Berlin's combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and tangible history. Why I Love Berlin By Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Writer Berlin is a bon vivant, passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life, never taking things – or itself – too seriously.
Frankfurt & Southern Rhineland
In this enchanting corner of Germany, the finer things in life take pride of place: good food, great wine, glorious walking and cycling, and exceptional art everywhere, from magnificent museums to quirky street sculptures. Vineyards ribbon the steep-sided Romantic Rhine and Moselle valleys, as well as the wisteria-draped German Wine Route, the country's warmest region.
Central Germany's captivating landscapes await. From Thuringian Forest hikes, steam-train journeys deep into the Harz Mountains and riverside rambles past Saale-Unstrut vineyards to medieval castle ruins and restored Renaissance palaces, this region is the stuff of both fairy tale and history.
Cologne & Northern Rhineland
Cologne's iconic Dom has twin towers that might as well be twin exclamation points after the word 'welcome'. Flowing behind the cathedral, the Rhine River provides a vital link for some of the region's highlights: Düsseldorf, with its great nightlife and fabulous shopping, and Bonn, which hums to Beethoven.
Stuttgart & the Black Forest
If one word could sum up Germany’s southwesternmost region, it would be inventive. Baden-Würtemberg gave the world relativity (Einstein), DNA (Miescher) and the astronomical telescope (Kepler). It was here that Bosch invented the spark plug; Gottlieb Daimler the gas engine; and Count Ferdinand the zeppelin.
The natural habitat of well-heeled power dressers and Lederhosen-clad thigh-slappers, Mediterranean-style street cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, highbrow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s unofficial southern capital is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions.
Saxony has an enormous amount to to offer anyone interested in history, music, art, mountain scenery, castles and cobble street market towns, and its warm and welcoming people, stellar opera houses and deeply entrenched love of culture will win over anyone who takes the time to explore this often-overlooked corner of Germany.
Frankfurt am Main
Glinting with glass, steel and concrete skyscrapers, Frankfurt-on-the-Main (pronounced ‘mine’) is unlike any other German city. The focal point of a conurbation of 5.5 million inhabitants, ‘Mainhattan’ is a high-powered finance and business hub, home to one of the world’s largest stock exchanges as well as the gleaming new headquarters of the European Central Bank.
Hanover & the East
State capital Hanover (Hannover, in German: don't leave out that second 'n'!), is the urban heart of Lower Saxony with a wealth of cultural attractions, picturesque parks and gardens and plenty of top notch nosh. To its south, you'll find Hildesheim, whose residents celebrated their city's 1200th birthday in 2015.