Begin in fascinating Berlin. Famously progressive, yet profuse with stirring reminders of its tumultuous past. Then travel from opulent Potsdam palaces to castles and vineyards along the Elbe. With newly resplendent Dresden as the finale, you have reason to extend your vacation just a little longer. On both ends.
1-2 Meander by bike through forests and lakes, taking in the green spaces in the outskirts of Germany's capital city | See remnants of the infamous barrier that once separated West Berlin and East Germany | Admire Cecilienhof Palace, where the fate of post-war Germany was decided | The breathtaking Sanssouci Park greets you in Potsdam, one of the country's most beautiful World Heritage sites | Dine like royalty on Michelin-starred regional cuisine.
3 Visit pastoral Lusatia, a Slavic enclave with its own language and customs | Bike in Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, a world of verdant forests, grassland, charming old-world towns and shimmering waterways | Cruise down an enchanting canal on a traditional punt boat.
4 The baroque splendor of Dresden—from the glorious Zwinger palace to the stunningly restored Frauenkirche church—is truly unforgettable | Witness Germany's pacesetting environmental efforts as you cycle past nature reserves, sunflower fields and organic farms.
5-6 Head out of Dresden through the lush city forest, arriving at the baroque-style Moritzburg Castle | The Elbe River is a glorious backdrop for wine tasting | Soak up the brilliance of Dresden on foot, or ride through the Elbe Valley past castles and hamlets.