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Germany is not only at the geographic centre of Europe - it's at the very heart of its history, culture, art, architecture and politics. It's no wonder that people flock to the republic in their millions each year; from huge, modern cities and fairytale castles to stunning valleys and rolling forests, there's no shortage of experiences to be had.

The question with Germany shouldn't be "what can I do here?" - you'll find yourself asking what you can't do. Its flagship shopping streets are among the best in the world, its sports teams dominate the international stage, its beer is phenomenal and its festivals are all-encompassing parties that last for weeks, not days.

Germany's 16 states offer completely individual experiences. Whether you're heading to the North Rhine-Westphalia to explore the tech-savvy cities of Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne and Essen, or flying south to the fiercely independent and traditionalist Bavaria, you won't be disappointed by this truly diverse, beautiful and friendly country.

If you already know what you want to do in Germany, make sure you've got a checklist, because you could find yourself too distracted by its countless surprises to keep to an itinerary.

Of course, with its renowned rail and road system, you can also explore some of Germany's most incredible sights in a matter of hours, or use it as a jumping-off point for a greater European escapade - the only limit to an adventure here may be time!