Berlin — Weltstadt an der Spree Travel report about the…

Berlin — Weltstadt an der Spree

Travel report about the capital, Berlin, 1 hour 30 mins, AUF DEUTSCH.

Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near…

Das Jagdschloß Granitz is a hunting lodge on Rügen island near Binz. With 200,000+ annual visitors, it’s the most popular castle in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Northeastern Germany. It lies in the middle of the forested Granitz ridge as part of the Rügen Biosphere Reserve. It was built between 1838-1846 in the style of the North Italian Renaissance castellos and has been a popular holiday destination for European nobility and prominent people such as Otto von Bismarck. It was owned by the von Putbus family until 1944, then passed into Nazi hands on the imprisonment of the owner. The family was finally dispossessed as part of the East German land reforms; the castle remains in state hands. After the end of WW2, many furnishings were lost or stolen, works of art were taken to the Berlin Art Depot, the agency for the administration of Soviet assets in Germany, and transferred in 1953 to state museums in Berlin. Attempts by the grandson of Malte zu Putbus to get the family seat returned failed in court. The building is now used as a museum. It was renovated in the 2000s at a cost of 7.9 million euros.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Uraltes Seenland mit mondäner…

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: Uraltes Seenland mit mondäner Ostseeküste — Reisebericht

1 hour 32 mins, travel report from the Northeast German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, AUF DEUTSCH.

My favorite place in Germany? I dont have one, rather areas where I will not find too many Tourists about… towns like: Rhede, Bocholt, Neckargemünd, Tuttlingen, Ham, Fulda, Lorrach, Münster, Hildesheim, Offenbach usw. That way I may enjoy the locals and their lifestyles. Read a local paper, eat local foods, have the afternoon Coffee Break, go to the Kneipe at night and listen in as what really is happening in Germany. Of course speaking & understanding a local dialect? Prima! RP

I agree, best way to travel, especially if you‘re really interested in the inner workings of a place. For first or second trips, some may benefit from the tour guide type of pure sightseeing trip as to not be overwhelmed, especially when time is short, they don’t want to drive or figure out public transportation, and don’t know much about the country yet. But even then, others just like to explore randomly on their own or meet locals to get the insider tour instead (this has been my personal favorite way of traveling in most countries on 5 continents). Easy to do now on a budget between low budget couchsurfing.com or hostels/motels/Pensionen/B&Bs, and low, medium to very nice airbnb.com or similar sites. I try to post about all the smaller places, too, and have been for years now, but there‘s always more that hasn‘t even been mentioned here yet, including some of the places you listed. 🙂

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern…

Die Burg Sooneck is a castle in Rheinland-Pfalz, Southwestern Germany, located near the village of Niederheimbach between Bingen and Bacharach. It’s part of the Rhein Gorge UNESCO World Heritage Site and was first mentioned in 1271. Like neighboring Reichenstein Castle, it was managed by the lords of Hohenfels. Its residential areas are furnished with items in the neo-gothic and Biedermeier styles. The interiors are enriched by paintings owned by the Hohenzollern family, the Köth-Wanscheid family foundation, and art by Johann-Caspar Schneider, among others.

Hamburg-Blankenese in Northern Germany is located on the right…

Hamburg-Blankenese in Northern Germany is located on the right bank of the Elbe river. It’s one of Europe’s most affluent neighborhoods, with Hamburg being one of Europe’s richest cities. Blankenese has a long history as a fishing village. In 1060, Archbishop Adalbert of Bremen built a provost’s residence at the site of an older settlement on the hill. Later the counts of Holstein built a castle. The stunning river views have resulted in highly desirable properties and expensive real estate prices. The hillside residences boast many tiny, pedestrian-only streets and 4,864 stairs. The Strandweg is home to the Strand Hotel, built in 1902, plus little cafes and restaurants. There are two lighthouses, a garden, a doll museum, and many parks and walking trails.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is…

Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is an hour by car from Munich, and the ride is a beautiful stretch of Autobahn, unfortunately not the whole way. Expect it to take up to 3 hours on weekends and public holidays. Trains leave to/from Munich every hour, the ride takes 90 mins on the local and 60 on the express. It’s also a nice end to a Romantic Road day trip beginning in Rothenburg, driving down south, stopping at various recommended heritage towns, ending in Garmisch for an overnight stay, or better yet, a few days, as it is a good base to drive out and back to Füssen’s Neuschwanstein castle and to Innsbruck/Austria along spectacular mountain views.