Germany offers a wide variety of contrasts: beaches, forests, lakes, mountains, medieval towns and modern cities. In addition, each region has its food specialties, wines and beers.The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer). To the north there are the islands of North Frisia, the coast of the North Sea, Schleswig-Holstein and the city states of Hamburg and Bremen and the Weser valley, Lüneburg Heath and the Harz mountains.

The central-western region includes the region of the Rhine, the Ruhr area and the varied landscapes of Westphalia, the wine region of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and the state of Hesse. The Black Forest is located in the south and is part of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The main tourist areas are the Neckar Valley, the Swabian and Lake Constance and Munich as the capital of Bavaria. Bavaria is undoubtedly the main holiday destination, followed by the Thuringian Forest, the Lake District to the north, the hills saxes, among others.

Berlin:

Berlin is the largest city of Germany. This is also the country’s capital and seat of government. The new German Parliament (Reichstag), recently renovated, is an impressive monument designed by British architect Norman Foster, who reflects the real estate development currently taking place in the German capital.

Brandebourg:

Described with a lot of details by the 19th century German writer Theodor Fontane, the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds Berlin, is a region countaining  the forests of pine and birch.

Rhénanie:

The Rhine is the oldest cultural center of Germany. Names such as Cologne, Aix-la-Chapelle and Mainz are synonymous with the rise of Gothic architecture but also with history and the lives of some of the greatest figures of Western Europe.

Allemagne du Nord:

The Northeast region, although relatively flat, offering pleasant scenery with gently rolling hills, the lake scenery and beaches and sand dunes in Schleswig-Holstein.
Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city with a population of 1.8 million. It is a city-state which formed; with Lübeck, Bremen and Rostock, the old Hanseatic port cities, people of Hamburg have always been proud of their independence.

Hesse:

To the east of Rhineland-Palatinate is the state of Hesse, whose capital is Wiesbaden.
The city of Frankfurt, Main is an important financial commercial and industrial center. Its tall buildings brought it the nickname of “Mainhattant”.

 

The picture above is taken while the “Oktoberfest” in Munich was taking place.