1 Cologne

The great metropolis of western Germany is fascinating, free spirited and enormous fun to visit.

2 Schloss Augustusburg

Piety takes a back seat to pleasure at this dazzling Rococo archbishop’s palace.

3 Haus der Geschichte, Bonn

The remarkable story of the postwar German miracle, told in an engaging and imaginative way.

4 Aachen cathedral

Charlemagne’s former court chapel is unique north of the Alps.

5 Eating and drinking in the Altstadt, Düsseldorf

Far more than merely “the longest bar in the world”, Düsseldorf’s Altstadt has an almost Mediterranean élan on fine summer nights.

6 Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

Industrial heritage meets nature and science fiction at this remarkable, recycled steelworks.

7 Folkwang collection, Essen

The superstars of French and German nineteenth-century art, housed in elegant modernist premises designed by British architect David Chipperfield.

8 Hermannsdenkmal, Detmold

A winged, bearded warrior rises romantically above the wooded ridge of the Teutoburger Wald.

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