Travel destinations in Germany

Quedlinburg: UNESCO Site and the Birthplace of a Nation

Quedlinburg: UNESCO Site and the Birthplace of a Nation

 

The beautiful Quedlinburg is located in the west region of Saxony Anhalt, Germany. This town is home to many astonishing buildings including grand castles and churches. Its popularity is surging amongst tourists and for all the right reasons. With so many beautiful buildings and amazing architecture to see as well as the fact that it is a UNESCO World heritage Site there is no reason to wonder why tourists continue to flock to Quedlinburg. Due to having escaped a lot of the destruction and damage caused by the second world war,  Quedlinburg's architecture remains seemingly untouched and is in fact one of the most well preserved renaissance and medieval towns in all of Europe.

 

 

Some amazing locations in  Quedlinburg include:

Castle Hill: Founded by the late Heinrich der Vogler's widow, Mathilda, the religious convent that she governed marked an important part of the town's history.

This memorizing Castle is available for tours. Be sure to make sure that your attire consists of comfortable shoes that can withstand the steep hill leading up to the castle. In order to have your tour done in English you will be required to book this feature in advance.

 

Town Hall and Roland Statue

This representation of the Middle Ages, is still standing strong having undergone refurbishment in the 600's. Guarded by a knight and his horse, you'll have to come before the Christmas season to see this statue in full effect as the Christmas market tends to overshadow the majestic structure.

 

Klopstockhaus Museum

The birthplace of the amazing poet, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock has now been transformed into a museum in order to celebrate both his work and the work of other noted members of the  Quedlinburg society.

 

Altstadt Quedlinburg

The heart of it all. Once you've been to the Altstadt Quedlinburg you will need to stop, compose yourself and take it all in. The scene is breathtaking, the buildings make you feel as though you've stepped into another era of time. Take your cameras out and don't be afraid to snap away. Being here will make you understand why this town was welcomed with open arms as a  UNESCO World heritage Site. Everything about it is miraculous and you won't regret one moment of your trip. Packed with half timbered houses, narrow roads and alleys, there is so much to see and there will never be a dull mooment. [...]

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Southwest Germany- Baden Württemburg

Southwest Germany- Baden Württemburg

 

With a population of 0.7 million people, .3 million being foreigners, Baden Württemburg is the third largest, of the 6 federal states in German. It's beauty is incomparable. Home to places like the Black Forest, Lake Constance, the Hohenzollern Castle, and the Mercedes Benz Museum, Baden Württemburg is a popular destination for tourists looking to experience German culture, learn a little about the history, and fill their cameras with photographs of exceptional sights.

 

When planning a trip to Baden Württemburg, here are some places you can't afford to miss.

 

The Black Forest.

If you enjoy the sweet decadence of Black Forest cake, you'll enjoy visiting the namesake of this savory treat even more. As opposed to popular belief, the Black Forest isn't black at all, in fact it primarily consists of pine and fir trees and is therefore rather green. While strolling through the mountain range, perched upon layers and layers of sandstone, look out for the giant earthworm, as this is the only place on this entire planet that you'll be able to spot them in their natural habitat. And before you head home, don't forget to pick up the traditional Black Forest souvenir, a cuckoo clock.

 

Castles

Baden Württemburg is home to many beautiful castles, where lots of interesting history has been made. On your visit, be sure to check out one, two or as many of these castles you can fit into your schedule. Traveling down Burgenstrasse or Castle Road will give you the experience of a lifetime. Your journey will be filled with flashbacks of a past you couldn't have imagined until now. With over 70 beautiful castles and  other noted historical architecture you'll feel like you're driving into a whole new era of time.

 

Theme Parks

 

Everyone in the family will appreciate taking the day out to ride all the rides they can while enjoying, cotton candy and succulent roasted nuts. Three of the most popular parks in this area of Germany include: Europa-Park, Erlebnispark Tripsdrill and Ravenburger Spieleland.

 

Europa-Park is the second largest theme park in all of Europe. The park is home to roller coasters and lots more rides waiting to be enjoyed by the entire family. During the summer months, there's more going on than one can keep up with. The most popular event, however, is the Midsummer Party where an extravagant display of fireworks lights up the sky. For this event, the park is open until midnight, so that visitors have more time to enjoy themselves for longer.

If you're one that seeks a thrill, consider visiting Europa-Park in October for Horror Nights where you'll be sure to get a scare or two walking through all the creepy mazes they have set up to keep you on your toes.

 

 

When planning a visit to Baden-Württemburg, ensure that your GPS is fully functional and your hotel room has already been booked. There's so much to see here that you'll need a couple days in order to soak it all in and you can't afford to waste time getting lost.

 

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Spas in Germany

Spas in Germany

 

For all those who work hard and are almost always hard at work, a spa day every now and then is a great way to relieve some stress as well as to get a little bit of healthy water therapy in. Germany does not have a shortage of spas and thus taking advantage of this means of leisure is quite easy to do. Sure enough, you won't have to drive to far to find one. Whether you're looking for a spa that is simply for relaxation and a day away from reality, or you're in search of a spa with medicinal properties, Germany has something for you.

 

Heilbad.

 

A heilbad, is a healing bath and are solely medicinal. In older times, they were believed to offer cure for certain ailments. Spa towns in Germany are noted with a Bad in front of their name. For example Bad Pyrmont, Bad Bevensen, any many other towns have adopted this prefix. However, the addition of Bad to a town's name is something that needs to be approved by the federal sector that deals with health as that town has to meet a certain criteria when it comes to the quality of the air as well as the quality of the water. Those with predetermined conditions of stress, anxiety, migraines, and sleeping disorders as well as those with a physical disability are usually the ones who make the most use of the Heilbad.

 

Some medical insurances cover visits to a Heilbad. To be able to take advantage of this luxury, one would have to get a referral from their doctor and of course ensure that your particular insurance will stand the costs. This doesn't, however, mean that you can't go for your own personal purposes, because you definitely can.

 

Types of Heilbad.

 

.      Kneip spa

2.      Sea spa

3.      Marsh spa

4.      Salt water spa

5.      Mineral spa

 

Thermal spas

 

Thermal spas lean more toward the recreational relaxation aspect of things. Thermal spas, or Thermen offer a wide range of things to get you relaxed, and looking radiant as well as feeling free. Apart from being in a space where there is a minimal amount of noise, and the atmosphere is as zen as can be, there are a lot of other things offered in thermal spas for wellness. Thermal spas typically offer massages, facials, tanning bed, pedicure and manicures, and facials. They make a great location for a girl outing, or personal day, and of course are a great idea for an anniversary presents or valentines day treat.

 

 

Top choice for Thermes

 

.      Baden-Baden: Caracalla Therme

2.    Taunus Therme

3.      Therme Bad Wörishofen

4.      Mediterania

5.      Therme Erding

6.      Palm Oasis

 

These places will have you thinking you're in another world. They add the perfect touch of luxury but still adhere to the level of comfort needed. When taking a day trip to one of these wonderful places, keep in mind that you may have to ditch the swimming costume, and bare all in the saunas.[...]

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Some Little Known and Interesting 'Hidden Gems' in Germany

 

Some Little Known and Interesting 'Hidden Gems' in Germany

 

There are so many places to see in Germany. Of course there are the popular tourist attraction like the Neuschwanstein, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin wall and all the government buildings in Berlin. But what about those places that are tucked away and seemingly untouched? They too, exist in Germany. So on your next vacation be sure to check out some of Germany's hidden gems and explore parts of the country that many tourists never see.

 

Rugen Cliffs: This splendid place is located in the Baltic Sea. As if the chalk white cliffs weren't enough to leave you in awe, Rugen Cliffs hosts a number of spas and other retreats where tourists can enjoy a relaxing day. Fishing in calm and serenity is what attracts a lot of people to the area. The views are astonishing, and each photograph that you take will be as breathtaking as the last. Even, Einstein traveled here, so take it from a genius that the Rugen Cliffs really are great.

 

Swabian Alb: There's a certain beauty to volcanoes, apart from the dangerous aspects of course. So it's no wonder that something so magnificent, so beautiful is the result of a lot of volcanic activity. Spas and hotels, castles that kiss the sky, they can all be found here. And it goes without saying that the geological history is something you'll want to experience. You'll find museums that carefully display prehistoric fossils so that you too can see the treasures held within the Swabian Alb.

 

Meissen: If you're someone who knows their porcelain, then the name Meissen is no stranger to you. This wonderful region is home to the high quality Meissen Porcelain. Visitors are offered the opportunity to take a tour of the factory, see where it all started and be blown away by some of the amazing porcelain creations held in the museum.

 

Cospudener See: Located in Leipzig, this beautiful getaway is perfect for those interested in taking bike tours, going sailing, or swimming in the lake. If you're one who likes to bare it all, there are sections of the lake where clothing is optional. Being able to take advantage of a sauna is also one of the things that visitors appreciate, as the sauna is right along the lake and thus they don't have to travel away from this perfect location to enjoy this luxury.

 

Basteibrücke: Not too far from Dresden is the Basteibrücke. The bridge is constructed from sandstone and links several colossal rock formations to each other. The location is open for unforgettable sight seeing through the winter and through the summer and so regardless of what time of year you plan on vacationing to Germany, the opportunity is there to see the Basteibrücke.

 

Burg Satzvey: This medieval castle is remarkable, almost like something out of a fairytale. The attraction is even more phenomenal during the Christmas season where visitors can enjoy the medieval style markets hosted on the grounds surrounding the castle. During this time there is no shortage of souvenirs, and the wide selection of food is guaranteed to appease your palate.

 

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Christmas Markets in Germany

Christmas Markets in Germany

 

 

The most festive time of the year is celebrated in extravagant ways throughout Germany. The most popular and spectacular features in which German Christmases are recognized by include the brilliantly lit Christmas markets where there's no way of getting not feel jovial when walking through.

 

Christmas markets are a family experience, they're something that should be thoroughly enjoyed and explored. You'll forget about how chilly the season is because your excitement would have taken over along with a cup or two of Glühwein that you just simply, will not be able to resist. And because you are indeed in Germany, it goes without saying that Christmas markets also host stalls where a wide variety of beer can be sampled. Food in general is a highlight within these markets.

 

Food stalls you'll find in the Christmas market include:

 

·         Schmalzkuchen, treats that bare a similar taste to doughnut holes, sprinkled with excessive amounts of powdered sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth, are a large hit for an on the go treat during the Christmas season.

·          Lebkuchen Hearts- another popular Christmas delight and a great gift item for the kids.

·         Currywurst- Bratwurst served with a decadent curry sauce.

·         Thüringer Bratwurst- spicier than regular bratwurst and grilled over a smoky charcoal fire.

·         Half meter Bratwurst- a sausage so long, makes for a good laugh, a challenge and a gang of wonderful photos.

·         Stollen- a raisin cake that every German enjoys at some point during the festivity

·         Eierpunsch- very similar in ingredients and taste to eggnog, this beverage is usually served warm and spiced with an adequate amount of liquor.

 

What's there to see:

 

·         Nativity scenes- Christmas isn't really Christmas with a good traditional nativity scene, it is indeed the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

·         Choirs and bands are usually present on certain days performing entertainment for all the visitors.

·         The lights- come at night time and see how beautifully lit everything is.

 

What to buy:

 

Christmas markets offer a great opportunity to get unique presents for the entire family. Be sure to arrive early as you want to get there before the crowds are too thick, and everything becomes a hustle and bustle.

 

·         Ornaments- beautifully decorated ornaments to add originality to your Christmas tree

·         Wooden toys- handcrafted, hardwood toys for the kids. You can even get their names engraved to add more of a personal touch.

·         Porcelain- a wide variety of products made from porcelain is available. These are great unique gifts for adults.

·         Nutcrackers- You'll find some of the most beautiful and well crafted nutcrackers in the Christmas market.

·         Candles: Usually made of beeswax and will fill the room with a sweet honey fragrance.

 

Though houses in Germany aren't traditionally as lit up and extravagantly decorated as in countries like the United States, going to the Christmas market, you won't have a doubt in your mind that Christmas is just around the corner. There's so much to do, so much to see and you'll find yourself going more than once because you just couldn't get enough the first time.

 

 

 

 

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Low Cost Airlines in Germany

Being in Germany, and in such close proximity to all the other wondrous places that Europe has to offer will bring out the traveler in you. The only problem is that there is so much to see, so many countries to visit and the costs are usually not on your side. What many people aren't aware of, is that if you plan your vacations right, you'll be able to see many different parts of the world without having to empty your pockets ten times over. Sure, whereas you may find a decent hotel at an even more decent price, the plane ticket prices are what generally throw you off. There are ,however, quite a few airlines in Germany that will have you thinking differently. Low cost plane tickets are attainable. There's no need to spend so much money on a ticket when you could use it for say a massage or a little shopping spree. Be able to treat yourself when you're on vacation. Spend less on your flight and allow yourself a little extra to explore, be adventurous and feel great about planning for your next vacation. After all you've traveled all the way to Germany, you've got to explore a bit more and venture to the other wonderful members of the European Union

 

These airlines have been noted for their affordable pricing, making traveling a lot easier on your wallets.

 

TUI Fly

With eighty different locations under its belt, TUI Fly gives you a lot of choices when it comes to where you can venture to at an affordable price. It is indeed Germany's third largest airline so the grounds it covers should come as no surprise.

 

Ryanair

Ryanair has made history in Europe being the first airline to offer these low priced tickets. It's still doing very well, transporting an approximated 60 million travelers to wonderful locations throughout Europe.

 

Air Berlin

Air Berlin is the second largest airline in all of Germany and offers great prices to places like Palma de Mallorca where you'll be happy to skip the Germany cold and lay out on the beach.

 

 

Condor

Condor picks things up a notch. Not only will you be able to mix into the different cultures of places surrounding Germany at a price that makes your jaw drop and your wallet smile, but they also offer unbeatable prices to the United States, Caribbean and even Africa.

 

No food

Don't expect to wake up to a nice breakfast platter, or being able to decide on fish or chicken during your night flight, unless you're willing to withstand the cost of course. In order to be able to afford passengers such astonishing prices, these airlines have had to cut costs and food is one of those costs and so those who wish to have something to eat have the option of purchasing it.

 

Baggage

Do not over pack. Weigh your suitcases and carry-ons. The overweight fees are high, and these airlines are exceptionally tough when it comes to giving any leeway.  [...]

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