History

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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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: 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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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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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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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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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach

Germany Holidays: Martin Luther

A devout man, his 95 Theses, some nails, and a church door. The man was Martin Luther, the church door was in Wittenberg, and the consequences were of worldwide significance.

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