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.



Beautiful Ostrach-Valley in the Allgäuer Alps

Beautiful Ostrach-Valley in the Allgäuer Alps
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Bad Hindelang knows how to welcome its guests. Embedded in the Ostrach-Valley it is the starting point for leisure-, sport- and cultural activities throughout the year. The Allgäuer Alps invite for hiking and skiing. State-of-the-art spa facilities,… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $770 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Bad Hindelang travel guide, vacation apartments in Bad Hindelang


4-days Merry Month of May traditions in Bacharach, Middle Rhine Valley

4-days Merry Month of May traditions in Bacharach, Middle Rhine Valley
[ source: Wikipedia ]

The small winegrower town of Bacharach on the west bank of the majestic Rhine knows how to through a party. The annual festivities start with the welcoming of the "Wonnemonat Mai" on April 30. Join the fun and experience unique German traditions, including… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $280 for 2 persons / 4 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 4 days
Related: Bacharach travel guide, vacation apartments in Bacharach


Buxtehude, the River Elbe Valley and metropolitan Hamburg

Buxtehude, the River Elbe Valley and metropolitan Hamburg
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Buxtehude in Lower Saxony lies next to the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the east and the River Elbe in the north, marking the border to Schleswig Holstein. Discover the the Hanseatic Town of Stade, the Old Land and the famous Lunenburger… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $514 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Buxtehude travel guide, vacation apartments in Buxtehude


Stuttgart with Children

Stuttgart with Children
[ source: Wikipedia ]

If you are looking for a fun family vacation and don't know where to go, try Stuttgart. With it's Adventure Dreamland, Botanical Gardens, world-renown zoo and historic castles to visit, it will be a trip to keep your little ones (and you) entertained. [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $700 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Stuttgart travel guide, vacation apartments in Stuttgart


Visit the Teutoburg Forest, where the Romans lost their battle!

Visit the Teutoburg Forest, where the Romans lost their battle!
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This natural preserve TERRA.vita includes the Osnabrück County, Wiehe Mountains and North Teutoburg forest. It is part of the European Geopark Network and the worldwide UNESCO Geoparks, which features much diversified landscapes. Discover different… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $1006 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Osnabrück travel guide, vacation apartments in Osnabrück


4-days in the World Heritage City of Bamberg

4-days in the World Heritage City of Bamberg
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Spend a wonderful long weekend in romantic Bamberg, in the heart of Franconia (Bavaria), surrounded by three of Europe's most beautiful Nature Parks, Franconian Switzerland, Steigerwald and Haßberge. Experience the atmosphere of the old streets and… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $256 for 2 persons / 4 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 4 days
Related: Bamberg travel guide, vacation apartments in Bamberg


Island Hopping in Wadden Sea, East Frisia

Island Hopping in Wadden Sea, East Frisia
[ source: Wikipedia ]

The North Sea coastal area, called Wattenmeer, is a national park and the only one of its kind in the world! The 7 East Frisian Islands are not only renowned seaside resorts but also part of the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a special… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $403 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Aurich travel guide, vacation apartments in Aurich


Explore the Hesse region between Rhön, Spessart and Vogelsberg

Explore the Hesse region between Rhön, Spessart and Vogelsberg
[ source: www.schluechtern.de/ ]

Schlüchtern, located on the river Kinzig and nestled between the Biosphere Reserve Rhön, the Spessart Nature Park and Nature Preserve Upper Vogelsberg, invites you to enjoy beautiful nature. The charming towns of Steinau, Bad Soden-Salmünster, Gelnhausen… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $364 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Schlüchtern travel guide, vacation apartments in Schlüchtern


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
Related: Bacharach travel guide, vacation apartments in Bacharach


The Franconian Wine Country

The Franconian Wine Country
[ source: Wikipedia ]

Once you have experienced Würzburg and the surrounding Franconian Wine Country you may want to come back for more. Experience timber-romanticism, Rococo style splendor and of course numerous opportunities for wine tasting. Enjoy hiking in this picturesque… [ + ] More Details

Estimated Cost: starting at $364 for 2 persons / 7 days (accomodation only, does not include airfare)
Suggested duration: 7 days
Related: Veitshöchheim travel guide, vacation apartments in Veitshöchheim


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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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We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.

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