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Authentic Deutschland

So much awaits you in Germany! You can take a "Fairy Tale Route" from Hanau to Bremen, motoring through medieval villages where the Brothers Grimm lived and worked, and tour the lavish 19th-century Neuschwanstein, which inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. In the summer, hike the Bavarian Alps, or take a cable car to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain. Cruise the Rhine, flanked by vineyards, or kick back in a biergarten with a refreshing wheat beer. Here are some more ideas that will have you saying "Ja Bitte!"

Excerpt below originally appeared in Virtuoso Best of the Best: 2014 Guide to the World's Best Hotel Experiences.

Munich Take the wheel of a late-model BMW convertible and tour scenic routes along the foothills of the Alps. Next, learn about the centuries-old brewing process during a private tour at the Hofbräuhaus brewery before sitting down to a Brotzeit, or snack of Bavarian treats, and—of course—freshly brewed beer!

Dresden Enjoy a private tour of Dresden Castle’s fabled Green Vaults, the greatest collection of jewelery and priceless objets d’art in Europe. Among the treasures are a golden clock tower run by a crystal ball and the world’s only naturally green diamond.

Frankfurt Join a sommelier for a walk through the vineyards of the UNESCO-designated Rheingau wine region, which boasts the highest concentration of castles in Germany. After a private Riesling wine tasting, enjoy a leisurely Rhine cruise and lunch at a nearby manor house overlooking the river.

Leipzig Delight in a private organ recital at the 12th-century St. Thomas Church, the final resting place of its famous choir director and organist, Johann Sebastian Bach. Martin Luther also preached the Reformation here in 1539.

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