There’s something undeniably artistic in the way Germany’s scenery unfolds – the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north; the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the center, and the off-the-charts splendor of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that’s bound to give your camera batteries a workout.
A compelling blend of dynamic cities, gorgeous scenery and sights straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Germany has never been a more rewarding travel destination. Whether you want to tour the vineyards of the Rhine or Mosel, discover Berlin’s brilliant club culture, or hike your way through the Bavarian Alps.
The Romantic Road in southern Germany is an excellent way to tour the half-timbered houses of medieval towns and fantasy castles of the region. For a more relaxing stay, wallow in Baden-Baden’s luxurious spas, or wander around the remarkable museums and historic sights of Berlin.
Top Cities in Germany: –
Munich – Berlin – Frankfurt – Garmisch
If there’s such a thing as the German dream, MUNICH (München) embodies it. Germany’s third – and favorite – city often tops surveys to find the world’s most live-able city, and it’s easy to see why, with lakes and mountains on its doorstep, a fine roster of historic and cultural sights, glittering shops and the air of confidence that comes from being the home of BMW and Siemens.
As heart of the Prussian kingdom, cultural center of the Weimar Republic, headquarters of Hitler’s Third Reich and a key front-line flash-point in the Cold War, Berlin has long been a weather vane of European and even world history.
Within two centuries Berlin had gone from also-ran provincial town to Germany’s capital, but these drastic changes would be matched the following century by its demolition in World War II and subsequent division in the Cold War.
Brandenburg was radically transformed too, losing all its territory east of the Oder and falling under the sway of communism. Then, in November 1989, the world’s media converged on the Brandenburg Gate to watch Berliners chipping away at the Berlin Wall and witness the extraordinary scenes of the border opening for good. This triggered a series of events which saw Germany’s federal government re-established in the city, sparking a pace of urban change unrivaled in the developed world.
Frankfurt, a central German city on the river Main, is a major financial hub that’s home to the European Central Bank. It’s the birthplace of famed writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose former home is now the Goethe House Museum. Like much of the city, it was damaged during World War II and later rebuilt. The reconstructed Altstadt (Old Town) is the site of Römerberg, a square that hosts an annual Christmas market.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a German ski resort in Bavaria, formed when 2 towns united in 1935. It’s a prominent destination for skiing and ice skating as well as hiking. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, with a 2,962 m summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable car.
Garmisch is considered the more fashionable section, while Partenkirchen’s cobblestone streets retain a traditional Bavarian feel.