We've been to Germany a few times. Our last trip was to Stuttgart and it was an amazing family destination. So it comes no surprise that I completely agree with Josh on this. Thanks for the info, Josh!
While I was stationed in Germany serving in the military for nearly five years, I had a unique opportunity to take in all that Germany had to offer. A few years into my tour I met my wife, Claudia, who is a native German. With her knowledge of the culture and my hunger for new travel experiences, we've compiled a list of four reasons why we believe Germany should be your next European travel destination!
1. Central location
Take a look at the map below. There are two things that I want to point out in regards to Germany. First, do you see how Germany is central to nearly all of the most desired European tourist destinations? Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Greece ... the list goes on and on. All of these countries are a short train ride (in addition to a short boat ride in a few cases) from anywhere in Germany! Make Germany your "hub" and take day trips to these other countries. Train, bus, and boat travel is pretty inexpensive as well. Second, have you ever noticed that Germany is about the size of the U.S. state of Montana? It's true. When you consider the size, you can easily see how short a distance these other great locations are from any spot in Germany that you make your hub.
2. Tourist friendly
There are many great travel spots around the world that boast a one-of-a-kind tourist experience, but it comes with the cost of inconvenience. Germany is NOT one of those destinations. Since Germany had a very large foreign military presence for many decades as a result of World War II, the culture has transformed. English is understood by nearly every teenage to middle-aged German. Few people are shocked to come across an English-speaking tourist. Various currencies can be converted in various locations across the country. These things, along with a list of others, make Germany a very tourist friendly Country.
3. Rich culture
Germany is known for it's rich culture. While there are many cliches that are associated with Germany, the overall rich culture is in no way a cliche. There is just something deeply fulfilling about walking through the streets of an old German town, or sitting in a historic castle while you eat fine German cuisine. While Germany is a world power in regards to economy and technology, the rich, historic culture is one-of-a-kind and feels very "old" (in a great way).
4. The Castles
You can't talk about Germany without mentioning the castles! The beauty and majesty of the many castles within Germany can provide days of enjoyment to the tourist. Whether you focus on hitting as many castles as possible in any given day, or you simply stop in each castle you happen to come across, you will not soon forget these architectural masterpieces. Many castles in Germany contain restaurants. Others museums. There are castles throughout the Country and each one is unique.
We could honestly make a list much larger than this, but for the sake of time we have consolidated what we believe to be the four main reasons why you should make Germany your next European travel destination! It is not unreasonable to expect to visit four or five different countries within Europe, while making Germany your travel headquarters, during one trip! This point alone, we believe, is reason enough to focus on Germany. But there is a long list of other reasons why Germany is uniquely the best European travel destination in our opinion.
So, when will you be visiting? We would love to hear from you if you do plan on traveling to Germany in the future. We are always happy to provide personal advice and discuss all the many fun things there are to do in Germany.
Josh Spaulding is a U.S. Army veteran who was stationed in Germany for five years. Together with his wife Claudia, who is a native German, they provide Germany tourism and travel advice via their blog at everythingaboutgermany. Josh and Claudia invite you to contact them through their site with any questions you may have about Germany or European travel in general.
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Great post Josh! I was on a hunt for an article about traveling to Germany, and came across your post. I especially liked how you talk about how great Germany is as a base for visiting other parts of Europe. It's almost hard to believe how easy it is to travel between Germany and other parts of Europe.
Actually, I just put together an infographic about "10 Must Do’s in Black Forest". Let me know if you’d like to check it out. If you have any ideas about Black Forest in particular, I’d like to know! -Leah
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