From beaches to lakes and mountains, from the vineyards to forests, Germany has it all

Summer in Germany offers you a wealth of surprises. Obviously, most people are familiar with the wonderful cities that can be explored, beautiful rivers that can be cruised along, and delightful forests connecting you back to nature. However, there is so much more. Head down south, and you’ll discover mountain scenery that competes with anything that its Swiss and Austrian neighbours can offer, or lake-land areas that are as breath-taking as anywhere that you can find in Italy; whereas going north will take you to kilometre after kilometre of pristine coastline…Yes, Germany even has its own beautiful beaches. The variety is endless – there really is something for everybody.
Summer is the perfect time for exploring Germany by different means of transport. Its excellent road system makes it ideal for self-drive holidays, and its rail service, which truly is the envy of the world, means that you can travel the whole country quickly, efficiently, and with remarkable punctuality. Let us help you plan your itinerary, then all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the experience.
However, the summer months are really also the best time to travel a little more sedately, exploring the country’s great waterways as part of a river cruise itinerary. Most people join the classic route around Cologne, although you can start your journey further north in Amsterdam or Antwerp, if you prefer. You then travel south through the Rhine Valley scenery with its charming towns and vineyards towards Koblenz.  Here, some itineraries branch off down Germany’s second river, the Moselle in the direction of historic Trier, whereas others head further south towards Freudenberg. It is here that another big decision awaits – continue south following the Rhine through the Black Forest and ending up in cosmopolitan and multi-lingual Basel, straddling the Swiss, French and German borders, or branch off eastwards towards Bamberg, Nuremberg to join the Danube as it heads towards Vienna, Budapest and eventually the Balkans. 
As an independent specialist, we have great relations with all of the main river cruise operators, and some of the lesser-known ones too, so you can be assured that we can match you up to the right itinerary to suit your requirements.
If it is a family holiday that you are looking for, from top to bottom, Germany has more than a hundred theme-parks, and with new attractions being added every year, the challenge is knowing where to start. Many are aimed specifically at younger children, with the PlayMobil FunPark, a short trip outside of Nuremberg and Legoland-Germany in Günzberg, between Munich and Stuttgart being amongst the favourites. But if it is thrills and roller-coasters that you are after, Europa-Park in Rust, between Freiburg and Offenburg, is Europe’s second largest theme-park after Disney, and is open throughout the year. 
Something not to miss in Germany during the summer months is that virtually every weekend you can be assured that there will be a Fest somewhere, celebrating something. It could be Dorffest, or village party, a Seefest – a lake party -, a Waldfest, or party in the forest, a Stadtfest, or town festival, or often the most raucous of the lot, a Feuerwehrfest, where the local firemen throw a party at the Fire Station, and everyone is invited. And, this is before we even start talking about Munich’s Oktoberfest – most of which confusingly takes place in September – which truly sets the standards for boisterous entertainment and a wonderful atmosphere – and perhaps just a small glass of beer to get into the mood !
Summer holidays in Germany – whatever type of holiday, this incredibly diverse country can offer you exactly what it is that you are looking for – from lakes to mountains, cities to beaches.
The Experience Germany Travel office is open Monday - Friday between 9.30am and 5pm, and on Saturdays between 9.30am and 1.00pm. We are closed on Sundays.
If you are a client travelling overseas, and need to contact us in an emergency situation, you can call our 24-hour Duty Officer Telephone Number: +44 (0)7766 406759 for information and advice.



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