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Germany

Germany is a beautiful, varied country with an impressive culture and endless travel opportunities, with its deep forests, fairytale castles, and picture-perfect towns. This travel blog will take you to destinations with splendid architecture, unquestionable charm and some of the most beautiful places to visit in Germany.

Our first stop is the capital, Berlin. Berlin is one of the most interesting cities in Europe, with more than 170 world-class museums and galleries, and has become Europe’s capital of cool with a vibrant mix of fashion, design, music and art!

One of the top sights in Berlin is the Brandenburg Gate. This 18th-century neoclassical monument was built on the orders of the Prussian King Frederick William II. Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

From here, drive along Germany’s most scenic drive, the Romantic Road, which offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture, picturesque scenery and medieval character of this fantastic country. This 460km route, running between Würzburg and Füssen, links a number of picturesque towns and castles including Rothenburg ob Der Tauber – the best-preserved medieval town in the country – and the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein.

Appearing through the mountaintops like a mirage, Schloss Neuschwanstein was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Built as a romantic medieval castle and designed by a stage designer, rather than an architect, work was started on the castle in 1869. You can explore this impressive castle and pretend to be in your own magical fairytale!

Another place to stop is one of Germany’s oldest towns, Regensburg. Founded by the Romans in 179 AD, this welcoming medieval town is a treasure trove for culture and history lovers. The many highlights of this very charming place include the mighty River Danube flowing through the centre; narrow winding alleyways crisscrossing the architecturally fascinating Old Town; a spectacular 310-metre-long Stone Bridge spanning across the Danube; and the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Peter.

You can’t go to Germany without going to one of its Christmas Markets. The Nuremberg Christmas Markets are some of the oldest and most famous Christmas markets in the world, dating back to 1530. Referred to as ‘Christmas City’, you will enjoy the enticing aroma of gingerbread as you walk around, you can buy hand-crafted gifts and tuck into some delicious local delicacies. You must try the street food ‘currywurst’ – a sausage served with a spicy, curry sauce. Over 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany each year so you must see what all the fuss is about!

Our final stop is the Nationalpark Schwarzwald (Black Forest National Park). You can hike or cycle around this outdoor wonderland of glacial lakes, deep valleys, mountains, moorland and untouched coniferous forest – the perfect place to unwind before you head back home.