Articles on Germany by Kyle the Vagabond:
Holding down the bulk of central Europe for many war-riddled
centuries, trying to wrap your head around the bulk of this country’s history is a monumental task. Luckily, there are enough museums, brewhauses, and castles in the hills to take your mind off of it for a while.
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When to Go:
Like the rest of Europe, summer brings the crowds, but also the sun. Outdoor activities are in full swing, and the cities buzz with summer backpackers and tourists. The shoulder seasons of March-May and October-November offer lighter crowds, crisper days, and of course Munich has that one Oktober festival that is so popular. Winter sports kick off in December, and aside from the slopes, the days are short, the mercury is low, but the crowds are kept at bay. The culture of the country still shines year round, no matter what the temperature.
The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks
1. Take a FREE guided walking tour of Berlin
While I am usually not an advocate of guided tours, the ones offered in Berlin are an exception. Intensely informative and captivating, one of the best daytime activities in Berlin for first-timers.
2. Discover Berlin’s divided past, and it’s modern post-Cold War architecture
From the museum at Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate, to the massive glass dome of the Reichstag, Berlin’s troubled past and hopeful future are on display in this sprawling city.