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 and hotel in the woods. In the guest book of the Hotel Dollenberg, one visitor wrote: “What a shame you can’t cuddle a hotel.” This hotel offers a hospitable atmosphere and excellent service, both of which engender such warm feelings. The relaxing treatments in the spa, the magical dinners in romantic forest clearings of Bad Peterstal and the delightful landscapes of the Black Forest all make for a wonderful stay. Chef Martin Herrmann, the figurehead of the Dollenberg, focuses on the elements which are absolutely indispensable for the dishes. He creates an inventive cuisine inspired by France and the Baden terroir. ... 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
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. In northern Germany, the Island of Sylt rises up out of the North Sea. The largest of the Frisian Islands is connected to the mainland by the Hindenburgdamm Causeway. In Westerland, the well-known seaside resort in the heart of Sylt, stay at the Hotel Stadt Hamburg in a fine, 19th century country house of immense charm with English furniture, romantic rooms, an exquisite spa and delicious local cuisine. Sylt boasts lush vegetation and beautiful panoramas: 40 km of sandy beaches, blooming heathland and thatched cottages. The owner’s photographs of the island appear on the annual Sylt calendar available for guests. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in town. Landhaus Stricker is the ideal place for a wonderful holiday on Sylt, an island with exceptional natural surroundings and particularly pure air. You will feel in top form there whatever the weather, whether browsing through the library, swimming in the heated pool or lounging on the beach, well protected by a strandkorb, the wickered beach chair used on the North Sea coasts. The 700 m² spa provides fitness, relaxation and treatments. And as a finishing touch, there are culinary delights created by starred Chef Holger Bodendorf. You will appreciate his culinary creations with a Mediterranean flair: Tuna & Cucumber: marinated tuna, fried tuna, tuna tartar, cucumber drop, cucumber mousse, bergamot foam. ... 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
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. 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
Restaurant and hotel in the country. Chef Johann Lafer, one of Germany's most famous chefs, endorses the philosophy of the romantic Stromburg: highest demands on quality. The best products are creatively prepared. This is embodied by the restaurant Le Val d’Or, which is artfully transformed during each season in optical, acoustic and culinary terms. “I draw my inspiration from the ingredients themselves”, the exceptionally gifted pastry chef stresses. Johann Lafer devotes the same commitment to his interpretation of sachertorte as he does to braised and roasted kid with Italian artichokes. Helicopter flights over the vineyards and forests of the Rhine appeal to all the senses. ... 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