This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office.
It’s been thirty years since the reunification of Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. A monumental moment in both German and European history, the removal of the divide not only united a country, but pieced together a destination overflowing with extraordinary natural beautiful, fairytale towns and Tolkeinesque castles.
As Germans began to move from East to West, and West to East – exploring mist-shrouded mountain lakes and warm sandy islands – so international tourists began to join them. Indeed, from the moment the borders between West Germany and the German Democratic Republic opened on 9 November 1989, so Germany quickly transformed into a popular tourism destination: its dark green canopies, cosmopolitan cities and deeply carved valleys enticing visitors from across the world.
Over the years, we’ve joined these many visitors – with Germany now dominating our travel bucket list. From following Bavaria’s fairytale ‘Romantic Road’ just as the first snow began to fall, to enjoying warm spring mornings at Hamburg’s frenetic Fish Market, we’ve visited Germany in both the depths of winter and the height of summer – enjoying what is a year round destination.
Building on this, and to help you plan your own visit to Germany, we’ve put together a seasonal guide to visiting Germany: guiding you from the dark winter months through to the country’s warm, hazy summer.
From visiting fairy light filled Monschau in December, to the country’s largest island of Rügen in the summer, we hope this guide inspires you to visit some of Germany’s lesser known spots, inviting you to reimagine just how those early tourists to the country must have felt some thirty years ago.