Uncover the Best of Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle. Begin your journey in Berlin, where history and modernity collide in a vibrant metropolis known for its iconic landmarks and bustling cultural scene. Experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial hub, and explore its stunning skyline and world-class attractions. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Dresden, with its impressive architecture, renowned art collections, and captivating historic sites. Dive into the vibrant atmosphere of Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and indulge in its unique blend of art, culture, and traditional Bavarian charm. Finally, be enchanted by the fairytale beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the picturesque Bavarian Alps, and experience the romance of a true architectural masterpiece. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through Germany’s diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cities.
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
No. of persons: 1 pax.
Meals included: breakfast daily and tastings (food tours) as per itinerary
Guides, drivers: Local guides as per program, Private car with English-speaking driver throughout your trip
- The Vibrant Capital: Exploring Berlin's Rich History and Contemporary Culture
- Dresden: A Journey Through Baroque Splendor and Cultural Heritage
- Bamberg: Discovering the Charms of Bavaria's Medieval Treasure
- Munich: Bavaria's Cultural Capital of Art, History, and Oktoberfest
- Freiburg im Schwarzwald: Exploring the Charms of the Black Forest
- Neuschwanstein Castle: A Fairytale Retreat in the Bavarian Alps
Private guided tour with your local guide (whole day – up to 6 hours!). Visit all the Main Sites from the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate, from the site of Hitler’s bunker, the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie to the Reichstag parliament building. During the tour you will be using public transportation (payable on the spot). For a supplement we can arrange private transfer.
Tip of the day (to include in the guiding or enjoy after guided tour):
– Hall of mirrors in Clarchens Ballhaus: Clärchens Ballhaus, a dancing venue established in 1913 in Wilhelmine and re-opened in 2005 with the interior largely untouched and unchanged, so that the hall with its chandelier, gallery and decorative stucco at ceilings and walls offers a glimpse at the Golden Twenties in Berlin as a veritable dancing venue and variety hall.
– The Neues Museum: houses the archaeological collections of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Pre- and Early History, as well as works from the Collection of Classical Antiquities.
– Berlin food tour: for everyone who want to discover not only Berlin but also the Berlin way of life and indulge in some of the most exciting eating spots. In Berlin, the word neighbourhood still means something. The word “Kiez” is used by Berliners to describe the neighbourhood where they live and feel like home. As a city within a city, each district has developed its own charm and atmosphere.
– Original Berlin craft beer tour: During the tour you will sample at least three (depending on location it can be up to five!) local craft beers at three unique locations. Along the way our guide will tell the stories and history of craft beer and the craft beer scene in Berlin as well as local stories you will only hear from a real Berliner. You’ll get an intimate look into this new and growing niche movement. By the end, you will not only have the ability to identify different styles of craft beer, but you will also have gained an appreciation for the culture of Berlin as a whole.
Day at leisure. You can add to the itinerary some of the suggestions below.
Tip of the day:
– Berlin boat tour: See Berlin from the water: tour where you travel 23km through the localities of Mitte, Moabit, Tiergarten, Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain and offers an impression of the city not achievable in any other way.
– Reichstag rooftop tour: A great way to continue your exploration and historical overview of Berlin is to visit the dome and rooftop terrace of the Reichstag Berlin.
– Berliner Unterwelten (subterranean Berlin): A tour of underground Berlin takes you through WWII air raid shelters, abandoned subway stations and tunnels used to smuggle people out of East Germany during the Cold War.
– Charlottenburg palace: Charlottenburg is the largest and most important palace complex in Berlin of the former Brandenburg electors, Prussian kings, and German emperors. The Crown Treasure and Silver Vault are a special highlight at Charlottenburg Palace.
Train transfer to Dresden. Dresden guided walking tour will take you around the Old Town of Dresden, its former rulers – the house of Wettin and their collections e.g. in the Residential Palace. When we pass the Catholic Court Church, we get a closer look at the Semper Opera House and the famous Zwinger Palace.
Surely one of the highlights is the rebuild “Church of our Lady” and the surrounding architecture. Stop at one of the world`s longest mural paintings – portraying Saxon rulers from the 11th till 19th century, finnishing with “Balcony of Europe”, where you can enjoy a great view!
Besides, you can visit Militärhistorisches Museum Dresden or Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister. This astounding collection of European art from the 16th to 18th centuries boasts an incredible number of masterpieces, including Rafael’s famous Sistine Madonna and works by Titian, Tintoretto, Holbein, Dürer, etc.
Tip of the day (can be added to your itinerary):
– Stop in Potsdam on the way to Dresden: unique town of Potsdam, whose palaces and parks were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. Not only is the city incredibly picturesque with its manicured gardens, many palaces, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres, but it is also brimming with an equally fascinating history. Think Prussian splendour, new post-WWII borders, and Cold War spy-swapping!
Train transfer to Bamberg. Guided tour of Old town of Bamberg: Surrounded by three of Europe’s most beautiful Nature Parks, Franconian Switzerland, Steigerwald and Haßberge. Experience the atmosphere of the old streets and Cathedral Square, the view of Little Venice, and enjoy the panorama of the city landscape and the beautiful surroundings from the top of Michaelsberg.
Tip of the day (optionally):
– Bamberg brewery tour: Bamberg is famous for its breweries and more precisely for its heavily hopped beer and smoked beer. We suggest a visit to the following: Schlenkerla brewery has been around since 1678. The name originally comes from ‘schlenkern’, an expression from Franconia, which meant ‘to not walk straight’. Since 1670 Mahrs Bräu runs only on green energy and they buy all their ingredients locally. They brew nine different types of beer, mainly pale, and their Weisse Bock won a gold medal at the European Beer Star competition. Klosterbräu, the oldest one in Bamberg, since 1333. Very old Brauerei Fässla- they still thake water from a 60-meters-deep well, to brew their beer.
In the morning private transfer to Munich. On the way stop in romantic Rothenburg. It is a town on the Romantic Road in Bavaria about halfway in between Frankfurt and Munich. It is known for its medieval center (Altstadt), seemingly untouched by the passage of time, encircled by the undamaged 14th century town wall. Now Rothenburg is a small town and a big tourist attraction where you can spend many hours just enjoying the town atmosphere.
Continue to Munich. In the evening, we suggest you to visit the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, the brand which brought an unparalleled beer culture to the world. Enjoy unique drinking, dining and entertainment experience in one of the world center of beer.
Private guided tour of Munich: Sightseeing of Munich’s main attractions. Visit many of Munich’s top sites — city squares like Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz and Max-Joseph-Platz, plus the Alte Pinakothek art museum, Munich National Theatre and famous watering hole Hofbräuhaus.
Tip of the day (in the afternoon):
– Visit BMW World & Museum: The BMW Museum offers a fascinating presentation of the company, brand and product history of BMW. After learning about BMW’s past you can be brought up to date with the present at the stylish exhibition hall next door. BMW Welt is free to enter and the best explanation is that it’s the world’s most spectacular car dealership showroom. People come to pick up their new BMWs, which is a spectacle in its own right as their car is lifted up to them by elevator into a glass hall.
– Dachau Concentration Camp: It was the first of its kind opened in Germany by the Nazi government in 1933, and it served as a model for later concentration camps. Designed to hold Jews, political prisoners, and other “undesirables,” the camp is now a memorial to the more than 40,000 people who died and over 200,000 who were imprisoned here during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American forces.
In the morning drive toward Neuschwanstein Castle of crazy King Ludwig.
Visit fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle: Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. However, movement in the foundation area has to be continuously monitored, and the sheer rock walls must be repeatedly secured.
Continue to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Rest of the day at leisure.
Private transfer to Schwarzwald area to Freiburg.
Freiburg is known for its ancient university and its medieval cathedral. It is the primary tourist entry point to the scenic beauty of the Black Forest. Walk this historic city with a lot of beautiful sites.
Afterwards you will get an extensive ride crossing the Black Forest nature park. The remarkable scenery will be unforgettable for you, enjoy several stops to take pictures and buy some gifts for your family and friends who have stayed at home. If you wish you can visit world’s largest cuckoo clock in the Eble watch park. This superlative clock in the Eble watch park was recreated on a 60: 1 scale of an original movement of a cuckoo clock and can be viewed from inside and outside. The clock is a completely one-off production. The largest wheel diameter is 2.60 meters. The work has a weight of 6 tons, the pendulum is 8 meters long.
Train transfer to Frankfurt. At leisure.
We suggest you try typical green sauce and Apfelwein: There’s nothing elegant about the old Hessian speciality, green sauce, but you do have to give this condiment a try when you’re in Frankfurt as it’s delicious. The sauce has a thick consistency and an egg base, and that green tone comes from its seven fresh herbs: Parsley, borage, chervil, chives, burnet, cress and sorrel. Green sauce always comes with boiled potatoes and hard-boiled eggs. Apparently it was also Goethe’s favourite dish, so you’ll be in good company. The only true pairing for a serving of green sauce is a glass of tart Apfelwein, which is best compared to cider.
Guided tour of Frankfurt: Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Wealthy bankers, students and granola dropouts coexist in a city that has some of the highest, most avant-garde skyscrapers of Europe next to well- maintained old buildings. The city Centre, especially Römer square, the cultural landscape and the museums at the River Main, draw millions of tourists every year.
Here you can visit: Römerberg, the old Centre of Frankfurt, with a number of historic buildings dating to the 14th and 15th century, Dom(Saint Bartholomeus’ Cathedral), Hauptwache-the public area that is often considered the central hub of Frankfurt’s modern city Centre area. Other attractions include the Katharinenkirche (built in 1680), and the Palais Thurn-und-Taxis (18th century palace completely rebuilt 2004-2009). Alte Oper Frankfurt (Old Opera), Börse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange), Paulskirche (St. Paul’s Church), Sachsenhausen – part of the city south of the Main River. The old town part, Alt-Sachsenhausen, at Affentorplatz is famous for its old cider bar.
Private transfer to Frankfurt Airport and flight back home.