use a cheap calls to Germany service to save you money when calling about your accommodation, any reservations you've made, or to get in contact with friends or family in Germany.

Germany uses the Euro so make sure you either exchange your money in advance or are aware of the exchange rates if withdrawing money on the spot or paying by card.

Get yourself a European Health Insurance Card that qualifies European nationals for free healthcare in EU member states. The card is free so you shouldn't hesitate to apply.

A few basic phrases in German will never go amiss and will be appreciated by locals you come across in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries.

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