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A land of progressive cities and delicate, castle-coated countryside, Germany mixes the old and the new into an appetizing touristic blend. From the Lederhosen and ample, aging beer halls to the world capital of techno and roads without speed limits, there are few who won’t find something to love.

If you’re a city type, Berlin’s world class museums, insuppressible techno parties (if you’re a heavy dance fanatic, Berlin’s hedonistic yearly ‘Love Parade’ is probably your idea of heaven) and glance at the narrowing city divide and what’s left of the Berlin Wall. Munich has it’s own agenda, proudly steeped in Bavarian culture and teeming with traditional lederhosen-filled beer halls. Once a year, Oktoberfest comes to town, and seems to bring half the world with it. Welcome to another unstoppable, beer-swilling German party.

If all night parties are not your thing, however, the stunning German countryside will come to the rescue. Drift along the Rhine, eying the vineyards coating the banks, or head for one of the hundreds of historical, castle-clad cities. The town of Hildesheim features squares full of oversized, aging, angular houses, where you can buy spicy wurst from gruff local farmers. Neuschwanstein Castle is a whitewashed mansion complete with Disney towers and turrets atop a forested hill, while the phenomenally bulky castle overlooking the town of Heidelberg is a remarkable hotspot.

If you want to experience Germany’s reputation for speed, hiring a car and heading down the nearest Autobahn will do, though the more ambitious head for the lengthy, classic road circuit at the Nurberg Ring. Formally the home of German Formula 1, the ring’s now open to the public, and you can test your pace against the well-practiced locals.

A glance at Germany’s more infamous history is on offer at the harrowing Holocaust war memorials at Dachau and Buchenwald, while the Christmas markets – prevalent throughout Germany – give a taste of the friendliness and welcoming ethos of the modern day natives.

Most visitors could happily spend months in Germany, but if you only have time for cuckoo clocks, castles and clubbing, not to worry, it’s still a memorable ancient-meets-modern destination.

Berlin #1 most popular location
Berlin is the capital of Germany, and the largest city by population. It has an international reputation for being an extremely tolerant and liberal hub of modernity, with a wide variety of m…
2,461travelers 574reviews 312blogs
Munich #2 most popular location
It might not be Germany’s capital, but Munich is certainly Bavaria’s, and that comes with its own revered role. Reveling in its place as the heartland of its own traditions, where Lederho…
1,317travelers 265reviews 182blogs
Cologne #3 most popular location
Cologne – Köln or Kölle, depending on how native you’ve gone – is Germany’s oldest city, dating back over two millennia. Dominated by the towers of its rustic, soaring cathedral, Co…
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Frankfurt am Main #4 most popular location
Frankfurt am Main, commonly known as Frankfurt, is the fifth-largest city in Germany. Situated on the Main River, Frankfurt is the financial and transportation centre of Germany and the large…
568travelers 148reviews 76blogs
Hamburg #5 most popular location
Despite being quite obviously inland, Hamburg has a hefty maritime bent to it, with huge hunks of floating iron drifting in and out daily, and rivers interspersing the city-center streets. It…
652travelers 67reviews 37blogs
Dusseldorf #6 most popular location
It may be a relatively small regional capital, but no one told Dusseldorf’s residents. With an architecture, arts and nightlife scenes that would do much larger cities proud, you’ll get a…
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Dresden #7 most popular location
A heartland of industrial Germany, Dresden recently celebrated its 800th birthday, and is full of suitably ancient, crumbling buildings that make for an impressively ornate city centre settin…
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Stuttgart #8 most popular location
If Stuttgart has one fixation, it’s cars. Home to huge museums showcasing two of the world’s most well-known sports car brands, Mercedes and Porsche, the city has a deep love of mechanica…
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Nuremberg #9 most popular location
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Heidelberg #10 most popular location
A glorious and charming old university town. The striking, red roofed landscape of Heidelberg, with its picture postcard bridges and fabulous green backdrop (on the edge of the legendary Blac…
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Hannover #11 most popular location
Hannover, the capital of German state Lower Saxony, has gained international reputation as location of industrial fairs (Hannover Fair) and computer expos (CeBIT). With a population of ove…
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Bremen #12 most popular location
Belonging to the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, along with Bremerhaven, Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany and tenth in Germany. In 2006, the city’s population was cal…
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Leipzig #13 most popular location
Since the Middle Ages, Leipzig has been a cultural and economic center of Central and Eastern Germany, with a university and many important fairs.
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Garmisch Partenkirchen #14 most popular location
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a market town in Bavaria, southern Germany. Originally two separate towns that were merged for the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. It is the administrative centre of the …
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Bonn #15 most popular location
The city of Bonn is located in the Cologne/ Bonn region in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the former capital of West Germany from 1949 - 1990 and the official seat of government …
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Essen #16 most popular location
For more than 100 years, Essen has been considered being the industral heart of Germany, because it was the headquarter of steel producer Krupp. Many furnaces have been shut since the 1980s, …
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Rust #17 most popular location
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Trier #18 most popular location
Trier is Germany's oldest town, founded in or before 16 BC. Located astride the Mosel River about six miles from the Luxembourg border, Trier is little known to most tourists who vacation in …
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Winterberg #19 most popular location
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Potsdam #20 most popular location
Capital City of Brandenburg/Germany, home of the largest World Heritage site of Germany: palaces of Sanssouci. Attractions: The Sanssouci Palace:(Schloss Sanssouci) a brilliant rococo p…
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Baden-Baden #21 most popular location
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Freiburg im Breisgau #22 most popular location
Freiburg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany situated on the western edge of the southern Black Forest. Freiburg im Breisgau is situated in the immediate vincinity of France (3 km distan…
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber #23 most popular location
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a Bavarian town overlooking the Tauber River and an important stop along the Romantic Road. Translating to "Rothenburg above the Tauber", Rothenburg has a long hi…
12travelers 4reviews 6blogs
Lubeck #24 most popular location
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Fussen #25 most popular location
Füssen is a charming town located in southern Bavaria, only 5 km from the Austrian border. Lying amist the Alps, Füssen is mostly visited for its proximity to both Schloß Neuschwanstein a…
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Cochem #26 most popular location
Cochem is a small town situated in the Moezel area. It's famous for it's Castle. The castle was build in the 12th and 13th century.
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Dortmund #27 most popular location
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Karlsruhe #28 most popular location
Karlsruhe was founded in the 18th Century, planned by margrave Karl-Wilhelm. Therefore it has the typical fan-shaped structure of an absolutistic city with a palace in the middle. Behind th…
111travelers 10reviews 6blogs
Regensburg #29 most popular location
Located on the Danube river in Bavaria, this medieval town contains many buildings of exceptional quality that testify to its history as a trading center and to its influence on the region as…
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Mannheim #30 most popular location
Mannheim is a city in Baden- Württemberg, Germany. It has approximately 328,000 inhabitants, which makes it the second largest city of this Bundesland. Mannheim is located at the confluen…
94travelers 10reviews 4blogs
Rostock #31 most popular location
Located on the southern coast of the baltic sea Rostock remains a popular hub for ferries to all major baltic countries. If you are planning to go to Denmark you can take a ferry from he…
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Aachen #32 most popular location
Aachen is one of those cities that cries out beautiful even on a rainy day. The city's main focus is religion, with amazing churches around every corner covered with colored stained-glass wi…
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Erfurt #33 most popular location
Erfurt is a city in central Germany. It is the capital of the state of Thuringia or Thüringen with a population of ca. 202,619. Erfurt is located 100 km SW of Leipzig, 113 km SE of Kassel …
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Bamberg #34 most popular location
Bamberg is a reasonable sized town, nearly 70,000, in the northern part of Bavaria. Reputedly the inhabitants of this place drink more beer per head of population than anywhere else in Germa…
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Willingen #35 most popular location
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koblenz #36 most popular location
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Oberstdorf #37 most popular location
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Wiesbaden #38 most popular location
Wiesbaden, the current capital of Hessen, is described as the "Nice of the North", the gateway to the Rheingau, or the city of villas. The city has a rich history as a health resort due to it…
59travelers 2blogs
Quedlinburg #39 most popular location
Quedlinburg is a historic city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, which is designated as UNESCO World Heritage site because of it's beautiful Altstadt (Old Town), it's Rathaus (Town Hall) …
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Munster #40 most popular location
Münster is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is…
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Dachau #41 most popular location
Dachau is located at about 10 miles away northwest of Munich. Here, lies the first Nazi Concentration Camp that opened in March 1933. It initially detained all polical prisoners during the re…
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Mainz #42 most popular location
Mainz is the regional capital of Rhineland-Pfalz right across the Rhine River from Wiesbaden in Hessen. There is a bit of rivalry between the two cities regarding which is the more beautiful…
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Reit im Winkl #43 most popular location
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Schwangau #44 most popular location
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Weimar #45 most popular location
Weimar, located in the German state Thuringia, almost in the centre of the country and east of Erfurt, is one of Germany’s popular tourist centres and one of its most important cultural cit…
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Wurzburg #46 most popular location
Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia which lies in the northern tip of Bavaria, Germany. Located on the Main River, it is the capital of the Unterfranken. The regional dialect is Fr…
25travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Kiel #47 most popular location
For the people who are interressted in the sea and famouse habors. Here is the travel advice. Go and visit this beautiful city at the Eastsea. Its name is close to the legends and tales of th…
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Konstanz #48 most popular location
Konstanz (in English formerly known as Constance), a university town, is situated on Lake Constance (German: Bodensee) which is in the South-Western part of Baden-Wurttemberg and borders Swit…
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Kassel #49 most popular location
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Berchtesgaden #50 most popular location
Berchtesgaden is an old town in the South-East of Germany, on 3 sides bordered by Austria. It is a real tourist town now, with mountains rising up all around. The most famous is the Watzmann.…
12travelers 6reviews 4blogs