German cars are famous around the world - names such as Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Opel are internationally renowned for top quality and innovation. They also represent the heritage and ingenuity of the country where the first cars were developed exactly 125 years ago.
This anniversary is being marked by a multitude of events across Germany, most notably the Automobile Summer 2011, a 125-day celebration in the state of Baden-Württemberg. The region became the birthplace of the automobile thanks to the engineering genius of Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler.
While travelling around Germany you'll have plenty of opportunity to learn more about this top car-producing country. There are museums with collections of legendary vehicles, automotive visitor centres that are fun for all ages, factory tours in the car-making cities and numerous motor sports events.
All destinations are quick and easy to get to thanks to the modern autobahns and extensive network of main roads. So sit back, enjoy the ride and discover Destination Germany in all its diversity. With more than 150 scenic routes running through the various holiday regions, it's difficult to know where to begin. Discover the countryside, culture and culinary delights on offer: visit palaces, parks, gardens or the 33 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and experience the urban buzz in Germany's cities.
Article courtesy German National Tourist Office