Germany, Switzerland and Austria have long been famous for their impressive mountains and their alpine scenery. However, Germany’s North offers the most stunning hidden secrets - beautiful beaches and idyllic islands.
Frisia and the north of Hamburg, even as far north as the Danish border, boast a large number of islands in the North Sea, some car-free, others famous for their busy culture and upscale lifestyle. One of them, Sylt, “the German Hamptons”, is best enjoyed in off-season for rough storm watching weekends, while being holed up in a beautiful hotel.
The Baltic offers a very different scenery and nature, endless beaches, great swimming during the summer months and the famous island of Ruegen, well known for its chalk cliffs which have been depicted beautifully by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. The oil painting can be seen in the Kunst Museum in Winterthur, near Zurich.