Germany

Like the Phoenix bird re-born from the ashes, Germany was re-born from the conflagrations of history. Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest globally, a longtime significant industrial and cultural power. Highly-developed and industrialized, one cannot but mention, like France's case, a short and rather unjust list of names and places that have enhanced Germany as a significant world power. When we speak of Germany, we mean people like Beethoven Goethe, Albrecht Durer, Brandt, and Planck; places like Berlin and Munich; or products like Mercedes-Benz and BMW; and of teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund…They all conjure up a myriad of thoughts and words which have shaped the world as we know it. Nowhere could this be expressed than in the epic German cities, a quixotic combination of unique medieval architecture and ultra-modern conceptions, with Art Nouveau in between—and above all—the unmatched German landscape and efficiency which makes visiting the country a must on anyone's bucket list. 

 

Berlin

The capital of and largest city in Germany, Berlin is the kind of town where vibrant life, modernity, and the classic meet to offer a unique cocktail of ultra cosmopolitan lifestyle seldom matched by any other city in Europe. Replete with world-renowned theatres, orchestras, universities, and museums, Berlin is synonymous with liveliness, intellectual stimulus, and certainly lots of fun. Don't miss taking a tour along the Spree River to catch a glimpse of the imposing Reichstag with its glass dome, or pass from under the city's most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate its lavish gardens, the Pariser Platz. You can also inspect a fraction of the past by visiting remnants of the Berlin Wall. Berlin is oversaturated with thousands of stylish cafes, trendy shops, fine restaurants, and there's not enough time to tell which gallery, museum, or square you might choose to go and visit—it's full of the best, and it's never over! You might decide to watch and listen to a performance of Beethoven at the world-famous Berliner Philharmonie, perhaps stroll along the Gendarmenmarkt, maybe do some frivolous shopping at Europe's second-largest department store, the Kaufhaus des Westens—Germany's answer to Harrod's. Frantic during the day, intellectual and orderly in the afternoon, and neurasthenic at night, Berlin will never be a boring place for anyone, much less a disappointment in anything—it has everything and anything each taste could muster, and that in itself says it all. 

 

Munich 

This delightful city only second to Berlin in culture and vivacity, though at times more so than its much bigger sister. Munich is home to thousands of well-preserved medieval, classical and Renaissance buildings like the ones encountered around Munich's main square, Marienplatz, or along Ludwigstrasse; all coexisting with ultra-modern architecture as evinced in the Allianz Stadium and the headquarters of BMW. Munich has had such an alluring charm and intellectual power, at times rivaling Berlin's, that it has been the host of many famous people like Mozart, Wagner, and Henrik Ibsen. As such, Munich is packed with dozens of concert venues and museums like the National Theatre, home to the Bavarian State Opera and Orchestra, and the Deutsches Museum, visited by a staggering 1.5 million people a year. Oktoberfest anyone? Yes! This is the place to be for fun, wurst and…you guessed it—more fun! Held roughly for three weeks between late September and mid-October, Oktoberfest somehow pioneered many festivals worldwide. Still, nothing compares to the unique Bavarian notion of having a drink with family and friends, music, dancing, wurst, and, well, more drinking! The festival also offers some displays of Bavarian culture, with people dressed in traditional clothes and performing traditional Bavarian dances, let alone the countless number of game fairs, food, and souvenir concession stands beautifully adorned with Bavarian motifs.  

 

Frankfurt

The Main Metropolis has something for everyone. Huge business, trade shows, shopping centers, cultural centers, and great food.

You will experience several attractions like the old town with its half-timbered houses, the cathedral, the museum dam, the Frankfurt Zoo, and the Goethe House.  

 

Cologne

This exuberant city on the Rhine offers an abundance of cultural ventures, international trade fairs and conferences, and various important events. One of the most important attractions of this city is the Cologne Cathedral, which is nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also find many museums, galleries and have the opportunity to shop in one of the best cities for shopping and enjoy its exotic nightlife.

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN GERMANY

 

Berlin's Museum Island

Museum Island extends between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben - a 400-meter-long canal off the river - and includes many of the city's ancient and most famous museums.

 

Insel Mainau: The Flower Island of Lake Constance

Insel Mainau, the magnificent Flower Island on lovely Lake Constance, comprises 110 acres and attracts many visitors to its beautiful parks and gardens. The entrance to the island is by boat or via a pedestrian bridge connecting it to the mainland.

 

The Famous Berlin Wall

Remains of the wall today are small graffiti-covered sections, firm notes of the more than 70 people who died trying to leave from the East.

 

 Fairytale Castle: Neuschwanstein

It is worth visiting one of Europe's most famous royal castles, situated between the Ammergau and Allgäu Alps; you definitely will see the Throne Room, the Singers' Hall, and its spectacular natural views.

 

The Black Forest

The best way to explore this beautiful place is through a driving tour that catches in the best views over the region, along with its top ancient attractions, including remarkable castles and numerous medieval towns and villages.

 

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

Berlin's most iconic structure. The magnificent four-horse chariot taking the goddess of victory rested atop - its six extensive columns on each side of the structure form five impressive passages: four were used by regular traffic, while the center was reserved for the royal carriages. Massive Doric columns also enhance the two buildings at each side of the Gate, once used by toll-collectors and guards.