Germany Trip Plan:
Germany on a Budget

Germany trip plan: Germany on a Budget
Braunfels (near market place)
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This 7-day package shows that a vacation to Germany doesn't have to be expensive. By staying in a comfortable and reasonably-priced vacation apartment instead of an expensive hotel, preparing your own meals in your home away from home, and planning several local trips and sightseeing excursions, you can save lots of money and experience Germany in a more personal way than is sometimes possible on a structured tour. Hike in Hesse's beautiful forests, stroll through Wetzlar's historic old town, and explore nearby castles and local attractions—all for much less money than a comprehensive vacation package.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

This 7-day package shows that a vacation to Germany doesn't have to be expensive. By staying in a comfortable and reasonably-priced vacation apartment instead of an expensive hotel, preparing your own meals in your home away from home, and planning several local trips and sightseeing excursions, you can save lots of money and experience Germany in a more personal way than is sometimes possible on a structured tour. Hike in Hesse's beautiful forests, stroll through Wetzlar's historic old town, and explore nearby castles and local attractions—all for much less money than a comprehensive vacation package.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $500 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $100 for 2 persons / 0 day
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 day
Gas: starting at $130 / 0 day
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1150 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1435 / 7 days
 

Notes: The vacation package allows you to experience a lot of Germany with a small budget. The good thing also is that you can change the order of the visits based on your preferences or weather conditions easily. Most of the local attractions have opening times around the week during season, therefore making changes if needed should be easy.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Germany

Day 1: Arrival in Germany[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Arrive in Frankfurt International Airport (FRA)
  • Pick up rental car (pls. coordinate with your favorite car rental provider)
  • Drive to vacation rental apartment in Waldgirmes or Wetzlar. For each apartment we have maps and driving directions available.
  • Arrive at your home away from home and get settled in the apartment
  • Possibly buy some groceries (see grocery list for Wetzlar / Waldgirmes), and explore the local surroundings.
  • Have a nice dinner (see a list of great restaurant choices in Wetzlar or Waldgirmes.)


Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town

Day 2: Visit Wetzlar's historic Old Town
Old Lahn Bridge
[ source: Flickr]

  • Visit Wetzlar's historic old town
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have lunch or dinner in one of the great restaurant choices available in Wetzlar's historic old town.
  • Stroll through the charming streets of Wetzlar, sit in one of the beer gardens or bistros around Wetzlar's famous Dom (cathedral.)
  • Have an Italian ice cream in one of the recommended ice cafes.


Day 3: Explore the Braunfels and the Braunfels Castle

Day 3: Explore the Braunfels and the Braunfels Castle[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Braunfels and the famous Braunfels castle
  • Depending on your interest you may want to schedule a local tour guide (they speak English) to provide you with a guided tour (see travel guide for details.)
  • Have a great dinner near the Braunfels castle (see list of restaurant choices.)


Day 4: Hiking in the Meadows and Forest

Day 4: Hiking in the Meadows and Forest
Castle Weilburg
[ source: Wikipedia]

  • This day will be a hiking day in one of the nearby beautiful forests (e.g., Waldgirmes, Wetzlar Stoppelberg.)
  • Quick fact: Hesse is known to be the state in Germany with the most forests!
  • Have some good breakfast in the morning, pack your bag for a picnic, and start hiking. We can help you with hiking maps and trails if needed.
  • In the evening prepare your own meal in your apartment. Have a cool beer and relax after that long hike!


Day 5: Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle

Day 5: Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit Limburg and the Limburg Castle
  • Limburg's historic downtown also provides more sightseeing opportunities


Day 6: Visit the Greifenstein Castle

Day 6: Visit the Greifenstein Castle
Roman Castle Saalburg
[ source: Wikipedia]

  • Visit the Greifenstein Castle and the German Bell Museum. Use the opportunity for hiking in the nearby beautiful forests. Afterwards have lunch or dinner in an authentic German restaurant (see travel guide for details.)
  • OR: As an alternative visit the Roman Fort Saalburg, and have a nice dinner in Usingen's historic old town afterwards.


Day 7: Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main

Day 7: Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
[ source: Flickr]

Spend a day in Frankfurt am Main, visit its historic sites and museums (e.g., the Senckenberg museum.)


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Where to Stay?

We feature nice vacation rentals and holiday apartments in destinations that are part of this trip plan. Click on a picture of the destination below where you would like to stay, then browse the vacation apartments, pick one you like, and fill out the Check Availability form with your desired travel dates. If you would like to stay in different locations please submit multiple inquiries, specifying the desired travel dates for each vacation apartment where you would like to stay. We will back to you with a free quote quickly (typically within 1-2 business days.)

Braunfels

Braunfels
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Even just a simple walk past Braunfels' market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.  [ + ] More Details

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt
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Located on the river Main, Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe and the transportation center of Germany. Frankfurt is the place of residence of the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Furthermore, it hosts some of the world's…  [ + ] More Details

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Greifenstein

Greifenstein
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Greifenstein is a community in the Lahn-Dill-Kreis in Hesse, Germany. Its administrative seat is Beilstein. Greifenstein covers 67.43 km² on the eastern slope of the Westerwald range. Its name comes from the castle of the same name in the constituent…  [ + ] More Details

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Limburg an der Lahn

Limburg an der Lahn
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Limburg an der Lahn, Hesse, is scenically located in the Slate Mountains. It is a rich agricultural area, and the Lahn River winds its way through the center of the town. Limburg is a rare example of a town that has a complete set of nearly undamaged…  [ + ] More Details

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Usingen

Usingen
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Usingen is a small town in the Hochtaunuskreis in Hesse, Germany. Until 1972, this residential and school town was the seat of the former district of Usingen.  [ + ] More Details

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Waldgirmes

Waldgirmes
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Waldgirmes is a small, charming village near Frankfurt in the midst of lush meadows and beautiful forests. It is located in central Hesse, from where all kinds of activities are possible: watch the castles go by on a Rhine river cruise, paddle on a canoe…  [ + ] More Details

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Weilburg

Weilburg
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Weilburg is, with just under 14,000 inhabitants, the third biggest town in Limburg-Weilburg district in Hesse, Germany, after Limburg an der Lahn and Bad Camberg.  [ + ] More Details

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Wetzlar

Wetzlar
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Wetzlar, in central Hesse, features an amazingly well-preserved and restored Old Town (Altstadt), with historic plazas, a 13th century Cathedral (Dom), and scores of historic houses. The tightly woven ensemble of the Altstadt with its half-timbered houses…  [ + ] More Details

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How to maximize your savings and spend less during your Germany vacation?

You can cut down your vacation costs significantly by following these simple rules:

  • Instead of eating out in restaurants most of the time your vacation rental apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen. By preparing your breakfast and dinner yourself you can save lots of money, but you can also live a more authentic Germany vacation by trying out local foods and recipes. (see some German recipe suggestions.)
  • Use public transportation instead of a rental car. We provide you with links and details on how to get around using public transportation. Check out the corresponding Live Like a German travel guide for more details.

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