Germany

Germany Travel Guide

This bike shop, located in Westerland's main train station, has a terrific rental selection, and the staff will happily suggest a route along Sylt's 136 miles of well-laid-out paths.

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour the castle in which "Mad King" Ludwig II actually l

Inspired by the risqué glamour of Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton—his mural-size black-and-white nudes adorn the entire back wall—this swanky lounge across from the Gendarmenmarkt is a sultry spot for a rendezvous.

One of only a handful of standing sections of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is by far the longest and certainly the most interesting.

A stone’s throw from Luxembourg; pear brandy and grappa are their other great sips.

Ever since Berlin’s first tented fashion week took place at Brandenburg Gate in the summer of 2007, the city’s up-and-coming fashionistas have been rapidly carving a high-style niche in the city.

Glyptothek, a Neoclassical temple built in the 19th century houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The best known of these is the Barberini Faun, of course, a kind of proto-gay icon depicting a naked youth asleep on a panther skin.

The classic porcelain manufacturer has enlisted artists like Ted Muehling to create modernist vases and chic caviar spoons.

One of Berlin’s most important art museums, the Alte Nationalgalerie, or Old National Gallery, is one of five museums located on the city’s famed Museum Island. The building, which resembles a Greek temple, was designed by Friedrich August Stüler and was constructed between 1866 and 1876.

Don't miss Mitte's high-end art space with three stories of huge rooms and high ceilings and space for oversize sculptures and canvases by the likes of Georg Baselitz and Chris Ofili.

A traditional German biergarten, Schrörs am Müggelsee is situated along a lake in the Köpenick area of the city. Customers sit at umbrella-shaded tables on the patio that directly overlook the lake, where boats pass quietly over the calm waters.

The retro-casual hat collection is made by hand in a range of materials (cotton; raffia; Panama straw).

This event consists of tidy stalls overseen by massive sets of twinkling angel wings under the floodlit facades of the baroque main square.

 

Dates: Late Nov.–Dec. 23

This Belgian Quarter arts venue is the latest of Cologne's cultural spaces, with art galleries, designer showrooms and restaurants.