Few destinations are as much like a storybook as Germany—especially when you’re on an epic road trip.
The country is filled with roads that wind through the land, with over 100 routes traversing the picturesque villages and countryside. With castles and flowing rivers, mountain peaks and beautiful towns, it’s straight out of a fairytale.
And it doesn’t stop there. Even the names of the roads lend themselves to this storybook theme. Next time you pack up and hit the road in Germany, consider these three routes that make for exciting and romantic road trips.
The Romantic Road
Located in the southern part of the country, the Romantic Road runs from Würzburg to Füssen—350 kilometers or 220 miles. Formulated in the 1950s as a way to stimulate tourism, the culture and scenery along the route really does lend itself to a romantic atmosphere full of canals, lakes and sweeping meadows.
Start in historic Würzburg as you wind south past the medieval cities of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. Also a part of the tour, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Alps provide a chance for visitors to tour a castle. You’ll end up in Füssen, an adorable Bavarian town with mountains in the distance.
The Castle Road
If your image of a storybook road trip is one filled with expansive German castles, the Castle Road is the route for you. You’re bound to have a magical experience with more than 70 castles along the way.
The road starts in southwestern Germany in Mannheim with Mannheim Palace, a Baroque castle that hosts tours and devotes part of the building to the local university. The entire route runs 1,000 kilometers—more than 600 miles—before ending over the border of the Czech Republic in Prague. Other notable castles include Heidelberg Castle, Nuremberg Castle and, of course, Prague Castle.
The Fairytale Road
Not as long as the Castle Road, but longer than the Romantic Road, the Fairytale Road runs from Hanau in the central part of Germany to Bremen in the north, allowing you to cover many different parts of the country between the three roads. The road gets its name because it features many destinations relevant to the lives of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. People around the world are familiar with their tales.
Along the way, visit Hanau, where the brothers were born, and Steinau, their childhood home. They studied at Marburg, also along the route, and visitors can also spot Little Red Riding Hood land from Alsfeld to Fritzlar and Bad Wildungen, Snow White’s village. The picturesque and historic nature of the route just enhances the experience.
Getting Ready to Go
Next time you’re planning a road trip in Germany, make sure you have plenty of space in the car. You can ensure there is room to be comfortable by enlisting the help of a cargo hitch carrier from Vault Cargo to keep your luggage safe and sound atop the car.
Packing for these types of road trips require one very important thing—a camera. Before you head out, make sure your memory card has plenty of space so you can capture the romantic trip. You’ll be impressed by so much of what you see—from stunning viewpoints to even the most minute details.
Another thing you’ll want to bring along is a physical map. The map will ensure you stay on the right route and find your way back if you get lost. Happy travels!
Travelling by motorcycle is a feeling unlike any other—the wind in your hair, the rumble of the bike between your legs, sights whizzing by.
While there are plenty of reasons to travel, there are some very specific benefits of travelling like a bike bandit.
The Sense of Adventure is Indescribable
There are so many reasons to explore via motorcycle, but one of the greatest is the sense of adventure you feel. As the world flies by around you, it’s hard to contain the adrenaline coursing through your blood. And what is travelling about if not adventure?
It’s Incredibly Convenient
When travelling by car, there’s a lot to consider—especially if you’re planning on heading overseas.
Foreign lands are always easier to navigate atop a set of wheels. While car rentals are available nearly anywhere you dare to venture, they can get expensive. They’re also very difficult to transport, if you plan to take your own.
Motorcycles, on the other hand, offer a great alternative. They’re cheaper to rent, but they’re also easier to bring with. Take them wherever you go to enhance your adventure. All you need is a helmet and you’re ready to go.
You Have the Freedom to Go Anywhere
Exploring by car gives you some freedom, but nothing like you’ll feel atop a motorcycle.
Their slim bodies and small frames ensure that slipping into smaller spaces is easier than ever. Aside from being able to take it nearly everywhere, travelling by motorcycle allows visitors to get deeper into their surroundings. There’s nothing better than really exploring your travel destinations and finding treasures that the everyday traveller never gets to see.
The Experience is a Thrill
Travelling is all about the experiences, but sometimes the way you get there is an experience as well. Planes, trains and bicycles make for exciting travels, but there is another way to see the world that provides an equal thrill.
Riding a motorcycle on the open road is an experience in and of itself. Between the wind in your hair, the roar of the engine and the chance to take in local smells, you get a thrilling sensory experience.
In a car, you’re experiencing the world from inside a box. You watch through the windows as the sights and sounds slide by around you, but you’re not truly a part of it. You’re just passing through.
Instead, immerse yourself in the surroundings. Whether you’re arriving at your final destination or zipping between cities, the time you spend on a motorcycle is unobstructed by car windows and comfy cushions.
You’ll find you pay much more attention to the beauty you’re passing by and see more of the in-between than you would otherwise. It’s like walking, but much, much faster.
It’s a Great Way to Meet New Friends
Travelling by motorcycle is a wonderful way to meet new people. And guess what? Your new friends are bound to have the same interests as you! The biking community is a welcoming one, ensuring that you’ll have plenty to talk about.
Experiences had with these friends, or even with those you already knew before the trip, can produce stories that last a lifetime. While your adventure may come to an end, it will live on through the stories you tell and the memories you’ve made for years to come.
Packing for a backpacking trip is a fine art and a delicate balance. The trick is to pack as lightly as possible whilst ensuring that you have everything you need to bring. Things like socks and toiletries can be picked up easily from pretty much anywhere in the world so you can go lightly on these but some items you really do need to make sure you have with you at all times.
Here is our list of the Top Ten Items which no adventurer should be without.
Everyone likes a good beach. The crashing of the waves on the rocks, the beating down of the sun on your face, and the pure, unbroken relaxation that derives from enjoying some time lying in the sand. There are millions of beaches in the world, making for over 200,000 miles of coastline; about as long as the distance between here and the moon.
With that in mind it is quite the pursuit to try and name the most incredible beaches in the world, and it all depends on preferences. Some people like a nice quiet spot for sunbathing, others like to party. Geological features may be your forte, or perhaps the killer waves to surf. Here is a selection of some of the world’s most incredible beaches, that hopefully cater to some different tastes.
Eco tourism, technically speaking, is a type of tourism that offers an alternative to the mass scale tourism that can so often cause damage to the environment and to local communities. Eco tourism aims to have a direct positive impact on the area it operates in; giving back to the local community, getting involved in conservation, and educating travelers about culture and the Eco system.
Don’t let a tight budget put you off traveling. There are many ways to make your money stretch, and often it is possible to travel for less than your usual cost of living, so long as you are prepared to take your budget into consideration. If you’re smart, it’s even possible to make money online to fund your travels. Here are some quick fire travel tips to help you get the most out of your tight budget. Feel free to take advice from the ones that you like, and discard the ones that you don’t:
- Travel somewhere close- If you have a tight budget, you could consider traveling somewhere nearby to your home, to save on the large costs of round the world flights. See it as an opportunity to explore some of your own country, or somewhere close on the continent.
- Choose budget accommodation- You don’t have to stay in cockroach infested rooms, but accommodation is a major cost that can be kept down with some consideration. You could look for vouchers or deals for hotels, stay in hostels (which are also great for meeting other travelers), or camp out for next to nothing.
- Travel on cheap transport- If you book the right flight it can be very cheap, especially relatively so for long distances. You should book carefully to get the right deal. Coaches are also very cheap, and can be used to travel across entire continents if you can handle the long journey times. Trains are probably the most expensive for long distances, so stick to coaches, buses, planes, and boats, and always get a good deal.
- Eat picnic food- It is nice to eat out,but a picnic in a nice park, or set against a backdrop of epic LOTR style mountains, can be even nicer. Eating food purchased from a shop is much cheaper than eating out everyday, and in a lot of countries will save you money in the long run; money which will keep you traveling for longer.
- Eat and drink local- There are typically two price brackets for a given country; tourist prices, and local prices. Avoid tourist traps and find local hang outs, and places to eat and drink that locals enjoy. They will be better value for money, as well as making for a more authentic experience. If you must eat out often, then think like a local.
- Visit free or cheap attractions- You don’t have to pay hundreds of pounds to have a great time. You can do, but you don’t have to. There are always things to do that cost very little, and this doesn’t mean missing out on the culture of your destination. For example, it may cost 30 Euros to go up the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but it is only 5 Euros to go up the Arc De Triumph, for an equally impressive view. Many museums and art galleries, attractions with cultural or historical significance, are cheap to enjoy.
- Enjoy nature- Perhaps the most free attraction on the planet, is the planet itself. The splendors of nature are for some the most joyous that a place has to offer, and they are certainly the cheapest. Walking through mountains, camping, swimming in a beautiful lake, sunbathing on a sandy golden beach; all of these require little more than the cost of food for the day.
- Work or volunteer- If you cannot last on your budget then fear not. In some countries it is possible to find work, and the type of work and wage varies depending where you are. Fruit picking and other agricultural work is an example, and can be found in many countries. Volunteering is possible nearly everywhere, through projects or websites that host work exchanges for food and bed. This is a cheap, and often very rewarding way to travel.