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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Germany

Avalon Waterways

It may be a newcomer to the river cruising business, but Avalon Waterways has been holding its own against time-tested veterans with its innovative designs, a batch of youthful ships, and fulfilling shore excursions - thanks in part to a partnership with Globus, one of the world's leading tour operators. Guests can enjoy an intimate setting without feeling (or hearing) that they are aboard a small ship. Cabins offer at least 172 square feet of space (junior suites grant 254) and almost all boast scenic French balconies. The Sky Deck lowers when the ships pass under bridges; even the furniture collapses. This sleek design allows for a fourth deck (many river cruise lines just contain three), meaning there's room for luxuries like a fitness center, whirlpool, hair salon, and upper-level bar and lounge. The vessels are flooded with natural light, even inside the open-seating style restaurants that serve cuisine matched to the destinations and paired with complimentary regional wine. The all-inclusive rates cover shore excursions at every port of call, regardless of one's stateroom selection. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

, www.avalonwaterways.com
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Berchtesgaden National Park

The Alpine landscape offers all sorts of sports activities, winter or summer, from skiing to hang gliding. Visit ancient salt mines with underground lakes or the historical exhibition in Hitler’s famed “Eagle’s Nest” refuge high in the mountains.

Bavaria, 011-49-8652-96-860, www.nationalpark-berchtesgaden.bayern.de
Tags: things to do | history | national park

Checkpoint Charlie

The infamous former border crossing between East and West Berlin is a popular snapshot site. The nearby Mauermuseum documents Berlin Wall escape efforts.

Friedrichstrasse 43-45, 011-49-30-253-7250, www.mauermuseum.de
Tags: things to do | history | museum

Explore Lübeck

Enter this Hanseatic city through the grand Holsten gate, walk the ancient streets where Thomas Mann spent his youth, sample the famous marzipan, and enjoy a meal at the medieval shippers’ guild headquarters, the “Schiffersgesellschaft.”

Enelsgrube 1-17, 011-49-451-72345, www.schiffergesellschaft.de
Tags: family | art | dining | things to do | architecture

Friedrichsbad

In the 19th century, Europe’s high society flocked to Baden-Baden for the mineral-rich waters, creating a city rich in culture and shopping. Culminate your stay with a visit to “Frederick’s Bath,” with its brush massages, steam rooms, and healing waters.

Black Forest, Römerplatz 1, 011-49-221-275-920, www.bad-bad.de/thermen/friedbad.htm
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | things to do

Neuschwanstein Castle

Nothing will prepare you for the brilliant white folly of turrets and towers created by "Mad King" Ludwig II of Bavaria. It might remind you of Disney, but just remember – this is the original.

Southern Bavaria, 011-49-8362-939-880, www.neuschwanstein.de
Tags: things to do | architecture | history | national park

The Rhine

Travel the legendary Rheingau region by ship from Wiesbaden to the Loreley cliff, where a siren allegedly drew vessels onto the reefs. Visit the old fortresses on the way, sampling the local wines and hearty meals.

Köln-Düsseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt AG Frankenwerft 35, 011-49-221-208-8318, www.k-d.de
Tags: family | sailing | things to do | outdoors | culture

The Three Pinakotheks

The Pinakotheks galleries cover seven centuries of art and design. See original tableaux by Rubens, Goyas, Caspar David Friedrich, and Moritz von Schwind. Afterward, rest up with a meal in the museum café.

Barer Str. 27, 29 & 40, 011-49-89/23-805-216, www.muenchen.de
Tags: family | art | things to do | museum

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