City Breaks

City breaks in Germany: Weimar

Germany Holidays: Weimar, classic with a twist

Weimar has a unique classical heritage and an air of elegance. Moreover this vibrant Thuringian town also knows its onions – and celebrates them with a big onion bash every October!

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Germany Holidays: Leipzig emerges from Berlin’s shadow

Much loved by locals and visitors alike, Leipzig is one of Germany’s best kept urban secrets

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Goerlitz

Germany holidays: Görlitz, the sleeping beauty in the east

The backdrop to recent Hollywood blockbusters, the obscure east German town of Gorlitz is stepping back into the limelight, and deservedly so.

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Food in Germany: coffee and cake

Germany Holidays: Time for coffee and cake

Germans love their cafés and you should try them as well. We have some recommendations from Berlin and Leipzig.

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Germany Holidays: the return of the traffic light man

How Berlin’s Ampelmann was first ostracised, then Ossi-fied. Now he’s the city’s very own (slightly tubby) superhero.

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City breaks in Germany: Berlin hotels

Germany Holidays: Berlin’s hotel heaven

Cool, quirky and something for every budget – hotels in Berlin

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Schrebergarten gnome

Germany Holidays: Schrebergärten, Germany’s suburban garden kingdoms

‘Allotment’ is too trivial a word: Germany’s Schrebergärten are a social, cultural phenomenon. And for some, these suburban garden kingdoms are gnome sweet gnome

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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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S-Bahn Berlin in Friedrichstrasse

Germany Holidays: the Berlin S-Bahn

The elevated S-Bahn train route across central Berlin still has a frisson of history about it, a shadow of east/west hostility, of ghost stations and of spies coming in from the cold.

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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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