Best of Germany Travel Guide

Top picks of German cities, sights and more

Deciding what to see and do on your Germany vacation might seem overwhelming, especially if this is your first time visiting. There are many highlights, so where to start?

Right here! Plan your vacation with these recommendations for the best of Germany. In this guide, expect no less than Germany's best attractions, destinations, sights, scenic drives, and more.

  • 01 of 08
    Frankfurt Skyline
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    This selection of Germany's top 10 cities and destinations gives you a great introduction to the best city vacations Germany has to offer; our city guides include sights, hotels, shopping, and restaurants.
  • 02 of 08
    Trier, Germany
    ••• GNTB/Foto-Design Ernst Wrba

    Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt - been there, done that? Then explore some of Germany’s lesser-known cities that you probably don’t plan to visit – but should.

    From Trier, one of the country’s oldest cities, and Potsdam with its superb palaces and parks, to Erfurt, the city of Martin Luther, here are the best-underrated German cities that you shouldn’t miss on your next Germany trip.

  • 03 of 08
    Hotel on the Alpsee (Alp lake) near Füssen
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    Looking for a romantic getaway in Germany? From medieval castle hotels, to lovely scenic drives, and picturesque old-world towns, these enchanting places inspire romance and put you and that special someone in the mood for love.

  • 04 of 08
    Neuschwanstein Castle
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    Bavaria is one of the most popular – and most scenic – travel destinations in Germany. For many, Bavaria is sausage, beer, and lederhosen, and although you’ll find all of that on your vacation, Bavaria has much more to offer. Here are the most interesting things to do in Bavaria, from city breaks, and nature spots, to castles, scenic drives, and historic sites.

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  • 05 of 08

    North, South, East and West

    Bavarian Mountains
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    Wherever you travel in Germany - north, south, east or west - we got you covered! Find Germany's most popular cities and sights in all four corners of the country.

  • 06 of 08
    Bode Museum Berlin
    ••• Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

    Want to spend a couple of hours in a German museum? Here is an overview of some of the best museums in Germany - whether you love modern art, are a history buff, or want to see young and upcoming German artists, you will find a museum for every taste and genre.

    Want something altogether more interesting? It's Germany. Check out the weirdest museums in Germany.

  • 07 of 08
    Oktoberfest Munich
    ••• GNTB/Rainer Kiedrowski

    There's no better way to get to know a country than by taking part in its festivals. Check out our yearly round-up of Germany’s best festivals and events that will give you a taste of German culture, beer, tradition, and art at its best; from carnival and music festivals to the world-famous ​Oktoberfest in Munich.

    For Berlin's events, check out the Berlin festival calendar.

  • 08 of 08
    Neustadt at the German Wine Road
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    Do you like road trips? Then hop in the car and make the journey your reward: Germany offers many scenic drives and themed roads that will lead you past quaint villages, medieval castles, and unspoiled countryside. From the Romantic Road, and the Castle Road, to the Fairy Tale Road, and the Wine Route, here are the roads best traveled in Germany.