Germany is incredibly scenic and diverse in its landscape. Starting in the north with its sand dune coastline to the romantic Rhine river and vineyards in the center to the dense forests in the southwest and the off-the-charts splendor of the Alps in the south. For the outdoor enthusiasts the year-round possibilities are endless, from a leisurely stroll in a beautiful park to hiking or cycling or skiing. With its many large cosmopolitan cities to its small picturesque villages, Germany offers a great mix of tradition and modernity. Discovering their world-class museums or cutting-edge design, is as quintessentially German as grabbing a stein of beer at a centuries-old biergarten.
As a holidaymaker, this is a great country to explore. Check out the regions as your starting point to determine where to visit first.
Regions in Germany
Berlin & Potsdam – Germany’s capital and cultural center with its museums, art, cuisine, and exciting nightlife.
Thuringia – has some of the best untouched villages, churches, and medieval fortress ruins, as well as, some densely forested mountains for prime hiking enthusiasts.
Saxony – has one of the most beautiful cities, Dresden, which was almost entirely rebuilt after WWII.
Franconia & the German Danube – has some of the most beautiful and historic towns, notably Regensburg, Bamberg, Nürnberg and Bayreuth.
The Romantic Road – has the most scenic and highly visited attractions that runs from Würzburg (north) to Füssen (foot of the Bavarian Alps) and the infamous Neuschwanstein Castle.
Munich & the Bavarian Alps – Germany’s most visited city, Munich, is at the gateway to the Bavarian Alps which offers the most specular scenic Alpine Road that boarders Austria and Switzerland.
The Black Forest – has the dense fir forest filled with beauty and charm drawing many for the outdoor activities and great spas.
Heidelberg & the Neckar Valley – is a tranquil and scenic area, especially along the Castle Road.
Stuttgart & Tübingen – is an industrial giant, with the headquarters of both Mercedes and Porsche.
Frankfurt – is a vibrant, dynamic and westernized city and usually visitors make this their access point to the rest of Germany.
The Rhineland – the number-one attraction is a romantic cruise down the Rhine, through gorges and past ancient castles, vineyards, and the fabled Lorelei.
The Mosel Valley – has far less visitors than the Rhineland and offers vineyards, castles/fortresses and many sleepy wine towns.
Lower Saxony & North Hesse – has the Fairy-Tale Road which is far less traveled than the Romantic Road that begins in Hanau and ends in Bremen.
Hamburg – is a port city, and one that is most well known for visitors having a good time.
Schleswig-Holstein – is between the North Sea and the Baltic where the locals like to vacation.