10 important reasons to go to Germany
When a person begins to travel, the soul is torn first to Paris, then to Rome, New York, London, Barcelona, because in these cities there is something big, cool and very famous. Germany, on the other hand, is not that popular among Russian tourists, and the country’s airports are used as a transfer point to get to some European city or to America. I think that Germany is neglected for nothing and today I want to tell you about the interesting things to do in Germany that will take your breath away.
The first thing that strikes us is the roads in Germany: everything is clear, beautiful and smooth. And the German autobahns are the only public roads in the world where there is no speed limit! So you can rent an Audi R8 or Ferrari and feel the power of cars on German highways.
Germans love their four-wheeled friends and it is not surprising that there are so many events related to cars. For example, motorists will be interested in visiting the races DTM, GP2 and other circuit races. If you yourself want to take a ride on the track, then in Germany it is possible, if only the money was there. At the famous Nürburgring you can rent a BMW M3 E92, Porsche 911 GT3 and other cars and drive around the track. Renting a car and 1 lap on the track (21 km) will cost 200-400 euros.
As for car shows the most popular are Frankfurt Motor Show, held in September and Essen Motor Show, held in November-December.
Must visit the car museums: BMW Museum in Munich, Mercedes and Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Volkswagen Museum in Wolfsburg and Audi Museum in Ingolstadt are much more modest.
Oktoberfest and German beer
German beer deserves special attention. Germans love this drink, brew it very well and it is not surprising that the Germans are in second place after the Czech Republic in terms of beer consumption. There are more than 5000 brands of beer brewed in Germany, and in any part of the country you can try your own unique drink.
If you want to plunge into the beer culture of Germany, you should visit one of the most famous beer festivals: Oktoberfest in Munich (Oktoberfest), the dates: mid-September to early October; Stuttgart beer festival (Cannstatter Volksfest), dates: late September to mid-October, Gäubodenvolksfest in Straubing, dates: mid-August, Bergkirchweih in Erlangen.
“The World’s Biggest Boozefest – Oktoberfest” is an article about a trip to this famous festival.
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Brezel and sausages
Since we started talking about beer, we should recommend you to try the national German sausages and a bakery product called brezel . Sausages and sausages cooked on the grill can be found all over Germany. Germans love to eat sausages always and everywhere, they are hearty, tasty and inexpensive. And if they are served with a German beer, you get twice as much pleasure.
I’ve already written that it’s worth trying a bretzel. I learned about this knot-shaped bakery when I lived in the south of Germany, and I loved it. Brezel is made from high-quality flour, sprinkled with coarse salt, and is great as a snack with a German beer. But for gourmands who don’t like beer, there are sweet chocolate or apple brezels.
It is said that there are about 25,000 castles in Germany, some are ruined and some are converted to hotels, but the most beautiful are restored and open to tourists. Castles in Germany are very diverse: in the Alps – it’s castles, along the Rhine River – a romantic chateau.
I list the most famous German castles: Neuschwanstein (Schloss Neuschwanstein), the castle Hohenzollern (Burg Hohenzollern), Schweriner Schloss (Schweriner Schloss), the castle Eltz (Burg Eltz), the castle Heidelberg (Heidelberg), Würzburg (Würzburg), Marienburg (Marienburg), Hohenschwangau (Hohenschwangau).
Read our article “Germany’s most beautiful castles” to learn more about the most interesting places.
If you are traveling in Germany with children, then in the program of your trip include a visit to amusement parks, they are very cool in Germany. The biggest amusement park is located 200 km from Stuttgart on the border with France and is called Europa-Park. Here you get to ride the giant roller coaster, walk through the 16 themed areas of the park and have fun on 57 rides!
Between Bonn and Cologne lies the original amusement park Phantasialand. The main feature of the park is a fantasy. At the park you can ride one of the 34 rides, visit interesting stunt shows and take part in various adventures.
If you do not like the American parks, and you miss the sun and the warm sea, then you should go to the Tropical Islands, which is located near Berlin. Tropical Islands is a piece of tropical paradise in the middle of Europe. The advantage of this park is that he is under the roof, so even in winter you can swim, sunbathe and ride a water slide. And fans of overnight stays in the woods can pitch a tent and spend the night in the jungle.
If you want to feel the real spirit of Germany, then you should go there at Christmas time, and in the beginning of mid-December, when the Christmas markets start working. I visited at least 7 cities in Germany where there were Christmas markets. Here you will feel a real holiday mood: the cities are beautifully decorated, everyone is having fun, buying Christmas toys, Christmas gifts and warming up with hot mulled wine and German sweets.
The most famous and beautiful fairs are held in the following cities: Nuremberg, Berlin, Cologne, Dresden, Stuttgart, Munich.
Rail transport in Germany is well developed, the length of the railroad is 41,000 km. This means that the train can take you to the most remote German village or to France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Holland. German railways carry more than 2 billion passengers a year.
High-speed trains in Germany are called ICE . By the way, in Germany I rode high-speed trains for the first time, and it really is very convenient: the average speed of the train is 200 km/h, and you can get to the center of any city on it! The ICE trains began to run in Germany as far back as 1985, and in the late ’80s broke the world speed record of 406.9 km/h.
German Bundesliga is one of the strongest soccer leagues in the world. Every year 18 teams fight for the right to be called champions. If you want to see famous teams like Bayern, Borussia, Schalke 04, and others play, then buy a ticket at one of today’s stadiums and see for yourself how the Germans play and how the German fans support the players furiously.
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Germany has very beautiful nature: there is the sea coast, mountains, beautiful forests and picturesque lakes. Of all the natural attractions in Germany, I recommend visiting Lake Constance. The lake is on the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. On the German side you can visit the very beautiful cities of Konstanz, Friedrichshafen, Lindau.
In addition to the cozy European towns on the lake, there are several islands. The easiest way to get from Konstanz to the island of Mainau . Maynau is called the “island of flowers”. In spring, the island is buried in tulips and roses, so at this time of year thousands of tourists rush here, just like in the tulip park Koekenhof. In general, there are more than 30 thousand rose bushes, dahlias, palms, cacti and exotic plants on the island.
I hope I have convinced you that Germany is a very interesting country for tourism. And if you add to this convenient transport links and the availability of attractions and beautiful cities in every corner of the country, then there is no need to overcome thousands of kilometers every day to find interesting places.
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12 important reasons to visit Germany
The Christmas market in Nuremberg, one of the most famous in the world and the oldest and largest in Germany, is worth warming up with a mug of mulled wine and choosing handmade souvenirs to your liking.
Sit in the Weihenstephan open-air beer hall. The ancient monastery where it’s located is built on a hilltop just outside Munich. It’s home to the world’s oldest brewery, founded in 1040.
Visit the fabulous Neuschwanstein Castle, built in 1892 by the reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He is said to have inspired the creators of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
Munich’s Englischer Garten offers the most unusual way to spend time: drinking beer in the nude. This public park is larger than Central Park in New York City. Both public nudity and open drinking of alcohol are allowed here.
Take a walk through the woods, rent a paddle boat, or grab a bite to eat at one of the local open-air beer gardens.
At least once in your life you should take the Romantic Road, one of the most scenic routes in Germany. The 420 kilometer long route passes through a number of charming towns where German culture and history are laid bare in all their glory.
You’ll pass through dense forests and the foothills of the German Alps. On the way you can visit several medieval monasteries and castles, including the aforementioned Neuschwanstein.
In Baden-Baden it is impossible not to take a dip in the local thermal baths. Local therapeutic waters were already known to the Romans, and today this is one of the most famous water resorts of the world.
On the beautiful Tegernsee Lake, be sure to rent a rowboat and enjoy the Alpine scenery from the water.
Visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich, or simply the Deutsches Museum, one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world. Its collection contains an innumerable number of the most curious things made by human hands.
Nightlife lovers can recommend dancing till dawn at the Berghain Club in Berlin; it’s considered one of the most famous and wildest in the world.
You might, however, end up having to wait in line for hours as the club also has a legendary “black tie” policy.
Don’t miss a chance to visit the giant tents of Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world.
Be sure to try the schnitzel. This dish, a breaded veal, is one of the staples of German cuisine, as are pork chops, pretzels, sausages and spätzle, a special macaroni and cheese.
Speed up on the autobahn – 60% of German highways have no speed limit at all, and on the rest you can go up to 100-120 km / h.
At the fish market in Hamburg, which has existed for three hundred years, you can try fresh seafood. In addition to the open-air market, the historic building of the former fish auction also deserves attention.
Go hiking, skiing or cycling in the Bavarian Alps. On the border between Germany and Austria is the largest peak, the Zugspitze mountain (2962 meters), where the ski season doesn’t close until May.
Walk along the path along the demolished Berlin Wall and examine its remains, which can be found in the center of Berlin.
Note the so-called “Stolpersteine” (Stumbling Stones), brass plaques embedded in the paving stones to commemorate the victims of the Nazis.
Climb the towers of Munich’s famous Frauenkirche (Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary) where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the distant Alps.
A currywurst in one of Berlin’s many street kiosks is worth a try. The most famous places are Curry 36 and Konnopke. This dish, Berlin’s most famous fast food, is a wiener with a spicy curry sauce.
According to legend, it was invented in 1959 by Herta Hauer in Berlin. The city even has a separate museum dedicated to the dish.
Take a boat tour of the port of Hamburg – it was founded in 1189 and is now Europe’s second busiest port.
Take a walk through the Tiergarten.
It used to be the hunting grounds of the Prussian kings, but is now the largest park in the city, covering 240 hectares and surrounded by the most important landmarks – the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the Berlin Zoo. Grab a coffee at one of the park’s many cafes, then enjoy a view of the city as you climb the 285 stairs leading up to the Victory Column.
Visit Goethe’s House in Frankfurt, the authentic home of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, one of Germany’s most famous writers
Although the house was destroyed during World War II, it has been fully restored and is full of original furniture and art belonging to the Goethe family.
Grab a bite to eat at Munich’s Food Market
This is a permanent market with a history that dates back to the early 19th century. Over 140 stalls offer local produce and exotic delicacies. There is also an open-air beer garden and many traditional and cultural events, such as the opening of the asparagus season.
Try the white asparagus.
This vegetable is in season from April to June and is a favorite food of Germans – even eaten for breakfast. In late spring and early summer, you’ll find an array of asparagus dishes on any menu – often simply boiled and served with hollandaise sauce.
Don’t miss a performance at the Margrave Opera House in Bayreuth – it’s one of the most opulent opera houses in the world
It was built in 1748 to honor the marriage between Frederick the Great’s niece and the Duke of Bavaria, and is impeccably preserved – only in 1812, during Napoleon’s troops’ stay in town, the curtain was missing. Interesting fact: Richard Wagner lived in Bayreuth from 1871 until his death in 1883.
Many cathedrals were built in Cologne since the 4th century, but it is known for one Gothic masterpiece – Cologne Cathedral, construction of which began in 1248 and lasted until 1880.
From 1880 to 1890, it was the tallest building in the world and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Have a glass of Riesling on the banks of the Rhine, the longest river in Western Europe (it stretches from Switzerland through Germany and reaches the Netherlands)
The river flows through picturesque towns, and Germany’s most famous wine should be tasted here.