Travel Tips & Resources

Recommendations for Traveling in Germany – 1st Installment

Stay at Motel 1-We have stayed in Motel 1 in Munich, Berlin and Leipzig. It’s a great design and has a good breakfast. The rooms are contemporary. Bathrooms are marble. The lobby is always nice for a drink or a coffee.

Looking for something smaller? We have used Booking.com numerous times as we were driving and realized that we needed a place to stay.  I have found that in Germany you can trust the smaller family owned Penzione and Gasthöfe to be clean and nice.

Rent a car from Sixt– Our favorite car rental company.  You hardly ever have to wait in line at the airport to pick up the car. Depending on the sights you are planning to see and how many people you are traveling with, a rental car can be a cheaper bet.  Also, on most highways there is no speed limit, making driving a tourist activity in its own right! And in Germany we drive on the right side of the road, so if you are American there is no adjustment needed.

Flying into Munich? If you arrive in the morning make sure you have a Weisswurst Fruhstuck with a wheat beer either at the airport or nearby. Ask them to show you how to properly skin the sausage

Flying into Nuremburg? Make sure to order a “drei im weckla” at the sausage truck right outside the airport.  Get mustard on it.

(Read the description of these delicacies here.)

Recommended Apps

City Maps 2 Go–Featured in blog post Meetings and Greetings. Great map app. Allows you to download maps ahead of time to your smart device. Does not need internet or data services to function, but uses GPS to show you where you are.

Whatsapp-messaging app that requires less data than other services.

My taxi– Germany doesn’t have Uber but this app is great.  It has taxi drivers in your vicinity practically fighting over who can get to you faster.

Public Transportation Specials

Public transport in Germany is notoriously timely and safe.  Unlike other places however, you must buy your ticket before you get on the train. You cannot purchase it on the train. Smart phones work for some tickets but it is always good to print your ticket and have it with you if you purchase it ahead of time.

Regional train ticket special– travel within any German state all day for one low price.

Weekend Ticket– Spend the whole weekend and travel anywhere in Germany.

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