Making its way through the very heart of Germany, this charming route winds along the region’s rivers and leads you through its picturesque valleys. Starting in Frankfurt, your journey quickly gives way to endless countryside as the route accompanies the Saar, the Mosel and the Rhine, between vineyards and forests rich in legends, until it reaches the romantic valley of the Lahn. A bucolic journey with plenty of gourmet stops.
Frankfurt, European capital of finance, is first and foremost a skyline of glass and steel buildings, a unique landscape reinvented by architect Norman Foster. But the city has nonetheless preserved some beautiful medieval houses. With a rich cultural offer, with its museums and theatres, Frankfurt is proving to be one of the most interesting and abundant cities in the country, whether you are a fan of modern architecture, football or Goethe's poetry... ... Learn moreless
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...Read More less
The Botanical Garden is an unexpected stop near the Goethe-University. Founded in 1868, the vast estate – an exotic haven of peace for horticulture enthusiasts – is where the inhabitants of Frankfurt like to meet. Spread over 55 acres (22 hectares), the gardeners take care of the approximately 13,000...Read More less
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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
Created by monks who once lived in the monasteries of the region, the Rheingau vineyards today span nearly 3000 ha. Even if they are best known for their superb Rieslings (sweet and fruity), different areas have opened up to new varieties: pinot noir, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and merlot. Today there...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in town. In the border triangle between Germany, France, and Luxembourg, Boutique Hotel Esplanade is located at the entrance to the Nauwieser Viertel quarter, the cultural center of Saarbrücken. The building that the hotel calls home is a former schoolhouse, dated circa 1890. This architectural gem, a historic landmark from the Wilhelminian era, now serves as an elegant retreat and an outstanding dining establishment. The common areas are masterpieces of natural light, harmonious hues, sleek lines, noble materials, and sensual fabrics. The restaurant’s cuisine is every bit equal to the décor. Chef Silio Del Fabro always uses fresh regional market produce to compose his evolving selections. His dishes are interpretations of classic French haute cuisine with Mediterranean and Japanese influences, playing on the subtle contrasts between classicism and modernism. Among the many prestigious labels on the wine menu, pride of place is given little-known wines from the German terroir. Individually selected design classics and mid-century artworks adorn the tastefully decorated guest rooms at Boutique Hotel Esplanade, while the attentive and efficient service adds to the unforgettable charm of your stay. ... Learn moreless
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Hotel and restaurant in town. On the left bank of the Rhine between Cologne and Frankfurt, Germany, discover a property that blends history with modernity: PURS Luxury Boutique Hotel & Restaurant combines elegance, refined aesthetics, gastronomy and a warm welcome. Located in a former residence of the Archbishops of Cologne, this boutique hotel has just eleven rooms and suites as well as a renowned restaurant featuring contemporary interior design by Axel Vervoordt. The Belgian designer and collector of antiques has subtly married the rich heritage of the hotel with works of art, creating a contemporary style that simultaneously makes guests feel at home and conjures a haven of tranquility. This canvas is home to the creative cuisine of chef Yannick Noack, a champion of local terroir. ... Learn moreless
Located on a peninsula in the Rhine, the highest cold-water geyser in the world is visible between March and October. Every two hours, like clockwork, the geyser projects up to nearly 60 meters high during an eight-minute show. While the phenomenon was discovered during drilling in the area in 1903,...Read More less
The Rhine Valley is one of the most beautiful and romantic "roads" in all of Germany. Traditional villages and fortresses follow the length of the water. In this part of the Reinthal, the river crosses Stolzenfels, an impressive castle built for King Frederick William IV. Then further south on the opposite...Read More less
Renowned for its Rieslings, this area’s wines are less renowned than the Rhine Valley, but instead more sparkling and lively. The celebrated Neumagen wine boat is a testament to the work of the Romans who cultivated vines along its steep slopes. Some say that being a winemaker in these romantic landscapes...Read More less
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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
Created in 1987 by Dr. Markus Hallermeier, this mushroom museum houses some 700 different species harvested mainly around Bad Laasphe and surrounding areas. Belly, Ascomycetes, agarics, russulas, mushrooms, and ceps are found in one of Europe's finest collections of fungi to the delight of fans of undergrowth.Read More less
Former properties of the princes of Wittgenstein, these vast eponymous forests are among the most game-rich in the country. Accompanied by experienced guides, you can go on the lookout for deer, mouflon and other wild boar in hilly and wild landscapes.
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.