Top 10 Things to do in Germany
Germany is more than just beer festivals (although that is an excellent reason to visit) offering something for everyone! Just think fairy-tale castles, crystal-clear lakes, incredible forests, unforgettable cities, all-night festivals, tasty cuisine, historical architecture and a wonderful culture. Just take a look at these 10 things to do in Germany for starters! Oh, and did we say they also do pretty good beer festivals!
Experience the Romantic Road A trade route during the Middle Ages, the ‘Romantic Road’ still retains much of its medieval charm. The road is 350km in length winding through forgotten sections of countryside and visiting picturesque villages in the southern provinces of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Along the road you’ll experience gothic cathedrals, fairy tale castles and historic youth hostels including Würzburg and Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century royal palace in the Bavarian Alps built for Louis II of Bavaria. The castle embodies 19th century romanticism and is a fantastic imitation of a medieval castle complete with towers and spires, spectacularly sited on a high point over the Pöllat River gorge. Neuschwanstein Castle.was also the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle! A great place to stay is Youth Hostel Füssen set in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Swim in Lake Constance Lake Constance (Bodensee) is a lake on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps with shores in three countries: Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The lake is an ideal destination for a short break or relaxing family holiday offering a myriad of hiking, cycling and water sports. Spring is a perfect time to visit with fruit trees in blossom and the lake warming for some great swimming. Check out hostel Konstanz for an unforgettable stay. Relax at the Beach: Rügen Swim, sail, surf and paddle along the 1,900km of beaches and coastlines of Germany. With over 2,000 sparkling lakes and crystal clear rivers, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water in Germany’s favourite ‘water Land’ - a unique bathing paradise! The seaside resorts along the Baltic Sea are like giant bathing pools with endless promenades of fine sandy beaches. Right on the beach promenade you’ll find youth hostels Binz and Prora perfect for meeting new friends, swimming, sunbathing, surfing and a thousand other great activities.
Black Forest Tall fir trees, rustic farmhouses, traditional food – the Black Forest is renowned for its diverse landscape and culinary specialities. This popular holiday region in southwest Germany is more than 200km by 60km and rich in tradition and history. Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, gateau, Bollenhut hats, cuckoo clocks - the Black Forest embodies everything you might expect of a German ‘picture-book’ holiday. Great places to stay include hostels Baden-Baden and Freudenstadt.
Kiel Week Kiel Week is the world's largest sailing event and also the biggest summer festival in northern Europe, each year welcoming around 3.5 million visitors. This year, the festival is between 16-24 June and highlights World and Olympic champions displaying their sailing prowess. Kiel Week offers hundreds of regattas, historic ship parades, and a cultural program that transforms Kiel into a fantastic summer festival. Visit Kiel hostel for a great place to stay in the city. Party at the Stuttgart Summer Festival The Summer Festival is Stuttgart's most elegant open-air party! For four days during August (2-5), the Schlossplatz and the shores of lake Eckensee in Obere Schlossgarten park are taken over with enormous marquees erected for festival events. Around half a million visitors come every year to enjoy the Festival's unique summer atmosphere enjoying fantastic food while listening to live music and cabaret. For a fantastic view over the city stay at Stuttgart hostel. Lesbian and Gay City Festival, Berlin During 16-17 June, Berlin´s Rainbow Fund presents its 20th, and Europe’s largest, annual Lesbian and Gay Festival. The festival is to be held in the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg and offers a wealth of party fun: high-energy techno music, hits of the 70s, the wild sofa personality interview show and willing guests from politics will be put through the meat grinder to the delight of all. Why not stay at one of the most popular hostels in Germany - Berlin International hostel. Tollwood Summer Festival in Munich The Tollwood Summer Festival starts on Friday 29th June and lasts until the 25th July – 25 days of fun! The festival will be held at Olympiapark in Munich where you’ll experience a wealth of entertainment, most of which is free including theatre and street performances, international music concerts, handicraft markets and organic food stalls. The motto of this year’s festival is ‘beautiful views – nice prospects’. We have 3 bookable hostels in Munich for your convenience!
Do Oktoberfest (or visit a Brewery: Cologne) Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich since 1810 and is one of the most famous festivals in Germany and in fact the world. This year’s festival runs between 22 Sept – 7 Oct and is more than just drinking beer – it is a way of living and a cultural experience! If you are unable to make Oktoberfest this year, then consider going to one of the many breweries Germany has to offer. The city of Cologne is also famous for its beer, called ‘Kölsch’ and two great hostels nearby are the Deutz City Hostel and the Pathpoint Cologne. As part of our EUROPE OPEN! Campaign, book your hostel in Germany (or any other European destination) before 31 May 2012 for the chance to win your booking for FREE plus £200 spending money. For Terms & Conditions please read here.