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 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
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 in the woods. The town of Potsdam is known for the palaces and gardens of Sanssouci, and bears the stamp of the Italian architecture of master-builders like Schinkel, Persius and the landscape architect Lenné. It is also known for Hotel Bayrisches Haus, which overlooks the national forest from a hill. Built in 1847 in the purest of Bavarian traditions by King Frederic-William IV for his wife, the small chalet with a modest appearance has actually the elegance of a stately home. Today it is not only the ideal place to relax and unwind, but is also renowned for its award-winning restaurant and an exceptional spa. ... 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 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 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
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
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