Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Central Europe 6th part: 5 Days Traveling Solo in Germany

23-days Autumn Experience on my 1st Schengen Visa Escapade
October 20 to October 24, 2013 

"Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold." - Ludwig van Beethoven

My 23rd country to visit, 25th solo backpacking trip, 5th visa application for tourism on entire single page, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany (Deutschland), is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. With 80.3 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state in the European Union. Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally, and one of the world's main economic powers. Known around the world for its precision engineering and high-tech products, it is equally admired by visitors for its old-world charm and "Gem├╝tlichkeit" (cosiness).

walking to Neuschwanstein Castle

walking to Neuschwanstein Castle

biking to Neuschwanstein Castle

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows: 

October 20 Sunday:
Cologne City day-tour

October 21 Monday:
Hamburg City day-tour

October 22 Tuesday:
Berlin City day-tour

October 23 Wednesday:
Fussen day-tour

October 24 Thursday:
Munich City day-tour

BMW Museum in Munich

Berlin Wall

walking inside Berlin City

Basic Words to Remember;
hello - Guten Tag;   thank you - danke;   I love you - ich liebe dich;   goodbye - Auf Wiedersehen!
yes/no - ja/nee;   sorry - Entschuldigung;   please -   bitte;   excuse me - Entschuldigen Sie!
toilet - toilette;   train station - Bahnhof;   airport - Flughafen

timezone - +0100H UTC;   capital - Berlin;   language - German
currency - Euro 1EUR = 56 PHP = 1.3 USD

visa - Filipino's need to apply 1st before travel
how to apply tourist visa in Germany ? (Schengen visa applied in France Embassy)

Interesting Facts about Germany: 
1. German people are the second biggest consumers of beer in the world (after the Czechs), with an average of 107 litres per person per year in 2010 (or 0.30 l per day).
2. Germany has nearly 700 zoological gardens, wildlife parks, aquariums, bird parks, animal reserves, or safari parks, including 414 registered zoos (more than the USA) ! Berlin's Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world, both in terms of number of species (1,500) and animal population (14,000).
3. As of 2012, German athletes have won a total of 1662 Olympic medals (summer and winter combined from 1896 to 2012), i.e. more than any other country in the world except the USA.
4. The Germans can be credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, the automated calculator, the light bulb, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile (as well as the engine, differential gear and other important devices), the motorcycle, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman. Germany the world's second producer of cars (after Japan) and motor vehicle in general (after the USA). 
5. As of 1998, there were 5,752 museums in Germany (about as many as Italy and the United Kingdom combined).

Munich by night (Surfing on the river)

Cologne Cathedral

Hamburg Red Light District

Munich city at night

inside Munich City (Maximilianeum)

Cologne Train Station arrival at night (coming from Amsterdam, Netherlands);
Overnight train travel from Amsterdam to Cologne was relaxing with no hassle and interruption even though there were 2 stop-overs. No hassle means absolutely no immigration security check anywhere and no interruption means no delay on train departure/arrivals. I arrived exactly the same time as specified in e-ticket.


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