Step into a fairy tale
Bavaria is evocative. It’s where the traditional image of Germany and the Germans was born. But not far from Munich lies the Alps in all their snow-capped, craggy glory. Hike up to the famed Neuschwanstein Castle that sits nestled in the mountains, a real life fairy-tale castle that inspired Walt Disney himself. Afterwards, take a dip in one of the many lakes that dot the landscape. It might be chilly, but the summertime sunshine will dry you off in no time.
Beer and bratwurst
Even outside of the world-renowned Octoberfest, it’s worth finding some cheap flights to Germany just to sample their cuisine. Knock back beers and snack on fresh pretzels and Bratwurst in a traditional beer hall. Or, if you’re up for an adventure, go hunting for the best currywurst in Berlin. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
On the hunt for your next Instagram shot? Head to Hamburg and stroll through the St. Pauli district for hot street art and a glimpse into the past with the brightly painted former squats that look out onto the harbour. History calls to you on every corner when you come to Berlin. New and old huddle together in harmony from the remnants of the wall to the slick lines of the Holocaust memorial.
When to go
Germany’s peak season falls over the summer months when tourists arrive in the cities to take advantage of the warm weather. This usually results in higher plane ticket costs. Munich will also experience a rise in airfares around Octoberfest when revellers descend on the city for beer-fuelled partying. This is not a bad thing, of course, but it is something to remember when thinking about visiting.
Cities like Hamburg and Berlin are excellent choices for city breaks. You can often benefit from last-minute deals should you decide on a spontaneous trip. The lowest airfares usually occur between January and March. Although the cities will be quieter, temperatures in the northern region will normally stay below ten degrees Celsius until April.
When it comes to hiking, summertime is definitely the best time of year to bag some Germany flights. The weather and visibility will be at its best with temperatures rising into the 20s in more lowland areas. If you’re heading into the mountains, though, expect much cooler temperatures.
Airlines and airports
To find the best deals and offers through our website, head to our Flights to Europe page and use our calendar feature to compare prices on return flights across a whole month from a selection of departure airports to destinations across Germany. After selecting your dates, you can then compare airlines, costs and journey time using the table at the top of the results page.
All major United Kingdom (UK) airports offer direct flights to major German destinations like Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Carriers, such as British Airways, Air France, Eurowings, KLM, Lufthansa, Flybe and Swiss, all depart from the UK.
Booking your holiday a few months in advance will save you money on your airfare, particularly if you wish to travel over the summer when it’s busiest. For flights during the off-peak season, it’s possible to find some great last-minute deals that will cut costs significantly and help you stay within a tight budget.