Destinations for trips and outings in the Federal States of Germany
From the coast to the Alpine foothills, from Saxony to the Saarland, these links inform you about destinations for trips and outings.
Wine-growing has shaped the character of broad swaths of the charming “Ländle“ – as the people from Baden-Württemberg affectionately call their Federal State. But the natural beauties of the state also include the Black Forest, Lake Constance and the Swabian Mountains.
Picture-perfect Bavaria: Southeastern Germany greets tourists with untouched nature in its national parks and conservation areas. Magnificent castles and impressive cathedrals characterize the cities, in which regional dress and music bands keep old Bavarian traditions alive. The many museums and collections of cultural treasures from all over the world are a further attraction for visitors to Bavaria.
The Reichstag (Parliament Building), the Nikolai District or the “Hackesche Höfe” (courtyards): Tourists will always find plenty to see anywhere they go in Berlin. The nation’s capital will impress cultural enthusiasts with treasures from all over the world on Museum Island. And for a taste of the vibrant nightlife, be sure to explore bars and clubs in the stylish downtown area or in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg district.
Crystal-clear lakes and idyllic villages, green avenues and untouched orchards: From Uckermark in the north to Lausitz in the south, the state of Brandenburg is truly worth a visit. Anyone who wants to explore castles and parks can buy a ticket in the state capital, Potsdam – the “Prussian Versailles” (Sanssouci) is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Culinary specialties in the northeast of Germany include Beelitz asparagus, Teltow turnips and pike perch from the Havel River.
A romantic atmosphere on the Weser River: On the “Schlachte”, Bremen’s river promenade, visitors can wave at big ships setting out to sea. In the smallest state in Germany, the magnificent Town Hall in “Weser Renaissance” style tells a story of Bremen’s proud past as a Hanseatic city. On the historic market square, the “Roland” statue keeps careful watch over the freedom of the city. Together, the statue and the Town Hall are part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Merchants’ villas as white as snow, colorful honky-tonks around the harbor, historic warehouses for tea or carpets and the largest urban-planning project in Europe: Hamburg inspires and amazes visitors at every turn. A tour of the harbor is an absolute must, especially when there’s a stiff breeze blowing. Anyone who loves to party has to see the Reeperbahn and then pay a visit to the Fish Market in the early morning hours afterwards.
Whether you like hiking or fine dining – in Hesse travelers get their money‘s worth. Don‘t just admire the varied landscapes between Kassel and the Bergstrasse, enjoy the regional speciality: apple wine.
Just dive in and replenish your energy: You’re always close to the water in nature’s paradise in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Tourists can enjoy the Baltic Sea islands of Rügen and Usedom or explore the Mecklenburg Lake District. The state capital, Schwerin, attracts crowds of visitors each year with its “Cultural Summer” activities and Europe’s largest dragon boat festival.
Water, woods and mountains: Lower Saxony has everything to offer that a tourist could want. Sports enthusiasts and families enjoy the great outdoors from the island of Borkum to the Teutoburg Forest to the Weser-River highlands. And if you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city, just pay a visit to Göttingen, an old university town, or the trade fair center of Hannover. Such legendary figures as the Pied Piper of Hamelin can also be found in Lower Saxony!
Cultural enthusiasts will really get their money’s worth in North Rhine-Westphalia: such sights as the Cologne Cathedral, the Museum Mile in Bonn or the “Zeche Zollverein” (former coal mine, now industrial monument) in Essen are impressive, to say the least. The state capital of Düsseldorf, with its exclusive boutiques and galleries, is an excellent destination for a city trip. Active holidaymakers can plan a bicycle tour in Münsterland or pay a visit to Sauerland, an important center for winter sports.
Rhineland-Palatinate, a magnet for connoisseurs: One of the most beautiful countrysides in all of Germany is situated in the west. The hills between the Westerwald and Palatinate boast vineyards and magnificent castles as far as the eye can see. Heinrich Heine already described the natural beauty to be found here in his famous poem, “The Lorelei”. The state capital, Mainz, reminds us of its some 2000-year history with such Roman remains as Jupiter’s Column or the theater ruins.
The Saarlanders have acquired a touch of French lifestyle from their neighbors to the west, and they‘re proud of that. After all, this is the place where three countries meet in the heart of Europe – and it‘s worth the trip.
The Free State of Saxony reaches from Upper Lusatia in the north to Saxon Switzerland south of Dresden. Some well-known Saxon handicrafts are the wood carvings from the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) and the delicate porcelain from the world-famous factory in Meissen.
Open-air museum for culture buffs: In Saxony-Anhalt, you can go back in time to the Middle Ages and visit a wide variety of different locations that are famous for the roles they have played in German history. The architectural program ranges from Romanesque round arches right on up to the avant-garde Bauhaus style. Romantics can picnic in historical, beautifully landscaped gardens.
If you like wind, wide, open spaces and the sound of the sea, then you‘ll love Schleswig-Holstein. The northernmost Federal State is embraced by the Baltic on the one side and the North Sea on the other. Sandy beaches and mudflats await tourists on the coast - further inland you‘ll find charming lake and river landscapes. Gourmets will enjoy the famous Lubeck marzipan and fresh fish specialties.
Scenic hiking trails, cities filled with the past, bubbling fresh-water springs: Thuringia’s wide range of attractions is exactly what the doctor ordered for tourists looking for relaxation, nature and culture. The website operated by the Thüringer Tourismus GmbH will help you to plan your vacation with lots of information on the regions, local events and accommodation.