Travel in Germany

More than 20 million tourists travel to Germany every year – they wander around the capital Berlin, enjoy the unique cultural range with a huge music and theatre scene or experience the many-sided countryside.

© Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD Beach of Rostock
© Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD Brandenburg Gate at night
© Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD Skyline of Dresden at night
© Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD Semperoper Dresden
© Lichtenscheidt / DAAD University of Bonn
© Dörthe Hagenguth / DAAD
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© Thinkstock Bridge through the dunes
© Thinkstock Castle Oranienstein
© Thinkstock Cologne at sunset
© Thinkstock Alexanderplatz and St. Mary's Church, Berlin
© Thinkstock lavender Walchensee in Germany
© Thinkstock Ludwigsburg royal palace
© Thinkstock New Palace Schlossplatz Stuttgart
© Thinkstock North Sea Beach on Juist
© Thinkstock Old Opera House in Frankfurt
© Thinkstock Island Rügen
© Thinkstock Skyline of Frankfurt
Dresden at sunset
© Thinkstock Feldsee in Feldberg
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Old townhall in Bamberg
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Frankfurt Skyline
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Olympic stadium Munich
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Castle Neuschwanstein
© DAAD / Dörthe Hagenguth Kiel, Germany
© DAAD / Dörthe Hagenguth Castle in Quedlinburg
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Porta Nigra in Trier
© DAAD / Dörthe Hagenguth Loreley Rock at the Rhine River
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Cathedral St.Peter Regensburg
© DAAD / Thomas Ebert Cathedral St.Peter Regensburg

Enjoy the nature in Germany

German countryside

Germany is also renowned for its rivers, like the Rhine, Elbe, Danube, Ruhr, Ahr and Moselle, Saar, Neckar, Werra, Saale, Inn and many more. These shape the countryside and contribute to the quality of life and to the economy. Dense, mixed forests and mediaeval castles lie along the river valleys in the hills of central Germany, such as the Black Forest, a region that was once the joy of the German Romantic poets.

Lots of variety

Germany’s largest conurbation – the Ruhr – has much more to offer than just coal, iron and steel. It boasts many parks and nature reserves, and is a lot greener than you might expect. The city of Essen, for instance, was the European Capital of Culture in 2010.

Further south, the Alps rise up majestically with their crystal-clear mountain lakes and magic vistas. Ideal for winter, summer, spring and autumn visits.

Northern Germany is dominated by moors, heaths, and a string of islands in the North Sea, such as Sylt, Borkum, Juist, Nordeney with high and wide-ranging sand dunes. While the Baltic Sea offers Rügen, Hiddensee and the world famous amber.

Although so many beautiful landscapes exist, nearly half of Germany’s inhabitants choose urban life and are at home in 82 cities with a population of 100,000 and more. Germany's three largest cities are Berlin (3.4 million), Hamburg (1.8 million) and Munich (1.3 million).

Plan your trip

We provide you with some useful links:

Which city would you like to visit?

Which city would you like to visit?

Go on a journey through Germany and explore its cities. Visit amazing sights with guests from foreign countries and special places recommended by residents. German Cities: Videos Which city would you like to visit?

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From the Zugspitze to the North Sea or Berlin – every edition of Deutsche Welle's Check-in presents a different region in Germany. Hosts Nicole Frölich and Lukas Stege take it in turns to discover the local tourist attractions and explore the sights. They go climbing, diving or hiking and try out the local culinary specialties. > Check-in Check-in

Plan your trip to Germany

Plan your trip to Germany

Come and discover Germany as an exciting tourist destination. The German National Tourist Board provides up-to-date information on events, shopping tips, the most beautiful scenic routes, and briefly introduces the sixteen federal states. Plan your trip to Germany

National parks in Germany

National parks in Germany

Germany has 14 national parks, 14 biosphere reserves and more than 90 nature parks. One of goals that they share is to save endangered animals and plants from extinction. More information on the nature parks and what they have to offer can be found here. (website only available in German) National parks in Germany