History

From Cobblestones to Castles
Booking Period: Today - 9/6/2024
Travel Period: 2023 - 2024

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Germany's rich history is a captivating journey through time. From the medieval charm of Nuremberg to the baroque beauty of Dresden, each city is a tapestry woven with centuries of stories. Roaming through Leipzig's cobblestone streets, you can almost hear the echoes of Bach's melodies, while Munich's opulent palaces stand as reminders of Bavaria's regal legacy. In Stuttgart, automotive prowess and cultural depth converge seamlessly. These cities aren't just destinations; they're living chapters of Europe's past. Explore some of our favorite destinations below.

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Semperoper Opera House, Dresden © Frank Exss

Dresden

Dresden's history, marked by its transformation from a majestic Renaissance city to the devastating aftermath of WWII and subsequent meticulous restoration, offers a poignant glimpse into the resilience and rebirth of a cultural jewel.
Magnificent architecture nestled within the lush landscape of vineyards along the Elbe River plus a varied offering of museums and theaters make Dresden one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany.

Must Do:

  • Experience Dresden's Treasured Museums and Palaces: Immerse yourself in Dresden's artistic legacy as you explore the opulent halls of the Zwinger, the Albertinum's modern marvels and the historic Residenzschloss. These museums and palaces house a treasure trove of masterpieces that reflect the city's cultural magnificence. 
  • Witness a Performance at the Iconic Semperoper: Experience the epitome of artistic grandeur at the iconic Semperoper, where history and music harmonize. With its breathtaking architecture and world-class productions, this opera house transports you to a realm of enchanting performances, continuing Dresden's rich tradition of cultural excellence.
  • Sail through Time on Dresden's Historical Paddle Steamers: Set sail on the Elbe River aboard one of Dresden's historical paddle steamers, where you can relive the romantic charm of a bygone era. As you cruise past Dresden's architectural marvels, you'll embrace the beauty of the city from a unique perspective, fusing history, relaxation and scenic delight.

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Buntgarnwerke, Leipzig ©leipzig-travel/Maciej Waraksa

Leipzig

Tradition meets zeitgeist in Leipzig, more popular than ever and one of the greenest and fastest-growing cities in Germany. Leipzig's history, woven through its role as a hub of trade, music and intellectual exchange for centuries, unveils a tapestry of cultural evolution and innovation. Few places in the world boast such a combination of culture and nature in a pulsating metropolis.

Must Do:

  • Harmonize with History on the Leipzig Music Trail: Embark on a melodious journey, tracing the paths of legendary composers like Bach, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. The Leipzig Music Trail weaves through charming streets and iconic venues, allowing you to experience the city's profound influence on classical music.
  • Relive the Resonance of The Peaceful Revolution: Immerse yourself in Leipzig's poignant history as the epicenter of the Peaceful Revolution, where the heartbeat of change resonated within the walls of St. Nicholas Church. Walk in the footsteps of those who sought transformation through peaceful protests, a movement that played a pivotal role in the fall of the Berlin Wall. 
  • Discover Leipzig's Industrial Heritage: Wander through the trendy Plagwitz district, where repurposed factories and warehouses hold the stories of Leipzig's industrial past. This vibrant neighborhood preserves the city's heritage while showcasing its contemporary spirit, blending history with the trendy arts, culture and culinary scene.

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Kaiserburg, Nuremberg ©Uwe Niklas

Nuremberg

Nuremberg's medieval grandeur as an imperial city reflects a multifaceted narrative of power, transformation and reconciliation. The Nuremberg of today is full of life and a wide range of culinary delights. This city is loved by cultural enthusiasts and gourmets from all over the world. Nuremberg’s Old Town offers a medieval flair, where you can find everything your heart desires.

Must Do:

  • Nuremberg Castle: This majestic medieval castle complex includes the Imperial Castle (Kaiserburg), offering breathtaking views of the city and showcasing centuries of architectural evolution. It's a living testament to Nuremberg's role as an imperial city. 
  • Courtroom 600: Time Travel: Embark on a powerful journey through history, inviting visitors to step into the past and witness moments of international significance. With immersive storytelling and interactive displays, the exhibit transforms the courtroom into a vessel of knowledge, showcasing the power of collective efforts for justice and progress. 
  • Craftsmen's Courtyard: This historic enclave transports visitors back in time with its picturesque half-timbered houses and traditional workshops. This hidden gem offers a glimpse into the city's rich artisanal heritage, showcasing skilled craftsmen practicing their trades.

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Nymphenburg Palace, Munich ©München Tourismus/Werner Boehm

Munich

Munich's storied history, stretching from its medieval roots as a market town to its role as a center of Bavarian power and culture, weaves a narrative of resilience, innovation and artistic brilliance. The former residence of royals and a mecca of culture, the city is conveniently located in one of Europe's most beautiful regions.

Must Do:

  • Delve into Munich's Artistic Heritage at the Pinakotheken Galleries: From the Neue Pinakothek's 19th-century masterpieces to the Alte Pinakothek's Renaissance treasures and the modern brilliance of the Pinakothek der Moderne, this trio of institutions offers an artistic voyage through history and innovation. 
  • Step into a World of Regal Opulence at Nymphenburg Palace: The grandeur of its Baroque architecture and immaculate gardens encapsulates Bavaria's royal legacy. As you explore its ornate halls and tranquil grounds, you'll be transported to an era of splendor and sophistication. 
  • Embark on a Royal Journey through Munich’s Majestic Heart: Immerse yourself in the Munich Residence, a palatial complex that served as the seat of Bavarian royalty. With its resplendent chambers, gilded décor and lush courtyards, this architectural marvel offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Bavaria's ruling families, embodying Munich's regal heritage.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart ©SMG/Thomas Niedermüller

Stuttgart

Stuttgart is one of Germany’s most fascinating and inspiring cities. Intricate palaces contrast with modern architecture, while world-class automobile museums, ballet ensembles, vast parks and excellent culinary delights abound.

Must Do:

  • Learn about Automotive Legacy at Mercedes-Benz Museum: Immerse yourself in the engineering marvels of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, where innovation meets history. From the dawn of the automobile to cutting-edge technology, this museum showcases the evolution of mobility and the brand's indelible imprint on Stuttgart's landscape.
  • Experience the Thrills of Porsche Museum: Explore the heritage of automotive excellence at the Porsche Museum, where legendary sports cars come to life. The museum's exhibits delve into the spirit of precision engineering and racing prowess, reflecting the ingenuity that has made Porsche a global symbol of performance. 
  • See the Epicenter of Elegance at Schlossplatz: Discover the beauty of Schlossplatz, Stuttgart's central square, which boasts the stunning backdrop of the New Palace. As you wander through its charming gardens and fountains, you'll feel the pulse of the city's cultural and historical significance, a picturesque setting that perfectly captures Stuttgart's essence. 

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