The dramatic scenery of the Rhine, Danube and Elbe Rivers provides visitors a chance to travel through the country by boat and experience the rural beauty of the country as well as introducing the cities in a unique and unforgettable way. 2009 is a significant year for a visit to Berlin - the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can see the city from a different angle by travelling in the luxury of a floating hotel on a river cruise along the Elbe. A city tour will show you the magnificent transformation of Berlin into a thriving modern capital city.
The Rhine rises in the mountains of Switzerland and threads its way through Germany to the North Sea, meandering through countryside lined with vineyards and dotted with romantic castles and historic towns and riverside villages. All architectural styles, from the Gothic and Renaissance to the Baroque, are represented by significant historical monuments.
The River Danube, which starts its long journey to the Black Sea after humble beginnings in the Black Forest of south-western Germany, and travelling along it, is like a journey through European history. Like almost no other river, the Danube has moved peoples and cultures. Scenic landscapes, beautiful villages, quaint castles and a profound sense of history are just a few of the reasons tourists choose to explore Germany by the Danube.
Over the course of time, beautiful cities grew up along the River Danube's banks, with sights of impressive cultural diversity. Situated on the banks of the Danube, Regensburg is one such destination visited on a river cruise trip and home to two thousand years of living history. Some of Europe's most important architectural and cultural monuments, plus fascinating museums and art collections make this an attractive place to spend some time. Genuine Bavarian hospitality adds a special note to the vibrant mix of art and culture.
Wherever you venture in Germany, there is something interesting to captivate the imagination. As one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, Germany is a hub for the discerning traveler in search of something out of the ordinary.
These cultural treasures are embedded in an extremely varied landscape which has retained a great deal of its original beauty. Germany's industrious culture mixes the old with the new, the traditional with the technologically innovative and, in the process, manages to create a country that is both unique and impressive.