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Overview to Germany: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Germany

Germany is a country that refuses to be pigeon-holed. And the capital, Berlin, is a perfect example: a city of history, architecture and high art, it’s also a hotbed of sleazy nightlife, fashion and countercultural activity.

Down in the south of the country lies Germany’s other great backpacking destination, Munich. Quainter than the chic capital Berlin, Munich is far more interesting and varied than the popular stereotype of beer and bratwurst would have you believe.

Moving northwards, Hamburg may not be the most beautiful of German cities but it certainly knows how to let its hair down and have a good time. Nearby Hannover, on the other hand, is a pleasant (if just a little mannered) city of gardens and well-presented streets.

Towards the west, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Cologne (with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, the Dom) are all attractive cities with plenty to see and do. Beyond the suburbs of the country’s many fine cities, though, an incredibly varied landscape stretches away.

The Black Forest, one of Europe’s larger stretches of woodland (and the setting of the fairytale Hansel and Gretel), is best entered from the town of Freiberg. By contrast, the north of the country has rarely-visited coastlines and beautiful (although often quite chilly) beaches.

Throughout Bavaria and the Rhineland, a number of fine castles dot the landscape. The most famous of these, Neuschwanstein Castle, is a UNESCO-protected site that inspired Disney’s iconic castle symbol and truly breathtaking.

Germany is a country that can reward a bit of patience, imagination and the desire to shed your preconceptions with a warm - and incredibly rewarding - travel experience. The food and drink is hearty, the people are friendly and the sights – both urban and rural – are absolutely spectacular.


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