Germany Travel made Easy: Explore Germany on your own using these unique Germany Trip Plans

For your next Germany travel or vacation we compiled a collection of unique Germany trip plans and vacation ideas with the help of our property owners, local residents, and our Live Like a German community. Most of these trip plans are focusing on popular vacation themes (e.g., Berlin, Munich, Germany on a budget, historic castles, christmas markets, wine and Rhine river tours.) Each Germany trip plan comprises a detailed itenerary for each day (self driving, explore on your own), while allowing you a greater flexibility, and staying in a nice and comfortable vacation apartment of your choice. Since our Live Like a German Trip Plans are compiled with the help of local residents and property owners, they are truly unique, and designed to help you to Live like a German during your special Germany vacation.



Mountain lake vacation in the heart of the Bavarian Alps

Mountain lake vacation in the heart of the Bavarian Alps
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At the foot of the Alps, less than an hour's drive from the Bavarian capital Munich, the Alpine region Schliersee / Spitzingsee offers a wonderful vacation world to explore. Water sports, hiking, mountain biking and stunning views from top of the Wendelstein… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $430 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Schliersee travel guide, vacation apartments in Schliersee


Nine Days In and Around Oberstaufen

Nine Days In and Around Oberstaufen
[ source: Wikipedia ]

To make your stay even more exciting, we have put together a small excursion package if you have to in addition to skiing, hiking or Nordic Walking yet time and desire. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $900 for 2 persons / 9 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 9 days
Related: Oberstaufen travel guide, vacation apartments in Oberstaufen


Oktoberfest In Munich Tour

Oktoberfest In Munich Tour
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Munich is a city that combines modern infrastructure with Bavarian hospitality and tradition. The historic buildings, streets and parks contrast with the modern BMW museum and Bayern München’s Allianz Arena stadium, a symbol of modern German architecture.… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $465 for 2 persons / 2 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 2 days
Related: Munich travel guide, vacation apartments in Munich


Rejuvenate in the Spa Towns Baden-Baden, Bad Herrenalb and Bad Wildbad

Rejuvenate in the Spa Towns Baden-Baden, Bad Herrenalb and Bad Wildbad
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Baden-Baden at the foot of the Black Forest has natural hot springs and numerous spas. Rejuvenate your body, mind & soul in the world of wellness at CaraVitalis, in the spa and climatic health resort Bad Herrenalb with its Siebentäler Therme and Prießnitz-Spa,… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $972 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Baden Baden travel guide, vacation apartments in Baden Baden


Ruhpolding - family fun in unspoiled nature, embedded in the Bavarian Alps

Ruhpolding - family fun in unspoiled nature, embedded in the Bavarian Alps
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Ruhpolding is a holiday destination for all seasons located in the southeastern part of Bavaria. Plenty of recreational and fun activities between mountains, valleys and cozy towns and villages, mixed with the typical Bavarian hospitality, guarantee… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $534 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Ruhpolding travel guide, vacation apartments in Ruhpolding


Schwaigern, at the foothills of the famous Heuchelberg wine region

Schwaigern, at the foothills of the famous Heuchelberg wine region
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Schwaigern-Niederhofen is nestled at the foothill of Heuchelberg in the river Lein-Valley. Wine growing has ancient tradition here, with many trails leading right through the vineyards and to wineries, inviting you to sample their outstanding products.… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $714 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Schwaigern travel guide, vacation apartments in Schwaigern


Spa Town Bad Urach and the Swabian Alp

Spa Town Bad Urach and the Swabian Alp
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The spectacular northern rim of the Swabian Alb, a low mountain region, represents the pinnacle of the breathtaking surrounding landscape. Imagine yourself vacationing in the midst of natural beauty with a multitude of fortresses and castles and so famous… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $385 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Bad Urach travel guide, vacation apartments in Bad Urach


Spa towns with world fame and charm

Spa towns with world fame and charm
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The foothills of the Taunus mountain range are perfect for a relaxing vacation. Play a round of Golf or enjoy rock-climbing. Bad Homburg is famous for its curing facilities and the Spielcasino and Bad Nauheim awaits you with a successful blend of nostalgic… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $545 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Usingen travel guide, vacation apartments in Usingen


Stay in Abenberg Castle

Stay in Abenberg Castle

Abenberg is situated in the Franconian Lake district. Surrounded by rolling hills and the wandering Main River, this is a locale that surely can't be missed. Stay in the famous Abenberg Castle and live your dream. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $420 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Abenberg travel guide, vacation apartments in Abenberg


Stunning Nature Park Senne - between Gütersloh und Bielefeld

Stunning Nature Park Senne - between Gütersloh und Bielefeld
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Spend a week of perfect relaxation in the beautiful landscape of the Senne, characterized by heath, moor land and forests. The Hollywood and Safari- Park Stukenbrock invites you and your family to an exciting day. Historical castles, museums and charming… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $760 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Gütersloh travel guide, vacation apartments in Gütersloh


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Bettina provides more Details about Germany Trip Plans for your Germany Travel

What is a Live Like a German Trip Plan?

We feature two types of vacation packages:

Comprehensive Germany Vacation Packages (fully organized, everything included, staying mostly in hotels)

Trip Plans (self organized, staying mostly in vacation apartments)

Here is how these differ in more detail:

1.) Comprehensive Germany Vacation Packages

Those are vacation packages where we work with a trusted local tour organizer, and those typically include transportation to the places, admission cost (if applicable), a local tour guide (English speaking), and lodging (primarily in hotels). These offer convenience, because everything is completely organized for you - and make your Germany travel arrangements very convenient.

The disadvantage compared to the Live Like a German - Germany trip plan is that these don't allow that much flexibility. Hotels are pre-booked, transportation is arranged, and tour guides etc. scheduled. So everything typically has to stay on schedule.

2.) Live Like a German - Trip Plans

Each Live Like a German trip plan comes with a complete itinerary for each day, and spans typically over 7-10 days. For each activity listed we point you to a comprehensive travel guide that provides you with all the details you need to know (e.g., estimate for admission cost, opening times, map, driving directions, insider tips, and reviews.) In addition, for each we suggest vacation rental apartments where you can stay, along with an overall pricing estimate so that you can determine how this fits into your Germany travel budget. The travel advise and all reviews are mostly obtained from local residents, allowing you to live like a German during your Germany vacation!

Think about a Live Like a German trip plan as a detailed travel itinerary, which lists all related activities for each day, and provides you with detailed information on admission cost, driving directions, special travel tips and advise, mostly obtained from local residents to make them truly unique and useful. We compiled these Germany trip plans around popular themes, to make it easy for you to experience a lot of German culture and history within a short amount of time, while maintaining a reasonable cost structure. You can print the travel guides and itinerary before your trip, and therefore keep it easily accessible during your Germany vacation.

One big advantage is that the travel itinerary in many cases is very flexible. For example, if you don't want to visit a particular castle that day, just exchange it with another activity. If reservations are needed we provide you with instructions and phone numbers, or may also be able to help you with making them. We basically provide you with a collection of things you can do, and you pick the ones that are you most interested and decide when to do them.

I decided to go with a Germany trip plan - how do I book it?

We conveniently provide you with links to vacation rental destinations based on the destinations in the Germany trip plan. Just follow those links, browse the selection of Germany vacation apartments or holiday apartments, and pick one that you like. For this one you can use our Check Availability form, fill in your travel dates, and we will get back to you with a free quote.

So with a trip plan you basically pay only for the accommodation, for which you can find plenty of choices on our web site using our Germany travel search. Just do a quick search (see searchbox on top of the page), select one of the recommended Live Like a German vacation apartments and make a reservation. The price of the vacation package then depends on the number of persons traveling and includes only the lodging part. Admission, costs for food, transportation, and other travel related expenses are not included. However, we provide you with a rough estimate based on 2 persons so that you can get a sense of the overall cost and what to expect to pay. In addition, we provide you with a telephone hotline in case of questions that may arise before, during, or after your Germany trip - we're always just a phone call away!

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