The world’s largest piss-up is certainly a good enough excuse to visit Germany. Munich is host to Oktoberfest — a 16-day beer extravaganza that starts, oddly, in September — because the weather is better.



It is impossible to get bored in Germany’s capital. Berlin is an edgy and diverse city with an intriguing history as well as a modern, thriving arts scene.



For a city with more than 1.2 million residents, Munich has done well to retain a ‘village’ feel. Hang out in Marienplatz, the old town square, and down a beer or two at Hofbräuhaus.


The Rhine

Germany’s Rhine River is at its most magical between Koblenz and Bingen. In fact the 65km stretch has been named as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Cycle, hike or cruise among the medieval castles and vineyard.


Beer and sausages

Even if you don’t visit during Oktoberfest, beer will probably still feature high on your to-do list. Make sure you head into a traditional beer hall — and don’t forget to chow down on some traditional German sausages (bratwurst, currywurst) and pork knuckles.


Schloss Neuschwanstein

This fairytale castle, the inspiration behind Disney’s famous logo, is the major attraction in the Köningswinkel (Royal Corner) — 4km east of Füssen.


Cologne (Köln)

Roman ruins, an amazing cathedral and a chocolate museum — that alone is a good enough reason to visit Cologne. Add in a local brew called Kölsch and you’re set. Might as well move here.


Christmas markets 

Sure, they’re a little naff, but Germany’s Christmas markets will certainly put you in the spirit of the season.