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Romantic castles and church spires dot the rolling countryside, historic monuments stand proud in cobble stone squares, sun drenched vineyards decorate the hills, and rivers snake through vibrant cities and quaint towns. From soaring mountains to legendary forests, travelling this beautiful region is a breeze, with international airports, a great rail system and excellent roads.
Each country has unique cultural traditions and there is a rich history weaved across the borders. You see influences from the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire and not so long ago WWII and the Cold War. Some more eastern areas you may feel quite adventurous exploring, where English isn’t widely heard, yet the locals are sincerely welcoming.
You can zigzag through the main cities and their old towns in a couple of weeks, but also consider the small towns and beautiful unspoiled nature reserves.
About half of The Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea and almost a quarter is below sea level, creating a country with a latticework of canals....
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Belgium has special significance for Kiwi travellers. More than 4700 New Zealanders are buried here in about 80 cemeteries throughout the country...
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Switzerland is synonymous with mountains, and although you can get to the top the hardway, part of the charm of this landlocked nation is to reach....
Austria blends alpine scenery with an atmosphere of lost empires and past grandeur. Nowhere is the sense of history stronger than in the capital...
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Germany is a vast, diverse country – more so since west and east were reunited in 1990. Although the upheaval of those days is long past, to visit Germany today is still a journey into a new nation forging itself a fresh identity. Berlin, once a symbol of the Cold War and a place synonymous with the Wall and espionage, is now buzzing with energy and creative flair. Make time for other emerging dynamic cities, including Leipzig and Dresden. Southern Germany remains popular with visitors, with lively Munich and its famous beer halls. Beyond the city lies the legendary Black Forest and perhaps the most perfect fairy tale castle of them all – King Ludwig’s amazing Neuschwanstein. People have been taking to the rivers to travel through Germany for thousands of years so why not follow in their wakes with a cruise on the Rhine, Mosel or Elbe rivers passing ruined castles and vineyard-clad hills. While cities such as Cologne combine the ancient with all the trappings of 21st century life, towns such as Rothenburg are stunning reminders of medieval times. Discover how Germans relax over a meal in a traditional Ratskeller or sipping a fine Riesling beside the Rhine.
Talk about a city of contrasts! One minute you’re following the path where the Berlin Wall stood, reading the graffiti on some of the sections...
In Germany all roads lead to Frankfurt, where the major autobahn’s and railways connect and is home to the second largest airport in Europe...
Munich is a trendsetter city. It gave the world pale lager beers, Helles and Pilsner, beer halls and gardens, and of course the world-famous Oktoberfest...
The Rhine River is one of Europe’s most beautiful, flowing from Switzerland 1,320km to the Netherlands and into the North Sea...
Marvel at the Bavarian landscapes, half-timbered chalets and magnificent castles with alpine foothills forming a stunning backdrop...
No country has burst more colourfully onto the world’s stage since the collapse of the Iron Curtain than the Czech Republic. One of the youngest countries in the world...
It says something for the unique culture and people of Hungary when their favourite activity is playing chess while soaking at an elegant thermal bath complex...
Poland is a country with a 1000 year history, with a saturated in cultural beauty, from forts and ruins, monasteries, abbeys, wooden churches and an architecture...
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