Since reunification Germany has steadily grown in popularity as a destination, thanks in part to the resurgence of Berlin, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in Europe. But this is a very decentralised country, with great diversity and individuality in each of its numerous regions, in terms of character, architecture, culture and cuisine - a reminder perhaps that throughout its history Germany has always been more a loose confederation of often antagonistic states than a single conformist entity.
The often austere Prussians, in the north and east, have little in common with the southern Bavarians or the more open-minded Rhinelanders in the west, and this is reflected in the huge diversity to be found in cities like Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne. Almost every major city was completely destroyed by the end of the Second World War, but has risen again from the ashes, often faithfully reconstructing architectural treasures from centuries gone by.
The country has an incredibly rich cultural heritage as well as long and often deeply traumatic history. Culture-lovers in particular will adore the many museums and galleries in all cities. Not only is Germany the cradle of modernism, the country is marked by the older traditions of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, each of which left a rich legacy of artistic and architectural treasures. But modern Germany offers something for everyone, whether it is the excellent shopping, a varied cuisine and regional beers and wine, a vibrant nightlife, or simply that typically German “gemütlichkeit”.
As well as the cities below, we can also book travel to and hotels in lovely regional centres such as Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers; Trier, birthplace of Karl Marx and rich in Roman remains; Nurnburg, infamous for its rallies but a stunning medieval centre; and Hamburg, a great port city at the mouth of the Elbe. Please phone or e-mail for further details and prices.