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Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle

Although it can be lots of fun (especially at Oktoberfest!) there's more to Germany than beer and oom-pah bands.

Rich in history, regional cultures and tradition (along with all the modern creature comforts), Germany offers tourists a wide array of attractions.

They begin with the reunified capital in Berlin and its widely recognized Brandenburg Gate, as well as easily-traversed Munich and its famous beer halls, and the romance and breathtaking scenery of the Rhine river.

Of course, if you're traveling to Germany don't miss its No. 1 "photo op", Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, (see above, right) which in America is now most famously known as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.

Another iconic travel destination - and remaining one of Germany's most popular - is scenic Heidelberg boasting its own famous castle, narrow winding streets, and picturesque architecture.

rhine river, brandenburg gate, old heidelberg
Major tourist attractions in Germany include castle-spotting along the River Rhine (left); a visit
to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin (middle) and the medieval charm of Old Heidelberg.

Other major attractions include an array of art and history museums in Frankfort, the old world charm of Lubeck, and the Gothic splendor of Cologne and its cathedral.

As in the rest of Europe, English is widely spoken or understood, but a smattering of German travel phrases will go far in helping navigate your way through all that Germany has to offer.

DID YOU KNOW? Germany Travel Fun Facts

German bread bakery
300 varieties ....

• Sure, Germans love sausage and shnitzel, but they also adore their bread! There are more than 300 varieties available found in bakeries that are located in almost every town and city in Germany.

• If you visited one a day, it would take more than 50 years to see the more than 20,000 castles in Germany.

• There are more than 400 zoos and wildlife parks in Germany (the most in the world) attracting more than 40 million people a year.

• Churches are open, but Sunday is traditionally Germany's "peaceful day" when everything is closed -- including a ban on drilling at construction sites. Enjoy the quiet!

Christmas in Germany

More about Germany travel & tourism around the Web:


Germany Tourism - The entire country explained in maps and pictures, featuring guides by region or city, plus hotels and restaurants, top attractions, seasonal highlights, cultural events, family fun and special interest itineraries.

Introducing Germany - Lonely Planet World Guides - How to get there, getting around, major and offbeat tourist attractions, culture and history, travel tips and trivia.

Roads to Ruins - Our favorite for rich historical background and pictures galore of the country's famous storybook medieval castles with a clickable map to show you the way, with special focus on Bamberg & Rothenburg.


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