It's impossible to really experience the fascinating German cities, landscape, history, culture and food in only two weeks. It's best to decide on what you'd like to focus on rather than trying to spend only a day at a destination and then go to the next one. By enjoying the country one bit at a time, you really get to experience all the magic it has to offer.
One destination that should be at the top of your wish list is Berlin. The country's capital is at its most beautiful in summer and is best explored on foot or by bicycle. Take in sights such as the magnificent Brandenburg Gate, relax in the parks or at the Berlin Zoo or enjoy an outdoor music festival. A great trip is to cycle along the route where the Berlin Wall used to be and then to visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie.
Germany has many other great cities and each one is unique. If you love music, make a pilgrimage to Bonn, where Ludwig van Beethoven was born. For something edgier, opt for the port city of Hamburg. Fantastic modern architecture can be found in Frankfurt and Stuttgart while Munich has a friendly, old-world charm. Heidelberg is one of Europe's most famous university cities and has a youthful atmosphere.
Of course there's more to the country than its cities. In spring or summer, take long hikes in the Black Forest or go rowing on the lakes of the south. When temperatures drop, grab your skiing gear and go to the ski resorts of the Bavarian Alps.
The countryside changes as you go towards the north and a great way to see this is with a cruise on the mighty Rhine River. Near the coast, the mountains make way for plains with dikes and canals. Schleswig-Holstein, for instance, is almost like The Netherlands. In the northwest you'll find the North Sea while the northeast borders on the Baltic Sea. In both these regions you'll find popular beach resorts.
Instead of focusing on destinations, you may want to focus on a theme. For instance, wine lovers may want to travel in the Rhineland with its vineyards. If beer is your tipple of preference, it's a good idea to choose a tour package that will take you to Munich for Oktoberfest. For fairytale castles, try the route known as the Romantic Road. It covers about 400 km in the southern part of the country and takes you to destinations such Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Sleeping Beauty's castle in the Disney classic.
There are different ways to find a tour that will be to your liking. Most short tours and day trips can be booked once you're in the region. For boat cruises on the Rhine or an Oktoberfest trip, however, it's best to book online well in advance.
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