From Hamburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany has a lot to offer for any interest and any type of travel.
Cities to Visit
The cities of Germany are diverse and each has a unique feel and culture. Here are just some of the places to visit:
Düsseldorf – Located on the Rhine, Düsseldorf is noted as the “fashion capital” of Germany, and maybe more notoriously as the “longest bar in the world”. The Königsallee is the center of high end fashion shopping in Düsseldorf, with shops along it for Versace, Louis Vuitton, Massimo Dutti, and/pa Prada, just to name a few. This street also borders the “Altstadt”, (Old City), which is full of more shops, restaurants and bars. One of my favorite things to do there on a Saturday afternoon was to just sit on the bank of the Rhine River in a small outdoor cafe, with a glass of wine and enjoy the view and the people.
Cologne – Not too far from Düsseldorf is Köln, also located on the Rhine River and a favorite stop for the River Cruises traveling between Amsterdam and Basel. My favorite place there is the Cologne Cathedral (pictured above), which dates back to the 1200’s and took over 300 years to build. There is also a Roman Museum on the same square with the cathedral and chronicles the Roman settlements in this region dating back to 38 BC.
Berlin – The capital of Germany is rich in history with the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Charlottenburg Palace.
Munich – Located in the center of Bavaria, Munich is a great place not only as a base to see other parts of southern Germany, but is full of things to do on its own, including the Olympic Village, the Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, the Deutsche Museum, and the English Gardens.
Other noteworthy cities:
Events and Activities
Oktoberfest – Held in late September and going on for three weeks, Oktoberfest is held in Munich, and attracts millions of visitors to the area.
Christmas Markets – Held throughout Europe, there are hundreds of these in Germany
Sporting Events – Soccer (Fütbol) is a major sport in Germany, and goes on year round. Normally there is a Formula 1 Grand Prix race in Germany every year, but it is not on the schedule for 2022.
Castles, Castles and more Castles – Most famous is Neuschwanstein, but there are hundreds of others.
Here is a list of German Events and Holidays for 2022, put together by Rick Steves.
How to See Germany
River Cruises – There are dozens of River Cruise options in Germany. The most popular cruises are on the Rhine and the Danube. There are several options for time, activity level, and budget.
Escorted Tours – A quick search shows that Globus has almost 40 different options for Germany and Trafalger has over 90, from July 2022 to June 2023. Insight Vacations has 23 options and Tauck has seven.
Independent Travel – Whether you wish to travel by car, train or on foot, we can customize a trip to meet your time frame and budget.
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