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Germany travel inspiration
Berlin has earned a reputation as one of the world’s coolest capitals. Known for its vibrant nightlife and edgy art scene, Berlin throbs with culture and entertainment. This November marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall with concerts, screenings, workshops and open-air exhibitions taking place in and around the city between 4 - 10 November 2019. For Christmas in Berlin, don’t miss the city’s Weihnachtszeit, the city’s oldest Christmas market, which takes place 25 November 2019 - 6 January 2020.
Dresden was almost entirely demolished after the Allied bombings in 1945. Today though, the city stands tall once more, its skyline of domes and palaces a shining example of the city’s strength in rebuilding. The city offers many cultural delights, from ballet and opera at the spectacular Semperoper to the fascinating Grünes Gewölbe museum.
Visit Munich, Bavaria’s capital, for beer halls, oompah bands and some of the country’s best museums. While Oktoberfest, 19 September 2020 - 4 October 2020, might be the city’s most popular annual event, there’s a lot more to the city than steins. Head to the Viktualienmarkt for Weisswurst (white sausage) and Schweinshaxe (ham hock), and soak up some culture at Haus der Kunst, one of the city’s best art galleries. Munich is also gateway to mountains, lakes and forests, where you will earn your beer at the end of a day of hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
Cologne is not only Germany’s oldest city, it’s also in the heart of the country’s world-renowned Rhine Valley. Known as the Romantic Region, this area is dotted with wineries, fairytale-like castles and plenty of hiking trails for adventurers of all abilities. Where some cities have ring roads, Cologne has the Kölnpfad, a 171km hiking trail all around the city. Culture vultures must not miss the famous twin-spired cathedral as well as the treasure trove of Roman artefacts at the Römisch-Germanisches Museum.
Step into the magical world of the Brothers Grimm by visiting Freiburg, a stunning, medieval city on the edges of the Black Forest. With cobbled streets and gabled houses, Freiburg is a story-book city waiting to be explored. It is also known for being Germany’s warmest city, with over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.. Freiburgers power their city mainly through solar power, making it one of Europe’s greenest cities.
Stuttgart is a suave, stylish city. Not surprising given that it’s where both Porsche and Mercedes Benz are based. This flair for sophistication is seen in Stuttgart’s wide array of hotels, restaurants, gardens and parks. If motor-marvelling at the Mercedes Benz Museum isn’t quite your tempo, enjoy one of Stuttgart’s many neighbouring vineyards, such as Ulhbach, where you can sample some delicious local wines.
Image credits top to bottom: Reflection of the German flag in Reichstag Building iStock ©hanohiki, Berlin Wall graffiti iStock ©franckreporter, City of Dresden iStock ©Nikada, Munich iStock ©RudyBalasko, Cologne iStock ©querbeet, Freiburg iStock ©katatonia82, St John's Church Stuttgart iStock ©tichr
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