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 wonâ€™t find something to love.
If youâ€™re a city type, Berlinâ€™s world class museums, insuppressible techno parties (if youâ€™re a heavy dance fanatic, Berlinâ€™s hedonistic yearly â€˜Love Paradeâ€™ is probably your idea of heaven) and glance at the narrowing city divide and whatâ€™s left of the Berlin Wall. Munich has itâ€™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 Germanyâ€™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 ringâ€™s now open to the public, and you can test your pace against the well-practiced locals.
A glance at Germanyâ€™s more infamous history is on offer at the harrowing Holocaust war memorials at Dachau and Buchenwald, while the Christmas markets â€“ prevalent throughout Germany â€“ 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, itâ€™s still a memorable ancient-meets-modern destination.
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