Historical Trip Itineraries in GermanyFitness Gear & Equipment
With its rich history and tradition stretching back hundreds of years, Germany is one of the most frequent tourist destinations in Europe. Suggested itineraries for Germany can include tours of the big city architecture, or travel through the countryside and some of Germany’s more rural areas.
Many suggested itineraries for Germany will send travelers to Berlin. In Berlin, the Berlin Wall Museum, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Unter den Linden are the historic itineraries.
Berlin Wall Museum:
The Checkpoint Charlie Museum(Berlin Wall Museum) is one of Berlin's main tourist attractions. It commemorates the Cold War period in Germany when Berlin was divided in two by the Berlin Wall, with East Germany being controlled by the Communist Russian regime while West Berlin was controlled by the combined control of the French, British and Americans.The museum contains information regarding escapes made between east Berlin and west Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate:
The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) in Berlin is one of the first landmarks that comes to mind when thinking of Germany. The Brandenburg Gate is the national symbol of the country, and German history was made here – many different times.
The main entrance to the city, surrounded by the wall for thirty years, was known throughout the world as a symbol for the division of the city and for the division of the world into two power blocs. Today's international visitors to Pariser Platz come to re-experience this first gateway to the city, and to enjoy the long-denied freedom to walk through this magnificent work of art and look at it up close.
It was built as the grandest of a series of city gates constituting the passages through the customs wall encircling the city at the end of the eighteenth century. It is the only gate which survived, because it constitutes the monumental termination of Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which led directly to the residence of the Prussian kings until the destruction of the city castle. The entire construction and ornamentation of the gate reflect the extraordinary importance it was granted by its builders.
Unter den Linden:
Unter den Linden, a main east-west thoroughfare through the city of Berlin, earned its name from the rows of linden trees that were first planted there more than three-and-a-half centuries ago.
This prestigious boulevard leads from the Schlossbrücke at the Museum Island to the Brandenburger Gate at the Pariser Platz.
The TreesDuke Friedrich Wilhelm, also known as The Great Elector, was dedicated to the development and beautification of Berlin during his reign in the mid-1600s. In order to spruce up the route from his castle home to the Tiergarten hunting ground, it is said that Friedrich ordered the planting of long rows of Linden trees, which would also serve to keep the route more shady and comfortable for his travels. That means his carriage ride would have him traveling “unter den linden”; literally, under the lindens.
It is no wonder that Bavaria is a favorite destination for so many travelers. This southeastern corner of Germany proudly maintains the reputation of having the friendliest people, the most breathtaking mountains, the quaintest villages, the prettiest lakes, and the most famous castles in Germany.
Bavaria’s ski resorts also offer well prepared sled runs, snow tubing runs, snow parks for freestyle fans and ice sport centres all guaranteeing a wealth of wonderful winter fun and games. How do you fancy spending the night in an igloo or going for a ride in a piste groomer? Not a problem in Bavaria where you will always find others who are also well up for some of the slightly wackier winter activities.
Castles of the Rhine & Mosel:
This itinerary covers two of Germany's most magical destinations—the Rhine and the Mosel wine regions. Powerful and broad, the River Rhine rushes towards the sea. This wonderful area of central Germany is mainly known for its river cruising opportunities, but the region offers fabulous hiking trails with views of both of these lovely rivers.In the medieval period, various barons anxious to profit from the river trade dominated the region from their powerful castles.
Highlights of the Harz Mountains:
The Harz Mountains is the land of German fairy tales. Steep-roofed houses with tiny windows and narrow, cobblestone streets. Dark forests, rushing streams and stormy mountains.
There is something familiar about these little towns tucked in deep, wooded valleys. These were the scenes of childhood stories: the home of wicked witches, dwarves digging in caverns under the earth and poor woodcutters in lonely cottages.
The Brothers Grimm collected their stories from various places, primarily the area around Kassel about 40 miles to the west, but the Harz Mountains have long been famous as an important source of German folklore. Many of these stories are well-known outside of Germany as well: Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Little Red Riding Hood, , The Frog Prince, and The Wolf and the Seven Kids.
Highways of the Black Forest
Without a doubt the Black Forest (named for its dense, dark forests) is one of Europe's most attractive holiday areas. Called the Schwarzwald in German, the Black Forest is a range of rolling hills 160 kilometers (100 miles) from north to south and 60 kilometers (37 miles) from east to west.
Romantic Road & Neckar Valley
The Romantic Road (or Romantische Strasse) is one of Germany's most famous tourist routes—a road that travels between the towns of Würzburg in Franconia and Füssen in the Bavarian Alps. However, the beauty of the scenery wanes after leaving Rothenburg, so this itinerary deviates from the traditional route. Rather than traveling the entire 340-kilometer stretch of the Romantic Road, this itinerary samples the northern highlights of Germany's most traveled route and then detours west at Rothenberg to incorporate the attractive city of Schwäbisch Hall and the picturesque university city of Heidelberg. (The southernmost portion of the Romantic Road is included in the Bavarian itinerary.
Land Between the Seas
Schleswig Holstein is Germany’s most northerly province. With Denmark at its tip, this broad finger of land divides the placid Baltic from the wild North Sea. Along the North Sea shore, dikes protect the sky-wide landscape from being claimed by the sea’s crashing waves. Safe behind dikes, sheep and cattle graze while crops grow in serene pastures. Offshore, dune-fringed islands brave the sea. Any visit to Schleswig Holstein would not be complete without a trip to one of the islands, so this itinerary takes you and your car on top of a train for a rocking ride across the Hindenburgdamm to Sylt. This island boasts an impressive landscape of sand dunes and exposed, steep cliffs sheltering quaint little thatched villages from bracing sea breezes. In sharp contrast, the Baltic coast is hilly, with long, graceful fjords extending far inland from the gently lapping ocean. Here kilometer after kilometer of white-sand beaches provide a holiday haven for northern Europeans who brave the chilly waters and relax in gaily colored, canopied beach chairs while their children decorate sand castles with sea shells. Between these two seas lies Holsteinische Schweiz (Swiss District), a confusing name as there are no mountain peaks, just a lovely area of wooded, rolling hills sprinkled with sparkling lakes.