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Germany

A Fusion of Timeless Tradition and Modern Innovation

Step into a land where ancient legends come to life in medieval towns adorned with half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. Explore the romantic allure of the Rhine Valley, where majestic castles stand sentinel over the winding river, or wander through the picturesque villages of Bavaria, where age-old traditions thrive against a backdrop of Alpine splendor.

Yet, Germany is not merely a relic of the past but a beacon of modernity and progress. Dynamic cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg pulsate with energy, offering a kaleidoscope of cultural treasures, cutting-edge architecture, and culinary delights. Immerse yourself in Berlin’s vibrant street art scene, savor Munich’s legendary beer culture, or revel in Hamburg’s maritime heritage along its bustling harbor.

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – When choosing accommodation in Germany, consider factors such as location, amenities, and budget. Booking in advance, especially during peak travel seasons and major events, is advisable to secure your preferred choice. Whether you’re looking for a cozy guesthouse in the countryside, a trendy boutique hotel in the city, or a unique stay in a historic castle, Germany offers a plethora of options to suit every traveler’s needs.

Food – Here are some classic German dishes and food experiences that travelers should try: Bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzels, sauerkrautkartoffelsalat, currywurst, apfelstrudel and don´t forget the Biergarten Experience.

Transportation – Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn (DB), operates an extensive network of trains connecting major cities, towns, and regions across the country. Many German cities, including Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt, have efficient urban rail networks consisting of S-Bahn (suburban trains) and U-Bahn (subway or metro).

 

My favorites

Berlin: The capital of Germany is a must. Here, historic landmarks like the Berlin Wall coexist with cutting-edge art scenes and innovative architecture. Dive into its diverse neighborhoods, each pulsating with its own energy and cultural flair.
Bremen: Explore its medieval old town, adorned with iconic landmarks like the UNESCO-listed Town Hall and the storied Bremen Roland statue. Its cobblestone streets exude a unique charm along the banks of the Weser River.
Jasmund National Park: It is a stunning natural wonderland renowned for its towering chalk cliffs and ancient beech forests. These beautiful cliffs are quite unique in this part of Europe, and you will not find anything similar along the whole coast from Belgium to Denmark.
Hamburg: This city of maritime heritage and cosmopolitan flair, beckons with its blend of historic charm and modern vibrancy. Explore its bustling port, a gateway to the world, and stroll along the scenic waterfront of the Alster Lake.
Bastei: A breathtaking rock formation towering above the Elbe River in the heart of Saxon Switzerland National Park, offering panoramic views of rugged sandstone cliffs and lush forests. This iconic landmark is adorned with a historic bridge connecting towering sandstone pillars, providing a mesmerizing backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.
Cologne: When I visited this city for the first time I was shocked by its imposing cathedral. This building makes the visit already worthy but the city has more to offer. Also, if you have the opportunity to visit in December, you will love the Christmas Market, which has an ice skating rink in the middle.
Heidelberg: Home to Germany’s oldest university and a majestic hilltop castle, this picturesque city boasts cobblestone streets, charming Renaissance architecture, and idyllic riverside promenades. Whether exploring its historic Old Town, admiring panoramic views from the Philosopher’s Walk, or savoring the ambiance of its lively cafes and taverns, Heidelberg offers a timeless blend of culture, beauty, and charm.
Black Forest and Freiburg: A captivating duo of destinations, where the charming medieval city of Freiburg serves as the gateway to the enchanting wonders of the Black Forest. Freiburg’s cobblestone streets, vibrant markets, and Gothic cathedral create a captivating atmosphere, while nearby, the Black Forest beckons with its dense forests, rolling hills, and picturesque villages.

Money Saving Tips

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Public Transportation Utilize Germany's efficient public transportation network, such as trains, buses, and trams. Consider purchasing weekly or monthly passes if you plan to use public transport frequently, as they often offer discounts compared to single tickets.
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Museum Passes If you're interested in visiting museums, consider purchasing a museum pass or looking for free admission days, which are commonly offered at many museums across Germany.
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Accommodation Look for budget accommodation options such as hostels, guesthouses, or Airbnb rentals, especially in smaller towns or suburbs where prices may be lower than in city centers.
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Picnics and Grocery Shopping Save money on dining out by opting for picnics in parks or buying groceries from local markets and supermarkets. You can enjoy delicious German bread, cheese, and meats without breaking the bank.
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