German Spotlight: Top Spots in Germany

With an unrivaled and rich history, there is no denying that the country of Germany holds some of the world’s greatest natural and manmade treasures.  As one of the most powerful and remarkable countries in the world, there is an incredible abundance of sights to see for any traveler heading to the continent of Europe. There are an astonishing amount of wonders to behold from the fairytale castles of Bavaria and the cosmopolitan capitals of car manufacturing and beer making to the romantic Rhine River valley and its medieval manors.

This proceeding list compiled with help from Touropia and Expatica will take you on a journey from some of Germany’s most popular tourist spots to some of its best kept secrets, but there is one unifying factor between them all – every globetrotter should make it a priority to visit each one in their lifetime:

1)    Berlin

Berlin is the cosmopolitan capital of Germany, a city once ravaged by the battle between east and west that has grown into one of the most significant political and economic centers of Europe. Berlin is the symbol of German unification and thus has a wealth of history in its museums and monuments. A visit to the city would not be complete without a visit to the Brandenburg Gate or the world heritage site of the former Berlin Wall.

2)    Neuschwanstein Castle

If you have ever been to Walt Disney World in Orlando and seen the magnificence of Cinderella’s Castle, it is imperative to see its inspiration right in the middle of the Bavarian Alps: Neuschwanstein. It is one of the most beautiful structures in the entire world, and the most photographed in all of Germany, and it is easy to see why. There are turrets and columns galore on this world famous castle built in the late 1800’s, and it is worth the trip south for any tourist looking to see fairytales come to life!

3)    Munich

Munich comes to life every October as millions of travelers flock to this famous Bavarian city when Oktoberfest commences. It is a world renowned affair that showcases one of Germany’s most famous commodities while displaying the country’s jovial and welcoming disposition. When not hosting its famous festival, Munich is a blend of modern and classical, teeming with both medieval fortresses and a bustling nightlife.

4)    The Black Forest

The Black Forest of southwestern Germany is celebrated as one of the most popular recreational areas in the whole country with over 4,000 square miles of valleys, vineyards, lakes and nature preserves.  Stroll through its dense foliage and lose track of time among its numerous bike paths.  Don’t forget to make a trek here in the autumn to see a fantastic natural showcase as thousands of trees change color in preparation for winter.

5)    Heidelberg

Hansel and Gretel fairytales and gingerbread houses become real in this enchanting German town. Heidelberg with its famous castle and Old Bridge are historic treasures waiting to be discovered while strolling the cobblestoned blocks. Heidelberg is quintessentially German, and it is impossible not to enjoy its beauty when munching on a German bratwurst and listening to cuckoo clocks.

6)    The Middle Rhine River

Stretching between the cities of Bingen and Bonn, Germany, the Middle Rhine flows through a dramatic geological formation called the Rhine Gorge. This region features a spectacular landscape dotted with close to 50 medieval castles, picturesque villages and terraced vineyards. One of the best ways to capture the magic of this unparalleled scenery is through a river boat cruise in order to really grasp the extent of the remarkable formation.

7)    Cologne

There are few buildings in the world that can strike a person with awe and wonder, one of these buildings is the Cologne Cathedral. This impressive gothic church reaches to the heavens with a multitude of grand spires and flying buttresses, a classic medieval site that cannot be missed if you are visiting Cologne or western Germany.

8)    Lake Constance

The Lake Constance region, where Germany borders Austria and Switzerland, is a holiday paradise set around one of Europe’s largest lakes. One of the most popular excursion destinations in the country is the Flower Island of Mainau on Lake Constance, famous for its magnificent parks and gardens, ideal for rest and relaxation.

9)    Mount Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is one of the most famous mountain peaks in the entire Alps range, measuring an astounding 9,700 feet. It is not only Germany’s highest mountain but one of its most thrilling. Visitors who are willing to brave a climb to its summit will be rewarded with miles of fantastic views of the beautiful German countryside.

10)  Nuremburg

This imperial city is majestic at any time of year with its towering castle and cobbled walkways, but this city is best known for its world famous Christmas market. Beginning in late November and continuing on through the New Year, this city is decked with festive décor and festooned with lights as thousands come to enjoy the spirit of the holidays and the open air markets.

Germany is a unique combination of old and new, medieval and modern, and few nations have a wealth of attractions that intermingles these two ideals together as successfully as Germany. There is an underappreciated natural beauty to Germany in its alpine region and lush forests, as well as its fashionable metropolises where internationally distinguished companies call home. Germany truly harbors some of the world’s most fascinating historical sites, and it is a nation that easily appeals to older and younger generations alike, creating a common ground for travelers to share experiences in this legendary country.

If you would like more information on the wonderful sights that Germany has to offer, please email jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Andy Tallon

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: “River Spree Berlin” by Mariano Mantel is licensed under CC By 2.0

German Spotlight: Microsoft Operates One of the 8 Best New Restaurants in Berlin

September features Germany as our destination focus for the month. We started with a recipe for German honey cookies and now, sticking in the culinary realm, we’ll let others do the cooking as we share a list of eight new and innovative Berlin restaurants compiled by Thrillist. We honestly feel you would be remiss in not sampling at least one of the establishments on this list when in the area.

The list was compiled in December and every restaurant mentioned has proved to be a smash hit as predicted. Foodies of all kinds will enjoy this list as it features everything from paleo options to ramen bowls and even an establishment run by Microsoft.

In no particular order…

Cocolo Ramen X-Berg

Searching for Japanese food in Berlin? This is probably the spot for you. After previously operating in a very small location, they are open now on Kreuzberg’s Paul-Lincke-Ufer. Rice bowls, ramen with smoked chicken, Miso, spicy TanTan and the pork dish Tonkotsu highlight their splendid menu.

Muse Berlin

The Prenzlauer Berg hotspot functions as a supper club on the weekends hosted by guest chefs and a popular gourmet sandwich spot during the week, particularly busy during lunch. Slow-braised brisket with comté, Montreal Currywurst and Berliner Boa with maple-glazed pork belly are just two of the dishes that Muse has become known for.

Lamazère   

West Berlin’s Lamazère is the mastermind of Chef Régis Lamazère who has perfected classy French fare with this concept. Lamazère, son of a Parisian celebrity chef, serves up escargots, pork confit and tarte tatin to its slew of guests daily.

Microsoft Digital Eatery

Microsoft Digital Eatery, actually owned by Microsoft, serves not only as spot to dish up up soups, pastas and sammies, but also a place for the company to allow people to test their new tech products before they hit the market. Much of the produce is sourced locally and the menu is rather simple, yet tasty.

Sauvage

Promoted as “the world’s first paleo restaurant” and raising some eyebrows as a result, Sauvage in Prenzlauer Berg is the sister location to the Kreuzberg spot that opened in 2011. Apple-fed pork belly and filet mignon with wild mushrooms are interesting points on a menu packed with proteins claiming to serve food that “enhances fat burning and sex drive.”

Dean

Located on the former site of a famous club called Delicious Doughnuts, Dean consistently books prominent disco and soul DJs while crafting renowned specialty cocktails. Phillip Bischoff (Amano Bar) & Tino Hiller (Reingold) contribute unique drink recipes to this amazing nightlife option on the strip of Rosenthaler Strasse.

Jää-äär

The restaurant name translates to “ice age” or “edge of ice” in Estonian and is quite a difficult one to pronounce for Americans. Their edgy, modern menu offers homey dishes such as apple cheesecake, cabbage pie and garlic bread along with rum-style Estonia liquor and various events.

Neni Berlin at Twenty Five Hours Hotel

Neni’s menu specializes in Israeli-inspired dishes dreamt up by Chef Haya Molcho, such as flavored hummus and Jerusalem-style mezze. The hotel that houses Neni is also quite impressive as it features a bikini lounge and sauna with a view of the Berlin Zoo.

Germany is an amazing option for any company’s sales incentive program. We have operated numerous programs there and the customers, dealer principles and employees of our clients have unanimously considered it to be an amazing reward and incentive destination and experience they will never forget.

If you have any further questions about Germany or want to discuss how to plan an incentive travel trip, meeting or event, please feel free to send me an email or give me a call at 949.476.2788.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kristopher Hewkin

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: “Microsoft Berlin: Cafébereich der Digital Eatery – 1” used with permission from Microsoft