Your Travel Guide to Germany! While famous for its Oktoberfest, Germany has much more to offer than just beer and bratwurst. The country has beautiful sceneries of mountains and forests, is home to vibrant cities, and the country’s capital Berlin offers an amazing art scene and nightlife. The country is rich in history, filled with beautiful small and enchanting villages and has some pretty churches and cathedrals. So what are you waiting for, book your next bus/train/flight ticket to Germany right now. Read down below about my favorite places and things to do in Germany!
Berlin – To me, Berlin is a city of art and history… Berlin is filled with museums, theaters and mesmerizing architecture that could keep you occupied for days, weeks, or perhaps even months. Walking through the city is like taking a walk through a history book: for example visit the remnants of the Berlin Wall that divided Berlin into East and West during the could war at the East Side Gallery. Or perhaps you would like to go and have a look at the Brandenburger Gate, a gateway that managed to even survive the bombings and shootings of WWII. The sights and museums could easily keep you occupied for weeks, so make your choices wisely if you are only there for a couple of days! Not so much into history or art? Don’t worry, Berlin is home to an amazing party scene; maybe you are even willing to try to get into Berghain? Berlin stole my heart during my first visit in 2013, and I am quiet sure it could easily steal yours too.
Hamburg – After Berlin, the largest city and home to the largest port in Germany. Take a walk through Speicherstadt, a large warehouse district, and since 2015 also a UNESCO World Heritage Site or have some food or drink in the Schanzenviertel. When the sun has set and it is time for a drink it might be worth to check out the Reeperbahn, home to many bars and clubs (and famous for the city’s red light district). Enough to do, see, eat and drink, definitely a city worth on your next visit to Germany!
Aachen – Perhaps not the must see city when visiting Germany, but with its close proximity to my student town of Maastricht, I have grown to love this place. Should you be in the area it definitely worth a visit, even if it is just to see the Aachen Cathedral (another UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Germany). More than that, Aachen offers easy access to both Belgium and the Netherlands, you even have the possibility to visit all three of the countries at once at the tripoint, situated very close to Aachen at the summit of the Vaalserberg!
Oktoberfest: Okay, yes, Germany is indeed more than just Oktoberfest… However, 6 million people visit this event every year, so I can for sure say that it is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. Put on your Lederhosen (men) and your Dirndl (women) and enjoy your large amounts of beer!
Enjoy Germany’s Stunning Nature: Germany is home to stunning forests and mountain ranges which would make a good hike or trekking during the summer months, or perhaps even a good location for skiing or snowboarding during the winter months? While the cities can keep you occupied, Germany’s nature should definitely not be forgotten during your visit.
Visit the Weihnachtsmarkten: From roughly the first of December you can find Weihnachtsmarkten all over Germany. These christmas markets are filled with delicious food, drinks and handicrafts, and can be best enjoyed after dark when all the lights are twinkling. Make sure to bring some cash, not all the stalls accept cards, and when cold warm yourself up with a delicious glass of Glühwein (mulled wine)!
Eat, Eat, Eat: Whilst German food does not have the reputation of being the most culinary kitchen in the world, it sure is tasty and especially meat lovers can eat their hearts out. Eat some delicious bratwurst, curry wurst or the largest schnitzel you may ever see in your life! For a snack during the afternoon try a Pretzel, Flammkuchen, some Apfelstrudel or a delicious piece of Schwarzwälder Kirsch torte (Black Forest Cake).
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