Since World War II, Germany has transformed itself into one of the world’s great holiday destinations, especially for cruisers. There are lots of ocean cruise destinations and beautiful river ports. One of the ocean-port highlights is Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. It was one of the major medieval cities in Europe and now the city has a thriving arts scene. Ocean cruisers can also visit Kiel, one the traditional homes of the German Navy’s Baltic fleet. Kiel’s Holstenstraße is one of the country’s longest shopping streets. Lines such as AIDA Cruises, TUI Cruises, Phoenix Reisen, Costa Cruises and Crystal Cruises frequently sail around Germany. River lovers can cruise down the Rhine and the Elbe to experience some of inland Germany. When travelling on the Rhine, cruisers can stop in Berlin, the capital of Germany and one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world. Some of the major tourist attractions include the Brandenburg Gate and parts of the Berlin Wall. Another destination worth visiting is Dresden, which is known for its water meadows and green space. While cruising down the Rhine, expect to stop at Dusseldorf and Cologne.
PLACES TO STAY The Mövenpick Hamburg is a striking four-star hotel in the centre of the city that was converted from a 19th century water tower. East is a very cool design hotel that is also home to one of the best restaurants in town. River cruisers passing through Berlin have a great budget option in the hotel/hostel Die Fabrik, a favourite with visiting artists and musicians. Or splash out and stay at the Adlon Kempinski, a Berlin institution and once the haunt of celebrities like Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo.