Beyond ample mugs of Bavarian beer, Oktoberfest and a chequered history, Germany is a geographical and cultural patchwork offering something for everyone. Home to the romantic fairy-tale scenery and castles of the Rhine, the verdant Black Forest, dramatic Alps, magical Christmas markets and great cities of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, Germany is a great destination for a luxury break in Europe.
From villages with half-timbered dwellings to gothic and baroque monuments and contemporary cityscapes, Germany's architecture is as varied as its landscape and arts scene. Vast vineyards produce underestimated world-class wines and spa towns on natural hot and saline springs offer traditional relaxation. An abundance of luxury and boutique accommodation provides the perfect base from which to explore the country's offerings throughout the year.