Germany is a country known for its medieval castles, rich history, culture and delicious food. A winter trip can be one of the most exciting adventures full of discoveries and picturesque images.
You can start your acquaintance with fairy-tale Germany from Dresden. The city was destroyed during the XX century, but residents are actively restoring its former appearance: castles are rebuilt, and facades of houses are put in order.
In Dresden, It is worth to visit the Zwinger. This is a large architectural complex which includes an art gallery, where the "Sistine Madonna" by Raphael hangs on the walls of one of the halls.
The city is strongly influenced by the sea: it often rains and snows in winter. Therefore, take an umbrella and waterproof clothing. The first week of January, Hamburg is still decorated with festive illumination, although the streets are already empty. Residents usually go shopping: the off-season sale begins with good discounts.
It will be interesting to walk around the Speicherstadt district built up with storage facilities or go to the Elbe Philharmonic.
In the first half of January, there are a lot of visitors to Cologne. It is the high season. There are also some shops where you can buy sweets, roasted chestnuts and fragrant mulled wine. In Cologne, you need to go to the Cologne Cathedral, the Chocolate Museum, and the Perfume Museum.
Germany is a great destination for winter sports. Ski resorts are cheaper than Austrian and Swiss ones, and the quality of the slopes is not worse.
Here you can take the cable car to the highest peak of Zugspitz on the border of Germany and Austria. It is also worth to go to the Parnach gorge or the Eibsee lake.