Take the road less travelled...
Understanding Germany’s historic cities often means more than just visiting its buildings. It’s about understanding its customs and traditions. The brand `Historic Highlights of Germany´ is representing 14 of the best alternative cities for short breaks and itineraries and would like to help travellers to get to destinations off the beaten track. As varied as its melting pot of cultures and storied past, Historic Highlights of Germany member cities are as well-known for their preserved customs and traditions, outstanding cuisine and unique heritage.
Participating cities are:
Our aim is to suggest tours with a rich cultural experience, friendly environment and a relaxing time. We believe that our walkable neighborhoods with proximity to the people and places our travellers love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Travellers are able to experience the unexpected, chat with locals and gain a whole new Impression of Germany.
Historic Highlights of Germany (HHoG) is a marketing alliance promoting 14 historic German cities as a four season destination targeting overseas markets. We are your partner in planning trips to Germany and assist travel trade in developing new products and with itinerary development.
Ask specific questions, get help planning itineraries or incentives, get insider tips, or order brochures.
Sales guides of all cities and our partners as well as other sources of information are available through HHoG headquarters.
Our specialists will work together to create a customtailored travel program designed to meet travellers interests, needs and travel style. Through Historic Highlights of Germany – with partners such as Lufthansa, Deutsche Bahn, the German National Tourist Board, AVIS – our 14 cities make it easy for you to plan trips to Germany.
Offered annually in collaboration with the German National Tourist Board or tour operators, including air, hotel, all meals and transfers.
Trade Shows and Workshops
HHoG takes part in Trade Shows and Workshops throughout the year (organized by the German National Tourist Board).
Must sees for groups and FIT
Renaissance Town Hall/ Golden Hall, Maximilian Museum, The Fuggerei, Fugger and Welser museum
Church of St. Severus & St. Mary’s Cathedral, Old Synagogue, Augustinian Monastery
Freiburg Cathedral, Fischerau Quarter, Wiehre Art Nouveau Quarter
Heidelberg Castle, Palatinate Museum, Historical Student Pubs
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Electoral Palace, Deutsches Eck (German Corner), Romanticum
St. Martin’s Cathedral, St.Stephen’s Church, Gutenberg Printing Museum
Prinzipalmarkt Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pablo Picasso Museum, Münster Baroque Palace
Felix Nussbaum House, Old Quarter and Romanesque Cathedral, Town Hall, Erich Maria Remarque Peace Center
Unesco World Heritage Sites, Sanssouci Palace, Dutch Quarter, Babelsberg Film Park
UNESCO World Heritage: Old Town with St Peter´s Cathedral, Old Stone bridge, Thurn and Taxis Royal Palace
Old Town, St.Mary’s Church, Seaside District Warnemünde, Brick Gothic Architecture
UNESCO World Heritage Sites Roman monuments, Cathedral and Church of our Beloved Lady, “Hauptmarkt” square
Kaiser Friedrich Thermal Bath, Kurhaus with Casino, Neroberg Funicular Railway, Russian Church
Unesco World Heritage Würzburg Residence, Main-Franconian Museum, Franconian Wine Country, Old Bridge and Marienberg Fortress
The historical cities also have more to offer than history, culture and architecture. They boast lovely green spaces, lots of recreational facilities and arts events, unusual venues, and diverse nightlife districts and events in unique settings. Please check our event calendar for dates and further information.
German Heritage Journeys – Discover more, experience more!
Featured itineraries for Independent Travellers are bookable now
In today’s economy, an affordable tour is a welcome treat. With six themed `German Heritage Journeys´, the member cities offer featured itineraries for individual planning. TOEUROPE specializes in arranging Rail- and Self-drive tours for Independent Travellers.
Bookable now on: www.to-europe.com. Travel Agents earn commission on sales!
#1 On the trail of the Romans: Roman Heritage Journey
Traces of the great Roman civilization are still very much in evidence in southwest Germany where the oldest cities all have Roman origins and date back more than 2,000 years. Further information...
#2 Emperors, Kings and Palaces: Imperial Heritage Journey
Our cities are dotted with impressive buildings left behind by the great rulers and royal dynasties who reigned supreme over its various territories. Further information...
#3 The cities of the Hanseatic League: Hanseatic Heritage Journey
The German Hanseatic League, or Hanse, was only one of many guilds of traders that existed in the Middle Ages, but its important historical role made it one of the best known. Further information...
#4 On the roots of the Reformation: Luther Heritage Journey
Martin Luther’s ideas of ecclesiastical reforms (1517) sparked many changes and set the Reformation in motion. Further information...
#5 Treasures of the German Romanticism: Romantic Heritage Journey
Fairytale palaces, enchanting old quarters with pavement cafés, ancient stone bridges, centuries-old markets and rivers straight from the pages of a storybook with castles perched on vineyard slopes. Further information...
#6 Wine samplers on German rivers: Wine Heritage Journey
Gentle vineyard slopes that have produced fine wines since ancient times, and rivers, shrouded in myth and legend. Further information...
Our Sales Guide for Travel Trade
Time for something new, time for creative ideas and time you wish to invest in your customers and not in the tiring search for travel products! The joint Sales Guide of 14 historic German cities – the Historic Highlights of Germany - contains new and well known products and shows you in how many ways our historic cities can be combined with our German Heritage Journeys. Your regular customers will receive new stimuli.
Green startups for travellers
Historic Highlights of Germany member cities offer City Cards. The use of eco-friendly public transport is included. Bought for an affordable price, City Cards give travellers reduced entrance fees for many sights and museums.
Freiburg is one of the pioneers in eco-development and internationally well known for its environmental approach and its extensive use of solar energy and other renewable sources.
Now, the city of Koblenz has come up with an innovative and environmentally-friendly solution: a cable car operating between the city center and the high-altitude Ehrenbreitstein fortress across the Rhine river.
To get up to the Neroberg in Wiesbaden travellers can take the “Nerobergbahn” – a funicular from 1888 that runs eco-friendly with water!
Deutsche Bahn offers its passenger transport customers a variety of CO2-free products under the Umwelt-Plus and Eco Plus programs. The energy comes exclusively from renewable sources. In 2010, the Lufthansa Group’s specific consumption fell to a historic low of 56 miles per gallon, largely as a result of the company’s ongoing fleet modernization policy. The new Airbus A380 is fulfilling all expectations. The average specific fuel consumption of the A380 is about 70 miles per gallon.
Heidelberg has a solar-powered passenger ship that can carry up to 250 people along its waterways offering an alternative view of Heidelberg.
Osnabrück is the only large German City situated in the middle of a nature park - the UNESCO Geopark TERRA.vita.
Explore Germany! Affordable hospitality
All of the Historic Highlights of Germany member cities offer packages with overnight stays in a hotel (incl. breakfast) and many more services for less than € 100 per day* (group discounts on request).
More details can be found under www.germany.travel/specialoffers