Vacation in Germany

Travel through Germany and learn more about its history, culture, nature, landscape, people. I will give you some hints what to visit in Germany. I have also collected a list of travelguides for you.


Travel through Germany offers you to learn to know lots of different landscapes, cultures, traditions, stories and last but not least people. There are various ways how to visit Germany so you can travel to the biggest cities, to special landscapes, along rivers, along specific roads, ... - you have to decide what you want to see and experience.

What do you want to see?

Cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Heidelberg, Nuremberg, Cologne, Stuttgart, Rothenburg, Dresden, Mannheim, Bamberg, Bonn, Freiburg, ...), landscape (mountains, sea, ...) , rivers (Rhine, Donau, Weser, Elbe, ...) , castles (Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, Rhine or Mosel Castles...) , ...
The German UNESCO World Heritage sites? Today there are 31 - some of them you might be able to visit.

How do you want to travel?

By train, car, bike, ...

If you want to travel from town to town you normally use a car or train in Germany. Only if it is just a short distance you can take a bus. Public transportation is very common in Germany and you will find buses, trams or undergrounds in nearly every town (bigger than 10000 inhabitants). Unfortunately this transportation is not cheap but if you try to find a parking space or pay a lot for a parking garage (in Paderborn it costs around 2 marks per hour but in Hamburg it can be 5 marks or more) in one of the bigger cities you will mostly prefer the public transportation. In smaller towns it is often much easier to find a parking space.

DVD Recommendation: Rick Steves Best of Travels in Europe - Germany, Austria & Switzerland...

You want to travel by train?
Do you want to travel on the footsteps of Charlemagne (Karl der Große), the Hanse, Prussia (Preußen), Fugger, Staufer / Salier, Romans in Germany, Germanic Tribes (Germanen)

How do you want to stay?


In a Hotel, a B&B, a youth hostel...

If you are looking for a hotel in Germany, Travel-Hotels are some (or are you looking for special hotels e.g. in castles). But it is much cheaper to stay in a youth hostel or at a camping site - Camping site guide of Germany

Get more information through Robert Strauss' Trip to Germany.

Regional

There are lots of wonderful places to visit in Germany. So if you do not already have a specific destination it will be difficult for you to decide where to go. The list of world heritage in Germany will give you some good hints what to visit. Besides you will find lots of information and pictures of the different sites under unesco-welterbe.de.

Cities

What are the biggest cities in Germany?
Berlin (our capital), Hamburg, Munich (München), Cologne (Köln), Frankfurt, Essen, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Bremen, Leipzig, Dresden, Trier (the oldest German town ?)
and my home town: Paderborn
(This list is probably not exactly ordered by the number of inhabitants)

What is the capital city of Germany?
Berlin is our new capital city since the unification in 1990.

Germany has currently around 80 million inhabitants.

States

It is divided into 16 states (districts): (the webpages of the states are pretty different and tell you something about the state, the people there, the economy, ...)
Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen

Regions

Bayern, Franken, Schwaben, Baden, Pfalz, Westfalen, Rheinland, Sachsen, Thürigen, Niedersachsen, Schleswig, Holstein, Mecklenburg ...

General Tips

I hope that you are now really interested in Germany and want to give you a small help for visiting Germany:
This is what you won't get in Germany or what is different from other countries: