As Germany is enveloped in yuletide spirit and winter cheer, from each of these cities springs a traditional Christmas market bubbling over with crafts, trinkets, and rich mulled wine. Have a festive break with today's Groupon at Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, a mystery central Berlin hotel close to Tiergarten, or the four-star Barceló Cologne City Center from Clear Sky Holidays:
Each of these city hotspots boasts swift and nifty transport links to their respective city centres, be it by tram, U-Barn or urban stroll. The Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe strives to keep guests cosy with a lobby bar serving local wines, and a lounge for internationally inspired nibbles and colourful cocktails. In Berlin, a mystery hotel awaits within easy proximity of Berlin Zoo, the historical centre, and the city’s shining retail metropolis, as well as a spattering of Christmas markets sprouting up throughout the capital. With some rooms offerings panoramic city views, the four-star Barceló Cologne City Center hotel gleams with suave and minimalist decor.
Indulging in a seasonal getaway, get stuck in to the candles, Christmas trees, and romantic atmosphere of the nationwide market tradition. Cologne offers festivities under its immense cathedral as well as on the huge and central Rudolfplatz, while the 600 year old Frankfurt market features live music and fanfares. In Berlin, take a city tour of up to 60 different fairs. For those feeling jingle-belled out, each destination is rich in museums and history, from the many monuments of Berlin to artistry from Picasso and Warhol in Cologne. From Frankfurt, stick to fairy tale fun with a daytrip to the Black Forest and the picturesque Romantic Road.
Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, Gutleutstrasse 296, Frankfurt, 60327 Germany
Barceló Cologne City Center, Habsburgerring 9, Cologne, 50674 Germany
Frankfurt stay for two
At the Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt-Messe, staying in a standard double room with breakfast and flights included
- £99 per person for one night (Up to 42% off)
- £129 per person for two nights (Up to 34% off)
Berlin stay for two
At a mystery hotel in the city centre, close to shopping areas and Tiergarten, staying in a standard double room with flights included
- £99 per person for one night (Up to 59% off)
- £129 per person for two nights (Up to 63% off)
Cologne stay for two
At the four-star Barceló Cologne City Center, staying in a standard double room with breakfast and flights included
- £149 per person for one night (Up to 43% off)
- £189 per person for two nights (Up to 41% off)
Flights: Flights are included and depart from London Stansted to Frankfurt Hahn Airport, or from London Gatwick to Frankfurt International Airport. Flights to Berlin-Schönefeld depart from London Gatwick or Heathrow, and flights to Cologne Bonn Airport depart from London Stansted, Heathrow, or Gatwick.
Airport: Frankfurt Hahn Airport is approximately 125km from the hotel, and can be reached by a drive of around one-hour and 20 minutes. Frankfurt International is closer, at only 14km away, or a 15 to 20-minute drive. The Berlin hotel is approximately 23km from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, and can be reached by car in around 25 minutes. Cologne Bonn Airport is around 16.5km from the hotel, approximately a 15 to 20-minute drive.
Car hire: Various car hire operators are available at all airports.