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Germany, geography and facts explained
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You’ll experience the magic of winding rivers, charming villages and castles combined with the best of cutting-edge modern culture, shopping, and dining while on a Germany vacation. Explore Berlin, which has emerged as one of Europe’s top cities. Munich, a city that blends high-tech business with glorious, old-world architecture and beer gardens is full of un attractions. Medieval Cologne, located on the Rhine, has plenty of historic districts to wander around. Journey into the countryside to enjoy the Black Forest area, with its famous spa town Baden-Baden, and the huge amusement park, Europa Park, or admire the mountains and forests of Berchtesgaten National Park.
Plan your Germany vacation around a specific city, like Berlin or Munich, or tour the country to experience all it has to offer. For a major European city, Berlin has a range of moderately priced, comfortably sized hotel rooms. If you’re looking for something more offbeat, there are also boutique hotels with cutting edge amenities as well. Stay in the Mitte area to be in the heart of the city’s attractions, or opt for the more relaxed Tiergarten near canals and the Berlin Zoo.
Because busy Munich attracts many business travelers, there’s a large selection of hotels in the top neighborhoods of Alstadt, the city center, and Lehl, home of the city’s top museums. You’ll find many hotels in the Bavarian Alps and Black Forest regions with the traditional half-timber architecture and picturesque settings.
Berlin is chock-full of memorable historic sites like the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, which tells the story of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial of the Wall itself, and the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the city. Germany has dozens of concert halls and theaters: the historic Konzerthaus and the glitzy Friedrichstadt-Palast, with Las Vegas-type productions, offer entertainment at either end of the spectrum.
A visit to Munich, the heart of Bavaria, without checking out a beer garden is unthinkable; the English Garden, with beer vendors and buffets, as well as lovely paths and lakes, is a top pick. While in Munich, be sure to visit the Pinakothek for amazing Old Masters art and the popular BMW Museum.
The awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral is the showpiece of the city. The super-popular Chocolate Museum, with an attached chocolate factory, shop, and café will be sure to please any visitor to this fine city.
A quintessential German vacation experience is a cruise on the Rhine or Mosel rivers. Take a day cruise to admire the region’s castles, hillside vineyards, and picturesque villages. For a more detailed look at castles, visit the country’s best, including Neuschwanstein Castle on the Romantic Road in Bavaria, the inspiration for Disney’s castle. There’s also the beautiful Hohenzollern in the Black Forest; Bavaria’s Schloss Herrenschiemsee, modeled after Versailles, and the ruins of the gothic Heidelberg Castle in none other than Heidelberg.
The Bavarian Alps is the place for outdoor adventure. In the summer, take a serious hike or a leisurely walk and enjoy the beauty of the wildflowers. In winter, the paths transform to cross-country trails, and there are plenty of spots for skiing and snowboarding. For more fresh air fun, visit the resort towns of the Black Forest, like Baiersbonn and Baden-Baden, and be sure to make time for Germany’s largest amusement park, Europa Park, boasting Europe’s highest roller coaster.