All posts filed under: Germany

How To See Berlin In Less Than 6 Hours

Berlin is one of those few European towns that nobody should miss, especially if someone’s visiting Germany. There is art, history, culture, nightlife, an old town charm, fancy pubs — in short, something for everyone. In fact, there is so much to travel for in Berlin that you at least need a few days to explore it all. During my recent blogging trip with Germany Tourism, I ended up having less than 6 hours in the town, before I had to catch a flight to New Delhi. The good thing was, I had a Germany Tourism official (and I’d thank Mr Jens Becker again for this) travelling with me, who, before leaving, not only helped me locate the lockers in the central train station in Berlin, and buy a day pass for the public transport to save me time, but also created a personalised travel guide to cover the highlights of Berlin on a fast track. In less than 6 hours, I covered most of the highlights that Berlin had to offer. Though of course I still only skimmed through its skin, …

Places To See In Rügen, Germany

I’ve never been a big fan of beaches and coastlines. The open spaces around them and a dearth of activities — other than a few relating to water, and of a millennial romantic odyssey — scare me. So during my recent blog trip with Germany Tourism, when we were told that we are going to spend almost two days exploring the German island of Rügen, I was feeling more hopeless than ever. But as we escaped from the mainland Germany and made our way to Rügen, after quickly scanning through the Hanseatic town of Stralsund, I realised that Rügen was unlike any other island I’d visited before. There was more to see and do here than I could ever imagine. Other than a few white sand beaches, Rügen offered its own national park, historical towns and uncountable walking trails. No wonder, Rügen had something for everyone. Rügen For Everyone With its white-sand beaches; ghost-towns; canopies of oak, elm and poplar trees; charming architecture; and national parks, Rügen offers myriad options to enjoy your holiday. In its southeast, lies a …

Kühlungsborn: Germany’s Hidden Gem On The Baltic Coastline

Standing next to the azure sea and on a beach full of white sand, as I heard a continuous laughter of people in the background, I said to myself, “this is the kind of moment I would want myself to be locked in”… And no, I did not have to travel halfway around the world to get to such apparently relaxing location — just two hours from Hamburg. As I landed at Hamburg airport and greeted other bloggers and journalists whom I was going to travel with for the next few days, on a blog trip with Germany Tourism, I was excited more than ever. We were going to explore the highlights along the little-visited German Baltic coast — a part of Germany that promises beautiful architecture and some of the best beaches in Western Europe. And the resort town of Kühlungsborn, was our first destination. If you will look at a map, the coastline of Kühlungsborn, looks pretty jagged and rough, as though forcibly ripped from the sea. But when you reach there you realise that the water, in fact, cannot appear more serene and …

Hiking In The Darss Forest Of Pomerania Boddenlandschaft National Park

The forest was so eerily silent that I could only hear the periodic rustle of the needle grass under my feet. As we hit the first viewing point, the white and colourless birch tree at a distance held my gaze for a while, before the sun’s golden rays shone it, and turned everything around it, into a glittering yellow. The Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park is the largest nature reserve on the Baltic coast. A landscape of cliffs, dunes, and lagoons stretching from the Darss-Zingst peninsula up towards the west coast of Rügen, the national park offers a perfect destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts interested in exploring some of the best beaches and wetlands that Germany has to offer. To get to the starting point of the hike, you’re required to reach the town of Prerow, Born, Wieck or Ahreenshoop. We, however, started from Prerow. After quickly making our way to the town of Prerow, during the early morning hours on a wet Friday morning, we took a toy train (otherwise known as the …

From Horse Riding To Living The German Way Of Life: Workaway In Germany

It has always been a dream of mine to ride a horse, slowly galloping away into the sunset. But the fact is… I never got a chance. Neither to pursue my dream, nor fantasies. The last time I felt a horseback, I was in Darjeeling, some half-a-lifetime ago, under the scrutiny of my parents. And I vaguely remember (well, there are pictures to prove) that I cried the entire time. But then later in life, I happened to grow up with pets around me, and growing up as an animal lover, horses became my biggest fascination. So while planning for my two-month backpacking trip through central and eastern Europe, in between March and May, earlier this year, I came across a host in Germany, on workaway.info who run a horse farm in the countryside of Germany, close to France and Luxembourg border. I got super excited and wrote to them immediately. Luckily, they said yes! [Also Read: Using Workaway For Travelling The World Without Spending Much Money] So, after a week or 10 days of wandering around Zurich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt (and falling in major love with German Beer), I made my way …

Frankfurt: More Than Just Stock Exchanges, Money And Business

Walking along the far side of the glittering Main River, I heard a song-like melody coming down my way. I did not see her face, as she went past me, in the same direction, but her humming sounded much familiar. Every sound she made with her flawless throat felt hear-soothing. Perhaps I was overwhelmed by the moment. The magic of the riverside Frankfurt had totally overpowered me. Love was in the air! The next thing I know is that I go on a boat tour down the Main River. I sit next to the window, staring out the window as if almost meditating, while the larger-than-life landscape slowly passes by. Frankfurt, at large, appeared to me like a small village with a “touch of city”, and that’s what it is. It’s one of those remarkable places in the northern hemisphere with a metropolitan, yet a relaxing flair. People were busy living their own personal lives, unknown to any intrusion. ‘Frankfurt am Main’, more commonly known as Frankfurt, has indeed come a long way since its foundation in the 1st century. Today, the city …

Day Trip To Rüdesheim and The Town Of Bingen

Rüdesheim, as a town, is one of the most touristy places in Germany due to its location on the Rhine River and centuries of history. Tourists start pouring in as early as 8 in the morning, as the many souvenir shops prepare themselves with a mix of wine and craft items. Dozens of restaurants — mostly with traditional German cuisine — look fancy, and already full, before you even decide about your favorite place. Speaking of a tour, one of the delights of Rüdesheim and the Rheingau can be a walking wine-tasting tour with one of the many local wine farmers (or guides), as they tell you about the history of the region, and escort you to some of the top wine estates and vineyards. Or, you can create your own wine-tasting tour, and give your itinerary a new form than any guidebook suggests (as I ended up doing) by wandering through a few popular streets, trying some traditional German food (with a bit of wine-tasting, of course) and taking a boat-ride along the Binger Loch. While an experienced guide will definitely enrich your experience, it’s not as overwhelming, …

What To See And Do In Stuttgart, And How!

Before I visited Stuttgart, I had no idea what to expect. A few people moreover discouraged me by stating that it’s not Stuttgart that you’d want to visit in Germany, especially if you’re bound in time. Rather, as they suggested, you go to more vibrant and backpacking-friendly towns of Munich and Berlin. But to hell with unsolicited recommendations, I still decided to take a chance and see what Stuttgart had to offer. And it turned out that I instantly fell in love with Stuttgart. Between lights and life, and the many loud cars chasing around the streets, Stuttgart has its own unique charm. Though the town isn’t very big and it’s fairly easy to move around places using the ever impressive tram and bus connections, I went luckier by staying at a place called International Student Hotel, thanks to its easy location, only a couple of tram stations (or a 10 minute walk) away from the central station or Hauptbahnhof. As I checked-in, the hotel turned out to be very clean, neat and orderly — …

Mercedez Benz Museum In Stuttgart

Stuttgart, as a town, has been around since the early 10th century, and its numerous cultural and historic buildings offer a sight to behold. But out of all architectural marvels, and museums that this tiny little town has to offer, I loved the popular Mercedes-Benz Museum the most. It showcases the company’s — and moreover the man’s — very first models of an automobile while finding a perfect harmony with the cars of past and of future. So yea, when you think of Germany, and Stuttgart in particular, it’s cars and cars only that should first come to your mind, after all, it was the region of Stuttgart that gave the man its first vehicle designed to be propelled by an internal combustion engine — a technology we are still using more than 100 years later. Stuttgart is the only place in the world with two car museums, and that too belonging to brands like Porche and Mercedes. On my #VisitStuttgart blog trip, I happened to visit the home of Mercedes Benz, the only exhibition of its kind in the world to document a 130-year-old …