There are about 1,500 Christmas markets in Germany, and every year about 85 million people pay them a visit. But what’s their secret? We head for Dresden’s famous Striezel Market to find out more.
Goslar only has a population of 50,000, but it is rich in history and has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the medieval old town with its 1500 timber-framed houses, and the Europe's oldest mining shaft, Rammelsberg. Ore was mined here continuously for a thousand years.
The Lister Distillery is Hanover's largest fruit schnapps distillery. Visitors don't just get a guided tour - they can also distill spirits themselves at a tabletop still.
On cold winter days, the greenhouse in Munich's botanical garden is an extremely pleasant place to engage in creative activity. Art teacher Yasumin Sophia Lermer shows people taking her painting course how to capture on paper the shapes and colors found in nature.
Lisa Schaarschmidt, a ski instructor from Oberwiesenthal, recommends visiting the Fichtelberg sled run, the Kiwis coffee bar, and the Huss company, which produces handmade incense candles.
In the Erzgebirge, a former mining region, Christmas is a festival of lights. For miners working in danger and darkness, lights pointed the way and were a sign of hope. One of the highlights is the Schneeberg "Lichtelfest", or festival of lights, with its night-time miners' parade. And Schwarzenberg has one of Saxony's loveliest Christmas markets – with a 475-year-old Tradition.
If you're a marzipan lover then you may even have a soft spot for the city of Lübeck! The second-largest metropolis in the state of Schleswig-Holstein - it's the hands-down cultural capital, with an impressive literary legacy, and architecture worthy of UNESCO's world heritage list. And all of that can be especially appreciated during the Christmas season!
As an avid film-maker and surfer, Björn Richie Lob feels right at home in Munich. His tips: Tempel Monopterus, City-Kino, and the "Arts ’n’ Boards" bar.
Rich Russians have spent winters at European resorts for years, but following the Ukraine crisis and Western sanctions, their numbers have declined. That's led to a drop in business in cities like Germany's Baden-Baden.
Winter took some time to arrive as far as the ski slopes were concerned. Now, gradually, the winter sports are getting started - with or without snow cannon.
Winter has arrived and so, slowly but surely, has the snow - in most ski resorts. But which ones are open and how much snow exactly is there in the German ski resorts? The Bergfex app provides answers on this and more.
The longest Stollen cake, the biggest nativity scene, the oldest market - in the run up to Christmas, Germany is gripped by the desire to break records. But do these spectacles really attract more visitors and money?
Leidy Hernández and Daniel Quintero visit the Dutch Quarter, the New Garden and Marble Palace, and the Christmas market at Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate.
Beatriz Ricciardi and Pilar Lera have been friends for 50 years, and they've come to Weimar together. The home of Weimar Classicism is very much to their taste.
Leonel and José Orta from Caracas visit the city where Charlemagne once had his thrown - and also go to the Christmas market to sample the famous Aachen cookies called "Printen”.
Bob Eifling is visiting Bamberg. The city's cathedral and town hall are UNESCO World Heritage sites. And he takes a day trip to Hallerndorf to check out the beer.
Ari and Lia Goetze discover Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle meet under the towering Ehrenbreitstein fortress. They also sample local specialties.
Edward Parrales has come to do a German language course in the Westphalian town of Bielefeld. His tour includes the Farmhouse Museum and Sparrenburg Castle.
Silvio Sotomayor from Córdoba looks for traces of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, on Potsdamer Platz and at the East Side Gallery.
Lilly Nikolaeva from Sofia loves Bayern Munich football club and all that goes with it. The Allianz Arena, the Bavarian capital and the Bavarian way of life.
The ancient Corvey Abbey is the 39th UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany.
Corvey Abbey in Höxter, a World Heritage Site since 2014. Its Westwork is unique, a church annex from the 9th century. It is the oldest preserved Westwork and representative of Carolingian architecture. The subterranean Civitas - an entire medieval city preserved in the ground - is part of the World Heritage.
A multimedia project on 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany. Join us.
Descovering the delights of Germany's "Florence on the Elbe."
Berlin's East Side Gallery is hugely popular with tourists. We offered you a chance to win special decorative tape, with pictures of the graffiti from this famous bit of the Berlin Wall. And here's the winner.
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