14 Days in Germany
Germany ranks among the world’s most delightful places in which to make a road trip. Routes are well-marked and in excellent condition throughout the country, and, of course, there are the famed autobahns. I can’t deny that I love to rent a powerful car and, when the speed limit disappears, floor it.
This itinerary traverses the former East, starting in the splendidly rebuilt baroque city of Dresden, flanked by extravagantly beautiful wine country. Vibrant Berlin beckons to the north, where a stay in the Mitte district affords easy access to the most exciting sights. Continuing farther north, unspoiled Mecklenburg feels like a time capsule of 19th-century Northern Europe, with rolling countryside laced with allées and dotted with crumbling manor houses, grand palaces and well-preserved half-timbered towns. The return to Berlin affords a stay in a new favorite tucked into a quiet corner adjacent to the city's loveliest park, near the center of the former West. It is a good base for a visit to ornate Sanssouci, the summer palace of Frederick the Great.
This region of Germany once languished behind the Iron Curtain, but it’s making up for lost time. Expect to find beautiful architecture, friendly service and excellent food along the entirety of this itinerary.