Everyone knows about the metropolitan and arty Berlin, or has heard about Oktoberfest in Munich – but Germany has so much more to offer in terms of astonishing views, delicious food and rich history. Here are our six picks for beautiful holiday destinations in Germany, and a few tips for what to do there.
One of the oldest towns in Germany, Regensburg is the perfect combination of medieval history and a vibrant nightlife due to the large student population. This destination’s enthralling history begins when it was founded by the Romans in 179 A.D. The old town is now a world heritage site made up of quaint and winding alleys. The 13th-century Cathedral of St Peter is a popular attraction and its Gothic spires give Regensburg a unique and ornate skyline.
A hot spot for culture, history and breath-taking landscapes, this Bavarian city has something for every travel\ler, including plenty of bars and pubs with an unbeatable atmosphere. Other highlights include the Steinerne Brücke (Stone Bridge), a 310-metre-long bridge that crosses the Danube river, and the Werstkuchl – the world’s oldest sausage tavern. Regensburg is also a great place for the adventurous, and available activities include cycling and rock climbing.
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The Romantic Road
The Romantic Road is the most scenic drive one can embark on in Germany (and on many travelers Europe Bucket List), running between Würsburg and Füssen. There’s no end to the picture-perfect scenery and medieval structures to see while driving through Bavaria – including the historic gems of Neuschwanstein Castle, the baroque city of Würsburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany.
When driving the Romantic Road, don’t miss out on visiting the enchanting region of Pfaffenwinkel. Peaceful and historic, this region is made up of rolling hills, luscious countryside, quaint little towns and pilgrimage churches. A chance to see Germany in all its glory, the Romantic Road is exceptionally popular with tourists in the summer months. With one in three Millennials prepared to spend as much as £5k or more on a summer vacation, and a road trip down the Romantic Road could be a more budget-friendly option.
Dresden is the prestigious capital of Saxony, one of Germany’s rich cultural hubs. Visit Zwinger Palace, a baroque architectural triumph that should not be missed, along with the impressive Brühl’s Terrace. The city skyline is unforgettable, dominated by the historic Lutheran church Dresden Frauenkirche and built around the Elbe river.
The scenic city isn’t only full to the brim with history, but also trendy neighborhoods and scenic green spaces such as the Großer Garten. Head to the Alstadt to see most of the city’s impressive landmarks, and visit the charming shops and cafes in the Baroque quarter.
If you’re in Dresden around the holidays make sure to stop by one of their many charming Christmas Markets.
The Mosel Valley
One of Germany’s top wine-producing regions, the Mosel Valley is the perfect place to relax, unwind and take it all in. Indulge in a white wine tasting and take a stroll around the vineyards, all before visiting Mosel’s fairy tale castles and medieval villages along the Rhine.
Take your pick from the Roman city of Cochem with its beautiful castle and riverfront promenade, the sleepy village of Bilstein or the elegant Art Nouveau town of Traben-Trarbach.
Visit Mosel Valley in autumn in time for the harvest season, wine festivals, street parties, live music and local produce.
A town built on seven hills, Bamberg is often referred to as the Rome of Franconia. The old town is UNESCO protected, so its winding cobbled roads and half-timber structures are extremely well preserved. Stroll along the Regnitz river which is daintily lined with fisherman’s houses and visit the City Hall which stands proudly on an island. The highlight of Bamberg would be its 11th-century cathedral, one of the most important in Germany – oh, and the beer culture is fantastic!
If you are interested in cathedrals – The UNESCO protected Koln Dom in Cologne is one of the world’s most impressive. However, this marvel of Gothic architecture is not the only sight to see in this city. Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and the place to go for culture, entertainment and thermal baths. It’s a popular city break location, especially at Christmas for the expansive market.
Head to the Hohenzollern Bridge to see the love padlocks or make your way to the Altstadt for more historical buildings and monuments. Cologne also has a bustling art scene, visible in the fashionable areas of Agnesviertel and the Belgian Quarter.
Whether you prefer city breaks or road trips, Germany has the perfect destination for you.
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