Monday, 23 January 2012

Top 5 Places to Visit in Germany in the Winter

Germany is a beautiful country to visit at any time of the year, but if you want to take advantage of fewer crowds and lower airfares and rental rates then the winter is the perfect time to visit, with the exception of December when the main cities Christmas fairs come to life and the streets will be teeming with visitors from around the world. Germany offers a vast array of activities from winter sports, festivals, and events through the winter months
Munich, Berlin and Nuremberg
German Christmas markets are a wonderful part of the German holiday tradition and there is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to visit one. Munich, Berlin and Nuremberg are the three most popular cities to visit for their Christmas markets, which are famed the world over. Although every German city celebrates the season with at least one Christmas market, which will usually take place from the last weekend in November right up until Christmas Eve.
The best way to enjoy each of these cities and make the most of the Christmas atmosphere is to rent an apartment for a city break.
Check out Holiday Apartments in Munich
Check out Holiday Apartments in Berlin
Check out Holiday Apartments in Nuremberg
The Black Forest
In the warmer months, the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) is rolling hills, small villages and lush forests that offer you some of the most breathtaking scenery with hills, valleys and forests stretching from Baden Baden right to the Swiss board. The area offers everything from walking, biking or driving to skiing in the winter months. Two highly recommended tours are the wine route and the German Clock Road, which will take through the history of the cuckoo clock.  With cozy cottages and village rentals, to rural chalets and farmhouses, there is holiday accommodation to suit everyone in the black forest. Not forgetting the famous black forest gateau that originated from the region.
Set on the banks of the Moselle River, Trier is Germany’s oldest city once a Roman colony and favoured by Roman Emperors, the remembrance of those times are still vivid today. Nowhere else in Germany is like Trier  and we highly recommend visiting the Porta Nigra, which is the largest Roman city gate north of the Alps or and the Cathedral, which is said to house the Holy robe, which Jesus wore when he was crucified.
Brandenburg Gate
Built in 1791 this landmark more than any other, is the national symbol for Germany – the symbol of peace, crowded with the winged goddess of Victory , riding  a four-horsed chariot. When Berlin was divided in two during the cold war, it was there in front of the Brandenburg Gate that President Reagan made his famous speech.  With the removal of the Berlin wall, the city has become a diverse mix of culture and history and the Brandenburg Gate has become the symbol of Germany’s Reunification.
Neuschwanstein,  Bavaria
The most famous castle in the world, and the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Neuschwanstein castle is nested in the Alps and really is a beautiful fairytale; especially in the snow. With tours available to take you through the castle, you took an be in your own personal fairytale, while taking in things like the giant crowd shaped chandelier in the throne room and the lavish Minstrels Hall.
Where were you choose to go there is always a wide selection of holiday accommodation in Germany, from city apartments in Berlin to cozy cottages in the black forest. Germany really will create the magic that will make you want to stay and visit again and again.