"I was raised in a small town in Southern Germany but now I live in Berlin—it’s the contrast between these parts of the country that I love to show my travellers. The culture and freedom of Germany’s cities. The traditions and community of its villages. Every corner telling world history, connected by the diversity of the land: from sea to forest to the Alps."
—Mario Koch, Experience Designer
germany is a country of contrasts as complex as her history
Clichéd stereotypes of wurst and giant mugs of beer come easily to mind, of dark forests and castles perched high above alpine lakes. But Germany is also a place where sophisticated cities sit side by side with quaint villages little-changed over time. Where world-class cycling trails make even city-biking a pleasure, and you can hike through picture-perfect landscapes before contemplating some of the most impactful and confronting history of modern times. Our Bespoke itineraries bring it all together. And by all means, don’t miss the joy of indulging in wurst and a stein of Helles in a charming, alpine biergarten.
Discover the possibilities:
With one of the world’s best networks of dedicated bike paths, Germany is a cyclist’s dream. Blink-and-you’ll-miss-them EU borders make it easy to seamlessly bike into nine neighbouring countries, so a morning sipping Spätburgunder in Germany’s Kaiserstuhl region is easily complemented by an afternoon of fine French wines in Alsace. We’ll create your perfect itinerary, contrasting fairy-tale castles with cutting-edge urban design, along bike paths that pass as easily through centuries of history, as they do through lush Alpine pastures.
BAVARIA'S FAIRY-TALE CASTLES: KING LUDWIG II BIKING
Immerse yourself in the fantastical world of Bavaria’s King Ludwig II, biking along undulating Alpine trails towards exclusive, private tours of his magnificent legacy castles and palaces. Bike quiet country roads past cows with ringing bells, skirting turquoise lakes and picture-perfect towns. Along the way enjoy herb-infused cheese at simple country inns, or indulge in fine-dining restaurants and world-class spa resorts, while our passionate local guide enthrals you with the fascinating history of Bavaria’s “Fairy-Tale King.”
Munich to Verona Biking
Follow the millennia-old path of the Via Claudia across the Alps. Begin in Bavaria where mountain peaks lie mirrored in emerald lakes. Journey past Austrian castles, drop into Switzerland for lunch and follow the Adige River where fruit trees line one bank and the rugged peaks and glaciers of Italy’s South Tyrol the other. Bathe in Merano’s healing waters, explore wine cellars with our friend Franz, then revel in the glamour of the iconic Lido Palace by the shores of Lago di Garda, then celebrate your arrival in Valpolicella with a glass of Amarone.
German History & Culture
With thousand-year-old towns, fairy-tale castles and a centre-stage role in Europe’s turbulent modern narrative, Germany exudes history. Our local experts, passionate tellers of history, bring these stories to life. Ride with Mike through the once-impassable Cold War border at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Boat with Ilona on the lake where King Ludwig II met his mysterious, untimely death. Experience the historical significance of the Berchtesgaden mountains, Eagle’s Nest and the Nuremberg courtrooms.
Germany Family Trip
A Germany family trip blends an abundance of safe bike paths and stunning hiking trails with activity, culture and a gentle appreciation of history. Kayak the lakes, wild-water-raft through narrow gorges, star-gaze from a high Alpine plateau and dive into the history of Berlin. Delight in private castle tours, scale mountains on Via Ferratas, dip your toes into the Baltic Sea, bike the Romantic Road through magical villages and ride horses through the Black Forest. All to a soundtrack of merry, ringing cowbells.
Hiking the German & Austrian Alps
Hike the best of the Alps as you wander the ruggedly majestic landscapes of Berchtesgaden and stroll through the quaint and picturesque countryside of Austria’s Salzkammergut. Hike each day—we’ve found the best trails for you, or let our fabulous local guide show you the way. Walk Europe’s oldest pilgrimage trail following The Sound of Music, discover Eagle’s Nest and enjoy the fabulous spas and luxuries of our favourite alpine lodges.
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This is just a taste of what you can see and experience in Germany. Reach out to your Experience Designer for so much more—take a journey along Romantic Road (we'll deck you out with a stylish car to match), dine at the best of Michelin-starred restaurants (Germany has the 4th most on the planet!), dive deep into Berlin’s non-conformist arts scene, take part in the parade of the Oktoberfest beer patrons or venture onwards north into Denmark, along the Baltic Coast and into Poland, west into Belgium, south into Austria or east into Czechia.
Notes From Your Designer:
Ideal trip length: 5 - 8 days
Starting Price: US $1,000 Per Person/Day
Photography credit: Gert Krautbauer, BIKO, Landesarchiv Berlin, Daniel Dittus, Stadtmarketinggesellschaft DessauRoßlau mbH, Der Tegernsee/Julian Rohn