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Being the largest country in Central Europe, Germany offers even a casual visitor a wealth of sights and sounds from hyper modern and fashionable cities to the sublime southern regions that border the Alps.
Beautiful, vibrant cities display some of the very best of what the country has to offer, while in the quieter corners of the country, the landscape is filled with significant UNESCO World Heritage sites and unspoiled treasures.
With its prime position in the Baltic Sea, Germany is the perfect gateway to mainland Europe with ferries arriving from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Russia. The ports of Kiel, Rostock and Travemunde are the more popular destinations and can be reached from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Norway.
The port of Sassnitz is another option for those coming from Sweden and also provides a link from the island of Bornholm while Lubeck is destination for ferries departing on the long trip from Russia.
The shortest and most frequently operated route to Germany is the 19 kilometre ferry link between Rødby (Lolland,Denmark) and Puttgarden, a village on the island of Fehmarn. The trip takes around 45 minutes and there are up to 2 sailing an hour.
Poland is also a good alternative entry point for those travelling to Germany. Though some of the of the departure ports are the same as those used for the crossings to Germany, the schedule and duration at sea may be a better fit for your plans.
If you're travelling from the UK to Germany, as the direct link from Harwich to Cuxhaven ceased many years ago, you'll need to travel via France, Belgium or Holland and drive across.
Whether the country is your final destination or you’re just passing through, all of Germany's major towns and cities are well connected by major infrastructure, and offer many options for onward travel. The German motorway network covers some 12,000 Kilometres ranking it among the most dense and longest motorway systems in the world.
For those that aren't travelling by vehicle, the German railway network is modern, comprehensive and very efficient, not just domestically but also for onward travel to countries all over Europe.
Recently travelled on the Stena Britannica from Harwich to Hook of Holland - and I have to say I was impressed! The ships are brand new so everything was top notch from the restaurants through to the bar areas, drinks were reasonably priced on board as was food in the buffet restaurant - there was also A ‘la Carte style dining however we did not visit there. Cabins were spotlessly clean and well equipped, with wider beds than normal ferries and with the addition of flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi internet - makes this an above average ferry crossing. I would without a doubt use this crossing again.Read More Read Less
I''ve been on the Serenade to travel from Helsinki to Stockholm and was very impressed: it''s like a real little city and the entertainment, food and cabin were great! Would definitely love to travel on it again...Read More Read Less
My friend and I travelled from Helsinki to Stockholm on the Symphony and from the moment we walked onto the gang plank it felt like more of a cruise, than a ferry crossing! From the massive themed atrium full of shops and "street" entertainment such as singers and jugglers, to the glass lifts which take you to your decks - it was very impressive. As cabins go they were pretty standard, had everything needed for an overnight trip and were comfortable with en-suite facilities. The staff were extremely friendly especially in the bars, they would engage you in banter whilst you waited for drinks. The buffet restaurant was amazing, had every type of food you could think of from salads, to curries to chicken fajitas and nachos! Even better than the food choice was that beer and wine was included, and was self-service! After dinner and a few cocktails in one of the bars, we went to watch the midnight show - which was fabulous, and thoroughly engaging. The disco bar goes on until dawn, where the youngster’s party continue their party! The ship was first class, had excellent facilities and I would not hesitate to travel again if I was ever back in Helsinki or Stockholm.Read More Read Less
"Hi from France"
I travelled on board the Symphony several times, everything is perfect on this beautiful ferry, many shops with professional and extremely kind staff, entertainment is high quality, cabins are very clean and well-appointed (mirrors, electrical outlets properly located, storage, very functional lighting). Everything is done to satisfy the customer and I wish to travel on board again soon. Thanks!Read More Read Less
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