Germany honours the invention of the car

Throughout 2011 the country famous for its Autobahn celebrates the invention of the first automobile by Carl Benz 125 years ago. The activities focus on a variety of occasions where you can get a hands-on experience with German cars such as automotive-themed attractions and car museums with fabulous models of Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, and more. Venues across the country are gearing up to host exciting motor shows, exhibitions, classic car rallies along the scenic routes, and the “Summer of Cars” in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where the birth of the motor car will be celebrated with a multitude of events over 125 days.

Driving in Germany is a wonderful experience. As well as being a great place to drive around, Germany has a long tradition of car manufacturing. German car brands such as AUDI, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche and Volkswagen are extremely popular all over the world. So, why not take the opportunity to explore Germany under your own steam?

Germany has over 150 scenic routes, so you can always find one to suit your interests.

Take the German Alpine Road, for instance.  The German Alpine Road is an exhilarating route full of twists and turns. It covers around 450 kilometres between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on Lake Königssee close to the border with Austria. This stunning route offers great variety – lush Alpine meadows, gentle hills, craggy mountain peaks, green forests, romantic valleys and sparkling lakes follow one another in a steady rhythm. Traditional farming villages alternate with historical towns against the majestic panorama of the Bavarian Alps. There are no fewer than 25 ancient castles, abbeys and fairytale palaces to visit. Over 20 crystal-clear mountain lakes offer not only thrilling views but also a wide choice of sports and leisure activities.

As the road twists its way along the fringe of the Allgäu and the Bavarian Alps, it opens up a wealth of breathtaking scenery and remarkable natural and cultural riches. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to be passionate about the Alps.    

Every season gives the German Alpine region a different hue. In spring it’s the fresh new green of the broad-leaved trees; in summer the mountain pastures are in full flower. In autumn the sunlight creates even more intense foliage colours; in winter the whole landscape is covered in a glistening white blanket of snow, like a scene from a landscape painting.

On Lake Constance, Lindau awaits with its mild climate, closely packed gabled houses and maze of narrow streets. After Oberstaufen, Germany’s only Schroth health resort, the route reaches Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. We then come to Linderhof Palace, a white jewel surrounded by glorious natural colours, Ettal Abbey, where you must try the famous abbey liqueur, Mount Karwendel with Mittenwald, a famous violin-making town, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle, idyllic Berchtesgaden, Lake Königssee and the Watzmann peak, to mention just some of the places you might like to break your journey.

All along this panoramic route there are opportunities to try delicious Bavarian specialities, both in the fresh air at a beer garden or at traditional inns – hearty roast pork with dumplings, oven-fresh veal shanks, aromatic cabbage dishes and, last but not least, the famous “Mass”, a litre tankard of beer. A spectacular mountain scenery tour along the German Alpine Road is a totally unforgettable experience.

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