Germany off the beaten track

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Germany´s finest selection

History up Your life!

Historic Highlights of Germany is representing 13 of the best alternative cities for short breaks and itineraries and would like to help travelers to get to destinations off the beaten track. Augsburg, Erfurt, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Mainz, Münster, Osnabrück, Potsdam, Rostock, Trier, Wiesbaden and Würzburg: each city has played a major role in changing the course of German, European and sometimes even world history. Our aim is to suggest tours with a rich cultural experience, friendly environment and a relaxing timeWe believe that our walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Santa Claus is coming to town...

Get ready to indulge in the Christmas spirit!

The Historic Cities become beacons of Germany’s cultural heritage in the weeks before Christmas when they are decorated for the festive season and glow with warm lights. The famous Christmas Markets in all the cities open every year on the first weekend in advent and end shortly before Christmas Eve.

Gingerbread, stollen cake, toasted almonds and toffee apples are some of the sweet specialties traditionally eaten at Christmas. Children’s eyes light up and their parents are caught up in nostalgic childhood memories when they see an old-fashioned merry-go-round.

Click here to get to our four enchanting Christmas Dream Routes

Münster: Open now!

LWL Museum of Art and Culture

Münster: LWL Museum of Art and Culture ©LWL Elisabeth Deiters-KeulFollowing several years of rebuilding, Münster´s art museum is now open. On this occasion, its collection of 1,000 years of art and cultural history is being newly presented, as well. Linked to the old building from 1908, the exhibition floor space has been extended and is now comprising a total of 7,500 square metres

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Augsburg: Open now!

Fugger and Welser Museum

Augsburg: Fugger and Welser Museum ©Regio Augsburg Tourismus GmbHConnected to the splendid history of Augsburg are the family names Fugger and Welser, German banking and merchant families from Augsburg which controlled large sectors of the 16th century economy in Europe and accumulated enormous wealth through trade and the German colonization of the Americas. Embark on a journey through history in the new Fugger and Welser museum and interact with famous people.


UNESCO World Heritage

Our Universal Value

Potsdam: UNESCO World Heritage Sanssouci-Palace ©Bjoern RudekGermans are proud of their UNESCO World Heritage Sites which reflects the diversity of the cultural heritage and importance of history: 2,000 years of European cultural history have certainly left their mark on our cities: UNESCO protected sites of special cultural and natural significance can be found in our cities, too.


25 years “Fall of the Berlin Wall“ in 2014

Cold War and GDR

Genuine piece of the Berlin Wall at Villa Schöningen memorial, Potsdam. ©Ron Stern2014 is Germany's historic “com- memorative year“. It is not only the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII, but also the 25th anniversary of possibly the most important event in recent German history: The fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Germany's division by the Iron Curtain.

Read more about that chapter of history...

German Cuisine

Creative Cooking:
New Top Chefs!

Franconian Asparagus ©HHoG/ TakanoStars rain over Germany´s historic cities! Guide Michelin awarded even more chefs of our cities with a star: Maria Gross (Clara-Restaurant im Kaisersaal, Erfurt), Mario Sauer (Le Gourmet, Heidelberg), Caroline Baum (Reisers am Stein, Würzburg) and Benedikt Faust (Kuno 1408, Würzburg).

Take a tour of discovery...

Your Germany experience

13 historic cities,
one incredible journey

Tracy BEE explores our cities. ©HHoG/ Mayerer
Our Travel Blog definitely provides ideas and inspiration to the travelers. Tracy BEE moves deliberately away from the most famous German cities and reveals what has remained hidden for many travelers until now: gems with an impressive cultural heritage and residents who love the connection between past and present!

Events

Curtain, please!

Tango dancer´s in Rostock´s theatre ©Dorit GaetjenGood reasons to choose our cities: whether musicals, classical dramas, concerts, festivals or other events - you have come to the right place.

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Germany

Off the beaten track!

Merchant´s Bridge, Erfurt ©HHoG / TakanoExperience Germany the way the Germans do it. "CitySpheres" is what we call Germany off the beaten track.

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Getting around

Discover Germany by rail

ICE high-speed train ©DB Bahn AGDB Bahn´s trains take you to our cities while passing the most beautiful river valleys and fairytale castles.

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Bookings with our preferred partners means you won’t be dealing with a booking engine or anonymous call center. Instead, our preferred partners carefully handle every detail of your Germany trip.


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Our new Sales Guide

Historic Highlights of Germany: Sales Guide ©HHoGTravel Agents watch out: we recently published our brandnew Sales Guide for FITs and Group Travel Planning. Our Sales Guide helps you with your daily work, illustrates the diverse range of offers and provides above all ideas and suggestions for your program planning.

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