Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020
This Central European jewel has more than bratwurst and beer. Find cosmopolitan cities, scenic wineries, charming coastline and intriguing history. Germany is a charming European country where history merges with modern excitement. Central Europe’s largest country is impressively forward thinking while respecting the past. Rich traditions survive in stunning Alpine ranges and beer flows like water.
Picturesque rivers meander through ancient and commercial cities. Sample exquisite wines on the banks of the Rhine, discover the cultural attraction of Berlin, explore the snowy peaks of the Bavarian Alps and enjoy the Baltic coast’s scenic seaside.
Berlin has fascinating layers of history. Visit ornate and historic museums on Museum Island (Museumsinsel), pay your respects at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and stroll along the Spree River’s open-air East Side Gallery, made from remnants of the Berlin Wall. Reach the giddy heights of the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) for panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape. Enjoy a performance of national classical music by the Berliner Philharmonie.
Visit cosmopolitan Hamburg to discover a bustling harborside city. Cologne features magnificent Romanesque architecture and a beautiful cathedral. Many of Germany’s major cities have interesting medieval architecture and exciting nightlife. Grab a street vendor’s bratwurst and pop the cap of a pilsner before dancing at a club, enjoying a friendly game of pool or watching local soccer.
Germany’s north coast is bounded by the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Enjoy a seaside holiday on the coast and visit the scenic island of Rügen.
Travel south to find Bavaria, home to Oktoberfest, snowy mountain ranges, lederhosen and the Black Forest. Base an Alpine skiing holiday from lively Munich. Discover the Romantic Road, a tourist route winding past charming castles and historic villages. Explore the Rhine Valley to experience Germany’s premier winery region.
Germany has international airports in several major cities, including Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Berlin. Use Germany’s excellent Deutsche Bahn railway system to explore the different regions and cities, or drive the autobahn highways, where cars are king. Germany’s climate is diverse, but generally summers are warm and dry and winter snowfall is common.