For regular readers of my blog, you will know that I currently live in Germany with my husband who is stationed here with the British Army. As is the way of a military life/wife, our time here is nearing its end and we currently expect to move away in August. Bearing this in mind, I thought I would also make a German hit list to ensure I make the most of living on the continent, something which, if I am honest, I have not done so. As yet.
Technically, I have already been to Cologne. I never consider seeing the inside of a train station as having visited a city however, and though upon leaving said train station on a choo choo, I gleaned a wonderful view of the city's magnificent cathedral, I would like to return to get know it a whole lot better. I obviously want to see the cathedral up close, but also visit Museum Ludwig with its excellent collection of modern art, in particular its Pop Art. The city is well serviced by its own airport, so it makes for a great weekend away - especially over Christmas with its world famous quintessential Christmas Markets.
Luxury Stay: Hyatt Regency Cologne
Budget Stay: Hotel Lint
This industrial town may sound like a strange place to want to see, especially for someone like me who likes things to 'be pretty'. But I have heard nothing but good things about Dusseldorf (please do contact me if you would like to correct me!), in particular its Altstadt (the old town) and its bars. It also has a plethora of museums that I'd like to frequent like the Kunstpalast and the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Luxury Stay: Breidenbacher Hof
Budget Stay: Sir and Lady Astor Hotel
This northern shore getaway is incredibly picturesque and an UNESCO World Heritage site. It also makes for a great year round destination. In the summer, it is warm with quaint streets to amble along with an ice cream and sandy beaches to lie on. In the winter, the frosty weather kisses pretty buildings with a spattering of the white stuff to make for idyllic surroundings to eat some typical German fodder and drink some of its finest beer. Nearby Travemunde is also attractive and popular with cyclists and MAMILs.
Luxury Stay: Grand Hotel Seeschlössen and SPA
Budget Stay: Hotel Maris
4) Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
This fairy talesque town on Germany's Romantic Road is full of cobbled streets and timber clad medieval buildings that make it look like a film set. Whilst it may fall prey to being slightly touristy and perhaps even twee, I can't wait to visit the town to have a cold stein and a warm salty pretzel. Again, this is a place that is perfect to see during the Christmas months with its markets, but during the warmer seasons, it is also a great starting point for long walks in the Bavarian hills.
Luxury Stay: HerrnSchlossen Hotel
Budget Stay: Zur Zilbernen Kanne
5) The Harz Mountains
The Harz Mountains are not well known anywhere outside of Germany. Yet these pretty hills house two more chocolate box villages of Quedlinburg and Goslar as well as the famous Brocken and its steam train. Wernigerode Castle is also a must see along with its corresponding town and well preserved streets. This is an area that you could have a fleeting visit to, or indeed stay a great deal longer and make use of all the outdoor activities on offer, as well as spas that Germans do so well.
Luxury Stay: Hotel Ambruehl.
Budget Stay: Am Hoken Hotel.
Whilst I do not have pictures yet of these places, I hope they will follow shortly. In the mean time, check out this store I found whilst doing some travel research. It sells fab shots of Northern Germany and makes one wonder why Germany is so often overlooked as a holiday destination.
My own store is here.
PS if you want to read my worldwide Hit List, it is here