September 20, 2011

Cool Things to Know About Germany

There are 33 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

1.5 million gallons of beer are consumed at Oktoberfest.

Germany represents the largest ethnic community in the US, and there is a website dedicated to exploring German heritage.

AMA Waterways is the only river cruise to offer internet access in every cabin.

Erfurt’s Christmas market is 161 years old.

The Museum of Military History will open in Dresden in October.

The supposed relics of the Three Kings, or biblical Magi, are housed in a golden shrine in Cologne.

Dusseldorf’s beer festival in July has more visitors than Oktoberfest in Munich.

Porsche’s can be rented exclusively from Avis. (And 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of the invention of the automobile.)

Mt. Zugspitz is the highest mountain in Germany at 9700 ft, offering skiing November through May. The summit is accessible by cogwheel railroad and cable cars.

Why is Germany a great destination for families?
• It’s inexpensive compared to other European countries, for both accommodations, food, and sightseeing.
• It’s easy to travel by car or by train, so you can plan a flexible, stress-free itinerary.
• You can enjoy both city sights and the countryside in one trip. Many cities make a great base for fun day trips, but the country is small enough you can combine multiple destinations.
• There’s something for everyone, from art museums & historical sights, to kid-friendly castles and theme parks. Teens and young adults like visiting the BMW and Porsche museums, and they even offer special tours for younger kids.

I'd love to help you plan a fantastic family vacation! Contact me at suzette@family-treks.com