Image taken by Mellissa Williams from Fly Drive Explore
With so many countries in Europe it can be hard to work out exactly where to go when I think of weekend getaways but one country which I have barely touched is Germany. Years ago I headed to Berlin for a weekend away with family and then in 2016 I headed to Nuremberg for Rock Im Park Festival although I didn’t get to see any of the city itself. There are so many beautiful looking cities within the country that I’m keen to visit.
Let’s start with somewhere I’ve been before; Berlin. I am really keen to go back to the city and explore some more of what it has to offer as due to being with family last time I didn’t see as much as I may have done had I been with friends. I want to see more of the cities artwork and really spend time along the East Side Gallery but I want to find out a bit more about the history of the city as I don’t know all that much about the Berlin wall and it’s fall so this would be really interesting. Plus the zoo is one of the best I’ve ever been to so I’d definitely be going back.
Photo taken by Hollie of Hollie in Wanderlust
Munich seems a lot more traditional than cities like Berlin and Frankfurt so it would be nice to have a contrast and the Marien Square which is the central heart of Munich has the New Town Hall of Munich which looks absolutely incredible and reminds me of the Parliament building in Budapest which is one of my favourite sites. The Glockenspiel which is a 100 year old chiming clock is housed here and at 11am or midday you can hear it ring watch the 32 life-sized figures reenact historical Bavarian events which sounds so much more impressive than the Prague clock tower which was a little disappointing. I’m not a huge fan of beer so that side of Munich doesn’t appeal to me as much but I bet Ocktoberfest it as a great time to visit.
I am hoping to visit Cologne in December for their Christmas markets as German Christmas markets are hailed for being the best in the world so I thought I’d combine that with the city. Cologne itself looks absolutely stunning from the photos I’ve seen especially the large Gothic cathedral in the city which is a UNESCO site. The city has some beautiful outdoor spots as well such as the Botanical Gardens whose greenhouses were inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, although I might not get a chance to see this in all it’s glory in December.
Photo taken by Jessica of Forevermissvanity
In stark contrast to Munich, Frankfurt is a lot more modern and takes influence from America as it’s nicknamed ‘Mainhattan’ and ‘Chicago on the Main’ which is probably because it’s considered a global city which constantly ranks within the top ten best cities to live and do business in. I really love metropolitan cities so this would make for a great city break away. There’s still a lot of history especially around Frankfurt’s Old Town with a picturesque square and lots of tourist attractions to keep you busy.
Have you been to Germany?