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Our top 10 Germany destinations and an answer to the often-asked question, "I only have a few days, what should I see?"

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Rare is the Europe-bound traveler who doesn't have to deal with two limiting factors; time and money. "I only have a few days, what should I see?" is a question we often hear and one that has caused us to examine our own priorities. Just what are the essential places and sights for the traveler to Germany? A collection of essential classical music would, of course, include names such as Beethoven, Bach and Mozart; but how about Greig or Janecek? By the same token, everyone should probably see Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Munich, but do Weimar and Frankfurt belong on such a list of "essentials"? Judgments like these are extremely subjective. But as usual, we're ready to make them.

We've listed the destinations in order of our preference, as if we were advising a first-time traveler what to see. Here, then, is our Top 10 for Germany:

#1. Countryside of Southern Bavaria

To a friend who had never been to Germany, and who had only enough time to see a single city or region, we would recommend the countryside of Southern Bavaria. This region's culture is as different from our own as any part of Germany. Other strong reasons for the number one ranking are its extraordinary physical beauty, the presence of several Michelin three-star sights, and the fact that its hotel and restaurant prices are among the lowest in the country?

Best Towns

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Berchtesgaden
  • Mittenwald
  • Bad Reichenhall
  • Lindau

Top Sights

  • The Bavarian Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee
  • The Wieskirche
  • The Abbey at Ettal
  • The Königsee
  • The Kehlstein and Obersalzberg

Suggested Activity

  • Drive the backroads, staying off the Deutsche Alpenstrasse as much as possible.

A Place to Stay

  • Gasthof Fraundorfer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ludwigstrasse 24, tel. +49/08821/9279, fax 92799, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Food Suggestion

  • Dinner at Gasthof Fraundorfer in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.