Journey through the heartland of German fairy tales, art, food and music on this eight-day tailor-made self-drive
History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey | Self-drive
Your holiday begins in forward-thinking Frankfurt, a skyscraper-filled metropolis straddling the meandering River Main. Next stop is Berlin, inspiration to Marx, Einstein, Bismarck and Bowie and home to some of Germany's most thought-provoking monuments. Along with a rich and varied history, Germany's captivating capital has a vibrant art scene, superb nightlife and a laidback charm that belies its size and stature. Continue to
Day by day itinerary
After a complimentary lounge stop, take the short flight. Arrive in Frankfurt and transfer to your chosen hotel. Embark on a two-hour private city tour, taking in some of Frankfurt's many museums, the fine food shops, restaurants and cafes of Fressgass, the old Opera, the luxury shops, the 18th century Lutheran church of St Paul's and the Hauptwache, from where you'll enjoy wonderful views across the city. Frankfurt is a city of contrasts, where history and tradition mix with the modern world with its Manhattan-like skyline of skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes. Afterwards, freshen-up and relax in your hotel.
Stay: Alexander am Zoo Hotel, Frankfurt (Superior)
After breakfast head to the train station and depart for Cologne. Cologne is addictive. Anyone who has ever lived in the cathedral city never wants to leave again. Get to know the city during a guided city tour. Pass by what remains of the Roman and medieval city wall, get an impression of how large the provincial capital Colonia was and how the city has spread out since the end of the 19th century. The majestic Cathedral is best viewed from the banks of the Rhine in the borough of Deutz, one of the Germany's most famous panoramas.
Stay: Santo Hotel, Cologne (Superior)
In the morning you continue to Hamburg.
With its maritime charm, Hamburg is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The "Gateway to the World" has a lot to offer: Jungfernstieg, Binnenalster and Außenalster, Reeperbahn, as well as the world famous “Speicherstadt”. You will get to know Hamburg’s most important sights during a guided city tour upon arrival.
Today you will drive to Berlin, the city where the 20th century began and ended. Shaking off its heavy past, today Berlin is fast-changing, lively and fun.
Look forward to exploring Berlin’s numerous history-rich sights, such as the Brandenburg-Gate, the rebuilt Reichstag, the boulevard Unter den Linden or the Museum Island an orientational city tour.
The following day The morning will be dedicated to Berlin during World War II, when the city was seat of the Nazi leaders. See the Reichstag, the Bendlerblock, the former site of the offices and what became of the buildings of Goering, Goebbels, Himmler and Hitler himself and the site of his bunker where he died. The tour will finish at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Your journey continues today to Leipzig.
Leipzig has been a trade city since a long time and it is a place where tradition rubs shoulders with zeitgeist; during its long history, the Saxon metropolis has earned more than a few claims to fame: as a city of music, of commerce, as the site of the Peaceful Revolution, as Little Paris and the Venice of the North. Look forward to getting to know this wonderful destination during a guided city walk
After breakfast onward journey to Dresden.
Dresden has a long history as the royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. Look forward to getting to know this “jewel box” with its baroque and rococo inner city, Katholische Hofkirche, Semper Oper and Frauenkirche and many other sights during a guided city tour.
Finish your trip with a flight home from Frankfurt, leaving enough time to visit Heidelberg's famous Schloss (castle), once described by Mark Twain as 'the Lear of inanimate nature - deserted, discrowned, beaten by the storms, but royal still, and beautiful'.
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