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Germany
Travel Guide

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 vacation 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 vacation 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.

Popular cities in Germany

Friedrichstrasse featuring outdoor art
Berlin
Known for Shopping, Museum and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Kurfürstendamm
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Friedrichstrasse
Berlin showing a city, a skyscraper and modern architecture
Berlin
Known for Shopping, Museum and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Kurfürstendamm
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Friedrichstrasse
Miniatur Wunderland which includes rides and interior views
Hamburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • Fish Market
  • Hamburg Dungeon
Munich showing interior views as well as an individual male
Munich
Known for Beer, Museum and Art

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Reasons to visit

  • English Garden
  • Marienplatz
  • Hofbrauhaus
Church of Our Lady which includes a city
Dresden
Known for Historical, Shopping and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • Semper Opera House
  • Church of Our Lady
  • Dresden Castle
Frankfurt showing outdoor art
Frankfurt
Known for Business, Sport and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • Frankfurt Trade Fair
  • Financial District
  • Museumsufer

Popular places to visit in Germany

Germany