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10. PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO GERMANY

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PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO GERMANY

Germans are famously organized, and travelers will be wise to follow their example in doing a little advance planning for a trip to Germany, from how to get there and around to where to stay.

GETTING THERE

By Plane

Lufthansa ( 800/645-3880 in the U.S., 800/563-5954 in Canada, or 01805/805805 in Germany; www.lufthansa.com) operates the most frequent service from North America, with service from almost 20 cities. Given the quality of the fleet and service, as well as timeliness, a flight on Lufthansa is a good kickoff to a trip to Germany.

American Airlines ( 800/443-7300; www.aa.com) flies nonstop from Chicago, Dallas, and other U.S. hubs to Frankfurt daily, and American’s flights connect easily with ongoing flights to many other German cities on Lufthansa or British Airways. Delta Airlines ( 800/241-4141; www.delta.com) offers daily nonstop service to Frankfurt from Atlanta, Cincinnati, and New York’s JFK; nonstop to Munich from Atlanta; nonstop to Berlin from JFK; and connecting service to Hamburg. United Airlines ( 800/538-2929; www.united.com) offers daily nonstops from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago to Frankfurt and Munich. Air Berlin ( (866/266-5588; www.airberlin.com) flies from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and other U.S. cities to Berlin.

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6. The Best Dining

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Dining Best Bets

 

Best Falafel

Dada Falafel Linienstrasse 132 (Go to Page)

Best Riverside Dining

Patio Helgoländer Ufer/Kirchstrasse (Go to Page)

Best Splurge

Vau Jägerstrasse 54 (Go to Page)

Best Skyline Views

Solar Stresemannstrasse 76 (Go to Page)

Best for Families

Ampelmann Restaurant Stadtbahnbogen 159/160 (Go to Page)

Best Spicy Sausage

Curry 36 Mehringdamm 36 (Go to Page)

Best for Chocolate Indulgence

Fassbender & Rausch Charlottenstrasse 60 (Go to Page)

Best Alpine Flavors

Schneeweiss Simplonstrasse 16 (Go to Page)

Best Old-World Tavern

Gasthaus Krombach Meinekestrasse 4 (Go to Page)

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16 FAVORITE MOMENTS

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Downtime on Cannon Beach.

16 Favorite Moments

Sometimes Portland seems almost too good to be true. Just try to get locals to stop rhapsodizing about the cuisine, the liveability and bike-ability, the great neighborhoods, the nearby mountains and ocean, the beer and wine and coffee and—see what I mean? Once a gritty younger sibling to Seattle, the City of Roses has roared into its own in recent years, becoming a nationwide magnet for creative, outdoorsy folks young, old, and in-between—anyone who wants a vibrant, forward-thinking city that’s also manageable. Now Portland swings far above its weight class in everything from coffee roasting to sustainability. Here are just a few of the highlights.

❶ Browse Powell’s City of Books. The world’s top independent bookstore fills an entire city block (and that’s just this branch) with over 1.5 million new and used books. It’s pure bibliophile nirvana. See p 77.

Cycling across the Hawthorne Bridge.

❷ Bike over the Hawthorne Bridge. Bikes are a way of life in Portland, and there’s no better way to join the rolling masses than to take a spin across the Hawthorne Bridge over the Willamette River, especially in the evening. See p 93.

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10 THE BEST SIDE TRIPS

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Vista House at Crown Point, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

Mount Hood

Portland’s snow-capped icon shimmers on the eastern horizon whenever the skies are clear. At 11,240 feet, the stratovolcano Mount Hood is Oregon’s highest point, with year-round skiing on the Palmer Glacier—one of twelve glaciers on Mount Hood—above the classic Timberline Lodge. The road there, U.S. 26, is a National Scenic Byway that generally traces the historic Barlow Road, the final stretch of the Oregon Trail. START: Troutdale, I-84 exit 18, 17 miles east of Portland.

❶ ★ Mirror Lake. A trailhead on Hwy. 26 between mileposts 51 and 52 accesses an easy 1.6-mile trail to a picture-perfect lake with spectacular views of Mt. Hood. A Northwest Forest Pass ($5/day per car) is required to park at the trailhead.

❷ ★ Government Camp. First settled in 1900, this tiny mountain resort community sits at the foot of Mt. Hood amid fir and cedar forests. It has a handful of restaurants, hotels, and rental condos, making it a good base in summer or winter.

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2 THE BEST SPECIAL-INTEREST TOURS: Portland with Kids, Offbeat Portland, Rainy Day Portland

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The Lan Su Chinese Garden on a rainy day.Portland with KidsPortland repeatedly gets voted one of the best cities in the country to raise kids. Certain neighborhoods, especially on the east side, are full of couples with children, and there are days when it seems that strollers and baby backpacks are almost as ubiquitous as bikes in the city’s parks and on its sidewalks. Kids love Portland’s wealth of bridges, trails, and rivers, and there are plenty of activities right in town to keep them busy, including the sites adjacent to each other in Washington Park. START: MAX to Washington Park. Bus 63 on weekdays.❶ World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. At this paean to all things arboreal, two floors of interactive displays give kids (and their attendant grown-ups) some real insight into the importance of the Northwest’s majestic stands of forest. Kids especially love the virtual smokejumper and river-rafting exhibits—and after a visit here they’ll be ready to dive into the real forests of Washington Park right outside the museum’s doors. See p 22, bullet ❸.

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