You’ve scrimped and save and waited for what feels like forever. Finally, your vacation to Germany is just around the corner. Do you know what you’re going to do while you’re in the country? Everybody heads to the big cities and takes in the big sights. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s also much to see outside of typical tourist attractions. Check out these ideas to have a more unique German vacation.
1. Stick to the Small Towns
Everybody who has ever wanted to vacation in Germany has a mile-long list of things to do and see in Berlin or Munich, but the real magic happens in the country’s small towns. For one thing, many of them look like something out of a Disney movie. Who wouldn’t want to stroll along quiet cobblestone streets straight out of a storybook? These tiny towns are also an excellent way to take in the culture. Tour guides waltz you through town as they tell stories of history and culture, and you’ll never feel rushed to complete your adventure in a specific timeframe.
2. Find the Most Interesting Haunts
If you love the idea of chasing ghosts or being thoroughly creeped out, turn your German vacation into a haunted tour of the country. If you prefer something with a proven history, some ancient stones near Osnabrück were the backdrop when priests were massacred in the spot more than 1200 years ago. You can also go the less authentic but still creepy route by visiting Monster Kabinett in Berlin. One-half art gallery and one-half haunted house, the attraction is home to a robotic art display that might be made of nightmares.
3. Create Your Own Art Tour
Who says an art tour in Germany needs to stick to the well-known museums? At least 10 cities in Germany have some of the best street art in the world. All you need to do is rent a car and start your road trip. If you have time, explore every neighborhood for hidden treasures, but if you won’t be in the country long, find your way to the “halls of fame.” These areas are where established and respected artists in the community do their work.
4. Turn Your Vacation Into a Foodie Tour
Are you a culinary artist who is interested in learning how German restaurants operate? Maybe you just love food and want to try as many new things as possible while you’re in the country. Either way, why not base your vacation around visiting some of the best restaurants in Germany?
Adventurous types can put their fate in the hands of others by choosing the nearest restaurant to their current location on this German interactive food guide. From sophisticated five-star restaurants to seaside cafes, there’s something for all types of taste buds, and there’s something to be said about the adventure of closing your eyes and pointing.
If you’ve never traveled to Germany before, make sure you research the etiquette before you land to avoid embarrassment or offending locals. Above all, remember cash is king. Many places only accept cash and those that accept cards won’t be able to process your American one anyway. Now that you have some ideas and know what to expect when you land, it’s time to plan that vacation!