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Germany is a wonderful travel destination. Lots of museums, history and forests should keep you busy no matter what you are interested in. It is easy to get around by train, hitchhiking or rideshare agencies. Food is cheap in supermarkets. With the Hospitality Club, you can now easily get off the beaten path and visit members in almost any corner of the country. The club was founded here and has spread amazingly around the country. Come and see for yourself - we would love to have you as a guest and show you the best of our country.
How to use HC in Germany
- look for persons with similar interests or travel plans to your country
- write personalized messages, saying why you picked this member in particular
- offer to help in the house/kitchen, especially if it is a shared flat or a person who hosts a lot - it will be appreciated
- contact new members (sort the city list by that criterion)
- be prepared to be very independent from your hosts, some like to look after their guests and show them around, but many prefer guests that don't depend on their hosts for exploring the city.
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Top Things to See and Do
The fascinating capital Berlin, Munich, the castles of Bavaria and along the Rhine, the East with vibrant Leipzig and historic Dresden, famous Weimar with the nearby concentration camp Buchenwald, the cathedral of Köln, the Black Forest and the Harz Mountains, and many small towns that still retain a fairy tale feeling like Rothenburg, Bad Sooden-Allendorf or Meissen.
First of all check out http://www.germany-tourism.de/ - the official tourism site of Germany, and a really great one. You´ll find EVERYTHING there about what´s here to see and do. If you´re just interested in the Top Things, then just keep on reading! :-)
In general one can say that Germany has to offer the following 3 things:
1. Several big cities like
all of them are anything else than molochs and offer great architecture and a wide range of cultural activities.
There are several world cultural heritage sites located in Germany, e.g. the Rhine river area, cathedrals in Aachen and Cologne, the ancient roman borderline called Limes, Weimar, Wartburg castle and so much more.
is not only the political but also the cultural capital of Germany. It's an absolute MUST to go there and see how the two parts of the once splitted city merge together, the remaining part of the Berlin wall, Brandenburg's Gate, Reichstag (now the German parliament)... If you like baroque castles and parks, don't forget to visit the nearby city Potsdam (castle and park of Sanssouci and a dozen others).
If you want to see skyscrapers, go to Frankfurt (but you can also travel south immediately, e.g. to Heidelberg).
2. Second, and this is quite special, Germany has a huge amount of extremly beautiful small towns and villages, with Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg and
Bamberg (all in the state Bavaria) being only some of them. In
Hesse you find Limburg an der Lahn Marburg and Ruedesheim am Rhein. Generally one can say that the number of these towns increases significantly from the north to the south. These towns usually still have an old town from the Middle Ages, not seldom 1000 years old!
Maybe an inside tip: Xanten (http://www.xanten.de/indexg.htm), in
Northrhine-Westphalia, a 2000 year-old Roman town. There you find the Archeological Park Xanten (APX) which consists of the 1:1 reconstruction of the excavations of the Roman city Colonia Ulpia Traiana. Xanten is the only Roman town north of the Alps which has not been built over since the collapse of the Roman Empire.
3. In addition, you can find great nature everywhere in Germany. The more you go to the south, the more mountainous it gets. And the weather is warmer there. Besides the low mountain range in Central- and South-Germany the highlights are of course the Alpes in the very south. The region of Berchtesgaden (http://www.berchtesgaden.de/) with the Königssee (King's Lake) is my personal favourite there. MAKE SURE to go to Füssen (http://www.stadt-fuessen.de/), the castle Neuschwanstein (New-Swan-Stone if you really wanna translate, but don´t ask me what it means ;-)) is prettier than you can ever imagine.
Another highlight is the long region of the Rhine with its tributaries Mosel, Main and Neckar with the many many small castles along them.
Neighboring countries: Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands
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|Last postings about Germany from other users
- museums: Mercedes-Benz and Porsche - castles: Ludwigsburg, Solitude, Stuttgart boattrip on the river Neckar - Volksfest: second biggest in fun-fair in the world (avery year in Sept.) wine and food from the south of Germany