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Germany Holidays

From magical cities to cultural gems and historical highlights, Germany has something for everyone.

Berlin, the capital of Germany is a modern, cosmopolitan and vibrant European capital. Join us on a 3 or 4 night Berlin City Break and discover the magic of Berlin.

Explore the enchanting side of Germany on our 6 night escape to Munich & the Black Forest, where you will find yourself immersed in the scenic setting used for many Grimm fairytales.

If you’re searching for something different, then some of our River Cruise holidays also stop off in Germany as they wind their way around Europe.

Or if you prefer to combine your next holiday with a favorite hobby then we also have a Gardens of Berlin holiday for all gardening enthusiasts and a Berlin Christmas Markets holiday for those that would like to endulge in some festive shopping on their winter getaway.

Things to do in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate

This gate was built during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II as a symbol of peace, but became a symbol of East/West division and a locked door in the Berlin Wall.

Checkpoint Charlie

The infamous border crossing point in the wall that divided West and East Berlin has now become a shrine to the wall's memory. Between 1961 and 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was the only crossing point between East and West Berlin.

Eastside Gallery

The remains of the infamous Berlin Wall have now become the largest open-air art gallery in the world. The longest section of the wall, which has been preserved, stretches from Ostbahnhof station to the Oberbaumbrucke, and has been given over to graffiti artists from around the world. We recommend you visit during your free time.

Food & Drink

Eating well on your holiday to Germany is all too easy. Hearty, home-cooked food is the national standard, showcasing ample portions of slow-cooked meat, potatoes, and of course an almost limitless variety of wurst (sausage). Each region typically has its own specialty dishes, from the pickled fish of the north coast to the sumptuous roasts of the south. Wherever you are, however, you’ll never be far from a food stand or ‘Imbiss’ selling delicious natural sausage with heaps of spicy potatoes slathered in ketchup and mayonnaise. Try them curried, heaped with sauerkraut, in a hot dog or chopped up with potatoes. Beer drinking is also a national pastime, no more so than at Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest. Strict brewing rules mean that German beer is some of the purest available. 

Refreshingly though, Berliners have quite a different take on convenience food and the usual fast food restaurants like McDonalds are less common. Falafel, Bratwurst and the local delicacy currywurst; a sausage covered with a spicy curry sauce, are all quick and easy snacks you can grab on the run while shopping or sightseeing. There is so much choice in Berlin, for all tastes and budgets, that even the fussiest foodie will be satisfied.

Climate

As a Northern European country, Germany generally avoids extremes of weather. Summer peaks around July and is pleasantly warm with long evenings, while winters can be bracing. If travelling along the rivers or Alpine regions or visiting the Christmas markets on your holiday to Germany, insulated clothing is a must in winter or spring.

History & Culture

Historically, the concept of Germany as a nation is a relatively new one, not least because the country unified East and West only as recently as 1989, at which point Berlin was restored as the capital. But Germany’s strong sense of regional identity goes back much further. Traditionally, Germany has defined itself as a federal assembly of powerful regions, such as Bavaria, Saxony and Prussia. 
Germany’s global influence is hard to imagine. This was, after all, the country where Karl Benz developed the first motor car, The Beatles honed their craft in the clubs of Hamburg, and the toppling of the iconic Berlin Wall sent shockwaves through Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. 

While Germany is often defined overseas solely on the basis of the early 20th century, visitors on Germany holidays will be surprised to discover a rich history spanning not just centuries but millennia. This is a country still blessed with outstanding Medieval and Gothic cathedrals in cities such as Aachen and Cologne, breathtaking castles and palaces at Neuschwanstein and Charlottenburg, and world-class museums such as Berlin’s Pergamom or Munich’s Deutches museum.

 

General Information about Germany

To help you plan your holiday to Germany, we’ve outlined some general information that you may find helpful below.

Practical Information

  • Currency: Euro (€)    
  • Local Time: Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
  • Passport: A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their local embassy.
  • Climate: Berlin has a cool climate in Winter with average temperatures between 2 and 7 degrees Celsius.

Average Prices for Region

  • Coffee: €2.00
  • Beer: €3.00
  • Glass of wine: €4.50
  • Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.80
  • Bottled Water: €0.50

 Packing List

  • Your valid passport
  • A continental adaptor
  • Warm coat
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes

Recommended Reading

  • Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  • Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  • The Innocent by Ian McEwan

Peace of mind with Travel Department

Why us?

  • We’ve done the research for you, creating perfectly planned itineraries
  • Outstanding value for money – Flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included in nearly all our tours
  • We are experienced and dedicated to your experience
  • No holiday surcharges –
    guaranteed

Our guides

  • Friendly and welcoming everywhere you go
  • Local experts, passionate about their area
  • Take pride in making your holiday memorable
  • Innovative itineraries with amazing excursions

 

Our promise

  • To remember your holiday is a very precious time
  • To go the extra mile for you, our customers
  • To describe our holidays in an honest manner
  • To use your feedback to continually improve our service

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  • 24/7 emergency contact number while abroad.
  • We are a privately owned company and have been in business for over 20 years.
  • Travel Department holidays are fully licenced by the Civil Aviation Authority and are ATOL Protected.

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