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Where To Go in Germany : 24 Places To Visit with itinerary

Who would have thought that there were so many wonderful and exciting sites to discover during a road trip in Germany? Almost no one, and even some Germans we encountered were surprised when we told them we were going to their region to see castles. I present you the way of life, the gastronomy and our expenses in this underestimated country!

Germany is not generally considered a top tourist destination, but this is a shame as it harbors a rich history and culture, and boasts both natural and architectural beauty. It ended up playing in our favor however as we were able to visit this fabulous country without getting trampled on!

Where To Go in Germany?

When cruising at 100 km/h on a big, straight motorway, like in Quebec, you get a liter of coffee from Tim Horton to avoid falling asleep and causing an accident. On German motorways, the bumper of the car in front of you limits your speed. Here, there is no need for coffee as the adrenaline fuels our concentration. And as everyone knows how to drive, there are rarely any accidents. On average we cruise at 150 km/h with peaks of 170 km/h from time to time to overtake and to get our hearts beating a little faster. At 190 km/h the 1.4 L engine starts to complain a bit. And at 200 km/h, on a straight downhill road with a 6500 rpm engine, it’s pure ecstasy! I can’t describe it in words, you have to come and try it for yourself! A word of advice when negotiating overtaking a truck: always look in your rear-view mirror because the Audis, BMWs or Mercedes are looming behind you like cannonballs. It puts your nerves to the test you when having to slow down to 100 km/h on a climb. Building up speed again is not obvious with a 1.4 L engine.

Driving 200 on the Autobahn

Driving 200 on the Autobahn

The castles

The castle of Eltz, Heidelberg, Hohenzollern, Lichtenstein, Neuschwanstein, Nuremberg are worthy of fairy tales. Just take a look at our photos if you need convincing, starting with this castle which inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Dresde

The most beautiful town in Germany we visited was none other than Dresde, which was a pleasant discovery. It’s nicknamed “the Florence of the Elb”, which says it all! Dresde was completely destroyed during the Second World War, but was gradually rebuilt during the Soviet era. The restoration efforts have been greatly accelerated since the reunification of Germany, however constructions are still underway to regain the city’s splendor of yesteryear. So it’s likely to take decades.

Dresden

Dresden

Königsee

Königsee is a lake located in the Bavarian Alps. Its isolated and solemn environment could therefore be conducive to escape and meditation, were it not for the horde of tourists – such as a Chinese man and Mexican woman with 2 kids that can’t stop running around – that invade the area. Nevertheless the location remains very well preserved and it is worth marveling at the sight of the imposing mountains surrounding this majestic lake. You can take the boat across the Königsee and walk 15 minutes to Obersee, which is an even more photogenic lake! Its surface is so clear and calm that it reflects the surrounding mountains.

Konigsee

Konigsee

Stuttgart public library

If you like reading and you have 2 hours to kill in Stuttgart, don’t forget to drop by the Stuttgart public library! When you get there, you’ll do the same as everyone else : spend your whole time taking photos and forget that you’re in a library. It’s not worth taking a book and pretending to read if you don’t understand German anyway.

Stuttgart Library

Stuttgart Library

The cathedral of Aachen

The cathedral of Aachen is the oldest cathedral in northern Europe. It was build under the order of Charlemagne in the 8th century, who was buried there. His throne can still be found there, since he designated Aachen is the capital of his empire. This place is so exceptional that it is one of the first 12 UNESCO World Heritage listed sites in 1978.

Aachen

Aachen

More places (see photos at the end of the post)

Our visit to Germany was made up of 3 parts:

  • A couple of days in the west of the country whilst making our way from the Netherlands to Luxembourg;
  • A second period of 11 days in the southern regions of Bade-Wurtemberg and Bavaria;
  • A final 4-day visit to the east of the country after a short escapade into central Europe.

Here are the names and order of the places we visited:

  • Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Eltz Castle, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Berlin, Berlin
  • Bamberg, Bavaria
  • Nuremberg, Bavaria
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria
  • Heidelberg, Bade-Wurtemberg
  • Frankfort-on-Main, Hesse
  • Stuttgart, Bade-Wurtemberg
  • Hohenzollern Castle, Bade-Wurtemberg
  • Lichtenstein Castle, Bade-Wurtemberg
  • Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
  • Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria
  • Munich, Bavaria
  • Königssee, Bavaria
  • Bastei, Saxe
  • Dresden, Saxe
  • Gorlitz, Saxe
  • Bad Muskau, Saxe
  • Wittenberg, Saxe-Anhalt
  • Potsdam, Brandenburg

Liechtenstein is technically a country in its own right, but I decided to include it in this article as we only visited it as a short detour from Germany.

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Transportation

For transport, we rented a little Opel Corsa which was practical for getting around the cities and finding parking. When we returned the car to the rental agency, the mileage showed an extra 5300 km after our 4-week trip.

Opel Corsa

Opel Corsa

Accomodation

We stayed 6 nights in 3 Airbnb apartments and 10 nights in 5 different hotels, including 2 nights at the Courtyard Marriott Wiesbaden near Frankfurt, which we paid for using our Marriott points.

Courtyard Marriott Wiesbaden

Courtyard Marriott Wiesbaden

Food

Wherever we go, we like to vary the menu. A German specialty is of course the sausage. There are all kinds to suit every palate. Let me present to you the currywurst : sausage sprinkled with curry powder, simple as that.

Currywurst

Currywurst

In Bavaria, the grilled trout wasn’t bad at all!

Grilled Trout

Grilled Trout

Expenses

Seeing as we rented the car to travel through Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, I calculated the rental expenses in proportion to our time in Germany.

Our 4 flight tickets from Basel to Berlin only cost us 80,00 EUR (96.47 USD)!

In the end, the real cost of our trip to Germany for our family of 4 worked out to be :

  • 1.882,00 EUR (2,269.50 USD)
  • 110,70 EUR (133.49 USD) per day
  • 27,67 EUR (33.37 USD) per person per day.

In detail :

Expense Category Amount Spent
Flights 80,00 EUR / 96.47 USD
Accomodation 694,00 EUR / 836.89 USD
Transport (including gas, toll, parking) 581,00 EUR / 700.63 USD
Eating out 305,00 EUR / 367.80 USD
Groceries 201,00 EUR / 242.39 USD
Activities 21,00 EUR / 25.32 USD
Total1.882,00 EUR / 2,269.50 USD

In a nutshell

Dates2018-07-08 to 2018-07-10; 2018-07-16 to 2018-07-27; et 2018-08-11 to 2018-08-15
Number of days 17
Inbound Basel-Mulhouse to Berlin by plane
Outbound Berlin to Sofia by plane
Mode of transport Rental car
Distance travelled (car & foot) 3147 km
Number of photos taken 5100 (300 per day)
Currency The Euro (1,00 EUR = 1.21 USD)

Conclusion

Germany is a country to visit and revisit! And if you have the chance, make a detour to peaceful little Liechtenstein. Germany and Liechtenstein were the 9th and 10th countries of our trip round the world. Don’t miss our next destination : dazzling Austria !

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More photos

Bonn

Bonn

Cologne

Cologne

Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle

Trier

Trier

Berlin

Berlin

Bamberg

Bamberg

Nuremberg

Nuremberg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Frankfurt

Frankfurt

Hohenzollern Castle

Hohenzollern Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

Vaduz Liechtenstein

Vaduz Liechtenstein

Vaduz Castle

Vaduz Castle

Munich

Munich

Munich BMW Welt

Munich BMW Welt

Konigsee

Konigsee

Bastei Bridge

Bastei Bridge

Dresden

Dresden

Gorlitz

Gorlitz

Bad Muskau

Bad Muskau

Wittenberg

Wittenberg

Potsdam

Potsdam

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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