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If you think of Germany the first place that pops into your head is probably Berlin, capital city and home to all things creative and cool. The city has a kicking nightlife to suit all tastes, a ton of museums and galleries – such as the Museum Island UNESCO World Heritage Site – and loads of public art, all combined with a tolerant, easy-going vibe.

Cologne, with its historic cathedral (also a UNESCO site) and Kolsch brewery taverns, is another wicked city; the port of Hamburg’s city center is situated on the shore of Lake Alster; and Munich is jumping off point for the alps, and home to the Oktoberfest beer festival.

Germany is also famous for its spa towns such as Baden-Baden, with its hot mineral springs, and is home to numerous national parks, with the Bavarian Forest and the Bohemian Forest National Parks together forming the largest unbroken area of protected woodland in Central Europe.

Matador has loads of articles on Germany. Check out our articles below for the low-down on festivals like the Oktoberfest and the Extreme Unicycling Championship, how to hike the Zugspitze peak, which castles you can spend the night in, and how to make the most of your nights on the town.

I thought it was an obscure sexual position. She actually meant, “meh.”
Budget to luxury, 17 of the best Airbnbs in Berlin.
If you can find friends to travel with, all of Germany will be your cut-price oyster.
A rundown of the German capital's finest sleeperies for every occasion and budget.
Is it simply a national love of bureaucracy, a general mistrust of one’s fellow human?
Brandon Widener begins his new budget travel series looking for brewing monks.
Paul Sullivan plays club tour guide, giving us the ins, outs, and how-to-get-theres of...
Grashina Gabelmann has the guide to five Hamburg hotspots that go beyond the flash of the...
It’s less a collection and more a shrine, a labor of love that is easily appreciated by...
Someone's timed it perfectly enough to give me a headful of post-explosion tinnitus.
The World Cup draw this week means World Cup fever is about to take over.
This is not a “Mädcheninternat” (girls’ boarding school), nor a priests’...
Everything from tent selection, where to go and stay, plus key Oktoberfest phraseology.
Bowie may have come home, but what had he brought with him?
You encountered boundaries. There was the Wall. But there were also invisible boundaries.
On the surface, all references to these stations were removed.
Freikörperkultur (free body culture) is as ingrained as having mayonnaise with your...
What do we recognise in the faces in these photographs?
I’m walking around Dusseldorf with a plastic cup of wine. It’s 9AM on a Thursday.
"Packaged experiences make for packaged content." ~ Ross Borden on press trips
Begin with page one. Take your time. Move on to page two.
Germany started doing “things” to their beer. I’ve been drinking those things.
Travel time from bug infested bed to Nuremberg: 7.5 hours.