Experience the unbelievable diversity found between the sea and the mountains in Germany: with gloriously typical landscapes, their own traditions and specific regional features, all 16 federal states have plenty of surprises in store for visitors.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – Germany's "must-sea" destination

Picture 1,900 kilometres of coastline lined with upscale Baltic Sea resorts and white sandy beaches, venerable UNESCO World Heritage Sites and stunning natural scenery. Central Europe's largest continuous area of lakes and rivers is just an hour's drive heading south from the Baltic Sea. The small towns and villages nestled between the Ice Age hills and wetlands are home to some 2,000 palaces, castles, parks and stately homes, including the northern equivalent of Neuschwanstein Castle.
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North Rhine-Westphalia – a year-round destination

Ludwig van Beethoven, Heinrich Heine and Joseph Beuys – the region of Germany with the biggest population has produced many influential artists and is considered to be one of Europe's main cultural regions. Countless museums, theatres, orchestras, concert halls, musicals and events attract several million visitors every year. The biggest cultural attractions include five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, the Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust in Brühl, the Princely Abbey of Corvey and the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. Cologne's signature landmark is actually the most visited attraction in the whole of Germany.
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Saarland – a small green region oozing charm

Cycling tours in the Saarland are all about variety and unforgettable experiences, with family-friendly routes along river valleys, cross-border trips into France and Luxembourg and challenging climbs in the Hunsrück hills that are guaranteed to make cyclists get a sweat on. The Saar Cycle Route is not to be missed as the first cross-border, long-distance stretch to be awarded four stars by the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC). This is premium Saarland quality at its very best.
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