Western Germany

Heidelberg old bridge

Germany Holidays: happy Heidelberg

An intoxicating mix of architecture, history, scenery and student kisses. Rhine cruise passengers and international students create a very international ambience.

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Germany Holidays: The Rhine at its best

The Rhine gorge, from Rudesheim to Koblenz, is an outstanding slice of scenery and history, not to mention viniculture and gastronomy. Best seen from a bike, boat or walking trail.

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Germany Holidays: Mannheim – where Rhine and Neckar meet

Mannheim might not be a beauty but it has plenty to offer. Go shopping in squares and be surprised by cool cafés and bars.

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Germany Holidays: dOCUMENTA puts Kassel on the map

Every five years (next one in 2017) the world’s largest modern art exhibition works its magic on a mostly drab city

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Hotels in Germany: Ayurvedic hotel Parkschlösschen in Traben-Trarbach, Moselle

Germany Holidays: Ayurveda on the Moselle

An Ayurvedic luxury resort right next to the Moselle – the Parkschlösschen in Germany is all the better for being totally unexpected.

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Football in Germany

Germany Holidays: Join the Bundesliga’s fans

Germany’s football temples are state-of-the-art and tickets for a Bundesliga match are easier to get than you might think. Try it and see for yourself.

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Zeche Zollverein celebrates capital of culture 2010

Germany Holidays: Industrial Tourism

The Ruhr was once Germany’s sweaty armpit, but today the region is a shining example of how industrial areas can be reborn with a shed-load of taxpayers’ money.

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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. Have a piece of cake with your coffee. The choice will be large.

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Wine in Germany: Neustadt

Germany Holidays: Classy wines, stunning scenery

German wines can hold their heads up with the best, as every wine connoisseur knows. Just don’t mention Blue Nun.

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The Urftsee in the Eifel National Park

Germany Holidays: The Eifel region

You may associate the name with a famous tower, but in Germany the Eifel – to the southwest of Cologne – is a rambling region of dormant volcanic land, pastoral and low-key.

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