According to the German National Tourist Board, more and more Americans are visiting Germany. Perhaps it has something to do with travelers getting the most Euros per US dollar in a decade. Or it could be the new nonstop flights on Lufthansa, airberlin, Condor and Delta. And the trend continues. The Munich Airport Expansion is to open in April.
Traveling within Germany is easy thanks to its extensive train network. And it’s getting better all the time. The high-speed train trip between Berlin to Munich, for example, now takes a little more than six hours. This will go down to under four hours by the end of 2017.
193 hotels debut in 2016, including the luxurious new Fontenay in Hamburg and Roomers in Baden-Baden. Stylish and affordable Moxy Hotels are opening in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich.
Germany is a place of hills and mountains, rivers. lakes, and seas. Since a third of its total land area is woodland, it is a place to enjoy your vacation in the heart of nature. There are sixteen national parks, oner 100 nature parks, and fifteen UNESCO biosphere reserves.
There are over 350 islands and 124,000 miles of walking trails. The over 200 long-distance cycling routes cover over 43,000 miles. Use the sliders on the Germany Travel site to find your favorite.
Choose from over 150 scenic routes. Among the culinary options are two cheese routes, five wine routes, two asparagus routes, and a beer and castle route.
Those who love culture will not want to miss the German Fairytale Route, Via Regia Cultural Route and Legendary Rhine-Romantic Route.
Options for architecture aficionados include the castle routes, half-timbered house route, and the upper Swabian baroque route.
And to top it off, 2016 is a year of anniversary celebrations.
A festival week in April 15-24, 2016 and concerts throughout the year will mark the 800 years of the Dresden Kreuzchor. It opens with the renowned choir’s concert at the Church of the Holy Cross, choir’s home.
It is also the 90th year of Bauhaus in Dresden, the capital of the Bauhaus movement. The exhibition “Textile Design Today from Experiment to Series” will run March 16 to September 5, 2016 at the Museum for Gestating in Berlin.
This is the 500th Year of the Beer Purity Law, the oldest food regulation still in existence. The Exhibition in Mannheim runs February 19 – July 24. There’s a celebration in Ingolstadt April 22 –24, and a festival in Munich July 22 – 24.
2017 marks the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation. Many tours to historical and cultural places influenced by the Reformation have been designed in celebration of this event.
Explore authentic sites and picturesque towns and landscapes while walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther. Learn how the Reformation changed not only theology but also history, art and culture.
It’s a special time in Germany that you will not want to miss.