Luxury holidays in Germany

A land of fairytale-inspiring forests, turreted castles and increasingly cool cities, Germany is so much more than beer and sausages – though you'll find both just about everywhere you go. We’ve got boutique hotels in stereotype-defying Berlin, famous for its wild nightlife and cutting-edge architecture; in artistic Hamburg, home to winding canals and a mile-long stretch of galleries and museums; and genteel Dusseldorf, once once dubbed ‘a little Paris’ by Napoleon Bonaparte. Fill up a Stein or two of the local brew, or sample world-class German Riesling. Prost!

Destinations in Germany

  • Slow-paced city Andernach hugs the Rhine’s riverbanks, halfway between Cologne and Frankfurt.
  • Bavaria, in southern Germany, fulfils Alpine dreams, with Lederhosen(ed)-up locals, fairy-tale castles, locally brewed beers and dramatic lakescapes – oh, and mountains, of course.
  • Flying in the face of stuffy German stereotypes, famously liberal and fun-loving Berlin has long been a magnet for pleasure-seekers.
  • When he passed through in 1806, Napoleon dubbed cosmopolitan Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital city, ‘a little Paris’. Today, the city is equally impressive, with avant-garde architecture, stylish boutiques, and a buzzing nightlife scene.
  • Emerging as former Eastern Germany’s poster child for a new age, now bang-on-trend Leipzig draws budding creatives and history-buffs alike, impressing with a bustling music scene, restored underground bars and verdigris-domed buildings.
  • Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, filled with stately Florentine, Gothic and baroque symbols of wealth and power set against an Alpine backdrop.

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Paco Pérez

Paco Pérez

As you might expect from a chef who trained under Ferran Adrià, Paco Pérez creates dishes that could pass as artworks, colourful culinary portraits painted in foams, jus and powders. But these are not just hollow theatrics – Pérez has a gift for combining flavours that has bagged him a quintet of Michelin stars over the years. Miramar, the seafood-slanted restaurant he set up with his wife in his hometown of Llançà, near Girona, has become a site of gastronomic pilgrimage (sea cucumbers are a speciality). Peréz has not confined himself to Spain, however. When he opened Cinco at the Das Stue in Berlin in 2013, expectations ran high. Within a year, its technically accomplished, Iberian-inflected, 25-course tasting menu had added another Michelin star to his CV.

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