Germany’s major historic cities of Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, and Cologne offer a wealth of culture, history, art and architecture, but Germany is much more than just urban charms.

From North Sea beaches that transition into dense forests and mountains galore, to charming small villages with well-preserved period architecture, Germany is as varied a country as any throughout Europe.

Traditional local foods also vary greatly depending on your location, reflecting influences from neighboring Scandinavia, Austria, France, and the Czech Republic - and it’s all delicious. Hiking, cycling, climbing, and skiing are celebrated here, and the arts and museums will keep you busy for weeks if you’re not the outdoorsy type.

For history lovers, Germany hasn’t forgotten its past. Cold War and WWII memorials attest to the dark period in the country’s history, all poignant and worth visiting. One visit to this fascinating country is never enough.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.