Holiday in Germany is about my personal A-Z tips and stories about Germany as a holiday destination. I'm passionate about the beautiful nature, landscapes and places to see and I'd like to inspire you to explore Germany with its fascinating different regions. The stunning countryside with its quaint historic villages, lakes, rivers and nature is as worth a visit as the cities.
Explore Germany's different regions
North and East Germany
North Rhine-Westphalia, Hessia, Rhineland-Palatinate
Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg (The Black Forest)
I’ve travelled to many places in Germany - all of which possess their own unique characteristics. Whether you are planning a short break or a holiday, I’d like to take you on a journey through this diverse country and show you some of my favourite places.
Ticks my boxes
- Lots of activities
- Exquisite cuisine
- Perfect for families
- Stunning nature
Lake Tegernsee in BavariaRottach-Egern is situated in the Tegernsee valley, only 50km from Munich. This peaceful and picturesque area has a wonderfully calming ambience, making it very easy to switch off and relax. In particular, I love walking up the Wallberg Mountain or cycling around the lake. The fresh air, clear water and beautiful mountains clear my head and the excellent food is always something I look forward to.
The island of Sylt in the north of GermanyWhat I love about this beautiful spot is the excellent variety the island has to offer. It has an impressive coastline with some stunning sandy beaches and a wonderful landscape, which provides the ideal location for walking, cycling and other sporting activities. There are also a great choice of restaurants, cafés and hotels to suit any budget.
Dusseldorf in North Rhine-WestphaliaDusseldorf has a population of around 600,000 and is clearly not one of the world’s largest cities. However, in my opinion, it has so much going for it as this perfectly sized city has become quite a trend setter in the eyes of business and culture. The city has undergone some impressive infrastructural improvements over the last ten years, which has made it even more attractive for both locals and tourists. There really is so much to discover in Dusseldorf and I always enjoy going back there to visit family and friends.
The Rhine valley near KoblenzOne summer I walked part of the 320km Rheinsteig trail with two lovely friends and I have to say that I enjoyed every single second of it. The trail passes through some stunning scenery along the Rhine valley. I know for sure that I’ll be back again to discover the next section of this unforgettable trail.
The island of Juist in the North SeaWhenever I go to Juist, my holiday always begins from the very moment I park my car on the mainland and walk across to the ferry that will take me to this tiny island. I always have the impression that my fellow passengers are also in ‘slow-down’ mode and feeling equally as good as me. Juist means to completely slow down, recharge and just be – a state of mind that we rarely experience in our busy, modern world.
Published at 2014, May 14
In Munich, where locals specialize in good living, we visit boisterous markets and go-for-Baroque palaces, while office workers surf in the Isar River. Heading into the foothills of the Alps, we tour the fairy-tale castles of "Mad" King Ludwig, and climb to the highest point in Germany atop the Zugspitze. Then we cross into Tirol to conquer a desolate ruined castle.
© 2002 Rick Steves' Europe
© 2002 Rick Steves' Europe