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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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T, R and S heading for Worpswede

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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Brocken spectre, Harz Mountains pic Tanzawa Wikimedia

Germany Holidays: The Brocken Spectre

Is that flickering shape in the mountain mist the outline of a fellow climber, a witch or a ghost? None of the above, it’s a Brocken Spectre. It’s you.

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Pavillon in den Herrenhaeuser Gaerten

Germany Holidays: The House of Hanover

Britain got 200 years’ worth of Kings from Hanover, and Hanover reciprocated with lovely English gardens, but we showed the city little respect during the Second World War.

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Currywurst at Bochum

Germany Holidays: White Sausage Equator

What colour do Germans like their sausages? It depends which side of the White Sausage Equator they come from, in a typical North/South divide.

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Helgoland from the air

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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Aldi Trier pic Wikimedia

Germany Holidays: Good old Aldi

Germany’s pocket battleship supermarkets have started to move further afield, challenging the bigger, brasher and on-the-bypass aircraft-carrier stores originating in the United States.

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Kiel Canal Schleuse Holtenau

Germany Holidays: The Kiel Canal

It isn’t half as famous as the Panama or the Suez, but Germany’s Kiel Canal is the most heavily used artificial seaway in the world.

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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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Otto von Bismarck Deutsches Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia

So what happened to the Prussians?

The Prussians were the economic and political force behind the establishment of modern Germany, but where are they now?

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