Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN), so-named because it is located between the two beautiful west German cities, is the sixth-largest airport in Germany, and offers good connections to a wide array of attractive European and North African destinations.
Flights to Cologne-Bonn Airport are operated by several low-cost carriers, including Germanwings, TUlfly, easyJet and Wizz Air, so be on the lookout for great deals on flights to exotic destinations such as Cape Verde and Marrakech.
For those looking to travel around Germany, Cologne-Bonn Airport is a wonderful access-point, just 9 miles (15km) from Cologne and 10 miles (16km) from Bonn. Both are celebrated international cities, full of plenty of things to see and do, and the airport is also far less busy than Munich, Berlin or Frankfurt.
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As the largest airport in the North Rhine-Westphalia area, and third largest airport in Germany, Düsseldorf International Airport (DUS) is an ideal gateway into the region. It's 4.3 miles (7km) north of downtown Düsseldorf, and serves nearly 19 million passengers per year. The airport is a major hub for both Air Berlin and Lufthansa, which each offer around 300 flights per day. A large area of land located south-west of the terminals is currently being developed as Düsseldorf Airport City, to be completed by 2013. It already houses hotels, businesses and a cinema.
With over 40 restaurants and coffee shops scattered throughout the airport, and even more retail outlets, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Otherwise, you can always see what's happening at Messe Düsseldorf, a trade fairground that hosts more than 40 annual fairs. It’s only 500 meters from Airport City, and will easily keep you entertained for hours.
Although it's a busy airport - over 70 airlines use it on a daily basis - Düsseldorf International offers an efficient and stress-free transit environment.
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Frankfurt International (FRA) is one of the busiest airports in Europe, a continental hub for many major airlines. More than 50 million passengers arrive on flights to Frankfurt Airport each year. The stylish terminals have plenty to keep travelers occupied on long stopovers - restaurants, shops, slots or video games, sightseeing tours and a Visitors' Terrace with views of the runways.
In 2009, the beautiful Shopping Plaza was added to Terminal 2, and construction is underway on a third terminal and fourth runway.
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Franz Josef Strauß
Located 17.7 miles (28.5 km) north-east of the center of Munich, Munich International Airport (MUC) is officially known as Franz Josef Strauss. It is Germany’s second-busiest airport and the seventh-busiest in Europe. In 2010, it handled almost 35 million passengers. In 2011 the airport was awarded the title of “Europe’s Best Airport” (for the sixth time since 2005) and ranked fourth best in the world by air transport research company Skytrax.
The airport comprises two terminals connected by the Munich Airport Center, a large outdoor tent-type area that accommodates most of the facilities, including a vast array of retail, business and recreational establishments. There is also a Visitors Park which features a Visitors Hill from which sightseers may view Terminal 1 and the westerly aircraft apron. Plans to expand Terminal 2, approved in 2010, will see Munich International’s handling capacity increase by 11 million passengers per year.
With a combination of world-class facilities and efficient services, it’s no surprise that Munich International is ranked among the finest in the world. Clean and modern – it even has its own brewery – with friendly and helpful staff, visitors may look forward to experiencing nothing less than the best from Munich International.
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Located 5.3 miles (8.5km) north of the city center, Hamburg Airport – also known as Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Airport (HAM) – is the fifth-busiest airport in Germany, serving approximately 13 million passengers per year. In total, 60 airlines operate regular flights from Hamburg-Fuhlsbuttel Airport to 125 destinations around the world.
With completely modernized terminal buildings, state-of-the-art facilities and a host of excellent retail outlets and places to eat and drink, Hamburg Airport is a pleasure to visit. Always clean and well maintained, with friendly and helpful staff to match, you’ll relish your experience at the airport and look forward to returning to it.
The wonderful thing about Hamburg Airport is that it has features designed purely for passengers’ enjoyment, such as viewing decks and lounges that overlook the pier and the apron. Better yet, transport to and from the airport is highly accessible and efficient.
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Hannover-Langenhagen Airport (HAJ) is located 7 miles (11km) north of Saxony’s capital city Hannover. It is the ninth-largest airport in Germany and one of the few German airports that are open 24 hours per day.
Having undergone a major expansion of its terminals and facilities in 2008, Hannover Airport is modern, cleverly designed and easy to navigate. Its three terminals are arranged in a semi-circle, thus minimizing walking distances, and flight schedule screens are visible from almost anywhere in each building. Several low-cost airlines fly from Hannover Airport, including TUIfly, which has its offices at the airport.
Hannover Airport is user friendly and easily accessible by road and railway. Staff are friendly and helpful and the amenities are generally clean and well maintained. The airport prides itself on its ability to impress – so much so that there's an open invitation for local residents to go shopping at its plaza every Sunday.
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Berlin Schonefeld Airport (SXF) is situated in what was previously East Berlin and is 11 miles (18km) southeast of the city center.
Berlin Schonefeld Airport is a popular gateway into Berlin and the eastern side of Germany. Although currently the smaller Berlin’s two airports, it is undergoing a major upgrade. From mid-2012 it will be known as Berlin Brandenburg Airport and will accept all air traffic to and from Berlin.
Schonefeld Airport is used by a lot of low-cost carriers offering passengers a cheap and easy option for a weekend break in Berlin. It is a hub for Germanwings and easyJet. Many other airlines offer flights to Berlin Schonefeld Airport and it is connected to a range of cities across Europe and North Africa.
Although the airport is in the midst of an upgrade, German efficiency ensures that it is still a great airport to use when flying into Berlin.
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Stuttgart Airport (STR) is located approximately 8 miles (13 km) south of the center of Stuttgart, Germany and is the seventh most important airport in the country, having served just over 9 million passengers in 2010.
Stuttgart comprises four terminal buildings linked by a linear corridor, with car parks scattered all over the landside area of the airport. A fair amount of concessions offer passengers a number of retail and dining options to peruse and enjoy, while friendly staff and efficient facilities ensure that the airport as a whole runs smoothly.
Stuttgart Airport is a clean, modern and well-organized mid-sized airport that is inviting to both passengers and visitors. Several transport options to and from the city make it a convenient gateway to Southern Germany and surrounds, including the Black Forest and the romantic city of Heidelberg. In essence, there couldn’t be a better start or end to your vacation in Southern Germany.
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Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) is the airport that most passengers will use when flying into Berlin. It’s conveniently located only five miles (8km) from the city.
As the fourth-busiest airport in Germany, Berlin Tegel handles more than 15 million passengers per year. A newer airport (Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport) is currently being built at Berlin Schönefeld Airport, and Tegel Airport is scheduled to close by June 2012 when all flights will be routed through Brandenburg Airport.
For now, passengers can enjoy a wealth of shopping opportunities and conveniences at the airport. The main building is centered on an open square and makes for easy navigation and a short commuting distance between disembarkation and exiting the terminal. Remarkably, this distance can be as little as 30 meters between exiting the aircraft and stepping into a taxi, including passport control and luggage retrieval.
Lufthansa uses Berlin Tegel as a focus airport, while Air Berlin and the charter Germania both use Tegel Airport as a central hub. There are a number of airlines including Continental, KLM, and Iberia offering flights to Berlin Tegel Airport from cities ranging from Tel Aviv and Bangkok to Reykjavik, London, New York and Beirut.
Despite its prominence Tegel Airport is still quite a small, almost intimate, airport relative to other major airports in Europe. It provides the perfect hopping-off point to explore this fascinating European city with its rich and turbulent history and dynamic modern attractions.
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