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 town. With the Semper Opera House, the Zwinger Palace and the Frauenkirche, Dresden is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Germany. Right in the centre of the Baroque district it is home to Bülow Palais. This residence, which is run with passion, offers a taste of paradise to stylish and demanding guests. It boasts an elegant atmosphere, with a touch of originality designed to appeal to those who love all that is truly personal. Relax and enjoy breakfast in the light-filled winter garden, savour light German cuisine at Bülow's Bistro, or meet up with your friends at the cigar lounge. The restaurant Le Caroussel offers one of the best cuisines in the region. ... 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
Restaurant in town. In the heart of the historic old town of Osnabrück, Chef Thomas Bühner and Maîtresse de Maison Thayarni Kanagaratnam welcome you to the warmly decorated surroundings of the restaurant La Vie, a neoclassical house, adorned with fine wood and contemporary works of art. In this “Mecca for gourmets”, Thomas Bühner creates three-dimensional, avant-garde and aromatic cuisine. He seeks out the natural flavours of the ingredients he chooses to showcase and takes time to cook them at low temperatures. His menus are composed like a symphony, and his arrangements playfully create combinations which lead to a thrilling and memorable harmony of sensations. ... 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
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 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
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
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. Dating back to the 18th century, Hotel Seesteg was once the building in which the wooden boards of the pier were stored during the stormy winters on the North Sea coast. Today, it has been converted from a storehouse into an exceptional, relaxing haven. Everything is designed to offer an unparalleled, intimate atmosphere and smart style and design. Every room faces the sea and the outdoor rooftop pool offers breathtaking views of the Wadden Sea National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site. The large floor-to-ceiling windows boast a direct view of the white sand beach. ... Learn moreless