Everything is different from up here. Bird song is sweeter, air and light a touch more pure, the leaves seem more delicate and even the sky seems so much closer. The treetop path in the Hainich National Park leads through the foliage of stately deciduous trees up to their very tops. The wooden path carefully reveals the secret of the otherwise unattainable tree giants.
The Lahn valley is located right in the heart of Germany. Follow the wild and romantic river by canoe and explore the sights that await behind every bend. Discover Goethe’s romantic town of Wetzlar, the fairytale castle of Braunfels and the baroque residential palace of Weilburg towering high above the river valley.
Welcome to the land of noble knights and beautiful princesses: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella all await you. Travel through the enchanted world of Grimm's fairy tales along the scenic German Fairy Tale Route.
An excursion on the historic steam locomotive up to the summit of the Brocken is one of the absolute highlights of your Harz holiday. It not only offers a unique railway experience, but this also offers the easiest way to climb the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.
Dinkelsbühl has one of the most beautiful historical old town centres in Germany and is an experience in itself. A completely preserved medieval city wall surrounds magnificent patrician buildings and the charming streets invite you to take a stroll.
These small islands dotted along the North Sea coast and the world’s largest area of tidal mud flats under UNESCO protection offer a unique paradise for bird watchers and those seeking solitude and tranquillity. To explore the scenery visitors can walk or cycle but tradition has it, you must drink lots of tea.
The Rhine, which the Germans affectionately call "Father Rhine", has been a truly magical attraction for centuries. The vision of the winding river valley with its romantic castles perched high above the vine covered steep slopes has inspired generations of painters and poets. Follow the mystical and breath-taking scenery along the 320 kilometres Rhinesteig walking paths and you know why.
Europe's largest man-made lake landscape is currently emerging between Berlin and Dresden - the Lusatian Lake District. Many of the blue water lakes are connected by canals and can be explored by canoe or boat. Visitors preferring drier modes of transport can delight in the countless cycling and hiking trails following the shore.
The Oderbruch on the eastern edge of Brandenburg and Berlin fascinates outdoor enthusiasts with masses of unspoiled natural scenery. Imagine walking or cycling along the Oder river with its wide-open spaces, lush silent meadows and just a birdsong for background music.
Red-bricked Papenburg, Germany’s "'Venice' of the north” because of its many bridges, invites visitors to explore not only the history of ship-building. With its more than a 1000 year old past, the historic shipyard, open air museum and endless canals, visitors are invited to explore the local traditions and tall tales of sea faring folk.
First opened in 1922 this open-air museum in Uhldingen-Mühlhofen shows 23 reconstructions of pile dwellings from the Stone and Bronze Ages. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the largest open-air museums in Europe, shows scenes from the Neolithic period and what life was like for local farmers and fishermen.
Hungry for an adventure? Imagine exploring the dark corridors of the burden shed or the blast furnace viewing platform at the Völklingen Ironworks – one of the world’s most important industrial monuments and a World Heritage Site since 1994. More revelations are on offer at their interactive multi-media visitor center.
As the first national natural monument, the Ivenacker oak trees arose during the Middle Ages and are now considered a cultural and natural peculiarity that is second to none. The largest of these trees is 3 ½ metres wide, over 35 meters tall and totals 140 cubic metres! It is the most voluminous oak in Europe and is one of the oldest trees in Germany.
Hands up – who can see the sky at night with all its stars and constellations? Due to light pollution, there are not many places left in the world to observe such wonders. Just travel off the tourist paths and look skywards at the Eifel National Park, which was officially certified by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA).
With a ticket from the public transport company in your pocket, just hop on ferry number 62 to cross the Elbe river and enjoy an almost free tour of the magnificent harbour of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg.
The Tempelhof field in Berlin was originally a parade and military exercise ground; in the early 1920s Tempelhof Airport was built. Today this spacious area offers a six-kilometre bike, skater and jogging route, two and a half hectares of barbecue ground, a four-hectare dog meadow and a huge picnic area.