Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany's soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.
The Black Forest, a mountainous region in southwest Germany, bordering France, is known for its dense evergreen forests and picturesque villages, which inspired some of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Once a bustling hunting ground for Germanic and Gaelic tribes in the Roman era, Black Forest has always maintained its status an abode of mysticism. Germanic folklore owes many of its classic fables to it existence. Spring, summer and autumn seasons are the best trekking seasons.
The Saar Loop is also known as the Great Saar loop at Mettlach, for further downstream in the municipality of Taben-Rodt, the Saar river makes another loop called the Small Saar loop, although not as spectacular as it’s bigger brethren. Rivers meandering through forested terrain make for excellent calendar shots. In Germany, the best possible example is the loop the Saar river makes at Mettlach. It's like nature decided to play a game of snake and the terrain was the playground. Looks unreal, but very real.
This four-row avenue of lime trees in the Hanover district of Nordstadt, is one of those places where you might be forced to ask yourself the question - Am I in a calendar photo right now? It's located in George Garden and the roughly 2 km straight line it forms, runs from King Platz to the library pavilion in Berggarten.
As far as Alpine lakes go, Germany's Königssee Lake is as good as it gets. It lies just a couple of miles south of the town of Berchtesgaden and is Germany's deepest and cleanest lake. Due to its picturesque setting, the lake and surrounding parklands are very popular with tourists and hikers. In addition, the lake's position surrounded by sheer rock walls creates an echo known for its clarity. On boat tours, it has become traditional to stop and play a flugelhorn or trumpet to demonstrate the echo. Formerly demonstrated by shooting a cannon, it can be heard to reverberate up to seven times.
Saxon Switzerland is a hilly climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley south-east of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. Hugely popular among adventurers who prefer climbing, this park is also famous for what the locals call boofen, which means 'sleeping under the open sky'. The park has over 1,000 climbing peaks and numerous hollows for adventure junkies to explore.
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