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Germany

An economic and political powerhouse, 83 million inhabitants and countless visitors, Germany vacations encapsulate bewitching scenery, pulsating cities, enchanting villages and a very progressive culture and history are brought to life in Germany. The many museums – over 4,000 – cover an incredible range of subjects and inspire imagination, discovery and learning.

From North Sea beaches to romantic Bavarian scenery in the south, and from buzzing modern cities to historic traditions, you’ll find Germany has a lot to offer.

  • Schloss Neuschwanstein, created for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, is one of Europe’s most incredible fairytale palaces.
  • Check into one of Germany’s 350 approved health resorts and spas.
  • Witness the miracle of Berlin; once divided by the Wall, now one of the most exciting cities in the world.
  • The charm of Germany’s many Christmas markets is enough to make even Scrooge feel festive.
  • Take a cruise down the Rhine, drifting past medieval villages, historic castles and glorious vistas.
When to visit

Germany is a temperate country where you can expect pleasant warm summers and cold winters, but not to the extremes; winter sees an average temperature of 3C and summer, 22C, with the southwest of the country being the hottest and you can expect rainfall at any time of year. May-September would be the most popular times to visit, but winter also brings with it the prospect of cozy Christmas markets and sking.

Areas of Germany

Black Forest

Bavaria

Munich

The Rhine

Berlin

Hamburg

 History

A collection of independent warring states, Germany has at times been occupied by the Holy Roman Empire, the Roman Empire and the Austrian Habsburgs. Unification of many feudal principalities and small states came after Prussia’s victory in the Franco-Prussian War and the German Empire was founded in 1871. Germany supported the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia, eventually leading to World War I, with the Central Powers pitched against the Allies. Germany surrendered in 1918 and the so-called Weimar Republic was soon formed. But in 1932, the National Socialist Party led by Adolf Hitler gained power and the six years of World War II were later sparked by Hitler’s invasion of Poland. Upon Germany’s capitulation in 1945, it was divided into four zones under the British, French, American and Soviets. In 1949, the three western zones were united to form the Federal Republic of Germany, while the Soviet zone became the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, with Germany’s reunification a year later.