Places to visit in Germany

Hi guys I think it would be nice to have a list of places that are interesting to visit for our foreign German learners.
I’ll start with my hometown “Idstein”. Located 25mins from Frankfurt Airport in Hessen it has a lovely downtown and nice restaurants and cafés. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and its castle and the famous witch tower are worth taking a closer look.
I would love to hear what other recommendations other tutors might have because I love to explore New places also in my home country.
Liebe grueße
Larissa

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Wilhelma in Stuttgart is the most gorgeous botanical and zoological garden in Germany or even worldwide. Enjoy the beautiful parks and the historical buildings with its unique (oriental) architecture, some of them dating back to 1830. And after a wonderful day there enjoy a cold beer in the Neckarbiergarten just on the other side of the Neckar river!

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Good idea. A few years ago I visited Schwarzwald and found it incredibly beautiful! I went to a few places there but the small city Gengenbach was amazing. The town was so pretty and the locals were the some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. I happened to be there at the start of advent season so there was a great traditional market that the whole town attended. I made tons of friends and drank tons of Glühwein :sweat_smile: I also got to practice a lot of German!


It was perfect.

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Don’t forget to enjoy a wonderful Schwarzwälder Obstwässerle… :wink:

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Konstanz am Bodensee

„Wenn ich denn See seh’, brauch’ ich kein Meer mehr."

Konstanz is the biggest town at the Lake of Constance (Bodensee) and even a lot of Germans go there to spend their vacation or a long weekend. The lake, Bodensee, is the border of three countries: Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Konstanz is in Germany, but especially close to Switzerland. From the old town of Konstanz you can basically walk to Switzerland. Konstanz indeed grew together with the Swiss town Kreuzlingen over the years and from the air you can’t even see a boarder. The old town is still originally medieval and very picturesque as it never got destroyed (in a lot of bigger German cities the houses had to be rebuilt after world war II).

The water of the lake is beautiful and clear so everyone goes swimming in summer, rents a kayak, a stand-up-paddle boat, etc.:

In winter the Christmas Market in Konstanz is incredibly beautiful, with all the lights reflecting in the water of the lake. Depending on the weather you can even go ice skating on some parts of the lake!

Also, you can do a lot of day-trips from Konstanz, for example to:

  • Meersburg. Take the ferry :ferry: to cross the lake to discover the old medieval castle :european_castle: and the lovely houses that surround it. The castle shows you how kings and knights and their families lived back in the days and you have an amazing view over the lake. Also, you can wander through vineyards and try the local wine together with some Flammkuchen.
  • Islands of Mainau, Reichenau and Lindau. There’s three islands: Mainau, the flower island, which belongs to the royal family of Sweden (looong story). Reichenau, the vegetable island, where you find lots of agriculture, wine and the best sunset spot. Lindau, the city island, as the old town of Lindau is on the island.
  • Zürich, Switzerland. As I mentioned, Konstanz is right at the boarder to Switzerland, which is very expensive, as we all know. So why not stay in (the cheaper) Konstanz, while spending a day in Zurich? It’s less than 1 hour by train or car.
  • Bregenz, Austria. You feel like finding out how big Bodensee (lake of constance) really is? Take a boat to the other end to find out. It will take you to the Austrian city of Bregenz where you can try some Austrian dishes, too.
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Very cool, kjanina! So if I went to Bodensee and visited Konstanz, Zürich, and Bregenz all in one trip, would I hear three different dialects of German? Or are they all very similar to one another?

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They are a bit different. Especially Swiss German is quiet different from the other ones.

As @SKrausser mentioned Swiss German differs a lot from standard German, to a point that a lot of people from the north of Germany would probably only grasp a few words when they listen to somebody from this region. Also, the same can happen among Swiss Germans themselves when people from different regions meet because the valleys in the mountain-shaped landscape were isolated in such a way that there was hardly any language exchange.

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