There is a popular misconception about Germany – world war hang ups, typical German arrogance and stomach-churning cuisine. Whilst the nation have done their best to shake off the shadows of the past. Their unmistakeable friendliness, generosity and all-round good nature will make visitors reconsider their impressions.
Where to visit in Germany
Though much of the country’s historical monuments was destroyed in the war. A major rebuilding effort restored much of the country to its former glory. Legendary castles and imposing cathedrals dominate spectacular landscapes. Together with a string of artistic and cultural hubs mean Germany is positively thriving once more.
The capital, Berlin has something for everybody. World-class museums and art galleries. Not to mention the most visited zoo in Europe. As well as an eclectic nightlife and a wealth of fascinating history. The bohemian culture of the east is a magnet for artists and writers. This is in stark contrast to the glitter and glam of the commercial west. Since reuniting this captivating city keeps going from strength to strength.
In a country where the natives are still clearly coming to terms with the cruelty of their ancestors. As well as the oppression of Communism, cities like Hamburg in the west and Dresden in the east are flourishing. With inspired architecture and world-class Museums.
Munich, a rival jewel in Germany’s sparkling crown to that of Berlin. A vibrant nightlife and busy shopping centres are played out against spectacular palaces. Coupled with lavish buildings carved with baroque architecture. Nestling in the foothills of the Alps, you will find the home of BMW and Bayern Munich. Both are blessed with outstanding museums and breath taking scenery.
Even more places to see
Even more masterpieces of motor-engineering are to be found in Stuttgart, home to Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Whilst Cologne is home to the world’s greatest Gothic Revival masterpiece and boasts a proud tradition of being the world’s biggest importer of beer.
A good time to visit Germany is December when the long-standing tradition of hosting Christmas markets is in full swing. The oldest market is found in Nuremberg, located amongst the spectacular medieval monuments and chic modern glass towers.
Or why not take a cruise in the Rhine Valley. In the summer, you can discover charming medieval towns dotted amongst the vineyards an rugged mountains. Outdoor pursuits such as hiking and cycling are best enjoyed in the Black Forest. Most German cuisine may not inspire everyone. But the famous cherry-topped gateau originating from this enchanting region is as favourable as German beers and crisp white wines.
Travelling to Germany by Ferry
Unfortunately Germany no longer has a direct ferry route. You need to go via one of it’s neighbouring countries. Why not consider getting the ferry to Holland and France. This will get you within a few hours drive of Germany. There are direct trains from Amsterdam to Germany including a direct service from Amsterdam to Berlin.