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Green Holidays in Germany

One of the largest and most diverse countries in Europe, Germany is a bustling and dynamic powerhouse boasting some of the continent's great cities - vibrant, cutting edge Berlin, historic Cologne, the great port of Hamburg...

Germany also has a wonderful range of scenery and landscapes, from the windswept north coast to the Alpine scenery of Bavaria and the huge swathes of the Black Forest that remain rich in wildlife.

A warm and friendly nation with a love of hearty food and great beer ensures a welcome that you won't forget, plus a wealth of different cultures and traditions that vary greatly from region to region, making it a terrific pick for your next holiday.

Luxury eco accommodation in the Bavarian forests and mountains, enjoying the festive season at spectacular Christmas Markets and exploring the stunning Rhine Valley by train are just some of the great holidays you’ve to choose from to experience the best of Germany.

Featured below is our selection of some of the best green places to stay and great holidays in Germany, all reachable by train.

Cycling holiday Bavarian Lakes Germany

Bavarian lakes cycling, Germany

A gentle paced cycling holiday through peaceful secluded valleys, lush alpine scenery with the ever-present dramatic backdrop of the Karwende massif.
From £595 per person. Minimum of 2 people.

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How to travel by train from London to Germany


Our detailed rail journey planner shows you how to take the train from London to Germany, where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

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A Thalys in Cologne, Germany, ready to take you across Europe.A Thalys in Cologne, Germany, ready to take you across Europe.

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Biohotel Mohren, Lake Konstanz, Germany

Unpretentious and welcoming organic hotel and restaurant with 65 calm, cool bedrooms, a wonderful restaurant serving organic feasts, breakfasts to die for, a gorgeous sauna and spa and masses to do on the doorstep – castles, lakes, walking trails
32 singles and doubles

From €120 per night

Hotel Helvetia, Saxony, Germany

On banks of the river Elbe, this bio-hotel puts sustainability at the heart of everything they do. Beautiful chalet-style bedrooms, a 100% organic restaurant, spa and treatment rooms and walking, cycling and climbing nearby.
22 doubles

From €156 half-board

Biohotel Eggensberger, Füssen, Germany

Organic, chalet-style hotel in the wonderful Allgaü region of southern Germany, renowned for its delicious local produce. Rooms have mountain and lake views; ingredients for the organic restaurant come from family farm 2km away.
7: 3 doubles, 3 singles, 1 apartment for 2

From €87 a night

Exterior of Radisson Blu Hotel Köln

Radisson Blu Hotel Köln, Cologne, Germany

Feng Shui-inspired contemporary architecture and easy access to the city’s leafy Rheinpark create a relaxing environment at Radisson Blu. It's also sustainable, with energy conservation and recycling earning it a Green Key eco label.
393 rooms

Doubles from €96

Statthaus, Cologne, Germany

Eight simple but smart rental apartments housed in a historic Gothic building. This is one of the city's most low-carbon accommodation options. Electricity is sourced from a green energy supplier and all paper and bottles are recycled.
Made up of 8 apartments

Watermill Gollmitz

Six beautiful apartments housed in one of north Germany's most impressive watermills, with wood-burning stoves, bikes to borrow for exploring the surrounding nature trails and a mill museum where you can bake your own bread.
Six apartments for 2-6

Contact owners for details

Schlossgut Oberambach, Lake Starnberg, Germany

A handsome, green-shuttered hotel above Lake Starnberg with organic restaurant, spa, lovely rooms, and space to breathe. Come in summer for birdwatching and dips in the natural swimming pond, in winter for snow shoeing along the Nordic walking route.
38 doubles and singles

From €95 a night

Double room in Art'Otel

Art'Otel, Cologne, Germany

A vibrant, sleek hotel with a modern 'bright and white' look to really showcase the beautiful artwork of Korean-born artist SEO that decorates the walls of every room. it’s also one of the city’s greener hotels with methods to save water and energy.
218 rooms

Doubles from €79.20

Exterior of Hotel Domstern

Hotel Domstern, Cologne, Germany

This delightful small three-star hotel is conveniently located right by the train station and the Old Town area of Cologne. The owners pride themselves on providing a personal service, and also on sustainability. Breakfast is local and organic.
16 rooms

Doubles from €104

Hotel Victoria, Freiburg, Germany

Near the train station in the student city of Freiburg is this Best Western hotel, located in a handsome 19th-century building in a vibrant corner of town. Comfy bedrooms, lively cocktail bar and exemplary green features throughout.
65 singles, doubles and suites

Various

Haus Martin and garden in Bavaria Germany

Bavarian Forest Holidays, Germany

Self catering one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments in the largest wooded mountain region in Central Europe. Impressive eco credentials including solar panels, wood pellet heating, full waste recycling and organic food.
9 apartments, for between 2 and 6 people

€60-€150 per night for 2 people, each additional person €5 per night. €35 cleaning charge for bookings of less than 4 nights.

Gutshof Kraatz, Brandenburg, Germany

This coach house and farmhouse on a cider-making estate have been given a new lease of life. Natural, traditional materials used throughout, fabulous restaurant and farm shop on site, and orchards, forests and lakes to discover nearby.
House for 6, farmhouse for 8

Contact owners for details

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Ancient villages

Overland Journey from Berlin to Rome

Take a cultural adventure by train through Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy and discover some of the highlights of Europe, from the remains of the Berlin Wall to the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

From £2095 (Maximum group size 16)

22 days
Selected Saturdays from March to September
The nostalgic Brockenbahn

Walking in Germany - The Harz Mountains

Steeped in folklore, the Brocken is considered the ‘mountain of the German people’. Here, inviting paths crisscross the Harz uplands, the spiritual hear to Germany, revealing different aspects of this fascinating region.

From £745pp (£1062 by rail) based on 2 people sharing

7 nights / 6 days
Various departures from May- October
Cycle through the bucolic scenery around Lake Constance

Lake Constance Cycling Tour

Beautifully flat, flexible cycling tour following impeccably signed lakeside paths past poppy-dusted fields, vineyards and cherry orchards. Plenty of options to hop on/off local trains to shorten/lengthen your cycling days as you fancy.

From £1099 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

11 days
Departs every two days all year around
St Sebastian church, Ramsau

A Winter Walking Discovery, Bavarian Alps, Germany

Enjoy winter walks, crisp mountain air, & breathtaking views in a hidden corner of Germany, a background of the Bavarian Alps and Berchtesgaden National Park. Take chair lifts to panoramic viewpoints, boat trips, horse-drawn sleigh rides.

from £1080pp based on two people sharing (inc flights)

7 nights and 8 days
Various departures from January to March.
Beautiful Black Forest vineyards of Kaiserstuhl

Walking in Freiburg & Kaiserstuhl, Black Forest, Germany

Follow the Bee-eaters trail on this wonderful German self-guided walking holiday with contrasting scenery of city, vineyards, orchards and wine-terraced countryside through the Black Forest as you make your way from hotel to hotel.

From £450 based on two people sharing

3
Various departures from June to October
Zeltingen in the Moselle Valley

Walking in Germany - Meanders of the Moselle

Follow the Moselsteig long-distance trail on this self-guided walking holiday from hotel to hotel through the steep vineyards and half-timbered villages of the Moselle Valley, delving into Germany's Roman past - and tasting its world-famous wines.

From £670pp (from £825pp including rail) based on 2 people sharing

7 nights/ 8 days
Various departures from April-October
Hotel in Bavaria, Oberammergau, Germany

Walking in Bavaria, Oberammergau, Germany

This wonderfully picturesque region of Bavarian rolling hills, snow capped peaks and sparkling waterfalls is the base for our 7 night German self-guided walking holiday. Your stay is in our friendly family run 3* hotel.

From £649

8 days
Departs Saturdays year around
The Neuschwanstein Castle

Cycling in Germany - Bavarian Castles & Villages

Discover the picturesque landscapes of southern Bavaria as you follow part of the Romantic Strasse, passing fairytale castles, traditional villages and idyllic rolling countryside on a self-guided cycle, whilst staying in three high quality hotels.

From £875pp (from £1280pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

7 nights, 6 days
Various departures from May- October
Imperial Cities by First Class Rail

Imperial Cities by First Class Rail

A truly wonderful first-class tour through the fascinating cities of Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Nuremberg by First Class Rail.

From £1,375.00 per person (based on two people travelling together)

12 days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
Tailor-made to suit your departure dates and requirements
Walking in Oberammergau, Germany

Walking in Oberammergau, Germany

From exhilarating mountain hikes to relaxed strolls through valleys and wetland nature reserves, Oberammergau's wealth of well-signed paths and easy-to follow trails make it a great choice with access to mountain lifts to help with the harder bits.

£869

8 days
Saturday departures from May to September
Romantic Neuschwanstein

Munich & Füssen – Romantic Bavaria

Superb self-guided walking holiday through contrasting scenery of the Bavarian Alps’ wooded slopes and craggy limestone peaks form a spectacular backdrop to sparkling lakes, idyllic villages of ornately frescoed houses, and lush wild flower meadows.

From £460 based on two people sharing

4
Various departures from May to October
Looking over Mittenwald

Walking in Germany - Beneath the Zugspitze

From dramatic gorges to sparkling lakes, high mountains to sumptuous castles, and scented forests to idyllic villages, this self-guided walking from hotel to hotel in Bavaria has it all.

From £745pp (£1145pp by rail) based on 2 people sharing

7 nights / 6 days
Various departures from June- October
Cycling holiday Bavarian Lakes Germany

Bavarian lakes cycling, Germany

A gentle paced cycling holiday through peaceful secluded valleys, lush alpine scenery with the ever-present dramatic backdrop of the Karwende massif.

From £595 per person. Minimum of 2 people.

8 days
April to September
Cologne Christmas Markets by First Class Rail

Cologne Christmas Markets by First Class Rail

Cologne is perhaps one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe. Spend this self-guided, 4-day first class rail holiday exploring the six fantastic markets, one of them a medieval market. Also make time for Cologne's many cultural hotspots.

From £325 per person by Standard Class Rail and from £449 per person by First Class Rail (based on two people travelling together)

4 days
Tailor made to your specific requirements from late November to late December
Neuschwanstein Castle on Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday

Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way | 8 Days

Walk In the footsteps of King Ludwig and see some of Germany's best lakes, gorges and mountains with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday through Bavaria

From £730pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures daily from May to October
Bavarian walking holiday

Walking in Germany - Where Eagles Soar

This holiday takes you along some of the most picturesque sections of the long-distance SalzAlpenSteig path through the salt mining history of Berchtesgaden, travel from hidden lake and green valley floors to where eagles soar above Watzmann Mountain

from £1070

7 days
Various departures from June to October
The ferry on the Danube Cruise

Danube Cruise - From Passau to Budapest

Travel through and experience cultural and historic cities in four distinct, central European countries. Have a very relaxing trip through the heart of Europe on the MS Belvedere, cruising along the beautiful scenic route of the Danube river.

From £1835

10 days
Various departures from April to September
Vienna, Prague and Berlin by train

Vienna, Prague and Berlin by train

Travel by train to Vienna, Prague and Berlin with guided sightseeing tours of each city - see the Hofburg Palace and the Opera House in Vienna and Prague's Old Town and Hradcany Castle, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag.

From £1095

10 Days
Various departures from March to October
Ahr Valley Vineyards

Alluring Rhine Valley, Germany

Discover the majestic Rhine Valley by train, boat and rack railway whilst being based at riverside Remagen, a town famous for its wine production. Admire the spectacular scenery, sample local wines and cruise beneath ancient vineyards.

From £525

5 days
Various departures from April to October
The Harz Mountains in Winter, Germany

The Harz Mountains in Winter, Germany

Hop on the vintage Selektal and Brocken Railways to discover medieval and historic towns deep within the Harz Mountain region. Sit back and relax as you admire beautiful winter views, impressive gorges and wild landscapes along the way.

From £1225

7 days
Various departures from January to March
coffee in a square

Harz Mountains and Rhine Valley, Germany

A relaxing rail holiday through towns within the Harz Mountains and exploring the region of the Rhine Gorge. Along with beautiful views, highlights of the trip are indulging in wine, heritage railway lines and spotting the famous Lorelei Rock.

From £1395

10 days
Various departures April to October
Ferry on Premium Rhine Cruise

Premium Rhine Cruise

This is a truly relaxing holiday cruising along the river Rhine and stopping off at various cultural and historic castles, cities and towns. Explore on land as well as enjoying beautiful views from aboard the deluxe 5 star ship.

From £2695

8 days
Various departures in June
Berlin, Dresden and Prague Tour, Central Europe

Berlin, Dresden and Prague Tour, Central Europe

This is a cultural holiday packed with exploring famous, historic landmarks. Admire beautiful countryside as you travel between Berlin, Dresden and Prague and discover spectacular architecture, the Palaces at Potsdam and other iconic monuments.

From £2135

11 days
Various departure from April to September
Waterside properties seen from the Baltic Explorer Holiday

Baltic Explorer Rail Tour

This holiday explores seven countries and the varying cultures of the Baltic area, from the elegance of Russia to colourful Scandinavia, as well as historic Latvia and Estonia. Discover these Baltic gems and UNESCO World Heritage sites by rail.

From £2945

15 days
Various departures May to September
Classic Glacier Express (Brig to Chur)

Classic Glacier Express (Brig to Chur)

Experience the iconic Glacier Express and enjoy classic rail journeys through central Europe, the Interlaken with views of the Jungfrau. Relax on the fabulous Bernina Express with a backdrop of stunning views and scenery.

From £2035

9 days
Various departures April to October
Neuschwanstein Castle

Bavaria All Inclusive Train Holiday

Discover Bavaria on this all inclusive rail tour with excursions to beautiful Lindau, Lake Constance and the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, with time to explore Bavaria's capital city, Munich.

From £825

7 days
Various departures from March to September
Belvedere Palace

Grand Imperial Cities, Central Europe

This rail holiday showcases the history of Central Europe by connecting you with fascinating European cities by high-speed train. Discover the former Habsburg and Prussian cities: Vienna, Budapest, Berlin and Prague in this spectacular holiday.

From £2195

13 days
various departures April to September
Selketal Railway

Tour of the Harz Mountains, Germany

Take a trip on the narrow-gauge Brocken steam Railway, where you will go on a scenic journey up into beautiful Harz Mountains through spruce woodland and narrow valleys towards the summit of Brocken, the highest peak.

From £895

7 days
Various departures from April to October
Ferry Premium Danube Cruise

Premium Danube Cruise

This holiday involves a magnificent cruise along the River Danube with beautiful sights, and a scenic route through the Wachau Valley. Take tours through a range of cultural and historic European cities, including Germany, Austria and Hungary.

From £3195

10 days
Various departures May to September