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Explore Germany: Alpine Villages

Alpine VillagesThe snow-capped German Alps are perfect for either hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. Live like a German in a small alpine village, stroll through the narrow streets, have a pleasant dinner in an authentic Bavarian restaurant...

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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    Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a lovely town in southern Bavaria and a great destination if you’re a hiker or skier, or just want to surround yourself with gorgeous Alpine scenery. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Zugspitze: at 2,962 meters, it’s…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Berchtesgaden
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    Berchtesgaden

    Berchtesgaden is located in southern Bavaria and is easily accessible from Munich or Salzburg. Three miles to the South are picturesque Lake Königssee and Watzmann Mountain—a hiker's paradise! Close to Berchtesgaden itself is the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Mittenwald
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    Mittenwald

    The typical Bavarian, picturesque climatic spa town Mittenwald is located in the alpine world of the Karvendel Mountain range near the Austrian border. West of the town are the two mountain lakes Lautersee and Ferchensee and the Wettersteingebirge range.…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Oberammergau
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    Oberammergau

    Oberammergau is in the German state of Bavaria. It is famous for its Passion Play, held every 10 years since 1634 (in gratitude toward God for the town being spare the ravages of the Bubonic Plague), as well as the "Luftmalerei" (mural-type illustrations…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Ruhpolding
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    Ruhpolding

    Ruhpolding is a small town in southeastern Bavaria in the Chiemgau region of the Alps. Famous as a sporting destination, Ruhpolding has been the three-time host to the Biathlon World Championships. Hiking, skiing, golfing, mountain-biking, shooting,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Lenggries
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    Lenggries

    Situated along the lovely Isar River near the spa town of Bad Toelz, Lenggries, Bavaria, is home to about 10,000 residents and is popular among ski enthusiasts. Brauneck Mountain, a peak in the Tegensee chain, draws many winter sports lovers to the area…  [ + ] More Details

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    Murnau

    Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Oberstdorf
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    Oberstdorf

    Located in one of the sunniest regions of Bavaria, surrounded by snow-capped mountains like the famous Nebelhorn, Oberstdorf is an ideal destination for hiking and skiing—even golfing—in the German Alps. Take a deep breath of clean air and enjoy…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden
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    Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden

    Ramsau is a German municipality in the Bavarian Alps with a population of around 1,800. It is located in the district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, close to the border with Austria, 35 km south of Salzburg and 150 km south-east of Munich. It is…  [ + ] More Details

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    Tiefenbach

    Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, Tiefenbach is a perfect destination for your vacation in Bavaria, at any time of the year. Famous since the Middle Ages as a "Luftkurort" (a health spa noted for its pure air), staying in Tiefenbach offers numerous…  [ + ] More Details

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Most Popular Destinations in Germany

Germany has numerous cities of interest to tourists; these are the top nine travel destinations:

Berlin - the reunified and reinvigorated capital of Germany; known for its division during the Cold War - and the Berlin Wall. Today its a metropolis of diversity with elegant clubs, galleries and traditional restaurants. It is also a haven for shoppers.

Bremen - one of the most important cities in northern Germany, its old town will be of interest to travelers who want a slice of history.

Cologne - Germany's fourth-largest city. Cologne was founded by the Romans and is 2000 years old with its huge cathedral, Romanesque churches, and archaeological sites. Cologne also well known for its carnival and its Christopher-Street-Day parade. Don't forget to try the local cuisine and of course the local beer, called "Kölsch".

Dresden - once called Florence on the Elbe, and world-famous for its Frauenkirche and historic center which was destroyed during the war, the city offers more than what the average traveller can expect: Great festivals, all kinds of cultural entertainment, vibrant night life, and surrounded by beautiful natural vistas. Dresden hosts the Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) which is one of the world's most impressive museums and collections. The art collections consist of eleven museums, of which the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister and the Grünes Gewölbe are the most well-known.

Dusseldorf - Germany's capital of fashion, the capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia offers a wide scale of fascinating new architecture. Right along the shores of river Rhine, the "Altstadt" and the "Medienhafen" are among the best places in Germany to enjoy a vibrant nightlife. Being one of the country's wealthiest cities, the atmosphere is very pleasant. Germans call it "the only metropolis ending with -dorf (German for village)".

Frankfurt - Germany's leading financial center, transportation hub, seat of the European Central Bank (ECB), international trade fair center (Book Fair, Motor Show), hub of multicultural activity (30% Immigrants), and site of numerous world-class museums and theaters. It is also Germany's only city with enough skyscrapers to have a skyline.

Hamburg - Germany's second-largest city, famous for its harbour as well as its liberal and tolerant culture. Don't miss the Reeperbahn with its night clubs and casinos. Hamburg is also popular for its many musicals.

Hannover - One of Germany's newer tourist cities, having hosted various international events in recent times.

Munich - Bavaria's beautiful capital city and Southern Germany's primate city. Third largest city in Germany, Munich is the site of the famous Oktoberfest and the gateway to the Alps.

Nuremberg - Second largest city in Bavaria, after WW2 over 90% of the old-town was destroyed. Today it has already been reconstructed, including the Gothic Kaiserburg Castle (Emperor's Castle of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation). You can also visit the Nazi party rally grounds, the Documentation Centre and Courtroom 600 - venue of the Nuremberg Trails.

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