Germany city breaks

Germany has a lot to offer the visitor from fashionable cities to quaint villages and castles. There are concerts, opera and ballets and a broad array of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and swimming, along with skiing in the winter. And for those long evenings, a host of beer gardens and cafes await.

Berlin: city of a new era

Today Berlin is a creative, dynamic place to visit with museums, theatres, many bars, cubs and restaurants. A city which was at the grim heart of 20th century European history, the Berlin of today has a tendency not to take itself too seriously.

Berlin city view

Berlin city view

Transport: how to get there and around

To reach Berlin by air, you will probably have to make a connection through Amsterdam or Frankfurt. Not many direct flights arrive in the city. The Train service in Germany is extremely efficient, you can get to Berlin from other European countries this way. The bus is also an option.

The city itself has an underground system to help you get around, it is also cycle and pedestrian friendly. The East part of the city is served by a tram.

Weather

Berlin winter is between November and March and can be cold below zero. Throughout the rest of the year, rain is often a possibility.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays

The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of hotels in Berlin.

Attractions & Events

*February brings the worlds second largest Film Festival to Berlin known as the Berlinale.

*10 days of festival fun with concerts and operas takes place in April for Festage.

*Popular gay festival day, Christopher Street Day is in June.

*Jazz lovers can enjoy JazzFest in August.

*As Christmas approaches the city opens markets throughout the city in November.

Munich: Sophisticated capital of Bavaria

Munich creates images of ledehosen and beer, but this is a very incomplete picture. The city is sophisticated and has many cultural attractions including art galleries and museums.

Munich Marienplatz square

Munich Marienplatz square

Transport: how to get there and around

European flights are served by the Franz-Josef-Strauss Flughafen in Munich. From further a field you need to make a connection with Frankfurt airport. The train also serves many European cities.

The city is served by buses and underground trains, which make is easy to get around. Munich is also a cycle friendly city.

Weather

You can catch some Munich sunshine during months April – May and also September – October. The coldest time of year is between November and March.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays

The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of hotels in Munich.

Attractions & Events

*January brings the beginning of Fasching, six weeks of street celebrations.

*The end of Lent is marked by Starkbierzeit, with strong brews consumed.

*The Munich Film Festival is held in June.

*Strangely, in September, you can enjoy the world best beer festival Oktoberfest.

Frankfurt: with a heart for art

Frankfurt is not as formal and business like as you might imagine. The city loves art and has many attractions at its museums. And its spectacular skyline is a work of art in itself. What’s more, Frankfurt is Germany’s most cosmopolitan city which adds to its pizzazz.

Frankfurt Old traditional buildings

Frankfurt Old traditional buildings

Transport: how to get there and around

Frankfurt can easily be reached from all over Europe and beyond with it’s major airport and train station. The bus is also an option as Frankfurt links with many major cities.

Like most other German cities, Frankfurt has excellent public transport, you are spoilt for choice, which is fortunate as walking is not really an option in the city.

However there are plenty of bicycle lanes for the cyclist.

Weather

Winter here is very cold and often has storms. For the best months come to Frankfurt between June and August.

Accommodation: Luxury to budget stays

The internet can offer some of the best information on the cost, range and location of hotels in Frankfurt.

Attractions & Events

*There are parades held before Lent, the Fastnacht parades take place in February.

*The International Music Trade Fair is held in March.

*You can enjoy Frankfurts famous apple wine all summer with many events being held throughout the city.

*Art and music lovers can enjoy the July riverside with the Museumsuferfest exhibitions.

Travel across the world has become much easier and this has seen the price on short breaks throughout much of Europe. Last minute holidays to some of the world’s greatest cities, such as Berlin and Munich are available for unbelievable prices if you are thinking of enjoy a weekend away.

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