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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

Friedrichstrasse featuring outdoor art
Known for Shopping, Museums and Business


Reasons to visit

  • Berlin Zoological Garden
    Berlin Zoological Garden
  • Potsdamer Platz
    Potsdamer Platz
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
    Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Miniatur Wunderland featuring rides and interior views
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business


Reasons to visit

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


Reasons to visit

  • Marienplatz
  • English Garden
    English Garden
  • Hofbrauhaus
Frankfurt featuring outdoor art
Known for Business, Sports and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Alte Oper
    Alte Oper
  • Romerberg
  • Römer
Church of Our Lady showing a city
Known for Historical Buildings, Shopping and Museums


Reasons to visit

  • Semper Opera House
    Semper Opera House
  • Church of Our Lady
    Church of Our Lady
  • Dresden Castle
    Dresden Castle
Cologne Cathedral
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Business


Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
    Cologne Cathedral
  • Chocolate Museum
    Chocolate Museum
  • Alter Markt
    Alter Markt

Popular places to visit in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle

Almost impossibly picturesque, Ludwig II’s masterpiece of turrets and white walls is perched like a fairy tale above an Alpine valley.

Brandenburg Gate
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Brandenburg Gate

This symbol of German unification ranks alongside Paris' Arc de Triomphe as one of Europe’s most iconic and emotive monuments.

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral

Marvel at the Gothic architecture and the shrine of the three wise men at one of the largest churches in the world.

Reichstag Building
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Reichstag Building

Torched by Hitler, bombed by Britain and stormed by the Russians, the seat of German power has risen again as a symbol of a united and progressive Germany.

Hohenschwangau Castle
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Hohenschwangau Castle

Venture to Neuschwanstein Castle and Tannheimer Tal—just two of the top sights around Hohenschwangau Castle, a city also notable for its mountain views and historic sites.

Linderhof Palace
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Linderhof Palace

Ludwig II’s personal palace was built on a more intimate scale than nearby Neuschwanstein, offering a glimpse into his troubled mind.