Germany

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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

Museum Island which includes street scenes and a city
Berlin
Known for Shopping, Museums and Business
With the relics of its turbulent past transformed afresh through street art, chic neighborhoods and repurposed architecture, Germany’s capital embraces old and new.

Reasons to visit

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate
  • Brandenburg Gate
Berlin which includes a skyscraper, modern architecture and street scenes
Berlin
Known for Shopping, Museums and Business

Reasons to visit

  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
Hamburg showing a river or creek, heritage architecture and skyline
Hamburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
This modern port city is known for its maritime traditions, art galleries and converted warehouse districts filled with restaurants, bars and boutique shops.

Reasons to visit

  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • Fish Market
  • Hamburg Dungeon
Hamburg showing night scenes
Hamburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business

Reasons to visit

  • Miniatur Wunderland
  • Fish Market
  • Hamburg Dungeon
Munich
Munich
Known for Beer, Museums and Art
From cozy beer halls to dazzling palaces, sprawling public gardens to cutting-edge museums, the Bavarian capital is a modern city with plenty of traditional charms.

Reasons to visit

  • Marienplatz
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Viktualienmarkt
Hohenzollern Bridge which includes night scenes, a church or cathedral and a river or creek
Cologne
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Business
Discover the character of this liberal and hospitable city, now a hub for arts and culture in Germany’s Rhineland.

Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Chocolate Museum
  • Alter Markt

Popular places to visit in Germany

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