Germany

Things to do in Germany

One of the most popular things to do in Germany is visit its array of museums. The Ludwig in Cologne is the home of one of the world’s largest collections of Picasso’s work. The Gutenberg in Mainz features an astounding collection of historical printing presses, and the Kunsthalle in Hamburg is one of the most important art museums in all of Europe.

Aside from its cultural sites, there are several things to do in Germany that involve visitors with the country’s culture, such as Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair and is held annually in Munich. Autumn travelers who are wondering what to do in Germany need look no further than participating in this lengthy and exciting festival.

Additionally, the country’s beautiful landscape ensures nature lovers will never be left wondering what to do in Germany. It boasts several national parks, including the Bavarian Forest National Parks that features breathtaking vistas of endless, untamed forests; Berchtesgaden National Park which showcases one of the oldest areas of the Alps and the massive Watzmann Mountain; and the beautiful Altmuhltal Valley Nature Park, through which the Altmuhltal, a tributary of the Danube, runs. Nearly all of Germany’s National Parks offer guided tours, educational speaking series on the natural flora and fauna of the area, and phenomenal hiking trails.

What to Expect: Crafts stalls surround a glittering 100-foot Christmas tree on the Marienplatz, which is filled with Muncheners munching on sausages and reiber-datschi (potato pancakes), gulping glühwein, and crunching Lebkuchen (gingerbread).

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Lebanese-born Perla Zayek's namesake boutique showcases her silk evening dresses.

This bar’s name is a reference to the 40-second elevator ride that clubgoers must take to reach its 8th floor location. Once the elevator doors open, its occupants enter a space that is part futuristic, part vintage 1980's. The space has white walls, and low, white tables and banquettes.

Situated in the Kunstareal (art quarter), the Alte Pinakothek museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings, dating from the 14th century to the 18th.

Located 30 minutes northeast of downtown, Munich International is among the busiest airports in Europe and serves as a major hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines.

Club sportiva rents out Maseratis, Lamborghinis, and more.

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour the castle in which "Mad King" Ludwig II actually lived.

This bar boat moored by the Turkish market, is afloat with hipsters, punk rockers, and the occasional aging French tourist couple who have steered way off course.

Founded in 1987, the German Historical Museum is located in two buildings. The first, the historic Zeughaus, was built between 1695 and 1730 and houses the museum’s permanent exhibition, German History in Images and Artifacts, which covers more than 2,000 years of German history.

The 12th-century casle, once a thick-walled tower now stands torn in half, the remnants of centuries of warfare.

The airport-as-spa-day theme finds its apotheosis here.

Pick up a bottle of cherry or plum eau-de-vie at the Alfred Schladerer distillery, run by fifth-generation vintner Heiner Ulmann.