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.



UNESCO Nature Park Odenwald-Bergstrasse

UNESCO Nature Park Odenwald-Bergstrasse
[ source: www.rothenberg-odw.eu ]

Welcome to the picturesque landscape of the Odenwald, in the middle of the UNESCO Nature Park Odenwald-Bergstrasse. Extended hikes and day trips to the many attractions and villages along the Neckar River will make your holiday an unforgettable experience.… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $407 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Rothenberg travel guide, vacation apartments in Rothenberg


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

Follow the Brothers Grimm on their Fairy-tale Route through Germany
[ source: Wikipedia ]

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


The Eifel, Bitburg-Prüm County and Moselle River Valley

The Eifel, Bitburg-Prüm County and Moselle River Valley
[ source: Wikipedia ]

The Eifel, a low mountain range in western Germany, welcomes you with scenic beauty, ancient volcanic lakes and villages dominated by lovely restored farmhouses. Visit historic Monschau, the wine towns Cochem and Trier on the Moselle River, before heading… [ + ] More Details

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


The Black Forest - a finalist in the votes for the new 7 natural world wonders

The Black Forest - a finalist in the votes for the new 7 natural world wonders
[ source: www.blackforest-tourism.com ]

The Black Forest, 200 kilometers long and 60 kilometers wide, in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is Germany's most beautiful region. It has vineyards, river valleys, sunny peaks, wide panoramic views, calm forests, revitalizing spas and exciting… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $564 for 2 persons / 12 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 12 days
Related: Oberharmersbach travel guide, vacation apartments in Oberharmersbach


City Tour around Lake Constance

City Tour around Lake Constance
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Lake Constance, at the northern foothills of the Alps, is a most popular holiday region in Germany. Not only water sport attracts many visitors but also beautiful towns along the lake, holding the typical charm of colorful maritime resorts. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $578 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Friedrichshafen travel guide, vacation apartments in Friedrichshafen


Family treat - the Eifel, unspoiled nature and wildlife

Family treat - the Eifel, unspoiled nature and wildlife
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Schwirzheim is located on the edge of the Bitburg/Prüm region, bordering the Vulcanic-Eifel and its unique water-filled craters, called "Maare". Enjoy exploring large forest regions, lush meadows and picturesque towns; indulge in spa-treatments, watch… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $485 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Schwirzheim travel guide, vacation apartments in Schwirzheim


5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River

5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River
[ source: Wikipedia ]

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


Medieval events at Ronneburg Castle and biking Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains

Medieval events at Ronneburg Castle and biking Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains
[ source: Wikipedia ]

On the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse lies Büdingen, the town with a proud history and medieval flair. Enjoy nature at the volcanic Vogelsberg Mountains, discover eventful castles and spend a day in Bad Orb. The newest addition… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $217 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Büdingen travel guide, vacation apartments in Büdingen


Medieval Büdingen, rolling hills and metropolitan Frankfurt

Medieval Büdingen, rolling hills and metropolitan Frankfurt
[ source: Wikipedia ]

The historical center of Büdigen is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval townscapes in all of Europe. The surroundings of Büdingen are extremely beautiful with many lovely sightseeing spots. Famous Spa Towns offer wellness pure and the… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $226 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Büdingen travel guide, vacation apartments in Büdingen


Freudenstadt in the heart of the Black Forest

Freudenstadt in the heart of the Black Forest
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Freudenstadt's location in the midst of the magnificent Black Forest makes the city an all year round favorite with vacationers. Sport enthusiasts feel just as much at home as those in search of relaxation, those who want to enjoy the scenery and families,… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $530 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Freudenstadt travel guide, vacation apartments in Freudenstadt


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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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