From bustling big cities like Berlin and Hamburg, to the historic sites of Nuremberg and Lübeck, and the stunning scenery of Heidelberg and Freiburg – Germany has a whole lot to offer. Here, Luxury Escapes sums up the best things to do while visiting this beautiful country.
Germany has long been famous for its love of sausages (or Wurst, as the locals call it). It comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but if you only have time to try three, make it these.
This is one of Germany’s most famous sausages and can be found everywhere, from street vendors to train station cafés and fancy restaurants. Typically made from pork, it’s a white sausage that’s fried and best enjoyed with mustard and fresh bread.
Where to try it: From any street vendor
The authentic Bratwurst experience involves having it handed over to you in a crusty white roll with just a napkin to mop up any mustard spills. It might be messy, but it tastes delicious!
This culinary hit originated in Berlin and is now served all over Germany. It’s a pork sausage, typically steamed and then fried, served in a tangy sauce made of curry powder, Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Make sure you get a side of Pommes (chips) to go with it!
Where to try it: Konnopke’s Imbiss, Berlin
If you can, it’s best to try Currywurst in its birthplace, Berlin. Konnopke’s Imbiss has been going since 1930 and regularly boasts long queues. It’s well worth the wait, thanks to large portions and fair prices. Plus, they do a vegan option too!
Literally translated, this dish is simply ‘white sausage’ and originates from Bavaria. It tends to be made from veal and pork, seasoned with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger and cardamom. Try it with a salted, doughy Pretzel and some sweet mustard on the side.
Where to try it: Oktoberfest, Munich
Nothing helps to soak up the beer like a delicious Weisswurst. You’ll find it served all over Munich, with locals often enjoying the dish for breakfast.
If you only learn one sentence in German, let it be how to ask for a beer: “Ein Bier, bitte!”. Germany is a real paradise for beer lovers, with pubs often offering huge menus filled with a large variety of local brews.
Altes Mädchen, Hamburg
This charming gastropub serves 60 different craft beers from all over the world (including those from their very own brewery, Ratsherrn, which is just next door). You’ll also find a large selection of soft drinks, wines, cocktails and cider and delicious food including gourmet burgers, steak and, of course, sausages.
Peters Brauhaus, Cologne
The building alone is stunning, with stained glass windows and carved-wood arches showcasing the best of German architecture. The selection of beers also won’t disappoint, while traditional cuisine such as Spätzle (a German pasta dish) will satisfy rumbling stomachs. There are even vegan options at Peters, which can be hard to find in a country of meat lovers.
Vagabund Brauerei, Berlin
Tucked away in a less touristy part of Berlin, this brewery and Taphouse bar was founded by three Americans. Expect friendly, personal service and a huge variety of delicious beers. Their motto is “we close when we close”, so you could be in for a late night!
Even if you wouldn’t describe yourself as a big fan of medieval architecture yet, you will be by the time you leave Nuremberg. This historic city in Bavaria is home to some of Germany’s most stunning buildings, including the Nuremberg Castle and the gothic churches of Frauenkirche and St. Lorenz. The run-up to Christmas is one of the best times to visit Nuremberg, with markets selling local gingerbread popping up all over the city. For those who’d rather head to Nuremberg during warmer months, there are still plenty of shopping options, from the artisan workshops of Handwerkerhof to the upscale boutiques on Kaiserstrasse.
Le Méridien Grand Hotel Nuremberg
Set in the heart of this ancient city, the iconic Le Méridien brand, part of the Marriott group, offers a taste of modern luxury with a medieval backdrop. The on-site brasserie offers freshly-made regional specialties such as Bratwurst and a hearty breakfast to fuel your sightseeing. Every Sunday there’s a relaxed brunch for guests who fancy a lie-in, while Sunday evenings at the brasserie are reserved for a special candlelit dinner. The hotel’s central location is perfect for exploring Nuremberg – the central station is just across the street and the entrance to old town is right in front of the hotel. You can get to the airport with a speedy 15-minute subway ride. Find out more about the hotel here.
Germany’s capital city has something for everyone. Foodies will love the vast array of restaurants, offering cuisine from all over the world alongside typical German fare. There’s also heaps to be learnt about the city’s history: visit Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Berlin Wall crossing point, and at least one of Berlin’s huge selection of interesting museums. Meanwhile, night owls will love the city’s many clubs. Dance the night away at Berghain, arguably Berlin’s most famous establishment.
While in Hamburg, you have to visit the Elbphilharmonie, the city’s tallest building and a spectacular modern concert hall. You’ll have to book well in advance to see a show here though, as they sell out fast. Kids both big and small will love Miniaturwunderland, a fascinating model railway built in great detail and depicting places around the world including Switzerland, Italy and even Sydney. At night, head to the famous Reeperbahn, where you’ll find the spot where The Beatles liked to play and a huge array of bars and clubs. But beware – it’s also a popular red-light district and not family friendly!
The Marienplatz, Munich’s central square, is a must visit when you’re in this beautiful city. The architecture is simply stunning and there are plenty of opportunities for food and drink. The Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest science and technology museum, with around 28,000 impressive exhibits – make sure you take at least half a day to make the most of it. In the evening, head to one of the many local pubs for a beer and hearty German meal.
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