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Germany, a very large country in Central Europe, to discover for its landscapes, its festivals, its cultural heritage, its charming villages or even its large cities. From mountains to coastlines and forests, the diversity of German landscapes allows all travellers to enjoy this beautiful country.
Berlin, the capital, is an exciting city, which was at the heart of 20th century history. It is a very popular destination, with many historic sites to discover. However, it is also interesting to move away from the touristic districts to be able to discover the city’s trendy, young and artistic culture.
Northern Germany and its coasts
To the north, the coasts of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea offer travellers beautiful landscapes and charming bays. There are many cities that worth a visit such as: Lübeck, the old Hanseatic city; Kiel, which is opened onto the Baltic Sea or Schwerin, the city of the 7 lakes.
Further east, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, you can discover a sparsely populated region with immaculate beaches and cliffs. Not very touristy, you can discover islands or the splendid white cliffs of Rügen.
The cities of Hamburg, Bremen and Hanover are also worth visiting. In Hamburg, in addition to the classic attractions, it is essential to discover the miniature modelled railways of the Miniatur Wunderland!
Central Germany, between large cities, valleys and plains
On the one hand, in the West, in the Rhineland, you can visit Germany between tradition and modernity. In particular, we can see the industrial remains of the Ruhr but also large cities such as Bonn, Cologne or Düsseldorf.
In the direction of Frankfurt am Main, it is interesting to discover the luxurious city of Wiesbaden, or the medieval city of Mainz, with its beautiful half-timbered houses. Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, seat of the European Central Bank, is surrounded by many beautiful villages. You can discover the vineyards of the Moselle valley: superb hikes allow you to explore its banks. To “immerse yourself” in German culture, there is nothing better than going to the thermal baths, for instance in Wiesbaden.
On the other hand, to the east, Erfurt is a welcoming city to discover for its history and medieval charm. In Thuringia, you can follow the footsteps of the great artists inspired by this beautiful region such as Goethe, Bach or Wagner. Finally, Dresden seduces visitors with its majestic monuments but also with its rich cultural heritage.
The South of the country: the foothills of the Alps
Baden-Württemberg has many assets, including the Black Forest for its amazing natural landscapes and the beautiful cities of Heidelberg and Meersburg. For the fans of cars, don’t miss Stuttgart!
Then, Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, has a large number of treasures to visit: from lakes to cities to mountains. The castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria seems like coming from Disney movies. If Neuschwanstein is the most famous, we should not forget Herrenchiemsee Castle and Linderhof Castle. To ski, you can go to the Swiss border in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Finally, Munich, well known for its beer festival, is a big city to explore and immerse yourself in its dynamic and trendy atmosphere. Less known by tourists for this aspect, the capital of Bavaria looks like Berlin for its art, ecology and popularity with youth.
Germany’s climate is continental with cold and dry winters and hot and stormy summers.
Summer is the best time for a trip to Germany, both for the climate and the atmosphere. Indeed, when it is warm, the Germans go out in the Freibad, the outdoor swimming pools or in the Biergarten, to have a good beer outside.
In the south, the summers can be very hot, while in the east, in Berlin for example, they are particularly humid.
Spring and autumn are also ideal seasons for a journey to Germany! May and September have milder, more pleasant temperatures and less rainy weather.
During the 3 months of winter, the climate is harsh: it rains and snows frequently and it can be very cold. But it is perfect for winter sports!