There’s no better way to travel in Germany than by an all-inclusive 5-star luxury river cruise, especially as you only need to unpack once. Take in the stunning vistas as you leisurely cruise through the Rhine Gorge. With plenty of stops throughout Germany, our diverse range of Scenic Enrich and Scenic Freechoice activities allows for further exploration.
Best Time to Visit
As with most northern hemisphere regions, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are coveted times to visit. Temperate climates and the avoidance of heat and crowds in summer and the blistering yet misty chill of winter.
Berlin in Two Days
For further exploration of Germany, its capital city Berlin can be visited as part of a Scenic Europe land extension. Enjoy an eye-opening visit to the Berlin Wall memorial as part of Scenic Freechoice or embark on a relaxing cruise along the Spree River.
During your free day, why not take in the Reichstag, the landmark Brandenburg Gate, or travel further south to the Holocaust Museum and Potsdam Platz. Checkpoint Charlie, in the city’s heart, is also close by. You could spend an entire day at Museumsinsel, absorbing the treasured repositories of the past.
For cultural boffins, attending a classical concert at the Berlin Philharmonie provides a magical evening of entertainment.
Two Days in Munich
For those on the 8 day Iconic Danube itinerary, why not extend your stay in Munich to explore this historic Bavarian city on your own, well known for its beer gardens and annual Oktoberfest celebration. Start with breakfast at Viktualiemakt, then cross Marienplatz for a tour of regalia at Residenz. Recline in the Englischer Garten and view the technical advertisements at Deutscher Museum before finishing the day at a typical Munich beer hall.
The second day could encompass the high-end museums and galleries in the Kunstareal (Arts Quarter).
Fabulous Food, Wine and More!
Foodies should not be fooled by traditional misconceptions: it’s not all wurst and sauerkraut on the menu. In fact, more than 11 restaurants in the country have three Michelin stars, more than 38 have two stars and more than 233 have one star. This makes Germany the second most decorated cuisine in the world, after France.
Some of the Best
During your free time in Germany, you are sure to come across the popular street food currywurst, which is available almost everywhere, and will linger both on the taste buds and in memory. For fine dining at its zenith, it’s hard to go past, or miss the life-sized missile as wall art at Pauly Saal in Berlin (for artisan German-Austrian cuisine). In Munich, Mark’s at the Mandarin Oriental serves superb regional fare with Asian notes and sky-high views to match.
Did you know that Germany is within the Schengen area, comprised of 26 European countries? As such, visitors to this area do not require a visa if their planned stay is up to 90 days or within a 180-day period, according to the government-regulated Smart Traveller.
Travel insurance should range from $86 up to $355 per person, depending on the age group. Shop around for the best deals, but ensure it covers: cancellation costs; lost luggage and damaged items and overseas medical emergencies. We recommend speaking to Scenic directly about our travel insurance policies or to your local travel agent.
Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted at most establishments throughout Germany and the Euro conversion rate is generally: 1 euro = $AUD1.58.
Germans are naturally friendly with a wry sense of humour. They generally speak several foreign languages and English is prime among them. Many school children are taught English from a young age and certainly at the selective secondary education system known as the gymnasium. A simple “guten tag” and “danke” will work wonders in diplomatic relations.
Floating on High
If you’re lucky enough to stop at the delightful wine town of Rüdesheim, make sure to tune into the self-playing instruments at the Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum or, if in Cologne, a stroll through the old city will get you up close to the twin towers of the famous cathedral. But perhaps the most unforgettable juncture of the journey is the Rhine Gorge, where ancient castles loom hundreds of metres above water level. Enjoy the unforgettable scenery.