No trip to Germany is complete without a road trip on its slick autobahns. Rent a fine German car and set your GPS to the Black Forest Panoramic Route. This 70-kilometre stretch of winding roads offers stupendous views across forests and mountain ranges. Get your engine and adrenalin revving as you drive up to Kandel at an altitude of 1,000 metres. Along the way, make detours to discover the many artisanal products that the region is known for: cuckoo clocks, Bollenhut hats, Black Forest ham and Black Forest gateau. The route from Feldberg to Waldkirch isn’t long but it has many attractions and photo stops along the way. Plot a fairy-tale escape.
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Soon after the first glass of wine of the season is poured, temporary wine taverns sprout across the southwestern region of Baden-Württemberg, bordering France. Tablecloths are laid out, strings of twinkling lights go up, and decorated broomsticks are hung outside to signal the start of the party. Inns in the Württemberg region are called are called besenwirtschaften (broom inns) or besa, and straussen in Baden. These inns provide an immersive experience into how Germany’s fine wine is produced. Stroll through hills carpeted with vineyards, take a tour of a facility and sample different wines, before you choose which ones you would like to take back home. Sunny Baden is known for its Pinot Noir, but don’t miss out on tasting a glass of Chasselas white wine, the region’s specialty. While in Württemberg, known for its red wines, try the Dornfelder, made from a grape variety developed in the region. Plan your vineyard trail.
Feel the wind in your hair, and let the sun warm you as you pedal down the Baltic Coast Cycle Route. This gentle course is perfect for beginners and active families. Postcard-perfect villages, gorgeous beaches, and charming inns make for perfect pit stops to catch your breath. Begin at Flensburg, make your way to Fehmarn Island, and perhaps spend a few days at a seaside resort in the Bay of Lubeck. Along the way, don’t miss the old quarters of the UNESCO-listed towns of Wismar and Stralsund. Get ready to hop on a cycle.
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