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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

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

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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
Hamburg
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business

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Reasons to visit

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

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Reasons to visit

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

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Reasons to visit

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

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Reasons to visit

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

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Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
    Cologne Cathedral
  • Chocolate Museum
    Chocolate Museum
  • Museum Ludwig
    Museum Ludwig

Popular things to do in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle

Check out Tannheimer Tal and Zugspitze—just two of the popular sights around Neuschwanstein Castle, a city also known for its mountain views and skiing.

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

Venture to Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ski Resort and Neuschwanstein Castle—just two of the top sights around Linderhof Palace, a historic city also known for its mountain views.