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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:

Train from London to Berlin
Train from London to Cologne
Train from London to Hamburg
Train from London to Frankfurt
Train from London to Munich
Train from London to Nuremberg
Train from London to Rostock

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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Fabrik Hostel, Berlin, Germany

Plumb in Berlin's trendy Kreuzberg district is this hipster hostel housed in a former factory. Bedrooms are simple - don't expect many frills here - but they're spotlessly clean and spacious with plenty of quirkiness.
Various

Doubles from €52; triples from €69

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

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

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

Gusthof Mankmuss, Brandenburg, Germany

Medieval manor house on a working farm with three apartments, masses of space, activities to keep little ones entertained (animals to feed, tractor rides, playground), bikes to borrow, pick-your-own vegetable garden, and campfires in the evening.
3 apartments for 2-10; sleeping barn available for groups

From €80 a night; sleeping barn €10

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

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.

Hotel Rose, Hayingen, Germany

Family-run organic hotel and restaurant in one of south Germany's nature reserves. Beautiful bedrooms, fantastic restaurant, wonderful hosts. There's hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, canoeing nearby, and baroque towns and castles to visit.
16 doubles

Contact owners for details

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

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

Camping Schillig, Wangerland, Germany

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Wadden Sea, Schillig is one of the oldest campsites in Germany. You've got a 4-kilometre beach right in front of the site – perfect for children and windsurfers, too.
1500 pitches

From €29 per pitch per night

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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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
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.

£649

8 days
Various departures from spring to early autumn
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
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
reichstag-berlin

Self-Guided Berlin City Break by train

Catch comfortable and modern daytime trains from London to Berlin and enjoy all that Germany's fascinating reunified capital has to offer, visit Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, the German Reichstag and the Berlin Wall Museum.

from £349 per person including rail travel from the UK

4 days
Departures all year round
Freiburg leading the way to the black forest

Rhine Valley and Black Forest Cities by Train

Travel through the fairytale scenery of the Rhine Valley, alongside vineyards and mediaeval castles, and on through the Black Forest to historic Freibourg and the famous spa town of Baden-Baden.

See full itinerary

7 days
Daily
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
Weihnachtsmarkt

Munich Christmas Market

Head to Marienplatz for Munich's annual Christmas market with its giant Christmas tree. Grab a glass of Gluehwein, enjoy baked apples and gingerbread from the festive stalls and listen out for live music from the Town Hall balcony.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
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
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
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
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
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
Elegant Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin

Cologne and Berlin by Train

Explore these 2 fascinating German cities by train: Spend 2 nights in Cologne and then take the train to the German capital Berlin - spend 3 nights in this buzzing centre of arts, music and history before returning to the UK by train.

see full itinerary

6 days
Daily
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

Nuremberg Christmas Market

One of the oldest and best Christmas markets in Europe. Opened by the Christmas Angel on the 25th November and closing its 200 stalls on Christmas Eve, after providing thousands of visitors and locals with all their Christmas wishes.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
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
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 £700pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various departures daily from May to 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
Munich to Verona via the Brenner Pass

Munich to Verona via the Brenner Pass

From Munich, skirt around the bases of the Alps, meander past glittering lakes and glide through Garmsich-Partenkirchen on the regional train. Lap up the snow dusted, mountainous views before going through the Brenner pass to Verona. A classic!

From £639

4 days
Various departures all year around
Festive decorations

Berlin Christmas Market

Visit Berlin with fifty different Christmas Markets ranging from traditional to urban chic. Some of the biggest are in Potsdamer Platz, the Gedarmenmarkt and the square next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Depending on holiday package

Trips tailor made
Annually changing November and December dates
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
beethoven-birthplace

Melodies of Europe in First Class

Start off with a visit by train to Bonn, former West German capital and home to Ludwig van Beethoven, then head south to Salzburg, the famous hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Round off the holiday with a visit to the capital of classical music.

from £995 per person including rail travel from the UK

9 days
All year round
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
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
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
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
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
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