Rail Holidays in Germany

E asily navigable by train, Germany combines exciting city destinations with stunning countryside. The history of Europe is woven into the fabric of the country, from the Roman cities of Trier and Mainz and the fairytale castles along the Romantic Road to beer halls of Munich and the ultra-modern architecture on show in Berlin and Frankfurt. There’s plenty of fabulous scenery too in locations like the Rhine Valley, Saxon Switzerland and the famous Black Forest.

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Destination Germany

Despite its beautiful scenery, rich culture, wonderful cities and the warm welcome afforded to visitors, Germany remains hugely underrated as a holiday destination. The upside of this curious attitude is that you will be able to explore Berlin, the Black Forest, Munich, Christmas markets and fairytale castles without having to worry about bumping into those neighbours you don’t really like.

Whether you’re interested in 20th century history or 21st century hedonism, Berlin is a fascinating, fun city to visit. You can discover the Brandenburg Gate or the Checkpoint Charlie museum before going on to enjoy some of the world’s most celebrated bars and restaurants. In the south of the country, Munich is the ideal introduction to Bavaria, with handsome squares, beautiful parks and famous beer halls in which you can while away an evening whilst listening to local oompa bands. Dresden, Cologne and Hamburg are also wonderful destinations, especially if you time your trip to coincide with the Christmas markets when the air is heavy with the smell of gingerbread and spiced wine.

Outside of Germany’s charming cities, there is a great variety of beautiful countryside to explore and enjoy. The Bavarian Alps offer lots of well-kept, well-signposted hiking trails whilst at the opposite end of the country, the Northern coastline is home to a range of beachside spa resorts which can cater to every taste – and budget! Between the Alps and the coast, the German landscape is dotted by a variety of fantastical castles built by King Ludwig, perhaps most famously the white-walled Neuschwanstein.

Germany is very accessible by train from the UK, with a quick transfer in Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam required depending on your destination. An affordable, comfortable and reliable high-speed network connects all of the major German towns and cities, making exploring this fascinating country both easy and enjoyable.

Germany Highlights

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Berlin Berlin is an exciting melting pot of culture, history and diversity - a tolerant and welcoming city with a young vibe. View More
Bavaria Bavaria offers a heady mix of vibrant, cultural cities, chocolate-box medieval towns, fairytale hill-top castles and undulating scenery. View More

Itineraries in Germany

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4 Days
  • Berlin
Take comfortable and modern daytime trains all the way from London to Berlin and enjoy all that Germany's fascinating reunified capital has to offer.
From £449
6 Days
  • Cologne
  • Berlin
Enjoy a German holiday by rail with 2 nights in Cologne on the River Rhine and 3 nights in buzzing capital Berlin.
From £649
8 Days
  • Trier
  • Boppard
  • Rudesheim
Enjoy a relaxing rail holiday taking in the stunning landscapes of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Your journey takes you to Trier, the 'Rome of the North', then onto the banks of the Rhine, with stays in beautiful Boppard and Rudesheim.
From £729
8 Days
  • Heidelberg
  • Lindau
  • Koblenz
Combine two of Germany's hidden gems with a holiday to Heidelberg and Lindau on Lake Constance. Your return rail journey will also take you along the dramatic Rhine Gorge.
From £899
9 Days
  • Freiburg
  • Heidelberg
  • Frankfurt
  • Gottingen
Follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo as you travel from southern Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, via the romantic city of Heidelberg, the financial powerhouse of Frankfurt, through to the university city of Göttingen, in the northern region of Saxony.
From £1,049
10 Days
  • Wurzburg
  • Rothenburg
  • Nuremberg
  • Munich
Experience true Bavarian hospitality in this most quintessentially German of regions. Explore its architecture, countryside, castles and cities, and sip local brew in a Brauhaus.
From £1,149
  • Cologne
  • Salzburg
  • Chur
  • Zermatt
  • Strasbourg
Make the most of your winter holiday with a scenic journey through the Alps. Travel from Cologne, through the Rhine Gorge to Salzburg, by panorama coach to Chur, across Switzerland to Zermatt with the Glacier Express and then back to London via Strasbourg.
From £1,299
  • Zermatt
  • Chur
  • Innsbruck
  • Lake Bled
  • Heidelberg
Travel from Zermatt, in the shadow of the Matterhorn, through the best of the Swiss and Austrian Alps, to picture-perfect Lake Bled in Slovenia's Julian Alps.
From £1,399