Germany Holidays: ‘greenest city’ Freiburg

Germany’s sunniest city is also its greenest, environmentally and politically. Its solar panels generate more power than some whole countries.

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Germany Holidays: Tübingen’s punting parties

The Neckar river flows through beautiful Tübingen, 15 miles south of Stuttgart. The town hosts a big fleet of Stocherkahn, a local flat-bottomed boat, and every summer the large student population stages a chaotic river race.

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Germany Holidays: Nuremberg’s war history

It may not be in the heart of the city, but it is worth making time for Nuremberg’s Documentation Centre and Nazi Party Rally Grounds.

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Germany Holidays: Ingolstadt, for Audi, beer and monsters

This overlooked Bavarian city on the Danube has three big claims to fame: Audi’s HQ, inspiration for Frankenstein, and the beer purity laws.

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Germany Holidays: Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp

Dachau camp, in the northwestern suburbs of Munich, spanned virtually the whole era of Nazi power, and as such makes an invaluable history lesson.

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Salzstadel Regensburg and the Steinerne Brucke

Germany Holidays: imperial, liveable Regensburg

Holy home of historic Diets, traditional sausages, ancient bridges and modern Popes and Princesses

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Germany Holidays: Going for a Zoigl

So what’s a Zoigl, when it’s at home? Actually, ‘home’ is the key word here, because Zoigl is a particularly delicious home-made beer, and only made and served in private households in five Bavarian towns in the Oberpfalz region. Read on to find out where, why and how.

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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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City breaks in Germany: Stuttgart

Germany Holidays: Proudly Swabian Stuttgart

For a city break in the south off the beaten track, try Stuttgart and its triumvirate of culture, cars and wine.

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City breaks in Germany: Esslingen

Germany Holidays: Quality time in Esslingen

Cobble-stoned lanes, half-timbered houses and a fabulous Christmas market: Esslingen near Stuttgart is a medieval gem of a town and wine lovers will not be disappointed either …

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