Discover Germany, Issue 83, February 2020

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Love is in the air Valentine’s Day is a great reason to book a little February getaway, and there are plenty of wonderful options across the DACH region. The romantic flair can be found in so many fabulous places, from beautiful remote valleys and buzzing cities to snowy mountain tops and historical towns; it’s your choice and there’s a lot to explore. So why not take a look at the best getaways for the season of love? TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: PIXABAY

February is all about love. But don’t worry, it’s not just reserved for couples. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for two or a solo trip focusing on self-love and wellbeing, we’ve got you covered. A royal affair Fancy feeling like a queen or a king? Germany, with its many glorious castles, is the place to be. The most famous fairy-tale castle is most certainly Neuschwanstein, which was built by King Ludwig II of 56  |  Issue 83  |  February 2020

Bavaria in 1869. It cannot get any more romantic than this. No wonder, then, that it inspired the iconic Disney castle. February is a great month to visit as it’s not as busy as in summer and there won’t be long queues. There is a great range of hotels nearby and the ones that nestle around the various Bavarian lakes are particularly lovely. If you want to really get into that royal mindset and stay in a castle overnight,

have a look at Steinburg Castle. It sits above the city of Würzburg and the Main river, and it’s surrounded by lush vineyards. The most famous variety here is the Würzburg Stein, a wine that was cherished by Goethe. The castle itself may not have the typical fairy-tale look from the outside, but wait until you see the grand interiors. You can book a ‘love dinner’ or simply enjoy the spa facilities and go for a little swim in the pool. A perfect getaway for anyone looking for that royal treatment. Very special city breaks The city of Bern is not only particularly stunning in winter, but visitors can also enjoy fabulous views of the city and its surroundings from the romantic Minster Tower – the highest of its kind in Switzerland.