Every year, more than seven million thirsty visitors descend on the German city of Munich for a two-and-a-half week celebration featuring parades, fair rides, traditional food and music, and of course, lots of beer.
Visitors to Germany have long admired its historic architecture, world-class museums, and excellent beer gardens. But there’s one aspect of German culture that fewer travellers experience: its bathhouse tradition. Often housed within beautiful buildings from the art nouveau era or earlier, these public facilities are the perfect place to relax au naturel while sharing a healthy tradition with the locals.
German wine: Riesling? German food: bratwurst? Better put those generalisations away, you need to get out more; specifically to the under-explored medieval splendour of Frickenhausen in Franconia, to the verdant vineyards of Sulzfeld and Iphofen, to romantic Würzburg with its historical bridge dedicated to convivial wine drinkers, and to Naumburg and Freyburg in the Saale-Unstrut region for bubbles, blissful brunches and boating.