Germany

In the heart of Europe, Germany has rich culture and history and charms with its fairytale castles and tiny romantic villages. For decades, the country has been attracting visitors with its bustling and progressive cities with world-class museums and restaurants like Berlin, Munich, and Dresden, and the fabled Romantic Road – the scenic route through the forests and mountains of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg linking picturesque medieval towns and castles.

 

Each of the country’s regions has its distinct cultural traditions and cuisine, so your itinerary would largely depend on your interests and preferred activities.

  • If you have only a week, Germany’s capital Berlin is not to be missed. It is currently one of the trendiest places in Europe – a vibrant and youthful city and the center of progressive design, architecture, food, and music where visitors find not only first-rate museums and hotels, but also a large number of Michelin-starred restaurants. As a minimum, we would suggest spending three days there to explore the main museums and historic sites and for a day trip to Potsdam to visit the royal summer palace Sanssouci and the Cecilienhof Palace – the site of the historic Potsdam Conference.
Saxon Switzerland National Park
  • Next, head south through the Saxon countryside and spend a couple of days in Dresden – the city famous for its Baroque architecture and arts. Between Berlin and Dresden, you may stop for a walk or a bike ride through the forests and grasslands of the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve. Alternatively, south of Dresden and near the border with the Czech Republic, the Saxon Switzerland National Park offers a stunning landscape of dramatic rock formations alluring walkers, mountain climbers, and nature lovers.

 

  • If you  are fortunate enough to have more time to spend in Germany, head further south to the Bavarian capital Munich to explore its historic city center, art museums, and for some daytrips to the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, to hike in the Bavarian Alps, or to embark on the 250-mile journey along the Romantic Road with its tranquil countryside and historic towns.

 

Stuttgart Christmas Market

 

  • A great time to visit Germany is during the holiday season when Christmas markets take over town squares from late November through Christmas Eve. Typically, you will find a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, maybe a Ferris wheel, wooden huts adorned with Christmas lights, and rows of market stalls selling everything from traditional food (sausages, pretzels, gingerbread, candied nuts) and drink (mulled wine) to wood carvings, toys, and ornaments.

 

 

  • A river cruise is the perfect way to discover Germany’s Christmas markets! Ships often moor in the center of town and the wooden stalls decked in lights are just a short walk from the dock. Best of all, you can visit multiple markets in one trip, often in the space of a week or less – just unpack once and let your floating hotel take you from one place to the next.

 

 

Check out the GERMANY DESTINATION GUIDE and Contact us to find out how to best customize your trip!

 

 

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