HOLIDAYS IN GERMANY (2017 | Issue 1)

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german culture history and nature
german culture history and nature

german culture history and natureermany is a fascinating combination of modern coolness and timeless tradition. It has something for everyone: spectacular mountains, pristine beaches and enchanting forests for nature lovers; high-octane races and adventure sports for thrill-seekers; vineyards and fairy-tale castles for romantics; theme parks and whacky out-of-the-box museums for children; soul-stirring music and art for the culturally inclined; stately palaces and rejuvenating spas for luxury seekers; and inviting food and the best beer ever! There’s so much to see and do, you’ll wish you could extend your holiday to soak in all the awesomeness! What’s Up, Germany? presents Germany in all its glory.

 

german culture history and nature

NATURAL BEAUTY

You’ll be surrounded by nature the minute you set foot in Germany. The many national parks, palace and botanical gardens are perfect places to unwind, soak in some sun and let your children have a field day! Just put on your walking shoes and explore Germany’s breathtaking natural landscapes. Lake Constance, Black Forest, Röthbachfall, Königsee and Jasmund National Park top the charts.

RICH CULTURE & HISTORY

The land of poets and thinkers has an age-old tradition of literature, philosophy, music, painting and dance. Its many museums, opera houses and palaces are a feast for the senses. Make sure to visit the old towns to get a feel of local culture, traditions, architecture, food and drink. For history buffs, there’s Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, Cologne Cathedral, Museum Island, Potsdam and the Imperial Roman Baths in Trier.

ACTION TIME!

From skiing in the Bavarian Alps, climbing in Saxon Switzerland National Park to water sports at Kellerwald-Edersee National Park, there are many options to get your adrenalin fix. And there’s the nightlife to awaken the party animal in you! The action starts late and you can shake a leg all night. Cover charges are affordable, ranging from €5–12. Berghain, Weekend, Tresor and Golden Gate are popular nightclubs in Berlin.

CUISINE & CELEBRATIONS

Germans love to celebrate and sure know how to, especially during Christmas! This spirit of festivity continues with the Oktoberfest, carnivals and music festivals. There’s always a season and reason to live it up in Germany! Food, too, is a celebration. Treat your taste buds to pretzels, döner kebabs, sauerkraut and schnitzel. The archetypal German snack is a sausage with a bread roll, but vegetarian and vegan options are easily available.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

If you’re looking for a child-friendly country, look no further. Travelling with children in Germany is literally a walk in the park! Watch them get a thrill of a lifetime on exciting rides in theme parks or get whisked off to enchanted forests straight out of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales.

AFFORDABLE

Germany is less expensive than other western European countries. Book your hotels and flights way in advance, and buy rail passes and city cards. You can find accommodation for as little as €10 per night and street food starts at €1. Also check out the many free things to do.

EASE OF TRAVELLING

You can get around without a problem thanks to the quick, comfortable and efficient transportation network that, much like everything else in Germany, runs like clockwork. Distance is also not a problem. Sure, German autobahns rock, but train and bus travel is also a breeze. When in need, smile and ask for directions—English works since most Germans speak it. Plus, it’s a really safe country

  1. Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
  2. Nearly one-third of Germany is powered by renewable energy.
  3. Berliners refer to the chancellor’s office as the “washing machine”!
  4. Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes-Benz.
  5. The German language is famous for its compound nouns. The longest word in the Duden German dictionary is the 36-letter Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung, meaning automobile liability insurance.
  1. Drinking alcohol is legal in public places.
  2. Beer is officially considered a food in Bavaria!
  3. There are over 300 varieties of bread in Germany and even museums dedicated to bread!
  4. Prison escape is not punishable, as German law recognises the desire to be free as a basic human instinct.
  5. The narrowest street in the world is located in the town of Reutlingen. It’s called Spreuerhofstrasse and is 31cm wide at its narrowest point.

“Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” — Saber Ben Hassen