If you’re a winter holidays fan and are already planning a chilled out getaway, then consider Germany for some frozen fun.
Visit Berlin, the national tourism board, has highlighted how many winter activities are on offer, especially in the cities of Berlin and Hamburg. For example, Hamburg’s inner-city Alster lake is an annual winter favourite as it freezes solid and provides an incredible (and free) opportunity to ice skate till your heart’s content!
Not to be outdone, Berlin has a 70-metre-long toboggan run at its Winterwelt (Winter World) attraction as well as ice skating, curling and a whole host of wintery activities.
Winter in Germany is not only a time for the energetic types. There’s also plenty of things to do at a more sedate pace. It’s with good reason that Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets. These are incredibly warm and welcoming events set in the middle of winter’s chill.
There’s plenty to warm you up as mulled wine, warmed cakes and gingerbread all help take the edge off the cold weather. Local produce of all types, from food and drink to handicrafts all make for perfect presents to give to those back home. The Christmas markets tend to start as early as late November and continue throughout the festive season.
Of course, if you’re really all about the winter activities, then it’s about this time of year that some of the best deals for cheap package holidays in the Alps come on to the market. So, for the avid skiers, snowboarders and people who just love the mountain vistas and après-ski, now is a good time to get booking. However, there are always some excellent late holiday deals to be had to top ski resorts, but it is a little risky to rely on these.