Discover the culture of Germany and be prepared to embark on an unforgettable journey around one of Europe’s richest nations, both in cash and history. Here’s a short guideline on which places you should not miss on your visit here. Just one tip though, using a European rail pass in going around will save you a lot of bucks. And if time and your wallet will permit, get an InterRail Germany pass to visit nearby countries.
If China has a great wall, Germany has a Berlin wall. More than just a physical barrier, the wall signifies divergence in ways and ideologies that for many years has severely broken ties between the western and the eastern part. Today, more than two decades after the division was officially eradicated, the wall has now become a venue of artistic expression that serves as an inspiration for enthusiasts.
It is also recommended to explore the capital city by night, where hidden underground scenery has become a popular attraction. Hang out at the Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s main train station and take a minute to admire the grandiose architecture.
After immersing yourself with the great scenery and architecture, it’s now time to unleash your wild side and traverse Berlin’s varied selection of bars and clubs. Among the most popular club is the Berghain and Panorama Bar. Feel the party atmosphere as you dance through the floors surrounded by dark, techno music. Nightlife is also best experienced over in Hamburg, where Reeperbahn is situated. This one-mile stretch of diversified nightclubs is also one of Europe’s biggest red-light district. From clubs to restaurants and strip clubs, name it and you’ll surely find it here.
If on the other hand, you would want to commune with nature, then the Black Forest in southwestern Germany is highly recommended for you. Mountain biking and hiking are among the most common activities here. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pass by the beautiful Triberg waterfalls. For a more breathtaking view, ride Freiburg’s Schauinsland cable car and see the forest, the Swiss Alps and the Rhine valley from a different perspective. If you’re looking for some adventure, then go to nearby Lake Constance and choose from a variety of water sports – swimming, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing or freshwater diving. And after a tiring day of water sports, you can unwind at the Rügen Beach situated in the Baltic Ocean.
For a medieval touch, visit the stunning Lichtenstein Castle, situated on a cliff overlooking Echaz Valley near Stuttgart. Ironically, this romantic castle of Neo-gothic design houses a vast collection of historic weapons and armor. Not to be missed, especially when you’re traveling in between the months of September and October, is the town of Munich in Bavaria. It is in this place where the grand Oktoberfest is celebrated annually. Feel the party atmosphere with a wide selection of drinks that will surely uplift your spirits. For an unforgettable experience, dress with locals in traditional Bavarian costumes and dance your way through the streets – a surefire way to cap the German experience.