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Welcome to A guide to Germany, this guide to Germany contains a vast amount of information on Germany and its people. What’s more, it is free for you to read in full and consult.

This Germany travel guide is full of useful information and things to do on your visit to Germany. Looking for accommodation or places to stay in Germany? Then search our free Germany Travel Guide. Shopping in Germany? Our free travel guide to Germany is for you. There is no limit to the information we have on virtually any area: details of restaurants for eating out in Germany, bars and nightclubs in Germany, Germany watersports, beaches in Germany, tours in Germany, events and activities in Germany, are all available for you in our free Germany Travel Guide.  Containing a vast amount of information about Germany and its people, A guide to Germany will prove your first stop when visiting Germany for business or tourism, no matter which area of the state you are travelling in.

To make the different cities and sights more accessible to you, we have divided Germany into regions. Click on the regions to find more info about them and the cities that are in them. If you would like a summary on how to use the guide, please click here.  Advertisers requiring assistance should click here.  Otherwise may we welcome you to the heartland of Europe and its rich diversity of sights, sounds and people. Your visit starts right below.  Enjoy!

Overview

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.

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.

To start in the north, spend some days in Hamburg, Bremen or 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, Schwerin and even Dresden, although it was bombed horribly, saved lots of their prewar architectural heritage. Continue going southwards, maybe with passing Nuremberg, you will sooner or later meet Munich, the capital city of beer, but also of art, with the famous Pinakothek. It is also a good starting point to find the treasures of Bavaria and discover the beautiful south west of Germany with cities like Freiburg, Heidelberg, Tubingen and Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg.

Germany's economic heartland and largest state by population is North Rhine-Westphalia. In the western part cities still have some french influence, discover Bonn, Dusseldorf, Cologne - the heart of the Rhineland  or Aachen with its impressive cathedral. Today Germany is also an industrial powerhouse,  In the Ruhrgebiet (Essen,Oberhausen, Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen, Duisburg and surrounding) there is heavy industry. World famouse car brands like Mercedes, BMW and VW make Germany one of the world's biggest car producers and Frankfurt 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.

If you want to experience some of the Germany of mythology, then head to the Rhineland-Palatinate. Here you can experience medieval castles and ancient towns like Worms and Trier - the oldest city in Germany and a former capital of the Roman Empire.  The Rhine gorge between Bingen and Koblenz offers some of the finest scenery along the whole course of the Rhine. Germany's world renowned wines are produced along the Mosel wine road southwest of Koblenz. Kaiserslautern is best known for a resurgent football team and was designated an official venue for the 2006 FIFA world cup.

After years of separation between West Germany and the GDR, 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.

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists, but for those of who who can't wait, here are the top six travel destinations.

Berlin — the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War — and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs and galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Hamburg — Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Munich (München) — Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's leading city, site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Cologne (Köln) — Germany's fourth-largest city, 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, romanic churches, and archaeological sites, also well known for its carneval and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the beer—called "Kölsch".

Frankfurt — Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Dresden - World-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center, the city offers more than the average traveller knows. Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. There is a reason it was once called Elb-Florence.


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