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.



4 Day Hiking Trip along the Rhine River

4 Day Hiking Trip along the Rhine River
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Nestled in the valley of the vineyards are some of the most stunning hiking trails in Germany. Travel along the Rhine River and collect views of old churches, the meandering Rhine River and iconic vineyards. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $300 for 2 persons / 4 days days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 4 days
Related: Bingen travel guide, vacation apartments in Bingen


4 Day Bicycle Tour of the Mosel

4 Day Bicycle Tour of the Mosel
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Come and enjoy a cycling tour of Germany's wine region, the Mosel. It is the sweet heart of Germany where the vineyards go on for miles along the meandering Rhine River that make this area so romantic. Enjoy tasting wines, cycling along the Rhine and… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $600 for 2 persons / 4 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 4 days
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5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River

5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River
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From the Rhine itself it the best way to explore the meandering river. Taking a boat cruise is not only a scenic way to travel (and avoid traffic), but peaceful as well. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $492 for 2 persons / 5 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 5 days
Related: Cochem travel guide, vacation apartments in Cochem


Stuttgart and the beautiful Neckar-Valley from Esslingen to Marbach

Stuttgart and the beautiful Neckar-Valley from Esslingen to Marbach
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Follow the River Neckar and discover historical towns and the ancient wine-region. Witness the unique Pumpkin Exhibition with bizarre pumpkins in gorgeous colors and unusual forms, find out where the poet Friedrich Schiller was born and admire Porsche… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $745 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
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Fichtelgebirge, world-famous porcelain, historical towns and the great outdoors

Fichtelgebirge, world-famous porcelain, historical towns and the great outdoors
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The Fichtelgebirge is one of the oldest mountainous regions of Germany, belongs to the group of low mountain ranges and lies primarily in Upper Franconia. The mountains and valleys attract many visitors who enjoy the outdoors summer and winter. Famous… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $422 for 2 persons / days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
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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


Follow the Brothers Grimm on their Fairy-tale Route through Germany

Follow the Brothers Grimm on their Fairy-tale Route through Germany
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Once upon a time two German brothers traveled the country and gathered legends and saga, all documented in a unique fairy-tale book, and translated into over 160 languages. Visit the places and towns those stories were originated, see and experience… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $1050 for 2 persons / 10 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 10 days
Related: Hanau travel guide, vacation apartments in Hanau


Tübingen - Discover the charming Historical Town on the River Neckar

Tübingen - Discover the charming Historical Town on the River Neckar
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Tübingen with its completely intact, most beautiful historical old town center has the youngest average population in Germany with around 22.000 students, or a quarter of the whole town's population. Discover local hospitality, castles, museums and… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $447 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Tübingen travel guide, vacation apartments in Tübingen


Wine- and Federweisser-Vintage-Festivals and the "Rhine in Flames"

Wine- and Federweisser-Vintage-Festivals and the
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Fall is the time of the harvest. When the days get shorter and the trees show their most beautiful colors it is time to gather the grapes. That's the season of Wines and Federweisser, which everybody also enjoys during colorful festivals. Make… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $391 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
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10-Day Ski Vacation to Berchtesgaden

10-Day Ski Vacation to Berchtesgaden
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Steeped in folklore and mythology the area of Berchtesgaden is not one to be missed. It is said that God told the angels to put all the natural wonders of the world here. The town is surrounded by six formidable mountain ranges including Germany's second… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $1160 for 2 persons / 10 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 10 Days
Related: Berchtesgaden travel guide, vacation apartments in Berchtesgaden


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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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