TRAVEL: Scenery and great shopping.
For families, there are holiday camps, theme parks and water parks.
Follow in the footsteps of the Brothers Grimm on the Fairytale Route from Hanau to Bremen, passing Sleeping Beauty's castle and Hamelin, home of the Pied Piper.
If you're a shopaholic, it's a great place to pick up bargains from German designers, including Hugo Boss and Jill Sander.
For more information, log on to germanyfaces.co.uk #ENJOY a traditional Christmas in the Austrian Tyrol with Consort Travel.
Snow-clad mountains and pine forests are the beautiful backdrop to an eight-day tour by coach, leaving Scotland on December 22.
There's a torchlit walk to midnight mass on Christmas Eve and visits to Innsbruck and Brixen. Call 0845 345 0300 or visit consorttravel.com
CAPITAL PLACE: Berlin