8 Most Beautiful Castles Near Munich

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8 Most Beautiful Castles Near Munich

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As the capital city of Bavaria, Munich is unquestionably one of the most exciting and popular tourism destinations in Germany. It boasts boisterous beer halls, authentic Bavarian cuisine, countless museums and historic cathedrals. Munich is also home to some impressive castle palaces, notably the Baroque Schloss Nymphenburg and the 14th century Residenz. Whether you’re interested in architecture, history or German royalty, you can plan to see some of the other castles near Munich that are definitely worth a visit.

8. Prunn Castle

Prunn Castle

 

If you head 120 km (75 miles) north of Munich, you’ll reach Burg Prunn. Built in the early 13th century, this castle was designed in the late Gothic style. The castle’s design is impressive, but equally impressive is its location. Prunn Castle is situated on an outcrop that overlooks the Altmühl River Valley below. From the castle, you will be treated to spectacular views. One of the best things about touring Prunn Castle is that it still retains its medieval decor. On the ground floor, a large hall remains exactly in the Gothic style of the 13th century. The castle is also from where the Prunner Codex hails, a historic manuscript of a classic German epic.

7. Schloss Herrenchiemsee

Schloss Herrenchiemsee

 

Roughly 90 minutes from Munich is Chiemsee, a beautiful lake. In the middle of that lake is an island where you can find the remarkable Schloss Herrenchiemsee. Built by King Ludwig II in an attempt to replicate the beautiful Palace of Versailles, this castle palace is the epitome of opulence. On a tour of the interior, prepare yourself for state bedchambers dripping in gold decor, world-famous portraits and an unparalleled collection of porcelain. Just like at Versailles, the gardens of Schloss Herrenchiemsee are phenomenal, and you won’t want to leave before taking a stroll through the English and French inspired lawns.

6. Trausnitz Castle

Trausnitz Castle

 

Northeast of Munich in the Bavarian town of Landshut is Trausnitz Castle, a medieval structure dating back to the 13th century. For several hundred years, Trausnitz Castle was the seat of Bavarian monarchy. Several major remodels over the years have given the castle a German Renaissance style, a Florentine influence and even an opulent upgrade in the 19th century. Today, notable areas to explore within Trausnitz include the Knights Hall, which is still used for banquets, the unfinished room known as the White Hall and the Tower Terrace, or Söller, which you can climb for vistas over the town of Landshut below.

5. Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle

 

The city of Nuremberg is best known for hosting criminal and military trials following the Second World War, but the medieval destination is also home to an incredible castle. Parts of the huge castle date back to the 12th century, and today the Nuremberg Castle dominates the old city center. Visiting the castle means taking a peek into the history of the Holy Roman Empire and the role that the city of Nuremberg played in the Middle Ages. The stunning Romanesque double chapel is a centerpiece of the castle, but you won’t want to miss other parts like the deep well, which was previously the only source of water for the castle.

4. Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace

 

About 100 km (60 miles) from Munich, right outside of a town called Oberammergau, is Linderhof Palace. This is yet another of King Ludwig II’s fantastical palaces, and it is one of the few that was completely finished and used by the king. Linderhof Palace was again modeled after the French castles so in vogue in the 19th century, and this structure is no less ornate than others built at the time. The facade is decidedly Baroque, but many of the interior touches are over-the-top Rococo. That means lots of embellishments, heavy textiles and opulent materials. While the palace has much to admire, the gardens are also very stylized and worth an extensive tour.

3. Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle

 

If you head southwest from Munich, you’ll eventually reach the border with Austria. Less than one mile before crossing the border you’ll find one of the most beautiful castles near Munich: Hohenschwangau Castle. Since this castle is just opposite the world famous Neuschwanstein, many visitors don’t give it the recognition it deserves. However, Hohenschwangau Castle is definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re already in the area. This 19th century castle was the home of King Ludwig II when he was a child, and it boasts many interesting features. Of note is the exterior Swan Fountain as well as the beautiful salons and ballrooms.

2. Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle

 

Head 90 minutes east of Munich, and you’ll find Burghausen Castle right on the border with Austria. Overlooking the Salzach River, this beautiful castle is one of the longest castle complexes in the world. Burghausen Castle was constructed in the 11th century, although the site had been used as far back as the Bronze Age. Self-guided tours of Burghausen Castle offer lots of freedom, so you can explore most of the rooms on your own. Be sure to visit each of the six courtyards, and make time to admire the incredible Gothic art collection in the State Gallery. Ask for directions to the viewing platform on the roof, which provides sweeping views of the river and across the border into Austria.

1. Neuschwanstein Castle 

Neuschwanstein

 

Near Hohenschwangau Castle is Schloss Neuschwanstein, a castle that is perhaps one of the best known tourist attractions in the world. Legend says that Walt Disney used the stunning castle as the inspiration for his own Disney castles. Schloss Neuschwanstein was built in the 19th century thanks to King Ludwig II, who used personal rather than government funds for construction. The design is inspired by the Romanticism movement, and it was a sort of homage to the operas of Wagner. The palace rooms are spectacular and dripping with high-quality features. Some of the most extravagant spaces to admire include the colorful Hall of the Singers and the king’s bedroom.

 

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10 Best Places to Visit in Germany

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Best known for its famous Oktoberfest and World War II history, Germany is also home to some of Europa’s most beautiful scenery, fairytale castles, important historic sites and lively party scenes. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany maintains the continent’s most powerful economy. An overview of the best places to visit in Germany:

10. Leipzig

Leipzig

 

The largest city in Germany’s federal state of Saxony, Leipzig is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene shaped by famous music composers like Bach, Richard Wagner and Felix Mendelssohn. Tourists today can enjoy performances of Bach’s music at the St. Thomas Church where Bach once served as choir leader and is now buried. In addition to historic sites like the Old Town Hall, the city boasts several impressive structures such as the Napoleonic Monument to the Battle of the Nations and Reichsgericht, the former high court of the Reich. One of Europe’s largest town squares, the Augustusplatz, is situated at the central campus Germany’s second-oldest university.

9. Rugen Island

Rugen Island

 

Located in the Baltic Sea, Rugen Island is the largest island in Germany, connected to the mainland by the Rugen Bridge and Rugen Causeway. Charming villas, romantic seaside resorts and beautiful beaches all draw tourists to Rugen Island, but the star attraction is the Jasmund National Park, famous for its unique chalk cliffs rising 528 feet (161 meters) over the sea. Another notable feature of Rugen Island is Cape Arkona, East Germany’s northernmost tip, where tourists can visit an old lighthouse, remnants of a Slavic castle and a picturesque fishing village.

8. Romantic Rhine 

Romantic Rhine

 

Stretching between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, Germany, the Middle Rhine flows through a dramatic geological formation called the Rhine Gorge. This region features a spectacular landscape dotted with some 40 medieval castles, picturesque villages and terraced vineyards. The region’s most famous natural attraction is the Lorelei, the deepest and most narrow section of the Rhine Gorge, which features a large, treacherous rock that caused several boating accidents prior to the 19th century. The best way to experience the Romantic Rhine is by a riverboat cruise.

7. Cologne 

Cologne

 

Situated on the Rhine River in the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne is one of the most popular places to visit in Germany. The city offers a vibrant array of attractions, buzzing nightlife and a stellar arts and culture scene. Cologne also packs impressive landmarks such as the city’s informal symbol, the Cologne Cathedral, a stunning Gothic church. Moreover, the Twelve Romanesque Churches are magnificent examples of medieval architecture.

6. Dresden 

Dresden

 

Before it was severely damaged from World War II bombings, Dresden was known as the Jewel Box because of its lavish collection of stunning art and architecture. After many years, the city has restored much of its former glory. The capital of the federal state of Saxony, Dresden offers a number of historic sites like the stunning Frauenkirche cathedral. The city also boasts many cultural institutions of which the Semper Opera is most widely esteemed.

5. Lubeck 

Lubeck

 

As one of the largest Baltic seaports in Germany, Lübeck is located in the country’s northern-most state, Schleswig-Holstein. Founded in 1143, Lübeck served for several centuries as the capital seat of the Hanseatic League. Although it was the first German city to be bombed and damaged during World War II, Lübeck still retains much of its medieval architecture, making it a popular tourist destination. A walk through the narrow streets of the Altstadt offers views of historic sites like the stunning cathedral, the 12th century Town Hall and the old city gates of which the Holstentor is the most famous.

4. Heidelberg

Heidelberg

 

With historic treasures like the medieval Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Knight St. George House, it is no wonder that Heidelberg is a popular tourist attraction. The city center’s main street, Haupstrasse, is packed with pubs, restaurants, museums, art galleries, shops and markets selling the likes of beer steins, cuckoo clocks and German sausages. Home to Germany’s oldest university, Heidelberg’s long academic history can be retraced along the Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic footpath often walked by many earlier philosophers and professors.

3. Neuschwanstein 

Neuschwanstein

 

The most photographed building in Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle, is also one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Nestled among the breathtaking beauty of the Bavarian Alps near the town of Fussen, this fairy-tale castle served as the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Constructed in the late 1800s, Neuschwanstein Castle was never built for defense purposes as most castles. Instead, this castle was created as a fanciful retreat King Ludwig II of Bavaria who had a reputation for abiding in daydreams instead of reality.

2. Munich 

Munich

 

Best known as the origin of the world famous Oktoberfest, Munich is one of the best places to visit in Germany with a great culture scene. Munich is home to several sophisticated opera houses and theaters like the National Theatre. The city center is an attractive blend of classic and modern architecture, teeming in historic churches, medieval walls and royal palaces as well as bustling shopping centers and nightlife venues. Munich’s Oktoberfest began in 1810 with a royal wedding celebration. Today, this famous beer festival draws millions of visitors every year to take part in the revelry that involves several gigantic beer tents, delicious Bavarian food and millions of liters of beer.

1. Berlin 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Germany

 

A federal state and the capital city of Germany, Berlin is widely associated with its World War II history and former division of East and West Germany by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Since the fall of the historic wall in 1989, Berlin today is now a vast, unified city diverse in ethnic groups and abundant in sightseeing attractions, culture and nightlife. Many tourists are drawn to Berlin’s famous historic structures, which include the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Although most of the Berlin Wall was demolished, there are some portions still standing near Checkpoint Charlie and Reichstag.


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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Munich

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 Munich is a glorious city that shrugs off the coldness and sternness of buildings that are so prevalent elsewhere in Germany. Sure, it has a few of these buildings, but in the old city visitors will find attractive historic buildings and monuments. Munich has a good public transportation system (bus and subway) that makes it convenient to move around the city. Munich makes a good base for day trips to outlying areas, such as the Nazi concentration camp at Dachau or scenic Salzburg, but there is plenty to keep visitors in the city too. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions in Munich:

10. Allianz Arena Stadium

Allianz Arena Stadium

 

Sports fans who’ve ever wondered if football (soccer) is popular in Munich need only visit Allianz Arena Stadium, which seats more than 75,000 spectators who want to see one of the city’s two teams take the field. The stadium replaced the city’s Olympic stadium beginning with the 2005-2006 season. The stadium, which hosted the World Cup finals in 2006, is known for its panels that change colors, depending on which team is playing and the type of match, i.e., local or national, being played.

9. Pinakothek Museums

Pinakothek Museums

 

Pinakothek Museums are actually three museums: Old, New and Modern. The Old Pinakothek is one of the oldest art galleries in the world, and houses an outstanding collection of paintings by Old Masters. The New Pinakothek covers the 19th century, while the newest, the Modern exhibits modern art. They are part of Munich’s art area that is known as Kuntstareal. When it was ordered built in 1826 by King Ludwig I, the Old Pinakothek was the largest museum in the world; its neo-renaissance exterior soon became the model for museums located throughout Europe.

8. Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

 

The Deutsches Museum is a world class science and technology museum that appeals to visitors of all ages, even those who profess not to be interested in such subject matter. Visitors can take free guided tours (conducted only in German though) through the museum’s 50 exhibit areas, view demonstrations on subjects ranging from electricity to musical instruments, and participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities. The museum has a mind-boggling collection of more than 100,000 science- and technology-related objects from the Stone Age to today. The museum is family friendly, with 1,000 activities for kids 3-8 offered in Kids Kingdom.

7. Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz

 

The Munich Residenz was home to Bavarian rulers, the Wittelsbachs, for centuries before it was opened to the public in 1920. Its art collections and various architectural styles became symbols of the royal family’s power. The residence sustained heavy damage in World War II, but has since been restored as much as possible; today, it is considered one of the finest palace museums in Europe. The Wittelsbachs collected fine art and objects for centuries, so visitors will be able to see outstanding collections of porcelain, paintings, silver objects, rare furniture, chandeliers and sculptures.

6. BMW Welt & Museum

BMW is known for its fast cars and motorcycles; what better place to learn more about them than BMW Welt and the BMW museum. BMW Welt is a place to see and gain knowledge of the company’s latest product offerings. BMW Welt also sells auxiliary accessories and parts for their vehicles, and hosts exhibitions of their latest models. It’s located near Olympic Park; park ticket holders can get a discount on BMW Welt admission. The nearby BMW Museum has exhibits tracing the history of these famous two- and four-wheeled vehicles. Many old cars and motorcycles are on display along a spiral ramp that curls along the inside of the bowl-shaped building.

5. Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

 

The Nymphenburg Palace celebrates the birth of an heir to the Bavarian throne, ordered built by the parents of Maximillian II Emanuel in 1664. The palace served as the summer residence of Bavarian rulers. When he inherited the throne, Max Emanuel significantly enlarged the palace. Today this baroque palace is one of Munich’s more popular tourist attractions, even though sections are closed to the public since it also serves as the home for the current Duke of Bavaria. Original baroque ceilings, some with frescoes, survive to this day, as do King Ludwig I’s Galleries of Beauties that portray 36 beautiful Munich women.

4. Munich Frauenkirche

Munich Frauenkirche

The Munich Frauenkirche is another famous Munich landmark that towers over the rest of the city. It dates back to the 15th century when it was built in an astounding 20 years’ time, though completion of some features was postponed due to lack of money. The Munich Frauenkirche serves as the cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich and is home to the archbishop. The Gothic cathedral is capable of holding 20,000 worshipers. The cathedral was damaged during World War II, but has been restored It is famous for its bells and as the final resting place for the Dukes of Bavaria.

3. Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus

 

Munich residents do love their beer, celebrating it annually at Oktoberfest. Travelers who won’t be here then can still sip the suds at the Hofbrauhaus, one of the oldest breweries in town. The Hofbrauhaus dates back to 1589 when it was founded by Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, when it served as the official brewery for Munich’s royalty. Even back then, the beer had an international reputation, with Swedish invaders agreeing not to sack Munich in exchange for 600,000 barrels of beer. The brewery and the beer hall are among the most popular tourist attraction in Munich today.

2. Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

 

The size of New York City’s Central Park pales in comparison to Munich’s Englischer Garten, one of the world’s largest urban parks. The park, which stretches from the city center to northeast Munich, was established in 1789, but has been enlarged over the centuries. It takes its name from the traditional English gardens that were popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was built by soldiers during times of peace to teach them agricultural skills. The garden contains a Japanese teahouse, a meadow where nude sunbathing is permitted and an artificial wave used by surfboarders.

1. Marienplatz

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Munich

 

Marienplatz is the most famous square in Munich, drawing thousands of tourists every day who come to see the New Town Hall that dates back to 1874. The city hall was built in the Gothic Revival style, and features most of the Wittelsbach rulers on the main façade while statues of four Bavarian kings are on a lower level. This highly ornate building is a tourist magnet in itself, but what really draws the tourists to Marienplatz is the thrice-daily performance of the Glockenspiel. The famous Ratskeller restaurant is in the basement.


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TOP 10 of Southern Germany

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Southern Germany is not only the country’s most economically strong region; it is also the home of some of its most picturesque attractions. It is a location where you can see the black forest, the Alps, and the many rivers like the Danube, Rhine and Rhone. Throughout the region, fairy tale castles adorn riverbanks, wineries grow grapes for some of the world’s finest vintages, and sheer mountains shimmer on the horizon. Here is a look at some of the top sites that Southern Germany has to offer:

10. Garmisch-Partenkirchen 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This hybrid town was united by decree in 1936 by Adolf Hitler so Germany could host the Winter Olympics. Today, the town is one of the nation’s most famous ski resorts. Winter sports like skiing and snow boarding are popular here, while in the summer the trails are full of hikers and mountain bikers. Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits along the Austrian border about an hour from Munich and can be reached by car or by train. The Romantic Road travels between here and Fussen and is perfect for a day trip in either direction.

9. Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace

Linderhof is the only Schloss out of three that King Ludwig II of Bavaria completed in his lifetime. His intended to spruce up the already existing lodge but ended with a scaled down version of Versailles Palace. Of special interest are the Hall of Mirrors and the Peacock Bedroom. He lived in seclusion in this palace hideaway for much of his life. In honor of Wagner, Ludwig built a fantasy grotto partway up the mountain behind the palace based upon Wagner’s opera, Tannhäuser.

8. Lake Constance

Lake Constance

This glacial lake is one of Europe’s largest and sits along the border of the three nations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The lake is a great opportunity to see both historic and natural wonders. Beautiful mountain vistas, orchards, vineyards and wetlands are all easy to find along the Lake Constance (Bodensee in Germany), in addition to a number of castles and monasteries. Three different ferry routes are also available between the major cities on the lake, from Germany between Freidrichschafen and Konstanz or Romansburg in Switzerland, and between Konstanz and Meersburg. There is also a train route around the lake with stops at all of the points of interest.

7. Wurzburg 

Wurzburg

This Bavarian city was an important royal home for many centuries of prince-bishops. The Baroque palace, Wurzburger Residence, is one of Europe’s most ornate examples of this style of architecture, and has been considered one of the continent’s finest royal homes. Of special note are the fresco paintings and elaborate staircase inside the palace. Also of note in town is the church, which is one of Germany’s oldest, and built directly atop an eighth century pagan temple. Finally, some of the wineries here have been in business since Roman times. It is worth spending time on the property, or at least buying a bottle.

6. Black Forest

Black Forest

Grimm’s fairy tales come to life in this region known for its legends. This small mountain range is known for its timepieces, both watches and cuckoo clocks, and has a number of craftsmen who have built them for generations. The hilly terrain, lovely lakes and wooded trails of the Black Forest are great for hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and for excellent ski slopes during the wintertime.

5. Bamberg 

Bamberg

Bamberg is known for its lovely architecture, especially in the old center of town. Two attractions of note are the old sculpture known as Dom, which depicts a young unknown rider. The second is the Altes Rathaus, which is a building that sits in the middle of the river with rooms hanging above the water. Of special note is the six day folk festival known as Sandkerwa. Several hundred thousand visitors descend upon Bamberg each August for the food, wine, beer, and local sports like fish jousting.

4. Munich

Munich

This Bavarian capital is the most populous city in Southern Germany. Located at the river Isar in Southern Bavaria, Munich is best known for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. Though the modern city has grown quite large, the original walled city, or Alstrading can be seen in the center, with remaining pieces of the walls and is worth a walking tour. Of special note are the 1972 Olympic village, the opera house, English Garden, and the nightlife in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt.

3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

This town along the romantic road is best known for its medieval center dating from the 14th centuries. A history of European wars and world wars have left the number of undisturbed cities of ancient architecture very decimated, and this is one of the best remaining examples of the old Medieval style in Germany. The small town is only around 6,000 but it gets many tourists stopping through on bus trips along the Romantic road. Whether the visit is short or long, don’t miss market square with the Town Hall tower, the Medieval crime and punishment museum, or the triangular plaza of Plonlein. If there is time, a walk around the restored city wall is a great way to get some spectacular views and photos.

2. Heidelberg

Heidelberg

With historic treasures like the medieval Old Bridge, the Heidelberg Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Knight St. George House, it is no wonder that Heidelberg is one of the top tourist destinations in Germany. The picturesque city suffered little damage during World War II, with its baroque town center remaining intact. Home to Germany’s oldest university, Heidelberg’s long academic history can be retraced along the Philosopher’s Walk, a scenic footpath often walked by many earlier philosophers and professors.

1. Fussen

#1 of Destinations In Southern Germany

Nestled at the foot of the Alps, the small village of Füssen is the southern climax of the Romantic Road, with the nearby castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau the highlight of many a southern Germany trip. The town itself is home to the enchanting Hohes Schloss, or “high castle.” This medieval building has a lovely Trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) facade on the outside and a stunning clock tower among its most famed features. The village also has a former Benedictine monastery called St Mang. Many lakes and beautiful trails are nearby if you would like to venture out of the village. Though most of the highlights can be seen in a day or two, the charming ambiance here is worth taking time to soak in and explore.


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Two Active Ways to See Germany (and one way to indulge)

What comes to mind when you think of Germany? Do you start thinking of bratwurst, marzipan, and beer? You wouldn’t be wrong to associate these great dishes with this country, but there’s another side to Germany you should explore as well! Check out these alternatives to culinary indulgence (and one way to unwind after all that healthy living).

1) Cycling through Germany

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Did you know that Germany has more than 150 long-distance cycle routes? How about the numerous mountain-biking trails? While a love of cycling is more often associated to the Dutch, Germany has a healthy obsession with this sport as well. The routes you’ll want to check out are these three:

Green Metropolis Leisure Route: 370 km

Predominantly flat and mostly away from busy roads, running from Duren in North Rhine-Westphalia via Limburg in the Netherlands to Beringen in Belgium.

Tour de Fries: 250 km

This one’s for those in the northwest of Germany. It begins at Wilhelmshaven, where you cross by boat over Jadebusen and continue in the saddle to Bockhorn, Friedeburg, Wittmund, Schillig, Horumersiel, and Hooksiel, before stopping for a well deserved beer in the brewery town of Jever.

Solling Vogler Nature Reserve: varying lengths of trail, 600 km all together

Off-road biking is the style here, where the terrain varies from valleys crisscrossed with streams and forested trails up to exposed wide ridges of the Grosse Blosse peak. There are 15 different circuits along the trails, and one 160 km trail around the entire park.

2) Cross-country skiing in the Bavarian Alps

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Cross-country skiing is nothing like downhill – or any other kind of workout, for that matter. One of the best places to put your body to the test is the Ammer Valley, in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, where there are 100 km of cross-country skiing trails. The King Ludwig Run, from Oberammergau to Linderhof, is a healthy 26 km round trip. The circular Ettaler Runde is a mere 4 km, so you’ll be back in time to have the sauna all to yourself. With plenty of places to stay nearby, you’ll be able to get out on the snow bright and early every morning (if that’s your thing).

3) Tasting cocktails in Freiburg

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Whether you’ve got a taste for the sweet, the bitter, the savory, or something completely different, we’re willing to bet the bartender at the Hemingway Cafe in Freiburg’s Hotel Victoria will be able to make it. There are a hundred or so different cocktails to chose from here, and you’re just 200 m from the main train station in the heart of this city. Of course, this being Freiburg (known for its eco friendly buildings and extensive public transport system), this hotel is one of the most progressive in Europe. While affiliated with a well-known chain, it is independently owned and operated by a local German couple, who have overseen the hotel’s green makeover.

The entire hotel is powered solely by renewable energy: on a sunny day a 30-square metre solar plant heats the water; a vast woodchip boiler powers the central heating (which the hotel says saves it 50,000 litres of heating oil a year); and an innovative air-conditioning unit sucks up cool water from the ground and circulates it through pipes leading to each room. Guests are also given a free public transport pass for the duration of their stay! The list of amenities is almost as long as the number of cocktails – so go try one!