Reasons to organise a group trip to Germany
Date Posted: 28/08/2014
Pictured: Lake Constance (Photo credit: Mende, Achim).
The fall of the Berlin Wall, 25 years ago, was one of the most memorable moments in German history; East and West combined to form a new country - and a new tourist destination.
More people are going to Germany than ever before. The trend started in 2006 when Germany hosted the World Cup, and in 2015 Germany will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of German reunification, making it the ideal time to discover ‘destination Deutschland’.
The fall of the wall meant an explosion of new and exciting cultural attractions.
The Germany of today offers a wealth of choice for groups with diverse interests; from sightseeing, to sports, the arts and food.
For people travelling by coach, Germany has over 150 diverse scenic routes.
Following Germany’s World Cup success, it should come as no surprise to hear there is now a ‘Football Route’ taking in the towns, cities and stadiums of the country’s most successful clubs.
In addition, there is a golf route, a castle route, the romantic route, an inspiring ‘sacred’ route and a popular wine route, to choose from.
History and heritage
Exclusive to visitors from the UK and Ireland, a Royal Heritage Route tracing the historical footsteps of the British Royal Family and its connections in Germany is available.
Cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Erfurt, Leipzig and Potsdam were opened back up to tourism following reunification.
These are all situated in the still relatively under-explored former Eastern regions, from the coastal Mecklenburg-Pomerania in the North, to Thuringia, which borders Bavaria towards the south over to Saxony further East, bordering Poland and the Czech Republic.
Travel through time through Roman towns to 20th century restored industrial heritage; from the Wadden Sea in the north, to the Monastic Island of Reichenau on Lake Constance in the south.
Pictured: Queldinburg Market square with Hoken lane (Photo credit: Bader, Michael).
Music, culture, the arts and design
This year, UNESCO awarded Germany its 39th World Heritage Site, the Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey located along the Weser River.
Not forgetting of course, the wealth of classical music with its roots in Germany, starting with the three Bs – Bach, Beethoven, Brahms - which are just the tip of the classical music iceberg.
For the style conscious, the Bauhaus movement created a style revolution that changed the way people think of design, the impact of which can still be seen today.
Plus the famous and coveted names of BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen draw thousands of visitors to their centres each year.
The Luther Trail
Telling the story of Luther and the reformation, the ‘Luther Trail’ takes visitors through a selection of German states.
This is a story that captures the imagination of anyone interested in world history, an exciting tale of reform, high politics, struggle and survival.
Did you know Germany has 39 islands? Situated along the North Sea, the Baltic coast, Germany’s coastline includes a number of ‘inland’ islands, such as the breath-taking Island of Mainau in Lake Constance.
The islands are tranquil havens of natural beauty, perfect for trips with specialist interest, such as bird watching and nature, outdoor sports and healthy living; an antidote to the stress and speed of 21st century living.
Customs and traditions
Germany is of course known for its customs and traditions - some of the most famous include glittering Christmas markets and the world famous Oktoberfest.
The carnival season Fasching, normally starting on 11th November and running through until Ash Wednsday, is the time to join in with street parties, food festivals and musical festivities.
For a more in-depth view of modern Germany click here or visit www.germany.travel.