We visited Germany twice on our quick spiral around Western Europe. We spent several quick days in the north of Germany and wrapped up our trip by celebrating Oktoberfest in Bavaria. There’s a lot left to see in this country, but it’ll have to wait for a future trip. Here’s what we thought about what we did see.
Top three experiences?
- The English Garden in Munich. It was a little chilly out, but besides that, it was a great place to hang out and listen to music.
- The random pub we went to in Hamburg.
- Oktoberfest. We had a lot of fun! The rotisserie chicken was really, really good.
- Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. Hanging out on a runway was pretty fun!
- Hamburg’s trendy HafenCity.
Bottom three experiences?
- The snorer we had in our room in Berlin. I am not going to miss sleeping in dorms!
- Cold, rainy weather in all three cities.
- Visiting the Berlin wall.
- The S- and U-Bahn route map in Berlin was impossible to read.
- The Berlin Wall. The cheesy graffiti just didn’t do it for me.
- We had a snorer in our room in Berlin.
Nikki: I think the currywurst at Oktoberfest was the best, but I also enjoyed all the pretzels, bratwurst, and chicken.
Brad: The rotisserie-grilled half-chickens at Oktoberfest. The meat just fell off the bone.
Nikki: I can’t really think of anything bad…
Brad: The buffet breakfast we had at our hostel in Berlin sucked. It was expensive, but ended up being little more than toast.
Favorite person we met?
Nikki: Peter, the friend we made at Oktoberfest. He was a really funny, interesting guy.
Brad: Peter from Oktoberfest.
Nikki: We had a near-miss when Brad thought he had lost his wedding ring (turns out it was in his backpack), but I think the worst thing that happened was when we accidentally paid double for the Munich transportation system day pass.
Brad: Hamburg’s City Hall was closed to tours when we visited because Parliament was in session.
Favorite place we stayed?
Nikki: The Superbude Hostel in Hamburg. It was a new hotel-hostel fusion and turned out to be a great place to stay.
Brad: Despite being in the middle of nowhere, our hostel room in Munich was pretty nice.
Worst place we stayed?
Nikki: The Meininger Hostel in Berlin. It was a new hotel-hostel fusion and turned out to be a bad place to stay.
Brad: The hostel in Berlin. The staff didn’t record that we paid our second night, and wanted us to pay twice. The staff weren’t friendly.
Nikki: I’d say the river surfers in Munich. Watching them was pretty fun.
Brad: All of the tourist industry street workers in Berlin were focused at the Brandenburg Gate. There was an incredible concentration of human statues, people dressed in old US or Soviet military uniforms, and pretzel vendors. There were also a fair number of people making a living by wearing gorilla or bear suits.