Why visit Germany? It’s a vast country with a diverse landscape, fascinating history and long-established customs that make any trip to Germany one you’ll always remember.
This Germany travel guide will help you choose where to go in Germany as well as providing you with plenty of Germany travel tips.
You’ll find links below to many of my Germany travel blog articles, all written to help you plan a wonderful Germany vacation.
Where is Germany?
Germany is located in north-central Europe. It is one of Europe’s largest countries and borders the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark.
Best places to visit in Germany
One of the first steps in planning a vacation is deciding exactly where you would like to visit. City stays are always popular and two of the best cities to visit in Germany are:
- Munich – Famous for its Oktoberfest and the 1972 Olympic Games, Germany’s third largest city is home to Baroque architecture, priceless artworks, world class museums, royal palaces and easy access to the stunning Bavarian countryside.
- Berlin – The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Charlottenburg Castle are just some of the things to see in Germany’s capital city. Whatever your interests, you’ll find something to appeal.
- Wurzburg – Home to the UNESCO-listed Wurzburg Residenz, this attractive city straddles the River Main and is easy to reach from both Frankfurt and Munich.
- Nuremberg – With many historical landmarks, numerous museums, an enchanting Old Town and medieval wooden bridges crossing the River Pegnitz, Nuremberg is a delightful city to include in your German itinerary.
You can also base yourself in the city and do day trips to other nearby towns, just like these day trips from Munich.
If it’s smaller towns and villages that appeal to you, there are endless choices. Why not consider including these German towns in your itinerary?
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Regarded as the most famous town of the Bavarian Alps, GaPa is situated at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze. It’s a popular holiday resort all year round.
- Fussen – With pastel-coloured houses lining cobbled streets, Fussen is the quintessential chocolate box town. The town has plenty of sights worth seeing but it’s the nearby Neuschwanstein Castle that has really put Fussen on the tourist map.
- Passau – Situated where the rivers Danube, Ilz and Inn meet, Passau is a charming medieval town watched over by the imposing Veste Oberhaus.
- Oberammergau – Home to the world-famous Passion Play which is staged by the village’s residents every 20 years, Oberammergau is worth a visit at any time of year.
- Rothenburg ob der Tauber – One of my favourite places to visit in Germany, this fairytale town is one of the star attractions on the Romantic Road tourist drive.
- Boppard and Bacharach – Germany’s Upper Middle Rhine Valley is dotted with quaint villages and ruined castles and it is easy to spend a few days meandering along the river enjoying the sights.
- Berchtesgaden – Perfectly located in the Bavarian Alps and surrounded by stunning scenery, this alpine town offers plenty to do. Top attractions include the Eagle’s Nest and Lake Konig (Konigssee).
- Lindau – Located on Lake Constance, Europe’s largest reservoir, Lindau boasts a pretty harbour and a charming medieval Old Town. It’s also a great base from which to explore neighbouring Austria and Switzerland.
Things to do in Germany
Whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Germany. Amongst the most popular Germany tourist attractions are:
- Neuschwanstein Castle – King Ludwig II’s famous castle is believed to be the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Whilst the exterior is impressive, inside the opulence and grandeur will blow your mind.
- Linderhof Palace – Another of Ludwig’s palaces, Linderhof is smaller and more traditional in design than Neuschwanstein but no less grand on the inside. It also boasts formal gardens and impressive fountains.
- Legoland – A fun day out for the whole family is guaranteed at Legoland Germany. Featuring impressive models of animals, buildings, cars and people made from millions of Lego blocks, there are also a range of theme park rides including rollercoasters.
- Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Stores – For anyone who loves Christmas, the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas Stores in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Oberammergau, Rudesheim, Berlin, Heidelberg, Nürnberg and Bamberg are a must-visit.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas is a really special time in Germany with most cities and towns hosting markets and festive celebrations. There are an enormous range of fun ways to celebrate Christmas in Germany as you can read in this article.
Planning a trip to Germany
With your ideal destinations finalised, you’ll need to decide how you’ll travel around.
The German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) offer frequent services across their extensive rail network with ICE (Intercity Express) fast trains running on many routes.
If you prefer the freedom to travel at your own pace and will rent a car, the German road network is excellent with multi-lane autobahns connecting most of the larger towns and cities. Two scenic routes worth considering are Germany’s Romantic Road – you can read my suggested itinerary on this link and Castle Road – which I wrote about here.
A hassle-free way to explore Germany is on an organised coach tour. There are a range of tours to suit every style of traveller – click here to see what Germany tours are on offer.
Flights to Germany
One very important part of your trip to Germany is the flights. Before you buy your plane tickets to Germany, I suggest you read my tips for getting the best value flights in this article.