All you need to know before going to GERMANY

Whether it's the legal and formal stuff or the fun and quirky things - everyone should read this compilation before setting foot in Germany.



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I'm listing relevant figures and important rules and regulations as well as sometimes unpredicted peculiarities and fun facts to know before you go so that no unexpected surprise will impair your experience.


LÜBECK - a guide to one of Germany's most ravishing cities

Somehow the city of Lübeck has always reminded me of Venice: An innocently cute and relatively small city that used to possess such a political influence and economic power - reaching all over Europe and beyond.


Holstentor at Lübeck
There are quite a few lions in Lübeck - honoring Henry the Lion, the Bavarian King who after Munich founded also Lübeck in 1159. In the Backdrop the iconic Holstentor and right next to it the ancient salt warehouses.

Although Lübeck has incredibly beautiful buildings and alleys, seven church towers, three Nobel prize winners and world-famous marzipan, it does not suffer from destructive over-tourism. I don’t want to change that, however, I’d like to show you around one of Germany's most ravishing cities.

ISLAND HOPPING in GERMANY

While international tourism to Germany is increasing, visitors rather stick to the clichés like beer and Lederhosen at Munich and a cruise on the river Mosel; or they hang out at the hip capital Berlin.

I guess that might be the reason why many people believe Germany is landlocked and don't think about long coasts, two seas, and about 80 islands.


Beach on Borkum
I think this is not the first image that comes to mind when talking 'bout travelling Germany.

However, that's exactly what Germany's north has to offer - and many fascinating phenomenons like the tideland that comes with it. As a matter of fact, Germany's shoreline is longer than the Portuguese one.

So what are you waiting for? Join me on my island hopping...in Germany!

The Island of BORKUM - West of East Frisia

The tour of German islands is coming to an end: I've taken you with me from the former easternmost isle in the Baltic across the north sea to the Dutch border - where we'll spend a couple of carefree summer days on Borkum.


Island of Borkum Beach with Beach Chairs
Doesn't this beach with the colorful chairs and cabanas just look like the perfect summer destination?!

The island of Borkum is one of the seven East Frisian Islands off the coast of Eastern Friesland. It is not only the largest, but also the westernmost and therefore geographically actually closer to the Netherlands than to the German mainland.

The Island of NEUWERK - where the way is the goal

"So, by which ferry did you get here?" asks the chubby little lady and her accent gives her away as Southern German. "Well, I came here walking", I beam at her, still thrilled by my hike from the mainland to the island of Neuwerk.


Hike on tideland from Cuxhaven to Neuwerk
To Neuwerk - this way! You cannot blame people if they don't believe that you came to an island walking.

The lady looks over the rough sea where the huge waves are rolling towards the shores of Cuxhaven. She frowns and shakes her head and is, obviously, thinking I'm trying to tell her a cock and bull story.
Little does she know: Visiting the island of Neuwerk, the way is the goal; definitely.

The Island of HELIGOLAND - soft spot with rough edges

A trip to Heligoland is always a good idea: On just one square kilometer, it unites soft sand dunes and rough cliffs, adds tax-free shopping to natural wonders like frolicking seals and jumping guillemots.


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Island of Heligoland - Lummenfelsen
The number of gannets on the rocks on Heligoland's western cliffs will just overwhelm you.

Heligoland is a tiny archipelago that long ago used to be Danish and British, but is, actually, as German as can be since the poet Von Fallersleben wrote the National Anthem during his stay on the island in 1841.

However, visiting Heligoland today, either on a day trip or for a longer stay, it is almost impossible to imagine that at the end of  WWII, Germany's supposedly only deepsea island was completely bombed out and even uninhabitable for ten long years.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, today, Heligoland is one of Germany's most popular island when it comes to a couple of relaxing days in a secluded spot.

The Island of FÖHR - every village a home

Föhr - every village a home: What's that all about?


bye:myself - Renata Green - byemyselftravels: Föhr - House at Nieblum
I'm not able to figure out Föhr's strongest suit - there are so many great things to do and see; the traditional architecture is certainly one of the most alluring ones.

Well, let me take you to one of Germany's most popular holiday islands where almost each of the 16 villages' name ends with the suffix -um. Since this is the Frisian and Lower German version of heim...which translates to home, you can imagine how cozy and homey this North Frisian island is to its....homies.