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Germany and Switzerland... more than just beer & chocolate

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Germany and Switzerland... more than just beer & chocolate

story by: Inspire Magazine

Imagine journeying through captivating medieval towns, mysterious forests and crisp white snowcapped mountains. Prepare to swoon and make this daydream a reality when you venture into the very essence of central Europe, namely the nations of Germany and Switzerland.

Take a walk down memory lane
Delve into the fascinating history of Germany and Switzerland and unlock the secrets of the past by visiting medieval cities. In the German town of Rothenburg, wander down cobbled lanes lined by beautifully preserved buildings from the Middle Ages. From gorgeous old creaking homes to dimly lit taverns and the grand 12th century castle, you’ll feel like you’ve been cast back in time. Lining the upper end of Lake Zurich is

Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland. This old-worldly town treats you to breathtakingly beautiful lake and mountain views alongside striking historic castles, churches, chapels and monasteries.

You can also pay your respects to a darker time in history by visiting the sombre sites of Dachau Concentration Camp and the Jewish Museum Berlin.

A dozen landscapes in a day
Germany and Switzerland know variety is the spice of life when it comes to their luscious landscapes, making it easy to discover vastly different vistas in a short period of time. Luckily, it’s easy to travel by driving or by rail, just make sure you get a scenic pass for trains to catch the captivating views.

Venture to Germany’s enchanting Black Forest, home to thriving nature parks Schwarzwald Mitte/ Nord and Südschwarzwald. Stretch your legs on an array of hiking trails through the lush bushland or walk the slopes of the looming Feldberg, Schauinsland and Hornisgrinde mountains.

Hornisgrinde soars 1,493 metres high and promises absolutely stunning panoramas of the region. Immerse yourself in the natural environment one moment and in a quaint Black Forest village such as Altensteig the next.

In Switzerland, enjoy the lively, charming streets and tranquil, glassy waters of Lake Lucerne, then travel to the mountains to gaze at the remarkable alpine views. Visit the top of Europe with a trip up the icy Jungfraujoch, where the world’s highest railway station stands proud at 3,454 metres above sea level.

Cool, calm & cruising
Gently glide along the waters of the legendary Rhine River on a river cruise with all your homely creature comforts onboard. Discover engrossing European wonders as you travel in style to the pretty German city of Rüdesheim, the verdant hillside vineyards in Würzburg and the medieval city of Regensburg. Not only does this make travelling around a breeze, it allows you to relax, unwind and make yourself at home on board. Has central Europe stolen your heart?

Sensory Overload

See Chagall’s stunning stained glass windows in Fraumunster Church, Zurich.
Taste the indulgent Lindt or Sprungli chocolates in Switzerland – they are to die for!
Hear all about Berlin’s rich history on a walking tour.
Feel the cobbles under your feet as you discover the Romantic Road in the heart of Bavaria. The gorgeous lanes and half-timbered houses make for great photos.
Smell the crisp alpine air as you embark on a train journey into the Swiss Alps for dramatic and spectacular scenery, across all seasons.

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