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The Travel Team’s Susanne Plumley is one of only two AMEX Travel Insiders for the historic, diverse and picturesque European country of Germany. From the war-torn history of Nuremberg to the fairy tale castles of Bavaria, Germany is bursting with culture and countryside just waiting to be explored. Knowing where to go, what to eat, how to get around and where to stay are just some of the insider tips Susanne builds into each personalized travel itinerary.

“A journey to Germany may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers, so I want to ensure that my clients enjoy every moment of their trip,” said Susanne. “For me, that means planning a detailed itinerary up-front with destinations, accommodations, transportation, dining and excursions all pre-arranged, and in many cases pre-paid, so that my clients can simply relax and take in their adventure with peace of mind.”

Insider Travel Inspiration

As the first-born child of German immigrants, Susanne has always been drawn to her European roots. Her heritage and love of the people keep drawing her back to Germany. She enjoys sharing her experience and local insight with travelers to plan an unforgettable journey tailored to their individual interests, budget and time. Here are a few of Susanne’s favorite ways to experience Germany.

Hit the Road

A host of driving routes have been plotted throughout Germany’s vast countryside. A trip along many of these routes will offer visitors unparalleled views of diverse landscape, historic castles and quaint villages. The Romantic Road leads to the most famous castle in the world, Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein – widely known as Disney’s Cinderella Castle. The Wine Route, Castle Road and the Fairy Tale Route are among Susanne’s favorite routes. Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, Germany’s oldest scenic road, travels from Baden-Baden to Freudenstadt through the lush Black Forest – a forest so dense with vegetation that it feels like night.

River Cruise Relaxation

One of Susanne’s favorite ways to experience Germany is by river cruise. A slow passage down one of Germany’s scenic river ways like the Rhine, is one of the best, and only ways, to visit some of the country’s oldest and most charming villages. Ideal for couples or groups traveling with older children, a river cruise visits a new city each day, with opportunities to walk, hike or bike ride through markets, villages and riverside trails.

Travel Tips

Best time to travel to Germany: May through early June, September and October are ideal travel times. For a truly memorable experience, Susanne recommends planning a trip around the local Oktoberfest activities in Munich held annually for two weeks in Septembers. The weather in July and August is incredible but note that the region can get quite crowded in summer months and planning must be done well in advance.  A trip during December affords the opportunity to explore authentic and charming Christmas markets in villages across the country.

Ideal trip duration: 10-14 days is sufficient time to truly explore the country.

Susanne’s favorite city:  Munich – for the fun activities, delicious food and beer, outgoing locals and its casual atmosphere welcomes visitors of all ages.

Planning time: It’s never too early to start planning an international vacation. Susanne suggests starting no less than three to six months in advance of departure.


To start planning with Susanne today, call or email, 716-507-8514 or

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