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 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
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
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
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The Tegernsee Valley, at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, is one of the most picturesque landscapes in Germany. Its pubs, cloisters and churches offer a bridge between the past and traditions. This also applies to the Egerner Höfe, in the heart of a 10,000 m2 park with old trees. The architecture is an elegant blend of tradition and modernity and the interior decoration of the rooms and suites is composed of wood, brightly coloured fabrics and contemporary artwork. Its gourmet cuisine marries haute cuisine and traditional Bavarian cooking. Special events can be hosted in the Egerner Alm, inspired by an 18th century chalet, and its former wine cellar. ... 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 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 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 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 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
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