Traveling the North of Germany

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Overview of the most popular cities and sights in the north of Germany; just click on the links and you’ll find more information about the different travel destinations in Germany.

  • Hamburg:
    Hamburg is the country's second largest city and home to one of the busiest ports in Europe. Hamburg’s 800-year-old harbor was the starting point for many life-changing journeys: Between 1850 and 1939, more than 5 million people from all over Europe emigrated from Hamburg to the New World. With several waterways running through its center, lakes, and canals, Hamburg has maritime charm – and more bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined. Besides the harbor, Hamburg’s second most popular tourist destination is the city’s nightlife hub "Reeperbahn", which is also home to Hamburg’s red light district.
    Hamburg Travel Guide
    Top 10 Things to Do in Hamburg
  • Bremen:
    Bremen, Germany's smallest state, is located around 75 miles southwest of Hamburg. The city, once a member of the medieval Hanseatic League, is stretched on both sides of the river Weser. Bremen is home to a unique street built completely in inspired Art Nouveau style, a medieval quarter, and the Bremen Town Hall, one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic architecture in Europe. The city’s famous mascots are a rooster, cat, and dog riding piggyback on a donkey - the characters from the Brother’s Grimm fairy tale “The Bremen Town Musicians”, which have been immortalized in a bronze sculpture on Bremen’s main square.
    Bremen Travel Guide
  • Kiel Travel Guide:
    Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, is located about 50 miles north of Hamburg. Gateway to the Baltic and to Scandinavia, Kiel is one of Germany’s most important cruise ship ports, home to the country’s Navy's Baltic fleet and its center for shipbuilding and naval tradition: Kiel travelers can enter an original war submarine or cycle along the busiest man-made ship canal in the world. Every summer, Kiel hosts the largest sailing event in the world, “Kiel Week”
    Kiel Travel Guide
  • Rügen Travel Guide:
    Germany’s largest and most popular island is located in the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Besides its dramatic white chalk cliffs, Rügen is well known for its long and sandy beaches, historic seaside resorts and spas, which date back to the 18th century. A historic steam train connects some of the best sea side towns and offers a unique way to explore the island.
    Rügen Travel Guide & Towns of Rügen plus nearby Stralsund.
  • Rostock: Rostock is a place for sailors, football fans or visitors looking for a northern harbor town. Explore the town's red brick architecture and make your way to the Baltic.
  • Sylt:
    The island of Sylt, the northernmost tip of Germany, is famous for its healthy climate, spectacular dune landscape, and pristine beaches – some of which are clothing-optional. After all, the first official nude beach in Germany was established in Sylt in 1920. The island is a great destination for nature lovers and wellness aficionados, who can enjoy miles and miles of fine sand and traditional saunas right on the beach.
    Photo Gallery of Sylt
  • Schwerin: 
    Schwerin is the state capital of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerani. The jewel of the city is the palace Schweriner Schloss, which is set on an island in the Schweriner Lake and used to be the former residence of the Dukes of Mecklenburg. Thanks to its palace, its mix of century-old architecture, well-preserved townhouses, and excellent museums, Schwerin offers a regal atmosphere. The surroundings of the city are equally as beautiful: Waterways, forests, and lakes create one of the Germany’s most serene regions and contribute to Schwerin’s nickname: the city of the seven lakes.
  • Lübeck:
    This harbor city appears much as it did in medieval days and it has regained its throne as the Königin der Hanse (Queen City of the Hanseatic League). The World Heritage centered on the island is the best place to start exploring. Lübeck is also famous for its marzipan.
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