Germany Travel Stories to Inspire Your Wanderlust

German travel stories to ignite your wanderlust

It is kinda strange walking next to ‘the wall’, or the remains of the thing that used to divide Germany and that has left its marks until today. It is the Day of German Unification and I am far away from my own country. But I never celebrated it as despite the erased political boundaries, there are still plenty of boundaries left between ‘East’ and ‘West’. So here are my and fellow travellers’ Germany travel stories.

Germany Travel Stories to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Germany Travel Story #1: My Berlin Tale

Gosh, how I hate the terms ‘East’ and ‘West’. We never seem to see ourselves as one Germany. But that’s the thing with us Germans, we are rather uptight, severe and we carry a huge chip on our shoulder of worries, principles and history. It’s not that we see ourselves as European first, German second, we just are not proud of our history and declaring ourself loud and proud.

Take that as you will, I decided to visit Berlin with an open mind and discovered it the best way possible: with locals. Thanks to a friend I met in Japan and fellow blogger from Funkelfaden, whom I met in the Czech Republic, I let myself be shown around my own capital. To be honest, that is the most I have seen of it so far and calling myself rather new to Berlin I can give you an insight that is like that of complete newbies.

But since this is not an ordinary day, I decided to make this post a little different and divided it into three parts. Number one is a video instead of long ramblings on street art, different districts and famous sights. Then, to keep with the fresh eyes and new stories, I invited two fellow bloggers to share their own personal stories on Germany as that’s what today is all about. So let’s celebrate Germany today! And this, together.

The Video – Berlin through My Eyes


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Germany Travel Story #2: Racing down the Tracks with Dave

It’s nicknamed The Green Hell. Drivers know it as the most dangerous race track in the world. It’s taken the lives of many racers, from famous Formula 1 pilots to anonymous amateurs. But despite all of this, or maybe because all of it, I knew I had to drive the infamous Nürburgring.

It is unique in its extreme length, its narrow track and its tight turns as it winds through the Eifel Mountains, but also in the fact that for several hours a day, it is a public toll road, where anybody can drive on it at whatever speed they choose.

The combination of fear and excitement will always be what I remember about the day where I rented a BMW M3 race car and took spirited laps around the motorsports icon that is the Nürburgring. You don’t need a racing license, any performance driving experience or even a helmet, although all of those things are highly recommended.

Maybe it’s because I’ve blocked out some very tense moments on the track when things got dicey, but when I look back at my trip to Germany, the first memory is always our celebratory dinner after the day of driving the ‘Ring. At that moment I was elated with what I had accomplished, by not crashing or hurting myself, and the pork tartare, schnitzel and pints of kristalweizen capped off an amazing day.

Read more of Dave's Travel Race stories on his blog.
Especially check out his Nürburgring adventures.

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Germany Travel Story #3: Winter Wonderland in Munich with Shandos

Favourite Experience in Germany:

Last Christmas my husband and I headed to Europe to hopefully experience our first ever white Christmas. We’re from Australia, so our Christmas Day is more about seafood and swimming in the pool, rather than snow-covered pine trees and ice-skating. Also, I was eager to experience the Christmas Markets in each city during my trip.

Our first stop and first Christmas Market was in Munich. It was the middle of December and quite mild still, so I didn’t quite need a beanie when I went out late in the afternoon, but put it on regardless. Walking down the pedestrian street from the ice-skating rink at Karlsplatz towards Marienplatz, the street became more and more crowded, until we arrived at the large cluster of Christmas stalls just before the Rathaus.

As the early winter darkness fell, it was delightful wandering around the different stalls: trying out the roasted chestnuts, buying Lebkuchen for ourselves, and a wooden mobile for my sister’s baby. We then stopped at one of the many glühwein stalls to sample the local mulled wine, brewed with cinnamon, cloves and other spices. Not long after, a choir appeared up on the balcony of the Rathaus, singing traditional songs. Standing there with a mug of glühwein each keeping us warm and the towering twinkling Christmas tree next to us, it was just magical.

For more German stories check out Shandos's blog Travelnuity and the following stories in particular:

Shandos Cleaver - Christmas Markets in Munich

Has Germany been on your travel list? Or have you experienced your own Germany travel stories? I’d love to read about it. Please feel free to drop me a comment.

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    • Becky
    • 03/10/2015
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    Germany sounds Incredible! I’d love to visit! The race track experience sounds so scary but so thrilling! X
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

    1. Thank you, Becky. We do have a lot of cool things here, such as forests, mountains, beaches, castles and yes, vibrant cities, such as Berlin. And the Nuerburgring certainly is a scary/thrilling experience. Did you know that on our autobahn there is no speed limit? We have tourists come just for that, though racing is absolutely not encouraged there.^^

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    Well, as I’m germany my experience with germany might not count, buuuuut I really like the nature in germany, and the lakes and just the countryside :) And, of course, all the traditional little fests and celebrations and traditions <3

    1. Hi Lisa, of course your experiences count! There is always something to explore in your own country as well and I agree, Germany has great nature. What fests do you like most?

  2. Great article, thanks for the tips! As the largest country in central Europe, Germany has inspired Europe’s historical influences, cuisine and architecture and is a fascinating place to visit. However, there are numerous tourist targeted scams to be wary of. http://travelscams.org/europe/common-tourist-scams-germany/

    Do be wary of the pickpockets, the Berlin Pass, scammers selling already validated train tickets, fake train ticket inspectors, unofficial airport taxis, beggars, ATM/bank card skimming and many more!

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      Hi David, it’s true that in Germany there are scammers as well but that can be said for any country, really. You make it sound really bad. And why do you list the Berlin Pass as a scam though?

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