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Germany Holidays: the story of the VW Beetle

The VW Beetle, the much-loved People’s Car, was suggested by Hitler, designed by Porsche, and would have gone out of production if it hadn’t been for a certain British major.

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Germany Holidays: Seafood and salty humour

Fish is a tradition in northern Germany, but it may not be what you expect, and it has a long association with a type of salty humour you’re unlikely to hear elsewhere.

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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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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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Germany Holidays: Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg’s model railway

The world’s finest model railway is in Hamburg. Prepare to be surprised by its extraordinary ambition, gorgeous detailing, and surprising sense of humour.

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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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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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Germany Holidays: North Sea islands

For some the North Sea islands are a string of sandy pearls; for others, they are backward and claustrophobic. It depends on the eye – and the age – of the beholder.

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Germany Holidays: Pied Piper of Hamelin

Germany’s most famous fairytale, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, has its setting in a pretty town on the banks of the river Weser.

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Germany Holidays: Sylt

A sandy splat of land just off the coastline of Schleswig-Holstein is the favoured destination of the rich and fashionable of the north.

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