7 Unusual European Road Trips For Summer.
Tour Eastern Germany On Tree-Lined Avenues
Most travellers have heard of the Romantic Road, which winds through picturesque southern landscapes, past stunning castles and medieval towns, including some of Germany’s most popular tourist magnets. On the other hand, for a road trip focused on the driving experience while taking in lesser-known destinations, look to the Deutsche Alleenstraße. The “Road of Avenues” was branded after the country’s reunification to protect the tree-lined avenues that had survived the GDR years, when infrastructural development was less intense east of the border. It starts on the island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea, passes countless quaint villages (bypassing Berlin) before reaching culturally significant towns like Wittenberg (where Martin Luther lived and is buried) and Dessau (of Bauhaus fame), then comes close to – and at times crosses – what used to be the inner-German border. A scenic, educational and romantic trip, even if the word isn’t in the name.