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Explore Germany: Lake Vacations

Lake VacationsLive like a German in a village or town near a beautiful lake that is also close to small restaurants, shops, museums, and local attractions. We compiled a detailed destination guide for each location (includes restaurant choices, sports activities, things to do and see, grocery shopping, sightseeing tips, and more.) We want you to truly "Live like a German" during your special Germany vacation...

  • Schönau am Königssee
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    Schönau am Königssee

    Schönau am Königsee is a municipality in the district of Berchtesgadener Land in the German state of Bavaria. It is located at the northern end of the Königssee Lake. Due to its picturesque setting, Schönau largely depends on tourism. It is home…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Starnberg
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    Starnberg

    Starnberg is a town in Bavaria, Germany, located south west of the city of Munich and situated on Lake Starnberg, in the heart of the "Five Lakes Country", a popular destination for day-trippers from Munich. It is the capital of the district of Starnberg.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Friedrichshafen
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    Friedrichshafen

    Friedrichshafen is located on the north shore of Lake Constance (the Bodensee) in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The city is best known for being the home of the first Zeppelin, and is still the home of many aviation businesses. Stroll and eat along…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Chiemsee
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    Chiemsee

    Chiemsee is a municipality in the district of Rosenheim in Bavaria in Germany, named after the lake Chiemsee. The municipal consists of the two islands Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee. Most of the inhabitants live on the island Frauenchiemsee. The…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Schliersee
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    Schliersee

    Schliersee is a small town and a municipality in the district of Miesbach in Bavaria in Germany. It is named after the nearby Lake Schliersee.  [ + ] More Details

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  • Konstanz
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    Konstanz

    Konstanz is a university town of around 80,000 inhabitants at the western end of Lake Constance in the south-west corner of Germany, bordering Switzerland. The Rhine river, which starts in the Swiss Alps, passes through Lake Constance and leaves it again,…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Lindau
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    Lindau

    Lindau is a town and an island on the eastern shore of Lake Constance, the Bodensee. The town is located in Bavaria and is also capital of the district of Lindau. The historic city of Lindau is located on an 0.68-square-kilometre (0.26 sq mi) island…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Überlingen
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    Überlingen

    Überlingen is a city on the northern shore of Lake Constance (Bodensee). After the city of Friedrichshafen, it is the second largest city in the Bodenseekreis (district), and a central point for the outlying communities. Since January 1, 1993, Überlingen…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Mainau
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    Mainau

    Mainau is an island in Lake Constance (on the south shore of the Überlinger See near the city of Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany). It is maintained as a garden island and a model of excellent environmental practices. Administratively, the island…  [ + ] More Details

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  • Diessen am Ammersee
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    Diessen am Ammersee

    Dießen am Ammersee is a municipality in the district of Landsberg in Bavaria in Germany, located on the south-west of the Ammersee (lake).   [ + ] 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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