Germany is all about great beer, delicious food, and scenic road trips !
Mention Germany and many people immediately think of beer and Oktoberfest, but there is much, much more to do! Not to mention, those are mostly stereotypes only relevant to Bavaria in the south of the country. From the northern shores along the North and Baltic Seas to the Alps in the south and the dense, old growth forests in between, Germany offers an abundance of beautiful natural scenery that makes for a gorgeous road trip adventure. On the other hand, a trip to Germany would not be complete without visiting the cosmopolitan melting pot of Berlin, the amazing cathedral of Cologne, or the beer gardens of Munich. There are 16 distinct states in Germany, and each is culturally unique. So, there will be no shortage of new sights, sounds, cuisines, and customs for you to experience!
Traveling to and entering Germany is not difficult for most visitors. The airports at Frankfurt, Munich, and Dusseldorf serve international and even intercontinental flights on a daily basis (as do some of those in Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, and a few other cities). As a member of the EU and the Schengen Agreement, entry requirements typically don’t require more than a valid passport or identification. Germany travel options are nearly endless, as you can get around by train, plane, bus, or even by driving your own car, motorbike, or camper van.
Most of Germany has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Generally, late spring through early fall offers the best time to visit as the temperatures will be the most agreeable. Although, the middle of summer can be quite warm. Planet Ride currently features tours throughout the summer and into early autumn.
Germany has a long history of music, philosophy, literature, cinema, and more. The country is also well known for its traditions of Oktoberfest, Christmas celebrations, and others. The Christmas markets that pop up throughout the country during December are definitely worth a visit! If you appreciate fine works of engineering, such as cars, motorcycles, etc., then a trip to Germany is also meant to be! Companies like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi all call Germany home. No Germany tours would be complete without at least one visit to a beer garden and eating a bratwurst or two. Schweinshaxe (or roast pork knuckle) is another distinctively German specialty that is absolutely delicious. Along with sauerkraut, potato salad, schnitzel, and other dishes, you have plenty of culinary experiences ahead of you! Again, the local specialties vary throughout the country, so be sure to ask your guide or some of the locals for tips on what to try. Lastly, while beer might just be the national beverage, German wines are excellent and should not be missed.
Germany is generally a safe country. If you avoid the “bad neighborhoods” in major cities and use common sense, you should have little to worry about. So, relax, enjoy the scenery and sights, and have a great time on your trip to Germany!
What Planet Ride offers for travel adventures in Germany
Planet Ride offers a variety of Germany travel options for a road trip adventure. Currently, we allow you to choose between your own campervan or motorhome or ride a piece of German engineering with a BMW motorbike. Our road trips last anywhere from six days up to 23 days, depending on the particular type of vehicle and trip you choose. For all of our Germany tours, we partner with skilled local guides who are experienced professionals. They will assist with everything possible to make your trip to Germany as enjoyable as possible! Whether you need mechanical help with your vehicle or some assistance navigating the local culture, they will be present every kilometer of your journey. We do also offer some tours for the more adventurous where you will travel without a guide and have complete freedom to complete the itinerary on your own. We also cater to a variety of experience levels. Whether this is your first road trip, or it has been so many you’ve lost count, we have a trip that will meet your needs.
The first example of one of our current Germany travel options is a 20-day motorhome journey through Austria and Germany. After meeting up in Umhuasen, Austria, you’ll journey through the gorgeous mountain peaks, lakes, and forests of the Austrian Alps. Eventually, you’ll reach Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s famed mountain-top retreat, the Eagle’s Nest. Next up is a day trip to Munich, and then on to Schwangau and Louis II’s castle at Linderhof.
Another example is the 6-day motorbike trip through northern Europe. You will cover parts of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and of course, Germany! This itinerary is filled with history and under the radar destinations. After carving turns through the French Ardennes, visiting the Trappist abbey of Orval, commemorating one of WWII’s most brutal battles at Bastogne, and marveling at a few other charming destinations, you’ll arrive in Monschau, Germany. From there, it’s on to the tiny town of Nurburg, and its famous race track, the Nurburgring.
If you’re looking for more adrenaline-filled Germany tours, check out our 9-day trek through the high-altitude passes and hairpin turns of the German Alps. The riding is intense and exciting, and the sights are absolutely gorgeous !