In recent history both West and East used Berlin as the shop window for their respective ways of life. Today, as capital of the new Germany, this extraordinary city is once again in the world’s spotlight. What a perfect place to spend a short city break exploring the famous landmarks of Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate, the instantly recognisable Reichstag and the cafés of the magnificent Unter den Linden, one of the world’s most famous avenue’s. You’re sure to feel swept up by the sense of history and the spirit of change coursing across the former eastern bloc.
A Riviera Travel tour to Germany could also take you on to Dresden. The country’s most beautiful city before the war with its amazing art treasures and imposing baroque buildings, it’s now almost completely restored after huge bomb damage to its former glory as a beacon of hope and peace. During your holiday you move deeper into the former East Germany, passing through striking countryside and picturesque villages, you can also visit the dreaded Colditz Castle and medieval Meissen, where stunningly beautiful porcelain is still hand-crafted today. The “Romantic Road” of southern Germany is a real contrast, and a wonderful holiday destination. Rolling countryside, fairy-tale castles, iconic historic cities, delightful medieval villages and three of Europe’s most beautiful rivers - the Main, Neckar and Danube - will all combine to take your breath away. The wonders continue with extraordinarily preserved medieval Rothenburg, the superbly restored Residenz Palace of Würzburg, the majestic Gothic cathedral of Bamberg, and of course historic and romantic Heidelberg with its stunning “pink” sandstone castle towering over the Neckar.
Then there are the legendary valleys that make any trip to Germany complete – the Rhine and the Moselle. One of Europe’s most picturesque rivers, your tour of the Rhine will take you through gorges and vine-covered hillsides, underneath half-ruined castles on almost every summit, and past picture postcard villages on every sweeping bend. It will take you too from the originally Roman spa town of Aachen to half-German half-French Strasbourg, and on to the quaint medieval Alsatian town of Colmar. Aachen is also on our route if you prefer the Moselle for your German holiday, as well as Trier – Germany’s oldest city dating from Roman times with the best preserved remains from Classical antiquity in northern Europe – many beautiful medieval towns, and an abundance of some of the world’s finest wines like Piesporter, Wehlener and Sonnenuhr. All go to make a tour to Germany complete. Prost!