Fairytale castles, lush green forests and tranquil North Sea beaches meet lively cities to make Germany a truly diverse destination. Each of its distinctive regions has its own character. Munich is packed with Bavarian charm, while Berlin is bursting with artistic attitude. You'll find Hanseatic elegance alongside buzzing nightlife in Hamburg, while Frankfurt is renowned for its fast-paced atmosphere and contemporary bars and restaurants. With so much to discover, a trip to Germany promises to be remarkable.
As the largest and most densely populated city in Bavaria, Munich is a medieval metropolis, home to historic buildings, luscious green gardens and acclaimed cultural museums. The heart of the region is its Altstadt (old town), abundant with attractions like the restored Gothic Frauenkirche (Our Lady's church) and its legendary tile, believed to feature the devil's footprint. Nearby, the Rathaus (town hall) on Marienplatz hosts the renowned glockenspiel show: each day, the clock springs into life as figurines playout scenes from the city's fascinating past.
Of course, a spot of sightseeing calls for some traditional sustenance, and Munich’s food scene doesn’t disappoint. The grand Hofbräuhaus (beer hall) is the place to sample local and authentic dishes like Bierbratl, crisp roasted pork belly and surhaxe, tender pickled pork knuckle. You can get the feel of Oktoberfest's jovial atmosphere all year round at this three-storey hall, which has been serving its celebrated home brew to Bavarians since the 16th century.
When it comes to choosing a luxurious place to stay, look no further than the 5-star Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski. Situated on Maximilianstraße, one of the city's most elegant boulevards, this opulent establishment is known for its rooftop terrace where you can admire the unique spires and onion domes of the skyline.
Berlin, the city that combines grit with glamour, is famed for its buzzing atmosphere and fast-paced lifestyle. It's also renowned for its underground arts scene, cutting-edge cuisine and exciting nightlife. Take a tour of the Reichstag (parliament building) just before sunset. The magnificent view from the glass rooftop dome is one of the best in town, beaten only by a ride in the Die Welt Hi Flyer balloon. Soar to the skies for a panoramic perspective over the Hauptstadt, an unforgettable affair that's also available as one of our Platinum Local Experience Awards.
The city's multicultural society has influenced its gourmet food scene over recent years. Now, Berlinoffers some of the best restaurants in Germany, serving everything from high-end Japanese and Thai-inspired cuisine to creative vegetarian culinary delights.
If you're looking for a sumptuous place to rest and unwind, Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a sought-after choice, located just next to the neoclassical Brandenburg Gate. Having catered to royalty and famous political leaders for over a century, it's the quintessence of luxury hospitality. The hotel is also home to chef Henrik Otto's double Michelin-starred Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer restaurant and an array of premium leisure facilities.
Germany's financial powerhouse, Frankfurt am Main is full of high-end restaurants and stylish bars. It also has a unique range of cultural attractions too, like the labyrinthine Museum Für Moderne Kunst (modern art museum), showcasing pieces by international artists like Andy Warhol and Steven Parrino.
Despite its contemporary feel, the city has honoured its traditional dishes over the centuries. Take time to try the classic Frankfurt Green Sauce in the Torschänke Restaurant at the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Frankfurt. Available as one of our exclusive Local Experience Awards, the salsa is presented as part of a three-course menu devised by the head chef. This country-house hotel is situated in the tranquil suburb of Neu-Isenburg, providing an idyllic respite from the bustling city centre. Start your day with a soak in the 2,000 square metre spa before practising your backhand on one of the two tennis courts.
As Germany's largest port, Hamburg is steeped in maritime history. Take a cruise past the impressive container ships in the harbour or experience evening entertainment on the Reeperbahn (the city's liveliest street). Hamburg's music scene is famously eclectic too–having once inspired The Beatles, this canal-crossed city also has an exceptional classical music pedigree, epitomised by the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall that hosts some of the world’s best orchestras.
Unsurprisingly given its location, Hamburg is renowned for its sublime seafood. The city has a wide range of luxury restaurants, serving quality pole-caught ingredients, as well as authentic local eateries, offering time-honoured delicacies such as eelsoup and Finkenwerder Scholle (pan-fried plaice).
When finding the perfect place to stay, choose the colourful St Georg neighbourhood, known for its burgeoning art scene. It's where you'll find the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg: the historic establishment that's been delighting guests since 1909 with its grand rooms designed with European flair.
Set inside a beautiful Belle Epoque building on Whitehall Place.
Historic building which has recently undergone a multi-million pound restoration.
Refined rooms here have high ceilings and heritage décor.
Terrace suites have delightful outdoor spaces and the communal areas are just as exciting.