There are several breweries and museums where you can taste an extensive variety of beers. Among them are the Bayreuth Catacombs which lie underground under the Bayreuth brewery. Here, you can navigate the mysterious labyrinth of the beer cellar and learn about its history before enjoying a beer from aktien Zwick’l winery in cozy Bräustüberl. Meanwhile, Maisel’s World of Beer Experiences has received the Guinness Book of Records award for the most comprehensive beer museum in the world. You can take part in brewery tours, beer tastings, and even on-site seminars. But if you prefer to relax with a pint, you can always relax in Bayreuth’s largest beer garden, the Herzogkeller.
Germany’s longest river, the Rhine, is of incredible importance both historically and culturally. This 67-kilometer (41-mile) stretch is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with countless castles, ruins, villages and vineyards. An extensive network of hiking and biking trails, as well as excellent public transport, means you don’t even have to rent a car during your visit. This national park, located in southern Germany along the Austrian border, is an alpine paradise of lush forests, rugged rock faces, crystal clear lakes, sleepy villages and rolling meadows.
Grand castles, opulent palaces, stately churches, and more are at stake as you travel through the historically rich cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. Art and architecture are the main themes when visiting Vienna’s most famous buildings and Oktoberfest monuments. Located along the banks of the River Neckar and connected by the beautiful 230-year-old bridge, lies the city of Heidelberg. Home to just 160,000 people, it’s famous for its eponymous university and its label as City of Literature.
This 19th-century neo-Romantic palace is the model for Disney Castle and a must-see for any German itinerary. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Europe, with more than 1.5 million visitors a year. Located on a steep hill in Bavaria, near the town of Füssen, the palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a refuge and as a tribute to Richard Wagner.
Nuremberg’s Old Town is a beautifully reserved picturesque medieval gem of Germany. You can get on one of the three cable cars or take the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn. The latter starts its journey at the Garmisch Zugspitzbahnhof and ends at the glacier station Zugspitzplatt; stop at intermediate stations on the way. Meanwhile, the world record-breaking cable car takes visitors to the top in just 10 minutes.