Journey to the most spectacular landscapes on earth, the Alpine nations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Follow a route that leads to places where you can indulge your passions for the great outdoors, history, art, fine food and wine, music and festivals. Below, find suggestions and insider tips for your visit of the Germany part in particular.
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The Alps region is known for its picturesque scenery at every turn. With scenic roads, winding curves and tunnels connecting the countries of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, the Alps are the ultimate road trip destination. Use this guide to find some of the top hidden gems in the region and truly get immersed in the culture:
Traveling to the Alps offers the benefit of experiencing multiple countries at once. Regions of Germany, Switzerland and Austria combine to make up this world-renowned mountain range. As all three countries share borders, the interplay between their unique personalities make this location the ultimate road trip destination.
Explore this Alpine region with breathtaking landscapes and a rich history of innovation, culture and culinary delights.
With all that's on offer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it's no surprise that the town is actually two. Garmisch and Partenkirchen were once two separate market towns and both offer charming historical centres, a wealth of culture and plenty of good old-fashioned Bavarian hospitality amid scenic surroundings. Together they form the number one winter sports venue in Germany.
Neuschwanstein is known all over the world as a symbol of idealised romantic architecture and for the tragic story of its owner. After losing sovereignty in his own kingdom, Ludwig II withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales.
Anyone thinking a medieval town with a 2,000-year-old history might be slightly on the quiet side is greatly mistaken: Regensburg is anything but dull. World heritage comes to life in the individual historical buildings and squares but, above all, in the town that they form. What's more, this is a town for fun-lovers with the highest concentration of bars in Germany.
A city of emperors and princes, leaders and followers, inventors and scholars, Nuremberg has mirrored German history ever since the Middle Ages – the power, the tension, great achievements and great tragedies. Protected by the castle, arts and crafts once flourished, while a new spirit of freedom enlivened the city at a time when few other places could offer such a quality of life. And the same is still true today.
A centre of imperial and episcopal power for almost a thousand years, and often referred to as the Rome of Franconia, Bamberg stands on seven hills surrounded by beautiful countryside. Dominated by its imperial cathedral, the town is a unique and superbly maintained masterpiece of urban design, uniting medieval and baroque architecture.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town with a big reputation. Nowhere else will you find such a wealth of original buildings dating from the Middle Ages. You can't help but ask yourself whether time has stood still, as you amble past the beautiful old houses, secluded squares and tucked-away corners of the old quarter, where towers, taverns and town gates alternate with fountains, fortifications and former storehouses.
Augsburg, with its Mozart heritage, is one of the most historically significant cities in Germany – not to mention one of the prettiest. As you stroll through the city's ancient streets, it doesn't take much imagination to gain a sense of Augsburg's importance as a prominent financial centre, international trading hub and focal point for the fine arts in the days when the Fugger banking empire was at its peak.
Lifestyle, joie de vivre or lebensart – whatever you call it, Munich has it in spades. It might be down to the clear blue skies or simply the city's beauty, but one thing's for certain: the people of Munich always like to show their best side, whether they're in a beer garden, on one of the exclusive shopping streets, or in Bayern Munich's stadium.
Time is the key to the Ammergau Alps. Those who holiday here gain a new sense of it. Whether that’s taking time out for yourself or for exercise, pleasure or peace and quiet. Time for living. Time to recharge those batteries.
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