Germany

Travel Guide
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Travel through the sophisticated cities and quaint villages of this European country to experience its breweries, folk traditions and fascinating history.

Germany is known for meaty cuisine, quaint Alpine traditions and excellent amenities and transportation links. The country is among the world’s most efficient and well-run nations, putting aside its dark military past for a progressive modern outlook. Travel between the large cities, mountain villages and coastal resorts of this European giant.

Berlin has a layered and ever-changing history. The capital features many museums to remember the Holocaust and the Cold War. Visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Tour five museums on Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in the Spree River and admire the murals on the nearby East Side Gallery, constructed from parts of the former Berlin Wall.

Germans are proud of their classical music so be sure to see a performance at the Berliner Philharmonie. Ascend to the observation platform of the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) for excellent city views. Enjoy Berlin’s exhilarating nightlife and eat a bratwurst from a street vendor on the way home.

In the central northern region of Germany is the picturesque and sophisticated city of Hamburg. See the majestic Hamburg Rathaus among the city’s churches and theaters and dine at harborside restaurants. Head to Cologne to gaze up at its famous Gothic cathedral and admire a dozen Romanesque churches.

In the south, Bavaria has a distinct fairy-tale culture. Enjoy Oktoberfest and chat with locals in the beer gardens of Munich. Rent a car to drive along the Romantic Road to encounter castles and quaint hamlets. Explore the Black Forest and taste wine in the Rhine Valley.

For a change of scenery, visit the northern Baltic Coast. Sunbathe on beaches during the warm summer and visit the picturesque island of Rügen.

This proud nation stands in the center of Western Europe, surrounded by the Netherlands, France, Denmark and Poland, among other countries. Fly to an international airport in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or elsewhere. Get around the country quickly with the Deutsche Bahn railway and autobahn roads.

Germany is among Europe’s cultural highpoints, with its eclectic cities creating attractive and varied travel opportunities.

Popular cities in Germany

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Berlin
Known for Shopping, Museums and Business
A city once known more for its division than its fascinating history and architecture, Berlin is now unshakably unified and a highly modern, cosmopolitan city that offers a fantastic opportunity to experience a uniquely German way of life through the city’s many museums, public squares and festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate
Hamburg showing a city, heritage architecture and skyline
Hamburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Hamburg is known Germany as the "gateway to the world" and is the largest port in the country and the second largest in Europe. The city is proud of its status as an independent city-state and on its trading history, to which the city owes much of its wealth. Today, Hamburg is known as one of the richest metropolises in Europe, along with Brussels and London.

Reasons to visit

  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • Fish Market
  • Hamburg Dungeon
Munich
Munich
Known for Beer, Museums and Art
From the cosy beer halls and magnificent palaces to the tranquil parks and fascinating museums, the capital of Bavaria is a modern city that preserves traditional charm. Munich is one of the most liveable cities in the world, with a strong economy that attracts large businesses and millions of tourists to visit the city each year for its beautiful architecture, ancient traditions and the nearby Bavarian Alps.

Reasons to visit

  • Marienplatz
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Viktualienmarkt
Hohenzollern Bridge which includes a bridge, a church or cathedral and night scenes
Cologne
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Business
Cologne is not only a popular tourist destination but also a centre for media and businesses. The city is famous for, Eau de Cologne, a type of fragrance now used the world over, which was first produced here in 1709. The city is also well known to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany.

Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Alter Markt
  • Chocolate Museum
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Dresden
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museums
This lovingly redeveloped German city charms with its history, culture and streetscape. Discover its architecture, thriving festival scene and picturesque river.

Reasons to visit

  • Church of Our Lady
  • Semper Opera House
  • Zwinger Palace
Frankfurt
Frankfurt
Known for Business, Sports and Museums
Frankfurt is the financial centre of continental Europe. It is the seat of the European Central Bank and one of the wealthiest cities in Germany. As the only cities in the country with skyscrapers, the skyline is the trademark of Frankfurt. However, the city is also known for its renowned museums and cider.

Reasons to visit

  • Frankfurt Christmas Market
  • Romerberg
  • Alte Oper

Popular places to visit in Germany

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