I’m not indecisive but I have a hard time naming my favorite European travel destination, it just feels wrong to all the other wonderful places I’ve visited. But if pressed, I would name Germany as my favorite destination in Europe and by that I would actually mean Bavaria.
Even though I’m bewitched with Bavaria, I’ve been feeling the need (and desire) to spread my wings and discover more of Germany. Now I’m being given the chance to explore more of the Historic Highlights of Germany!
Beginning Thursday morning, I’ll be spending 12 days criss crossing Germany. Once again I’ll be using the very efficient German rail system to get me north, south, east and west in this Central European country. Get ready for a fast paced trip in the land of my fore-fathers!
First off will be a wonderful excursion in the heart of a German wine region and the gateway to the Black Forest, Freiburg. Known as the sunniest and warmest city in Germany, Freiburg also boasts a lovely medieval center, inviting cafes and taverns and a varied history that is all wrapped up in a laid back atmosphere!
After exploring Freiburg, I’ll be whisked by Deutsche Bahn up to Mainz who sits alongside the lovely Rhine river. I’ve been to Mainz before but there is much more to this city than I previously explored including Chagall blue stained glass windows, a Gutenberg printing press, Roman ruins and wine!
Then I’ll be going east to Erfurt where Martin Luther studied and lived. This city of towers and spires has enough churches to be called “The Rome of Thuringia.” Erfurt is home to one of the best preserved medieval Old Towns around and Europe’s longest inhabited bridge!
Continuing east, my next stop will be Potsdam. You know how much I love palaces and castles; well Potsdam is home to some of the most beautiful and famous castles and palaces! Add in the amazing history and I am excited to visit this city!
Next, I’ll be zipping up north to the Baltic Coast where I’ll spend time exploring Rostock! Ever since I wrote “Off the Beaten Path in Rostock Germany” I have wanted to see the unique brick architecture and now I’ll get to! I’ve never been to the northern coast of Germany so one of my goals is putting my tootsies in the Baltic!
The last leg of my trip takes me south to Wiesbaden where I’ll spend my last few days. As I mentioned in “Wiesbaden- Worth A Second Look?” I’ve spent a short amount of time here but now I will get that second look! So I’m looking forward to wandering this elegant spa town enjoying its architecture, museums, shopping, and Viennese style cafes. Maybe there will also be more wine in my future 🙂
Keep reading, as I’ll be sharing all my adventures with you all! Follow along using the #exploregermany hashtag or watch our Facebook page!
By the way, I’m not cheating on you Bavaria, just seeing more of your wonderful country. I’m sure I’ll be back but for now I’m off to explore different corners. I hope you understand. . .
Let me know any “must sees” I shouldn’t miss while in Germany!
Many thanks to Historic Highlights of Germany for organizing this trip and to all the sponsors!