Hamburg has a well deserved reputation as Germany's gateway to the world and it has the biggest Port in Europe. It is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River and is crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes. It has an a Scandinavian vibe and is our favourite German City.

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Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification.

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Pretzels, Schnitzel, the Oktoberfest, forests, cathedrals and beer springs to mind when anyone mentions Germany. Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz of course also have their origin in Germany as does their fine wines: Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder). There are over 1,000 varities of sausage!

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