Beyond Berlin: explore the diversity of Germany
Since reunification Germany has been mainly known for the capital Berlin, its cheap rents and never-ending parties. But apart from that Berlin has much more to offer. You can visit the German parliament, the Reichstag, with its massive glass dome, or see famous landmarks like the Brandenburger Tor or the town palace Charlottenburg. Go to the Museum Island, where some of the most famous artifacts of human history are on display, like the gates of Babylon or the world famous bust of the beautiful Egyptian queen Nefertiti. See the last fragments of the Berlin Wall and take a tour to learn its history. Berlin itself is in East Germany, so why not discover the German coastline of the Baltic Sea, with historical towns like Stralsund, Rostock or Lübeck, where you can get the best marzipan in Germany, but also beautiful medieval architecture. Go further west and visit Germany’s “door to the world” Hamburg with its famous St.Pauli amusement quarter and the biggest fish market of Germany. From here you can make a tour to the other coast of Germany, at the North Sea, and explore beautiful Friesland and the little islands off the German coast.
If you go south from here through Münster and the industrial Ruhr area, you will arrive in Cologne, mostly known for its massive cathedral, the excessive carnival and very easygoing population. From here the only way to go is by ship on the Rhine (ok, you can take a train, but it’s just not the same…). See the famous romantic Rhine Valley that excites everyone, starting from Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and William Turner in the 19th century. If you have the time, get off the boat in Koblenz for a day and explore the Mosel Valley, which is even more rugged, castle studded and beautiful, with world famous vineyards on its steep flanks. See the old roman town of Trier, with its famous roman gate Porta Nigra.
Back on the Rhine you will pass the mythical Loreley and arrive in Mainz. From here you can get on a train south to beautiful Freiburg and explore the neighboring hills of the Black Forest. This is a mythical area where you can easily imagine to meet Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf or other characters from Grimm’s fairytales. You can also buy the original cuckoo clock that was invented here. From the Black Forest you can turn east again and arrive in Munich, capital of Bavaria and host to the yearly Oktoberfest that takes place mostly in September. Munich itself is a beautiful city with its famous town hall on Marienplatz, the Englischer Garten, a big Park in the middle of the town, and world renowned museums, theaters and opera houses. Explore upper Bavaria, get on top of Germany’s highest Mountain, the Zugspitze in the Alps, or visit one of the castles of “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. If it is around Christmas time, you shouldn’t miss the famous Christmas Market in Nuremberg in northern Bavaria, a beautiful medieval city that is worth a visit on any time of the year.
This is just one tour suggestion to see some the very different sights of Germany. Many things like the beautiful cities of Leipzig, Aachen and Dresden, the lakes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern or the Harz mountains are left to visit. This way you will have a lot of reasons to book your Lufthansa flight to Germany again and again.
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