Covering the northeast corner of Germany, Mecklenburg has the breathtaking chalk cliffs of the “German Riviera” and plenty of spots for kite and windsurfing along the Baltic coastline.
You can stay in an upmarket wellness hotel on the island of Rugen or a friendly guesthouse harbourside in Rostock.
The “land of a thousand lakes”, Mecklenburg is perfect for sailing and canoeing and surrounded by a wealth of national parks with beautiful trails for biking and hiking.
Just under an hour from Berlin by train, Spreewald is a beautiful place for a couple of nights away with the team.
Lübbenau is home to the world-famous Gherkin Mile, celebrating Spreewald’s best-loved export – the pickled cucumber, and is a great starting point for a boat trip exploring the rivers and canals lacing the region. Or, you can explore the UNESCO biosphere reserve under your own steam by canoe or raft and swim in the lakes.
After a long day’s hiking or bike riding, you can soothe your aching muscles in the saltwater thermal baths at Burg and spend the night in a luxury hotel or cozy guesthouse.
5. Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt
“Land of the early risers” Saxony-Anhalt is home to seven world heritage sites, but more importantly, on the border with Thuringia, you will find Europe’s northernmost vineyards around Saale-Unstrut, 2.5 hours from Berlin.
Surrounded by rolling hills, the region is perfect for long walks and a tasting from one of the many cellars. Have a slice of Baumkuchen or some chocolate from Germany’s oldest chocolate factory in Halle.
The team can stay in a smart Naumberg hotel or at a local Weingut for an evening’s wine tasting.