how we rate germany
|Parameter||Rating (Out of 5)|
germany in two weeks
|No. of days||Destinations|
|4-5||Bavaria - Choose from Garmisch - Partenkirchen, Bamberg, Rothernburg ob Tauber, Fuessen, Berchtesgaden for a fantastic nature experience|
|7-8||Add Berlin for its enormous history|
|11-12||State of Baden Wurttemburg and towns such as Baden Baden. Drive through the Black Forest|
|12-14||Add Lake Constance and the quaint little town of Lindau|
Add North Rhine Westphalia - Rhine River Cruise and beautiful towns of Koblenz, Cologne, Bonn - the erstwhile capital
|18-20||Take a bigger bite into East Germany. Check on Weimar - a cultural classic, Dresden, Leipzig, Schwerin and Rostock|
how to travel in germany
Germany is relatively a large country but with the German Train system - The Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.com) one can travel efficiently around the country. Almost all destinations in Germany are accessible by the train system and hence is excellent for a traveller. Distances between Berlin, deep in the north east and Munich, deep in south take a little over 6 hours by the German Inter City Express (ICE). Similarly, it is possible to reach Frankfurt from Berlin in four hours and Hamburg in two hours.
Apart from the ICE, there are plethora of regional train options for respective provinces. For example, upto 5 people may do unlimited travel by any mode (bus, train, underground, trams) in the state of Bavaria for a single day using the Bayern Takt costing only Euro 32. Similar options are available across the other states as well. Master these and travel in Germany becomes cheap.
In cities, use the public transportation. Most German cities have evolved public transportation - a nice blend of U-Bahns (underground metro), S-Bahn (overground local trains), trams and buses. All bigger cities - Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf have evolved U-Bahn and S-Bahn systems. Smaller cities too have a good blend of trams and buses. In Germany, there is a charm in using public transportation.
Germany is one of the relatively cheaper areas to visit in Europe - easily 20-30% cheaper than Switzerland. Within this,the eastern part of the country is distinctly cheaper than the western part in all respects - accommodation, food, travel and shopping, though this gap is fast closing. Similar hotels in Berlin can cost 20-30% lower than that in Munich. Apartments in Bavaria are very cheap and are sometimes available for Euro 50-60 per night for 3. A large margherita pizza can be found for even Euro 5-6 which can feed 2.
how safe is germany
Germany is a very safe country. Crime – even pick-pocketing is not very prevalent. Some areas – especially in Munich just outside the Hauptbahnhof may appear seedy but in essence are safe. Germans love their drinks and it may not be unusual to see a few tipsy on a Friday night but in general they are all harmless.
In one word - Underrated. Popular perception of Germany remains as a largely industrialised country with boring people. All far from true. Scrape the surface and remove the pre-conceived notions. Really Germany has lots to offer for travelers of all orientations.
The southern part of Germany - Bavaria is incredibly beautiful - in geographical continuity with Switzerland and Austria, this area is in no way inferior. As you drive along the "Romantische Strasse" or Romantic Road starts at Rothenburg ob Tauber and ends at the beautiful Fuessen passing by the various small towns along the way, you will be enchanted beyond belief with the plethora of Prussian era castles on one side and meadows with snow clad mountains on the other. The western part of Germany houses the Black Forest and its spa towns - excellent for a relaxing holiday amidst nature. Deep in the south west is Lake Constance and beautiful little towns encircling it. To the north west and a cruise along the Rhine Valley is absolutely worth it. The eastern part of Germany is seeped in Soviet era history. In fact the difference in basic city structure is evident even today. Germany in general also has a lot to offer to the historical tourist- it was the hotbed of all the major wars the world has seen. Germans are pioneers of technology - one only has to drive on the Autobahn to believe it or visit the museums of BMW, Mercedes or Volkswagen or take a ride in the super fast ICE trains. For a bite of culture, head to the state of Bavaria in end of September to experience the "Oktoberfest". Germany has it all.