Day 1: Arrival Munich
In order to bring you in the right mood you will spend an unforgettable evening in a cosy brewpub. Alpenhorn blowers, yodellers, bell ringers, shoe slap dancers and whip crackers are accompanied by the chapel-band to the tune of Bavarian folk music. In addition, a traditional Bavarian 3-course menu will be served. Overnight stay in the area of Munich.
Day 2: Munich
Discover Munich, the capital city of the province of Bavaria during a city round trip. Afterwards, a veal sausage breakfast (German: Weisswurst) awaits you. Additionally, you receive a Weisswurst recipe, so that you can take a piece of Bavaria home. Furthermore, there is a possibility that you may be able to look round the new BMW World. In the afternoon you travel to the Allianz-Arena stadium (subject to availability). You are shown a film projection of the origin of the stadium, the player cubicles, the players' tunnel, the pitch, the interior of the stadium, the press club, the upper deck and you take a walk on the outside of the Arena stadium. Dinner and an overnight stay in Munich area.
Day 3: "The castle of the fairy-tale king" – Neuschwanstein castle
From 1869 - 1886 Ludwig II commissioned the building of the castle "in the authentic style of the old German knights". The socially aloof king commissioned the building of the castle as a retreat from the public eye - however, after his death the castle became the most visited place in Europe. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Lake Constance.
Day 4: From the Island of Flowers to the flying Zeppelin
A visit to the largest attraction of the Lake Constance region, the Mainau Island, is a must. Disappear in the manifold plant life and admire those garden patches, laid out with such loving care. Your tour guide will convey interesting bits of information about the efforts and legacy of Count Bernadotte and his family. Did you know that the very first test flights of the Zeppelin, that fabulous hot air balloon invented by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, took place here over Lake Constance? In the afternoon, you visit the world's most extensive and most significant collection on the history and technology of the air shipping. Become a passenger on the Zeppelin on entering the replica of the LZ 129 Hindenburg and allow yourself to be transported back to the years 1936. Dinner and an overnight stay in the area of Lake Constance.
Day 5: Cuckoo clocks & Black Forest gateau
Whether they are hallowed as fine objects of artistic craftsmanship or just dumped as kitsch, they refuse to be silenced! The famous cuckoo clocks represent one of the best known products from Germany's southwest with an equally proud tradition. The Black Forest Museum harbours one of the largest collections of Black Forest clocks. There you will obtain lots of valuable information about the manufacture of these and many other Black Forest products. Before you depart for Stuttgart try a slice of the famous Black Forest gateau and coffee! To round off the day, consider visiting the Outlet Stores of one of the internationally best known fashion labels from Germany or visit Boss in Metzingen, where you can acquire, at your heart's desire, designer fashion items at an affordable price in a shopping area of over 4,000 m². Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Stuttgart.
Day 6: The genius of German car builders
This day belongs entirely to the worldwide renowned automobile manufacturers, Porsche and Mercedes. In the Porsche Museum, you have the opportunity to marvel at "60 years of sports cars – Made in Germany”. You can round off your subsequent visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum with an excursion to the summerhouse of Gottlieb Daimler in Bad Cannstatt. Here the brilliant inventor rubbed shoulders with his colleague Wilhelm Maybach during the nights of the year 1883. They worked meticulously and in secret and eventually designed the first small high-speed engine. Allow the evening to gradually come to a conclusion in a Stuttgart restaurant over a dish of Maultaschen, the Swabian national dish of square dumplings filled with meat. Overnight stay in the area of Stuttgart.
Day 7: Franconian Bocksbeutel bottle
Today you undertake a half-day excursion on the Franconian wine road. Discover the romantic wine landscape teeming with tiny wine villages. Here the selected grapes are cultivated for the outstanding wine, which is bottled in the famous Bocksbeutel bottle, uniquely pot-bellied and short-necked. Visit the Juliusspital hospice, which is over 430 years old and manages one of the top vineyards in Germany. During a wine tasting session in the unusual atmosphere of the cellar vaults, you receive information on grape variety, vineyards and viticulture, as well as on the nose and taste shades of the wines. As a souvenir, you receive a 0.25-l-Bocksbeutel bottle to take home. Dinner and an overnight stay in the area of Wurzburg.
Day 8: Drinking culture & Literature
Besides a vast selection of beer and wine varieties, a very good brandy is also produced in Germany - the Asbach Uralt from the picturesque village Rüdesheim am Rhine. From the guided tour in the visitor's centre of the brandy distillery you gather interesting facts on the production of the Asbach - from the grape to the distillery and storage of the incomparable product. After a small brandy tasting session you continue your journey to Mainz, where the legendary inventor of letterpress printing, Johannes Gutenberg, was born. The museum in his honour is a treasure house of the art of printing, where one receives a comprehensive overview of the origin of lettering and the art of printing. Do you know who the most famous son of Frankfurt is? The answer is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. When you visits the house where Goethe was born, as well as the museum, which nowadays also carry the same name, you become a bit more acquainted with the most important German poet and thinker. Dinner and overnight stay in the area of Frankfurt.
Day 9: Departure
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