Germany, a land of beer, castles and gorgeous landscapes.
It’s also the place I name house for the final three years. And what a luxurious it has been to have the ability to discover this lovely nation at a sluggish tempo.
It’s house to superb historical past, artwork, structure, nightlife and identified the world over for its beer – whats up Oktoberfest! You possibly can keep right here all of your life and nonetheless not have the ability to pattern all of the beer Germany has to supply.
Getting Round Germany
If getting round by prepare is your purpose then Germany has acquired quite a lot of InterCity (metropolis to metropolis) and InterRegio (inside areas) choices for you.
The German nationwide rail go offers you with limitless rail journey all through Germany together with the super-fast InterCity Categorical (ICE) trains. You may both get the limitless go, a weekend go or a day state/area go such because the “Bayern Ticket” that offers you limitless entry to S-Bahn (subway), Regional trains in addition to public transport for a flat value.
The rail go even consists of public transportation journey to a few of its neighbors – Italy, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland. It even provides you further reductions on bus and boat excursions. However do test earlier than hand which leg of the journey is roofed and which isn’t. You may simply test this with the Deutsche Bahn or vacationer workplace positioned at just about each prepare station.
On this publish, we’ll cowl the most effective of Germany in a single candy week!
One Week Germany Itinerary
Day 1: Munich, Outdated City
You’ll begin your journey with grandeur in Bavaria’s attractive capital, Munich!
Munich is considered one of Bavaria’s most gorgeous cities and you’ll not depart this place dissatisfied.
After your arrival in Munich head to the Outdated City to start out your immersion within the majestic structure that this nation has to supply.
In case you’ve landed on the Munich Airport, the Munich Marienplatz Station is 30 minutes away. In case you’ve arrived on the station, you possibly can simply stroll over to town middle.
Join a strolling tour of Outdated City and discover the medieval structure and the neo-Gothic new city corridor with its bell tower.
Have lunch in one of many many conventional beer gardens particularly the lakeside one at Englischer Garten, which is an 18th– century park and the biggest one in Germany, is a complete delight. In summer season the place is chirping with guests and also you received’t have a uninteresting second.
After consuming (and ingesting!) to your coronary heart’s content material you possibly can loosen up or take a stroll within the English backyard.
Subsequent, you’ll head to St. Peter’s Church which is the oldest church within the space and includes blended architectures for varied components or Asamkirche (Asam Church) which is a Baroque-styled church.
You may then head to at least one (or extra) of the various museums on the town to study extra about historical past, sculpture, and artwork. In case you’re taken with science and know-how then the Deutsches Museum is for you. Glyptothek is devoted solely to historical sculptures. There’s even an Egyptian Artwork Museum that’s set beneath the bottom. There’s one thing for everybody!
Tip: Many museums are closed on Mondays so make sure to try the timings beforehand. Or go on a Sunday because the tickets within the state-run museums are ridiculously low cost.
Within the night, you possibly can head over to the 200-year-old Victuals Market (Viktualienmarkt) which, because the title suggests, has over 100 meals stalls in addition to a beer backyard. In case you are a cheese lover, look no additional!
Munich even has a beer corridor, Hofbräuhaus, which is a big 3-floor, beer corridor relationship again to the 16th century. So, you possibly can finish the day on a ‘excessive’ be aware! The meals right here is superb as effectively, however put together to attend as this place is at all times packed.
Day 2: Neuschwanstein Citadel, Munich
Begin day two on a dreamy be aware. Neuschwanstein Citadel is about 2 hours away from Munich so you possibly can take a day journey to Füssen to discover this 19th century hilltop fairy story fortress of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Aspect be aware: It’s stated to be the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Magnificence fortress. So, you’ll truly be strolling right into a fairy story.
From this fortress, about Three to Four hours away is one other fortress you could go discover. The Heidelberg Citadel (Schloss Heidelberg) truly includes the ruins of a fortress relationship again to the 16th century.
It’s perched atop a hill and might be reached by taking the mountain railway (Bergbahn). It additionally homes the world’s largest wine barrel. ( the place I’d be headed to first!)
Spend your night at one of many beautiful cafés within the metropolis. Similar to the museums, there’s one for each form of café lover – a comfy retro one, an Instagrammable one, a terrace one or a contemporary one.
Head again to Munich and finish the day by happening considered one of Munich’s pub crawls to expertise the nightlife.
Day 3: Romantic Highway, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
The Romantic Highway (Romantische Straße) is a picturesque route via forests and close by cities of Augsburg, Wurzburg, and Rothenburg, amongst others.
It has views of the mountains and finally ends on the Neuschwanstein Citadel and the Alps. So, for those who didn’t get an opportunity to discover the fortress earlier than you are able to do it now.
You may take this Romantic Highway route for about Three hours from Munich to achieve the quaint city of Rothenburg with its cobbled streets and timbered colourful homes.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber interprets to ‘pink fortress above the Tauber River’ as a result of this medieval city was as soon as identified for its red-roofed homes.
In case you’re in a Christmassy temper or a lover of all issues Christmas, you possibly can head to the Christmas Museum which is open all 12 months spherical.
On the opposite facet of the spectrum is the Prison Museum which helps you to witness the torture gadgets and strategies that had been utilized in medieval instances.
You may head to the Roedertor Tower to get an exquisite aerial view of the city after which go to the imperial Rothenburg Citadel. Right here you possibly can loosen up and spend a peaceable night on the Citadel Backyard.
Enjoyable Truth: This city has been an inspiration for various books like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Manufacturing facility.
For a novel expertise, you possibly can take the Evening Watchman tour via the darkish alleyways and dimly lit paths within the firm of the Rothenburg Evening Watchman.
Day 4: The Black Forest and Lake Constance
Black Forest is Germany’s iconic forested and mountainous area popularly often known as the birthplace of the Grimm Brothers’ story of Hansel & Gretel. It’s a 3-hour drive from Rothenburg.
It’s the good household vacation spot stuffed with journey and rest choices, Gothic-style hamlets and vineyards.
Journey seekers can try Steinwasen Theme Park or higher but Europa Park which is Europe’s 2nd largest theme park with varied themed rides and curler coasters. Children and adults alike will like it right here!
You may also try Germany’s highest waterfall, Triberg Waterfall. The pathway resulting in the highest has a number of viewing platforms from the place you possibly can benefit from the view.
You may head to the Higher Center Rhine Valley or popularly referred to as Rhine Valley to discover the gorge which is a UNESCO World Heritage website. It’s house to a few of the greatest vineyards in Germany.
Tip: Autumn is the most effective time to discover this space and revel in wine tasting classes, mountain climbing journeys and delicious meals as a result of the grape harvest pageant is well known then.
Alternatively, you possibly can head to a different UNESCO World Heritage website, Lake Constance, additionally referred to as Bodensee, which is 2 hours away. This lake borders 4 nations and has a stunning view of the Alps!
One other UNESCO listed website is the small island of Reichenau, satirically the biggest on Lake Constance.
It additionally has a monastery of the identical title and chapels relationship again to the 9th century. Benefit from the gorgeous view of the lake from the island.
There are a selection of actions you are able to do on the lake. Take a leisurely boat or ferry experience, take pleasure in a thermal tub or experience on the Zeppelin to see the lake from above. Catch the sundown by the lakeside after which dine at one of many eating places close by. Don’t neglect to strive the Lake Constance wine.
Day 5: Dresden
The subsequent cease is town of Dresden, on the banks of the Elbe river, which is 6-7 hours away from the Black Forest.
You can begin by visiting the Baroque-style Dresden Frauenkirche church or Girl Church. Right here’s a small story about this iconic landmark of the city.
The unique, Romanesque-style 11th-century church was torn down and changed by a bigger Baroque-styled one within the 18th century however sadly, it was destroyed within the bombing of Dresden throughout World Conflict II.
The stays had been left for half a decade as a warfare memorial. The church was later rebuilt after the reunification of Germany and accomplished by 2005. It’s now an emblem of recognition of Dresden metropolis’s skyline due to its unconventional excessive bell-shaped dome.
You may take a metropolis tour to study extra about Dresden’s tumultuous previous.
Take a look at the Inexperienced Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) whee you will see that the royal treasury. It’s considered one of Europe’s most guarded chambers.
Dresden additionally has a captivating facet with its quite a few European fashion cafes and bistros and a vibrant leisure space alongside the banks of the Elbe river.
Your subsequent cease is Hamburg.
Day 6: Hamburg
Catch a prepare or drive from Dresden to Hamburg which is able to take you about 5 hours and discover this port metropolis for the day.
Though Berlin is nearer to Dresden, I’ve left it for the top of the itinerary in order that it’s a handy exit level from Germany.
The picturesque central boulevard of Hamburg that connects the Outdated City to the New City is price exploring.
Are you a chocolate lover like me? Then Chocoversum is the place for us! Stepping inside offers you Willy Wonka’s chocolate manufacturing unit feels. Not solely can you’re taking a tour of the place and find out how sweets are made, you even get to style quite a lot of sweets. Plus (and that is the most effective half!) you possibly can even create your personal customized chocolate bar!
Then you possibly can head to Miniatur Wunderland which is the star attraction of Hamburg. It’s a mannequin railway and miniature airport museum, satirically the biggest on this planet. It’s a marvel to see the sync by which the setup works.
Ever heard of a pageant being held thrice in a 12 months? Properly, Hamburg has it. It’s referred to as the Hamburg Dom and it’s held in Spring, Summer time, and Winter over a interval of a month every time, making it the longest pageant in Germany.
Aside from the river, Hamburg additionally has a lake within the coronary heart of town referred to as Lake Alster the place you’ll discover swans gracefully gliding over its waters.
You may finish the day by having fun with the nightlife on Reeperbahn which is the leisure (and red-light) district of Hamburg. So, exit and benefit from the vigorous streets, the place the Beatles have been rumored to have performed, hit the golf equipment or join a nightclub crawl.
Day 7: Berlin
There are hourly trains heading from Hamburg to Berlin and takes about 90 minutes to an hour to achieve your final cease on the itinerary.
To begin your day on a excessive be aware, head to the Reichstag dome and expertise an aerial view of town. This landmark is the glass dome constructed above the Reichstag.
The Reichstag is essentially the most vital and iconic historic constructing of the German empire, also called the Imperial Weight loss plan or the Parliament. It’s positioned within the authorities district of Berlin.
You may even take pleasure in a ship experience previous the Reichstag.
Then take a strolling tour of the Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust Memorial.
The Brandenburg Gate was a preferred political gathering spot in the course of the Chilly Conflict. It’s the solely surviving historic metropolis gate and is an emblem of reunified Germany after the autumn of the Berlin Wall.
The Holocaust Memorial is a painful reminder of the departed, consisting of hundreds of concrete slabs on gray pillars to recollect the misplaced lives.
To carry your spirits up a little bit after this, you possibly can head to the East Aspect Gallery which is an open-air gallery on the biggest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall to discover the murals and artworks. It has the standing of being a heritage-protected landmark.
After this inventive marvel, you possibly can head to the Museum Island that homes 5 world-class museums. It’s a World Heritage website that gives insights into completely different spheres.
The Pergamom is house to historical structure, The Altes Museum hosts Greek and Roman artwork, the Bode Museum has works of the Byzantine empire, the Alte Nationalgalerie reveals glimpses of the 19th century and The Neues Museum has archaeological artifacts.
From there, you possibly can try the Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) for some extra aerial views of town. To your final sundowner in Germany, you possibly can chill on the cocktail bar and benefit from the skyline.
To your final evening in Germany, you possibly can head to Berlin’s largest backyard and well-known landmark, Tiergarten, for a leisurely late night stroll.
Otherwise you head to the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg to sit back at a café and revel in craft beer at one of many many fast-food joints and eating places across the space. This neighborhood additionally has golf equipment which are open until the wee hours of the morning.
I’d recommend spending one further day or two days in Berlin, if potential, due to the number of locations you could go to.
So there you have got it, one week in gorgeous Germany! Inform me, have you ever been to all of those locations? And if sure, how was your expertise?
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