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Guide to Luxury Holidays in Germany

The Western European country of Germany is a dazzling place. With a lush forested interior, rich cosmopolitan cities home to world famous artworks and splendid North Sea beaches with long gold and white sands, there's plenty of things to see and do. A luxury holiday in Germany puts you in the centre of the action providing more opportunities and excitement.

Renowned for its amazing city escapes, Germany is a place where high-rise skyscrapers blend seamlessly with historic buildings. In the capital, Berlin, you'll find history from the recent past and the medieval era etched into every corner. Snap photographs of neoclassical monuments like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral and discover modern marvels like the 368-meter-tall Fernsehturm tower. The sophisticated city is a cultural trendsetter for the arts and houses many masterpieces like Johannes Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace.

The birthplace of Oktoberfest, Munich celebrates its traditional heritage whilst forging a modern path. The city is also known for producing some of the world's finest craft beers and for its unreal buildings like the sprawling Nymphenburg Palace and the nearby fairy-tale castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Munich’s outer lying countryside is equally stunning, with rich forests lying in wait and the Bavarian Alps towering above.

Situated on the river Main, Frankfurt is a business and economic hub that features an impressive skyline of glass skyscrapers alongside the typical (yet no less beautiful) Gothic buildings found throughout Germany. You'll find lots of galleries, gardens and museums here. The Rhine Valley with its award-winning wines is also nearby. Let's not forget the city of Hamburg. It blends the joys mentioned above with divine sandy river beaches.

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With mild winters and hot summers, Germany is a year-round destination where the different seasons add new charms to the country. In spring, the weather tends to be mild to warm with flowering cherry blossoms and wildflowers painting the landscape.

Summer temperatures can reach above 20 degrees Celsius, making it a popular time to visit. Autumn colours the land with romantic red hues and Oktoberfest draws Germany into a great celebration of Bavarian culture, food and drink. Winter brings Christmas markets and cold weather for skiing.

As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you at all times and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Germany. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.

Begin your morning with a buffet breakfast and prepare for an exciting day of sightseeing. In the evening, enjoy fine dining at your hotel with Michelin-starred restaurants, where award-winning chefs create gourmet masterpieces full of flavour and visual chic.

Try French-style brasseries, international dishes, Italian pasta, Japanese cuisine and Mediterranean fish specialities, as well as signature German foods. You'll also get to sample fine wines from the renowned Rhine valley and famous locally brewed craft beers.

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