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City breaks in Germany

Our verdict:

Feel like somewhere different for a city break? Germany has some of the most fascinating cities in Europe - there are the flamboyant streets of Berlin, the architectural beauty of Dresden and the art collections of Cologne for starters. From grand palaces to medieval streets, each city its own distinctive character, cuisine and appeal.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

City breaks in GermanyCologne's CathedralChinese Tea House, PotsdamDresden

Cox & Kings says

The largest country in central Europe, Germany is made up of a federation of 16 states, each with its own distinctive culture and character. Its regional capital cities combine fascinating history with modern architecture and attractions.

Berlin is the most popular choice – having spent 40 years as a divided city, Berlin’s east and west sides have integrated since the wall was brought down in 1989.

Did you know Berlin has more bridges over its canals than Venice? Take a boat trip for a relaxing view of the city – you’ll even find beach bars set up along the river banks in the summer months.

Of the 170 museums in Berlin, you won’t want to miss the Pergamon, which is full of classical antiquities, and Schloss Charlottenburg, the former summer residence of Queen Sophie Charlotte.

Walk the route of the Berlin Wall from Checkpoint Charlie to Potsdam Platz. An original section remains at the ‘Topography of Terrors’ exhibition – the route is marked out by a double row of cobblestones.

Go (early to avoid the queues) to the top of the Reichstag parliament building and look down inside the glass dome to the chambers.

Other favourite cities in Germany include Dresden with its beautifully restored baroque architecture.

Cologne is renowned for its Roman relics with some of the city’s walls dating back to as far back as 38BC. Climb to the top of the Gothic cathedral for the best views over the city and the Rhine – and, as Easter approaches, join in the fun at the Cologne Carnival, one of the biggest street festivals in Europe.

Potsdam is one of Germany’s most visited cities, not least as it’s home to the stunning Sanssouci palace and gardens built in 1747 for Frederick the Great as a Summer Palace.

Whichever city you choose, we have selected a wide range of well-located hotels. Prices start from just £495 per person for three nights on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights and transfers.

Find out more about our full range of city breaks to Germany.

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