Welcome to Central Germany

Goethe, Cranach, Schiller, Bach, Grimm, Gropius: the roll-call of German cultural giants nurtured by this region is truly astounding. And it’s easy to trace their footsteps, whether you’re wending your way along the Fairy-Tale Road, or exploring Wittenberg, where Luther lit the touchpaper to the Protestant Reformation. Add baroque palaces, strikingly preserved towns such as Goslar, Wernigerode and Quedlinburg, the wines of Saale-Unstrut and the ancient beech forests of the Kellerwald to the mix, and you have something like the ideal German destination.

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Central Germany activities

$333 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private Small-Group Overnight Erfurt Experience

Day 1: Check in to the Erfurt hotel in the afternoon, meet your guide in the lobby, then head out on a 3-hour private walking tour to get acquainted with the history-laden sights of the city and to enjoy the chocolate tasting. The city of Erfurt is like a picture-book of German history. It is home to the magnificent architectural ensemble of the cathedral and Church of St. Severus, elegant patrician houses, charming timber-framed buildings and many churches, which have earned the city its nickname the 'Rome of Thuringia'. This tour will take you on an interesting walk through the old quarter with the Merchants' Bridge (which has 32 buildings along its 120-meter length, making it the longest bridge in Europe to have inhabited buildings from end to end), the town hall, the university quarter and the many traditional town houses. As Thuringia’s economic, intellectual, cultural and political center, Erfurt has always attracted great individuals, especially those who influenced the spirit of their age like Martin Luther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Johann Sebastian Bach, or Napoleon Bonaparte. Buildings that are closely associated with these figures, such as the Augustinian Monastery and the Imperial Hall, have been extensively restored to give visitors a vivid impression of the past. During the tour, you will also visit St. Mary's Cathedral. The cathedral and the Church of St. Severus, a remarkable ensemble, dominate the cityscape and are arguably the most important buildings in the city. After all that history, it's time for some sweet treats. Enjoy a chocolate and praline tasting at the Goldhelm chocolate manufacturers. Your taste buds will love you for this short stop. If you're still up for some more history, you still have free admission to the Old Synagoge with the amazing Erfurt treasure. It features one out of seven still existing Jewish wedding rings from the Middle Ages, or you may choose to do this on the next day. The evening is free of any itinerary, so feel free to wander around town and enjoy your evening. Overnight: 4-star hotel in ErfurtDay 2: (B) Check out of your hotel after your continental buffet breakfast, and spend the day exploring the Jewish Heritage of Erfurt with your free entrance to the Old Synagoge, if you haven't done it the day before, or just do some sightseeing as you wish. You can also use your ErfurtCard to visit other museums.

$119.71 Kid Friendly

Live Escape Game Mönchengladbach

We have 3 different theme rooms:Crystal Camper:It was bound to happen that way. The camper was actually the perfect hiding for Your Crystal Meth Lab until the Mexican drug Mafia took notice of you. Juan Carlos, head of the Tijuana cartel has you trapped in the camper and agreed the drug police. Somewhere was still a key...have 60 minutes time to find the rest of meth and the dollar and to escape the camper!Foal stall:The decisive match for the championship is on, you want to make the hot out and realizes that someone has locked the door from the outside. Was it the bumbling janitor, or at least a crazy fanatic fan of the opposing team? No matter. Somewhere in the cabin must be but still a key. Only where? You remain 60 minutes time to free you from the dressing room - otherwise the game will take place without you.You have 60 minutes time. Here we go!

$21.49 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Oberhausen Entrance Ticket

Visit: LEGOLAND Discovery CentreVisit LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Oberhausen where over 5 million bricks and 15 thrilling attractions under one roof are awaiting you! LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres are the ultimate indoor experience full of amazing play, creativity and building fun designed for families with kids aged 3-10 years. Come and explore and immerse yourself in a world of LEGO® adventures on our interactive rides: Merlin's Apprentice, Kingdom Quest and LEGO® CITY Forest Pursuit. Build the fastest car and send it down the race tracks as you challenge each other or race against the clock in our LEGO® Racers: Build and Test zone. See your city's sights recreated in miniature from thousands of LEGO® bricks in our Miniland. How many landmarks do you recognize? Join us for an exciting 4D LEGO® Cinema experience where you'll see your favorite LEGO® characters come to life. You'll feel like you're part of the adventure!On the 240 sqm large Pirate Island little explorers become pirates, go on a treasure hunt and conquer ships. With a colourful Duplo jungle for little toddlers everyone will have the perfect playing fun. Ahoy!NEW 2018: With team work your fantasy becomes reality in the new play area LEGO City Builder. Huge skyscrapers mingle with comfy family homes built from LEGO, where you play exciting and funny stories with the inhabitants.

$35.90 Theme Parks

Holiday Park Entrance Ticket

Holiday Park, the German Plopsa park near Mannheim, is the perfect getaway! More than 30 sensational attractions and a unique combination of shows and live acts ensure endless fun for all ages! For the very smallest fans… The littlest ones are welcome at the fully themed Mayaland for lots of fluttery stomachs with attractions such as the Flower Tower, the Butterfly Flight and Majas Blütensplash. And that isn’t all! Fly through the air as you ride the Wellenflug or play captain of one of the Fischerboote, located in the middle of the brand new zone The Beach. Who knows, maybe you’ll run into some of your favourite heroes such as Holly, Vicky the Viking, Maya the Bee or Heidi! … But for true adrenaline junkies as well! For whoever loves a challenge and gets a kick out of action and speed, the bigFM Expedition GeForce is certainly worth a ride. Whizz along this internationally award-winning rollercoaster at top speeds of as much as 120 km/h! In need of even more thrills? As you experience the feeling of complete weightlessness in the mysterious Anubis Free Fall Tower, do you dare to open your eyes and enjoy the stunning views? Or try the Sky Scream, a unique launch coaster which takes you up 55 meters in no time at speeds of 100 km/h, for goose bumps over your whole body. For 100% pure adrenaline, Holiday Park is the place to be! Of course, for family fun you can also enjoy water attractions such as the Donnerfluss and the Vicky Splash or a thrilling flight with the Sky Fly.

$8.38 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Holstentor Lubeck Entrance Ticket

The exhibition »The Power of Trade« – Die Macht des Handels – thus illustrates the success story with which the merchants of medieval Lübeck put their city firmly on the international map. Built in 1464, from its beginnings the Holstentor served both Lübeck’s defence and its prestige – a massive double-towered city gate. Above the round arched gateway entrance is the Latin inscription in golden letters: CONCORDIA DOMI FORIS PAX (unity at home and peace abroad). The monument as we see it today is the result of considerable restoration work: in the mid 19th century it was more or less a ruin.


Central & Eastern Europe Highlights

Central and Eastern Europe is the crossroads of a continent, and it has the castles, palaces, and monuments to prove it. This 12-day tour crosses four countries and makes stops in many of the biggest cities in Europe – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest among them. You’ll have the chance to connect with history in medieval Český Krumlov and visit marketplaces, castles, and gothic cathedrals for a taste of culture that transcends eras. With orientation walks and various included activities, you’ll have plenty of free time to make this region your own. Empires may rise and fall, but the spirit of this region is immutable.

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