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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 10 attractions 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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in Germany

Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
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Berchtesgaden Town and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Hot Rod Tour - Cruising Berlin
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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
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Recent reviews from experiences in 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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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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Outstanding! 4hr Berlin Walking Tour
Jeanne-Vicky, Jul 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Best walking tour to date (20 July 2021)-Martin was our guide born/raised in Germany, fluent English speaker.
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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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recommended
Bhupen_P, Aug 2019
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Great way to see and understand Berlin and modern Germany
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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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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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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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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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Excellent tour well organised and...
Allan P, May 2017
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Small-Group Premium All-Inc Tour from Munich
Tour Guide was very knowledgeable about Germany and spoke excellent English.
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Great tour - comfy coach and very...
Laura H, Jun 2016
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the castles and learn about the history of Bavaria and greater Germany.
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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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This tour was very nice and very...
Michael D, Jul 2015
Warnemünde Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Berlin's World War II and Cold War Sites
Our tour guide was an American living and working in Berlin and he knew much about Germany's history and the sights to see in Berlin.
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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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a great way to see the highlights of...
Elisa N, May 2015
Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt
a great way to see the highlights of Germany.
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This tour was a blast! Austin was...
jstanca1, Mar 2015
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Was the perfect way to see the sights of Munich.
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