GERMANY HAS IT ALL
SOMETHING FOR THE SOUL, HEART AND MIND
World-class beer, high-class automobiles, Gutenberg Press and Bavaria’s stunning beauty are all synonymous with Germany. It’s well-known for being philosophic, practical, progressive and positive.
Whether you’re hungry for bratwurst, modern art, dazzling nature or historic sights, Germany has it all. Expect captivating close-ups of medieval times, majestic panoramic views from hills and landmarks, wondrous woods and glorious gardens. Dine in castles that inspired fables and fairy-tales. Savor a glass of refreshing Riesling at a vineyard that grows the grape. Have a melodic experience at the opera or dance the night away to underground techno. Head for a tavern in a medieval village or discover the Bauhaus movement in a bustling city. Wander along the ruins of the infamous wall or meet ancient history in the world’s most impressive museums.
Wherever you’ll go, you’ll find pieces of the past in the present moment. That is the essence of Germany.
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Gastronomy in Germany is worth traveling far for. Whether you want to explore street markets, discover chic restaurants or visit beloved beer breweries, you’ll find an admirable amount of regional variations and specialities. Something as simple as sausages come in all forms and nuances. Meals with meats soaked in sauce are popular, and so are sauerkraut, schnitzel and spaetzli. German culinary experts experiment with everything salty and sweet, and so should you!
Berlin outshines many cities when it comes to architecture, art, nightlife and culinary experiences! One of its most famous delicacies is the currywurst: a sliced sausage soaked in sauce and seasoned with curry. Created in 1949, the recipe continues to make headlines across the globe. The currywurst also serves as an invitation to discover Berlin’s plethora of microbreweries. A beautifully brewed beer and sausage perfect any foodie’s feast.
Frankfurt takes food seriously and its specialties await to be discovered. Begin your meal with Handkäs mit Musik, which is rich cheese marinated with chopped onion. Another dish that’s music to any connoisseur’s ears is Green Sauce, made of a magical mixture of 7 herbs and crème, served with boiled eggs and potatoes. Don’t miss out on the sweet finale: the buttery, creamy, nutty Frankfurter Kranz.
Lübeck has marvelous marzipan that seduces all senses. Once a royal treat enjoyed by tsars and emperors, any foodie with a love for nuts can now taste the almond-rich specialty. Dedicated fans can even visit Niederegger Marzipan Museum to learn about the history and see life-sized marzipan statues of famous fans. After the tour, head down to the café for a sample and exclusive souvenir!
Contrary to common belief, Germany has much more to offer than sausage and sauerkraut. In Hamburg, you can feast on the lovely, Northern delicacy Labskaus: an exotic mixture of pickled gherkin, beetroot, herring, potatoes, corned beef and an egg on top! To warm your body and soul, leave some room for the wonderful sweet-and-sour Aalsuppe: a liquid delight with eel, dumplings and vegetables.
Dishes tend to have a legend attached to it, and Leipziger Allerei is no exception. After the Napoleonic Wars, the richest tried to fool tax collectors by serving a dish without meat to prove their poverty. Little did they know that carrots, kohlrabi, asparagus, mushrooms and cauliflower would become part of a Leipzig speciality enjoyed by Germans and tourists alike. Celebrate this anecdote with a shot of caraway liqueur Allasch.
Halle is the largest city in Saxony-Anhalt, a state with Germany’s oldest chocolate factory, wonderful wines and the world’s oldest beer brand, brewed since 1314. Halloren Chocolate Factory was founded in 1804 and continues to invite visitors to taste its famous Halloren Kugeln. Before dessert, savour Halle’s essential Salzbraten: pork roasted with patience, passion and salt.
A lovely climate and a fruitful soil are highly appreciated in the culinary world, providing the possibility to grow a myriad of foods. The region of Baden has everything to offer, from a ripe Riesling to a white asparagus. Its Black Forest Cake has also won over many hearts with its abundance of cherry and whipped cream filling. Foodies with a savoury tooth can go for the Zwiebelkuchen, an ode to onions.
Dortmund’s cuisine is full of energy for its active citizens. Since pork, peas and potatoes go exceptionally well with beer, it’s no wonder that Dortmund is one of the largest beer-producing city in Germany, brewing millions of barrels annually. One dish you can’t miss out on is the Pfefferpotthast: a version of goulash seasoned with generous amounts of clove and pepper. Add something pickled on the side to complete the heavenly experience.
Cologne’s love for potatoes and apples has brought us Himmel un Ääd, a delicacy that will delight any gourmet. Discover the creamy, apple-flavoured mashed potatoes with a blood sausage on the side. You can also opt for a Halve Hahn, which is not a chicken as the name suggests, but a rye roll with Gouda, raw onions and mustard that is best enjoyed with a cold beer in the charming ambiance of a classic Cologne pub.
In Dusseldorf’s Old Town you can spend an entire weekend in Altbier paradise, hopping between Altstadt’s 300 interconnecting bars. Prior to this adventure, there’s rich opportunity to treat your stomach to a wonderful and wholesome meal. Enjoy the red-wine marinated, generously seasoned pot roast Rheinischer Sauerbraten with potato dumplings on the side. Your taste buds will be forever grateful.
Let Germany charm you with all its glory. From museums to markets, from castles to cathedrals, from gardens to Gothicism – Germany boasts a plethora of sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Embark on a unique journey and take in all the sacred history, culture and architecture each region has to offer. We’ve gathered some spectacular selections you should see below.
EXPLORE THE MAGIC ON MUSEUM ISLAND - BERLIN
Berlin is brilliant for various reasons, but Museum Island is one of its pearls. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its astounding architecture. The five museum buildings reflect paramount shifts in thought prominent in the 19th century. The cultural artifacts exhibited range from prehistoric to modern times, and include the spellbinding bust of Nefertiti. Just 10 minutes from Radisson Blu, you can spend an inspiring day by River Spree, soaking up art worthy of great admiration.
BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS - BREMEN
Stunning architecture, quaint streets and cultural history, makes Bremen a must visit for all. Walk along the windy streets or along the beautiful Weser River, and discover all that this vibrant city state has to offer in terms of sights and delights. A truly breathtaking experience awaits just a 3-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bremen, where the gothic brick city hall building and statue of Count Roland stand proud as UNESCO sites.
CAPTIVATING CATHEDRAL - COLOGNE
Cologne Cathedral is to Germany what Notre-Dame is to Paris: A Gothic masterpiece. The idea was born in 1248 and over the 7 centuries that followed, Christian builders and devotees carried the project through to completion. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can climb to the tower of this striking landmark and enjoy views of the Rhine flowing through the city. It’s just 5 km from Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne.
THE GRANDIOSE GARDENS - DESSAU
While Dessau is mostly famous for being the birthplace of one of the most influential design movements, Bauhaus, the city can also boast of its UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the spectacular gardens of the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz only a 20-minute drive from Radisson Blu Hotel Fürst Leopold. The astonishing architecture, grandiose gardens and lovely lakes can be explored through bicycle tours, gondola trips, horse riding or just a relaxing stroll. Feel free to explore on your own terms.
THE BAROQUE BEAUTY - DRESDEN
The Dresden Zwinger is Germany’s iconic Baroque construction bustling with courtyard fountains, pavilions, museums and sculptures from early 18th century. It famously still stages a feast of festivals, a sublime art collection as well as musical and cultural events. Minutes away lies the historic Dresden Palace, which likewise serves as a splendid sight. Just 8km from Radisson Blu, majestic experiences await right by the bank of the great Elbe River.
EXPLORE THE GATEWAY TO THE WORLD - HAMBURG
Rich in culture, history and in general, Hamburg is one of the must destinations in Europe. This wealthy and stunning city boasts many exciting sights that will keep you busy throughout your visit. Just a mere 12-minute bike ride from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg, you’ll find the magnificent UNESCO site, Speicherstadt, which is the largest warehouse city in the world and built to impress. This beautiful complex will take your breath away.
HERRENHAUSEN GARDENS, A BOTANIC DIVERSITY - HANOVER
This royal jewel is heritage of the Kings of Hanover. Its story began in the 17th century thanks to the persistent Electress Sophie, who made the Herrenhausen Gardens her life’s project and invited great gardeners and sculptors to realize her Baroque visions. A mere 30-minute ride from Radisson Blu, you can explore this extravaganza in exotic, botanic surroundings, where aristocrats used to dine, dance and discuss life’s looming questions.
MAULBRONN MONASTERY, A MEDIEVAL MASTERPIECE - KARLSRUHE
The Romanesque and Gothic Maulbronn Monastery complex from 1147 is an impressive example of successful preservation of a heritage sight. Its main church pioneered in implementing Gothicism in Germany and became a great influence on Europe’s fascination with this mystifying architectural style. For an enchanting journey, back in time, travel just half an hour east from Radisson Blu Hotel, Karlsruhe and explore this striking representation of the region’s medieval history.
THE LOVELY WONDERS - LUBECK
This spectacular city boasts more than 1000 historical buildings and is full of enchanting and quaint corners worth exploring. Among its many splendid sights you’ll find charming churches, public monuments and salt storehouses, which transports you back to another time. The historical crowning jewel of Lübeck, the Holstentor Gate, is only a 3-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel and invites you to explore the vast history of this lovely UNESCO city site.
Best of everything
Best of everything
Looking for the best of best, of things to do and see in Germany? We have gathered a few bests in different categories, just for you. Whether you’re tasting your way through Germany, party hopping, shopping or looking for adventures of the outdoor or performance variety, we have the excursion and experience you’re looking for. Take a look and get inspired for your next trip to Germany and its wonderful cities.
A must shop experience awaits on Berlin’s 5th Avenue equivalent; Kurfürstendamm, which coincidentally leads to the renowned KaDeWe shopping mall. An oldy but goldie, Friedrichstrasse also boasts high-end and high-street stores. In Dusseldorf, you can shop till you drop on KÖ, also known as Königsallee, which culminates at Shadow Arkaden department store. Likewise, Cologne’s Schildergasse and Hohe Strasse will have everything your shopping heart desires.
For a touch of nature, national parks offer wild and natural environments to discover. Stroll through and explore the beautiful Black Forest National Park in Baden-Baden and get up close and personal with the wild wonders of nature let loose. Additionally, Dessau’s Fläming National Park also offers a delightful escape from the city and into the wild, where fantastic fauna and flora live and grow.
Berghain, a former power station, is not only a popular nightclub in Berlin, it’s world-famous. Have patience, queue for hours, hope to get through the gates, and prepare for an adventure beyond imagination. Alternatively, head to Watergate, a club with panoramic views of the Spree. Pop & Rock fans can dance the night away at FZW in Dortmund, a venue with concerts and poetry slams. Beer enthusiasts, rejoice -Dusseldorf’s Old Town boasts 300 interconnecting bars.
Take in a show at Hamburg’s Neue Flora theater or travel back in time in the decadent décor of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. Explore the finer and older things in life and visit The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, containing some of the finest works of art, such as the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault). Culture can also be explored through performance, and the opera house in Leipzig, aptly named Oper Leipzig, hosts spectacular shows, while the Grassi Museum will dazzle with its three in one exhibits contained in the Ethnography Museum, Musical Instruments Museum and Applied Arts Museum.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin keeps it local and unpretentious in their Michelin starred restaurant, and welcomes you to take a bit out of Berlin. Meanwhile, Hennsler & Hennsler in Hamburg dishes out delicious Japanese cuisine, fused with international twists for tastes around the world, and Medici is all about warm welcomes and Mediterranean delights in the heart of Frankfurt.
Ultimate rejuvenation awaits at Therme Taunus in Frankfurt and its indoor and outdoor thermal baths, while Berlin’s Tropical Islands is the largest tropical holiday resort in Europe, and open all year round for travelers in need of relaxation. Additionally, Dusseldorf’s Vabali Spa dazzles with its magnificent display of luxurious comfort and outstanding views.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Stay active in Germany and you’ll gain a myriad of adventures worth sharing. Every city boasts events for everyone: kids and couples, friends and families. Celebrate a common interest or subject such as crafts, culture, cuisine and whatever else pleases the heart. Whether you’re a sporty spirit or a symphony enthusiast, there is a spot and slot for you somewhere. Browse some of the best autumn adventures below!
29th Bremen Music Festival
Opera, jazz or world music? Open air, baroque or an exciting and modern ambience? At the 29th Bremen Music Festival, from 25th August to 15th September 2018, you can enjoy the full range of classical music in this famed Hanseatic city. You can look forward to performances by the stars of classical music and by aspiring newcomers who will treat you to a summer of music in a class of its own at over 30 different venues. After an evening of music, you can stroll back to the Radisson Blu Hotel Bremen through the historic old town.
Karlsruhe castle lights
Historic baroque castle meets modern art. The summer castle lights turn the wonderful baroque facade of the Karlsruhe Castle into Germany's largest projection screen from 28th July to 9th September 2018. You can look forward to unique and breathtaking projections from international artists that take you on a journey through the fantastical world of projection art. For even more summer enjoyment and the perfect mini-break, a wonderfully comfortable feel-good room awaits you at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Karlsruhe.
17th Hamburg Water World Triathlon
High sporting tension hangs in the air. The athletes are pumped with adrenalin. As part of the exclusive ITU World Triathlon series, the Hanseatic city will be transformed during the 17th Hamburg Water World Triathlon, from 14th to 15th July 2018, into a sports stadium of superlatives. Get excited when top athletes and amateurs set new records around the Alster, along the Elbe and in the heart of the city. After a day of sport, the 26th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg provides you with a breathtaking panoramic view of the illuminated city.
DomStufen Festival, Erfurt
The light of the setting sun immerses the 700-year-old backdrop of Saint Mary's Cathedral and St. Severi Church in a blaze of colour. Curtain up for the DomStufen Festival, Erfurt. From 3rd to 26th August 2018, the Theater Erfurt will turn the 70 steps of the Domberg into a spectacular open air festival stage that will captivate visitors to the town from all over the world. Enjoy the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet and then a delightful glass of wine in the nearby Radisson Blu Hotel, Erfurt.
Marketplace Festival with wine village in Baden-Baden
Music and happy laughter fill the air. From 20th to 22nd July 2018, you can celebrate the summer at the Marketplace Festival in the historic spa city of Baden-Baden. Sample the most delicious regional and international wines at the sociable get-together at the wine village and dance to rousing live music throughout the summer evening. Your holiday home can be found in the beautiful Radisson Blu Badischer Hof Hotel in Baden-Baden – only 5 minutes on foot from the marketplace.
Music. Theatre. Dancing. New circus. And a late summer full of culture. Discover the green Rhine metropolis at the unique Düsseldorf Festival. From 12th September to 3rd October 2018, you can experience an exciting and unconventional cultural festival which will take you under its spell with its extraordinary art and music productions. And after an unforgettable evening of culture, a delightfully comfy bed awaits you at the Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Düsseldorf, and the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Düsseldorf.
4th Travemünde Magic of Lights Festival
Thousands of lights dance through the enchanted Godewind Park. Be there when meadows, trees and lakes, from 21st to 23rd September 2018 at the 4th Travemünde Magic of Lights Festival, transform into a veritable sea of lights. An unforgettable romantic night not only for night owls and star gazers. Replete with music and delicious delicacies, your dream experience continues at the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel in Lübeck.
Maschsee Lake Festival, Hanover
One lake and 19 days of holiday feeling! From 1st to 19th August 2018, the Hanover Maschseefest Lake Festival brings summer to the city. Atmospheric open air concerts, culinary delights and a colorful programme of events turn the lakeside into a fantastic event location with splendid maritime flair – perfect for the whole family. And after a festive day full of variety, your comfortable holiday cabin awaits at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hanover.
Where to stay
Where to stay
South or North? West or East? Germany is a country that consists of 16 states, all rich in diversity and unique characteristics. It can be a challenge to decide which part to explore. Luckily, each and every region has something to offer and nearly all regions boast museums, theatres, cathedrals, castles and a Radisson Blu Hotel.