It's one of the most diverse and exciting countries in Europe, so a holiday in Germany is great whether you're looking for the ultimate city break (think culture-rich Berlin or the famous beer gardens and festivals of Munich) or want to head to the countryside. The Black Forest is arguably the home of hiking, and of course there's the Bavarian Alps, which exemplify Germany in so many people's minds. History buffs will be fascinated by Nuremberg, which is synonymous with the World War Two period, and the sprawl of Hamburg offers no end of distractions.
There are plenty of direct flights to Germany on offer from the UK, to destinations all over Germany, so deciding which to take really depends on which part of the country you want to explore on your holiday in Germany. Of course, fares vary too - Ryanair offer some of the cheapest flights from London Stansted and Manchester to cities including Leipzig and Frankfurt.
Getting around Germany is a doddle thanks to the extensive and reliable rail network - the InterCity Express boasts high speed trains which can whisk you from city to city, although tickets can be pricey. The good thing is that big discounts are available if you make sure you book in advance online. There are a variety of low-cost tickets and passes available, so take the time to shop around for one that's best for your holiday in Germany. Of course, you could also choose to cruise down the iconic Autobahns, and car rentals are easily available at German airports.
There are hotels in Germany to suit every budget, and there are plenty of low-cost, comfortable and reliable chain hotels located close to airports. Although the major, bustling cities like Frankfurt and Munich can be much more expensive than other locations, it's still possible to find a good deal if you make sure you book well in advance.
If you want to eat well in Germany without depleting your holiday budget too much, then avoid the more generic high-end establishments and explore the traditional eateries instead. Anywhere called a gasthof or gasthaus will most likely be a family-run restaurant which offers hearty, proper German food at very good prices.
While Oktoberfest is undoubtedly Germany's most famous festival, it's very popularity can make it an expensive affair, pushing up prices for accommodation. So why not try out some of the lesser known alternatives? There are plenty dotted across Germany, so do a bit of online research and you'll soon be having the perfect German adventure without paying through the nose.
Updated 12th June 2013
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