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Drive Yourself to 7 Great Cities in Germany

When it comes to driving destinations, Germany has to be one of the top places that comes to mind. The Autobahn is famous for its lack of speed limits, but as one of Europe’s largest countries, Germany also boasts kilometer after kilometer of scenic backcountry driving, as well. In March, Auto Europe, one of the leading global car rental agencies, divulged the 7 top destinations for traveling motorists in Germany:

#7 Nuremberg
The city is known for malty red-beer and a maze of sandstone cellars, Nuremberg’s now revived urban center is perfectly situated between Frankfurt & Munich making it an easily accessible driving destination.

# 6 Stuttgart
Stuttgart is a top-notch European city filled with amazing architecture, culture, dining, and art. It’s also home to the Cannstatter Volksfest an ideal spot to enjoy traditional German Oktoberfest celebrations with less tourist traffic.

# 5 Hamburg
This charming port town and Germany’s second largest city, Hamburg offers travelers much to do & see and its location makes it the perfect launching off point for a European road trip.

#4 Dusseldorf
Recognized as the center of German advertising and fashion, Dusseldorf has a lively energy that offers an exciting nightlife, fun carnivals, shopping, and trade fairs. From Dusseldorf, travelers can easily drive to explore Belgium and the Netherlands as well as other locations along the Rhine River.

#3 Berlin
A global city of politics, media, culture and science, Berlin is home to some of the world’s most fascinating historic attractions, culturally significant monuments, and modern amenities.

#2 Frankfurt
Located along Germany’s acclaimed Fairy Tale Road, Wine Route and one of the oldest touring roads in the world the Romantic Road, it’s no surprise North American travelers choose Frankfurt as a top self-drive destination!

#1 Munich
The gateway to some of the most stunning landscape in the world, the Bavarian capital of Munich is host to the world’s largest Oktoberfest. The self-drive adventures are virtually limitless from Munich on a journey through the awe- inspiring Bavarian Alps, or to the area’s storybook villages & castles are all within an easy day’s drive.

No matter how long or short your vacation, or which part of Germany you’re visiting, there are plenty of amazing opportunities to hit the road. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind, though. Automatic transmissions are relatively rare in Europe, so if you can’t drive a stick shift, you’ll have fewer choices and pay more to rent a car. And, Germany’s driving laws and customs sometimes differ greatly from the U.S. A good source for basic driving advice is the website of the U.S. embassy in Germany.

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Discover the Real World of Westeros in Northern Ireland

Home of Thrones – 8 Day Self-Drive Vacation

Murlough Bay
Murlough Bay, N. Ireland

Charming seaside villages, mysterious landscapes and a ton of Game of Thrones locations, Northern Ireland is the   place to be if you’re a fan of the hit HBO series. Explore the real-life Westeros with caves, castles, forests and the famous Dark Hedges used as the location for the Kingsroad.  Explore the locations at your own pace, knowing that all of your travel plans are taken care of.

Your Self-Drive Vacation Includes:

  • Private Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • 1 night in Dublin at 4-star Camden Court Hotel
  • 2 nights in Belfast at 4-star The Europa Hotel
  • 1 night on the Antrim Coast at 4-star Ballygally Castle
  • 1 night in Coleraine at the Breezemont B&B
  • 1 night in Londonderry at the 4-star Maldron Hotel Derry
  • 1 night in Dublin at the 4-star Camden Court Hotel
  • Hertz Car Rental Standard Automatic – based on Group G rental for 6 days
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Sightseeing Activities: Dublin City Walking Tour, Guinness Storehouse, Belfast City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off bus tour, Titanic Experience, Londonderry City Walking Tour

Interested in finding out more about the epic Game Of Thrones® filming locations?  Here’s a quick guide to all the spectacular locations in Northern Ireland.

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1) Dragonstone, Downhill Beach, Co. Londonderry

Downhill, Beach, N. Ireland
Downhill Beach on the Causeway Coast

Downhill Beach is used in the filming of Game of Thrones as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and Melisandre, flames dancing into the night sky, proclaimed: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”

2) The Stormlands, Larrybane, Carricka-Rede, Co. Antrium

Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2. This is where Catelyn Stark agrees a treaty with Renley on Behalf of her son Robb.

3) Pyke, The Iron Islands , Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim

This pictureque coastal nook is where Theon Grejoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.

4) Storm’s End, Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim

Murlough Bay
Murlough Bay, N. Ireland

Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3. This is the spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. It’s also the spot where Davos Seaworth is shipwreked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.

5) The Stormlands, Cushendun Caves , Co. Antrim

In Seaon 2, Crushendun is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworthy.

6) The King’s Road, Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim

Dark Hedges
Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, N. Ireland

The Dark Hedges live up to their haunting name in Season 2. These spectacular trees line the King’s Road as Ayra Stark makes her escape from King’s Landing.Disguised as a boy, Ayra travels with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and all the others off to join the night watch.

7) Winterfell, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Castle Ward is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1. This is also the place where Bran and Osha’s scenes in Season 1 take place.

8) Robb Stark’s camp, Audley’s Field Strangford Lough

Audley’s Field was used during Season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. It’s the backdrop of Robb’s camp in Season 2 and the place where he first meets Talisa. Later on, Audley’s Field is where Alton Lannister is imprisoned with Jamie ( and doesn’t live to tell the tale).

9) Riverrun, River Quoile, Co. Down

River Quolile
River Quolile, N. Ireland

The River Quolie features at a couple of key points in Season 1. This is where Robb’s army needs to cross the Trident, so Catelyn Stark goes to bargin with Walder Frey to seek permission. In the next episode, it’s the place where Catelyn and robb learn of Ned’s beheading and declare ” We will kill them all”.

10) The Haunted Forest, Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down

You might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon dismembered Wildling bodies. It’s also where ed Stark and his boys come across the gored stag and find direwolf pups.

11) Beric Dondarrion’s Hideout, Pollnagollum Cave, Mable Arch Caves Global Geopark, Co. Fermanagh

The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3.

If you would like more info contact: Susan Hickman (626) 449-3220 or e-mail susan@distantlands.com