I hear many people talking about Germany, both on the Internet and in person, so I thought I would try to provide some insight on how Germany really is from the point of view of an American Soldier (Me) who has lived here for over four years.
Whether you are planning a trip to Germany or you are just curious about the beautiful country, here is some information that I think will be useful to you.
To start I would like to say that most people are right, Germany is a GREAT place to visit.
I heard on the radio the other day that over 4 million Americans visit Germany each year and, to be honest, it did not surprise me at all. With so many beautiful things to see and experience who wouldn’t be interested?
Table of Contents
- Top Germany Tourist Attractions
- German Cities
- Castles in Germany
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Hohenzollern Castle
- Heidelberg castle
- German Beer
- Kinds of German Beer:
- Pale Lager
- German Food
- Why is Germany simply inspiring to visit?
- What is Germany’s position in international travel?
- What is Germany’s tourism status?
Top Germany Tourist Attractions
Let’s start off with the obvious attractions: Cities, Castles, German Beer, and German Food.
German cities tell a lot about their history, culture, architecture and good food. Their cities have very accessible travel means like train stations and airports. Hotels are also everywhere for accommodation and restaurants and clubs. Here are some of their popular cities for a travel destination.
The capital of Germany and once the city of division. Berlin is a city that has something for everyone to enjoy. There are numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and historical sights to see. In addition, Berlin is also home to some of the best nightlife in Europe.
The capital of Bavaria and home to Oktoberfest.
A city famous for its Nazi past but also has a lot of medieval architecture and fortifications to see.
City in the Rhine River Valley with a rich history and culture. Also, Cologne is home to one of the largest famous carnivals in Europe.
Just like Düsseldorf, it’s located on the river Rhein and is known for its skyscrapers. It also has a large number of international banks and businesses.
Castles in Germany
Arguably the number one attraction of Germany. Castles are one of Germany’s most historic prized possessions. With at least one Castle in every single decent-sized town in Germany, you will always have a place to visit no matter where your travels in Germany take you.
Most of these castles have nice restaurants inside where you are given information on the historic value of the establishment, not to mention great food in my experience.
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Is a very popular tourist destination that you will need to book/reserve for a tour. All tours are guided. It is a historicist palace on a steep hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned it in 1885.
The Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern, and it overlooks Mount Hohenzollern. This castle is open to tourists on guided tours, the tour features the castle’s treasures like silver, gold, and paintings.
The breathtaking Heidelberg Schloss (castle) is located 300 feet above the city of Heidelberg and has stunning views. The castle’s early stages were built around 1300, and it was completed and used by Prince Elector Ruprecht III (1398 – 1410). It was damaged by lightning in 1764, leaving only the outer walls and some of the towers. It is now open for tourists and available for marriage events.
Many say that German beer is the best in the world, because of this many German breweries are hesitant to give up their tricks of the trade many saying it’s in the water. Whether this is true or not Germany definitely has a reputation for providing delicious preservative-free beer.
The German government actually mandates that only a few main ingredients are to be added to the beer and no preservatives can be added, BY LAW.
Kinds of German Beer:
Kind of like a watered-down version of a Hefe Weizen, but still very good. Pilsners are actually the most popular beer in Germany and maybe even the world.
A hoppy lager is frequently brewed with an adjunct cereal grain such as maize or rice.
A type of sour beer that is made with a lactobacillus starter culture. Berliner Weisse, Gose, and Flanders Brown Ale are all examples of this style.
My personal favorite, Hefeweizens are unfiltered wheat beers that often have fruity flavors like our salty and acidic beers
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I am sure that you all have either heard about or tried some of the typical German dishes, i.e. Schnitzel, Wursts (German sausage), and Spaetzle, but what you may not have tried are some of the not so traditional but common dishes in Germany.
If you are planning a trip to Germany I recommend going to any German restaurant and ordering the house special.
Most restaurants, just like in the U.S., have a house special that is different from restaurant to restaurant and will usually be very delicious.
Is a thin piece of meat that is breaded and fried, traditionally served with mushroom gravy.
Is a German sausage that is made of fresh pork, beef, or veal. It is typically grilled, but can also be boiled, fried, or baked.
Is a noodle-like dumpling that is made from flour, eggs, and salt. It is often served with cheese or gravy.
Is a pot roast that is made from beef or horse meat and usually served with red cabbage and potatoes.
Is red cabbage that is cooked with apples, vinegar, and sugar.
Are potato pancakes that are made from grated potatoes, flour, egg, and salt. They are usually pan-fried in butter or oil.
In conclusion, Germany is a great travel destination and has a lot of tourist attractions to offer for both domestic and international guests. It is a country to visit if you want to experience Germany’s history, culture, good food, and fairy tales. Nature lovers can visit the black forest which is the largest forested part of Bavaria. Plus according to the latest news german cities like Berlin is ranked as one of the safest cities in the world.
Why is Germany simply inspiring to visit?
UNESCO’s world heritage sites include both architectural masterpieces and natural landscapes with a rich history. The most significant exhibition halls, the biggest acoustics theater, the hottest musical theater, and the world’s best entertainment are just some of the high-quality experiences available to visitors to Germany.
Government legislation has covered almost the whole country. We have over 350 protected areas in the United States that we should see. The majority of German villages have excellent buses and excellent bicycle infrastructure. Hotel and restaurant operations encourage a vibrant culinary market utilizing local produce.
What is Germany’s position in international travel?
Germany maintains its crown as the world’s most powerful brand during the epidemic season 2020. In a worldwide survey of 130 countries, the German tourism industry ranked third in terms of global tourism and sustainable travel competitiveness.
Germany boasts a solid reputation for customer service and has maintained excellent performance in the Quality Monitor assessment.
Germany is positioned fifth among 165 nations surveyed in the Sustainable Development Report, which states that it has a strong sustainability record. This is what Germany aspires to maintain at all times.
What is Germany’s tourism status?
The number of visitors to Germany has increased by more than 36 percent since the turn of the century, from roughly 35.8 million people in 1999 to nearly 39 million in 2019. Germany is recognized as a cultural retreat for many visitors from European countries.
This new outbreak was linked with severe immigration and tourism difficulties throughout Europe’s tourism industry and its regions.
Despite the fact that Germany suffered tremendous amounts of money, it became the preferred choice among European vacation destinations for development. Germany is still Europe’s most important commercial center and the continent’s second-largest traveling destination.
The country receives a large number of visitors from outside of the EU. Germany ranks first internationally in terms of European conferences and travel activities among European countries.
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