The International Donaufest (Danube) Festival has been held since 1998 and occurs every other year.  Ulm city center and the banks of the Danube river are turned into a sort of international festival to celebrate the coming together of regions and countries along the Danube that rely on the river — Bavaria, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. The festival last 10 days and includes a massive fireworks display. HI Travel Tales was there this year to witness the Donaufest fireworks extravaganza from the banks of the Danube.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall 30th anniversary

In 2019, Berlin is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall with a fall of the Berlin Wall 30th anniversary celebration. We have the best Berlin Wall information links so you are ready.

Best Christmas markets in Berlin: shop, sip, snack and more

When it comes to Christmas in Berlin, there are dozens of Christmas markets – so many that it can be difficult to choose the best Christmas markets in Berlin. Here are our top picks to experience among the best Berlin Christmas markets.

Berlin October days filled with a festival of lights

The Festival of Lights in Berlin and Berlin Leuchtet (Berlin Illuminated) provide a delightful bright diversion for anyone visiting Berlin in October. The two light festivals illuminate hundreds of Berlin buildings, parks, monuments and facades with dancing lights, often moving to music.

Enchanting Botanical Nights at the Berlin Botanical Gardens

Botanical Nights in the Botanical Garden Berlin make visiting a botanical garden something full of mystery, magic, intrigue, musicians, lightshows and fun. Plants, trees, greenhouses and ponds come alive during Berlin’s Botanical Nights.

What to do in Regensburg: The ultimate Regensburg city guide

Regensburg is Germany’s “best-preserved” with plenty do do and see. Things to do in Regensburg include wandering along medieval streets in Old Town (Altstadt), walk across the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge) spanning the Danube, and see Roman walls, tour churches, towers and even a torture chamber.

What to do in Munich: The ultimate Munich city guide

Munich is more than Oktoberfest, and we’ll tell you what the city offers: Englischer Garten, Marienplatz city square, museums, architectural gems, amazing food, and even surfing. Our ultimate Munich city guide will inspire you.

What to do in Hamburg: The ultimate Hamburg city guide

Wondering what to do in Hamburg? Hamburg is now one of the must-see destinations in Europe, for good reason. Our Hamburg city guide will point the way to nightlife, the Elbphilharmonie, restaurants, and historic sites.


What to do in Berlin: The ultimate Berlin city guide

Wondering what to do in Berlin? Berlin is cosmopolitan, worldly, quirky, exotic, bohemian, evolving, vibrant, alive. Watch a sunset from the TV Tower, visit the Reichstag, the Berliner Dom, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery, or simply walk along the Spree.

Stasi sights in Berlin not to miss

No visit to Berlin should be without a closer look at history – specifically the horrific history of East Germany’s former secret police, the Stasi. These Stasi sights in Berlin should find a place on your to-do list.

Open-air exhibit traces fall of the Berlin wall

As a part of the developing “Campus for Democracy” at the former headquarters of East Germany’s state security or Stasi in Berlin, an open-air exhibit details the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution Berlin that helped bring about German unity.

Stasi archives Berlin – Stash of secret police records now open

For more than three decades, the dreaded state police (Stasi) in East Germany kept reams of secret files on its citizens. As of 2018, the Stasi archives Berlin are now open for public tours.

Stasi Museum Leipzig – Inside the Stasi reign of terror

The Stasi Museum Leipzig in “Runde Ecke,” or “round corner,” is where the Stasi had its headquarters in one of former East Germany’s important industrial cities. It is one of a number of Stasi museums and sights that are scattered across former East Germany.

Map of Germany

In the map below, pins mark the location of all the sites and travel tips mentioned in our articles on Germany. Zoom in or out on the map using the controls. Switch easily from map to satellite view. Click on each pin to pull up a tooltip with the name and any additional information.

Artist's War Memorial Bethlehemkirchplatz

Museum in the Kulturbrauerie (Alltag in Der DDR)

Berlin Underground Tours - Gesundbrunnen station

Gedenkstaette Mauer

Sowohl Als Auch Restaurant and Coffee House


Potsdamer Platz

Hackescher Markt

Checkpoint Charlie

Topography of Terror Museum

Museumsinsel - Museum Island


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Reichstag Parliment Building

Brandenburger Tor

Turkish Market - Berlin

Kleinhesselhoer See, Englischer Garten

Sophie Scholl Memorial

St Nikolai Kirche

International Donaufest in Ulm

Drei Annen Hohne

Wernigerode Train Station - Brockenbahn

The Brocken

Quedlinburg Old Watch Tower

Kellerwald Forchheim beer gardens

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