Germany Escorted Tours
From the booming financial district of Frankfurt to the remains of the iconic Berlin Wall, you’ll find countless examples of revolution and evolution that have shaped the Germany we know today. The nation’s colourful heritage can be found in the beer halls of Bavaria.
Germany is for connoisseurs of castles, from extravagant fantasies like Neuschwantstein to the genuine article, often ruined, found along the Rhine. Few places are as universally popular as Berlin, and it's not difficult to understand why. The city has a very rich history whilst simultaneously containing the latest in art, fashion and architecture. Munich is the pride of Bavaria - its charming cobble-stoned streets; famous beer halls and festive spirit make it one of the most enjoyable cities to visit in the world. Dresden is blooming phoenix-like from the ravages of wartime ashes to reclaim its former Baroque splendour and title of “Florence on the Elbe”. For further historical interest, sample Nuremberg for the mighty ramparts, traditional markets and St. Sebald’s Cathedral, or visit the medieval city of Rothenburg.
Choose from the latest cameras, electrical goods and fashionable accessories. Look for fine linen tablecloths, Meissen pottery and cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest. German toys and models have been famous for a hundred or so years. Also popular are music boxes, beer steins and local costume items such as lederhosen, dirndls and Tyrolean hats.
All over Germany they like to make their own entertainment with rousing songs and dances in taverns and beer gardens – so join in. There are colourful carnivals in Spring, spectacular fireworks displays during Summer and wine or beer festivals like Munich’s Oktoberfest, in Autumn. Berlin’s nightlife is legendary so be sure to take in a show at one of the city’s 50 theatres.
Germany is known for its hams and sausages. In fact, you will find pork as a standard item on most menus. It is prepared in many different ways, and just about every part of the animal is eaten. Specialities include Rippchen mit Sauerkraut (pickled ribs of pork) and Bratwurst (grilled sausages) are the most popular snack. The best German sauerkraut is cabbage prepared with white wine, juniper berries, caraway seeds and cloves. Wash all this down with white wine from the Mosel and Rhine regions or a foaming stein of beer, the national drink, (Germany has over 1,200 breweries). In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein). For dessert you cannot go past the world famous Black Forest Gateau.
Top 5 Things To Do In Germany
1. Munich has its beer halls; Berlin is the home of Cabaret. In fact Germany has everything you need for a great night out! Sensational beer, great places to drink it, and no shortage of lederhosen!
2. The Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s open-air food market just behind the Marienplatz, is a favourite with the locals. Grab a meal from one of the vendors and enjoy it outdoors in the sunny square.
3. Take the elevator to the top floor of Berlin’s historic Reichtstag building for a walk along the spiral ramp inside Norman Foster’s spectacular glass dome, and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
4. Sail back in time on a voyage by paddle steamer along the River Elbe to Dresden’s gorgeous Pillnitz Castle and pleasure gardens - the perfect example of the Chinoise style.
5. If you tire of treading the medieval city walls of Rothenburg, a horse and carriage ride is a fun way to take in the beautiful buildings, squares and fountains.
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