I like to think that Germany doesn’t get enough credit when it comes to tourism. Often, people think of places like Berlin when they think of Germany but my favorite parts are the smaller villages alongside the rivers. Big cities like Munich are an absolute jewel of the region and castles like Neuschwanstein and Burg Eltz will make you instantly fall in love. Come during Christmas time and you might just move there, like I did.

Things to See and Do in Germany

Stroll around Munich
Take in the Fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein
Explore history in Berlin
Cruise the Rhine River
Party at Oktoberfest
Find peace in the German Alps
Experience magic at the Christmas Markets
Discover Hansel and Gretel's home in the Black Forest

The Fairytale Castle

Oktoberfest Pretzel

Typical Costs When Travelling

BRING CASH! Germany is extremely cash based! But on the bright side, it's a great for budget travel.

Accommodation – Germany is surprisingly cost efficient and you can find anything from 5-star hotels to nice AirBnbs.

Food – Sausage and pretzels are king! But don't forget about the other decadent fair like spaetzel, sauerkraut, and, of course, beer.

Transportation – It's super easy to get around Germany with the wonderful metro system. Nearly every city, big and small, offers public transportation. There are also train stations to get you to great distances.

Suggested daily budget – 60-80 EUR / 65-90 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hotel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

Bring Cash! Save on fees by bringing cash. Most often German restaurants and bars do not take card.
Ride Public Transportation It's easy and cheap! I recommend getting a day pass which you can find at nearly every stop.
Download your Map to your Phone To save on internet fees, download the map of the area you'll be in to your phone so you can navigate even when not connected to WiFi.
Eat in I love going to the grocery store to grab lunch or dinner. You'll save money and get a glimpse at local cuisine.

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