Emerging from a troubled 20th century history like a BMW with a re-tuned engine, Germany is now one of the most stable and progressive countries in the world, boasting the largest national economy in the European Union and an enviably high quality of life. It also happens to be a country that is home to an embarrassment of cultural riches, several truly cosmopolitan cities, a famous beer and wine industry, and 27 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Most foreign visitors to Germany choose to visit vibrant Berlin or cheerful Munich, but there are a wealth of other prime German tourist destinations as well, including several themed tourist routes that take in the country’s gorgeous countryside, and which feature notable cultural assets such as Germany’s wine routes, its historic castles, its famous Black Forest and more.
Top tourist sights and cultural attractions in Germany include the Cologne Cathedral, mercifully spared by the Allies during the bombing raids on WWII; the history-rich Brandenburg Gate; the remains of the Berlin Wall, which are now the world’s largest open-air art gallery; and of course the inimitable Oktoberfest, the planet’s favourite beer festival. For those seeking high culture, Germany abounds with jazz clubs, concert halls and art galleries (such as Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie); while those seeking a sobering and poignant experience can visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
With something to offer everyone, from independent backpackers to discerning older travellers, to family vacationers and everyone in between, Germany is a sure bet for an unforgettable European holiday.