Vibrantly reborn from its rather dark past, Berlin is famous for its culture, art, architecture, and nightlife. Touring by bicycle, on foot, or by water, you can view the historic remnants of Berlin's notorious wall and notable architecture dating as far back as Medieval times.
One spot you'll want to spend time at is Museum Island, a small island in the middle of the river. This is a World Heritage site that's home to five spectacular museums. Another must-see is the panoramic view of the city from the observation deck in Potsdamer Platz - you'll take a ride on Europe's fastest elevator to get up there.
Hamburg is Germany's largest port city, and has been so for centuries. This makes its skyline an eclectic mix of skyscrapers and medieval church steeples. Be sure to spend some time shopping and dining in the old Speircherstadt district.
For the adventurous soul, the forbidden delights of the Reeperbahn await. This is Hamburg's famous red light district, full of strip clubs, dance clubs and adult entertainment of all sorts.
The Black Forest
No tour of Germany is complete without a trip to the Black Forest. Here you'll find over 4,000 square miles of lakes, rivers, forests, and lush green hills. For some family fun, there's an amusement park and guided nature hikes.
Visit the quaint village of Freiburg, often called the Black Forest's capital. Discover its many shops, and don't forget to buy a traditional Black Forest cuckoo clock!
Munich is an appealing Old World city full of great shopping, museums, and nightlife. If at all possible, plan to visit Munich during its world-famous Oktoberfest, which usually takes place during the last week in September and the first week in October.
In addition to the ever-present giant steins of beer, Oktoberfest features great food, cigars, carnivals, and parades. Arrive ready to celebrate with the whole city - and be prepared to fill up on plenty of beer and traditional German foods.
The Rhine River Valley
Tour the romantic Rhine River between Koblenz and Rudeshiem for some unforgettable scenery. Boat and car tours allow you a fabulous view of quaint villages, beautiful wineries, and a number of historic old castles.
This area also hosts several wine festivals and some outstanding restaurants, so take the time to enjoy all it has to offer.