The eagerly anticipated Euro 2020 is now underway, and what better way to celebrate than looking forward to the football frenzy ahead. We'll be focusing on select fixtures and ranking the two countries on their holiday factor (not their ability to kick a ball).
For our second feature, France and Germany holidays are the focus ahead of their Group F fixture in Munich. While the two footballing heavyweights get ready to battle it out on the pitch, we're pitting these excellent holiday hotspots against each other to see which one emerges triumphant.
We've split this feature into five sections; weather, cuisine, things to do, price and distance from the UK, but which nation will achieve that all-important win?
This guide is intended for inspiration. You should check the latest government advice for visits to individual destinations before attempting to travel and be aware of any local guidelines or restrictions when booking a holiday.
France: From snow-capped mountains to sunny coasts, each region has its own climate. Overall, France offers cool winters and mild summers. Sun seekers should head to France's Mediterranean coastline for prime sun-bathing weather. Those looking for a Ski holiday should visit Chamonix, home to the tallest mountain in the Alps.
Germany: Similarly, Germany is a year-round destination with mild summers and cold winters. However, changeable weather means holidaymakers should pack sunglasses and a raincoat. For minimum rainfall, book a trip during the drier months of July or September. Head to the wine-growing southwest for the hottest temperatures.
Winner: We’re more likely to score a tan in France; they take an early lead!
Score so far: France 1–0 Germany
France: From world-famous cuisine to fine art galleries and beaches, there’s no shortage of things to do in France. Whether you visit The Louvre, the world’s largest art museum or drink in the views from the Eiffel Tower, Paris is a city you can visit again and again. Provence, a beautiful sun-drenched region in southeast France, is famous for its picturesque hilltop villages and stunning lavender fields. Avid cyclists can discover the rolling hills and picturesque vineyards of Bordeaux by bike.
Germany: History, culture and natural beauty; Germany has plenty to offer. Capital city Berlin is home to the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and the Berlin Wall. The Black Forest, a striking mountainous region in southwest Germany, is always a hit with hikers. Those searching for the ultimate fairytale castle should visit Neuschwanstein, one of Germany’s most romantic attractions. Fans of traditional folk music (and beer drinking) are guaranteed a great time at Oktoberfest.
Winner: An incredibly close one, we’d have a ball in both countries, but Germany wins this one for its sheer variety of festivals.
Score so far: France 1–1 Germany
France: Cheese and wine are a significant part of French cuisine. Need we say more? French food is known throughout the world for its incredible flavour. Make sure to try a Cassoulet – French comfort food at its best. Oyster fans can sample the best in Cancale, Brittany’s oyster capital. Take a break from sightseeing to indulge in a pain au chocolat or crêpe, popular afternoon snacks. Chocoholics will fall for the dreamy creations on offer. Paris alone boasts over 300 chocolate shops.
Germany: Renowned for bratwurst, beer and sauerkraut, German food is hearty and delicious. Meat lovers are spoilt for choice with an estimated 1,5000 varieties of sausage in Germany. Make sure to try a Brezel (pretzel) from one of the many popular street stalls. Those with a sweet tooth won’t be able to resist a slice of the famous Black Forest gâteau. No trip to Germany would be complete without trying one of their incredible brews. Grab a stein and enjoy some Paulaner, Weissbier or Beck’s.
Winner: We’ve checked the VAR footage and France’s food certainly hits the back of the net.
Score so far: France 2–1 Germany
France: Easily accessible, you can take a holiday to France without breaking the bank. The country is full of affordable cities and quaint towns like Lyon, Toulouse and Dijon that offer excellent cuisine and culture without the Paris price tag. We recommend eating lunch out before heading to a local market and making a picnic dinner. Visit between September and October to avoid the crowds and benefit from lower prices. France is slightly more expensive than Germany, particularly in cities like Paris or along the coast.
Germany: With cheap return flights available from many UK airports and lots of great value hotels, you can be sure to enjoy a low-cost trip. From trendy hotels in Berlin to portside properties in Hamburg, the country's vast size means there are plenty of budget-friendly options. Save money with a free walking tour of your chosen city. Travel between January and March for the lowest prices and maybe even some snow.
Winner: If you’re aiming for the most affordable holiday, you can’t go wrong with a city break to Germany.
Score so far: France 2–2 Germany
France: France can be reached in just over an hour from the UK, making it an ideal destination for a weekend break away. Those who don't like flying can take a direct, high-speed journey on the Eurostar from London into the heart of Paris.
Germany: Likewise, Germany breaks are perfect for those looking to book a quick trip away. Reachable in just over 90 minutes from the UK, they're just one hour ahead of BST, so you won't need to worry about struggling to adjust to the local time zone.
Winner: The direct train gives France a slight edge and with it a narrow win in the second fixture of our European (Holiday) Championships!
Final Score: France 3–2 Germany
France or Germany holidays…which do you prefer? Tweet @icelollyholiday and let us know!