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Welcome to Germany

Germany offers a path for every kind of traveler, whether it leads toward the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, a glass of local wine in Rhine Valley, or across to Austria's Salzburg Lake District, an area synonymous with the Von Trapp family and The Sound of Music. For history buffs, stories of the Cold War abound in Berlin, and day trips to World War II memorial sites offer a somber and significant look at the past. If you find yourself in Munich in the fall it can only mean one thing: a stop at Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, for a taste of Bavarian brews, culture, and food.

Top 10 attractions in Germany

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More
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Reichstag

Reichstag

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The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More
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Miniatur Wunderland

Miniatur Wunderland

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Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, is definitely not your everyday miniature railroad. It’s the largest miniature railroad in the world, and it’s an entire world at a perfect, small scale — one that took 500,000 working hours to create. From software-controlled fire trucks putting out fires in tiny neighborhoods to a 20-foot (6 meter) tall Swiss mountain with alpine skiers and brick tunnels with perfectly timed trains, the features of the different points of interest inside the ‘wonderland’ are not only in perfect working order, they’re filled with details that you could explore for days. Like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ book come to life, the 8 miles (13km) of tracks that wind through Miniatur Wunderland take the visitor on a tour of a tiny world that is utterly fascinating. The airport just might be the world’s most perfect flight simulator, with every possible detail in miniature. There’s a mini Grand Canyon and a mini Las Vegas. ‘Days’ in the different cities last just under an hour, and when night falls each of the city lights come on and different characters come out to play. Spoiler alert: there’s a red-light district, lovers getting frisky in a flowery meadow, and even murder scenes!More
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Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus)

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Just an hour’s drive outside of Salzburg lies the alpine town of Berchtesgaden and the historic Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), Adolf Hitler’s mountaintop chalet and the former southern headquarters of the Nazi party. Perched atop Mt. Kehlstein, Eagle’s Nest offers a dark history and panoramic views of Germany’s Bavarian Alps.More
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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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At the height of the Cold War in 1961, socialist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as an imposing concrete barrier that divided Berlin's eastern and western sides for nearly 30 years. In 1989, toward the end of the war and the fall of East Germany and communism in Europe, the wall's demolition began, thus reunifying Germany. Today, sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when the country (and Berlin) was divided.More
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

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The Dachau Concentration Camp was opened by Adolf Hitler's Nazi government in 1933, and served as a model for later concentration camps. Today, the camp is a memorial to the more than 32,000 people who died and the more than 200,000 who were imprisoned during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established as a site of memory and education in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American troops.More
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Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

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Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Bavaria’s 19th-century Linderhof Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent structures. The smallest in a trio of elaborate royal palaces built by King Ludwig II (also known as the “Mad King”), Linderhof was the only one he saw completed.More
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Europa-Park

Europa-Park

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Second only to Disneyland Paris as Europe’s largest theme park, Germany’s Europa-Park is a wonderland of rides, shows, and attractions that will entertain the whole family. The park is inspired by iconic European destinations—visitors can zoom through the Alps on a roller-coaster, ride a London bus, see Iceland's Northern Lights, and meet the fairytale characters of Grimm’s Enchanted Forest.More
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Führerbunker

Führerbunker

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Führerbunker translates from German to “leader’s bunker” and is the site of Hitler’s fortified underground air raid shelter. He died here by his own hand in the last days of World War II. Today all that remains at the site is an information board marking the bunker’s former location.More
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Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm)

Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm)

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Soaring 1,207 feet (368 meters) over Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) is Germany’s tallest structure. Built to mark the 20th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic in 1969, the tower was intended to be a symbol of East Germany’s achievements as a socialist society. Today it’s one of the capital’s most visited landmarks, affording 360-degree views over the entire city.More

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Top activities in Germany

Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich

Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich

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Recent reviews from experiences in Germany

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Outstanding! 4hr Berlin Walking Tour
Jeanne-Vicky, Jul 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Best walking tour to date (20 July 2021)-Martin was our guide born/raised in Germany, fluent English speaker.
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Wonderful tour with Beth
Satarupa_D, Sep 2021
PRIVATE BEHIND THE BERLIN WALL and COLD WAR BERLIN TOUR
At the end of the tour, she recommended me to visit Tranenpalast and some other free museums.
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Just bring your desire to hike and see amazing sights!
Chris_O, Sep 2021
Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip from Dresden
Walk down to the gorge - another nice walk down; fortunately Jan had moderated me to a relaxed state (beer helped) and got to see pictures of a saint below the path we were on that others walked right by.
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Great personal tour
Cblindley, Aug 2021
Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour with Train from Munich
We were so fortunate to visit Dachau under the amazing guidance of Alun Evans.
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Awesome
Bryan_R, Jul 2021
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Riding Segways is a fantastic way to see the historical sites of Berlin.
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Awesome virtual tour of Heidelberg
Irina_F, Jan 2021
Virtual Tour of Heidelberg
Whether or not you are going to visit Heidelberg in person one day, this tour is for everyone.
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recommended
Bhupen_P, Aug 2019
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Great way to see and understand Berlin and modern Germany
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Great day out from Berlin
Pioneer58619825261, Jun 2019
Dresden Day Trip from Berlin With Guided Dresden Walking Tour
Oren our guide really knew his stuff and prepared us well on the journey down from Berlin to Dresden about everything we were going to see and it’s cultural and historical significance.
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Excellent Tour
John_K, Jul 2018
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
It was great to see the most beautiful part of Germany/
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WW2 Walking Tour
James_R, Dec 2018
Third Reich Berlin WalkingTour - Hitler and WWII
Get to see majority of Berlin on the tour so a great way to see the city.
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This was a truly stunning...
Peter H, Oct 2017
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
She spoke fluent English and managed the whole process of entry tickets very smoothly.
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A very full on day with some...
John S, Aug 2017
Shore Excursion: Berlin Sightseeing with round-trip port-transfer
A really rounded tour of most of the main attractions, plus a local lunch included.
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This tour was a fun way to see...
pepshi8, Dec 2017
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
This tour was a fun way to see Germany and France during a quick trip.
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Taking this tour was really an...
Atanu_M, Sep 2017
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train
Everyone visiting Germany should take time out to visit places like this.
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The guide I forgot his name now, but...
Tegan_D, Oct 2016
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
Really opens your eyes to see what Berlin and Germany went through.
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Excellent tour well organised and...
Allan P, May 2017
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Coach Day Trip from Munich
Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about Germany and spoke excellent English.
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Great tour - comfy coach and very...
Laura H, Jun 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the castles and learn about the history of Bavaria and greater Germany.
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Segways are a great way to see the...
Carey_C, Jul 2016
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Segways are a great way to see the sites in Berlin.
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With a great guide, Jessie who was...
Oliver, Oct 2015
Cold War Walking Tour of Berlin
With a great guide, Jessie who was filled with a wealth of information, this was a fantastic way to see many of the city's East/West sites and take in the history of the wars and conflicts that took place in both Berlin and Germany.
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This tour was very nice and very...
Michael D, Jul 2015
Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin's World War II and Cold War Sites
Our tour guide was an American living and working in Berlin and he knew much about Germany's history and the sights to see in Berlin.
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