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Germany has so much enchantment off the beaten path that it's easy to get lost here. In fact, one of the joys of travel is wandering about at leisure, making new discoveries of your own.

Wondering where to go in Germany? That, of course, depends on what you want to see and do. But here are some ideas—some show off the highlights, others focus on a few regions, others cater to some special interests, whether that’s tasting wine or showing the kids medieval castles.

Germany ranks with France and England in offering Europe's fastest and best-maintained highway systems (autobahns), and it has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world, especially in its national train system.

The itineraries that follow take you to major attractions and charming towns. The pace may be a bit breathless for some visitors, so skip a town or sight occasionally to have some chill-out time—after all, you're on vacation.

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