With its rich and somewhat controversial history, Germany is a hub of culture and great sights to see, guaranteed to leave all who vacation here wanting a little more. Any Germany trip planner needs to include-
Berlin– The capital city, home to the infamous Berlin wall, Berlin is a city filled with art, great landmarks and nightlife to satisfy all tastes. Naturally one of the most essential parts of the vacation guide is a trip to the graffitied remains of the Berlin wall and the Brandenburg gate but just as important is travelling to Museum Island to view some of the great Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Islamic historical artifacts. Of course, some people would prefer to see the nightlife and Berlin always has the right answer for that, with its numerous small hip bars and restaurants to humongous clubs in the industrial districts with Club Watergate being one of the top picks.
Hamburg– A little known fact about the hamburger is that it actually came from the port city of Hamburg, which may be easy to forget, given that the cities innumerable canals and large parklands are enough to fill any journey guide. Hamburg, much like Berlin, has a dedicated museum mile where great works of European and contemporary art. The shopping area of this city is definitely worth the trip with Jungfernstieg Boulevard housing enough brands, eateries and cafes to fill a week’s vacation with. Close to the shopping district are the performing arts theatres which feature opera and ballet through the week, a trip to which is sure to not disappoint.
Munich– “Home of Oktoberfest”, one need not say more about the city of Munich but to do it justice, the vacation guide must include the huge beer halls that the massive world renowned beer festival is celebrated in. Oktoberfest has long been known as the beer lover’s paradise and the city is no less amazing once the beers have been had and one wishes for more to do. A trip to the Allianz Arena, home of the football club Bayern Munchen is guaranteed to be a hit with any member of the family with its 75,000 capacity to watch German football in all its glory. For a trip to history, one need not look further than St. Peter’s Church and the Frauenkirche cathedral and the National Theatre is sure to entertain with its excellence in neoclassical performance art.
Düsseldorf– The fashion and art capital of Germany, Düsseldorf is a uniquely divided city with the Rhine River running through it, separating the old town from the new industrial section of the city. Points of interest in this great historical location include 13th century St. Lambertus Church and the Schlossturm Castle Tower. The Altstadt or “Old Town” is home to numerous pubs and cafes along the Rhine River making for some fantastic photo spots. The promenade stretches all the way to the media harbor where one can be witness to great modern architecture.
Frankfurt– another German city not often credited with the creation of the food that bears its name, a trip to Frankfurt would be incomplete without the enjoyment of a frankfurter. Frankfurt is also a major financial hub of Germany, housing the European Central Bank and the Goethe House Museum of the writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe. There is no better time to visit Frankfurt than during the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas, when the old town hosts the Christmas Market at the Romerberg, said to be one of the most enjoyable experiences in all of Frankfurt.