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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 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
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
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 on a river. This mansion, located at the heart of the Peenetal Nature Park, a European Destination of Excellence, overlooks the protected river. The bald eagle and the beaver will be your neighbours during your stay in the 19th century manor house. You can appreciate the Chef’s culinary delights during an à-la-carte breakfast, a picnic in the 10 hectare park or a dinner at the restaurant or the historic inn “Stolper Fährkrug”. Exceptional moments throughout the year and not only during the music festival… You can choose between a Wellness Lounge, a bath tub on the bank of the river Peene, a little boat in the natural harbour and a photo safari to the moorland. ... 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 KeilerSchänke. 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
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
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 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
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
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