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In Paid Partnership with Lufthansa and German National Tourist Office
When you think of Germany, places like art-fuelled, techno-loving Berlin, culturally rich Munich and the enchanting Neuschwanstein Castle probably spring to mind. But beyond the country’s most talked about locales are a host of equally compelling hubs, offering nature, spa towns and wine routes.
We’ve partnered with Lufthansa and the German National Tourist Office to unearth some of Germany’s lesser-known gems. Save yourself the trouble of scrolling through an infinite stock of Instagrams and instead head out and snap up those locations IRL. We’ve asked the locals and done a little digging to discover some of Germany’s most Instagrammable spots – which are now on our must-visit list for this summer.
Venture to Mainz for wine and wonderful markets, Wiesbaden for wellness and green spaces or Frankfurt for its unique urban flair. Once you’ve decided where you’re headed, it’s time to pack your bags, fill your Leica camera with a full roll of film and book yourself on the next available Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt.
To sweeten the deal, Lufthansa are gifting SUITCASE Magazine readers an exclusive €20 (£17) voucher on flights from UK to Frankfurt until 20th July.*
This medieval city on the Rhine River is a year-round gem of timber houses, market squares and pastel-hued buildings lining winding streets. Also considered Germany’s wine capital, visit on the last weekend in August or the first weekend in September when the city park turns into one of the largest wine markets in Germany.
Peruse and sample at various wine stalls then soak it up with a medley of local produce including artisanal breads and cheeses. Snap a picture of your favourite vintages, from light and fruity summer wines to the region’s famous Rieslings.
In the morning, head out to these picturesque spots, replete with charming and colourful facades sure to set your Instagram feed into a frenzy.
The surrounding square of this picturesque cathedral gets crowded on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday when a market of approximately 85 regular stalls swarms around it and spills into the adjacent streets. Don’t miss a traditional market breakfast of “Weck, Worscht un Woi” (bread roll, sausage and wine) served on Saturdays from March through to November.
The old timbered houses you’ll see dotted around Kirschgarten provide a cute-as-pie backdrop (and endless photo opportunities) while the location is an excellent launching point for exploring the old town.
This part of the city was recently redeveloped and delights with a unique charm. Around the Gartenfeldplatz and its adjacent streets, bustling independent cafés and pubs make perfect pitstops for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
Dubbed the “Nice of the North” thanks to its spa town reputation, Wiesbaden’s wellness heritage has stayed the course. An altogether “green” city inundated with verdant urban parks and a Mediterranean-like climate, in Wiesbaden city living feels infinitely easier. This is supplemented further by an abundance of cafés, restaurants and bars tempting you inside for a piece of cake. Sit a while, take a #foodgram and have the local Wiesbadeners get you up to speed on the city’s cultural offerings.
From the International Horseshow at Whitsun to the Rheingau Wine Festival, there’s plenty of ground to cover. Architecture fans will swoon over historical facades, including the popular Neroberg mountain railway and the Russian church perched on the mountain slope.
Despite its size, this mountain has a lot to offer. With vineyards, a Russian church (topped with golden domes), a swimming pool and a water-powered funicular (the last one operating in Germany) you’re spoilt for choice.
Built by German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1907, the Kurhaus Wiesbaden is famous for its impressive exterior, though we think the interiors are just as Insta-worthy. Don’t miss the casino either.
Minimalists avert your eyes; theatrics are omnipresent at the Hessian State Theatre, from the interior decor to the onstage performances. Opened in 1894, today it plays host to a range of programming including opera and musical theatre. To experience it at its best, visit in May for the International May Theatre festival which attracts visitors from all over the world each year.
Frankfurt is vibes. Business vibes, yes, but it is also a very chilled city. After 6pm, locals clock off and descend from skyscrapers to potter along the banks of the Main River, the perfect location for a leisurely dinner.
Germany’s fifth-largest city has a lot to gloat about and a skyline to rival Manhattan’s is just one. We’ve wandered the beautiful new old town and drawn up a lengthy list of storied buildings we can’t wait to pap, Leicas at the ready.
For something more traditional we’ve lined up a visit to Wäldchestag forest festival, and if you’re visiting come summer, head to one of the city’s many apple-wine tavernas, known as “Ebbelwei”. Music fans with a taste for global cuisine should line up their Lufthansa flights to coordinate with the Opera Square Festival – afro-pop with an apple cider is a truly dynamic duo.
Come summer, the roof of the Stock Exchange multi-storey car park in the heart of Frankfurt am Main is transformed into a scene-y rooftop hangout. Head here early with friends to nab some coveted poolside seats.
When hunger calls Realwirtschaft Oosten will abate those pangs while also giving your eyes something to feast on. Scan Frankfurt’s imposing skyline at sunset, cranes dangling in view. Urban scenes reflect Oosten’s graphic interior.
This domineering structure leers over the new old town. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city or capture the scale and mastery of this red-brick construction from a bird’s-eye view without needing to switch camera lens.
A Leica camera is an unsurpassable piece of photography equipment, producing top-quality, highly Instagrammable images. But what if you could take things one step further and rev it up a few notches? Fully submerge yourself in the visual world at Leitz-Park. If you’re planning a visit to Wetzlar make sure you factor in a day trip to Leitz-Park where you’ll find inspiration in the many facets of Leica photography. Take in an exhibition at the ERNST LEITZ MUSEUM, dedicated to modern photography, and pick up your favourite print as you exit via the gift shop. Stop for a bite to eat at the suave Café Leitz, and sample sweet treats baked by a master confectioner. After lunch, explore the Leica Nature circular route for some further inspiration (don’t forget to bring your camera).
Continue your learning after your return with Leica’s Akademie workshop programme. Offering a range of photography workshops, from beginners to masterclasses, Leica is giving SUITCASE readers an additional 20% off their next workshop, using the discount code, Germany.*
*All pictures in this article were captured using the Leica CL.
*Valid until 1st July, this offer cannot be used to book Bespoke sessions or Akademie vouchers.
* The coupon code is valid from 4/06/2019 until 20/07/2019. Travel dates are from 01/08/2019 until 21/12/2019 with a discount in GBP equivalent to €20 on UK to Frankfurt routes only.
Lufthansa is one of the world’s largest premium airlines, connecting the UK to Germany with over 290 weekly flights. The first European airline to receive Skytrax’s five-star (a recognition of their high standards and quality of service) Lufthansa has a great capacity for innovation and a keen focus on personalised, digitalised services. Lufthansa’s modern fleet measures up to its rich heritage; a claim to which its exceptionally loyal customer base will testify. To find out more, visit www.lh.com.
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