Berlin, Germany. German students visiting the same place as me.
When it comes to visiting the #DeutchLand, most of the people will suggest you visit during #OctoberFest or during #ChristmasMarket season.Unfortunately, i planned in such a hurry that my travel dates sit exactly on the calendar in between these events. I was kind of worried if this trip is not going to be as good as I was expecting :( Let's find out together how it went ;) Germany offers so many things to see and experience, especially Munich is one of the places where every individual will find his happy place. Therefore I decided to pick this place adding a new page in my travel book.
Germany's second largest city has a sophisticated demeanour, behind which lurks mischief and abandon. Hamburg is considerably smaller than Berlin, more tight-night and connected, and yet thoroughly eclectic when it comes to art and music.Getting around in HamburgThe U-Bahn is the best way to explore most of Hamburg's sights. A lot of walking will inevitably be involved. A single day pass for unlimited use of all public transport costs €6.20 a day for adults, €2.30 for children aged 6 to 14. Bike rentals are available, but not as accessible or widely advertised as in Berlin
Montag: Willkommen to Frankfurt“Gutenmorgen” was the first word I heard as I stepped off the plane at Frankfurt airport. The neat and clean city has a cosmopolitan and modern character, complete with block-shaped houses, tall, square-shaped steel buildings, and several banks and other offices. I crossed the famous 'Working Man' statue in downtown Frankfurt, which embodies the true nature of labour laws in the city.
All buses drop you off at the Dresden hauptbahnhof (main station). A short tram ride took us to the old town center.
Leipzig had the largest Hauptbahnhof in Europe until Berlin usurped it. This seems to be the trade fair capital of Germany and an important city for such throughout Europe dating back centuries. What we did not know was that Leipzig was having a Goth festival. As we were walking and admiring the beautiful architecture, there were many other sights to see walking along side of us. For music lovers, which I do not count amongst the many, Leipzig is where Johann Sebastian Bach lived for a good part of his life and was the Kantor in the Thomaskirche. He is buried in the choir with the Bach archives across the street. Felix Mendelssohn headed the Gewandhaus Orchestra and founded the first conservatory in Germany. Richard Wagner was born here, receiving his musical training here. This city also boasts Germany’s first stock exchange.
I felt that the possibilities were endless. If I could see a brightly lit world at midnight, the world surely had to be a magical place.__I came to Bremen in August 2014 as an exchange student from India, with little money and too much hope. And I left 5 months later feeling like a burned out matchstick - dazed over the loss of fire and hugging the leftover heat. It changed my life. Traveling is supposed to do that. But perhaps this trip broke something that defined me. Crushed my soul. Let me take this blogpost to explain why.__I grew up loving maps and atlases. I never felt at home amongst the coconut trees and sunny skies of Kerala. I fantasized of running away. Spent hours every night at my window wishing I could fly out through the gap in the bars. I read and reread all my Enid Blyton novels, imagining myself shuffling through the snow, sipping ginger beer and fitting in. You might have felt this too. This yearning to escape. It is beyond curiosity, it becomes the reason to live. And as I grew older and the fantasies became marred by the logic of physics, I went into claustrophobic panic attacks looking at the iron bars on that window. I had to escape.I found my way soon enough and my dream came true. Perhaps too soon.__As I boarded the flight to Bremen, my heart pounded and I wept. And as I was shown my quaint hostel room with it’s white walls and gigantic window, I couldn’t contain myself.We (my co-exchange students) soon set out to explore. From long supermarket aisles to the dew-grazed flowers on the roadsides to the ancient streets of Schnoor (more on Schnoor later). The air smelt like buns, not smoke. The buses came sharp on time and my co-passengers were all excitingly unique. I bought ginger beer and relished the wait for the first snow. And as summer wound to a slow close, we got bicycles, frequented a lonely park and enjoyed the bright nights from my window sill. Bremen, you see, was perfect. It was small, exciting and full of ancient wonders in it’s city centre.
Dienstag: I lost my heart in Heidelberg …The next morning, I went to see Heidelberg. Lying somewhere directly on the confluence of rivers Rhine and Neckar, sits this picturesque little university town. After a while, I stood at a vantage point from where I got a sweeping view of the city's picturesque landscape—the famous Limes, or the artificial line that the Romans built across Europe to defend the Roman Empire. I then strolled through the University Square and the Marktplatz, and breezed by a popular student tavern playing jazz. I stopped to relish a lunch consisting of the quintessential local delicacy, bratwurst at an eatery called Bratwurst Glockle.
The local cuisine
You can do trek in lot of places in Black Forest, but we planned a trek in feldberg. First we reached Freiburg, which is the biggest city in Black Forest. You can easily get buses or Train to Freiburg from all major nearby cities.FREIBERG -----> TITISEE
Ulm, on the banks of River Danube, is the birth place of Albert Einstein, is also home to the Ulm Cathedral, the tallest church spire in the world.
Well.. osnabruck was again a transit destination for my to be solo euro trip, I had to meet my brother, who had to guide me, how to go about the solo trip.But, here comes the adventure of the night! he forgot to pick me up.. he kept sleeping.The first night of my euro stay was scary..I dint know where to go ..what to do.. my phone had no internet..so I visited a mc d at middle of the night. I sat there for almost an hour , calling my brother, his gf, his friends in Germany, if they had any info about him. Finally he woke up and made his way to pick me up.The night did not end there, we had to sneak in into a hostel in his city coz he did not have a place to stay.We moved out from the hostel early in the morning, to his college, where we could sit and plan my next move, but this was just the beginning of the new way I was about to explore the beautiful osnabruck town.It's a small town with beautiful architectural buildings and clean roads, fresh air.My day went unexcited as I spent my day in a library , as how to go abt the trip. But I admired the small city, everything was beautiful. I had my bus to Amsterdam in evening, which got late by an hour , wasn't exciting either. The good part about the euro buses is, they have free Wi-Fi, a washroom and soo comfortable seats tht u feel like u are in a flight. I almost reached Amsterdam at 9 pm and it was still daylight, Well.. thts quite surprising coz for us sun sets at 7 .. so anyways, the air of the city intended was so new and so party type.I made my way to my hostel..thanks to the internet .. nd free Wi-Fi available.. I reached my youth hostel in time.. I freshened up and took my chance to move out in an unknown city, unknown country, all by myself! Travel cost - 8 -12 euro by bus, 4 euro. MetroFood- 5 euroVisiting place - free :).. More coming up
Mittwoch: In the land of research and cultureThe next day, I went across to visit the charming little university town of Göttingen. 'Mais Dieu que les roses sont belles a Göttingen, a Göttingen …' is what the French singer Barbara had once sung about its beautiful roses. Set in the south of Lower Saxony in the heart of Germany, Göttingen is popularly called the City of Science. It is one of north Germany's 'wonderful nine' cities along with Braunschweig, Celle, Goslar, Hamelin, Hanover, Hildesheim, Lüneburg and Wolfenbüttel. Historical styles of architecture like the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation stare back at you as you float through the lanes of Göttingen.