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Germany is a country of great contrasts well worth exploring - there is far more to it than the Christmas markets of Berlin and the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. We look at some of the up and coming German destinations you should check out this year.

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Date: 07/10/2015

German Destinations Uncovered



A city of contrasts, Frankfurt is renowned for its financial district and futuristic skyline, but it also has a traditional side - you'll find historic cobbled stone streets and German wine bars here too.

Germany's fifth largest city is home to 660,000 people and has plenty to offer visitors. Don't miss the views from the top of 'Main Tower' with its 650-foot high viewing platform.

Visit Goethe's House, the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's most famous writer or relax with some 'Ebbelwoi' or 'Apfelwein' at one of the old cider taverns in the Sachsenhausen district.



Germany's second-largest city, Hamburg is also home to Europe's third largest port, after Antwerp and Rotterdam. The harbour remains the city's main attraction, whether you stroll along the waterfront, take a boat tour or simply enjoy the views whilst dining at one of the excellent seafood restaurants.

If you're craving retail therapy, Hamburg Fischmarkt is not to be missed - it's a foodies delight. Here you'll find not only fresh seafood but also exotic fruits and an array of tea. Or head for Alster Arkaden with its exclusive boutiques and Venetian inspired historic arcades.

Culture lovers can enjoy one of Germany's most impressive art collections at Hamburger Kunsthalle. No holiday in Hamburg is complete without climbing to the top of Church St Michaelis, to enjoy the stunning views over the city.



Around an hour from Frankfurt, Heidelberg retains its charm and was one of the few German cities which avoided bombings during WWII.

The city is home to just 130,000 inhabitants, yet despite its small size it is a culturally diverse city, largely thanks to the university, the oldest in Germany. Walking around the cobbled stone streets of the historic centre is the best way to explore the city - make sure you visit the old university and Heidelberg Castle, one of Europe's most impressive castles.

The 'Altstadt' (Old Town) is home to many architecturally impressive buildings dating back to 1500, as well as plenty of markets and open-air cafes. If you'd rather try your hand at more active pursuits, why not rent a rowing boat and enjoy the River Neckar on a sunny day?

Or try the Philosopher's Walk, a steep walk which take you to the top of a hill where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the city below.