Germany is that kind of country offering an eclectic mix of old world medieval-era towns with historical structures reminding the country of it's bygone past as well as modern and urban cosmopolitan hubs with glittering skyscrapers dotting the skyline and rapid industrialization. The Western-Central European nation is not only deeply rooted in culture but has also been the home of important artists, philosophers, musicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and inventors, all of those who have played a significant role in the development of Germany. Though the country might appear to be homogeneous, it's actually highly diverse with different cities being known for their own distinct personalities.
Kickstart the holiday by making a stop at Berlin. The German capital is not only the biggest metropolis but is also a city with a turbulent past. No trip to Berlin is complete without heading over to the iconic Berlin Wall and revisit it's fragile history. Other highlights of the legendary Berlin Wall are Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer - graffiti-free stretch preserved by the authorities and the CheckPoint Charlie, one of the renowned crossing points of the famous Wall. Some of the other notable sightseeing points include the Brandenburg Gate - only remaining city gate of the city, the Fernsehturm - TV Tower - one of the most recognized landmarks dominating Berlin's skyline and so forth.
The twin towering spires of the renowned Cologne Cathederal looks majestic on the cityscape. Cologne is also inundated with twelve magnificent Romanesque churches with stunning interiors. Be sure to head over to a pub and chug down a traditional beer called 'Kolsch' served in tiny glasses known as 'Stangen'. When in Dusseldorf, be sure to stroll around the most elegant street of the city, Konigsallee. Shopaholics will love walking down this pathway for this affluent boulevard is brimming with high-end booutqiues, upscale shopping complexes and a wide variety of art galleries, expensive restaurants and cafes. Not only is the street the city's most pricey and posh neighborhood, this double-sided avenue also excels in scenic beauty for it has a 31-meter-wide canal of water running down the center with towering trees lined on both the sides.
Frankfurt is aptly nicknamed as 'Mainhatten' due to it's distinct North American look. But it's not simply a suited-booted metropolis. Take a cruise along the River Main to enjoy the city from a different perspective with magnificent views of the fine old buildings on one side and the urban skyscrapers on the other. Be sure to try out the refreshing and sparkling Apfelwein (apple wine) served in hatched glasses. When in Munich, don't forget to chug down beer in a biergarten such as Hirschgfarten, biggest beer garden in the planet. If you plan your trip around September-October, don't forget to attend the world-famous Oktoberfest (beer festival). This 16-day event runs from late-September until the first weekend of October. Those who wish to ski can go skiing in the Bravarian Alps, situated close to Munich.
While visiting Hamburg, make sure to head over to the beautiful Miniatur Wunderland, the globe's largest model railway, accommodating 12,000 meters of track and 890 trains. If hiking is in the agenda, then walking down the dense and thick Black Forest woods is perfect. Want to know the inspiration behind Walt Disney's theme park castles? Take a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, one of Europe's most renowned royal castle and resides in the old town of Fussen.
When it comes to shopping, big cities are inundated with sprawling shopping complexes with designer labels and international brands to boot. Dusseldorf is particularly good for latest fashion trends. Walk down Konigsallee street in Dusseldorf to catch a glimpse of top-notch designer boutiques like Cartier, Lacoste, Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, Joop and Prada. While holidaying in Germany, It would be a crime to not dig into their mouth-watering delicacies and local beers differ from region to region. Those with sweet tooth can gorge into the lip-smackingly tasty Black Forest gateau (Back Forest cake) - comprising of numerous layers of chocolate cake, with whipped cream and cherries between each layer.
The stay options in Germany are abundant with the best luxury hotels satisfying the extravagant lifestyle of the rich tourists as well as caters to those who are light on the pocket with budget apartments and cheap accommodations.
Overall, Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate. The best time to visit the country would be from May to October for the weather is pleasant and conducive for a holiday.