Guest post by Gloria Mabery
Located in the heart of Europe, Germany is among the most visited countries in the world. It’s a great political and economic power, with high life quality and low unemployment rate. The great living conditions turned Germany into “the promised land” for many foreigners.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Germany, which makes it a must-visit country. But, keep in mind that Germans don’t usually speak English although they might be familiar with it.
Hence, you should consider learning some basic German. You can take online classes, such as LiveLingua German, or get a pocket dictionary to help you while exploring some of the magnificent sites of Germany.
Speaking of why Germany is a great tourist destination, here are 9 reasons to visit it.
Germany may have high wages and rents, but the food, drinks, and other goods you need are cheap. Namely, a bottle of water is only 30 cents and one beer costs 60 cents.
Moreover, you can dine in a nice restaurant for around 10 euros. When compared to other European countries, Germany is a cheaper destination to travel to.
That is one of the reasons Germany is an attractive destination for all travelers and even for those traveling on a budget.
Germany is recognizable for its gothic structure and magnificent tall buildings. There are amazing castles, buildings, and tourist attractions all over Germany.
If you want to feel the rich German history and enjoy the view of the architectural wonders, you should visit the Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, Neuschwanstein Castle, Reichstag, Hohenzollern Castle, Sanssouci Park and Palace, and The Semperoper among the others.
Having in mind that the transportation system is one of the most important factors when traveling in a foreign country, Germany will offer you some very smooth rides.
Many travelers and backpackers mostly, love Germany because it has a developed railway system. Moreover, the busses, trains, and metros are a very secure travel option, moreover, they are always on time and you can plan your route very precisely.
Most people think Germany is all about big and busy cities. But, there is much more than the magnificent vibrant cities. There are plenty of breath-taking natural sites and places where you can enjoy and spend your time in peace.
Moreover, there is a pretty diverse landscape as you roam from one place to another. From forests and high mountains to endless valleys and long windy coasts, there are interesting activities and places to visit for all kinds of travelers.
Some of the places worth visiting are the Black Forest, Harz Mountains, Rhine Valley, the Baltic Sea, and so on.
Traveling in a foreign country can be stressful for some people, especially if they are traveling alone or with kids.
You never know what might go wrong due to the differences in culture and customs. In most of the world’s popular tourist destinations, there is a high rate of petty theft so using public transport or walking around at night might be a very unpleasant experience.
Well, despite the huge number of tourists, Germany is a safe country to travel to. In fact, it’s listed as one of the safest countries in the world on the Global Peace Index 2016.
Germany is famous for its beer. They pride their quality and mouth-feeling beer so much that they even have a beer festival named Oktoberfest.
If you enjoy this bitterly drink, you will find plenty of great brands in Germany. In fact, there are over 7.500 types of beer you can choose from. And, the best part is, it’s very cheap.
One bottle of beer costs around 60 cents. It’s also worth mentioning the great atmosphere the German bars and pubs offer. Tourists love to hang around with friendly locals and chat while emptying a big mug fo beer.
If you enjoy good and diverse food, you will find German cuisine really tasty. They are really into the meat, especially sausages, and have more than 1.000 different types of sausages that go with their potato salad and sauerkraut.
Apart from eating good food, Germans want to eat well. They fill their portions more than you would expect. So, you don’t have to worry about staying hungry or not having to eat enough.
Almost all of the dining places, from street food vendors to the most sophisticated restaurants will serve quality and tasty food.
There are many festivals in Germany, depending on what you are interested in. One of the best-known festivals in Germany is Oktoberfest. This festival lasts for 3 weeks and celebrates good beer, music, and culture.
There’s also the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). With over 20 Christmas markets across Germany, it’s one of the biggest events in Germany. There, you can try some delicious seasonal specialties.
Moreover, you can buy clothes, admire beautifully decorated Christmas trees, interesting Christmas decorations, live music and not to forget the “Gluhwein” – mulled wine.
Other festivals worth visiting are:
- Festival Medieval – For the culture vultures this is the event you should attend once in your lifetime. The 4-days-long festival that celebrates medieval music revives the true spirit of medieval times.
- The Cologne Karneval – The most popular German masquerade festival offers great fun for all visitors that enjoy dressing up and party non-stop.
- Berlinale – The Berlin International Film Festival. Filmophiles interested in the movie industry’s newest products can witness one professional event and get the chance to see and meet the most popular and renewed names of the movie industry.
The Fine Art
Germans are known for appreciating good art. There are a couple of hundred theaters, opera houses, over 100 orchestras, and plenty of museums where you can find famous art pieces. So, you have plenty of choice of where you will spend your time.
If you are interested in fine arts and love to indulge in a great theater, classical music and museums, here are some must-visit places for you:
- Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin
- Bayerisches Staatsoper in Munich
- Komisches Opera in Berlin
- The Bucerius Kunst Forum – Art Gallery in Hamburg
- The Berlinische Galerie in Berlin
- Museum Island in Berlin
- Gutenberg Museum in Mainz
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