Historically called “the land of poets and thinkers,” Germany has long-served as a pioneer in art and science, producing great minds such as Albert Einstein, Ludwig van Beethoven and Karl Marx. With dramatic nightlife in the cities, and beautiful castles throughout its forests, Germany is full of dynamic scenery and culture.
Major Attractions: Learn about the history of the Berlin Wall or the victims commemorated at the Holocaust Memorial. For those interested in architecture, Cologne Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece, and Aachen Cathedral stands as the oldest cathedral in all of northern Europe. From September to October each year, thousands of visitors flock to celebrate the beer festival of Oktoberfest in Munich.
Great for Church Groups: Combine history with nature along the Luther Trail, which follows the highlights of Martin Luther’s life from the locations of his birth and death to the church door where he nailed his 95 Theses. Visit the grave of Pope Clement II in Bamberg, or witness rare Jewish treasures in the cellar of Erfurt’s historic synagogue.
Hidden Treasures: Stroll through Berlin’s Erholungspark Marzahn, the largest Asian-style garden outside of China, or explore one of the museums dedicated to Nietzsche, Liszt, Goethe and others in Weimar, which was once the center of the German Enlightenment. Looming over the Bavarian Forest, the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein inspired the castle in Walt Disney’s film “Sleeping Beauty.”
Unique Souvenirs: Some of the souvenirs offered along these religious routes are Martin Luther beer, Martin Luther cookie cutters, Bamberger Bavarian beer mugs, blessed Wieschurch candles and Bell Bean seeds, which were sown throughout Erfurt for centuries.
For more information contact the German National Tourist Board at 212-661-7200 or go to www.germany.travel.