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|well guys after heading to england november 2010, road trip across canada and some traveling in the states may 2011. Its time for germany in july!!! any good place you can recommend. I did my usual book the plane ticket there and back and do everything else as travel around. i will be in germany from july 15 to aug 05. |
Posted: 3/7/2012 8:25:16 AM
|Berlin, Hamburg and Munich are the big three, make sure you take those in if you can. Koln and Dusseldorf are pretty good party towns too, but there are loads of other great places to see in Germany that arnt in the guide books.|
If your down south and have time, Bavaria is brilliant for outdoor sports and the people are really friendly too. Also, I would strongly reccomend a trip to BMW world in Munich if you have any interest in cars.
Posted: 3/9/2012 9:24:49 PM
|thanks man! I am intrested in cars so will see how far i get around back packing and traveling around on the buses. hoping i get to see the nurburgring a bit to|
Posted: 3/17/2012 6:43:01 PM
|been to the ring many times its awesome can get expensive if you go to berlin check dresdon out its not far away the people are awesome and the city is one of my favourite german cites to explore|
Posted: 3/18/2012 10:00:17 AM
|So about three weeks? It's a big country. I lived in Southern Germany once and another time travled around Germany for 4 weeks. I started out in the South because I went there to stay for a week with friends I'd made when I lived there. Then I spent 4 weeks traveling around the country. The places I liked were Munich, the Black Forest area, the area around Lake Konstanz, Heidelberg, the German Alps, Bamburg, Nuremberg, Hamburg, the Rhineland. It's such a big country, you won't be able to see all that much in 3 weeks, though you'll still see a lot. I recommend the Eyewitness Travel Guide for Germany.|
Posted: 3/19/2012 7:03:32 PM
|Check out these car museums:|
*BMW Factory Museum - Munich.
*Mercedes-Benz Museum - near Stuttgart.
*VW Auto Museum - Wolfsburg.
*Motor Sport Museum - Hockenheimring.
Posted: 3/20/2012 2:34:43 PM
|I lived on the French/German border for a few years. I'd recommed avoiding the larger cities as destinations (Hamburg, Berlin, Munich). For first time visitors I'd recommend actually flying to the Netherlands. Drive from Rotterdam (or zip over from Amsterdam) down the length of the Rhine River. See the Ruhr Valley, castles, vinyards,visit Cologne, etc ... continuing on to the Black Forest. This way you could visit the Mercedes museum and factory around Stuttgart. Also, you can visit Alsace, France on the west side of the Rhine and Switzerland to the south.|
I bet you 10 to 1 that if you cross into Alsace, France, you won't want to leave.
The 'rest of Germany' has lots to visit but the Rhine trip cuts through a variety of offerings.
Three weeks would be a casual pace.
Posted: 4/5/2012 12:54:31 AM
|Thanks for the wicked locations guy's! im getting pretty pumped for this trip so much to see and do.|
Posted: 4/11/2012 9:37:56 PM
|Just poking around these boards and saw this post.|
I am going to Germany in July as well. Born there and have many relatives.
I agree with most of the postings here except the one to go see rotterdam(which I do understand is a cool place itself)
I have found to get a real feel for a country and its culture spend some time in the small towns.
By all means visit Berlin (its is the BIGGEST city I have ever seen including LA and NYC) just very unique.
Have been to the Mercedes factory in right outside Stuttgart and its awesome stop by if you can.
Posted: 4/14/2012 1:13:03 AM
By all means visit Berlin (its is the BIGGEST city I have ever seen including LA and NYC) just very unique. Something to realize about Berlin is that most of it was bombed during WWII and so what it is now is mostly modern. If you want to see archetecture and towns as they were before the war, go to the southern areas of Germany, near Switzerland, where there was little to no bombing. For example, Konstanz, which is on Lake Konstanz, the largest lake in Europe, is on the border with Switzerland and was not bombed during the war at all.
Posted: 4/14/2012 11:37:21 AM
True. that's why I recommended a trip down the full the length of the Rhine and to skip Berlin. Hamburg, etc. Nothing wrong with those cities but they are more 'modern' destinations.
The irony of experiencing what some think of as typical German culture is that you get some of the best of it outside of Germany... in Switzerland and Austria.
Posted: 4/14/2012 2:08:36 PM
|Check out Lake Constance (bodensee) in the south, really nice around there. Also, if I remember correctly it's a 15-20 minute ride to see the Rhine Falls in Switzerland, definitely worth the ride!|
Posted: 4/14/2012 4:21:50 PM
...typical German culture ... you get some of the best of it outside of Germany... in... Austria I lived in Austria for 4 years. This is not something I would say in front of an Austrian! What you get in Austria is, invariably, typical Austrian culture. Ask any Austrian. It's like telling a Canadian they and their culture are essentially American.
Posted: 4/24/2012 12:07:48 AM
|Im starting my germany trip with a friend in clogne. My grand parents are from aachen so i want to try and stop by there. July's coming quick can't wait! thanks again for all the advise|
Posted: 4/24/2012 8:39:57 AM
...typical German culture ... you get some of the best of it outside of Germany... in... Austria .
I lived in Austria for 4 years. This is not something I would say in front of an Austrian! What you get in Austria is, invariably, typical Austrian culture. Ask any Austrian. It's like telling a Canadian they and their culture are essentially American.
I didn't say it was German I said the what Americans 'think' of German culture. Also, Iived for a while in Alsace across from the Black forest...Baden Wurtenburg is more like Austria than it is like the Ruhr Valley in Germany. the 'feeling' in Basel, Switzerland on the southern border is more like northern Germany than the German city of Heidelberg is like northern Germany. The image German culture is often that of parts of the German speaking Europe outside of Germany.
Posted: 4/24/2012 5:40:19 PM
|People probably shouldn't travel with preconceived notions of what a country or region or culture is supposed to be like. I've lived in Southern Germany, Baden Württemberg, and in Austria. I've been to all of the places you mention, Basel twice, have a friend who grew up in Strausbourg and have been there with her, been to Heidelberg, to parts of Switzerland, Alsace Lorraine, and many parts of Germany and Austria. Never, ever, in my mind did I compare one place to another or think something like, 'Now this feels more like Germany than Austria' (or Switzerland or France). Observations of this type never occurred to me. I enjoy and appreciate and love every moment of travel for what it is, and take each place as it comes for what it is, not checking off on my list if it fits some notion of what it is supposed to be like. I guess everyone has, for themselves, a idea of what travel is and what they enjoy about it. For me it is simply seeing and experiencing new and different environments and cultures, being there, in that moment and living and experiencing it for what it is. I have never compared areas or experiences in Germany, Switzerland, France or Austira with each other. Never even thought of doing so. Never went to those places with preconceived notions or expectations of what they were supposed to be like and never reflected afterwards that they were or were not what they were supposed to be.|
Posted: 5/9/2012 4:41:50 PM
Lots of arts and history museums. So much good food. There are alot of tourist spots, the tv tower, brandenburg gate etc. So much history...you can also see bits of the great wall that's left. I went to Berlin and Dresden. I really would love to go back to visit Berlin!
Posted: 5/9/2012 11:32:56 PM
|by all means visit berlin for the history, but also visit the small town of colditz for the pow camp. really interesting to see what it may have been like during the war. if you have an iterest in steam engines, visit the harz mountain railyway. a good 1 1/2 ride up the mountain with great views i am told. went there on a group tour last may, but it was too cloudy on the day we went. have a great time, you'll love it.|
Posted: 5/22/2012 9:41:10 AM
|1. The local beer can kick your butt if you drink a lot, so be careful, and it is great beer!|
2. Talk to the locals, hotel staff, find out where they go to eat and have fun.
3. Get a Eurailpass, gas is very expensive.
Posted: 5/22/2012 9:48:03 PM
|Just came back and the people were amazing; the small towns were Quaint; the scenery - Clean! - just beautiful. I visited the Medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and loved the architecture. You won't want to come home....|
Posted: 5/22/2012 11:03:25 PM
|its coming up so fast! thanks again for the info all.|
Posted: 5/22/2012 11:56:02 PM
|My ex was German and all his family lives in Germany. We'd go back every couple of years throughout our 20 yr marriage. Munich is amazing, as is Austria if you travel outside. Cologne is awesome during Carnival. the train or boat down the Rhine is a must. I can go on and on! It's a beautiful country. Have a safe and wonderful trip!|
Posted: 6/1/2012 12:19:48 AM
|i was there in 2011. went to berlin and potsdam. For beer Marcus Brau was very wicked, great stuff and the food is great. It's very easy to get around, people are great, and most people speak english unless youre going to a smaller town. To me there was definitely loads of beggars that kind of ruined the beauty of place. I would definitely go back, planning on next years wacken. When youre there if you can should pop into poland, i went to krakow and it was pretty rad|
Posted: 6/23/2012 7:42:43 PM
|Lucky guy. I've been 'stuck' in the middle of this blasted New World all my life. I need to get moving around the globe like you. Have a blast in Germany next month while all the rest of us are stuck back home!!!|
Posted: 6/26/2012 12:57:52 PM
|Hey :) The bigger cities are amazing like Munich and Berlin but I did a tour around the Rhine (Koln, Koblenz, Lorely). There are some beautiful little towns and everybody is so friendly and relaxed. Theres a ferry thing that travels up and down it and across both sides of the Rhine to the different villages. Enjoy!! x|