Located in the heart of Europe, for decades Germany has been attracting visitors with its bustling and progressive cities with world-class museums and restaurants like Berlin, Munich, and Dresden, fairytale castles, and the fabled Romantic Road. It is a country with a variety of landscapes and each region has its distinct cultural traditions and cuisine, so your itinerary would largely depend on your interests and preferred activities.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Bavarian Alps and the Black Forest in the south and the Harz Mountains and the Saxon Switzerland National Park in the north are popular destinations for scenic hiking and cycling.
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.
Next, head south through the Saxon countryside and spend a couple of days in Dresden – the city of 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 have more time, head further south to the Bavarian capital Munich to explore its historic city center, art museums, and for some day-trips to the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, to hike in the Bavarian Alps, or to embark on the 250-mile journey north along the Romantic Road with its tranquil countryside and historic towns.
Contact your trusted travel advisor to find out how to make the most of your trip to Germany.