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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 15 things to do in Germany

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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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The grand gateway to Unter den Linden Boulevard and Tiergarten Park, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. Built by Prussian kings, this monumental gate stood strong through World War I and the Cold War, becoming a symbol of reunified Germany and a poignant reminder of Berlin’s tragedies and triumphs.More
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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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Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie

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Opened in 2017, the Elbphilharmonie (Elbe Philharmonic) is a striking work of modern architecture on the banks of the Elbe River in Hamburg. Made with 1,096 individual glass panes, it houses two concert halls, as well as a hotel and residential apartments. The halls’ acoustics are considered among the best in the world.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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Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

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With its imposing Gothic façade and dramatic twin towers, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the city’s most recognized landmark. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent cathedral is one of the most important in Germany and dominates the city skyline.More
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Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror

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A history museum of the Third Reich, Topography of Terror is housed in the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police and the SS. Artifacts, photos, and videos examine the history of Hitler’s Germany on the site where the fate of Nazi political opponents was decided and the genocide of the European Jews, Sinti, and Roma was organized.More
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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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Once one of three Berlin Wall border points, bridging the divide between the Allied-occupied West Berlin and Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most important Cold War sites in Berlin. Today, a recreated guard house marks the site where numerous confrontations, escape attempts, and protests took place, and the adjoining Checkpoint Charlie Museum is a moving tribute to those who risked their lives to escape from East Germany and bring about the fall of the wall.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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Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

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One of Berlin’s central meeting places, Alexanderplatz is full of attractions, buildings, restaurants, and shops. It’s a major hub for the U-bahn and S-bahn railway, buses, and trams, and houses the TV Tower (Fernsehturm), a famous Berlin landmark. The city center of East Berlin, Alexanderplatz also features a lot of socialist architecture.More
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Warehouse District (Speicherstadt)

Warehouse District (Speicherstadt)

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Hamburg really capitalizes on its waterside location with the Speicherstadt, or Warehouse District. Not only will you marvel at the impressive red-brick architecture and canal network within the world’s largest warehouse complex, but several buildings have been converted into museums and attractions that bring the area’s rich history to life.More
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Dresden Frauenkirche

Dresden Frauenkirche

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A church dating back to the early 18th century, the Frauenkirche in Dresden was damaged during World War II bombings in 1945. After its dome collapsed, the ruins of the church were left as a war memorial. But after the reunification of Germany, the church was reconstructed and completed by 2005.More
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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

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A somber yet striking memorial stretching over a 4.7-acre (1.9-hectare) plot in the center of Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas) was opened in 2005 to remember and honor the some 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.More
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Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

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Located in Berlin’s Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent public square, attracting a cluster of high-end restaurants and hotels, especially around Charlottenstrasse. Come wintertime, travelers come from all over Europe to shop at the square’s spectacular Christmas market and skate at the festive ice rink.More
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Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

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Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is the apex of culture in Berlin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the middle of the Spree river, hosts five world-renowned museums that are all architecturally and historically significant. Each museum features different collections, from ancient artifacts to romantic and impressionist works.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

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Recent reviews from experiences in Germany

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Best tour guide ever!
Chandini_P, Jul 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Got to see some amazing sights and learned so much about the history of Germany.
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Worth it!
Jacky_O, May 2022
Black Forest and Baden-Baden Day Trip from Frankfurt
Thomas is a great guide, sharing many tips about Germany and what to do for our remaining trip.
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Superb walking tour, thoroughly recommended.
Martin_B, Apr 2022
Explore The Berlin Wall: Cold War Berlin and Behind the Berlin Wall
He also recommended a restaurant for lunch, and other sights to see in the afternoon.
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Not 5 but 10 stars!
Danilo_Q, Jul 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
This was an amazing tour of Berlin; our guide was very knowledgeable and well prepared, gave a complete history lesson about Prussia, the first and second world wars, the East Germany era and the fall of the Wall.
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Perfect Trip
Nicholas_S, Jul 2022
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
I've already recommended the tour to a friend traveling to Munich in the fall.
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A High Point of Any Visit to Germany
Leandre_F, Jul 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Also, the smaller group and having all the tickets covered made things much more efficient and allowed more time to see the sights.
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If We Don't Learn From Our Past, Then We Are Bound to Repeat It
Jada_R, Jul 2022
Dachau Tour from Munich
Yet I felt exhilarated that I did make that choice to visit the memorial I was on the verge of crying.
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One of the best travels days I've ever experienced!
Roxanne_N, Jul 2022
Black Forest and Strasbourg Day Trip from Frankfurt
It is a beautiful city to visit!!
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Thanks Vicky!
Sydney_M, May 2022
Brewery Tour Düsseldorf in English (inc. 3 beer)
She even gave me tips on local beers to try in the other German cities I was going to visit so that definitely attests to her wide ranging knowledge of breweries throughout Germany.
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FANTASTIC DAY
NICHOLAS_L, Mar 2022
Private Berlin Complete History All Day Tour
We have been to Berlin a few times and visited the attractions but not understood history behind it.
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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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Excellent Tour
John_K, Jul 2018
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour 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 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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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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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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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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Really good tour - Barnaby tall...
Sharon C, Nov 2015
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
Really good tour - Barnaby tall English guide was excellent.
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