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Your summer holiday probably feels like a distant memory by now, while your next one will feel like an eternity away. I know mine does. So, what can you do in the meantime to beat the autumn/winter blues? Book a city break!
Europe has so much to offer us, and with some incredible cities so close by, it’s always a shock to me that lots of us Brits haven’t explored it more. In this post, I’m going to be looking at Germany, and two top destinations in particular.
This is the perfect time of year to jet off and explore a city break in Germany. There are so many great destinations to visit that it can be hard to choose between them – so why not book a dual trip?
Berlin and Hamburg are the perfect pairing to enjoy a short adventure, so let’s take a look at the following tips for making the most of these two incredible cities.
Berlin – the city bursting with cool
As Germany’s capital, Berlin is destined to have plenty going on. Brimming with culture, a thriving nightlife scene and plenty of history to enjoy, you won’t be short of things to do in Berlin. So what are some of the stand out activities?
You need to go and see Berlin’s various museums and monuments – they’ll help you learn more about the significant history of Berlin and allow you to witness the city’s impressive architecture.
If you love food and drink, you can be sure that Berlin won’t disappoint on that front either. You’ll find a varied food scene, packed with classic German dishes as well as international cuisine. If you’re a fan of craft beer, check out the Berlin craft beer map to give you some suggestions on where to go.
Once you’ve taken the time to explore everything the capital has to offer, you can rent a car at Berlin airport and make the 3-and-a-bit-hour journey to Hamburg.
Hamburg – Tor zur welt (gateway to the world)
Hamburg is an incredible city in the north of Germany and is the country’s second-largest city. With multiple neighbourhoods to explore, you’ll want to spend a few days in Hamburg to make sure you take it all in.
The Speicherstadt is a must to view during your trip and capture some incredible photographs. Nearby St Pauli is the place to go for some amazing entertainment, with bars, clubs, musicals and theatres to explore.
If you can, make sure you visit the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg’s iconic concert hall that opened in 2017. It’s worth getting a ticket to something if you can, it really is an unforgettable experience.
It’s really easy to travel around Hamburg on foot, helping you to take in some of the city’s amazing architecture as well as some top food and drink spots. If you’d prefer to see Hamburg by boat, then spend some time on the water with a harbour tour.
At night, you’ll definitely want to go to the famous Hamburg Fish Market, which is the must-visit place for dinner, drinks and dancing.
The great thing about Germany is that it is only a short flight away from most UK airports, and you’ll be sure to find some cheap flights at this time of year. If an autumn/winter escape is calling out to you, consider Germany or some other top city break destinations like Madrid and explore some of Europe’s most incredible cities.
Have you ever been to Berlin or Hamburg? I’d love to hear some of your recommendations for places to visit in Germany! Let me know in the comments or you can catch up with me over on Twitter.