As a travel advisor, I’m always looking for new and exciting itineraries in countries in the Southern Hemisphere to recommend to my clients. However, when my client asked me to to plan a 10-day trip for them, their two grown sons and their wives (a family group of three couples) to Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich for Oktoberfest, I knew I had to come up with something special.
The family wanted to hit all the iconic spots but, thanks to some of my Travel Advisor colleagues, I threw in a couple of off-the-beaten-path must-sees and must-dos.
Here are the highlights:
Berlin is a city with a rich history and culture, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Top six recommendations for things to do in Berlin:
- Brandenburg Gate: A symbol of unity and peace. This iconic landmark is one of the most photographed spots in the city.
- East Side Gallery: Checkpoint Charlie divided East and West and this former section of the Berlin Wall is now covered in murals by artists from all over the world.
- Tiergarten: This large park is a great place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
- Reichstag: This former seat of the German parliament is now a popular tourist attraction with stunning views of the city.
- Museum Island: A treasure trove of art and history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to five world-class museums, including the Pergamon Museum (Ishtar Gate) and the Neues Museum.
- Enjoy Currywurst at Konnopke’s Imbiss and almost anything at Markthalle Neun.
Frankfurt is a financial powerhouse, a city that exudes a fascinating blend of old and new. Top six things to do in Frankfurt:
- Main Tower: This skyscraper offers a stunning skyline and panoramic views of the city from its observation deck.
- Römerberg: This historic square is home to the Frankfurt Cathedral and the historic medieval building Römer (now City Hall).
- Städel Museum: This museum houses a world-renowned collection of European art.
- Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial: This memorial commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime.
- Ebbelwoi Express: A tram ride with apple wine tastings.
- Kleinmarkthalle: For a gastronomic journey through German cuisine.
Munich is a true Bavarian city famous for its beer gardens. Here are the top six things to do in Munich:
- Marienplatz: This central square, buzzing with life, is home to the New Town Hall and the Glockenspiel.
- Englischer Garten: This large park is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
- Nymphenburg Palace: This former summer residence of the Bavarian royal family is now a museum.
- BMW Museum: For the car enthusiasts.
- Viktualienmarkt: Sample traditional Bavarian treats at the famous Viktualienmarkt. A foodie’s paradise.
- Oktoberfest: Raise a stein at the legendary Oktoberfest grounds. This world-famous beer festival is held every year from late September to early October. Don’t forget to visit the Hofbräuhaus!
NOTE: If you’re planning on attending Oktoberfest, I recommend buying your tickets in advance. The festival gets very crowded, and tickets can sell out quickly. I also recommend booking your hotel and transportation well in advance, as prices tend to go up during this time of year.
The SelfishMe Travel Touch
Now, you might be wondering, how did we make this trip extra special? Well, it’s all in the details, darlings! 🌟
- Train Rides: The group traveled between cities in style, aboard comfortable and efficient German trains. No stress, just scenic views!
- Hop-On Hop-Off Buses: In Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich, they had the freedom to explore at their own pace, thanks to the hop-on hop-off buses. Talk about convenience!
- Culinary Delights: And of course, we sprinkled in some SelfishMe Travel magic with curated culinary experiences.
- Travel Necessities from Amazon: Things you didn’t know you needed for travel.
- Travel Insurance: Some of the best options for the family from InsureMyTrip.
This 10-day Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich trip is perfect for travelers who want to experience the best of Germany. With its rich history, culture, and food, Germany has something to offer everyone.
And although Germany is not my specialty, the family assured me that they had a fabulous time as they experienced the best of Germany in 10 days. A big shout-out and thanks to my TA colleagues!
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