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Explore Germany: Beach Vacations

Beach VacationsLive like a German in a small village or town near a beach (e.g., North Sea or Baltic Sea), that is also close to small restaurants, shops, museums, and local attractions. We compiled a detailed destination guide for each location (includes restaurant reviews, sports activities, things to do and see, grocery shopping, sightseeing, trips and activities, etc.).

  • Rügen
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    Rügen

    Rügen or Rugia is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rügen is located in one of the most popular holiday and recreation areas within Germany, comprising such seaside resorts as Binz and…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Sylt
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    Sylt

    Sylt is an island in northern Germany, part of Nordfriesland district, Schleswig-Holstein and well known for the distinct shape of its shoreline. It belongs to the North Frisian Islands. It is the largest island in North Frisia. The northernmost German…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Binz Rügen
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    Binz Rügen

    Rügen or Rugia is Germany's largest island. It is located in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Rügen makes up the principal part of the Rügen District, which also includes the neighboring islands Hiddensee and Ummanz, as well…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Warnemünde
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    Warnemünde

    If you are yearning for a little time on a beach, Warnemuende might fit the ticket. This seaside resort in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern lies on the Baltic Sea, north of Rostock. The 800-year-old town is one of the most important harbors in Germany for cruise…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Travemünde
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    Travemünde

    Have you been longing to travel up to one of Germany's numerous northern beaches? If so, Travemuende might offer just what you are looking for! This community on the Baltic Sear began as a coastal fortress, constructed in the 12th century. It was soon…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Wyk auf Föhr
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    Wyk auf Föhr

    Wyk auf Föhr is the only town on the Föhr Island on the German coast of the North Sea. Wyk attracts many visitors during summer because of Föhr's beautiful beaches. It is also a highly frequented as a spa town throughout the year.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Kuhlungsborn
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    Kuhlungsborn

    Located less than 20 miles from the much larger city of Rostock, Kuehlungsborn is a seaside resort on the Baltic Sea. It is actually the largest seaside town in Mecklenburg and one of the oldest seaside resorts established in Germany, dating from the…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Helgoland
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    Helgoland

    Helgoland is a small German archipelago in the North Sea. Formerly Danish and British possessions, the islands (population 1,650) are located in the Heligoland Bight in the southeastern corner of the North Sea. These islands are approximately three hours'…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Poel Island
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    Poel Island

    Poel is an island in the Baltic Sea. Blessed by good air, clean water, fine beaches and sheltered harbours, it is a popular recreational destination.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Sassnitz
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    Sassnitz

    Sassnitz is a town on the Jasmund peninsula, Rügen Island, in the Federal State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The population at the end of 2006 was 10,747.  [ + ] 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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