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.

Fashionistas browse for Jil Sander, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana pieces while expats pick up English-language magazines.

Tables are cleared at 11 p.m. to make room for an epic dance floor between two-story-tall lighted pillars.

Tucked in the cavernous basement of the Bavarian National Museum are scores of crèches amassed by a local collector.

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Europe's largest rail station also doubles as a shopping mall. Whatever you crave - organic Chinese food, a Swarovski pendant necklace, Dr. Hauschka face cream - you'll find it here.

Founded by Heinz Gindullis, the man behind popular Berlin nightclub, Cookies, Greenwich is an upscale bar for Berliners and tourists in-the-know.

The Kempinski Hotel is built right into the airport, and this cocktail lounge feels like a private version of the terminal’s soaring, canopied space.

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In addition to its 17-meter pool and glass-and-stainless-steel fitness room with Künzler equipment (known for its “standing movement” weight machines), the hotel spa also offers massages ($75 for 30 minutes). Day passes are $41; a two-hour pass is $25. Open weekdays 7 a.m.

Berlin's oldest beer garden. In the hipster neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. The interior is as bare as can be, with wooden benches and simple chairs, but after a couple of halb-litres of Prater schwarzbier the place becomes as comfy as an old shoe.

Located near Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Pro QM is arguably one of the most unique and influential bookstores in Berlin.

The market stretches along the Maybachufer bank of the canal. Sample a smorgasbord of fat navel oranges, hot spinach böreks that flake to nothingness in your grasp, glowing aubergines, piles of octopus glistening in olive oil, every gradient of feta known to the Bosporus.

One of the five museums on Berlin’s Museum Island, the Bode Museum opened in 1904. The museum is renowned for its Museum of Byzantine Art, as well as its impressive Sculpture Collection.

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