29 June 2018
Many of Europe’s most exciting destinations are just waiting for you to explore them from fly with Lufthansa and Eurowings, Austrian Airlines to Austria, Brussels Airlines to Belgium and Swiss to Switzerland, collectively known as the Lufthansa group. These countries are waiting to be discovered...
Whether you’re travelling for pleasure or on business – or perhaps a bit of both – Lufthansa and Eurowings can take you to a host of fascinating German cities with something to enthral visitors of all ages and interests. In the north, Hamburg is a dynamic city with harbour boat-trips, a lively fish-market, more than 50 museums, and 100-or-so live music venues and clubs, including a state-of-the-art concert hall. It’s also the gateway to Germany’s lovely North Sea coasts, to Heide Park (one of Germany’s largest theme parks) and to Hanover with its rebuilt Old Town and splendid 17th-century Herrenhäuser Gardens.
East of here, Berlin is perennially hip, with everything from beach bars on the banks of the Spree and world-famous super-clubs to classic Soviet architecture and compelling historic sights to take in.
Over in West Germany, Düsseldorf is brilliant for shopping due to its fashion houses and thriving artistic scene. Nearby Cologne-Bonn airport gives easy access to each of the eponymous cities, the first most famous for its twin-spired cathedral and the second with a museum celebrating its best-known son, Ludwig Beethoven.
Towards the centre of Germany, Frankfurt is a financial hub but also has its own world-famous son to celebrate in its Goethe House Museum. Stuttgart is well worth a visit too, with Porsche and Mercedes Benz museums that testify to the success of the local car industry, a planetarium and Germany’s only zoological-botanical garden.
Meanwhile, Munich to the south, in the lovely state of Bavaria, beguiles with its art galleries, another car museum (BMW this time) and the Deutsches Museum, which is no less than world’s biggest museum of science and technology. Munich is also a springboard for several National Parks and for the fairy-tale glory that is Neuschwanstein Castle.
Fly to Vienna with Austrian Airlines put the Austrian capital and its imperial treasures within quick and easy reach. Don’t miss a spin on the iconic Riesenrad giant Ferris wheel in Prater park, familiar to many from Orson Welles' The Third Man. Another must is UNESCO-listed Schloss Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer palace complete with a museum of golden imperial carriages, a puppet theatre, mazes, statuary, a fake Roman ruin and a palm house. And be sure to stop off at Café Sacher to sample its renowned Sachertorte chocolate cake.
Alternatively, Salzburg to the west charms with its magnificent Old Town and Hohensalzburg fortress, its Mozart’s Birthplace museum and its many Sound of Music movie locations, including the fountains and steps of the Mirabell Gardens.
Brussels Airlines’ flights from the UK to Brussels mean there’s no excuse not to discover or rediscover the Belgian capital, where highlights include well-preserved Art Nouveau architecture and a comic-strip trail and museum. You’re also just 12km from the thought-provoking Waterloo Battlefield with its cutting-edge modern museum bringing history forcefully to life.
Swiss' flights fto Geneva and Zurich put two fantastic Swiss cities within your reach, as well as their surrounding natural attractions. Geneva may be best known as a centre for banking and diplomacy, but its hip Carouge suburb offers more bohemian charms including laid-back café terraces, independent art spaces and farmers’ markets. From Geneva you can also hop aboard boat-trips across the lake, against a backdrop of Mont Blanc.
Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, is another financial hub but one with a delightful riverside Old Town, waterfront promenades, and wake-boarding and water-skiing on its own sparkling lake.
For more information or to book your trip, contact your Travel Counsellor.