Monday, 7 August 2017

Why You Should Add Germany To Your Travel Bucketlist


If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you may know that I lived in Germany for a year for my university course. It was an amazing year, I have so many memories I look back fondly on and though, I'm not going to lie, it WAS tough, it was the most rewarding experience ever. Anyway I've written a million posts documenting my year abroad so I won't go into that here.

I've been living back in the UK for just over a year now and I occasionally feel 'homesick' for Germany. It's weird saying that because I'm British, I grew up in the UK and have lived here all my life, bar those 11 months in Germany, but I do miss Deutschland. I also miss speaking German now I've finished my degree, so if there's any German readers, feel free to chat to me on social media in German!

I think Germany is often overlooked as a travel destination. When travelling in Europe many people want to go to Rome or Paris or the Greek and Spanish islands. Or maybe the increasingly popular Prague or Budapest. But not many people say they want to visit Germany. I travelled a LOT of Germany on my year abroad (my German flatmate said I'd seen more of Germany in my short time there than she had her whole life!) and I am adamant that everyone should visit at some point, here's 4 reasons why...





Heaps of Culture

Germany certainly has an interesting history, and not just because of the World Wars, but in the post-war period and medieval Germany, all of which has shaped the country today. You can explore the history whether it's visitng the castles of mad King Ludwig or walking along the Berlin Wall, driving along the picturesque and medieval Romantic Road or going to a festival. There's traditions in the Christmas markets and Karneval, there's grand, magnificent cathedrals such as that in Cologne, and wherever you are, there's LOTS of food to try.


Off the beaten track

If you're not a fan of going to super touristy places then you'll love Germany. With the exception of some parts of Berlin, Oktoberfest, and maybe Schloss Neuschwanstein it's not over-touristy, which means you get a truer experience of what the country is like. The aforementioned places are definitely worth going to, there's a reason there's lots of tourists there, but there are also places you can expect to hear very little English, such as the Black Forest, Dresden, Koblenz, Bonn, and Kiel.



Variation

There's something for everybody in Germany. If you enjoy city breaks, learning about history and architecture you'll be spoilt for choice. But if that's not your thing, then there's plenty of gorgeous landscape to see, such as the Black Forest, which is especially beautiful in the snow. You can ski there in winter, or in the summer you can hike, cycle or even horse ride. There's lakes to swim in and festivals you can attend. And though Germany may not have sunny beaches such as the likes of Spain, though it does actually have a coastline, there's plenty to make up for it.

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Cheap flights

Germany is not an overly expensive place to travel to, quite often you can find flights for around £13, especially in the winter months - which is great for the Christmas markets and seeing the magical Black Forest in the snow. Also once you're there, Germany's relatively cheap, in comparison to other European places such as Paris and Rome, you'll find plenty of accommodation, restaurants and bars that won't cost the Earth.

Can you tell that I really bloody like Germany? I adored my year I lived there and got to explore the country, and I can't wait until I can go back!

Have you ever visited Germany? What are your opinions of the country?

Hannah Lane


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