Summer holidays in Germany
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It hasn’t been a bad summer. In 2013, we’ve had – say it quietly – actual sun. Alas, British convention dictates that any heatwave is destined to be nothing more than a flash in the pan, so the time is still right to escape the pressures of home and jet off to pastures new. Given that the weather here has been for the most part agreeable to date, why not shun the usual tourist clichés of Mediterranean getaways and try somewhere a little different? Specifically, why not consider spending your summer in Germany?
It is rare for people to think of Germany as anything more than a potential long weekend, a city break perhaps. They’re not wrong, to be fair; such a varied country is magnificent for these whistle-stop ventures. What most tend to overlook is the qualities that make it suitable for a week or fortnight’s summer break. Not convinced? Maybe our quick guide to the best locations will help you to make up your mind. If so, look no further than HomeAway to find the ideal rental accommodation from which to base your trip.
Top German summer holiday attractions
Summer holidays in Berlin
What better place to start than the capital city? Berlin is held in high regard throughout the world as a cultural centre, not least due to its rich history. If the weather prevails, there’s no better way to take it all in than by hiring a bike and following the specially designated signs that direct you to all of the most significant landmarks. The Reichstag stands firm as a reminder of the Nazi regime that once ruled the city, whereas the nearby Brandenburg Gate is one of the planet’s most instantly recognisable images. Take the time to explore the fascinating East Side Gallery on the remnants of the wall that once divided the country, and also the incredibly comprehensive zoo if you’re an animal lover.
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Summer holidays in Munich
Most British tourists delay their visit to Munich by a few months to coincide with the notorious Oktoberfest, but in truth the city is more than worthy of a trip the whole year round. Contrary to popular belief, the beer gardens are not closed when the festival ends, so when the sun rears its head there is nowhere better to raise a stein of cold local ale. It’s not all about alcohol, so spend some time exploring the colossal Englischer Garden or the Brandhorst Museum. The looming Blomberg mountain also rewards hikers with the opportunity to hurtle down from the peak in a specially designed sledge. And when darkness descends, you can head to the Kunstpark district to sample the unrivalled nightlife Munich has to offer.
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Summer holidays in the Black Forest
Germany is a country blessed with breathtaking scenery, and that’s no more evident than in the Black Forest region. Hire a car and drive down the breathtaking Schwarzwaldhochstrasse Highway from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt for arguably the best views of the area, and be sure to witness the fairytale beauty of Castle Hohenzollern. The castle, which sits atop the mountain of the same name, is technically just outside the perimeters of the Black Forest but it’s well worth going that extra mile. The Triberg waterfall is yet another a stunningly uplifting example of the region’s scenic landscapes.
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Beaches in Germany
Germany isn’t blessed with a great deal of coastline, considering the size of the country as a whole. What it lacks in quantity, however, it makes up for in quality. With the only hint of sea located in the far north of the country, the temperatures on the beach can be every bit as unpredictable as on our own beloved shores. Heiligendamm, or the “white town on the sea” is a historically popular resort that has enjoyed a resurgent in the past decade or so. Elsewhere, Warnemunde is the perfect beach to watch the sunset whilst sipping on a cocktail and enjoying fresh, locally-caught seafood.
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Summer holidays in Lindau
Like something out of a Hollywood movie set, Lindau is a curious, sparsely inhabited town that lies on the shores of Lake Constance. The town is for all intents and purposes an island, connected to the mainland by bridge and railway, with a population of just 3,000. This is one for those who require a bit of peace and quiet from their summer holiday, with medieval buildings and an unmistakeably German rural charm very much the main attraction. The quaint design of the old town hall is a particular highlight, as is the picturesque lighthouse that towers over the island’s harbour.
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