Bratwurst and beer, castles and cathedrals, and centuries of history and skilled craftspeople. The time has come to pack your lederhosen for the wonderful views and brews of Germany. From world-class cities to half-timbered towns and romantic river valleys to fairytale forests, we’ve compiled the country’s highlights for the ultimate Germany vacation. This encompassing tour of Germany kicks off in Frankfurt with a river cruise along the vineyard-dotted Rhine, picks up speed with a train ride from Cologne to Berlin, and then makes its way from the restored city of once war-ravaged Dresden to the best of Bavaria and the enchanting Black Forest. Castle-topped hills, snow-capped peaks, and foam-topped pilsners present the sweetest of sights while traditional Black Forest Cake and Nuremberg Gingerbread are your just desserts.
Highlights of German Highlights
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
6 guests in a party: $2,578*18 guests in a party: $641*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
Cologne Cathedral|Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (See Only)|Upper Middle Rhine Valley
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT, GERMANY Welcome to Frankfurt! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
FRANKFURT–COLOGNE Views & Brews in Cologne RHINE RIVER Take a scenic cruise on the historic river.COLOGNE Visit the magnificent cathedral. Enjoy a beer at the [LF] Cölner Hofbräu Früh, one of Cologne’s famous breweries. (B,D) 155 mi / 250 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES For more than a century, the Cölner Hofbräu Früh has served its delicious Kölsch beer according to the family tradition started by the founder Peter Josef Früh. Raise your glass to timeless tradition and hospitality with Germany’s famous, foamy brews.
COLOGNE–BERLIN Historic Berlin COLOGNE Board the high-speed first-class ICE train to Berlin.BERLIN Guided sightseeing includes the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and picture stops at Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial. (B,D) 367 mi / 590 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOTS Explore the historic city of Berlin. Stop at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the symbolic heart of West Berlin, its towers rising as a symbol of peace between nations. See the vast Holocaust Memorial, the sombre site dedicated to the remembrance of the Jewish victims of the holocaust. Take photos of the symbolic monument to peace and unity at the Brandenburg Gate – Berlin's most famous landmark.
BERLIN The Boulevards of Berlin BERLIN Enjoy a free day to explore Berlin. (B)FREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE Berlin is a city to be explored and enjoyed. See the street art of the East Side Gallery where a portion of the Berlin Wall now serves as a memorial of freedom painted by local artists. See the classic Cosmonaut mural in Mariannenstrasse or head to the Kreuzberg district for a leisurely stroll along Landwehr Canal.
BERLIN–DRESDEN German Jewels DRESDEN Enjoy free time for lunch. An orientation walk features the Zwinger Palace Courtyard. (B)137 mi / 220 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURAL GEM Explore the heart of Dresden with a walk to Zwinger Palace courtyard. Revered for its stunning Baroque architecture and beautiful gardens, this spectacular palace complex is the most famous building in Dresden.
DRESDEN–BAYREUTH–NUREMBERG On Tap in Nuremberg BAYREUTH Take an orientation tour of Wagner’s city of festival.NUREMBERG Walking tour includes the Old Town. [LF] Dinner with local specialties at the Bratwurst Röslein restaurant. (B,D) 205 mi / 330 kmLOCAL FAVORITELOCAL TASTES Bring a big appetite to dine on brats and beer in the biggest Bratwurst restaurant in the world! Enjoy authentic specialities at Bratwurst Röslein in the heart of Nuremberg’s town hall square, where warm welcomes have been greeting clients since 1493.
NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–MUNICH The Romantic Road ROTHENBURG Orientation walk and free time to browse before continuing to Munich. (B) 205 mi / 330 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Get that old romantic feeling with a walk through the well-preserved medieval town of Rothenburg. Here, along Germany’s historic Romantic Road region, you’ll find half-timbered houses, medieval walls, and cobblestone streets, that will win your heart in the heart of Northern Bavaria.
MUNICH–OBERAMMERGAU- FÜSSEN AREA The Heart of Munich MUNICH Guided sightseeing includes Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls.OBERAMMERGAU Enjoy free time before departing for Füssen. (B,D) 87 mi / 140 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Experience the geographical and cultural heart of Munich at its Marienplatz, the town square since 1158. Stroll through the home of historic buildings, including the Old and New Town Halls in the picturesque heart and soul of the city.
FÜSSEN AREA Bavarian Blessings FÜSSEN Spend a free day in the Bavarian village. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & TRADITION Füssen is often called the romantic soul of Bavaria. Spend the day strolling the picturesque town or join an excursion to get to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain and take in some of the best views of the Alps. On a sunny day you can see mountain peaks across 4 countries reaching as far as the Eastern Alps.
FÜSSEN AREA–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–LINDAU–BIRNAU– BLACK FOREST Fairytale Forests & A Storybook Castle NEUSCHWANSTEIN Take a guided visit to King Ludwig’s castle. LINDAU Explore the island on Lake Constance.BIRNAU Visit the Baroque church.BLACK FOREST Enjoy a traditional Schwarzwaldkuchen (Black Forest cake) tasting during dinner. (B,D) 186 mi / 300 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDARY LIVES King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the “Fairytale King,” built a fantastical 1800s castle with all the modern conveniences (aka plumbing), while emphasizing the romantic vision of a storybook castle. His love for Wagnerian opera is literally plastered on the walls inside, with panoramas and frescoes of scenes from the composer’s great works. So romantic and fanciful of design, the Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Walt Disney’s blueprint of a castle fit for Sleeping Beauty herself.
BLACK FOREST–HEIDELBERG–FRANKFURT Cuckoo Clocks & Castle Walks BLACK FOREST Enjoy a Cuckoo Clock demonstration at your hotel.HEIDELBERG Take a walking tour of the Old Town with a funicular ride to visit the castle.FRANKFURT Farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D) 199 mi / 320 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ARCHITECTURAL GEM Ascend 300 feet above Heidelberg to visit its historic castle, posing a commanding presence above the town below. The breathtaking Schloss Heidelberg features buildings and courtyards reflecting unique architectural eras, as well as the biggest wine barrel in the world! Just as the city below delivers a powerful view of the castle, you’ll take in the panoramic views of Heidelberg below the terraces and gardens of the hilltop fortress. Cast your eyes across the Neckar River and valley, with views as far as the Rhine plain and Mannheim on a clear day.
FRANKFURT Auf Wiedersehen, Germany! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||NH Frankfurt Niederrad||A 165-room modern hotel located in the Niederrad business district of Frankfurt with Free Wifi internet access throughout the property. There is a contemporary bistro style restaurant and a modern bar serving International wines and cocktails as well as apple cider, a speciality of the Hesse region.||Frankfurt||Lyoner Strasse 5||First-Class|
|2||Steigenberger Hotel Koeln||A 305-room hotel in the heart of Cologne offering Free Wifi internet access throughout. There is a bright and airy breakfast restaurant and a bistro bar with an outdoor summer terrace for drinks and snacks.||Cologne||Habsburgerring 9-13||First-Class|
|3||Arcotel John F||Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. The 4-star-superior-hotel is centrally located between the famous Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt, directly at the "Quartier am Auswärtigen Amt", with walking distance to the famous Friedrichstrasse and the "Unter den Linden" boulevard.||Berlin||Werderscher Markt 11||First-Class|
|4||NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt||Situated in the heart of the Old Town, overlooking Dresden's Market Square, this modern 240 room property offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout, a refined restaurant serving German and Spanish fare, as well as a funky cocktail bar with a cigar lounge. Other amenities include a gym and a wellness area with sauna and steam bath.||Dresden||An Der Kreuzkirche 2||Superior First-Class|
|5||NH Collection Nuernberg City||Located in the heart of Nuremberg, this 244-room property has a striking modern design and offers a Free Wi-Fi connection throughout. The restaurant serves regional and Mediterranean food with a summer terrace for al fresco drinks and dining, other amenities include a contemporary bar and Gym with sauna and steam room.||Nuernberg||Bahnhofstrasse 19||Superior First-Class|
|6||Hilton Munich City||Conveniently located in Munich's entertainment district, this 480-room upscale property provides a relaxing atmosphere alongside an exciting array of culinary delights and ambience in its lobby and signature bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, there is a 24-hour fitness room and its direct access to a metro station ensures fast easy connections to the city center and all major sites.||Muenchen||Rosenheimer Strasse 15||Superior First-Class|
|7||Best Western Plus Hotel Fuessen||This modern smoke-free hotel with 88 spacious rooms is located just a stone's throw away from the historic city center of Füssen and offers Free Wi-Fi access, a fitness center, steam room and sauna. Hearty German dishes, Mediterranean and International specialties are served in the restaurant or weather permitting outside on the patio, for night owls, creative drinks can be enjoyed in the lounge bar.||Fussen||Augsburger Str. 18||First-Class|
|8||Hofgut Sternen||A comfortable hotel in typical Black Forest style, situated in a quiet park area within easy access from the B31 between Freiburg and Titisee. Nearby are mountain bike rentals, Black Forest cuckoo clock and glassblower's workshop with gift shop and St. Oswald's chapel, the oldest chapel of the Higher Black Forest.||Breitnau||Hoellsteig 76||First-Class|