From the Black Forest to the techno temples of Berlin, Germany boasts astonishing diversity in a compact country at the heart of Europe. So if your idea of a vacation is high culture in a European metropolis, a romantic journey back in time, outdoor adventure or all of the above - Germany is your destination.
Relaxation or adventure, refined culture or vibrant nightlife - you can find it in Germany. Explore fairytale castles in Bavaria, wander vine covered slopes along the Rhine, visit world-class opera houses in Dresden or shop for cutting-edge art in Berlin's galleries.
Some of Europe's most beautiful natural areas are just a short train ride away from Germany's major cities and tourist destinations, which makes planning an outdoor escape during your trip to Germany a snap.
Oktoberfest is the worlds most famous fest, but Munich's annual bash is just the beginning. Whether you are interested in African music, avant-garde dance, Wagnerian opera or great food and drink in a festive atmosphere, there is always something on in Germany.
Germany is home to 40 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Some, like the Cologne Cathedral, familiar to travelers, and others, like the Zollverein former mining complex Essen, less familiar. Take your time perusing this overview of the sites and plan to visit a few on your next trip to Germany.