Germany is a favorite European destination, defined by rich history, fairytale castles, immense forests, extensive vineyards and luxury cars. This beer-loving and football-crazy nation is the powerhouse of the European economy while also retaining a strong medieval aura. In Germany you can have an excellent culinary experience in world-class cities, explore centuries-old castles that seem straight out of a fairytale and wander the streets of historical towns to make the best out of your trip here.
Capital Berlin is the perfect definition of ‘where medieval meets modern’ – it has a rich history and today stands as one of the most advanced cities in the world. Brandenburger Tor is an 18th-century neoclassical gate which is now an emblem of German unity and is Berlin’s most visited monument. The late-19th-century Reichstag Building, which is currently the German parliament, offers a great rooftop panorama of Berlin. Berliner Fernsehturm – a 368m tower with an observation deck and a revolving restaurant, is a great spot to admire the cityscape. The city houses numerous top-notch museums, historical buildings and memorials as well.
Germany’s second-largest city Hamburg comprises thousands of canals and bridges. In fact, it has more canals than Venice and Amsterdam combined and the highest number of bridges than any other city in the world. This port city is a potpourri of history, economy and modernism. Speicherstadt – the world’s largest warehouse district, is another notable highlight of Hamburg.
Munich in the Bavaria state of Germany is the king of the nation’s most renowned festival, Oktoberfest. The city’s excellent museums, royal palaces and historical sites also lure visitors. The Bavaria region also houses the famed 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle, one of Germany’s most recognized monuments and the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle.
The Rhineland region contains two of Germany’s most popular cities – Frankfurt and Cologne. While Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main) is known for its unique skyscraper-filled skyline and excellent museums, Cologne is a historic city known for its UNESCO world heritage listed Cologne Cathedral (also known as Kölner Dom) and Romanesque churches. About midway between these two metropolises lies Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz) – a stunning medieval castle set amidst a beautiful forest. The nearby Trier city is Germany’s oldest and houses nine UNESCO world heritage sites including Roman monuments and baroque architecture. The surrounding Moselle Valley is famed for its superb vineyards and medieval villages.
Saxon Switzerland National Park in Saxony is a fine example of Germany’s natural wealth. Located along the border with the Czech Republic, this national park is a paradise for hikers, cyclists and rock-climbers.
The Black Forest mountain range in south-western Germany is packed with dense forests, waterfalls and rugged landscape, and offers some of the best scenery in the country.
Germany is the birthplace of great minds like Albert Einstein, Martin Luther and Karl Marx. It has a rich history spanning over 2 millenia, a fairytale landscape with over 20,000 castles, a well-preserved heritage and today it stands as one of the most advanced nations in the world. This heavenly mixture of ancient and futuristic elements present an exciting and wholesome experience that stuns every visitor.
Munich organizes the world’s largest beer and folk festival – Oktoberfest.