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Germany

From the North Sea to the edge of the Alps, from the Moselle to the Oder – Germany is with its 16 federal states an incredibly diverse travel destination. Outdoor enthusiasts climb the peaks of the Bavarian Alps, explore the numerous low mountain ranges, follow the perfectly developed river cycle paths and strap on skis or snowshoes in winter. The cultural richness is also remarkable, which manifests itself in many events, traditions and cultural monuments.
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Castle · Allgäu
Neuschwanstein Castle
Allgäu

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Church · Region Köln-Bonn
Cologne Cathedral
Region Köln-Bonn

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Historical Site · Moseltal
Porta Nigra (UNESCO World Heritage)
Moseltal

This is the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ...

Mosellandtouristik GmbH
Historical Site · Berlin
Teufelsberg Berlin
Berlin

Today, mountain bikers, longboarders, artists and people interested in history meet here - during ...

from Johanna Michel,   Outdooractive Editors
Lake · Ostschweiz/Liechtenstein
Lake Constance
Ostschweiz/Liechtenstein

Lake Constance is the largest lake in Germany and also one of the largest in Central Europe.

from Nadine Greiter,   Outdooractive Editors
Dresden

One of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

from Conny Petrat,   Dresden Elbland
Coast · Rügen
Chalk rocks on Rügen
Rügen

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Square · München-Ingolstadt
Marienplatz (Munich)
München-Ingolstadt

The Marienplatz is the central square in Munich.

from Cornelia Grömminger,   Outdooractive Editors
Schwarzwald

Welcome to Germany’s biggest theme park! North of Freiburg and just east of the Rhine River, it is ...

from Christoph Kunz,   Black Forest Tourism Agency GmbH
Fortress · Thüringer Wald
Wartburg
Thüringer Wald

Die Mutter aller Deutschen Burgen

from Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.,   Regionalverbund Thüringer Wald e. V.
Town Hall · Frankfurt am Main und Umgebung
Römer (City Hall in Frankfurt)
Frankfurt am Main und Umgebung

Building from the 15th century, including the city hall of the city of Frankfurt

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Historic City Center · Kurpfalz
Historische Altstadt Heidelberg
Kurpfalz

Die historische Altstadt von Heidelberg ist eine wichtige Station auf jeder Deutschland-Rundreise. ...

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
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Accommodation in Germany

Enjoy the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

Germany's northernmost federal state Schleswig-Holstein lies between two seas and offers with its islands, the long coastline, the Wadden Sea and the green landscape behind the dikes a variety of exploration possibilities for hikers and cyclists.

Charming beaches and dunes, small fishing ports and expansive nature parks await you in Schleswig-Holstein. A trip to Fehmarn, Helgoland or the North Frisian Islands is a must. In addition, those interested in culture will discover the Hanseatic cities of Kiel, Lübeck and Flensburg with their countless sights.

In the heart of Germany

Picturesque vineyards, towns with romantic half-timbered houses and elegant health resorts impress the visitor at the transition from the lowlands to the German low mountain range. The metropolises of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Hesse appeal with their distinctive culture and interesting past. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Weimar is particularly recommended.

Around the capital

Brandenburg is a worthwhile destination for all water sports enthusiasts. But the well-developed network of cycle paths also attracts visitors. Whether along the banks of the Havel and Spree rivers, the dikes of the Oder, Elbe and Neiße rivers or through the unique water labyrinth of the Spreewald rivers – nature lovers will get their money's worth.

Berlin and the state capital Potsdam are geographically located in the center of the state, but Cottbus or Frankfurt (Oder) also inspire with their cultural treasures.

Exploring Eastern Germany

A third of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is under nature conservation and preserves deep green beech forests, wild coastal sections with chalk cliffs, quiet lakes and a species-rich flora and fauna. Cities such as Rostock, Schwerin and Stralsund, but also a multitude of castles and palaces invite visitors to discover historical sites.

In Saxony, it is not only the Elbe Cycle Route that attracts visitors to explore the most beautiful natural landscapes. No matter whether in the Erzgebirge, in the Leipzig region, in the Saxon Elbland, in Upper Lusatia or in the Vogtland – the curious outdoor athlete will find opportunities to be active everywhere.

Tradition and culture in North Rhine-Westphalia

As the most populous federal state, North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide range of cultural activities. Away from the large centers, spas, Kneipp and climatic health resorts attract people seeking relaxation.

Despite the high density of cities, outdoor sports enthusiasts have a wide range on offer in North Rhine-Westphalia. The natural landscapes of the Teutoburg Forest and Siegerland-Wittgenstein are unique. Rare and endangered animal and plant species live in the Eifel. The Neanderland as well as today's green industrial sites and the Sauerland hiking destination are also worth a visit.

State · Germany
North Rhine-Westphalia

Metropolises on the Rhine or idyllic hiking landscape - the diversity of culture and landscape characterizes Germany's ...

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On France's doorstep

Lovely hills, dense forests, striking low mountain ranges – Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland lie where the Rhine and Moselle meander gently through the slate mountains. Some well-known routes such as the Eifelsteig, the Moselsteig or the Rheinsteig lead through the "Wander-Wunderland".

Follow the footsteps of the Romans on the well-developed network of cycle paths along historic towns such as the rivers Ahr, Lahn or Nahe. But there are also challenging climbs – those who conquer them will be rewarded with unforgettable views.

Being active in the south

The most diverse landscape areas attract visitors to Baden-Württemberg: the Swabian Alb, the Electoral Palatinate with its castles and palaces, the region around Lake Constance with the monastery island of Reichenau, the Odenwald, the Heilbronn region with its vineyards and, of course, the state capital of Stuttgart. Ulm Cathedral and Hohenzollern Castle are just two examples of the many touring destinations in Baden-Württemberg. The "Geniesserland" is also rich in culinary specialties and top restaurants. Black Forest cherry cake, Maultaschen and Spätzle are world-famous.

In Bavaria, too, the heart of outdoor sports enthusiasts beats faster. The entire south of the Free State borders on the Alps – where everything is possible, from hiking on high-altitude trails to climbing countless peaks or descending on winding mountain bike trails. The Bavarian Forest on the border with the Czech Republic captivates especially with its rich animal world and the cultural heritage of glass production. In addition to numerous nature reserves, cities such as Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg also attract visitors with their cultural sights. A well-known destination for families is the Legoland in Günzburg.

All regions

Baden-Wurttemberg

Leave the well beaten paths and discover Baden-Wurttemberg on your own. Need travel tips? With this online guide you can plan your vacation to Baden-Wurttemberg very comfortably. Get inspired by the best trips throughout the region, unmissable events, the most notable sights and places to stay.

Bavaria

Crystal clear lakes, high mountains, nature and landscape conservation areas - traditional festivals, opera festivals, medieval castles, magnificent palaces and modern metropolises: These highlights can be found in Bavaria, the largest state in Germany in terms of area.

Berlin

Berlin is always on the move. Its vibrant culture, unique history, exciting nightlife and countless sights characterize the German capital and make it a sought-after travel destination.

Brandenburg

No German state is richer in lakes and rivers than Brandenburg. It is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and also hikers and cyclists. Along the 3,000 lakes and more than 30,000 km of flowing waters, often strung together like blue pearls, cyclists and hikers can discover Brandenburg's nature.

Bremen

The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen consists of Bremen and Bremerhaven's cities and is located on the Weser River. The centuries-old tradition of seafaring is present everywhere - on a trip on the Weser, the "Maritime Mile" or at one of the ports.

Hamburg

Hamburg is the kind of place that outdoor enthusiasts return to over and over. Looking for trip ideas? Your exclusive travel guide allows you to quickly plan your perfect adventure. Gather info on the best tours throughout the region, events, the most notable sights as well as huts and hotels.

Hesse

Hesse offers an endless feast of experiences for people who like the outdoors. Eager to get travel suggestions? Our travel guide provides you with the best things of interest that Hesse has to offer.

Lower Saxony

Lower Saxony offers an endless feast of experiences for outdoor enthusiasts. Do you need some travel tips? With your online guide you can plan your vacation to Lower Saxony very easily.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Along the Baltic Sea coast, through the glittering lake district or on the traces of the old Hanseatic League - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is a wonderful destination to spend your next active breaks!

North Rhine-Westphalia

Metropolises on the Rhine or idyllic hiking landscape - the diversity of culture and landscape characterizes Germany's most populous state. The regions of NRW could not be more diverse and each one offers particular advantages. From relaxing outdoor fun to great cultural offerings in the cities.

Rhineland-Palatinate

Where the Rhine and Moselle meander gently through the slate mountains lies the westernmost state in Germany: Rhineland-Palatinate.

Saarland

Boundless, green and charming – this is the Saarland. The Saarland cuisine and the lifestyle of the Saarlanders are characterized by the proximity to France and Luxembourg.

Saxony

Saxony is the kind of country that travelers return to over and over. In search for travel tips? Our online travel guide provides you with the best things of interest that Saxony has to offer.

Saxony-Anhalt

Pretty scenery, friendly folks and tons of stuff to do: Saxony-Anhalt is a renowned location amongst outdoor fans.

Schleswig-Holstein

Who doesn't like to spend the summer by the sea, let the sun shine on their stomachs and enjoy the fresh water? The North and Baltic Sea define the region with their coasts, water landscapes and national parks. Outdoor enthusiasts can discover the unique mudflats, the islands and the green country.

Thuringia

Thuringia's cities combine charm and history! In summer, they are perfect places to sit outside, enjoy open-air culture and art. Nature is never far away: The Thuringian Forest, the Hainich National Park, the Eichsfeld or the Rhön Mountains invite you to walk and bike.


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Public transport

Within Germany one travels with the Deutsche Bahn or with long-distance bus companies.

By plane

International airports can be found in almost every major German city, especially Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Berlin.

By ferry

From cities on the Baltic Sea coast there are ferry connections to and from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike