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From the booming financial district of Frankfurt to the remains of the iconic Berlin Wall, you’ll find countless examples of revolution and evolution that have shaped the Germany we know today. The nation’s colourful heritage can be found in the beer halls of Bavaria.
Germany is for connoisseurs of castles, from extravagant fantasies like Neuschwantstein to the genuine article, often ruined, found along the Rhine. Few places are as universally popular as Berlin, and it's not difficult to understand why. The city has a very rich history whilst simultaneously containing the latest in art, fashion and architecture. Munich is the pride of Bavaria - its charming cobble-stoned streets; famous beer halls and festive spirit make it one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in the world. Dresden is blooming phoenix-like from the ravages of wartime ashes to reclaim its former Baroque splendour and title of “Florence on the Elbe”. For further historical interest, sample Nuremberg for the mighty ramparts, traditional markets and St. Sebald’s Cathedral, or visit the medieval city of Rothenburg.
All over Germany they like to make their own entertainment with rousing songs and dances in taverns and beer gardens – so join in. There are colourful carnivals in Spring, spectacular fireworks displays during Summer and wine or beer festivals like Munich’s Oktoberfest, in Autumn. Berlin’s nightlife is legendary so be sure to take in a show at one of the city’s 50 theatres.
The Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s open-air food market just behind the Marienplatz, is a favourite with the locals. Grab a meal from one of the vendors and enjoy it outdoors in the sunny square.
Winding high among the world-famous peaks of the Swiss Alps, the Majestic Switzerland itinerary is designed to provide a breathtakingly elevated experience both literally and figuratively.
Be captivated by the old world charm of Rothenburg and Nuremberg, the mountain scenery of Bavaria and the amazing re-birth of Dresden to its former Baroque splendour.
A sensational sojourn designed to capture the very essence of Europe in a short period of time.
Take the elevator to the top floor of Berlin’s historic Reichtstag building for a walk along the spiral ramp inside Norman Foster’s spectacular glass dome, and enjoy panoramic views of the city. If the sea is more your speed, sail back in time on a voyage by paddle steamer along the River Elbe to Dresden’s gorgeous Pillnitz Castle and pleasure gardens - the perfect example of the Chinoise style.
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When to go: June-September for the warmest climate; November-December for the legendary Christmas markets.
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