Activities in Eastern Germany

Jumping into the lake

Germany Holidays: Mecklenburg’s live-aboard waterways

A little-known world of lakes and waterways lies pillowed in rolling agricultural land north of Berlin. A bit of adventure, a bit of history, and a lot of nature.

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Germany holidays: the Iron Curtain Trail

A new long-distance cycle route follows the former dividing line between east and west, and passes some uncomfortable souvenirs on its way.

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Chalk cliffs on Rügen

Germany Holidays: Beautiful Baltic Beaches

Beaching it, up north. Germany’s Baltic Coast is full of character, white beaches and opportunities to relax and unwind.

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line of paddlesteamers by Dresden

Germany Holidays: Dresden’s paddlesteamers

A carefully preserved fleet of paddlesteamers work the Elbe from Dresden, on routes that provide the basis for several scenic day trips.

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freeclimbing Saxon Switzerland

Germany Holidays: Saxon Switzerland

Visually dramatic and easily accessible from the city of Dresden, Saxon Switzerland nevertheless remains surprisingly little known outside the climbing community.

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Trabi through wall Mural East Side Gallery Berlin

Germany Holidays: Cold War sites

Top secret no more: the Wall may be gone, but the Cold War bunkers and listening posts were built to last, and now accessible to all.

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ski lift up the Fichtelberg

Germany Holidays: Skiing in Thuringia and the Ore Mountains

The former training ground of East German skiers is now home to some of the best-value skiing in Europe, and the biathletes keep on coming, too.

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Molli in Bad Doberan

Germany Holidays: the Molli

The Molli is a delightful steam train created by the east German aristocracy to take them from Bad Doberan to their favourite Baltic resorts.

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By Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

Germany Holidays: Berlin to Copenhagen by bike

Germany is famous for the respect it shows its cyclists. And now it has teamed up with a neighbour country equally keen on bikes – Denmark – to create the Berlin to Copenhagen cycle route.

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