Want to see if the classic image you have of Germany lives up to reality? Then book a trip to Bavaria in the south-eastern area, where many go for a lakes and mountains break. Expect alpine chalets with shutters, fresh and fragrant forests and even fairytale castles. Mountain cable cars, lumberjack museum, and scenic lakes and church buildings in Ruhpolding just add to the picture. Germany is big on food and beer, so be sure to eat and drink your fill, especially if you want to join in with the party at the famous Oktoberfest in Munich. Berlin also has a city that never sleeps feel, with sights for everyone that include the Brandenberg Gate, Berlin Zoo, and plenty of museums if the weather turns. With Hamburg pinpointed as a shopping destination and Dusseldorf a lively alternative, Germany is a year round, holiday, and city break destination.