I must admit that I will always have a soft spot for Germany. I lived in Germany for a whole year during University and it was easily one of the best experiences of my life. During the course of that year I immersed myself in the German way of life (albeit from a student experience) and travelling back to Germany now with Vicky brings back so many fond memories.
But Germany has so much to offer you too. Often overlooked when thinking about European holidays, Germany has a number of outstanding destinations that you need to visit. Whether it’s the hub of Berlin, the beer halls of Munich or the outstanding natural beauty of the Harz Mountains – you will quickly discover why I fell in love with this amazing country.
University in Berlin
The View from the Fernsehturm
Currency – Euro.
Best time to visit – Germany is genuinely a year-round destination. In particular though we would recommend visiting during Oktoberfest (from the middle of September to the start of October), Karneval (in Cologne during the week before Lent) and the Christmas Markets (from the end of November until Christmas).
Accommodation – Where to stay in Germany? Well we have now moved past the hostels and train station floors from my student days and while hotels in Germany can be expensive, there are always deals to be found by the savvy traveller. When we are visiting, we tend to go for a good budget option like a Park Plaza Hotel or Holiday Inn as they offer a good value and a great location. On our last trip to Berlin we stayed at the excellent Hotel Zoo, Berlin and we would highly recommend.
Food – I may be biased but I love German food! The street food scene is incredible from bratwurst and currywurst to doner kebabs and falafel – there is always something fantastic to eat on every street corner. Try some of the many local traditional dishes such as a night of Grunkohlessen in my home state of Niedersachsen. If you’re travelling to Berlin you will find a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options too!
Transport – public transport in Germany is cheap and easy to use. If you are travelling further afield it is always worth asking what deals are on offer in the state you are travelling in. For example you can often get a group ticket that covers travel for a day or weekend for the whole state that you are staying in.
How much will it cost me – a trip to Germany can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish. Food and drink tend to be reasonable but you will pay more for a nice hotel room. Expect to pay between €30-50 for a nice two-course meal for two and €2-4 for a large pint of local beer.
Berlin: The greatest cultural extravaganza one could imagine.
If my nostalgic tales of beer and bratwurst have whetted your appetite for a trip to Germany, then check out the rest of our blog posts on Germany to kickstart your planning.