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Germany Wrap Up – Average Daily Cost $62 per day

We spent an average $62 each per day in Germany over the course of 19 days. Here is a collection of our impressions, travel tips, and the cost break down.

Schedule

  • Hamburg 2 days

Hamburg

Hamburg was our first taste of Germany. We happened to rent an apartment in the heart of the red light district so it made for a colorful experience. At one point we saw a prostitute aggressively try to solicit a customer, going as far as grabbing and following him when he wasn’t interested (luckily we weren’t approached). Overall the city is nice and we felt 2 days was a good amount of time to spend there.

Berlin

We had heard amazing things about Berlin before we even got there so we were exciting to check out the city. It does not disappoint. While it lacks that Paris charm, it makes up for that with its vibrant eclectic alternative feel. Berlin is full of history with no lack of interesting attractions and with 6 days there we didn’t even get close to covering everything. A week is a good period of time to just get acquainted with the city, though I feel like a month would be better to really get the feel of it. No shortage of great eateries either! For adventure seekers before to check out the Base Flying in central Berlin — it was an amazing experience. For a quick guide on Berlin check out Globetrotter Girls’ post.

 

  • Dresden  1 day

Dresden

Dresden was surprisingly much more charming that we imagined. We were here on a day trip and spent the day exploring the city.

  • Munich 2 days

Munich

Munich, while a historic city is also a big business hub, and it really shows. It feels a bit more organized and professional than Berlin. At one point we walked down the street and noticed that every single parked car was either a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, can’t say you see that too often. The center is quite nice though and we enjoyed our 2 days here.

Mittenwald

 

This marked the beginning of our 4 day German Alpine road driving tour so we stopped by these two villages for lunch and a quick stroll. Very picturesque with beautiful paintings on the buildings and an overall charming atmosphere.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

These were visited on day two of our driving tour and the highlights were the gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the lunch at the monastery in Ettal. Definitely stop by both in you’re passing by.

Fussen

These places we visited on day three of our driving tour. Fussen is home to the magical Neuschwanstein Castle, which truly is even more captivating in real life than in photos, and Lindau is a city on a Lake right on the border with Austria. Both highly worth a visit.

unteruhldingen

These we visited on the last day of our driving tour. Friedrichshafen is home to a series of museums, of which we visited the Zeppelin one and highly enjoyed. Unteruhldingen contains a recreation of an ancient village of the water and is also incredibly interesting for history buffs.

  • Cologne 3 days

Cologne

  • We didn’t do too much sightseeing in Cologne, as we used it to get caught up on some work but we spent one afternoon exploring the city center which was quite nice.

Would we do it the same way?

There is so much to see in Germany that a 3 week trip does not even begin to cut it, but we feel like we got a great introduction into the culture and the food. We enjoyed our time everywhere, though we would have cut Cologne down to 1 day and spent a couple more days in Berlin if we were to do things again. The German Alpine Road driving tour was a highlight of our trip and allowed us to see many different Bavarian villages and meet some wonderful people (by couchsurfing).

Our Route

 

Our Impressions

Overall we had a great time in Germany. We weren’t sure what to expect. There’s always the stereotype that Germans are law-abiding, punctual, reserved, etc but we didn’t really notice this too much. Yes, nobody crossed the street on a red light, but other than that we didn’t notice any of the other stereotypical traits. In Munich we met up with a German friend of ours who had couchsurfed with us back in DC years ago and had a great time exploring the city together (which he himself had never been to). In the Bavaria region we couchsurfed for 4 nights and met some incredibly friendly and hospitable Germans as well. Then of course there was an incident when we locked ourselves out of our apartment in Berlin and a friendly neighbor literally helped us break into the apartment (all with a credit card) and would not stop until we had gotten back in.

In the country not much stood out for us as being categorically German, except for the architecture in the Bavaria region. The cities themselves are all nice, with charming areas and beautiful architecture.

The prices we found to be fairly reasonable for a Western European country, which is always a nice surprise. The food though we did get a bit tired of. German food is very meat heavy and just altogether heavy. The dishes are not exactly light, and while I love to eat as much of the regional and traditional food as possible, it was hard to stick to a German diet for three weeks. When this is the case though there is no shortage of other restaurants and cuisines and you’ll find doner kebabs available and amazingly delicious just about anywhere.

Bests And Worsts

Best food:

Currywurst

Germany is all about sausages. So many different kinds (the currywurst is pictured above) to sample and compare. Usually you can find these at a street vendor so they make for a quick and cheap meal or snack.

Once you get sick of those head straight for the doner kebab stands. These you will find all over Germany and if you’re in Berlin check out Hasir (where dober kebab was invented, apparently). This was one of the best kebabs we had for sure.

doner kebab

 

Best experience: 

Base Flying Berlin

Our best experience was definitely base flying in Berlin. How often do you get to be harnessed in and jump off a building? I loved it, and was just about ready to run up the stairs and do it all over again.

Bucket List Activities: base flying in Berlin

Tips For Traveling

Transportation

Local Buses

We didn’t take any local buses but did take the metro in Berlin which was incredibly convenient to get around the city.

Trains

We didn’t take any trains in Germany and found that they were generally pretty expensive when we looked them up online. To cut costs look into buses or ride shares instead.

Cabs

No cabs taken in Germany.

Long Distance Buses

We took a couple long distance buses and just booked our tickets online ahead of time.

Student IDs

We were able to get a few student discounts at museums so make sure to carry the student id with you!

Public Facilities

We don’t remember having problems with finding bathrooms.

Safety

We felt very safe in Germany.

Food and Restaurants

German pizza

There is no shortage of restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for something more casual you will see cafes and street vendors all over the place. It is easy to find all sorts of different cuisines and regional specialties. Best of all, the food in Germany when eating out is not that expensive so it’s not hard to have a great meal on a budget. Oh and the beer — make sure to get a beer with every meal so you can just skim the surface and start to sample all the local drinks.

Credit Cards And Money

We were able to use our credit cards sometimes, though we have cards without the chip so this gave us trouble sometimes.

Internet

Internet is widely available.

Accommodations ( 1 Euro = ~1.33 USD)

We stayed in a mix of hostels, apartments and couchsurfer.  A good mix.

  1. Hamburg – $50 a night. We rented a one bedroom apartment in the red light district, a bit seedy but certainly an interesting environment. Decent wifi, kitchen, (no tv, no living room).
  2. Berlin – $60 a night. We rented an apartment in East Berlin, nice place with wifi, not far from metro. Nice kitchen, living room and bedroom separated by a bookshelf (tv).
  3. Munich – $80 a night. We rented an apartment, wifi. Small kitchen, living room and bedroom separated by a bookshelf.
  4. Garmisch-Partenkirchen – We couchsurfed here
  5. Fussen – We couchsurfed here 
  6. Lindau – We couchsurfed here
  7. Freiburg – We couchsurfed here
  8. Cologne – $54 a night. We rented a small apartment with wifi, more in the suburbs than in the city, a bit cluttered but a good deal. living room area, bed and kitchen all in one room (no tv).

Finding Couchsurfers

We had no problem finding couchsurfers in the places we were interested in finding them.

Cost Break Down

We kept track of every cost we had down to the purchase level and categorized it into 5 groupings:

  • Entertainment – Mostly sightseeing.
  • Food and Water – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks (little things we bought in the middle of the day, chips, ice cream, etc).
  • Gifts – For couchsurfers, usually a bottle of wine or some chocolates, sometimes treated to dinner.
  • Transportation – all forms but not including any flights in and out of the country.
  • Utilities – Things like lockers for bags, pay phones, small purchases like detergent.
  • Accommodation – All hotel/hostel/guesthouse stays
  • Car – gas, tolls, 

So where did we end up? $62 per person, per day. 

germany

Would we go back to Germany? YES but not immediately. We had a good time while we were there and I would considering spending 1-2 months living in Berlin and getting to know the city better but we’re not in any rush to head back. 

 

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4 Responses to Germany Wrap Up – Average Daily Cost $62 per day

  1. Germany is fantastic. I still think it’s rather underrated. There are so many small old towns and even the big cities like Munchen, Frankfurt, Dresden have vast beautiful old areas…

    EscapeWriter February 4, 2014 at 5:50 AM Reply
    • A lot of beautiful cities and villages in Germany. We were particularly impressed with the small towns in the South.

      Vicky March 15, 2014 at 1:24 AM Reply
  2. I found Germany expensive but its been my first 10 day trip in Europe….I loved the food though. Didnt you notice all the clocks in Germany? I always knew the time and didnt check my phone much (used a tablet for wifi). Currywurst was my favourite and if I was tired of it I would eat chocolate! Gotta love german chocolate!!!!

    ashley December 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM Reply
    • Yes loved both the currywurst and the chocolate! Did not notice the clocks though : /

      Vicky March 12, 2015 at 12:19 PM Reply

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