Germany Holidays Guide
When it's time to move on, it's worth bearing in mind that Helsinki has excellent transport links to countries outside the Nordic region. It's less than four hours by train to St Petersberg, and Tallinn is only a short ferry crossing away.
Germany Holidays Planner
Berlin is one of the most fascinating capitals in Europe. Its famously cosmopolitan nightlife is a reason in itself to visit, and there's also a thriving industry in specialised tours around the Berlin Wall, which provide an insight into post-unification Germany. The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and a vast array of museums will keep you more than occupied. Munich is another top city for visitors, particularly Oktoberfest, and is a gateway to the Bavarian countryside, including Neuschwanstein Castle – which you may recognise from films such as Sleeping Beauty and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Another German highlight is the Rhinelands – visit here for picturesque towns, ornate palaces, and lush green vinyards.
Germany is made up of many diverse regions. The south has its alpine charms, and the ancient Black Forest. Central Germany has some of Germany's most important historical cities; Weimar is noted for its literary heritage, and Frankfurt is a key transport hub, as well as a city where 15th century churches and squares peacefully coexist with 21st century skyscrapers. In the north, visit the bustling mercantile cities of Bremen and Hanover, and resort towns on the Baltic coast. In the West, Cologne is famous for its cathedral and there are numerous nearby spa towns. Although many visitors to German's cities may prefer the summer climate, the traditional Christmas markets are also popular attractions.