Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany's soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns. There's something undeniably artistic in the way Germany's scenery unfolds the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north; the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the centre, and the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that's bound to give your camera batteries a workout. Get off the highway and into the great outdoors to soak up the epic landscapes that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious. Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the Hanseatic League, the Reformation and yes, Hitler and the Holocaust, but also the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Goethe, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who, each in their own way, have left their mark on human history. Experiencing Germany through its food and drink will add a rich layer to your memories (and possibly your belly!). You'll quickly discover that the local food is so much more than sausages and pretzels, schnitzel and roast pork accompanied by big mugs of foamy beer. Beyond the clichés awaits a cornucopia of regional and seasonal palate-teasers. Share the German people's obsession with white asparagus in springtime, chanterelle mushrooms in summer and game in autumn. Sample not only the famous beer but also world-class wines, most notably the noble Riesling.
Germany and Austria (Passau to Vienna) Historic villages and modern places (Danube cycle path, Austria) Melk Abbey, Wachau vineyards (wine tasting), Passau, Vienna, Donauleiten nature reserve, Linz, Munich, St. Stephan s Cathedral, Oberhaus Castle, Thee river confluence point (blue Danube, green Inn and the black Ilz), Schlogen bend, Machland area, Grein, Greinburg Castle, Melk (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Marble Hall, Abbey Church, Abbey gardens, DInquire   Invite Members   Add To WishList
Bavarian Lake-Side Tour Oberammergau and Bad Tolz (frescoed houses), Oberammergau Passion Play theatre and the Mad King's Linderhof Palace, Bavarian Alps, Munich, Landsberg, Upper Bavaria, Lech river, Lake Ammersee, Bayertor gate, Ammersee, Diessen, Oberammergau, Polling (Dominican convent), Murnau, Laber mountain (approx. 5,400ft), King Ludwig s castle, Moorish Kiosk, Terrace Garden, Murnau Marsh, Kochel am See, Bavaria, Leonhardifahrt, Kalvarienberg hill procession(November), Holy Cross Church (Holy Staircase Scala Santa ) 07 Days Bike + Park + Local Culture + Castles + Ancient Towns + Mountains + Waterways Daily distance: 30-60 km (total 150 miles) Route profile: pavedInquire   Invite Members   Add To WishList
Cycling the Elbe River from Wittenberg to Dresden Cycling with a tailwind along the river Elbe with mighty castles and enchanting palaces passing by deep insights into Europe s fascinating past - at the original places where it all happened visiting the waterways of Worlitz Garden Realm (gondola ride), Wittenberg, Worlitz Garden Realm, Torgau (Renaissance architecture), Hartenfels Castle, Belgern, Royal Meissen porcelain & Saxon wine, Albrechtsburg castle, Pillnitz Palace, Dresden, Saxon Switzerland National Park, Church of Our Lady, Semper Opera, Zwinger palace 07 Days Bike + Park + Local Culture + Ancient Towns + Mountains + Waterways Daily distance: 30-60 km (total 150 miles) Route profile: pavedInquire   Invite Members   Add To WishList