Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Places in Germany to See

The lovely guest article that Kristen chose to write for this blog gave me an idea of compiling a few lists of places to visit either for a day trip or for a weekend visit.  Most places around Germany can be seen in all of one day and are quick and easy to get to with an exception of a few.  I'll also do another post about the places all around Europe that would be incredible to visit.  I have not seen all these places but they are all on my to-do list and hopefully will have a chance to work through most of them while we are located in Europe.  The places listed are in no particular order.

1.  Heidelberg

This is such a lovely city.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here.  There is so much to see and there is such a wonderful charm here.  We ended up leaving a little early when we went because it was cold and the rain and wind made sure we stayed cold to the bone the entire time, but we fully intend do go back during spring and visit all the gardens and see the things that we missed the first time around.  Click here to be taken to my post about Heidelberg from when we visited. 

We used the Heidelberg Tourismus page to plan our trip and saw a lot of great things.

2. Munich
Munich is probably most famous for Oktoberfest, a nearly month long celebration in which beer runs plentiful.  The dates for this years Oktoberfest is September 22-October 7.  Last year there were several reports of alcohol poisoning and brawls starting between drunken individuals.  Enjoy your time, but be safe!

There is plenty more to see other than Oktoberfest though.  Here is a great link to get you interested!

3. Hamburg

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany so be prepared for a lot of hustle and bustle.  One of the most popular tourist locations is the Historic District of Hamburg.  If you want to see more than just the Historic Hamburg, TripAdvisor suggests plentiful locations for you trip.

4. Berlin

Berlin is such a history filled city it would be impossible to see everything in one day.  If you intend to go to Berlin to see the sights, make it a weekend trip and plan well so that you don't miss key attractions.  Here are a few links to get you started.  You can get a plethora of  ideas if you google Berlin.  Be sure to bring a map and have a plan for the city!

5. Frankfurt

Frankfurt wasn't my favorite city.  It was big, industrial, and busy.  Although, my opinion may be a tad bias because we spent 3 hours wandering around lost because we didn't have a map.  We were attempting to go off the maps posted on bus stops but that can only take you so far.  Although it wasn't my favorite city, it is definitely worth the stop, especially if you live nearby.  Just be sure to grab a map before you go!

6. Cologne
I am incredibly eager to visit Cologne, the cathedral looks amazing, the Chocolate Factory sounds delicious,  and it seems that the city has a lot to offer.

7. Dresden
I honestly don't know much about Dresden, but it does look like a wonderful city to see.  If you don't believe me check out some of the links below.

8. Wiesbaden

Wiesbaden is a charming town that would be great to visit just for the afternoon.  There is a ton of shopping available downtown along with beautiful architecture and sights.  If you have a chance, visit the Rhine and take in the beauty of this town.

9. Hohenschwangau (Neuschwanstein Castle)

This is probably one of the all-time top tourist castles around.  In fact, it is told that this is the castle that Disney's Cinderella castle was modeled after.

10.  Augsburg

This isn't all the Germany has to offer, but rather a kick-start to begin your travels.  Where else have you gone throughout Germany that you would recommend to others?  Is there anywhere on this list that you have gone and didn't enjoy or would love to return to?  Let me know!

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