Where stories begin
Cruise along romantic river valleys and soak up the scenic landscapes as you sail through idyllic villages, fairy-tale castles and rolling vineyard-clad hills. Wind though the meandering Moselle and the spiritual home of river cruising, the mighty Rhine, on a scenic voyage of dramatic vistas. Watch Germany's vivid scenery unfold from deep forests and craggy cliffs to wine-producing vineyards and half-timbered towns.
Feel the spirit-lifting culture of Cologne as you set your eyes on the Gothic twin spires of its magnificent cathedral and many-a- medieval churches dotted around town. Sample the city's famous 'Kolsch' beer as you stroll the ancient, cobbled streets of the Cologne Altstadt - its streets crammed with shops, cake-selling 'Konditorei' and bars.
With enchanting architecture seemingly plucked from the world of fairy tales, take some time to hear the stories of knights, dukes and feuding lords and the devastating wars of the past inside impressive castles. See the breathtaking multi-turreted Drachenburg Castle and stroll in the extensive grounds which offer unforgettable views over the Rhine or enjoy sights of the turrets and towers of 'Mad' King Ludwig's famous castle at Neuschwanstein.
Travelling with Newmarket Holidays, head to the iconic German capital, Berlin. See the arch of the Brandenburg Gate, the Unter den Linden and visit the reminders of 20th-century conflict - from Hitler's Bunker to Checkpoint Charlie. Gaze through time as you walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Wherever you holiday in Germany, you’ll be surrounded by history. Explore this country by ship and book one of our exciting cruises.
Of course, no trip to Germany is complete trying the sausages. Be sure to try Bratwurst – a concoction of fresh meat and seasonings. Simply try one of these from street vendors or small stands dotted around.
Although popular, there’s more to German cuisine than sausages. Savour the taste of Germany and fill your belly with rich, hearty dishes. A typical meal may include a hearty meat dish, usually served in rich, creamy sauces along with buttery rolls, potatoes and a full glass of beer.
You’ll find thousands different types of bread, pastries and rolls and will most likely be part of every meal you have. Ways of cooking and variations from region to region, however, a traditional German meal will often incorporate cabbage, beets, and turnips.
Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage, with many local and regional breweries producing a wide variety of beers. Germany is known as the origin of a number of beer varieties, including Pilsner, Weizenbier (wheat beer) and Alt.