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The handsome, wine-rich city of Mainz on the Rhine south of Frankfurt was the home of Johannes Gutenberg, an inventor whose work brought the printed word to a much wider audience
An intoxicating mix of architecture, history, scenery and student kisses. Rhine cruise passengers and international students create a very international ambience.
Mannheim might not be a beauty but it has plenty to offer. Go shopping in squares and be surprised by cool cafés and bars.
Every five years (next one in 2017) the world’s largest modern art exhibition works its magic on a mostly drab city
Germany’s football temples are state-of-the-art and tickets for a Bundesliga match are easier to get than you might think. Try it and see for yourself.
The Ruhr was once Germany’s sweaty armpit, but today the region is a shining example of how industrial areas can be reborn with a shed-load of taxpayers’ money.
Germans love their cafés and you should try them as well. Have a piece of cake with your coffee. The choice will be large.
Wuppertal, a green, albeit industrial city to the east of Dusseldorf is home to the world’s most long-lived urban monorail, the Schwebebahn.
Frankfurt is a sophisticated expense-account city, but its most down to earth evening entertainment is in basic applewine (cider) taverns in the working class district of Sachsenhausen.
Speyer’s culinary city tours give visitors a special flavour of the old imperial city on the Rhine.