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What to see in Germany

Germany Attractions


Germany remains one of the world's leading sightseeing destinations by virtue of its unique and important historical attractions, charming medieval buildings, varied and beautiful landscape, and legendary cultural events. The country has played a leading role in world history and many of its attractions, varying from the celebrated to the infamous, are connected to this colourful legacy.

The major cities, such as Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, are attractions unto themselves, each jam-packed with historical treasures and sites of interest. Dachau and Checkpoint Charlie point to more troubled periods, while the magnificent Rhineland and Garmisch-Partenkirchen region offer enough natural splendour to please even the most demanding outdoor enthusiasts. Munich is home to one of the world's biggest parties, the legendary Oktoberfest, while the Romantic Road between Berlin and Frankfurt is a self-drive tourist classic that never fails to delight with its perfectly preserved towns and villages.

Germany is certainly a year-round destination, although be warned that the European winters (December to February) can get very cold. The best way to travel around the country is by train as the network is comprehensive, very reliable and safe, and decent value for money. Another good option is to rent a car and drive between attractions as fast as you like on the Autobahn.


Blankenese

This quaint town on the steep Elbe hillside was once a fishing village favoured by retired ship captains. Today it has…

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Brandenburg Gate

The impressive and symbolic Brandenburg Gate that lay forlorn for so long in the no man's land behind the Berlin Wall,…

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Charlottenburg Palace

Schloss Charlottenburg is the largest and oldest palace in Berlin, an 18th-century Baroque structure that was originally…

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Checkpoint Charlie

The infamous border crossing point in the wall dividing West and East Berlin has now become a shrine to the wall's memory…

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Dachau Memorial Site

About 10 miles (16km) to the northwest of Munich on the Stuttgart Autobahn is the town of Dachau, once a quiet artists'…

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Heidelberg

The historic university town of Heidelberg, about 55 miles (89km) south of Frankfurt, is billed as a city of music and…

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Lübeck

Lübeck lies 41 miles (66km) northeast of Hamburg, close to the Baltic coast. Not only is this historic town the…

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Mainz

The capital of the Rhineland, Mainz is a bustling city with a curious but exciting mixture of medieval architecture and…

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Marienplatz

The Marienplatz is the heart of Munich and the site of its most important historic buildings. The square is dominated…

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Mercedes-Benz Museum

Opened shortly before the start of the Football World Cup in Germany, the impressive Mercedes-Benz Museum is housed in…

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Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II (known as 'Mad King Ludwig' until his death in 1886) has become the trademark…

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Palace Square (Schlossplatz)

The symbolic heart of Stuttgart, the Schlossplatz or Palace Square, is a popular meeting point for locals and travellers…

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Porsche Museum

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is a retrospective of more than 75 years of Porsche engineering and memorabilia. Porsche…

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Reichstag

The Reichstag is one of Berlin's most famous buildings. The seat of Germany's parliament since 1894, the building has…

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Romantic Road

To experience the best of medieval Germany, thousands of visitors drive, bus or cycle their way along the Romantic Road,…

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Rothenburg

Known as the best-preserved medieval town in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (or just Rothenburg) is an absolute must-see…

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The Fairy Tale Road

The Fairy Tale Road follows a meandering 370-mile (595km) route that traces the path of famous storytellers the Brothers…

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Trier

Tourists are drawn to the German city of Trier for a taste of ancient Rome. Trier is 120 miles (193km) southwest of Frankfurt…

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Würzburg

A popular starting point for the Romantic Road, Würzburg is a lovely and lively town. The former comes from its…

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