Best of Germany Travel Guide

Top Picks of German cities, sights and hotels

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 our recommendations for the best of Germany. In this guide, expect no less than Germany's best attractions, destinations, sights, hotels, scenic drives, and more.

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    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.
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    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.

    Don't forget our list of Munich's day trips to Bavaria's Best Medieval Cities as well as its most beautiful natural attractions.

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    Romantic Road, Hotel at the Bavarain Lake
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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.

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    Neuschwanstein fairy tale 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.

    For some more highlights, try our post on what to eat whenever you are in Bavaria and you can even celebrate Germany's 500 year old Beer Purity Law this year.

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    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! Here is our compilation of Germany's most popular cities and sights in all four corners of the country; just click on the links and you'll find more information about the different travel destinations in Germany.

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    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 museums for every taste and genre.

    Want something altogether more interesting? It's Germany. We have you covered with the Weirdest Museums in Germany.

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    Best Green Destinations in Germany

    Farm Germany
    ••• HA Hessen Agentur

    The Reichstag, seat of the German parliament, runs completely on renewable energy coming from water, wind and solar power – not a surprise in the country that is heading the green revolution. For the green traveler, here are even more eco-friendly destinations, from car-free islands, and certified organic hotels, to solar-powered attractions and biodynamic souvenirs.

    For the best of the outdoors, consider Berlin's Best Gardens or Germany's Best Beaches.

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    Oktoberfest Munich
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    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 - Part 1 and part 2.

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    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.

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    Best Hotels in Germany Under 100 Euros

    Circus Hotel Berlin
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    Looking for cheap hotels in Germany but don't want to compromise on cleanliness, service, location and style? Look no further - I have compiled a list of the best hotels in Germany for the best price, all offering rooms under 100 Euros a night. Among these great value hotels are art hotels, design motels and cozy family-run hotels, all without a hefty room rate. So you have more to spend on beer and brats.

    Of if you just want the best for your stay, discover Germany's Coolest Hotels (with a special list for Berlin).