48 Hours

City Breaks: Germany

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Hamburg

    Hamburg Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Germany’s second-largest city is embracing its long-awaited and edgy new look with a swathe of über-cool bars, restaurants and boutique hotels, says Stefanie Will
  • Frankfurt

    Frankfurt Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Shaking off the cold and leaping into life with its mighty Christmas market, this most festive of cities has art, architecture and apfelwein all on tap, finds Blossom Green
  • Hanover

    Hanover Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    The capital of Lower Saxony, this city was redesigned for the motor car. Equally easy to explore on foot, its parks, palaces and lakes are royally good, says Alex Allen.
  • Stuttgart

    Stuttgart Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    Cradle of the automobile, wine capital of Baden-Württemberg and home to one of Europe’s biggest Christmas markets, Stuttgart has attractions on tap, says Alex Allen.
  • Düsseldorf

    Düsseldorf Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 10mins

    Jessica Basi steadily works her way around the microbreweries of this Rhine-fringed German city, fills up on its hearty cuisine and explores the extraordinary pink palace.
  • Frankfurt

    Frankfurt Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    1hrs 40mins

    Somewhere between the glasses of apfelwein and the historic Christmas market, Alicia Miller finds herself enthralled with this cosmopolitan German regional capital.
  • Mainz

    Mainz Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    2hrs 40mins

    Long overshadowed by neighbouring Frankfurt, Mainz deserves time in the spotlight for its subtle charms and inviting simplicity. Rebecca Twomey unearths its treasures.
  • Leipzig

    Leipzig Europe, Germany

    Travel Time

    2hrs 30mins

    Music, coffee and a tumultuous history are inextricably linked to Saxony’s second city. Alicia Miller delves into this beautifully restored, former East German hub.

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