One of the most popular countries to visit due to its forested mountains, rich history, and medieval towns, Germany offers fun activities modified to any type of traveler. Whether you like outdoor sports, such as skiing, hiking, and swimming, or indoor attractions, such as museums, food sampling, and castles, Germany offers what you look for in a vacation. A few passages that people tend to forget about are the Black Forest, Heidelberg, and the Cologne Cathedral (Gothic Castle).
You can go to Germany pretty much any time of the year simply depending on what type of vacation you want: skiing through the alps or enjoying art and music festivals while basking in the sun. The ski season usually begins mid-December and closes down again at the end of March. Also keep in mind that the sun typically goes down around 4pm in winter. There are many festivals and public events held year round, so I recommend you do some research on what to expect in each town before you arrive.
Accommodations are fairly easy to find and hostels are plentiful if you’re looking for low-budget housing. I usually depend on www.hostelworld.com to make lodging reservations. But if you’re looking for something else, Lonely Planet is a travel company that gives great tips, recommendations, and advice: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany.
To fly between European countries, it’s always best to check RyanAir for the best deals: http://www.ryanair.com/en. It’s also fairly easy to travel by train as all train stations have ticket windows and employers to help you plan your itinerary. You can also buy your tickets on board (for travelling within the country), but the train companies will charge a little extra for doing so.
The best way to get around Germany is by bus using Euro lines: http://www.eurolines.de/. On this website you can choose the country in which you want to travel and then choose the cities in which you want to travel between. It’s easy to navigate and reveals affordable prices. There are three popular routes through Germany that may interest you as it features the grandest castles and an intimate view of the culture: Romantische Strasse (the Romantic Road), Burgenstrasse (Castle Road from Prague, Czech Republic to Manheim, Germany), and Strassbourg-Reutlingen (Strassbourg, France to Reutlingen via the Black Forest and such towns as Freudenstadt and Tübingen). The Romantic Road is the most popular and you can find more information on http://www.romanticroadgermany.com/.
Wherever you decide to go in Germany, there will be many opportunities to eat some good hearty food, wonder down medieval streets, and meet a few Germans. If you happen to have the chance to meet a German, it’s polite to give a firm handshake and eye contact: Be sure to show respect.
As far as safety goes, Germany has a pretty low-crime rate, but it’s still smart to be conscious of the possibilities. Avoid train/bus stations at night, lock up your belongings when not in use, and don’t leave valuables in the public’s eye. Health care in the country is easily available and you can go to any pharmacy for basic medical advice or over-the-counter medications. Always carry traveler’s insurance information for any unexpected circumstances.
Although Germany is a fairly inexpensive country, you can save money while traveling by staying in low-budget hotels or hostels, relying on free-entertainment, walking or using public transportation instead of taxis and rental cars, and preparing your own meals. A few of the bigger German cities offer what is a called a Welcome Card, which gives discounts on museum entrances and allows travellers to use public transportation for free. Welcome cards are useful if you’re staying in a city for more than 1-2 days, and you can buy them at any tourist information office.