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Ferocious winds forced pilots to abort landings and divert passengers hundreds of miles from their original destinations.

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By Amanda Holpuch and Remy Tumin

A powerful storm diverted dozens of flights in Britain and Ireland on Sunday and Monday, sending passengers to Germany, France and northern Britain, and stranding some at airports overnight.

At Dublin Airport, 166 flights were canceled Sunday night, another 29 flights were canceled on Monday, 36 flights were diverted to other airports and 34 aircraft performed what are known as “go-arounds,” or aborted landings, according to the airport.

Despite the flight chaos, the airport was open and operational on both Sunday and Monday, Graeme McQueen, a spokesman for Dublin Airport, said in a statement to The New York Times. Winds from the storm, named Isha, eased overnight on Sunday and changed to a more favorable westerly direction to allow “for a smooth first wave of flights.”

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The storm’s wind challenged flight crews, with gusts between 70 and 75 miles per hour in the south of England and Ireland, Steve Fox, the head of network operations at NATS, which provides air traffic control services in Britain, said in a statement on Monday. In the north, gusts were more than 90 m.p.h.

Mr. Fox said that aircraft that could not land safely were diverted to other airports.

“Yesterday, because the storm blanketed the whole country, we alerted airlines that their normal diversion airfield might not be available and they should plan to potentially have to divert further afield,” he said, adding that flights were diverted to destinations that were “least affected” and still had space available “at the pilot’s critical decision point.”

Many of the flights were operated by Ryanair, a budget airline, including one from Manchester to Dublin that was diverted to Paris and another from Stansted to Newquay, England , that was diverted to Málaga, Spain.

Ryanair said that the storm caused some flights to and from airports in Britain and Ireland to be canceled or delayed on Sunday and Monday, and advised passengers with flights on Monday to check the Ryanair app for updates. It did not specify how many flights had been canceled, delayed or diverted.

A Ryanair flight from Budapest to London Stansted was supposed to depart at 6 p.m. on Sunday. But the two-and-a-half-hour flight turned into a 24-hour journey for Terrell Crossley and her boyfriend, who were trying to get home after a weekend away celebrating his birthday.

The pilot tried to land the plane twice but couldn’t because of the wind speed, Ms. Crossley told The Times. Instead, the pilot diverted the plane to Manchester, about 200 miles northwest of their original destination.

“It was extremely tense and everyone sat in absolute silence,” she wrote of their final descent. “When we landed in Manchester, everybody applauded the pilot and you could feel a sense of relief from the passengers. Everyone was thankful to be on the ground.”

But once the plane had landed, Ms. Crossley said, the passengers were held on the tarmac for two and a half hours, during which there was a medical emergency that required an ambulance. She said there was no communication from the pilot and no access to food or water. Finally, the pilot told passengers that they could get off in Manchester. Not everyone did, and some ended up back in Budapest . Ryanair did not immediately return a request for comment.

Ms. Crossley and her boyfriend booked a hotel for the night in Manchester and took the train to Stansted on Monday, before finally arriving in London just before 6 p.m. that evening.

Greg Manahan, a television director based in Dublin, was nearly home after a week on vacation on Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, when passengers on his Ryanair flight on Sunday night were told that they could not land in Dublin, which was about 20 minutes away, and would instead be heading south to Bordeaux, France.

“Bordeaux is a long way away from Dublin, we were almost halfway back to Lanzarote,” Mr. Manahan said.

He said that the passengers had to wait on the plane for an hour after it landed, and that once they were in the airport, there was only one shop selling food still open and “whatever was left got stripped out.”

Mr. Manahan said that the passengers were directed to a line to be set up with accommodations. But after landing in Bordeaux around 6:30 p.m., they were still in the airport at 11 p.m. At that point, many people, including Mr. Manahan, decided to find hotel rooms for themselves.

His new flight to Dublin left after an hour delay on Monday morning, and Mr. Manahan said it arrived around 11 a.m., nearly 24 hours after the flight from Lanzarote took off.

Amanda Holpuch is a general assignment reporter. More about Amanda Holpuch

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Should you visit Ireland or Germany?

Which is cheaper to visit which is more expensive for vacation.

Should I visit Ireland or Germany? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which country has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

We'll start with a quick overview, and below we will go into all of the details.

Dingle, Ireland

Ireland is a proud, green, and historic country. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. Visitors also love the national parks, history and culture, nightlife, and food.

Ireland is a unique country with a deep historic culture, a beautiful countryside with rolling green hills, exciting cities, and friendly people. You'll find good food, interesting natural landscapes such as the Giant's Causeway, terrific hikes through the countryside, surfing at the beach, and cultural experiences in the cities.

Bamberg, Germany

Germany is a historic, modern, and industrious country. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the theater, adventure travel, national parks, and history and culture.

At the heart of Europe, Germany is one of the largest countries on the continent and offers visitors a wealth of history, art, and culture mixed with modern attractions and beautiful natural scenery. The large cities offer museums, nightlife, theatre, and cultural activities, while the countryside is diverse with wine regions, gorgeous mountains, winding rivers, national parks, and historic towns.

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  • Good for hiking
  • Beautiful national parks
  • Great road trips
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Not as many big cities
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less popular at Christmas
  • Less popular for Christmas markets
  • Not so many mountains
  • Popular at Christmas
  • Known for Christmas markets
  • Beautiful mountains

Marienplatz Town Hall, Munich, Germany

How is Ireland different from Germany?

Which is better for a holiday.

Below we will examine the differences and similarities between Ireland and Germany. With this information, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Ireland or Germany?

Visiting museums and landmarks is a fun activity in both Ireland and Germany .

Ireland offers many unique museums, sights, and landmarks that will make for a memorable trip. Visitors will find a variety types of museums all across the country. History, science, art, and kid-friendly museums are everywhere, showcasing the culture, history, and life of the Irish people. A few of the best in Dublin are the Little Museum, the National Museum of Ireland with its multiple branches, the Irish Whiskey Museum, the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublinia, and the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum, among others. If you're visiting Galway, check out the Galway City Museum, Lynch's Castle, Monkey Business Children's Museum, or the Fisheries Watchtower Museum. Also, in Cork, the Cork City Gaol and the Crawford Art Gallery are visitor favorites, although there are many more.

Many visitors head to Germany specifically to visit some of its top-rated museums and other sights. With thousands of museums, it might be difficult to decide where to go first. Some of the best museums in Germany include the Museum Island area of Berlin which showcases a combination of art and ancient history, the Mercedes-Benz museum dedicated to the automobile, Zwinger Palace in Dresden which hosts historic art and antique weapons, the German Museum in Munich which focuses on Science, and the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg. Plenty more can be found in every corner of the country, though.

Berlin : Famous landmarks include the rebuilt Reichstag, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and Berliner Fernsehturm. Many of the city's oldest and most famous museums are found on Museum Island, where you'll find the Pergamon Museum, the James Simon Gallery, the Altes Museum, and the Neues Museum, among others.

Nuremberg : It's well established on the tourist circuit and it's easy to see why. The history and charm, combined with interesting sights make it a top place to visit in Germany. Make sure you check out Kaiserburg, the Nuremberg Trials Memorial, and Germanisches National Museum.

Würzburg : The Franconian city is known for its history and architecture. One of the most well know sights is the 18th-century Residenz palace. Other attractions in town include the Martin von Wagner Museum, the Würzburg Court Gardens, the Marienberg Fortress, and the Würzburg Cathedral & Museum.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Culture, Arts, and History?

Generally, Ireland offers a larger array of history, arts, and cutlure for travelers than Germany.

With a long list of famous historical and cultural attractions, Ireland brings in many visitors. Plenty of historical attractions are popular destinations for visitors, especially the castles, small historic towns, and huge monuments. At the Rock of Cashel, you can see the ruins of this historic and beautiful castle from the 12th century. Reginald’s Tower in Waterford is said to be the oldest building still standing in Ireland, and can be toured while also exploring the surrounding city. Glendalough is the home of a monastery and famous tower, as well as stunning natural landscapes. And at Newgrange, you can see this ancient 5000 year old megalithic cemetery. The Blarney Castle is home of the Blarney Stone, and is one of the most famous sites in the country. In Dublin, don't miss the Dublin Castle, the St. Patrick's Cathedral, or the Kilmainham Gaol, all of which showcase a selected period of Irish history. No matter which area of the country you visit, Ireland offers historic sights and attractions of all types for every age.

Germany has many famous historic and cultural sights and attractions worth visiting, and is one of the main reasons why poeple come here. With a deep and rich history, Germany's cities and small towns showcase a variety of architecture, art, theatre, cultural traditions, and more to visitors and locals alike. Many of the big cities are home to not just art museums, but also museums that provide insight into German and European history, technology, food, and its people. Even the small towns across the country offer their own piece of history and art, as the countryside is dotted with castles and ancient ruins showcasing medieval times, Roman history, and modern periods up to and after the major wars.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Big City Activities?

Germany is considered to have more larger cities than Ireland.

Travelers will also find plenty of sights and attractions in the big cities of Germany that attract lots of visitors. Berlin, the capital, offers a diverse set of urban experiences from museums and historical sights to iconic modern music, trendy fashions, delicious cuisine, and more. Other larger cities include Munich, Cologne and Bonn, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, just to name a few. Each has its own personality while still offering typical big city amenities and attractions such as museums, beautiful architecture, fine dining, nightlife, and nice hotels.

See also The 13 Best Free Things to do in Berlin , and Things to do in Dresden .

With a variety of activities, Ireland has some large cities to explore. Dublin and Cork are the largest cities in Ireland, followed by Limerick and Galway, but even these last two have small populations compared to other cities in Europe. In Dublin you can find plenty of restaurants, cafes, museums, universities, and historic sights. Outside of this city, it's hard to find the same urban vibe. The rest of the country has smaller cities and towns and plenty of rural areas with stunning landscapes, but lacks the large city environments.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Small Towns and Villages?

Ireland and Germany are somewhat similar when it comes to visiting the great smaller towns and villages.

Because Ireland offers so many small towns with a variety of charming activities, it attracts plenty of visitors for a good reason. A few of the smaller towns in Ireland are some of the country's most popular travel destinations. Kilkenny has a nearby castle, abbey, a gorgeous cathedral, and a historic medieval area of town. Kinsale has a quaint harbor and colorful houses. Tralee on the southern coast has beautiful seaside views and stunning cliffs. And the ring of Kerry offers even more stunning coastal views and small towns such as Portmagee. Exploring the small towns of Ireland is an absolute requirement for any itinerary, as here you'll find the true local culture and history of the island.

See also 10 Easy and Ambitious Day Trips from Dublin Ireland .

Since Germany offers plenty of small towns and villages with a variety of activities, it attracts plenty of visitors, too. One of the main attractions to many regions of Germany is the large number of small, beautiful towns. Many of these towns, especially those along the Rhine river, in Bavaria, and in the Black Forest, are extremely scenic and historic. Visitors to these towns experience history, culture, great cuisine, fun activities, wine tasting, mountain views, and more. Some of the most scenic towns in Germany include Quedlinburg, Cochem, Rottach-Egern, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Fussen , Bamberg, and Gorlitz, although there are many others that are also popular.

See also The Best Day Trips from Munich .

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Theater?

With more venues to choose from, Germany is more regarded as a theater destination.

If you have some extra time in Germany, take in a show. Opera, ballet, performance art, and live plays are all very popular and commonly found in the big cities of Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Hamburg, and others. Many of the theatres which host events are historic buildings themselves, making the experiences that much more exciting.

Ireland offers a few theater venues for visitors. Local theaters with community productions can be found in many smaller cities. In Dublin, if you're looking for a show, check out the Abbey Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre, the Smock Alley Theatre, or the Olympia Theatre. Elsewhere in Ireland, make sure to visit the National Folk Theatre in Kerry (Siamsa Tíre), or the Druid Theatre in Galway.

Is the Food Better in Ireland or Germany? Which Country Has the Best Restaurants?

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Germany a bit more than Ireland.

Germany has a huge number of terrific restaurants. German food traditionally consists of meat and potatoes, along with beer, naturally. But in recent decades the food scene in the major cities has exploded. So, while you definitely should try the bratwurst and other related sausages along with schnitzel (breaded fried pork) and spatzle (egg noodles), you can also find modern cuisine from Germany and abroad in almost every town across the country. Modern chefs, especially in the big cities, are catering to the modern local German population, as well as tourists, with gourmet food in a variety of restaurant styles. But of course, while in Germany you still need to try the potato pancakes, rabbit stew, pork knuckle, and roast beef stew. And wash it all down with some local German beer, of course! You'll find a wide variety of beer styles, flavors, and brewing techniques all around the regions of this beer-loving country.

Baden-Baden : There are Michelin starred restaurants and many opportunities to sip wine and sample local cuisine. Many consider the Baden cuisine to be among the best in Germany. You'll find wine, sausages, game meat, poultry, and more. Make sure you try the Rehrücken Baden-Baden (Roe Deer), Käsespätzle (cheese spatzle), and Schäufele (pig's shoulder).

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Ireland area. Traditional Irish foods can be found at many restaurants around the country. One of the most popular dishes includes various forms of Irish stew that use meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Shepherd's Pie takes this stew and adds a layer of mashed potatoes to the top. Colcannon and Champ is a form of mashed potatoes that mixes in cabbage, onions, and sometimes bacon. If you're tired of potatoes, salmon in various recipes is also common and popular. Also try the black and white pudding, which is actually blood sausage and not dessert. Other popular dishes include vegetables cooked into stews with local herbs. Of course, the local beer is quite popular, too. And don't miss the more interesting forms of Irish soda bread as well.

Kinsale : For such a small town, it really has an impressive food scene and many people consider it to be the culinary capital of Ireland. The food scene includes Michelin starred restaurants and local cafes.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Nightlife?

For nightlife, head to Germany instead of Ireland.

The nightlife in Germany has something for everybody. Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and other major cities offer plenty of nightlife options such as bars, clubs, pubs, concerts, theatre productions, and a variety of other options for both tourists and locals alike. Out in the smaller cities and rural areas, nightlife might be limited to the local bar, but it's still not hard to find some of that delicious German beer no matter where you visit.

Berlin : The nightlife scene here is legendary. There are club nights that last for days, bars and parties that appeal to every personality, and a diversity of venues that you can choose from. You'll find the classic techno warehouses, but there are also modern dance clubs, bunker parties, and raves.

Munich : The city has a young and vibrant population that keep the nightlife scene active and fun. There are many bars and clubs around town, but the city is also famous for Oktoberfest during the months of September and October.

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There's a variety of activities in the evening in Ireland. Dublin and Galway, as the two largest cities, are the obvious choices for nightlife. Dublin claims to be one of the party capitals of Europe, and offers a variety of venues from bars and pubs to undergrounds nightclubs, as well as theater, fine dining options, and relaxed bars and cafes where you can have a drink with friends. Galway has a similar scene with a mix of bars, pubs, and nightclubs, many with live music and plenty of dancing. In Cork, much of the nightlife scene is dominated by the student population of the area, as large universities are nearby. Check out SoHo and the other spots on the Grand Parade. Plenty of other towns and smaller cities offer an array of pubs, bars, and clubs, too.

Dublin : Temple Bar is where you'll find the greatest concentration of pubs and nightlife. The city is among the friendliest and most welcoming, and this is seen even in the vibe around town at night.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Resorts?

Ireland and Germany offer a relatively similar set of great luxury resort options.

Not known for its high-end resorts, Ireland offers a few options. Although the number of resorts is not large, the best resorts in Ireland tend to be the historic manor houses and castles that have been transformed into large, luxury hotels with plenty of comfortable amenities. Some of these are located on the coastline, while others are inland, and they all tend to be in more rural areas surrounded by beautiful countryside.

You might not think of Germany as a resort destination, but it has a few places. As this country is more about history, culture, and large cities mixed in with historic towns, resorts are not as popular with travelers as they are in other countries. However, plenty of ski resorts can be found in the Alps and other mountain areas in the south. Additionally, a number of large resort hotels can be found throughout the country in popular tourist areas. Some of these resorts are near amusement park areas (such as Legoland and Europa-Park), while others are more adult-focused and centered around wellness and spas.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Beaches?

Most people pick Ireland for its beaches over Germany.

You can check out the beach in Ireland . With a huge amount of coastline, this island nation has plenty of beaches. Some are in protected coves, while others are more exposed and have large waves popular with surfers. Despite the colder temperatures, the beaches here can still be fun because the natural scenery is beautiful. Some of the beaches are in natural coves surrounded by cliffs, rocks, and epic views. Swimming is very possible and popular in the summer months with locals and visitors alike. A few of the most popular beach areas include Inchydoney Beach in County Cork, Dog's Bay near Galway, Strandhill near Sligo, Silver Strand in Country Donegal, and Portmarnock Beach near Dublin. However, there are many more to explore.

You'll find a beach in Germany. Germany actually has a very long and extensive coastline along the North Sea and Baltic Sea. But as you might expect, this is not the warmest part of the world, so swimming and beach activities are limited to the warmest months. But despite this, Germany offers some beautiful stretches of coastline such as Hiddensee Island, Rugen Island, Juist Island, Sylt Beach, and more. Many of these beach towns have wide sandy beaches lined with dunes and sea grasses, plus natural areas for nice walks, local restaurants, and plenty of seaside activities. Also, some of the larger lakes inland have beach areas with fun activities, too.

Is the Shopping Better in Ireland or Germany?

If you're looking to go shopping, Ireland and Germany both offer plenty of great spots.

Shopping is a popular activity when visiting Ireland . While the larger cities and towns such as Dublin and Galway have more variety of shops such as clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and local galleries, even the smallest towns have nice shopping options. Some of the more popular local arts and crafts for purchase include tweed fabrics in Donegal, Aran Wool clothing items, and hand-crafted pottery. In Dublin, visitors can find several large shopping malls such as Dundram Centre, and more shops in George's Street Arcade, Liberty Market, and Cow's Lane.

Many visitors go to Germany to go shopping. Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and other large cities in Germany offer plenty of trendy and authentic shopping experiences. From high-end fashion to grunge to casual to hipster, the cities of Germany offer something for everyone.

Berlin : Bookshops, flea markets, luxury boutiques and artisan shops all make up the shopping scene in the city. Kurfürstendamm is one of the most famous shopping districts in the city.

Munich : There are many pedestrian areas and shopping centers where you can find everything from luxury items to bargain finds.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Christmas?

The Christmas season is more busy in Germany than Ireland.

People travel from all around to experience the Christmas season in Germany. Germany lights up at Christmas, as the large cities of Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Nuremburg, Dresden, and others host a variety of activities, put up large trees, adorn public buildings with lights, host concerts in their cathedrals, and offers shows, ice skating, and more. Plenty of smaller cities and small towns in the countryside do the same, combining the snowy landscape, alpine architecture, and holiday spirit into one large festive atmosphere in winter.

Cologne : Cologne is one of the top Christmas destinations in Germany. You'll find many different markets spread around town that offer ice skating, curling, warm drinks, and local dishes. Foodies will appreciate the many samplings of local holiday favorites while shoppers will be able to pick up gifts and Christmas decorations that are locally made.

Many visitors go to Ireland during the Christmas season. Dublin, Galway, Cork, and many of the other towns and cities put on huge light displays during the holidays. The public squares and town centers have Christmas trees, markets, festivals, and other activities. There's even a polar swimming plunge in Dublin. Some of the famous castles and manor houses also have holiday decorations and festivities which bring in large crowds. The local pubs in many small towns become the center of activity as people gather in the warm and brightly decorated establishments. Also, many of the hotels and smaller B&B's decorate their grounds and have special dinners and parties. For the best Christmas markets, head to Cork or Galway, or even Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Christmas Markets?

Germany provides a more festive Christmas market atmosphere than Ireland.

Germany has some of the best Christmas markets in the world. As Germany has been hosting Christmas markets in some of its towns for hundreds of years, it's no surprise that they are so popular with locals and visitors alike. Some of the best markets are in Nuremburg, Dresden, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Konstanz, and Bamberg. But also keep in mind that almost every town in Germany has some sort of Christmas market or festival from November until Christmas, so you can easily hop from place to place on the train if you want to see more than one. In fact, this is what many visitors do.

Cologne : Cologne is one of the top Christmas market destinations in Germany. You'll find many different markets spread around town that offer ice skating, curling, warm drinks, and local dishes. Foodies will appreciate the many samplings of local holiday favorites while shoppers will be able to pick up gifts and Christmas decorations that are locally made.

You can find a few Christmas markets in Ireland. The best Christmas markets can be found in Cork and Galway, although many other small towns offer fun festivities, too. Dublin offers a few different holiday markets around the city, such as at Dublin Castle and Guiness Storehouse.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Hiking?

Germany provides a better hiking experience than Ireland.

Many visitors go to Germany for the hiking trails. From the Alps in the south to the Baltic Sea coastline in the north, plenty of amazing hiking trails can be found throughout Germany. Some of the best include Painters' Way in the Elbe Mountains, the Rheinsteig Trail along the Rhine River in western Germany, Triberg Waterfalls in the Black Forest, and Partnachklamm Gorge in the Reintal Valley in Bavaria. But there are many more places to explore, as Germany is home to 16 national parks plus a number of wilderness and mountain regions.

Many people include a hike when visiting Ireland. The rolling mountains and beautiful green countryside provide stunning hikes in all parts of the country. From the cliffside walks with epic views to the peaks in the interior of the island, there's a trail for everyone. Some of the most popular routes include the treks around Glendalough where you'll see the Spinc cliffs, waterfalls, and distant views of the lake. If you're looking for a mountain to hike, Diamond Hill in County Galway, Carrauntoohil in Kerry, or Slieve Gullion all provide stunning views, physical challenges, and plenty of wilderness opportunities.

Connemara : The landscape is considered to be some of the most beautiful in all of Ireland and there are many walks and hikes that let you experience it. Some of the best hikes are The Cong and Clonbur Forest Trail, the Claddaghduff Quay to Omey Island Walk, and Mount Gable Walk.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for its National Parks?

If you're interested in visiting great national parks, Ireland and Germany both offer plenty of spots.

Visiting the national parks is a popular activity when in Ireland . The 6 national parks here offer stunning beauty and a variety of sights and attractions both within the parks and nearby. Five of the parks are along the western coast, and it might be best if you had your own vehicle to see some of all of them. Killarney National Park is part of the Ring of Kerry and was the first park. You can find historic manor houses, the largest mountain in the country, and a variety of wildlife. Wicklow Mountains National Park is on the eastern side, and in the area you'll find Powerscourt Gardens, Glendalough with its famous round tower, and the beautiful Glenmacnass Waterfall. In all of the parks, you'll find hiking trails, epic views, camping, castles, gardens, local wildlife, and other activities such as bird watching, horseback riding, and more.

Many visitors go to Germany to see the national parks. Some of the most popular national parks here include Berchtesgaden National Park in Bavaria, Jasmund National Park in the northeast, Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, and Black Forest National Park. Germany has 16 national parks with landscapes ranging from the mountains to the sea to the forests. Hiking, horseback riding, camping, adventure sports, and bird watching are popular activities in the parks, almost all of which are very accessible from nearby towns and cities.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Adventure Travel?

If adventure travel is what you're looking for, both Ireland and Germany have great options.

The adventure travel experiences in Ireland are worth exploring, even if they are limited to certain areas. Some of the most popular adventure activities here are sea kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, orienteering, hiking, caving, and more. Many of these activities are found in the countryside and coastal areas of the country, or around the 6 national parks. It's common for travelers to book a single-day tour to do some of these activities, as the guides or outfitter companies make it easy and accessible.

Germany is a pretty good destination for adventure travel with a good array of experiences. Some of the most popular adventure activities in the country include mountain climbing and rock climbing, horseback riding, paragliding, ropes courses and zip lines, snow skiing, and river rafting. As Germany is a large country with a diverse landscape, every region offers something exciting to visitors.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Visiting the Mountains?

Overall, Germany is considered to offer more mountain activities and attractions to visitors.

Germany offers beautiful mountain scenery for visitors, and is one of the main attractions. The southern regions are home to the Alps, and in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg you'll find gorgeous scenery mixed with historic towns, clear lakes, and cultural activities that make this part of Germany that much more exciting. Hiking, horseback riding, adventure sports, and more can all be found here. The Elbe mountains in the southeastern region near the Czech border are also gorgeous, and more hiking and sightseeing opportunities can be found here as well.

Ireland does have some mountain areas to explore. While not too high in elevation, the mountains in Ireland still offer great views, terrific hiking opportunities, and plenty of outdoor activities such as camping, horseback riding, and more. The highest peaks are found in the MacGillycuddy Reeks range in County Kerry, and visitors here will find plenty of natural beauty along with outdoor activities and hiking trails. Wicklow Mountains National Park and the surrounding area is another very popular destination as it also combines mountain views with historical sights, hiking, waterfalls, and more. Killarney National Park is another area worth visiting due to the beauty of the lakes and mountains.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Watersports?

Overall, Ireland is considered to offer more watersports activities and attractions to visitors.

The watersports and seaside activities and attractions of Ireland are worth experiencing. With a huge stretch of coastline, many visitors here participate in a variety of activities despite the relatively cooler weather. As long as you have the proper equipment for the activity, there's no reason why you can't enjoy the stunning beauty of the water. Surfing is very popular on the beaches, as the waves can be consistent and strong in many areas. Kayaking both on the coast and inland is also a great way to see Ireland from a different angle. Stand-up paddle boarding is another good option for areas with calmer waters. And many of the bays and harbors have clear waters with unique marine life, which makes wild swimming , scuba diving, and snorkeling a fun activity after putting on a thick wetsuit. Wind surfing and kite surfing are also possible. As with many other activities, you'll find plenty of surf shops and tour providers that can take you to the right places with the right equipment.

Germany does offer some watersports. While the sea on the north coast is a bit cold most of the year, many of the watersports in Germany take place inland on the lakes and rivers. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are popular both on the coast and inland on the larger lakes. Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are also popular on these rivers and lakes, especially in the mountainous regions where the waters are clean and clear and the scenery is beautiful.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Outdoor Activities?

Both Ireland and Germany have some great outdoor areas to explore.

Ireland offers fun and exciting outdoor activities for visitors. As Ireland is a fairly sparsely populated country with wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes, visitors will find plenty of outdoor activities of all types. The national parks are a good place to start, as you'll find hiking, camping, horseback riding, climbing, and more. And along the lengthy coastline, visitors can experience kayaking, surfing, swimming, hiking along the cliffs, and perusing gardens and castles. Visiting farms and the other agricultural regions are also quite popular. There's no shortage of outdoor activities in Ireland, so make them part of your itinerary.

Germany is an extremely popular destination for those interested in outdoor activities. With no shortage of outdoor activities, Germany offers a great deal of variety to visitors. The mountains in the southern regions near the Alps are very popular for outdoor enthusiast looking for hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, fishing, and more. Also, numerous national parks and other wilderness areas can be found in all corners of the country where travelers can find even more to do in the forests and coastline and rivers of the country. Some of the best areas for outdoor activities include Baden-Baden, Eifel, the Rhine Valley, and the Bergstrasse.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for a Road Trip?

You can't go wrong planning a road trip in either Ireland or Germany .

Ireland is a very popular destination for those that love to take road trips. The numerous small towns, natural scenic spots, castles, agricultural areas, and other out-of-the-way places make Ireland a terrific place for a road trip. In fact, in many ways it's easier to get around this country by car than with public transit if you're planning to visit many of these smaller sights and attractions. Many visitors make a large loop around the country from Dublin, stopping off at cliffside viewpoints, beaches, castles, small towns, and national park areas with mountains and hiking. The Ring of Kerry is a very busy area for a road trip for obvious reasons - it combines natural beauty with historical towns. The Dingle peninsula is another popular drive for similar reasons. Rental cars are generally easy to hire in Dublin or Galway, so planning a road trip through Ireland is quite easy.

Taking a road trip through Germany is very good way to see the countryside and smaller destinations. The autobahns of Germany make for a terrific way of getting around the country. If you have a car, multiple road trips options throughout the country are very popular, and make it easy to see the Alps and Elbe mountains, the Black Forest, the small towns along the rivers, and the numerous castles. Visitors could easily spend weeks exploring everything from the cities to the national parks to the mountain peaks. A road trip is a great way to see Germany.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Families?

Kids will enjoy a visit to either Ireland or Germany .

As it has a large number of activities for kids, Ireland is a very family-friendly destination. Long cliff walks, castles, stunning beaches, gardens, lighthouses, and terrific museums are all some of the best things to do with families in Ireland. In Dublin, you'll find the Imaginosity Childrens Museum, the Dublin Zoo, the Natural History Museum, and Dublin Castle to name a few. Not far from Dublin you can find more castles, the Medieval Museum in Waterford, and Viking history. On the west coast, don't miss the cliffs of Moher, with their epic views, or the ancient stones of the Burren. And the small towns of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula are fun for everyone, too.

Germany is one of the most popular family destinations. Families with kids will find plenty of activities here from theme parks to historic castles to kid-friendly museums. Almost every major city has some sort of theme park or water park nearby, along with easy to reach historical castles and small towns with fun shops and activities. Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the premier castles which inspired the Disney castles, but it's just one of many. Theme parks such as Phantasialand, Europa-Park, Heide-Park, Legoland, Movie Park Germany, and more. Add on the old medieval towns with their city walls, bratwurst-filled restaurants, and interesting local museums, and the kids will get a fill of history and culture, too. Finally, the mountain ranges to the south offer unique outdoor and adventure activities that the whole family will love such as hiking, horseback riding, ropes courses, and more.

Bonn : Just outside of the town is the Haribo factory outlet store where you can pick up a number of sweet treats and spend some time exploring with the kids. Another favorite activity for the whole family is a trip to nearby Phantasialand. This is one of the best amusement parks in Germany and it has many rides for teens and younger kids alike. In town, you'll find playgrounds and kid-friendly museums. Kids will also love a visit to Schloss Drachenburg Castle.

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Couples?

With fun activities for couples, both Ireland and Germany make for a great place to visit.

Ireland makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. The larger cities as well as the countryside offer plenty of romantic places such as Powerscourt Gardens, the famous and well-photographed Wicklow National Park, the many castles and manors around the island, and the fine dining restaurants and theaters of the cities. Many of the small towns are very picturesque and have plenty of activities for couples, not to mention the quaint bed and breakfasts and walking trails out into the countryside. Don't miss Ashford Castle, Adare Manor, or the Latin Quarter of Galway full of boutiques and cobblestone alleyways. Whether you're on a honeymoon in Ireland or just looking for a romantic weekend getaway, you'll find plenty of romantic opportunities here.

See also Hostels in Galway, Ireland for Backpackers, Couples, and Groups , and Hostels in Killarney for Solo Travellers, Couples, and Small Groups .

Germany is a good country for couples to visit. Many couples seek out the smaller towns and mountain regions of Germany as romantic destinations. In Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, the southern regions, couples can find small mountain towns along rivers and lakes with views of the Alps. Also, wineries and vineyards are popular in Germany, as the quality of the wine is matched by the beauty of the landscape and quaintness of the small towns. River cruises, ski resorts, and historic cities are also popular options. A few of the best include Heidelberg, Berchtesgaden, Dresden, Fussen (Neuschwanstein Castle), and the Black Forest.

Bamberg : Filled with scenic bridges, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture, this is a top destination for a couples getaway. You can enjoy gondola rides and fine dining on a romantic weekend away.

See also Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, and Groups in Cologne , Hostels in Hamburg for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups , and Hostels in Munich for Solo Travellers, Female Travellers, & Couples .

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

For backpackers, both Ireland and Germany are great places to visit.

Many backpackers visit Ireland . Ireland can be a very affordable destination for budget travelers and backpackers due to the large number of lower-cost accommodations, affordable public transportation, and variety of cheaper food options. Hostels are common, especially in the larger cities and towns, as are budget-friendly hotels. Also, many of the sights and attractions are outdoors which means that they are often free or have cheaper entrance fees. Many of Ireland's best attractions are the cliffside or wilderness hikes such as those at the Cliffs of Moher (around €10), Glendalough in Wicklow Mountains National Park, or the Howth Cliff Walk loop. For food, if you eat your meals at a pub or small sandwich shop, you can save plenty of money. Many pubs also have a set menu as an early dinner which is cheaper if you arrive before 6:00 p.m. The trains and buses are also very affordable, especially since the country is not so large that every destination is just a few hours away at the most.

See also Dublin Hostels Near Temple Bar , Social Hostels in Dublin, Ireland , and Hostels for Groups in Dublin, Ireland .

Germany is a very popular country for backpackers and budget travelers. While this country is generally expensive, many affordable options can be found by those looking to save money. While the larger cities have hostels and other budget-friendly activities, the smaller towns also offer affordable amenities for younger travelers or those looking to plan their own route on a tight budget. Using public transit to save money is also a great way to get around, as Germany's rail system and the city's transit systems are top-notch.

Berlin : The city has no shortage of hostels to choose from, many of which organize activities and tours that guests can enjoy.

Munich : The city has many fun hostels that often host events and activities for guests. It's easy to meet other backpackers and take advantage of the nightlife around town.

See also Best Hostels in Berlin , Party Hostels in Munich , and Party Hostels in Hamburg .

Is Ireland or Germany Better for Students?

For students, both Ireland and Germany are great places to visit.

It's common for students to visit Ireland . With a variety of affordable accommodation options and active student neighborhoods featuring nightlife, cafes, and activities, it's easy to see why Ireland offers a lot for students. Various universities around the country draw large number of students both from Ireland and around the world. Dublin, Galway, and Limerick all have multiple universities and active student scenes.

See also Hostels in Ireland for Students and Backpackers .

Germany is a good country to visit for students. As a large country, plenty of universities offer programs for students that come to study from countries around the world. Also, most of these universities are located in towns and cities with plenty of nightlife options and other activities for students and younger travelers.

Berlin : With it's rich culture and eclectic creative side, this city appeals to many international students. There's also a great social scene that is perfect for university students.

Munich : The city is an economic hub for both Germany and Europe, so it attracts employees from around the world. There are many wonderful university programs, including a great business school in town. The city's multicultural setting makes it great for international students.

Frankfurt : The city offers prestigious universities and a world class education. The economy offers many internships and job opportunities and you'll find students from around the world studying here. Frankfurt is also well connected to the rest of Europe, so it's easy to explore the region.

See also Hostels for Backpackers and Students in Munich, Germany , and Hostels for Solo Travellers and Students in Frankfurt, Germany .

Is Ireland or Germany Easier for Transportation? Which is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Germany has better transportation options to get you around the region.

Germany has an effecient and thorough public transportation system which can take you anywhere in the country. The extensive train networks (Deutsche Bahn, among others) connects major cities, small towns, and rural areas so that everywhere is connected and accessible. And once you're in major cities such as Berlin, Cologne, and Munich, you'll find even more local public transit options. Even smaller cities and towns in Germany have their own bus and tram networks to get everyone around quickly. Furthermore, the famous autobahns of Germany can take those who wish to drive around the country quickly as well. On top of all of this, most major cities have airports with multiple international connections on a daily basis.

  • Traveling by train is extremely popular.
  • It's possible to travel by bus.
  • It's very easy and convenient to travel by car.
  • Travel by airplane is possible.

The transportation system in Ireland can get you almost everywhere very easily. The train system in Ireland can take you almost anywhere you want to go, and fairly quickly and efficiently too. The bus system is also great, and can get you to many more destinations if the trains can't. The prices are affordable and the trains are safe and clean, just as anywhere else in Europe. The roads are also very good and it's easy to rent a car to get around the country. In fact, if you're planning to visit many of the smaller towns along the coastline, such as in the Ring of Kerry, having a car is necessary because of a lack of transit options. Some of the national parks are also difficult to visit without a car, too. Otherwise, every larger city and town is accessible with trains or buses.

  • Traveling by bus is very common and fairly easy.
  • Travel on ferry boats is possible.
  • It's possible to travel on cruise ships and excursions.
  • It's quite common to get around if you join an organized tour.
  • It's fairly easy to travel by car.

Is Ireland or Germany more Comfortable for a Trip?

Both Ireland and Germany can feel quite modern and comfortable as they both have an established tourist infrastructure.

People often come to Ireland because it is such a comfortable and luxurious destination. Ireland is a modern and prosperous country with a high standard of living. So, as a traveler you can expect plenty of modern comforts no matter your price range, as even budget hotels will have clean, modern facilities and nice amenities. The public transportation network as well as the road are of high quality and are very efficient. Visitors will find plenty of infrastructure for tourists such as tours, taxis, hotel concierges, and more. And of course, plenty of luxury hotels and tour providers are also available if you seek a higher level of comfort.

Germany is extremely comfortable for travelers as it is a modern destination with plenty of amenities. As a prosperous and wealthy country, it's easy to relax and enjoy a trip in Germany. Every city and town has a wide range of hotel options at all price ranges with modern amenities and conveniences. You'll also find plenty of restaurants, a great transportation network within and between cities, and well-educated tour guides and staff everywhere you visit.

Is Ireland or Germany more Touristy?

Both Ireland and Germany host many visitors every year.

Ireland has a reasonable number of visitors. Most visitors arrive in the summer months when the weather is warmer, but even then, the tourist crowds are not too bad. Even so, visiting in the shoulder season or in the winter will lead to a trip with less crowds. The most popular tourist attractions are the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Glendalough, Powerscourt Gardens, The Rock of Cashel, Killarney and its surroundings, and the Blarney Castle. In Dublin, some neighborhoods can be quite busy such as Grafton Street, as well as the museums, Trinity College, and the Kilmainham Gaol. And while all of these places do see plenty of visitors, it's still manageable and accessible during the busy summer months.

Germany is fairly touristy, with a decent number of visitors coming each year. The most popular tourist destinations in Germany can be very busy, especially during the peak seasons (usually summer). The busiest tourist areas include major cities such as Berlin and Munich, and they see many visitors at their main attractions, museums, and monuments. Also, other major tourist destinations include some of the castles in the countryside, the smaller villages in the Rhine Valley, the Alps, and the Black Forest that offer impressive beauty, the ski resorts during winter, and the various amusement parks around the country. However, the number of tourists can still be manageable at most of these locations and should not dissuade anyone from visiting.

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Should I spend more time in Germany or Ireland?

How long in ireland or germany.

Ireland and Germany both offer a nice selection of activities for visitors. In our opinion, Germany has more to see and do, so we recommend spending more time in Germany than Ireland . In general, 5-14 days is a good amount of time for Ireland, and 7-14 days is enough time in Germany.

Families should spend more time in Germany than Ireland. Because of the many family-friendly attractions and fun things to do for kids in Germany, it's a great place to visit with the whole family.

Couples should spend more time in Germany than Ireland. You'll find plenty of romantic sights and fun activities in Germany that are perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer couple's trip.

Backpackers and budget travelers should spend more time in Germany than Ireland if your budget allows for it. With a larger number of budget-friendly sights, good nightlife, and active things to do, anyone traveling on a budget would have a good time in Germany.

  • How many days in Ireland or Germany? Ideal Length of Stay Ireland 5-14   Germany   7-14

A weekend in Ireland or Germany?

In Ireland, you'll find nightlife, food, and water sports. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. One reason most visitors come is for the history and culture. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

In Germany, you'll find national parks, history and culture, and skiing. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. Since there is so much to do in the area, a weekend is probably not enough for all of it.

Five days in Ireland or Germany?

Ireland is a great place to explore. It is common to spend five days here. Five days is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Ireland has to offer. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

Germany is a great place to explore. Hikers are also drawn to this area. Since there is so much to do in the area, five days is probably not enough for all of it. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Ireland or Germany?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Ireland. In Ireland, you'll find water sports, hiking, and shopping. One reason most visitors come is for the history and culture. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Germany. In Germany, you'll find skiing, nightlife, and food. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. With all of its activities, you can easily fill one week here.

Two weeks in Ireland or Germany?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Ireland. In Ireland, you'll find water sports, hiking, and shopping. One reason most visitors come is for the history and culture. Two weeks is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Ireland has to offer.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Germany. In Germany, you'll find skiing, nightlife, and food. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. Two weeks is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Germany has to offer.

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Which country is cheaper, Germany or Ireland?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

  • Ireland Prices Germany Prices
  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day Ireland € 137 Germany € 152

The average daily cost (per person) in Ireland is €137, while the average daily cost in Germany is €152. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each country. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Ireland and Germany in more detail.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person Ireland € 63 Germany € 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room Ireland € 126 Germany € 150

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Local Transportation

  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc. Ireland € 22 Germany € 24

Typical Local Transportation prices in Ireland

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Ireland:

  • Rental Car for a Day € 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ireland

Also for Ireland, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Dublin: One-Way Private Transfer to Killarney: $787
  • Dublin: One-Way Private Transfer to Galway: $678
  • Dublin: One-Way Private Transfer to Cork City: $646
  • Shannon: Private Airport Arrival Transfer to Dublin: $624
  • Dublin: One-Way Private Transfer to Shannon Airport: $624
  • Dublin: One-Way Private Transfer to Limerick: $591
  • Shannon: Private Airport Arrival Transfer to Sligo: $537
  • Shannon Airport to Dingle | Private Transfer & Car Service: $537
  • Killarney - Shannon Airport | Private Transfer & Car Service: $353
  • Shannon Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Cork City: $353
  • Shannon Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Killarney: $353
  • Dublin Glasnevin National Cemetery Audio Tour with Transfers: $344

Typical Local Transportation prices in Germany

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Germany:

  • Car Rental € 50
  • Short Distance Ubahn Ticket € 1.70
  • Short Trip Metro Ticket € 1.40
  • Bahn Ticket € 3.00
  • Short Taxi Ride € 20
  • Single Zone Trip on Subway € 2.30
  • Inner District Subway Day Pass € 5.20
  • City transport day ticket € 11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Germany

Also for Germany, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • VIP transfer from Cologn to Liège : Luxury transport: $6,511
  • Private transfer from Frankfurt am Main to Prague: $1,074
  • Private transfer from Munich to Vienna: $944
  • Prague: Private One-Way Transfer to Passau: $876
  • From Amsterdam: 1-Way Private Transfer to Cologne: $836
  • Private transfer from Munich to Prague: $684
  • Private transfer from Berlin to Prague: $673
  • Hamburg Airport(HAM): Transfer to Ostseekai Kiel Cruise Port: $654
  • Ostseekai Kiel Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Hamburg: $654
  • Private transfer from Nuremberg to Prague: $629
  • Hamburg Airport (HAM): Transfer to Fredericia Cruise Port: $594
  • Fredericia Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Hamburg city: $594

Is it cheaper to fly into Ireland or Ireland?

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  • Food Meals for one day Ireland € 41 Germany € 40

Typical Food prices in Ireland

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ireland:

  • Lunch for Two € 32
  • Fish & Chips Dinner € 8.12
  • Lunch Lynam's Pub € 3.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ireland

For Ireland, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Dublin: Walking Street Food Tour with Local Guide: $30
  • The Irish House Party Dinner and Show Dublin: $31
  • Cork: Hysterical Histories, Comedic Dinner Theater Show: $56
  • Hysterical Histories Cork Dinner Theatre Show: $58
  • No Diet Club - Best Food Tour in Dublin !: $60
  • NO DIET CLUB - Best Food Tour in Dublin !: $61
  • Dublin: Grand Canal Cruise with Dinner: $62
  • Killarney Jaunting Car Tour with Craft Brewery Beer & Pizza: $66
  • Dublin: Delicious Walking Food Tour: $81
  • Delicious Dublin Food Tour: $83
  • Private Cooking Class in a Modern Home with Sea Views in Skerries, Dublin: $84
  • Skip the Line: Irish Night Show Including 4-Course Dinner Ticket: $94

Typical Food prices in Germany

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Germany:

  • Dinner for Two € 22
  • Soda € 1.70
  • Bratwurst € 5.00
  • Coffee € 3.50
  • Fast Food Lunch € 3.50
  • Lunch € 10
  • Coffee € 4.50
  • Panini To Go € 2.00
  • Soda € 2.00
  • Salami € 1.99
  • Nutella € 1.00
  • Yogurt € 1.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Germany

For Germany, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • English Comedy Ticket including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $19
  • Berlin: English Stand-Up Comedy with Pizza and Shots: $20
  • Hard Rock Cafe Berlin with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • Cologne: Hard Rock Café with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • Munich: Hard Rock Cafe with Set Menu for Lunch or Dinner: $27
  • English Comedy Showcase Including Pizza in Berlin Mitte: $29
  • Hard Rock Cafe Cologne With Set Lunch or Dinner: $29
  • Hard Rock Cafe Munich with Set Lunch or Dinner : $30
  • Hard Rock Cafe Berlin With Set Lunch or Dinner : $34
  • Munich Food Tour with Beer Tasting: $42
  • Munich: Viktualienmarkt Gourmet Food Tour: $47
  • Köln Südstadt kulinarisch – Die Food Tour: $49

Entertainment

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc. Ireland € 19 Germany € 28

Typical Entertainment prices in Ireland

For Ireland, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Wild Wicklow Tour € 26
  • Guinness Brewery for Two € 27
  • St Pauls Cathedral € 4.50
  • Dublin Writer's Museum € 6.30

Tours and Activities in Ireland

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ireland.

  • Abalone farm tour and tasting with coastal seaweed walk. Guided. 2 hours: $83
  • Irish Soda Bread Baking and Food Heritage Experience: $77
  • Loop Head : Guided Tour of Lighthouse Tower and Balcony: $8.85
  • (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours (Walking Tour): $293
  • (Small Group) Cliffs of Moher and Castle Tour from Dublin: $143
  • (Small Group) Shore Tour from Dublin:Dublin Highlights and Glendalough Day Trip: $132
  • 1 Hour Private Insta Photography Tour in Dublin: $76
  • 1 hour Lake Cruise on Killarney's Largest Lake: $17
  • 1-Hour Cocktail Masterclass Experience in Dublin: $50
  • 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour: $22
  • 2-Day Northern Ireland Tour from Dublin Including Belfast and Giants Causeway: $209
  • 2-Day Southern Ireland Tour from Dublin:Including Blarney and Cliffs of Moher: $209

Typical Entertainment prices in Germany

For Germany, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Formula 1 Tickets (for 2) € 670
  • Tower at St. Michael's Church € 3.50
  • Schack Gallery Entrance € 4.00
  • Munich Zoo Entrance € 9.00
  • Pub Crawl Munich Tour € 14
  • Berlin Zoo (2) € 20
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (2) € 24

Tours and Activities in Germany

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Germany.

  • 2 Hour Private Guided Walking Tour: Jewish Mainz: $210
  • Access Munich: A Walking Tour for the Blind and Partially Sighted: $100
  • Berlin Self-Guided Treasure Hunt & Tour: $6.07
  • E-scooter Sightseeing Tours in Berlin: $67
  • East Berlin and the Berlin Wall 2-Hour Walking Tour : $22
  • Hamburg Private Walking Tour With A Professional Guide: $291
  • Hamburg: Safari tour in St Pauli: $33
  • Private Certificated Berlin Tour Guides-Groups up to 15 Persons : $221
  • Private Historical Walking Audio Tour in Nuremberg : $6.99
  • Romantic Road Ticket from Bad Mergentheim to Frankfurt(Main) (SUNDAY) : $56
  • Romantic Road Ticket from Würzburg(Main) to Rothenburg/Tauber (SUNDAY): $32
  • The Best of Berlin: Most Famous Sites Walking Tour: $22
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day Ireland € 15 Germany € 22

Sample the Local Flavors in Ireland

Also in Ireland, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Dublin: Authentic Brewery Tour: $11
  • Dublin: Generation Pub Crawl: $15
  • Generation Pub Crawl Dublin: $15
  • Dublin Literary Pub Crawl: $18
  • Dublin Liberties Distillery: Guided Tour & Whiskey Tasting: $18
  • The Dublin Liberties Distillery - Guided Tour and Whiskey Tasting: $19
  • Dublin: City Pub Crawl Experience: $22
  • Dublin: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting: $22
  • The Black Experience Pub Tour: $22
  • Skip the Line: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour and Tasting in Dublin Ticket: $22
  • Clonakilty Distillery Tour & Classic Whiskey Tasting: $22
  • Dublin: Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery Experience: $24

Typical Alcohol prices in Germany

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Germany from other travelers:

  • Becks Beer € 2.00
  • Night Out Drinking € 25
  • Drinks at a Show € 14
  • Hofbrauhaus € 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Germany

Also in Germany, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Berlin: Mampe Schnapps Brewery Tour and Tasting: $13
  • Düsseldorf: Old Town Pub Crawl Self-Guided Tour: $16
  • Bamberg: Historical City Tour in German with Brewery Visit: $17
  • Cologne: Old Town Walking Tour with Brewery and Kölsch Beer: $18
  • Guided tour of the old town with a visit to the brewery in Cologne: $19
  • Berlin: brewery tour with beer tasting: $20
  • Berlin: Guided Brewery Tour and Craft Beer Tasting: $20
  • Original One80 Berlin Pub Crawl: $20
  • Entertaining Brewery Tour: Feel Good Package including local beer: $22
  • Frankfurt: Night Pub Crawl through Alt-Sachsenhausen: $22
  • Berlin: Pub Crawl & Club Experience: $22
  • Hamburg: Night Pub Crawl through The Repperbahn: $22

When comparing the travel costs between Ireland and Germany, we can see that Germany is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

Kiel, Germany

When is the best time to visit Ireland or Germany?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Ireland can see its share of cold weather, especially on the coast during the wet winters. The summer months are mild with temperatures that are comfortable but not too warm. This makes it a great place to escape the summer heat from other destinations while taking in the country's history and culture. In fact, the weather can be wet at times and change suddenly, too. But it rarely snows in the winter, so don't be afraid to visit during the off season, too.

Germany experiences four seasons with warm summers and cold winters. The mountain ranges in the south are popular with skiers, and as such see quite a bit of snow and cold temperatures in the winter. Summers can be quite warm, especially in the central regions. Spring and autumn are both very pleasant.

Should I visit Ireland or Germany in the Summer?

Both Germany and Ireland are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Ireland because of the beaches, the hiking, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, the hiking and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Germany this time of year.

Dublin is cooler than Berlin in the summer. The daily temperature in Dublin averages around 16°C (60°F) in July, and Berlin fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

It's quite sunny in Berlin. Dublin usually receives less sunshine than Berlin during summer. Dublin gets 166 hours of sunny skies, while Berlin receives 227 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Dublin usually receives around the same amount of rain as Berlin. Dublin gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Berlin receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July Dublin 16°C (60°F)   Dublin   19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Ireland or Germany in the Autumn?

Both Germany and Ireland during the autumn are popular places to visit. The hiking trails, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Ireland this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Germany for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Dublin is around the same temperature as Berlin. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Dublin in October average around 11°C (52°F), and Berlin averages at about 10°C (50°F).

In the autumn, Dublin often gets less sunshine than Berlin. Dublin gets 97 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Berlin receives 106 hours of full sun.

Dublin usually gets more rain in October than Berlin. Dublin gets 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Berlin receives 35 mm (1.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October Dublin 11°C (52°F)   Dublin   10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Ireland or Germany in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Ireland and Germany. Many travelers come to Ireland for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Germany in the winter for the skiing, the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

Berlin can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Dublin is generally much warmer than Berlin. Daily temperatures in Dublin average around 6°C (42°F), and Berlin fluctuates around -0°C (31°F).

Dublin usually receives more sunshine than Berlin during winter. Dublin gets 56 hours of sunny skies, while Berlin receives 42 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Dublin usually receives more rain than Berlin. Dublin gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Berlin receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January Dublin 6°C (42°F)   Dublin   -0°C (31°F)

Should I visit Ireland or Germany in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Ireland as well as Germany. Many visitors come to Ireland in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Germany for the natural beauty during these months.

Dublin is around the same temperature as Berlin in the spring. The daily temperature in Dublin averages around 8°C (47°F) in April, and Berlin fluctuates around 9°C (47°F).

In the spring, Dublin often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Berlin. Dublin gets 157 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Berlin receives 160 hours of full sun.

Dublin usually gets more rain in April than Berlin. Dublin gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Berlin receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April Dublin 8°C (47°F)   Dublin   9°C (47°F)

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Best city break destinations for 2024

F ashions may come and go, but the city break remains perennially popular, giving travellers the chance to soak up culture, history and architecture, and dive into an unfamiliar food and drink scene – all without having to take more than a couple of days of annual leave.

There are thriving metropolises to discover, however far flung you fancy booking a trip, from domestic breaks right on the doorstep to European capitals, from Asian mega-cities to American urban destinations.

While some cities are always worth visiting, others really come into their own when they’ve got something to shout about – whether it’s gaining a title like European Capital of Culture, hosting a major sporting event, or welcoming a new world-class exhibition.

Need inspiration to pick your next getaway? The Independent ’s travel team has rounded up the cities we’re most excited about potentially visiting in 2024, from old favourites to new up-and-comers.

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Tirana, Albania

All flight paths – well, seven of them – lead to Mother Teresa international airport this summer. The Albanian capital will be extremely well connected with the UK. Flights between Luton and Tirana are selling for under £50 return in May, on the multiple daily departures on Wizz Air. Ryanair will compete to the Albanian capital from five UK airports – Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and London Stansted – while British Airways continues to operate from London Heathrow. The visitor will be greeted warmly in this Adriatic nation, which is finally a force on the European tourism scene. Tirana is a cheery muddle: quasi-Parisian boulevards, tangled Balkan backstreets and brutal socialist modernism. The 21st-century capital is buzzing with construction work on new facilities including the InterContinental Hotel overlooking Skanderbeg Square in the heart of the city. Many inexpensive options are available; I paid £35 last month for a very good room (with breakfast) at the Hotel Idea. Much awaits the curious visitor, including a former nuclear bunker turned museum that lifts the lid on the extreme hard-line communism that turned Albania into a European version of North Korea for decades. Simon Calder, travel correspondent

Bradford, UK

I know, I know – the thought of Bradford may not immediately conjure up an image of a glamorous getaway. But the West Yorkshire city is gearing up for a stint as UK Capital of Culture in 2025 and, as such, is already improving its offering for visitors in 2024. Key to this renaissance is Bradford Live, a project that will see the magnificent art deco building formerly known as the Bradford Odeon, originally built in the 1930s, restored to its former glory. This new entertainment hub is expected to attract 300,000 visitors a year with a calendar of more than 200 music, comedy and family entertainment events annually. The city’s Bradford Literature Festival, running from 28 June-7 July, will also celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2024. Helen Coffey, travel editor

Izmir, Turkey

I’ve sailed over to Bodrum’s whitewashed houses, partied late into the night in Antalya, and marvelled at the beautiful medley of architecture in Istanbul . Now it’s time to turn my attention to Izmir, on the west coast of Turkey that reaches furthest into Europe and is lapped by the shimmering Aegean waters that fill its namesake bay. This year it will be even easier to reach the country’s third-largest city, with new weekly British Airways routes from London Heathrow beginning on 18 May – it’s just under four hours in the air from the UK capital to Adnan Menderes airport. What awaits are fascinating ruins (Izmir was the Greek city of Smyrna, so visit the vaulted chambers of the agora), maze-like bazaars, and strolls along the promenade. A perfect “alternative” destination if you want coastal sunshine without being surrounded by holidaymakers. Benjamin Parker, deputy travel editor

Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

The northwestern-most city in the UK is different in so many ways. A wall wraps right around the core of Derry/Londonderry, as it should be called to respect sectarian sensibilities. The sometimes used neutral term “the city on the Foyle” hints at the superb natural surroundings. Over the centuries it has often been a scene of tragedy. But a quarter-century on since the Good Friday Agreement, and at last it is being recognised as a superb short-break location. As part of the peace process, in 2003 the old Ebrington Barracks were given to the people. Tens of millions of pounds of investment has created a cultural and entertainment space like no other in the UK. And from this year Ryanair will fly you to City of Derry airport from Birmingham as well as Manchester. SC

Berlin, Germany

The German capital has long been a firm city break favourite, thanks to its compelling blend of a hard-to-beat nightlife scene, world-class museums and galleries, bang-on-trend dining options and sobering historical sites from the last century. But from next year it becomes even more attractive for those keen to travel by train from the UK, with several new sleeper train options kicking off from the tail-end of 2023. The European Sleeper service runs from Brussels to Berlin three times a week, making railing it from London a breeze – simply hop on the Eurostar to Brussels and change. Plus a Nightjet Brussels-Berlin service has also started on alternate nights, enabling travellers to take this route six nights a week. It means a weekend break by train is perfectly possible if you leave on a Friday evening and return on Sunday night. And on 12 December 2023, Austrian Railways’ Nightjet brand launched a Paris-Berlin overnight service too . Talk about spoilt for choice! HC

Kansas City, USA

First things first: we’re talking Kansas City in Missouri (rather than its western neighbour of the same name next door in Kansas). It’s a potent mix of jazz, history and food, and most famously the home of the Kansas City-style barbecue, renowned for the thick, sweet sauce that is either cooked into, or served with, huge slabs of meat. The “City of Fountains” also found itself in the spotlight after Taylor Swift began dating Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce last year. If burnt ends or “Bad Blood” don’t get your motor running, there’s also a (quirky) sporting event to get you visiting. The inaugural “PickleCon” is in town 8–11 August, with more than 100 courts for pickleball, one of America’s fastest-growing sports (it’s a strange hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis). If you want to combine eating with competition, the American Royal World Series of Barbecue is the largest contest of its kind in the world, taking place in KC from 27 September-1 October. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend plenty of time in the up-and-coming West Bottoms district. Beyond the wonderfully Carry On name, the former industrial neighbourhood has gone hipster, full of thrift stores and antique shops, wineries and cosy restaurants. BP

Marseille, France

The 2024 Olympics – Paris , surely? In fact, the second French city will be staging some of the football matches and hosting the sailing events during the Games. Marseille will also be the first city to welcome the Olympic flame on French soil. The flame will arrive at the old port, which has been serving the city for millennia – the Greeks and Romans were here in force. The city has already picked up the gold medal for reinvention: a tough port city has transformed into a metropolis to match Nice for style, good looks and cultural generosity to visitors. All it needs now is the restoration of the direct rail link from London – which took lucky travellers from the Thames to the Mediterranean in six hours flat. SC

Oviedo, Spain

Spain’s oft-overlooked capital of the northern Asturias region deserves more attention than it currently gets from tourists. Unlike some of the country’s cities that struggle with overtourism, Oviedo by comparison is quiet, rustic, green – and a haven for foodies. Even more so in 2024, when its cuisine is being officially recognised with the title “Spanish Capital of Gastronomy”. The city is home to six protected designations of origin for its cheeses, wines and cider, and has a plethora of tasty local specialities to sample while on a trip there, from fabada , a bean stew made with chorizo and morcilla sausages, to pastel de cabracho , a “fish pudding” made with scorpion fish that’s perfectly accompanied by a glass of local cider. HC

Valencia, Spain

I fell for Valencia on my first visit in 2023; Spain ’s third-largest city is bursting with a youthful vitality, especially in neighbourhoods like Russafa. It’s been growing in popularity with British holidaymakers – 12 per cent more visited last year than in 2022 – and the next 12 months are big for the Mediterranean spot as it takes up the position of European Green Capital 2024. An easy way to lighten your footprint when there is to explore on two wheels, something Valencia seems tailor-made for: cycle-friendly pedestrians move on the ding of a bell as you wind down cobbled alleys to reach wide-open squares of fountains, churches and landmarks. Jardín del Turia, the longest urban green space in Europe that snakes for 9km and includes intricate bridges, pine trees and ponds, is also one for biking through. It’s a physical example of Valencia’s drive to “go green”, ending at the unmissable City of Arts and Sciences – a contemporary, otherworldly complex where art, science and culture meet. BP

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It's a busy day in Westminster today, with plenty happening both in Westminster and well beyond.

At 12pm , PMQs will take place as usual in the House of Commons.

From around 12.30pm  - health minister Dame Andrea Leadsom will announce to parliament that the Pharmacy First scheme is up and running, and will take questions on it.

The scheme means a number of common conditions will be treated in pharmacies, rather than by a GP, and therefore freeing up appointments.

From around 1.30pm - Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris will make a statement entitled "Northern Ireland Executive Formation".

He is expected to reveal details of the agreement reached with the DUP to re-establish the power-sharing in Stormont, and will take questions.

From around 2.30pm - Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt will make a business statement, which will likely be announcing when MPs will vote on the measures required for the deal with the DUP and re-establishing the Northern Ireland Executive.

Watch and follow events in parliament live right here in the Politics Hub.

It's Wednesday and the House of Commons is sitting, so that only means one thing - PMQs at 12pm.

Rishi Sunak will likely be questioned by MPs on a number of topics, ranging from migration, the Northern Ireland agreement, the Israel-Hamas war, and the apparent disunity within his party.

After facing questions from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and SNP Westminster leader Stephen Flynn, a range of MPs from across the House will be able to ask a question.

Here are the MPs on the list today:

Watch PMQs live on Sky News from 12pm - and follow live updates right here in the Politics Hub.

Dame Diana Johnson asks the home secretary how many people he is expecting to send to Rwanda, and he replies that it depends on how many returns agreements with other countries are established.

James Cleverly refuses to say how many of the 33,085 people identified as potentially eligible for removal to Rwanda will be sent there, insisting the scheme is "only part" of the measures to stop illegal migration.

He tells the committee: "It may well be if we're successful with returns agreements, if circumstances in other countries change, it may well be that the figure is quite low.

"It could be nearly at that figure, but the point is the number of people that we might send to Rwanda is entirely contingent on a whole set of other work that we’re doing."

He says the Rwanda scheme is "uncapped", and so there is no maximum number of people they could send.

The chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee drills down on the backlog of asylum claims that need to be processed.

Dame Diana Johnson asks if the 33,085 asylum seekers, referenced in the previous post, are in the asylum claims backlog.

Home Secretary James Cleverly says they are part of the 94,000 caseload, and objects to Dame Diana describing it as a "backlog".

She replies: "Why is it not a backlog? Because you haven't dealt with them and people are waiting. Why is that not a backlog?"

Mr Cleverly replies: "It's a queue."

He explains that when some arrives, they are added to the caseload to be processed, but the claim of someone arriving yesterday is not a backlog in his view.

Under the terms of the Illegal Migration Act, passed into law last year, anyone who arrives into the UK illegally is automatically ineligible to claim asylum.

Under questioning from the Home Affairs Select Committee, Home Office officials say that over 33,000 people have arrived since the Illegal Migration Act passed.

However, they explain that the vast majority of those people are not detained and are free to roam while they go through the process of being deemed inadmissible for asylum, and cannot say how many of those people they could contact if needed.

Tory MP Tim Loughton asks Home Secretary James Cleverly if he is comfortable with so many being "at large", and he replies that the people are not "missing".

"The point is that I am not comfortable with many of the numbers we discussed," he says, adding that that is why he went to France yesterday to speak with his French counterpart about stopping illegal migration.

He goes on to say that when people "disengage" from the process, they "respond to that".

He refuses to say how they do that as it risks undermining operational effectiveness, but adds: "We do go looking for them."

Tim Loughton, Tory MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, is next to question the Home Office bosses.

He says that, according to the most recent data, there are 17,316 asylum applications that have been withdrawn or the whereabouts of the claimant is not known.

Of those people, 3,144 have left the UK, 2,643 have had some form of immigration status granted, and Mr Loughton asks for more details on the status of the remainder.

Sir Matthew Rycroft, permanent secretary at the Home Office, says there are 5,598 people who remain in the UK and the Home Office is "continuing to seek to trace them".

Pushed on if he could provide a location for those people, he replies: "Of the people who are in the country, they are not detained, so we cannot pinpoint a precise location.

"But for the vast majority, we have contact details, and we use those contact details to seek to re-establish contact with them."

He declines to go into more detail on how they are going about that because "those methods need to remain private".

"We have not yet succeeded in re-establishing active, direct contact with them," he says, and adds: "We are using all the different methods of tracing them to seek to trace them."

Diane Abbott, who currently sits as an independent MP, is next to ask questions of the home secretary, and she asks about the Bibby Stockholm barge.

The committee toured the barge recently, and Ms Abbott says they saw the bedrooms, which she says were intended for one person, but now house two in bunkbeds.

Asked if he is confident the space available to detainees is sufficient, James Cleverly replies: "I'm totally confident it meets legal requirements, yeah."

She turns to the recent case of a man dying on board the barge, and says she spoke to other detainees who said that "some days" before Leonard Farruku's death, he was doing things like shouting and banging on walls.

Asked if he is confident that people who are suicidal on board the barge would get the help they need, Mr Cleverly says the government takes the physical and mental health of asylum seekers "very, very seriously".

He refuses to talk about the specific case because the coroner is investigating, but he adds: "We recognise there is suicide risk. There is suicide risk in any number of circumstances in society, and that is something we take seriously."

He commits to looking "very carefully" at the coroner's findings and recommendations once the case has concluded.

He adds that as a member of the Army Reserve, he is particularly aware that where you have "numbers of people accommodated in one place, the risk of suicide is something you take very seriously".

Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email  [email protected]  in the UK. In the US, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

The next MP to question Home Secretary James Cleverly is James Daly, Tory MP for Bury North.

He starts by citing figures from Rape Crisis England and Wales, which say there were 68,109 rapes recorded between July 2022 and June 2023, but charges were brought in just 2.2% of cases.

Asked why he thinks that is, Mr Cleverly says the data "worries me enormously."

He says he has taken to ensure that investigators "follow best practice" and wants to ensure all forces get to the "upper end of the spectrum" of performance in this area.

"The committee will know that prosecuting sexual offences is very, very difficult. Often, the victims are traumatised to the extent that they don't come forward promptly. There's a whole load of reasons."

Asked why cases aren't being referred to the CPS, the home secretary says he has not asked the question, but has instructed police forces to "do better".

"If we can get all forces to absorb that learning and implement that learning, I think we would see a step in the right direction," he says.

Mr Cleverly adds he will be "reinforcing" the message both internally in the Home Office, as well as with police leaders across the country.

The former first minister of Scotland is being sworn in to face questioning from the COVID inquiry.

Nicola Sturgeon will be asked about decision-making processes during the pandemic, and relations between the Scottish government and the UK government.

She will also face questions about WhatsApp messages that have been deleted from her phone - an issue that has generated significant controversy in the last couple of weeks.

You can watch and follow Ms Sturgeon's evidence to the COVID inquiry in our dedicated live blog here:

As you may recall, the government announced a series of measures to tackle legal migration in early December amid a record-high influx.

Those measures include a ban on overseas care workers bringing dependents, and ensuring care providers in England can only sponsor migrant workers if they are undertaking activities regulated by watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The government said yesterday these measures will come into force from 11 March.

In response, Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England, questioned why the same set of measures has not been applied to the NHS if the aim is to "streamline how we recruit overseas staff".

He went on: "Yet again, we see the government singling out social care for negative treatment, whilst at the same time, talking endlessly about integration.

"The Department for Health and Social Care needs to fight for social care in the same way it fights for the NHS because we are not only neglected but we are constantly treated differently and detrimentally to the NHS."

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