So, this is it. It all comes down to one game, and who can kick the most football goals to win the World Cup Awards. Or so I’m told. Non-football fans might find it a little difficult to get into the sporting spirit of things, which is why I’m taking a different angle.
Argentina and Germany can battle it out as much as they like on the football court for all the home-runs, or whatever, but I’m more interested in how they fare as holiday destinations. Let the battle commence!
Climate is so important when making holiday decisions; it basically dictates what kind of holiday you’re going to have! Both countries are a little unpredictable when it comes to the weather (and their performance on the pitch, amirite?)
Argentina swings between subtropical summers to wild winters, with average highs of 29°C throughout November to January making the warmer north a good choice for winter sun! Germany shares a similar climate to the UK, although luckily escapes our heavy rainfall and enjoys steady summer highs of up to 26°C, so if you travel at the right times you can get a decent tan in either country.
Argentina 1 – 1 Germany
When it comes to travel Germany might have Argentina beat, to a pulp. UK flights to Germany usually take no more than two hours and can cost as little as £35 for a return ticket. Argentina on the other hand is a hefty 14-hour flight away from the UK, and that’s only if you plump for direct flights which can set you back £900. Indirect flights can take as long as 24 hours or more with one or two stopovers.
Argentina 1 – 2 Germany
Image: Kobby Dagan
Now the capital cities go head to head, and you couldn’t really get much further apart both geographically and in atmosphere. Buenos Aires is lively, colourful and energetic, while Berlin is celebrated for its contemporary art, clubbing culture and fine dining.
Buenos Aires is always full of life, celebrating with festivals and carnivals every month of the year. Yearly highlights include the Buenos Aires Tango Festival, Carnaval, the South American Music Conference and the Argentinian Polo Open. Tango, polo and gaucho are a way of life in Buenos Aires; take some lessons in tango, try your hand at polo and experience life as a gaucho with horseback riding. There is also sky diving, golf and an emerging spa culture to sink your teeth into.
Berlin is a huge city, best known for its historical relevance, unique nightlife, numerous museums, street art and cafe culture. Highlights on the yearly event calendar include the Berlin Film Festival, the city’s largest cultural event, the Lange Nacht der Museen which opens museums until 2am and the Fête de la Musique, which welcomes all kinds of music into the city! If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied after dark, there is plenty to entertain you in Berlin. The clubbing culture here takes on a life of its own and is renowned worldwide for being utterly bizarre and brilliant in equal measure.
Argentina 2 – 3 Germany
Argentina has plenty to offer sightseers from jaw-dropping natural wonders to quirky architecture hidden in its capital city. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world resides in Argentina; Iguazu Falls is the second largest waterfall in the world. Dropping from 269 feet, Iguazu Falls is the most impressive waterfall in Southern America. For more natural marvels visit the Valdes Peninsula to spot Orcas in the open sea, or admire man-made beauty in La Boca, a working class district of Buenos Aires famous for its colourful houses and tango performers.
Germany’s sights vary greatly from Argentina’s. Heidelberg Old City is one Germany’s most popular tourist destinations, having retained its baroque charm, picturesque houses and the famous Heidelberg Castle over hundreds of years. In Berlin you can visit the Brandenburg Gate which is the only surviving city gate, symbolising the reunification of East and West Germany. For a fairy tale edge visit Neuschwanstein, which was the original inspiration for the castles in the Disney iconography.
Argentina 3 – 4 Germany
Both Argentina and Germany have strong cultural ties to food. The food of choice in Argentina usually involves some type of red meat, and the national dish is asados; a variety of barbequed meats including steaks, ribs and blood sausage.
German staples include traditionally Bavarian delicacies such as sauerbraten – a meat pot roast – with other favourites including lots of bratwurst and beer. Beer is such an institution in Germany that Munich hosts the world’s biggest funfair in its honour annually! Of course I’m talking about Oktoberfest, which strangely begins in September.
Argentina 4 – Germany 4
So it’s an intense draw! Who do you think will be the winner? Come on, football!