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picking grunkohl in Niedersachsen

Germany Holidays: Cabbage patch culture

Northwestern Germany is nirvana for cabbage fanciers. This humble veg is the centre of an outdoors tradition that brightens up the darkest days of winter.

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Wattwandern by Dangast

Germany Holidays: Wattwandern, otherwise known as mud-flat hiking

Get out in the goo of the Wadden Sea. This pristine environment of tidal flats in the North Sea has plenty of skin-enhancing mud, for free.

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Sweet hearts

Germany Holidays: The Hamburger DOM

No, not the cathedral – this DOM is the northern German equivalent of Munich’s Oktoberfest, but with more rollercoasters.

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winter service

Germany Holidays: The Harz Mountain Railway

A beautifully-preserved, enthusiast-run, steam-hauled railway network which serves historic towns and villages in a spectacular landscape.

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T, R and S heading for Worpswede

Germany Holidays: Ideal cycle country

Flat, pastoral, villagey and not too hot, northern Germany is ideal cycling country, with a selection of local and long-distance routes.

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Brocken spectre, Harz Mountains pic Tanzawa Wikimedia

Germany Holidays: The Brocken Spectre

Is that flickering shape in the mountain mist the outline of a fellow climber, a witch or a ghost? None of the above, it’s a Brocken Spectre. It’s you.

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