If your dream holiday consists of romantic landscapes, enchanting castles, cosmopolitan cities, colourful festivals and friendly people – Germany is your only choice. A land where history and culture come alive and whose complex past has made it the extraordinary country it is today…

Germany covers an area of 357,000 square kilometers and is home to 81 million people. Stretching from the North and Baltic seas to the snow-capped Bavarian Alps, the country boasts at least five major geographical regions, each totally different in character. Germany has long been at history’s crux – being heavily involved in World War I and the instigator of World War II. After World War II, Germany was divided up between the Allies, with Britain, France and the USA consolidating the western portion into the Federal Republic of Germany and the Soviet half becoming the communist German Democratic Republic. The city of Berlin was also divided in half. West Germany made a rapid recovery after the War to become Europe’s most formidable economic power. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe has no more poignant symbol than the tearing down of the Berlin Wall in 1989. No other country gives the sense of a living history in the way that Germany does.

It is the country that gave us Bach, Beethoven, and Wagner and the celebrated poet, dramatist and philosopher Goethe. Cosmopolitan German cities like Berlin, Cologne and Munich offer fine museums, galleries, operas and concerts combined with lively and colourful cafés, beautiful parks and gardens and exciting nightlife. Carnivals and festivals are hugely popular in Germany and it won’t be long before you’re right in the thick of it – drinking beer, eating pretzels and gingerly approaching the roller coaster. Beer is the national beverage with each region and brewery producing beer with a distinctive taste and body. Sampling a wide variety is an absolute must! Go north and experience the breathtakingly beautiful coastal areas and miles of fine sandy beaches. Go south for the romance and mystery of Bavaria. The enchanting castles dotted among the snow-capped mountains will make you feel that you’ve stepped into a living fairytale. Cruise down one of the country’s large rivers – an excellent and delightful way to experience all that this wonderful country has to offer.