Create an Epic Bavaria Itinerary for 3-10 Days

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HOW TO HAVE AN AMAZING BAVARIA TRIP (3-10 DAYS)

Bavaria is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful states/regions in Germany. Coming from the northern part of Germany (namely from the beautiful city of Bremen), I hate to admit that Bavaria is actually pretty. I mean, really pretty. Not like Switzerland pretty, but still beautiful.

Whether you want charming cities, towns, and villages or want to spend some time in nature, hiking, swimming, and doing other outdoor sports, Bavaria has it all.

This Bavaria itinerary is perfect to plan your trip and find out about the best things to do and see in Southern Germany.

Do you want to road trip or get around by public transportation? In this post, I share my ideal Bavaria itinerary for 3-10 days regardless of which mode of transportation you choose.

I have another post with the most beautiful places in Bavaria. However, visiting all these places would mean spending around 3 weeks in Bavaria – at least. I am aware that not all of us can spend so long in only this part of Germany.

So, whether you are in Bavaria for 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, or 10 days, this itinerary will help you find the best places to visit in Bavaria if you stay less than 3 weeks.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR BAVARIA ITINERARY

Let´s start with some basic travel tips for your Bavaria trip.

HOW TO GET TO BAVARIA

There are several airports in Bavaria. The Munich International Airport might be the most famous. If you fly into Bavaria, then you most likely will start your trip here.

This is actually my recommendation, though I know there are also airports that budget airlines fly into, like Nuremberg.

If you arrive via train or car, you can start from any destination that is the closest to your home country. 

HOW TO GET AROUND BAVARIA

Whether you opt for road tripping or getting around by public transportation – both allow you to experience Bavaria at its best.

Bavaria in 7 days to 10 days

BAVARIA ROAD TRIP

  • Driving in Bavaria is a good way to get around. There are some very scenic routes, and there are no tolls for cars in Germany. Overall, the streets are well-paved and safe, and people drive well.
  • There are freeways without speed limits, but most roads have a speed limit that you should stick to (speed cams are spread throughout the country).
  • A parking disc might be useful in some places, but you will often have to pay cash for parking in cities, towns, or tourist attractions. Day tickets for attractions like Neuschwanstein cost around 6€; parking in Munich’s city center would be much higher.
  • Petrol in Bavaria is quite expensive. Diesel costs about $1.50, and petrol (gasoline) is about $1.60 (per liter), but it can get way more expensive at times. This is just an average, as prices vary greatly. In the morning prices are highest, and during the day, prices decrease. It gets the cheapest in the evening – apparently 7 pm is the best time to refuel your vehicle.
  • Most petrol stations (actually, all) are self-service, and you can pay cash or with a credit card at the cashier. In smaller villages, there might be machines you have to pay at directly.
  • Find out more about how to plan a perfect road trip here.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN BAVARIA

  • Getting around via trains and buses is actually quite easy.
  • While the Deutsche Bahn (the national train company) is not really my favorite company to travel with, they get you from one place to the other, and in Bavaria, they actually come in handy. It is not cheap and often not on time, but well, we can’t have it all. 
  • If you are in Bavaria, you can buy daily tickets and use them for all of Bavaria’s trains and buses. If you get “Bayern Tickets,” they are actually not expensive. They cost about 25€ for one person a day, each additional person (max of 5 people) costs 3-5€ extra.
  • You cannot use all trains with your Bayern Ticket (not the express trains, for example, so make sure to always sit on the right train). But you can use public transportation in the cities and towns – there might be some restrictions on private bus companies, etc.
  • Buy your ticket from the ticket machine to avoid paying fees (they are not high, just a few euros, but it can add up if you buy a ticket each day).

BEST TIME TO VISIT Bavaria

  • Summer in Europe can be crazy. Many places get really crowded. Personally, it spoils my trips, but not everyone is as sensitive as I am.
  • Since we cannot rely on seasons and how the weather is supposed to be at a certain time, I would advise visiting from September to early October or April to June. May and June are probably the best months in my opinion.
  • If you are into Christmas markets and winter activities, then Bavaria is also great to visit in the winter (December), and given its mountains, it is a popular skiing destination.

IS BAVARIA EXPENSIVE?

  • Prices in Bavaria for accommodations, fuel, and food are generally higher than in the rest of Germany.
  • However, compared to Switzerland or Austria, it is a bit more affordable.
  • Accommodation, in particular, can get very expensive (some cities/areas charge an additional city tax for each night). 
  • Munich and main tourist spots tend to be pricier. You can have a quick lunch in a regular restaurant for about 10€. Of course, prices vary greatly, and you can find much cheaper and more luxurious restaurants. 
  • Entry to castles like Neuschwanstein Castle is about 13€ per person, and to me, that‘s quite reasonable.

WHERE TO STAY IN BAVARIA for 3-10 Days

I visited Bavaria several times, and normally, Munich is my base from which I get around. However, this time I road tripped Bavaria for about two weeks and stayed at each place for no more than 5 nights. 

If you stay in Munich, you can do a lot of day trips. But if you drive and don’t mind changing hotels, I recommend staying in Rothenburg ob der Tauber and visit Würzburg, etc., from there.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also a great base because you can visit places like Eibsee, Zugspitze, and Schloss Neuschwanstein from there.

Berchtesgaden is a good base if you want to explore places like Königssee, Eagle´s Nest, and Salzburg.

LANGUAGE IN BAVARIA

There are different dialects spoken in Germany, and though everyone understands High German, not everyone speaks it perfectly. However, as someone who doesn’t understand any Bavarian dialect, I had no issues, and people tried to adjust.

Basic English is spoken in all touristy areas.

SAFETY IN BAVARIA

I think that it is safe to say that Bavaria is a safe place to visit. Bavaria´s crime rate is quite low. Just keep your eyes open and exercise common sense – especially in tourist areas. It is recommended to keep your belongings and your wallet close to you.

If you get around by car, don’t leave valuables on display, but I would not worry about being robbed overall.

MORE TIPS FOR YOUR BAVARIA ITINERARY

Here are some more tips for your Bavaria itinerary.

  • Water: Yes to free water! Germans love their sparkling water, but we also enjoy free water (non-sparkling, of course). To enjoy fresh water, bring your reusable water bottle. In many parts of Bavaria, you can refill your bottle with fresh water from fountains. Shy away from it if it says, “KEIN TRINKWASSER”.
  • Tipping: Tipping in Germany is common, though not necessary. If you like the service you receive, feel free to leave a tip (around 10% in restaurants), and you can also tip taxi drivers (depending on the driving time, about 1-5€). 
  • Money: Credit and debit cards are accepted widely. However, in smaller shops and villages, that might not be the case, so always bring enough cash. American Express is, unfortunately, not accepted everywhere, and Visa and MasterCard are more common.

WHAT TO DO IN 3 DAYS IN BAVARIA

So, here are the best attractions to visit in Bavaria in 3 days.

  • Munich (1 day)
  • Schloss Neuschwanstein and Alpsee (1 day)
  • Zugspitze and Eibsee (1 day)

Munich

I recommend starting your Bavaria trip from Munich. If you fly into Europe, Munich is a good starting point – whether you do a road trip or discover Central Europe (or just Bavaria) by train.

Arrive in Munich and get settled. Tip: Stay in the city center and discover many places on foot. 

Munich Road tripping Bavaria, Germany, Munich

You have quite a bit to see in Munich, such as Marienplatz (market square), the old town, the view from the clock tower, Viktualienmarkt, the Residenz, and Englischer Garten.

Depending on your arrival time, I suggest staying around 1.5 days in Munich (and if you fly back home from Munich, you could spend another half day towards the end there). Click here to find the best accommodation in Munich for your stay.

  • If you stay only 3 days in Bavaria, then stay 1 day in Munich.

Schloss Neuschwanstein and Alpsee

Schloss Neuschwanstein, located in the southern part of Bavaria, is one of the most iconic castles in the world and a must-see to include on your 3-day itinerary. 

Things to do around Neuschwanstein Castle, Waterfall near Marienbrücke

At Neuschwanstein Castle, you will rub shoulders with a lot of other tourists because it is anything but a hidden gem.

You can do a guided tour of the castle if you‘d like to see the (apparently) stunning interior. I skipped the tour since I was with my dog. But even if you don’t do the tour, looking at this castle from a distance and hiking around it is well worth your time.

After seeing the castle, walk the beautiful Alpsee Lake! What a perfect way to end this day.

What to do in Neuschwanstein, hike Lake Alpsee

You will most likely not need a full day, but anything between 4 hours (if you don’t hike the lake) and 6-8 hours (including the hike of the lake and visiting the castle) should be enough. For more info, check out my detailed Neuschwanstein guide here.

Click here for the best hotels close to Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Then it is time to visit the next Bavarian pearl.

Eibsee & Zugspitze

Switzerland is my country for mountain lakes and mountain peaks, but there is a bit to see in Germany. After visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, head to Eibsee and the Zugspitze. They are located just next to each other and you can visit both attractions in a day.

One full day is enough to head to the Zugspitze – the highest mountain in Germany – and hike the lovely Eibsee, probably the most beautiful lake in Germany.

Tickets for the Zugspitze can be bought at the ticket center, but you can also book them in advance.

The day I visited Eibsee, it was very foggy, so I decided not to spend $60 for foggy views at Zugspitze summit. However, on a clear day, the views are probably well worth it.

Most beautiful place in Bavaria, Eibsee

Next to the Zugspitze is the pretty Eibsee. You can easily hike around it. I cannot remember how long it took me, but I guess around one hour and you will see the lakes from many different but beautiful angles. Click here to find the best rates for your stay near the Zugspitze/Eibsee.

  • If you stay more than 3 days in Southern Germany, here are more tips on how to spend them.

5-DAY BAVARIA ITINERARY

With 5 days in Bavaria, you can add two more places to your itinerary. My suggestion is to head south and visit a bigger city and the country’s most beautiful town.

  • Munich (1 day)
  • Schloss Neuschwanstein and Alpsee (1 day)
  • Zugspitze and Eibsee (1 day)
  • Würzburg or Nürnberg (1 day)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1 day)

Würzburg or Nuremberg

I have two cities for you to see that are just beautiful. It’s up to you which is the loveliest and which one you want to visit (visiting both in 5 days in Bavaria might be problematic due to the lack of time).

Würzburg

Würzburg is a medieval city with several stunning castles and fortresses.

It is actually the starting point of the “Romantic Road,” which is a popular road trip, and you will pass several cute (and romantic) towns and villages along the way to Füssen and Neuschwanstein.

Castle in Wurzburg, Germany

The drive itself is not scenic (more on nice scenic drives in Germany a bit later), but along with Würzburg, you will discover more places to see.

  • I know that Würzburg is quite far away from Munich, and not everyone likes that long drive (around 300km).
  • If you want to minimize your driving time, I suggest skipping Würzburg and heading to the next town (which is still quite a long drive but still closer to Munich).
  • Click here to find out about the best accommodation for your stay in Wurzburg.
  • Find out more about how to spend a day in Wurzburg here.

Nuremberg

Nuremberg is the second biggest city in Bavaria and also a gorgeous place to visit. The distance to Munich is much shorter (around 150km) and is a good alternative to Würzburg.

You can stroll the old town, visit the Johannisfriedhof (a medieval cemetery), enjoy the views from the St. Lorenz Church – to name a few attractions.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

From Würzburg (around 50km) or Nuremberg (also around 50km), you can get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber – the prettiest town in Germany. It is one of the most popular spots on the Romantic Road and one of the most famous.

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Stroll the picturesque old town. Walk the town wall and relax in the Burggarten. Since the city is quite small, one day is enough to see almost everything. However, this did not stop me from revisiting Rothenburg on my second Bavaria road trip and spend another two nights there…

Rothenburg on a sunny day is just gorgeous – like a colorful fairytale town!

BAVARIA ATTRACTIONS TO SEE IN 7 DAYS

With one week in Bavaria, you can explore a few more gorgeous places. This also means that you have to add these new places mentioned now in between the other days.

  • Munich (2 days)
  • Schloss Neuschwanstein and Alpsee (1 day)
  • Zugspitze and Eibsee (1 day)
  • Würzburg or Nürnberg (1 day)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1 day)
  • Königssee and Eagles´s Nest (1 day)

If you want to visit the above mentioned places and the attractions below, it makes the most sense to visit Munich, then head north to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Würzburg/Nuremberg, and then visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Eibsee, which are in the south of Bavaria. Because all mentioned places now are also in the southern part of Bavaria.

Königssee Lake

Germany’s cleanest lake is incredible, and a boat ride (on an electric boat to keep the water clean) is quite relaxing and interesting.

The best places in Bavaria, Germany, Königssee

You can get out at St. Bartholomä or go to the other end of Königssee Lake and hop off there to hike around the other lake (Obersee) that is just next to it.

There is no other way to see the end of the lake, as you cannot hike it all the way.

However, if you prefer not to hop on a boat (the cost is around 20€), go for a walk and do the 1 1/2-hour “Malerwinkel“ hike. I read so many positive reviews about this but was a bit disappointed because the hike was mostly through a forest with a few scenic views.

  • You might need around 4-10 hours for a day at Königssee Lake, and it is another place to see if you are in Bavaria for one week or longer.
  • I would not squeeze in other attractions for this day – it is nice to have some quieter days as well and do not underestimate the travel time.
  • Here are the best hotels to stay near Königssee. My base was in Bad Reichenhall, which is great, but so is Berchtesgaden. From these two places, you can get to some major Bavaria attractions quickly (if you do not want to change hotels each day),

Eagle´s Nest

Close to Königssee Lake is Eagle´s Nest.

The Kehlsteinhaus, in the area of Berchtesgaden, is known for two reasons: its great views and as a place where politicians of the NS regime met and political decisions were made.

Best mountain views in Bavaria, Germany, Kehlsteinhaus

After initially considering the destruction of the building after World War II, it was decided that it should remain. Now it has become a must-see on many itineraries.

You can either hike up or take a special bus up to learn about its history – and, of course, enjoy the view.

Kehlsteinhaus is actually closed during the winter time and only open from mid-May to mid-October.

If you do the “easy” hike (up and down), I suggest planning in a full day – with less than one week in Bavaria, I would probably skip it, but that is just my suggestion.

With these above-mentioned places, you have an amazing 7-day Bavaria itinerary. And if you have even more time to spend in Southern Germany I have the following suggestion.

HOW TO EXPLORE BAVARIA IN 10 DAYS

Okay, this is really weird as I am talking about Southern Germany and then add Northern Austria. However, it is worth it to head to Salzburg.

  • Munich (2 days)
  • Schloss Neuschwanstein and Alpsee (1 day)
  • Zugspitze and Eibsee (1 day)
  • Würzburg or Nürnberg (1 day)
  • Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1 day)
  • Königssee and Eagles´s Nest (2 days)
  • Salzburg (1,5 – 2 days)

Salzburg

Why did I add the Austrian city of Salzburg to this list? Well, this pretty city is very close to Eagle´s Nest, and if you stay in Berchtesgaden, then a trip to Salzburg is definitely a must (even if it isn’t located in Bavaria).View from Museum der Moderne in Salzburg the best views

I am in love with Salzburg. This gorgeous place knew how to amaze me – and all the other tourists. It takes about an hour (or even less) to get there from Bavaria. So, if you have a spare day, then Salzburg should be on your 10-day itinerary for Bavaria. 

Visit the beautiful Mirabell Garden and Palace, get to Hohensalzburg Fortress, explore the pretty old town, and much more.

To find out more about this beautiful city, check out my detailed Salzburg guide.

WHERE TO STAY IN SALZBURG

  • Hotel Radisson Blue Altstadt in the Old TownClick here to find out more and get the best price for this luxury hotel in the old town. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly hotel, you have to check out accommodations near the town center.
  • Ibis Budget Salzburg Airport: I stayed at the Ibis Hotel near the airport. It was good value for money (I also mostly booked it because I wanted to park my car for free). It takes more than ten minutes to the bus stop but from there, it does not take long to get to the town center. Public transportation is cheap and good. Click here for more info and the best rates.

If you plan a longer trip to Austria, read my 5-10 day Austria itinerary.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON A BAVARIA ITINERARY

If you still have more time to explore this lovely area, head to my post about Bavaria’s most beautiful places and get some inspiration for more locations to see!

However, I am sure with this Bavaria itinerary. You are well set!

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PACKING LIST FOR EUROPE IN SUMMER

Summer packing list for Europe

WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPE SUMMER TRIP

Are you wondering about a perfect packing list for Europe in summer? Then read on, as I share my tips which hopefully will be helpful for you, too.

If you have decided to spend your summer (or at least some time of it) in Europe, you will have plenty to look forward to. Europe in summer is definitely a good choice – whether you head to the beautiful beach in Greece, busy cities like London, or hike in places like Switzerland.

You definitely cannot go wrong with Europe – find out what to pack for your summer trip to Europe.

Click on this link to find a checklist with all the important things to do before your trip.Hastings Beach Points of Interest

WHAT TO PACK FOR EUROPE TRAVEL

Here is what to pack – of course, it depends whether you are a light-packer or tend to pack a bit more and on many other things, but hopefully, this Europe packing list will help you remember the important things for YOUR Europe packing list.

Luggage in Europe

  • Suitcase: Though it depends, where exactly and for how long you travel, I recommend taking a good, light, and quality suitcase with you where all your clothes and most of your toiletries fit in. If you are a backpacker, you´ll find plenty of your equals in Europe.
  • Carry-On: I normally always have extra carry-on luggage with me. I normally research if a destination in Europe is considered as safe (meaning, I do a quick research about the crime rate, and while it is probably totally safe to take out your fancy luggage in some parts of Europe, other areas are less safe, and robbing is more common. So, if you plan to bring your brand luggage double-check.
  • Laundry bags are great if you travel for longer and don’t want your dirty and clean clothes to mix up. I prefer them over plastic bags.
  • Packing Cubes: Packing Cubes are the new must-items when it comes to traveling, they are convenient, and they also come in cool colors. I recommend using packing cubes that make packing and organizing easier. And let´s do not forget a laundry bag.
  • I choose a cross-body handbag with a zipper (to be safe) and several extra pockets for my handbag.
  • Passport Holder, I need a passport when I travel (when an ID is not enough), so I need a bigger wallet (aka a passport holder), and I love the fun colors here.
  • If you go on a beach vacation, you should also take a light and (ideally foldable) beach bag or a cotton bag instead.

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Clothing in Europe in Summer

Summer in Europe can be a dream destination. Beautiful beaches, lovely cities and towns, charming villages, and amazing landscapes.

Summer means sun – most of the time. It can also be cold and rainy, and to be well prepared for your Europe trip, scroll down and learn more about the perfect Europe Packing List.

As you probably know, I never list any single item or say how many items to take (7 panties, etc.) because it clearly depends on the length of your stay and on you. It depends, whether you like to pack light and wash your clothes, or wear everything just once and do the washing part back home.

It also depends, where exactly you are heading to because there is no “European” style.

People in Italy are the best and fanciest dressed (in my eyes) people, while clothes are not important in other parts of Europe.

However, I recommend packing clothes that are comfortable and versatile so you can easily mix and match not to have to overpack.Dubrovnik should be on every Croatia road trip

Clothes to Pack for Europe

  • Hats: A hat is more than just an accessory in summer, so my must-have item is a stylish hat.
  • Sunglasses: Another must-have item on a sunny day: Sunglasses. Ray-Ban seems to be always a great choice, but the most important thing is the quality (sunglasses are an investment in healthy eyes)
  • Maxi Dresses: Summer means wearing cute dresses, and Europe is made to wear maxi dresses.
  • Skirts: You can wear short skirts in most places. Some shopping malls actually have dress codes and do not allow too short skirts or shorts (though many do not follow the rules)
  • Tops: The more, the merrier – my rule for hot destinations. I love skirts/trousers which I can wear with tops that are easy to change and are made from cotton are other light materials.
  • Blouses: Some cute blouses should be on your list (for the evening, some places that do not allow naked arms, or for the winter).
  • Cardigans and jackets: It can actually get chilly in the afternoon – not only but also after the sunsets. So definitely take at least 1 or 2 cardigans or jackets.
  • Linen Trousers: Though I love maxi dresses, the best thing to wear when it is hot is probably linen trousers – combined with a cool tank top and nice flat sandals, it can be super chic.
  • Denim is big in Europe and depending on where you visit in Europe. You might need some warmer clothes.
  • Sweatpants – for hiking, walking and feeling comfy and cozy (and yes, you can look great in sweatpants).
  • Shorts: Shorts are okay for most places – I love them, especially for the beaches.
  • Footwear:  flat sandals, flip flops, and ballerinas. But a pair of sneakers are almost always a good choice, too.

what to pack for Europe

Toiletries to Pack for Europe

If I travel for 10 days or shorter, I take travel-sized toiletries that I refill with my natural and organic beauty products from home (shampoo, conditioner, hair masks, cleaning water, and cleansing milk). Of course, you could buy toiletries here as well, but if you do not want to waste your time in drug stores or supermarkets, use this checklist for Europe.

Forget all the different small bags for shampoo etc. – get them all packed in a Toiletry Kit and have them super organized with you.

  • TSA Approved Clear Travel Toiletry Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel bottles to refill – I refill them with my own organic products that I normally use. I do not use shampoo & conditioner provided by hotels for several reasons.
  • Electric Hair Removal Epilator (only if you stay longer than a week or if you remove your body hair with it) – otherwise, a razor or whatever you prefer.
  • Face cream. I also use it as a hand cream, so I do not have to take another cream.
  • Refillable Travel Size Perfume Bottle
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste and mouthwash plus Dental floss
  • Only use it when traveling: dry shampoo- (check size, and choose the small travel si ze)
  • Tissues
  • Deodorant
  • Refreshing towelettes
  • Magnifying make-up mirror
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • My favorite hairbrush (especially for longer hair) – or if you have less space take a comb
  • Hair ties
  • A small cosmetic bag with the following items:
  • Mascara
  • Rouge
  • Eyebrow powder (Taming & Shaping Kit For Brows)
  • Tweezer
  • Eyelash curler
  • Eyeliner – I sometimes use black eye shadow as an eyeliner
  • Make-up brushes
  • Glass nail file
  • Cotton swabs

Here are a few more items that I personally do hardly use but which might be important to you, so I added them here:

  • Hair spray
  • Hand cream
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Lipstick
  • Sanitizer

What to pack for Europe

What to Pack for a Day at the Beach in Europe

  • Swimming Suits: bikinis (though you might find some nudist beaches as well in some places).
  • I love kaftans and think, it is best to wear from the beach back to the hotel room etc. Luckily, they look super cool these days.
  • Beach Bag:  I recommend one of the cool beach bags, which are light, affordable, and stylish.
  • Flip Flops are my must-have for beach days.
  • If you have a great hotel with a private beach section, you probably do not need a towel. If this is not the case not it should also be on your list. If you do not have any beach towel yet, click here to get your beach essentials.
  • Do you prefer lying at the beach all day, or do you like to be more active? Bring your beach ball (click here to get yours), or a floating unicorn.
  • A reading book / Kindle is also a great idea for a day at the beach.

Click here to find my complete list: What to pack for a day at the beachEurope packing list

Tech Stuff to Pack for Europe

  • I have my laptop with me whenever I fly. Find the best laptop for travelers
  • A while ago, I thought my tablet  is the most useless item I bought in a while – since I can download from Netflix (and thus watch my shows offline), I have found one good argument bringing my tablet with me whenever I travel
  • My phone- without doubt one of my most useful and important (travel) item
  • Camera – Europe has so many great spots that need to be photographed.
  • I have to admit that I still don’t have a kindle, so a “real” book is often an essential
  • A day at the beach or pool would not be perfect without my iPod
  • Power Charger- how long does your phone battery last? Not long? neither does mine, so this  is an essential
  • Check if you need an International Travel Power Adapter

Random Things to Pack for Europe

  • Umbrella (in many countries, like Germany, Switzerland, or England is can still rain quite a lot in the summer)
  • Guides
  • Medicine (headache pills etc.)

Read my: Packing guide for carry-on essentials.

Depending on where you travel in Europe, you could buy all or most of the items here in Europe – maybe even for a better price than in your country. Still, to avoid spending time shopping, I suggest coming to Europe and having your Europe packing list complete, so you can fully focus on discovering the beautiful places here in Europe.

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The Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in Bremen, Germany

Christmas in Bremen, Germany, The most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany

VISIT THE BEST BREMEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Bremen´s Christmas Markets are the most beautiful ones in Germany (and thus, in Europe). Yes, you may have thought this prize would go to other Christmas Markets, but if you visit, you will see why this is the case.

Okay, I might be biased because I am from Bremen and adore this city (btw: have I mentioned that Bremen is the most beautiful city in Germany?) 🙂

But seriously, the Bremen Christmas Markets are really special and were voted the most popular in Germany (yes, this is a fact – I did not make that up).

So, this guide will offer you some help – why to visit the Christmas Markets, which markets to visit, what to expect, what to see and do (and eat), and of course, about the opening hours and times.

The two main Christmas Markets are at Market Square and the Schlachte (a promenade next to the Weser River named Schlachte Zauber).

Bremen Christmas Market at Market Square

Let´s start with the first one – the one at Market Square.Bremen, Christmas Market at Market Square, Weihnachtsmarkt

Dates – Bremen Christmas Market

In 2021, it should be at the end of November until Christmas Day. But of course, at the moment, nothing is certain.

Opening Hours – Bremen Christmas Market

Mondays to Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Christmas Market at Market Square

You will find many stalls spread over the city center. 

How to Get to the Market Square

I highly recommend getting to Bremen by train from Hamburg or another city and avoid arriving by car before Christmas. You can either take a tram or a bus from the train station and get off at Domsheide or Schüsselkorb station. Or you can walk from the main train station to Schüsselkorb (15-minute walk).

It is a lovely walk, and you will find some stalls along the way – and you will also get a good idea of what else to expect. Head to Sögestrasse (big sign) and then head to Market Square. 

You can easily walk from one market square to the other (it is just a few hundred meters from the Market Square Christmas Market to Schlachte Zauber).Bremen, Christmas Market Tree

Things to Do and See at Christmas Market Bremen

There are a few special activities, which are listed later. It is mostly about getting around, eating your weight in sweets and fast food, and drinking delicious hot drinks. Oh, and buying last-minute Christmas presents.Bremen, Best Christmas Markets in Germany_

Depending on where you come from, I suggest starting from Sögestrasse (a shopping street) and heading towards Market Square.

The Market Square Christmas Market houses 176 stalls – food, snacks, drinks, and shops!  There are even carousels for kids. 

In front, behind, and next to the stunning town hall (which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site), you have all kinds of stalls – get your mulled wine and other hot – or cold – drinks. 

Mulled wine (Glühwein) is big. I, personally, don’t like the smell of it and haven’t even tried it, but I guess I am one of the few who doesn’t enjoy a warm mulled wine on a cold day.

Prices are about 3-4€ for a mug of mulled wine (you have to pay a deposit for the mugs, but get it back if you bring the mug back). Bremen, Good Christmas Markets for children

But don’t feel bad for me. I am all about the sweets – crepes, waffles, Poffertjes, and Schmalzkuchen. Anyone with a sweet tooth will be in heaven. Pssst: Vegan options are available quite often.Bremen, Christmas in Germany,what to eat

Do you prefer some heavier and heartier foods? Well, you will love it here, too.

Say hello to Santa: Santa Claus is in Bremen, each day until the 23rd of December.Bremen, Christmas in Germany, for children Next to the Cathedral, he can be found reading to children in his little hut (near all the carousels).  I went there with my little nephew, and though we did no hear him reading, he actually had a little present for all the kids, so it might be worth visiting.

Every day at 4 pm, with a few exceptions. 

Watch the Winter Fantasies: Five fantasy characters with illuminated robes will stroll through the Christmas market – something for adults as well as kids.

Listen to the Turmbläser playing from the balcony of the Town HallBremen, Christmas Market

Bremen, What to eat, Christmas MarketsBremen, Christmas Market at Market SquareBremen, Christmas in Germany, for kids

Bremen, Christmas in Germany, Best places to visit in December in Germany

Christmas Market at Schlachte Zauber

Okay, here is a bit of info on the second main Christmas Market – Schlachte Zauber.Bremen, Germany , Schlachte Zauber

Dates – Bremen Schlachte Zauber

From the end of November until the 23.December

Opening Hours – Bremen Schlachte Zauber

Mondays to Thursdays: 11 am to 8:30 pm

Friday and Saturday: 11 am to 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 8:30 pmBremen, What to eat, Schlachte Zauber

How to Get to Schlachte Zauber

Schlachte Zauber is located right at the Schlachte, a lovely promenade at the Weser River. You can get here by walking from the train station or the Market Square (closest tram station: Am Brill). I highly suggest visiting the Christmas Market at the market square and then walking from there and seeing everything in between (it is just a 5-10 minutes walk).Bremen, What to buy, Christmas Market

Things to Do and See at Schlachte Zauber 

While it is also a Christmas Market, it is totally different from the one at Market Square. Its location is what makes it unique. Situated next to big trees, which are illuminated in blue color, it has a special charm. It looks like a winter wonderland (even though there is no real snow).Schlachte Zauber in Bremen

Schlachte Zauber in Bremen, Germany

About 100 “snow-capped” wooden huts are selling drinks, all kinds of food, and merchandise. Although this Christmas Market has only been held for the last 15 years, it has a historic charm. It seriously feels like a Christmas Market in the Middle Ages (though there probably were none back then…).

Given its location next to the river, there is even a shipwreck – built just for the Schlachte Zauber. Musicians and other performers offer a program to entertain visitors. 

 There is actually a different program and activities scheduled each day (some of them are free, and some theater plays require a ticket).Bremen, Best Christmas Markets in Germany , Schlachte Zauber If you are looking to spending some time at a beautiful Christmas Market in Germany, add Bremen to your Germany itinerary – whether for 2021 or 2021.

Read more travel tips for Bremen – written by a local.Bremen, Christmas in Germany,_Safe Travels, Arzo

How to See Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip

What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Best things to do and see

A DAY TRIP TO SCHLOSS NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE

Here is everything you need to know for your Neuschwanstein Castle day trip – a castle where Disney dreams come true. 

I would be lying if I said that I am totally into Disney or have always dreamt of being a little princess. When it comes to royalty or fairy-tales, I am pretty down to earth.

However, visiting Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein in German) had been on my list for a while, and I was excited to see it finally. It is more or less the end of my “Romantic Road” Road trip through Bavaria (another popular stop of the road trip is pretty Rothenburg ob der Tauber) and quite close to Munich.

This place may seem too pretty or too unreal, but I can confirm this castle is real. Located on a hill, it is an impressive castle and probably one of the world’s prettiest.

You will find some vital travel information in this post: Things you need to know before visiting Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Travel Tips For Neuschwanstein Castle

Here they are – the travel tips you need before visiting the castle.

How to Get To Neuschwanstein Castle

By Car:  If you arrive by car, you will have to head to Hohenschwangau. It is well signed once you are in Bavaria (if you are doing the Romantic Road road trip, it will be the first or last stop).

  • From Munich to Schloss Neuschwanstein, it takes almost 2 hours.
  • From Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Schloss Neuschwanstein, it takes about 2.5 hours.
  • From Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Schloss Neuschwanstein, it takes about 1 hour.
  • From Füssen to Schloss Neuschwanstein, it just takes 5 minutes.

You can park your car in the big parking area. A parking ticket for one day costs 6.50€.

By Train / Bus: There is no train going to Neuschwanstein Castle, but you can get to towns like Füssen and then take a bus from there to the castle. From Munich to Schloss Neuschwanstein, it takes about 3 hours – it is time-consuming, so start your day early.

Guided Tours If you prefer guided tours where you can just lay back and relax, then check out the prices for the different tours available.

Sights at Hohenschwangau / Castles/Museums/Lakes

You have two castles in the area (which can both be visited in one day).

  • Neuschwanstein Castle – the castle that makes hearts beat faster 
  • Hohenschwangau Castle – another gorgeous castle, though it is in the shadow of Schloss Neuschwanstein 
  • Museum der Bayerischen Könige / Museum of the Bavarian Kings: A museum where you can find out about the Bavarian royalty history. 
  • Alpsee is a lovely lake just next to the Museum der Bayerischen Könige and should be on your list as well.

Read more: The most beautiful places in Bavaria

Tickets For Schloss Neuschwanstein

It does sound a bit complicated when it comes to buying tickets.

What Tickets to Buy?

If you have booked guided tours, tickets for the castles might be included. However, you will most likely need to buy tickets if you want to visit the inside of the different castles and museums.

If you don’t go inside, you will not need a ticket (btw: the Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung does a great job maintaining the castles and garden without making people pay if they want to stroll the area, though parking is a bit pricey here, but oh well).

You will need separate tickets for each of the castles and the museum. Prices are around 13€ for each castle (and 11€ for the museum), but you can buy a combo ticket for both castles on one day for around 25€ (yep, saving you only 1€).

How to Buy Tickets for Schloss Neuschwanstein

  • Tickets need to be bought online or at the Ticket Center (well signed). These are the only official tickets that guarantee entry. During peak season, tickets might be sold out, so getting here early is a must if you want to see the inside.
  • You cannot book tickets days and days in advance (online tickets can be booked only two days in advance – but must be ordered before 3 pm two days before) and must be picked up at the Ticket Center.
  • You can only buy tickets at the Ticket Center for that day.
  • You cannot buy tickets at the castle, so before hiking up (or driving up), make sure you have your tickets.
  • People under 18 years of age have free access.
  • Check out prices for tours at the official website of the castle.

Book Guided Tours

If you buy a ticket, you will have a certain time within which you will need to do the guided tour (only guided tours available, time is fixed around 35 minutes).

Opening Hours at Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Opening Hours – Ticket Center

April to October 15th: 7:30 am – 5 pm

October 16th to March: 8:30 am – 3 pm 

  • Opening Hours – Neuschwanstein Castle

April to October 15th: 9 am – 6 pm

October 16th to March: 10 am – 4 pm

Open daily except January 1st and December 24th, 25th, 31st

Where to Stay in Neuschwanstein Castle

If you visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen is a popular place to stay. This hotel looks charming and might be the perfect place for your stay in Füssen.

Where to Eat in Neuschwanstein Castle

There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and snack stalls. If you are a big meat-eater and especially love prod, you will be in heaven. All others, like me, have to struggle with vegetarian and healthy options.What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, What to eat

More Info in Neuschwanstein Castle

There are a lot of snack stalls and restaurants. Also, there are souvenir shops. As a vegetarian, the options were limited (Bavarians love their pork), and I regretted that I didn‘t bring my snacks. Fries were sold out by 6 pm at all the stalls. So, if you don’t want to buy overpriced food (or prefer healthy snacks), bring your food.

Make sure to bring your reusable water bottle. At least one water fountain provides fresh drinking water (close to the Ticket Center).   

I went to Neuschwanstein Castle with my dog – traveling with a pet in Germany is okay for most of the time, but you cannot take them into museums and castles. So, maybe it is essential to keep this in mind when visiting this castle. However, you can walk with the pet up, walk around, visit the bridge, etc.

How to Get to Neuschwanstein Castle

While the main castle is visible from afar (at least if it isn’t too cloudy), you still need to get to the castle, which might include some hiking (other options available).

Hike Up

Hiking up is probably the most rewarding way to get to Neuschwanstein Castle. It takes about 45 minutes, and it is an uphill but easyish hike. It is not one of those hikes that are supposed to take 45 minutes but takes 60 minutes. Mostly I wouldn’t say I like hiking, but this one was easy, and the path was super easy to walk.

The paths might be very crowded, but I suggest hiking up and down – not only because you save money but also because it is fun.Bavaria, Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria Shuttle Bus

There is a bus just behind the Ticket Center that takes you up. From there, you need to walk another 5-10 minutes to either reach the Marienbrücke or the castle entrance if you want to do the tour. 

A return ticket is about 3€.How to get to Neuschwansteiin by busCarriage 

I know, people think it is romantic and fun to get up via carriage. But even though I am not a militant vegan (I am actually no vegan at all), I actually don’t recommend getting around via carriage. Either walk up or take the shuttle bus – it is cheaper and… just better. 

If you arrive by carriage, you will be at the castle entrance but need to hike another 10 minutes or get to the Marienbrücke (for the view).

A return ticket is about 7€.

Best Things to Do Around Neuschwanstein Castle

Here are what to do around Neuschwanstein Castle.

Castle Entrance / Visit the Castle

You will find some smaller shops selling souvenirs and snacks (no tickets are sold here). Monitors are showing you the times for the guided tours, but if you haven’t booked a tour (like me), then I wouldn’t spend too much time here as it is not really spectacular. Standing so close to the front of it, the castle doesn’t look that impressive. A better view of the castle is from the Marienbrücke – so head there instead.Bavaria, Neuschwanstein castle close-up If you have a few hours until your tour starts, you can still head to the Marienbrücke (a 10-minute hike from the castle entrance).

Marienbrücke

The Marienbrücke is probably one of the most crowded areas here – and for a good reason. The view of the castle is splendid. Even on a foggy day, you have the best views. Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle, Marienbrücke

What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, BavariaThe bridge does shake if you walk on it, but I am pretty sure it is solid.  However, the bridge is closed at times for maintenance. In winter, it can also be closed due to weather conditions.

Personally, I would have been very upset if it had been closed during the time of my visit. While I can understand that people from other countries cannot plan their trip based on the bridge’s opening alone, I would still check and try to reschedule the trip if the bridge was closed.Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle, Waterfall near Marienbrücke

There is also a waterfall next to the bridge – the hiking path is closed, but you can look at it from above.

Enjoy More Great Views

If you have some more time, head to another area that offers great views as well. After passing the bridge, you need to hike up another 5-10 minutes. The view is totally worth it (and less crowded).Things to do around Neuschwanstein Castle, Waterfall near Marienbrücke

Best fairytale castle Neuschwanstein Castle, Waterfall near Marienbrücke

Even with a tour, this will probably take a few hours. If you have planned a full day, you can still discover some more great places in this area.

Hiking Up/Down 

After that view, you can happily hike back. On your way, you will see the Alpsee – a stunning little lake with interesting colors.Alpsee and Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwanstein Castle and Museum Bayrische Könige

I skipped Hohenschwanstein Castle and the museum (just because I was with a dog) and headed to the lake, which doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves because most people focus on the castles.

Alpsee Hike

I really suggest hiking the lake. The starting point is next to the museum, and from there, keep left (I got this tip from the person at the Ticket Center, and I stuck to it). Hiking this pretty lake takes about 1.5 hours (including some stops). There are only a few hills, but personally, I think it is a great place to end the day.

What to do in Neuschwanstein, hike Lake Alpsee

Alpsee in Hohenschwangau

Read more: Here are the most beautiful places in Bavaria

As you can see, Hohenschwanstein is a beautiful place to visit. The Neuschwanstein Castle is the most prominent sight (and for a good reason), but there are more places to see, too. A bit of romance, a bit of history, and a bit of nature – seems like the perfect place to visit, doesn’t it?

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Wurzburg

Most beautiful places to see and best things to do in Wurzburg, Germany

What to Do in Wurzburg in One Day

Are you planning your Wurzburg itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Wurzburg? Then read on and find out what to do and see, plus more travel tips.

Wurzburg, located in the southern part of Germany, is probably not a place on everyone’s bucket list. While it is surely not as famous and exciting as Munich or other German cities, it is a beautiful, vibrant, and lovely city that you should add to your itinerary.

As a German, I just recently visited. After visiting the prettiest town in Germany (Rothenburg ob der Tauber), I knew I wanted to do the whole “Romantic Road” road trip. Other places that you can visit along the road are, e.g., the incredible Neuschwanstein Castle.

Wurzburg is the end or starting point on the more than 400 kilometers long Romantic Road. And after spending a night in Wurzburg, I was smitten by its castle, the friendliest people in Germany, its historic and pretty buildings, the town center, and its vibe.

Would I revisit Wurzburg? Definitely. Do I recommend visiting Wurzburg? Yes, for sure (here are a few more places in Bavaria I totally loved). While I am also sure that, as a slow traveler, you could spend weeks in the city and always discover something new, I also think that one day is enough to find out about the best things to do in Wurzburg. 

Wurzburg (in German, written as Würzburg) is quite compact, so many sights can be discovered on foot. If you are road tripping, you might want to drive to one or two places by car, but I suggest using public transportation for one or two tourist attractions outside the city center.

WURZBURG TRAVEL TIPS

Location: In Bavaria, about 1.5 hours from Frankfurt and three hours from Munich (or if you do the “Romantic Road” road trip, 50 minutes from Rothenburg ob der Tauber).

Click here if you like to do a guided tour from Frankfurt.

Where to Stay in Wurzburg

I stayed outside the city center at an Airbnb. However, I actually suggest staying at the town center, especially if you are here only for one night, so you don’t waste time on traffic or driving.

Click here to find the best accommodation for your stay in Wurzburg.

Best Time to Visit Wurzburg

I am not a fan of traveling in Europe in July or August. This is normally a high-season when many locals are on holiday, so you mostly only deal with tourists. 

Also, it can be really hot in summer (even in Germany), and prices for accommodations can rise. I suggest getting here in September or springtime (we can’t predict Germany’s weather, so while the weather can be bad or rainy, it would still be my preferred season to visit if I were flexible).

So, here are my tips for what to do in Wurzburg, what to see, and which places to visit in one day, and a few more important travel tips.

Itinerary Wurzburg – Things to Do in One Day

Here are my favorite, most beautiful places in Wurzburg that I have stumbled upon.

Residenz Würzburg 

The Residence Palace is a must-see in Wurzburg and a great place to start your Wurzburg trip. It is located close to the city center, and you can easily get there on foot.The Residence Place, which was built in the 18th century and used to be the residence of the former Würzburg prince-bishop, is one of Europe’s most well-known and important baroque palaces in Europe one of the best places to visit in Wurzburg.

Just walk around the pretty gardens (for free) and enjoy the lovely views.

In summer, it was wonderfully lush, and flowers bloomed everywhere. This is the best place for those who like to rest (thanks to the beautiful surroundings and the many benches along the way).

You can also do guided tours and visit the inside (since I was traveling with my little dog, I had to skip that). To enjoy the interior here is some information. 

Opening Hours & Prices

April-October: daily 9 am-6 pm (last entry: 5.30 pm)
November-March: daily 10 am-4.30 pm (last entry: 4 pm)

Closed: The Residence is closed only on 1 January, Shrove Tuesday, and 24, 25, and 31 December.

The Court Garden is open daily until dusk (8 pm at the latest).

Tickets are around 9€, and children under 18 years can visit for free.

Old Town /Town Center

Würzburg has a beautiful old town with many interesting buildings, and so it does not come as a surprise it is one of the most beautiful places in Wurzburg.Old Town, Wurzburg in 1 day itinerary

Wurzburg best places to see and best things to doSo, while there are a few buildings that you should stop by, I suggest just walking around and seeing where your feet take you. It is just a pretty town center with many shops, restaurants, and old and historic buildings.

A few places that are the main attractions in the old town of Wurzburg include the Falkenhaus, with its bright yellow rococo façade (which is home to the tourism office), the Marienkapelle (a church in gothic style from the 15th century), the Market Square, the Four Tubes Fountain, and the Wurzburg Cathedral.Wurzburg best things to see in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Fountain Four Tubes

Julius Promenade

The Julius Promenade isn’t really picturesque but is perfect for a break. This street, in the city center, is the perfect spot for lunch. With many restaurants catering to every budget and taste, you will find something you like, and it is popular amongst locals and visitors.

Marienberg Festung 

Another main point of interest is the Marienberg Festung. From the promenade, you can head (by bus or on foot, if you enjoy some hiking) to the Marienberg Festung (Marienberg Fortress), which is located on the top of a hill with lovely views over the city. Festung, best things to see in Wurzburg, Bavaria, Fountain

Wurzburg best view from FestungThe first part was probably built in the 8th century, but the main part was constructed in the 12th century. From the 13th to the 18th century, it was the ruling seat of the Würzburg prince-bishops (before the Residence Palace became the prince-bishops’ seat).

You can walk along the walls and enjoy the views for free – and the views over Wurzburg are beautiful. If you want to see the Princes’ Building, you need to purchase a ticket (prices are around 4€).

Opening Hours for the Princes’ Building:

March 16th – October: from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm

Closed from November – March 15th

Marienbrücke (Brücke)

Wondering about more places to see in Wurzburg? Well, if you are visiting on a warm day, Marienbrücke might be the perfect stop to end your day. This place is one of the best places to chill and do as the locals do. Grab, together with tons of other people, a drink from a cafe and enjoy it while standing on the pretty Marienbrücke Bridge.Marienbrücke, Wurzburg in 1 day itineraryYou might have seen it on your way to the Marienberg Fortress. From the bridge, you can see the fortress and look down the Main River. The bridge itself is special, so my tip is not only to focus on the drinks but also the bridge’s details.

Personally, this place makes Wurzburg even more special. Standing here on the Marienbrücke on a warm and sunny day, with or without a drink in your hands, will make you realize how pretty, friendly, and nice Germany – and Wurzburg – really is!

Here are a few more posts and places that might be interesting to you:

Visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber – the prettiest town in Germany

Check out my Bavaria guide with the most beautiful places to visit

While there are a few more places I liked a lot, above mentioned activities are probably the best things to do in Wurzburg in one day. If you have more time, you can explore more, of course, but I think this is a busy but doable 1-day itinerary.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Germany Travel Tips: Things to Know For Your First

Best Germany travel tips, things to know before visiting Germany

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING GERMANY – BEST TRAVEL TIPS

Read on if you want to find out about the best Germany travel tips – here are things to know when traveling to Germany.

As a German myself, I used to neglect the beauty of the country for long. I think this is what happens to many of us. However, lately, I have started visiting more places in Germany. There are so many fun and vibrant cities, beautiful villages, and towns, not to mention the mountains  & lakes and even some beautiful beaches in Germany.

However, I have realized how many misperceptions there are.

And to be honest, Germany is such a big (geographically and population-wise) country that it is not easy to generalize and talk about “Germans.”

Germany is so diverse that you will surely have a great and fun time – but keep the tips below in mind when you visit Germany for the first time – the best Germany travel tips.

Things to know before visiting Germany

Best Travel Tips for Germany – Things to Know for a Trip to Germany

Language in Germany

Germany has one official language – German. But there are a lot of different dialects of German that are spoken. High German, which is taught in school, is mostly spoken in the country’s northern parts.

The eastern and southern parts speak different dialects, though not everyone in other parts understands everyone. I would say that, except for children, almost everyone understands High German, but they may not speak it.

Anything in writing is in High German, and news is also in high German (so if you want to improve your German skills, keep in mind that it is important where to visit). 

Most Germans understand basic English. The younger generation, in particular, has a good grasp of English because they learn it in school as their first foreign language though they are shy to speak English. 

In the cities, you will hear other languages, as many Turkish, Russian, and Polish people live in Germany. 

People think that German sounds harsh and aggressive, like Arabic, but I’ve never noticed that. Sometimes people hear others speaking German and think they are arguing, but it’s just the way they talk. I have written down some of the most important sentences for travelers that you can check out here.

People in Germany

If you are a first-time visitor to Germany, it’s important to know what to expect from the people. A common perception is that Germans are rude and cold. They are not the friendliest or most fun people, but if you need help, they will give it. Feel free to approach people. They might be reserved, but they are still polite.

In Cologne, people are very friendly, but in Hamburg and other northern cities, they are colder. My tip is just not to expect too much.

Best Time to Visit Germany

It really depends on what you expect from your Germany holidays. Are you looking for some fun winter sports?  Then you should visit some areas in Eastern Germany or Southern Germany from December to February.

Do you want to visit German Christmas markets and experience a more romantic atmosphere? Then visit the first 3,5-4 weeks in December.

P.S. Bremen´s Christmas Market is one of the best in the country, so check out my post on the Christmas Markets (there are actually two) in Bremen.

Bremen, Christmas Market at Market Square

However, most people like to visit from April to September. October could be okay,  though the weather might have gotten a bit iffy.

Of the 16 states in Germany, each has its own school holidays, so be aware of them when planning your itinerary. July and August are the hottest months and likely the busiest. But some places might actually be quieter as locals are vacationing out of town during the holidays.

Weather in Germany

Here’s an important tip for traveling in Germany: you can never rely on the weather. Last February, for example, it was sunny and 22ºC (71ºF), then March was cold and snowy. Make sure to bring a warm winter jacket, even in spring. For visits in June, July, or August, you will need an umbrella, raincoat, and waterproof shoes, even if it’s warm.

Typically, the winters get cold, and the summers as getting warm to hot.

However, this also changes a lot, and there were summer months where we hardly saw the sun, and then we had summers where it got hot – my tip: Never rely on the weather to 100%.

Public Transportation in Germany

Germany is one of the world’s richest countries, but despite that, public transportation is not as good as in other places. Trains come late, and some are canceled without notice. In general, it’s not that bad, but not at the same level as you would expect. However, it is probably not as bad as I portray it – my expectations are high, and the Deutsche Bahn can’t meet them.

Despite this, public transportation is big in Germany, and many people take trains, buses, subways, etc. Overall, it is a good way to get around in the city centers.

Cycling in Germany

While cycling in Germany is not as popular as in the Netherlands, I should mention that cycling is big! You see kids as well as adults cycling in cities. Often, there are specific bike lanes for them (and if you road trip Germany, then do not use them).

Some cities might even look like the Netherlands with all the bikes – like Münster. Especially in the flat regions – aka Northen Germany – cycling is popular. If you want to cycle in Southern Germany, you might need a mountain bike – if you are in Germany, you should definitely give cycling a go!

Driving in Germany

Driving in Germany is quite relaxed, except in the city centers, like Berlin, Cologne, Munich, and Hamburg, where there is traffic and many places to park. Side streets are often narrow, so be careful when driving on them.

Bavaria in 7 days to 10 days

The highways are in good condition, safe, and big, but there is always a lot of construction. There are highways without speed limits, but there are also many that do have them. The typical speed limit is 120-130 kph on motorways.

Normally, you see many signs telling you about the speed limit.

When you’re driving through northern Germany, it is less scenic and very green and flat. In central Germany, you’ll notice a lot more scenic landscapes.

There are no tolls for cars/camper vans etc. Only trucks have to pay for using the motorways.

Tourists in Germany

Germany has many attractions, like Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but not as many as in other countries, and usually not as crowded. You don’t need to skip-the-line-tickets very often, but you might need to buy your tickets in advance, as some things sell out.

Bavaria, Neuschwanstein Castle, Marienbrücke

In general, Berlin is a popular place to visit. You´ll also find many young tourists from all over the world – places like Neuschwanstein Castle are extremely popular amongst Asian tourists.

Electricity in Germany

Electricity in Germany is excellent and is the same system as in most of Europe. You may need an adapter if you are traveling from outside Europe, as Germany uses 230 volts instead of America’s 120 volts.

Water in Germany

The tap water in Germany is good in most places so that you can drink it. In central and southern Germany, you will find many water fountains that provide even fresher and tastier water, but unfortunately, these are not found in the northern part. 

Restaurants do not give tap water to diners. Even if you ask for non-sparkling water, they will give you bottled water and charge you for it. Germans love sparkling water, and they have medium and strong varieties. Make sure to specify that you don’t want sparkling if that is your preference; ask for still water.

Different Parts of Germany

Germany is made up of 16 states, and the different sections of the country vary greatly – from the northern to the central, to the eastern, to the southern. Five states were once a part of the former GDR (East Germany), and the other 11 made up West Germany. You can see variations in not just language as you travel throughout the country but also in culture, prices, and food. 

Munich should be on your Germany itinerary
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Toilets in Germany

Yes, I have an extra section about public toilets in Germany. Pee is not free…

In Germany, toilets are not free. You will have to pay for public restrooms. Even as a guest or at popular hotspots, you may still have to pay.

The cost is about 0,50€. If you use the restrooms in train stations or gas stations, they cost about 0,70€, and then you get a 0,50€ voucher to buy something – in those cases, you have to throw the money in a little vending machine.

Sometimes someone is sitting in front of the restroom, and you are supposed to hand that person the coins (no vouchers in those cases).

Credit Cards / Cash in Germany

Credit cards are often accepted in Germany, but not always. Debit cards are more common. Germany is not as advanced as Sweden or the US when it comes to using credit cards, but it is becoming more common. My Germany travel tip is to always have enough cash (€uros) on hand, as there are some places where cards are not accepted at all.

Costs in Germany

Germany is a quite expensive country to travel to – it is definitely way cheaper than Switzerland or Norway. Still, it is more expensive than countries in Eastern Europe, or even Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

However, there are huge prices of differences within Germany. Of course, main tourist magnets are more expensive – staying overnight in Munich or near Lake Königssee or Neuschwanstein Castle costs quite a lot. Bavaria, the most southern state in Germany, is the most expensive travel destination regarding food, accommodation, tours, and gas. Eastern Germany is much cheaper (overall spoken) than Bavaria or Western or Central Germany.

What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

While it is tough to name average prices, here is an idea:

A cup of cappuccino costs about 2,5-250€. Petrol is about 1,20-160€ for one liter (diesel is a bit cheaper than petrol here). A pizza (vegetarian) in a restaurant can be anywhere between about 6€-14€.

Grocery shopping, however, can be ridiculously cheap compared to the overall prices. There are many discounters – 500g of the cheapest pasta is about 0,60€ (organic and wholemeal pasta is about 1-3€).

Tipping in Germany

Tipping is common in Germany but not a must. It’s normal to leave about 10% at restaurants, and you can also tip taxi drivers, the reception desk at your hotel, and the cleaning lady (1-2 euro a day should be fine).

You might want to check and make sure this isn’t already included in your bill, but usually, it’s not.

Taxes in Germany

In Germany, all prices in hotels, restaurants, and shops already include the tax. It is about 7% for “necessities“ like food, and about 19% for most other items. So, if you see a price in a supermarket/shop etc., it is the final price.

Food in Germany

Food varies greatly depending on which part of Germany you are in. Northern Germans supposedly eat much fish, but I grew up in the north and haven’t eaten it.

What to do at Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, What to eat

Germans in the south eat a lot of meat, especially pork. Their diets are more hearty and fatty. Vegetarians and vegans will have an easier time in cities, especially in university towns with health-conscious students. 

Most meats are made of pork (especially sausages), but chicken and beef are very popular so just be aware of that. And if you have allergies, you can ask for alternatives when dining out.

You will find all kinds of cuisines here. Germans love Italian food, so there are many Italian restaurants, Turkish and Chinese restaurants, and many fast-food chains. But you can also find Indian food, Spanish restaurants, and Vietnamese or Thai food (and I am sure there are many other cuisines in bigger cities, too).

P.S. Germans have the knick-name “potato,” and it is true, we eat a lot of potatoes. So, if you are in Germany, find out about our potato dishes (cheap and delicious).

Beer in Germany

It’s true, Germans drink a lot of beer. Some famous ones come from Germany, but there are many different kinds for you to try. 

There are even seasonal drinks, such as a mixture of beer and Sprite, popular in the summer.

Hotels in Germany

The standard for hotels in Germany is not bad.

There are many chain hotels, 4 and 5-star accommodations, budget hotels, family-owned ones, and Airbnbs. Some places have special guest cards, but not all. Three-star hotels in Germany are fine most of the time and better than France, Italy, or Turkey.

Hidden Gems in Germany

Germany has quite a lot of hidden gems. Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, or Berlin might be no hidden gems, but there are so many cute and wonderful places. Cities like Bremen are less crowded and cheaper, but equally beautiful that you can visit.

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Traveling with Dogs in Germany

Germans love their dogs. You will see them everywhere, from restaurants to shopping malls. They are not allowed in supermarkets, however, nor in museums or at religious sites. Hotels will allow dogs to stay, but always check to see how much they will charge first. The pet fee is usually 5-15 euros a night. So, if you’re planning to travel with your dog, Germany is dog-friendly.

Traveling with Kids in Germany

It is said that Germans are not very kid-friendly, but that shouldn’t deter you from traveling here with kids.

There are many free attractions for young kids, and transportation is often free for the little ones. While there are some places where young children are not allowed, like certain restaurants, they are otherwise welcome, and my Germany travel tips for visiting with children is: Choose the place according to places you enjoy, and the rest will be fine, too.

Beaches/Outdoor Places in Germany

If you’re visiting Germany and looking for outdoor fun, they have some beaches by the Baltic Sea and Northern Sea. These beaches are beautiful, but the weather is so erratic that I would never recommend it as a beach vacation destination. Even in the summer, it can rain for a week or two straight.

Bretibachklamm, Bavaria, Germany What to do (1 von 1)

There are no beaches in the southern part of Germany, but there are mountains and beautiful lakes. And don’t we all love mountains? And don’t we all love lakes? But even in Eastern Germany and central parts of the country, there is some lovely scenery with plenty of hiking options.

Insurance in Germany

One of the best German travel tips I can give is to have insurance. We Germans love to be insured – health insurance is mandatory, but I guess we have all kinds of insurance. However, as a visitor from abroad, you most likely have to get health insurance – of course, because I am German, health insurance is essential to me.

So, if you are from the European Union and have health insurance in your country, you might be automatically insured, but please, please double-check. If you are not insured, check out if travel health insurance (and probably some other insurances) might make sense for your Germany trip.

WiFi in Germany

You will have no big issues with free wifi in many central areas or main tourist attractions – you can often log in by signing up with your Facebook account or with your email address or phone number.  In cafes and restaurants, wifi is also common but if you depend on it, ask before choosing your restaurant.

If you travel in rural areas, especially when passing by train, you might have problems connecting to the Internet. Yes, this is Germany – one of the world’s richest countries, but the Internet and public transportation are not our strengths. Well, but if you don’t need internet 24/7, you will find free wifi at many places.

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Here are 25 things you should know before visiting Germany Europe. Best Germany travel tipsThere is a lot to see and do in Germany, and knowing a little bit about the country will help make your experience even better. I hope that these Germany travel tips will make your trip easier and more fun. Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

WHAT TO DO IN ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

If you are looking for a beautiful place and experience a real fairy-tale feeling, you should add Rothenburg ob der Tauber to your Germany itinerary. In this post, you will find out about the best things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, plus more travel tips.

Believe me, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a place that is worth a trip. I am sure you will not be disappointed, and if you are wondering what to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the best places to see and visit, you’ll find the answers in this blog post.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

Before talking about the best things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, here are some quick tips to ease your itinerary.

Why Visit Rothenburg ob der Tauber?

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is located in the southern part of Germany (in Bavaria), and though I am German, it took me quite a while to finally visit. And all I can say is: It took me way too long! I cannot believe I had not been to this town before. It is a beauty!

It is one of the first (or last) stops of the RomanRoad – road trip. The end (or beginning) of the more than 400-kilometer long road trip (where you will pass many medieval towns and pretty castles) is Neuschwanstein Castle near the Austrian and Swiss border.

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The minute I “entered” Rothenburg, I fell head over heels in love with this gorgeous city/town. I revisited, one year later just because it is so pretty, and I still loved it!

P.s. I still believe that Bremen, my home town is actually the very best place to visit in Germany, though.

Rothenburg in one day- an itinerary

How to Arrive in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

  • By car: There are parking options in the Old Town, but at hectic times it might be difficult to find any parking spots. And it definitely costs money in the daytime; you might find free parking from 6 pm until 9 am. Rothenburg is a popular stop when making a road trip through Southern Germany.
  • By train: Rothenburg ob der Tauber (there are several Rothenburg in Germany, but some are spelled differently, so make sure to look for the correct one) has a train station, and it is very easy to get there by train. It takes about 2-3 hours from Munich (the capital of Bavaria), and then you can either walk to the old town or take a bus.

Day Trip From Munich or Frankfurt to Rothenburg

Though I recommend staying longer than a few hours in Rothenburg, there are several organized tours from cities like Munich or Frankfurt for a day. If you are interested in doing an organized tour, click here and see the available options.

Rothenburg has not many attractions per se – but if you just come here during the day, prepare yourself for some crowds!

Where to Stay in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Here are some hotel recommendations (which have very good reviews):

  • €€ –   Hotel Eisenhut
  • € –     Hotel Zur Silbernen Kanne – I booked my room 2 or 3 nights before my arrival. I was looking for a budget hotel located directly in the old town of Rothenburg as I knew I was not going to spend much time in the hotel, so I did not care much about the amenities, etc. However, I was surprised in a lovely way by this hotel that I stayed at. It was very basic but cute and had a great location.

More Rothenburg Travel Tips

  • Bring cash — seriously, several restaurants and cafes denied me service because I could not pay in cash.
  • There are ATMs, but I did not want to withdraw money from a bank that is not mine because of the fees.
  • In some parts of Rothenburg, ob der Tauber is free wifi (have to log in once). Do we not all love free wifi?
  • There are several water fountains. So bring your water bottle and just refill it (not all water fountains provide fresh drinking water, so have a look at the signs at the fountains).

Things TO DO IN ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

Do you remember when I wrote “when I entered Rothenburg…” at the beginning of my post? The reason I phrased it like that is simple: Rothenburg´s old town is surrounded by walls, with several towers rising up.

The minute I passed one tower and was inside the “wall,” I felt like I was in a theme park — one without roller coasters but with a fairy-tale theme.

The beautiful and colorful timbered houses that line the path (though there are also some newer houses) make for plenty of eye candy to enjoy. The more I saw, the more I liked Rothenburg.

Here are my ideas for things to do in Rothenburg in one day or two.

Walk Around the Old Town Walls

One of the very best things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is to walk the old town walls – known as the Tower Trail Rothenburg.

Enjoying a walk in Rothenburg - Town Wall - Rothenburg ob der Tauber things to do

  • Rothenburg’s old quarter has about 42 towers, and most are along the city wall.
  • Many sections of the Tower Trail lead along the top of the city wall, while a small part also leads around it.
  • Just follow the circuit around the old city.
  • The walls are open 24/7.
  • I recommend walking along the old town walls early in the morning or in the evening.
  • Some parts are even so narrow that it might be difficult to walk if two people are standing next to each other or have some big bags with you.
  • Great views are guaranteed!
  • If you take some breaks and enjoy the views, it should take about 2-3 hours – and also, you can find out everything about the city’s defense system when walking the four-kilometer Tower Trail.
  • After walking many city walls in other parts of Europe (e.g., Budva or Dubrovnik), I have some good news: there is no entrance fee.
  • There is a brochure available with more information at the Tourist Information (5 Euro).

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Chill at the Burggarten (Castle Garden)

After walking the city walls, you might want to take a break. The Burggarten is also in the old town and a perfect place for a stroll or to relax. If you like to enjoy the views from the bench, do not forget to get some drinks beforehand and then… enjoy.

Castle Garden in Rothenburg
Castle Garden in Rothenburg

View from the Burggarten in Rothenburg - things to do in Rothenburg Germany

  • And though it is called Castle Garden, you cannot expect to find a castle there. The former Stauferburg was destroyed, but the green garden makes up for the lack of the castle. 
  • Get to Castle Garden via the Burgtor.
  • This is also another fun and free activity in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
  • This park includes pretty views and lovely scenery. 
  • If you stand on the observation platform, you will see the Detwang district, with a church of a wooden altar by Tilman Riemenschneider if you look north.
  • If you look south, you can see, amongst others, the An der Eich vineyard into the Tauber Valley with the Kobolzeller Church and Double Bridge.

Short Hike to Detwang

If you want to go on a quick hike, walk to Detwang. It takes a 20-minute walk from Castle Gardens to reach St. Peter’s and Paul’s church with its Gothic arcades that are more than 1000 years old.

You will find a church with a wooden altar by Tilman Riemenschneider, which dates back to the 14th and 15th centuries.

Email the church about opening hours: pfarramt@rothenburgtauber-evangelisch.de

Head to St. James Church

Then head back to the old town and visit one of the most distinctive buildings. The St. James Church was finished in the 15th century after 173 years of work. First, it was a Catholic church but later became Protestant and is now the main church of the city.

St. James Church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
St. James Church in Rothenburg ob der Tauber @Pixabay

Rothenburg is situated along the ways of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela, and so more than 1000 pilgrims arrive at St. James Church each year.

OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6.30 pm, and Sunday: 11 am – 6.30 pm

Getting Lost in the Streets

Yes, I know I mentioned it before, but seriously, Rothenburg is drop-dead gorgeous, and so I recommend getting lost in the old town of the city.Rothenburg ob der Tauber - getting lost in its streets - Rothenburg Germany things to do

Before visiting Rothenburg, I was kind of tired of medieval cities and old towns (as I saw too many last year). I was also unsure if Rothenburg could live up to its name.

But be assured: it can! Rothenburg´s old town is bigger than anticipated, though not huge.

  • It is lovely to walk around and wander aimlessly from one corner to the next, and whether you have only one hour in Rothenburg or one day – this is a must-do!

Here you´ll find some of the most interesting tourist attractions in Rothenburg and these places and buildings you should not miss while getting lost in Rothenburg:

  • Plönlein — Rothenburg´s most photographed sight
  • the Market Square
  • and more 

See Plönlein

This yellow timber-frame house – tilted and crooked – is at the entrance of the Spital quarter. To be really honest, I did not really get the hype. Rothenburg has so many beautiful buildings. This did not stand out to me personally.

“Plönlein” is actually translated as a “small square at a fountain.” The Plönlein also includes the fountain in front and the two towers of the old city wall that rise to its left and right.

Things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, ARZO TRAVELS

However, it inspired Walt Disney’s classic “Pinocchio” (in 1940) and represented a typical motif of Rothenburg’s old quarter since then.

Visit the Town Hall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Another thing to do in Rothenburg is to explore the market square with its beautiful Town Hall.

Market Square in Rothenburg
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Market Square in Rothenburg
Market Square in Rothenburg, Town Hall

With its grand stairs, the Renaissance façade and surrounded by timber-framed buildings, Rothenburg’s Town Hall is impressive. 

Get to Top of Town Hall Tower

Next to the Town Hall, you will find the Town Hall Tower. If you have some extra time, visit the top of the Town Hall Tower and enjoy great views of Rothenburg ob der Tauber from the observation platform.

Rothenburg ob der Tauaber, view from Town Hall Tower
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, view from Town Hall Tower
  • The entrance fee is about 2€, and you have to climb 220 steps to enjoy the views. 

Markusturm and Roderbögen

One of my favorite places in Rothenburg was the Markus Tower – dating back to the 13th century – with the pretty buildings surrounding it. It is one most beautiful gateway structures in the town.

rothenburg ob der Tauber tower
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Pay a visit to The Christmas Museum

Another highlight – for many – is the Christmas Museum in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is a museum dedicated to one of the most popular celebrations in the world — Christmas. 

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  • The museum is open 360 days a year!
  • I was there before 10 am, so I could not get into it (also, I had my dog with me, and dogs are not allowed).
  • For about 4€, you can visit one of the most famous attractions in Rothenburg.

Have a Coffee at Cafe Einzigartig

I do not often recommend cafes or certain restaurants because I usually decide very spontaneously where and what I want to eat, and sometimes my decision is a fail. 

Cafe Einzigartig (translated: Cafe Unique) is a great place to visit in Rothenburg. Be assured that its name reflects its theme: that cafe is, indeed, very unique.Cafe Einzigartig in Rothenburg ob der Tauber best cafe in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

If I had to name as the cutest cafe in the world, it would be this one! This tiny, sleepy town is home to the sweetest cafe ever, and I think it is even a cool landmark in Rothenburg.

As I loved the cafe so much, I went back there on my second trip and brought enough cash…then I found out that from 2018 they accept card payment. I am not sure if they accept debit card payment only or also credit cards, though.

Cafe Einzigartig in Rothenburg - where to drink in Rothenburg tourist attraction

Their website is in German only, but you can see the opening hours if you scroll down to the bottom.

Wondering about more things to see in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany?

Assuming that you followed my advice and decided to stay longer than a few hours in Rothenburg, it is a good choice because I recommend a few more activities. I could not do them because I traveled with a dog or had another good excuse, but these seem like fun things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

Visit the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum

Visit the Medieval Crime and Justice Museum and learn about the jurisdiction of the only law museum in Europe. It is actually the largest museum in Europe on legal rights. It focuses on medieval crimes and has an offbeat collection of torture tools, legal tomes & art. Rothenburg does not seem that romantic anymore, right? 

OPENING HOURS AND TICKETS:  
  • April to October from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm and November to March from 1 pm to 4 pm. On certain days, like Christmas Eve, opening hours are different.
  • Tickets for adults are 8,00€.

Do a Night Tour

Do a night tour! It was rainy on the first day that I was there, so I changed my plans and did not do the night tour. But, otherwise, this would have been on my list: The almost-daily walk with the famous Night Watchman through the darkness.

Step back into time and learn about the history of Rothenburg, especially about medieval times. The reviews are fantastic, and apparently, the famous night watchman does an amazing job playing the watchman.

  • Unfortunately, tours in English are only available on Fridays and Saturdays at the moment
  • No reservation needed, just be at the market square at 8:00 pm
  • The tour takes about 1 hour
  • Tour prices for adults are about 9€
  • Check out the website for more information

Visit Christmas Markets

The good thing about Rothenburg is that it is great to visit throughout the year. December is one of the most popular times to visit as there are famous Christmas Markets.

So, if you are looking for the best thing to do in December (or the last few days in November), then add the Christmas markets to your Rothenburg itinerary.

  • Every year for a bit more than 3 weeks, Rothenburg transforms into a wintertime fairy tale – and this for the last 500 years with minimal changes from its historical origins over this time.
  • You will find the markets at Marktplatz, Grüner Markt, and Kirchplatz, and there are around 70 stalls offering snacks, souvenirs, and snacks. And let’s not forget about all the drinks, especially the popular mulled wine that is so famous.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST ACTIVITIES IN ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

I hope this post has helped you to find out about the best things to do in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

It is a small town but full of charm and thus one of my favorite places in Germany, especially in Bavaria. Though one day in Rothenburg ob der Tauber is enough to see all the main attractions, it was so charming that I came back and revisited many of the pretty places.

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN IN 2 DAYS

Best things to do in Berlin in 2 days, itinerary

CREATE AN EPIC BERLIN ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS

Germany´s capital has become one of the most popular city destinations for young and old. Berlin has so much to offer – a trendy city with incredible history and lots of interesting places to visit. So, if you are planning your 2-day Berlin itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Berlin in 2 days, you will find your answers here.

Even though I am a seasoned traveler, I do get overwhelmed when I plan my travels. And after living in Berlin for three months, I understand that planning a trip to this fun city can seem overwhelming first, but this great 2-day Berlin itinerary will help you organize and plan your trip.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 2 DAYS IN BERLIN

This post is for you if you plan a trip but wonder about the best things to do and top places to visit in 2 days in Berlin plus some important travel tips for your 2-day Dubai trip. 

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2 days in Berlin is not a lot of time but enough to visit the most important sights. 

When I went there for the first time, I was one of those who didn’t like Berlin at all. However, after a few more visits, it became one of my favorite cities in Germany. Not everybody loves Berlin. It isn’t the most beautiful and surely not the friendliest city, but Berlin is probably the coolest and hippest city. Eventually, I liked it so much that I lived there for a few months, and I enjoy returning once in a while.

2 Days in Berlin – Where to Stay

Berlin has a great public transport system, so any place is good as long as it is close to an underground station. Popular areas are e.g. “Mitte” “Prenzlauer Berg”.

  • Berlin has it all – from hip hostels and Airbnb accommodations to beautiful 5* hotels. One of the most famous hotels is the Hotel Adlon – in a perfect location and next to the Brandenburger Tor. It is worldwide known, but there are many other great accommodations.
  • Click here to find the best Berlin accommodation.
  • If you are more into Airbnb, you can use this code to get a discount on your stay.

Where to Eat in Berlin

Dining in Berlin is pretty cool because the cuisine is very diverse and quite affordable. Berlin is a melting pot, and so is the cuisine – there something for any taste and every budget. Also, Berlin has a leading role in good vegan food. Even if you are not into vegan food, you can try great dishes for reasonable prices during your Berlin stay.

My favorite area to eat is Hakescher Markt – a busy area with many restaurants and cafes.

How to Get Around in Berlin For 2 Days

WALKING

  • If you follow this Berlin itinerary strictly, you will mostly walk. If you wear comfy shoes, you can discover quite a lot on foot. You might need public transportation here and there.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • Berlin´s public transport is pretty good. If the employees do not strike. You can see many places by using public transport, and since Berlin is geographically quite big, you will – most likely- need to use public transport/use your own/rental car or take taxis.

HOP ON AND HOP OFF TICKETS

  • If you plan to stay in Berlin for a short time, I definitely recommend one of these Hop-on/Hop-off bus toursI admit that I do those tours pretty often in cities. I can´t spend much time, but I want to see as much as possible. With the high competition of the bus companies, you can bargain at the ticket “office.” They also sell boat tour tickets on the river Spree as well.
  • Though I even lived in Berlin for a few months (I am originally from Bremen), I did three tours in Berlin over the years and would do them anytime again To get your own great deal without having to bargain, click here.

CAR

  • Though Berlin is a big city and attractions are spread out, you do not need a car in Berlin for 2 days. You can use public transportation only and will be fine.

2 Days in Berlin – Solo Female Travel

Berlin is overall a safe place.

  • However, I recommend avoiding side streets – especially when you are alone. Also, I suggest avoiding tube stations at night.
  • You need to watch your belongings and always keep your valuables close to you.
  • Pickpocketing is common, but with a bit of precaution, you can enjoy a wonderful trip to Berlin without any incidents.

WHAT TO DO IN 2 DAYS IN BERLIN

Enough talking, here is the 2-day Berlin itinerary.

Day 1 of 2 Days in Berlin

Let´s start with some history of the city.

Stop 1: Checkpoint Charlie

Around 10 am

You could start your trip by visiting Checkpoint Charlie. It is the most famous crossing point between the former East and West Germany. The place is full of history.

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
  • A museum offers history interested much more information about the Cold War and Germany’s division.
  • Back then, one popular activity was taking pictures with some US “soldiers” (they expected a 2€ donation). It seems the government in Berlin has forbidden this and you can’t take pictures with the “soldiers” anymore.
  • You can either explore the area by yourself or get your own private tour – for more information, click here.

Stop 2: Gendarmenmarkt

Around 11:00 am

The Gendarmenmarkt is very close to Checkpoint Charlie and is a very charming square that dates back to 1700.

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin - what to do and see
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You will find the architectural trio composed of the German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus (concert hall) and cafes and restaurants. After the walking before, this is the place to sit down and relax before continuing.

Stop 3: Holocaust Memorial

Around 12:30 pm

The Holocaust Memorial was created a few years ago and is just a few minutes away from the Brandenburger Tor. It was dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe during the Second World War.

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany
Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany

On the way, you will pass the US embassy. However, it isn’t very spectacular, interesting enough to look at (of course, it is heavily secured).

Stop 4: Brandenburger Tor

Around 2 pm

Maybe the most beautiful way to approach the Brandenburger Tor is to walk down Unter den Linden, the main and probably nicest boulevard in Berlin.

The beautiful Brandenburger Tor in Berlin - a must-see place in Berlin
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The Brandenburger Tor is the most famous landmark in Berlin or probably in Germany and stands nowadays for peace and unity. Though the place is very touristy, it is definitely one of the best places to visit in Berlin. Even if you have less than 2 days in Berlin, come here.

  • On a sunny day (or even on some rainy days), you will find street artists performing – giving this place an extra cool touch.
  • Restaurants here are pricy, but they come with a view, so consider having lunch here.

Stop 5: Kanzleramt

Around 3:30 pm

The Kanzleramt is the official office of the German Chancellor. It is only a stone’s throw away from the memorial so that you can walk to the Kanzleramt, the official office of Angela Merkel, our kind of prime minister/president.

Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany
Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany

Stop 6: Reichstag

Around 4:30 pm

From there, head to the Reichstag. It is a short walk, and no taxi or bus is required.

Bundestag in Berlin, Germany
Bundestag in Berlin, Germany

A Berlin tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Reichstag, the German Parliament. The meadow in front of the Reichstag invites for a rest and is a great place to have a picnic.

If you are interested in seeing the parliament from the inside and enjoying the view from the glass dome, you have to book in advance, but I suggest you do that because it is one of the best things to do in 2 days in Berlin.

Der Bundestag - The Parliament. If you have time visit the Bundestag (free entry)

Okay, day 1 in Berlin was quite busy and might have been stressful, but this itinerary for you covered many great places in Berlin. As mentioned above, these are also great things to do in Berlin by yourself – or with friends, families, or partners.

Day 2 of 2 Days in Berlin

Day 2 in Berlin can start at the train station, which is easy to reach from many places in Berlin.

Stop 1: Hauptbahnhof

Around 10 am

The Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is the biggest in Europe and maybe the most modern station I have ever seen. If you arrive by train, you might not need to come back. Otherwise, it is an interesting place in Berlin and a good starting point to exploring more of Berlin.

Central Station in Berlin, Germany
Central Station in Berlin, Germany

Stop 2: Boat Tour

Around 11 am

My tip is to hop on a boat tour and do a Spree tour (the river in Berlin). I love doing a Spree Boat Tour and think it should be on your list as well. Also, after a busy day 1 in Berlin, you have deserved to take a rest.

Boat tours normally start next to the Central Station and will take about an hour. You´ll get the chance to see many sights, but it will not allow you to see the Brandenburger Tor or the Reichstag.

Spree Boats Tour in Berlin, Germany
Spree Boats Tour in Berlin, Germany

Some cafes line the Spree, and you can have either have a bite to eat or sit and relax. What I actually like most about Berlin because of the number of cafes, and I can’t think of any western metropolis that offers beverages for more reasonable prices. I am not a fan of the people in Berlin (they are really unfriendly and “too cool”) – but it is easy making friends with other visitors from people all around the world in Berlin.

There is a huge variety, and I think there is definitely something for everyone (which makes it a fun solo activity in Berlin).

Stop 3: Schloss Bellevue

Around 1 am

Schloss Bellevue, the German President’s residence, has seriously the neatest and nicest mowed meadow I have ever seen. It isn’t far from Central Station, and thus, you can do a quick stop there (there isn’t much else to see).

Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin
Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin

Stop 4: Kurfürstendamm

Around 3 pm

You can have a late lunch here and then start a little shopping trip.

Even if you are not shopping, I recommend checking out the most famous shopping street, Kurfürstendamm. Don’t forget to stop by at KaDeWe, the most prominent shopping mall in Germany, hosting many luxury shops.

However, each district has its own shopping mall. If you dislike crowded places, check out the arcade in the district near your hotel, there are arcades in almost any district.

Stop 5: Fernsehturm

Around 5 pm

Extra tip: If you have some spare time on day 2 in Berlin, check out The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe and offers a unique panorama view. If you want to skip the lines and get up, you can check out prices here. I visited once and it definitely a great way to enjoy good views over Berlin.

The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe
The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe @shutterstock

There is also a restaurant, though we did not eat there, I can definitely recommend visiting this Berlin tourist attraction.

Stop 6: Hakescher Markt

Around 7 pm

Dinner tip: I love the “Hakescher Markt,” which is close to the Alexanderplatz. You will find lovely cafes in an even more charming environment, and it is a great way to end your day in one of the restaurants there.

Extra tip: Potsdam makes a great day trip from Berlin and for more Potsdam tips, click here.

I said I do to Berlin” Read Olga´s post and how she got married to Berlin 🙂

MAP OF PLACES TO VISIT FOR YOUR 2-DAY BERLIN ITINERARY

Berlin is indeed a unique city that has tons to offer. For you, it might be love at first sight. Hopefully, this 2 days in Berlin itinerary will help you plan your trip and see the best of the city in a short time. 

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

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