Germany

As cities go, Berlin is one of the most interesting, not only for its history but for its classic museums, open-air exhibits, and trendy galleries. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the best attractions in the south, along with the famous Schwarzwald (Black Forest). Dresden, a city full of culture, has one of the most beautiful and charming skylines in central Europe. In the north, the port city of Hamburg offers maritime history along its waterways, music and nightlife in its theaters and bars, and treasure hunting at its lively Sunday fish market. 

In Berlin, Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) and May Day bring out maybe the most interesting concentration of people and culture. Berlin's celebrated gay pride parade draws people from all over the world each July. Leipzig seduces music lovers with the Bachfest Leipzig, and the city also hosts the literary event Frankfurter Buchmesse. Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the country, but Munich has the most popular (and also most crowded) version of this beer festival (with the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart a close second). The Melt! Festival in Ferropolis, with its amazing music lineups, is perfect for those wanting to enjoy summertime amid dance and beats. Worldwide cinema is celebrated in February with the open film festival, the Berlinale, featuring two weeks of screenings and conferences. The annual Cologne Carnival is Europe’s largest carnival celebration and offers a chance to disguise oneself and eat lots of candy.