No doubt you know somebody who’s made that ‘amazing trip’ to Europe, with a few days in Germany. The sights, the people, the food. Has it spurred your wanderlust? If you’re planning the trip yourself or hired a travel agent, bring these ideas to the table.
- Visit a castle
The hardest part is picking one. Be a daredevil and check out one in each region you visit! Neuschwanstein is the staple attraction and it might have inspired the design of Disney castle, do you really want to battle crowds of tourists? If your answer is a ‘hell NO’, check out the interactive maps on Roads to Ruins. They have a roll call of castles, forts, and palaces in each of Germany’s 16 states.
- Go to the Black Forest Region
Not just for the cake! The Black Forest/Oberkircher/Rudesheim region is famous for distilleries and wineries. The ecology of the area is perfect for the orchards and vineyards that produce the fruit needed for quality liqueurs. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Black Forest area borders France. That’s only a hop, skip, and a car drive away!
- Have all the traditional dishes
If it’s not pictured on Instagram with #foodporn, then it didn’t happen. German food has satisfied bellies in restaurants around the world, but they’ll never match the real thing. Put these on your list:
- Rouladen: pickles, bacon, and onion wrapped in veal
- Käsespätzle: egg noodles. Basically German mac and cheese.
- Maultaschen: ravioli the size of a dumpling, seen below. A funny story is people would eat these during Lent in spite of the pasta containing meat. The pasta covered the meat, therefore ‘hiding it’ from God.
- Prinzregententorte: sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and covered with a chocolate glaze.
- Visit the markets
Specifically the Christmas markets. Sip on some mulled wine and browse the amazing wares you can’t find anywhere else. Wanderlust lists their top 8, from Berlin to Rothenburg (the latter has a Christmas Museum!).
- Go to Flower Island
Mainau is maintained as a garden island and peak season produces amazing flowers. If you have hayfever, get those antihistamines ready because the trip will be worth it!
- Soak up knowledge on Museum Island
This UNESCO site has five museums that are heaven for brainiacs. They house exhibitions in art and archaeology; the bust of Nefertiti lives in the Neues Museum.
- Check out the local pubs
Germany has so many different varieties of beer you could drink a different one every day for over a decade! A big part of this is thanks to regional breweries with unique recipes. The bigger breweries will have publicised guided tours, but you’ll have to hunt harder if you want to check out small, regional ones.
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