Germany is a beautiful and diverse country located in central Europe. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural landscapes make it a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.
Germany is also known for its rich culinary traditions, with a wide range of delicious regional specialties to try, such as sausages, sauerkraut, and pretzels, as well as world-famous beer and wine.
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Germany attracts tourists from all over the world. Many people are drawn to the combination of its difficult past and the liveliness and drive of the present.
You can plunge into its history anywhere: at the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, or the Berlin Wall Memorial. This vivacious country offers activities and entertainment to suit any taste.
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Natural Landmarks and Lakes
Schwarzwald is one of Europe's most beautiful regions, famous for its various natural landscapes. It gained most of its popularity thanks to the "Black Forest", a picturesque place where you can feel like a character from the famous fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers or Gauff. Mysterious wildwood, pastoral sunny hillsides, colorful farmers' homes, magnificent lakes, glorious mountains and exhilarating fresh air – this is all about Schwarzwald.
The Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm)
The Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm) situated in the suburbs of the small resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is literally one of Bavaria's most interesting and unusual places, a must-visit tourist destination. It is strange that many tourists who visit Garmisch to climb the highest mountain in Germany – Zugspitze, to walk around Eibsee Lake or simply go skiing, tend to miss such a beautiful place hidden in the mountains.
The Externsteine, translated as "the Egge Stones" or, arguably, "the Star Stones", is a series of columnlike rock formations protruding from the surrounding Teutoburg Forest.
Despite its name, Schreck Lake has no connection with the character of the famous cartoon – apart from the color of the surrounding mountain peaks. It is located in the Bavarian Alps and remains untouched by civilization. Even camping beside the lake is prohibited. However, some tourists still take risks – even though one can reach the lake on foot only. There is no road or cable railway.
Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)
The most fabulous place in Germany is situated in the Bavarian town of Schwangau at the Germany-Austria border. The castle is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built on the ruins of a 14th century castle, Neuschwanstein became the first large-scale project of the young king.
The Goseck Circle in Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt)
The Goseck Circle, one of the most ancient rondels, was found near the town of Goseck and immediately christened as the "German Stonehenge". Supposedly, the Goseck Circle served as a fortified citadel or a shrine observatory. This "observatory" could be used to compile the lunar calendar.
The Devil's Bridge (Rakotzbrücke)
The Devil's Bridge (Rakotzbrücke) is an iconic arched bridge located in the picturesque Kromlau Park 120km northeast of Dresden and 165km southeast of Berlin. This beautiful arched bridge creates a perfect circle in the reflection in still waters. It attracts numerous visitors (partly due to its recent popularity on Instagram) and is easily accessible to tourists in Dresden and Berlin.
The Old Town and Castle Heidelberg
The Old Town and Castle Heidelberg (Heidelberger Schloss) is situated on the slope of the green Königsstuhl Mountain. At the foot of the mountain, on the banks of the Neckar River, one can find the small university town of Heidelberg. This is a nice, longstanding settlement with a lot of beautiful historic buildings that can be considered separate tourist destinations.
Streets and alleys of one of Europe's greenest metropolitan areas are decorated with about half a million trees. In the parks and public gardens of Berlin, one can thoroughly relax and chill. Here, in Berlin, one can also lose one's heart to the modern art and the city's complicated history as well as enjoy freedom and all the fun in life.
The main city of Bavaria and an important economic center of Germany. Strict, like everything German, and at the same time cozy, it will fascinate you with its geniality. Outermost streets of the city almost touch the Alpine slopes, the bells of the majestic cathedrals strike the hours, fronts of the ancient houses are bright with flower baskets, and spacious ceremonial squares annually gather loud companies of beer lovers.
A resort town; a cozy settlement with the fairy-tale charm. Its sights include splendid nature, interesting past and flourishing present. Surrounded by the Bavarian Alps, this town is situated in the Loisach River valley, at the foot of Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Tourists visit it all year round to breathe in the mountain air and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
The history of the tiny town of Cochem situated on the banks of the Moselle River can be traced back to the times of Romans and Celts. The historic center of the town retained its medieval image with tidy half-timbered houses, town hall, fountain, church, and the Reichsburg Imperial Castle built approximately in 1020, 100 meters above the town. Cochem is surrounded by vineyards; the grapes are used to produce the famous Moselle wines.
The Legoland Park in Günzburg or Berlin invites both children and adults to see what miracles can be created from the Lego building blocks. The Park was built with 56 mil. Lego building blocks, so a trip here will take an entire day. Knowing the park's scale, many families come to Legoland for several days and book themed hotels within its territory.
Sea Life Berlin/AquaDom
Aquadom is one of the most unusual sights in Berlin that appeals to adults and children alike. This is the world's largest cylindrical aquarium filled with salt water, imitating life in the Atlantic Ocean. AquaDom is a part of Sea Life Berlin Oceanarium even though it is located across the street. Guests are advised to start their tour with a walk through the oceanarium and save AquaDom for last.
When vacationing in Hamburg with your kid, visit this ropes course. The adventure park is situated in the middle of a large forest within the city territory. There are several ropes courses in between the trees. Each one has an exciting name: the Niagara, the Amazon, Borneo, K2 Extreme, Nanga Parbat, Everest. These names seem to contain a hidden meaning: those who overcome the obstacles of the course, should also be able to overcome rivers and mountains.
If your child adores animals, do not miss the zoo in Frankfurt am Main where you can see numerous species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. Today, the spacious territory of the zoological garden is inhabited by about 450 animal species which equals to more than 4.500 representatives.
The German Museum of Science and Technology (Deutsches Museum von Meisterwerken der Naturwissenschaft und Technik)
From among all the tourist destinations in Munich, the German Museum of Science and Technology deserves special attention. At present, this is one of the largest museums of science and natural history. It also comprises one of the riches archives in Europe.
The Museum of Chocolate (Schokoladenmuseum), Cologne
A chocolate museum can be found in virtually any European city. Still, the museum in Cologne is probably the most unusual one. It looks like a real ship ploughing the vast expanse of civilization. When visiting this unusual place with your child, you will witness the entire process of chocolate-making from the growing of the raw product to the packing of the sweet treats in their final form.
Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg
The Miniatur Wunderland, or "Miniature Wonderland", Museum in Hamburg has several names, and each of them makes children's hearts beat faster. Say that this is the world's largest railway model, and any boy will be eager to go there. Briefly touch upon the dollhouses, and any girl's eyes will shine with delight. Still, in order to take in this fascinating world, you have to see it with your own eyes.
The BMW Museum, Munich
This is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Munich. It tells the story of Bayerische Motoren Werke, the famous German automobile manufacturing company. The museum is of interest both to auto enthusiasts and those curious about modern technical innovations. Both children and adults will be delighted. You can sit in virtually any car, and some can even be used for a ride.
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The “Pfand” System in Germany
The Pfand System implies that when purchasing water, juice, soda and anything else sold in glass or plastic bottles, buyers pay the mortgage value of the bottle and can return it. Not all shops accept all kinds of empty containers so try to collect and return bottles with a Pfand bar code. These will bring you a bit of cash.
Check the Address of the Airport
When buying a cheap (low-cost) ticket, make sure that the airport is not very far from the city so you won’t have to pay 30 euros for a one-way ride. In this case, when traveling in a group, it is more cost-efficient to rent a car at the airport (for example, at Sixt, the German car rental service). You will be able to use the car the whole day for the same price.
Always Pay Public Transport Fares
Even if there is no ticket inspector in sight, it is best not to push your luck. The subsequent fine will be totally not worth the couple of euros you might hope to save.
Take Care of Your Dog
If you are traveling with your dog, you should know that in Germany, every owner should have a bag when walking a dog. You should collect your pet’s feces into the bag. If you are noticed without this bag, you are liable to a fine from 35 to 250 euros.
Is Prohibited In Germany, it is prohibited to feed wild pigeons in the streets. For instance, in Cologne, this may lead to a fine of up to 1,000 euros (₴32,562). In Hamburg, this sum may reach 5,000 euros.
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Frankfurt am Main Airport
Frankfurt Airport confidently holds the top spot in our rating. Moreover, this is one of the busiest airports in the world serving over 65 mil. passengers annually. Just imagine: here, planes take off and land every minute! Oddly enough, such a huge airport consists of only two terminals (plus a small terminal for VIP passengers). People move between the terminals by a free monorail or a special shuttle.
Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport
Munich International Airport is the second busiest airport after Frankfurt. It was named after a prominent Bavarian politician and is located about 30km from the city. The Munich airport terminal is considered one of the most convenient in the world. It repeatedly proved its title with various awards.
The complex consists of three terminals connected with a single hall, so it may be considered one huge building. Monorail trains course in between the terminals, but one can also go on foot. In comparison with its "elder brothers", this airport receives less people (in 2019, about 26 mil. passengers went through it) but the sheer number is still impressive.
Hamburg Helmut Schmidt Airport
Hamburg Airport is considered the oldest of the city's regular airports. Passengers get registered in the two terminals connected by the Airport Plaza Hall comprising shops, restaurants and other entertainment facilities. You can reach Hamburg Airport by bus. There are several city routes serving the airport, and some of them include night bus service.
Hotel München Palace
An exceptionally convenient location and hotel. The staff is very pleasant and obliging! A beautiful park perfect for a stroll is only a 2-minute walk from here. The hotel offers free bicycles to explore Munich.
We lived in a new block, very comfortable rooms with a beautiful view and a balcony to the southwest. An excellent health center. You can rent electric bicycles at the hotel. Dinners (in the old building) were splendid.
It's fantastic! It was so very nice to spend time at the hotel, enjoy the staff's professional approach!!! So many positive emotions with every detail! Photos do not convey the sheer charm of this place. Visit this hotel and feel happy!
Bubble Hotel Deutschland
We booked a romantic package for 2 nights in October. They met us with scrupulous attention to details. The landscape is beautiful but you don't have to plan any trips. The wellness offer with outdoor and indoor hot tub, sauna and infrared sauna is totally sufficient for complete relaxation. The overnight stay is indescribable, you have to experience it yourself. It was superb, we will definitely come back here.
Arrival in Nuremberg
Car rental (automatic transmission + air conditioner)
Price for 5 days (approximately): €370
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Bio Hotel Kunstquartier 1 night, 1 adult €124 Taxes included Breakfast €19, optional
Breakfast at the hotel (€19)
Tour to Nuremberg Castle Nuremberg Castle, the symbol of the city, consists of two parts: the Imperial Castle (Kaiserburg) and Burggrafenburg. The oldest parts date back to the early 11th century.
Tour to Nazi Party Rally Grounds This center provokes mixed feelings. On the one hand, this is a place to celebrate the Fuehrer; on the other hand, the scale of the building and the adjoining territory is impressive. If you are planning a trip to Nuremberg, this is one of the must-visit places.
Lunch at Restaurant Albrecht-Dürer-Stube (average check: €45-50)
Ride to Munich City
Tour to the BMW manufacturing plant
Dinner at Dinner Hopping rolling restaurant (a school bus takes you to see Munich in the evening and sample traditional cuisine) (average check: €65-70)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Sofitel Munich Bayerpost 1 night, 1 adult €309 Taxes included Breakfast €45, optional
Breakfast at the hotel (€45)
Tour to the Munich Residence
Ascent to the Olympic Tower to see Munich from a bird's-eye view (entrance: up to €10)
Lunch at Broeding (average check: €50-80)
Tour to Nymphenburg Palace
Ride to Schwarzwald
Arrival in Freiburg City
Dinner at Chez Eric – Panorama Hotel Mercure Freiburg (average check: €65-70)
Check-in at the hotel, overnight stay Colombi Hotel 1 night, 1 adult €237 Taxes included Breakfast €26, optional
Breakfast at the hotel (€26)
Ride to the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) National Park (it is best to take lunch with you)
11:45 – 16:00
Arrival. Do not hesitate to devote an entire day to this park.
Visit Röschenschanze, the ruins of the All Saints' Monastery and the waterfall, walk along the lynx trail: maybe you will be lucky to see one)
Ride to Baden-Baden
Dinner at Restaurant Schneider's Weinstube im Badener Weinkeller (average check: €70-75)
Evening stroll across Baden-Baden, Lichtentaler Allee
Check-in at the hotel Roomers Baden-Baden, Autograph Collection 1 night, 1 adult €365 Taxes +€4 Breakfast €39, optional
Breakfast at the hotel (€39)
Ride to Stuttgart
Tour of Grabkapelle auf dem Wuerttemberg
Lunch at Hupperts Restaurant (average check: €124-134)
Tour of Solitude Palace
Stroll across Schillerplatz (Schiller Square)
Participation in Cannstatter Wasen Festival
Dinner at the old restaurant Zum Ackerbuerger (average check: €40-50)
Check-in at the hotel, return of the rental car, final walks and bidding farewell to Germany 1 night, 1 adult €138 Taxes included Breakfast included
Lake Königssee ("the King's Lake"), one of the most beautiful landmarks of Germany, is situated in the southeast of Bavaria and belongs to the Schönau am Königssee municipality. Most of the lake lies within the territory of the Berchtesgaden National Park. The emerald-green lake with crystal clear water is snug surrounded by grand mountains and gorgeous Alpine landscapes.
The Hohenschwangau Village
The Hohenschwangau Village is an iconic landmark of Germany. Here, one of the country's most famous and popular castles, the similarly-named Hohenschwangau, is situated. The village itself is surrounded by four lakes and belongs to the Ammergebirge Nature Reserve. Nature in this place is unbelievably beautiful.
The Bavarian Alps
The charming beauty of the mountain landscapes, numerous lakes, rocky valleys – all these describe the Bavarian Alps that win over the tourists' hearts from the very first moment. At the foot of the mountains one can find small, but cozy and lively German towns and villages. Guests here are welcomed with joy and offered sightseeing tours. The locals are also eager to point out the beauty and uniqueness of the surrounding nature to tourists.
Mainau is a fabulous island in Germany popular not only with tourists but also with the locals. The climate here is subtropical and perfect for growing all types of flowers (this, by the way, is what gave the island its unofficial name: "the Flower Island"). The ground is strewn with flowers. There are also several themed areas dedicated to exotic flowers or trees.
Schwarzwald (translated as "the Black Forest") has been known as a very famous and beautiful place in Germany for many centuries. This terrain was named "the Black Forest" thanks to high trees with wide branches. In Schwarzwald, one can feel like an adventurer; fiction here becomes reality: narrow, intertwined paths lead into the unknown, and mysterious sounds make imagination run wild.
"Aqua" – Wolfsburg
This restaurant is located near Autostadt, a local tourist spot. "Aqua" is worth visiting: it offers delicious-looking fish, amuse-bouche and pork. You will enjoy a good Berliner doughnut, praline and ice cream. In this place, one should also sample nice wine, sherry, or champagne. The restaurant received a Michelin star and is included into the top-100 best restaurants in the world.
Roast Beef with Onion (Zwiebelrostbraten)
In Germany, roast beef with onion is served for Sunday lunch. According to the fundamental recipe, the roast beef is cut on the sides, salted, peppered, sometimes rubbed with mustard or garlic and briefly fried in butter, melted butter, or melted fat. The fried meat is taken off the frying pan and put into the oven until done. The same frying pan is used to cook onions sometimes sprinkled with paprika. The onions are also taken out. The oil is mixed with some flour, meat juice, stock or wine to make thick sauce. Some recipes include leaving onions in the sauce to make them more tender. Roast beef with onion and sauce is usually served with fried potatoes or spaetzle.
Old washing machines, tight ropes with towels hanging from them, and amidst it all – the very kitchen as well as tables and chairs. In the past, this room was indeed a huge laundry, but six years ago, it turned into a trattoria. This is an unusual and conceptual restaurant.
This is a medium-sized doughnut made of sweet yeast dough, filled with confiture (as a rule, strawberry or plum) or, less often, cream and fried in oil. It is a popular dessert in Germany and Austria. Amazing taste!
What is the maximum limit speed on the roads in Germany?
In a residential area: 50 km/h. Outside the residential area: 100 km/h. Autobahns and freeways: there are no speed limits except road segments with signs. Recommended autobahn speed in Germany: 130 km/h. Outside residential areas: 80 km/h. Autobahns and freeways: 80 km/h.
Where can I go swimming in Germany?
Germany is washed by seas (the North Sea, the Baltic Sea), but swimming there is not very popular: it is somewhat cool even in summer. Beaches are still available, though. As for the Germans, they prefer vacationing in Italy or even in Africa or Asia where it’s warmer. There is the Elbe River in Dresden, and the locals go to beaches. The “CityBeach Dresden” is free and equipped with deckchairs, umbrellas and its own sports grounds for playing volleyball and tennis. There is also a grill room in the beach territory. Basically, everything one needs to have a rest.
Is it allowed to park in the streets in Berlin?
Parking in the streets in Berlin is allowed but one should pay utmost attention to the numerous signs. Not knowing signs may lead to significant troubles. There are also specially equipped parking lots in the streets of Berlin. By the way, only right-side parking is allowed. One should also know that free parking lots in the streets of Germany are few in number.
What is a weekend ticket in Germany?
Weekend ticket in Germany (Wochenendticket). This ticket only works for one holiday a week, from midnight to 2 a.m. the next day, and can be used by five persons. This is one of the cheapest tickets; however, it does not work for long distance routes. Trains where people can use weekend tickets are marked with the black print in the timetable. The trains themselves are painted green and grey. In many regions of Germany, this ticket form also works in city transport.
Is it true that the VAT is returned after the departure from Germany?
Germany is inhabited by honest people. They try to return the money that does not belong to them. The value-added tax cannot belong to Germany which is part of the EU if the person who paid the tax is not a EU citizen. This means that tourists can have the VAT paid for shopping back when they leave Germany. For this purpose, you should buy in advance all the documents, fill them in together with the seller and then deliver them to any Cash Refund office. They will pay you in cash, and afterwards, you will go home with your mind at peace, without any thoughts about how you got deceived and ended up without your money. Germany is a truly honest country; one more reason to visit it!
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