How to spend your German holiday – season by season

With its ancient castles and palaces, the gorgeous landscapes around the Danube or the Rhine, the artistic heritage of Goethe and Beethoven and the traditions surrounding Christmas and Oktoberfest, Germany has tourist attractions to keep you busy all year round.

Here are Hostelworld’s top tips for all four seasons:

… in the spring

Germany has huge number of natural sights to offer. These are particularly beautiful in springtime as the flowers, trees and bushes begin to bloom. Due to its location, stretching from the flatlands of the Baltic coast to the Alps, Germany features many different sorts of landscape, ranging from large fields and meadows to densely-wooded mountains and canyons. Destinations like the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps in the South or the Lüneburg Heath and the Teutoburg Forest in the North offer just a glimpse of the variety of different natural parks in Germany.

… in the summer

Whether you go to the beach to relax in the sun or for sports like water skiing and wind surfing, Germany is the perfect destination. The wonderful North Sea with its windy coasts is perfect for long bicycle rides on the dykes or mudflat hiking tours. The Baltic Sea, on the other hand, attracts tourists with its never-ending sandy beaches and its special attraction – the island of Rügen with its famous chalk cliffs. You can also go to the beach in the south of Germany with the Bodensee lake. This area is also known as the “Swabian Sea” and offers beautiful scenery with small beaches all around the lake.

… in the autumn

Oktoberfest is a must when visiting Germany in September and October. The two-week festival has been held almost every year since about 1810. There are dozens of tents where you can enjoy typical German beer and traditional food like Pretzels and Sauerkraut.

If you’re looking for a more refined kind of German culture, there are lots of museums and historic buildings to explore. One of the most famous castles in Germany is the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle. Berlin, the capital, is full of politically resonant monuments like the Brandenburger Tor, the Bundestag and the remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall. Also, Cologne Cathedral in the northwest of Germany near the Rhine is one of the most impressive cathedrals of the world.

… in the winter

Thanks to a huge number of Christmas markets, the coldest season becomes a real pleasure in Germany. You can find the markets in almost every big city, offering entertainment for all ages. Cute little booths that are located between ancient half-timbered houses sell Christmas decorations, sweets and hot wine punch, creating the perfect pre-Christmas atmosphere.

If you want a bit more action on your holidays, the Alps are a part of Germany offering wonderful skiing possibilities in the winter time.

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