The Great Summer Getaway

The hottest German City Destinations this Summer

Urban beaches and beautiful beer gardens, inner city surfing, hot sultry evenings in the coolest bars, street parties that last until dawn – welcome to summer in German cities. With its new ‘German Summer Cities’ microsite, the German National Tourist Office provides a guide of where to go, what to see and do this summer – all within an easily reached city destination just a short flight away.

The choice is eclectic; from open air theatres on ancient cathedral steps to hip, sustainable festivals in natural parks and landscapes, whether surfing in Munich city centre or stand up paddle-boarding in downtown Berlin, night time concert picnics in the palace of Sanssoucci, or magical moments in romantic royal palaces – holiday memories are made in Germany. If you need a beach fix, you’ll find it right in the heart of the city – many German cities have centrally located lakes for sports fans, for relaxing, for simply watching the world go by in cafes, bars and restaurants at the water’s edge.Summer in a German city has all the elements of holiday to remember. Here’s a quick overview:

Urban City Beaches and Lakes: Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Mainz, Nuremberg are just a few of the destinations that gear up for the summer with the opening of city-centre beaches. Munich even offers downtown surfing, Berlin is surrounded by lakes and lidos, other German cities can be explored by canoe. Coupled with fantastic beach bars, laid back restaurants and often a resident DJ, summer in a German city could be one of the coolest places on the planet.

Festivals: from the glamourous Castles Night in Sanssouci in Potsdam, to a sustainable family festival in Lüneburg, open air extravaganzas in Erfurt, to Nuremberg’s Bards Festival, or a funky festival in a former coal mine in Völklingen; more music, less mud.

Culture and castles: what’s not to love? Summer is when romance can really blossom and Germany’s Romantic Road takes you through a string of fairytale towns and cities. Wander through quaint cobbled streets, stop at a local restaurant or bar, take a moonlit evening city tour. One of the greatest royal romances ever – Victoria and Albert – was set against the backdrop of romantic Germany. As Europe’s no. 1 cultural destination, many of Germany’s castles and palaces stage open air concerts and events all summer.

Beatrix Haun, director of the GNTO UK and Ireland said: “Germany has beaches, beautiful landscapes, a huge cultural heritage for all ages, amazing open air bars, beer gardens and restaurants – all in a city centre. All the classic elements of a summer holiday can be found here and we can promise that the welcome will be as warm as the weather”.

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