Say auf wiedersehen to your guidebooks, some of the most interesting sights in Germany aren’t on the mainstream tourist radar
From urban waterfalls and inner-city oases to underground museums and local libations, Trafalgar uncovers a few of the hidden gems waiting to be discovered during your next German holiday.
Berlin with a view (and a waterfall!)
Head to the trendy Kreuzberg district in Berlin and pay a visit Viktoriapark.
This green space is actually the highest natural elevation in Berlin, making it the perfect spot for a picnic watching the sun set over the city below. The best view can be seen from the Prussian National Monument for the Liberation Wars, a towering structure with a waterfall cascading from its base, on the southern edge of the park.
Visit the stunning city with Trafalgar’s Best of Germany which is currently on a pre-sale special. Travel in 2020 at 2019’s prices and top this with 10% off – book by 3 October to qualify.
Tour the mines under Munich
The German Museum (Deutsches Museum) in Munich is hardly an off-the-beaten path tourist attraction, but you might be surprised when you find out what is hidden below the surface.
The Mining Exhibition is a 400-metre long journey through Germany’s mining history that takes you deep below the city. You’ll walk through realistic recreations of mining environments, complete with miners, split over three levels connected by sloping ramps and narrow staircases leading you down 35 metres below street level.
Try out the Imperial Europe guided holiday which visits Munich, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg.
Hamburg’s green oasis
Hamburg is said to be the ‘new Berlin’, with a hip and funky vibe that has it moving up the list of must-visit cities in Europe.
But, smack dab in the centre of the street art strewn facades and brick-clad buildings of this German city is a flowery oasis that provides the perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle.
Planten un Blomen is a flora-filled cultural mash-up where you can sit in the shade of a Mediterranean fig tree or sip a herbal delight at a Japanese tea house. Exotic plants are in full bloom all around this picturesque park, which even boasts an ice-skating rink during the winter months.
The Best of Germany with Oberammergau is an exceptional trip that takes in all Germany has to offer, including Hamburg, with the added bonus of visiting the little town of Oberammergau for the renowned once-in-ten-years Passion Play in which the villagers act out the dramatic life and death of Jesus Christ.
The world’s largest wine barrel in Heidelberg
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A small town in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest, Heidelberg is definitely worth a visit. It boasts a beautiful old town filled with colourful Baroque houses that give it a characteristically whimsical alpine feel.
One of the most famous buildings, however, is the Heidelberg Castle. Now in ruins, it was once the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. The castle is also home to the Tun, the world’s biggest wine barrel, built in 1751, which holds a dizzying 220 000 litres of wine. Yes, please!
An in-cider tip for Frankfurt
Beer is to Germany as wine is to France. It is the fuel that keeps this country going, and you’re sure to enjoy a stein or five during your travels across the country.
However, if you want to drink like a local in Frankfurt, it’s the regional version of apple cider called ebbelwoi, served from a traditional blue-and-grey stoneware jug that should be filling your glass. And, to get some of the best ebbelwoi in the city, head to Frankfurt’s cider street, Sachsenhausen. Lined with kneipen (taverns) make sure to pop into a couple to enjoy a refreshing drink with the after-work crowd.
Book your 2020 holiday to Germany before by 3 October to get this deal and enjoy discovering the hidden gems with Trafalgar.
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Clarens, Free State Province