Why Choose Germany for a Coach Holiday?

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When you want to spend your holidays abroad, you want to make sure that you get the most out of your money. Certainly, you do not only look for stunning landscapes and historic sites, you also seek delicious cuisine and cultural diversity and most of all relaxation and new impressions to take home with you. No doubt, the European continent offers a vast variety of destinations. However, most of them only provide one or the other. So why not settle for an exceedingly outstanding destination that has it all: Germany! What makes Germany so special? What does it have to offer? Moreover, why should it be on top of your “favourite destinations list” for a coach holiday?

Recent History

GermanyThe comparatively young history of the “Federal Republic of Germany” is one of many developments and successes. The War had left cities bombed to ashes and industries completely devastated. Zero hour. However, instead of waiting for help the people of Germany immediately began rebuilding from scratch. Within a short period of time, the rubble had been swept away and new houses were built alongside the classic and ancient architecture that survived the bombings, leading to a daily routine and an overly interesting, magical and attractive cityscape. Thanks to the support and aid of the allies, the shops and streets were bustling soon and the country recovered rapidly.

Due to divergences in the Allied Control Council, the country was split up. Western Germany, established as a federal democracy, soon came to enjoy prolonged economic growth in the early 1950s, the so-called “Economic Miracle”. This time was characterised by politicians like Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and his Business Secretary Ludwig Erhard who assured the social market economy, substantial to the thriving of the country. In the upcoming decades, Western Germany developed a sophisticated social security and insurance system that is said to be one of the best in the world.

Eastern Germany on the other hand became an ideogram of the Cold War. The Building of the Berlin Wall and the strict curtailment of its people lead to mass demonstrations and riots. As a natural consequence, the alleged democracy of Eastern Germany collapsed, which cleared the way for the eagerly awaited reunification of Germany in 1990.

Ever since the “Wende” process and the reunification, Germany has taken a more proactive role in the EU and is now Europe’s leading powerhouse economy, thanks to its high-output companies in the automotive, chemical, electrical and energy industry. Over the decades, it has established a sophisticated infrastructure, a high level of innovation and developed an esteemed reputation as a country of extraordinary education and a highly qualified labour force, now being among the richest economies in the world and a top-ranking exporter with high wages. Since the 2006 World Championship, Germany’s reputation abroad has risen to the top. The country with its 82 million inhabitants is renowned among nations as the world’s “Most Valued Nation”. Even though Germans are said to hold onto traditions and historic values, the progress in this country is relentless. All these factors result in a high standard of living and leave no question unanswered, Germany is one the most desired destinations in Europe.

Cultural Background

Germany is famous for its cultural background and long history that has influenced the mentality of the people as well as the magical and worthwhile faces of its villages and cities. It has always been known for its forward-looking, benchmark-setting and norm-diverging ideas and theories that are known to be the foundation of the modern democratic state and the thriving of the country itself. The “Land of Poets and Thinkers” provides infinite expeditions in fields of art, music and literature throughout the country. Goethe, Kant and Dürer are regarded as an important cultural heritage and their works are preserved in numerous museums and exhibitions across the land. Besides them, Germany was also the birthplace of many other important and world-shaking and innovative characters such as Beethoven, Marx, Mozart, Bach, Kafka, Mann and the Grimm Brothers, who have drastically contributed to modern society and influenced the people and the world on a great scale.

In addition to it, Germany is also known as the “Home of Inventors and Engineers”. Guttenberg’s letterpress printing or Braun’s radio transmitter are inventions that have simplified our lives radically. People like Einstein, Kepler or Fahrenheit defined important laws of physics and paved the way for modern science. These achievements are displayed in science exhibitions, for example the “Deutsches Museum”, Europe’s largest science museum. Furthermore, the country is home to countless Headquarters of many internationally acclaimed and renowned companies such as BASF, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Siemens, which are famous for their top of the line products and expertise and which have turned Germany into a desired business location.

Diversified Country

GermanyGermany has always been a country of various tribes. The different princedoms, earldoms and monarchies have always been independent from each other, thus having shaped the cultural and regional face of the country. Germany has not just one big and important city but numerous interesting and desired places, thanks to the late coalition of the nation. These long and diverse cultural differences have contributed to the fact that every region has remained its uniqueness and peculiarities. You will find old, historic buildings with beautiful architecture and incredible richness of detail in every old part of the city stemming back to the Middle Ages. Right up the road there are appealing shops, malls and avenues for you to go on a spending spree, just next to beautiful modern architecture in the business districts. Germany is the place where tradition meets innovation, where custom meets lifestyle, where past meets future. From small and cosy towns, inviting restaurants and numerous relaxation-sites to bustling, vibrant and busy metropolises with outstanding nightlife and superb skylines, Germany has everything in supply.

Nowadays, Germany is divided into 16 states called “Bundesländer”. As diverse as the culture of the different states are the many different faces and landscapes across the land. It is a place for every kind of people: hikers, day-trippers, bathing-aficionados, history-buffs and so on.

The coastal area in the north is characterised by the North and Baltic Sea. The white, sandy beaches, resorts and seaports offer great fun and a restful time at the sea. Hamburg, the maritime and cosmopolitan city in the north will definitely cast a spell on you. The city is famous for a multitude of attractions, multifaceted nightlife with great musical theatres and magnificent entertainment-boulevards, and its world-renowned harbour, “The Gateway to the World”.

Inland you will find lush meadows and heaths, stunning lake districts and blooming landscapes along the various rivers and uplands. The midlands also offer many wildlife parks and zoological gardens. One of the biggest is located in Berlin. Germany’s capital and biggest city with over three million people is an ever-expanding, metropolitan city at the pulse of time. Diversified nightlife and worth-seeing museums, lovely parks and numerous historic sights, right up to huge shopping malls, the famous “KaDeWe” and small innovative boutiques, Berlin has it all.

South of Berlin in Saxony, near the Czech border lies Dresden. Although it has been destroyed completely during the war, the city shines in a new splendour, which is also reflected by the surrounding marvellous Elbe Valley.

Weimar is the place for fans of German literature. The workplace of Goethe and Schiller has become a synonym for literature, well-education and classicism. Moreover, the city is famous for its one-of-a-kind “Bauhaus University” which has characterised generations of artists and architects and has become world-renowned ever since its establishment. The small town is a true cultural gem and a true source of inspiration.

In the west, you will find the beautiful and unique Rhine Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is characterised by its wonderful mountainous landscape and unparalleled beauty along the splendid and mighty Rhine River. The nearby metropolis Cologne is an important landmark. Its appearance is characterised by scenic architectural masterpieces of German history. Moreover, the city is famous for modern and classical art collections and the world-renowned Cologne Cathedral.

In southern Germany, the dazzling allure of the landscape is incredible. The Black Forest, located in the south of Baden-Württemberg near the French border, with its wonderful mountainous scenery offers marvellous views and small villages with original German cookery and welcoming hospitality. Just north of the gorgeous area, in the midst of beautiful hills and vineyards, Stuttgart is located. The automobile’s cradle and innovative centre is among the top-ranked liveability cities, combining classical beauty and architecture with modern and futuristic ideas and thinking.

At the Austrian and Swiss border of Germany, there are the Alps. This peerless mountain range offers not only scenic countryside but also countless hiking trails and skiing slopes. Close-by, just a few hours north of the Alps you will find Munich, the cosmopolitan city with a heart and capital of Bavaria. To experience German cosiness, metropolitan flair, countless influential museums, parks, shopping avenues and galleries, Munich is the place to be.

Germany is an all-year destination. The continental climate provides for mild winters and sunny summer days. This gives you the opportunity to find your special destination for whatever time of the year. Whether it is going to be shopping at the Nuremberg Christmas market or skiing in the Alps in winter, a summer break at the Northern Sea, hiking in the beautiful spring-scenery of the Black Forest or taking a boat cruise through the marvellous landscapes of the Rhine Valley in autumn. There are enough choices. Just pick your favourite!

Food & Drink

Even though Germans are known for their “Wurst” and “Sauerkraut”, the country’s cuisine is multifaceted with over 1500 different sausages, over 300 types of bread and bread rolls, a multi-variant, delightful and original cookery, delicious desserts from pancakes to tarts and internationally-influenced dishes. There is no typical German meal as culinary art varies from region to region. Therefore, every area has its own special delicacy to offer. Moreover, food is not as dull as simple sausages: The Michelin Guide has awarded 15 restaurants with two stars and another nine restaurants with prestigious three stars, making the German cuisine the world’s second most decorated right after France.

German food is said to be hearty and hefty and is often associated with lots of pork, beef and chicken. It is true that German or, generally speaking, Central European cookery is largely based on meat. This is explained by the rough, regional climate that required people to eat sufficiently to get through the cold winter. However, there has been a prospering trend for several years that leans towards healthier, multicoloured vegetable-dishes sparing with meat. Due to Germany’s sea-connection and its sound inland navigation across the many rivers, fish has been a widely appreciated alternative to meat and is becoming more and more popular in the German nouvelle-cuisine.

Noteworthy is the common use of potatoes in every conceivable form: dumplings, boiled in salt water and mashed, potatoes are ubiquitous and a usual side dish, next to noodles, “Spätzle” (a Swabian speciality) and rice.

Besides the traditional cookery, Germany’s culinary landscape has adapted many international dishes and eating habits that have been brought here by the guest workers and immigrants. Moreover, it is also widely characterised by foreign restaurants. Most common are Turkish takeaways offering Döner Kebab, Falafel and Turkish Pizza. Next to it, there are numerous Greek and Italian Restaurants, which are beginning to influence the German cuisine as well. Chinese restaurants are also widespread all across Germany’s bigger towns.

Germany is not only popular culinarily but also in respect to drinks, of course. German beer is world-famous and for good reason so. The “Beer Purity Law” from 1516 allows only three ingredients in German beer: water, barley and hops, creating the unique taste. Nevertheless, beer does not come in one taste only. There are several varieties including Alt, Bock, Dunkel, Weizen, Malz, Pils, Lager and Kölsch which are all very distinct in flavour and region.

In the past decades, Germany has also emerged as a wine producing nation. The huge vineyards along the Main River, in Baden and the Pfalz provide the perfect location and ideal conditions to grow distinguished and renowned vines, which have obtained several prizes over the past years.

Desired destination

The diversity Germany has to offer is vast. The small villages and their cosiness and beautiful looks are in no way inferior to the cosmopolitan metropolises with their imposing and magnificent skylines and shopping possibilities. What they all have in common is the attractive and welcoming mentality of the German people. The long tradition, culture and history of Germany have created a strong density of landmarks and sights such as museums, castles, art galleries and palaces. Enjoy yourself by walking in the park of a bustling city to find relaxation extraordinaire, or visit one of the countless beer gardens where you can enjoy fine German beer and great cookery after sightseeing. At night you will fine an innumerous amount of possibilities. Whether you like fancy dining or going to a laid-back bar, going to the theatre or watching the latest films, going to an edgy club or simply stroll along the marvellous boulevards. You can also go to one of the numerous concerts that take place here almost everyday. From Classical Music to Rock, from HipHop to Jazz. You will find your favourite genre or artist for sure. When leaving the busy city centres you will enter a world of fairytale beauty. The scenic countryside offers marvellous looks and bloom you had never seen before. The multiplicity of landscapes from mountains to heaths, from lakes to seaside beauty will fit all your needs. In addition to it, the sceneries offer a huge biodiversity with thousands of wonderful flowers, plants and animals among which are deer, boar, fox, hare and uncountable amounts of different fish in the lakes and mountain springs. What ever you look for Germany has it: Bustling cities and appealing villages, rich culture and modern lifestyle. Tradition meets Modernity and paints a wonderful picture of a history-steeped modern state. Over the past decades, Germany has become more and more attractive for tourists. It certainly should be one of your most desired destinations for your next holiday.

Top Destinations Overview

City/Region Why to go there?
Berlin Vivid metropolis, famous for its metropolitan flair, nightlife and rich amount of sights
Hamburg Beautiful old town and imposing seaport offering wonderful seaside views
Luneburg Heath A magnificent recreational area, with meadows, heaths and beautiful lakes
Stuttgart Innovative city with impressive architecture, famous for its many science museums and historic castles
Munich Cosy and welcoming major city, distinct cultural activities and culinary art
Alps Hiking, mountain climbing or skiing, beautiful view across the land
Black Forest Huge area of forested mountains, stunning views and vast biodiversity
Dresden World Heritage Site Elbe Valley, impressive historic architecture
Rhine Valley Sensational rough landscapes consisting of lush forests, steep mountains and charming waterfalls
Cologne Vibrant art scene with countless museums and galleries, famous for its matchless Cathedral
Frankfurt Bustling and international financial centre of Europe, diverse culture, famous foritsmany fairs

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Article written by Julian Galonska