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Travel Guide to Germany

Germany covers a great deal of area in central Europe and its geography is very varied as a result. In the north Germany has a coastline on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, the northern third of the country is low lying fertile plains, the area in the middle is a highlands area with deep river valleys and the southern area rises to alpine area at the border with Austria. Germany also has vibrant cities, historic buildings and stunning scenery for the visitor to explore. 

Places to visit in Germany

Berlin is the capital of Germany and has its own page - Berlin

Rügen - is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It is a popular holiday destination and there are a number of seaside resorts on the island, such as, Sassnitz and Binz. 

                                                Binz on Rugen Island Germany Binz on Rugen Island 

Dresden - is situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border. After suffering massive bombing during the last war the city has been largely restored to its former glories. It is now a popular and lively destination for tourists. 

Weimar - is a small city in Germany famous for its cultural heritage. It is associated with many famous Germans such as; Bach, Schiller, Herder, Liszt, Nietzsche, Gropius, Kandinsky and Klee. Numerous museums and houses celebrate their work. On the negative side Weimar is also associated with Buchenwald, the Nazi concentration camp, which lies 10 km to the north.

 

Bavaria - is the land of beer halls, lederhosen, foaming steins of beer, deep forests and romantic castles. 

Munich - in southern Germany is the capital of Bavaria. Munich has a great deal to offer the visitor with many historic buildings, museums, excellent shopping and trendy restaurants and of course Oktoberfest - the celebration of all things beer!

                                                    Munich Town Hall on Marienplatz Munich Town Hall on Marienplatz

Nuremberg - has a medieval Altstadt and a grand castle; also hosts a famous Christmas market. 

Hamburg - is Germany's second largest city and main port; it is located in the north on the River Elbe. The site of major restoration work after the last war Hamburg is now a lively, cosmopolitan city with plenty of history on show and a modern lifestyle. Look out for the (in)famous Reeperbahn - the red light district and site of many lively bars and cafes.

 

Neuschwanstein Castle - is a 19th-century Romanesque revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. It is usually regarded as the model for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.  Nearby is Hohenschwangau Castle where Ludwig II lived as a child. 

Hohenzollern Castle - is a castle, about 50 kilometres south of Stuttgart, considered home to the Hohenzollern family. The castle is located on top of Mount Hohenzollern at an elevation of 855 meters, above Hechingen and nearby Bisingen. It was originally constructed in the first part of the 11th century - the current castle was constructed in the middle of the 19th century.  

                        Hohenzollen Castle Germany Hohenzollen Castle 

Black Forest - lies in the south of Germany near the border with France; it is about 160km long and 50km wide - so there's plenty of room for everyone but it is very popular in summer. 

Ski Resorts - there are around fifty ski resorts in the German Alps - while many are small the most famous are much larger; among these are - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Brauneck, Winklmoos-Steinplatte. 

 
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