Winding rivers, huge forests and urban spaces - Germany well and truly combines beautiful landscapes, traditional culture and modern living, for visitors to experience.
To help you get plan your holiday to Germany, here are five must-visit destinations in the lively country.
One of Germany’s most vibrant cities, Hamburg is a cosmopolitan city infusing remarkable architecture and magnificent historical sites alongside modern-day living. It’s the perfect place for a family holiday, an escape with friends or a mini-break with a special someone.
Enjoy traditional German culture by day and the vivacious modern culture by night; visit the Museum of Hamburg for a glimpse into the city’s intriguing past, wander through its many green parks, or pay a trip to the delightful Miniature Wonderland, a fun modern exhibit with over 9,000 trains – just the place to take young visitors.
When it comes to shopping, Hamburg has it all; countless boutiques and small shops selling more ornate and quirky items, the notable Hamburg Warehouse Complex where it’s souvenirs galore, and the markets of Schanzenviertel, Karolinenviertel and Marktstrasse where second-hand goods are sold and you’re likely to find rare bargains here.
You can find traditional German cuisine in one of the many restaurants around the city and dishes to try include, Birnen, Bohnen und Speck, Finkenwerder Scholle and Bratkartoffeln. Party-lovers should head to the popular pubs and late night bars on Lange Reihe Street and Grossneumarkt square, while more trendy dance clubs can be found in the St Pauli area.
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A hugely popular city and home to the infamous Berlin Wall, for those wanting to get to grips with Berlin’s history, a visit to the monumental wall is a must, however, there’s so much more to this popular city for visitors to experience.
From jogging tours of Berlin’s best sights, like Brandenburg Gate and Berliner Dom, to fine dining at the 15-storey Solar Lounge, and finding hidden gems at the superb Christmas markets, there’s an itinerary to suit every taste here.
Berlin is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and the best way to take in its splendor is to travel like a local on a hired bike. To mix with the party crowd, Berghain in the Friedrichshain district is the place to be - DJ Magazine voted it one of the best clubs in the world.
Located close to Gendarmenmark, take a break at Borchardts for some schnitzel and celeb-spotting, all before heading for a stroll through the beautiful Tiergarten Park.
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Dusseldorf made our list of 8 underrated city breaks in Europe,and rightly so, as this German city’s appeal rivals the likes of Berlin and Milan. Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf is often overlooked as a city break destination; but those in search of a thriving shopping and nightlife scene in Germany would be wise to consider Dusseldorf.
Straddling the banks of the Rhine River, Dusseldorf is a great mix of traditional and modern; Altstadt, dubbed "the longest bar in the world", is the lovely and small Old Town with more than 300 bars and nightclubs.
This place also takes its beer seriously, and alongside the more contemporary party drinks, you’ll find the native dark beer, Altbier, being served.
Königsallee is an urban boulevard and Dusseldorf's famous shopping street, with many high-end stores. Once you’ve shopped to your heart’s content and enjoyed a night out, head for a cultural fix to the Museum Kunst Palast, which houses one of the best art collections in the Rhineland.
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Stunning backdrops, delicious cuisine and more beer than you can handle – Bavaria is Germany’s largest state and one of the oldest in Europe, making it rich in history, heritage and culture.
Compared to the more urban options on this list, Bavaria is a dreamy and picturesque place making it an ideal destination for couples. Go on a romantic road-trip along the 225-mile journey from Wurzburg to Füssen, which will take drivers through areas famed for their gourmet restaurants, excellent wines and sites of historical interest.
In the heart of Bavaria you'll find some of the best chilled beers in Germany with the region often being considered the best for brewing in the world. Try the local Weissbier, a beautifully cloudy, unfiltered beer made from wheat and often consumed early in the day.
If its action you’re after then the Bavarian Alps and Forest won’t disappoint; here you’ll find some of the best ski and snowboard resorts in Germany. Füssen’s cobbled streets will lead you to Hohes Schloss, an impressive castle housing 15th century art and remarkable traditional architecture for you to marvel.
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Germany’s third largest city has more than just Oktoberfest to offer, though the festival does draw crowds from all over the world, who flock to Munich for its relaxed beer gardens, exciting outdoor events and tranquil snow scenes, this city is one that can be enjoyed all-year-round.
There are many sights to be appreciated in and around Munich including impressive mountain ranges, glittering lakes, lush greenery and the picture-perfect Neuschwanstein Castle, which will lead you to believe you might just be in a fairy tale. A visit to Munich’s most famous landmark, the Hofbrauhaus beer hall, is a must too.
Traditional German culture is truly alive in Munich; for fans of art, music and theatre; Munich makes for a captivating break. Classical music fans can enjoy the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra or the Bavarian State Opera, whilst rock lovers will appreciate the concerts held in the Olympia Park. There are many exhibitions and art galleries to discover too.
When it comes to food, and in the spirit of German culture, try the city’s specialities, including the popular dishes of Weisswurst, Leberkaese and Schweinebraten. If it’s nightlife you want then get yourself to the Kultfabrik area which is home to over 25 cosmopolitan clubs and bars.
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