From the Brandenburg Gate and Neuschwanstein Castle to the Hamburg harbor and Munich’s Oktoberfest, this guide highlights the numerous landmarks and festivals to be discovered in Germany. The Dresden Zwinger, Franconia’s half-timber villages, Cologne Cathedral, and countless other churches are also captured along with more than 20,000 castles and fortresses. The country’s patchwork of unique landscapes, picturesque villages, and bustling metropolises is beautifully depicted in these images, and the history of the region’s great poets, architects, and artists as well as their created treasures of German art and culture are presented, surrounded by spectacular natural settings. Celebrating the land’s customs and festivals, this travel companion also follows its famous rivers, such as the Rhine and Danube, and climbs it mountains, from the Zugspitze to the Watzmann. Additional features comment on the construction of medieval castles, the most powerful trade organization of the Middle Ages—the Hanseatic League, on King Ludwig II and his fairy tale castles, and on two stimulants that are equally popular—wine and beer.
About the Author
Ernst Wrba is a freelance photographer who specializes in the castles and palaces of Germany. He has contributed to numerous books on regional and international topics. Jürgen Henkelmann is a freelance photographer specializing in the German capital. He has contributed to numerous photographic reports, books, and calendars published. Tina Herzig and Horst Herzig are freelance photographers and designers. They have contributed to books on France, Denmark, England, and Saxony. Bernd Weinkauf is a freelance writer whose publications include numerous monographs on Leipzig. Karl-Heinz Raach is a freelance photojournalist whose work has been featured in many illustrated books, calendars, travel magazines, and journals. He has contributed to titles on Canada, Mexico, and Scotland. Martin Siepmann is a freelance photographer and the author of many illustrated books on regional and international destinations. He has had his work featured in numerous books on regional and international travel as well as in magazine reports and calendars. Sebastian Wagner is the author of numerous articles on travel in Germany.