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FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

September 4, 2017
FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

In the few days I was able to spend in Germany, I saw the countryside to the city and in between. A gorgeous country like this one could be explored for months, but if you find yourself wanting to experience the variety a traveler can find here, these stops will give you a perfect little taste of Deutschland.

FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

CRUISE ON THE RHINE

I started my journey by taking a boat cruise on the Rhine River. I knew it would be beautiful scenery, but I was absolutely blown away by how stunning the castles and colorful homes were. The countryside looked like it was straight out of a storybook.

FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

HEIDELBERG

Next I spent a night in Heidelberg, which is a quaint town that was a breath of fresh air having just done several big European cities in the days prior. I got a traditional German dinner of cheese spaetzle, a pasta dish, and a glass of sparkling white wine flavored with elderflower syrup. The next morning I visited the Heidelberg Castle, the city’s main tourist attraction. It’s not only beautiful but also is so high above the city that the view is incredible. The castle is home to the largest wine barrel in the world, which is big enough to hold almost sixty thousand gallons of wine!

FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

On the way to Munich, I stopped in the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber which is still surrounded by walls. Being in Rothenburg and walking down cobblestone streets felt like stepping into another time. I couldn’t resist trying the frosting covered “schneeballen” pastries that filled bakery windows around every corner-it’s the German word for snowball. The Birkenstock store selling really discounted shoes is also worth stopping in.

FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

MUNICH

That evening I arrived in Munich, and the first stop for my friends and I was the Hofbrauhaus to get a drink. This famous beer hall, which was established in the 1500s is both a great place to enjoy German beer but also a landmark with a rich history, including being a meeting place during World War II. Since they serve beer by the liter here, I decided to just indulge in a radler, which is a mix of light beer and lemonade and is delicious and refreshing after a long travel day. Toast to your friends with the German word for cheers, “prost!”

FROM CITY TO COUNTRY GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

The next day was when I visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. It’s not something I’d say you should do if you aren’t comfortable, but it’s a moving experience and although it was extremely difficult I still would recommend visiting. The site is tastefully preserved in a way that is respectful and reflective.

FROM CITY TO COUNTRY GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

After such a somber morning I decided to just walk around Munich and do some shopping with my friend. We trekked for several miles to find smoothies and a healthy lunch after many carb-filled days and just enjoyed a sunny afternoon of shopping. At five in the evening the Rathaus-Glockenspiel goes off, so I hurried over to the Marienplatz square to see the famous clock tower show. It involves statues dancing, music, and lasts for several minutes. It’s not as impressive in our high-tech age as it was when they built it, but it’s a cute and quirky part of Munich’s history and it’s cool to see crowds of people stop their day to all watch this daily occurrence.

FROM CITY TO COUNTRY GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

My friends and I spent our last night in Munich with another traditional German meal and exploring the great nightlife scene. While I didn’t have much time in Germany, I definitely tried to make the most of it! Each place I explored was so different from the last that I wouldn’t be able to pick just one to recommend, the beauty of Germany is discovering how special and different each new city and town is.

Have you been to Germany? Please share your experience in the comments below! Read Next > Driving Through Deutschland: A Road Trip Through Germany 

By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Abigail Cummings of WholeHeartedBlog.com
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FROM CITY TO COUNTRYSIDE: GERMANY IN FOUR DAYS

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2 Comments

  • Reply Addie September 5, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Sounds like an amazing four days! I absolutely love Heidelberg. Out of curiosity, where did you take that first picture? It’s stunning!

    • Reply Becky van Dijk September 5, 2017 at 5:04 am

      Thank you for reading and commenting Addie. The article was written by contributor Abigail Cummings of WholeHeartedBlog.com, if you reach out to her directly she should be able to help you! Thanks, Becky

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