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.
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
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The Tegernsee Valley, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Germany. Its pubs, cloisters and churches offer a bridge between the past and traditions. This also applies to the Egerner Höfe, in the heart of a 10,000 m2 park with old trees. The architecture is an elegant blend of tradition and modernity and the interior decoration of the rooms and suites is composed of wood, brightly coloured fabrics and contemporary artwork. Its gourmet cuisine marries haute cuisine and traditional Bavarian cooking. Special events can be hosted in the Egerner Alm, inspired by an 18th century chalet, and its former wine cellar. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Nestled in the Rothaar Mountains, far from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this oasis of hospitality and culinary delights suddenly appears from nowhere. Jagdhof Glashütte, one of Germany’s most beautiful countryside hotels, is situated in the heart of a densely wooded region, at the end of the spectacular Lahn Valley. Relaxation, fine dining and romanticism are part of the lifestyle in the forests and former hunting grounds of the Counts of Wittgenstein. The luxurious, rural atmosphere is already evident on entering the magnificent hall with its fireplace for a welcome cocktail. This hotel is ever faithful to its motto: back to nature, but with style. ... 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 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 town. This hotel is part of a romantic collection of ancient half-timbered dwellings, and is tucked away in a picturesque square in the town of Frankenberg, in the region which inspired the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Soak up the elegant atmosphere of its common areas, rooms and suites with their vibrant, sun-drenched colours. Relax in the ‘Sonne’ Oriental spa. Then enjoy superb Mediterranean and gourmet star cuisine. The cellar, more than 500 years old, is a treasure trove with its more than 700 labels from all over the world. Die Sonne is known for its warm hospitality and you, as guests, will feel as though you are amongst old friends. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. Badenweiler, a town of waters par excellence that was given the name of “Aqua Villae” by the Romans, is now more popular than ever because of the therapeutic powers of its thermal springs. At the Hotel Schwarzmatt, renowned for its excellent cuisine, the Sano & Salvo Spa extends an invitation to enjoy the exceptional benefits of thermal baths, steam baths, biosauna and Finnish sauna. Relax in the indoor pool, on the sunny terrace or in the bright pavilion with glass mosaics. Located on the border of Germany, Switzerland and France, at the crossroads of Europe, this is the ideal place for a reviving break. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in a park. In the middle of the magnificent Palmengarten a white building hosts the Restaurant Lafleur, which is designed in Bauhaus style and whose name pays homage to the Pomerol wine estate, Château Lafleur. Chef Andeas Krolik creates a contemporary cuisine, which combines regional products with Mediterranean influences. He excels in the preparation of fish dishes. His elegantly presented plates feature a dialogue of sweetness and acidity and an occasional use of more intensive spices and essences. A Breton mackerel meets a Dashi stock and aubergine cream, whilst a carabinero is accompanied by a vermouth froth, spicy carrots and lemon confit. ... Learn moreless
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