So what's it like?
Germany is packed with idyllic architecture, wonderful folk tales and lush mountain scenery – all served with an alpine welcome and an ice-cold stein of local beer.
Fairytale castles, fragrant forests and shuttered alpine chalets - the classic image of Germany comes from the southeastern state of Bavaria, where our holidays are based. Its meadows, rivers and distinctive culture have made it a favourite with visitors looking for something a little bit different.
Nestled in the Bayern Alps, just over the border with Austria, is the pretty village of Ruhpolding. This is the land of the Swan King, lederhosen, and the sound of cowbells floating across the meadows. So you can spend your days swooshing up the mountain on a cable car, learning about the local culture in the lumberjack museum or taking a walk past scenic churches and around the pretty lakes of Königsee and Chiemsee.
If you’re interested in the local culture, you can take a trip to Munich, the Bavarian capital, which is just over an hour away. And a trip to the Berchtesgaden is a must, for the glorious mountain views and fascinating Eagle’s Nest.