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Lose yourself in Germany’s capital
As one of the most popular capitals in Europe, Berlin is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. From its eccentric nightlife to its rich culture and traditions, this exciting city really is a place where history and spirit come together.
Visit the remains of the Berlin Wall and learn about its political divide between Germany’s capital west and communist east as a historic monument during the Cold War. Eat like a true Berliner and sample some of the city’s most iconic dishes, including currywurst, schnitzel and eisbein (pork knuckle) before visiting more of the sights such as the German parliament’s Reichstag and the Brandenburger landmark. If you’re spending the night and looking to head out for the evening, Berlin is famous for its electric nightlife, and there are plenty of nightclubs and bars open all hours of the night that are sure to impress any serious party-goers.
Explore Hamburg all year round
If you’ve always wanted to get away over the festive period, there is no better place to go than Hamburg. Shop ‘til you drop visiting Hamburg’s stunning Christmas markets on a river cruise as well as sampling some traditional German beer and ale. You can also discover Hamburg’s vast history, marvelling at the 18th century St Michael’s Church or visiting the world’s largest model railway museum at Miniatur Wonderland. If you’re a lover of nature, a visit to Park Planten un Blomen in the sunshine is perfect for all ages and includes playgrounds, mini-golf, a Japanese garden, rose garden and mor
Experience Cologne’s cultural gems
With its stunning cathedral (Kölner Dom) taking centre stage, Cologne is a visually stunning city that is a blend of both age-old gothic builds and contemporary urban architecture. A visit to Kölner Dom is sure to excite your cultural side, as it is filled with ancient artworks and treasures from times gone by. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, a visit to the city’s chocolate factory (Schokoladenmuseum) allows you to see the behind the scenes of chocolate, taking in all its luxurious glory. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, try a traditional Himmel un Ääd (heaven and earth) sandwich made of apple pieces and mashed potatoes, washed down with an ice-cold glass of Kölsch, the official beer of Cologne.
Cruise Europe’s most famous river
Flowing from the Swiss Alps and winding its way through central and Western Europe until it meets the North Sea, the river Rhine is Europe’s most famous river, particularly through Germany. Sailing down the river, keep your eyes peeled for beautiful, fairy-tale castles as well as stunning vineyards lining the river’s lush green borders. Dock into sleepy, medieval towns such as Wertheim and Miltenberg and relish in their ancient history or make the most of a city stop and go off gallivanting in the ever-lively Cologne.