From the romantic villages of the Rhineland to the cosmopolitan swagger of Berlin, the storied landmarks of Cologne to the rolling plains of Bavaria, Germany is awash with exciting travel possibilities – and the range of cheap flights to Germany means that Brits can be delivered to the hospitable heart of Europe in a couple of hours without breaking the bank. Whether you’re looking for a romantic city break, a stimulating cultural adventure or an action-packed family holiday, you’ll find a range of potential destinations at your fingertips; just like its famous beer, you’ll have fun trying all of Germany’s different flavours before finding your favourite brew.
With so many possible itineraries and destinations, the best time to find budget flights to Germany will vary according to specific local factors. Demand for particular routes peaks during popular events such as Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest, Cologne’s spectacular Karneval or Frankfurt’s Book Fair, the biggest trade fair of its kind in the world. Prices can also rise in late November/December when the traditional Christmas markets bring a boost in visitor numbers. But in general, thanks to a competitive market, you should be able to snap up a bargain, particularly if your plans are flexible. Consider flying to a less in-demand airport and then making use of Germany’s excellent high-speed rail network to reach your chosen destination – Leipzig is just over an hour from Berlin, for example, while the fastest journey time from Bremen to Hamburg is 55 minutes.
Thanks to reliable budget carriers and high demand from both business and leisure travellers, the range of direct flights to Germany from London and regional airports is as vast as the country itself. Alongside major hubs like Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf or Munich, which are served by an enormous variety of airlines from a host of British airports, you’ll also find a wide selection of more unusual routes. Ryanair flies from London Stansted to Baden-Baden, gateway to the Black Forest, while easyJet’s service from London Luton to Dortmund opens up the cultural and commercial powerhouses of the Ruhr Valley. easyJet also takes passengers from Edinburgh to the wine taverns of Stuttgart or the fish restaurants of Hamburg in around 2 hours, while the cities of Dresden and Nuremberg can be reached from Manchester courtesy of Eurowings.
Germany’s public transport is famously efficient, and onward travel from German airports is usually quick and effortless. Major metropolitan hubs such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich have speedy S-Bahn train lines serving central and suburban destinations. Many airports provide metro or local rail services that link with the public transport network – for example, Nuremberg’s metro connects the terminal with the central train station in just 12 minutes. Frankfurt Airport is an important interchange on the national high-speed rail network, with connections to all parts of the country and further afield as well as to the city centre. At all airports you’ll notice a line of Germany’s easy-to-spot cream-coloured taxis waiting to whisk you in sleek comfort to your destination.
Strap on your hiking boots and head for the Bavarian Alps, or dust off your dancing shoes and hit the underground clubs of Berlin. Gaze in awe at the magnificent twin spires of Cologne’s historic cathedral, or check out the priceless artworks in Hamburg’s famous Kunsthalle. Shop for gaily painted wooden toys in the craft markets of Saxony, or thrill to the sound of grand arias in Dresden’s stunning Semperoper. Explore different sides of the country’s heritage in Nuremberg, home to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum of art and culture, as well as the fascinating Documentation Centre chronicling the rise and fall of National Socialism. Take a romantic cruise past the peaceful vineyards of the Rhine to see the fabled Lorelei, or enjoy a foaming weissbier and some thigh-slapping tunes in a Munich beer hall. If you can’t make up your mind, stick a pin in a map of Germany and simply go with the flow!
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