1. The Autobahn
I’ve already debugged 6 Myths of the Autobahn. While I might have disappointed some people that we indeed have speed limits (in some sections). The Autobahn is still a great place. There is just no comparable feeling to travel endlessly at about 180kmh on average (110 mph). Only sad point: It’s a pain in the arse once you cross borders and are restricted to 130 kph (80 mph) or less. Also, resisting temptation appears to be more difficult for some. Nevertheless, If you want to taste freedom, Accelerate over the 130 kph (80mph) barrier Germany is your place.
If this point hasn’t convinced you yet I have many more to follow…
2. German Fests
A long-standing cultural history with tradition reaching back several hundred years sometimes over a thousand has brought us a big cultural diversity
The German word “Fest” (short for “Volksfest”) is a combination of a funfair, festival, and gathering with cultural roots in a gemütlich setting. Just like “gemütlich”, “Fest” is a german word you can’t translate. Thanks to the long-standing German tradition, we have fests for about anything: Wine Fest, Bier Fest, Oktoberfest, May Fest, Fastnet (Carnival),… you name it. Every single Region, every single city hence, even the tiniest village has all those and many more Fests all around the year.
3. Amazing castles
This amazing historical heritage truly shapes the German landscape. If you are into castles you’ll have over 20,000 castles to choose from. Enough for a lifetime. Everybody should have checked out a couple castles. They are just breathtaking.
4. Endless destinations for a day trip
Museums everywhere, castles, Forests, nearby cities. There appears to be an endless opportunity for day trips. You can visit over 20,000 castles, you can easily get to another country in less than 2 hours. let alone more than 6000 Museums or Many amusement parks including the best worldwide, Europa Park. If you are more into exploring nature use one of the many nearby recreational parks (usually in walking distance).
5. It’s cleaner than any place you have visited before
Germany is about the cleanest place you’ll find. And I really mean it! Let’s take our downtown for an example: Not only do all the trashes get emptied every day but the every day but every morning and throughout the day cleaning squads walk down every street, street sweepers clean streets throughout the city weekly. You get so used to it, It becomes a pain to visit foreign cities like say, Paris. To sum it up: If you see trash on the german soil be sure it won’t stay there for long.
6. Free college
This one is my favorite. While college is not entirely free, it’s still a joke compared to what my friends pay overseas (250 dollars per annum compared to 20,000 or more compared). We Germans hold the ideal belief that education should be free. That’s why you don’t pay for books up to college, that’s why there are many more programs to support you financially during your studies. And knowing you can major in whatever you are passionate about without having to deal with a huge amount of debt is extremely relieving.
7. Ball is life
It’s undeniable: We have on of if not the best Soccer teams. Ever since the World Cup took place in Germany (2006) and we won the World Cup (2014), every second summer a wave of pure euphory takes over Germany. Everywhere you go you’ll see Fests and what Germans call “Public Viewing“. And no I’m not talking about funerals. Instead of watching the games in a smaller circle at home you got to a Park, stadium, or Downtown and watch the game on a big screen with sometimes even several hundred thousands. The atmosphere is just incredible
8. Great Food and Beer
Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Spätzle, Spargel, Maultaschen, and of course Döner I could follow on for a Long time. For all the food lovers you will find enough to love Germany.
9. Public transportation
It’s safer, cheaper, sometimes even faster and usually runs on time. It makes you much more flexible and spares you the pain of looking for a parking spot. For young people, there is no more need for a designated driver. For anyone who wants to travel to German cities, there are those high-speed Trains with a red line. A.k.a ICE with high top speeds up to 330 km/h (205 mph) you can get anywhere pretty quickly. On top, you can get use them fairly cheaply if you know how to book …
10. the euro
Although it isn’t really German It’s really cool not to have to change currency each time you cross a border. If I want to visit the Netherlands or France. I don’t worry about the currency at all.
You still haven’t found anything? Here is a bonus:
Everything is closed on Sunday!
Sundays EVERYTHING is closed: No food, no shopping, no administration, no banks,… Depending on where you are from this my be a shock. And you’ll have a hard time adjusting.You might also not understand why this is supposed to make you love Germany. Just bear with me.
If you still don’t love Germany I only see two ways:
- Travel to Germany
- Continue exploring this blog and get convinced.
Feel free to tell me which points you liked the most of to add things to this list 🙂