In Europe, the leader of rail transport is none other than Germany. The reason why we say this is because train system goes anywhere in Germany easily. InterCity Express, or better known as ICE, is the German high-speed trains that mostly operate locally. However, it also travels all the way to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Netherlands and Switzerland. EuroCity, InterCity and EuroNight are among other trains which operate both in Germany and for international routes. Rail Europe has the list of the places where you can travel Germany by train, or from the country to another European cities.
Below is an amazing guide on traveling across the country:
Best Time to Go
If you love unpredictable, warm weather, you should be visiting Germany in June, July or August when it receives its maximum of rainfall. However, if you love a more settled weather with comfortable temperatures and enough sunshine, the late spring of May or early autumn of September and October are your best bet. Starting Christmas through the end of March is known as the ski season in the Alps, and if you enjoy winter and snow, these are the best months to visit Germany. The climate of Germany straddles the western European seaboard’s maritime climates and the more extreme conditions which can be found further east of the country. The mild climate of the North Sea coast and the Rhineland has its prevailing wind coming from the west, therefore, it can quite resembles Ireland or the UK.(Image by Thomas Mulchi)
Of course Berlin makes it to the places to explore in Germany. It is the most happening and the largest city in Germany. The trends are whimsical, the nightlife is frenetic, the new buildings never stop sprouting up, and the Berlin’s air screams with both graffiti and creativity. This is a must-visit place in Germany. Other than that, we also suggest heading to Brandenburg, a sleepy lowlands state with empty and crumbling Gothic monasteries. Such a great contrast to Berlin, isn’t it?
Now, what about exploring Munich, a village with a million of residents? Also, you might want to try the industrialized and urbanized Upper Bavaria and Bavarian Swabia which display similar contrasts. If you are looking for a piece of land in Germany where within 23,170 square kilometers only live 1.8 million people, you might want to head to Mecklenburg-Vorpommeron (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania). Lastly, we can’t possibly neglect the Black Forest for its popularity. Yes, this is the setting for countless fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers.
Things Not To Miss
Among other things we recommend not to miss while traveling to Germany are Schloss Neuschwanstein, Rhine-side castles and vineyards, the world’s biggest festival for beer called the Oktoberfest in Munich and the Germany’s most extravagant Alfresco ballroom ever built called the Zwinger in Dresden. For a better view of the Germany’s landscapes, a long-distance cycling will be able to show you the major German rivers and nature.(Image by Chris Goldberg)
Apart from winning the 2014 World Cup, Germany is more than just a winner in football. It is also a winner in the tourism industry. When you’re in another country, always try to get to know the surrounding and get immersed in the culture. That is the reason for traveling, right?
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