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German Avenues Route
Beneath a canopy of trees - from Rügen island to Lake Constance

Walk at dusk

After Meiningen it continues through Hessen via Koblenz, the Rhine-Taunus Nature Reserve and the Palatinate Forest before reaching Ettlingen near Karlsruhe. This is the start of the route's eighth and final stage - after crossing the Black Forest mountains to Meersburg on Lake Constance, it arrives on the island of Reichenau, the final destination. The German Avenues Route features not only splendid tree-lined avenues but also many places of interest along the way. It is an excellent way to enjoy nature and see a variety of wonderful sights. Consisting almost entirely of avenues overhung by linden trees, oaks, maples, chestnut trees and other magnificent ancient specimens, the route passes through some very beautiful countryside. Summer visitors can catch glimpses of brilliant yellow rape fields in between the trees, or of cornfields dotted with red poppies and blue cornflowers. And what could be more beautiful than a sea of autumn colours above your head as nature transforms the colours of the leafy canopy?

Hoar frost on the ancient trees along the Avenues Route

There are plenty of interesting sights to see en route - small towns with soaring church spires, neatly kept villages, historical, classical buildings, attractive squares and museums. The blend of countryside and sea, on the Mönchgut peninsula for instance, particularly appeals to watersports fans and seaside holidaymakers. Ideally you should allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy the German Avenues Route to the full, because this relaxed form of touring is the perfect way to discover the area, its people and its culture. A motorbike tour is also an excellent way to explore the German Avenues Route. If there were an award scheme honouring scenic routes, the German Avenues Route would definitely be among the nominees.

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Basic information

  • Length
  • Themes
    Nature conservation, culture from Rügen to Lake Constance

Highlights in brief

  • Rügen Island
    Marshland area, chalk cliffs
  • Stralsund
    UNESCO, octagonal tower, Church of St. Mary
  • Rheinsberg
  • Dessau
  • Goslar
  • Meissen
    Porcelain works
  • Glashütte
    Home of watchmaking
  • Dresden
    Zwinger Palace, opera house
  • Saalfeld
    Saalfeld fairy grottoes
  • Bad Kreuznach
    Picturesque bridge houses