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Over the last few decades Berlin, Germany’s trendy capital, has become Europe’s “It” destination. A city with a complex past, it shines in its eccentric architecture: a mix of minimalist Bauhaus designs, chic new developments, communist relics and pre-war brownstones. But travel outside the buzz of Berlin and experience the true German Zeitgeist, from the mountains of Allgäu to the heart of the Bavarian Alps. Germany also produces exceptionally drinkable wines such as Rieslings and Spätburgunder (Pinot noir), generally pressed in the Rhineland-Palatinate region along the Deutsche Weinstraße or 'German Wine Route'. If beer is more your thing, travel the tree-lined forests of Bavaria to sample from traditional breweries, or head to the sleek modernist bars of Munich.
The home of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche, we strongly recommend a high-octane drive down the legendary, speed-limit-less autobahn, or a cruise through the Alps. Or, take your time and drive up to the north for a relaxing getaway on the sea-sprayed Baltic coast. Traditionally a “secret” artsy hideaway for the bohemian elite, get lost in thought while you walk down miles of sandy beaches and gentle wind-swept hills. Germany has a lot to be discovered.