Part of the European Union, Germany is a delightful co-existence of old world charm with a rich cultural heritage and 21st century living. It is a technologically and economically highly advanced nation that is also blessed with abundant and extraordinary natural beauty.
From fabulous sightseeing to enthralling activities there is a lot that will keep you on your toes. Let us help you get started with our favourite things to do while visiting Germany.
The German culture of beer drinking is legendary. And nowhere else can you see the German love for beer more passionately than at the world famous Oktoberfest held every year in Munich. Whether you are a beer lover, occasional beer drinker or a complete teetotaller, if you get the chance while you’re there then this is one event you must not miss out on.
At Oktoberfest you get to see the cool, fun side of Germany as locals and visitors from across the world guzzle litres and litres of the fresh brew, eat Bavarian delicacies of pretzels, sausages and sauerkraut and simply have a good time. There are specially set up enormous beer tents to accommodate the millions who throng to the fest. The entire atmosphere is like a giant outdoor fun fair with people playing the traditional alphorn and yodelling.
While in Munich in case you are interested in knowing a bit about beer history and see how it is brewed, you can take a tour of the renowned royal Hofbrauhaus brewery once owned by Duke Wilheim IV.
For a quintessential German countryside experience like no other, plan a long drive down the country’s most picturesque route, known as the Romantic Road. If there is that one dream road trip you have always wanted to go on with your partner, this should be it.
The ultra scenic drive will take you through some of the best parts and well-known attractions of Bavaria. You get to drive past emerald green rolling hills, pretty villages and historic towns, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Alps. Start your journey at the beautiful baroque city of Wurzburg and en route stop to admire the wonderfully preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
The highlight of the Romantic Road trip is its end point – the absolutely breathtakingly stunning Neuschwanstein Castle with its fairytale appearance. Couples are bound to cherish this once-in-a-lifetime road trip.
Germany looks its bright and festive best during Christmas. It is without doubt the most beautiful time of year to visit the country. As a run up to Christmas celebrations, everywhere Christmas markets are set up where locals shop for gifts and tree decorations.
To soak in the festive spirit, you should head to Nuremburg where you will find the best open air Christmas market. There are wonderfully adorned and lit up wooden huts selling all kinds of charming Christmas decorations with shoppers happily milling about. It is a great idea to pick up a few handmade decorations here that you can take back home as souvenirs. The singing, lights, Christmas tree and delicacies makes the entire experience magical.
Germany is a vibrant travel destination with plenty to see and do that is sure to entice and delight visitors with diverse interests. For more on the best sightseeing places and activities go through our Travel Guide for Germany.
To plan your trip you will also need to find out about getting a Visa for Germany and apply for it well in advance as Germany is one of the most visited countries. Make sure you don’t leave for your trip to Germany without overseas travel insurance. Getting Travel Insurance for Germany is essential because it can protect you in case your trip gets cancelled or you face an untoward situation in a foreign land such as loss of luggage or even your passport.