A land of immense history and culture, as well as plenty of natural beauty ready to be explored
Introducing the largest country in Central Europe, Germany is an enthralling land of fascinating culture and history, pioneering technological and engineering advances, captivating old-world charm, and scenes of breathtaking nature. Consisting of 16 individual states or regions, each possesses its own strong cultural identity, making Germany an immensely diverse country, where local traditions showcase a differing character across each city, town and village.
- Marvel at Berlin’s striking Brandenburg Gate.
- Sip a stein or two of Germany’s famous beer during Oktoberfest in Munich.
- Discover the fairytale castles that line the banks of the River Rhine.
- Immerse yourself in Bavarian culture and sample some of the region’s famous cuisine.
- Uncover the charm of beautiful medieval settlements, such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
- Tick off the numerous grand landmarks that populate the city of Dresden.
- Hit up the art and culture displayed on Berlin’s famous Museum Island.
Germany’s charismatic capital, Berlin, is as good a place as any to begin a journey through the country’s history and identity. A reunified and re-invigorated city – once divided during the Cold War by the infamous Berlin Wall – today visitors will encounter a diverse and vibrant metropolis, home to a portfolio of nightclubs, shops, galleries and restaurants, as well as some stunning landmarks. For lovers of art and culture, Berlin’s Museum Island is a must-visit attraction, while famed sights, such as Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building and the Berlin Wall lend a nod to Germany’s rich history.
Munich is another spell-binding hub of culture and character, something found throughout beautiful Bavaria, of which Munich is the capital. Spread across Bavaria, you’ll encounter half-timbered towns, romantic castles, stunning natural landscapes and a rich and authentic culinary scene. Munich itself captures many of these delights, with its awe-inspiring old town architecture combining with the likes of brilliant beer and sizzling sausages to present a condensed showcasing of Bavarian life.
For many, Frankfurt is something of a corporate financial city, but beneath the business and banking demeanour, you’ll discover a city brimming with culture, great shopping and fantastic dining, as well as Römerberg, one of the most picturesque squares in Germany. Frankfurt is also a great jumping-off point for exploration in the Rhine Valley, allowing you to discover castles, charming towns and lovely scenery, as well other attractive cities that sit on the banks of this famed river, such as Koblenz and Mainz.
Germany is also home to one of Europe’s finest baroque cities, Dresden. Beyond its bleak past when it faced almost complete destruction during World War II, the city still holds a proud identity, and today it is home to a range of pristine palaces, pretty gardens and striking landmarks.
There are so many assumptions about the country of poets and thinkers, and discovering this country and its deeply rooted traditions and culture will give you a new perspective on why things are the way they are. Apart from the rich history and dark chapters, modern day Germany is a welcoming, relaxed and - yes - beer-loving nation, offering a great diversity for its visitors, from artsy and hip Berlin to the scenic river valleys and Bavarian mountain tops. My reason to love Germany is simple: amazing bread!
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Need to Know
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Euro is the local currency
Berlin is the capital city
Sauerbraten is Germany's national dish
When to go
Germany benefits from being a rewarding year-round destination, appealing to travellers throughout both the colder winter months and the sunnier summer spells. Exploring Germany's cities is perhaps most rewarding during spring and autumn, when temperatures are more pleasant, though there's nothing more romantic than one of the city's Christmas markets during the winter. For exploring the natural landscapes of Bavaria or the Rhine Valley, between April and October the conditions will be excellent for outdoor-themed adventures.