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Germany:  Castle Hohenzollern in Winter (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)
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Snow-covered castles, festive winter markets, and fewer crowds at tourist attractions are just part of Germany's appeal this season. A wave of new air service Germany means more competition and easier access this winter.

Lufthansa is expanding its connections between the U.S. and Germany, with enhanced service between Munich and Miami and Washington, D.C. The airline is also offering a late-night flight between Newark and Frankfurt. Germany-based carrier Air Berlin, which already flies out of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Ft. Meyers, will be adding Miami to its U.S. departure cities in November. American Airlines has also just launched a codeshare with Air Berlin, offering a way for AAdvantage members to earn miles on codeshare flights.

Winter Germany sales from Air Berlin and Lufthansa, plus recently expired (and possibly soon-to-be-renewed) sales from American and Icelandair point to a continued trend of good airfare deals in the coming months.

Vacation packages can help cut costs on both airfare and hotel stays. has winter packages such as airfare and six hotel nights in Berlin from $899 or Munich from $949. Other offers to sweeten the vacation pot include a Sixt Rent a Car deal that includes a week rental of the latest BMW models, plus 24-hour concierge service, traffic information, road trip suggestions and more from €277 (about $377; check for current exchange rate) per week.

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Are any of these destinations on your list this winter? What other destinations have you seen offering good deals in the coming months?

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