With its famous Autobahn network, Germany is one of the best countries in the world for driving holidays. Of course, the quality of the roads isn’t the only highlight in Germany, with a wealth of vibrant cities and historic towns to visit along the way. Driving from Munich to Berlin, for example, is a great way to experience some of the country’s top destinations.
As everyone knows, Bavaria has its own distinctive culture and is famous across the world for its beer, castles and football. Berlin, on the other hand, is the German capital and once acted as the geographical juncture between the East and West. Travelling between the two cities will also take you through a number of other iconic towns and cities, so if you really want to get the most out of a trip to Germany then hiring a car at Munich airport is a great way to start, and you can find more information about doing so here.
In this blog post we’ll explain some of the things you can look forward to seeing along the way.
In and around Munich
Starting out in the Bavarian capital, the first must-see on your German road trip is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which sits in the countryside outside the city and was in fact the inspiration behind Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. Other fantastic buildings that are more than worth seeing include the Schloss Nymphenburg, which is a baroque palace that once served as the summer residence of the Bavarian kings, and the Schloss Schleißheim – another palace which is generally considered to be among the most beautiful structures in Bavaria.
Sport is also a big deal in Munich, and no visit to the city would be complete without seeing the Olympic Stadium which staged the 1972 Games and was previously the home of FC Bayern Munchen before the team moved to the Allianz Arena.
Also famous for its beer halls, Munich is an excellent place to sample some golden nectar. Among the most visit-worthy are Weisses Brauhaus, which offers traditional Bavarian food alongside an extensive range of weissbiers, and Hofbrauhaus, which was established in 1589 as the Royal Brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria.
Just over 100 miles north of Munich is Bavaria’s second largest city, Nuremberg. The home of gingerbread and scene of the infamous Nuremberg Rally, this is a fascinating place with a rich culture and history.
The old town still contains the remnants of the city walls which protected it between the the 13th and 16th centuries, while the Germanisches Nationalmuseum is one of Germany’s largest art galleries.
Heading north-east, the city of Dresden is the capital of Saxony and is home to the world famous Frauenkirche. Home to several generations of Saxon kings until the last one abdicated in 1918, Dresden is also synonymous with World War II, having been heavily bombed by the Allies.
The Military History Museum covers some 20,000 sq m and contains more than 1.2 million artefacts detailing Germany’s many armed conflicts through the years, and is a real must-see for anyone passing through the city.
Finishing off in the capital, Berlin is home to a number of fantastic attractions. Getting your passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie and seeing the Berlin Wall are non-negotiable while visiting the city, while the area is also famed for its world-class museums.
Among the best are the Deutsches Historisches Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Berlinische Galerie, while the Reichstag Building and Brandenburg Gate are also well worth seeing.