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Germany is one of the Swedes' favorite countries when we go on holiday. Here there is a rich history and lots of castles, beautiful half-timbered villages and exciting big cities. Mainly we Swedes go to the northern parts of the country and to Berlin, but Germany is a large country with a lot of history, wine culture and beautiful nature. From of the Alps beautiful mountain peaks to Moselle Valley Castle and vineyards. From Romantic streets cute fairytale villages to of the Baltic Sea coast long beaches. Germany really has something for everyone.

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10 sights you shouldn't miss

1. Drink a beer in a genuine bierstube
2. Go boating on the fjord-like Königsee in Bavaria
3. Visit some of Berlin's many museums
4. Visit the fairytale villages of Romantische Strasse
5. Eat a flame kueche with Riesling wine in the Rhine valley
6. Scream your heart out at Europe's best amusement park, Europapark
7. Look at quirky details at Bamberg Town Hall
8. Take a photo at the Berlin Wall
9. See the madness of King Ludwig II at Neuschwanstein Castle
10. Experience nature in the beautiful Black Forest

5 travel tips


Road trips

The Autobahn is almost a bit mythical. Many motorists drive incredibly fast and accidents happen a little too often. Avoid the left lane unless you are driving very fast. In many cities, they have introduced environmental zones for cars, which means that you cannot drive into the cities without an environmental sticker.


Opening hours

On Sundays you don't go shopping, but hang out with the family. So on Sundays shops and grocery stores are closed. If you want to shop for food, the grocery stores do not have nearly as generous opening hours on weekdays as in Sweden. In Berlin, however, they are open for shopping one weekend a month. Museums are closed on Mondays.


Tap water

The tap water is drinkable throughout Germany (unless otherwise stated). However, restaurants usually do not serve tap water unless you explicitly ask for it. But be prepared to pay a penny for the tap water as well.



In Germany, "Cash is king" still applies. We were barely able to fill up at a gas station in Bavaria, where it turned out they only took cash. Make sure you always have cash for at least one dinner or a full tank of gas. It's when you least expect it that you need the cash the most. Always ask if the restaurant takes cards before you order.



It can be difficult to find good vegetarian dishes in restaurants outside the big cities. If you order a salad, ask for fresh vegetables, not cooked.

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