Birch and Winter Fir dominate the landcape - Avis Car Hire Frankfurt
18 November 2014

A Winter Trip through Germany

Crisp winter air. The smell of mulled wine and gingerbread. Toffee apples and fir trees. Wooden huts strung with twinkling lights and traditional gifts. Germany’s much imitated Christmas markets have become an institution across the continent, and this German road trip takes in some of the very best. Car hire in Germany is so often the key to combining the country’s classic visitor destinations with its lesser-known gems. This 250-mile route is no exception. Not only is it a rewarding long-distance drive between two of Europe’s big-name cities, it also gives a heady flavour of Germany’s Yuletide spirit along the way.

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  • Frankfurt

    Often referred to as “Mainhattan” thanks to its gleaming skyscrapers and a location on the River Main, Frankfurt is one of Germany’s most modern and dynamic cities. It has a long history too: several Holy Roman Emperors were crowned here. Its cockle-warming Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market), set among the Old Town’s half-timbered buildings, is a part of this heritage. Take time as well to visit the ever-popular Städel, a world-class art museum. The car journey begins by leaving the city to the southeast, where you’ll pass through the woodland-heavy town of Heusenstamm before crossing into the fabled state of Bavaria.

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    From 17/11/2014

    The modern and dynamic skyline of Frankfurt - Avis Car Hire
  • Aschaffenburg

    Call in at the attractive town of Aschaffenburg, labelled the “Bavarian Nice” by virtue of its pleasant climate. The town’s historic heart is dominated by a superb Renaissance castle, built between 1605 and 1614. Fittingly, the castle square hosts a wonderfully atmospheric seasonal market, complete with almond-roasters and giant Nutcracker statues. The route then leads you further into Bavaria, through the pine-forested Steigerwald Nature Park – try stopping at the little market town of Geiselwind for coffee and stollen fruitcake. Drive on towards Nuremberg – once one of the wealthiest trading centres in the whole of Europe.

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    Aschaffenburg market- Avis Car Hire
  • Nuremberg

    Nuremberg gives a refreshingly warm welcome. Its medieval town walls continue to encircle an array of atmospheric old squares. The most famous of which is Hauptmarkt, the setting for Germany’s most renowned Christmas market. From late November onwards it’s a feast of old-world nostalgia, with some 200 festive stalls alongside stagecoaches, grilled sausages, wooden handicrafts and children’s rides. The hour-long drive on to Ingolstadt travels through the undulating uplands of the Franconian Jura range, a sight made all the prettier when the season brings snow.

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    From 24/11/2014

    Christmas Market in Nuremberg- Avis Car Hire
  • Ingolstadt

    Its location on the River Danube helped the fortress town of Ingolstadt to become a regional powerhouse in centuries gone by. Today it’s as notable for its bustling Old Town as it is for the Audi Forum on its outskirts, where factory tours can be taken. With its central location within Bavaria and historical landmarks, Ingolstadt is a city rooted in its traditional heritage, one of those being its seasonal Christmas market.

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    From 17/11/2014

    Maria de Victoria Church- Avis Car Hire
  • Munich

    Following the road south, the driving trip concludes at one of Europe’s best loved cities, Munich. Home to BMW and FC Bayern – not to mention a 14th-century Christkindlmarkt of its own. Featuring carol singing, candlelit tress and celebratory, gluhwein scented atmosphere. What’s more, Bavaria ever-evolving state capital offers a whole host of reasons to stay at length.

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    From 17/11/2014

    Turrets and rooftops of Munich- - Avis Car Hire
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