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For those seeking a quintessentially European holiday with a historical twist, Germany has its fair share of unique cities, countryside locations and breathtaking scenery to explore. From the bustling capital of Berlin to the fairytale towns and villages nestled into towering mountains and rich forests, Germany offers the perfect mix of traditional and modern, unique for even the most seasoned of travellers. Whether you’re seeking a relaxed break spent exploring towering castles or a bustling city escape equipped with a spot of history, Germany has it all. Where will you go first?

Popular Sights To See

  • Berlin Wall

Constructed in August 1961, the Berlin wall is rooted deep within Germany’s tense history and has even become a part of the modern landscape as it’s been painted with incredible works of art over the years. This famous wall that once divided Berlin into East and West, has since become a prominent reminder of the hardships of the socialist state between 1961 and 1989. This amazing monument is a great spot to visit if you want to learn about a key turning point in the history of Germany and it even offers an abundance of photo opportunities!

  • Cologne Cathedral

One of the most iconic landmarks in Germany is Cologne Cathedral, offering a stunning example of the excellent German architecture. With its high ceilings and unique design, this cathedral is a true example of architectural craftsmanship. The very rich history of Cologne Cathedral dates back to the Roman era when it was designed and built in a  similar style to the Latin cross that was used by other gothic cathedrals around Europe.

  • Neuschwanstein Castle

    This amazing castle in Germany set in the hillside

This stunning castle is one of the most visited castles in the whole of Europe – not only is it surrounded by amazing scenery with rolling hills, but the brilliant white exterior of the castle makes it a sight not to miss. Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig ll in 1869 and has still not been fully completed to this day. With its beautiful internal garden and unfinished floors, this quirky castle is definitely a magical place for you to explore for an insight into the fairytale-like culture.

  • Brandenburg Gate

One of the most well-known locations in the whole of Germany is the Brandenburg Gate, situated comfortably within Berlin’s centre. This monumental gate stands tall in the gleaming sun and is illuminated at night so there’s no time restraint on when you can take a wander past its magnificence. For those with a taste for historical change, the Brandenburg Gate marks the unity of Europe and Germany and can provide a unique activity but for those wanting a bit more fun, you can take photos with the countless characters dressed up and wandering around the square!

Traditional German Cuisine

  • Schnitzel

    Authentic German food

Schnitzel is a true German delicacy and is essentially a form of fried meat. The meat of choice is pounded down to thin it out and then cooked to ensure that it is ready for frying. It is then coated in bread crumbs and deep-fried to create a crispy outer layer! It’s usually served alongside salads but  While this delicious authentic dish originally comes from Austria, it has been adopted by many other countries in recent years, proving to be a popular dish for many localities.

  • Apple Strudel

This iconic German dessert dates back generations; it features an amazing flaky pastry, with a cooked apple filling, which makes it a dessert to die for! One of the oldest recipes for this iconic dessert dates back as far as 1697 and since then it has been altered, which has added a unique twist on to this traditional German dessert.

  • Frankfurter

Frankfurters are one of the most iconic parts of German cuisine and are the perfect addition to any meal. Due to them only being parboiled, this means that this iconic sausage is still left with a bit of a snap. This way of cooking it is essential to the overall taste, though it is mostly served with mustard or potato salad in wooden boxes if you buy them from street stands.

Historical Locations

Deep black forest in Germany

The rich history that Germany possesses brings an abundance of tourists to the country. From the intense background of the nation’s capital, so the likes of Museum Island and The Black Forest, there is plenty for you to see and do whether you are travelling alone or with friends.

Although The Black Forest is quite a hidden area, this dense woodland is a perfect location for you to take some stunning pictures and explore the small, traditional village nestled into its depths. Moreover, you can take a look around The Black Forest Open Air Museum, so you can further your knowledge on this unique location.

The Best Places to Eat

  • Hero’s Premium Burgers

Although Hero’s Premium Burgers isn’t a particularly classy or high-end choice for local cuisine, the menu has plenty for you to choose from and even those with specific dietary requirements are likely to find something to enjoy here. With its fun-themed interior and vast menu targeted specifically for children and those who are young at heart, this is the perfect restaurant for those travelling with their family and want a lighthearted but memorable dining experience.

  • Flamingo Fresh Food Bar

If fresh food with a German flair to it is what you are after, then we suggest that you dine at the Flamingo Fresh Food Bar. Whether you are looking for a healthy meal to enjoy after seeing all the sights, or just something as a light snack to keep you going throughout the day, you can be sure to find it here!

  • Facil Restaurant

Facil Restaurant is excellent if you are looking for the very best  German food at a very reasonable price. With an extensive menu and wide variety of high-quality wine for you to choose from, you can be sure that you will be able to taste the very best of German cuisine without breaking the bank. This restaurant does accept family dining but for those with younger children, it may not be ideal.

We hope that this travel guide for Germany will be able to help you when you plan your journey around this breath-taking country. With there being so much to take in, see and do, you may have to visit more than once! Remember that if you are travelling to anywhere in Europe, including Germany, then you need to take an EHIC card with you, so if an unfortunate accident was the occur or you were to fall ill, then you could receive the treatment that you need.

You can easily renew your EHIC  and have any of your questions answered here about your card. If you would like to speak to someone about your EHIC, then you can contact us here. We hope that you enjoy your travels around Germany and Europe!

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