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1. Posted by mishe (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hello there!

Im flying to Berlin on the 4th of june. i plan to spend about a week travelling around germany via train before heading to czech rep. I want to camp as much as possible. im interested in places of natural beauty but also plan on spending a couple of days in berlin and then heading through Bavaria. If anyone can give me any advice on campsites or the best places to visit in Germany. Perhaps a possible route, i would be most greatful.

Cheers people.

Em

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

I had to think a bit about your post, because you talked about going to Bavaria from Berlin and then into the Czech Republic. Totally confused me for a moment, because from Berlin to the Czech Republic I would go through Thuringia or Saxony. I totally forgot that crossing the border to Czechia from Bavaria is an option too.

The best sites to learn more about camping in Germany are these two:

http://www.germany-tourism.co.uk/pages/camping.html
http://campingfuehrer.adac.de
http://www.karmabum.com/germany.htm

If I was you I would probably skip Bavaria altogether, and spent 2 days in Weimar, 2 days in the Spreewald and maybe one day in Leipzig or Dresden as well as do some hiking in the Elbsandstein Mountains. (Berlin also has so much to offer you could spent 3 weeks there and still wouldn't have made a dent in all the things to see and do there.) I would cross the border to the Czech Republic with the Elbe river and head down into Prague from there. (What did you want to do in Bavaria anyway? It's freaking expensive there.)

Weimar is essential Germany in a nutshell, if you got only two days for Germany, spent them there. The city itself is 18th century architecture, steeped in history because of the two great German writers Schiller and Goethe who lived here and the influence the Weimar court had on German thinking and politics. On the other hand you got the concentration camp Buchenwald nearby, especially with its mixed post WWII history - and only by looking at this in contrast you'll get a glimpse of what being German truly means.

Both Leipzig and Dresden are vibrant student towns with lots of history and great architecture. A part of Goethe's famous play "Faust" is based in Leipzig, sometimes the local theatre acts the play on the original locations in and around Leipzig. The most famous of them being Auerbach's Keller - a wine house opened in 1525 and still operating today. (You will need to reserve seats through http://www.auerbachs-keller-leipzig.de/)
You can get the play "Faust" by Goethe at gutenberg.com for free. (German and English translation are both online.) Leipzig has been voted as one of the hippest towns in Europe recently, and Dresden is not far behind on the scale of "towns to be in" in Germany.

For your nature fix:

http://www.spreewald.de/
You could rent a canoe or a bike there to see more of the unique flooded landscape. The spreewald is one of the last natural seasonal river forests in Europe. (Just bring some decent bug spray.)

http://www.nationalpark-saechsische-schweiz.de
http://www.saechsische-schweiz.de/

If you need help with those german websites, just holler for me again.

3. Posted by Alicja (Budding Member 238 posts) 10y

About Bavaria-I was there two years ago and I love this region! Bavaria has got a beautiful natural places and great history.You should visited Munich,but I think you can be in that city for few days and still feel that are places where you wouldn't be.
You can visit 2 from 3 castles of king Ludwik II - the most famouse one-Neuschwanstein and beautiful Linderhof for exaple.
You can go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and there you can see gorgeos Alps and I strongly advice you to go to Partnachklamm.
Bavaria is wonderful!!!!
Cheers,
Alicja

4. Posted by RiverRuner (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

My favorite place in Germany was on the Rhine, which is a beautiful region. We started in Boppard and made about a two hour tour south, and stayed in Bacharach in a castle that had been converted to a hostel. It was great fun, adn bacharach is midievil town, complete with coblstones adn 500 year old churches in a place of little comparable beauty and charm. This spot is on the other side of the country from Berlin, but near Frankfurt. Perhaps, if you fly into Frankfurt, this would be a good place to start your trek!

5. Posted by norian (Full Member 71 posts) 10y

As you'll go to Berlin, don't miss Dresden either.
you've got too many things to see.
and there are many places to have fun.

6. Posted by tuatara (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Don't miss Bavaria!
It's a gorgeous area, especially if you're into natural beauty and it's a totally different culture to the rest of Germany.
Head to any small town near the Alps, go for a hike and drink a cold beer in the mountains, spend some time in Munich and explore the whole (flat!) city by rental bike. Don't forget to stop off in the biergartens.
Neuschwanstein castle is great but beware the hoards of tourists.

7. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

places not to be missed in germany :

All the places near the Rhine River (Basel - Nijmegen) and the places near the Main River (Mainz - Bamberg). Also the Main-Donau-Canal is great with Nurnberg in the middle.

8. Posted by mjlayton (Full Member 15 posts) 10y

I spent a week driving down from a surprisingly neat little town called Erfurt. We also stopped in at a town called Rothenburg which was a fantastic little place. The fairytale castle in Fussen is a must see. Bavaria is beautiful, just the scenery in the Bavarian Alps will be enough.

9. Posted by sjavid (Inactive 2 posts) 10y

It will be slightly more expensive than usual because of the World Cup. I'm going for the games and noticed it's about 3x what I paid when the games were not going on.

10. Posted by Aless (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

We travelled by train from Paris and went to Munich via Heidelberg, which was highly recommended by a friend.We absolutely loved it.
If you go to Munich, get a guided tour of Dachau(out of the city a bit).I was going to give it a miss, but my husband really wanted to go, so I went too. It was an absolutely mind-blowing experience. The tours are booked/leave from an office(can't remember the name)in the main railway station(round the back sort of!!).Our guide was a young Brit. who knew everything there was to know.We went on the first short bit by train and then by local bus-very inexpensive,as well as being a bit different.