Germany has changed so much since the infamous fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the past decade or so it has become one of the most hip places in Europe to visit. And nowhere is that change more evident than Berlin itself where luxury hotels, Michelin starred restaurants, former dilapidated buildings now restored to their former glory, and the vibrant air about the city are all testament to how much the town is flourishing.
Berlin is laid-back and yet it offers high energy at the same time; it’s a city for the young and young at heart. Creativity and expression thrive here and you’ll be caught up in the verve, whether you’re drawn by the Berlinale film festival or concerts by the Philharmonic orchestra, exclusive nightclubs like Berghain and the pulsating electronic music scene, or the historical buildings and museums. Munich, by contrast, offers a different slice of Germany and is particularly picturesque and pretty. Its Christmas markets, the stunning Munich Residenz which was once the royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, and the BMW Museum are all highlights. Hamburg and Stuttgart are also worth visiting.
And beyond the cosmopolitan cities, Germany’s natural scenery is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The Black Forest is sublime. Picture vast forests, glistening lakes, mountain peaks, gentle rivers, vineyards, restaurants serving home-style regional cuisine, hilltop fairy tale castles and half-timbered farmhouses in villages that look like they were plucked straight from the pages of Hansel & Gretel. Or, discover the wild beauty of the Bavarian National Park, one of Europe’s highest, primeval forests. It’s also where you will find the Freiherr von Poschinger glass factory that has been operating since 1568. So, if you are looking for a bespoke momento of your travels, why not commission a handcrafted set of wine glasses? They will make an impressive talking point at your next dinner party.
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