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A One Week Road Trip Along The Romantic Road: Germany’s Most Beautiful Holiday Route

Last year, while backpacking in Bavaria region in Germany, I got introduced to Germany’s most beautiful holiday route: The Romantic Road. It all happened when I planned a day trip to Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, almost unknowingly that it is located on the Romantic Road trail, or, the fact that there is something called the Romantic Road, and found out that Germany has not just one but several such picturesque fairy-tale towns. “You should do the Romantic Road sometimes, if visiting similar small medieval towns is your thing” I remember being told as I picked a brochure that read ‘Medieval Germany’ at the tourist information center in Rothenburg At that time I paid no interest in what the lady at the reception desk was saying, and neither did I bother inquiring more on the subject. But as I got back to my hotel later in the evening, and looked at the brochure, I came across the same term again “The Romantic Road”. Naturally Intrigued, I Google more about the subject and found that Romantic Road, …

Visiting Munich? Don’t Miss The Town Of Augsburg

Last year I spent three days traveling in Munich and I know a lot of Indian and Asian tourists doing the same — spending a good share of their Bavarian holiday wandering and lazying around in Munich. Where Munich is certainly a great destination to travel to, and you won’t find such amazing beer culture (I still miss its beer gardens!) anywhere in the world, it still makes no sense if you spend all your time there and lose the opportunity of exploring another great town located at only half-an-hour train ride away from Munich. Yes, I am talking the town of Augsburg, on the Romantic Road Trail. If you’ve not heard of the Romantic Road Trail, read about it here: Romantic Road Trail in Germany. My First Impression of Augsburg Despite being located only 70km away from Munich (or a quick half an hour train ride) Augsburg is unlike any part of Munich. I mean statistically it may just be Bavaria’s third biggest town, but when you’re there you don’t feel it that big. …

My First Impression Of Nördlingen

When, after revisiting Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, I moved further south of the Romantic Road to spend a night in Nordlingen, I wasn’t expecting anything exceptionally medieval, for the name Nördlingen sounded pretty ordinary and regular. It didn’t seem to hold that weight to its name that ‘Rothenberg Ob Der Tauber’ rather did, at least for my Indian ears. So yea, Nördlingen sounded pretty ordinary and I was hoping for nothing beyond just another small German town, beautified with a colorful Marketplatz, a few dozen half-timbered houses, and cobblestone streets. From Rothenburg, it took me just a little over an hour to reach Nördlingen. Getting to my hotel (that sounded pretty welcoming with its name 2nd Home Hotel) was moreover easy, for it was located right outside of the old town. But as I reached my hotel and to the reception, I saw a brochure drawing out a walking trail for the town of Nördlingen. “We have a city wall in Nördlingen too?” I asked the lady at the reception, sounding taken aback. “Yes, we do. In fact, you can …

Revisiting Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber

I am not one of those people who appreciates the idea of revisiting places, for there’s so much to see and do in this world that revisiting places feels like a waste of time. But as with everything, for some places, there exists an exception. And one such place happens to be the town of Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, in the Bavaria region in Germany. I happened to visit Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber the first time less than a year ago while backpacking around the Bavaria Region in Germany. It was moreover the time I was first introduced to Germany’s Romantic Road Trail and I realized how Germany can be so beautiful beyond the popular Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin, among other metropolis, where tourists often frequent. Though of course, small German towns can be expensive for there exists no backpacking culture, and most of the tourists who visit them are either fancy honeymooners or families travelling on a decent budget, the fact that these offbeat medieval towns offer the Real Old European Charm cannot be …

Travelling Bavaria In Germany In A Week

Bavaria is unlike any other part of Germany. It has all the good things (that a tourist would want), unlike other German regions. It’s cleaner, more laid back, amazingly diverse, has enough small towns to wander around and yes, more beer than one can imagine. From towns like Munich that are popular as the beer capital of the world to others like Rothenburg that has always remained an inspiration to artists, Bavaria has something for everyone. During my recent trip to Germany, I got a chance to spend some time in Bavaria and Bavaria alone, thanks to the German National Tourism Office (GNTO) in India that invited me for a one week long media-trip. It all happened when GNTO asked if I’d be interested in a self-planned solo trip to anywhere in Germany. Since I’d been to other regions in Germany during my previous two visits, Bavaria turned out to be a natural preference. How Many Days You Need For Bavaria Well, if you want to completely absorb Bavaria, you need at least a month. And …

Exploring The Medieval Town Of Rothenburg: An Ideal Travel Guide

Somewhere beyond the usually marked trail, Germany harbours a secret. A place where the morning sun glitters like gold, where half-timbered houses dot a timeless valley.  A town that happens to be one of those rare upbringings of time, where the romantic flair of the Middle Ages and Renaissance still exist. A town, which, with its less than 10k local Germans take you back in time, while keeping perfect harmony with the present. I remember how while planning for my itinerary to spend a week in Bavaria, Rothenburg was high on my list. And to honestly admit, it wasn’t because of its history or people, for I had no idea about any facts about Rothenburg whatsoever. It was the colorful Google Images of Rothenburg that happened to be my original fascination — the old town square, the many half-timbered houses, the medieval cobblestone streets, all of which set a very fairytale-like image of the town in my head. Of course, in an ideal world, Rothenburg is a kind of town where I would happily spend …

An Ideal 3-Day Travel Itinerary For Munich

While it is true that Berlin – the capital city of Germany – is often considered as the most favorable destination for young travellers to visit in Germany, and is hyped all around the globe as a party town, the hipster hotspot and the place to be right now, Munich is no less a secret haven for backpackers and young travellers alike. I found Munich a more original destination, needless to say, a place that is more than the typical German clichés. So if you’re going to be spending some time in Germany, Munich is a must-see and a fantastically convenient hub from which to easily explore different attractions and sights in the greater Bavaria region and even the neighbouring Austria. And to tell you honestly, you need a week or more to really see Munich, but I understand it’s not possible for everyone. So if you’re short with time, this guide will give you enough ideas to whet your appetite and leave Munich with many unforgettable memories. This is not just any other Munich …

Top Tourist Attractions In Munich Not To Miss

Visiting Munich? Don’t miss these top tourist attractions! Munich was in my bucket-list for long for all the good things I had heard about it from fellow travellers. Though it was true that most people who adored Munich adored it for its annual beer festival, I found there’s still a lot more to the city of Munich than the drinking steins of beers and going crazy during Octoberfest. Munich is host to a beautiful historic city centre, many serene public-parks (where one can even surf) vibrant beer gardens and some hearty German food — no wonder, being the third largest town in Germany and the largest in South Germany, Munich has a lot to offer. And what makes it better than any other town (even better than Berlin — the rebel free-city of Germany, so to speak) is its posher, cleaner and more well-behaving look. Also Read: Berlin Travel Guide So if I were to suggest that one big German city (please note that I am still not comparing it with the cuter small towns like …

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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, …

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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 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 grandeur …