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Germany in pictures + Berlin and the surrounding area
In brief +
Go to Munich, the Bavarian Queen, where the Beer Festival (Oktoberfest) takes place every year (end of September-start of October). The festival began in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Ludwig, and is now a party where spirits are high and visitors and locals gather in tents to enjoy a range of sausages and beer and to share jokes and merriment. Munich is a high contender for Germany's most vibrant city, and yet its undeniable warmth and traditional folkloric charm also attract reams of tourists every year. However, for real beer action, the Cologne Carnival is the place to go in February (make sur eyou don't miss the biggest nights on Thursday and Monday).
However, it does not stop there. Germany is also home to a coastal area, Hanseatic cities and impressive turreted castles and palaces. The rural landscape is second to none; the enchanting Bavarian hills are speckled with dense forestry, plummeting cliff faces, snow-capped Alpine peaks and fairy tale houses.
-Even with a friend, forget all the hugging and kissing and simply go for a handshake.
-Avoid large crowds of tourists in high season and try for May or September. In any event, it is almost mandatory to book your rooms as early as possible before departure.
Those with small budgets should avoid visiting towns when there are trade fairs organised as prices rocket!
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