Germany Holidays: What Can You Expect?

Covering an area of more than 357,000 square kilometres, Germany is one of the largest and most populated European nations.  It is also an economic powerhouse and its financial influence can be felt throughout the world.  Massive cities such as Berlin and Hamburg have likewise enjoy millions of visitors from abroad and the popularity of this nation continues to grow. The good news is that Germany is literally a stone’s throw away from the United Kingdom.  You might choose to visit here for the weekend or instead to spend a week or more in order to absorb the unique essence of the people.  Either way, there is plenty to see and do.  Let’s take a look at some must-see locations, the largest cities and additional travel-related advice.  You will therefore be able to plan your excursion well in advance.

 

Major German Cities

Germany is home to more than 83 million citizens and the majority of this population lives within or quite close to the major cities.  These are (in terms of residents):

  • Berlin
  • Hamburg
  • Munich
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt am Meine
  • Essen
  • Stuttgart

For the sake of brevity, we will only look at some of the most well-known attractions within each of these locations.  Berlin is known for famous sites such as Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall (what is remaining), Alexanderplatz and the massive Berlin Zoo. When visiting Hamburg, you can visit locations including the canal of Speicherstadt, a railway known as the Miniatur Wunderland and an area famous for its nightlife known as the Reepebahn.  Munich is home to Nymphenburg Palace while Cologne is home to a large cathedral of the same name.  Of course, what you see will entirely depend upon your itinerary.

 

Natural Beauty

The natural surroundings associated with Germany undoubtedly rival the urban locations.  There are countless natural parks interspersed throughout the country.  If you are looking to visit some truly spectacular locations, be sure to research these possibilities:

  • Bavarian Forest National Park
  • Eifel National Park
  • Berchtesgaden National Park
  • Jasmund National Park
  • Hainich National Park

Most of these locations are open throughout the year, so they are ideal if you plan on visiting during the autumn or winter.  Still, be sure to check and see their availability as well as if guided tours are a possibility.

 

Travel Tips

Travelling to Germany from the United Kingdom is relatively simple and yet, there are still a handful of considerations to address.  As always, the height of the tourist season (between May and September) are associated with more expensive rates in terms of flights and accommodations.  If you plan on driving via the Channel Tunnel, be prepared for delays.  You might also be surprised to learn that there are select ferry services between these two countries.  This can be a great option if you want to avoid the hassle of the open road and the associated traffic.