While head coach Joachim Löw was able to take advantage of the luscious local beach in Campo Bahia, his players weren't afforded the same luxury. So what is it exactly that World Cup winners do to unwind following such an historic triumph? bundesliga.com sheds some light on where Germany's World Cup heroes are around the globe.
Germany's 'Sweeper Keeper' sensation Manuel Neuer won't need to cover as much ground as he did in Brazil to reach his holiday destination. Together with his wife, the shot-stopper extraordinaire is looking to build a house near Tegernsee, a lake in the south of Bavaria, where he will count Bayern team-mate Philipp Lahm amongst his most notable neighbours. However, while the formalities are still being taken care of the 28-year-old may be able to slip in a quick trip to favoured resort Ibiza.
Germany's World Cup-winning skipper should have a tad more free time on his hands after deciding to hang up his international boots. Some quality time with his better half will undoubtedly be on the docket, but don't expect Lahm to do too much sitting around. He'll doubtless be involved with the three children’s summer camps run by his personal foundation during July and August, which offer youngsters a chance to "test their sense of adventure".
Makeshift left-back Benedikt Höwedes, who didn't miss a minute of World Cup action despite having recovered from a long-term injury with just weeks to spare, was perhaps more deserving of a break than most. However, before he jetted off, the 26-year-old surprise package had a celebration organised by his hometown club TuS Haltern, where former German international Christoph Metzelder is on the board.
One of Germany's standout performers in the 1-0 World Cup final win over Argentina, Jerome Boateng didn't have far to travel initially as he remained in his hometown Berlin following the celebrations. It wasn't long, though, until he was back on a plane seeking the bright lights and big city appeal of New York - and meeting Hollywood star Gerard Butler in the process - before enjoying a family vacation south of the border in Mexico.
When it comes to sharing in success, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels had the right idea. The centre-back, who wowed fans worldwide with his steadfast defensive performances in Brazil, has travelled to Croatia with girlfriend Cathy Fischer. According to RevierSport, Hummels has rented out a total of six villas in the holiday town of Posedarje and invited no less than 15 of his fellow World Cup winners to join him on the coast.
On vacation, doing nothing but relaxing :) pic.twitter.com/rAhmSdDRvT— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) July 22, 2014
Hummels' BVB team-mate Kevin Großkreutz will likely be one of those travelling to Croatia, but he still had time to poke fun at himself again on instagram (picture). Banter seems to be the Dortmund all-rounder's principle pastime and after Schalke's Julian Draxler started a chant in Berlin to the effect of 'Großkreutz gives the Döners out', the 26-year-old countered with: "Dear Julian, I can't give the Döners back, but I'm always more than happy to get the Meisterschale out for you." Cheeky!
'There's no place like home' seems to be the motto which Bastian Schweinsteiger has adopted for his travel plans. The 29-year-old, who will celebrate his birthday on 1 August, kissed the ground upon arriving back on Bavarian soil. Following celebrations that stretched from Brazil to Berlin, Schweinsteiger made it clear that all he needed was the "odd ice cream and coffee" in Munich's Glockenbachviertel before FC Bayern's pre-season trip stateside.
A return home for Thomas Müller also meant a reunion with wife Lisa, who didn't travel to Brazil due to competing in the Bavarian state dressage grand prix. "Six weeks away from my wife was the longest period of time we've gone without seeing one another," said Müller, who has been involved in a Gillette commercial shoot for a new body razor and the 'Young Wings Charity Golf Cup 2014' in aid of an organisation that is near and dear to the 24-year-old's heart.
After firing his way to legendary status with Germany's winning goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final, it doesn't matter where he goes, Mario Götze will not be able to escape the public eye. After returning briefly to Munich, the FC Bayern star wasted little time in jetting off to Ibiza where he has been pictured spending time on a luxurious yacht with girlfriend Ann-Kathrin. A healthy tan should serve him well in the limelight next season!