Personally I have a TomTom navigation system. It gets me to where I want to go every time and is well worth a giggle when you listen to it pronounce the place names.
There are free internet route planners out there too. The vehicle recovery companies and a number of other travel information companies provide them. The most powerful will not only give you the fastest route from A to B (or Aberdeen to Berlin), they can suggest alternative routes (fastest, shortest, toll free, and even scenic), give details of hotels and restaurants on route, suggest interesting stops on the way, tell you how long the journey will take, and can even calculate it's cost.
Some of the best internet route planners are:
UK and European route planner - the RAC's free 'Plan Route' service is simple and easy to use. It offers great directions for destinations in both the UK and mainland Europe. You can choose the 'fastest' or 'shortest' routes, add up to three places you need to travel via (very handy if you want to travel from the UK to Europe via a port or the tunnel) and pick 'short' or 'long' driving directions.
UK route planner - the AA route planner is the best of the bunch for the UK, but only okay for Europe. It provides clear maps and excellent directions, including landmarks such as pubs or service areas. Unfortunately it gives the choice of 'in Great Britain' or 'in Continental Europe' and so it struggled when we asked for a route from Ashford to Paris - you need to get one route for the UK leg of your journey and one for the European leg
European route planner - the Via Michelin provided by the people who bring you the Michelin hotel and restaurant guides (and tyres). This is the best route planner we have found for mainland Europe but not so good for the UK. It will calculate the cost and journey times of up to five route types - from 'recommended' to 'shortest' or even 'scenic' (France only). This may sound unnecessary, but it's great when deciding whether the time saved by travelling via toll roads is worth the extra cost. You can pick summary or detailed instructions, the maps are very clear and, as you would expect, the guides for hotels and restaurants you will pass on the journey are excellent. It also has a handy 'traffic and weather' section.
Google's route planner - Another free service, this time from Google Maps. It will plan a route to and from your destination.
Flying to Germany from the UK is easy. The national airline is Lufthansa (LH). Many other airlines serve the country, including an increasing number of low-cost no frills airlines (such as Easyjet and Ryanair) operating from smaller airports in the UK.
Direct Flights from London Airports
Direct Flights from other UK Airports
Berlin-Tegel (TXL) - 8km (5 miles) northwest of Berlin
Berlin-Schönefeld (SXF) - 20km (12 miles) southeast of Berlin
Berlin-Tempelhof (THF) - 6km (4 miles) southeast of Berlin
Bremen (BRE) - 3.5km (2 miles) from Bremen
Cologne (Köln/Bonn) (CGN) - 14km (9 miles) southeast of Cologne, and 21km (13 miles) northeast of Bonn
Dresden (DRS) - 9km (6 miles) northeast of Dresden
Düsseldorf (DUS) - 8km (5 miles) north of Düsseldorf
Frankfurt Hahn - Cheapy flights - nowhere near Frankfurt though!
Hamburg (HAM) - 9km (5 miles) north of Hamburg
Hannover (HAJ) - 11km (7 miles) north of Hannover
Munich (MUC) - 28.5km (18 miles) northeast of the city
Münster-Osnabrück (FMO) - 25km (16 miles) from Münster
Nuremberg (NUE) - 7km (4 miles) north of Nuremberg
Saarbrücken (SCN) - 16km (10 miles) from Saarbrücken