Think of Germany and you may envision the Black Forest, or the castles of the Romantic Road, the great cities of Berlin or Munich or the massive beer steins of Oktoberfest. You probably don’t picture the 2,000 kilometers of sandy beaches that line Germany’s northern Baltic Coast. But as it turns out, Germany’s beaches and islands are perfect for catching some summer sun, and it seems the Germans love nothing more than some serious beach time, even if the water can be a bit chilly (around 65 degrees Fahrenheit).
While much of Europe’s mid-year action concentrates on the continent’s Mediterranean edge, that’s no reason to leave Germany out of your summer holiday plans. In fact, it makes sense to go somewhere where they’re not all blasé about summer. The weather can be unpredictable but you will definitely be getting the sun screen out at some point; the best chances for sunshine are in the south-west corner, around the Black Forest.
The name may not slip so easily off the tongue of English speakers, but Schloss Neuschwanstein, hugging the Alpine foothills above a broad plain, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It lies south-west of Munich, near the town of Füssen and close to the border of Austria.
The location is the Städel Museum, the city’s foremost art institution. It’s somewhat unusual among major art museums in that it has everything from old masters to contemporary works under one roof. But things were getting pretty crowded under that roof, so after exploring the options they decided to extend underground, a development designed by Frankfurt firm schneider+schumacher.
Things move pretty quickly in Frankfurt am Main, from the passengers rushing through the airport terminals of this major international hub to the money swirling through the desktop terminals of its skyscraper banks.
Germany offers quality produce in every season: here some of the things which may well turn up on your plate throughout the year (along with some other seasonal treats). Spring is heralded by bunches of wild garlic, “bärlauch,” but the season is dominated above all by white asparagus. During Spargelzeit, as asparagus season is [...]