10 Distinct German Traditions and Culture for Visitors to Germany

Spreewald, Germany
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Are you jonesing to experience German traditions and culture first hard? Well, I can tell you some of the best opportunities come outside of the biggest cities in the more rural areas.

While many travelers to Germany may visit to explore the larger cities (such as Berlin) or popular tourist attractions (such as Europa Park) there remains untapped German cultural opportunities, German cultural attractions and German traditions worth partaking in that will take you off-the-beaten-path.

10 distinct German traditions, customs and culture
10 distinct German traditions, customs and culture

In order to delve deeper into German heritage consider places such as Spreewald, Rügen Island, Stralsund and Wustrow. What you’ll find is a more laid back pace of life with ample opportunities to sample traditional German cuisine.

You can also visit open-air museums, take unique forms of transportation and engage in activities that will get you out of your comfort zone.

The following are ten things for you to consider to make your trip to Germany one to remember:

10 Distinct German Traditions

Punting in Spreewald, Germany down a canal
Punting in Spreewald, Germany down a canal

1) Punting Down A Canal

Sit back and relax in a comfortable flat-bottomed boat as you’re pushed down a canal by your guide wielding a pole. This was easily one of the most memorable experiences I had on my return trip to Germany.

The slow pace of the journey allows you to snap plenty of photos, casually chat with other passengers or quietly take it all in. We had the opportunity to try it in Spreewald.

Scenic canal views with lush green trees in Spreewald, Germany
Scenic canal views with lush green trees in Spreewald, Germany

Punting down a canal is a cherished tradition in some parts of Germany. This leisurely activity involves navigating a flat-bottomed boat (known as a “Punt”) using a long pole. It’s a peaceful way to explore the scenic waterways from a unique vantage point.

A Timeless Tradition

Punting in Germany is more than just a boat ride; it’s a traditional activity that dates back centuries, especially in academic circles. Originally used as a practical means of transportation, it has evolved into a cultural activity that offers a glimpse into the historic and academic life of the cities.

Why It’s a Must-Experience

Serene Escape What makes punting so epic? It’s the tranquility of gliding over water, the gentle sound of the pole stirring the riverbed, and the picturesque views of city skylines and nature. It’s a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in nature and history.

Access to Hidden Gems Punting allows access to parts of the city that are less accessible by other means. You can see hidden architectural details of buildings, secret gardens, and wildlife along the urban waterways that you would miss from the streets.

Great Experience for Visitors

Engaging with History As you float under ancient bridges and past historic buildings, local guides often share stories and facts about the city’s past and the significance of the waterways in its development. This narrative adds a rich historical layer to the experience.

Ideal for Everyone Punting is a leisure activity suitable for all ages and interests. Whether you’re with family, friends, or solo, it offers a relaxing yet engaging experience. It’s also a favorite among photographers and nature lovers.

How to Arrange Your Punting Experience

Choosing Your City

  • Popular Destinations: Tübingen and Leipzig are renowned for their beautiful canals and vibrant punting scenes. Each city offers a slightly different experience reflecting its unique history and landscape.
  • Seasonal Considerations: While punting can be enjoyed from spring through early autumn, the best times are often late spring and summer when the weather is most favorable.

Booking Your Trip

  • Tour Operators: Look for local tour operators that offer punting tours. Many provide various packages, including group and private options.
  • Online Booking: Check availability and book in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons, to ensure your spot.

Preparing for the Trip

  • What to Wear: Comfortable, casual clothing and a hat for sunny days are recommended. It’s also wise to bring a light jacket in case the weather changes.
  • What to Bring: Don’t forget your camera, sunscreen, and perhaps a small snack or drink to enjoy along the way.

A Parting Thought Punting down a German canal is an enchanting experience that offers relaxation, scenic beauty, and a deep connection to the cultural and historical aspects of the region. It’s a gentle adventure that leaves a lasting impression, combining the joys of outdoor activity with the enriching context of a guided tour. Whether you’re seeking tranquility or eager to explore German culture from a new perspective, punting provides an unforgettable way to see the country’s historic waterways.

Open air museum with a rustic wagon wheel and doors in Spreewald, Germany
Open air museum with a rustic wagon wheel and doors in Spreewald, Germany

2) Open-Air Museum Experience

Open-air museums in Germany are like a time machine back to a simpler period of life. Old farming tools, thatched homes and realistic theme rooms are some of the top highlights of a visit to this kind of museum.

Some of our favorite activities included learning how to punt, riding a penny-farthing, and competing in a potato sack race. It’s like being a kid all over again. In fact, if you do have a family this might be pushed to the top of your list.

Open-air museums in Germany offer a unique cultural journey. They showcase the rural and historical lifestyle through reconstructed villages and farms. These museums provide a tangible link to the past. It allows visitors to experience German traditions and cultures firsthand, in settings that meticulously replicate historical periods.

Living History

At an open-air museum, you don’t just observe; you interact. Activities range from traditional crafting demonstrations to historical reenactments. Overall, providing a multisensory experience. You can watch artisans work, smell the woodsmoke from traditional hearths, and even taste authentic regional recipes.

Unlike in traditional museums, here the barriers are down. You’re not just looking at artifacts behind glass; you’re stepping into the homes they came from. You’re also touching the tools and walking the streets. It’s fully immersive.

Great Experience for Visitors

Family-Friendly Fun: Open-air museums are great for families. They offer wide open spaces for children to explore and learn through play. Educational programs are often tailored for young visitors, making history fun and engaging.

Photography and Inspiration: For creative souls and photographers, the picturesque settings of these historical villages offer endless inspiration. Each house, farm animal, and costume is a photo waiting to happen, set against the beautiful backdrop of Germany’s countryside.

How to Arrange Your Visit

  • Regional Themes: Different museums focus on different regions and time periods. Whether you’re interested in the Black Forest, Lower Saxony, or the Bavarian Alps, there’s an open-air museum that covers these regional histories.
  • Famous Examples: Museums like the Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof and the Lower Saxony Open Air Museum are among the many options that provide a comprehensive look at German rural life.
  • Check the Schedule: Many open-air museums have seasonal hours and special event days where they showcase particular aspects of traditional life, such as harvest festivals or Christmas markets.
  • Book in Advance: For special events or guided tours, booking in advance is recommended to secure your spot.
Thached roof house at an open-air museum in Germany
Thached roof house at an open-air museum in Germany

Where you can try this: All over Germany

3) Sauna To Sweat It Out

Strip down naked and enter a small room where you’ll sweat profusely while experiencing dry or wet heat. This may be a bit out of your comfort zone, but I guarantee you’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you do decide to wear a bathing suit.

Instead, embrace being in your birthday suit because locals won’t even notice and you’ll enjoy the health benefits of a thorough detox.

In Germany, the sauna is more than just a place to sweat; it’s a cultural institution deeply rooted in the pursuit of health and well-being. They also serve as a communal space for mental relaxation. The practice involves a cycle of heating up in a dry or steam sauna followed by a cooling period. This often includes a cold shower or a plunge into a natural pool. This process is repeated several times, enhancing circulation and detoxification.

Why It’s a Must-Experience

The Complete Detox: What makes the German sauna experience so epic? It’s the intense heat combined with the invigorating cold plunge. This contrast is not only invigorating but also said to improve immune response, relieve stress, and promote skin health.

Social and Inclusive: Saunas in Germany are typically mixed-gender and are enjoyed nude. This is often a new experience for international visitors. This openness promotes body positivity and equality. Furthermore, it fosters a sense of community and acceptance that is integral to the German sauna culture.

Great Experience for Visitors

Variety of Sauna Experiences: From urban saunas in Berlin to secluded options in the Bavarian Alps, Germany offers a range of sauna experiences. Each location provides a unique setting. Whether it’s a lakeside view, a forest hideaway, or a rooftop in the city.

Integration with Nature: Many German saunas are located in picturesque settings that integrate natural elements. This makes the experience even more restorative. The use of aromatherapy with natural essential oils like birch or eucalyptus enhances the sensory experience.

How to Arrange Your Sauna Experience

  • Research Options: Look for well-reviewed saunas that suit your comfort level. Whether you prefer a more private experience or a bustling public sauna, Germany has it all.
  • Cultural Fit: If you’re new to the sauna experience, especially the nude aspect, smaller, more private saunas might offer a gentler introduction.
  • Booking: While many saunas welcome walk-ins, booking in advance can ensure you get a spot, especially in smaller or more exclusive saunas.
  • Timing: Consider visiting during off-peak hours for a more relaxed experience.
  • What to Bring: Most saunas provide essentials like towels and robes, but you’ll need to bring your own bathing suit for the communal swimming areas if you prefer not to be nude.
  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water before and after your sauna sessions to stay hydrated.

Where you can try it: All Over Germany (We tried it in Spreewelten)

Bismark Herring sandwich in Stralsund, Germany
Bismark Herring sandwich in Stralsund, Germany

4) Bismarck Herring For Lunch

If you’re a fan of pickled fish be sure to try a Bismarck herring sandwich. The Baltic herring packed in small wooden barrels originated in Stralsund when Johann Wichmann, an admirer of Otto van Bismarck, sent a barrel to celebrate Bismarck’s birthday.

Bismarck apparently loved it to such an extent that he agreed to have it named after him. I recommend trying it in a sandwich – it makes a nice snack or light lunch.

A Taste of German Heritage

What is Bismarck Herring? Bismarck Herring is a pickled herring fillet, typically served cold. The herring is cured with a mixture of vinegar, onions, and spices. It imparts a tangy and refreshing flavor. It’s commonly served as part of a larger meal or as a snack. Typically, it’s accompanied by rye bread, boiled potatoes, or green salad.

Unique Flavor Profile: Why try Bismarck Herring? It’s the perfect balance of flavors. The vinegar gives it a sharp tanginess that complements the natural sweetness of the herring.

Culinary Tradition: Bismarck Herring offers a direct connection to Germany’s maritime history and its relationship with the Baltic and North Seas. This is where herring has been a significant food source for centuries. Eating this dish is a way to engage with the deep-rooted traditions that have shaped German culinary practices.

Health Benefits: Apart from its cultural significance, Bismarck Herring is also noted for its health benefits. Herring is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and essential vitamins. Thus, it a nutritious choice for a meal or afternoon snack.

Where To Try Bismarck Herring

  • Local Markets and Delis: To try the freshest Bismarck Herring, head to local markets or delis where they sell it freshly prepared.
  • German Restaurants: Many traditional German restaurants include Bismarck Herring on their menu, especially in coastal cities or towns with a strong fishing heritage.
  • Pairing: Enhance your meal by pairing the herring with a local beer or a glass of crisp white wine, which complements the vinegar’s sharpness beautifully.
  • Ask Locals: Don’t hesitate to ask locals for their recommended places to enjoy Bismarck Herring. They can often point you to spots that are popular among residents but might be lesser-known to tourists.

Where you can eat it: Northern Germany (We tried it in Stralsund where it is a speciality)

Trabant car ride on Ruegen Island, Germany
Trabant car ride on Ruegen Island, Germany

5) Trabant Car Ride

Why rent a regular car when you can turn back the clock and cruise the town inside a Trabant. This vehicle was built back in the days of the German Democratic Republic, and it is a bit of a boat in terms of handling.

That being said, you’ll garner all sorts of looks as you drive it around.

Iconic East German Engineering: The Trabant, affectionately known as the “Trabi,” was the most common vehicle in East Germany and remains a beloved symbol of the era. Its distinct puttering sound and vintage design make it instantly recognizable. Driving one through Rügen is like reliving a piece of German history.

Why It’s a Must-Try Experience

Unique Sightseeing Adventure: What makes the Trabant ride so distinct and memorable? It’s the combination of the car’s quirky charm and the stunning landscapes of Rügen. From chalk cliffs and sandy beaches to historic resorts and lush forests, the island provides a picturesque backdrop that contrasts wonderfully with the archaic relic that is the Trabant.

Engage with History: Many tours provide insights into the Trabant’s production, its cultural significance during and after the Cold War, and how it became a symbol of German reunification.

Photo Opportunities A Trabant tour is a photographer’s delight. The car itself is a piece of art. Hence, it’s perfect for quirky and memorable photos. Add to that the natural beauty of Rügen, and you’ve got yourself an Instagram-worthy excursion.

How to Arrange Your Trabant Experience

  • Local Tour Operators: Several tour operators on Rügen specialize in Trabant tours. They offer various routes and packages, from short drives to full-day excursions.
  • Special Events: Some operators also offer themed tours, which might include picnics, sunset drives, or guided historical tours focusing on specific aspects of Rügen’s or East Germany’s history.
  • Advance Reservations: Especially during the peak tourist season, it’s wise to book your Trabant tour in advance. This ensures availability and gives you the flexibility to choose the timing and nature of your tour.
  • Group Size: Consider the size of your group when booking, as the standard Trabant has limited seating.

Where you can experience it: Rügen Island

Trabant license plate in Ruegen, Germany
Trabant license plate in Ruegen, Germany
Vintage Train Ride on Ruegen Island, Germany
Vintage Train Ride on Ruegen Island, Germany

6) Vintage Train Ride

Nothing is cooler than having an opportunity to take a vintage train ride. If you’re visiting Ruegen Island you’ll have a chance to board the Rasender Roland (“Rushing Roland”) on a steam-powered journey that’ll allow you to take in some of the most scenic stretches of the island. This is Rügen Island’s beloved narrow-gauge steam train.

This vintage railway offers a unique way to explore the picturesque landscapes of Germany’s largest island. It’s the perfect blend of scenic beauty and historical transport rolled into one journey.

A Timeless Journey

Stepping Back in Time: The Rasender Roland is a step back into the golden age of rail travel. It Operates with steam locomotives that date back to the early 20th century. This train chugs along at a leisurely pace through forests, over bridges, and past the quaint villages of Rügen. The old-world charm of the train transports passengers to a bygone era.

Scenic Routes: What makes the Rasender Roland a trip worth considering? The route itself. It covers the southeast part of the island, passing through iconic destinations such as Putbus, Binz, Sellin, and Göhren. Each stop offers unique attractions. You’ll find the classical architecture of Putbus to the stunning seaside views in Göhren.

Cultural Icon: The train represents the historical significance of steam-powered rail travel in Germany. Furthermore, it serves as a moving museum celebrating the engineering and heritage of the early 20th century.

How to Arrange Your Train Ride

  • Choose Your Route: The Rasender Roland runs several times a day, connecting major towns on the island. Check the schedule to decide which towns you’d like to explore.
  • Booking Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the stations or in advance online. During peak tourist season, buying tickets early is recommended to ensure you get a seat on this popular ride.
  • Best Time to Go: Spring through autumn offers the most pleasant weather for enjoying the open windows and the scenic views.
  • What to Bring: Have some snacks and water for the ride, especially if you’re traveling with kids. And don’t forget your camera!

Where you can ride it: Ruegen Island

Strotenbekker German Medieval Theatre
Strotenbekker German Medieval Theatre

7) Störtebeker (German Medieval Theatre)

If you fancy sword fights, explosions and all sorts of theatrics, you’ll want to check out Störtebeker Festspiele. Based on the life of Klaus Stortebeker (German privateer) it reminded me a bit of the story of Robin Hood. With a mix of history, action, and theatrical flair, this festival offers a unique German cultural experience.

Legendary Tales: The Störtebeker Festspiele revolves around the life and exploits of Klaus Störtebeker. He was a famed 14th-century privateer known for his Robin Hood-like escapades along the North Sea. The festival’s play changes annually. Thus it provides a fresh take on Störtebeker’s adventures whilst ensuring that each season is exciting and different from the last.

Why It’s a Must-Try Experience

Epic Scale and Production: What makes the Störtebeker Festspiele so grand? It’s the epic scale of the production. Held at the unique open-air theater in Ralswiek, the show features elaborate sets, stunning special effects, and a large cast that performs in intricate costumes. The backdrop of the Jasmund National Park, with the Großer Jasmunder Bodden (a large bay) just beyond, adds to the performances.

Engaging Action: Each performance includes spectacular stunt sequences, dramatic sword fights, and even horseback chases. Hence, it’s a high-octane theatrical experience. The inclusion of fireworks and other pyrotechnics as the sun sets creates a visual spectacle.

How to Arrange It All

  • Ticket Purchase: Tickets for the Störtebeker Festspiele can be purchased online through the festival’s official website or at various ticket outlets throughout Germany. Due to its popularity, booking tickets well in advance is recommended.
  • Getting There: The festival takes place in the town of Ralswiek on Rügen Island. Rügen is accessible by car or train from major cities in Germany, and local buses can take you directly to the venue.
  • Arrive Early: Get there early to enjoy the surrounding nature and secure the best seats.
  • Dress Appropriately: Since it’s an outdoor event, check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Evenings can be cool, so bringing an extra layer is wise.

Where you can watch it: Ralswiek on Rügen Island

Strotenbekker traditional wooden ship
Strotenbekker traditional wooden ship
Regatta race in Wustrow, Germany
Regatta race in Wustrow, Germany

8) Regatta Boat Race

It may not be easy to watch a boat race but if you visit Wustrow in late June you may have the opportunity to witness a regatta. I found it just as fascinating to watch the reaction of the crowds as I did the actual sailboats.

Each year, the picturesque seaside town of Wustrow becomes a hub of excitement and competition with its annual regatta. Held in late June, this event draws sailing enthusiasts and spectators from across Germany and beyond. It offers a spectacular display of skill, speed, and maritime tradition.

A Celebrated Sailing Event

Why the Wustrow Regatta? Participating in or watching the Wustrow Regatta isn’t just about the thrill of the race; it’s about immersing yourself in a deep-rooted maritime tradition. The regatta is a cornerstone of local culture. It showcases the best of seamanship and community spirit in this charming Baltic Sea town.

The Thrill of Competition: Sailboats slice through the water, their sails billowing against the backdrop of Wustrow’s scenic coastline. The skill and coordination required to maneuver these boats in competitive racing are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Community Festivities: The regatta is more than just boat races; it’s a festival. The town buzzes with activities and events that celebrate maritime culture. From local food stalls serving fresh seafood to live music and cultural performances, there’s a vibrant, festive atmosphere that makes the event a joy for visitors of all ages.

How to Arrange This Experience

  • Timing: To catch the regatta, plan your visit to Wustrow in late June. The exact dates can vary slightly each year, so it’s wise to check the local tourism websites for the current year’s schedule.
  • Accommodation: Since the regatta attracts a considerable number of visitors, it’s advisable to book your accommodation well in advance. Wustrow offers a range of options from seaside hotels to cozy guesthouses.
  • Travel Options: Wustrow is accessible by car and public transport. If you’re coming from a major city like Berlin or Hamburg, driving might be the most convenient option. Public buses and regional trains also serve the area.
  • Arrive Early: For the best experience, arrive early on the race days to secure a good spot along the shore. This also gives you a chance to explore the town and enjoy the pre-race festivities.
  • Local Insights: Don’t hesitate to chat with locals or fellow spectators. They can often share insights about the best spots for viewing or interesting details about the competitors and boats.

Where you can witness it: Wustrow

That Backpacker relaxing in a Strandkorb beach chair in Germany
That Backpacker relaxing in a Strandkorb beach chair in Germany

9) Strandkorb – Beach Basket

Strandkorb? That’s German for beach basket and if you’re a fan of comfort, you’ll want to sit in one of them while enjoying some beach time. It’s hard to believe these unique chairs have only been in existence for just over one hundred years.

Aside from being comfortable, the chair provides protection from the sun, rain and sand. If you fall sound asleep while lounging in one, I don’t blame you 😉

This unique German invention, resembling a cross between a chair and a cabana, has been a symbol of beach comfort since the late 19th century. Offering shelter from wind and sun while providing cozy seating, the Strandkorb is a cultural staple on the sandy shores of Germany.

A Cozy Hideaway

What is a Strandkorb? The Strandkorb was designed to provide beachgoers with a wind-sheltered spot to enjoy the seaside without the discomfort of sandblasting or sunburn. Traditionally made from wicker, these charming shelters feature adjustable backrests, footrests, and sometimes even side tables and storage compartments. They come in single or two-seater versions. This makes them perfect for both solo relaxation and cozy couples’ retreats.

Unique Comfort and Privacy: Sitting in a Strandkorb, you can enjoy the sounds and sights of the sea in your own private nook, protected from the elements. It’s an ideal way to experience the beach. Whether you’re reading a book, sipping a cool drink, or simply watching the waves.

Cultural Icon: Trying it out lets you engage in a practice that has been enjoyed by generations of Germans. It provides an insight into local lifestyles and traditions.

Renting a Strandkorb

  • Beachfront Rentals: Most German beaches where Strandkörbe are popular offer them for rent directly on the beach. You can usually rent them by the hour or for a full day.
  • Advance Reservations: During peak tourist season, it’s a good idea to book your Strandkorb in advance. Many beach resorts allow you to reserve one online or through your hotel.
  • Popular Locations: The North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts are famous for their Strandkorb-equipped beaches. Resorts on islands like Rügen or Sylt and coastal towns such as Warnemünde are particularly renowned for their Strandkorb traditions.
  • Bring Essentials: While the Strandkorb protects you from the sun and wind, remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a light blanket for cooler days.
  • Check the Weather: To make the most of your Strandkorb experience, choose a day with pleasant weather. Although these beach baskets offer protection, a sunny or mildly overcast day will be more enjoyable than a stormy one.

Where you can try it: Most beaches along Germany’s coasts

Gurken Pickle Museum in Spreewald, Germany
Gurken Pickle Museum in Spreewald, Germany

10) Gurkenmuseum (Pickle Museum)

If having a pickle from a jar just doesn’t cut it, head over to the Gurkenmuseum (Pickle Museum) where you’ll learn all about the process of making and preserving pickles. Aside from that you’ll find lots of new innovative recipes.

Every year there are pickle competitions where participants compete to be crowned the Queen of Pickle production for that given year. This unique museum delves deep into the techniques, history, and cultural significance of pickling in the region.

A Pickle Through Time

Why Visit the Gurkenmuseum? The museum showcases the evolution of cucumber pickling. This has been a staple in German cuisine, especially in Spreewald, known for its rich soil and natural irrigation. The region’s pickles are famous throughout Germany. Hence, this museum a key site for understanding local culinary practices.

Cultural Immersion: What makes the Gurkenmuseum so quirky? It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a part of German culinary culture that goes beyond typical tourist experiences. The museum not only displays traditional pickling tools and methods but also tells the story of how this practice influenced the social and economic fabric of Spreewald.

Interactive and Educational: The Gurkenmuseum provides a hands-on experience where visitors can learn about the different stages of pickle making. Some exhibits even allow guests to participate in the pickling process.

Sampling Delicacies: No visit to the Gurkenmuseum is complete without tasting various types of pickles. From sweet and tangy to spicy and sour, the flavors are robust and diverse.

How to Arrange Your Visit To Museum

  • Location: The Gurkenmuseum is located in the heart of Spreewald, easily accessible by car or public transportation from major cities like Berlin.
  • Opening Hours: Check the museum’s official website for current opening hours and any special events that might coincide with your visit.
  • Guided Tours: To enhance your experience, consider booking a guided tour. These tours often provide deeper insights into the history and techniques of pickling and sometimes include a pickling workshop.
  • Group Visits: If traveling in a group, pre-booking can help ensure that the museum can accommodate everyone at the same time.

Where you can visit it: Spreewald

We tried/experienced all of these activities in the following videos: Visiting Spreewald, Germany

Germany Travel Videos (German Culture and Traditions)

Punting in Spreewald and feeding penguins at Spreewelten, Germany

Störtebeker Festspiele (Medieval German Theatre) – Rügen, Ralswiek, Germany

Visiting Rügen Island, Germany

Stralsund City Tour, Germany

Regatta Boat Race and Wustrow City Tour, Germany

Which of these German culture and traditions most interests you? Do you know of any particular German culture and/or tradition that you felt I left out here? Please let me known in the comments section below. Our trip was part of a partnership with the Germany Tourism board this past summer.

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  1. says: Adam Johnson

    You have created an excellent content about the tour. I think proper guidelines are needed to make a tour enjoyable. Our meticulously crafted guidelines, especially for the Best Vatican City Tour, allow travelers to enjoy a hassle-free splendid time. A proper guide can give a traveler a unique and enriching experience.

  2. says: importando com sucesso

    Here in Brazil we appreciate and respect the German culture, a very decent and hard working people who also helped to create our country and our cultures, we are very grateful to the Germans. The article is wonderful, my congratulations Samuel

  3. says: Silke

    Hi Sam, You bring back memories from my home country! Pretty much spot on! How beautiful is the Spreewald? I have fond memories of the East German countryside (I used to live in Berlin for a while), in particular the castles. Many of them had been quite neglected during GDR times and it was interesting to see what would become of them: some were in private hands, others converted into luxury hotels and convention centres, others into museums. Ha! Now I am straying too far from the topic. Anyway, lovely article 🙂

  4. says: Linda March

    The vintage train ride is an amazing experience. I’ve been on three ocasions with vintage trains in Germany, Romania and Slovakia. Steam locomotives, nice wagons and friendly people. A good weekend trip, I would say.

    If it happens to have a sunny day, that’s a bonus 🙂

  5. says: Alexander

    Hi Sam, thanks very much for sharing your post and the terrific pictures!
    To tell you the truth: your article only reflects a small number of traditions of the Northeastern regions of Germany. The largest country of the European Union has a lot more to offer – a long and rich history, culture and very different landscapes!
    You’ll probably find another billion different perspectives on to my country – if you keep on searching…

  6. says: Laura @Travelocafe

    Germany has so much to offer… something for every visitor. I would love to set sail in an medieval ship. OK, at least to get on board of one.

  7. says: Yvonne

    When you live near a place you don’t find it special or worth exploring, at least not me… but when I see this post I feel like I’d definately have to start exploring our neighbouring country more often. Thanks for sharing.

  8. says: Aaron Jade

    Looking forward to heading to Germany over xmas. It seems like there are some very unique aspects to the culture, especially to be seen outside of the big cities and tourist locations. Cheers for the tips. Def keen for a bit of punting, not so sure in winter though, will have to rug up!

  9. says: Michael Russel

    Wow!—
    It’s awesome ,such type of ruegen island, Stoertebeker festival, stralsund, wustrow regatta travel trip we find in Germany. you also get this type of amazing trip when you plan visit London.

  10. says: Ana D

    I went German few years back but not visited all the places. Your blog is very informative and I will go again for spending my time in German in coming holidays.

  11. says: Intakt Reisen

    Hi Sam!!!
    I love Vintage train ride !!! Ahha!! Germany is most comfortable & organized country. You will find the best combination of beer & sea food.
    Amazingly described blog.. and what I loved the most is the video part.. I like the way you came up with this post.
    Thanks

  12. says: Noemia Lima

    Oh I really want to spend more time in German.
    The last time that I went, only stayed one day and can’t visit any place.

    Your blog is so amazing!

    Kisses from Italy

  13. Although I’ve been to Germany several times, I’ve never heard of these places or attractions. Definitely means they’re on the list for the future. Love quirky museums so Gurkenmuseum is a must-see. Good to get your recommendations for something different.

  14. says: Ryan

    Medieval ships and vintage trains? Seems like a childhood fantasy I made up with my imagination. Damn, I went to Munich but I didn’t explore anywhere else in Germany and kicking myself for it now. I’ll be back sometime soon though, always loving your Germany features. Great photos man!