Discard the schnitzel and ditch the bratwurst as Zicasso forges an edible journey to the world’s most exciting culinary center - the Black Forest. With 12 Michelin Star dining blending aromatic opulence and creative finesse, TV-star chefs with meticulous technique, and tantalizing five-course menus, Germany is now positioned on the culinary map. Complemented by five-star luxury accommodations throughout, and three enchanting Christmas destinations to explore, this gastronomic tour beckons to indulge...
Endless Views and an Opulent Culinary Introduction at Restaurant 181 First
Architectural treasures grace your entry to Munich, and the luxuriant Louis Hotel am Viktualienmarkt is surrounded by aesthetic delights. Relax and unwind from the flight, then allow the cozy atmosphere of Bavaria’s capital to entice you outside. Fountains dance and palace’s flicker beneath soft light as you step onto the Munich streets, the city combining old world charm with a refined sophistication. Slowly soak up the first impressions of Christmas cheer, a wonderful optimism stemming from the charming side streets and mystical markets.
By now you’ll have already smelled Bratwurst, Germany’s famous sausage sizzling on street corners. Don’t worry. That’s not going to be your dinner. This itinerary reveals an unknown and upcoming side to the country’s culinary offering that is unlike any other, delivering a perfectionist’s collection of 12 Michelin Stars in one tiny universe as you journey to an unexpected culinary center.
Appropriately positioned at the summit of the Olympic Tower, you will find Restaurant 181. This Michelin Star rated restaurant revolves, and Munich glistens beneath your eyes. Chef Otto Koch presents a signature menu that elevates your German culinary expectations. Some of his renowned dishes are the goose liver terrine with popcorn, Breton style lobster, roasted saddle of venison and each dish is tailored for the discerning and demanding palate. And this is just the start.
A Cozy Christmas Market and a Sensual Feast at Schuhbecks in den Sudtiroler Stuben
Munich’s Cultural Treasures and Inimitable Styles at Les Deux
Enchanting Stuttgart and Frank Oehler’s Signature Menu at Restaurant Speisemeisterei
Black Forest Indulgence Before the Triple Michelin Star Schwarzaldstube in Baiersbronn
Elegant Spa Experiences and Aromatic Genius at Claus-Peter Lumpp’s Bareiss
Guided Black Forest Adventures and Creative Perfectionism at the Schlossberg Restaurant
- Experience 12 Michelin Stars in seven days and unrivalled five-course dinners every night
- Indulge in two of the world-renowned restaurants, the 11 table Schwartzwaldstube and the 8 table Bareiss, each with three Michelin Stars
- Discover why the Black Forest is currently the world’s most exciting culinary center, encircling a diversity of dining experiences from enchanting eight table restaurant to elegant old world service
- Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime culinary journey as famous TV chefs like Alfons Schuhbeck and Frank Oehler present their signature award winning menus
- Spend three days soaking up Munich, the opulent architecture and artistic treasures complemented by a cozy market
- Revel in the delights of Christmassy Stuttgart
- Pamper yourself in a handcrafted selection of Germany’s finest five-star accommodations
- Combine spa experiences with nature exploration as you relax in the charming Black Forest town of Baiersbronn, home to eight Michelin stars and the centerpiece of this region’s culinary magic
Think of a European culinary vacation and the mind races to Italy, or wanders down a Parisian boulevard. But Germany? Isn’t that supposed to be bratwursts and dumplings? This unique journey confronts the stereotype, revealing the planet’s most exciting new culinary center: the Black Forest. Aromatic opulence blends with indelible panache, baroque brilliance subtly weaves into exhilarating new styles, TV-star chefs present signature menus, and this enchanting corner of Southern Germany offers 12 Michelin Stars in one surreal week of five-course dining.
Don’t worry if this sounds a little surprising. It’s hard to throw away the image of grilled sausages, but take tiny Baiersbronn, a captivating village nestled amidst a thick awning of evergreens. You’ll find charming farmhouses, luxurious spas, endless hiking trails… and eight Michelin Stars. Harald Wohlfahrt’s delicate, yet intense, creations greet you at Schwarzaldstube, then Claus-Peter Lumpp’s unrivaled aesthetics symbolize the inimitable menu at Bareiss. Mosaics of wild king prawn and truffle, sweetbreads of veal and Parmesan crust, micro-pureed rhubarb ice-cream, and you’ve still got Jorg Sackmann’s flair for Mediterranean perfectionism at the Schlossberg to come. Baiersbronn epitomizes the unexpected delights of the Black Forest, a sensual feast enhanced by bucolic landscapes and spas. It provides the final stop on this itinerary.
Still surprised? It’s expected. Most of these restaurants don’t advertise widely and Restaurant Bareiss only has eight tables. After experiencing Baiersbronn, your impressions and expectations of German’s culinary scene will be elevated. Starting with three days of boutique indulgence in Munich, Bavaria’s capital serves up majestic palaces, artistic treasures, and mystical Christmas markets of delectables and intrigue. Each night culminates in Michelin Star revelry, starting at the innovative Restaurant 181 First, revolving above the city from the Olympic Tower summit. Then comes the Bavarian delight of TV chef Alfons Schuhbeck. Munich bursts with compelling contradictions, the cozy old world atmosphere mingling with slick sophistication. Enjoy your evening at Les Deux where you will be delighted by unpretentious traditional French cuisine with a Japanese note and a 500 strong wine menu.
A scenic train ride will unveil the region’s picturesque glory and Stuttgart reveals its wizardry on this journey passing through an alluring Christmas market and the city’s cultural highlights. Frank Oehler is the master of ceremonies in Stuttgart, his signature five-course menu befitting the TV stardom. Like every hand-selected restaurant on this itinerary, the food is created for the discerning and demanding.
Raise your expectations. Raise them further. And you’ll still be wowed. Completing and complementing the handcrafted itinerary is a tailored collection of boutique five-star hotels, each matching the chefs’ originality and attention to detail, and ensuring the visual splendor stretches from delicate entree to serene bedroom.
This itinerary is recommended for Christmas travel in 2019, although it’s applicable all year round. Sections of this itinerary may be further customized per client’s request.
$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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