HOLIDAYS IN GERMANY (2017 | Issue 1)

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feedback from indian travelers

Gemütlich. That’s one way of describing an important aspect of Germany—using a German word! It conjures up all things inviting, friendly and comfortable. Indian tourists will find lots of things that’ll make them feel at home, including Indian food! What’s Up, Germany? presents Germany through Indian eyes.

Shruti Bhatia, graphic designer

“There is something undeniably artistic about Germany. As we walked through the dense Black Forest with heavy clouds, we followed the chimes of the largest cuckoo clock and managed to get our hands on the loveliest slice of Black Forest cake. The experience was nothing short of magic! Germany can be truly bewitching in a natural sort of way. We also took leisurely strolls through Munich, visited beautiful castles and absorbed the Baroque and Gothic architecture, halting only for Bratwurst along the way!”

— Shruti Bhatia, graphic designer

Shubhra Gupta

“To me, Berlin is one of the most exciting cities. It combines the old and new, traditional and modern, and has a great sense of history. Love it more every time I visit, especially for the Berlinale!”

— Shubhra Gupta, film critic, The Indian Express

Kaushal Karkhanis, travel blogger

“Germans are some of the friendliest and nicest people I’ve met. Greeting them in German is guaranteed to win hearts! Learn a few basic phrases before you go. I was pleasantly surprised that at least the metro cities are both vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. There is something for everyone when it comes to the delightful food. Even if you don’t have a data card, you’ll find Wi-Fi in a lot of public spaces, so Google Maps is a great companion for getting around.”

— Kaushal Karkhanis, travel blogger, Exotic Gringo

Shikha Tripathi, travel journalist

“I travelled through Hessen, a lesser-known part of Germany, including its two national parks, Kellerwald-Edersee and Eifel. What really impressed me was Germany’s focus on being all-inclusive when it comes to the outdoors; the parks are barrier-free, enabling everyone—from the old to the wheelchairbound, and sometimes even the visually impaired—to experience nature, which is truly commendable. I highly recommend travellers to explore this side of Germany too, which goes beyond the Oktoberfest!”

— Shikha Tripathi, travel journalist

 Anuradha Goyal, travel blogger

“If there was one word to define Germany, it would be punctuality. Everything there moves like clockwork. I am a vegetarian, but even then, Germany didn’t give me a hard time. There are many vegan restaurants that make survival easier.”

— Anuradha Goyal, travel blogger, IndiTales

Lakshmi Sharath travel blogger

“There’s a certain charm about German Christmas markets. You feel like you’re in a fairy-tale land with angels and elves. Besides the Glühwein, I tried Feuerzangenbowle, a rum- and red wine-based drink infused with spices. The little plum people of Nuremberg are absolutely delicious, and the nutcracker figurines and smoking men incense burners are so charming. The entire atmosphere is magical. You must try Stollen (fruit bread). As the winters can be quite severe in Germany, don’t forget your warm clothes and drink plenty of Glühwein!”

— Lakshmi Sharath, travel blogger

Divyanshi Pandey

“I decided to travel across Europe during Christmas and New Year, and my most memorable halt was in Berlin, because of the beautiful experience I had with the people. Walking at night in a forest, then climbing up Drachenberg hill, only to see a crowd celebrating Silvester (the German word for New Year’s Eve) and waiting for the clock to strike 12, is something I will never forget!”

— Divyanshi Pandey, student

food & travel blogger

“I have been to Germany twice, and I love the feel of the place. Walking down the streets, exploring the history, is something I love. I know people are usually crazy about the beers in Germany, but I think wine also holds equal importance. You must go for a wine tasting at a cellar.”

— Roxanne Bamboat, food & travel blogger, The Tiny Taster

What do Dil to Pagal Hai, Don2 and Hero No.1 have in common? They were all shot in Germany! Bollywood movies are very popular there, especially those starring—no surprise here—Shah Rukh Khan! The city of Stuttgart even hosts the largest Indian film festival in Europe that includes Bollywood, regional and indie cinema. More than 7,000 people attended the festival in 2012!

  1. Zugspitze: The highest peak in Germany, located near the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, offers phenomenal panoramic views.
  2. Cologne Cathedral: This towering Gothic masterpiece dates back to 1248!
  3. Neuschwanstein Castle: This iconic fairy-tale castle features on every tourist’s must-see list.
  4. The Black Forest: A breathtakingly beautiful wooded haven, it is perfect for outdoor sports and relaxing spas.
  5. Bamberg: An historic town, it is home to outstanding architectural sites, including the one-of-a-kind Old Town Hall.
  1. Saxon Switzerland National Park: This scenic park in the heart of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains has it all: stunning rock formations, wild canyons and deep valleys.
  2. Rothenburg ob der Tauber: A picture-book medieval town that is charming beyond words.
  3. Rügen: The largest island in Germany offers contrasting landscapes, from 100-metre chalk cliffs in Jasmund National Park to green farmlands and sandy beaches! Binz, Germany’s largest seaside resort, is also on this island.
  4. Heidelberg: One of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations, its castle and Baroque-style old town are simply unique!
  5. Hohenzollern Castle: Perched on a bluff, this neo-Gothic beauty with stained-glass windows and decorative frescoes has 140 opulent rooms.

“Travelling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” — Ibn Battuta