Germany Travel Guides for Backpackers

Shopping in Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main is an elegant mix of old and new. It’s one of the cities in Germany I always like to come back to since it’s never dull, there is always something going on. This time it was a business trip that gave me a chance to explore Frankfurt for two weeks during winter. I was lucky that the timing was ideal to enjoy Carnival events in and around the city. However, the chilly winds of February made most of the sightseeing an arduous pastime so I spent a substantial amount of my free time either in Frankfurt’s numerous […]
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Visit the Octoberfest in Munich, Germany

In the south of Germany, you find Munich the capital of Bavaria. Traditions and beer are a fundamental part of the city’s picture. Throughout the whole year, you can bump into people wearing typical Bavarian clothing. Man are wearing Lederhosen and women Dirndl Dresses. During the Last Week of September and the first week of October, the whole city is in folklore fever. It seems like almost everyone is wearing traditional gear and the city is decorated in the Bavarian colors blue and white, like the Bavarian sky. Bakery’s sell huge Brezn, a lot of business use this time of […]
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Must-Do's in Munich During a Short Visit

Munich is the capital of Bavaria and a federal state of Germany. It is a densely populated city with a lot of interesting buildings and sites to visit making it a perfect spot for a big city holiday. In true German fashion, getting around is easy and efficient so your stay can be more relaxing.   Interesting Must-See’s   Marienplatz The heart of the city is Marienplatz. It is the centre of the city, full of shops, monuments and museums. It is a great spot for shopping for all budgets and tastes. The square houses also many interesting buildings including […]
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Exploring Berlin: how to get the most out of 3 days

Berlin is one of those cities which you can never get enough. It will be impossible to see all of it in a whole year, but you can get a fair overview of its vibrant cultural atmosphere and history in three days. At least, that was my experience. A couple of months ago, I went to Germany capital city on a work trip and decided to set my arrival 72 hours before my duties start. I must say it was a great choice and gave me a fair amount of time to see all I wanted in my first time. […]
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Discover Berlin in a Day

This weekend, my destination is Berlin and – given that I planned to meet up with a particularly wonderful Berliner who I had met on a previous holiday on the Sunday – I really only had Saturday to explore the capital of Germany. Airport and Transfers At 6:30am I am on a plane, chatting with a South African man named Duncan about the visit he is making to see his family in the Berlin suburbs. This is my favourite kind of flight – the type that is spent in the company of an interesting character and seems to pass in […]
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Berlin's hidden artistic and cultural treasures

My first two days in Berlin were disappointing. Not because the city had nothing to offer, but because there wasn’t enough time to discover the true Berlin. I’d joined a walking tour that focused on Berlin’s dark past during the Third Reich. We popped into the main, historical points of reference and sure, there was an incredible amount of history. The city was virtually destroyed during the war and Berliners pride themselves on its restoration, but what I saw on my tour seemed a little soulless. I knew there was much more to Berlin, so the next time I had […]
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Explore Berlin like a Local

Germany’s vibrant capital city was my home for six months this year. A city with its finger on every pulse, Berlin hovers on the cutting edge of contemporary culture – the art, music, theatre and food scenes are spectacular. Whilst in winter Berlin is home to candle-lit bars and Christmas markets, in summer the city comes to life with open-air festivals and crowds of people sipping beer and enjoying the sunshine. Every Berlin bar, restaurant and space has a distinctive mood and concept. In this city of many facets, a reflection of its fragmented past, each area has its own […]
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A budget guide to Berlin

Berlin is best known for its clubs and its insane nightlife. Also, Berlin is completely different from the stereotype you might have about Germany and the Germans.  It is best described as a creative and innovative city where people are best described as hard-working, artistic, strong and individualistic. Berlin has got something for everyone. It has many museums, a captivating history, street art everywhere and great music. No wonder that millions of tourists visit every year. If you want to avoid being squashed and do not want to pay twice as much for your beer as Berliners do, please pay […]
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Best Budget Ways to Explore Munich

Traveling abroad can be an expensive venture between plane tickets, hotels, and food, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of ways to adventure on a budget and still enjoy yourself. Recently, I ventured to Munich, Germany, with my cousin and her friends, and all of us were on a strict budget and were determined to have as much fun as possible. First, I’m going to go ahead and say that since the people I was traveling with were university students, we did indeed book cheap flights with Ryanair and stayed in a dorm-style room at the Euro […]
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Things to Do and See in Lübeck, Germany

When it comes to Germany, most foreigners think of (visiting) the bigger cities – Berlin, Cologne, Munich, and Hamburg. It’s understandable because that’s where life thrives here. What most people don’t think about when they hear “Germany” is the place I grew up at – the beach. The country has two shores, the North Sea as well as the Baltic Sea. And at the latter lies Lübeck, a city full of history and beautiful architecture, derived from the time of the Hanse. History in every corner: Remainings of the Hanse period The Hanse was once a big coalition of cities […]
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Germany's Most Famous Castle: Schloss Neuschwanstein

The Real-life Disney Castle Just under two hours’ drive south of Munich, nestled into the Bavarian Alps, stands Germany’s very real fairytale castle: Schloss Neuschwanstein. Perched upon a jutting lump of rock, the castle is stunning from the first moment you glimpse it. A vision of glorious white limestone jumps out at you, set against the dark hills and forests that frame it. Your first impression is one of disbelief. It’s not that it looks odd in any way. It is dramatic and has towers seemingly coming out of every inch of its walls. But it is in proportion, and […]
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First Time in Cologne: Where to Go and What to Do

First: A walk through the centre What is a better way to start your long- awaited trip than a slow stroll through the tourist crowds in the centre?  Well, I have a suggestion… How about passing by the Chocolate museum beforehand? It is definitely worth paying a visit. And for all the nonfans of chocolate, there is a treat for you too. Take a look around because just next to the Chocolate museum there is a beautiful view waiting to be seen. Time to take out your camera! Capture the river Rhine flowing steadily along your side, feel the wind blowing gently towards […]
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A quick guide to Hannover: The 10 must-see sights for tourists

Hannover is the 13th biggest city in Germany with about 500,000 people living there and quite some sights for tourists to see. Personally, I have never experienced Hannover from the view of a tourist because I basically grew up there. It was really interesting to change my perspective for this travel guide and I was able to see the city in a different light and even found out things that I didn’t know before. So here is a quick guide to the top ten sights for tourists (or anybody, really) to visit in Hannover. The main train station Here, you […]
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Things what surprised me most in Berlin

Berlin is the capital city of Germany. And it is also the biggest city in whole Germany, and second biggest city in the European Union (after London). And like any other capital city or some other big city, it is full of tourists. At least it was in September, and I am sure there is, even more, tourists during summer time. But even if there is a lot of tourists, tourist can get a feeling, that the city is actually made only for locals. Of course, it is full of sights to see, interesting culture and so on. However, there […]
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Winter Wonderland: South of Germany

Snowy Oberstdorf Winter ist bald da! (Winter is almost here!)   It is no doubt that Winter in Europe is one of the most beautiful Winters in the world. Imagine old Castles and medieval Towns covered with snow, it is simply gorgeous in our eyes. Every corner of every city has its own beauty, like a candy to your eyes. I spent 25 years of my life in the sunny Philippines. I was one of those girls who dreamt of seeing snow, play snowballs, do snow angels and even try to know the taste of snow (trust me I […]
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A trip through Berlin: It's past, present and future

A city with a lot of history…and so much more! Berlin, Germany; a concrete jungle with a horrifying past and an ugly, long-lasting social and economic divide is the best description I can use to illustrate Berlin at face value. My trip to this city was an emotional eye-opener, to say the least. The purpose of the trip was to give myself a better understanding of the topic I would be writing my coursework on in History A Level; the Holocaust. But this trip and everything I did became much more relevant than getting contextual knowledge just for some essay. […]
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Munich on (busker's) budget

It is rather odd to use in the same sentence words “Munich” and “traveling on budget”, because according to popular opinion, Munich is considered rather expensive city. Looking around you see all kinds of fancy monuments, the landscape is well taken care of and who could possibly forget the magnificent Olympic park? My goal was to survive with more or less nothing and if you practice any craft profitable on the streets and know the right places, you could get living costs ridiculously small. Even for a city, where people pay over 500€ for a 10 m³ room in a […]
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Berlin: recent history and beautiful sight seen

Arriving at Berlin and at writing a blog Hi, guys! For my first text, debuting on writing a blog, I chose the incredible city of Berlin. I've been there on 2012 and I still fill it when I think about that great trip. It's was my first trip truly backpacking so everything had this great profound meaning to me. History that you can feel So… Berlin is an amazing city! That city made me fall in love for Germany. The history is so alive there. It's, sometimes, so recent that you can feel it in your skin. The city exudes […]
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Esslingen am Neckar: A Lesser Known Touristic Attraction

ESSLINGEN AM NECKAR During my visit of Nürtingen, a part of the German state Baden-Württemberg, and when I was quite bored due to not finding any worth-to-see place around there, I started to look for some close destinations. As I started to take notes of the touristic places I can go by train, I noticed that many of the choices I wrote down were in this place called Esslingen. I immediately left my hostel and took the next train, in an hour I was there: Esslingen with its river, pretty buildings, museums and many ornamental pools.  WHERE IS ESSLINGEN? If […]
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Schwarzwald: An Indian in the Black Forest

As a little girl, I used to pretty much salivate for those delicious slices of the ever-famous Black Forest Cake- fluffy, liqueur-rich whipped cream and black cherries sandwiched between intense chocolate sponge, topped with a generous helping of cocoa shavings. Talk about heaven! So you can imagine the sheer delight I felt when I was invited by my best friend, a fellow “wanderess”, to a short and sweet summer vacation in the majestic Schwarzwald (Black Forest) mountain ranges in Germany. Often associated with the Brothers Grimm fairy-tales, the region is peppered with tiny, serene hamlets, trekking routes galore and culinary satisfaction […]
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Enjoying Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Welcome to Rothenburg ob der Tauber   I want to introduce you to a wonderful medieval town in Germany. This is a town I visited every year for almost 17 years. This is my favorite town in all of Germany. The name of the town is Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The town is located in the northern part of Bavaria. The phrase “ob der Tauber” translates into over the Tauber Valley. Rothenburg gets its name from many the buildings in the town having red roofs (“rot” means “red). Rothenburg ob der Tauber – A Preserved Medieval Town How to Get […]
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Walchensee: The hidden lake in Germany

  Walchensee or Lake Walchen is a beautiful lake nestled in between the peaks of the Heimgarten and the Herzogstand mountains and is one of the most underrated vacation spots in the world. This beautiful lake found in the middle of the Bavarian Alps is a relatively quiet and peaceful touristic attraction. As one of the deepest and largest lakes in Germany, Walchensee offers its' visitors a spectacular view along with fun activities to enjoy. Lake Walchen, with its picturesque view, is not only considered one of the most beautiful places in Bavaria but is also known for being a […]
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5 Easy Tips of Real Disney Castle: Schloß Neuschwanstein, Germany

Disney Castle really exist? You might haven't visited Disney Land yet, but you must have seen their logo in the beginning of their animations like this:   In their logo, there is a castle with the name of the founder of Disney: Walt Disney in the front. But, do you ever know this castle exist in the countryside of Germany? Yes, Disney uses the castle named Schloß Neuschwanstein as a module to designed their logo and even designed Sleeping Beauty's castle based on it. Following we are going to show you 5 helpful tips that could help you to visit this remarkable Disney […]
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Berlin’s Best Spots for Photo Ops

Where are the best places for taking photos in Berlin, Germany? As a mobile photography enthusiast (read: Instagram addict!), I tend to live like I travel. That is, I’m always on the lookout for photo inspiration, even when I’m in my home-base of Berlin. Over the last few months, I have been roaming the city’s streets on a mission. I’ve been looking for the best places to take photos in Berlin. Read on to discover the best spots for taking photos in the German capital. These include rooftop bars, parks and gardens, as well as famous monuments from a different perspective. Photogenic […]
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