There’s something undeniably artistic in the way Germany’s scenery unfolds the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north; the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the centre, and the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that’s bound to give your camera batteries a workout. Get off the highway and into the great outdoors to soak up the epic landscapes that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.

High on History
Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the Hanseatic League, the Reformation and yes, Hitler and the Holocaust, but also the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Goethe, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who, each in their own way, have left their mark on human history.

Gastro Delights
Experiencing Germany through its food and drink will add a rich layer to your memories. You’ll quickly discover that the local food is so much more than sausages and pretzels, schnitzel and roast pork accompanied by big mugs of foamy beer. Beyond the clich’s awaits a cornucopia of regional and seasonal palate-teasers. Sample not only the famous beer but also world-class wines, most notably the noble Riesling.

Pleasures of Civilization
You’ll encounter history in towns where streets were laid out long before Columbus set sail, and in castles that loom above prim, half-timbered villages where flower boxes billow with crimson geraniums. The great cities Berlin, Munich and Hamburg among them come in more flavours than a jar of jelly beans but will all wow you with a cultural kaleidoscope that spans the arc from art museums and high-brow opera to naughty cabaret and underground clubs.


Michael Kater
or dmc@worldview.co.za / +27 (0) 11 467 1424

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Top Tours Travel has been founded in 1974 in Munich as a local DMC with focus on the US market. In the same year the DMC Compass Tours Incoming has been founded in Duesseldorf mainly focusing on the European market. From 1974 until 2001 both companies have been developed in different ways, each managed by their owners.

In the years after 1995 Compass Tours Incoming was growing tremendously and opened local offices in Berlin and Frankfurt. Around 2000 Compass Tours Incoming needed to open an office in Munich while the chance was there to integrate Top Tours Travel.

As the name Top Tours Travel was very well known in the US market, Compass Tours Incoming decided to keep that name as a brand for the Munich office. In 2005 both companies were brought under one legal umbrella, still keeping their brand names. In 2006 the latest office was opened: Compass Tours Incoming Hamburg.

In 2012 the the decision was taken to use one name only to allow easier recognition in marketing & sales. Consequently the company continued as Compass Tours Incoming only. The name Top Tours Travel was no longer used, the Munich office is part of the brand name Compass Tours Incoming.

The company is currently ranked among the Top 25 Destination Management Companies. The staff reflects a diversity of ages, backgrounds, and skill sets. It is the blend of these personalities and experience that is recognized by the customers as a valuable resource.

Today Compass Tours Incoming is operating 4 offices in Germany and is a division of KATER MICE & TOURS GmbH. Managing Partner is Michael Kater.