Germany is a wonderful country. It’s full of beautiful scenery including romantic castles, the German alps, distinctive architecture, and beautiful rivers. There are so many great things about Germany, but there are a few things that I personally love the most. Of course I love my family there the most, but besides that:
1. The Bakeries! Pretzels, Bread, Rolls and Pastries: German bakeries are full of delicious treats. I think the thing I love the most is that while satisfying the sweet tooth, if you splurge on a sweet treat they aren’t an instant cavity maker. They seem to have the perfect balance of sugar. The German breads, and rolls are a common breakfast item in Germany. Yes, Breakfast. In Germany, it’s not uncommon to have fresh Pretzels, rolls, meat and cheese for breakfast. Typically, you would shop everyday for these fresh items. They also make ready-made sandwiches out of the rolls. It’s not unusual to find a buttered pretzel or a pretzel sandwich as well. Sometimes the pretzels have cream cheese and chives on them. My personal favorite are the plain pretzels!! They are the perfect balance of bread and salt. They come in the traditional pretzel shape known as “Breze”, and they also are found in a long stick like shape known as “laugensemmel” and a round shape known as “laugenbrot.” Of course these terms vary by dialect and region. They all taste, in my opinion, equally delicious!! The best part is that the pretzel tends to run around 50 cents in many places. It’s very affordable. A decent loaf of bread, fresh-baked, is around 2.50 euros! Bread is delicious and not a wallet breaker.
2. The train system: I have to tell you….I am in love with DeutscheBahn. I know, I know… you probably figured it out, but I had to let the secret out. Despite our many issues, and we’ve had a few over the time I was in Germany, it is completely wonderful. The trains are generally on time, affordable, and convenient. On the trains you can take your bikes, strollers, and wheelchair with no issues. The ticket machines are easily accessible, and available in English if you choose to use it. I usually did, unless I wanted to impress myself with my German, which at times was an expensive mistake. Many of the fares are super cheap and you can also get special fare tickets. The DeutscheBahn website is very convenient and if you book in advance online you can also save money. I can post in a later blog about how to find the best deals! I love how easy it is to get a train from one city to the next. I lived in a very small town, and we had a very convenient train system very close to our house. I could get from my house in Bellenberg to Ulm (Einsteins’ birthplace, gratuitous fact) in about 20 minutes for 3.20 euros! I believe it is one of the best train systems in the world, but that’s just my opinion. 🙂
3. The Beer – OK, you all knew I couldn’t get away without mentioning the beer! German beer has a reputation for being the best beer on the planet. That and Oktoberfest….where all the best beers on the planet come together. German beer has every right to that reputation. I would not call myself by any stretch of the imagination a beer connoisseur. Despite the fact I come from a family of hobby brewers, and professional wine makers, my palate is far from trained and distinguished. The one thing I do know is: what I like. I have tried many beers over the years and nothing is more pleasing to my palate than a German Helles (or a light blond lager) or
Hefewiezen (wheat beer). I also learned to love the
Raddler (which is a beer mixed with lemonade). I have tried beer in various parts of the world, and nothing compares to German beer. I think more than anything, the beer culture is the most impressive about German. They take their drinking seriously. They don’t drink to get drunk, they enjoy their beer. Beer is a social event. Like most things they enjoy to drink outside, hence the beer gardens (
There are many wonderful things about Germany to mention, and these are just three things. I hope that you travel to Germany yourself and explore the many endless discoveries Germany had to offer.