Vacation in GermanyTravel through Germany and learn more about its history, culture, nature, landscape, people. I will give you some hints what to visit in Germany. I have also collected a list of travelguides for you.
Travel through Germany offers you to learn to know lots of different landscapes, cultures, traditions, stories and last but not least people. There are various ways how to visit Germany so you can travel to the biggest cities, to special landscapes, along rivers, along specific roads, … - you have to decide what you want to see and experience.
What do you want to see?Cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Rothenburg, Dresden, Mannheim, Bamberg, Bonn, Freiburg, …), landscape (mountains, sea, …) , rivers (Rhine, Donau, Weser, Elbe, …) , castles (Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Rhine or Mosel Castles…) , …
The German UNESCO World Heritage sites? Today there are 31 - some of them you might be able to visit.
How do you want to travel?By train, car, bike, …
If you want to travel from town to town you normally use a car or train in Germany. Only if it is just a short distance you can take a bus. Public transportation is very common in Germany and you will find buses, trams or undergrounds in nearly every town (bigger than 10000 inhabitants). Unfortunately this transportation is not cheap but if you try to find a parking space or pay a lot for a parking garage (in Paderborn it costs around 2 marks per hour but in Hamburg it can be 5 marks or more) in one of the bigger cities you will mostly prefer the public transportation. In smaller towns it is often much easier to find a parking space.
DVD Recommendation: (Paid link) Rick Steves Best of Travels in Europe - Germany, Austria & Switzerland…
You want to travel by train?
Do you want to travel on the footsteps of Charlemagne (Karl der Große), the Hanse, Prussia (Preußen), Fugger, Staufer / Salier, Romans in Germany, Germanic Tribes (Germanen)
How do you want to stay?
In a Hotel, a B&B, a youth hostel…
If you are looking for a hotel in Germany, Travel-Hotels are some (or are you looking for special hotels e.g. in castles). But it is much cheaper to stay in a youth hostel or at a camping site - Camping site guide of Germany.
Another great kind of accomodation especially for business people who work for a longer time in Germany are special business apartments. You can find thoses offers for example at: Business Apartment Düsseldorf. There you can get an apartment all inclusive rate which includes everything you need in a well-equipped apartment.
Get more information through Robert Strauss' Trip to Germany.
RegionalThere are lots of wonderful places to visit in Germany. So if you do not already have a specific destination it will be difficult for you to decide where to go. The list of world heritage in Germany will give you some good hints what to visit. Besides you will find lots of information and pictures of the different sites under unesco-welterbe.de.
CitiesWhat are the biggest cities in Germany?
Berlin (our capital), Hamburg, Munich (München), Cologne (Köln), Frankfurt, Essen, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bremen, Leipzig, Dresden, Trier (the oldest German town ?)
and my home town: Paderborn
(This list is probably not exactly ordered by the number of inhabitants)
What is the capital city of Germany?
Berlin is our new capital city since the unification in 1990.
Germany has currently around 80 million inhabitants.
StatesIt is divided into 16 states (districts): (the webpages of the states are pretty different and tell you something about the state, the people there, the economy, …)
Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen
RegionsBayern, Franken, Schwaben, Baden, Pfalz, Westfalen, Rheinland, Sachsen, Thürigen, Niedersachsen, Schleswig, Holstein, Mecklenburg …
General TipsI hope that you are now really interested in Germany and want to give you a small help for visiting Germany:
This is what you won't get in Germany or what is different from other countries:
- we have 220 Volt in Germany so if you can not adjust your electrical items you should buy an adapter
- we use the metric system so everything is in kilometers, liters, kilograms, … and the temperature is always given in degrees Celsius
- you won't get a glass of water for free in a restaurant - water means mineral water in Germany an it is not for free
- shop opening hours - although it changed lately you will have problems to buy something after 8 pm or before 8 am ( food stores are normally open from 8:30 till 18:30/20:00, most other stores won't open before 9:30 and close around 18:30/20:00)
- mostly you don't get a free refill in Germany (soft drinks are much more expensive than in the US and sometimes a beer is cheaper than a coke)
- Germans often drive their cars really aggressive so don't be afraid
- there are not many motels in Germany so if you travel you mostly have to leave the highway and find a hotel or pension in the next town