• North Rhine-Westphalia, view of St. Lambert's Church in Münster
    North Rhine-Westphalia, view of St. Lambert's Church in Münster ©Tourismus NRW e.V. (Franke, Oliver)
  • Berlin, House of the Cultures of the World
    Berlin, House of the Cultures of the World ©visitBerlin (Scholvien, Wolfgang)
  • Saarland, Ludwig Church in Saarbrücken
    Saarland, Ludwig Church in Saarbrücken ©Tourismus Zentrale Saarland
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, sunny afternoon on Darss West Beach
    Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, sunny afternoon on Darss West Beach ©TMV (Grundner)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate, wine-growing estate at Hambach Castle
    Rhineland-Palatinate, wine-growing estate at Hambach Castle ©Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH (Ketz, Dominik)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate, wine-growing estate at Hambach Castle
    Rhineland-Palatinate, wine-growing estate at Hambach Castle ©Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH (Ketz, Dominik)
  • Lower Saxony, shepherd tending sheep near Wilsende
    Lower Saxony, shepherd tending sheep near Wilsende ©TourimusMarketing Niedersachsen
  • Hesse, Lorch am Rhein
    Hesse, Lorch am Rhein ©Rheingau-Taunus Kultur und Kongress GmbH
  • Schleswig-Holstein, beach and sailing boat at the baltic coast
    Schleswig-Holstein, beach and sailing boat at the baltic coast ©Ostsee-Holstein-Tourismus e.V.
  • Saxony, St. Peter's Church in Görlitz
    Saxony, St. Peter's Church in Görlitz ©Stadtverwaltung Görlitz
  • Brandenburg, Potsdam Film Museum
    Brandenburg, Potsdam Film Museum ©TMB / Filmmuseum Potsdam (Ihlow)
  • Baden-Württemberg, Hohenzollern Castle
    Baden-Württemberg, Hohenzollern Castle
  • Bavaria, Mountain biking in the Alps
    Bavaria, Mountain biking in the Alps ©BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH
  • Bremen, Bremerhaven Sail
    Bremen, Bremerhaven Sail ©BIS Bremerhaven Touristik (Hecht, Heinrich)
  • Saxony-Anhalt, Luther memorial in Wittenberg
    Saxony-Anhalt, Luther memorial in Wittenberg ©Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt mbH (Wolf, Jens)
  • Hamburg, Speicherstadt warehouse district at dusk
    Hamburg, Speicherstadt warehouse district at dusk ©www.mediaserver.hamburg.de (Spahrbier, Christian)
  • Thuringia, 'Blauer Saal' hall in Sondershausen Palace
    Thuringia, 'Blauer Saal' hall in Sondershausen Palace ©Thüringer Tourismus GmbH (Wehking, Roland)

From the North Sea coast to the Alps: Germany's 16 diverse federal states

Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south.

The wide-ranging countryside of the 16 states provides endless options as different as the Black Forest and the Baltic coast. You could go walking in the hills, relax at a spa resort or cruise down the Danube, Rhine or Elbe rivers. No less than 13 national parks are there to conserve the countryside for you to enjoy, and UNESCO has given 39 sites of special interest World Heritage status. The attractions of the Magic Cities and the delightful towns that belong to the Historic Highlights of Germany association offer cultural treasures, great shopping and fantastic food and drink.

Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, looking for 'olde worlde' charm or high-tech modernity, these 16 different federal states in the heart of Europe are there to be enjoyed – one at a time or several at once.

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