Germany Travel Tips
Germany wears its riches well: elegant big-city charm, small picture-postcard towns, pagan-inspired harvest festivals, a wealth of art and culture and the perennial pleasures of huge tracts of forest, delightful castles and fine wine and beer are all there for the savoring.
Deep in the heart of Europe, Germany has had a seminal impact on Continental history. From Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire to Otto von Bismarck's German Reich, Nazism and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, no other nation has molded Europe the way Germany has - for better or worse.
Written by JC, Germany, March 2012
It’s a funny place, Leipzig. At first glance, this Saxon city appears to have recovered well since Germany’s reunification in 1989. Arrive at its enormous railway station and nose around the ...
Written by JC, Germany, June 2011
Something strange happens as spring starts in Germany: as the days get longer so do the nights. Or, to be a little less cryptic, many major cities hold events where cultural institutions stay open ...
Written by JC, Germany, November 2011
Around two hours’ drive from Berlin and less from Dresden, Bad Muskau, or Muskauer Park, lies on the Neisse River and thus right on the Polish border of Germany. While it’s a pleasant enough town, ...
The name may not slip so easily off the tongue of English speakers, but Schloss Neuschwanstein , hugging the Alpine foothills above a broad plain, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the ...
Munich is home of Germany’s Oktoberfest, and it has a rich history. The first “Oktoberfest”, or something like it, took place in 1810. That’s when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese of ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, November 2012
The palaces of old Germany monarchy, the modern day palaces of film stars shooting big-budget movies: Potsdam has both kinds of royalty. Only 15 miles (24 km) from the center of Berlin, Potsdam ...
Written by Katie H, January 2013
Lake Titisee in the southern Black Forest of Germany is both a lake and a town. Formed 10,000 years ago, carved from glaciers in the last ice age, the lake spans 2km long and 1km wide and, along with ...
If you want to see Germany’s
A-list at play, head for the North Sea island of Sylt. In summer you
can rub shoulders with a spectrum of luminaries ranging from the
internationally famous to ...
Written by Viator, July 2012
The country may be more closely associated with beer, but Germans are quite proud of their locally-produced wine, and justifiably so. There are 13 officially recognized wine regions in the country, ...
The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in Bavaria’s deep south, is about one and a half hours from Munich . Its unwieldy name was the result of two towns amalgamating so Germany could qualify as ...
Written by Katie H, December 2012
The Schwarzwald, or Black Forest, region of Germany is one of the country’s most culturally unique places. It’s also one of the best places to sample traditional – and delicious – German foods. From ...
Written by JC, Germany, August 2011
Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) is Germany ’s largest lake, although it also laps against Austria and Switzerland .
Despite its size it is ridiculously easy to get around, with trains ...
Written by JC, Germany, December 2011
The church of Our Beloved Lady of the Mountain dates back to the 14th century. A spring has unsettled the ground beneath it and the church tower has been on something of a lean for much of its ...
Written by JC, Germany, September 2012
Train travel is where German attention to infrastructure and passion for punctuality really come into their own. Regular fares on the national rail network, Deutsche Bahn (DB), might not be the ...
While much of Europe’s mid-year action concentrates on the continent’s Mediterranean edge, that’s no reason to leave Germany out of your summer holiday plans. In fact, it makes sense to go somewhere ...
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