Many people believe that Germany is too expensive to visit, but that is not necessarily true. Here are some tips to experience Germany on the cheap.
Just getting there will cost a fair bit unless you plan ahead. The earlier you book, the cheaper the flight; and you can lower your airfare further by visiting during the right time.
Avoid the peak periods such as June to August and December. Instead, consider traveling between January and May, or during October and November, where prices and crowds are lesser.
Lodging in Germany is pretty standard for Europe. Besides hostels, another accommodation option easy on the pocket would be apartments. Check out the many apartment rental sites in the various cities for prices and locations.
One suggestion would be to stay longer in a central location for lodging and take daytrips to surrounding sights.
Suggestions for great stays in Germany under 150 Euros per night:
Berlin: Circus Hotel
Rosenthaler Strasse 1, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49 30 20003939
Munich: Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor
Herzog-Wilhelm-Str. 28, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Tel: +49/89/ 5 17 77 25-0
Cologne: Hotel Domstern
Domstrasse 26, 50668 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Formerly Hotel Domgarten) Tel: +49 221 16 800 80
Getting around is a breeze with the public transport network heralded as among the best in Europe. The two best ways of getting around are by car and train. If you prefer to drive, there are many car rental options available with great savings for advance booking.
Hoping to save on travel expenses when in Germany? Try the Happy Weekend Ticket for just 42 Euros. With that, you can travel as much as you like during the weekends at just one price.
Germany is also perfect when it comes to eating on a budget. Try dining at an Imbiss eatery – small stalls offering easy eats like Kartoffelsalat, (potato salad), sausages and other delicious meals for a few Euros.
Consider getting a city card from the local tourism office for discounts on public transport, hostels and places of interest. Many museums in Germany also have an entry-free day each week. There are also free festivals such as the Zeltfestival in Hamburg. Other attractions to visit for next to nothing include the old towns, harbors or the traditional Christmas markets.
For a holiday in Europe, travelling to Germany is a worthwhile choice if you do not wish to compromise comfort and enjoyment while on a budget.