Make Honeymoon Memories in Romantic Germany
Eve Carr and
Your wedding day is like your very own fairy tale where dreams come true.
To linger in this magical world a little longer, think about a honeymoon in
Germany. This is the land of romantic towering castles, villages of half-timbered houses nestled in peaceful valleys and cows grazing on lush
green mountain slopes
But what if you don't speak German? Actually, that's not really a problem.
Many Germans are bilingual. Also, with a good phrase book, a smile and a
friendly attitude, it's easy to make yourself understood - and make new friends.
Germany's Romantic Road (Romantische Strasse), an approximately 200-mile
drive, much of it through picturesque farmlands, is ideal for a honeymoon.
Fly into Frankfurt and rent a car, you'll be able to drive from Wurzburg in
the north, to Fussen, in the southern foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Along
the way, you will be charmed by one German village after another.
The ancient walled city of Rothenburg ob der (on the) Tauber River is one
Romantic Road gem you won't want to miss. In this medieval walled city, you
'll stroll down cobblestone streets and shop in ancient buildings for modern
handcrafts. In historic churches and museums, the past will come alive. As
you walk, hand-in-hand around Rothenburg's elevated wall itself, you can
peer out, through narrow arrow slits, on the countryside and pretend you
live in the 12th century. You can stay in ancient accommodations and enjoy
modern amenities, while dining on sumptuous German fare, and sipping local
At Romantic Road towns such as Dinkelsbuhl, Nordlingen and Fussen, you'll
get a close-up look at how many Germans live today, as they work, shop and
play. Visit the local grocery stores to look for unusual souvenirs at bargain prices, interact with the local villagers, stop to admire a friendly
dog, and sink your teeth into a hot wurst from a German street vendor, and
you'll build simple, but personal, honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime.
At the Romantic Road's end, near Fussen, you'll be able to admire everyone's
classic storybook castle - Neuschwanstein - the fairy-tale-like creation
of King Ludwig II. (Reservations go quickly for this popular attraction,
and, even then, lines can be long, so make plans accordingly.)
Enjoy Germany's Diverse Offerings
Germany offers honeymooners much more than romantic villages and storybook
castles. In cosmopolitan cities such as Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich,
Weimar and others, you'll find up-scale shops, cultural attractions and events, and nightlife entertainment for every
If you like to be where the action is, plan to visit Hannover for Expo 2000,
a world-wide exposition of gigantic proportions. Some 40 million visitors
are expected to visit this Millennium World's Fair during the summer of the
Visit the eastern states of Germany, and you will be able to enjoy a "new"
destination. Many of these locations were part of the former German Democratic Republic and have undergone dramatic reconstruction. Here you'll
find a variety of cultural and historical attractions, upscale hotels and
many a quaint gasthouse, as well as the pastoral beauty of hillsides painted
with broad stripes of vineyards leading down to the Elbe River.
By taking a river cruise aboard the MS Clara Schumann, both driver and passenger can relax and drink in the scenic beauty of central Germany as you
peacefully glide along the Elbe River. KD Cruises has been offering a variety of tours and amenities since 1827. For more information, visit
their web site at http://www.rivercruises.com
or call 800-346-6525.
In short, Germany offers newlyweds an incredibly diverse number of honeymoon
options, and it's difficult to select just one. But, that's no problem.
Anniversaries here can be just as enjoyable. For more information about
these many options visit http://www.germany-tourism.de
Take a Break in Iceland
To stretch your travel budget even further and add more adventure to your
honeymoon, check out Icelandair's offer to "Take-A-Break in Iceland" on your
way to/from Europe." Since Iceland lies midway between North America and
continental Europe, Icelandair offers a number of packages to allow you to
stop over at no additional airfare.
Here you can enjoy a variety of natural attractions such as majestic fjords,
inspiring waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, as well as a diverse offering
of nightlife entertainment.
For a surrealistic experience, take a dip in Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon, a
pool of mineral-rich geothermal seawater in the middle of a lava field just
15 minutes from the Reykjavik airport. For more information, phone
800-223-5500, or visit their web site at http://www.icelandair.com.
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Freelance writers Eve and Millard Carr of Great Falls, Virginia, specialize
in writing about unique honeymoon destinations. They can be reached by
at: firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.travelwriters.com/evecarr.