Beneath Germany's facade of efficiency and pragmatism is an inspiring land of creativity, romance and soul-stirring scenery. This is a country brimming with an abundance of history, spectacular architecture, spirit-lifting culture, and thousands of museums. The German countryside is filled with spellbinding landscapes, winding rivers and never ending vineyards. There is something undeniably artistic in the way Germany's scenery unfolds: medieval villages hide among dense forests, quaint churches sit steeped in history, foreboding castles loom above prim, half-timbered villages, where flower boxes billow with crimson geraniums, and cities stand witness to inspiring movements of art and design that shaped much of Europe. Germany celebrates its historical and cultural treasures in picturesque towns of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses, with soothing landscapes dotted with imposing fairytale castles, and with awe-inspiring cities that rose from the ashes of destruction.
During the German History and Fairytales tour, we’ll look past the stereotypes, to fall under the spell of the medieval fairy tales, enchanted forests, storybook castles, and artistic movements. We’ll discover the crossroads of ideas and styles, experience the medieval beauty of the Rhine Valley, be awed by the Gothic and Baroque architecture of Heidelberg, Bamberg and Dresden, ponder the dramatic history of Berlin, and we’ll journey through the magical world, where Brothers Grimm fairy tales blur into today’s reality. We'll marvel at enchanting towns with extravagant cathedrals and palaces, cruise along German rivers, enjoy extraordinary culinary experiences and share in the summer atmosphere of celebration. Over ten days, we'll travel west to east across the country, exploring some of the most diverse and significant German sites. We'll traverse the paradigms, starting in the old castles that line the Rhine and ending in the urban sophistication of Berlin, as we are immersed in German and European history and hear stories of its people.