About Germany

by SmarterTravel Staff
Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany (Photo: Index Open)

Germany is a nation very much in touch with its past, but that doesn't stop the country from looking towards the future. Travelers have plenty of activities to choose from, whether they want to explore fairy-tale castles, ski down the slopes, or savor city life.

The history of Germany attracts many visitors. Castles such as King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein, the most visited attraction in the country, and the medieval Heidelberg Castle dot the landscape. More recent events also draw travelers to places like Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Berlin Wall crossing point that is now a museum that pays tribute to the Wall and the separation of the city during the Cold War.

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Sports fans and outdoors enthusiasts won't run out of things to do in Germany. The Bavarian Alps are not only beautiful to look at, but they also provide a place to ski in winter or hike in summer. Those who want to explore the Black Forest area can also hike through the trees, or simply indulge in the spa culture.

Germany has several major cities that will entice even the most sophisticated travelers. Munich, along the Isar River, is home to the annual Oktoberfest. The country's capital, Berlin, is not only the center of political life, but is also an exciting hub of entertainment with more than 7,000 bars and restaurants. Cosmopolitan Frankfurt offers cultural attractions such as the Dialogue Museum, Jewish Museum, and the Zeil shopping street. Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, and Stuttgart are other major cities in Germany with plenty of culture to explore.

Flights to Germany land at 19 international airports, including Frankfurt and Munich. The nation's rail system also provides quick and easy transportation between major cities and smaller towns.

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