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11. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hey people, keep in mind that mishe has only one week of travel for Germany - and that includes Berlin - until she makes her way to Prague. That is very limited time.

IMO it just doesn't make much sense for her to go all the way down to Bavaria just to see Neuschwanstein or Dachau. There are many alternatives available to those who don't want to join the hordes of package tourists that drown Bavaria and the south in general.

Neuschwanstein is very beautiful (after all, 4000 people a day! can't possibly be wrong), but seeing the buildings in Dresden or Sansouci in Potsdam will more than compensate for that. Unlike Neuschwanstein, Sancoussi or Dresden Royal Palace are a real castles, ones that kings really lived in during their lives. Sancoussi is also very famous for its garden, a not-to-be-missed sight all in itself, especially in late May, early June.

Compare for yourself: (Sorry German only.)

For somebody based in Berlin, I would also always recommend going to Weimar instead of Dachau. Dachau got its fame because it is one of the few KZ (Concentration Camps) that is situated on West German soil. As such it was easily accessible to Western tourists based in Munich and like Neuschwanstein, gets recommended over and over. Buchenwald in Weimar however, was based in East Germany, and as such it has been open to the Western hemisphere since 1991, so many people not familar with Nazi Germany don't know it. Personally I find Buchenwald to be more interesting than Dachau, because 1) Buchenwald continued to be used as a Concentration Camp by the Russians and the East German Government well into the 60's and 2) because of its closeness to "the city of the Classic" Weimar. Not many people realise how important the Court of Weimar was to the developement of the German nation state, German thought and the course of German history. It is the contrast that makes it so stunning and grasp the true horror of what happened during the Nazi regime.

The same West Germany/East Germany thing also goes for the regions I mentioned - both Spreewald and Elbsandstein Mountains have been hidden behind the iron courtain for 40 years, so the majority of tourists there are still locals or Germans on a weekend away. And for those not wishing to go all the way to Heidelberg, Tuebingen or Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Quedlinburg is an equally great sight.

The key to travel in Germany is to make picks in the region you are in and see some things that are fairly typical for all of Germany as well as things that have some local flair.

So you want to see a castle? Choose a great one near you. You want to see a charming little city with those little wooden beam houses? Ask a local, there is bound to be one near you within a one-hour-drive. Sample local food? There is definitely a great German restaurant just around the corner. Mountains? Unless you are in the very north or want some very serious skiing, there is no need for the Alps.

If you go only to Bavaria, you miss out a lot of the treasures of the true Germany. For example the biggest German island, Ruegen, hasn't seen an American tourist in years, despite being (rightfully so) totally packed in summer. The Wattenmeer in the north where the sea shapes the land and the land shapes the sea, is very unique and exciting. Whole droves of German tourists and Maritime biologists flock to it every year. Yet hardly a Japanese tourist bus ever goes there. The Spreewald has seen some more group tourism, but only because it is close to Berlin and it is very easy for groups to rent a boat for a day. But it is virtually unknown to backpackers, despite the fact that it is a UNESCO world heritage area and that it is the home of the Sorbs or Wendish, who have their own language and culture, making it even more interesting. (Recommended reading for people going to the Spreewald: Any book by Jurij Brezan.)

Mishe, if you want to go to Ruegen (very easy from Berlin) I recommend that you camp on

Kr├╝ger Naturcamping
Dorfstr. 5 d
18551 Nipmerow
Tel. 038302-9244 oder -53220

It is situated directly in the National Park Jasmund next to a bus stop. The camping lot is the end of a highly recommend and famous hike. You'll love it, I'm sure. Holler for me if you want to know more, I've been to Ruegen many times.

12. Posted by kael (Budding Member 15 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Me and my friend had an unexpectedly brilliant time in Bremen when we were hitching around Germany a few years ago. It has a really nice campsite (can't remember the name sorry, I know that is no help!)The people were lovely and there were lots of fun places to go at night.

13. Posted by trainjump (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The black forest region is great. Also along the rhine river.

Going to the Czech Republic too huh? I love it there! to je ta krasna zeme! I hope you have a great trip!

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

14. Posted by platypus (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Dear Mishe,

If you are interested in great nature the East part of Germany is just amazing. As you know the nature was long untouched because of the wall between the two Germanys. You can go easily north east of Berlin to Brandenburg or Mecklenburg Vorpommern. The forests are pretty nice, with still small pathes and you aspect little hobbits behind the trees or stones :) Take your time to visit also small cementeries closed to the forests. I have seen wonderfull stones there, looking like trees, but made of stone. You will find in Brandenburg also water mills. In Mecklenburg Vorpommern are beautiful lakes, it's an pretty beautiful place for kajaking and at the beginning of June are no school holidays. So it will be still a bit isolated (well, not like in Canada or similar countries, but really nice).
Germany is more a country to enjoy old towns and enjoying this atmosphere of passing old buildings, churches, castles....
If you have a chance go to Heidelberg on your way to Munich. It is a wonderful university city and beside of all this atmosphere of an very old town you find nice coffee shops and pubs. Bremen closed to Hamburg is also very pretty, it's a little bit like beeing in this cute littel streets of England, especially the "Schnorr-Viertel" is brillant. Hamburg is also interesting with huge habour and if you have a chance to go to the North Sea, do it :) The different between the tides is very interesting. We go every year one or two times from Cuxhaven to a littel Island Neuwerk, which is 12 km away from the cost. If the tide is low you can walk the distance over the mud fields or you can take a horse wagon or you can rent a horse. At the Island Neuwerk you can camp at different places or sleep in the hay hotel. I can recommend family Grieger. That is quite an experience to walk over the mud, pass some pools. It is not possible every day, but can check the tide tables at the internet before. It is not dangerrous, because you will not be alone. A plenty of people using this way. It is marked with little bushes and you can not go lost. Sure, if we aspect fock nobody recommend to go...
If you need more information about this possiblility let me know and June is a good month for travelling through Germany,it will be not to hot.... Enjoy your stay,

PS: You can catch very cheep flights in Germany to different destinations. Have a look to or

15. Posted by nikkij (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I spent a night in the Rhine Valley whilst I was on a Contiki tour and absolutely loved it. It wasn't an expected highlight for me before I left for Europe, but it is definitely a place I remember well after. Even though it was quiet, one of the best things we did was a wine tasting session in a cellar at night - and the wine was absolutely amazing.

A good side trip if you have the time. Otherwise Munich was gorgeous, but nothing was open on Sunday - very hard to get souvenirs! But Hofbrau house was awesome as well.


16. Posted by mishe (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hiya everyone!!

I just want to say thanks for all your advice advice and stuff its been really REALLY helpful. Im going soon (yey!) and im still researchin into all of the places you's have said. Ive decided to spend longer in Germany and ive got a 1 zone interrail ticket (domino was too expensive at the mo) and im going to pay the individual fares in the cheaper countries like Slovenia, Czech Rep and Croatia. Once again thanks to you guys and i hope wherever you at you have a fantastic time!!!!


mishe (means little one in Czech so im told)

17. Posted by abjork (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I can agree that Heidelberg is a very nice town to visit. I was there last fall and I really liked it. Check out some of my pcitures from Heidelberg here:


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