8 Days/7 Nights
Day 1 Munich – Stuttgart
Drive from Munich to Stuttgart, passing through the heights of the Swabian Alps. Stuttgart is the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, which is one of the worldwide centers of the automobile industry. This city is also famous for its cultural life, and the Königsstraße, the main avenue, is a paradise for shopping lovers. You will enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Mercedes Benz museum. At night we recommend a visit to the Opera in Stuttgart, one of the best in Germany due to the high quality of its presentations. Accommodation at the hotel Althoff*****. Recommendation for dinner: Restaurant „Zirbelstube“at the hotel Althoff*****- maître de cuisine: Sebastian Prüßmann with 1* Michelin.
Day 2 Stuttgart – Tubingen – Baiersbronn
The small town of Tubingen is located just 40 km away from Stuttgart. During a panoramic tour, you will see the historic city center that still preserves its medieval ambiance. After Tubingen, we continue to the Black Forest, a charming landscape with dense forest, ravines, and villages. Baiersbronn is not only the entry to the Black Forest National Park but also a culinary center in Germany. Due to its two Michelin starred restaurants, one 3 star and one 2 Michelin stars are well known as “The town of the stars “. Accommodation at the hotel Traube Tonbach*****. Tonight dinner at the restaurant Schwarzwaldstube (maître de cuisine: Harald Wohlfahrt, 3* Michelin). Note: The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and it remains closed for the entire month of August.
Day 3 Baiersbronn – Baden-Baden
Travel to Baden-Baden via the high route through the Black Forest. The former summer residence of the European upper class is known worldwide as an elegant hydrothermal resort. After visiting the city with your tour guide, we recommend visiting the thermal baths. At night, do not forget to visit the casino or enjoy a concert—accommodation at the Brenner’s Park Hotel*****. Recommendation for dinner: Brenners Park-Restaurant- maître de cuisine: Paul Stradner with 2* Michelin.
Day 4 Baden-Baden – Heidelberg – Frankfurt
In the morning, travel to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university city. Idyllically located on the shores of the Neckar River, Heidelberg is one of the most popular destinations in the country. After visiting the famous castle and the historic city center, we continue to Frankfurt. From the Middle Ages, Frankfurt was a trade and business center. Nowadays, this city is one of the most important financial centers in Europe, with a fascinating contrast between the modern and historical parts. At night, the Frankfurt Opera offers you a high-quality cultural program. Accommodation at the Villa Kennedy Hotel*****. Recommendation for dinner: Lafleur Restaurant – maître de cuisine: Andreas Kolik with 2* Michelin.
Day 5 Frankfurt – Limburg – Cologne – Bensberg Castle
Today we are going to stroll through the old town center of Limburg. Fall in love with its romantic streets. This small city preserves its historical legacy with buildings that dates back to the Middle Ages. Continue to Cologne, famous for its cathedral, carnival, and relaxing lifestyle of its people. The magnificent Cologne Cathedral is a must-do for every visitor. The Bensberg palace is located not far away from Cologne; it is a former hunting lodge and a luxury hotel with one of the best restaurants in Germany. Accommodation at the Hotel Schloss Bensberg*****. Tonight you have dinner at the Vendome Restaurant (maître de cuisine: Joachim Wissler, 3* Michelin).
Day 6 Bensberg Castle – Externsteine – Hamelin – Münchhausen Castle
We cross the region of the Ruhr that was the center of industrialization during the 19th and 20th centuries in Germany with coal mines and the steel industry. We visit the Externsteine, a curious natural formation of sandstone rocks rising vertically up to about 50 meters. After that, the tour continues to Hamelin, which is worldwide famous for its fairy tale of the Flutist of Hamelin. Close to the city is the Hotel Schloss Münchhausen*****+, which, besides having 450 years of History, offers first-class cuisine. Tonight, dinner at the restaurant in the castle (maître de cuisine: Achim Schwekendiek, 1* Michelin).
Day 7 Münchhausen Castle – Hamburg
In the morning you travel to Hamburg. Hamburg is one of the first members of the Hanseatic League and, up to this day, still preserves the legacy of trade. The city of the warehouses (Speicherstadt) was previously a “Free Trade Zone” and nowadays belongs to UNESCO cultural heritage and is a precious witness of this past. After the city tour, we recommend visiting The Philharmonie with its amazing acoustic and its wonderful concert halls. Accommodation at the Hotel Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten*****. Recommendation for dinner: The Table-maître de cuisine: Kevin Fehling with 3* Michelin (from Tuesday to Saturday and it remains closed in August).
Day 8 Hamburg
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or, if you prefer, the tour can continue to Berlin.
Transportation in a luxury car, an English-speaking tour guide, accommodation in 5* hotels incl. Daily buffet breakfast – Preferably in double room category deluxe – and all visits described in the program. Possibility to add as supplement tickets to the theater, opera, and concerts (e.g., in Stuttgart, Baden-Baden, Frankfurt, Cologne, or Hamburg). Would you like to see one of these cities from the sky? Please ask for our offers for private helicopter tours. We´ll be pleased to adapt any other itinerary according to your wishes and preferences.
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