Travel through Time in Dynamic Eastern Germany
Berlin – it’s like no other city on earth. Famously progressive. Perpetually reinventing itself, yet profuse with stirring reminders of its tumultuous past. Begin your journey at the notorious Berlin Wall. Then travel south, from the opulent palaces of Potsdam to splendid castles and vineyards hugging the Elbe River, knowing that exquisite hotels and Michelin-starred meals await. In newly resplendent Dresden, you’ve got the perfect excuse to extend your vacation just a little longer. On both ends.
Experience Germany from every angle: mellow countryside biking, urban exploration, cultural discoveries and culinary delights
Discover the World Heritage site of Potsdam and the extraordinary Biosphere Reserve of Spreewald
Incredible Michelin-starred dinners at Bayrisches Haus and Zur Bleiche
Raise a glass of Riesling to the Elbe Valley’s 800-year-old winemaking history
Captivating gateway cities of Berlin and Dresden – ideal to visit before or after your trip
Days 1-2 Ride through history on the Berlin Wall Memorial Trail, a bike path tracing the course of the infamous barrier that once separated West Berlin and East Germany View sections of the wall and poignant monuments on a special guided ride Admire Cecilienhof Palace, where the fate of post-war Germany was decided The breathtaking Sanssouci Palace greets you in Potsdam, a city considered one of the country’s most beautiful World Heritage sites Chat with our local friends about their life in former East Germany.
Day 3 Venture into pastoral Germany and Lusatia – a Slavic enclave with its own language and customs Bike in Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, a world of verdant forests, grassland, charming old-world towns and a vast network of shimmering waterways Ever heard of the Spreewald gherkin? Try one while you’re here! Punt on a canal or luxuriate at our hotel’s incredible spa.
Day 4 The baroque splendor of Dresden – from the glorious Zwinger palace complex to the stunningly restored Frauenkirche, a Lutheran church crowned by one of the largest domes in Europe – is truly unforgettable Witness Germany’s pacesetting environmental efforts as you bike past nature reserves, sunflower fields and organic farms.
Days 5-6 Head out of Dresden through the lush city forest, arriving at the baroque-style Moritzburg Castle The Elbe River and a patchwork of vineyards provide a glorious backdrop for wine tasting at local wineries Soak up the brilliance of Dresden on foot, or ride through the Elbe Valley past castles, quaint hamlets and into Saxon Switzerland.LESS