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This small port on the Baltic up near the Danish border used to be famous for its fish smokeries. Today it is a beach resort with quiet charm and good seafood dining.
The VW Beetle, the much-loved People’s Car, was suggested by Hitler, designed by Porsche, and would have gone out of production if it hadn’t been for a certain British major.
Northwestern Germany is nirvana for cabbage fanciers. This humble veg is the centre of an outdoors tradition that brightens up the darkest days of winter.
Fish is a tradition in northern Germany, but it may not be what you expect, and it has a long association with a type of salty humour you’re unlikely to hear elsewhere.
Germans love their cafés and you should try them as well. Have a piece of cake with your coffee. There’ll be plenty of choice.
Get out in the goo of the Wadden Sea. This pristine environment of tidal flats in the North Sea has plenty of skin-enhancing mud, for free.
No, not the cathedral – this DOM is the northern German equivalent of Munich’s Oktoberfest, but with more rollercoasters.
The world’s finest model railway is in Hamburg. Prepare to be surprised by its extraordinary ambition, gorgeous detailing, and surprising sense of humour.
Germany is a major centre for modern architecture, as demonstrated by a new Museum and Architecture Route in Northern Germany.
Moin Moin! Northern Germans have great affection for their regiolect, Platt Deutsch, which actually shares a surprising number of words with English.