Since its reunification, Germany stands as Europe's second most populated country (behind Russia). The former division has left a marked difference in cities in the east and west, and it's worthwhile visiting both sides of the country.
Where to go in Germany
Germany's capital is thought of as one of Europe's trendiest cities, with a thriving cafe culture, multicultural atmosphere and lively night scene. Parts of the Berlin Wall, including the Brandenburg Gate, can still be visited, while different areas of the city have individual vibes. Head to City West for your shopping needs, East Central for its cafes and the North area to see historic buildings.
Hamburg, located in the north of the country, is Germany's second largest city. Formerly an important trading city, Hamburg is full of grand buildingsand impressive architecture. These structures are complemented with sections of nature, including the river, several lakes and a large botanical garden within the city boundary.
The former capital of West Germany is well worth a visit, with its smaller size giving it a different vibe to other major cities in Germany. Many compare it to Italian cities, as it has an abundance of cafes and beer gardens dotting its streets. Bonn is also the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, and there's plenty to see commemorating the famous composer.
Where to go after Germany
A quick flight sees you in the Scottish capital, famed for its castle, the Royal Mile and its annual Fringe Festival. Temperatures drop to freezing during the winter, so be sure to pack appropriately, but know that Edinburgh has plenty of green parks around its centre to enjoy in the warmer days.
Turkey's largest city can be reached in around three hours from any part of Germany, and is a popular route because of Germany's large Turkish population. You'll no doubt see the influences that Turkey's had on modern Germany, which may well encourage a visit to the inspiratoinalcity that sits in both Europe and Asia.
Many travellers head to Europe not appreciating how cold it can get towards the end of the year, and while seeing snow and experiencing a White Christmas has its perks, there can be times when it gets too much. A flight to Thailand will quickly warm you up, and you'll be able to enjoy the weather with beautiful food and a cool beer.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2016.
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