Travel To Germany

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Travel to Germany should include plenty of sightseeing, outdoor activities, and, above all, cultural events. Germany is a veritable land of festivals, where fun-filled, food- and beer-binging pagan harvest parties have been part of the local tradition for centuries. "Fasching" is the name for Germany's famous Winter Carnival season, in which the major cities participate in their own cultural version of the raucous Brazilian carnival--and all of it ending appropriately on Ash Wednesday.

Weather in Germany is definitely an issue for travelers, and although the cold and dark winter season is not prohibitive for travel, it merits some extra consideration with regard to preparation. Simply put, the German winter sun does not last more than six to eight hours a day. If you suffer from light-deprivation depression, or if you live for sunny, warm travel destinations, choose the summer time for your travel to Germany.

Benefits of Winter Travel to Germany

However, if you're a night owl, love bar and restaurant hopping, the theater, live music, or any other kind of nightlife, then Germany in the winter is a happening place. Any time of the year is a good time for chatting up locals into the early morning hours in taverns, and winter drives people into the warm indoor locales, giving you plenty of social opportunities.

Another benefit of traveling to Germany in the winter is a steep drop in travel expenses, from airfare and hotels to meals and local transportation. You'll also probably have a more "authentic" experience, as the throngs of foreign tourists who fill the country in the summer will be absent. You'll be more likely to encounter Germany the way real Germans do, with more opportunities to get to know the German people, while still being able to take advantage of the rich sightseeing and cultural events.

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