Germany

When fairy tale castles and endless forests meet full-speed family cars on superb highways, that’s when you know you’re in Germany.

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It might not be exotic or the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about an adventurous escape, but, with its diversity of scenery, fascinating culture and cosmopolitan cities, Germany fully deserves the status of a top destination for both knowledgeable tourists and carefree nomads. While crowds flock to trendy remote places such as Cancun or Punta Cana, take a different path and challenge yourself to rediscover the beauty of a central European country whose history did not begin in an Instagram feed, but millennia ago.

Whatever it is that floats your boat, from peaceful natural landscapes to wonderfully preserved ancient architecture, metropolitan nightlife, or simply beer, Germany has it all and much, much more. Prepare yourself to be amazed.

Sensorial Experience

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Sights 4

There aren’t many countries with a wider array of landscapes than what you’ll be able to witness in Goethe’s homeland. Rough, wild coastlines in the north, emerald forests with picturesque river valleys and glorious castles in the centre and stunning ice-covered Alps in the south, near the border with Austria, all seem perfectly complimentary postcards taken from an album, only that, in this case, nature is the supreme artist. No wonder that the Brothers Grimm always set their stories in thick, mysterious forests or gothic castles, when inspiration was just one step away. Hop on a river cruise on the Rhine and Maine for a unique perspective on the German countryside, go hiking in one of the 16 national parks and, of course, embrace the vibrating life in the celebrated Berlin, a city that never sleeps. Judging by the variety of options available, neither will you.

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The cultured opera goers will be delighted to explore Germany, the land that gave the world some of its most prodigious classical artists, such as Bach, Beethoven or Wagner. If symphonies and sonatas don’t really ring your bell, but take you to sleepy realms, Rammstein will definitely wake you up. And in case you’ve had one too many beers the night before, put on your headphones and Scorpions will teach you that, when you’re going with the flow, “Nothing else matters”.

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It might be a pretzel just taken out of the oven, a hot, mouth-watering sausage, the delicately perfumed cornflower or chamomile, fresh fir trees or pines. Whatever it is for you, what’s sure is that Germany will leave you with some strong, persistent smells to trigger your memory of a particular afternoon on a boulevard in Munich or that day trip to the Black Forest.

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Don’t know what your nutritionist told you, but if you plan to visit Germany, forget about that low fat diet. Delicious and rich to the point you’ll be licking your fingers, the local dishes are hard if not impossible to resist, all about meat, sweet pastries and tempting flavours. The most common is the Wurst, the local sausage, which comes in thousands of varieties. Don’t go wild, though, leave some room for the Rouladen, the festival goers favourite, top up with Kasespatzle, some soft egg noodles that will remind you of the Italian pasta and don’t forget the savoury apple strudel for dessert. For a snack between meals, there’s nothing better than the soft pretzels sprinkled with salt or sesame seeds, perfectly paired with a strong German beer.

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Euphoric, juggling with the pints of beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, relaxed, contemplating the calming countryside scenery or emotional, almost in tears at the Berlin Wall Memorial, Germany will certainly not leave you unimpressed.

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