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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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. 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 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