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1 THE BEST OF GERMANY

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Narrow lanes lace Bremen’s Schnoor district.

The word is out and maybe you’ve heard it: Germany is one of Europe’s great travel destinations. Every year, ever more visitors from around the globe are discovering the pleasures of Germany’s cities, towns, and countryside. Tourist numbers have risen steadily in the last quarter-century, and show no sign of slowing down.

Germany’s appeal is no great mystery. Moody forests, jagged Alpine peaks, and miles of neatly tended vineyards are not just scenic, but also the stuff of legend, places that have inspired fairy tales and where much of Western history has been played out. The Germans more than anyone appreciate the soothing tonic of a hike in the Black Forest or a stroll on North Sea dunes; even seeing these storied lands from a train window can be good for the soul. As for food—well, don’t write off the cuisine as just heaping plates of wurst and sauerkraut and schnitzel with noodles. One of the pleasures of traveling in Germany is discovering the subtle differences in regional cuisines, and beyond that, there are the culinary envelope-pushers of Germany’s raft of award-winning restaurants, plus a delicious patchwork of ethnic flavors imported through Germany’s tolerant immigration policies. You can dine out on the traditions of a vast WHAT.

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Koblenz

Michelin Michelin ePub

The West

 Cologne

 Aachen

 Ruhr Region

 Düsseldorf

 Sauerland

 Bonn

 Eifel

 Trier

 Moselle Valley

 Koblenz

 Rhine Valley

 Frankfurt am Main

 Wiesbaden

 Mainz

 Mannheim

 Heidelberg

 Pfalz

 Speyer

 Saar­brücken

The West

Germany’s western regions deliver a cornucopia of diverse and awe-inspiring sightseeing opportunities. Soak up cosmopolitan flair and stunning art and architecture in cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne and Frankfurt or escape to historic villages in the hilly Sauerland or the gentle Eifel. Follow the mighty Rhine or the meandering Moselle rivers past a fairytale setting of medieval castles, steep vineyards and little towns that are veritable symphonies in half-timber. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Trier, check out Charlemagne’s legacy in Aachen and see for yourself the beauty of Heidelberg, which has inspired so many great poets and artists.

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13 THE MOSELLE VALLEY

Stephen Brewer FrommerMedia ePub

Stately Burg Eltz castle, at the north end of the Moselle Valley.

Driving along the Moselle River, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking views in Germany. A tributary to the deeper and faster-flowing Rhine, the Moselle River slowly twists and turns, carving a path through the countryside as it cuts through western Germany from France via Luxemburg. It’s a quiet area, the landscape its claim to fame, with lush vineyards sloping up the river banks giving way to evergreen forests. Roman ruins and castles dot the area as well, a testament to the wealth that once inhabited the area thanks to medieval trading routes. It’s the ideal place to join a relaxing river cruise, go for a restorative hike, or indulge in delicious regional cuisine, including some of Germany’s best wines, all grown locally.

The Moselle (Mosel in German) springs out of the Vosges hills of France; after reaching Trier, on the western German border, the river snakes along 193 kilometers (120 miles) to Koblenz at such a slow pace, people can easily canoe, kayak, or hop aboard a cruise to enjoy the river at its level. Riverside is the best way to appreciate the valley, though scenic views can be had on several roads connecting the small towns along the river banks. However one chooses to travel downstream, the former Roman city of Trier is a great jumping-off point for the area.

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7. The Best Nightlife

Donald Olson FrommerMedia ePub

Nightlife Best Bets

Best Twilight Views

Solar Stresemannstrasse 76 (Go to Page)

Best for Tunnel Vision

Künstliche BEATmung Simon-Dach-Strasse 20 (Go to Page)

Best High-Rise Party

Weekend Alexanderplatz 5 (Go to Page)

Best Swim & Bop

Badeschiff Eichenstrasse 4 (Go to Page)

Best Beer Garden

Prater Kastanienalee 7-9. (Go to Page)

Best Sports Bar

Oscar Wilde Pub Friedrichstrasse 112a (Go to Page)

Best Caipirinha on the Beach

Strandgut Mühlenstrasse 61 (Go to Page)

Best Blues Bar

Speiches Blueskneipe Raumerstrasse 39 (Go to Page)

Best Rum Cocktail

Rum Trader Fasanenstrasse 40 (Go to Page)

Best Chic Hotel Bar

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Munich and Southern Bavaria

Michelin Michelin ePub

Munich and Southern Bavaria

 Munich

 Augsburg

 Ottobeuren

 German Alpine Road

 Oberstdorf

 Schloss Neuschwanstein

 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

 Chiemsee

 Berchtesgaden

 Regensburg

 Eichstätt

 Burghausen

 Passau

Viktualienmarkt maypole and Peterskirche

© A. Mueller/Munich City Tourist Office

Munich and Southern Bavaria

Germany’s southernmost region bewitches visitors with gorgeous scenery, quaint villages, ancient traditions and art-filled cities. Whether you want to raise a mug of beer at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, cheer on the championship football team FC Bayern München, ski the slopes above Garmisch-Partenkirchen, soar to the “top of Germany” called the Zugspitze, or go underground in a Berchtesgaden salt mine, Munich and southern Bavaria have it all. A more sobering visit can be made to confront the darkest chapter in German history at Dachau concentration camp memorial site.

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