One day in Berlin isn’t enough. But you can still get a taste of Germany’s capital! Top sights? The Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and paintings on the Berlin Wall (especially “The Kiss”). The German Historical Museum is also one of Berlin’s best museums.
Home to historic castles, world-class cities, the Bavarian Alps, trains that run on time and, yes, bratwurst and beer, Germany is one of the best destinations to visit in Europe.
We have family in Germany (on George’s side), so we try to add a quick trip to Germany whenever we visit Europe.
Quick Germany information
Location: Germany lies in western Europe, sharing a border with 9 different countries
Currency: Euro (check current exchange rates)
Capital city: Berlin
Famous for: Beer, Octoberfest, involvement in two world wars, BMW cars and Albert Einstein
Germany trip planning: See our Resources guide for flight, hotel and car rental booking tips
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Can you visit Dresden in 2 days? Yes. Here’s what you must do: Ogle the Green Vault treasures, bicycle the Elbe, taste Pilsner beer and see Zwinger Palace.
As travel writers, we stay at some fab places. Our favorite romantic Europe hotels include an old Venetian palace, a lovely hideaway hotel on the Elbe River in Hamburg and a newspaper office converted into a charming London hotel.
Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. You can visit his old house (see his pianos). But there are more things to do in Bonn too, like taking a river cruise to Drachenberg Castle.
The Germans sure know how to take a bath! The Friedrichsbad is a Baden-Baden spa with 17 stages of bathing pleasure. But you’ll be, ahem, naked in front of many other people.
Queen Victoria loved it. So did Brahms. Germany’s spa town, Baden-Baden, was the summer capital of Europe. And it’s still beautiful (think luxury, music and elegant spas).