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Welcome to Germany

Germany offers a path for every kind of traveler, whether it leads toward the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, a glass of local wine in Rhine Valley, or across to Austria's Salzburg Lake District, an area synonymous with the Von Trapp family and The Sound of Music. For history buffs, stories of the Cold War abound in Berlin, and day trips to World War II memorial sites offer a somber and significant look at the past. If you find yourself in Munich in the fall it can only mean one thing: a stop at Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, for a taste of Bavarian brews, culture, and food.

Top 10 attractions in Germany

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Dresden Frauenkirche

Dresden Frauenkirche

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The Frauenkirche in Dresden was built between 1726 and 1743. Its dome collapsed on Feb. 15, 1945, during the bombings of World War II. After the war, the ruins of the church were left as a war memorial. Once Dresden and the rest of East Germany were reunified with West Germany, reconstruction on the church began and was completed by 2005. As much as possible, the reconstruction of the church followed the original plans and methods and used the original materials. The church now serves as a symbol of reconciliation.The reconstruction of the church was supported by donations from people all around the world. In order to honor those who donated, the church set up an exhibition area, which explains what was left after the destruction and what was was needed to start the rebuilding process. The exhibit includes original documents and finds from the archaeological site. Photographs and sketches outline the process from when the reconstruction idea was made public until the consecration of the church in 2005. There is also a computer to search for names of supporters.A variety of guided tours of the church are available, and visitors can also climb the tower for views of the city.More
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Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds

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A vast tract of untended land southeast of Nuremberg's medieval city center, the Nazi Party Rally Grounds were once the stage for some of Adolf Hitler's most infamous and dangerous speeches during the rise of the Third Reich. The nearby Documentation Center museum chronicles the terrors inflicted by the Nazi party during World War II.More
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Dusseldorf Old Town (Altstadt)

Dusseldorf Old Town (Altstadt)

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The traditional heart of the city and one of Germany’s most famous nightlife districts, Dusseldorf’s Old Town (Altstadt) is where visitors spend the majority of their time, home to many of the city’s top attractions. As well as the scenic Rheinuferpromenade running along the waterfront and the famous Königsallee shopping boulevard just a couple of blocks east, highlights of the Old Town include the Burgplatz, with its landmark castle tower and unique City Monument; the Neander-church and Old City Hall (Rathaus), two of the only buildings still standing after WWII; and a number of museums, including the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Filmmuseum.The historic district is at its most atmospheric in the evening hours when locals and tourists gather to drink and dance at “the longest bar in the world” – the nickname given to the almost 300 bars, bier-halles and pubs that stretch throughout the area, built so close together that the bar counters are said to run from one venue to the next. There’s a huge range of nightclubs, music venues and cocktail bars to choose from, but be sure to head to one of the traditional brew pubs to sample local specialty, Altbier, a dark beer brewed in Dusseldorf since the 19th century.More
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Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes-Benz Museum

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Spread across nine levels and showcasing over 160 rare vehicles and car-related artifacts, Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Museum is a must-visit destination for automotive enthusiasts. Debuted in 2006 next to the city’s Daimler factory, the museum is also an architectural marvel, thanks to its sleek, double-helix design.More
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St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)

St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)

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One of two places of worship in the center of Leipzig, St. Thomas Church is home to the remains of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who once worked as the church’s music director. The current building dates to the end of the 15th century, and the roof above its vaulted ceiling is one of the steepest in Germany. Martin Luther preached at St. Thomas on Pentecost Sunday in 1539, but the church may be best known for the St. Thomas Boys’ Choirs founded centuries earlier, in 1212.A 223-foot (68-m) church tower rises above the surrounding skyline, featuring four bells that ring hourly and on the quarter hour. The church contains two organs, one of which was built in semblance to Bach's in the Paulinekirche—as well as a Gothic altar. Next to the church is a sculpture of Bach, added in 1908.More
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Reichstag

Reichstag

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The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More
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Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

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With its imposing Gothic façade and dramatic twin towers, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the city’s most recognized landmark. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent cathedral is one of the most important in Germany and dominates the city skyline.More
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Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

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Opened in 2017, the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic) is a striking work of modern architecture on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg. Made with 1,096 individual glass panes, it houses two concert halls, as well as a hotel and residential apartments. The halls’ acoustics are considered among the best in the world.More
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Zugspitze

Zugspitze

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Located close to the Austrian border and soaring to a height of 9,718 feet (2,962 meters), the snow-crowned Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain and one of its most popular ski resorts. The views from the top are spectacular, spanning the German and Austrian Alps.More
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Holsten Gate (Holstentor)

Holsten Gate (Holstentor)

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The Holsten Gate (Holstentor), a medieval city gate that marks the border of Old Town in Lübeck, Germany is known for its two imposing iron-clad turrets. Dating back to 1464, the landmark—which is also known as the Crooked Gate due to the seemingly sunken south tower—is now home to a museum about Lübeck’s medieval past.More

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Top activities in Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
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Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Guided Walking Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Germany

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Outstanding! 4hr Berlin Walking Tour
Jeanne-Vicky, Jul 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Best walking tour to date (20 July 2021)-Martin was our guide born/raised in Germany, fluent English speaker.
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Awesome
Bryan_R, Jul 2021
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Riding Segways is a fantastic way to see the historical sites of Berlin.
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Awesome virtual tour of Heidelberg
Irina, Jan 2021
Virtual Tour of Heidelberg
Whether or not you are going to visit Heidelberg in person one day, this tour is for everyone.
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Best way to learn about Hamburg!
Lucette B, Sep 2019
Hamburg Small Group Walking Tour
I truly enjoyed the 3 hour walking tour, She took us into buildings to see interesting history, and just the history of the Rathaus makes this worth the price.
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recommended
LightPacker74736, Aug 2019
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Great way to see and understand Berlin and modern Germany
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Great day out from Berlin
Pioneer58619825261, Jun 2019
Dresden Day Trip from Berlin With Guided Dresden Walking Tour
Oren our guide really knew his stuff and prepared us well on the journey down from Berlin to Dresden about everything we were going to see and it’s cultural and historical significance.
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Excellent Tour
jknebel2018, Jul 2018
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
It was great to see the most beautiful part of Germany/
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WW2 Walking Tour
Go04586017161, Dec 2018
Third Reich Berlin WalkingTour - Hitler and WWII
Get to see majority of Berlin on the tour so a great way to see the city.
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This was a truly stunning...
Peter H, Oct 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
She spoke fluent English and managed the whole process of entry tickets very smoothly.
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A very full on day with some...
John S, Aug 2017
Shore Excursion: Berlin Sightseeing with round-trip port-transfer
A really rounded tour of most of the main attractions, plus a local lunch included.
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Taking this tour was really an...
Atanu, Sep 2017
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train
Everyone visiting Germany should take time out to visit places like this.
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Segways are a great way to see the...
carey c, Jul 2016
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Segways are a great way to see the sites in Berlin.
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Great tour - comfy coach and very...
Laura H, Jun 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the castles and learn about the history of Bavaria and greater Germany.
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MMM , This is great city to see wish...
Mark W, May 2016
Nuremberg Third Reich and Roman Empire Historical Day Trip
MMM , This is great city to see wish we had more time but you can only do so much.
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Excellent tour well organised and...
Allan P, May 2017
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about Germany and spoke excellent English.
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The guide I forgot his name now, but...
Tegan33, Oct 2016
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
Really opens your eyes to see what Berlin and Germany went through.
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This tour was very nice and very...
Michael D, Jul 2015
Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin's World War II and Cold War Sites
Our tour guide was an American living and working in Berlin and he knew much about Germany's history and the sights to see in Berlin.
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This tour was a blast! Austin was...
jstanca1, Mar 2015
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Was the perfect way to see the sights of Munich.
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Highly recommend! Agnes kept us all...
yhuskey, Sep 2015
Nuremberg Third Reich and Roman Empire Historical Day Trip
Might just go to Nuremberg on my own next time to be able to see into the shops.
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With a great guide, Jessie who was...
Oliver, Oct 2015
Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin
With a great guide, Jessie who was filled with a wealth of information, this was a fantastic way to see many of the city's East/West sites and take in the history of the wars and conflicts that took place in both Berlin and Germany.
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