Germany is located in the heart of Europe and is surrounded by 9 neighbouring countries. The North Sea and the Baltic form natural borders to the north.
Washed by the North Sea and the Baltic, dotted with forestland, crisscrossed by rivers, Northern Germany is an inviting blend of ruggedness and generous abundance. On the island of Sylt, the country’s northernmost point, wild rose bushes and heather give way to dunes as the land nears the shore. Traditionally, this is where the elite families of Hamburg come for an elegant seaside getaway, reaching the beaches by bicycle and crossing the dunes on handsome boardwalks, to relax on the sand in the shelter of a wicker cabin. Today Sylt is a discreet resort where vacation-goers, after a windsurfing session or a Nordic sauna, retreat for the night to quaint thatched-roofed houses. To the south, the less frequented islands of the Frisian archipelago cultivate their singular charm. The old folks still speak Frisian among themselves as they stroll the immaculate beaches. Just as alluring is the Baltic shore, where the Peene River wends its way through the marshes to join the placid waters of Boddengewässer Ost Lake.
The year is 1901. Far from the narrow lanes and cabarets of Montmartre, Guillaume Apollinaire is seeking new horizons among the vine-covered hillsides of the Rhine Valley. The literary father of surrealism succumbs to the seductions of the Rhenish Night, discovers the town of Bacharach with its half-timbered houses, and caresses with pen and ink the pale, radiant face of a nymph from German folklore, the Lorelei: a “witchlike blonde” seated on her rock, “her Rhine-colored eyes, her sun-like hair” emanating their mortal glow. On a scrap of paper, the myth is transformed by the poet’s inspiration. A cigarette clenched between his slim lips, Apollinaire wanders the realm of Goethe, Heine and the Grimm brothers, painting a portrait of the Rhineland in words. It’s all there: the valleys carved out over centuries by rushing rivers, the shale outcroppings whose flakes fall like autumn leaves, the herds of bison roaming the dense forests of the Rothaargebirge, the castles of the Lahn region, whose marshy soil seems still to bear the footprints of long-dead knights and margraves.
Restaurant in the country. The views are idyllic, the forest air is revitalizing: in the heart of the Black Forest, Harald Wohlfahrt offers a festival for all the senses. Carpaccio of wild gambas and breast of black-feathered chicken stuffed with foie gras, are amongst the culinary creations which turn a meal at Schwarzwaldstube into a great moment. Inspired by the tantalising diversity of the best produce and drawing inspiration from cuisines the world over, the Chef approaches traditional cuisine with authenticity, precision and a wealth of innovation. This pleasurable experience is further enhanced by sommelier Stéphane Gass, the welcome by Maître de Maison David Breuer and a service team full of joie de vivre. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. The Villa Hammerschmiede, which once belonged to the Krupp family of industrialists, has many treats in store. Relaxing in the rock swimming pool overlooking the park, unwinding in the Art déco interior with its inviting rooms or appreciating the hospitality of your hosts is a pleasure. Enjoy a trip to discover the Maulbronn Monastery, listed as World Heritage by Unesco. Practise your swing at one of the 14 top golf courses within a 50 km radius, or go on an outing to Baden-Baden and try your luck in the casino that Marlene Dietrich described as “the most beautiful in the world”. Nearby Heidelberg is also worth a trip to explore the impressive Gothic castle there. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the mountains. The Residenz Heinz Winkler is located between Salzburg and Munich, not far from Lake Chiemsee, in the heart of idyllic Bavarian landscapes. This is a veritable temple to fine dining, a haven of peace where attention-to-detail is the hallmark of the rooms and suites which offer unparalleled comfort. Heinz Winkler, the Chef who has chalked up outstanding success in Germany, is the inventor of “cuisine vitale” which combines culinary delights with wellness. His creations, composed together with his son Alexander, are perfectly complemented by the exceptional treatments of the Vital Resort and invigorating walks through the fairytale-like Bavarian countryside. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. This charming hotel in the heart of the Black Forest proposes a myriad of activities for all ages. The “Kinderdörfle” kids’ village will thrill the younger ones whilst nature lovers will benefit from the forest park, the Sattelei refuge or the national park nearby. The rooms, which are decorated in an elegant country house style, offer a very high comfort. You can enjoy a cigar while tasting a single malt at the new Smokers Lounge, appreciate a moment of wellbeing at the Wellness & Spa centre, swim in the natural pond and finally savour delicious dishes in the three à la carte restaurants. The gourmet restaurant Bareiss has the reputation of being in the top ten restaurants in Germany. Three-star Chef Claus-Peter Lumpp, together with his teammate Jurgen Fendt, Germany's best sommelier, lead the kitchens with maestria. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Villino is an exquisite hotel with award-winning cuisine, located above Lindau, in the heart of lush fruit orchards, at the crossroads of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Chef Reiner Fischer has achieved extensive acclaim for the restaurant with his Italian-Asian cuisine, complimented by an international wine list with no less than 850 different selections. A charming garden, based on traditional English and Italian designs, surrounds the hotel and invites to a stroll. The deep, true blue of the iris is the hotel’s logo. The diversity of the artistic, cultural and leisure activities on and around Lake Constance ensures there is something for everyone here. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. “Just one movement by Bach is worth an entire symphony of other music”, commented the Russian cellist Rostropovich. The memory of Johann Sebastian Bach lives on in and around the Hotel Hohenhaus, close to the town of Eisenach where the German composer was born and spent his childhood. The sublime melancholy of his cello suites can perhaps be attributed to these wooded landscapes. This is the perfect place to savour culinary highlights at the Hohenhaus restaurant, enjoy nature’s charms and have a relaxing or active stay devoted to outdoor pursuits and swimming in the indoor pool. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. Burg Schwarzenstein is tucked away in Mediterranean-style parkland surrounded by vineyards overlooking the Rheingau wine-growing region with stunning vistas of the Rhine Valley. This magnificently restored castle, which dates back more than 150 years, with its thick walls, is a haven of hospitality and the epitome of sophisticated authenticity. Rooms and suites alike are appointed with luxurious furnishing fabrics and silks in delicate hues of cream and beige which create a warm contrast with the dark tones of the wenge wood panelling. Food lovers will delight in the exquisite cuisine served in the elegant gourmet restaurant and the supremely romantic Burgrestaurant. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Burg Wernberg is an exclusive hotel in a historic castle with a first class gourmet restaurant featuring the excellent cuisine of Chef Thomas Kellermann, all under one roof. Located in the heart of the Upper Palatinate region and easily accessible from Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Prague, gourmets and connoisseurs can dine lavishly in the restaurant, reside like royalty, relax or celebrate sumptuous events – all exclusively within the carefully restored castle walls. From a romantic weekend for two to a fairytale dream wedding of any size – at Burg Wernberg nearly everything is possible. Come and discover just how special variety can be. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. In the heart of the estate of the Counts von Hardenberg, at the foot of the castle ruin, there is a place which offers a refuge of classic elegance and rural idyll, unspoilt nature and modern comfort: the Hardenberg BurgHotel. Enjoy the calm of the hotel and forget the hustle and bustle savouring culinary moments at the gourmet restaurant Novalis or local dishes at the Hardenberg KellerSchänke. Relax at the Hardenberg BurgSpa with its wellness treatments. Experience the Hardenberg GolfResort, one of the most beautiful golf courses in Northern Germany or visit the Count’s corn distillery. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. Burg Schlitz is a noble country residence and the perfect place if your dream is to live the castle lifestyle. This classical palace is tucked away from the stress of everyday life in 400 acres of landscaped parkland, only an hour and a half hour from Berlin and Hamburg. True connoisseurs will appreciate the meals served in the Heraldic Room, the Café-Brasserie “Louise” or the Davidoff Cigar Lounge. The very intimate wellness & spa lounge is supremely elegant and invites to relaxation. It is a tiny piece of heaven on earth where you can relax in an ambiance of delightful good taste. Life can’t get any better than that! ... Learn moreless