Germany Vacations

Germany is a major industrialized country located in Western Europe. And it is also known for its diverse landscape and picturesque regions. However, the German nation did not exist until 1871. Up until that time Germany had consisted of a loose federation of kingdoms. Bavaria is a region known for the high plateaus and mountains known as the Bavarian Alps and the location of the Bavarian Forest and the Berchtesgaden National Park. The Rhine Valley and the Rhine River has been an important part in the history of the German nation. Over 40 castles were built overlooking the Rhine River in the previous centuries. And today these German castles are surrounded by acres of terraced vineyards which produce some of the best wines in Germany. But Germany is not just known for the modern economy and beautiful landscape and delicious wines. Over the centuries Germany’s cultural contributions have encompassed classical music, philosophy and contemporary literature. Their place in the history is guaranteed by the number of classical composers who have gained worldwide recognition: Bach, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Franz, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Wagner. Famous writers who have hailed from Germany include Johann Wolfgang v Goethe, Brothers Grimm, Hermann Hesse. And western philosophy was dominated by Nietzsche, Hegel, Marx and Engels.

Germany Vacation Rentals and Boutique Hotels

Germany Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Germany

Germany is popular for many things including beer, great entertainment like the renowned Oktoberfest, Christmas trees, The Black Forest, rivers, castles, luxury car brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes as well as sausage or wurst as it is known in the German language. Germany is located in the central-west of Europe and is a federal parliamentary republic.

Germany Geography

Germany is popular for many things including beer, great entertainment like the renowned Oktoberfest, Christmas trees, The Black Forest, rivers, castles, luxury car brands such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes as well as sausage or wurst as it is known in the German language. Germany is located in the central-west of Europe and is a federal parliamentary republic.

Germany is known to be the seventh largest country within Europe and the Bavarian Alps is one of the country’s highest mountain ranges. Germany has lots to offer whether you’re visiting or looking to relocate and you can also appreciate great weather with warm summers and mild winters. Generally January is known to be the coldest month while July is the warmest month, either way, spending some time in winter or summer, you can enjoy various great activities and things to do while on your stay. Languages spoken in Germany include Standard German, West Germanic Language (often compared or closely related to Afrikaans, Low German and Dutch).

Germany History and Culture

Archeological findings suggest that Germany was occupied by ancient humans as findings that date back to over 600,000 years ago include the unearthing of hunting weapons in the Shonengin Cole Mine that included 3 javelins estimated to be 380,000 years old. Germany was occupied by Germanic tribes and the Frankish Empire. Some of these Germanic tribes is said to date back to Pre-Roman Iron Age. In years that followed the Merovingian kings of Gaul overcame some of the Germanic tribes. Under the Rule of Emperor Charlemagne after the establishment of the Holy Roma Empire, a fight to establish Christianity throughout Germany began with 1096-1291 marking the age of the crusades and the formation of the Knights Templar

During the 16th and 17th centuries, war and religious tension plagued Germany and conflict between neighboring warring countries resulted in the destruction of much of Germany. Before the Nazi Rule, Germany experienced World War I as well as changes which resulted in a fight for liberation from Napoleon rule as well as the establishment of the German Confederation.

The West and Eastern regions of Germany differed immensely and even while the East later became one of the wealthiest countries in the Warsaw Pact, the local citizens were deprived of the political freedom that the West of Germany enjoyed. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990 brought about the reunification of both East and West Germany, together merging diversity and cultures.

Germany Festivals
Germany has a rich heritage that has helped to shape the country and its people. When it comes to celebration and festivals, Germans take pride in these special events which include the likes of the Oktoberfest, Wine Festival, Shützenfest and Christmas Markets. If you plan to visit, make sure you check out these excellent events.

Germany Landmarks

The rich heritage of Germany both bitter and sweet have played a major role in the shaping of the country as we know it today. Many landmarks and sites bear testimony to events and more that has shaped the foundations of Germany as a whole. While on your stay, you can get to learn more as well as capture and build fantastic memories of your own. Germany is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are an absolute must see whenever you visit on your travels. The following are some of Germany’s famous landmarks and places to see:

• Classical Weimar – A UNESCO World Heritage Site comprised of several structures that relates to the era of Classicism within and surrounding the Weimar region. During the 18th century, Weimar saw an influx of scholars, writers and artists making it their home.
• Frontiers of the Roman Empire (1987) – A UNESCO World Heritage Site which incorporates the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, a fortified structure built to keep “barbarians” out and to protect the Roman Empire from the Gauls who came from the North.
• Luther Memorials Eisleben and Wittenberg – Commemorates the works and life of Martin Luther (1483-1546), a monk, professor of theology, composer, priest and an icon in protestant reformation. The Luther Memorials are also one of Germany’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
• Sanssouci Palace – Was commission by Frederick the Great during the 18th century. It became the summer residence in Potsdam for the Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.

*History of beer at Munich's "Bier & Oktoberfestmuseum"; the Beer Museum.

*Schloss Nymphenburg palace with gardens located in Munich that was originally built in 1664 as the royal summer residence and eventually it became the summer residence of Franz Duke of Bavaria.

Other notable landmarks
• Museum Island
• Park Muzakowzki (Muskauer Park)
• Pilgrimage Church of Wies
• Neuschanstein aka fairytale castle
• Roman Monuments Cathedral of St Peter and the Church of Our Lady
• Wartburg Castle
• Hanseatic City of Lubek
• Monastic Island of Reichenau
• Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
• Monument to the Battle of Nations
• Nuremberg Christmas Market
• Heidelberg Castle
• Reichstag
• Brandenberg Gate