GERMANY COUNTRY GUIDE
One of the most fascinating countries in Western Europe, Germany is a first-rate travel destination bursting with things to do and see.
Famous for its unique blend of old-world charm and modernity, this vast nation offers something for every kind of holidaymaker. Germany really has it all, whether you fancy soaking up stunning storybook scenery in one of the perfectly preserved medieval towns, experience quintessential alpine culture in Bavaria or explore one of the high-tech cities.
Each of the 16 regions retains its own distinct character, although wherever you go you're sure to encounter panoramic landscapes, inspiring architecture, delicious food and the best beer you're ever likely to taste.
Spectacular scenery in the South East
If you're looking to experience this absorbing country's inimitable identity, the South East is a great place to start. A drive through the sprawling Bavarian backdrop will present you with Germany at its picturesque best.
Bordering Austria and Switzerland, this spectacular alpine area is made up of chocolate box villages and medieval towns, which are peppered with fantastical fortresses and lavish palaces straight out of the Grimm brothers' fairy tales. Feast your eyes upon Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Walt Disney to create his own magic kingdom.
For those hoping to experience Bavaria's famous beer culture, head to Munich for Oktoberfest, Europe's most visited festival, where you can sample perfectly-frothed beer served in a traditional litre tankard.
Scintillating German Cities
Germany's fascinating cities offer a wealth of options for culture vultures.
Best known for its historical associations, the capital city of Berlin is one of the most captivating places to visit in the world. This dynamic city is renowned for its exciting underground music scene as well as being home of the mural covered Berlin Wall and host of the world famous Berlin International Film Festival. This compact capital is steeped in history with the iconic Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag building and Berlin Cathedral just some of the historic buildings you can see. Spend your days wandering around the excellent array of museums and galleries before making a pit stop to try some currywurst and heading out to experience one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the world.
In north Germany, the city of Hamburg lies along the River Elbe and offers the perfect urban retreat. Spend your time here visiting architectural wonders like the Neo-Renaissance city hall and the Baroque masterpiece of St Michael's Church. As well as once being the home of The Beatles, Hamburg was nicknamed the 'Gateway to Germany' for its historic port. The city's warehouse complex is the biggest in the world, and the fascinating guided tours give you the chance to learn about the place where much of the country's spices, coffee and tobacco were traded and sold.
A self-drive holiday through Western Germany and the Rhine Valley region is perfect for those who love getting out of the city, with many travellers coming from far and wide to trace the country's famous wine route down the sparkling river. This area, which produces around 80% of Germany's wines, could easily be part of France or Belgium, with rolling forests and terraced vineyards at every turn.
Birthplace of the original Eau de Cologne and the world's oldest fragrance company, Cologne is an exciting place to visit. Wander through the rustic alleyways of the traditional Old Town, stopping at bars, breweries and first-rate restaurants before gazing out onto the peaceful panorama of the Rhine River.
Once you've had time to drink in the beautiful backdrop, explore the city's historic Alter Markt, shop in the Belgian Quarter or stand in awe of the striking Cologne Cathedral.
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