From Captain America to Issy and Ossi, several Hollywood blockbusters have contributed to casting a pre-illustration of ‘Germany’ in my mind. One such aerial vision of orange-tinted houses nestled amid narrow canals came almost about true before my plane descended towards the runway. For the next few days, I travelled three German cities before heading off to one of the bordering neighbours. Germany, home to Europe’s most incredible views and architecture is also the country that reminds you of WWII from time to time. A lot changed after the world war and the after-effects are evident in the whole of Europe. That aside, Germany is full of exotic views, barbed alps, châteaux, blossom-filled hills, ranches, rolling forests and dynamic streams.
Along my travels, I came across many captivating châteaux, or as they call it a manor’s house or the residence of the lord of the aristocracy. The countryside, contrarily, reveals half-timbered homes, great farms, grand churches, gothic architecture, vineyards, Ski trails and exceptional wine and bread. In the larger cities, I detected locals listening to deep-toned music as they sipped fresh beer and ate hot dogs. The city culture mirrors modernism through cutting edge trains, urban communities, social proficiency and world-class galleries complimenting history’s most notable achievements. Some of the top historical centres of the country feature a marvellous Picasso collection.
I spent two evenings at a German cafe, only to deliberate everything Germany has contributed to this World; the reformation, Hanseatic League, Hitler, Holocaust, printing press, car, ibuprofen, MP3 and also a time machine if we were to believe a few. It’s on this land that Albert Einstein, Martin Luther, Karl Marx and a few other legends took birth. The list of achievements is notably long and it includes remnants of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall Museum contributes an interesting take of the Berlin Wall era. Here you will find the historic endeavours of Berliners as they tried escaping to the West.
The views are spectacular as well. Especially when you travel between cities, villages and towns. When the bus I took was in motion, I would stare out of the large window in silence, for a large part of my journey. It was similar to seeing a slow-motion time-lapse of sliced hills, bordered sands, sunny backwoods, dreamy river valleys, enormous vineyards and snow-capped alps that cut inside the firm ice sheets. The culinary culture of Germany is just as exciting. Local cuisine specialities are wieners, schnitzel, pretzels, beers and pork dishes. But I can tell you that Germans have a fixation on white asparagus, chanterelle mushrooms and game. While here, don’t forget to taste the acclaimed brew and world-class wines such as the noble Riesling. Your sightseeing list should include diverse national parks, astounding architecture and holiday markets where you can shop and do wine sampling.
I visited Germany during the summer. In the month of July, the air quality was cool and crisp, but not chilly. Occasionally it would rain and get hot and humid. Each year thousands of tourists visit Germany. In winters, it’s cross country trails attract a lot of Ski enthusiasts. From Germany, I was heading to Switzerland next. I took the Titisee route to stop by the world’s oldest clock factory.