The Bavarian Alps and the Allgäu Pre-Alps enchant with their landscape in the south-east. The south-west has the Black Forest and there are low mountain ranges like Harz and Rothaargebirge in the heart of Germany.
The Eifel and Hegau with their characteristic volcanic cones, as also Franconian Switzerland with its rock formations and caves, the Elbsandsteingebirge with its bizarre rock towers and the Erzgebirge on the border with the Czech Republic are equally popular with hikers, cyclists and nature lovers.
The flat landscapes in the north have their own special charm. The same goes for the Baltic Coast Cycle Route with its offshore islands. The country is also dotted with rivers and lakes: Lake Constance with its abundance of birds and the idyllic bathing lakes, as well as Lake Chiemsee and countless other small and large lakes throughout Germany captivate young and old alike.
But rivers are also good places for cycling, hiking, resting and enjoying a refreshing swim in their waters. The best-known cycle paths follow the great waters of the Danube, Elbe and Moselle.
Historical sights & innovative buildings
Fans of historic buildings in Germany will get their money's worth all around. Countless historically significant places and cities with beautiful old town centres and sights inspire as much as the great number of castles and numerous witnesses from Roman times like the Porta Nigra, the former Roman city gate in Trier.
In Germany, there are a large number of innovative buildings, especially in the metropolises, such as the Sumatra-Kontor in Hamburg, the JOH3 in Düsseldorf and the Sony Center in Berlin.
Hearty German cuisine for refreshment
Germany also has varied cuisine. The list of tried and tested dishes such as Thuringian dumplings, grilled sausages of Nurnberg, veal sausage with pretzel, Himmel un Ääd is long and could be continued indefinitely with delicious new innovative dishes.