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From the High Alps in the South, the Bavarian plain, and the flowing hills of central Germany to the coast of the North and Baltic Sea: it all looks like a miniature train landscape packed with the nicest of old towns, medieval houses, gothic churches and small villages.

Thanks to the different regional princedoms, earldoms, monarchies and states Germany did not develop unique during the last centuries. Thus Germany has not one but many major cities. And each city has its own unique character, formed by its history and the surrounding region. Each is a whole new world unto itself in which you will experience not only different architectural styles and art treasures but also a very distinctive lifestyle. Local traditions and mentalities are clearly reflected everywhere - in the arts, the nightlife, the shops, the pubs and restaurants and the way people work and live.

To start in the north, spend some days in Hamburg, Bremenor Lubeck, those old "Hanse" cities, whose prosperity arose out of the citizens ship trade market. Berlin, the capital, is of course one of the top travel destinations in Germany - no matter if you are going there for business, cultural or political reasons or just to enjoy yourself: Berlin has everything! Right in the centre Hannover is worth a visit. In the eastern part of Germany, you can find real jewels: Leipzig, Weimar, Schwerinand even Dresden, although it was bombed horribly, saved lots of their prewar architectural heritage. Continue going southwards, maybe with passing Nuremnberg, you will sooner or later meet Munich, the capital city of beer, but also of art, with the famous Pinakothek. It is a good starting point to find the treasures of Bavaria.

Germany's cities have endless pleasant surprises in store for those who enjoy good food and drink. In addition to top-quality international cooking each region has its own local specialities, ranging from hearty country fare at simple inns to modern light cuisine at star-rated restaurants. Accompanied by our world-famous beers and wines, all this plenty is guaranteed to make your tour of Germany's cities an unforgettable culinary experience.

Discover the beautiful south west of Germany with cities like Freiburg, Heidelberg and Tubingen. In the western part cities still have some french influence, discover Bonn, Dusseldorf, Cologne- the heart of the Rhineland, Trier, the oldest city of Germany and a former capital of the Roman Empire or Aachen with its impressive cathedral.

Today Germany is also an industrial powerhouse. In the Ruhrgebiet ( Essen, Oberhausen, Duisburg and surrounding) there is heavy industry, different car brands like Mercedes (near Stuttgart), BMW and VW make Germany one of the worlds biggest car producers and Framkfurt is the country's bank and finance centre, called also "Mainhattan". All this makes that the standard of living is among the highest in the world.

To make the different cities and sights more accessible to you, we have divide Gremany into regions. Click on the regions to find more info about them and the cities that are in them.

After years of seperation between West Germany and the DDR, the country is now growing together back again, a longer and maybe painfuller process than many expected. At the same time has Germany become a more normal country. If you look at the history of Germany this century, being normal is not a bad thing.


City Guide


Being the capital city and largest city of Germany, there is a lot to see in Berlin. A historic city most famous for the Gate of Brandenburg.

  • Brandenburg Gate: Surely the most famous symbol of Germany. Worth going there and seeing it.
  • Zoological Garden: Most famous zoo in Germany with near 1500 species
  • Botanic Garden: Considered as one of the most important gardens in the world, with 22000 different plant species, most of whom you have never seen before
  • Olympiastadion: The Olympic Stadium of Berlin is a very famous stadium, the final of the World Cup 2006 also took place here
  • International Aerospace Exhibition:
  • Knut the polar bear: Famous cute polar bear cub in the zoo. Has unfortunately died.


The second largest city in Germany and one of the most tourist-attracted cities in Central Europe

  • Harbour: Hamburg's harbour is one of the largest in the world and is a must if you are there
  • River Cruise: A river cruise across the harbour is very cheap and extremely pleasant in Hamburg.


The third largest city and also very popular one for tourists

  • Allianz Arena Home of Bayern Munich Football Club and an astonishing design


  • Cologne Cathedral:

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